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Bullet Points – Inventory
Unlike the traditional Call of Duty experience, your inventory in the Battle Royale mode of Warzone is available under a different set of circumstances. Aside from a handgun and a pair of fists, the items and weapons you carry are based entirely up to what you find within Verdansk and Rebirth Island.
This means you won’t last long unless you scavenge around the map.
A typical Operator’s inventory is not limited to weapons and ammo, although that is an important staple in what they carry. Here is everything that can be found on the ground in Warzone.
Note: Weapon types aren’t specifically mentioned in this chapter, though they are available as Ground Item, and in Supply Boxes, as well as your Loadouts taken from Loadout Drops.
Types of Caches
Supply Boxes: Crates containing items. Marked with a Blue Glow. These are found throughout Verdansk, and come in a variety of colors, usually (but not exclusively) related to the rarity of the item contained inside: Find Grey (Common) Green (Uncommon), Blue (Rare), Purple (Epic), and Orange Legendary).
Special Supply Boxes: Crates containing rarer items, especially in the third of a set of three across Verdansk. Marked with a Yellow Glow. Only available during Scavenger Contracts.
Rare Supply Boxes: Crates containing at least one guaranteed Legendary item. Marked with an Orange Glow. Incredibly rare finds around Verdansk normally.
Rebirth Supply Boxes: Crates containing items. Will restock after a few minutes of time. Marked with a Red Glow. Only found on Rebirth Island.
Buy Stations: Interactable portable comms station that exchanges Cash for Killstreaks, Armor Plates, Self-Revive Kits, and Loadout Drops.
Types of Item
The following lists the usual types of Item you can find throughout Verdansk and where they are likely to be found:
Armor Plates: These to add protection to you or your squad mate (Ground Item, Supply Box, Buy Station).
Armor Satchel: Allow you to carry three additional armor plates (from five maximum to eight maximum). (Supply Box).
Ammo: Ammunition for a particular type or types of weapon (Ground Item, Supply Box).
Cash: Different numerical values of in-game Cash, used in-game and only in the specific match, to purchase higher-value item (Ground Item, Supply Box).
Contracts: Computer tablet granting a mission known as a Contract (Ground Item, Supply Box).
Field Upgrades: Equipment or an ability requiring manual activation in order to give a specific advantage in or outside of combat (Ground Item, Supply Box).
Gas Masks: A face mask allowing greater survivability within the gas of a circle collapse (Ground Item, Supply Box, Buy Station).
Killstreaks: Powerful, single-use reinforcement tools allowing skilled players the opportunity to turn the tide of battle if used wisely (Buy Station).
Loadout Drops: A cargo crate dropped from the sky, containing your preferred Loadout (Buy Station) during Battle Royale game mode. Note: the marker for this Loadout Drop has a similar appearance to a Smoke Grenade .
Self-Revive Kits: Medical kits allowing you or a squadmate to self-revive after being downed during a match (Ground Item, Supply Box, Buy Station).
Weapons: Offensive armaments (Ground Item, Supply Box, Loadout Drop)
A loose item that can be found on the ground throughout the Warzone. Generally, ground items are of lower quality – think ammo, common weapons, and the like – than items found by other means.
Still, picking up any item is better than having nothing, and in Verdansk or Rebirth Island, there are plenty of these loose items lying on the ground in houses, buildings, and most other locations. Focus on gathering it early on in a match – so you have a functioning weapon for example – before the hunt for Supply Boxes begins.
A Supply Box is a small rectangular box that contains multiple items. Hundreds of these are randomly scattered around Verdansk, waiting to be opened. These are available in a variety of rarity colors, described in detail later in this section.
Upon interacting with a Supply Box, the contents of it will spring open in front of it, allowing you to pick up anything and everything that pops out.
Items within a Supply Box can be of any rarity or type. There are also special versions of Supply Boxes (Special Supply Boxes), which are only available and marked via the Scavenger Contract and usually contain higher rarity items. Then there are the Rare Supply Boxes, which as the name implies, are rarer versions of a typical Supply Box that are all-orange and contain at least one guaranteed Legendary item.
No matter what type of Supply Box it is, you will hear an audible hum in-game whenever you are close to one. This hum will grow louder as you follow the noise, until it reaches its final crescendo when you are standing right next to a box and have not opened it. So, in general, remember to listen closely to this audible cue and find the source for a potentially game-changing reward.
Supply Box Tactics: As one would expect, Supply Boxes are hot spots for potential combat, given that there are only a finite number of these crates in the world. While the exact placement of every Supply Box is not the same from match to match, savvy Warzone Operators will eventually learn for themselves where they can usually find them.
