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Best Weapons to use in Black Ops 4’s Blackout



Black Ops 4’s Blackout Battle Royale gamemode includes a multitude of weaponry, but not all weapons are created equal.

Every weapon in Blackout has an optimal range built into it. This range is the product of the gun’s falloff, damage, range, recoil, etc. The knowledge to use the best weapon for each situation can mean the difference between chicken dinner or a premature trip back to the lobby.

We’ll break out the best weapons based on range as this factor differ wildly from match to match in Blackout.

Long Range

Paladin HB50 Sniper

For the premium in long range precision, you’ll want the Paladin. The fire-rate of the sniper is the lowest, but its stopping power makes up for it. Level 1 & 2 armor opponents will generally require healing after the first shot (unless you miss) and give you the advantage as they play defense. Armor 3 is the main downside to the Paladin as it can tank body & headshots.


The Outlaw gives superior fire-rate over the Paladin, allowing the user to pelt out high damage round after round. The damage is much more subtle than the Paladin, but two shots per target will force healing/repair in most cases. The weapon serves as a great support weapon as your teammates push in to finish kills on hiding enemies.


The KN-57 is an all-around beast in Blackout due to its stats lineup. The weapon can be easily used at medium and close range, but it serves as the best assault rifle in long range situations. While tap-fired with an Extended Barrel (reduces bullet drop), the weapon can delivered accurate shots at sniper ranges with decent damage to boot.

Medium Range


The ICR-7 may not be the powerhouse weapon of Multiplayer, but the long rifle still packs a mean kick. An average fire-rate is backed up by a hefty damage profile and low recoil. The gun suffers at long range due to its bullet drop and damage falloff.


The ICR might be the weapon of choice at the long end of the “medium range” spectrum, but the SWAT is king at the close end. The weapon includes a moderate recoil along with above-average per bullet damage. These two coupled with its high fire-rate give the weapon an advantage in most encounters.

ABR 223

The above two medium range weapons are decent all-around choices with 1-3 attachments, but if you are carrying a full attachment set, we recommend the ABR 223. The weapon’s per burst damage beats both the ICR & SWAT and shoots very quickly for a burst weapon. With headshots, the melting speed of the weapon cannot be understated. If you hear the triple burst, be careful not to get two-bursted.

Close Range


Though the Spitfire received a nerf awhile back, it still remains one of the best close range weapons. The nuclear fire-rate covers for the tiny per bullet damage and gives everything outside of shotguns a hard time at close range.


While the Maddox in Blackout is under-powered compared to the other rifles, it excels at close range engagements. Naturally, most players prefer an AR to work at medium to long range, but the Maddox’s high fire-rate can grind through opponents quickly. The rifle does have a quick falloff range, so it is recommended to rock an additional AR along with it.

SG 12

The unarguable king of close range combat in Blackout. The SG12 is a semi-auto monster with a chance to one-shot opponents. The gun drops very frequently and serves as filler-loot in many locations. The weapon is useless at range due to 100% damage falloff, but its ability to contend with any armor level keeps it a viable choice throughout the match.

What weapon is your favorite in Blackout? Vote in our poll below! You can tell us why the weapon is your favorite in the comments or on Twitter @CharlieIntel.

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Video shows off drastic evolution of Call of Duty Zombies from World at War to Cold War

This one is for the dedicated Zombies fans who have been around since Nacht der Untoten, as this video celebrates the evolution of Call of Duty Zombies.



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For those Zombies fans who have been there from the start, here’s a great way to reminisce and relive the Call of Duty Zombies experience we all hold so dearly.

Call of Duty Zombies is still around in today’s Call of Duty, surviving ever since the 2008 classic World at War that started that fan-favorite game mode.

Although a lot has changed since then, players still love the mode, and what better way to bring back good old memories than this video showing the evolution of Zombies.

Call of Duty Zombies Evoltuion List

The video is by Evolution List on YouTube, a channel dedicated to showing the evolution of various games that have stood the test of time.

In the video, fans are given a walkthrough of Zombies from 2008 all the way to 2021, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War being the latest entry in the high-profile Call of Duty franchise to feature a Zombies game mode that recently saw its newest map, Mauer der Toten, added in the Season 4 Reloaded update.

Although the video is fairly short, spanning only 5 minutes, viewers are given one classic Zombies map from each Call of Duty game that possessed Zombies.

Evolution of Zombies video

Call of Duty Zombies

Although the mode was mostly in Treyarch-developed Call of Duty games, there have been many variations of the mode, with the video also including WWII’s Zombies, Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies, CoD Mobile’s Zombies, and Infinite Warfare’s Zombies.

Some of the classic maps showcased include:

  • World at War’s Nacht der Untoten
  • Black Ops’ Five
  • Black Ops 3’s Shadows of Evil
  • Black Ops 4’s IX

Of course, there are many other maps shown in the video, but we don’t want to spoil it all!

If you’re a fan of Zombies, this is a great watch so make sure to check out the video below.

For more on Zombies, especially the latest Black Ops Cold War map, Mauer der Toten, be sure to stay tuned on Charlie INTEL.

Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision / Evolution List

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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.



Battlefield Portal and Modern Warfare 2

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.

Image Credit: Activision / EA

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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.



black ops 3 nacht der untoten

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.

Image Credit: Activision / TomPhantasy

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