Advanced Warfare Guide to Everything in the Game

As of November 2014 the latest addition to the FPS mega-franchise, Call of Duty, was released. Titled Advanced Warfare, this game is a revolutionary step forward for the series. It features a whole new set of weapons, loads of new multiplayer maps to learn, and, most importantly, never-before-seen player abilities.

Call of Duty Advanced Warfare Guide

To put it simply… there’s a LOT to learn when it comes to Advanced Warfare. It’s not the typical, cookie-cutter sequel that Call of Duty has become so well known for. It’s a brand new beast with loads of new mechanics, weaponry, and environments to master.

The Ultimate Advanced Warfare Guide

That being said, we’ve been hard at work since the early beta days testing & cataloging everything in the game to create the ultimate Call of Duty Advanced Warfare guide. We’ve thoroughly experimented with every weapon, attachment, and ability players have access to in Advanced Warfare. And we’ve been documenting it all here on for other players to benefit from.

Advanced Warfare Ultimate Guide


Below is a list of every tips article, every weapon review, and every other in-depth guide to every single aspect of the game. We hope you’ll find this information valuable and helpful.

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Game Basics

Multiplayer Game Modes




Passives & Streaks

Class Setups

Gameplay Assistance




Looking for something that isn’t listed here? Be sure to let us known in the comments below and we’ll work on getting content out for the most requested topics. Any new weapons, maps, or DLC packs that are announced in the near future will be added to this list in due time as well.

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Advanced Warfare – Best Heavy Weapon in the Game (OPINION)

Heavy weapons are an interesting breed in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. They’re bulky, they slow down your movement, and the ones that aren’t energy-based take forever to reload. The pros, however, are that they generally do a decent amount of damage and are effective at medium to long range. But which one is the best? Below we provide our educated opinion on the subject.

Advanced Warfare Best Heavy Weapons

When it comes to this weapon category there are just 5 selections:

The Ameli and Pytaek operate similarly to standard light machine guns seen in previous titles such as Ghosts and Modern Warfare 3. The remaining 3 weapons in this category are completely different beasts, however. Both the EM1 and EPM3 are directed-energy weapons. The EM1 is a constant-firing laser weapon that is often considered OP. The EPM3, on the other hand, is a semi-auto energy weapon that lacks raw power and accuracy.

Then you’ve got the XMG, possibly one of the most interesting weapons in all of Advanced Warfare. It’s not really a machine gun, nor is it a laser weapon. Instead, it’s essentially dual miniguns attached to your Exosuit. Only capable of hip-fire the XMG is terribly inaccurate. That is until you activate the lock-down mode on the weapon.

Our Top Picks

So which of these weapons tops the charts as the absolute best in its category? Here are our top 2 picks:

  1. EM1
  2. Pytaek

Advanced Warfare Best Heavy Weapon EM1

It’s hard not to give the EM1 the number one slot. It is quite the beast. This directed-energy style weapon is insanely accurate, deals a great amount of damage, and still gives your character mobility that is comparable to that seen when wielding one of the assault rifles.

Even the hip fire of the EM1 is ridiculously good. In fact, it’s almost easier to kill enemies without ADS (aiming down sights) with this weapon. Throw on a couple of good attachments like the ACOG Scope and the Heat Sink and you can decimate opponents in a flurry of red lasers with ease.

 Advanced Warfare Best Heavy Weapon Pytaek

The Pytaek is our second choice when it comes to heavy weapons. It feels and fires like a more traditional LMG (kinda like the LSAT from Black Ops 2). And it packs quite a punch. The only thing we don’t like about it? The iron sights. We highly recommend throwing on a Red Dot Sight or other optics because the stock sight is just too obstructive.

NOTE: Keep in mind that these selections are our own personal opinion based on gameplay experience and personal preference. What works best for us might not be what’s best suited for your own play style.

Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Tips to Boost Your K/D

Call of Duty isn’t the most difficult first-person shooter to play by any means, but it can be challenging. That is arguably even more true now with the recent release of Advanced Warfare. This latest title in the series has added several new elements to the game revolving around the use of the Exosuit. Mastering the use of weapons and the new movement capabilities can be a bit daunting. But, we’re here to help.

Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Tips

Advanced Warfare Multiplayer Tips

We’ve complied some of the most helpful tips & tricks that will help you improve your performance and boost your kill-to-death ratio while playing Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Use these tips to better your class selections, increase your score in each match, and dominate the competition in online multiplayer.

