Black Ops 4 Guides Tagged Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Black Ops 4 Guides RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network How to Make the Most of the Zero Specialist in Black Ops 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/z0cli/how-to-make-the-most-of-the-zero-specialist-in-black-ops-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/z0cli/how-to-make-the-most-of-the-zero-specialist-in-black-ops-4 Fri, 21 Dec 2018 11:20:00 -0500 John Schutt

Call of Duty Black Ops 4's new specialist, Zero, was so effective she's already been nerfed. But even with the significant patch that came out earlier this week, she's still one of the most powerful specialists on the field, and in the hands of a competent player, she can turn whole matches on their head in seconds.

Zero isn't the first time Treyarch added a hacking mechanic to their multiplayer. Back in Black Ops 2, the Black Hat equipment played much the same role as her Ice Pick.

With a few seconds, players could destroy or take control of any enemy placeable equipment or streaks. The Black Hat returned in Black Ops 3 much reduced and saw limited use as a result.

The difference for Zero is that she can do all that, and hack other players, too. What in Advanced Warfare was a sometimes difficult to earn killstreak has become all but a certainty if there's a Zero in the match, and even in her post-nerf state, you will see plenty of players making use of her skills.

So how can you take up the Zero mantle and make your enemies' lives miserable? Read on to find out.

Disruptor's Good to Go

Zero's EMP grenade is everything you'd expect: it disrupts enemy HUDs, cancels their ability to use streaks, and destroys all equipment within a given radius.

Brainless, right? Not really. Like Ajax's Nine Bang (itself on the receiving end of a significant nerf), the EMP's use is somewhat situational and takes slightly more forethought to use effectively.

You want to know two things before you decide to toss an EMP:

  1. Whether enemies will be within its radius
  2. Whether its use benefits anyone but Zero

The first point should be obvious. An EMP is worthless if it doesn't connect with anyone, even with its relatively short cooldown time. You'll need to have a general idea of how troops flow on each map and some concept of where they're likely to be in the middle of a round. 

Luckily, few people run suppressors and Fog of War and UAV should give you a good idea of who's where, when.

The second point is purely a personal choice. You can use the EMP as a survival tool, but it's not going to stop someone from shooting you like Torque's Barricade or Razor Wire might. It's not going to blind anyone like the Nine Bang. That said, there's always a chance you'll catch someone off guard just long enough to duck behind cover.

In short, you have to put a little thought into where and when you use the EMP, but don't hesitate to use it when you have it available. It will win fights for you or your teammates.

Zero Day Exploit

The Ice Pick. Perhaps the most powerful specialist ability, capable of affecting almost anything and everything the enemy team could use against you, including themselves.

It has no range limitation, no effective perk counter, and though it has a longer cooldown, once used everyone on the map immediately feels the effects.

It has a few weaknesses: the tablet takes up the whole screen, robs its user of mobility, and the hack takes enough time for spawns to flip, forcing a premature end to any Zero player's plans.

Make no mistake, however. Its strengths far outweigh any of its limitations. That means the next question is:

"Why not use it as soon as I have it?"

Simple. A full team hack is nice to have, but if you can rob your enemy of crucial assets in the air and on the ground, you'll get a lot more out of a single hack than just 60 points.

The best way to use the Ice Pick, then, is to wait until momentum shifts away from your team. The moment you feel like you and your teammates are standing on the back foot, because of killstreaks, equipment, or otherwise, make a point of removing those advantages all at once.

If you feel like the match will remain in your favor regardless of a hack, use it instead as a turbo boost. An enemy on the back foot is more likely to take additional caution when he hears a hack is on the way. Once it goes through, you'll put any streak or equipment resistance on hold.

In either case, you'll want to find a low-traffic area of the map, hunker down, and make the enemy team's life a living hell. For 30 seconds, at least.

Power Through

So we know how to use the EMP. We know the power of the Ice Pick. Now how do you play Zero at every other time, and how does she play with her full kit available?

Like every other Specialist with a focus on speed

Crash, Battery, Ajax, Ruin. If you know what it means to play these Specialists, you understand the value of being in someone's face whenever possible.

Zero is no different. Be aware that a hacked enemy can still shoot you, but everything else about them save their healing is unusable. They are a walking gun, nothing more.

You'll want to focus on weapons you can count on, the fast, powerful stuff that grants mobility without sacrificing firepower. That means SMGs, ARs, and certain LMGs with the right loadout.

Lead an engagement with your EMP, then rush in when your opponent is disoriented. Also be aware that the EMP has a wide radius, so the enemies it hits might be farther away than you expect. 

If the Ice Pick is up and it's a good time to use it, do so and head to a high-traffic area of the map to take advantage of your foes' disorientation. 

When you're playing on a more wide-open map, I would advise against Zero in some cases, especially if there are a lot of long sightlines that make her EMP less of an asset. Thankfully, there are enough close-quarters areas on Black Ops 4's maps you can hang out and make the best use of her kit.

If you must play slow, you'll be hampering Zero's immediate effectiveness. Sure, you might have an easier time getting to the Ice Pick, but you deny your team the more localized EMP support. You're also robbing yourself of the opportunity to make a real nuisance of yourself. 

And at the end of the day, that's what Zero is all about: being the biggest nuisance on the battlefield. Her job isn't holding down a position, clearing a room, or making sure teammates have a better chance of winning their gunfights. 

Her job is ensuring the enemy can't do anything she doesn't want them to do.

What's more fun than control like that?

 

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 remains on track to be one of the best shooters of 2018 as long as Treyarch can keep from meddling too much in the core mechanics that make a Call of Duty title tick.

