How to unlock characters in Call of Duty: Blackout

Learn how to unlock the numerous skins and characters available for use in Call of Duty's battle royale mode, Blackout.


Blackout is Call of Duty’s latest game mode that tasks players with killing one another until one player or team survives, but there are biggest risks at stake, specifically, unlocking character skins. There are currently 28 characters for players to unlock in Call of Duty Blackout and each of them requires players to complete a slightly different goal.

How to unlock characters in Blackout

Each character can be unlocked by completing their quest during a match of Blackout, but only after finding their item.

Each of the 28 unlockable character skins in Blackout requires players to find an item during a match, complete a challenge, and then either finish, place, or win the match. All of these must be done within the same match which means players cannot find the item in one game and then do the objectives in another. It’s also worth noting that players must hold on to the item for the entire match, so no dropping it if you run out of space in your backpack. The match placements are also based on a solo play, the number will change if a game of duos or squads is played.

  1. Find a character's item during a match of Blackout
  2. Complete the quest/objective
  3. Keep item for entire match
  4. Finish the match in the correct place

Thanks to the various Reddit users over in the Black Ops 4 subreddit for collating a lot of the following information.

Character Item Quest/Objective(s) Match Placement
Reznov Discovery pending...    
Mason Discovery pending...    
Woods Find the bandanna Get in a helicopter during a match Win the match
Menendez Find the locket Kill an enemy with a melee
Kill an enemy with a shotgun
Finish the match
Ranger Echelon 20
Frogman Echelon 40
Airborne Echelon 60
Seal Echelon 80
Battle Hardened Echelon 80 Prestige
Shadow Man Own the Blackout Pass
Dempsey Find the Death Machine Kill zombies Top 10
Nikolai Find the Cymbal Monkey Kill zombies Top 10
Richtofen Find the Ray Gun Kill zombies Top 5
Takeo Find the Katana Kill zombies Top 10
Bruno Discovery pending...    
Diego Discovery pending...    
Scarlett Find the Racing Goggles and Scarf Discovery pending...
Shaw Discovery pending...    
Battery Find a War Machine Get kills with the War Machine Top 15
Firebreak Find the Burned Doll Get a kill with fire Finish the match
Nomad Discovery pending...    
Prophet Discovery pending...    
Ruin Craft the Grapple Gun Top 15
Seraph Find the Annihilator Get kills with the Annihilator Top 15
Ajax Collect 3 Armor Plates from players Finish the match
Crash Find the poker chip End the match with 15 healing items Top 8
Recon Find the I Ching Coins Do not get damaged by the Collapse Top 7
Torque Find the Note from Torque Destroy 2 Razor Wires and 1 Barricade Top 7

Collecting some of these character skins in Blackout, let alone all of them, is going to challenge even the best players. A lot of luck will be involved in actually finding the items, and then it's down to skill (and a bit of luck) to get the necessary kills and match placements. Be sure to check out our other guides, such as all Specialist classes and abilities and all weapons and guns in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

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