Loadout Drop 101: Everything You Need To Know

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In Call of Duty Warzone, a Loadout Drop is an important part of getting ahead of your opponents and securing that final chopper out of Verdansk. Below, we’ve got everything you need to know about a Loadout Drop.

Think of it as a little “crash course” that’s useful for new and returning players.

What Is A Loadout Drop?

A Loadout Drop is a supply crate that falls from the sky that allows players in Warzone to get their Custom Class loadout in-game.

Following the introduction of Black Ops Cold War’s content to Warzone, Activison’s Battle Royale has it’s own seperate Custom Class system.

Before, it would replicate the Custom Class selections you would have in Modern Warfare, but now it is it’s own breed and it’s important to know your way around.

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Warzone offers players up to twelve Custom Class options to customise and each one comes with all the Modern Warfare perk selections, Lethal Throwables, and Tactical Throwables alongside the mixed bag of weapons.

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Only Legendary-Rank floor loot weapons are fully-equipped blueprints, so getting your hands on your fully customised gun makes a huge difference. But, there’s more than just that that makes them worthwhile…

Why Are They Useful?

There’s a few things that make a Loadout Drop very useful in a standard Warzone lobby.

Firstly, you can get your hands on your own weapon.

We all know you can loot weapons in Warzone and we all have our favourite Floor Loot Blueprint of the season. However, they never quite compare to your Custom Gun. That, and the fact you might not even find the weapon you’re after! Loot is random after all.

I won’t go on too long as to why having your own weapon is beneficial, but it allows you to make sure you’re going into gunfights with a weapon you’re comfortable with and one that you know you’re good at using.

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Secondly, you can get your hands on your perks.

Perks really do change the game in Warzone. Whether you have Amped on to help you swap to your secondary faster, or Double time to increase your Tactical Sprint duration… They can help you win and they’re well-worth having.

This is mainly due to the fact that you can get Ghost and Cold-Blooded. With both of these combined, you’ll be invisible to the technological eye. Together, they remove you from UAV’s and Heartbeat Sensors as well as removing your Thermal Signature on any Thermal Optics the enemy might be using.

Thermal Scopes were the meta in Warzone’s early lifetime, but they’ve died down a lot now. That’s left a lot of people almost forgetting about them. When someone does have a Thermal Scope, you’ll find a lot of people show up still.

Be sure to avoid any unwanted attention by making sure you’re not one of them.

Thirdly, you can get a Heartbeat Sensor.

This seems like a bit of a based tactic this late into Warzone’s life, but a Heartbeat Sensor is a pretty useful Tactical to have. Especially if you get one early-game.

A lot of people either use a Ghost / Cold-Blooded Perk combination or Overkill. If you have Overkill, you show up on Heartbeat Sensors. If you don’t have your Loadout Drop yet, you show up too!

So, for a lot of people they’re a fantastic thing to have for a lot of the time as you can’t always have a UAV to hand, right? The only thing they don’t show you is if the person is on the same elevation as you so be careful using one to assist you in vertical combat.

How To Get One?

There are two ways you can get a Loadout Drop in Warzone…

Firstly, you can buy one from a Buy Station.

This is probably what you want to be aiming to do in nine-out-of-ten games. The quicker you can get a Loadout Drop in Warzone, the quicker you can start really focusing on taking out your opponents.

At a Buy Station, a Loadout Drop will force you to pony up $10,000. It sounds like a lot, but if you’re playing anything from Duos up, you can combine your resources to lighten the load.

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If you’re dropping in Verdansk and finding it hard to gather up the cash quickly, there are a few things that might be able to help you.

Scavenge for it. Scavenger Contracts are the best way to start out a Warzone match, but they come at a cost. Represented by a magnifying glass icon, a Scavenger Contract will have you and your squad collecting three loot boxes in your local vicinity for a cash reward.

They don’t pay out as much as other contracts, but the boxes you get often have some money inside and the third box is guaranteed to drop an Armor Satchel.

Secondly, you need to pick the best spot to land. There are some places in Verdansk that are hot-spots for loot as well as players, and some that aren’t always too busy.

If you’re looking for money and a fight, Superstore, Storage Town, and Airport are all places you should check out. Prison is a fantastic place to drop too if the flight path dictates it as a viable drop location.

If you’re looking for a location that’s rich with loot that people overlook every so often, Stadium is the best place to drop. It’s a central Point of Interest that is in the first circle a lot of the time.

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Not only does it offer three levels of loot, with each floor offering a fantastic breaker between teams if more than one of you decide to drop there, it also has several location-exclusive keycards and keycard rooms.

These aren’t always easy to find, but they offer a big pay-out if you can grab one or two of them. Also, a Buy Station usually spawns on the edge of Stadium, so if you’re first there you can usually get to it unopposed. Furthermore, whenever a helicopter does spawn in Stadium… If there’s people landing to grab it, they’re usually in-and-out pretty quickly.

Obviously, this doesn’t apply to every game, but more-often-than-not, it can be a pretty solid place to land in standard Warzone lobbies.

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Secondly, you can wait for one.

If you would rather spend your hard-looted money on UAV’s and Gas Masks, you can always wait for a Loadout Drop in a standard Warzone lobby.

Throughout the duration of any Solo, Duos, Trios, or Quads Warzone lobby, there will always be two Loadout Drop in-game events.

The first Loadout Drop will always drop ten seconds before the start of the second circle.

The second Loadout Drop will then drop at the start of the fifth circle.

Most of the time, Loadout Drop One will drop with one or two others, making them hot-spots in early game conflicts.

However, Loadout Drop Two will always be a tough one as they often drop in groups of up to six and seven. This is all dependent on the amount of squads left alive as you go into the final circles, but Circle 5 is always small enough to make going for this tough.

We recommend avoiding them if you can, but they can be useful if a late-game Gulag win has you back in Verdansk without the proper equipment.

Are you a fan of waiting for your Loadout Drop? Or, are you all about getting yours as early as you can? Let us know and Happy Hunting, Operators!

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