Loadout Creation is Key

The first, and possibly most important, tip is to simply fine-tune your class setups. Knowing which weapons you perform best with and what perks help you to get more kills and avoid deaths is a key component in becoming a better player.

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If you feel like you consistently do better playing a run ‘n gun role, equip something like an assault rifle, SMG, or shotgun as your primary weapon. If you choose to take a secondary, make it something that is quick to swap to and can pop off a few bullets relatively fast (the Atlas 45 or PDW are excellent choices).

 Advanced Warfare Class Setup

If you think you perform better supporting your teammates with fire from across the map you may want to use something like a sniper rifle or LMG as your primary gun and use a launcher to take down scorestreaks or a pistol to kill enemies that get too close for comfort.

Experiment with different weapons, use a variety of attachments to find out which ones best suit your play style, try out different perks, and sculpt the perfect loadout that’ll help you get more kills every match. Pay attention to your overall K/D with each weapon to determine which ones you work best with.

Movement Advantages & Disadvantages

In Advanced Warfare your Exosuit serves as a tool that can help you maneuver around maps faster, conceal yourself from enemies, and more. Learn to use it well. Familiarize yourself with all of the Exo movements and Exo abilities by testing each one thoroughly to learn how each one works.

 Advanced Warfare Exo Movements 2

With your Exosuit you can dodge enemy fire with boost-powered strafing, severely damage unsuspecting opponents with aerial boost slams, and jump to strategic spots. There are advantages and disadvantages to all of this. A key thing to remember is to not be in the air too often. A flying player is an easy target for soldiers firmly planted on the ground. Don’t make yourself an easy kill.

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Exo abilities can help you do survive firefights longer, sustain flight, conceal your character from enemy vision, and even shield you from oncoming bullets. Play around with the different abilities to figure out which one helps you the most. We personally like Overclock, which allows you to temporarily run faster than normal.

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Cover Up

Don’t be afraid to take shelter behind a wall, a crate, or any other object that can block enemy fire. Despite the fact that many players may insult you for “camping”, it’s a legitimate strategy that can save you from certain death. After all, if this were reality we wouldn’t be running out into the open amidst enemy fire, that’s suicide.

 Advanced Warfare Shield

This is an especially useful technique when you find yourself running low on ammo and need to reload your weapon. Hide behind a solid object, reload, then, once you’re prepared for confrontation, move into position to take your shot. There’s even a special Exo ability, the Exo shield, that can protect you for a short time.

Eyes on the Bullet

One of the most important things to do that will greatly improve your overall playing ability and your K/D is to focus on accuracy. Make every bullet count. Most guns don’t have unlimited ammo so you’ll need to be conservative with it. Only fire at targets that are within your weapon’s effective range and take good aim to ensure every bullet hits its mark.

 Advanced Warfare Aiming

Most firefights in Advanced Warfare come down to one of two things:

  1. Which Player Sees & Reacts to the Other the Fastest
  2. Which Player Has the Better Aim

Accuracy can mean the difference between a certain death and a satisfying kill. Oftentimes, if your accuracy is spot-on you can still best players that see you before you see them. Not everyone is a deadeye. But if you become one yourself, you’ll find yourself getting more kills and dying less.

Practice your aim by playing private matches with bots on medium to high difficulty settings. And don’t forget to take weapons into the virtual firing range to learn the recoil plots of each gun (how the gun moves when fired) so you can figure out exactly what to do to ensure every bullet hits its target in multiplayer matches.

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Advanced Warfare Ranked Play Overview

Do you feel like you’re the cream of the crop when it comes to online Call of Duty players? Well, Advanced Warfare has a place where you can prove your skills to the world. It’s a playlist called Rank Play. It’s designed for more competitive players and teams that want to show everyone just how badass they are.

Advanced Warfare Ranked Play

Ranked Play Rules

So, just how does this playlist work? Well, it matches you and/or your teammates with similarly skilled players in 4v4 competitive matches. Each match consists of an objective-based gametype such as Hardpoint or Capture the Flag. These game modes work exactly like the standard playlist equivalent but have eSports settings enabled.

eSports rules vary a bit depending on what gametype you’re playing. Below we’ve provided a breakdown of the general settings that apply to every match and then the specific rules that apply to each gametype that is played.

NOTE: We will be providing full coverage of BO3 competitive gaming as well. We’ve already developed an awesome Black Ops 3 guide that will help gamers dominate in multiplayer. More coming soon.

