- "A companion drone that protects your six."
- — In-game description.
The Vulture is a 9-point Pointstreak featured in Call of Duty: Ghosts and a Scorestreak in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. It is a small twin rotor drone armed with a machine gun similar to that of the MQ-27 Dragonfire from Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
The Vulture makes it's debut in Call of Duty: Ghosts. It was originally a 7-pointstreak but it has been changed to 9. It is an AI-controlled drone that follows and protects the player, similarly to the AH-6 Overwatch from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and the Escort Drone from Call of Duty: Black Ops II.
The Vulture appears in Extinction as a strike package, on all maps, that costs $2200. The Vulture is the most expensive strike package per unit on offer.
When active, the Vulture will actively follow the player that bought the Vulture drone. The Vulture needs a short period of time to begin firing at a target. Once that period has passed, the Vulture will fire at said targets, and will switch from one target to another much more quickly. The Vulture will also make an audible beep and point a laser designator at the target it is acquiring, which can help the user with target acquisition. When upgraded sufficiently, the Vulture drone will fire incendiary rockets at Cryptids at random, although the frequency of which can be increased through an Armory upgrade.
It has a base duration time of 40 seconds, with the +3 upgrade increasing the time to 50 seconds. With the Vulture Extended Duration upgrade bought in the armoury, the times become 50 seconds and 1:15 respectively. Due to the short operating time of the Vulture, the Vulture Extended Duration upgrade is extremely valuable and makes the Vulture a much more competitive option compared to other strike packages. An upgrade from the armoury can also increase the frequency of rockets being fired when the Vulture is fully upgraded. The Vulture improves immensely from the armoury upgrades on offer.
The Vulture's strength is in how straightforward and low-maintenance it is to use. The Vulture does not need any user interaction to allow it to kill Cryptids, and it follows the player around automatically, so players do not need to worry about moving it from spot to spot. For how simple the Vulture is to use, it provides a lot of firepower, with a turret that never overheats that can kill Cryptids quickly, or soften them up for easier kills, while the incendiary rocket does enormous damage that can kill medium targets in one blow.
Kills from the Vulture drone count towards challenges that require kills from turrets, so the Vulture drone can be of great use for that challenge. Should a Vulture kill a Leper, the challenge will result in failure.
When the Vulture expires, it will be destroyed and leave a puff of smoke.
- A companion drone that protects your six.
- +1 (Cost: 1): The Vulture's turret delivers increased damage to enemy targets.
- +2 (Cost: 1): Enhanced detectors increases the tracking range of the Vulture's turret.
- +3 (Cost: 2): Longer operating time.
- +4 (Cost: 3): Fires an occasional incendiary rocket.
Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare
The Vulture returns in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare as a scorestreak. it is unlocked at level 39. It requires a 700 scorestreak to obtain. It has two modes, Assault and Radar. Assault is the default; the Vulture follows the player and shoots enemies within its line of sight. Radar disables the machine gun and instead emits a signal similar to the Ping trait, revealing nearby enemies on the minimap.
- Kamikaze (Rare): Lower health, but has the ability to home in on an enemy and self-destruct upon taking damage. An approaching Kamikaze Vulture has a unique danger indicator.
- Ambush (Legendary): Replaces Radar Mode with the ability to remain in place and fire upon enemies that enter its line of sight.
- Dragonfly (Epic): Moves slower, but becomes completely autonomous, seeking out and attacking enemies on its own.
Call of Duty: Heroes
- "Activates a small drone that assists ETH.3n by attacking the same targets, but is vulnerable to air attacks."
- — Description
The Vulture appears in Call of Duty: Heroes as a skill for ETH.3n.