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Best locations to drop in Black Ops 4’s Blackout

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No matter your play style, this Blackout guide has you covered.

The first question that pops into players heads as they spawn into a game of Blackout is always, “where are we dropping?” Whether you’re in Solos, Duos, or Quads, the answer to this question is tantamount.

With Blackout rapidly becoming one of the most popular Battle Royale modes in gaming, newcomers to this iteration may feel a little lost. Unsure where to drop in order to secure a win? Looking to score some character unlocks? Want to get a quick kill for an easy merit? Use this simple guide to figure which part of the map is best for you.

Since there’s no general “best area” to drop, it’s important to figure out what type of game you’re going for. Breaking it down into simple categories, these are the best places to drop in Blackout depending on your play style:

Note: The letters and numbers near each area are their coordinates on the map.

Looting and Living:

Looking to start the game off right with the intent to make it to the top 15 consistently? These three areas will almost guarantee that.

Turbine (G6): Surrounded by not a whole lot, Turbine is pouring with loot. With a high concentration of supply stashes and vehicle spawns, this area is great for getting kitted out early and making your way towards the circle safely. When in one of the two large hangers, just be sure to keep your eyes pealed for enemies at the other end as they can get the jump on you before you even know they’re there.

Inside the hangers of Turbine

Factory (E7) – An often overlooked area of the map due to its proximity to Fracking Tower, Factory is a great drop location for many of the same reasons Turbine is, such as the abundant Supply Stashes and vehicle spawns. Another benefit of Factory is its tighter spaces which allow you to hear enemies sneaking up on you before they can see you.

Entrance to the main building of Factory

Hydro Dam (G2) – Aside from the copious amounts of loot that spawns within these two large buildings, dropping here puts you at a great starting point for further collapses. With guaranteed boat spawns, all water on the east side of the Blackout map starts at the Hydro Dam which allows you to ride from one end to the map to the other when the situation calls for it.

Zombies Fanatic:

Longtime Zombies fans testing out their PvP skills for the first time will find these locations very familiar. If you’re just looking for more Zombies content, these areas are a no-brainer.

Asylum (G4)- Based on Verukkt from World at War, Asylum expands on it’s source material adding a corn maze as well as an additional neighboring building. Since this is the largest Zombies location on the map, it also makes it a very popular drop zone. Make sure to grab a gun as fast as possible and take out nearby enemies before they find you.

If the LZ looks a little too hot before deploying your parachute, don’t be afraid to head a little south to the Graveyard to secure some firepower before making an assault on the Asylum.

Floyd Campbell’s Boxing Ring is just south of Rivertown.

Boxing Ring (F6) – Pulled straight out of Black Ops 3’s Shadows of Evil, this unlabeled area is great for some quick loot. With two main entrances, this area is a great drop zone with a squad because everyone can keep an eye on incoming enemies. Although the ground floor is relatively protected, pay attention to enemy equipment raining in from the broken windows above.

While there are other Zombies areas like the Diner (C4) from Tranzit, and the Lighthouse (C7) from Call of the Dead, the precarious locations of those areas make them less favorable drops zones compared to the Asylum and the Boxing Ring.

Wildin’ Out:

Looking for a quick kill or just trying to flex your skills? These areas will always be overflowing with players looking for ANY gun they can scavenge in order to defend themselves and rack up kill counts.

Look out for campers in this area of Firing Range

Firing Range (E4): At the center of the map, Firing Range has the highest probability of being in the circle, or closest to it, every game. Couple that together with players nostalgia and familiarity to the area and you are essentially looking at a free-for-all match with no respawns. Surviving here really comes down to luck as you can have the best accuracy in the world, but if some noob finds a gun before you do, you’re dead.

You’re better off avoiding Construction Site if you haven’t landed there from the start.

Construction Site (C2) – While most locations require you to have your head on a swivel, Construction Site adds an extra layer to that and forces you to think laterally as well. Whether you drop on the top, bottom, or middle floors, enemies will be able to spot you from almost any angle. The major benefit of landing here opposed to other areas is how easy it is to just bail when things go south. As the tallest point on the map, redeploying your wing suit for a quick exit is as easy and sprinting off the building and holding the jump button.

Character Unlocks:

If structured quests are more your speed, you’re going to want to check out these locations to find Mission Items that allow you to unlock in-game character skins. For a more detailed guide on how to unlock every character in Blackout, click here.

The Numbers skin is the reward for completing specialist character missions.

The Ushanka Hat for Reznov can be found near fountains in Estates (D1) and Asylum (G4). Woods’ Bandanna for Frank Woods is located north of Firing Range at (D3).

Nikolai’s Russian Tanker Hat is inside the mausoleum in the Graveyard (H4). Takeo’s Lettter to the Emperor can be found alongside the Typewriter in Asylum (G4), Boxing Ring (F6), and top floor of the Lighthouse (C7). The Juggernog Bottle for Tank always spawns in the underground dining room on Nuketown Island (B5).

