Call of Duty: Mobile (formerly known as Call of Duty: Legends of War, and Elite Squad in its pre-alpha phase) is a free mobile first-person shooter that was released first in Alpha on December 15th, 2018 for Android systems only in Australia. 
On March 18th, 2019, Activision officially announced the game, now called Call of Duty: Mobile.   On September 18th, 2019, a release date has been announced and the game was released worldwide on October 1st, 2019.  At launch, the game was not available in Belgium, mainland China, and Vietnam. On April 20, 2020, the game was released in Vietnam. On December 25, 2020, the game was released in China. 
The game surpassed 35 million downloads on the Apple Store and Google Play on its first three days worldwide  and reached 100 million downloads during its first week. . By the end of 2019, Call of Duty: Mobile reached 180 million downloads worldwide.  As of June 2020, the game has over 250 million downloads and generated nearly $327 million. 
It can be seen as somewhat of a spiritual successor to Call of Duty: Online, due to a similar approach of a "mega-game", as the former had, along with taking several weapons and various other things from the former.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Multiplayer
- 3 Zombies
- 4 Battle Royale
- 5 Monetization
- 6 Weapon Rarities
- 7 Seasons and Themes
- 8 Story
- 9 Reception
- 10 App Icons
- 11 Gallery
- 12 Videos
- 13 References
Overview[edit | edit source]
Similarly to Call of Duty: Online, Call of Duty: Mobile is intended to be a collection of nearly every element of Call of Duty, including characters, weapons, and maps from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: WWII, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and a Battle Royale mode similar to the Blackout mode from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and the Call of Duty: Warzone.
Elite Squad[edit | edit source]
In October 2018, a trailer of a game called "Elite Squad" was leaked. While there are is no official information about this version, looking at available files shows that at this point TiMi Studios where not sure whether they would get the rights to Call of Duty or not. Because of this the game was develped in 2 versions. Some of the assets for the Elite Squad version where called "UNCOD". A lot of the Elite Squad assets still remain in the current files. These include, but are not limited to: weapon UI icons, weapon stat files, loading screens and text files.
Beta Phases[edit | edit source]
On May 16th, 2019, closed beta was introduced to the Android platform. India was the first country to gain access to the beta, being able to test multiplayer initially.  On May 19th, 2019, Battle Royale mode was added.  The Closed beta in India ended on June 6th, 2019.  On June 10th, 2019, the Closed Beta starts exclusively in Australia.  On June 14th, the IOS beta was released. The Closed beta in Australia ended in July 3th, 2019.  On September 16th, 2019, the Closed Beta starts exclusively in Southeast Asia countries and Taiwan  The Closed beta in Southeast Asia countries and Taiwan ended on September 26th, 2019.  On September 25th, 2019, the Closed Beta starts exclusively in Korea. The Closed beta in Korea ended in September 27th, 2019. 
Soft Launch[edit | edit source]
On July 18th, 2019, a soft launch began and the first countries that had access were Canada and Australia.  On August 15th, 2019, Peru was the new country added in the soft launch.
Multiplayer[edit | edit source]
Call of Duty: Mobile's multiplayer features classic, "boots on the ground" gameplay that fans have come to love, and also features various fan-favorite weapons across almost every Call of Duty title. The game includes a slowly increasing amount of maps: Hijacked, Nuketown, Crash, Takeoff, Crossfire, Summit, Standoff, Raid, Killhouse and Firing Range. More maps are added as new updates are released.
There are ranked and non-ranked options. Ranked only contains 4 modes: Team Deathmatch, Domination, Hardpoint, Search and Destroy. Non-ranked can be played in any available modes and any available maps.
Killstreaks are replaced by scorestreaks, which are achieved by reaching a certain score. All players can equip three scorestreaks at any given time.
The game also features Operator Skills which are similar to Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops III and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. These Operator Skills are activated after a certain period of time and can be used to deal massive damage against enemies in order to gain an upper hand. Each Operator Skill has a unique function for operating.
