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When do headshots matter in Black Ops 4? Headshot and High Caliber multiplier explained

Published: 18/Oct/2018 15:32 Updated: 18/Oct/2018 15:40

by Calum Patterson


Headshots have always been favored in first person shooters, since the early days of the genre, but how much do they really matter in Call of Duty’s latest title, Black Ops 4?

Headshots are given as in game challenges, which will reward you with more weapon camos for the gun you get them with, with new camos every 25, 50, 100 headshots, and so on.


But, in terms of practical gameplay, do headshots really give you the advantage in a gunfight? And is it worth consciously aiming for the head, or should you just ensure you hit as many shots as possible?

Popular Call of Duty YouTuber ExclusiveAce has done the exhaustive legwork on these very questions, determining the true value of getting a headshot in Black Ops 4 multiplayer.


There is also a slight complicating factor involved, as Black Ops 4 has a ‘High Caliber’ attachment (some even have a second level of High Caliber) which gives increased bullet damage to the head.

ExclusiveAce first breaks down the headshot effective ranges and bullets to kill for weapons without the option for High Caliber, before moving to considerations of High Caliber weapons, comparing the difference.

Headshot ranges for Assault Rifles without high caliber.

Most weapons do benefit from headshots even without High Caliber, but it is not always a game changing difference.


But, XclusiveAce explains that High Caliber will give you a 1.75x multiplier to the head on certain weapons, and he recommends it highly on Assault Rifles like the VAPR.

The Rampart on the other hand only receives a 1.3x headshot multiplier with High Caliber, however, you can use High Cal 2 on the Rampart, which will extend this 1.3x multiplier to the chest.

On the Tactical Rifles, the AUGER and the Swordfish, you will typically reduce the shots to kill by one with High Caliber if you hit a headshot.


You can watch XclusiveAce’s full video explaining different headshot damage variables, both with and without High Caliber, below.

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Call of Duty Mobile adds Blackout map Alcatraz to battle royale mode

Published: 15/Oct/2020 6:06 Updated: 15/Oct/2020 6:37

by Brad Norton


Call of Duty Mobile’s Anniversary update is in full effect to celebrate the launch of Season 11 and a few big surprises are on the way, including a limited time second map for the battle royale mode.

It’s the one year anniversary of CoD Mobile and the developers are celebrating in a big way. The full Season 11 patch notes outlined a bunch of new content on the horizon. From new rewards and weapons to a full Battle Pass and plenty more, there’s a ton to play for amidst the festivities.


However, there’s also plenty more excitement set to carry the hype through the entire season. Chief among the additions is a special, limited-time map coming just for the battle royale playlist. If you’re a long-time Call of Duty player, you’ll know the location all too well.

Blackout’s Alcatraz map will be available to play alongside the standard Isolated battle royale map you know already. 

Blackout map
Blackout’s Alcatraz map is making a return for a limited time in CoD Mobile.

“For our Anniversary Season we’re adding a limited time second map with Alcatraz,” the developers revealed on October 14. This location hasn’t been seen in Call of Duty since Black Ops 4’s take on the battle royale genre with Blackout.

If you weren’t around for its original run, Blackout is a considerably smaller map than what you might be used to in CoD Mobile. “Keep your head on a swivel and take advantage of the map’s verticality,” they advised. “Get up high and rain destruction on your enemies below.”

Similar to Warzone for PC and console players, plenty of vehicles were scattered around the original Blackout map. Expect to see some of those make a return, though every other gameplay element will play exactly the same as you’re used to.


It’s worth noting, however, that this map won’t be a permanent addition to the mobile experience. Alcatraz is included for the Anniversary celebration before it disappears again. Though given how much effort would have been required to port the map to CoD Mobile, it’s likely not the last time we see it.

CoD Mobile Alcatraz
Keep on high alert at all times as Alcatraz is a much smaller battle royale map than Isolation.

Expect to see plenty of surprises in the battle royale playlist throughout the next month. From new weapons to mods and a ton of balance updates, it’s easily one of the biggest patches to date.

Get caught up to speed before dropping in with a full rundown on the Season 11 patch notes here.