The new Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 specialists will play a major role in how well you do in the game this fall and the new Black Ops 3 beta is the first chance you’ll have to try this important part of the new gameplay.
Gamers can choose from eight Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta specialists, with more specialists coming in the full game later this year. Each of these Black Ops 3 specialists include a special weapon and a special ability that allows you to supercharge your game.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta starts on August 19th for PS4 and on August 26th for PC and Xbox One. Use our guide to prepare for the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta, and combine that with these Black Ops Specialists details to help you become a better player faster.
While your progress does not carry over from the beta to the Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release, your skill and knowledge of the new specialists, their weapons and their features will help you in the beta and beyond.
Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 Beta Specialists
Here is a Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta specialists breakdown so you know which specialist to choose when you start a match and what their special features can do. After we walk through eight Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 beta specialists in the videos we’ll show you why the choice matters so much.
At the start of the match you need to choose either the ability or the weapon for that game. You cannot go into the match with both.
Ruin & Outrider
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In the video above Ruin is outfitted for close quarters battle where his Gravity Spikes can do a lot of damage and Overdrive can power him from one spot on the map to the next in a hurry. Use Overdrive to get to the objective first and to track down fleeing enemies.
Outrider includes a Vision Pulse ability that can ping the map to highlight where all the enemies are even when hiding behind cover. This only works for a short time, so use it wisely. Outrider’s weapon is the Sparrow. This compound bow delivers more force the longer you draw the string back and the bolt explodes.
Prophet & Battery
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Prophet can use a Glitch ability to quickly switch back to a previous location. This teleport moves you back a few seconds in time to escape a bad situation. His weapon is the Tempest. This is an electrical weapon that can chain from one enemy to the next to take out multiple foes in one shot.
Battery wears a layer of kinetic armor that repels enemy bullets when activated. Her weapon, War Machine, shoots bouncing explosive charges that detonate on a timed fuse or on contact with the bad guys.
Seraph & Nomad
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Seraph carries the Annihilator — a revolver capable of one-shot kills with a limited amount of ammo and a somewhat slow cycle time between shots. Combat Focus is her special skill that delivers a bonus toward scorestreaks and rewards.
Nomad uses Rejack to recover from death and respawn right where you died so you can seek revenge, complete an objective or just annoy your enemies. The Hive weapon shoots traps full of nano drones that can kill an enemy quickly without Nomad sticking around to see the action.
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Reaper can summon the Scythe – a deadly arm replacement quad-barrel mini-gun that can cut the enemy to pieces. The Psychosis ability can deploy three decoys to trick your opponents into revealing themselves or distract them from your deadly arrival.
We are still waiting for a video of Spectre, but we do know that this Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 specialist carries the Ripper. Twin blades can cut your enemies to shreds. Spectre’s ability is Active Camo, that allows you to be temporarily invisible for a short period.
Why Black Ops 3 Specialists Matter
In the reveal of the professional Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 eSports modes the commentators do an amazing job of summarizing how the specialist classes that the pro-gamers choose match to the play style and type of game. Some specialists are better suited for run and gun slaying, while others work best for objective based modes and players.
The video above is lengthy, but you’ll pick up on some more information about the specialists, how their weapons and special skills work and when to choose specific options.
Black Ops 3 Release Date
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date is November 6th. This is a Friday and Treyarch explains that this is timed to allow gamers to set aside a weekend to enjoy and immerse themselves in the game without the looming arrival of work that a traditional Tuesday release entails.
Gamers can pre-order Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on disc or digital now, with multiple versions of the game available. If you choose not to pre-order you will have no trouble finding a game on the release date, unless you want a special edition.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 release date arrives simultaneously for Xbox One, PS4, PC, PS3 and Xbox 360. The PS3 and Xbox 360 version of Black Ops 3 comes from another developer and will not include all the same features and upgrades.
Standard versions of Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 start at $59.99 and go up to $199.99 for a special edition. There is also a Season Pass for $49.99 with access to DLC content in 2016. The PS4 gets DLC content a month ahead of the Xbox One.