Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Strategy Guide


Call of Duty: Black Ops features extensive multiplayer experience after you get out of the awesomeness of the most engaging singleplayer storyline. If you are new to Call of Duty franchise or an average FPS fan, you can read the following Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer Strategy Guide to get your basics right.

The Basics

These are the basics that will improve your overall understanding of the game if you are new to Call of Duty: Black Ops Multiplayer. If you are a Call of Duty franchise follower, Skip to next section.

Tip #1. Train yourself. Put Training Ground to good use and try different weapons against AI bots and see which weapon suits you. You can use the maps, increase the AI difficulty and learn the weapon/perk combination, the advantages and disadvantages associated with each choice.

Tip #2. The game is new, but you will come across people with sick aims. These are guys you need to avoid right now but how ? get your ass in cover but don’t camp. Move from place to place, and always make sure you have something solid behind you so that you can focus upfront. Kill one, move to next spot and so on.

Tip #3. Communicate, if you are playing team based game like search and destroy, which requires tactical knowledge of the opponents every round. Share your thoughts, get feedback, listen to what your team says.

Just don’t be an individual in seek of kills – score, dying randomly off nades. In team based games, spawn points are very important especially in Search and Destroy, Only Rush if you have the top spawn. Otherwise, its best to wait for the nades, or change the route, cut them from the middle or flank them.

Tip #4. Keep trying different combinations as you are leveling up, try different guns, don’t stick to one gun, just because everyone else is using the same gun. It’s better to try every gun right now, and see what type of gameplay and gun suits you.

Tip #5. Patience is something you will learn as the time passes, but still, try to be patient. It’s always best to take a clear shot, if you know you can’t take a clear shot, just wait for the enemy to come in sight for the clear shot. The whole point of this fuss is that you don’t stupidly give your position away in an attempt to kill a running opponent.

Tip #6. Revenge is sweet, but don’t go mad at someone just because he fragged you once. Focus on the original game plan. There are probably half a dozen other guys you can frag, so why bother ?

Tip #6. Choose Killstreak Rewards wisely. If you know you won’t be able to get dozen kills, then don’t equip a reward that requires that many kills. You need a Killstreak Reward, doesn’t matter if its a lower level. Also as you are to do with guns, keep trying different Killstreaks and Rewards, and see what works best for you.

Tip #7. Take Cover. There are tons of things you can use to take cover, and hide behind. Learn how can you move from cover to cover. You can also take advantage of the spawn patterns but that would be too much for you at this stage of the game. Always get yourself behind hard cover, not something that is easily penetrable.

Tip #9. Take Cover, and Reload. Don’t Reload, while moving, you will die miserably and won’t even have a chance to react.

Tip #10. Use the Mini map. OH you knew that ? use it to your advantage. Red Dots on Mini-map are your enemies engaged in firefights. Now, that you know there location, why not finish them off. If you find a cluster of the enemies, try to flank and go for a safe route.

Tip #11. How you get fragged mostly ? ask this question to yourself and try not to. Try to keep your deaths below 10, it helps.

Playing Styles

There are several types of gameplay styles people have when it comes to FPS games. Run-and-Gun, the most famous and Camping, the most hated.

Run-and-Gun
Been doing that almost since my first First Person Shooter game. It involves constant search for opposing players and killing them, you keep moving all the time, hence Run-and-Gun. If you want to keep your deaths to minimum, this gameplay style isn’t for you. On a good day, you get the most kills, and on a bad day, the most deaths.

For those who like to rush, and attack, should opt for Run-and-Gun from the start, but keep in mind, it doesn’t mean you keep running all the time. You can really camp at opposite spawn if you happen to reach there early in the round. You can wreck havoc this way, just don’t be stupid and loose your advantageous position.

Initial Rush is the most important aspect in this gameplay style. Your focus should be on your initial burst, and reach the strategic spot of the map before the opposing attackers. Kill the opposing attackers and try to sneak into the opposite spawn, and then be patient and pick your opponents nice and easy.

