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What does $100 get you in Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Reserve Crates? We find out

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43 Common, 111 Rare, 21 Legendary, 17 Epic, and 3 Ultra Items.

On February 19, Treyarch added Reserves into Call of Duty Black Ops 4. Reserves come in two formats: Reserves Cases and Reserve Crates. A Reserve Case contains one item that can be used in-game and is earned through time spent playing Blackout or Multiplayer. Reserve Crates contain three Cases and can only be obtained by using real world money to purchase CoD points.

Right now, Reserve Crates are priced at 200 CoD Points. The price for CoD points equates to 1 point per USD cent, although the more points you buy, the more bonus points you get. At the $10 level you get 100 Bonus Points, $20 gets you 400 Bonus Points, $40 gets you 1,000 Bonus Points, and $100 gets you 3,000 Bonus Points.

To see if these Crates were worth the dough, I did some testing and spent $100 USD on CoD points which left me with 13,000 CoD Points, enough to buy 65 Reserves Crates.

Three Duplicates, with the 3rd item re-rolling to a Rare Outfit.

At 3 items per Crate, I was left with 195 items with 62 of them being Duplicates. Thanks to the the Reserve Guarantee, every 3rd Duplicate get’s re-rolled into a new item I didn’t already have. Since I had 21 re-rolls, only 41 of my items from the Crates were true Duplicates, meaning they had no value. Doing the math on that, it makes 21% of my $100 useless.

The good thing about re-rolled items is that duplicates that get re-rolled, can’t be of lesser rarity. For example, if I get a duplicate Legendary Outfit as my third duplicate, the re-rolled item will either be a Legendary or Epic.

The third item was a Duplicate Epic that re-rolled into a new Epic.
# of DuplicatesNoneOneTwoThree
# of Reserve Crates2129123


Since the re-roll guarantee is based on how many duplicates the player already has (I started this whole process already with two duplicates), I considered any duplicate, re-rolled or not, to be a duplicate when making the chart above.

After opening 65 crates, over 67% of them included at least one duplicate with 23% of them consisting of only one new item. These numbers are important to look at if you are considering only buying one Crate because you only have a 1 in 3 chance that you will get only new items.

While Duplicates are definitely a huge issue, looking at the the contents of the Crates also appears to be shocking. Including duplicate items and sorted by rarity levels, here’s everything I unlocked from $100 worth of Reserve Crates:


CommonRareLegendaryEpicUltra
Outfits611042
Stickers30
Warpaints3684
Weapon Camos119
Tags13
Gestures33
Signature Weapons1


Nearly 80% of all items in 65 crates are Rare or Common, with the most prevalent item type being Rare Specialist Outfits. Ultra items, which are the rarest, only appear in .01% of Cases. So if you open an Ultra item in a Case earned through gameplay, consider yourself very lucky.

The Ultra items I earned with my $100 were the Jane and John Doe Blackout Character Skins, and the Daemon 3XB Signature Weapon. There are still several Ultra items I have yet to unlock, such as Vacation Hudson, SWAT-RFT and KAP-45 Signature Weapons, and a plethora of Mastercrafts.

One of the three Ultra items I got from my $100 spent.

The four Epic Specialist Outfit I unlocked are definitely cool and some could even pass as separate Blackout Character Skins, but their drop rate was still ludicrously low at .02% when opening 195 Cases.

With all that said, my biggest issue with the items from reserves is that too many of them are just useless. This is understandable as their needs to be lower quality items to make the the rarer items truly rare, but I just feel cheated when a majority of the Epic items I unlocked where just the same Weapon Camo but just for different guns. With over 25 weapons in Black Ops 4, you’re bound to get the Street Race and Splatter Camos many times for guns you will never use.

The same goes for Specialist Outfits. With a dozen Rare outfits for a dozen specialists that all look nearly identical, they might as well just appear as duplicates. I don’t see why anyone would use a Rare outfit on a Specialist if they already have a Legendary or higher on that character.

Two duplicates and an Outfit that looks identical to the Duplicate…

The major takeaway from this experiment is that spending $100 will not get you everything the Reserves have to offer. Not even close. The data shows that you’re guaranteed at least several Ultra items and a whole lot of duplicates. While there were some Crates that proved to be worth their asking price, nearly all of them felt like a waste of money.

Check the video below to see me opening all 65 Reserve Crates:


Here are the 7 best things I unlocked from the $100 I spent. Click to enlarge:

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Video shows off drastic evolution of Call of Duty Zombies from World at War to Cold War

This one is for the dedicated Zombies fans who have been around since Nacht der Untoten, as this video celebrates the evolution of Call of Duty Zombies.

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For those Zombies fans who have been there from the start, here’s a great way to reminisce and relive the Call of Duty Zombies experience we all hold so dearly.

Call of Duty Zombies is still around in today’s Call of Duty, surviving ever since the 2008 classic World at War that started that fan-favorite game mode.

Although a lot has changed since then, players still love the mode, and what better way to bring back good old memories than this video showing the evolution of Zombies.

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The video is by Evolution List on YouTube, a channel dedicated to showing the evolution of various games that have stood the test of time.

In the video, fans are given a walkthrough of Zombies from 2008 all the way to 2021, with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War being the latest entry in the high-profile Call of Duty franchise to feature a Zombies game mode that recently saw its newest map, Mauer der Toten, added in the Season 4 Reloaded update.

