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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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Ranking the 10 best Call of Duty maps ever

In nearly 20 years of Call of Duty games, which maps do we consider to be the absolute best? Find out as we rank the top 10 CoD maps ever.

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After playing Call of Duty games for so many years, it’s often crossed our mind, which is the best CoD map of all time? So we’ve gone through them all, and come up with what we believe to be the 10 best ever, and ranked them.

Between Infinity Ward, Treyarch, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software, the franchise’s main developers have created some astonishingly good maps over the years. Some have stood the test of time, with some becoming recurring features in multiple CoD games.

We decided to take the unenviable task of going through every single Call of Duty online multiplayer map and trying to pick the top 10 ever. Some CoD games don’t feature at all, and that doesn’t necessarily mean they were bad games, it’s just that some did it better.

Here is our official ranking of Call of Duty’s 10 best maps ever.

10. The Pines

cod map the pines

Black Ops Cold War probably won’t go down in the annals as an all-time great, but it’s had plenty of highspots, including The Pines.

A throwback to a certain, classic 1980s film, The Pines has a great environment to explore with frantic battles in shops, lots of verticality, several perch-type spots, and the middle of the map is very accessible thanks to walls and its fountain.

Also, see where it ranked on our list of the best Black Ops Cold War maps!

9. Highrise

cod map highrise

Modern Warfare 2 gave birth to the craziness of 360 no-scoping, quickscoping, and various other ridiculous sniping tricks that would become permanently etched in the early days of YouTube.

Lots of players we know now got their start using Highrise to climb to fame, and that’s also because it’s a great map. You can always use either building to become engaged in heated battles and use them for range before inevitably flying down to the rooftop below for even more conflict.

8. Bloc

cod map bloc

On the other hand, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare’s Bloc is probably the finest example of a sniping map in the series’ storied history.

Its predominant feature is the two opposing, war-torn apartment blocs that are quite literally set up for a battle of Sniper Rifles. It’s always great fun moving from window to window and changing floors to vary your attack. If that wasn’t your thing, then Bloc has plenty of avenues to storm both buildings and move around the edges of the map to ambush.

7. Rust

cod map rust

Before “1v1 me in the Gulag“, there was Rust. Taking the idea of a small map from CoD4’s Shipment, Rust still manages to create a small playground but added so many possibilities.

From its stairs-esque shaft to the ladder taking you to the top, there are so many ways you could get the jump on your opponent. Rust also has a myriad of crevices to move around in, making this tiny map feel massive.

6. Rammaza

cod map rammaza

Rammaza is not only a bright spot in an otherwise divisive 2019 Modern Warfare reboot, it’s also just a classic Call of Duty map.

With three different levels of fighting possible, a multitude of different ladders and stairs to allow fluid traversal, Rammaza is just big enough and has all its obstacles in the right place. It’s a great map on any game mode and one that we’d definitely like to see return.

5. Strike

cod map strike

There isn’t a wasted space in quite a sizable Strike map. The spawn points are well-hidden and it doesn’t feel bare in any parts.

It has several key spots such as the iconic middle building, the kitchen area, the houses near each spawn, and there are genuinely so many different ways to play it. Search & Destroy was a particular delight to play on Strike, and it’s aged very well.

4. Raid

cod map raid

Raid might be the most scenic and stunning map on this list with this luxurious hollywood home boasting incredible architecture, mega-expensive sports cars, and even its own basketball court.

The map just feels unique and underlines this by allowing you to swim under its pool. It’s well-connected by the middle’s garden area and again, firefights can literally take place anywhere on the map. It was one of Black Ops Cold War’s first classic maps to be added to the game, and that’s because it’s still incredibly popular to do this day.

3. Firing Range

cod map firing range

Another smaller map that manages to cram so much into it that it’s hard not to love. The concept is great as we’ve found ourselves on these practice ranges in multiple CoD games, so now actually trying to kill people on it feels apt.

Firing Range is a hotbed for high-scoring games, but unlike a map such as Nuketown, Firing Range feels fair and doesn’t feel like you’ll be spawn-trapped for multiple deaths in a row. It’s definitely the best “small” map in Call of Duty history and we’re sure we’ll be seeing it for multiple games to come.

2. Terminal

cod map terminal

To many, the top spot is always going to boil down between one of two maps, and our number two spot goes to Terminal. If the action had perhaps been locked down to only the outside or inside, then Terminal wouldn’t fair so well.

But thankfully it doesn’t, and it leads to lots of crazy matches with close-range combat, long-range sniping, and everything in-between. Terminal perfectly manages to capture the balance of gameplay, whilst providing a cool backdrop at the same time.

