How to unlock Black Ops 'Icons' characters in Blackout - Reznov, Mason, Woods, and Menendez - Dexerto
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How to unlock Black Ops ‘Icons’ characters in Blackout – Reznov, Mason, Woods, and Menendez

Published: 14/Nov/2018 2:14 Updated: 21/Nov/2018 1:01

by Wyatt Donigan


In addition to the host of other changes that came with the November 13 Black Ops 4 update, Blackout players now have new character missions to tackle.

Character missions task players with exploring Blackout’s map in search of special items that will eventually unlock exclusive character skins for the game mode.

The challenges for the Multiplayer Specialist were included with the game’s release, while the Zombies characters from both the Voyage of Despair and IX maps were included in the November 6 update.

The newest characters to unlock for Blackout are various ‘Icons’ who have played a major role in the Call of Duty franchise over the years.

All the requirements to unlock each of these four special characters can be found below.

The ‘Icons’ challenges are some of the hardest Black Ops 4 has offered so far.


The road to unlocking Reznov begins with a trip to the Estates to locate the Russian’s trademark hat, called the “Ushanka Hat” in-game.

Once you pick up the hat, you must kill an enemy at “extreme range.” While no specific range was given in the challenge, many players have discovered that anything over 200 meters seems to do the trick.

After securing your kill, you must finish the match with the hat in your inventory while finishing in the Top 5 for Solos, Top 3 for Duos, and Top 2 for Quads.


To start this challenge, you’ll need to first make your way to a Supply Drop in search for the “Stained White T-Shirt” item. 

The next part starts off as a bit of a mystery as players are asked to “Wake the Sleeper Agent.” You’ll have to head to Array and activate the Emergency Broadcast button located in the Radio Tower to complete this portion of the challenge.  

After waking the Sleeper Agent, you’ve got to hold onto the Stained White T-Shirt and then finish in the Top 3 for Solos, Top 2 for Duos, and secure a win in Quads to unlock the character.

Unlocking Woods will require tracking down a helicopter and going for a ride.


Woods’ character mission involves a bit of nostalgia as players will need to find the “Woods’ Bandana” item that’s located in the original Black Ops helicopter spawn to the north of the Firing Range.

Once you have the bandana, you’ll need to hop inside the helicopter and fly in it for at least 30 seconds to a minute to complete the second portion of the challenge.

After that’s complete, you have to win your match with the bandana in your inventory and Woods’ challenge will be complete.


To unlock the main antagonist from Black Ops 2, you must first head to a Supply Drop to find the “Locket” item. 

With the locket in tow, you’ll then need to kill an enemy with both a shotgun and a melee attack, which could prove to be a bit tough. As with the Bruno challenge, we recommend finding the Brawler perk for the melee portion of this one.

At that point, you’ll simply need to finish the match with no specific placing while the locket is in your inventory and the final ‘Icons’ character will be yours.

For in-depth guides on everything in Black Ops 4’s Multiplayer and Blackout modes, visit our extensive guide hub here.

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Black Ops Cold War player hits first prestige without a single kill

Published: 19/Jan/2021 2:20

by Brad Norton


An extremely patient Call of Duty player has just reached first prestige in Black Ops Cold War, without ever dealing damage to their opponents.

The name of the game with Call of Duty has always been simple. Kill your opponents before they kill you. It’s the core principle for which every other system in the franchise has been built around.

While a majority of players stick to fundamentals and play the game as intended, there’s always some that veer from the path. As gamers are sinking their teeth into Black Ops Cold War, many have reached new heights with the innovative prestige system. Though one player has taken their time in reaching the very first prestige.

They’re not worrying about their KD. They don’t care for weapon camos or powerful attachments. They’re never trying to top the leaderboards. All this player cares about is ending each match with zero kills to their name.

Black Ops Cold War combat record
Reddit: Pilgore1
This player reached first prestige in Black Ops Cold War without a single kill to their name.

It took a full 37 hours of game time for Reddit user ‘Pilgore1’ to accomplish their goal. Without ever killing another player, they reached the first prestige over the course of 200 games.

Their highest killstreak throughout this effort was a whopping zero. This player literally never acquired a single-elimination, not even accidentally. Instead, they spent their time focusing on other aspects of the game.

Playing the objective and “clearing the sky,” were the key factors that gained this player XP over time. It clearly took longer than the typical prestige, but they still managed to make it happen.

Surprisingly, their overall record was positive despite the lack of slaying power. 102 wins to 83 losses was the final tally. They even had a career-best winning streak of seven games in a row, according to the player.

They used “all three LMGs” with a heavy focus on “vehicle damage” attachments. Moreover, the Engineer perk came in handy as did Cold Blooded. When the skies were clear of enemy streaks and it came time to focus on the objective, however, they simply “[threw their] body on there.”

There’s no telling what drove them to play Call of Duty in such a unique way. Though they still managed to enjoy the process. “I just find doing it fun,” they explained. “I also have a lot, maybe too much, patience, so that helps.”