Zero comes dangerously close to crossing that line, but her addition manages to shake up the Specialist meta in a way some players won't like, but others will love.

If you're still on the fence about picking it up, check out our review. If you're looking to take your gameplay to another level, read our Specialist guide. And don't forget that there's plenty of other Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 content on GameSkinny. It's all right here.

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Black Ops 4 Guide: How to Unlock Zombie Characters in Blackout https://www.gameskinny.com/u47bl/black-ops-4-guide-how-to-unlock-zombie-characters-in-blackout https://www.gameskinny.com/u47bl/black-ops-4-guide-how-to-unlock-zombie-characters-in-blackout Mon, 26 Nov 2018 10:32:29 -0500 Sergey_3847

The Blackout battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 currently offers five unlockable zombie characters.

To unlock each of the playable characters, you need to complete three different challenges. Our quick guide below will show you the challenges you need to complete to unlock each of them and tips on how to do it fast.

How to Unlock Zombie Characters in Blackout

Shadow Man character select screen Black Ops 4

Shadow Man

This is the only zombie character that doesn't require that you complete any challenges. However, the only way to unlock him is to purchase the Black Ops Pass.

Bruno

Here are all three challenges you need to complete in order to unlock Bruno:

  • Required Item: Mug Shot
  • Down an enemy with a melee attack
  • Finish the match with Mug Shot in Inventory

You can get a Mug Shot by opening a supply drop (which isn't always guaranteed to pop). But the best way to obtain Mug Shot is to complete the Blightfather event at the Graveyard, which can be found south of the Asylum.

Diego
  • Required Item: Pulp Magazine
  • Down 1 enemy with a headshot
  • Finish the match with Pulp Magazine in Inventory

Getting a Pulp Magazine is easier than the previous item. You can get it by simply killing zombies or by completing the Blightfather event.

Scarlett
  • Required Item: Racing Goggles & Scarf
  • Kill an enemy by driving into them with a vehicle
  • Finish the match with Racing Goggles & Scarf in Inventory

Scarlett can be unlocked just like Diego. You can either kill zombies to obtain the goggles and the scarf or finish the Blightfather event.

Shaw
  • Required Item: Alchemical Set
  • Kill 2 enemies with either a Wraith Fire or Acid Bomb
  • Finish the match with Alchemical Set in Inventory

Shaw is the hardest character to unlock, as there is only one way to get the Alchemical Set. You can find it inside mystery boxes, which spawn only at blue light beams (refer to the map below for exact locations of mystery boxes).

Apart from the Alchemical Set, you will also find Wraith Fire and Acid Bomb inside a mystery box.

Blackout map showing blue light beam locations

Now you can quickly unlock all available zombie characters in Blackout mode, and for other Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 guides at GameSkinny, take a look at the list below:

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7 Best Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Easter Eggs https://www.gameskinny.com/8a6t2/7-best-call-of-duty-black-ops-4-easter-eggs https://www.gameskinny.com/8a6t2/7-best-call-of-duty-black-ops-4-easter-eggs Thu, 18 Oct 2018 11:08:48 -0400 Sergey_3847

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Easter Egg: Element 115 

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Black Ops 4's developers couldn't resist including the Element 115 reference -- and you can find it in Blackout. 

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For those not in the know, Element 115 is an element discovered by Dr. Ludvig Maxis for the purpose of creating zombie soldiers. First appearing in Call of Duty: World at War, Maxis is the main antagonist in the series' many zombie modes. 

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You can find this Easter egg in the Factory facility in Blackout. You will see the 115 number on the board inside one of the buildings. But this is not the only reference in Black Ops 4.

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If you go to Nuketown Island, you will see a wall clock showing exactly 1:15 inside one of the houses.

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This is a fun little shout out to all the long-time fans of the Call of Duty series from Treyarch.

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Those are all of the best Easter eggs in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, and for other related articles at GameSkinny, take a look at the list below:

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Easter Egg: Black Ops Basketball 

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Did you know that you can play a casual game of basketball in Blackout? Just head straight to the northern part of the map where the Estates area is located.

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Inside one of the mansions, you will find a basketball court. There's official no competition (yet) and you can't earn any points, but you can come with a friend to chill and play. 

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It will be interesting to see if more players start flocking to the area to play basketball, setting up their own tournaments. This Easter egg could very well turn into its own metagame sometime in the future. 

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Easter Egg: Shadowman Jumpscare 

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Call of Duty jumpscares are back!

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The first one could was all the way back in Black Ops 2, and now you can experience the same terrifying fright again in Black Ops 4's Blood of the Dead map. This particular Easter egg involves the Shadowman monster.

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All you need to do to activate the jumpscare is to play the Blood of the Dead map in a Classic mode. Then, get a sniper rifle with a scope from a mystery box and head toward the catwalk area.

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From the catwalk, you will see an old shack across the road. If you zoom in to see what's inside (look through the window), you will experience the trademark Zombies jumpscare.

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Easter Egg: Hacienda Prisoner

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It seems that Treyarch put secret Easter eggs on every map in Black Ops 4, and that is a great thing if you're an aficionado of the series.

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You can find one of the most mysterious Easter eggs on the Hacienda map that is modeled after a mob of gangland mansion.

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As soon as you spawn in Hacienda, you need to head toward the other side of the building. You will find a private beach there with boats. Then jump into the water and you will see a dead body wrapped in a plastic bag and tied up to the bottom of the ocean with a chain.

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Looks like somebody just got rid of an important witness.

