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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.

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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!

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Black Ops Cold War-themed Western Digital Black Drives available for a limited time

Western Digital has announced a limited time special edition of WD_BLACK drives themed after Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War.

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Hard Drive/SSD manufacturer Western Digital has partnered with Activision to bring specially themed Black Ops Cold War Drives for a limited time.

The Western Digital Black Ops Cold War drives are available now and include specially branded WD_BLACK drives, some of the fastest available in the Western Digital inventory, all catered to gaming.

Included with each purchase will be Call of Duty Points, which fluctuates in quantity depending on which drive you purchase.

The designs of the drives are also quite nice for both the external and internal drives.

For the external drive, a hard drive and NVMe SSD is available, making sure next-gen console gamers and even PC gamers can get an easy to use and portable high-speed SSD.

Black Ops Cold War Themed Drives Prices & Availability

Currently, the specially themed drives are only available on Western Digital’s shop, and not at retailers such as Best Buy. Here’s the rundown of the selection.

As of writing, the WD_BLACK SN850 NVMe is currently out of stock. It’s unknown when there will be a restock, or if there is a plan to roll out these drives to retailers.

Image Credits: Activision/Western Digital

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Ranking the top 5 best Call of Duty Zombies maps

Do you love zombies as much as we do? Here’s our picks for the top 5 Call of Duty Zombies maps ever created by developer Treyarch.

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Here’s our picks for the 5 best Call of Duty: Zombies maps ever created.

Call of Duty Zombies has been around for almost 13 years now, starting with Call of Duty: World at War’s release in 2008. What started as a small bonus mode after completing the campaign turned into a phenomenon for Call of Duty, attracting new fans and creating a brand new core game mode for Treyarch titles.

This list will be our list of the top 5 Treyarch Zombies map, in no particular order. It is worth noting that both Infinity Ward and Sledgehammer Games have tried their own Zombies modes, with Sledgehammer attempting Exo Zombies in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, then opting for traditional Zombies in Call of Duty: World War 2. Infinity Ward also tried in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, and created a surprisingly fun/goofy experience.

If you’re a fan of those games, don’t expect to see any of the maps on this list, as we’re going to reminisce on some of the greatest Treyarch Zombies maps.

#5 – Origins (Black Ops 2)

Origins set a new standard for large-scale Zombies maps after its release as the final Black Ops 2 DLC map. With boss Zombies, upgradable elemental staffs, and a huge easter egg, the future was looking bright for the Call of Duty Zombies experience. Origins introduced the “Wunderfizz” machine, which awards players with a random perk in the game.

Players were also treated to many map secrets, which included being able to enter the giant robots that roamed the map, and also secret gramophones that unlocked access to a different realm.

Origins also saw a remaster in Black Ops 3 with the “Zombies Chronicles DLC”

#4 – Der Eisendrache (Black Ops 3)

Following the trend for large scale maps, Treyarch set out to make one of the most beautiful and fun Zombies maps with Der Esiendrache. Set in a large castle in Austria, this map had a few callbacks to Origins, with elemental bows instead of staffs and even mechanical Zombies, or “Panzersoldats”.

The easter egg for this map also had an epic boss fight against an Apothican Keeper, which rewarded players with a cutscene once completed.

#3 – Kino Der Toten (Black Ops)

One of two maps included with the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops was Kino Der Toten, a simple Zombies map that took place in an abandoned German theater. This map marked the beginning of the next stage of the Zombies storyline and added the iconic “Thunder Gun” into the mystery box.

#2 – Der Riese (World at War)

Der Riese was the final map for World at War and introduced many huge changes to the Zombies formula, like the introduction of the iconic pack-a-punch machine. Additionally, teleporters were added for the first time, and the first real functional easter egg appeared on this map.

The Zombies storyline also truly took off from here, with the addition of secret audio logs hidden on radios around the map.

#1 – Ascension (Black Ops)

Prepare for takeoff! Ascension was the first DLC map added to Black Ops and set a high bar for the rest of the DLC additions. Players started the game entirely in black and white, only to see color when the power was switched on.

The map had several new amazing pieces of equipment, like the Gersh Device and Russian Dolls. Additionally, the new lunar landers added an extra layer of verticality across the map. Ascension had the first full-length story-driven easter egg in the franchise, which rewarded players with a 90-second death machine.

That’s it for our list of the best Call of Duty Zombies maps! Be sure to tweet us @CharlieIntel with your picks.

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How to get a free CDL sticker in Warzone & Black Ops Cold War

Here’s how you can get a free Call of Duty League themed sticker in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

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Activision is offering players an exclusive Call of Duty League Sticker for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

The Call of Duty League 2021 kickoff starts this month, which means Activision is looking to expand marketing for the league.

The first marketing effort consists of a limited-edition “Squad Wipe” weapon sticker for players that will be useable in both Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

Note: The sticker will not be available in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s Multiplayer.

Call of Duty League - Free Sticker

Here’s how you can get the sticker for yourself.

  • 1: Have an Activision account in good standing (no bans).
  • 2: Sign up for Call of Duty League email updates before February 4, 2021.
  • 3: Enter name, email, birthday, country, and favorite teams on the sign-up website to be eligible.
  • 4: Redeem the code emailed to you by January 21, 2022.

Expect the email to come shortly after the February 4, 2021, sign-up deadline. You can register for emails by using this link.

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