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Black Ops 4 Blackout Merits Guide – How to Unlock, Challenges, Operations

Blackout works on the Merit System. In our Black Ops 4 Blackout Merits Guide, we will cover everything about earning Merit for your character in BLOPS4 Blackout. In Blackout, Treyarch categorized Black Ops 4 Merits in several different categories with each one having a separate requirement to unlock.

Black Ops 4 Blackout Merits

Merits is the new points system in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. You need to get “Merit” to level up your avatar in the game.

Merit is the progressive system in the Battle Royale mode of Call of Duty. Survive enough and you will get Merit. Get enough Merit and you will level up.

Level up enough and you will unlock items. Get enough items and you will make friends. Make enough friends and you will lose friends. Lose enough friends and you will end up solo in Zombies Mode. A-Anyways, let us move on. In this guide, we will focus on how to earn Merit.

How to Earn Merit in BLOPS4

Merit can be earned in the game from multiple sources. You will unlock a character and a card every 20 levels. Reaching Level 20 requires 5,450 Merit.

The Merit cap in the game is 80++ (Prestige) and you need 44,200 Merit to get there. Fortunately, we have got everything covered. The easiest sources to earn Merit includes (but not limited to):

Kills Merit

Merit How to Unlock
Top 15th Place (Solo) You will earn 50 Merit. If you are more of a survivor and less of a fighter, the game rewards you for surviving until only 15 players are surviving on the map. This is the safest, yet not a very good way to farm Merit.
Kills 10 Merit per kill will be awarded. This is the easiest way to get Merit. If you have played any of the previous Call of Duty games, and are good at it, this is the fastest and easiest way to earn Merit in the long-term. Just shoot up everyone.
Top 10th Place (Duo) You will earn 50 Merit. If you and your friend can survive until only 20 players are remaining on the map, you will earn merit. This is a good way to earn merit for you and your friend.
Top 5th Place (Squad/Quad) You will earn 50 Merit. If your squad can survive until you are one of the 5 living squads on the map, you will earn merit. A grand way to earn merit for everyone in your neighborhood.
Win a Match 100 Merit will be bestowed upon you. You are the strongest soldier. Nothing can defeat you. The game will humbly award you 100 merit for being number one. (RIP Stefán). There is another way to earn Merit too, and that is challenges. Refer below for more information.

Challenges

Challenges are one of the most fun and easiest ways to earn merit. They are also a good way to hunt some specific achievements in the game.

We have listed some of the challenges below that will earn you merit once you do them. Challenges are split into two categories: Career and Operations.

Some of the challenges are multiple tiers and will require you to achieve that goal multiple times to unlock it.

Career Challenges
The career side of Challenges focuses on completing the objectives that will help you in your professional journey as a Soldier.

If this were a real-life situation, doing these would award you medals as a soldier and an easy promotion. The Career mode is divided into two types: Professional and Survivalist.

Career Professional

Merit How to Unlock
My First Time Get a single victory in Battle Royale. Sounds easy? It isn’t. The challenge doesn’t stack. A very misleading challenge name by the way.
Winner Winner You need to get 10 victories. You can complete this challenges up-to three times. And yes, we do know where the name of the challenge might have been derived from.
I’ll Do It Myself Win five Duo or Quad/Squad game. You need to be the last player alive on your team/squad. Stacks up-to three times as tiers.
Solo Victor You need to get five wins in the Solo game mode. Stacks up-to three times as tiers.
Duos Victor Get five wins in the Duo game mode. Stacks up-to three times as tiers.
Quads Victor Win five games in the Squads game mode. Can be done three times as tiers.
Solo Conquest Place in the Top 5 in Solo game mode ten times. OOF. Stacks three times.
Duos Conquest You need to place your duo in the Top 5 in Duo game mode ten times. Stacks three times.
Quads Conquest You and your squad must be placed in the Top 5 ten times. Can be done three times as tiers.
My Participation Award Place yourself in the Top 25 ten times. Stacks three times as tiers.
Unthinking Act of Murder Kill 10 enemies. Stacks three times as tiers. Everything’s legal in war.
Career Scavenger Collect like 1500 items. Sounds like much, but is not. Stacks three times as tiers.

