- "Some heroes die hard.
Others draw first blood."
- — Official description
'80s Action Heroes is an event featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Mobile. The event was released as part of the Season Three Reloaded of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone and during the Season 3: Tokyo Escape of Call of Duty: Mobile. It started on May 20th, 2021 and is expected to end on June 17th, 2021, although most of the content was removed by June 3rd.
The '80s Action Heroes featured several new modes for all three games. Two new operators, John Rambo and John McClane, became available with their respective bundles for Black Ops Cold War, Warzone and Mobile while also playable within a game mode in Call of Duty: Mobile. A new set of challenges for both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone was released for the players. Within Warzone, Verdansk was updated with new Point of Interestes and locations.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
A new set of challenges was available for both Multiplayer and Zombies between May 20th and June 3rd with the "Flamebearer" Epic DMR 14 blueprint as a reward for completing all nine challenges.
|Rare||Calling Card||"Glamour Shot"||Welcome to the Party Pal|
Complete 7 matches in Multiplayer or Zombies '80s Action Heroes playlists (must reach Round 5 in Zombies to count).
|Epic||Arcade Game||"Robot Tank"||Do we get to win this time?|
In an '80s Action Heroes playlist, win Multiplayer matches or survive until Round 15 in Zombies a total of 3 times.
|Epic||Watch||"Apex Gator"||No sequel for you|
In an '80s Action Heroes playlist, get a total of 100 Eliminations in Multiplayer or Slaughter Medals in Zombies.
|Rare||Sticker||"Shoulder Fire"||How do you like your ribs?|
In Multiplayer or Zombies, earn 25 Have a Blast! Medals by getting kills with explosives.
|Epic||Calling card||"Blasting Heat"||A war you won't belive|
In Multiplayer or Zombies, earn 25 Fully Loaded Medals by getting multi-kills with automatic weapons without reloading.
|Epic||Charm||"Summer Palm"||Your worst nightmare|
In Multiplayer or Zombies, earn 25 Light Em Up Medals while using the Death Machine.
|Rare||Sticker||"Head Hero"||My hunting knife|
In Multiplayer or Zombies, earn 25 This is Personal Medals while using Melee weapons.
|Rare||Emblem||"Purple Fury"||Ain't got time to bleed|
Get 3 kills without dying in Multiplayer or earn Jackrabbit Medals in Zombies a total of 10 times.
In Multiplayer or Zombies, earn 10 Chopped Up Medals while using the Tomahawk.
Five exclusive Medals were available during the '80 Action Heroes event in both Multiplayer and Zombies between May 20th and June 3rd.
|Have a Blast!||Multiplayer:|
Killed an enemy with an explosion.
Killed 3 or more enemies rapidly with explosives.
Killed 2 or more enemies rapidly with an automatic weapon without reloading.
Killed 10 or more enemies rapidly with an automatic weapon without reloading.
|Light Em Up||Mutliplayer:|
Killed an enemy with the Death Machine.
Killed 5 or more enemies rapidly with the Death Machine.
|This Is Personal||Mutliplayer:|
Killed an enemy with a Melee weapon.
Killed 7 or more enemies rapidly with a Melee weapon.
Killed an enemy with a Tomahawk.
Killed 3 or more enemies rapidly with a Tomahawk.
Call of Duty: Warzone
- "Collect enemy Dog Tags to unlock rewards."
- — Power Grab description
A new limited-time mode called Power Grab was released in Warzone and was available between May 20th and June 3rd. The mode only supported up to 100 players in teams of three players with a smaller initial safe area compared to a traditionnal Battle Royale match. The playzone would also collapse only 5 times instead of 10 times for a standard game.
Players would spawn with a Milano 821, three Armor Plates and a Respawn Token as there was no Gulag system available in this mode. Loadout were also unavailable. When redeployed, players would keep the weapon they had when they died. Respawn crates could also spawn during the second collapse.
The purpose of the mode was to collect dog tags, which could be found in crates or earned from contracts or by killing enemy players. Each dog tag acquired would reward the players up to 9 rewards per life. When a dog tag was collected, the players would receive an Overdrive buff that would instantly regenerate their health and armor as well as giving them a speed boost for a duration of 6 seconds.
