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Call of Duty: Warzone: How to Play

Luna Meschiari

The highly anticipated Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 has been released and is looking bigger than ever. We have moved on from the well known Caldera map – now only available as part of the original Warzone, renamed Warzone: Caldera – and entered a new location called Al Mazrah. Warzone fans rejoice, as it is still free to play and fun as ever. Players will instantly find it familiar because a lot of the mechanics stayed the same.

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Image Credit: Infinity Ward / Raven Software / Activision Blizzard

Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 Mechanics


It wouldn’t be Call of Duty without loadouts. However, they have been tweaked a bit. The big difference in the new CoD Warzone is that you can’t just buy them during a match like you used to. In Warzone 2.0, only primary weapons are available from Buy Stations, and they each cost $5000.

What you need to do here is conquer what are called Strongholds, which are packed with AI enemies. You need to dispose of them while resolving objectives at the same time, but if you manage to do so, your entire team gets a loadout.

Another way of obtaining loadouts is through the new Loadout Drop system, where a full loadout will drop on a random location on the map. You have to be quick and precise though, as there is a limit on how many loadouts actually drop.


Looting has changed quite a bit, and those changes seem to be fairly divisive among the Call of Duty Warzone community. That is because you have limited inventory space in the new Warzone, backpack style. You will have to put time and effort into managing the backpack and the items in it. This adds extra depth to it all, because you can’t just run around and spam the collect button like before.

However, if you get your hands on a big enough backpack, you can actually carry up to three weapons, meaning you can cover all ranges. Of course, your enemies also have backpacks, so you will have to rummage through them once you kill them. It also seems that the action of picking up items is slower than before, making the entire situation more intense.

Fuel and Repairing Vehicles

There are gas stations in Al Mazrah, and you will absolutely need to use them if you are operating any kind of vehicle. You will inevitably run out of gas, so be very careful when using them. 

You can also have gas cans with you in order to refuel away from gas stations.

If your vehicle is damaged, you can now also repair it at the gas station. That way, you don’t have to just abandon it and run for the hills once it gets severely damaged.

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Image Credit: Infinity Ward / Raven Software / Activision Blizzard


The “always uncomfortable to be in” Gulag has also gotten a re-do. It used to consist of players battling one on one, but now, we are fighting for revival tag-team style. It is now 2 versus 2 and curiously enough, your partner will be another random player that also died in the main match as opposed to automatically being a teammate. However, if your teammates die at the same time as you, there’s still a chance you’ll be able to battle back to life alongside them.

Another difference is the second way of getting out of the Gulag. It used to be capturing a flag in the middle of the map, but now we have an AI enemy called the Jailer. If the fight goes on for too long, he comes out and tries to take everyone down.

The Jailer is similar to Juggernauts from previous CoD games, so be mindful of him as he is not easy to kill. If you manage to take him out before the other team, you’re out of the Gulag.

Armor Plates

In the first Call of Duty Warzone, you start off with two armor plates equipped, could equip one more, and have five in reserve. In this sequel, you can only have two plates equipped, unless you acquire a Plate Armor Vest, which gives you three of them.


This cool new feature allows you to actually interrogate downed enemies to find out where their teammates are for a short period of time. It is not instantaneously done though, so be careful when and how you do it.


Our characters were, unfortunately, not very good swimmers in the previous edition. You would die immediately as soon as you tried to take a swim. It seems they have finally learned how to do it though, as you can now swim, drive boats, and even shoot underwater.

The Circle

Last, but surely not least, is the change of how the circle behaves. It works as you would expect until the final one. Once you reach the final stage, the circle can split into three parts. Be mindful that it doesn’t always happen, so you have to stay on your toes and keep checking that map. 

Find Which Weapons Suit You

Spending time to organise your loadout to match your playstyle is a must. There are tons of weapons and options for you to play around with, some that we have already seen, and some new ones too.

Properly editing your loadout will give you an edge, or at least even the chances against other players. There are numerous ways you can go about this. We suggest playing a couple of games to see what sort of weapons suit you. Figure out if you like shooting from long range, barging in guns blazing, or something else entirely.

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Image Credit: Infinity Ward / Raven Software / Activision Blizzard

Keep Checking the Map

In Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0, the map contains an incredible amount of useful information. You can sometimes see your enemies on it, and you might be able to use it to locate random loadout drops or other items.

You can also keep an eye on the circle, which is more important than ever due to the change they have made. If you don’t keep checking whether the circle has split or not, you might end up getting swallowed by the deadly gas.

Complete Contracts

Contracts are not new, but they are still incredibly useful as they can provide you with cash and loot rewards. You never know, they just might end up tipping the odds in your favour. There are four types of Contracts in Warzone 2.0:

  • Bounties: One player gets marked, and you have to kill them before the time runs out in order to get the reward. Keep in mind, other teams might get to them first if you’re not fast enough. 
  • Secure Intel: Intel gets marked and you have to try and gather it, and then carry it to another location. You will have to wait at that location for the intel to get uploaded, but you will also learn where the next circle will shrink, which is a huge advantage.
  • Most Wanted: You get marked for a total of three minutes, everyone on the map can see you, and you need to try to survive. The great thing about Most Wanted is that if you successfully pull it off, you will resurrect your fallen teammates alongside getting the usual rewards.
  • Safecracker: Three safes are marked and you have to get to them and open them. While they open regardless of what’s in your inventory, your character will use explosives to open them. Be wary of this one because other players might hear you blowing stuff up, but if you manage to do it, you get some great rewards.

Communicate With Teammates

This obviously doesn’t apply if you are playing solo, but you can use Warzone’s voice chat to organize with your teammates. If you don’t like to use voice chat for whatever reason, the awesome ping system is still here. You can mark anything you see for your teammates, from enemies, vehicles, items, chests, places you want to go to, and more.

Organize Backpacks

Inventory management is a must now. If you are playing solo, carry only what you need, or will be needing further into the match. If you are playing with teams, use the tip we mentioned above and discuss with your teammates who will carry what.

This is all of the information you need to get started with Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0. Now it is up to you to dive into Al Mazrah and put these tips into practice.

If you are just starting out, it might sound and look difficult, but don’t get discouraged or deterred. All you need to do is keep on playing and you will inevitably get better and better. Getting better will result in the game being more fun, and that is the ultimate goal here. 

Luna Meschiari

Luna Meschiari

Luna is a former World of Warcraft Game Master (class of 2010) and tech passionate. Initiated in gaming and computers from a very early age, she then developed her professional career in Gaming, Marketing, and Art. In addition, she loves strategy games and loves watching eSports championships.

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