1. Crash

cod map crash

The best map honor goes to Crash. If the sight of that destroyed helicopter doesn’t make you feel nostalgic then you probably never played Call of Duty 4. Infinity Ward’s take on modern warfare changed first-person shooters forever, and Crash is symbolic of this.

Gone were the days of the arena shooter, Crash represented a new era of detailed, intricate, multi-channeled maps with new ways to play each time. Whether you stayed at the top of the street to snipe down a lane, or headed to the bottom to ascend the three-story building, Crash had everything and more to make a map you wanted to play time and time again.

Which is why we believe it’s the best map in Call of Duty history.

Also, check out our 5 best Call of Duty games ever ranked: Full tier list too.


Do you disagree with any of our selections? Be sure to let us know on our Charlie INTEL Facebook Page and Charlie INTEL Twitter Page!

Image credits: Activision / Infinity Ward / Treyarch / Sledgehammer Games

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CoD leaker claims Modern Warfare 3 Campaign Remastered coming in 2021

Call of Duty fans could be set for huge nostalgia in 2021 with a remaster of the Modern Warfare 3 campaign expected to drop.

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Modern Warfare 3 looks set to follow in the footsteps of Modern Warfare 2 by releasing a remastered version of its campaign component. A leak has suggested that the Call of Duty content is scheduled for 2021.

There’s absolutely no doubting the impact that the Modern Warfare games have had on the video game industry. At the time, CoD’s 2011 launch made Modern Warfare 3 the most successful entertainment launch of all-time by grossing over $400 million in 24 hours.

The continued exploits of Captain Price, Soap, and the gang were massively sought after and people flocked to it in droves. Now, players will apparently get to revisit this classic campaign in 2021 with a leak hinting that Modern Warfare 3 Remastered is on the way.

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According to the MW2Ghost, “I was told that MW3 Campaign Remastered is definitely coming this year, and should be coming Q2 which is the original plan, one month exclusive to PlayStation.”

If true, this would follow a similar model to other previous Call of Duty content by declaring PlayStation to be its exclusive home for a while.

Black Ops Cold War has been an example of this with PlayStation users being treated exclusively to the game’s Onslaught mode. Modern Warfare 2 Remastered also released first on PlayStation.

MW2Ghost also followed this message up by saying, “Worded this a bit weird, so, it was originally set for Q2 of this year under a deal with PlayStation, but not sure if that’s still the case (date). Apparently, it’s definitely still coming at some point this year.”

Modern Warfare 2 remastered proved to be a financial victory for Activision, as people clamored for the epic campaign that helped to kickstart a generation.

With the extraordinary success of Warzone potentially affecting Call of Duty 2021, a remastered version of the Modern Warfare 3 campaign may have to keep fans ticking over until Call of Duty 2021 is announced.

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How to play Rebirth Island in private matches

Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War has arrived in Warzone, and it has delivered the ability to play Rebirth Island in private matches.

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Season 3 has officially arrived in Call of Duty: Warzone. It has brought plenty of changes, with one of the most notable is the ability to play private matches on Rebirth Island.

The first season of Black Ops Cold War content for Warzone saw Rebirth Island become the second map that players could battle on in the popular Call of Duty battle royale. The much smaller map and lower player count resulted in players being able to have quicker and even more intense matches than Verdansk.

While the community has been able to play private matches on Verdansk for some time now, the same has not been true for Rebirth Island, until now thanks to the Season 3 update for Warzone.

Rebirth Island Private Matches

How to Play Rebirth Island in Private Matches

Players looking to customize their experience on the smaller Warzone map and host their own exclusive matches now can, thanks to the addition of private matches to the Black Ops Cold War map for Warzone.

Individuals who would like to set up these kinds of games on this particular map will need to head into Warzone and click on the tab at the very bottom of the Warzone playlist where you find all of the different game modes that you can play currently.

You will then need to select which game mode you would like to play. Once you have selected the game mode, you will be sent to the lobby screen, where you will be able to go to the bottom of the screen and switch the map from Verdansk to Rebirth Island.

Make sure you have enough players in the lobby to start a match, and then press start match.

There is no doubt that the addition of this feature to Verdansk was a hit amongst the community and will likely be used a great deal by players throughout Season 3 who prefer to get their victories and highlights on the smaller Warzone map instead of its larger predecessor.

The addition of this feature is just one of the many changes that have arrived in Warzone by way of the Season 3 update. From new weapons like the PPSH and Swiss K31 to the Hunt for Adler event, community members will have plenty to enjoy for the foreseeable future.

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