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Easter Egg: Warden's Ritual Room

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Here is another cool Easter egg you can find on the Blood of the Dead map. But before you can find it, you must get either a Spoon or a Gold Spork. Both are melee weapons that can be found on the Blood of the Dead map.

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Once you have obtained one of the weapons, head toward the Warden's building. As you enter the building, go upstairs and turn toward the wall and scratch it using either a Spoon or a Spork.

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Lastly, go outside and wait for the Brutus zombie to appear. Let him follow you back into the Warden's house to the spot where you've scratched the wall upstairs and let him slam you.

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This will create an explosion that will reveal the secret Warden's room with lots of cool items inside.

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Easter Egg: Richtofen & Stuhlinger 

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One of the most unique Easter eggs in Black Ops 4 can be found on the Blood of the Dead map, which is one of the three Zombies maps in the game. This one is a conversation between two characters from Black Ops 2 -- Richtofen and Stuhlinger.

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As you may know, Richtofen is one of the playable characters in Blood of the Dead. If you play the map in co-op mode with either you or a buddy playing Richtofen, let the player not playing Richtofen die. 

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When that player starts spectating, you will hear the voice of Stuhlinger, speaking to you through Aether. 

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Too bad the voice won't help your buddy blast those zombies into glorious giblets. 

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Easter Egg: Asylum Secret Song

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Hop into a match of Blackout and go to the Asylum to trigger one of the most recognizable songs associated with the Call of Duty franchise -- Lullaby of a Deadman.

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To find the Easter egg, go upstairs and find the restroom (which you basically can't miss). Go to the leftmost toilet and interact with it three times. You will hear water flushing. Soon after, the speakers all over the Asylum will start playing the Lullaby of a Deadman.

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This is technically a returning Easter egg from the World at War, which a lot of fans of Call of Duty will know for sure. But it's great to see it making a comeback. 

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Just like with other games in the series, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is full of Easter eggs, most of them references to other games in the franchise. 

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But since the game doesn't have a campaign mode (the first in the series to do so), some of the Easter eggs can be difficult to spot. It's a given that your main priority in multiplayer and Blackout is to frag your opponents and get the #1 position -- not look for Easter eggs. 

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From references only available in co-op mode to zombies and battle royale, Black Ops 4 does right by paying homage to some of the best moments in the series. If you like unlocking secret references in Call of Duty games, then follow our guide for the 7 best Easter eggs in Black Ops 4.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Specialists Overview Guide https://www.gameskinny.com/la2yx/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-specialists-overview-guide https://www.gameskinny.com/la2yx/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-specialists-overview-guide Tue, 16 Oct 2018 11:10:42 -0400 John Schutt

I'm playing Black Ops 4 in preparation for my review, there are a few things that stand out in the multiplayer portion, and one of them isn't new, but because of the changes made in this new iteration, there's still no doubt the Specialists change up game flow.

That being said, this time around many of the Specialist abilities take a supporting role to the gunplay, and the only ones who can have a lasting impact are the actual support abilities, like Crash's heal or Torque's barricade and razor wire. 

I've divided the Specialists into three categories, based on the Team Fortress 2 system for simplicity. The categories, therefore, are Attack, Defense, and Support.

Before we get started, please remember: all of these strategies assume a basic familiarity with the maps. You'll be hard pressed to get the most out of the Specialists without one.

Now, first up is Attack, made up of Ruin, Firebreak, Battery, and Seraph.

Attack Specialists

The primary goal of these Specialists is to be on the battlefield at all times, laying down fire and explosives and dealing as much damage as possible in the shortest amount of time. Mobility is key, as is pure output.

Ruin

Ruin: First to the Fight

Getting the most out of Ruin is fairly simple, as he's probably the most straightforward Specialist on offer.

The strategy for most matches is as follows: get to the first major firefight first with the grappling hook, take the first fight and win it, then reposition either to the flank or toward the enemy's blind side with a second use of the grapple. 

The nuance comes in the most valuable pair of traits a good shooter player can have: bravery and unpredictability.

Ruin excels at both.

He can get most places on the map before anyone else, faster than anyone else, more consistently than anyone else, so make good use of the increased mobility the grapple offers.

If you know there's a small squad of enemies coming, grapple over their heads, make a quick turn while they're disoriented, and take one or two out.

Alternately, you can grapple to safety exactly when your opponent doesn't need you to: right after they've wasted all their ammo, lost some health, and now find themselves alone and out of position.

The key with Ruin is to never be in the same place for more than a single gunfight because at that point you might as well be playing anyone else.

Using his Specialist Weapon, the Grav Slam, is as cut and dry as any other one-shot ability. Find enemy team, press buttons, get kills.

You will do well combining a grapple into a slam because there's no easier way to secure at least two or three kills. Be aware also that the slam has some ability to go through terrain, but not solid walls.

Firebreak

Firebreak: Fire. Lots of it.

If you remember Firebreak from Black Ops 3, you might be a little disappointed in this variation. His flamethrower doesn't have the range or the instant killing power it did in the previous title, but it's still quite deadly in the right hands. 

His Reactor Core ability is, however, quite handy so long as you spare a little time to learn where and when to use it.

In short, go to common chokepoints when you know there's at least one enemy there and fire it up. You'll deny them both access to the power position and a good portion of their health as well.

Reactor Core also provides Firebreak with a good amount of armor, reducing incoming damage by at least half.

If you can outmaneuver your opponent, activate the ability and listen to them burn, screaming in frustration, not at the flames but their own failure.

The Purifier still functions as a good area-clearing weapon, and because there's no way to super jump in Black Ops 4, it provides a fair bit of visual cover as well.