Although the video is fairly short, spanning only 5 minutes, viewers are given one classic Zombies map from each Call of Duty game that possessed Zombies.

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Although the mode was mostly in Treyarch-developed Call of Duty games, there have been many variations of the mode, with the video also including WWII’s Zombies, Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies, CoD Mobile’s Zombies, and Infinite Warfare’s Zombies.

Some of the classic maps showcased include:

  • World at War’s Nacht der Untoten
  • Black Ops’ Five
  • Black Ops 3’s Shadows of Evil
  • Black Ops 4’s IX

Of course, there are many other maps shown in the video, but we don’t want to spoil it all!

If you’re a fan of Zombies, this is a great watch so make sure to check out the video below.

For more on Zombies, especially the latest Black Ops Cold War map, Mauer der Toten, be sure to stay tuned on Charlie INTEL.

Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision / Evolution List

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Call of Duty players want a Battlefield Portal inspired mode in the future

After FPS fans were blown away by Battlefield Portal’s reveal, Call of Duty fans want to see a similar mode in the future.

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Battlefield 2042’s REDACTED mode was finally announced at EA Play: Battlefield Portal. This is a hub for content from previous Battlefield games, and Call of Duty players want to see a similar mode in the future.

Like Battlefield, Call of Duty has depicted various theatres of war over the years, both real and fictional. Although Battlefield 2042 is set in the near future, as a throwback for long-time fans of the franchise, they’ve included Battlefield Portal.

This brings weapons, maps, vehicles, and more from Battlefield 1942, Bad Company 2, and Battlefield 3 into one, ultimate sandbox experience. Impressed with the new mode, Call of Duty fans have been asking for a similar experience.

Battlefield Portal vehicles

Call of Duty fans have been desperate for remasters of their favorite games from the franchise, with Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer being the most prominent. Black Ops Cold War is chock-full of maps from Black Ops 2, but players still want to see more content from the games they grew up with.

Battlefield 2042 found the solution to this with their new Portal mode. With access to a ton of content from previous Battlefield games, players can create almost any custom game mode they can dream up.

“And that’s how you incorporate remastered content into your game,” said renowned industry insider Tom Henderson after seeing the reveal. He followed this by theorizing that Call of Duty will create something similar in the “next 5 years.”

His theory was met with resounding excitement, with many Call of Duty players wanting to see their favorite multiplayer and Zombies experiences return in the same way.

Battlefield Portal “truly could be the next BIG THING for creators,” said popular YouTuber Chaosxsilencer. “Imagine a Call of Duty Portal with BO2, BO3, WaW, MW2, MW3 assets all usable and customizable.”

“The custom game options available with #BATTLEFIELD2042 and the Battlefield Portal are amazing. So many options and ways to be creative and have fun,” said Call of Duty news account ModernWarzone. “@RavenSoftware we need things like this in Warzone, especially with Battlefield announcing this today.”

With how extensive of a backlog Call of Duty has, it’s very likely that Activision will take inspiration from Battlefield’s exciting new mode – and the demand for it is certainly there.

If you can’t wait to play Battlefield 2042, you can check out how to get access to the Open Beta in September.

Image Credit: Activision / EA

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Zombies World Record beaten after nearly 300 hours of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

It took one Twitch streamer nearly 300 hours of gameplay to beat the World Record for Black Ops 3’s Nacht Der Untoten Zombies.

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One player has done the unthinkable and beaten the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Nacht Der Untoten Zombies World Record by reaching round 255.

Zombies has a storied history dating all the way back to 2008 when Call of Duty: World at War came bundled with a bonus mini-game called ‘Nacht der Untoten.’ The legendary Nazi Zombies mode would go on to reach ridiculous levels of popularity to the point that Treyarch had to make extra Zombies maps.

Since then, virtually every single CoD title has included new versions and variations of the Zombies formula. Black Ops Cold War is currently enjoying the launch of Mauer Der Toten, the freshest Zombies experience.

However, one Twitch streamer has overlooked modern Zombies in favor of a previous game – Black Ops 3. After 20 days of playing the same game of Nacht Der Untoten on and off, a new World Record was set.

The feat was accomplished by CoD Zombies Twitch streamer TomPhantasy as he smashed the previous record by a staggering 40 rounds to reach Round 255.

Beginning his run on July 2, he spent the next 20 days clocking up nearly 300 hours of game time to obliterate the previous Nacht Der Untoten record.

Remarkably, he was only downed twice, and they both came once he’d surpassed the record figure anyway.

The final seconds of the footage are of the streamer clearing up the last few dregs of Zombies until the round icon in the bottom-left changes to 255.

This absolutely smashes the previous record of 216 rounds set by user Chihiro-516, and may never be beaten.

Dexerto was even able to secure an exclusive word with the streamer to get more reaction to his feat: “The Zombies community has been supporting me for months when I have been attempting this record through the highs and lows,” he said.

He continued: “I knew I had to keep going, because after 24.8 days the game freezes, This meant I had to play 13+ hours per day for those 25 days.”

Massive congratulations need to go to the player who was able to gut his way through an arduous three weeks of Zombies. With Mauer Der Toten very much the new Zombies craze, we wonder if he will one day attempt to set the record for it.

Also, for some more incredible accomplishments, check out the Cold War player who reached 10th Prestige without killing a single player.

Image Credit: Activision / TomPhantasy

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