Black Ops 3 Prestige: 7 Things to Know

“What happens when you prestige in Black Ops 3?” As gamers get to spend more time with the game this is a question we are starting to hear more often. We also look into what happens when you complete a Black Ops 3 weapons prestige and glitches that you need to know.

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With Black Ops 3 updates unlocking new Prestige levels, you may be intrigued about what you can get when you prestige in Black Ops 3.

It can take a while to level up in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, even with our tips to level up faster, so many players are just now getting high enough to start thinking about what to do when they prestige.

Here is a look at what you need to know about Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Prestige choices, resets, unlocks and how to Prestige in Black Ops 3.

How to Earn Black Ops 3 Prestige

To Prestige in Black Ops 3 you need to reach level 55 and then you will be able to choose to prestige, which resets some things, and leaves others alone. After you reach Level 55 Commander you need to do the following.

This is what happens when you complete Black Ops 3 Prestige.

This is what happens when you complete Black Ops 3 Prestige.

You do not automatically prestige when you hit level 55. So if you are about to level up you can keep playing, and then you can do this later.

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Open the Menu in the game and then use the bumpers to select the Barracks. On this screen you will see a small Prestige tile in the lower right corner that shows lets you choose Black Ops 3 Prestige options.

On the next screen select the Prestige option at the top of the screen and then Enter Prestige 1. The video below walks through this process in detail.

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After you select this you need to decide how you will spend your Permanent Unlock. This lets you keep a Specialist ability, Weapon, Wildcard or Perk to use from the start without progressing to a higher level to unlock it.

You will only have access to this item and the starting items after you prestige, so you should make sure to make a smart choice.

On this screen you can also choose a fresh start, to play over like you never played a match online or refund, to get your Unlock tokens back. If you are ready, select Permanent Unlock and choose what you want to unlock for good.

What Resets With Black Ops 3 Prestige

When you choose to use the Black Ops 3 Prestige you will start back at level one. This means you lose access to some specialists, weapons, perks, streaks, grenades and more. You also lose any un-used unlock tokens.

The only way to unlock everything in the game is to prestige over and over so that you can permanently unlock items and use the limited unlock tokens to unlock other items.

What You Keep After Prestiging

When you finally hit level 55 and are ready to prestige in Black Ops 3, one of the biggest questions is, “What do you get to keep?” Here’s a short list of what you can keep — in addition to whatever you use your permanent unlock token on.

This is what you keep when you prestige in Black Ops 3.

This is what you keep when you prestige in Black Ops 3.

  • Cryptokeys – You do not lose any cryptokeys when you Prestige.
  • Weapon Attachments – Your weapon level and attachments don’t reset, but you need to level up to unlock weapons.
  • Camos – You keep all the Black Ops 3 camos you already unlocked.
  • Challenges – You will keep the progress on your challenges, including weapon challenges.
  • Specialist Customization – You get to keep the specialist unlocks that customize the experience and any Specialist taunts you’ve earned.

When you Prestige you also get a calling card and there are emblems for each level, up to level 11, Master Prestige.

Black Ops 3 Prestige 2

Black Ops 3 Prestige 2

After you complete your first Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 prestige you unlock new challenges to help you level up faster. This will eventually lead you to Prestige 2 and higher.

When you hit Black Ops 3 Prestige 2, you will see a similar experience. You get a Permanent Unlock, Refund options and Fresh Start. If you choose to enter Prestige 2, you will get an Extra Create a Class Slot and access to Prestige awards including a Calling Card. in exchange you are set back to level 1 for unlocking weapons and power ups. You keep all progress towards Weapon level, Challenges and customizations.

Black Ops 3 Master Prestige

After you hit Master Prestige, you can keep leveling up to level 1,000. We’ve run into players with a level 100+ and it is only a matter of time before that goes higher as skilled players and players with a lot of time grind through the new levels.

With Black Ops 3 updates you can now Prestige above level 100, all the way up to 1,000.

With Black Ops 3 updates you can now Prestige above level 100, all the way up to 1,000.

When you unlock levels above Master Prestige you will also get emblems from older Call of Duty games including World at War, Black Ops and Black Ops 2.

There you have it. You will need to unlock some items again, but overall you can continue on your progression towards many challenges in Black Ops 3.

Black Ops 3 Weapons Prestige

In addition to the Black Ops 3 prestige of your player level, you can also complete Black Ops 3 weapons prestige.

This is similar to the main Prestige in that you reset the level on your weapon. To complete a Black Ops 3 Weapons Prestige you need to get the weapon to the Max level and unlock all attachments.

If you Prestige weapons in Black Ops 3 you can unlock a Clan tag on your weapon and if you Prestige the weapon a second time and add a kill counter to the weapon.

How to enter Weapons Prestige in Black Ops 3.

How to enter Weapons Prestige in Black Ops 3.

When you Prestige, the weapon attachments are reset and so is the level. You can earn XP as you level the weapon back up and re-earn your attachments. To start the Black Ops 3 weapons Prestige follow these directions;

  1. Open Create a Class
  2. Choose your weapon
  3. In the bottom right corner you will see an option to Prestige Weapon.
  4. Push the Y button on Xbox One and the Triangle button on PS4.
  5. On the next screen choose toe Enter Weapon Prestige.

From here you can restart the process of leveling up the weapon from scratch. You will earn more XP for your main Black Ops 3 level as you do this.

There is a glitch that can keep your current attachments, but this is something we expect that Treyarch will fix in a coming update.

Black Ops 3 Prestige Glitches

There is a Black Ops 3 Prestige glitch that allows some people to essentially cheat their way to Black Ops 3 Master Prestige and to the higher levels. Treyarch patched at least one version of this, but there may be another method out there that Treyarch is looking at.

If you choose to use any of these options you do run the risk of a ban from Black Ops 3, so use those at your own risk.

Black Ops 3 Season Pass: 6 Reasons to Buy & 3 to Wait

You Love Black Ops 3

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You Love Black Ops 3

The simplest reason to buy the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Season Pass is that you are hooked on Black Ops 3.

This is one of the reasons we already purchased the Black Ops 3 Season Pass. Unlike previous Call of Duty games where the novelty wore off after a few weeks, Treyarch managed to deliver a game with impressive amounts of replayability.

After spending over 70 hours playing Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, I'm paid $1 or less an hour for the fun that the base game delivered to me by the time the DLC arrives. You can see how much you played Black Ops 3 in the Barracks if you want to make a similar comparison.

Gamers who still find themselves logging in to play Black Ops 3 for an hour or three every night shouldn't think twice about the Season Pass. The new maps and new Zombies content will deliver new experiences and add to the replay factor that is already high. 

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