The increase player health dulls its edge a fair bit, but in close quarters there are few better options than quickly swiping back and forth across a spawn, incinerating everything you can see.

Specialist Battery

Battery: Splash

"Throw grenades, watch explosions" might sound like an easy ask when it comes to strategy, but like all of the Specialists in Black Ops 4, there's a little subtlety to consider when playing as Battery.

First are her Cluster Grenades. Their cooldown isn't too long, but it isn't short, either so you have to choose carefully when and where you use it. Take care about its short throw distance as well, it can be deceiving.

There are two primary strategies when it comes to making the best use of the Battery's grenade, and the first one is as old as CoD itself. Pick a known hot spot, wait until you know someone's there, and take them out.

The second might seem like a waste of a perfectly good lethal ability, but momentary area denial is a valuable use of any grenade.

Make your enemy think twice about moving through that doorway, or toward you and your friends, with a well-placed set of explosions.

You can also lock someone down in a corner for an easy kill if you put the blast even somewhat close to them.

As for her Warmachine grenade launcher, your aggression will pay dividends. You can get kills either with direct impact grenade hits or by bouncing them up and around your enemy. 

If nothing else, holding that much explosive power should give you the confidence to take on all comers. There's not really a bad way to use the Warmachine, so don't be afraid to experiment.

If I had to narrow it down, the most satisfying way to play Battery is to go for direct impact grenade launcher kills that lock down an objective or sightline.

My second favorite way is to use it the same way grenade launchers have been used since the early days of Quake: blind spam. Yes, it's annoying. Yes, it's effective. Yes, you will laugh and your enemies will hate you.

That's kind of the point, though.

Specialist Seraph

Seraph: Staying in the Fight

Seraph is something of a mixed bag, blurring the line between attack and support heroes as a hybrid, though she sits more in the first than the second.

Her Specialist Weapon, the Annihilator, is a one-hit kill from any range to any part of the body, but the Tac-Deploy is a more passive tool, can't withstand even the smallest amount of enemy fire, and can't deal damage of any kind for any reason.

In fact, unlike Ruin's grapple, it's actually more beneficial to the team than it is to her. Every aggro player's nightmare.

The difference is all about timing. If you can place a Tac-Deploy beacon in just the right spot at just the right time, you can make more of a difference than all six Annihilator shots.

Especially in objective modes — but not limited to them — having ready access to a power position or to the primary objective can turn the tide of battle.

Aggressive beacon use is not necessarily encouraged, as it will be destroyed quickly, but getting a high-skill player in the right place at the right time is valuable for its own reasons.

Don't let these facts dissuade you from making liberal use of the Annihilator. Indeed, combining a well-laid beacon with six one-shot kills is a potent means of obliterating all opposition. 

Like the Warmachine, I prefer a heads up approach to using Seraph's Specialist Weapon, if only because being close range makes actually getting the kills easier by virtue of bigger targets.

Defense Specialists

Whether you want to cut off entire pathways on a map or just make a single objective or power position incredibly unappetizing, Defense Specialists are your go-to. They are: Torque, Ajax, Nomad, and Prophet.

Specialist Torque

Torque: (Non-)Traditional Fortifications

Out of all the Specialists on offer, Torque's strategies could very well have the most in the way of options. You can deploy his abilities anywhere and they'll do wonders to dissuade your enemies from getting anywhere near them.

Though popular spots will eventually come to dominate the meta, it is the player who uses them unconventionally that will always win.

Razor wire is fairly self-explanatory, but even poor placement can have its uses. An ill-timed jump, slide, or panicked getaway can go very badly if you suddenly find yourself caught up in sharp steel. 

For best results, of course, you want to cover doorways and entrances of all kinds. Blind corners, when you can find them are also great ways to make someone's day that much worse. 

Bear in mind that you won't be killing many people with razor wire. That's not its purpose. It'll happen, just don't count on it.

You can, however, funnel people into Torque's Barricade, where they'll cook alive. 

Barricades are, oddly, easier to take out than the razor wire, but that's mostly because they're such a large target and you'll be deploying them in much hotter zones. 

In game types with points to capture, a single Barricade can halt an entire push until the thing's been dealt with.

Again, with blind corners and smart use of razor wire, you can even get three or four kills with it before the enemy team wises up and just shoots it to pieces.

Specialist Ajax

Ajax: Single-Man Lockdown

Ajax brings the underused 9-Bang grenade and overused riot shield into the modern age, both with a twist. Simple but effective, the implementation here makes for one of the most annoying-but-hilarious class setups in Call of Duty history.

Strategies here are primarily harassment-based. The 9-Bang is throwable like any other 'nade or cookable for a prolonged, powerful effect.

Your enemies won't be able to heal with their other hand trying to block the light, and the full flash pushes ten seconds if you're caught in the middle of it.

Options are as numerous as there are ways to throw a grenade, but again, aggression is your friend. Pre-flashing a room is all well and good, but taking on a whole team after a full-charge flash is one of those feelings you don't find in many places. 

That said, the most effective use is the tried and true preparatory flash, so don't be afraid to fall back on the classics.

The riot shield, while a series staple, now comes with handy gun port, and completely covers the feet. Crouch and approach your enemies at an angle and watch as they fire uselessly at three inches of future-steel.

Remember that unless you can track them properly, a player who tries to jump shot you is your worst enemy. And your back is completely exposed, so unless you know you've got backup, try to keep the enemy in front of you.

Do that, and you can solo cap an objective, get at least three to five kills with the 100 rounds in your fully automatic pistol, and become one of the biggest pains in the neck this side of Modern Warfare 2.