Sniper
If you are Snipe, know the maps, know the spots, and be patient. Patience is important, you only got one shot and you need to pull it off accurately. Go for accuracy during your initial phase. During early phase, you may only be killing opposing Snipers, and Campers, but after sometime you will start picking up moving targets and may start attacking with sniper. You can refer to Our Basic Sniping Tips for more.

Stealth
Gameplay style I hate the most, they are silent, no footsteps noise, probably will use silencer to suppress the gun, and come close to campers. You need one Stealth guy in your team, it helps, these are the guys that pop out of anywhere, they move slow, sneak in behind enemy lines and you can’t even spot them, because of the holy Silencer. If this is your style of play, you know now, what you need to do.

Camping
As I said, the most hated gameplay style. Why is this the most hated gameplay style ? because these guys have the ability to pop out of the rather absurd spots. They can be found lying on the ground on a common alley, on stairs, and in the room corners.

They move less, but can make life miserable for everyone, even if they don’t kill you. If you are to camp, find the spot that gets most traffic, and blast every enemy that comes in your line of sight.

People will hate you though, but campers are more like defenders and in team-based matches, you need at least 2 defenders. By time, you will refine your camping skills, and learn to move, and everything will be fine. Campers learn the game fast by the way.

Mixed Style
Its your own unique approach to the game, that basically will be hybrid of the above gameplay styles.

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By Zawad Iftikhar

Zawad is the lead editor of SegmentNext. He primarily manages what gets published on the site. He is a finance student and PC games enthusiast.


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    • Rj Harris

      Add Me Xbox RMCA2013

    • FaZe earthquake

      I dont understand why everyone hates grenade launcher users there either newbies or ppl that the guns dont suit them like wtf ppl leave the noob tubers alone

      FaZe out

    • anonymouschick

      This strategy guide is very useful, but i only find myself majorly camping when I’m playing MW2 after palying several rounds on BO, but I have found this video from one of the forums on the callofduty website and its of this group of people camping in the middle of roads and they’re posing as dead people, so you might want to knife or shoot, if you have the surpresser attachment, dead bodies cause you never really know.

      here’s the video if you’re intrested :http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMkDjepxOrA
      the name should be playing dead
      and im between the lvls of 30-40 on second prestiege and my psn name is jadedanimosity. i dont get on much, but your welcome to add me :)

      p.s. if i got the video wrong i’m really sorry, my school has youtube blocked and i cant double check

    • Magiic_TrixX

      Why do people insult ‘noobs’ ?, They’re only beginners. If anyone has PS3 here you can add me if you want… My PSN is: Magiic_TrixX

    • Legend

      There used to be a time I was the best at every game…until I realized there is more to life than just playing games for 6-12 hours a day. It takes a lot of hours to become an elite player, those hours which I now use to enjoy life and what it has to offer. If I could afford to play for 6-12 hours a day again I would be overjoyed. Until then, I am happy to be a ‘noob’ again! I will be back though;)

    • Baz :D

      Hey Guyz, I know its a little late and the game has been out for a long while now, but I still feel like adding some tips.

      1. If you feel as if you are no good at Search and Destroy, Don’t Worry. I play Search and Destroy and I usually get games that are around 6-2 on average, but I have been playing SnD for the last 3 Prestiges. All the pro’s play SnD cause you can get high amounts of XP in one game.

      2. Check your corners. If you don’t want to become a victim to a corner camper then always check your corners.

      3. If you get killed, don’t run back in rage to try and kill them. This tip here could put you on the verge of keeping a good game. If there is a camper somewhere and you get killed by them, just leave them there and let them stay there. If you leave them, they will get bored and eventually come out of their hiding spot.

      4. If you are aiming to get a high killstreak ie. Blackbird, Chopper Gunner, Attack Dogs etc. then play as careful as you can. Do all the tips I stated above and just don’t sprint into a pack of 3 people! If you want to lose your killstreak, then just go and run into a pack of people!

