Pre-Game Preparation

Warzone has a number of game modes, including important tutorials for new players. Here’s what they are and why you should try them all.

Whether you own the full Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® game or are a free-to-play player with access to Warzone, you’ll be greeted with the Play menu after selecting the Warzone option in-game.

This default menu is where you can dive into a Warzone match. Over time, you’ll also see additional modes giving players more ways to experience Warzone. The launch modes are introduced below. For more tactics and greater detail on each mode, you can go here.

Here’s a quick overview of the Play menu, as well as a breakdown of what each mode entails:


This is where you launch into a game of Warzone. Here are the following distinct modes of play:

Battle Royale

This is the Battle Royale Warzone mode available at launch, Full firesquads of three Operators group up and tackle up to 49 full trios across the massive environment of Verdansk.

Playing in a trio can allow you more time to loot and explore, since you can plan to have a buddy – or even two – defending you at your six. Also, three heads can be better than one when deciding where to drop in, what to loot, and how to clear out any threats.

However, above all else, Battle Royale is a great social experience, whether you play with friends or with random online players, as the three of you will be working together to survive and thrive in Verdansk.

Speaking of teamwork, it’s necessary for winning a Battle Royale match; if both those teammates go down, expect some difficult 1v3 situations in your immediate future.

For additional game knowledge and tactics on Battle Royale, go here.


A distinctly different mode of play is Plunder, where the objective is to collect and deposit a certain amount of Cash while battling against other teams across Verdansk. Get as much Cash as you can… and get the win! Certainly, there’s tactical benefits for taking down enemy players that are posing a threat to your wellbeing, but a primary, overriding goal of gathering and depositing Cash is of paramount importance.

This game mode is for true mercenaries that want to drop into Verdansk, gather in-game Cash via scavenging or Contract completions, optionally depositing this Cash to keep it safely away from rivals, and reaching a maximum Cash value before all the other teams, to secure victory.

Expect a distinctly different style of play and type of tactics to be present here compared to Battle Royale, with more emphasis on continuously acquiring Cash at every opportunity, learning to complete Contracts as proficiently as possible, and tracking down enemy squads to secure their winnings for your own Cash stash!

For additional game knowledge and tactics on Plunder, go here.

Play Tutorials

For those who have never played a battle royale-type game before, or who want to enter their first online game with some confidence, not only is this entire guide for you, but also there is an in-game tutorial.

Right below the Play section, there are two distinct tutorial sections available to play: the Orientation Tutorial and the Practice Tutorial. All players will go through the Orientation Tutorial once before infil into a Warzone match, and you’ll have the option to play it again, if you choose. While the Practice Tutorial isn’t mandatory; we highly recommend you play it once before diving into Warzone. There are complete details on the game Tutorials here.

Warzone: How to Play: Orientation Tutorial

This experience teaches you the basic mechanics of Warzone.

From picking up and equipping armor to combat, contracts, loot, and teamwork, this Orientation is a fantastic hands-on introduction to the game.

Battle Royale: How to Play: Practice Tutorial

This Solo mini battle royale experience drops you into the Quarry with some AI opponents to further teach you about in-game mechanics.

Here, you’ll learn about infiltrating and parachuting, along with live combat, looting from enemies, and the circle collapse.

Not only is this experience a proper live fire exercise, but it is also replayable; see how quickly you can eliminate all your opponents, and you may just get a sweet reward.

For additional game knowledge and tactics on Tutorials, go here.


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Pro Tips

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

Tip #027

Teamwork Makes the Dream Work

For Battle Royale and Plunder game modes, teamwork is near-essential in a winning strategy. Learning how to communicate effectively and play selflessly – e.g. dropping ammo for teammates, defending them while they loot, and reviving them – can be the difference between frustrating defeats and awesome victories.

Brush Up Your Skills in the Tutorial

Tip #028

Brush Up Your Skills in the Tutorial

There is no shame in taking some time to complete the Warzone Tutorial; you’ll be able to practice what you’ll learn in this guide, which will only prepare you further for your first infil. Plus, you may even get some rewards for playing through it!

Going Solo? Intel is Your Best Teammate

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Going Solo? Intel is Your Best Teammate

In a game where you find it’s your Operator against the world, intel becomes the most powerful weapon for survival. Along with paying attention to the Tac Map and Compass, be especially thorough about finding, and equipping, reconnaissance tools such as the Recon Drone, Heartbeat Monitor, and UAV.

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