Specialist Nomad

Nomad: A Dog of Mine

I'll admit, I don't find Nomad particularly effective. The dog's AI feels like it needs adjusting and the mesh mine, even though it's an almost guaranteed kill if it goes off, is pretty easy to see, a first for Treyarch plantable explosives. 

Still, in the right hands, Nomad can be.. well, if not a menace then at least a nuisance.

Mesh mines follow the same basic logic as razor wire. Plant them on common traffic routes, near doorways at people's feet, hidden if possible. A blind corner will all but guarantee a kill, so don't hesitate to make use of them.

You can also use them to deter or eliminate a pursuer if you're fast enough on the placement. People are always liable to chase if they sense they can get an easy kill, so turn the tables and make them into giblets.

Sadly, there's no real nuance to the dog that I can find. He follows you around, trying mightily to kill something. A distraction at best, and only for a little while, he takes too long to summon and has a poor killing radius. 

If I had to put something on paper, I'd tell you to always summon the dog when you near a major conflict area, let him go in first to draw fire, then mop up when he inevitably bites it. He might get a few kills, but that's gravy.

Specialist Prophet

Prophet: Zap Zap

From where I'm standing, Prophet is just a better Nomad. His mobile deployable is faster, harder to hit, comes up more often, and is a more consistent kill than the dog ever is. 

Using the Seeker Mine is similar to the dog in some respects. You want to lead with it, set it down in a safe area, and letting it track enemies so you can follow it for a quick clean up. 

If you must be aggressive, throwing a Seeker Mine directly onto a point won't buy you too much time, but objectives have been captured with less.

Remember that people hit with the mine have the opportunity to escape it if they're fast, and they can still shoot it if they can get their aim down enough. 

The ultimate Seeker Usage boils down to timing. If you have it available and you know and where and when your enemy will be en route to an objective, you can set the mine, let your team clean up, and get behind the enemy team while they're dealing with everyone else.

Spawns being what they are, you won't have long, but seconds are priceless in Black Ops 4, so use them as you have them.

Support Specialists

Everyone loves the support until they stop doing their job correctly. Poor ability use is perhaps one of the gravest sins a support player can commit, not just because they've wasted their ability, but that diminishes the effectiveness of the entire team.

Learn a few ways to make the best use of Recon and Crash's abilities below.

Specialist Recon

Recon: I See You

Recon's statement, "Intel wins wars," is certainly true, and the Sensor Dart and Vision Pulse are two of the most powerful abilities in all of Black Ops 4.

When your team can see where they need to be shooting, the "teammate problem" usually gets a little better. Sometimes. Maybe. If you're lucky.

In any event, using the Sensor Dart is easy and difficult at the same time. Easy because it's a simple button press and suddenly everyone on your team knows where people inside the dart's radius are

It's hard because there are plenty of places on each map where you'll get absolutely nothing by placing your dart in that location.

Also, darts are easy to spot and easier to destroy, so you want to be smart about how you place them.

The key thing to remember about a Sensor Dart is it's not burdened by height or obstacles like walls, so if you want to canvas a particular part of the map, place your dart above, below, or to the side of that location.

Everyone still gets the effects on their minimap and you get the satisfaction that the dart's probably not going anywhere.

Vision Pulse is a boon to everyone on your team and a big caution flag for the enemy, and there are two schools of thought when it comes to deploying it.

First, the passive. Like Firebreak's Reactor Core, you can use Vision Pulse from a known high-traffic area, find a nice spot to stand, and let the pulse do its work.

You'll get plenty of points toward your streak and your team will have a good twenty seconds of knowing exactly where they'll need to be shooting.

For the aggressive player, Vision Pulse can be a gift from the FPS gods. Be prepared for every fight. Predict where your enemy will come from after you kill them, the options are endless.

I would stress that aggressive Vision Pulse use is still slower than most other aggressive styles, as you need to take a moment to internalize all incoming threats, let the pulse reset, and actually take time to prepare for each engagement. 

If you so choose, win one gunfight then activate the pulse so you can continue fighting in one seamless motion, moving from foe to foe with speed and efficiency.

Each engagement should lead into the next, and do your level best to keep fights one-on-one. Even if you know they're coming, low health and low ammo are the perfect ingredients for a death sandwich.

Specialist Crash

Crash: Traditional Support

The support's job is to make sure you don't die and are also better at your job. Crash is, therefore, a consummate support. More bullets to keep your friends in the fight longer.

More points to get their streaks faster. More health to fight longer. There's really nothing wrong with ever playing Crash, and I believe every team should have one. 

Using the Assault Pack should happen pretty much as soon as you have it available, and never aggressively. The extra points are too valuable and the ammo important enough that there's no reason to ever have it in the line of fire.

Ideally, you want to use the pack at your team's current spawn, about twenty feet or so in front of where most of them will come back into the fight.

In other words, you want to make it as clear as possible to your team that, hey, they should pick this up. It's a win for everyone involved.

Don't forget to pick up ammo from your own assault pack if you die and respawn near it. You get the full benefit of those points on a kill too, so put them to use. You won't regret it. 

You also won't regret the Tak-5, heal-the-entire-team ability. The only ability I'd call purely aggressive (note that the Tak-5 has no means of dealing damage), giving everyone on the team including yourself an extra 50 health is nothing to sneeze at.

More importantly, if you use the Tak-5 when a teammate is in the middle of a fight, they'll go from almost nothing to full instantly, all but securing the engagement unless they're are a poor shot. 

I would caution against using this ability when you yourself are in the middle of a firefight, as you're more liable to die before the buff goes off. 