General Settings

Here are the general settings that are in use for every Ranked Play match:

  • Pre-Match Timer: 15 Seconds
  • Pre-Round Timer: 5 seconds
  • Map Dynamic Events: Enabled
  • Map-Specific Scorestreaks: Enabled
  • Team Switching: Enabled (Available to Spectators only, spectator cameras are set to first-person view)
  • Killcams: Enabled
  • Mini-Map: Normal
  • Battle Chatter: Disabled
  • Announcer: Enabled
  • Force Respawn: Enabled
  • Wave Span Delay: None
  • Suicide Penalty: None
  • Team Kill Penalty: None
  • Hardcore Mode: Disabled
  • Health: Normal
  • Health Regeneration: Normal
  • Friendly Fire: Enabled
  • Explosive Delay: None
  • Scorestreak Delay: 10 seconds
  • Class Selections Allowed: 13

These rules are consistent with those seen in Ranked Play matches. You can, however, practice with friends, teammates, and other individuals in custom private matches with the above settings on to get used to how matches are played.

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Gametype Settings

The settings listed below are applied to each specific gametype. These vary slightly depending on what kind of game it is.


  • Time Limit: 10 Minutes
  • Score Limit: 250 Points
  • Activation Delay: None
  • Location Order: Normal
  • Respawn Delay: 2.5 Seconds
  • Maps Played: Bio Lab, Detroit, Retreat, Solar

Search & Destroy

  • Round Length: 1.5 Minutes
  • Score Limit: 6 Rounds
  • Bomb Timer: 45 Seconds
  • Plant Time: 5 Seconds
  • Defuse Time: 7.5 Seconds
  • Multi Bomb: Disabled
  • Round Switch: Every Round
  • Silent Plant: Enabled
  • Number of Lives: 1
  • Maps Played: Bio Lab, Detroit, Recovery, Riot, Solar, Terrace


  • Time Limit: 10 Minutes
  • Score Limit: 20 Points
  • Satellite Count: 1
  • Carrier Armor: Normal
  • Carry Score: 2 Points
  • Throw Score: 1 Point
  • Reset Time: 15 Seconds
  • Respawn Delay: 5 Seconds

Capture the Flag

  • Time Limit: 10 Minutes
  • Capture Limit: Unlimited
  • Winning Condition: Flag Captures
  • Flag Auto-Return: 15 Seconds
  • Pick Up Time: None
  • Enemy Carrier Kill Icon: Delayed
  • Respawn Delay: 5 Seconds

Again, these settings can be applied to private matches for practice.

Loadout Restrictions

As with most competitive-style game modes, Ranked Play does feature some restrictions when it comes to class setups. Below we’ve listed the items you can’t equip to a class for this playlist.



  • Grenade Launcher is Prohibited
  • Akimbo is Not Allowed
  • Tracker Attachment Not Allowed

Exo Launcher

  • No Tracking Drones Allowed
  • No Explosive Drones Allowed

Wild Cards

  • Cannot Equip Bombardier


  • UAV is Not Allowed
  • Orbital Care Package is Not Allowed
  • System Hack is Prohibited

Scorestreak Mods

  • Care Package Module for Bombing Run Not Allowed
  • Recon Module for Goliath Not Allowed
  • No Support Modules Are Allowed

Exo Abilities

  • Ping is Prohibited

Ranked Play Divisions

For each season of Ranked Play gamers will be able to compete for spots within 7 different divisions. These divisions represent overall player skill and also determine the opponents you’ll face off against.

 Advanced Warfare Ranked Play Divisions

Here are the divisions in descending order:

  • Grand Master (Reserved for Top 100 Overall Players)
  • Master
  • Diamond
  • Platinum
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Bronze

In order to climb the ranks and reach higher tier divisions players have to participate in Ranked Play games during the season (generally 3-4 weeks long) and win matches. Every win will give players a set amount of points that contribute to their division rank. If you lose a match, however, you will lose points.

Generally speaking, if you win a match you’ll typically be awarded 15 to 25 points. Losing a match will deduct roughly 10 to 20 points each time. Each division has a total of 100 points. Once you reach 100 points you’ll be required to participate in a Division Promotion Challenge where you have to win enough matches (2-3 out of 3) to get promoted to the next tier.

Ranked Play Division Gear

The developers at Sledgehammer Games have gone above and beyond the call of duty (ha, punny!) to give players even more incentive to participate in this competitive game mode. On top of getting a fancy division title players will also receive a special set of gear that represents the division they’re in.