To unlock the Numbers outfit for Ruin, his Punching Mitts could be found in the Asylum (G4), Construction Site (C2), Lighthouse (C7), and Turbine (G6). Seraph’s mission item can be found in the Firing Range (E4) after shooting a target with a pistol.

Remember these tips:

  • Don’t be afraid to audible. If you see a good amount of enemy players already dropping where you wanted to go, head somewhere else first, then return to them with a gun for a quick kill.
  • Get comfortable with the wing suit. When jumping out of the deployment plane, face straight down until you reach about 55mph, then quickly level out your character to gain maximum horizontal distance.
  • Experiment more. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut where you keep dropping in the same locations and the same outcomes play out. If your’re not finding any luck in your favorite spots, switch it up.
  • Switch to your sidearm, it’s faster than reloading.

Keep it locked to @CharlieINTEL for future Blackout map changes, guides, and news.

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CoD Points price: How to buy, spend & do they carry over

CoD Points are the official currency of Call of Duty. Check out CoD Point prices, where to buy them, and whether they transfer between games.

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Activision’s in-game currency lets players purchase cosmetics for their characters, and we’ve got everything you need to know about CoD Points prices, how to buy them, and all the items you can spend them on.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game, requiring players to spend their own currency named CoD Points to acquire them.

CoD Points can be purchased using the menu systems in games like Vanguard or Warzone or through console marketplaces like the PS Store or Xbox Marketplace.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Vanguard and Warzone offering special Attack on Titan and Snoop Dogg skins as well as unique weapon Blueprints for popular weapons, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend CoD Points.

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CoD Points prices

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying CoD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas others need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various CoD Points bundles:

  • 200 CoD Points: $1.99 / £1.79
  • 500 CoD Points: $4.99 / £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) CoD Points: $9.99 / £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) CoD Points: $19.99 / £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $39.99 / £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) CoD Points: $74.99 / £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $99.99 / £84.99
  • 15,000 (+6,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $149.99 / £123.99
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How to buy COD Points

You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

There are four ways you can buy COD Points:

  • PC players can purchase CoD Points on the Battle.net website
  • PS4 & PS5 players can purchase CoD Points in the PS Store on their console, or on the PlayStation website
  • Xbox Series X, Series S, or One players can buy CoD Points on the Xbox Marketplace on their console, or the official Microsoft Store website
  • Select physical retailer’s stock vouchers and gift cards with a code that players can redeem for CoD Points.

Where to spend CoD Points

Spending your CoD Points is incredibly easy, with players able to purchase cosmetic bundles and Blueprints in the in-game store.

The stores are available in Vanguard, Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare, so you can kit out your Operator regardless of your preferred title.

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Do CoD Points carry over across games?

The good news is that your CoD Points will transfer across your Call of Duty games, as they are linked to your Activision account.

Players who will still have CoD Points in their account from Vanguard don’t need to worry, as they will automatically be in your account when Modern Warfare 2 releases.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

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A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are approaching Season 3 at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of a season, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough CoD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You’ll be able to buy the Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods on April 27, 2022:

Bundles

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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.


Also, check out how Vanguard is officially getting a round-based Zombies map after Season 3 or how Warzone players are begging for Godzilla & King Kong Operator skins.

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JGOD reveals their favorite Call of Duty Perk of all time

Call of Duty content creator JGOD recently revealed their favorite Multiplayer Perk of all time, a pick that many may have forgotten about.

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JGOD let the community know his favorite Call of Duty Perk of all time, which many new players may not even have used before, especially as it’s not available in Warzone.

JGOD is known for their in-depth content for Call of Duty games, especially Warzone. The Youtuber often looks into the stats and details for weapons and loadouts, figuring out the best attachments,Perks, and equipment to use.

With that being said, it’s often great to hear JGOD’s personal opinions on their favorite things to use in Call of Duty, which is exactly what he gave when our Twitter page asked the community what the best CoD Perk of all time is.

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Our CharlieINTEL Twitter page asked the CoD community what the best Call of Duty Perk of all time is.

For those in the community who have been following the franchise since the CoD 4 days, this question is much harder to answer simply because there have been so many great Perks over the years that haven’t returned or just aren’t in Warzone.

JGOD is one of those players who has been in the community for a long time, so their pick might have some of the modern players slightly bemused.

The content creator’s pick for their favorite CoD Perk of all time is Stalker from Modern Warfare 3, which was released back in 2011. This Perk got rid of all movement penalties while aiming down sights.

This allowed players to strafe effectively while using an LMG, Sniper Rifle, and any other weapon with poor mobility, which was very effective in MW3.

The Perk basically turned Assault Rifles into SMGs, meaning they were effective at close and long ranges.