The one tried and true strategy I've found is to do everything you can to get the ability ready before a new round in round-based modes, or by the middle of a match in everything else.

Use it straight off spawn. Your enemies now have a full team of buffed players to contend with, and unless they've got a Crash on their side, that's one advantage no one player can overcome.

 

I hope you've gotten something out of this Black Ops 4 Specialist guide. There's plenty of little bits and bolts of strategy to tease out in the hundreds of hours to come, and it will be interesting to see where the meta goes in this game.

I can guarantee a Crash on every team, and probably a Ruin and Seraph. The other two are flex, though I'd still put money on a Recon and Battery as the primary takers here.

Stay tuned to GameSkinny for more Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 guides.

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Call Of Duty Black Ops 4 Guide: Fixing Fatal Error Code 897625509 https://www.gameskinny.com/le62p/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-guide-fixing-fatal-error-code-897625509 https://www.gameskinny.com/le62p/call-of-duty-black-ops-4-guide-fixing-fatal-error-code-897625509 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 15:56:27 -0400 Ty Arthur

The latest iteration in the yearly CoD franchise decided to switch things up on the server side and go through Blizzard's Battle.net service in this multiplayer-only rendition of the series.

Despite using an established service known for stable multiplayer matchmaking, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has experienced a host of connection issues for players over launch weekend. 

Are you unable to connect to a multiplayer, zombies, or Blackout lobby due to the Black Ops 4 Error Code 897625509? We've got you covered with a few simple fixes for getting back in the action.

Fixing Error Code 897625509

Scan And Repair Files

The very first thing you want to do is update to the latest version. An avalanche of patches and hot fixes have arrived since the game launched, so hit that update button first and make sure you're up to date.

If you still get the Fatal Error Code 897625509 message following the update, click the Options button in the Battle.net launcher for Black Ops 4. From there, scroll down and select Scan And Repair.

Follow the prompts to make sure you've got the correct versions of all data and don't have any corrupted files (this is essentially the Battle.net version of verifying file integrity like you'd do when troubleshooting a Steam game).

For the vast majority of users, scanning and repairing will immediately fix the problem. A handful of users may have a different issue causing the problem instead.

Update GeForce Drivers

If you still can't get into a lobby after performing the repair process, open the NVIDIA GeForce Experience control panel (just type GeForce into the search bar if you don't have it pinned to the task bar).

NVIDIA just released a game-ready driver patch specifically for Black Ops 4. If you don't have this newest version, the out of date drivers may be your culprit.

Navigate to the Drivers tab and click Download, then follow the prompts to fix the issue.

A small minority of users have to completely uninstall and reinstall the GeForce Experience control panel instead. If you want to try this step, you can download the latest version of the installation file over here.

This fix can also resolve Black Ops 4 Error Codes 546354288 and 1975752514, so give this step a shot if you got something other than the main Fatal Error code.

Turn Off Razer Software

After updating the GeForce drivers, there's one final issue to check that's causing problems for a small subsection of players.

Are you using a Razer laptop or Razer peripheral, like a high end gaming mouse? It turns out Razer's software is causing conflicts with Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 in a small handful of cases.

Open up the Task Manager by hitting Ctrl+Alt+Delete and then clicking the Task Manager link at the bottom of the list.

Click the Name button to arrange all processes alphabetically, then manually shut down any process with Razer in the name.

Note that while this software is turned off, you won't be able to use different mouse or display profiles, so you may want to hook up different peripherals until the issue is resolved.

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That's all you need to know to resolve the Fatal Error Code 897625509 issue plaguing PC players right now. Let us know when you get the game running again, and be sure to leave a note if none of these fixes worked for you so we can find another solution!

When you're back into the game and ready to frag your friends, be sure to check out our other Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 guides here:

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How to Get Specialist Outfits in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 https://www.gameskinny.com/qjwcp/how-to-get-specialist-outfits-in-call-of-duty-black-ops-4 https://www.gameskinny.com/qjwcp/how-to-get-specialist-outfits-in-call-of-duty-black-ops-4 Sat, 13 Oct 2018 09:57:09 -0400 Jonathan Moore

Like most multiplayer games these days, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 knows that winning is as much about flair as it is skill. And if you want to stand out at the end of every match, not only do want to get the best play, you also want to have the best outfit/skin. 

As of right now, there's no in-game shop to buy outfits or skins for your Specialists. While there are bonus Black Ops skins for those who bought the Deluxe Edition and higher, there's only actually one "unique" outfit in the game: the bonus Day of the Dead skin.

If you're wondering how to equip the Dia De Los Muertes outfit in Black Ops 4, it's actually a pretty easy process -- even if it is a little unclear. 

How to Equip Skins and Outfits in Black Ops 4

First things first: Every outfit except the Dia De Los Muertes skin is easily selectable and doesn't require you follow any special steps to equip (these include pre-order skins and Black Ops skins). 

Second things second: The Day of the Dead costume can only be equipped to one Specialist. There is no way -- whatsoever -- to change your choice after you've finalized your selection. 

Once you hit Level 7 in multiplayer, you'll be able to personalize your Specialists. This is also when you'll unlock your promotional offers and all skins and outfits, including the Dia De Los Muertes outfit and the Black Ops skins. 

For the Day of the Dead equip, YouTuber PaRaDoX AgonY has a quick video showing you how to actually apply the costume to your selected Specialist. Here are the quick and easy steps: 

  1. Redeem offer when the prompt pops up
  2. Select your Specialist
  3. Select "Progress and Unlocks" from the Barracks tab
  4. Select your Specialist from the list
  5. Select Outfits
  6. Select the Day of the Dead skin

You can also follow steps 3-5 to select your Black Ops skins and warpaints.

