How to Unlock Blackout Characters in Black Ops 4 - Blackout Character Missions Explained

Black Ops 4's Blackout is the first battle royale mode in Call of Duty, and we've compiled this guide on tips and tricks, best weapons and perks, and more for you.

Although you'll start out Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's Blackout mode with merely a single character available to play, you can unlock plenty more through completing special missions. In this Black Ops 4 Blackout characters guide, we'll be walking you through how to unlock characters in Black Ops 4 Blackout as easily as possible, so you have a full list of Specialists available to you.

For more on Call of Duty Blackout, be sure to head over to our Call of Duty Blackout Guide. It’s got a ton of useful info on Call of Duty Blackout, including a list of the best weapons, a breakdown of the map, and more.

Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout Character Missions

Unlocking characters in Call of Duty Blackout is no simple task. First, you’ll need to find a character-specific item, before completing a series of challenges. We don’t yet know all of the unlock requirements, but we’ve listed what we have so far below. As people spend more time with Call of Duty Blackout, we’ll update these entries with as much info as possible. Let’s take a look at how to unlock Blackout Characters.

Note: The info in the tables below has been sourced from a thread on r/BlackOps4, originally posted by user Max_Rockwell. The data is being collected with help of the community.

How to Unlock Characters in Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Blackout

Black Ops 4 puts more emphasis on its Specialists than previous entries. And while the main event for Specialists is certainly the standard multiplayer, you can unlock them in Blackout as well. Here’s how:

CharacterChallengeKnown Item LocationsAvailability
AjaxCollect three Armor Plates from enemies. Finish the match with Armor Plates in Inventory.North, buildings east of Estates, random lootUnlockable
CrashCollect Poker Chips. Finish the match with 15 Healing Items. Finish the Match in the Top 3. Finish the match with Poker Chips in Inventory.South side random lootUnlockable
BatteryCollect War Machine weapon. Get 2 kills with the War Machine. Finish the match with the War Machine in your inventory.UnknownUnlockable
FirebreakCollect Burned Doll. Confirm Kill or Clean Up a Downed player with fire. Finish the match with Burned Doll in inventory. Finish the match in the Top 15.Supply Crate or Supply DropUnlockable
NomadUnknownUnknownUnknown
ProphetUnknownUnknownUnknown
RuinCraft the Grapple Gun from missing pieces (how many pieces?). Finish in the Top 15.UnknownUnlockable
SeraphCollect the Annihilator weapon. Kill enemies. Finish in the Top 15. (Do you need to Finish the match with the Annihilator?)Inside a small metal box at the firing range. Unknown how to open.Currently Not Unlockable
ReconCollect I Ching Coins. Finish the match in the Top 15. Cannot take collapse damage. Finish the match with I Ching Coins in Inventory.Supply Crate or Supply DropUnlockable
TorqueCollect Note from Torque. Deploy 2 x Razor Wires. Deploy a Barricade. Finish in the Top 7. Finish Match with Note from Torque in Inventory.Supply dropsUnlockable

Call of Duty Blackout Character Missions - How to Unlock Blackout Characters in Black Ops 4

As well as Specialists, you can also play as some Blackout-specific characters in Call of Duty Blackout. Each character is unlocked in a different way, with some awarded upon hitting a certain rank, and others having character-specific missions. Here’s how to unlock Blackout characters.

CharacterChallengeKnown Item LocationsAvailability
Viktor ReznovUnknownUnknownUnlockable
Alex MasonUnknownUnknownUnknown
Frank WoodsCollect Bandanna. Get in a Helicopter during the match. Win the match. Finish the match with Bandana in inventory.Drops from Zombies.Unlockable
Raul MenendezCollect Locket. Kill an enemy with melee. Kill an enemy with a shotgun. Finish the match with Locket in inventory.UnknownUnlockable
Jason HudsonUnknownUnknown
Nikita DragovichUnknownUnknownUnknown
RangerUnlocked at Echelon 20N/AUnlockable
FrogmanUnlocked at Echelon 40N/AUnlockable
AirborneUnlocked at Echelon 60N/AUnlockable
SealUnlocked at Echelon 80N/AUnlockable
Battle HardenedUnlocked at Echelon 80 (Prestige)N/AUnlockable

Call of Duty Blackout Character Missions - How to Unlock Zombies Characters in Blackout

Finally, we have Zombies characters. These are characters taken from Zombies campaigns from past games, ranging from Shadow Man to the new Black Ops 4 Zombies Characters. Here’s how to unlock them.

CharacterChallengeKnown Item LocationsAvailability
Shadow ManAutomatic unlock through Black Ops Pass.N/AUnlockable
DempseyCollect Death Machine weapon. Kill Zombies. Finish the match in the Top [10/?/?].Drops from Zombies.Currently Not Unlockable†
NikolaiCollect Cymbal Monkey. Kill Zombies. Finish the match in the Top [10/?/?].Drops from Zombies.Currently Not Unlockable†
RichtofenCollect Ray Run weapon. Kill Zombies. Finish the match in the Top [5/?/?].Drops from Zombies.Currently Not Unlockable†
TakeoCollect Katanas. Kill Zombies. Finish the match in the Top [10/?/?].Drops from Zombies.Currently Not Unlockable†
BrunoUnknownUnknownUnknown
DiegoUnknownUnknownUnknown
ScarlettCollect Racing Goggles. Collect Scarf. Unknown next step. Likely finish the match with Racing Goggles and Scarf.Drops from Zombies.Unknown
ShawUnknownUnknownUnknown
SamanthaUnknownUnknownUnknown
MaxisUnknownUnknownUnknown
Samuel StuhlingerUnknownUnknownUnknown
Marlton JohnsonUnknownUnknownUnknown
MistyUnknownUnknownUnknown
RussmanUnknownUnknownUnknown

Call of Duty Blackout Character Missions - How to Unlock Black Market Characters in Blackout

There's now another way to earn new characters in Call of Duty Blackout. Players can earn new characters in the new Black Market progression system. Here are the characters we've found info on so far:

CharacterChallengeKnown Item LocationsAvailability
HudsonReach Black Market Tier 199N/AUnlockable

If you're looking for more on Call of Duty Black Ops 4, you can head over to our Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Guides Hub . For more specific help check out our Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Specialists - All Specialist Abilities, Equipment and Weapons guide, our Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Zombies Guide, our look at Black Ops 4 Operator Mods, CoD BLOPS 4 Killstreaks, the Best Attachments, Best Perks in Black Ops 4, and Black Ops 4 Best Weapons. We've also got detailed guides to the IX Zombies Easter Eggs and the Voyage of Despair Easter Eggs.

For info on Call of Duty Black Ops 4's Battle Royale Mode, you can head over to our Call of Duty Blackout Guides Hub . For more specific help with the game check out our Call of Duty Blackout Map Guide, Blackout best Weapons guide, how to unlock Blackout characters guide, and our look at the Best Blackout Perks.

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