Fortunately, opening a crate takes very little time, so the optimal strategy is to spring open the Supply Box, decide what items are worth adding to your loadout, and move on before any enemy catches you by surprise.
Alternatively, if you have a hunch about another squad approaching a box – or know, via UAV, Heartbeat Sensor, or other reconnaissance equipment – you could wait it out and spring a trap for them, gaining not only whatever is in the cache, but also anything those hapless rivals had on them.
The other stationary stockpile for items is the Buy Station, an interactable portable comms station that exchanges Cash for the right to revive a fellow Squadmate and purchase items like Killstreaks, Armor Plates, Self-Revive Kits, and Loadout Drops. Each of these items costs a specific Cash amount that needs to be met in order to purchase them, and multiple items can be bought in a single trip to this station.
This includes Killstreaks, which appear on the right side of your HUD. If you already have a Killstreak available, buying another one will remove the previous one. They do not stack.
Unlike Supply Boxes, Buy Stations can be located on your Tac Map as small green shopping carts. This makes them easier targets for squads to go after and land at than Supply Boxes, as they provide visible markers that guarantee a place to earn items. Plus, Buy Stations are usually in areas that contain Supply Boxes and even Contracts, making them high profile (and high reward) drop locations at the beginning of a Warzone match.
However, because of the versatility of the items on offer from these stations, they should not be avoided during a Warzone match. This is, without question, one of the best ways to spend Cash earned from Contracts, downing enemies, or simply collecting it off the ground or in boxes during a match.
While accessing a Buy Station, it is possible for an enemy player to down you. In other words, quick trips to this store are preferred rather than perusing through the menus. Or, request cover from your squad while you check a Buy Station. Like Supply Boxes, you could stake out an enemy squad you assume is heading for a shopping spree; but be warned that you may not be the only team with this tactic.
Outside of ammo, all items in Warzone have a rarity level attached to them. This rarity level corresponds to their drop rate in-game; the higher rarity level an item is, the rarer it is as an in-game drop.
Rarity appears both as a symbol within a diamond, as well as an afterglow on weapons on your HUD.
The previous image contains the symbol for a Player item. This category is reserved for your starting handgun, as well as any items that come out of a Loadout Drop. While your starting pistol may not be that impressive, the weapons out of your Loadout Drop might have a better attachment set up than a Legendary item, especially for those who kit them out to their preference in the Gunsmith before a match.
Here are the other rarity levels:
Common and Uncommon items are, as you would expect, the most frequent items to find in the game. This includes your base weapons – most weapons with no attachments on them – or basic equipment.
All Common items are denoted with a grey diamond, while Uncommon items are denoted by a single green diamond within a diamond and a green glow for weapons.
While Common and Uncommon items are easy to find, it is better than nothing. So, should you find a gun lying around with a grey or green diamond and have no other options, you might as well take it along for the ride until you find rarer items.
Rare items are a step up from Common and are denoted by two blue diamonds within a diamond or by a blue afterglow on your HUD’s weapon display.
Armor Plates, some equipment pieces and a few Field Upgrades have this rarity level, along with weapon blueprints with three attachments. Yes, rarer weapons in Warzone are the weapon blueprints you can play with in the other modes in the full version of Modern Warfare®, as mentioned in our weapons section.
This rarity is usually found within Supply Boxes, so if you are looking for a weapon that has a few attachments on it, look around for Supply Boxes rather than weapons on the ground.
Epic items are denoted by a purple diamond with three individual diamonds inside, or that have a purple afterglow on your HUD’s weapon display, is considered an Epic Item. This category includes more Field Upgrades and equipment, as well as weapon blueprints with four unique attachments.
These are more common within Special Supply Boxes (found as rewards during Scavenger Contracts) and Rare Supply Boxes compared to standard Supply Boxes, as they both have a better chance of pulling rarer items by design. Still, it is possible to find an Epic weapon or two, within a Supply Boxes, and if that happens, you may want to think twice before passing it up.
Legendary items, the rarest items found within a match, are marked with an orange-gold afterglow on a weapon or four gold diamonds inside of a diamond.
Legendary items consist of powerful Field Upgrades, such as Stopping Power Rounds, weapon blueprints with all five attachment slots filled, and other hard-to-find in-game items like Self-Revive Kits, Armor Satchels, and Gas Masks.
During a game of Warzone, you may only come across a handful of Legendary items in Supply Boxes, let alone on the ground. These usually come out of high Contract Level rewards, especially for Scavenger and Recon Contracts. Alternatively, some of these items, such as the Self-Revive Kits, can be bought outright at a Buy Station.
