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Call of Duty: Warzone Caldera Gameplay FAQ

How to play the new Warzone Caldera game mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

Whether you're playing alone or as part of a fireteam, your overall objective in Call of Duty®: Warzone™ Caldera is simple: survive. The following is an overview of tips and strategies to help you become the last Operator standing.

1. How do I play the Battle Royale mode?

Battle Royale pits a three-person squad against up to 49 other squads in a last-team-standing match within Verdansk. During this mode, a circle collapses, shrinking the playable area while increasing the skill needed to survive. The last remaining squad wins the match.

Here's how you can access Battle Royale:

  1. Enter the Warzone Caldera menu.
  2. (Optional) Invite up to two of your friends into your Party.
  3. Select the Battle Royale mode to be placed into a lobby.

2. How do I play the Plunder mode?

In Plunder, you drop as a three-player fireteam (you and two others). Each team fights (against up to 49 other teams of three) to collect the most Cash. This is achieved by battling other fireteams, hunting, scavenging, and defending, all in the name of hitting your million-dollar objective.

Here's how you can access Plunder:

  1. Enter the Warzone Caldera menu.
  2. (Optional) Invite up to two of your friends into your Party.
  3. Select the Plunder mode to be placed into a lobby.

3. What is Loot?

Loot is a catchall term for anything you can find, pick up, and use in Warzone Caldera. Loot includes weapons and attachments, ammo, equipment, armor plates, Field Upgrades, weapon blueprints (weapons with attachments already equipped), Gas Masks, Killstreaks, and Cash.

Loot is scattered throughout Verdansk on the ground or the floors and rooftops of buildings and other structures.

4. What are Supply Boxes?

Supply Boxes are also peppered throughout the map and contain multiple loot items. The contents of a Supply Box appear upon opening it, allowing you to pick and choose which items you wish to carry. Keep your ears open, as a humming sound will resonate when a Supply Box is nearby.

Contract-related Supply Boxes, which are unique versions of Supply Boxes, are available with the Scavenger Contract and typically contain loot with higher rarities.

5. What are Buy Stations?

If you’ve acquired Cash, you can trade it in for loot at a Buy Station. Small green shopping carts on your map indicate the locations of Buy Stations, where you can acquire Killstreaks, Armor Plates, Resupply Tokens, and your Loadout from a Drop Kit for the right amount of Cash.

6. How much can I carry in my inventory?

While inventory management is ultimately a personal preference, there are a few basics to understand.

Your inventory is a finite collection of the items you find while exploring Verdansk. Because you enter a Battle Royale match equipped with only a pistol, it’s essential to loot as quickly as possible to find more powerful weapons to help you survive a firefight.

As you continue to pick up loot, you will eventually run out of space in your inventory. At this point, you’ll need to start making choices about the items you think are the most important to carry.

7. What are Loadouts and Loadout Drops?

Loadout Drops are in-game packages that contain Loadouts, a custom class that is built in the Weapons menu of Warzone Caldera. At the outset of your progression path, you may only choose from a set of preloaded Loadouts within a Loadout Drop. However, once you’ve earned enough XP to unlock the rank of Private IV, you will be able to customize your own Loadout to match your playstyle and preferences. Note this applies to the Battle Royale game mode. The Plunder game mode does not have Loadout Drops, as you enter the match with a pre-chosen Loadout.

8. What is the best way to get around the map?

While you can get just about anywhere in Verdansk on foot, that might not be your safest or most efficient method of transportation.

Around Verdansk, you can find ATVs, Tactical Rovers, SUVs, and Cargo Trucks to move faster on the ground or a Helicopter to soar through the air.

9. What weapons are available?

There are three types of weapons available in Warzone Caldera: Primary Weapons, Secondary Weapons, and Special Weapons. Both Primary Weapons and Secondary Weapons can be found within a Warzone Caldera game or equipped in a Loadout, while Special Weapons can only be found within a Warzone Caldera game.

Primary Weapons are Assault Rifles, SMGs (Submachine Guns), Shotguns, LMGs (Light Machine Guns), Marksman Rifles, Sniper Rifles, and Melee (Riot Shield).

Secondary Weapons are Sidearms (Pistols), Launchers, and Melee (Combat Knife).

Special Weapons include the Grenade Launcher and other powerful tools that appear as Legendary loot items in-game.

10. What are Blueprints?

Blueprints are weapon variants of base weapons within Warzone Caldera. Weapon Blueprints have different names than their base counterparts. For example, instead of the Model 680, a Model 680 Blueprint can be called the "1337 Skeet". Blueprints also can have cosmetic differences and may come pre-equipped with attachments.

These attachments are given to you on this specific blueprint without needing to level up the weapon to earn them. This way you can utilize specific cool attachments before you earn them by leveling up. You can still earn all weapon attachments organically and swap out – or add – attachments to weapon blueprints that are earned organically through leveling up that weapon.

Some weapons within the Warzone Caldera appear as loot – usually, that of Rare quality or higher – and the name of which can be found either when viewing the weapon on the ground, or on the bottom right corner of the HUD above the weapon silhouette.

11. What are Operators? How can I unlock them all and get cool skins for them?

Operators are unique characters with their own backstory, nationality, character dialogue, character skins, and cosmetic customization options. While they are separated into Allegiance and Coalition fighters (applicable in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare's Multiplayer), they have joined forces as Armistice, a Global Task Force sent to Verdansk to stop evil.

At the main Operators menu screen, you have the option to choose either Coalition or Allegiance as your favorite faction. When you queue up into a match, the operator you have selected within your favorite faction will be the operator you play as in the Warzone Caldera match.

The Operators menu screen is also where you can preview Operators and any Operator skins you have unlocked.

At first, you will only be able to play as the Default Operator. By completing challenges – whether in Warzone Caldera or in the full version of Modern Warfare – or purchasing Bundles in the Store, you can unlock each Operator for use across the Warzone Caldera experience, as well as Special Ops, and Multiplayer in the full version of Modern Warfare

Operators come complete with a default outfit set, but you can unlock more by completing Operator Challenges in the Battle Pass or purchasing them within Bundles in the Store.

12. What is the Gulag?

The Gulag is a post-death zone accessible in specific Warzone Caldera modes, including Battle Royale. You will know you’re in the Gulag if your Operator is being dragged to a castle-like structure with the text “Captured: Prisoner of Warzone Caldera” in the bottom left corner of the screen.

Once in the Gulag, you must defeat a fellow prisoner in a 1v1 match to earn redeployment back into the game. While waiting in the Gulag, you can cheer on a friend fighting down below, or throw rocks at other players.

13. How can I redeploy in the game?

Redeployment is possible through the following:

In Battle Royale

  • Winning a Gulag match
  • A teammate buying your redeployment through a Buy Station

In Plunder:

Redeployment is automatic after 15 seconds post-death. Your teammates can also redeploy you via a Buy Station purchase.

14. How do I win a game of Warzone Caldera?

It depends on the mode:

  • Battle Royale: Be the last squad standing.
  • Plunder: Be the squad with the most Cash at the end of the time limit.

15. Where can I find out more about Warzone Caldera?

16. How often will the game get updated?

Currently, Warzone Caldera will be updated through hotfixes, along with major title updates that coincide with updates for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

Keep up to date with the latest updates on Infinity Ward's Community page.

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