The new Warzone 2 DMZ mode is quite a different creature from its battle royale counterpart. It’s not nearly as PvP intensive, but it does have its own set of challenges: overzealous enemies that seem to take you down before you know it, locked ‘strongholds’ that you have to break open and loot. hungry opponents who can take contracts to hunt you down. Did I mention the slowly expanding cloud of radiation?
That said, DMZ is a reward-packed mode for those willing to try something new, be it the M131B assault rifle that you get from beating The Chemist, or the fact that every weapon you unpack with unlocks forever in all other modes. Here’s everything you need to know about the Call of Duty: Warzone 2 DMZ mode, how it works, and some helpful tips.
How does Warzone 2’s DMZ mode work?
DMZ is Call of Duty’s take on the extraction-shooting genre – a mode where you invade Al-Mazrah in a team of three, completing contracts, looting strongholds and trying to extract with as much loot and fancy weapons as your little backpack can fit to wear. It’s high risk, high reward, since you only have one life, and if you die without extracting, you lose everything you’ve got. No gulag here.
However, there are some friendly features that DMZ has added to mitigate this. The first is the insured weapon lock, which allows you to protect a non-contraband weapon that you can take with you. If you lose it during DMZ, you’ll have to wait for it to cool down before you can grab it again, but you can make it shorter by playing more. If you don’t have any weapons to carry around, you can select the “free weapons” option when choosing gear, and this will give you some random basic weapons.
Equipment is important, because Al-Mazrah is a dangerous place. There’s the constant threat of a cloud of radiation gradually expanding to cover the entire map over the mode’s 25-minute duration, blocking exfiltration points. There are also squads of enemy operators – other players – trying to get their hands on the best loot before you do. The basic rule is, the longer you stay, the higher the rewards, but the more likely you are to die or be unable to get more.
What should I do in the DMZ?
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With so many options, it’s a bit hard to know where to start in DMZ, especially if you’ve never played an extraction shooter before. There are several activities you can try:
- Contracts: Just like in Warzone’s battle royale mode, these mini missions are the best way to earn money. There are all kinds of contracts you can enter, each with their own specific dangers and difficulties, ranging from a simple cargo delivery to tracking down an enemy unit whose general location the game reveals. Some of these are quite complicated, so for more information on how to complete them, see our Warzone 2 contracts (opens in new tab) guide.
- strongholds: These bases, marked with a castle on the map, contain dangerous enemies, but are also great if you need decent weapons or equipment. However, if you want to take a stronghold, you need a keycard, which drops randomly from the enemies you kill. While you can find keys to certain buildings in the DMZ, a stronghold key card will work on any stronghold, so once you get one, head to the nearest one. Unlike in Battle Royale mode, you don’t have to defuse bombs and you don’t get any black site key (opens in new tab) when you’re done.
- World Activities: These are mostly related to faction missions, which you can select before entering the DMZ, which reward you with nice cosmetics and keys when you complete them. Drill safes can be a decent source of cash and valuable items to sell, SAM sites can shoot down planes to deliver supplies, while UAVs can give you more detailed map information.
It’s totally fine to just mess around, complete contracts, loot some stuff, and do whatever you feel like in DMZ, provided you unpack before things get irradiated. However, I’d say if you’re pursuing missions make sure you prioritize completing them because before you know it, the radiation will be kicking in. Also, don’t bite off more than you can chew. Better to stay safe and actually unpack with some gear to use than die with a backpack filled with loot.
I usually make sure to get some decent weapons and items and stock up on armor plates by going to an ammo depot or raiding a stronghold if I find a keycard early on. This just ensures that if you encounter any enemy operators you have a decent chance of dealing evenly with them. It’s also worth not just killing enemies when you have things to do, as it will create more heat and alert other nearby operators to your presence.
Can you play DMZ solo?
If you have your own missions you want to complete and don’t want to leave a team to do it, you can play DMZ alone. All you have to do is turn off ‘Squad Fill’ when you are about to enter the mode. The real downside to going solo is that no one can revive you if you get knocked down, though it might let you stay stealthy and fast in a way that hanging out with two armed strangers won’t. If you’re running solo, try to get your hands on a self-healing kit if possible. These can be found in some enemy strongholds and will revive you once. You can also take them with you for use in a subsequent game.