Only foolish Operators leave Legendary items lying around for others to capture without even considering it as part of a loadout.
Ultra items also exist within Warzone, but these are usually reserved for incredibly special items that can be equipped to your loadout or profile. For more information on Ultra-rarity items, specifically Mastercraft Weapon Blueprints, check out the Weapons section of the guide here.
A weapon is next to useless without ammo – even though scavenged weapons come with a magazine or two included, you may eventually run out of bullets if you don’t find any ammo in the Warzone.
Ammo in Warzone is simplified into weapon categories (compared with the full Modern Warfare game), with some ammo types able to be used for multiple weapon categories. Ammo is segmented into:
· Assault Rifle/LMG
· Sniper/Marksman Rifle
There is a limit to how much ammo an Operator can carry, but in general, the more ammo you carry – no matter its type, the better. In Warzone, you never know what weapon you will find to be most effective, so it is best to keep ammo counts as close to the max as possible and pick up these drops in the world.
Note: The “Drop” menu (in the lower center of your HUD) allows you to drop (and optionally Ping) any ammunition you may be carrying, but aren’t using, so a squad mate in need of the ammunition can pick it up.
Armor – Plates, Box, and Satchel
Armor is your main form of Operator damage mitigation, shielding your hit points from ballistic or explosive damage. Armor comes in Plates, rare drops that can be equipped, expended, and stockpiled up to five individual Plates per Operator normally.
Operators start in Warzone with 100 health and two Armor Plates equipped out of three in total. Your current armor status is shown above the health bar in the bottom left corner of the screen. Taking damage will deplete this bar, which is segmented into thirds to represent each individual Armor Plate.
When used, an Armor Plate fills up the armor bar to the nearest third, except when only 10% or less of a plate is depleted.
In other words, if you get hit by a bullet and your armor bar goes down past the one-third mark halfway, equipping an Armor Plate will fill the bar back up to the one-third mark. Meanwhile, if a bullet only depletes a 5% of your Armor bar past the one-third mark, then the Plate you put in will replenish that damage and fill it up to the two-thirds mark, as if you were just putting in another Armor Plate without any damage taken beforehand.
It may be wise to wait until your Armor fully depletes – if more than 10% of a Plate is depleted – before putting on more plates, if you do not have the luxury of a full set of five reserve Armor Plates. Otherwise, if you have the Armor to spare, it may not be worth worrying about topping off a bar rather than filling up an empty one.
Equipping an Armor Plate takes a few seconds and renders your Operator unable to fire or use equipment. However, they can still move and even sprint while equipping armor pieces, making a stow and scurry maneuver an effective option for gaining ground and defense.
Note: The “Drop” menu (in the lower center of your HUD) allows you to drop (and optionally Ping) any Armor plates you may be carrying, but aren’t using, so a squad mate in need of one can pick it up.
Along with picking up individual plates, you can replenish your armor reserves by using an Armor Box, a special Field Upgrade only available as an in-game item (and not out of game, where it could be used alongside a Loadout in Plunder). After placing the Armor Box and interacting with it, your Operator will immediately fill their Armor reserves to full. Other friendly squadmates can interact with it too to increase their Armor reserves to their maximum, making this item an extremely useful tool when plating is hard to come by.
The final Armor-related item is the Legendary Armor Satchel, a vest that allows you to carry three additional Armor Plates. Overall, this item is one of the most useful in Warzone, as being able to increase your Plate-carrying capacity by 60% with no downsides is a hard offer to pass up.
Only one Armor Satchel can be equipped per Operator, and once it is picked up, it cannot be dropped unless that Operator is eliminated. However, someone with an Armor Satchel is free to drop all eight of their Plates for a squadmate to carry, allowing for some strategies around Plate management across all squadmates.
Note: You can technically have up to 11 Armor Plates carried by your Operator; up to five in reserve, up to three worn and ready to absorb damage, and an additional three should you have an Armor Satchel.
Cash is what Operators use to purchase items at Buy Stations. This in-game currency can be earned either by completing Contracts, finding them in the wild, or collecting them from the remains of your enemies.
Cash comes in all sizes; the larger the stack, the more plunder is in it. Whether it’s $200 dropped by an eliminated foe or a massive stack of $10,000, it all adds up on your Operator.
In a typical Warzone match in Verdansk, a good benchmark to hit is about $4,000 in Cash before visiting a Buy Station – this is enough to buy some of the items you’ll find at the Buy Station, and from here, only a few thousand more will be enough to get anything there. Another major benchmark is $10,000 – with this amount of money across your squad, there is next to nothing that you cannot purchase at a Buy Station.
