The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

Vision Pulse is a Specialist Ability in Call of Duty: Black Ops III, exclusive to Outrider. It returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, as a Specialist Weapon exclusive to Katsumi "Recon" Kimura.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

"Pulses of cover-penetrating sub-millimeter wavelength radiation reveal the locations of Outrider's foes; there is nowhere to hide."
— In-game description.

Vision Pulse allows the player and their teammates to see enemies through walls as red silhouettes, while also turning the user's vision black and white; the HUD and enemies caught by the pulse will still be in color. Using Vision Pulse alerts enemy players, however; a large pulse is displayed on enemies' minimaps, and highlighted players will see themselves glow red.


  • The pulse will identify enemies in the world, even through walls.
  • The pulse displays enemies on the minimap as red dots, similar to a UAV.
  • The user's vision turns black and white.
  • The pulse range is displayed on the minimap.
  • A ping sound will play for each enemy pulsed.
  • Enemies can see the origin of your pulse on the mini-map.


Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

The Vision Pulse returns in Black Ops 4 as Recon's Specialist Weapon. It acts identically to its Black Ops III version, with the exception of pulsing three times instead of one. Additionally, enemies will remain highlighted for a longer time than in Black Ops III.

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