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Call of Duty Blackout: Solo tips, tricks and strategy advice

Tips and tricks to help you come out on top in the solo queue.

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Our Call of Duty Blackout Solo tips, tricks and strategy advice page contains a list of pointers which will help improve your solo queue experience.

Heading into a solo game of Blackout’s hardly a relaxing experience, considering everyone’s out to get you, and your only moment of solace lies in the helicopter ride at the start of each match. From the moment you touch the ground, you’ve got to be ready to fend for yourself and make decisions without help or extra intel from an ally.

To help you conquer the difficulty of going it alone in Blackout, we’ve put together a few simple tips and tricks which’ll cover the entire spectrum of what you can expect to deal with in an average match.

We hope that once you’ve had a read, you’ll at least feel a little more confident heading into battle!

Blackout: Solo Tips and Tricks

Here are a few pointers to help you get up and running in solo queue.

  • It’s important to choose your landing spot wisely as it’ll set the precedent for the rest of the match. Touch ground in a highly populated area and it’ll lead to more fights, but with a greater chance of bagging decent loot. Choose a quieter spot and it’ll increase your chances of survival early on and allow you to work yourself into the game a bit more, albeit with less chance of strapping on some strong gear from the get-go. Our best landing spots page has more insight on this.
  • Try your best to be patient when facing enemies, and don’t pull the trigger unless you’re absolutely certain you’re in the best position to finish them off.
  • When you’re looting, make sure the area is clear first. Also, try not to stand up in the open but go prone instead as it’ll ensure that you’re less visible to any enemies who happen to pass by.
  • If you’ve run out of ammo with your primary weapon equipped, quickly switch to your secondary in an attempt to finish them off. Otherwise, find a safe spot to quickly reload and get back in the action.
  • Do your best to constantly keep on the alert for enemy footsteps. This should be a little easier in solo queue as everyone’s an enemy, so if you hear the patter of footsteps that aren’t yours, then you know for sure that someone is lurking nearby.
  • Before using healing items, make sure you’re at least falling back into cover or are in a safe position to do so. You don’t want to be caught out in the open applying a First Aid Kit, as you’ll have no way of responding to the threat in time!
  • Think about your weapon and item setup carefully. Have you got a nice mixture of long and short range tools? Some nice Perks? Utility perhaps? Avoid hoovering up every last item you see and focus on what you actually need to put yourself in the best possible position to eliminate enemies and keep your health bar topped up.
  • If any enemy is holed up at the top floor of a building, it’s an incredibly risky idea to storm in, climb the stairs and take them on as they’ll have the high ground advantage. Instead, try and flush them out with grenades through the window, or use a grappler to smash through the window quickly.

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  • Managed to get the drop on an enemy with a few choice shots to the body? Make sure you don’t play too cautiously and let them escape, heal up and get back in the fight. Instead, push your advantage by closing in and securing the kill. Of course this depends on the situation at hand, but for the most part it’s important to apply pressure when you’ve got an enemy on the backfoot.
  • Don’t panic too much if you get caught in the circle towards the start of a match. It’ll only chop off 1HP per second, so if you’ve been stocking up on health kits you shouldn’t have any problems making your way out unscathed.
  • We’d recommend a combination of Assault Rifle and Submachine Gun/Shotgun as a simple setup for those who are new to the game. If you’re confident in your aiming ability, then swapping in a Sniper Rifle will give you the power to eliminate enemies from afar with ease.
  • If you make your way into the final circle, be aware that any gunfire will alert enemies to your location, and giving away this information could spell your early demise. Sometimes it’s best to be patient, scope out enemy positions and be a bit more methodical in your approach before getting on the aggressive. Of course, if you’ve rattled off a few rounds then make sure you reposition to avoid being hunted down!
  • Shoot someone with armour equipped and a little logo with appear by your hitmarker. If this happens, be prepared for a particularly lengthy battle as enemies wearing kevlar can potentially tank entire magazines before being taken out. It's likely they'll bolt if they've taken a few hits, so be prepared to push forwards and pile on the pressure while they're scrambling to reposition.

That concludes the first edition of our solo tips page, but we'll continue updating it with extra snippets of strategy advice when we get some more hands-on time with the game on release. Stay tuned!

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