“You’re the last one, complete the mission.” – Gaz, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Battle Royale Solos takes the gritty, tactical, and high-stakes action of Battle Royale and gives it a free-for-all twist.
In here, there are no squads, no teammates… It’s only you against everyone else who infiltrated into Verdansk.
Whether you come here for practice or for glory, here is what you need to know about Battle Royale Solos:
Free-For-All On a Massive Scale: Battle Royale Solos Overview
You and everyone else who are infiltrating Verdansk begin on the plane ready to jump out into the region. After the plane crosses a section of the map marked by your Tac Map, the rear loading ramp drops down and the battle begins.
Just like in Battle Royale, your objective is to be the last player standing – in other words, it’s you against up to 149 other Operators.
At the beginning of the match, the Tac Map shows the first safe area. Over multiple timed stages, this safe area will shrink due to the circle collapse until the entire area is shrouded in the toxic gas.
When your Operator drops to zero health, they die. Unless your Operator has a Self-Revive Kit, dropping to zero health will send you to The Gulag on your first death. Yes, the Gulag will still welcome in prisoners of the Warzone, but if you die in that 1v1 Gunfight – or during the second chance at survival you are given – forget any form of redeployment, you’re out for good.
The last Operator standing wins the match.
Battle Royale Solos Strategy
First – and most importantly – Battle Royale Solos is the ultimate test of individual skill, both in terms of combat and survival. With no other teammates to rely on, it’s up to you – and only you – to outlive the completion within Verdansk.
This all begins during infiltration; don’t worry about coordinating a drop point with teammates and drop whenever and wherever you feel comfortable. You can get an idea of what zones will become hot spots by paying attention to where people drop out of the plane. Keep an eye on the red smoke trails, as well as the plane passenger count found on the top right corner of the screen to gather this intel.
If you are prepared to fight from the get-go, try dropping out as soon as possible, landing within the circle, and/or following enemy players to their approximate landing point. Alternatively, if you would rather build a loadout, focus on dropping away from the circle and towards unmarked areas or Contracts.
No matter when and where you land, it’s wise to get comfortable with your starting handgun, as it is your only form of defense until you find another weapon. It will take approximately a full clip to down an enemy when aiming at their chest, and less shots if there are a few headshots thrown in. In summary, with this starting pistol, its strengths are in headshots and in close-quarters situations.
Still, this pistol may not get you too far in Verdansk, so it’s best to look for loot and Contracts immediately after landing. Ground loot is great for those looking for immediate self-defense, while Supply Boxes will usually contain much better weapons and equipment.
As for Contracts, they are slightly tuned for Solos: although they reward less cash on completion than a normal Contract, they can be easier to complete. For example, Recon Contracts have their hill time cut in half, and Bounty Contracts will still see you hunt down a single Operator, but you won’t have to worry about that Operator’s squadmates getting in the way.
With that said, there are no squadmates whatsoever in Solos, so any big fights that take place will be massive free-for-alls. If you are about to enter – or already in – and engagement involving multiple enemies, think quickly about how you can take advantage of it. Do you use the commotion to plan an escape? Or maybe let them fight until one remains, only for you to swoop in for the final kill?
These kinds of decisions also bleed over into looting and searching tactics. In general, if you see an open door, Supply Box, or a recently activated Buy Station, that may be a sign that an enemy is close by. Using your physical senses – sight and sound – effectively will also help you survive on your own, as it’s even more important to notice a sniper scope glint or a gunshot from far-away when you are all alone in Verdansk.
Along with having good judgement, successful Solos Operators know how to use any and all reconnaissance tools to their advantage. Especially pay attention to that Tac Map and Compass; red dots show enemy fire and knowing how the circle collapse could change a fight in progress or be crucial to your survival.
Furthermore, be especially thorough about finding, and equipping, reconnaissance tools such as the Recon Drone, Heartbeat Monitor, and UAV, which could provide a great advantage to you when navigating through Verdansk. The last of these tools can be bought through Buy Stations, which are active during this mode.
Speaking of Buy Stations, you can also still buy Self-Revive Kits or find them in Verdansk. Keep this in mind when fighting other Operators; usually, they will instantly die after being reduced to zero health, but if they have a kit, they have the chance to jump back up and get their revenge. With that in mind, always ensure you have a confirmed kill before turning your attention towards the next firefight.
Because there are no redeployments outside of the Gulag, it is especially important to win your 1v1 match when it happens. You can read more tips about the Gulag here, or you could play some Gunfight to practice, if you’re struggling to win those pulse-pounding duels.
Finally, winning a Solo game is a tough, yet rewarding, task, as you will have had to outlast dozens upon dozens of other players to do so. If you do win a Solo, take pride in that accomplishment.
However, an alternative way to think of Battle Royale Solos as a warm-up to a standard Battle Royale game. With no squadmates to rely on, this mode can allow you to focus on practicing basic mechanics that will translate seamlessly to a squad-based game. Although individual skill is not everything in a standard Battle Royale game, it certainly doesn’t hurt to have better accuracy and sense of survival along with being a great teammate.