The Ultimate Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Guide and Game Overview

It’s 2018 and, as every year goes, it’s time for yet another Call of Duty title. Due to the system Activision has in place with each development team getting a few years to create a new game, this year is Treyarch’s turn in the cycle. The Treyarch Studio recently confirmed that their 2018 addition will be none other than Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Little is known about the game at this time. A full reveal is scheduled for Thursday, May 17th and BO4 will officially launch in full-swing come October 12th for PS4, Xbox One, and PC.

We’ll be updating this page continuously as new details about the game emerge. This page will serve as an overview for BO4 as well as a full-on Wiki-style guide for the game. We’ll have in-depth information about killstreaks, weapons, specialists (if they exist in this title), maps, and more right here for all to see.

Black Ops 4 Game Guide for New and Veteran Players

For every CoD title to date, we have an expansive, insanely helpful guide made. This will be no exception for Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. Below, you’ll find an outline of everything we cover.

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Multiplayer

Multiplayer is arguably the core element of every CoD game ever created. It’s where 90% of players spend the vast majority of their time – honing their killing skills, perfecting their strategies for every map and game mode, and powering to reach the highest prestige ranks as quickly as possible.

In multiplayer, your personal skills combined with the effectiveness of your strategy and class setup go a long way. You can learn about which weapons are the most effective in every combat scenario, which perks are the most useful, and more using the guides provided below.

Weapons

Weapons are one of the most basic, yet core staples of every Call of Duty game to date. Considering all of the interesting options added in BO3, it’s probably safe to assume we’ll see a very unique and diverse set of firearms in Black Ops 4. There will be a core set to start with, with additional guns, melee weaponry, and more to come in the form of DLC as the months and years tick by.

Generally speaking, players will have access to a few weapons to begin with. As they play the game, collect experience, and reach higher ranks players will unlock additional guns, attachments, and other items to utilize in their class setups.

CallofDutyFAQ.com will feature a detailed Black Ops 4 weapons guide once the full list is available and we are able to vigorously test the different guns for effectiveness.

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Assault Rifles

Assault rifles are some of the most versatile weapons available in BO4. Most are fairly accurate, deal moderate damage, and are suitable for most close to mid-range engagements. They do, however, perform best in medium-range firefights.

The majority of assault rifles in Black Ops 4 vary in a few key aspects: firing speed, accuracy, and ammo capacity. Damage varies slightly between each gun as well. Generally speaking, faster firing rifles will have more recoil, hold more ammunition, and be less precise.

Slower firing assault rifles typically deal a bit more damage per shot, have less flinch, and are better for players with high accuracy (aiming for headshots) or those that like to camp out and pick enemies off.

Below, you’ll find a full list of every assault rifle available in BO4. Clicking the associated weapon name will take you to a page about the specific gun.

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Snipers

Sniper rifles are some of the strongest, most accurate weapons found in practically any CoD title. Traditional use (camping and “hard-scoping”) is typically shunned in the Call of Duty community. Most players that utilize snipers for their primary weapon choice attempt to rack up kills using “quickscoping” techniques – barely bringing up the sights and popping off shots fast.

Snipers in Black Ops 4 are primarily designed to be used for long-range kills. An accurate sniper can help provide cover fire for advancing allies on the battlefield.

Below you’ll find a list of all BO4 sniper rifles. Clicking the name of the sniper will take you to a page that provides a detailed summary of the rifle, along with tips, tricks, and other useful data.

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SMGs

Sub-machine guns, often abbreviated as SMGs, are smaller, fast-firing weapons that give the player higher mobility while sacrificing range and damage output. While they don’t match the firepower of an assault rifle at mid-range, these guns are quite lethal in close-quarters-combat (CQC).

SMGs in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 allow the player to move more quickly and are a favorite weapon type for players that like to rush into combat or flank their opponents. A decisive and precise player can be extremely dangerous in short-range engagements with a decent SMG class setup.

Below you’ll find a list of the available SMGs in the game. Clicking the name of the sniper will take you to a page that provides a detailed summary of the gun, along with tips, tricks, and other useful data.

