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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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Call of Duty players want a Battlefield Portal inspired mode in the future

After FPS fans were blown away by Battlefield Portal’s reveal, Call of Duty fans want to see a similar mode in the future.

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Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED mode was finally announced at EA Play: Battlefield Portal. This is a hub for content from previous Battlefield games, and Call of Duty players want to see a similar mode in the future.

Like Battlefield, Call of Duty has depicted various theatres of war over the years, both real and fictional. Although Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future, as a throwback for long-time fans of the franchise, they’ve included Battlefield Portal.

This brings weapons, maps, vehicles, and more from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 into one, ultimate sandbox experience. Impressed with the new mode, Call of Duty fans have been asking for a similar experience.

Battlefield Portal vehicles

Call of Duty fans have been desperate for remasters of their favorite games from the franchise, with Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer being the most prominent. Black Ops Cold War is chock-full of maps from Black Ops 2, but players still want to see more content from the games they grew up with.

Battlefield 2042 found the solution to this with their new Portal mode. With access to a ton of content from previous Battlefield games, players can create almost any custom game mode they can dream up.

“And that’s how you incorporate remastered content into your game,” said renowned industry insider Tom Henderson after seeing the reveal. He followed this by theorizing that Call of Duty will create something similar in the “next 5 years.”

His theory was met with resounding excitement, with many Call of Duty players wanting to see their favorite multiplayer and Zombies experiences return in the same way.

Battlefield Portal “truly could be the next BIG THING for creators,” said popular YouTuber Chaosxsilencer. “Imagine a Call of Duty Portal with BO2, BO3, WaW, MW2, MW3 assets all usable and customizable.”

“The custom game options available with #BATTLEFIELD2042 and the Battlefield Portal are amazing. So many options and ways to be creative and have fun,” said Call of Duty news account ModernWarzone. “@RavenSoftware we need things like this in Warzone, especially with Battlefield announcing this today.”

With how extensive of a backlog Call of Duty has, it’s very likely that Activision will take inspiration from Battlefield’s exciting new mode – and the demand for it is certainly there.

If you can’t wait to play Battlefield 2042, you can check out how to get access to the Open Beta in September.

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Zombies World Record beaten after nearly 300 hours of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

It took one Twitch streamer nearly 300 hours of gameplay to beat the World Record for Black Ops 3’s Nacht Der Untoten Zombies.

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One player has done the unthinkable and beaten the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Nacht Der Untoten Zombies World Record by reaching round 255.

Zombies has a storied history dating all the way back to 2008 when Call of Duty: World at War came bundled with a bonus mini-game called ‘Nacht der Untoten.’ The legendary Nazi Zombies mode would go on to reach ridiculous levels of popularity to the point that Treyarch had to make extra Zombies maps.

Since then, virtually every single CoD title has included new versions and variations of the Zombies formula. Black Ops Cold War is currently enjoying the launch of Mauer Der Toten, the freshest Zombies experience.

However, one Twitch streamer has overlooked modern Zombies in favor of a previous game – Black Ops 3. After 20 days of playing the same game of Nacht Der Untoten on and off, a new World Record was set.

The feat was accomplished by CoD Zombies Twitch streamer TomPhantasy as he smashed the previous record by a staggering 40 rounds to reach Round 255.

Beginning his run on July 2, he spent the next 20 days clocking up nearly 300 hours of game time to obliterate the previous Nacht Der Untoten record.

Remarkably, he was only downed twice, and they both came once he’d surpassed the record figure anyway.

The final seconds of the footage are of the streamer clearing up the last few dregs of Zombies until the round icon in the bottom-left changes to 255.

This absolutely smashes the previous record of 216 rounds set by user Chihiro-516, and may never be beaten.

Dexerto was even able to secure an exclusive word with the streamer to get more reaction to his feat: “The Zombies community has been supporting me for months when I have been attempting this record through the highs and lows,” he said.

He continued: “I knew I had to keep going, because after 24.8 days the game freezes, This meant I had to play 13+ hours per day for those 25 days.”

Massive congratulations need to go to the player who was able to gut his way through an arduous three weeks of Zombies. With Mauer Der Toten very much the new Zombies craze, we wonder if he will one day attempt to set the record for it.

Also, for some more incredible accomplishments, check out the Cold War player who reached 10th Prestige without killing a single player.

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How much are COD Points? How to buy, price, how to spend & more

COD Points are the currency of Call of Duty. Here’s a guide on their price, how you can buy them, where to spend them, and what you can buy.

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COD Points have become an integral part of Call of Duty games as they can buy some great cosmetics and other items to show off. So here’s a quick guide to tell you how much points cost, how you can buy them, where you can spend them, and what you can get.

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 Cold War and Warzone offering special Rambo and John McClane skins and bringing back legendary Operators like Soap and Captain Price, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend COD Points.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game and requires COD Points to do so.

So with our detailed guide today, we’re going to run through the basics of COD Points to help you understand them, tell you what they do, and more.

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What is the price of COD Points?

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 some 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 for $1.99 or £1.79
  • 500 COD Points for $4.99 or £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) COD Points for $9.99 or £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) COD Points for $19.99 or £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) COD Points for $39.99 or £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) COD Points for $74.99 or £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) COD Points for $99.99 or £84.99

How do I buy COD Points?

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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.

These are the various ways you can procure COD Points.

Official website

This method is only for PC players.

A quick visit to the Battle.net shop will take you to the aforementioned COD Points bundles, and you can take your pick.

PlayStation Store

This method is only for PlayStation players.

Head to the PlayStation Store either on your PS4, PS5, or on the Official website and you’ll find the same selection of COD Points bundles.

You will be able to purchase them using money or PSN credit.

Xbox Microsoft Store

This method is only for Xbox players.

Head to the Microsoft Store either on your Xbox One, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, or on the Official website and you’ll find the same selection of COD Points bundles.

You will be able to purchase them using money or Xbox Gift cards.

Retailers

Online or select physical retailers will have copious amounts of COD Points vouchers and gift cards for you to purchase. There will be no difference between official sales and retails sales as they will all sell the same bundles.

Where do I spend my COD Points?

Now that you have a nice bundle of COD Points, where do you actually go to spend them? Well, the answer is rather simple: head to the in-game store for the game you’re playing, browse, and buy.

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.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone are currently in Season Two of their respective lifecycles 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 Season 2, 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 can buy the Cold War & Warzone Season 4 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods:

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 when Black Ops Cold War Season 5 and Warzone Season 5 are set to begin.

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