 Advanced Warfare Ranked Play Division Gear

These gear items vary wildly in style from fairly basic to incredibly extravagant. The most interesting of which is the Grand Master gear we mentioned a while back. This particular set is given only to the top 100 players overall. So, in order to get it, you’ll truly have to be the best of the best.

Ranked Play Seasons

As mentioned above, Ranked Play is setup to be played in seasons. The first season is set to begin on January 9th and extends through January 31st. Following season dates have not been announced but will be posted on this page once the information is available.

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Advanced Warfare – Best Guns in the Game (OPINION)

We’ve been getting a ton of questions about what best guns in Advanced Warfare are. So many that we actually started a “best of” series of articles about the subject. These are opinion-based pieces where we share what we believe are the most effective and useful weapons in each category.

Advanced Warfare Best Guns

It’s not easy figuring out which weapons are the absolute best to use. While you definitely should take each one’s stats into consideration, you also need to think about your own personal playing style. What works well for one player won’t always work awesomely for everyone else.

Advanced Warfare Best Guns

As mentioned above, we’ve actually started a series of posts about the best weapons for each category in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Our selections are based on personal experiences, reader input, and, of course, cold, hard facts. Keep in mind that these are just OPINIONS. But, chances are, if you give these guns a shot, you’ll do alright.

Below we’ve listed the links to our “best of” articles.

For each of these we provided 2 options. The first being our absolute favorite and we personally consider the best, and the second being an alternative weapon that we believe comes in a close second place.

Picking Weapons

As we said earlier, figuring out what the best gun to use is involves a lot more than just statistics. In order to find the weapon that will help YOU earn more kills you’ll have to test them all out for yourself. Even a slight change (the right perk or the right combination of attachments) can greatly improve your performance with a weapon. So be sure to test every weapon thoroughly with multiple different class setups.

Generally speaking, if you’re more of a run ‘n gun style player you’ll probably want to use one of the submachine guns, assault rifles, or shotguns. If you prefer to stay out of the action and pick off enemies from afar you’ll probably play better using a sniper rifle or even an LMG from the heavy weapons category.

Overall, finding the right weapon relies a lot on your personal preferences. Find a gun that feels right for you. If you find yourself doing exceptionally well with a weapon, tweak it with different attachments, perks, or even exo abilities, and see what can improve your performance. If you find that you’re dying a lot with a specific weapon, drop it and try another. It’s that simple.

Advanced Warfare Attachments: What Each One Does

Having a hard time figuring out what attachments to use on your weapons to create the perfect loadout? There are many different types of weapon attachments available for players to use in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Picking the right ones that will help you get more kills and master your gun can be tricky. Below we’ve provided information about every attachment in the game to help you narrow down your selection.

Advanced Warfare Attachments


Sights are one of the most commonly used and effective pieces of equipment that you can use on a weapon. They help you to see your enemies better which, for some, makes it easier to pick up kills. In Advanced Warfare there are about 7 different types of optic-based weapon attachments.

Here are the available sights:

  • ACOG Scope
  • Auto Focus Sight
  • Hybrid Sight
  • Ironsights
  • Target Enhancer
  • Thermal
  • Variable Zoom

ACOG Scope

The ACOG Scope provides a slightly zoomed in viewfinder with a red dot and circle in the middle as the reticle. The outer part of the scope (the black frame) is a little bit obstructive to peripheral vision, but not too terribly. This style of sight has been available in previous Call of Duty games.

Available For: Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns, Heavy Weapons, Pistols

Auto Focus Sight

When standing still the auto focus sight will automatically zoom in while ADS (aiming down the sights) giving an enhanced view of targets. The frame of the scope is thin and allows for great sight directly in front of the player as well as decent peripheral views.

Available For: Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns, Heavy Weapons, Pistols

Hybrid Sight

The hybrid sight offers a dual optic for weapons. The first is a traditional red dot sight. The second, which can be switched on or off at the touch of a button, brings up a 4x zoom scope for enhanced views.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Heavy Weapons


Ironsights are an extremely basic optic available to replace the standard scopes of sniper rifles. These sights significantly decrease long-distance vision and give the sniper a marksman-rifle look (similar to an MK14).