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LMGs

Light machine guns, commonly referred to as LMGs, are bulky, hold tons of ammo, and typically deal moderate damage. While they aren’t usually the most accurate weapons, they can be particularly useful when providing cover fire for your teammates that are rushing objectives.

LMGs in Black Ops 4 usually have a high ammo capacity and low-to-moderate recoil. Some of these guns can see significant accuracy improvements when equipped with stabilizing attachments that reduce recoil. Most players that use light machine guns tend to camp in corners, windows, and behind walls where they can take cover when they need to reload their weapon.

Carrying a LMG slows player running speed down quite a bit. This is why these weapons are not ideal for rushing. They also have slow aiming-down-sights (ADS) times, which puts them at the mercy of opponents using SMGs or assault rifles at close to mid-ranges.

Below you’ll find a list of all BO4 LMGs. Clicking the name of the weapon will take you to a page that provides a detailed summary of the gun, along with tips, tricks, and other useful data.

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Shotguns

Shotguns are short-range, high-mobility weapons that typically aren’t the most accurate guns, but pack serious punch in close-quarters combat situations. A single shell can eliminate an enemy with a well-placed shot in intimate engagements.

Shotgun users are often criticized and heckled during matches as these weapons are generally viewed as being cheap, no-skill-required options for getting kills. Nevertheless, they can be highly effective and practical for players that like to rush objectives, defend tight spaces, and wipe out foes quickly.

Below you’ll find a list of every shotgun found in BO4. Clicking the name of the gun will take you to a page that provides a detailed summary of the shotgun, along with tips, tricks, and other useful data.

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Pistols

Pistols are smaller, lightweight weapons that aren’t typically as powerful as other gun types, but make for excellent backups when you run out of ammo for your primary weapon or need to finish off an opponent hit with an explosive or sniper rifle round.

Handguns in BO4 will likely serve the same purpose. They aren’t intended to be your first choice of weaponry, but are available to utilize as a secondary line of defense against enemies. It has been noted in nearly every CoD game to date that swapping to a pistol is faster than swapping to ANY other weapon type. Pistols also give your character a bit of a speed boost due to their lightweight construction.

Below you’ll find a list of every pistol found in CoD Black Ops 4. Clicking the name of the gun will take you to a page that provides a detailed summary of the handgun, along with tips, tricks, and other useful data.

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Launchers

Launchers are often underused throughout all Call of Duty games. They can, however, be quite useful, especially when playing team-based game modes. Some are capable of killing enemy troops while others can be utilized to take down your opponents’ killstreaks.

This concept will likely hold true for BO4 launchers as well. They are primarily designed to help you and your teammates take down problematic scorestreaks that give your opposition an upperhand, whether offensively or defensively. Nevertheless, some of these projectile-based weapons can also be used in combat to kill enemies themselves as well.

Below you’ll find a list of every launcher available in the game. Clicking the name of the gun will take you to a page that provides a detailed summary of the weapon, along with tips, tricks, and other useful data.

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Special Weaponry

Special weapons are those that don’t really fall into any of the categories listed above. These typically include things like crossbows, disc launchers, nail guns, and other weapons. These types of weaponry were added in relatively often in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 as DLC weapons.

This category features a broad mix of weapons with varying types, capabilities, ammunition, and so on. They are often viewed as unorthodox and, while usually fairly rare, are vastly underutilized in actual gameplay.

Below you’ll find a complete list of all special weapons that are available in Black Ops 4. Clicking the name of the weapon will take you to a page dedicated to it featuring general information, weapon stats, tips for using the weapon, and more.

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Attachments

Weapon attachments are optional, secondary pieces of gear that can be equipped to most primary and secondary weapons. They vary in type and enhance guns in a number of ways, including, but not limited to, providing enhanced sights, faster reloads, and larger magazines.

Attachments can alter the gameplay characteristics of many of the weapons found in BO4. Guns with harsh recoil can be tamed using stabilizing attachments. Some weapons can be equipped with silencers that allow the player to stay off the radar when firing and take out opponents in a more stealthy manner. Etc.

Here is the full catalog of weapon attachments available for players to use in Call of Duty Black Ops 4:

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Equipment

Equipment consists of a wide variety of devices and gadgets that can help the player earn more kills, defend objectives, and so on. Equipment is typically segmented into two separate categories: lethal and tactical.