The medals awarded in multiplayer are based on the medals from Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
A nuke that kills every player in the enemy team is also achievable with 20 weapon kills without dying. Scorestreak kills, like VTOLs, Stealth Choppers, and Sentry Guns do not count toward this total.
As of the Gunsmith Update introduced in Season 9 Conquest, the game now features weapon customization similar to that of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Players can now choose from a variety of attachments ranging from different barrel attachments to even different ammunition attachments and perks as attachments. Players can see how each attachment affects their weapon statistics and overall performance in terms of percentage.
Maps[edit | edit source]
Game Modes[edit | edit source]
Perks and Scorestreaks[edit | edit source]
Weapons[edit | edit source]
Characters[edit | edit source]
Vehicles[edit | edit source]
Zombies[edit | edit source]
In an early build of Call of Duty: Mobile (while it was still known as Call of Duty: Legends of War), the Zombies mode featured various linear missions that can be completed in a few minutes instead of the usual round-based gameplay.
In this build, the missions were based on the Call of Duty: Black Ops II map; Green Run.
Zombie mode was officially launched on November 23, 2019, and the mode was completely rework compared to the Alpha version launched in Australia in December 2018.
The first map at launch was Shi no Numa and three modes were released: Survival mode and Raid mode where there are two difficulties; Normal Raid and Hardcore Raid. It also features the return of classic Perk-a-Colas Juggernog, Speed Cola, Double Tap Root Beer, Quick Revive, Deadshot Daiquiri, and Electric Cherry, as well as a new system known as Coins, which act similarly to GobbleGum from Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Zombies also features "Buffs", which are cheaper, non-perk slot bonuses that grant the player abilities such as increased weapon damage, increased health, etc.
On February 29th, 2020, TiMi Studios announced the Zombies mode will be removed from the game on March 25th, 2020 but with the promise to return in some point in the future. 
Zombies Easter Eggs[edit | edit source]
In Call of Duty Mobile Zombies, there are three known easter eggs.
The first Easter Egg (achievable only in the Hardcore Raid) is an additional boss known as the "Jubokko", which can be unlocked after activating the elevator and entering the second part of the map. In the center building of there are 4 repair parts that can be picked up spawning both on the first and second floors, however, the Elevator only requires two parts to be repaired. After repairing the elevator the player(s) can activate it which sends them to the second part of the map called Zetsubou No Shima.
This part of the map contains two additional perk machines. Within this section of the map, there are blue plants with the ability to sprout large tendrils. Killing them all will grant the ability to get the codes to fight the Jubokko. The codes can be entered on a computer terminal in the adjacent room highlighted by a flashing red light.
Another Easter Egg involves shooting the blue crystal rock formation in the Northwestern section of the map, doing so enough times will spawn blue skulls. Shooting all the skulls will reward the players with a Power-Up.
Within the southeastern section of the map, in the furthest building, there is a set of pans hanging on the wall. Shooting them all will spawn a total of four blue plants around the map. Destroying them all will reward the players with a Max Ammo.
Battle Royale[edit | edit source]
The Battle Royale mode makes a return in Call of Duty: Mobile. The mode features 3 game modes, 1-player, 2-players, and 4-players modes. One map is available at launch, called Isolated, which features several locations from the Black Ops and Modern Warfare series. A 20 versus 20 mode (known as "Warfare") was also temporarily added to Battle Royale.
Players can also choose between two camera types, a third-person camera called TPP Shot Mode or a first-person camera called FPP Shot Mode. When you first begin Battle Royale, you’re presented with a quick overview displaying important game details, designed to get you into the action as quickly as possible, but with an overall understanding of the actions to undertake and the threats to face.
There is fall damage, but it can be easily avoided as the player automatically opens wingsuits when jumping off a high height. However, medium heights can still be dangerous. There are also ziplines for fast and easy travel.
Within Battle Royale, there are twelve classes that the player can choose between at the start of the game that each has unique attributes, including equipment and a perk that are only available for that class.