What Happens If I Hit "Back" Before Selecting My Specialist? 

If you accidentally hit "Back" before choosing which Specialist you want the Day of the Dead skin applied to, you should be able to follow steps 3-5 above and get prompted again. However, as some players have pointed out, that is not always the case. 

In the case you cannot find the skin, several forum posters on Reddit and the game's official forum have suggested the following:

  1. Reset the game (or console if that doesn't work)
  2. Play several matches in a row

Neither are definitive fixes, but both seem to have worked enough to at least try. If you still can't redeem the costume after trying everything above, contact Activision Support for help. 

And that's all you need to know about getting specialist outfits in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Well, that is until microtransactions inevitably hit the game and an in-game shop opens up. 

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Call Of Duty Blackout: Essential Battle Royale Tips (Plus Best Perks and Equipment) https://www.gameskinny.com/40mql/call-of-duty-blackout-essential-battle-royale-tips-plus-best-perks-and-equipment https://www.gameskinny.com/40mql/call-of-duty-blackout-essential-battle-royale-tips-plus-best-perks-and-equipment Fri, 12 Oct 2018 18:25:43 -0400 Ty Arthur

At this point, pretty much everyone has played a battle royale game -- especially if you're reading this. But one thing's for sure: you haven't played it the Call Of Duty way until you've tried out Blackout mode Black Ops 4.

While the basic battle royale gameplay elements remain the same, there are some key differences you need to know ahead of time -- like how to avoid zombies and properly utilize Perks.

Here's what you need to know before jumping into the biggest mode in Black Ops 4

Blackout Survival Tip #1: Pick a Better Landing Spot 

Blackout's convoy travels a random direction each time you start a new match, and the circle shrinks in a random direction, too. That means you need to quickly find the best landing spots and have several of them in your back pocket if things don't go as planned. 

You can view the convoy path before the match starts by pulling up the map while you are in the lobby waiting area. Furthermore, the map lets you zoom in to see specific landscape features, which is critical to finding the right location.

In general, avoid the big named areas when landing, especially early in the convoy's flight path, as that's where everyone else is going.

Instead, look for clusters of buildings slightly away from the convoy path that aren't next to main roads. If they have clear sight lines on elevated terrain, even better.

Don't discount the dense forest area in the upper center section of the Blackout map. A helicopter spawns on a tarp there. You'll also have plenty of room to hide and snipe while waiting for other players who are sprinting to avoid the closing circle.

We've got a full run down of the five best specific spots to land right here. Those locations are guaranteed to be filled with loot and feature sneaky places to hide and snipe without being seen.

Blackout Survival Tip #2: Look For Broken Windows, Not Open Doors

It's currently standard battle royale practice to play mind games with your opponents. Closing doors so other players don't know an area has already been looted is one of the better ways to do that. 

In Blackout, however, jumping through a window automatically breaks that window. Most of the time, players have to break through windows to make a quick escape. 

In other words: don't look at doorways to determine if a building has been looted or not. Look at windows instead

Blackout Survival Tip #3: Change Your Loadout For the Situation

Except for in the very beginning of a match, you are going to be flush with weapons pretty quickly. To stay alive, switch your equipment, attachments, and perks based on the terrain.

Specifically, switch to a shotgun when you are clearing an interior location for loot, such as a house or factory. Spraying and praying with an assault rifle isn't as effective here as a wide range shotgun blast with high damage at short range.

When you head up to the building's roof or go back into the open, switch to a weapon with a higher rate of fire (and preferably a scope as well). In the open, you want to be able to zoom in and pop off quicker shots at longer range.

Blackout Survival Tip #4: Avoid The Zombies... Most Of The Time (Because Ray Guns)

In most cases, tangling with Blackout's randomly spawning zombies just isn't worth the effort. All it will do is draw attention to your location due to the sound of your gunfire.

There is one very clear exception to this rule, however. A horde of zombies protects a special wooden box that can randomly spawn once during a match.

The box location is marked by a blue pillar of light and is most often found in the graveyard near the Asylum, but it can spawn on any of the five red circled locations on the map above.

The area around the box will be swarming with zombies, but if you fight your way through, you get a random item from the box that is usually Level 3 armor or a high power weapon.

If you keep killing zombies after opening the box, they have a small chance to randomly drop the special ray gun! This is a big gamble, since everyone will know where you are, but getting the ray gun can be worth it.

The Best Blackout Perks + Equipment

In Blackout mode, Perks are random just like weapons, ammo, and equipment. Perks have to be equipped in the inventory screen and offer bonuses for a set amount of time.

While everyone has their favorites, some Perks stand head and shoulders above the rest for their usefulness or versatility. In particular, we recommend making use of these Blackout Perks:

  • Skulker: This Perk lets you move at full speed while crouched, or only slightly reduced speed while prone. Use this to stay hidden in tall grass near the edge of the shrinking circle so you can snipe enemies sprinting to safety, then quietly stay low and move to a new location. 

  • Stimulant: This Perk raises your maximum health by 100. Load yourself up with health packs and use your extra capacity to draw enemies out into a firefight you are more equipped to win.

  • Paranoia: This Perk lets you hear a tone whenever another player is aiming at you. For those with fast reflexes who like to hang out in the open, this may be the best Perk in the game.

  • Iron Lungs: This Perk lets you hold your breath longer while swimming or while sniping. If the circle is shrinking near the river areas, this is a fantastic way to hide out of sight and then pop up and kill sprinting enemies who don't even know you are there.