      That’s all I have, send me some feedback and tell me if you liked it or not!

    • Tony

      Whoa, whoa, whoa, the stealth style does not come close to camping at all if you actually use it to sneak up on people

    • http://gmail.com sherkhn8

      y do you guys so offensive to noobs?????any you guys on pc version add meee sherkhn8 on steam i got a clan going

    • Josh Holden

      Hi my name is Josh okay look this helps and thank u but anyone with a mic can u plz add the pan JJRAPP it would be helpful I need people plz I’m only level 38 and I really suck I would like extra help thank u

    • RD Hitman

      I am part of a really big clan and we are seeking skilled gamers. You don’t have to be all that great to play,and become better gamers. We are always looking for players that communicate, are respectful to others, and want to be part of a team. We do on the other hand require that you are at leats 17. (ADULT COMMUNITY) There are a few that are not, but that was before the rule took place. If you read this and would like to be in a clan, join ours. Check out website, then contact me. My gamer tag is RD Hitman. Thanks

      • Josh Holden

        Thanks what is it I’d love to join I am only 15 but I would like to join I have a earpiece land I hear rude stuff and swearing all the time so plz can I join it’s JJRAPP

    • chris

      lvl 50 no prestige whats the point to show others i got that far? n0tGAAAY69 is my tag hit me up. I hate playing with people that all run and get killed thenm Im left to take out an entire team

    • Lebronkey Kong

      Thanks for the guide. I know all this stuff but like reading it anyway. This is my advice…

      As a general rule, come around every corner assuming an enemy will be waiting for you so lead with your sight. In the inevitable gunfight, the guy who’s already aiming down his sight almost always wins.

      I pretty much hate any game mode besides ground war because without as many teammates, it’s too easy for enemies to get behind your lines and go on stabbing sprees. So what’s the solution? Either fight fire with fire or stick with your teammates and KEEP MOVING or you’ll all get stabbed.

      Now, ground war, my speciality. Use your teammates. If your teammates are with you, move forward as a group. If you’re alone then move slowly or don’t move at all. People call this camping but it’s not. It’s knowing when to attack and when to defend. My favorite strategy is to sneak into enemy territory and once I kill a few, drop a jammer and retreat just a little. The guys I just killed will come calling but all they find is a jammed radar. This gives them pause and an unsure opponent is a slow opponent. So more kills for me. Anyway, that’s my two cents. Hope it helps.

    • Sebastian

      Thanks for the typs even a Vet can use a reminder, every now and then. U can always get better ^_~

    • Treyarch

      Here are tips to help you!

      If you camp, dont camp in the same spot for the rest of hte round. You gotta move around spot to spot becuase if you stay in the same spot and kill someone, the camera will quickly move in the direction where the character was killed and reveal where you were. the killed person will come to that spot then and kill you knowing that you are there. so kill one or two then move if you want to live.

      VERY IMPORTANT FOR BLACK OP ASSASINS!
      you might not think it helps, but you can camouflage, and depending on your map, your suit changes color, so camouflage helps alot! in snowy maps your clothe will change to white and it is best when you hide inside a bush, in crouch mode or prone mode. i have done this before and nobody knew where i was cuase when the camera came to me, they only saw a bush, not a person. but after you kill someone, always look down so your peach face doesnt give you away. the top of your head always is a white hat or something so they dont see your pale skin which will give you away. the probblem in camouflage is your face! always put on facepaint if you dont want to do duck head strategy!
      FOR THE RUN AND GUNNERS!!!!
      if you want to be a run and gunner, you wont last long. you are revealing yourself to the enemy, but you are taking out as much people before you are found! it is helpful for getting big kills, but will get you alot of deaths too! my personal favorite is the camouflage becuase youcan take people out without them knowing where you are if you do the facepain or the duck strategy. you need patience but you can kill many withouht dieing, which is great for killstreaks!!! HOPE THIS GUIDE HELPS! please comment on my tips!!

