Modern Warfare 2 & Warzone 2 Battle Pass explained: How to level up, automatic pathing & BlackCell

Joseph Pascoulis
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Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 Season 3 will arrive with some new Battle Pass changes, so here’s everything you need to know.

Modern Warfare 2 became the fastest-selling Call of Duty game of all time after launch, and now the game is entering Season 3 along with Warzone 2. Despite player numbers dropping off slightly, most are still excited for the patch, which promises highly requested changes.

Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 introduced a new Battle Pass system with sectors that players have now had two seasons to get used to. Having said that, for Season 3 the devs have decided to make some changes, so let’s get into the details.

How to level up Battle Pass in Warzone 2 & Modern Warfare 2

In Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, players can progress through the Battle Pass with “more choices and more agency than ever before.”

Activision have scrapped the “linear stream of tiers” for a new “multi-Sector map.” Now, players will be looking at a map and using earned Battle Pass Token Tier Skips to unlock items across the map, which will be themed for whichever season the game is in.

“Battle Token Tier Skips are earned simply by playing the game, like Tiers in the old system.” Battle Token Tier Skips that you do not use are automatically spent at the end of the season if you do not use them.

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Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 feature a completely new and unique Battle Pass system.

Each Sector contains a main unlock which is known as the High Value Target or HVT. As you can see from the image above, the HVT in Sector A1 is a weapon blueprint and there are four items beneath it that must be unlocked before proceeding to the HVT.

It’s important to note that you must unlock the entire Sector before moving on to a new one.

The Battle Pass map will have “at least 20 Sectors with five items in each Sector,” adding up to 100 items. This new system allows players to pick and choose which items they would like to focus on, but there’s a catch.

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Once the Sector is fully unlocked and you’ve earned the HVT item, “you are free to advance to any adjacent Sector.” You cannot move across the map at will seeing as you’ll have to stick to a neighboring Sector.

In the example of A1 shown above, players can move to either A2 or A3.

Players will have control over how they wish to spend their Battle Pass Token Tier Skips, deciding whether they’d like to embark on the quickest path toward a new Operator skin, one of the new weapons, or let the game automatically choose an effective route.

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“100 Battle Token Tier Skips are required to complete the Battle Pass,” and there’ll be a special reward for those who do so each season.

In Season 3, the devs are introducing an “Automatic Pathing feature” that charts an effective Battle Pass path for you, so that you don’t need to keep going back to the Battle Pass screen and can instead focus on racking up in-game hours rather than figuring out what you want to unlock next. Players can switch this feature on and off at any time throughout the season.

Modern Warfare 2 & Warzone 2 BlackCell Battle Pass offering

In Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 Season 3, you can purchase the new BlackCell Battle Pass offering to speed up your progress, which is essentially the new Battle Pass bundle.

This will cost players $29.99, and it will include “over 7,000 COD Points of value,” including all that was in the original Battle Pass Bundle and more:

  • Access to the full Battle Pass and 20 Tier Skips (25 on PlayStation®).
  • 1,100 COD Points instantly awarded.
  • Up to 1,400 COD Points awarded throughout the Battle Pass.
  • A BlackCell Operator, attired in an imposing animated Camo skin.
  • A Pro-Tuned Weapon Blueprint, Vehicle Skin, and Finishing Move.
  • An exclusive BlackCell Sector within the Battle Pass AO serves as an alternative starting location.
  • Immediate unlocking of adjacent Battle Pass Sectors to the BlackCell Sector.
  • Additional, BlackCell-only Battle Pass content: Every Season Battle Pass Sector with an Operator Skin has a BlackCell variant (12 Skins in total) to unlock.

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After graduating from the University of Southampton, Joseph joined CharlieIntel as a Games Writer after a short stint of freelance journalism. Joseph enjoys most genres of games and will play anything that sparks his interest, but his expertise lies within the FPS category, specifically Apex Legends. If Joey isn't writing about games, then he's most likely playing them. You can contact Joseph at [email protected]