Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta Tips and Tricks for Maps, Gear, and Modes

The Black Ops 4 Private Multiplayer Beta features six maps, six modes, and all 10 Specialists. Use this guide to get all the tips and trick you need to rule the beta. If you’re looking for how to get into the Private Beta, check out the How to Get Into the Black Ops 4 Beta page.

EditWhat’s New in Black Ops 4

Before you jump into Black Ops 4, it’s important to know about all the significant changes this iteration of Black Ops makes to its multiplayer formula.

  • 100% Boots on the Ground
    • The only exception to this is Ruin’s special issue Grapple Gun.
  • No automatic health regeneration
    • Tap the associated button with health regeneration to use your stim.

      It has a brief cooldown, so use it wisely.

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  • Fog of War on the mini map
    • Your vision on the mini map is clouded by the Fog of War unless you have specific tools to reveal parts of the area you’re not in, like Recon’s Sensor Dart.

EditUnderstanding Each Playlist & Their Different Modes

Playing Call of Duty for the very first time can be a little nerve racking, especially with several different fan-favourite and new game modes to choose from. With all the game modes organized into four neat playlists, let’s get acquainted with the modes that will be available through the Beta.

  • Control: Described as Call of Duty‘s brand-new signature mode, Control will find two teams alternating between attacking and defending two static objectives. While each team can win rounds by controlling points on the map, they can also win by draining the opposing team’s bank of 25 lives.

    The first team to win three rounds wins the game. Relying heavily on strategic strikes, defensive positioning, and communication, Control is proving to be one of Call of Duty‘s most challenging modes yet.

  • Chaos Team Deathmatch: Chaos is brought to two of Call of Duty’s ever so popular non-objective based game modes with a rather unique twist. In an attempt to create even more chaotic fun, Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed will see two teams of four to six players go head to head in a match to the death.

    However, only two of each Specialist will be allowed per team.

  • Capture Moshpit – Just like traditional Hardpoint and Domination modes, two teams of five players go head to head as they fight to capture and hold a number of different objectives on the map. While playing towards the objective has never been enforced, players will now have an incentive to play the mode properly, as they will now earn XP for being in the Hardpoint zone and capturing it.
  • Search & Destroy – Following the traditional Search & Destroy mode, two teams of five players face off against each other in a round-based game that features no respawns. The main objectives of this game mode is to either destroy one of the two objectives on the map or to kill all enemy players.

    The first team to complete one of the objectives will win the round. The first team to win all four rounds wins the game.

EditMemorize Each Map & Know The Best Areas To Take Down Your Enemies

Whether it is the narrow pathways that lead you through coffee shops and delis in Seaside, the large centralised hangar at the launch facility in Payload, or the narrow water channel that winds through the centre of Contraband, each of the six maps all have two very prominent features in common – close quarter combat and centralized areas that are often the focal point of the action. It is important to scope out and analysis each map when you first begin to play, as it is a key component to succeeding in each Call of Duty.

Knowing where each focal point of action takes place – such as the shopping lane that leads to the Church in Seaside – while also discovering key areas that can potentially help you take out enemies from afar or even flank them in populated areas, it is no secret that you will quickly begin you rack up those desired killstreaks. Taking this tip into consideration when selecting a Specialist can also significantly benefit your team and even your own kill count. When analyzing the maps, you’ll find that each map is designed specifically to utilize your Specialist abilities.

  • Seaside: Recon’s Sensor Dart can be utilized by your team to help locate enemies throughout the tight confines of the city as you fight amongst a range of shops and narrow streets.
  • Contraband: The stack of supply crates sitting on top of the centralized bridge are ideal for Ruin’s Grapple Gun and Grav Slam abilities, as his 1-2 punch can easily clear the entire center of the bridge.
  • Payload: The large hangar is a major focal point of action, however, with limited entrances, Torque’s Barricade and Razor Wire act as great enemy deterrents, and are especially useful when protecting areas in objective modes.

  • Frequency: Full of tight corners and confined spaces, Nomad’s K-9 Unit and Mesh Mine abilities thrive on this particular map and can easily take down enemies as they navigate the close quarters.
  • Gridlock: Tight corners and limited cover makes Ajax the ideal Specialist for this map.

    With medium-to-close range gunfights, Ajax’s ballistic Shield and 9-Bang abilities can come in handy when trying to push into some rather dangerous situations.

EditSelect A Specialist And Learn How To Best Use Their Abilities

When selecting a Specialist, the first things that usually come to mind are how you can best provide assistance to your team and win the match, however, little do you realize just how powerful Specialists can be when their abilities are combined into almost one unstoppable force. One thing that should be noted though before creating a class is that Special Issue equipment doesn’t cost you a single point in the Pick-10 system. This is why Special Issue has become one of the most popular pieces of Equipment amongst the community.

