Call of Duty: Warzone has been out for just under two months as of now and has surpassed 60 million players. Infinity Ward’s take on the popular Battle Royale genre has been a huge success and it’s free for everyone. No need to purchase Call of Duty: Modern Warfare to get access to Warzone.
Season 3 is in full swing and brings a plethora of changes to the game. If you’re new to Call of Duty, or have yet to jump into the stand-alone Battle Royale, we have put together a list of tips and tricks that will help you survive Verdansk. Have a look and take your game to the next level.
Know Your Surroundings
One of the most important advantages you can have in Warzone, or any Battle Royale (BR), is map knowledge. Some of the more prevalent areas in Warzone are actually maps from Modern Warfare’s Multiplayer mode such as Superstore, Boneyard, and Farmland. If you’re familiar with these areas you already have a leg up on those jumping into Warzone who are not.
The best way to gain familiarity with an area is through repetition: drop there repeatedly. Learn the buildings of the area. Which houses are Multi-leveled? Which provide the best vantage points to catch players unaware? Where do the buy stations spawn? These are things that go into familiarity with an area.
Once you become familiar with an area you will be able to tell where and what level a player is on just by the sound of their footsteps. Pick roughly three areas to become familiar with at the start and build from there. If you are having trouble deciding where to drop, check out our guide on the best drop zone locations in Warzone.
Ping, Ping, and Ping
One of the best innovations in BR’s is the ping system, first introduced in Apex Legends. It is quickly becoming a must for games of a similar type, and for good reason. Not only does it allow for communication for those who do not utilize a mic, it also allows pinpoint call outs for teammates.
See an enemy? Push up on the D-pad and a red diamond appears over there head for your whole team to see. Found some ammo or weapons you don’t need? Ping it and it will display on the map as well as the put an icon over it in-game for your teammates.
You can also use to the ping system for a variety of reasons like communicating where you want to go on the map. If you see an enemy but lose track of them you can double tap up on the D-pad to show a hollowed out red diamond letting your teammates know there are enemies near the area. Experiment with the ping system to find out what works best for you.
Know When to Engage
Knowing when and where to engage an enemy team can mean the difference between victory or defeat. Just because you see a player and are excited to get a kill does NOT mean that you should start firing immediately. There are several things to consider before engaging.
When you spot an enemy player the first thing you should do (other than marking them with the ping system) is start scanning for their teammates. If you’re playing solo you can skip this step, but in trios or quads there are 2 – 3 more players you need to worry about. Firing on the first player without first identifying his teammates’ locations can find your own team being outflanked.
After locating the rest of the team, let your teammates move into position before firing. You could have someone who can get to a much better vantage point and increase your chance of winning the engagement. Always send one teammate on the flank if possible.
There are times when simply not engaging is a viable tactic as well. If you know there are multiple teams in the area and engaging will reveal your position to them all, then simply letting the enemy team pass is a good option.
One new aspect of a BR introduced by Warzone is that of contracts. There are three basic types of contracts: recon, scavenger, and bounty. They can be picked up to give your team a mission to complete and reward you with more money to use at the buy station, as well as other perks.
Recon contracts highlight a nearby spot on the map which your team must hold for a short period of time to complete it. Completing the contract will show you where the next circle is going to be located, but a big flare shows everyone nearby where you are at.
Scavenger contracts highlight supply crates for your team on the map that will drop extra cash and gear. Completing the contract gives your team a boost in cash as well.
Bounty contracts can be picked up to highlight an enemy player and put a price on their head which is collected when they are eliminated. This is only visible to your team, and only highlights one player of the enemy team. Seasoned teams can use this to their advantage by having the marked player near, but not with his team while the others are waiting a short distance away to ambush the pursuers.
Loadouts Are Your Best Friend
Alongside weapons you can find throughout the map are loadouts. Players can use their custom loadouts in Warzone to gain an advantage over enemy teams by utilizing weapons that they are much more comfortable with. This includes perks, which can only be obtained through loadouts. Ensure to have Ghost as one of your perks to hide you from enemy UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors.
There are two ways to get your loadout. One is to pool together enough money with your teammates to purchase a loadout crate which can be called in like a care package. They cost $10,000 at the buy station but can be used by all your teammates.
The other is to wait for a loadout crate to drop on the map naturally. This occurs when the gas is 15 seconds away form closing on the first circle, or much later in the game. One loadout crate drops per team left in the game, so if you are approaching yours and it’s accompanied by another crate, be prepared for another team to be fighting over that location.
Clutch the Gulag
Another BR innovation exclusive to Warzone is the Gulag. When each player dies they are sent to a prison like structure known as the Gulag where they will face off against another player who has died for a chance to be revived. The winner is dropped back onto the map near his teammates like he had just jumped out of the plane.
Winning your Gulag match can lighten the load on your teammates by not forcing them to spend money bringing you back to the fight. Every player has one chance at the Gulag, win or lose. The Gulag also closes near the end of the game to prevent having players dropping in on the final circle.
To increase your chance of success, check out our full guide on how to clutch your Gulag match.
Spread the Wealth
Cash can be earned by picking it up off the ground, completing contracts, or eliminating enemies and picking up the cash they leave behind. You can then purchase a number of things from buy stations situated throughout the map that can give your team an edge. These include killstreaks, armor plates, loadouts, and reviving your teammates, among other things.
What do you do if you have everything you want, but find yourself with an overabundance of cash? Drop it for your teammates to pick up so they can get themselves equally as equipped. It pays to have everyone on your team with a self-revive in case you can’t reach them, or rocking killstreaks to use against other teams.
One trick you can utilize with UAVs is having three of your teammates use them at the same time to create an Advanced UAV. This not only highlights enemies on the entire map, but points out which direction they are facing as well.
Teamwork is Vital
One thing players tend to struggle with is utilizing good teamwork when engaging with an enemy team. Often times players will advance one at a time and get picked off. Having clear communication on when and where to advance can catch teams off guard making for easy kills.
If your team knows there is a player, or team, inside of a certain room with multiple entrances/exits, have each teammate enter at the same time through a different entrance. More than likely you’ll catch a player or two off guard and can mop up the rest from there.
Killstreaks Can Turn the Tide
Warzone has killstreaks available for players to purchase from buy stations. There are four and they include Shield Turret, Cluster Strike, Precision Airstrike, and UAV. They vary in price from $2,000 – $4,000.
UAVs are the most beneficial of killstreaks in the early game by far. At this stage in the game most players will not yet have their loadouts, therefore they will not have the Ghost perk which can hide them from UAVs. Buy these early and use them to get a jump on enemies.
Shield Turrets can be ignored as they aren’t very useful and leave an icon on the map for anyone near to see. Cluster Strikes and Precision Airstrikes can be vital in the final few circles. Place them at the edge of the circle as enemy teams are trying to come in, or drop them on teams that have the high ground to force them down.
Always Take the High Ground
When moving around the map always keep in mind which locations provide elevation over others. Try to stay as high as the circle allows, at least in the portion of the map you are currently occupying. This allows for clear, long distance sight lines you can use to track and engage enemy teams.
As stated at the start, repetition is key. The more you drop into Warzone, the more comfortable you will become with the different areas and aspects of the game. Apply the tactics listed above and see your success increase with each game.