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Guide To Unlocking Characters in Blackout in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (Updated)

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Mission item locations and unlock requirements for every Blackout character in Black Ops 4

With dozens of unique character skins, ranging from Ajax to Woods, keeping track of all their unlock requirements and unique mission items is tough. To help with that, here’s a handy guide to keep track of it all. The latest batch of Characters have been labeled with NEW.

Blackout Icons

Reznov

Mission Item: Ushanka Hat

How to Acquire Item: There are three main locations for this item.

  • The fountain between Raid and Stronghold in Estates.
  • In the inner and outer rings surround the red monument in Raid (left side of Estates)
  • Southwest fountain by Asylum

Unlock Requirements:

  • Get 1 “Extreme Range” kill (200m or more)
  • Place Top 2 in Squads, Top 3 in Duos, or Top 5 in Solos with Ushanka Hat in Inventory

Hudson

Unlock Requirements: 

  • Unlocked from Contraband in Black Market (Tier 199) in Operation: First Strike.

Vacation Hudson

Unlock Requirements:

  • Unlocked from Black Market Reserves

Mason

Mission Item: Stained White T-Shirt

How to acquire item:

  • Supply Stash found around the map

Unlock requirements:

  • Wake the Sleeper Agent (Activate the Emergency Broadcast located in Array)
  • Place top 4 in Quads, Top 8 in Duos, or Top 15 in Solos with Stained White T-Shirt in Inventory

Woods

Mission Item: Woods’ Bandanna

How to acquire item:

  • Located north of Firing Range. Shown here:

Unlock requirements:

  • Ride in a Helicopter for at least a minute
  • Win the match (while being alive) with Woods’ Bandana in Inventory

Uncle Frank (NEW)

Unlock requirements: 

  • Purchase Black Ops Pass

Menendez

Mission Item: Locket

How to acquire item:

  • Supply Drop from care packages

Unlock requirements:

  • Kill or Clean Up 2 enemies with a shotgun
  • Finish the match with Locket in Inventory

The Replacer

Unlock requirements: 

  • Unlocked from Blackjack’s Shop in the Replacer Bundle for 1100 COD Points

Sarah Hall (NEW)

Unlock Requirements:

  • Unlocked from Black Market Reserves.

Blackjack (NEW)

Unlock Requirements:

  • Unlocked from Black Market Reserves.

Ranger

Unlock requirements:

  • Reach Echelon (Rank) 20

Frogman

Unlock requirements:

  • Reach Echelon (Rank) 40

Airborne

Unlock requirements:

  • Reach Echelon (Rank) 60

Seal

Unlock requirements:

  • Reach Echelon (Rank) 80

Battle Hardened

Unlock requirements:

  • Reach Echelon (Rank) 80 (With Maximum XP)

Zombies Characters

Shadowman

Unlock requirements: 

  • Purchase Black Ops Pass

Dempsey

Mission item: Juggernog Bottle

How to acquire item:

  • Inside Nuketown Bunker
  • Mystery Box
  • Blightfather Event

Unlock requirements:

  • Kill an enemy with any grenade.
  • Finish the match with Juggernog Bottle in Inventory

Nikolai

Mission item: Russian Tanker Hat

How to acquire item:

  • Inside Graveyard there is a locked mausoleum, throw a cymbal monkey at the door to open it revealing the item
  • Blightfather Event

Unlock requirements:

  • Place Top 3 in Squads, Top 5 in Duos, or Top 10 in Solos with Russian Tanker Hat in Inventory

Richtofen

Mission item: Blood Vials

How to acquire item:

  • Blightfather event
  • Have the Russian Tanker Hat or Letter To The Emperor in your Inventory and then interact with the Blood Fountain in Asylum and the item will turn into the Blood Vials

Unlock requirements:

  • Place Top 2 in Squads, Top 3 in Duos, or Top 5 in Solos with Blood Vials in Inventory.

Takeo

Mission item: Emperor’s Note

How to acquire item:

  • Blightfather event
  • On top of the Lighthouse
  • In the Asylum by interacting with a typewriter

Unlock requirements:

  • Do not use ANY equipment (Grenades, Barricades, Sensor Darts, etc.)
  • Place Top 3 in Squads, Top 8 in Duos, or Top 15 in Solos with Emperor’s Note in Inventory.

