Specialist Classes and Abilities in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Master the game by learning about the ten different specialist classes and abilities in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.


Now that Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is here, players are quickly trying to work out which of the ten available Specialists are the best to use in multiplayer. These hero-like classes allow players to take advantage of special abilities that suit their strategic needs, and a understanding their strengths and weaknesses will become a big part of effective teamwork. Read on to learn more about each of the different specialist classes in Black Ops 4.

Specialists and Class Abilities in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

There are eight different classes available in the Black Ops 4 multiplayer component, and all of them have their obvious strengths: the Rusher named Ruin has the grapple gun that allows for maximum agility, while the intel operator Recon is able to reveal enemy locations in the surrounding area. There's a little something for everyone, but more importantly, every specialist has their own critical role to fulfill in combat.

Name: Ajax
Role: Area Clearance

  • 9-Bang - press R1 to throw a tactical grenade that flashes and stuns enemies. Can be cooked to detonate multiple times.
  • Ballistic Shield - press L1 and R1 to summon a durable transforming defensive shield with a built-in machine pistol.

Name: Battery
Role: Demolitions

  • Cluster Grenade - press R1 to fire a grenade that sticks to surfaces and disperses a number of smaller grenades.
  • War Machine - press L1 and R1 to summon a grenade launcher that fires bouncing grenades which detonate after a short time or by directly hitting an enemy.

Name: Crash
Role: Team Support

  • Assault Pack - press R1 to deploy small ammunition magazines that provide the team with bonus score for taking down enemies.
  • Tak-5 - press L1 and R1 to heal, boost max health, and remove the wounds for the caster and up to four targeted allies. Ability works through walls.

Name: Firebreak
Role: Area Denial

  • Reactor Core - hold R1 to emit a damaging radiation field that wounds enemies, reducing their maximum health for a period of time.
  • Purifier - press L1 and R1 to summon a flamethrower that shoots a steady gout of flame, scorching enemies within close range.

Name: Nomad
Role: Ambush Tactics

  • Mesh Mine - Deploy an explosive tripwire between two adjacent surfaces
  • K9-Unit - Call in a deadly canine unit to follow you or patrol an area

Name: Prophet
Role: Remote Disruption

  • Seeker - Throw out a rolling enemy-seeking mine that shocks and stuns enemies when hit
  • Tempest - A tactical rifle that electrifies enemies when shot, stunning them

Name: Recon
Role: Intel Operations

  • Sensor Dart - press R1 to use sensor equipment that reveals enemies within its proximity on the minimap, visible to everyone on the team.
  • Vision Pulse - press L1 and R1 to pulse the surrounding area and reveal enemies for a short period of time, visible to everyone on the team.

Name: Ruin
Role: Frontal Assault

  • Grapple Gun - press R1 to quickly move to elevations and other locations.
  • Grav Slam - press L1 and R1 to trigger a short, aggressive leap that delivers a lethal blast in a radius around the point of impact.

Name: Seraph
Role: Tactical Command

  • Tac-Deploy - press R1 to deploy a beacon that allows your teammates to re-deploy to the surrounding area.
  • Annihilator - press L1 and R1 to summon a massive high-caliber revolver that fires devastating rounds with increased bullet penetration.

Name: Torque
Role: Path Blocker

  • Razor Wire - press R1 to place razor wire in order to damage and slow enemies that attempt to cross it.
  • Barricade - press L1 and R1 to deploy reinforced cover protection while securing objectives. Built-in microwave field slows and damages enemies. Owner can deactivate cover at will.

There's still a while to wait before Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 releases out until the wild on October 12. Until then, be sure to check up on related news concerning other presentation reveals, including three different zombies modes and a report confirming the game's lack of a single-player campaign.

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