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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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Activision reportedly committed to releasing next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation

A new report claims that Call of Duty will remain on PlayStation for at least the next three releases, including Warzone 2.

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Activision Blizzard have committed to releasing the next three Call of Duty games on PlayStation, according to a new report from Bloomberg.

The gaming world was rocked on January 18 when Microsoft announced it was set to acquire Activision Blizzard in a deal nearing $70 billion. While 54% of Call of Duty fans polled are happy at the news, there has been some concerns about whether Microsoft would make the franchise exclusive to Xbox consoles.

Now, a new report claims that Activision’s flagship FPS will stay on PlayStation for at least the next three releases.

warzone operator using binoculars

Bloomberg‘s Jason Schreier claims that “Activision had already committed to making the next few CoD games available on Sony’s console,” before news of Microsoft’s purchases broke.

That means Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare sequel, which is set to release later this year, Treyarch’s next entry in 2023, and a planned “new iteration of Call of Duty: Warzone” will all be playable on PlayStation consoles.

While Activision haven’t confirmed this publicly, Schreier states that he spoke to “four people with knowledge of the deal,” who have asked to remain anonymous.

While this is good news for Sony fans. the future of CoD on PlayStation is still difficult to predict. Microsoft Gaming CEO Phil Spencer previously stated that they “intended to honor all existing agreements” after the Activision Blizzard deal is complete, but didn’t mention what would happen once those agreements have ended.

Taking away Call of Duty from PlayStation would mark a seismic shift in the gaming industry, and for the franchise. It seems Call of Duty could change forever under Microsoft’s ownership, with talks ongoing about ending the franchise’s annual release schedule.

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Activision executives reportedly discussing end of Call of Duty annual releases

A new report claims Activision are considering scrapping the series’ annual release schedule following Microsoft’s buyout.

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Vanguard and Modern Warfare 2 characters

Activision Blizzard executives are reportedly considering ending the Call of Duty franchise’s annual release schedule, with Bloomberg claiming discussions are ongoing.

For years, fans have become accustomed to receiving a new Call of Duty game every year. Without fail, Activision have published the latest entry in the legendary FPS franchise in October or November, giving players a new game to grind into the holiday seasons.

Some players have suggested this isn’t always a good thing, as this cycle gives CoD’s three developers a limited time to work on games, which can sometimes lead to issues when they launch. Sledgehammer Games have already delayed Vanguard Season 2 to try and address the problems plaguing the game.

Now, it appears that Activision’s higher-ups may be coming around to the idea of ending yearly releases for good.

Vanguard players running in-game

According to a new report from Bloomberg, high-level employees at Activision “have discussed moving away from the annual release schedule.”

Jason Schreier reports that these plans haven’t been finalized yet, but there is a belief among the franchise’s development teams that this would “please players and help bolster the franchise” by lightening the intense workloads they currently face.

This debate has been sparked after the lackluster reception to Vanguard, although Schreier states any change is unlikely to happen for at least a year or two, with Activision banking on 2022’s rumored Modern Warfare II to boost the franchise.

The move away from yearly releases would certainly offer developers more time to tweak and polish the game, and avoid many of the criticisms leveled at their games in the early days. Halo fans had to wait 6 years for Infinite, but the game was met with widespread acclaim at launch.

With the Microsoft acquisition of Activision, it’s expected that we could see some major changes to the publisher’s titles, although Phil Spencer has moved to calm fears that CoD could become an Xbox exclusive title.

For more on what could happen, check out how Microsoft and Xbox Studios could change Call of Duty forever.

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Here’s why 54% of CoD fans are happy about Microsoft’s Activision buyout

A recent poll revealed that 54% of Call of Duty fans were positive about Microsoft’s Activision buyout, and here’s their reasoning.

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It was revealed in a Charlie INTEL poll that the majority of Call of Duty fans were glad of Microsoft’s planned Activision Blizzard takeover, with 54% agreeing it’s a good thing.

The game’s industry was shocked when Microsoft announced they’re planning to buy Activision Blizzard King for almost $70 billion. This gives them exclusive rights to some of the biggest gaming franchises in the world such as Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Overwatch.

We asked the Call of Duty community their thoughts, and the majority were excited about the franchise’s future under Microsoft. However, some were more hesitant to celebrate the news.

54% of CoD players say Microsoft’s Activision buyout is a good thing

Charlie INTEL conducted a poll on January 19, roughly 24 hours after the monumental news broke, asking Call of Duty fans: “What’s your reaction to the Microsoft buyout of Activision Blizzard?”

Over half of the 28,000 votes believed it will be a good thing. Just over 12% think it will be bad for the industry, and 33% aren’t sure yet.

Unfortunately, Microsoft’s plans for Activision’s properties are as clear as mud. They sound hopeful that Activision titles will hit Xbox Game Pass, but we’ll likely need to wait until the acquisition goes through to know more.

Why CoD players are happy with Microsoft’s Activision buyout

Microsoft buying Activision Blizzard

Several players explained why they think Microsoft’s Activision Blizzard takeover is a good thing.

“For worker culture at Activision Blizzard it seems like things will likely improve,” said popular Call of Duty leaker TheGhostOfHope. “COD will likely see a much more healthy developer ecosystem as well. Microsoft being able to buy the competition like they are is a slippery slope long term though. Overall I’d say it’s good.”

One player was extremely positive about the acquisition, saying that “if anyone thinks this is a bad thing” then “you need to think again.” They believe that “Microsoft has come a long way and isn’t spending 70 billion to make CoD worse. It can only get better. But it will take time.”

Many were hopeful that Microsoft would scrap Call of Duty’s yearly release cycle. Both Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard were released with broken and missing features, and many players believe these developers should be given much more time to perfect the game.

“I overall see this as a good thing and can hope that xbox will stop the yearly cod cycle and fix warzone,” said one player. TangoCheeseball echoed their statement, saying they hope that Microsoft supports CoD 2022 for two years, and then Treyarch returns with a new title in 2024 or 2025.

Xbox players were obviously glad, expecting to receive exclusive content and Call of Duty on Game Pass. “I’m on Xbox so game pass bouta be blessed but not sure if it’ll be a upgrade for Cod or if it will just stay the same. Either way a positive for xbox,” said LiLbotboi.

But of course, not every player was happy about the acquisition. Many had doubts over Microsoft’s monopoly over the games industry, with them already owning Bethesda, and worried that Call of Duty would go Xbox/PC exclusive.

“If they choose to make all of Activision’s future games exclusive to Xbox/PC, it’s doing a disservice to all gamers,” said Elkucuy.

Newbro101_ was more open-minded, saying: “It’s way too early to tell if it’s a good thing or not, once I notice an actual change in games it’s good [I guess].”


There’s no way of knowing what Microsoft has in store for Call of Duty and its development teams. We can only hope the change is positive for both Activision staff and the CoD community.

However, we have some thoughts on what may change, so check out the five ways Microsoft buying Activision could change Call of Duty forever.

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