Guide Introduction and Game Overview - Call of Duty

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“The only truth I found is that the world we live in is a giant tinderbox. All it takes… is someone to light the match” – Captain Price, Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® 3.

Welcome to Warzone, a massive Call of Duty combat experience launched in 2020 that over 100 million players have dropped into.

Before we dive into the game itself, this is what you can expect from this online strategy guide:

Free Warzone. Free Guide: This guide is completely free. You are able to access it here whenever you like. Though you can gain a more personalized guide if you log in (see below), this is not necessary. The entirety of the guide is now available and easily accessible.

An Essential Second Screen Experience: This guide is designed to be dipped into, searched, read completely, or checked when you need additional intel. How you use it is completely up to you. It can be viewed on Desktop and Mobile devices, as well as the Call of Duty®: Companion App.

Frequently Updated: As the Warzone experience continues to expand, with additional game modes announced and other content becoming available, the guide will be updated accordingly. Access the Call of Duty Blog for the latest intel.

Robust: This guide covers every important aspect of the Warzone experience in great detail, using proven tactics and featuring developer-approved content.

Searchable: Are you looking for something specific related to Warzone? Then be sure to use our guide’s Search Function, at the top of every page.

Personalized: Are you wanting a more personalized Strategy Guide? Then log in to your Activision account, and utilize a guide specially tailored to your style of play.

More Than 300 Tips: Need a quick fix of information? We’ve gathered more than 300 Warzone-specific tips to help you gain knowledge as fast as possible. Look for these at the foot of every article page.

A Full Tac Map and More: One of the many tactical benefits of utilizing this guide is an exceptionally detailed Tac Map available at your fingertips, with a variety of information not shown in the game, such as Buy Station locations, and every Point of Interest available.

Warzone: Official Strategy Guide Contents:

Chapter 1: Welcome to the Warzone: Basic Training

Outside of this overview, this chapter contains a Glossary of In-Game Terms, an in-depth FAQ, and a Landing Page where the latest News and Updates are posted, all before detailing the absolute basic mechanics of Warzone, from controls and commands to movement and weapon usage.

Chapter 2: Pre-Game Preparation

From the Play to Weapons menus and everything thereafter, this section deals with six of the most important menus you’ll interact with. This covers all the vital information you need to know before or between Warzone matches.

Chapter 3: Infil: Tactics in the Warzone

What happens after you drop? This chapter reveals all the important intel you need to know during the heat of battle, from parachuting, inventory items, pinging, Drop Kits, redeployment, and everything else pertinent to your continued Warzone survival.

Guide Introduction and Game Overview - Call of Duty

Chapter 4: Exfil: After Action Report

What occurs once you complete – or even win – a Warzone match? This chapter details all the rewards both the victor and the vanquished can receive, along with how the XP and Ranking system in Warzone works.

Chapter 5: Tac Map: Atlas: Verdansk ’84

In this epic-sized chapter, we investigate every single location across the Tac Map, flagging over 400 Points of Interest along the way in Verdansk ‘84, and additional Points of Interest on Rebirth Island. Expect an interactive map, detailed overviews of every notable location in the game, and flags indicating the finest ambush points, loot, and much more.

Chapter 6: Tac Map: Atlas: Rebirth Island

Rebirth Island, the smaller battle royale experience within Warzone, is built for fast-paced games with 32 unique points of interest. This interactive map details all of those locations, as well as plots the locations of potential vehicle spawns, ammo caches, and Buy Stations. Simply click on the point of interest you wish to see in detail and explore how it can be useful in how you scavenge for items, ambush enemies, and navigate through the entirety of Rebirth Island on your road to victory.

The Basics of Warzone

Before dropping into some Pre-Game Preparation, learning advanced Tactics in the Warzone, knowing what comes after an Exfil, or learning every nook and cranny of Verdansk and Rebirth Island in the Atlas, you might want to learn how to play Warzone at its most basic level.

Coupled with Warzone’s in-game tutorial, this Chapter covers core mechanics, such as what their controls and settings are, as well as the various movement techniques and general tactics for aiming and firing weapons.

However, this section isn’t just for new players or those needing to brush up on basics; it’s also includes advanced tips that even the most veteran Operators may find useful, and otherwise serves as a second-screen reference for the various controls and commands in game.

Essentially, this Chapter of the guide gives you the initial information needed to survive and thrive in Warzone and should be read before diving into the rest of this guide. Here is a quick summary of the sections and what they cover:

In-Game Terms: A glossary of terms for general Call of Duty lingo, items and mechanics within Warzone, and common phrases that are used when communicating between teammates.

FAQ: Presented in partnership with Activision Player Support, this section covered the most frequently asked questions about Warzone.

Gaining Complete Control: Before you even step foot in Verdansk, you’ll need to know what – and how – you will see in the game. This section breaks down the basic controls, settings, and heads-up display in Warzone. Note the separate sections for:

PlayStation® 4 and PlayStation 5 players

Xbox One® and Xbox Series X|S players.

PC players

Movement: We go in-depth on mastering the most fundamental aspects of surviving Warzone: how to move, maneuver, and look around.

Firing: Ready? Aim… Fire! Learn the fundamentals and advanced techniques of using armaments in the Warzone, from fists to firearms and everything in-between.

Tutorials: The mode itself provides two extremely helpful Tutorials for you to play through. This chapter reiterates the points and information revealed in those Tutorials, so you can learn basic tactics as quickly as possible.