Career Survivalist

Merit How to Unlock
Team Player Revive your team-mate 25 times to unlock this. You can do this three times, in tiers.
Heal Up Heal yourself, or use a healing item on yourself, 100 times to unlock. Can be done three times as tiers.
Armored Up You must find and equip armor 50 times to unlock this. Stacks three times as tiers.
Backpacker It’s time to head back to school. Equip 50 backpacks to unlock this. Can be done three times.
Got the Drop Assassinate 25 enemies. They must not damage you. Can be done three times.
Amphibious Assault While underwater, kill an enemy. You must do this five times to complete. Three tiers available.
Getaway Vehicle Escape from a fight 10 times using a vehicle. Three tiers available. Sometimes the best tactic is to show your back to your opponent and run away.
Perks? Really? Finish a game in the Top 10 twenty-five times while having a Perk active. Three tiers available.
Equip It and Mint It Kill 25 enemies using your equipment – not your Primary/Secondary weapons. Three tiers available.
True Sniper Use a Sniper Rifle to kill 5 enemies at long range. Three tiers available.
Roster Update You must complete five unlock missions to unlock this. Three tiers available.
One Step Ahead Finish in the Top 10 twenty-five times without taking damage from the circle. Three tiers available.

Operations Challenges

Operations are the missions that will require you to support your side on the war. Although you might not be awarded an award in real life for performing these actions, you will still have the mental satisfaction of being a pivotal part of the war.

The Operations mode is divided into two parts i.e. Heroics and Vehicular:

Heroics

Merit How to Unlock
Destroyer of Vehicles You must destroy 10 enemy occupied vehicles to unlock this. Three tiers available.
Revenge is a Dish… Kill the enemy that put you in Last Stand ten times to unlock this. Three tiers available.
…Best Served Cold Kill the cold-hearted evil that killed your team-mate and place yourself in the Top 5. You need to repeat this FIVE times to unlock this achievement. Three tiers available. A bit sadistic, isn’t it?
This is Just Cruel You need to win 5 wins without being down-ed. Three tiers available.
Pack Hunter Kill 2 or more enemies from the same squad five times. Three tiers available.
Nope Eliminate ten poor bois that have dared to damage you. Three tiers available.
Path to Peace Win a game without actually killing anyone. Huh.
Keen Focus Kill 5 enemies while being blinded or concussed/stunned.
Frantic Defense You need to take damage while unarmed. Ultimately, kill the attacker. Repeat this five times. Three tiers available.
Get Straight To It Kill 2 enemies without 30 seconds of deployment ten times. Three tiers available. The rush is real.
Clutch Destroy an entire enemy squad alone in a Squad/Quads match.
Masochist Place in the Top 5 with only one inventory item. Basically you need to pick up only one item in the whole game.

Vehicular

Merit How to Unlock
Destruction Derby Destroy an occupied vehicle one time. Not tested on allies. Three tiers available.
Just in Time You need to exit a vehicle that is about to be destroyed by a locked-on missile five times. Three tiers available.
Silent Gliding You need to travel 10 miles in a wingsuit. A man’s gotta fly. Three tiers available.
Road Trippin’ While in a land vehicle, cover 10 miles. Progress stacks over matches. Three tiers available.
Water Rat While in a sea vehicle, cover 10 miles. Progress stacks over matches. Three tiers available.
I Believe I Can Fly While in an air vehicle, cover 50 miles. Progress stacks over matches. Three tiers available. This challenge reminds me of that one song from R. Kelly.
Saw it In the Movies Kill enemies while riding a vehicle. Three tiers available.
Top Tour Drive and pilot all vehicles in the game five times. Three tiers available.
Road Rage While driving a vehicle, run over an enemy. Must be a land vehicle. Kill five enemies with this method to unlock. Three tiers available.
Hijacker Kill enemies that are a passenger of a land vehicle in five matches.
Pirate Kill enemies that are a passenger of a sea vehicle in five matches.
Scoundrel Kill enemies that are a passenger of an air vehicle in five matches.

Dark Ops Challenges

Apart from the normal Career and Operations challenges, there are secret Dark Ops challenges. These challenges are hidden at first but will reveal themselves once you complete them.

Fortunately for you, we have found some of them. They have been listed below. We will update on the Dark Ops challenges once more are found:

Merit How to Unlock
Practice Makes Perfect Shoot a target at the red spot from 90 meters away. You will find targets in the Firing Range.
Fist Fighter You must kill an enemy while using only your bare hands. Truly a hardcore game.
Open the Blast Doors You must open the Blast Doors at the Fraking Tower. Sounds more like an Easter Egg than a challenge though.
Zombie Jams Activating the Jukebox at the Diner will unlock this challenge. Apparently, zombies like to dance.
Back in the Ground You must eliminate 100 zombies in Blackout mode.
Baller Shoot a ball into any of the basketball hoops in Estates.
Red Light, Green Light Find and loot a specific underwater supply stash at the Cargo Dock area of the Blackout map.

Thanks for reading our extensive guide on Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Blackout Merits Guide. We will add more data to this guide if we find anything interesting that we think you might need to farm Merit. Be sure to visit this guide from time to time. Have fun reaching Prestige Level.

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