Besides the limited-time Perks, there are a host of items to pick up that spawn randomly across the map and can offer you an edge in combat.

Like with Perks, nearly any of them can be useful in specific situations, but these are the items we recommend using most often if you can find them:

  • Sensor Dart: Easily the most useful item in the game, this thrown object reveals enemies in a short radius on the map. If you've got these, always throw them into large buildings before heading inside. This completely removes the advantage of anyone lying in wait to snipe you.

  • Smoke Screen: When you aren't sure where the enemy is, or you think one is potentially waiting to snipe as you break into the open, this thrown grenade item is perfect. It will either protect you from fire or flush the enemy out into the open.

  • Combat Axe: This item doesn't change your melee attack, but rather is thrown like a grenade. If you practice your aim, this can be a silent one-hit kill in close quarters.

  • Mesh Mine: If you are a patient player, these are awesome to set at the base of staircase or near doors leading into rooms filled with loot. Lie in wait, prone in the corner, and open fire when an opponent trips the mine.

Finally, there's one piece of equipment everyone has that they forget about -- you don't ever actually lose the wingsuit after your initial landing.

Why does that matter? If you jump from a sufficiently high location (like the buildings at Construction Site), you can re-deploy the wingsuit by holding down the jump button and quickly glide long distances.

This is also great for escaping when you when you're cornered on a precipice or tall building. 

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Those are all the basics you need to know to survive a match of Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout mode. Have any other tips we should try out to get to that #1 spot?

Leave your best Blackout strategy in the comments below, and stay tuned for a full guide on every Blackout weapon (and which are the best to use) coming soon.

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Call Of Duty Blackout: Best Landing Spots In Black Ops 4 Battle Royale https://www.gameskinny.com/03v7u/call-of-duty-blackout-best-landing-spots-in-black-ops-4-battle-royale https://www.gameskinny.com/03v7u/call-of-duty-blackout-best-landing-spots-in-black-ops-4-battle-royale Fri, 12 Oct 2018 17:11:21 -0400 Ty Arthur

Moving away entirely from the single player experience, the main attraction of Black Ops 4 is Treyarch's take on the battle royale genre: Blackout mode.

As with Fortnite, PUBG, Realm Royale, and so on, the location you pick for your initial landing will radically change how the match plays out for you.

We've rounded up the five best spots to land so far as the player base gets used to this mashup map featuring fan-favorite locations from across the Call Of Duty universe.

Best Black Ops 4 Blackout Landing Spots

For this battle royale iteration, keep in mind that the storm shrinks in a randomized direction each match. That means you want a wide array of possible landing points picked out ahead of time.

When you're loading up in the lobby (where everyone is running around punching each other for no reason), pull up the map and take a look at where the convoy is headed.

You want to know the layout and pick your drop spot ahead of time so you can dominate if anyone else landed at the same location.

Landing Spot #1: Southwest Of Construction Site

One of the very best spots to always check first in Blackout is in the forest southwest of Construction Site, south of Estates, and west of Train Station.

Why go here? A helicopter randomly spawns on the blue tarp in the clearing! If the initial drop path takes you anywhere near this area, make sure to check and see if the chopper is there.

If it didn't spawn, head slightly to the northwest to the top red circle in the image above (assuming the circle isn't shrinking in the other direction) to check a small area with four storage sheds usually filled with weapons.

Landing Spot #2: North And Northwest Of Fracking Tower

When the convoy is traveling horizontally across the map, heading for the big, obvious areas like Fracking Town or Cargo Docks is usually a quick way to get fragged.

Instead, focus on the loot-rich areas very close to those areas. If you bail just north of Fracking Tower, keep an eye out to see where everyone else is landing. Based on their positions, pick one of the three red circles above.

Each of those locations has plenty of weapons and equipment to easily pick up, and they won't be swarming with enemies. Once you gear up, hang out on the rooftops or near the windows and wait for injured enemies to limp out north of Fracking Tower (or south from Firing Range) for a quick kill.

Landing Spot #3: Southeast Of Fracking Tower

This is a great low traffic area if you can manage to land here based on the position of the convoy and the shrinking circle.

At the edge of the area are two houses on either side of the road filled with loot. From the back of the second house, you have a very clear line of sight to the bridge, the river, and across toward Factory and Turbine. 

If you picked up a sniping weapon, this is a prime place to get some early kills as players scramble to catch up with the shrinking circle.

In the event this spot is already taken or the circle is going the other way, try drop a bit to the north in the forest. There's an awesome campsite there where supply drops frequently land next to some tables and a shed.

Landing Spot #4: North Of River Town

If you land at the north end of Rivertown island, there are plenty of lone buildings to loot that won't have as much traffic as the town itself.

That's not the best part of this landing site, though. The best part is then hoofing it east so you can jump up above the train track exit and hang out on the cement overhang.

Players absolutely love to come roaring out of that tunnel on trucks and four wheelers. If you go to the far side of the overhang and crouch in the corner, they won't even be able to see you as you snipe them from above or throw grenades at their vehicles.

Landing Spot #5: South Of Asylum

South of Asylum and east of Rivertown is a small cluster of houses right off the road. When the circle is either shrinking southwest into the corner or east toward Asylum, this is a fabulous place to hang out. 

Not only are the houses rich in loot, but the far corner house has a huge hole in the roof. If you jump out onto the roof and go prone, you have very clear sight lines in all directions for sniping. 

In the event someone realizes where you are, just hop back down into the hole to avoid taking any fire.

These are our five favorite Blackout landing spots so far on launch day. What did you think of our picks, and what's your best Call of Duty Black Ops 4 landing location? Sound off in the comments below!

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