The classes include:
- Scout - Sensor Dart and Tracker (Official page)
- Clown - Toy Bomb and Anti-zombie (Official Page)
- Medic - Medical Station and Medic (Official Page)
- Ninja - Grapple Hook and Dead Silence (Official Page)
- Defender - Transform Shield and Reinforced (Official Page)
- Mechanic - EMP Drone and Engineer (Official Page)
- Airborne - Ejection Device and Lightweight (Official Page)
- Trickster - Psychosis and Alert (Official Page)
- Trap Master - Electric Trip Wire and Territorial Effect (Official Page)
- Poltergeist - Active Camo and Voidwalker (Official Page)
- Smoke Bomber - Cluster Smoke Grenade and Smoke Perspective (Official Page )
- Hacker - Ice Pick and Hard Wired (Official Page )
- Refitter - armor packs and armor (Official Page)
- Desperado - Shield Turret and Last Stand
Only one player per squad or duo can select a class, forcing each person to select a different one.
As of Season 9 Conquest, weapons and attachments have been changed from something similar to the traditional PUBG style to a rarity system similar to Warzone. From Season 10 The Hunt, scopes are not pre-equipped and can be picked up or swapped. However, scopes cannot be swapped from Airdrop Arsenal Loadouts.
In Season 11 Anniversary, a new Batte Royale map was introduced called Alcatraz, initially as a season-exclusive and from Season 12 and onward, has became a permanent map together with Isolated.
Monetization[edit | edit source]
Because the game is free to play, it has plenty of in-app purchases. These are all the things players can purchase:
- Weapon camouflages/blueprints
- Characters/character uniform
- Grenade camouflages (lethal and non-lethal)
- Battle Royale camouflages (classes, vehicles, wing suits, and parachutes)
- Player avatars and avatar frames
- Weapon XP cards/Player Rename card.
All skins come in 6 levels of Rarity: Common (grey), Uncommon (green), Rare (blue), Epic (purple), Legendary (orange), and Mythic (red). Common usually denoted base weapons.
As of the newer updates, the game now has a Battle Pass model similar to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare where players can just play in order to level up. Inactive Battle Passes shall have only a few tiers free for players while active Battle Passes have all content available to those who purchased. At the cost of additional Call of Duty Points, players can buy the Battle Pass bundle which lets them buy the Battle Pass and skip a few tiers ahead.
Weapon Rarities[edit | edit source]
Before Season 9 Conquest, camos that were Rare or above would have perks attached to them. These perks would vary, and higher rarities would provide better perks than a lower rarity.
However, after Season 9 Conquest, when Gunsmith was introduced, Uncommon and Rare weapons became camo options, providing no strategic advantage. However, Epic and Legendary camos turned to weapon blueprints, which each had their own unique attachment set. Epic rarity would come with four attachments, while Legendary weapons came full equiped. Legendary weapons would also have unique kill animations. Usually Legendary Weapons are available in draws, whilst Epic weapons are available in draws, crates, Battle Passes, and events.
A new rarity was introduced in Season 11 Anniversary, called Mythic. The Mythic rarity uses a unique leveling system with unique Mythic cards which can be bought in a draw separate to the main weapon draw. Leveling up the Mythic level of a blueprint will unlock extra customization options, such as skins for attachments. The player can choose to use the default appearance of an attachment, or use the modified version. The differences are purely cosmetic, and have no strategic value.
Seasons and Themes[edit | edit source]
Call of Duty: Mobile releases monthly-based seasons with varying themes and introduction of new characters, new weapons, new Operator Skills, new Scorestreaks, new Perks and new game modes. Starting the third season’s launch, the game developers named each season and battle pass to represent the current theme. Since season 6, comics were provided alongside the battle pass, with the story focusing about the theme of the season and picking up where it left off in the new season.
