Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer Guide with 10 Specialists
Whether you’re a long time COD player or you’re new to the franchise, we want this Black Ops 4 Multiplayer guide to help you with the basics.
Many things have changed this time around, so there’s some learning for us all to do. We’ve picked out some core subjects in this guide to help you get started.
What’s in this Black Ops 4 Multiplayer guide?
- Choosing which Specialist to play
- Finding your play style and weapon type
Black Ops 4 uses a number of different Specialists. Each Specialist has their own unique abilities and traits. Each Specialist is good in their own way, but some stand out particularly as more ‘powerful’ than others. We’ll be briefly explaining all of the Specialists in this guide and explaining which ones we think are best.
After that, we will give you some advice on picking a loadout that suits your playstyle. Like previous games in the franchise, Black Ops 4 lets you choose from a variety of weapons and perks and you’ll get to spawn with these each time you play a multiplayer match.
What are the different Specialists in multiplayer?
- There are 10 different Specialists in Black Ops 4 multiplayer
- Each Specialist has their unique abilities
- Each Specialist also has unique stats that will be explained below
Each specialist in Black Ops 4 has an ability and a special equipment. Both the ability and the equipment will have different recharge times. Take a look at each of the 10 Specialists and their unique abilities and equipment
Ajax is a ‘breacher’ class that has a ballistic shield with a built-in machine pistol. Ajax also has a 9-bang grenade, which is essentially a flash and stun grenade that can detonate up to 9 times. It’s incredibly useful at blinding anybody camping in a room.
Battery is a ‘demo expert’ that has a grenade launcher that will bounce off walls. The grenades have a short detonation time, but they will explode immediately if they hit an enemy. Battery’s equipment is a cluster grenade that will stick to a surface and divert into multiple explosions.
Crash is a ‘healer’ and has an ability that can boost nearby allies and himself up to full health. Crash’s equipment is an assault pack that deploys ammo.
FireBreak is an ‘Area Denial’ Specialist that has a flamethrower as his ability. FireBreak’s equipment is a reactor core, which will emit a field of radiation from within and will deal damage to nearby enemies for a short time.
Nomad is an ‘Ambush’ Specialist and he has a powerful K9-Unit ability that will send an attack dog to follow you or sit in a certain location. The attack dog will automatically attack and kill any players it spots. Ambush also has a Mesh Mine as his equipment – with this, you can lay tripwires that will explode when an enemy walks into them.
Up next we have Prophet, a ‘Hunter’ Specialist. Prophet has a tempest rifle as his ability that will shoot powerful electric shock bullets. Prophet also has a shock mine that will make players paralyzed if thrown at them.
Recon is an ‘Intel Operator’ Specialist and he has an ability called Vision Pulse. With this, he can reveal the surrounding area on the map, revealing enemy positions. Recon also has a Sensor Dart for his equipment, which will let Recon shoot an area and get radar visibility in that area. Recon is very useful as a tactical support Specialist, particularly useful in team games.
Ruin is a ‘Rusher’ Specialist and he has a powerful grav slam ability that will make him leap to an area and cause a massive damage wave. Ruin also has a grapple gun that lets him quickly move between locations and different floors.
Seraph is a ‘Tactician’ Specialist with a massive revolver as her ability. With this, you can do huge damage during the ability duration. Seraph’s equipment is a deployable beacon that will let players spawn in the area for a limited time.
Torque is a ‘Defender’ Specialist with a deployable barricade that can be used to protect himself and allies from bullets. It also creates a field that will slow and damage enemies that come close. Torque also has razor wire as his equipment which can be used to slow down and damage players that walk across it.
Whilst all of these Specialists have their unique pros and cons, there are three that stand out right now. Ruin is one of the best Specialists because he has a level of movement that no other Specialist has, thanks to his grapple gun and grav slam.
Battery is also very powerful and easily one of the best because he has two very powerful explosive options that can kill enemies instantly. The third best operator is Recon, who gets a lot of play time because he can quickly spot players on the radar with his UAV-like ability and equipment.
What’s the best multiplayer playstyle?
- There are multiple weapon types and ways to play Black Ops 4
- It’s up to you how you want to play
The great thing about Black Ops 4 multiplayer, and COD in general, is that you get the opportunity to carve your own play style. In Black Ops 4, everybody gets to choose their Specialist and create their own loadout.
Typically, I’d suggest you focus on three main play styles to get a feel for things. If you’d like to play a fast-paced Specialist that can run through the map quickly, a good starting point is picking Ruin and choosing an SMG.
If you prefer to camp or sit in one spot and wait for enemies to come to you, I’d highly suggest playing Recon with a shotgun, or alternatively, pick Torque. You can either use Recon to spot when enemies are nearby with the radar, or Torque to set up a strong defensive position.
If you prefer to take down enemies from afar, once again, picking Recon could be a good choice, just pair him with a Sniper or a Tactical Rifle. Alternatively, pick Battery – he has an explosive ability and explosive equipment that can be used when you get ambushed. You then have a backup plan if somebody sneaks up on you and you can’t react fast enough with your sniper.
After trying these three core experiences, you can mix things up by trying your very own loadouts. Maybe branch off by trying a new Specialist, or mix it up by swapping out an SMG for an Assault Rifle, slightly more suited for longer range.
Thanks for reading our Black Ops 4 Multiplayer guide. We hope that the information here has helped you to get to grips with the basics of the multiplayer Specialists and the loadout creation process.
For more, check this out: Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Battle Royale Guide with 6 Great Weapons