Bruno

Mission Item: Mug Shot

How to acquire item:

  • Supply Drop
  • Blightfather Event

Unlock requirements:

  • Down an enemy with a melee attack
  • Finish the match with Mug Shot in Inventory

Diego

Mission Item: Pulp Magazine

How to acquire item:

  • Killing Zombies
  • Blightfather Event

Unlock requirements:

  • Down 1 enemy with a headshot
  • Finish the match with Pulp Magazine in Inventory

Scarlett

Mission Item: Racing Goggles & Scarf

How to acquire item:

  • Killing Zombies
  • Blightfather Event

Unlock requirements:

  • Kill an enemy by driving into them with a vehicle
  • Finish the match with Racing Goggles & Scarf in Inventory

Shaw

Mission Item: Alchemical Set

How to acquire item:

  • Mystery Box
  • Blightfather Event

Unlock requirements:

  • Kill and Clean Up 2 enemies with either a Wraith Fire or Acid Bomb (There will be 2 of each in the Mystery Box/Blightfather Loot alongside the Alchemical Set)
  • Finish the match with Alchemical Set in Inventory

Ultimis Dempsey

Unlock requirements:

  • Unlocked from Contraband in Black Market (Tier 95) in Operation: Absolute Zero.

Ultimis Nikolai

Unlock requirements:

  • Unlocked from Contraband in Black Market (Tier 45) in Operation: Absolute Zero.

Ultimis Richtofen

Unlock Requirements

  • Unlocked from Black Market: Special Orders [Richtofen] for 600 COD Points

Ultimis Takeo

Unlock Requirements

  • Unlocked from Black Market for 800 COD Points

IX Bruno

Mission Item: Lion Pauldron

How to acquire item:

  • Mystery Box

Unlock requirements:

  • Down an enemy with a Combat Axe and then clean them up
  • Finish the match with Lion Pauldron in Inventory

IX Diego

Mission Item: Mayan Crest

How to acquire item:

  • Equipment Stash

Unlock requirements:

  • Kill or Clean Up and enemy with a Bowie Knife
  • Finish match with the Mayan Crest in your Inventory

IX Scarlett

Mission Item: Steel Bracer

How to acquire item:

  • Killing Zombies

Unlock requirements:

  • Open a Supply Drop
  • Finish Match with Steel Bracer in Inventory

IX Shaw

Mission Item: Ritual Bowl

How to acquire item:

  • Killing Zombies

Unlock requirements:

  • Use 5 Perks
  • Place in Top 7 in Quads, Top 15 in Duos, or Top 30 in Solos with Ritual Bowl in Inventory

Cosmic Silverback 

Unlock Requirements:

  • Purchase the Black Ops Pass

Warden

Unlock Requirements:

  • Unlocked from Contraband in Black Market (Tier 45) in Operation: Grand Heist.

Misty (NEW)

Unlock Requirements:

  • Unlocked from Black Market: Special Orders [Misty] for 600 COD Points

John Doe

Unlock Requirements:

  • Unlocked from Black Market Reserves.

Jane Doe

Unlock Requirements:

  • Unlocked from Black Market Reserves.

Multiplayer Specialists (The Numbers Outfit Unlock)

Battery

Mission Item: War Machine

How to acquire item:

  • Supply Drop

Unlock requirements:

  • Kill 2 enemies with the War Machine
  • Finish the match with War Machine in Inventory

Firebreak

Mission Item: Burned Doll

How to acquire item:

  • Supply Stash

Unlock requirements:

  • Kill or Clean Up a downed enemy with a Molotov
  • Finish the match with Burned Doll in Inventory

Nomad

Mission Item: Juneau’s Tags

How to acquire item:

  • Supply Stash

Unlock requirements:

  • Kill 2 enemies without them dealing any damage to you
  • Finish the match with Juneau’s Tags in Inventory

Prophet

Mission Item: Ocular Prosthetic

How to acquire item:

  • Supply Drop

Unlock requirements:

  • Win the match while you have 3 perks active and have the Ocular Prosthetic in Inventory

Ruin

Mission Item: Punching Mitts

How to acquire item: Spawns in 4 possible locations:

  • Asylum Roof
  • Construction Site on top of a Red Crane
  • Top outer rim of the Lighthouse
  • On yellow rafters in Hangar 2 at Turbine

Unlock requirements:

  • Kill an enemy in close quarters
  • Finish the match with Punching Mitts in Inventory

Seraph

Mission Item: Annihilator

How to acquire item:

  • Go to the building with green tarp in Firing Range.
  • Shoot this target in Firing Range with a pistol (it won’t be there every match.)

  • If done successfully the green box to the left should open up with the Annihilator inside.