|Call of Duty: Mobile Seasons and Battle Pass October 1, 2019-January 26, 2021|
|Season||Official Name||Battle Pass||Release Date|
|Season 1||unnamed||unnamed||October 1, 2019|
|Season 2||unnamed||unnamed||November 25, 2019|
|Season 3||The Future Is Here||Phantom Strike||January 16, 2020|
|Season 4||Rise of Soap||Disavowed||March 1, 2020|
|Season 5||Steel Legion||Steel Legion||April 1, 2020|
|Season 6||Once Upon A Time In Rust||Wild West||May 1, 2020|
|Season 7||Radioactive Agent||Radioactive Agent||June 12, 2020|
|Season 8||The Forge||The Forge||July 10, 2020|
|Season 9||Conquest||Conquest||August 16, 2020|
|Season 10||The Hunt||The Hunt||September 10, 2020|
|Season 11||Anniversary||Anniversary||October 15, 2020|
|Season 12||Going Dark||Going Dark||November 11, 2020|
|Season 13||Wint3r War||Wint3r War||December 22, 2020|
On January 21, 2021, Call of Duty: Mobile announced that in 2021, the Battle Pass Season number would be reset, thus returning the numbering to Season 1. The reason for the change, was to avoid in the future an exaggerated Season number.  The Battle Pass Season reset number will happen beginning of each year. 
|Call of Duty: Mobile Seasons and Battle Pass January 27, 2021-present|
|Season||Official Name||Battle Pass||Release Date|
|Season 1||New Order||New Order||January 27, 2021|
|Season 2||Day of Reckoning||Day of Reckoning||-|
There are also Ranked Season on Multiplayer and Battle Royale, which are unlockable as the player attains the required seasonal rank, known as "Tier". These rewards include themed weapon camouflage and weapon blueprints, character/character skin, avatar and avatar frame, vehicle skins, weapon cosmetics like stickers, charms and calling cards. Each season is known for its unique skinset related to the theme.
|Call of Duty: Mobile Ranked Seasons October 1, 2019-present|
|Season Ranked||Season Ranked Name||Period Date|
|Season 1||Stars||09.2019 - 11.2019|
|Season 2||Snowflakes||11.2019 - 01.2020|
|Season 3||Yellow Snake||01.2020 - 03.2020|
|Season 4||Industrial Revolution||04.2020 - 06.2020|
|Season 5||Skulls and Blood||06.2020 - 08.2020|
|Season 6||Undead Crusade||08.2020 - 10.2020|
|Season 7||Royal Flush||10.2020 - 12.2020|
|Season 8||Winterwood||12.2020 - 03.2021|
Story[edit | edit source]
Main Article: Portal:Timeline/Mobile
Call of Duty: Mobile since Season 6: Once Upon A Time In Rust, started its own story in comics mixing universes, characters and elements from the Modern Warfare and Black Ops series, along with new characters and exclusive plot details.
Somewhere in a desert, Ghost attacked a hideout used by a group of mercenaries and killed them off swiftly.  He then goes into the basement along with his team, where he discovers that Makarov was using the lab to try and recreate Nova Gas, and was also using it as a missile silo that had missiles containing the replicated Nova Gas. The team is then ambushed by Makarov, who releases the gas and a team of mercenaries in Hazmat Suits. Ghost barely makes it out while his whole team is killed. Makarov then remotely launches the missiles, and Ghost can do nothing to stop them. 
Ghost arrives in one of the cities Makarov targeted with Tank Dempsey, noting that it looked like the end of the world. As they search for clues, Tank notes that there was no tactical reason to target the city, but Ghost pulls him into cover as they are ambushed. Ghost kills the ambusher, a clown, and Tank picks up his weapon, noting that it was probably supplied from somewhere. The duo then finds an abandoned Gulag that was used as a hideout for Krueger and Mace. As Tank engages Krueger, Ghost engages Mace. Ghost throws a grenade, disarming Mace, which lead them fighting in the Showers hand to hand. As they were fighting, Tank arrives after failing to take down Krueger and fires at Mace, causing him to retreat. The two then descend down a staircase and encounter Reznov, who is in his early hundreds. 
After taking a moment, Reznov tells Ghost and Tank what he did during his time in the Soviet Armed Forces. He tells them that he was on a covert mission to a secret facility belonging to the Germans. He and his team rush forward an assault on the base. Despite the overwhelming gunfire, Reznov manages to survive the slaughter and enters the facility, encountering the gas Nova 6. After executing all of the scientists in the facility, he retrieved the gas for the Russians, and they hid them in bunkers. Reznov then reveals that he is one of the few people who knows where the bunkers are. 