Available For: Sniper Rifles

Target Enhancer

The Target Enhancer is brand new to Advanced Warfare and provides a whole new level of optics. It works somewhat similarly to the Tracker Sights seen in CoD: Ghosts. When ADS (aiming down sights) it paints targets a bright red color (known as threat detection), making them stand out big time. There is, however, a perk that counters it.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons, Pistols


Thermal scopes provide a slightly magnified view and display targets on-screen using heat signatures. Whenever a source of heat pops into view (a live enemy) it is easily noticed as a red/yellow blotch. The only time this doesn’t work is if a player is using the Cold Blooded perk that blocks thermal vision.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Sniper Rifles

Variable Zoom

Variable Zoom is a scope that provides multiple magnification levels. With this attachment equipped the player can flip between 3 levels of zoom to better see targets at varying distances.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Heavy Weapons

Performance Enhancers

Looking to speed up your ADS time, have better control of your weapon, or improve the performance of your gun in some way? That’s exactly what the following Advanced Warfare attachments do:

  • Advanced Rifling
  • Ballistic CPU
  • Foregrip
  • Heat Sink
  • Laser Sight
  • Parabolic Microphone
  • Quickdraw Grip
  • Rapid Fire
  • Stock

Advanced Rifling

Advanced Rifling is a brand new attachment in AW. When equipped it slightly increases the overall effective range of the weapon. This makes getting kills at longer distances a little bit easier.

Available For: SMGs, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons

Ballistic CPU

The Ballistic CPU is a sniper-exclusive attachment. With it equipped the sway of the sniper when firing is reduced slightly, making it easier to aim and hit targets while ADS (aiming down sights).

Available For: Sniper Rifles


Foregrip is a classic weapon attachment seen in many CoD games. Equipping it to a weapon greatly reduces the amount of recoil it has when firing the gun, making it easier to land more bullets on your target.

Available For: Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons

Heat Sink

The heat sink is a brand-new attachment specifically designed for directed-energy weapons like the EM1 and EPM3. It allows energy based weapons to fire for longer periods of time without overheating.

Available For: Heavy Weapons, Assault Rifles

Laser Sight

The laser sight is another returning, fan-favorite attachment. With this equipped on a gun your hip fire will be significantly more accurate. This means you can get more kills without having to ADS.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons, Pistols

Parabolic Microphone

The parabolic microphone is an incredibly useful attachment. If you find yourself getting picked off by enemies using silenced weapons often you’ll want to give it a go. With it equipped you’ll be able to see players using suppressors on your mini-map when they fire their weapons.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Sniper Rifles, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons, Pistols

Quickdraw Grip

The Quickdraw grip is another popular attachment choice seen in previous Call of Duty titles. With it equipped you’ll be able to ADS (aim down sights) with your weapon slightly faster than normal. In other words, you’ll be able to pick up and scope in with your gun quicker.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons

Rapid Fire

Feel like your gun isn’t pumping out bullets fast enough to take down enemies? Throw Rapid Fire on to send out a flurry of lead. This attachment increases your weapon’s rate of fire by quite a bit.

Available For: SMGs, Heavy Weapons


Find yourself aiming down sights for long periods of time but can’t quite catch everyone that comes in view? Stock might be an attachment to give a shot. With it equipped you can move your scope around faster while ADS.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Sniper Rifles, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons

Ammo Related

Finding yourself a bit low on bullets more often than you’d like? Well, Advanced Warfare has a few attachments that can help solve that problem and more. These include:

  • Dual Magazines
  • Extended Mags

Dual Magazines

Is your favorite gun’s reload time causing more deaths than necessary? With Dual mags equipped you can speed up your reload and get back to blasting your foes full of lead quicker.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs

Extended Mags

If you want something that will allow you to keep shooting for a longer duration without having to stop and find cover to reload your clip, you may want to try out the Extended Mags attachment. For most guns this attachment increases the size of the magazine by about 1.5x.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Sniper Rifles, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons, Pistols

Special Attachments

What are special attachments? They’re pieces of equipment that can only be equipped to certain weapons. There are just a few found in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. These are:

  • Crossbow Scope
  • RW1 Scope

Crossbow Scope

As the name implies, this is a special optical sight made exclusively for the Crossbow. It gives the bow better range and a great long-distance sight for popping enemies across the map. It’s actually one of our favorite scopes for all purposes for this weapon.

RW1 Scope

Pretty obvious, right? This is a special scope that can only be fitted to the RW1 pistol. It’s a long range scope that somewhat resembles an ACOG sight but is a bit different in looks.


This category is for everything else that just didn’t fit into the categories listed above. The attachments in this category are:

  • Akimbo
  • Grenade Launcher
  • Tactical Knife
  • Tracker


Akimbo is just fancy speak for dual-wielding. This attachment is only available on pistols and allows the player to wield, you guessed it, two of the same pistol. It significantly decreases accuracy because it’s hip-fire only, but gives you a lot more bullets to spray all over the place.