As for the Plunder game mode, Cash is your win condition. This means completing Contracts, one of the more lucrative and guaranteed ways to earn Cash, becomes even more important in these matches. Full strategies for acquiring and utilizing Cash in Plunder is detailed in the chapter section related to this specific game mode.
Note: The “Drop” menu (in the lower center of your HUD) allows you to drop (and optionally Ping) any Cash you may be carrying, but aren’t using, so a squadmate in need of Cash can pick it up and ideally use it at a Buy Station as the squad’s designated shopper, or Bank it during Plunder matches.
Note: Cash is only useful during the specific Warzone match that you find it in. There’s no need (or point) to hold onto Cash until the very end of a match, as Cash isn’t tracked beyond that.
(Available only in Battle Royale Modes)
As we mentioned in our Circle Collapse section, the collapse is a deadly gas that will down any Operator who spends too much time in it. The only way to avoid being damaged by it – outside of not stepping into it in the first place – is to equip a Gas Mask.
Gas Masks are single-use items that, when equipped inside of a collapse, allows your Operator to breathe freely for a little over 10 seconds. During this time, a vertical bar will deplete, which indicates the amount of time you have until the Gas Mask’s filter fully expires.
This item is considered Legendary, making it difficult to find within Verdansk outside of a Buy Station. However, if it is found, how to use it, and when to use it, is extremely simple.
You may want to save a Gas Mask for later stages of a Battle Royale Warzone match, such as when the final circle collapse engulfs Verdansk completely, should you plan to survive that long. Otherwise, use it whenever your Operator is at risk of taking an unfortunate death to the elements.
Furthermore, when your Operator automatically equips or takes off a Gas Mask due to the Circle Collapse, your Operator will do the following:
During this time, your Operator will not be able to fire weapons as efficiently, and while a Gas Mask is equipped, your visibility will be reduced slightly. Keep both of these factors in mind while fighting another Operator, as one errant donning or doffing of a Gas Mask could sway the tide of battle.
In addition to a regular Gas Mask is a Durable Gas Mask, an even rarer item that cannot be purchased at a Buy Station, and is normally not found in a typical match. The Durable Gas Mask offers roughly three-times the amount of fresh air than a traditional Gas Mask, allowing you to stay within the Circle Collapse longer.
Simply put, if you find one of these Durable Gas Masks, equip it immediately before someone else does… Even if it is a fellow squadmate.
Note: The Gas Mask does not reduce the disorienting effects of a Gas Grenade, as that grenade is able to penetrate even the toughest of Gas Masks and is only countered by the Battle-Hardened Perk.
A Field Upgrade is an additional equipment piece or ability that requires manual activation in order to give a specific advantage in or outside of combat.
Usually found in Supply Boxes, Field Upgrades will appear on the bottom right corner of your HUD when they are picked up. In certain game modes, such as Plunder, you can select one out of most Field Upgrades to bring with you into the game just like your custom Loadout.
Munitions Box – Upon activation, your Operator will deploy a box of ammo, refillable equipment (such as grenades), and weapons for you and your squad-mates. Be careful: if it is critically damaged it will explode.
Recon Drone – Pilot a small, remote-controlled drone, ideally from a safe position behind cover, around the map. The drone is fully maneuverable with precise yaw and pitch control, but with a limited health and fuel supply, meaning it can’t be used indefinitely and can be shot down. Enemies, equipment, and vehicles are shown on the drone’s camera display (foes appear as white circles), then you can mark them to earn XP points and track them, even through walls.
Dead Silence – Dead Silence temporarily makes your footsteps quieter, allowing you a greater freedom to move closer to enemy installations, locations, or activities with less of a fear of discovery. If you eliminate someone while Dead Silenced is active, it will be recharged fully.
Stopping Power Rounds – Add a bit more firepower to your arsenal with a magazine or clip full of Stopping Power Rounds. These ballistics are more powerful than your stock ammunition, as they deal extra damage to enemies and equipment. Activating Stopping Power Rounds will only supply ONE regular magazine or a clip full of boosted ammunition to your equipped weapon, so ensure that your current weapon is the one you want to load up with Stopping Power Rounds.
Trophy System – This autonomous defense system destroys up to three pieces of equipment or enemy projectiles that dare to enter its zone of control. Whether it is a Smoke Grenade or an RPG projectile, this tiny robot can come up big by intercepting any hostile projectiles outside of bullets. Note: this can be placed onto vehicles.
