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Call of Duty Blackout: Fast levelling guide - How to get more Merits

How the Merit system works and the most efficient ways to earn them.

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Our Call of Duty Blackout levelling guide explains how to earn Merits fast, gain ranks and unlock more rewards through the levelling system.

Call of Duty Blackout’s levelling system keeps things fairly simple. There’s no faffing about with special stars, passes or the like. There’s only one currency you’ll work towards and if you earn enough of it, you’ll rank up and unlock some exclusive rewards.

Get kills, place in the top 15 or higher or earn wins and you’ll receive Merits as a reward. Accrue Merits, fill up an EXP bar, and you’ll begin ranking up. While it’s relatively easy to understand, there are still certain Merit values to get your heads around as well as ways to earn them faster than your average player.

Below we’ve broken down how the Merit system works, as well as provided some tips and tricks on how to level up fast.

We understand that some Merit values may be missing, but we’ll be adding to them as soon as we can - bear with us. With this in mind, if you’ve spotted anything we’re missing, don’t be afraid to sound off in the comments as we’ll put them in this guide as soon as possible!

Merit System Explained

First off, Blackout’s levelling system is entirely separate to that of Black Ops 4’s multiplayer modes and Zombies for that matter. Blackout is based on earning Merits, which is exclusive to the mode.

Here’s a quick breakdown of how the system works:

  • Everytime you play a match of Blackout you’ll earn Merits. This is the currency needed to fill up your EXP bar and level up.
  • At the end of each match it’ll take into account your kills, where you placed, if you won and whether you completed any challenges.
  • You’ll earn 10 Merits per kill.
  • Placing in the Top 15 in a Solo game will earn you 50 Merits. Place in the Top 10 or Top 5 and you’ll earn even more.
  • Place in the Top 10 in Duos and you’ll earn 50 Merits. Place in the Top 5 of a Quads match and it’ll net you 50 Merits as well. Again, place higher and you’ll earn more.
  • Win a match of Blackout and it’ll net you a huge amount. We’re not entirely sure how much, but we’d be confident in saying a tidy 100.
  • If you get eliminated early on without any kills, then you won’t earn any Merits.
  • Essentially, you’ll need to satisfy the game’s Merit system to a tee - earn kills and place high.

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Earn Merits Fast

To level up fast in Blackout, there’s nothing for it but to satisfy the machine. This means earning kills or placing highly in each and every match you play. Below we’ve put together some tips and tricks to wringing the most Merits from all your games.

Survive for as long as you can each match - One of the main factors in earning Merits is placing highly in your games. So, you’ll either want to play it safe, avoid fights and sneak your way into the top spots, or tackle things aggressively. Choose whichever approach suits your playstyle, or alternate between them for a bit of variety.

Go for kills - Earn one elimination and it’ll net you 10 Merits. So getting a total of 10 kills can earn you a whopping 100 Merits. With this in mind, it’s well worth hunting down enemies and getting involved in fights. This way, even if you don’t place highly, at least you’ll earn some Merits and improve your game in the process. Keep at it and you’ll find your Merit earning rate will increase as you become better!

Squad Up - It goes without saying that playing with friends of a similar skill level will help you bag more Merits in general. Duos or Quads feature more players, which mean more fights and the chance to grab a higher number of kills than your average solo match. Playing with mates can also up your strategy, communication and play-making abilities - perfect for placing high.

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