Call of Duty: Warzone beginners’ guide: helpful things you should know
Let’s start at the beginning with a basic explainer of the mode. In Warzone you’re thrown into a last-player-standing battle with a total of 150 players – more than the usual 100 found in games like PUBG and Fortnite – and by default you’ll be part of a three-player squad.
Survive until you’re the last squad standing – even if it’s just one of you – and you’ll win the game. But, of course, that’s considerably easier said than done, seeing as there are about 147 other players that want to do the same thing.
Aside from that basic premise, the other key points are that you’ll all start out in a plane – again, standard for a battle royale – flying over the map. From here you can view the flight path in the in-game map and plan where you and your pals want to land, and from the moment you jump out of the plane it’s time to fight tooth and nail for survival. Avoid the periodically closing ring of toxic gas, which will kill you in a few seconds if you stand in it. Avoid being killed by other players, and generally avoid just being killed, and you’ll stand a chance.
Basic Warzone tips: how it differs from standard battle royales
Warzone differs from standard games in the genre like PUBG, Fortnite and Apex Legends in a number of ways. Here’s a quick rundown of the key ones:
- Weapon attachments aren’t part of the loot – you’ll still need to loot when you land but you will land with at least a pistol, which is more than most!
- You can access pre-made builds in-game that will full kit you out.
- There are killstreaks – staples from Call of Duty multiplayer – that let you do things like calling in airstrikes or attack helicopters when you get a certain number of kills.
- Loot mostly revolves around chests, like in Apex Legends or Fortnite. There’s only a smaller amount of low-quality loot to be found on the ground.
- There are in-game mini missions, called Contracts, that you can collect and complete in-game for loot and other rewards.
- You can respawn! Or at least you sort of can. More on that below.