Call of Duty: Warzone is the latest attempt to mold the Call of Duty brand into an attractive battle royale title worthy to rival the likes of Apex Legends and Fortnite. Call of Duty: Warzone is completely free-to-play, either as an update for players who own Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, or as a standalone client available on most major systems. Like any battle royale game, things can be very overwhelming and confusing in the beginning. I thought it would be helpful to craft a quick list of Call of Duty: Warzone tips for your first few matches in the arena. Whether you’re a Modern Warfare pro or a complete newcomer, these Warzone tips should ease you into the experience.
5 Important Tips for Call of Duty: Warzone
Pay Attention During the Tutorial
Before you can hop into either of the two modes in Warzone, you’ll have to complete a brief tutorial. Although a good portion of the tutorial is simple weapon-handling and combat training, there’s plenty of new stuff that gets covered. Unfortunately, it’s very easy to speed through the process, not taking time to soak in the information or become familiar with the menus. Trust me, you’ll want to practice this stuff now, while you don’t have to worry about being sniped from across the map. If you find that you need more practice, you can also play battle royale matches against AI opponents, available in the practice modes menu.
Craft a Loadout
Regardless of what mode you’re playing, you’ll want to have a custom load-out available. Your load-outs can be accessed in both Battle Royale and Plunder, so it’s important to have a few sets of weapons you enjoy and are comfortable using. While there’s still plenty of scavenging and looting strategy to finding the best guns, being able to pick up some predetermined favorites is a definite advantage. If you haven’t played Call of Duty: Modern Warfare before now, you may have to play a few matches before unlocking custom load-outs. The feature unlocks at player rank 4, which should only take you a handful of matches to reach.
Don’t Ignore Plunder Mode
Call of Duty: Warzone offers two modes, Battle Royale and Plunder. Battle Royale is pretty self-explanatory, but Plunder is a bit more complex. Instead of being the last team standing, your objective is to be the team with the highest collected cash. Both modes use the same map, so information learned in one mode will be just as useful in the other. Generally speaking, Plunder mode is more about exploring the map and searching for loot chests than it is about seeking out other players to kill. More importantly, Plunder mode has infinite lives, giving you far more time to familiarize yourself with the map. Which leads directly into our next tip…
Explore, Explore, Explore
The map in Warzone is really, really big. It’s large enough to feel spacious and then some, even with 150 players occupying it. Regardless of what mode you’re playing, you’ll want to become very familiar with the map, especially building layouts and danger-zones. There’s no fast way to get this done, you’re just going to have to play a lot of matches and spend time exploring. When you’re first starting out, be sure to take the time and soak in the features of each location. You never know where the final few circles will end up, so having intimate knowledge of each area will be invaluable during these intense moments.
Don’t Forget to Spend Your Cash
When you get wrapped up in the heat of the action, it’s easy to forget the simple things. As you kill opponents, open loot chests, and generally run around the map, you’ll find big wads of cash. In both Battle Royale and Plunder, this cash can be used to gain some significant advantage. You can spend cash at Buy Stations, which can be located on the map by their shopping cart icon (remember to zoom in on the map if you can’t see them). In Battle Royale mode, you can buy kill-streaks, revive kits, and resurrect your dead teammates. In Plunder, you can purchase personal cash deposit balloons, armor, and more. Although you might want to be fiscally responsible in Plunder mode, you should spend your cash with regularity in Battle Royale. You never know when a self-revive kit might come in handy.
These basic tips should help you get ahead in your first few matches of Warzone. There’s plenty of stuff to learn and secrets to find, so be sure to continue checking back for more of our Call of Duty: Warzone tips. If you’re looking for official tips and tricks, you can take a peek at Activision’s official Warzone strategy guide page. In our short time with Warzone we’ve been having a blast and can’t wait what’s in store for future updates! Until then, best of luck in the Gulag!