Grenade Launcher

Also commonly referred to as the noob tube, a grenade launcher is an underbarrel attachment for some Assault Rifles (although a couple SMG variants come with it equipped, too). It fires off frag grenades that explode just a couple of seconds after being launched.

Tactical Knife

Feel like your melee attack is a little too slow? Well, there’s a fix for that. The Tactical Knife attachment is only available on pistols but allows you to do a faster, deadly knife stab and still hold onto your sidearm at the same time.


This is a nifty new attachment that gives your ammo a special tracker property. Anytime you hit an enemy with bullets they’ll instantly appear on your mini-map. This makes it so you can figure out where they dart off to if they decide to run from your lead fury. Available for assault rifles, SMGs, snipers, and heavy weapons.

Advanced Warfare Exo Launcher and Grenades Overview

While the newest and most interesting game mechanics in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare revolve around the various Exo movements and Exo abilities players have access to, there’s another new feature to learn how to use as well – the Exo launcher. This is the wrist-mounted, grenade-shooting gadget that serves many purposes.

Advanced Warfare Exo Launcher

The Exo launcher is capable of tossing out 10 different pieces of equipment. These include:

  • Frag Grenade
  • Stun Grenade
  • Variable Grenade
  • Semtex
  • Tracking Drone
  • Threat Grenade
  • EMP Grenade
  • Smoke Grenade
  • Explosive Drone
  • Spike Drone

Each of these gadgets does something a little different. Below we’ve provided a summary of each one to help you better understand their abilities and how you should use them.


Frags are the standard grenade type found in pretty much every Call of Duty game to date, not to mention just about every other first-person shooter on the planet. It’s available at level 1 and fires an explosive, cookable grenade that explodes roughly 3 seconds after being shot from the launcher.

Advanced Warfare Frag Grenade

Frag grenades are mostly useful for causing area damage around objective points in game modes such as Domination. If a point is being taken the player can fire a frag onto the objective and, at the very least, do enough damage to take out the majority of health of nearby enemies and finish them off with a gun.

Stun Grenade

Stun grenades are designed to temporarily incapacitate opponents, giving you a slight advantage to swoop in and take them out with a flurry of bullets. These gadgets detonate roughly 2 seconds after being fired. They can, however, also be detonated manually for a quicker play.

Advanced Warfare Stun Grenade

Once the stun grenade detonates it will temporarily blind, disorient, and slow down any enemy within its blast radius. This grenade type is also available to use starting at level 1.

Variable Grenade

The variable grenade is perhaps one of the most interesting gadgets that you can fire from your Exo launcher.

Advanced Warfare Variable Grenade

With it equipped the player can swap between 4 different grenade types:

  • Stun
  • EMP
  • Threat
  • Smoke

This gives you more versatility with your grenades. In campaign modes the variable grenade can also be switched to lethal variants including a smart grenade, contact grenade, or frag. In multiplayer, however, only the tactical effects are available to use.


Semtex has been featured in a few different Call of Duty titles (Black Ops 2, for example) and makes a return in Advanced Warfare. This is a sticky explosive that will stick to surfaces and players. Once fired from the launcher the semtex will explode about 2 seconds later.

Advanced Warfare Semtex

Players can start using semtex with the Exo launcher once they reach level 11. A well-timed shot can result in easy spawn kills, protection of objectives, and damaging opponents to pick them off with other weapons with ease.

Tracking Drone

The Tracking Drone is a piece of flying equipment that, went sent out, will find a nearby enemy, follow them, and track their movements on your mini-map. It’s basically a miniature UAV but it only shows one enemy. The drone can be destroyed or, if it doesn’t find a target within 5-10 seconds, will explode on its own.

Advanced Warfare Tracking Drone

This isn’t really the most useful piece of equipment unless maybe you’re camping? The range of the drone is quite low and the tracking doesn’t last long. Plus it’s very easy to destroy. A simple melee or a single bullet will take it out in a snap.

Threat Grenade

Threat grenades are another new addition to Advanced Warfare. These fire out of the Exo launcher, explode, then temporarily stun and highlight any enemy the red lasers touch for a few seconds. The range is very low on these grenades and the red highlight effect doesn’t last long at all.

Advanced Warfare Threat Grenade

The most useful application of threat grenades is against campers. If 2 or more enemies are camping a room or any other specific spot you can easily find their exact location but shooting a threat grenade into the room and watching the highlights.

