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Where are the top 5 best places to land in Blackout?

Published: 10/Oct/2018 10:39 Updated: 18/Oct/2018 10:01

by Matt Porter


Call of Duty’s battle royale mode Blackout takes place on the franchise’s biggest ever map. With a map that size, there are a lot of choices to make about where you should land when entering a game.

With fan-favourite Call of Duty maps built into the landscape, alongside new and exciting points of interest, it can be tricky deciding where to drop in order to give yourself the best chance of victory.

While your favourite landing spot will come down to personal preference, some places can give you an advantage over your enemies thanks to the bountiful loot you can find there, the vehicles you can acquire, or even due to its position on the map. 

Treyarch have released a heat map that shows the locations on that map that saw the most action during the Blackout beta than ran in September. While some areas are definitely busier than others, the results suggest that action can happen anywhere on the map, and isn’t confined to certain areas of the franchise’s largest map. 

Below are some of the best places you can land in Call of Duty: Blackout.

5. Nuketown Island

The always popular Call of Duty map Nuketown has been reimagined as an island in Blackout, and is stocked with mountains of loot to set you up for a victory.

Visitors to Nuketown Island will also notice a massive helicopter sitting at the west end of the island, allowing players to make a quick escape once they’ve geared up.

4. Rivertown

Rivertown’s central location makes it a perfect spot to start from if you are concerned about travelling to the circle. With lots of buildings to provide cover, along with plenty of loot to help you gear up, players who are able to battle their way out of Rivertown can make the quick trip to Firing Range to grab more items and take on enemies.

3. Lighthouse

Situated in the south-west corner of the Blackout map, the lighthouse is a great landing spot due to its seclusion from the rest of the map. This area is ideal if you want to take your time gearing up before heading into combat, with a supply chest usually found at the very top of the lighthouse.

Players do need to be wary of the play-zone, as depending on the location of the next circle, they may need to use the ATV which spawns on the walkway in front of the lighthouse to make sure they make it.


2. Asylum

Asylum sits ominously on top of a mountain range on the east side of the map. A two storey building with a hedge maze to the rear, there is some good loot available to pick up at this location.

However, the real treasure is dropped by the hordes of zombies who pace around Asylum waiting for their next victim. Zombies can drop legendary weapons such as the powerful Ray Gun or the Monkey Bomb grenade, and there’s also a chance that the Mystery Box from Call of Duty’s Zombies game mode will spawn on the second floor.

1. Construction Site

The high-rise building site in the north of the map is a hugely popular drop-zone thanks to the incredible amount of gear that can be found there. Sprawled across two massive structures, with multiple floors in each, the Construction Site is a treasure trove of weapons and armor, and due to its elevation, provides players with a great view of the surrounding area.

Gamers can then take a trip to the small clump of white houses directly south of Construction Site, which is where the insanely powerful Koshka sniper rifle regularly spawns.

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Best way to use zombie abilities in Warzone’s Zombie Royale

Published: 23/Oct/2020 15:51

by James Busby


Surviving as one of  Warzone’s fleshy undead can be a little tricky in the new Zombie Royale mode, but these tips should have you ripping and tearing your way to victory in no time. 

Warzone’s Halloween festivities are well underway and players have been busy unleashing their inner beast when playing the terrifyingly good LTM, Zombie Royale. The frozen fields of Verdansk have been cloaked in darkness and squads will need to work together if they wish to survive the horrors that await them. In this mode, dead operators skip the Gulag and instead come back as nightmarish zombies. While in this new undead form, players drop all their current equipment and perks.

If you wish to ever see your human form again, you’ll need to use your unique abilities to kill any players that dare to walk amongst the undead. While Zombie Royale’s reanimated corpses may have access to some incredibly potent attacks, they can be killed incredibly easily if you’re not careful. In order to help you get to grips with your newfound zombie form, we’ve put together a handy survival guide that should help you secure more kills.

Zombie abilities

Warzone Zombie
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Warzone’s Zombies have access to some incredibly powerful abilities.

Passive abilities

Warzone’s zombies aren’t your standard shambling corpses – in fact, they have incredible agility. Their passive ability gives every undead player faster movement speed and stronger melee attacks, allowing you to quickly chase down your fleeing victims. Once you’ve tracked them down, swipe at them with your deadly strikes to snuff their life out for good. 

Zombies also have superior vision and can easily see nearby operators. Enemy players are highlighted and their footprints can be tracked, giving you plenty of opportunities to pounce on your newfound target. If that wasn’t enough, zombies are also immune to the gas circle and gas grenades. This allows you to set up some frightfully sneaky plays. 

Charged Jump

Arguably the most fun Zombie ability is the Charged Jump. This highly mobile move allows you to effortlessly leap onto rooftops, scale cliffs, evade enemy fire and initiate fights. You can adjust both the distance and height by holding down the Charged Jump button, so be sure to experiment with this before leaping towards your enemy. 

EMP Blast 

This ability works exactly the same as Modern Warefare’s EMP Drone in that it destroys enemy electronics, equipment, vehicles, and disables digital optics. Your enemy’s HUD will also be disabled if they get caught within the blast’s radius. 

Gas Grenade

Gas Grenades are incredibly potent in Warzone since they disorient your enemies and slow down their movements. Combine this with the high mobility from Zombie Royale’s undead and you have a lethal combination. 

Zombie ability tips

Warzone zombie fight
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You’ll need to learn how to use these zombie abilities if you wish to increase your survivability.

Before you go chasing the nearest player, it’s often best to scan your surroundings for any enemy players that are alone. Not only will this stop your fleshy body from being riddled with bullets, it will also increase your chances of securing a successful kill. While it can be tempting to rush into the fray with your Charged Jump, it does give away your position thanks to the ability’s glow effect. 

Instead, it’s often best to use the cover of darkness to sneak up on them. Once you’ve successfully got within a few meters, it’s time to unleash your EMP Blast. This will instantly destroy any Proximity Mines and Claymore’s, allowing you to safely enter even the most fortified defenses. To make matters even better, the initial blast also reduces visibility and will cause most players to panic — giving you the moment to strike.

Once you have disabled any equipment and digital optics, it’s time to throw in your Gas Grenade. When the grenade has filled the room with deadly toxins, instantly run in and begin clawing away at your hapless victim. The slowing effect and overall disorientation from both abilities should make any escape futile.

Even if your enemy does manage to make a break for it, simply activate your Charged Jump to catch up to them. Just be aware that doing this will make you highly visible to nearby squads, so only use this ability when you have to. 

If you use these tips, you’ll be able to secure more kills as a zombie in Warzone’s Zombie Royale mode.