Unlock requirements:

  • Kill 1 enemy with the Annihilator
  • Place in Top 4 in Quads, Top 8 in Duos, or Top 15 in Solos with the Annihilator in Inventory

Ajax

Mission Item: Destroyed Armored Plating

How to acquire item:

  • Destroy an enemies armor and kill them.
  • Once you scavenge their body there should be a piece of Destroyed Armored Plating.

Unlock requirements:

  • Scavenge 3 pieces of Destroyed Armored Plating
  • Finish the match with 3 pieces of Destroyed Armored Plating in Inventory

Crash

Mission item: Poker Chips

How to acquire item:

  • Medical Stash

Unlock requirements:

  • Place in Top 3 in Quads, Top 7 in Duos, or Top 15 in Solos
  • Have 15 Healing Items and Poker Chips in Inventory

Recon

Mission item: I Ching Coins

How to acquire item:

  • Supply Stash

Unlock requirements:

  • Do not take any Collapse damage
  • Place in Top 7 in Quads, Top 15 in Duos, or Top 30 in Solos with I Ching Coins in Inventory

Torque

Mission item: Torque’s Note

How to acquire item:

  • Supply Drop

Unlock requirements:

  • Place down a Barricade and 2 Razor Wires (There will be a Barricade and 2 sets of Razor Wire in a box with Torque’s Note in it)
  • Place in Top 7 in Quads, Top 15 in Duos, or Top 30 in Solos with Torque’s Note in Inventory

Reaper

Unlock requirements:

  • Purchase the Black Ops Pass

Zero

Character Unlock requirements:

  • Unlocked from Contraband in Black Market (Tier 1) in Operation: Absolute Zero.

Mission Item (Outfit Unlock): Alien Charm

How to acquire item:

  • In the server building in Array on a table
  • Office buildings near Hydro Dam

Unlock Requirements:

  • Destroy 50 enemy Equipment Lifetime (This means destroy 50 across ALL of your Blackout matches. It will tell you how many you have when you pick up the Alien Charm)
  • Finish the match with Alien Charm in Inventory.

Outrider

Character Unlock Requirements:

  • Unlocked from Contraband in Black Market (Tier 1) in Operation: Grant Heist

Mission Item (Outfit Unlock): Tactical Cap

How to Acquire Item:

  • West of Fracking Tower (D6) on a table at the top of the wooden lookout tower.
  • Highest level of Construction Site on the floor

Unlock Requirements:

  • Kill 25 enemies from high ground Lifetime (This means 25 high ground kills across ALL of your Blackout matches. It will tell you how many you have when you pick up the Tactical Cap)
  • Finish the match with Tactical Cap in Inventory.

Spectre (NEW)

Character Unlock Requirements:

  • Unlocked from Contraband in Black Market (Tier 1) in Operation: Spectre Rising

Mission Item (Outfit Unlock): Voice Modulator

How to Acquire Item:

  • Inside any RV (Mobile Home) around the map.

Unlock Requirements:

  • Kill 20 enemies with suppressed weapons with the Dead Silence perk active Lifetime (This means 20 kills across ALL of your Blackout matches. It will tell you how many you have when you pick up the Tactical Cap)
  • Finish the match with Tactical Cap in Inventory.

Keep this post bookmarked as we will be updating it as more characters become available.

Let us know which characters you have unlocked, or are trying to unlock, in the comments down below!

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops 4 assets appear in Black Ops Cold War

Weapon icons and symbols from Black Ops 4 have been appearing in Black Ops Cold War.

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Weapon icons and symbols from Black Ops 4 have been appearing in Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War has had a rough launch, as is somewhat expected with a major new release, with widespread crashes and game-breaking bugs being reported.

While a game is in the development process, developers often use assets from previous games as placeholder images. Until the game has been fully developed, they’ll add images from previous games to take up space until the new image can be inserted.

Some of these placeholder images have been appearing in Black Ops Cold War.

Reused assets

The Dual Wield attachment icon in Cold War appears as the Saug’s dual wield icon from Black Ops 4.

While hovering over weapons, the game can show weapons from Black Ops 4 instead. When u/Metoaga hovered over an M82 Sniper Rifle in the campaign, the image for it displayed BO4’s SDM Sniper Rifle. Also, while in Zombies, u/IronClooch69‘s RPD was displayed as the Hades Light Machine Gun from Black Ops 4.

Reddit user u/Lorenso0 reported getting Black Ops 4’s Prestige Master screen after completing a match of Free for All in Cold War. Other players confirmed they were also receiving the Prestige Master screen at around level 94.

Black Ops Cold War has seen multiple game-breaking bugs and crashes, such as the PlayStation 4 controller disconnecting. With those bugs, it’s likely that fixing reused assets appearing in Cold War will be far down on Treyarch’s agenda.