Deployable Cover – Quickly deployable, this roughly five-by-four feet metal ballistic cover can provide critical protection under certain circumstances. Aside from the reasonable protection this affords you or a teammate, you can also mount your weapons to the horizontal top, or vertical sides of the Cover, granting you stability bonuses to your firing while doing so.
Tactical Insertion – This Field Upgrade does not appear in single-life Warzone modes, such as Battle Royale. Should you wish to spawn at a particular location in Verdansk, you can drop down a lit flare to mark it as your next spawn point. The next time you succumb to enemy fire, you automatically return to the flare’s location, to continue the battle; hopefully with a tactical advantage! These insertion flares can be seen and neutralized by others, so strategic use of them is of paramount importance.
EMP Drone – This EMP Drone detonates a powerful electromagnetic pulse that disables all electronics in the area. Upon activation, the EMP Drone can be targeted on the Tac Map via tablet. Once you select an area, the plane will dive down and explode, dealing significant damage to anyone in its immediate area and wiping out enemy radar, equipment, or other tech within a small radius from its point of impact.
Weapon Drop – Need to bring in the big guns? The Weapon Drop Field Upgrade brings a cache full of high-powered weapons via drone to a drop point marked by a dyed smoke grenade, which looks similar to a Care Package marker. Once the drone drops this box off, you or your teammates can interact with it to either add an additional attachment to your weapon or equip a fully customized weapon that uses all five attachment slots. The weapon and attachments are all randomly generated, but that roll of the dice may give you or a teammate exactly what you need to turn the tide of battle.
Cash Extraction Balloon (Plunder mode only) – This Field Upgrade allows you to bank Cash without using an extraction site. After activating it, interacting with it will bank some of your or your squad’s Cash onto it. Teammates can also bank Cash onto the balloon. Regardless of whether you bank Cash on it or not, it flies away after around 10-15 seconds. Note the Cash Extraction Balloon has a limited amount of Cash it can carry, so don’t expect to bank all of your ill-gotten gains. However, also remember these Field Upgrades can recharge and be used again, though their recharge rate is slow.
Normally, Killstreaks are earned after getting a certain number of kills in a Multiplayer match. But in Warzone, Killstreaks can be bought from the Buy Station or can be found as some of the rarest items within Supply Boxes and as Ground Item.
With enough Cash – or with a bit of luck – you can control these powerful tools that reward skilled players with the opportunity to turn the tide of a Warzone match if used wisely.
Here are the Killstreaks that are available in Warzone:
UAV (Available at Buy Station) – A Killstreak that immediately goes into effect upon activation, this recon drone flies around and scans the environment in short sweeps, picking up the locations of all enemies outside of those using the Ghost perk. You and any other squadmates will see these radar sweeps on the Tac Map. Also, something special might happen when you use three in rapid succession…
Advanced UAV – An extremely rare Killstreak only found under certain conditions, the Advanced UAV will reveal both the positions and directions of all Operators within Verdansk. Those who currently have Ghost equipped will also appear on the radar outside of 250 meters, but will disappear once the squad using an Advanced UAV gets into that range.
Foresight – An incredibly rare Killstreak that reveals all future Circle Collapse locations on the Tac Map.
Cluster Strike (Available at Buy Station) – Designate a mortar strike by pointing a handheld laser at any position within your line of sight. After aiming the laser towards an area and pressing fire, several artillery shells will pepper a circular zone in an explosive barrage. Using a Cluster Strike effectively comes down to understanding its zone of control. It may be limited, but anyone caught within its blast will have an uphill battle against survival. That includes you, so don’t run through your own Cluster Strike.
Precision Airstrike (Available at Buy Station) – Throw on those binoculars to designate a twin jet precision strike on a path in your line of sight. Once you mark the airstrike location, two jets will swoop down one after the other on the area to take out any hostile forces that cross its line of fire. Much like the Cluster Strike, anyone caught within the path of a Precision Airstrike – including its owner – is up against plenty of explosive power. Be careful when using this Killstreak.
RC-XD – Normally found in Black Ops Cold War, and rarely found within Warzone, the RC-XD is a remote-controlled car with powerful explosives strapped to it. Upon activation, the Operator using it will control the car by using the Fire command as the gas, Aim command as the Brake, the Jump command to jump, and the Reload command to explode it, if it does not run out of battery (shown on the right side of the screen) and explode automatically. This explosion can easily destroy a vehicle or a group of Operators bunched together, and before it explodes, can provide some great reconnaissance on the ground.
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