With 10 Specialists available to choose from throughout the beta, here are several Specialist combos that will help you and your teammates dominate on the battlefield. Ajax & Ruin

  • Ajax and Ruin are the perfect combinations for those tricky objective modes as enemies will often know exactly where you are coming from and will be well prepared. In order to break their defenses, Ajax’s Ballistic Shield can help create a cover and path for your team.

    As the enemies focus their attention on Ajax’s shield, Ruin can use this distraction by Grappling into the center of the objective and unleashing his Grav Slam ability upon unexpected enemies. The objective is now yours to capture.

Crash, Torque, & Firebreak

  • Crash, Torque, and Firebreak seem like quite the unlikely trio, however, when used correctly with the right communication, their defense will challenge even the most skilled players. When playing in Objective Modes, Torque is a vital asset to the team as his Barricade and Razor Wire can be used to cover narrow pathways and entrances while also providing much-needed cover.

    As your team continues to defend your objective, Crash will act as the teams very own personal medic, providing the necessary heals and much-needed ammo.This is where Firebreak comes in, as his Reactor Core and Purifier abilities make him a deadly weapon when confined to small areas. As enemies suffer from the emitted radiation field, the lethal flamethrower will finish off any remaining enemies in the area.

Battery & Recon

  • There is nothing worse than not know where your enemies are, this is why Recon is a vital part to any team. Recon’s Sensor Dart reveals all enemies within a set proximity, making it a must-have ability when working in close quarters.

    Once Recon can unleash his Vision Pulse, all team members will now have eyes on all enemies. This is when Battery gets to shine, as his Cluster Grenade and War Machine abilities can devastate teams – especially when there are multiple enemies in one area as he releases a flurry of grenades.

EditLearn Your Weapons And Play To Their Strengths

Unlike previous years, this time around Treyarch has used a rather different strategy when designing weapons for Blacks Ops 4, as all weapons are now considered unique. Each weapon has a specific profile that it will follow, along with a specific set of attachments that will be unique to that particular weapon.

  • In order to successfully master each weapon, it is highly recommended that you use each weapon exactly how they are intended to be used.

    If a weapon is good at medium-to-long distances, stick to these ranges.

  • One of the biggest weapon mechanic changes in Black Ops 4 is how weapon recoil is now handled. Taking a much more tactical approach, each weapon will now behave the same way every time you fire, as the newly added predictive recoil system now adds predictable recoil patterns to all weapons.
  • Instead of being completely random, bullets will now travel in a variety of specific and pre-determined directions. Not only will this allow you to better control your weapons when firing, it can also act as a major reward to use that take the time to master each weapon and their specific recoil patterns.
  • Among the changes that were made to the gun mechanics, players will also notice that weapons will now work on a Ballistics System.

    It is important to note that unlike previous games in the series, bullets will now take time to travel to the target, rather than just impacting immediately.

  • Like to go stealth? You may want to think twice before attaching a suppressor to your weapon, as this time around, the suppressor is much more of a flankers tool. Playing into the newly redesigned Fog of War mini map system, the suppressor is now recognized on the mini map when firing at enemies who have you within their line of sight.

EditWhat Are The Best Guns & Class Setups?

Given the competitive nature of the Call of Duty series, no weapon is ever defined as the best, as the developers are constantly tweaking and patching weapons to ensure that gameplay is always balance.

With that being said, TheXclusiveAce and Ghosts619 have provided a number of create-a-class loadouts that will surely melt your opponents in their current state. MX9

The MX9 is arguably the most dominating weapon in Call of Duty: Black Op 4. With Advanced Mags and High Calibre attachments, this Submachine Gun will absolutely destroy your opponents in close quarter combat.

Weapon Optic Attachments Gear Equipment Perks
MX9 Tritium Sight Stock, Advanced Mags, High Calibre Stim Shot Special Issue Cold Blooded, Scavenger, Ghost

ABR 223 With the Time-to-Kill rate increasing, the Tactical ABR 223 Rifle has one of the quickest kill rates currently in the game.

With Quickdraw attached and two successful bursts to the chest, you’ll quickly come to find that you have a noticeable advantage over your opponents.

Weapon Optic Attachments Gear Equipment Perks
ABR 223 Tritium Sight Quickdraw, Stock Stim Shot Special Issue Tactical Mask, Gung-Ho, Ghost, Team Link

The Rampart 17

For those that enjoy a slower style of play, the Rampart 17 Assault Rifle is a great choice for medium-to-long range combat. With two High Calibre attachments, shots to the chest and head will quickly melt your opponents.