We will probably have to wait for the launch of Season 1 on December 10, where a large patch will be available to download.

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How Nuketown has changed over the years

We take a look at Nuketown throughout the years.

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Call of Duty revealed that classic map Nuketown will be coming to Black Ops Cold War on November 24.

Nuketown has been in every iteration of the Black Ops franchise and Cold War will be no different. It will feature a brand new version of Nuketown called Nuketown ’84. We’re taking a look at how the classic map has evolved throughout the years.

Call of Duty: Black Ops (2010)

Nuketown

Where it started. This small map started as a project by level designer Adam Hoggatt. It wasn’t intended to be in the full game but after playtests, it quickly became a favorite among the developers.

Inspired by the 2008 movie Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull, the map is designed to be a nuclear testing facility modeled after 1950s suburban America.

Nuketown is a small map, capitalizing on the popularity of Shipment in CoD 4: Modern Warfare (2007) and Rust in Modern Warfare 2 (2009). With its yellow school bus in the center and picket-fenced gardens, it instantly became one of CoD’s most memorable maps.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 (2012)

Nuketown 2025

Nuketown returned in the next installment of the Black Ops franchise. With the exact same layout, this updated version brought Nuketown to the 21st century.

Nuketown 2025 came as a pre-order bonus with Black Ops 2 but could also be purchased as DLC. This version of Nuketown swapped the classic 1950s look for a blend of retro 60s with Black Ops 2’s futuristic aesthetic.

This updated version fixed the spawn issues from the original Nuketown, leading to many believing this to be the best iteration.

Nuketown Zombies

Nuketown was also included in Black Ops 2’s Zombies mode. It was basically the original Nuketown map designed for Zombies.

This version of Nuketown is the aftermath of the nuclear bomb that goes off at the end of every Nuketown round.

In this version, the map has been damaged by the Nuclear Bomb and smoke and ash blotting out the sun. Zombies spawn in all the usual ways but the Pack-A-Punch and Perk-A-Cola machines spawn after killing certain numbers of zombies.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Declassified (2012)

Nukehouse

This is a version of Nuketown most will be unfamiliar with. Activision released a stripped-back version of Black Ops for the PS Vita called Black Ops Declassified. The single-player took place between the original Black Ops and Black Ops 2 and also included multiplayer.

A smaller version of Nuketown which only featured the yellow house and the truck on the street was included. This map was extremely small with players often spawning right next to each other.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 (2015)

Nuk3town

Black Ops 3 recreated Nuketown in a science-fiction style. With bright colors, futuristic cars, and digital confetti rising from the buses, this was a very different looking Nuketown. The layout of the map stayed much the same, however.

Read more: Verdansk map to remain in Warzone after Black Ops Cold War launch

This map wasn’t available for the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 as this game released during the transition between console generation.

Apart from the aesthetic changes, this version also had high walls to take advantage of ‘wall-running’ which was part of Call of Duty’s movement system at the time.

There were also Easter Eggs included in Nuk3town such as shooting mannequins in a certain sequence which would start a zombie-esque outbreak.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 (2018)

Nuketown 2018

Nuketown 2018 received a mixed reception. This version took on a Soviet aesthetic, being set in the winter with a muted color palette. Although less of a change compared to Nuk3town, players were underwhelmed by the map’s design.

The specialist abilities such as the Grapple Gun drastically altered the flow of the map. Players felt that Nuketown 2018 played too differently to the original.

An addition some liked was the RC-XD tunnel system, in which the remote car could be driven beneath the map past missile silos, and come out the other side.

Nuketown Island (Blackout)

Black Ops 4’s battle royale mode Blackout featured many classic Black Ops maps. Nuketown was included in a location of the map called Nuketown Island.

Nuketown Island includes the whole town that Nuketown is part of, taking heavy inspiration from the classic Nuketown map as well as Nuketown Zombies. The area is heavily damaged similar to how it is in Nuketown Zombies and contains the original cul-de-sac from Nuketown.

Brand new to Nuketown, the area has a nuclear bunker and tunnel system underneath that players can access.

Call of Duty Mobile (2019)

Call of Duty Mobile contains classic maps from both the Black Ops and Modern Warfare franchises and Nuketown is no exception.

This brought it back to the very original Nuketown map we had in Call of Duty Black Ops. Although played on mobile devices, the map plays much the same as it did in the very first Black Ops.

With Nuketown returning in Black Ops Cold War, expect it to have a 1980s theme.

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

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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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