After Ghost extracts the information from Reznov, he calls Mara to locate Makarov and stop him. Mara and her team (consisting of Golem, Otter and an unnamed Frogman) storm into Makarov's jungle base and ends up in a standoff with Mace, holding Makarov at her gunpoint. Mace then betrays Makarov and kills him, escaping into an underground bunker and launching an EMP missile located in the bunker as Mara arrives with Soap's team too late. 
Disappointed with the recent mission failure, Ghost contemplates of how they gathered next to no intel about their enemies. Mace in disguise attacks a building with his team of mercenaries then goes to Alcatraz to meet with an underground criminal magnate named Hidora Kai. Mace and Hidora start to plan out their next moves, disabling all electronic devices in the world, including military radio towers, communication centers, Mara and Soap's convoy and even the plane Ghost and Tank were flying in, using the EMP launched earlier. Ghost and Tank manage to survive and meet the other operators at The Club.
Ghost admits that the group has no way to fight Hidora and Mace, along with no way to locate them. Russell Adler appears and says that they do have ways to combat the new threat. After Ghost asks who he is, Price introduces Adler, and officially states the group is now a part of the United Anti-Terrorism Coalition, ending the introduction with "Ladies and gentlemen, we're going dark." 
Adler and the rest of the team start to plan out their assault on Five Knights locations. When asked on how they would coordinate or even reach those locations, Adler presents the team with Swiss mechanical watches, which are unaffected by EMPs. Price also notes that Adler is not the only Cold War relic in operational state in the bunker, indicating an old helicopter. During all of this, a character named Templar is preparing himself, and he appears to have a personal grudge against the operators of the Coalition. Meanwhile, the Coalition begins striking 3 key sites of the Five Knights simultaneously; Price and Soap lead an assault team on the Communication Centre, Mara and her team storm in at the Command Center in Alcatraz, while Ghost and Tank strike a production facility in Hackney Yard. When Price and Soap attempt to exfil, Templar appears and grabs Soap by the neck, noting he is "glad" to see Captain Price again. At the same time, Mara goes one on one against Hidora Kai, while her team finds that the Command Center is already rigged to blow. Meanwhile Tank comes across Mace, who knocks Tank down and snatches his weapon, and opens fire at him. Ghost comes too late to save him. At the same time, Templar wounds Soap with his knife and briefly enters a standoff with Captain Price before escaping in a chopper. Mara, on the other hand manages to snatch the laptop from Hidora, who barely escapes as the explosives go off and the place starts falling apart. Meanwhile, an enraged Ghost starts beating up Mace, ultimately subduing and arresting him. Later, Price, Ghost and Adler discuss the aftermath of their joint operation; Mace is in a Black Site facing interrogation, Templar and Hidora are in the wind, Soap is injured but will be battle ready within a few weeks. It is further revealed that Mara made it out alive, but was wounded badly and is in a coma. Ghost admits that they won the battle and takes an oath that he will "Win the War." 
Ghost and Adler discuss about the ongoing war. As Ghost expresses grief for not being able to save Tank and the fact that they don't have enough time and intel, Adler comforts him by saying that they do have intel and mentions that there is a place in Siberia from where Makarov possibly got the Nova Gas from. He then says that it's coming all around the same way like it did during his days, and narrates his story. Some time during the Cold War, Adler led a small team into a Soviet facility in Siberia along with his friend Stansfield. They had found out crucial information about something that the Five Knights could also have gotten their hands on, and eventually carried out. However, when tried to exfil, they were surrounded by a large group of enemies, and Stansfield stayed behind to cover their escape, only to be shot dead, which Adler could do nothing but watch in horror. Back in present day, Adler finishes his story by saying that both Stansfield and Tank knew what they were doing, and so should Ghost. When Ghost questions if the research facility is of any more importance, Adler says that there might be something left in there, although it will be a long shot. Ghost agrees and says that he will take it, to which Adler responds that they will have to wait, and Ghost must not rush for revenge. Ghost in response says that this is not about revenge, and they must get the intel before the Five Knights do. Adler replies that they cannot risk to lose any more men as the Five Knights already hit other bases hard, and tells Ghost that he must be patient. Ghost takes it for an excuse to do nothing and walks away, much to Adler's dismay.
