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Detailed Breakdown of Specialist Ability Earn Rates



Each specialist ability in Black Ops 4 takes a specified amount of time to unlock, but these values are not explicitly identified in-game. 

As such, let’s take look at the earn rates for each specialist ability in the game. All values below assume the player has gotten 0 score and only built up the ability through time alone. This will give us a standard value for each weapon for comparison’s sake.

All values listed here at up-to-date as of Patch v1.11 – January 22, 2019.

Abilityw/ Equip ChargeEquipmentw/ Equip Charge
Ajax10 minutes, 5 seconds6 minutes, 39 seconds1 minute40 seconds
Battery8 minutes, 25 seconds5 minutes, 33 seconds1 minute40 seconds
Crash9 minutes, 30 seconds6 minutes, 16 seconds1 minute, 40 seconds66 seconds
Firebreak10 minutes, 58 seconds7 minutes, 14 seconds1 minute, 50 seconds73 seconds
Nomad10 minutes, 57 seconds7 minutes, 14 seconds 1 minute, 10 seconds46 seconds
Prophet8 minutes, 25 seconds5 minutes, 33 seconds1 minute, 35 seconds63 seconds
Recon12 minutes, 38 seconds8 minutes, 20 seconds1 minute, 35 seconds
63 seconds
Ruin8 minutes, 25 seconds5 minutes, 33 seconds15 seconds10 seconds
Seraph8 minutes, 25 seconds5 minutes, 33 seconds1 minute, 35 seconds63 seconds
Torque5 minutes, 2 seconds3 minutes, 19 seconds1 minute40 seconds
Zero10 minutes, 5 seconds6 minutes, 39 seconds 1 minute, 8 seconds45 seconds

Important to note are the rules by which these items abide.

All abilities are additionally affected by score earned by the player. Equipment is unaffected by score and can only be modified through the Equipment Charge gear.

The Equipment Charge reduces equipment cooldowns by 33% and reduces ability cooldowns by the same 33%. For example, Battery’s Cluster Grenade is reduced to 40 seconds and Torque’s Barricade is reduced to 3 minutes, 19 seconds.

As far as score’s effect on the cooldown times, each 100 points will net you around 30 seconds of time off of your ability cooldown. Keep in mind that some game-modes grant more or less points per EKIA. Armored targets also grant an additional +25 points per EKIA.

With this detailed information, you can better plan the usage of your abilities and equipment. Keep the timings in mind and you’ll get a better feel for that perfect moment to pull out your Specialist’s killer move.

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COD 2020 Teasers: Black Ops 4 Summit map, Treyarch social profile



As we opened our new crates that Activision sent through, Black Ops 4’s Summit map got an update.

The screens in the center of the map in Black Ops 4 turned on which seem to match to what some of our slides show:

There’s also a look at clocks of 4 out of the 5 locations that some of us got as part of the slides to see:

These changes do appear to be new, especially the screens with the targets on them. Analyzing older images of the maps showcase that the screens were not showing the same thing.

In addition, Treyarch has updated their cover photo on social channels.

It’s getting cold out there…

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Gameplay from Black Ops 4’s canceled campaign mode revealed



A user on Reddit, r/BlackOps4, has shared what appears to be the very first footage of gameplay from the canceled campaign mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which released in October 2018, was the first Call of Duty game to not have a traditional campaign mode, instead opting to have three online-based modes.

Treyarch insisted throughout the year that they really didn’t have plans for a campaign and were focusing on an online connected experience for Black Ops 4, but many reports and sources described the campaign as being too ambitious and canceled because of issues with development.

On Reddit, a user has shared about two minutes of alpha footage of the gameplay of Black Ops 4’s campaign. The campaign, in alpha-state footage (meaning its not complete), had a very similar HUD to the MP experience of Black Ops 4. The user claims that the campaign and MP were supposed to be connected, and that’s why the HUD is so similar.

The gameplay starts by showing a message of “FIND THE AQUILUS CEO.”

Here’s the gameplay footage:

The user who posted this has not said where they got this gameplay footage as of now. He said he only has this footage, alongside an augmented footage of the engine of BO4, which he is not releasing at this time.

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Double XP live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through February 6



To celebrate the big game this weekend, Treyarch is activating Double XP Quad Feed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this weekend – starting now.

Live in game now is:

  • 2XP in MP
  • 2XP in Zombies
  • 2XP Party Game Moshpit

All of this is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is live through February 6 at 10AM PT.

For those still enjoying Black Ops 4, enjoy a new XP weekend!

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