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Further, if players unlocked the Pro version of the Perk, it also delayed Bouncing Betty, Claymore, and IMS detection, which were very strong equipment in MW3.

Although Stalker returned in Call of Duty: Ghosts, the description was slightly different from the MW3 version, and clearly, JGOD’s post is the Perk image from MW3.

Other popular Call of Duty players also weighed in on the debate, with Optic Hitch also sharing their opinion in the comments, stating that MW2’s Ninja Pro was the best Perk of all time: “Ninja Pro MW2. Not close.”


Everyone will have their preference as the best Call of Duty Perk of all time comes down to personal opinion, but Stalker is definitely not a bad shout.

For more on Call of Duty, check out everything we currently know about Modern Warfare II.

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Biggest AAA video games coming in 2022: PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, Stadia & Steam

2022 is a huge year for video games and here’s all the biggest titles coming to PlayStation, Xbox, Switch, and more – with release dates.

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2022 continues to be a massive year for video games. Between franchises such as God of War, Pokemon, and Harry Potter, the PS5, Xbox Series X, Switch, PC, and Stadia have some mammoth titles to host. Here’s a look into the biggest games and potential release dates.

The beginning of 2022 will signal over a year since the PS5, and Xbox Series X took video games to the ninth generation of consoles. Developers have had plenty of time to chew the fat and harness the power of the consoles to create immense AAA experiences.

There’s also plenty of mileage left for the Nintendo Switch, and of course, PC, Stadia, and Steam are always pushing the envelope.

With 2022 already delivering Horizon Forbidden West, Elden Ring, Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Rainbow Six Extraction, and Gran Turismo 7, the remainder of the year is also looking to bring the heat. Here’s a look at the top AAA video games coming in 2022.

PS5, Xbox, Switch, PC, Steam & Stadia video games in 2022

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 release date: Fall 2022

For the first in almost 20 years, the Call of Duty franchise will be breaking its annual release schedule in 2023. This means that players will be stuck with CoD’s 2022 title, Modern Warfare 2 for two years.

The 2022 iteration of the iconic franchise is set to be a direct sequel to 2019’s Modern Warfare. The game will be built on a brand-new engine, and the development of the game is being led by Infinity Ward.

Gotham Knights release date: October 25, 2022

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A Gotham City without the caped crusader is a strange thought, but that’s the threat that faces it as Bruce Wayne is dead.

In Batman’s place, his former proteges need to step up and protect Gotham, batting away any threats of crime perpetrated by some of its most evil supervillains. Featuring co-operative mode, players can take control of these plucky heroes and hopefully do Batman proud.

Hogwarts Legacy release date: Holiday 2022

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There have been many Harry Potter movie tie-in games, but there still hasn’t been an authentic RPG experience that lets you become your own wizard – until now.

Hogwarts Legacy will let fans worldwide finally live out their dream of attending Hogwarts, and the game allows players to select their House, the classes they do, and customize their character, all the while fighting monsters and completing quests.

God of War: Ragnarok release date: 2022

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Players got a juicy look at the next epic adventure in Santa Monica’s God of War franchise during the 2021 PlayStation Experience. Kratos and Atreus are set to battle with Freya, possibly Thor, and their own demons.

God of War Ragnarok looks like it’s expanded upon the reboot to incorporate more NPCs, more spectacular gameplay, and a gripping narrative that will test the bond between father and son.

Final Fantasy XVI release date: late 2022

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The hype surrounding Final Fantasy XVI is beginning to mount as we get deeper into 2022. It’s the collaboration between Square Enix and the combat designer of Devil May Cry 5, Ryota Suzuki that has fans of the franchise excited.

The developers have confirmed that they would release additional information about the sixteenth game in the mainline Final Fantasy franchise around Spring 2022. Hopefully, this will include a release date giving RPG fanatics something to look forward to.

Pokémon Scarlet and Violet release date: late 2022

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2022 is a great year to be a Pokemon fan. Shortly after the release of Pokemon Legends: Arceus, Nintendo wasted no time announcing their newest mainline titles. Pokemon Violet and Pokemon Scarlet will introduce players to the ninth generation of Pokemon games.

Nintendo has already shared details about the game including the implementation of open-world areas as well as the three starter Pokémon: Sprigatito, Fuecoco, and Quaxly.

Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 release date: delayed to 2023

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It wouldn’t be a stretch to say that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 could easily be one of the most anticipated games of all time.

Breath of the Wild took the world by storm in 2017 with its rich, expressive world that deviated from the conventions of traditional Zelda games. Many millions of copies sold later, and fans everywhere are desperate for the next chapter for Link in this gorgeous, sprawling version of Hyrule.

Unfortunately on March 29, 2022, Nintendo announced that Zelda: Breath of the Wild 2 would be pushed back to a 2023 release date.


That completes our guide to the biggest and most anticipated video games that are due to arrive in 2022. For all the latest news and guides on these games and more, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL!

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