      • P3n15

        I’d be willing to bet that this is not a rep from 3arc as they would probably spell most if not all of the words you spelled incorrectly, correct.

    • Hag Chopper

      Hey Hag, I bet you are the king, why not write your own constructive hints and tips and see how well you master the game. Then we’ll come here with preconseptions and destroy your review without reading it, how about it ?
      No wait, since you ended up here, you must be a noob as well, good for you then, maybe read it through and you will learn a few things too!

    • Abz Al Hash

      You know, once i started reading the article i just assumed its some white dude who wrote it, but its not, its you people who know best about guns and fighting at wars…Proud of you ma man really helped me a lot, see u online….

      any one who want to challenge me in the middle east, reply me with your nickname here, sorry i still dont have an online account for this game coz im still out of town, bt my flight is in few hours (Soo EXCITED) see u all online.
      Lol..im 23 and i sound like a 13 yr old….see what this game does to people!

      from UAE, Abz Al Hash

      X Peace on You All X

    • Harrisment

      Nice work man, some really helpful stuff in here for someone that is new to CoD.

    • Fizzledark

      Something is wrong.
      For Assault Class, both you list Sleight of Hand in Perk 1 and Steady Aim in perk 3. But… They are both Perk 2. Which makes choosing “Hardened” impossible (as well as getting both SoH and SA together). I have the PC version, but I doubt that’s the problem?

      • http://segmentnext.com Zawad Iftikhar

        No, it was noobness at my part – Sorry for the inconvenience. I have yet to revisit this Guide and make necessary changes. You may have already noticed there are certain incomplete portions in the guide, the very reason, I have asked people to contribute.

        • Fizzledark

          No problem. It seems you have an Xbox 360, so I will give you a piece of advice ^^
          Go to Local Multiplayer (Split Screen or something) and create a class there. Everything is unlocked from the start. Every perk on Pro level, every weapon, every attachment… Free info for you to reap!

    • fezzaz13

      Good guide, I pretty much get every guide I can and read up

      Getting the hang of BO, although I’m feeling lost without commando from mw2, these knives are hard to get used to. I used a basic set up for run and gun, just unlocked the AUG so I’ll be using that, ballistic knife, lightweight, sleight of hand and marathon. I used to hate claymores and refused to use them in mw2 as they took up a slot that I used for the tac insertion, but the claymore is used with up on the d pad so I’ve got it and they work a charm!!! LOVE IT!!

    • Matt

      How do you get prestige? I’m lvl 22 and slowly getting better. This guide actually help me get a few set ups together. Still learning the best combination of things to use.

    • Pat

      Actually there are no machine pistols only smg’s.

      • P3n15

        For the most part… I would say the CZ75 with the full auto upgrade would be the closest to the machine pistols from past games

        • RETR0LEMUR

          Um, technically the mac11 is a machine pistol. It says it on wikipedia and on the cod wiki.

          • Marek

            In real life, though, the Ingram Mac 11 is a sub-machine gun. :D

    • Pat

      You can’t have shotguns or machine pistols as secondary weapons in black ops unless you take them off a dead body.

    • Ben

      Good Guide,

      Adding stats to the guns help as well!

      Thanks for the good read, I’m looking for Hag online as we speak! LOL

    • Hag

      This guide is stating the obvious!! I bet you get pwned all the time based your tips! Damn noobs thinking they know what they’re doing!

      • OUgrizz

        @Hag, You’re not impressing anyone by insulting the guy who’s trying to help beginners play this game. If your illiterate ass could read, you would notice that at the top of this page, the guide says it’s for newbies and covers the basics. So yeah, of course it’s going to state some obvious stuff because those “damn noobs” who “get pwned all the time” don’t know any better, and need help from seasoned players who know all the basic stuff. Insulting “noobs”, as well as those trying help them become better at something shows just how insecure you are, because you feel the need to bring down others with cliche gaming acronyms to feel better about yourself. This game is rated mature for a reason, so stick to your yu-gi-oh cards, and let the big kids play their game.