The 9 rewards were:
- UAV for 30 seconds (1 dog tag)
- Heavy Weapon Crate
- Respawn Token
- Cluster Strike
- Armor Satchel
- Advanced Gas Mask
- Precision Airstrike
- Specialist Bonus
- Advanced UAV for 40 seconds (9 dog tags)
- Main article: Verdansk
With the release of '80s Action Heroes, Verdansk received an update that added and modified several Point of Interests and locations. Ten survival camps were added throughout the maps replacing several campsites as a reference to 1985 movie Rambo: First Blood Part II. Loot and dog tags for the Power Grab mode could also be found within the camps. The interior of Hangar 21 inside the Arklov Peak military base was changed into a CIA outpost. In the outpost, players could launch a Bombardment around the hangar killing anyone in the area. Players could also interact with a map of Verdansk to update their Tac-Map which would then highlight all the survival camps.
In Tavorsk District, the government plaza was changed as the SNK Tower and several other buildings were replaced with the Nakatomi Plaza from 1988 movie Die Hard. The interior of the tower was available to the players starting with the first three floors as well as the Parking Garage, players could also reach the 30th floor using a rappelling rope placed in the elevator shaft. The 31st to 34th floors were also available and players could even reach the roof of the tower.
Three side missions were also available around the Nakatomi Plaza during the event. Each even rewarded the players with a keycard to open a specific locker within the Vault at the 31st floor. The locker could contain cash, loot, including killstreaks, Specialist bonus as well as a Contraband contract which was only available to the first player in a match.
The missions were:
- Unfinished Business: Search Nakatomi Tower for the Vault key
- Like a normal Scavenger contract, players needed to loot three specific crates inside the Nakatomi Tower. The last crate would drop the keycard.
- Hostile Fire: Find and disarm the C4
- In the 34th floor and the roof, a C4 could be found. Once a player interacted with a C4, three other C4 would spawn and the player would have two minutes to disarm all of them. An attack helicopter would also spawn and shoot at the player as they are disarming the explosives. The keycard would drop with the last C4 disarmed.
- Deal Gone Wrong: Eliminate waves of enemies
- Inside the Parking Garage, a radio could be found in an opened truck. When a player interacted with it, two waves of AI-controlled enemies would spawn. The first wave was made of 15 henchmen while the second wave was made of a single Brute enemy called Dany "The Pyro" acting like a Juggernaut. The keycard would drop after the Brute was killed.
While the side missions as well as the survival camps and the CIA outpost were removed on June 3rd, the Nakatomi Plaza remained available.
A set of challenges was available in Warzone between May 20th and June 3rd with the "Ignition" Epic Pelington 703 blueprint as a reward for completing all nine challenges.
|Epic||Calling Card||"Comic Savior"||They drew first blood|
In Warzone, earn First Blood by being the first memeber of your squad to get a kill.
|Rare||Charm||"Bomb!"||Yippee Ki Yay|
In Warzone, get 15 kills with Explosive weapons or Lethal Equipment.
|Epic||Emblem||"Cosmic Traveler"||No tags left behind|
In Warzone Power Grab, collect 50 dog tags.
|Rare||Sticker||"Proper Grip"||Get to the choppa!|
In Warzone Power Grab, reach the final circle 5 times.
|Epic||Calling card||"Player One"||Get together, have a few laughs|
In Warzone, eliminate 25 enemy agents during the Arms Deal Public Event.
In Warzone, surviva a jump to the ground from the top of Nakatomi Plaza.
|Rare||Charm||"Pay Phone"||Hostile Takeover|
In Warzone, complete any of the three side missions at Nakatomi Plaza.
|Rare||Calling Card||"Action Packed"||Mission Accomplished|
In Warzone, collect 3 Rambo POW Dog Tags.
|Epic||Sticker||"Choatic"||The mind is the best weapon|
In Warzone, get 3 kills with the Combat Bow Killstreak.
Call of Duty: Mobile
In Call of Duty: Mobile Multiplayer mode, a new game mode was available, called Guns Blazing, which allowed players to play as John Rambo or John McClane.
- The lobby music for Warzone was changed with '80 Action Heroes with three songs available during the event:
- Two new songs were also added inside the helicopter at the start of game in Warzone: