Call of Duty: Warzone 2 introduces AI-controlled enemies called AQ Soldiers that belong to the local Al Qatala terrorist cell.
You might not even be aware of them because there is no way to visually identify AI-controlled enemies from other human players in the game.
The only difference would be their location and how they will obviously behave a bit erratic and unnatural.
If you open your scoreboard, you will notice a column for AQ Soldier Kills. These contain the AI-controlled enemies you have killed on the map.
That being said, defeating AQ Soldiers is not that easy. When facing a group of them at once in Warzone 2, you can easily be downed or your entire squad wiped.
The following guide will tell you more about AQ Soldiers in Warzone 2.
What are AQ Soldiers and AQ Soldier Kills?
AQ is short for Al-Qatala – a terrorist organization that was the main adversary in the older Modern Warfare 2019 and Modern Warfare 2 games. These enemies return in Warzone 2 as AI-controlled bots called AQ Soldiers that seek to put an end to any operators they come into contact with.
Considering that they are AI-controlled bots and are most often ill-equipped, you might expect them to wipe them out with ease. AQ Soldiers are normally equipped with assault rifles and SMGs, but some may even take shots at you with pistols. However, dealing with them is not as easy as it seems.
Take note that these bots are designed to attack in groups. If you charge them alone, you will be in for a surprise. They also keep on respawning. Hence, do not take it easy if you cleared the first wave, more bots will come in after a short duration.
You will find them serving different purposes in different modes, and in varying numbers. Compared to the battle royale mode, AQ Soldiers are more abundant in the DMZ mode as discussed late. Hence, you will likely kill a lot more of them in this mode.
The total number of AQ Soldiers in a particular match is tallied regardless of the mode. At the end of a map, you can see just how many bots you killed under the AQ Soldier Kills column in your scoreboard.
Considering your objectives, you can be either happy or disappointed to know just how many bots you killed in Call of Duty: Warzone 2.
Where to find AQ Soldiers in Warzone 2?
The purpose AQ Soldiers serve and the locations they are found at vary from mode to mode.
You will face AQ Soldiers when capturing Strongholds and Black Sites only in the normal battle royale modes. These are new points of interest on the map that are heavily guarded by groups of AQ Soldiers.
Black Sites in particular contain more difficult versions of AQ Soldiers. They also hold an AI Juggernaut boss that can be even more troubling to defeat.
Unlike in WZ1, the helicopters you spot in WZ2 are most often full of AQ Soldiers. They like to patrol their outposts and drop in new soldiers.
If you are playing the new DMZ mode, you will encounter more AQ Soldiers than normal. The bots will make sure that you do not complete your objectives and reach the Exfil.
How to identify AQ Soldiers on the map?
Both human players and bots have roughly the same icons on the map. Hence, it leads to a lot of confusion when you call in a UAV to reveal nearby enemy locations.
An enemy human player will have a fully shaded red diamond icon on the map. AQ Soldiers, will, however, be displayed as only a red-outlined diamond. Bots will not be fully shaded.
This way you will know if there are human enemies trying to blend in with the bots.