For the first time in over a year of mobile gaming, there’s a worthy competitor to PUBG’s version of the game. Although both titles are owned by the Tencent group, we sense there’s going to be a lot of competition between them. Activision decided to take their franchise to the next level by releasing the beta version of Call of Duty: Mobile. The latter combines maps, weapons, and iconic game modes from the wildly popular Black Ops and Modern Warfare. They had us at Call of Duty, to be honest.
We’re going to go ahead and assume that you’ve read our BlueStacks guide to the game, as it covers the most important aspects of CoD in its current beta state. If you didn’t, you’re missing out on a lot of great tips for beginners. We’re just saying.
In this article, however, we’ll focus solely on the battle royale game mode. It has its own loadout, sensitivity options, and it adds a unique Call of Duty twist to the whole gameplay. Are you ready?
The CoD Battle Royale Format
This will take a little getting used to, but we promise it’s totally worth it.
To begin with, you can select between single-player, playing with one teammate, or in a squad of four. There’s only one map so far, Isolated, and you can also choose between a first-person shooter view or a third-person one. So far, we’re off to a good start. We just love that we have the ability to customize our gameplay experience so much. As you may have noticed from the first print screen, we’re carrying what looks to be a health recovery kit. That’s because we’ve chosen to be a Medic in our previous matches. This is where it gets tricky.
This image is a crude summary of what the CoD BR is about. You choose a class before each game (don’t worry if your teammates also chose it, you can switch during the pre-match phase), parachute onto the map, look for neat items and proceed to seek and destroy your enemies. Whenever a squad mate is down, you can revive them in a manner that rings close to Apex: Legends, EA’s take on the battle royale system.
In what follows, we’ll break it down even further so that you get a clearer view on each aspect of CoD’s br mode. Then, you’ll be able to form your own strategy.
Because there are quite a few classes in CoD Mobile, we’ll jump straight in. They are as follows:
Defender – they can put down a foldable shield that will protect against all incoming damage. Very useful for situations when you’re in the open and there’s nowhere to hide. Their passive ability makes them resilient to all damage except for bullets.
Mechanic – has the ability to call an EMP drone which will provide interference to hostile gadgets. Their passive allows them to detect hostile traps, equipment, and enemies in vehicles.
Scout – they can shoot a sensor dart which will temporarily reveal hostile positions on the map, while their passive enables them to see the footprints of enemies that might have passed by not long before them. Immense utility for both the player and their team, as they can guide you on a safe route towards the ring.
Medic – puts down a medical station that heals allies in a generous AoE. The heal is substantial and very useful, since it allows you to keep fighting while topping up. Naturally, their passive enables them to both heal faster, as well as bring back their allies quicker than others. Massive utility for both self and friendlies.
Clown – their value is situational towards the mid or endgame, if at all. The Clown’s active ability makes it possible to summon some zombies which will attack the nearest targets to them, while their passive confers additional protection against zombie aggro. Not our favourite.
Ninja – their passive makes them better at stealthily moving around, while their active is a grapple hook that allows the player to close the distance and overall move faster around the map. A strong choice for those playing without teammates.
As you may have noticed, several of the abilities and classes ring close to the Apex: Legends’ battle royale format. Despite this, we feel they still maintain an authentic Call of Duty feel. Except for the zombies and the huge zombie dogs, that is. Well, to be fair, Activision did have two zombie games in their series, but they’re considered to be spin-offs, rather than part of the main franchise. Not even they could contain the zombie contagion that overtook our world.
Owning the Field
As with any battle royale, there are several general rules you should never stray from if you want to consistently be victorious. If you play in a team, always stick with them, even if it means going out of your way. Being next to someone increases your chances of defeating an enemy, as you’ll both be shooting at them. This includes your choice of deployment. As a team, try to aim for some of those red or blue beams, because they contain goodies in the form of equipment, armour, grenades, weapons, bullets, and health kits. The downside is that you have to clear the zombies from the area in order to access them.
Once you’ve killed an enemy, don’t forget to head over to the place where they died and check their lootbox. You can easily forget about these, as they don’t usually stand out from the scenery. Also, make sure nobody’s around or that somebody has your back, since you’ll be vulnerable while browsing through the goodies. Afterwards, keep moving towards the centre of the play zone. The bigger your head start, the more time you’ll have to settle in a good spot in the safe zone and snipe everyone who comes running towards you.
High ground is always better, so try to position yourself in a way that gives you a good perspective on what’s going on around you. Without losing sight of what’s in front of you, quickly glimpse at the map from time to time. If there are any shootings, vehicle movements or nearby enemies, they’ll briefly appear there, giving you a heads up.
With this in mind, you should be ready to take on the battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Mobile. By following our tips, but also by playing a class that offers good utility, you’ll be owning the leaderboards in no time. We know we are.