Call of Duty’s second stab at Battle Royale after Blackout has become a huge success, scoring critical acclaim and racking up six million players in 24 hours.
While Warzone is easy to jump into if you have any history with Call of Duty, there’s a number of tricks you can pull off to separate your skills from the 150 player pack.
Struggling to claim the top spot? Here’s some useful tips to boost your survival chances in Warzone.
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Speed up your parachute descent
As is customary with any Battle Royale, Call of Duty: Warzone opens with players deciding where to drop from an aircraft – descending onto the battlefield with parachute in tow.
Judging when to release the parachute for a slow glide to hit your desired spot however can be finicky, with the option to cut your parachute allowing you to descend faster.
As explained by YouTuber MrReekHavoc, if you quickly jump between cutting and deploying your parachute, you can descent much quicker and more accurately onto the field. Considering many players have started shooting descending players from the sky, it’s a useful tactic to ensure your boots hit the ground as fast as possible.
Advanced UAV killstreak
One of the killstreaks available for purchase in Warzone is Call of Duty’s classic UAV, which performs a scan of the area to briefly reveal the position of enemy players.
If your squad all invests in UAVs however, they can be far more effective. As shown by streamer Jack “CouRage” Dunlop, if your squad uses three UAVs at once, every enemy on the whole map will be revealed for a longer period of time.
It’s a hugely useful trick to see if there’s any players in your surrounding area, especially in the closing half of a match when the chances of death are much higher.
FUN FACT:— Jack “CouRage” Dunlop (@CouRageJD) March 11, 2020
Using 3 UAVS at once in Warzone reveals EVERY SINGLE ENEMIES LOCATION ACROSS THE ENTIRE MAP AND WHERE THEY ARE LOOKING for the duration of the UAVs...
Snipers and marksmen rifles are your friends
While gun choice comes down to personal preference, a few weapons offer one-shot kills if you’re able to land a headshot.
As you may expect, sniper rifles are the best in this regard. The AX-50 especially is the best sniper rifle in Warzone, boasting far more head damage than in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer.
Marksman rifle EBR-14 is also a one-shot kill if you land a headshot – so if your accuracy is on point, you can be a devastating force on the battlefield.
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Watch your step
One of the biggest giveaways of an enemy’s position in close quarters is the sound of footsteps, especially when navigating inside buildings and stairwells.
While it’s generally advised to stay crouched inside buildings to reduce footstep noise, keep on the lookout for the Dead Silence field upgrade – which helps reduce the sound of your footsteps drastically.
Silenced weapons are also essential to keep your position hidden from the radar, while closing doors behind you also helps keep players off your tail.
If you're sneaky, it's much easier to finish higher in Warzone (Picture: Activision)
Get to know your vehicle spots
Vehicles generally aren’t very useful in Warzone; they alert everyone to your position and make you an easy target for rocket launchers. It can be handy to know their spawn positions however, in case you need a very quick escape from an area.
An ATV is always positioned in the go-kart area in the south-west corner of the map, while there’s always a chopper beside the Verdansk Stadium at the top of the Downtown Tavorsk District. You can check out our vehicle guide for more locations.
If you want quick access to a cargo truck, there’s one housed in the Barakett Promenade West part of the map, casually tucked away inside a garage of sorts.
A cargo truck is a fun tool to mess around with, but it's not very subtle (Picture: Activision)
In the Gulag, throw them grenades
It’s quite difficult to recommend a strategy inside the Gulag considering 1v1 showdowns can be abruptly chaotic, but remembering to utilise grenades and flashbangs can often turn the tide.
In such close quarters, players can easily stumble into the blast range of grenades by accident – while the temporary slowdown from flashbangs are an easy way to get the upper hand.
Alternatively, spectators can even get involved by throwing rocks which can give away an enemy’s position if you’re observant enough.
Or a rock can clobber a C4 and win the round for you – we all get lucky sometimes.
Call of Duty: Warzone is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC.