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The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Ghosts The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Vanguard
For a similar killstreak and specialist weapon, respectively, see Attack Dogs and K9-Unit.

Guard Dog is a Pointstreak featured in Call of Duty: Ghosts and a Killstreak in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

"Man's best friend watching your back."
— Description.


The Guard Dog is unlocked by default.

When activated, the player will put away their active weapon and whistle. When the whistling animation ends, a dog will spawn in close proximity to the player, and follow the player similarly to the AH-6 Overwatch. The player will see their own dog on the radar as a blue arrow with a darker shade of blue to denote that it's a dog. It has more health than a regular player. The dog will follow its owner around to the best of its abilities, moving quickly and even capable of climbing obstructions much like the player can.

When standing still with no enemies nearby, the dog will simply stand by the player's side, panting. When enemies are near, the dog will make noise either by whining or growling, notifying the player of enemies close by. When enemies are too close to it or the player, it will chase the enemy, and attempt to take them down in a single attack. Once a player dies, the Guard Dog will avenge their death by chasing after the player that killed them, regardless of the distance between the dog and the enemy. The Guard Dog will stay in a match until the game ends or it is killed. The team's announcer will announce when the Guard Dog is killed. Extra score is rewarded when achieving kills that the dog gets whilst its owner is dead, or when the owner kills the enemy that just killed their own Guard Dog very recently.

Guard Dogs can be hard to control at times due to their habit to run after enemies that kill the owner, especially since the dog tries to do this even if the enemy that killed its owner is very far away. The dog tries to return to the player after killing an enemy, but it can go after another enemy in the process of doing so, making it difficult to actually have the dog by the player's side in certain scenarios. The aforementioned flaws are exaggerated on large maps like Stonehaven and Siege, where the Dog can run very far away from its owner. This can also make it easier for enemies to kill the dog. Said flaws are less noticeable on smaller maps like Showtime and Strikezone, as these maps give the dog less distance to run away from its owner, and smaller, less cluttered maps make the dog better, as the faster flow of these maps will naturally keep the dog closer to the owner.

For combating Guard Dogs, fighting dogs at long range, high magazine capacity weaponry, and Shotguns are very useful, because the Guard Dog has a slightly elevated amount of health, so either a high damage output or a long distance between the Guard Dog and the player are needed to safely kill the dog. Killing the dog's owner from afar is very helpful, as it can flush the dog out into the open as it runs to try and kill its owner's assailant. The Riot Shield is also very useful, as the shield will protect the player from the Guard Dog, and the user can kill the dog with the melee attack. I.E.D.s are not very useful against Guard Dogs due to their fast movement speed, allowing the dog to safely detonate I.E.Ds with reckless abandon if they do not attack a player when the I.E.D is triggered. Bolt Action Sniper Rifles are very unlikely to kill the dog outright, making the sniper vulnerable in close confines.

Guards Dogs are useful companions in multiplayer, similarly to the Support Squadmate and IMS. Since they have more health than a regular player, enemies commonly fail to kill a Guard Dog before the Guard Dog bites and kills them, and their ability to alert its owner of nearby enemies can help the player better prepare for incoming enemies, placing the dog in a better position to get kills.

The Guard Dog is one of the few assault pointstreaks that are not affected at all by the Ground Jammer, something that can help reduce the effects of a hostile Ground Jammer.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard

"Calls in a guard dog for protection. The dog can be commanded to either guard a position or heel."
— In-game description


The Guard Dog returns in Call of Duty: Vanguard as a Killstreak.

Trivia

Call of Duty: Ghosts

  • The Guard Dog has a wolf skin available as downloadable content. Since a recent patch, if the Wolf is selected, the Strike Chain icon changes to the wolf's face.
  • The Guard Dog will drown in the water on Flooded.
  • When two opposing Guard Dogs come across each other, they will jump at each other. Both will continue jumping until one of them is killed.
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