Overridden with guilt, Ghost comes to visit the still comatose Mara and expresses grief for not being able to save them. He then promises that he will end this for all and places Tank's dog tag on her palms and leaves. When Price cannot find Ghost, he comes to Soap asking for his whereabouts. Adler comes to them saying that he knows where Ghost is, and he is "doing something stupid". When Price asks what Adler has done, he replies that he told Ghost about the operation in Siberia.
Ghost arrives via Snowmobile at the Soviet base Adler told him about and begins to investigate. He realises that someone has been here recently as he finds recently opened canned food and a map which is dated around the present. He is then startled by a voice saying: "The enemy of my enemy....is my friend". The man turns out to me none other than Makarov.
Ghost is shocked to see Makarov still alive, since Mara had confirmed he had been shot in the head. Makarov explains that Mace also saw him die but "appearances are deceiving" and that he needed to fake his death since their goals had diverged. Makarov also states that he knows that Ghost has arrived to seek information on how to defeat The Five Knights and that he has said information. When questioned about their identity and goals, Makarov says that the Knights consist of 5 individuals with different goals who were useful to each other as he was useful to them, and proceeds to list them off. Rorke heads the mercenaries, Hidora, who is looking for corporate profits, Mace, only wanting the downfall of the government, Raul Menendez, who wants control of the system by hijacking it, and a fifth member whose identity Makarov says will keep secret, unless Ghost takes him in. Ghost agrees, and as they exit the facility, Templar appears, blowing up Ghost's snowmobile. Ghost tells Makarov to run and fires at Templar. Unfortunately, the bullets cannot penetrate his armor and he mocks Ghost that he should have "brought bigger bullets", disabling and then breaking Ghost's gun. When Ghost asks who he is, Templar introduces himself, then stabs Ghost in the wrist with one of his throwing knives. When Ghost tries to retaliate, Templar performs a coup de grâce on him and knocks him down. He then inspects Ghost's lifeless body commenting that he expected a more equal individual. He then takes his mask and leaves, while stating "That's one less loose end." 
The story then skips to a cemetary where Tank is being cremated. As everyone is leaving, 3 men are shown standing beside his grave, who are revealed to be Edward Richtofen, Nikolai Belinski, and Takeo Masaki.
As the world falls into a state of catastrophe thanks to the actions of the Five Knights, Atlas Corporation steps in for rescue and relief work. However, the terrorist organization Cordis Die hacks the global infrastructure, crashing cars, disabling intelligence centers, and causing havoc throughout the digital world.
Meanwhile, Price and the other members of the UAC arrive at the Soviet base, remarking on Ghost's rashness, and start searching the area. They soon find a folded paper on the bloodied ground, and as Price opens it, he finds Ghost's dog tag.
It is then revealed that Makarov took Ghost's body, as he is seen dragging it towards a cliff. There, he rendezvous with a team of Ghosts led by Captain Merrick, and hands them over Ghost's body. 
Reception[edit | edit source]
Call of Duty: Mobile received over 148 million downloads in its first month and had generated about USD 54 million, which makes it the largest mobile game launch in history. As of June 2020, the game has received over 250 million downloads and has generated a revenue of USD 327 million.
The game was nominated for a number of accolades, among which it won The Game Awards 2019 - Best Mobile Game and 16th British Academy Awards - Mobile Game of The Year.
App Icons[edit | edit source]
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Videos[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Garena official announcement
- Season 6 Once Upon a Time in Rust
- Season 7 Radioactive Agent
- Season 8 The Forge
- Season 9 Conquest
- Season 10 The Hunt
- Season 11 Anniversary
- Season 12 Going Dark
- Season 13 Wint3r War
- 2021 Season 1: New Order