EMP Grenade

EMP grenades have been featured in several Call of Duty titles. They return in Advanced Warfare as part of the Exo launcher’s equipment. These grenades explode a couple second after being fired (or can be manually detonated) and temporarily disable all enemy equipment and Exo movements within close proximity.

Advanced Warfare EMP Grenade

These grenades are especially useful for taking out lower-tier scorestreaks such as turrets and assault drones. They aren’t particularly effective against actual opponents, though.

Smoke Grenade

As the name implies, these grenades emit a cloud of smoke once they explode, providing players cover for escaping tight situations or sneaking into objective points unseen. Smoke grenades have been employed in countless CoD titles over the years.

Advanced Warfare Smoke Grenade

These are mostly useful for providing cover for your team to move into a good setup position or onto an objective point. The grenade explodes on its own a couple seconds after being fired or can be exploded nearly instantly via a manual detonation. The smoke screen doesn’t last too long.

Explosive Drone

Explosive drones function as advanced proximity mines. They can be stuck into surfaces such as walls or other flat areas. Once an enemy walks by one the drone detaches, flys toward the opponent, and explodes causing moderate to high damage.

Advanced Warfare Explosive Drone

These drones are capable of one-hit kills against enemies but are not 100% reliable. Players using the Flak Jacket perk will only be partially injured from the explosion. Even enemies without this perk will not always die from the detonation as objects such as walls, tables, and other things can get in the way and decrease the total damage output.

Spike Drone

Spike Drones are one of the most interesting pieces of equipment that can be fired from the Exo launcher. Unlike other tactical and lethal equipment these do not explode. Instead they are metallic balls, lined with spikes that can be fired at opponents. You can also retract them for multiple uses.

Advanced Warfare Spike Drone

Spike drones kill instantly upon striking an enemy. This works both when being fired and when being drawn back to the launcher. Contact anywhere on an opponent’s body (head, torso, or even the foot) will result in an instant kill.

CoD AW MAHEM Launcher Overview

MAHEM is a brand-new, very unique launcher found in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Unlike other launchers that fire a standard rocket, the MAHEM shoots off a projectile made up of molten metal. This weapon is very deadly and highly accurate compared to most other launchers.

CoD AW MAHEM Launcher

One of the biggest drawbacks of the MAHEM is that it doesn’t lock on to target, nor does it has a laser guidance system like the one seen on the MAAWS. This means the weapon relies solely on the aim of the player to hit its mark. If you’re aiming at targets in the distance you’ll have to account for the speed of the rocket as well as the enemy speed and direction to nail them.

MAHEM Weapon Stats

As mentioned above, the MAHEM, like most other launchers in the game, is capable of fatally wounding an enemy player. It can also help destroy enemy scorestreaks but doing so takes stellar aim. Below we’ve listed the most important details of this launcher.

Damage Output: 49-135 (explosion radius), 1000 (direct impact hit)

Clip Size: 1 rocket

Unlocked: Level 50

Reload Time: 3.3 seconds

Blast Radius: 6.5 meters

Available Attachments: N/A

Available MAHEM Variants:

  • Fused
  • Bull
  • Malice
  • Flak

The first 3 variants are all obtained through loot gained in Supply Drops. The last one, Flak, is unlocked once the player gets a total of 300 kills using the launcher. All variants for launchers are purely cosmetic and do not offer stat enhancements or alterations of any kind.

CoD AW MAAWS Launcher Overview

The MAAWS is one of the launchers that players can use in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. This particular launcher was first seen in CoD: Ghosts, however. In Ghosts the weapon had 2 shots to fire off but in AW it has just one. The MAAWS isn’t a lock-on launcher but is laser-guided instead, giving the player control over where the rocket goes.

CoD AW MAAWS Launcher

This weapon has just one rocket to use so it’s important to use it wisely. The resulting explosion has massive impact, though, making it useful to taking down killstreaks or quickly ending the life of a foe. Players unlock the MAAWS once they reach level 18.

MAAWS Weapon Stats

Want to know just how hard your rockets will hit? Or maybe you’d like to know have big of an effective radius the explosion has? Well, we’ve listed these stats and more down below.