Weapon Optic Attachments Gear Equipment Perks
Rampart 17 Reflux High Calibre, High Calibre II Stim Shot Special Issue Tactical Mask, Lightweight, Ghost

Titan When it comes to long killstreaks and slower style of play, this particular Titan loadout is an ideal choice for those that enjoy playing Teamdeath Match modes.

Weapon Optic Attachments Gear Equipment Perks
Titan + Hellion Salvo Extended Mags, Quick Draw II, Stock Comsec Device Special Issue Engineer, Gung-Ho, Team Link

EditDon’t Forget To Pick Up Weapons

Stuck searching for ammo after lengthy killstreaks?

Try picking up the weapons of fallen enemy opponents to gain a nicely well-loaded weapon.

  • Alternatively, if you would prefer to use your own loadout, try using the Scavenger Perk which will replenish ammo from fallen players.
  • Picking up weapons from fallen opponents is also a great tip for anyone running a loadout with a sniper or shotgun and would prefer a secondary weapon other than a pistol.

EditSelect The Best Attachments For Your Weapons & Don’t Forget To Apply Your Operator Mods

As we have already learned, the weapons within Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 are more unique than ever before, not only do they have their own Attachment Tree, but many will also have the ability to add Operator Mods.

  • Operator Mods are unique attachments that are specific to each weapon. Such an example can be seen with the Vapr-XKG, as the Operator Mod attaches a knife to the end of your weapon, essentially turning it into a Bayonet. When attaching the Mod to a Spitfire, the weapon will receive an extremely increased fire rate.
  • In order to attach an Operator Mod, you will need to equip the Primary or Secondary Operator Mod Wildcard.

    Be prepared though, as the Wildcard will cost one Pick-10 point, along with another two for the Operator Mod.

  • When selecting attachments for your weapons, it is also important that you take into account the weapons overall profile and trait, as you will want to ensure that the weapon is being used to its highest potential.

EditEquipment Is Now Rechargeable

Unlike previous games in the Call of Duty series, Blacks Ops 4 has a rather unique approach to Equipment – they are all rechargeable. Each particular Equipment can be used multiple times should you stay alive long enough to need it. However, the only catch is that some items take much longer to recharge than others.

The Pick-10 system also returns in Black Ops 4, allowing players to choose from a total of 10 different items within their loadout. However, Special Issue Equipment is not bound by this system, as it does not count towards the Pick-10 total. At the time of writing, it seems to be a general consensus amongst the Call of Duty community that the best use of the Equipment slot, during the first 25 levels, is Special Issue as it utilities the unique Equipment that is assigned to each Specialist.

  • Special Issue – Unique equipment assigned to each Specialist.
  • Trophy System – Can destroy enemy lethal items, tacticals, and explosives within 10-meters.

    High velocity missiles have a chance to penetrate this system.

  • Molotov – Explodes on impact and spreads flames all over a small area.
  • Frag – Explodes after a short fuse. Can be cooked by holding (Equipment button).
  • Concussion – Disorients enemies and slows movement.
  • Combat Axe – Retrievable axe that kills instantly on impact.

EditSelecting The Right Gear Can Be A Complete Lifesaver

Gear, which could be best described as a fourth perk, gives the player the option to choose from five different game-altering items. From increased body protection, instant healing, and easier to hear enemy movement, it is safe to say that Gear can at times be a complete lifesaver.

While all Gear options provide the player with quite a substantial advantage, there are three particular options that really give you an edge over your enemies – Stim Shot, Equipment Charge, and Body Armor.

  • Stim Shot – Is best used by those with an aggressive playing style and enjoy a bit of action, as the instant healing ability and faster reload time can really come in handy.
  • Equipment Charge – Those that enjoy a faster style of gameplay will definitely enjoy this Gear, as it charges Specialist weapons and equipment much faster than the standard reload time.
  • Body Armor – Those that are wanting that little extra protection, Body Armor is the ideal piece of Gear, as those that enjoy rushing or simply lying low can benefit from the protection of those extra few shots.

EditThe Best Ways To Rank Up Fast In The Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Beta

Let’s face it, nobody wants to spend hours grinding away at levels, especially when there are ways to gain much better and faster xp.

Fortunately, Arcer has provided a number of useful tips to help you increase your xp gains during every match.

  • Running the Recon Specialist will provide quite the substantial amount of bonus xp when using Recon’s Sensor Dart and Vision Pulse abilities to spot incoming enemies.
  • To make the most of the Specialists abilities, it is also highly recommended that you use the Equipment Charge Gear slot as it will help recharge Equipment and Specialist weapons much faster.
  • When selecting a game mode, Hardpoint seems to be the way to go as you will not only gain xp from killing enemies, but you’ll also get bonus xp for capturing the objective.

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