Lethal equipment, as the name implies, generally applies to explosives, projectiles, and other gadgets that can maim or kill opponents.

Tactical equipment, on the other hand, usually consits of devices designed to protect the player from enemy explosives, detect enemy movement within close proximity, disable electronics, impair opponents, and so on.

Here is a full list of the lethtal and tactical equipment items available in the game:

Lethals

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Tacticals

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Perks

Perks are a core element of any class setup. These are passive skills that are always in play on whatever class you equip them to. Ranging from stealth abilities that keep you shielded from enemy UAVs to passives that allow you to spot enemy equipment, perks are essential for creating an effective character build in Black Ops 4, or any Call of Duty for that matter.

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Typically, each player is allotted 3 slots for perks. This can, however, be increased through the use of Wildcards. Perks are often selected based on personal preference or by equipping perks that compliment your class or play style.

Below is a full list of all BO4 perks.

Tier 1 Perks

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Tier 2 Perks

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Tier 3 Perks

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We will have a more in-depth, Black Ops 4 guide to perks available in the near future.

Killstreaks

Killstreaks, which are also referred to as scorestreaks or point streaks, give the player the ability to call in offensive or defensive items such as attack helicopters, UAVs, and more. Offensive streaks can be used to rack up even more kills and wreak havoc on the opposing team. Defensive or support streaks can be used to help allied teammates spot enemy troops, disable enemy abilities, and more.

Killstreaks are earned as the player collects points throughout each life. These points can be obtained by killing enemy players, destroying enemy equipment, taking down enemy scorestreaks, capturing or defending objectives, and a few other standard game activities.

Here are all of the Black Ops 4 killstreaks:

  • Complete list coming soon.

A complete BO4 guide to scorestreaks will be available on our site in the coming months.

Specialists / Classes

With Black Ops 3, Treyarch introduced a new system to the series known as specialists. These were characters that had unique traits and abilites to assist players in combat. Right now, we’re not sure if they’re making a comeback in BO4, but it’s a high possibility.

Black Ops 4 specialists will be covered in-depth on our site once information is available on them – IF they exist in this title.

Maps

Maps are another core element of every CoD title. Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is likely to include a diverse mix of small, medium, and larger-sized environments where players can battle it out in solo or team-centered game modes. At this time, however, we do not have details regarding the maps that will be available in BO4.

If there is a beta for the game, players will likely have an opportunity to see and test out a few maps for the game. The final game will more than likely launch with 8 to 10 maps and be expanded up with DLC content at later dates.

We will provide a full list of maps, overviews of their structure, tips for maximizing map control, and more once more information is provided.

  • Complete map list coming soon

Game Modes

Game modes, or gametypes, include things like Team Deathmatch, Domination, Capture the Flag, Hardpoint, Free-for-All, and so on. Modes have varying rules, can be designed for solo or team play, and can be focused on kills or completing objectives.

Kill-based game modes in Black Ops 4 are likely to be the standards we’ve seen in most Call of Duty games such as TDM, FFA, Kill Confirmed, and others. Objective-based gametypes typically include modes like Domination, Demolition, CTF, Uplink, and more.

Below you’ll find a complete list of game modes for BO4, along with a short description of each. Clicking the links below will take you to pages dedicated to that specific game mode which provide a more in-depth overview of the gametype, tips for players, and other details.

  • Full list coming soon

Zombies Mode

Every Treyarch-developed Call of Duty game since World at War has featured a zombies mode. In this mode, players either work solo or as a team to attempt to survive through wave after wave of progressively hardened undead.

Black Ops 4 Zombies

While it hasn’t officially been confirmed that Black Ops 4 zombies mode will exist, it’s definitely safe to assume it will be in the game.

At this time, we don’t have any details regarding possible maps, types of zombies, available weapons, characters, story info, or anything else regarding BO4 zombies. We will keep you guys updated as new details emerge about the game. We’re pretty sure a teaser or trailer will drop in the very near future for it, though!

We will also have a complete, Black Ops 4 zombies guide available once the game launches.