Damage Output: 55-115 (explosion radius), 1000 (direct impact)

Clip Size: 1 rocket (no reserve ammo)

Reload Time: 3 seconds

Blast Radius: 5.08 meters

Available Attachments: N/A

Available MAAWS Variants:

  • Oppressor
  • Ignition
  • Tornado
  • Thunder

The first three variants for this weapon are obtained through the Supply Drops you earn while playing multiplayer matches. The last one, Thunder, is acquired by getting 300 kills using the weapon. All variants are simply cosmetic items and do not increase, decrease, or alter any stats for the launcher.

CoD AW Stinger M7 Launcher Overview

The Stinger M7, most often referred to as just “the Stinger”, is a variation of one of the most popular launchers, the FIM-92 Stinger, which has appeared in multiple Call of Duty titles including Modern Warfare 2, MW3, and Black Ops 2. It is slightly different in Advanced Warfare but essentially operates the same.

CoD AW Stinger M7 Launcher

The Stinger is capable of locking on to both scorestreaks and individual players. Locking on takes roughly 4 to 5 seconds of looking dead at your target. Once locked, the weapon fires off 4 rockets that guide themselves to the target and deal massive damage upon impact. The M7 is seen in both the campaign and multiplayer game modes of AW.

Stinger M7 Weapon Stats

While all launchers are capable of dealing a fairly high amount of damage their stats do differ. Below we’ve listed the primary stats for the M7.

Damage Output: 55-155 (explosion radius), 1000 (direct impact hit)

Clip Size: 4 rockets (all fired at once each shot)

Available Stinger Variants:

  • Firehawk
  • Nighthawk
  • Seeker
  • Warden

All variants for this weapon, with the exception of Warden, are acquired via Supply Drops. In order to unlock the Warden variant you simply need to get 300 kills using the M7. Launcher variants provide cosmetic changes only, not stat boosts.

Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies Overview

For fans of the survival-style FPS games Call of Duty titles, primarily from Treyarch, have featured a whole campaign separate from both the traditional story mode and multiplayer. While it wasn’t available at launch, this game experience is returning in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies

Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies

Because this title in the series wasn’t made by Treyarch it won’t be exactly the same, but it’s pretty similar and has new aspects to it. Instead of the traditional zombies the creatures that players will face-off against in Sledgehammer’s take on zombies will have more maneuverability because they’ll be equipped with exoskeletons, just like the players.

Not a lot of information has been provided for Exo zombies just yet but it’s expected to be available on Xbox first coming packaged in the Havoc DLC with more multiplayer maps and a new weapon.

Here’s the official Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Exo Zombies teaser trailer released by Sledgehammer Games:


The only info the trailer provides us with is a very brief mention of how the zombies came to be – a side effect of a bomb dropped by the Atlas Corporation to end the war – and the names of the actors that contributed voiceovers for the characters in the zombies storyline.

According to the trailer John Malkovich, Bill Paxton, Rose McGowan, and Joe Bernthal all contributed their talents to the making of Advanced Warfare’s Exo Zombies.

Advanced Warfare Launchers Overview

Looking to take out aerial scorestreaks or do massive amounts of damage and possibly grab 2 or more kills with a single shot into a packed room or crowded objective? Well, the launchers found in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare can help with those goals. These weapons can only be equipped in the secondary slot but serve key purposes.

Advanced Warfare Launchers

Launchers deal massive amounts of damage but are slow to swap to, significantly decrease your player mobility, and, in most cases, fire quite slowly. They’re mostly designed to take out air-based scorestreaks such as UAVs, a Warbird, or even a Paladin, but they can be used to decimate enemy soldiers, too.

Advanced Warfare Launchers

Currently, there are only 3 different launchers that players can equip in CoD: AW. These are:

Each launcher has a few special characteristics associated with it. To learn more about each of these weapons simply click on their name above. These links will take you to pages dedicated to each weapon which include information such as damage ratings, available variants, and so on.

Tips for Using Launchers

As mentioned above, launchers are large, bulky weapons that really slow your character down. In other words, you won’t be running around with one picking up kills easily like you would with one of the assault rifles or SMGs. On top of that, these weapons don’t carry much ammo, some don’t even have a reserve shot to use.

So, you’ll definitely want to plan ahead when it comes to using a launcher. You’ll need to decide whether you want to blast off a rocket to hopefully kill an enemy or two in a confined space or hold on to your ammo and save it for when you or your team will need it more – like when a Paladin is called in, for example.

Launchers are excellent for taking out big scorestreaks which, in turn, can help you and your team have a better chance of securing a win. While it is both satisfying and hilarious to execute a room full of enemies with a massive explosion, it’s more useful to save your shot to take down a high-tier killstreak.