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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!

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Classic Call of Duty maps recreated as awesome LEGO sets

Everyone has their favorite Call of Duty map and these eight classic maps have been fully recreated with LEGO bricks in stunning detail.

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LEGO Terminal map and CoD logo

The Call of Duty series has been responsible for some of the most iconic maps in gaming history over the years. Now, some of the most beloved have been reimagined in LEGO.

With the release of Call of Duty: Vanguard, the 18th main CoD entry, edging ever closer, now is as good a time as any to celebrate the series’ history. The sheer number of classic maps has gone a long way to CoD as popular as it is today.

With that in mind, the folks over at Diamond Lobby have recreated some of the most recognizable Call of Duty maps as real LEGO sets. See for yourself below.

Rust map from CoD Modern Warfare

If you’re wondering how it was done, Diamond Lobby used a computer program containing every LEGO brick to design and create each map.

Then a 3D designer was drafted in to help make the creations a reality. While it is possible to make these sets yourself, it can vary between $1,340 and $4,726 to track down every brick needed.

You can see all eight of the classic CoD maps, as well the first game they featured in, right here:

Nuketown – Black Ops

Nuketown map out of LEGO

Arguably one of the most iconic maps in the entire series, this staple has been updated and revamped for every entry in the Black Ops series.

Rust – Modern Warfare 2

Rust map made out of LEGO

Rust is possibly best known as where the dramatic finale of Modern Warfare 2’s campaign took place. Or where disputes were settled in a 1v1.

Castle – World at War

Castle map made out of LEGO

Castle is one of the best WWII-themed maps in the series to date. That explains why it’s coming back in CoD: Vanguard later this year.

Terminal – Modern Warfare 2

Terminal map made out of LEGO

Another MW2 classic, going for a nuke by camping on the plane will bring back plenty of memories for long-time fans.

Slums – Black Ops II

Slums map made out of LEGO

This may not have been the favorite among the average players, but anyone who follows competitive CoD will know that Slums is one of the best.

Crash – Modern Warfare (2007)

Crash map made of LEGO

The sign of any great map is when it comes back again and again. Crash has featured in four separate titles, securing its place as an all-time great.

Firing Range – Black Ops

Firing Range CoD map made from LEGO

Yet another close-quarters map showing up in many different games, Firing Range, along with Nuketown and Launch, were the standouts from the first entry in the Black Ops sub-series.

Raid – Black Ops II

Raid map made out of LEGO

The newest map on this, but by no means the worst. Raid made its way into Blacks Ops Cold War thanks to its popularity back in 2012.

Those were eight classic Call of Duty maps amazingly recreated as LEGO sets.

For more of the latest CoD news, check out the teaser for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6.

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All Black Ops 4 Prestige emblems & how to get them

Here’s every Black Ops 4 Prestige emblem across multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout – and how to unlock them to show off your accomplishments.

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Black Ops 4 Prestige Master emblem

Black Ops 4 was the last Call of Duty title to feature a traditional Prestige system, so here are all the emblems and how to get them.

In every Call of Duty game since the original CoD 4: Modern Warfare, players have been able to flex their skill and time put in my Prestiging.

This resets your rank back to level 1, giving you a new grind and rewards to show for it. One of these rewards is a cool-looking new emblem to show everyone in the lobby that you’re a serious competitor.

2018’s Black Ops 4 was the last Call of Duty to feature the classic Prestige system, so we’re taking a look at how to Prestige and every emblem in BO4.

How to Prestige in Black Ops 4

Woods in Black Ops 4's Blackout

To Prestige in Black Ops 4, you need to hit the max level in the game. Once you’ve done that, you can Prestige and start unlocking new items as you continue to do so. And once you’ve Prestiged 10 times, you can hit Prestige Master and get another unique emblem.

The max level in Black Ops 4 is 55 in multiplayer and Zombies and 80 in Blackout, so you need to hit this level 10 times to be Prestige Master.

Here’s a simple guide to Prestiging in Black Ops 4:

  1. Play Black Ops 4 multiplayer, Zombies, or Blackout until you reach max level
  2. Press the ‘menu’ button and you’ll see a prompt saying, “Prestige mode available”
  3. Follow the prompt to the Progress & Unlocks screen
  4. Press ‘Enter Prestige Mode’ in the top right corner of the screen

You’ll have now Prestiged, so keep doing this until you hit Prestige Master!

All Black Ops 4 multiplayer Prestige emblems

There were 10 Prestige levels in Black Ops 4’s multiplayer, with a unique emblem available for players who reached Prestige Master.

Here’s every Black Ops 4 multiplayer Prestige emblem in order.

black ops 4 multiplayer prestige emblems

All Black Ops 4 Zombies Prestige emblems

Black Ops 4 offers separate Prestige emblems for the Zombies grinders. Again, there are 10 Prestige levels to climb through, and a special Prestige Master emblem for those who went above and beyond.

Here are Black Ops 4’s Zombies Prestige emblems.

black ops 4 zombies prestige emblems

Black Ops 4 Blackout Prestige emblems

As part of Operation Grand Heist, Call of Duty 4’s battle royale, Blackout, got its own Prestige system. This acts the same as multiplayer and Zombies, with those hitting level 80 being able to Prestige.

Here are all of Black Ops 4’s Blackout Prestige emblems.

black ops 4 blackout prestige emblems

And those are all of the Prestige emblems in Black Ops 4! For more on this Call of Duty title, check out how many people play it in 2021.

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How many people play Black Ops 4? 2021 player count

Ever wondered how many people are currently playing Black Ops 4? We look at the 2018 Call of Duty title’s 2021 player count.

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Woods in Black Ops 4's Blackout

If you’re looking at picking up Black Ops 4, it’s worth knowing how many people are playing the game. We’re taking a look at how many are still playing 2018’s Call of Duty title in 2021.

Black Ops 4 was the last Call of Duty title to release before Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War shook up the formula. It featured the first-ever CoD battle royale, Blackout, which paved the way for Warzone’s incredible success.

The game became free as part of PlayStation Plus in July, but with no joint progression system, there’s less of a reason to go back to it. However, many still prefer the game’s mechanics and maps, so it still has a player base.

Here’s how many people are still playing Black Ops 4 in 2021.

What is Black Ops 4’s player count in 2021?

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 operators

Unfortunately, there’s no precise way to tell how many people are playing Black Ops 4 in 2021. However, we’ve done some digging around various player count tracking websites to come up with a rough estimate.

According to PlayStation tracking website PS-Timetracker, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 was played by 2,510 of their users in August 2021. Of course, the number is likely much higher because you must sign up to have your stats tracked, and it only takes PlayStation players into account.

Another website, PlayerCounter, says that, at the time of writing, there are roughly 12,000 people playing Call of Duty games released before Modern Warfare (2019). Unfortunately, Black Ops 4 has been included with the other previous CoD games, so there is no precise data.

From this info, we estimate that there is likely somewhere between 5,000-10,000 players playing Black Ops 4 in September 2021.

Black Ops 4 player count comparison

New Warzone Pacific Map

Activision revealed in May that Call of Duty: Warzone has had over 100 million players log in to the battle royale title. According to PlayerCounter, there are 2 million players playing Modern Warfare right now, but this likely takes Warzone into account too.

According to Steam Charts, Black Ops III has 1,300 active users and the rest of the Call of Duty titles on Steam, such as WWII and Advanced Warfare, have player counts only in the hundreds. However, incorporating consoles likely makes the player counts higher.


You can also check out Apex Legends, Fortnite, and Battlefield 4’s player counts for 2021 too!

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