Ruin is a versatile and highly mobile Specialist with a dynamic and powerful ability set.
Ruin is the most in-your-face Specialist in Black Ops 4. His whole kit revolves around getting to objectives fast and causing quick, unrelenting damage. Ruin’s goal is to move quicker than the enemy and use his Slam to gain positional advantages for his team.
Let’s take a look at Ruin’s ability and special issue equipment. We’ll go over some of the best ways to use each and some things to avoid while playing Ruin.
Specialist Ability: Grav Slam
Ruin’s Grav Slam is a fairly reliable zone-clearing ability. Its instant kill and wide radius make it hard to avoid and gives you many opportunities for multi-kills.
The best way to use Grav Slam is to be as aggressive as possible. Constantly fly at the enemy, guns-blazing and make them afraid of your ability. Many players will back up from objectives on instinct when they see a Ruin approaching. You can use this to your advantage by furiously pushing objectives. Think of it as a “First one in, first one out” type of playstyle.
Once you are confident that you can cause maximum damage, don’t hesitate to pop your Slam. It is best used immediately when you see the opportunity for a multi-kill. Important to note is that the Grav Slam takes longer to land the higher the user is. You should always Grav Slam from as close to the ground as possible to prevent enemies from shooting you before the blast hits.
With this said, there are a few exceptions to this rule. More on that in the next section.
Special Issue Equipment: Grapple Gun
The Grapple Gun allows Ruin to travel quickly in straight lines and gives him the unique ability to periodically “fly”. Ruin can shoot in the air once he releases his grapple and can pull off some jetpack-like moves. If you can aim while moving very quickly, try shooting yourself up above objectives and raining down lead.
Other than shooting and traveling fast, the grapple is most useful when paired with the Grav Slam. This is where those “exceptions” kick in.
Though the Grav Slam does take longer to apply damage when used in the air, many objectives provide lots of vertical cover. This means Ruin can launch himself high above the action and Grav Slam from on high. This does not increase the radius of the blast, but it makes avoiding the blast a lot harder.
If enemies don’t notice your approach with the Grapple (hard due to the loud noise it makes), you can surprise attack with the Slam. This strategy does require superior map knowledge, so spend some time combing every map for potential Grapple spots for high Grav Slams.
We hope these tips will help you in your multiplayer experiences. Be sure to check us out on Twitter at @CharlieIntel for daily news, guides, and more.
COD 2020 Teasers: Black Ops 4 Summit map, Treyarch social profile
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…
Gameplay from Black Ops 4’s canceled campaign mode revealed
A user on Reddit, r/BlackOps4, has shared what appears to be the very first footage of gameplay from the canceled campaign mode of Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, which released in October 2018, was the first Call of Duty game to not have a traditional campaign mode, instead opting to have three online-based modes.
Treyarch insisted throughout the year that they really didn’t have plans for a campaign and were focusing on an online connected experience for Black Ops 4, but many reports and sources described the campaign as being too ambitious and canceled because of issues with development.
On Reddit, a user has shared about two minutes of alpha footage of the gameplay of Black Ops 4’s campaign. The campaign, in alpha-state footage (meaning its not complete), had a very similar HUD to the MP experience of Black Ops 4. The user claims that the campaign and MP were supposed to be connected, and that’s why the HUD is so similar.
The gameplay starts by showing a message of “FIND THE AQUILUS CEO.”
Here’s the gameplay footage:
The user who posted this has not said where they got this gameplay footage as of now. He said he only has this footage, alongside an augmented footage of the engine of BO4, which he is not releasing at this time.
Double XP live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 through February 6
To celebrate the big game this weekend, Treyarch is activating Double XP Quad Feed in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 this weekend – starting now.
Live in game now is:
- 2XP in MP
- 2XP in Zombies
- 2XP Party Game Moshpit
All of this is live in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. This is live through February 6 at 10AM PT.
For those still enjoying Black Ops 4, enjoy a new XP weekend!
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