        For those of you that aren’t undignified 6th graders, and would like some extra help with Black Ops online, or just another teammate to party up with, reply to this and I’ll get you my XB gamertag.

        • jack

          i would like some help please send me ur gamertag im shit im only level 23 0 prestige !!!

          • Spencer

            I’ll play with you. My gamer tag is GoblinRAGE. I’m level 32

        • Ecomyster

          Hell yeah. You tell em. Do you have a ps3 id?

        • LMYG

          I actually found alot of those tips helpful. I also hate it when guys start ragging, and mocking all the players who have a hard time with multiplayers. Maybe they don’t spend 12 hours playing non-stop like others. So if u already knew this, “Hag” then y didnt you stop when u saw the line “get ur basics right.”?

          • kleos82

            As a casual gamer but a long time COD follower I found this guide very helpful. Im not online 12 hours a day (there was a time that I was), but I do enjoy some mature video game violence once in a while. Glad to know there are still some adults out there.

        • Anthony

          I could really use a little help with tactics and everything. i dont really know many people to play with,and when i play team based matches there is no communication.if you could give a few pointer and or play as a team that would be great! Myrone617

          • travis

            hey we are putting a tactical team (clan) that is all adult ppl who would like to find a little strategy to the game if you wanna join message me and we are recruiting now so you could get a spot!

            • Kevin

              I’m down for a clan of adults. That is the main reason I quit playing for so long. Seems like games meant for adults are only played by 10 year olds that like to swear.

            • Dano-

              I would very much like to be part of an all adult/Mature Clan. Where do I sign up?

            • DrollerToaster7

              Id like to add you and get some pointers or even a team mate from time to time, level 26 1st prestige, i keep getting my ass kicked, not sure what im doing wrong… you still looking for adult clan members?
              level 26 1st prestige..xb DrollerToaster7 add me always looking for someone to team up with

            • Martin

              Travis,
              That sounds great. I just started playing a few weeks ago. I’m level 25 now, but I am always getting lit up and I could really use some strategy and it would be great to play with some other adults who want to talk about something other than smoking weed and belching loudly into the mic.
              my gamertag is goldfngr77.

        • dylan

          hey i could use soome help at blackops too.i suck im only levl 14.

        • Daddio008

          OUgrizz – thanks for defending us ‘Noobs’. As a first-time COD player, I find Multi-player action exhilarating and frustrating due to my ‘noobness’ and some players that delight in exploiting it. :)

          I found this guide informative, and appreciate that it covers a lot of basic info in one location.

          If your offer is still good – I’d love to learn how I can be a more productive team player. XB – Daddio008

          Thanks!

        • solamistik4u

          i am a neebie and im sick of getting ‘pwnd’ help!!!

        • P3n15

          To be fair, I am going to say that you should not call him illiterate as the guy who posted this also has many spelling errors…

        • Daniel H

          Very nice. You said everything I was thinking while reading Hag’s post. Quite annoying, these types that think anyone who hasn’t wasted thousands of hours playing a particular game is somehow a lesser life form. It very much does speak to some kind of deep-roopted insecurity, it seems. Thank you for the helpful insight on the game. I’d be interested in knowing your gamertag, as I only have a four people on my friendlist so far. Thanks.

        • Johnny

          hey down to play some CoD sumtime? AmazingCarrot82

    • ibthal

      brilliant post !

    • n4gger

      There are several mistakes in this article. Please check your info…

      Ex; Holographic sight = reflex sight
      Flak Jacket is not an equipment, its a tier 1 perk.
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      • http://segmentnext.com Zawad Iftikhar

        Fixed, Thanks for the heads up :)

        • GMTEAM BIOHAZARD

          Great article, also found another mistake- you get only one claymore- not 2, but it would be great if you could

          • http://segmentnext.com Zawad Iftikhar

            Corrected!