Tactical Specialist achievement in Call of Duty: Black Ops III

Tactical Specialist

Get 5 Medals based on a Specialist Ability in a single game.

Tactical Specialist0
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How to unlock the Tactical Specialist achievement

  • DewDew184,593
    06 Nov 2015 06 Nov 2015 09 Mar 2016
    102 19 47
    To obtain this achievement, you must ensure that you are using a Specialist Ability, as opposed to a Specialist Weapon like is required for the 'Deadly Specialist' achievement.

    You have to get 5 kills while using a specialist ability in a single game. This can be done with multiple uses of the specialist ability in one game.

    The best option that I found for getting this achievement is Nuketown Domination, if you have the Nuketown map. This is because 6v6 on a small map ensures that when you use a specialist ability, the odds of finding multiple enemies in the limited time frame are greater. It is entirely possible to do this on other maps if you do not have Nuketown.

    Domination I believe is the longest gametype if one team isn't completely dominating the other team, so it is entirely possible to get 3-4 specialist abilities activated in a single game.

    I highly recommend Specialist Battery - Kinetic Armor for this achievement, because when it is activated, you have approx. 7 seconds where you take no damage from body shots and can more easily avoid being killed while getting a few kills in those 7 seconds. But other specialist abilities, such as Ruin's Overdrive, work just as well.

    Playing objectively (capping domination points), killing enemy players, and getting assists charges your specialist ability. For a small map like nuketown, I highly recommend focusing on kills rather than the objective point in the middle, as it usually results in death and wastes precious time that could have been spent killing someone.

    If you vote negative, let me know why so that I can edit this solution if it isn't up to standard. This solution has worked great for several people I know already. (It does take some work)

    Edit: epic fail 1710 pointed out that safeguard games generally last longer than domination matches, especially if there is a draw after the first 2 rounds. This makes it possible to use your specialist ability maybe 5+ times in one game. Thanks for the input!

    Edit2: The Overclock Perk at level 20 reduces the time to get your specialist ability back to use again. Thanks for reminding me REDWINGS05

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    RunnyBunniesI tried the Seraph method for awhile and struggled, then tried Psychosis and got the achievement fairly quickly. Psychosis was much easier for me. Either way, +1 upvote for the solution.
    Posted by RunnyBunnies on 07 May 18 at 01:28
    Diesel Foleyskip to the seraph solution . you do not have to just get 5 kills in ability mode (that is 1 way of doing it ) but with seraph you just need to activate scorestreak whilst in combat focas...its 5 related medals to ability ,not just kill medals..so much easier
    Posted by Diesel Foley on 24 Jul 19 at 04:16
    luke turbo2010This achievement sucks i cant do it. I give up its shit.
    Posted by luke turbo2010 on 10 Nov 19 at 23:24
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  • RoRoRacingRoRoRacing373,141
    02 Jan 2016 02 Jan 2016
    36 2 6
    Unlocked this today after giving up on it for several weeks. I used Seraph (unlocks at level 22) and her combat focus. Combat focus basically gives you more score for everything you do. Also when you use her combat focus, you get medals every time you get one of your scorestreaks while using combat focus. I used the perk ante up and had the lowest scorestreaks: uav, care package, and counter uav. You could also use the hcxd (remote control car), uav, and care package and get this very easily.

    Make sure you don't already have your scorestreaks prior to activating the ability. As soon as you gain the ability, just activate it and get a kill or two and you should easily get 3 medals for getting all of your scorestreaks. Do that twice in any match and you have your achivement.

    As someone else mentioned the overclock perk will help you gain the ability even faster.
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    PR0MOTEWill capping a flag count as xp gained towards killstreaks with this ability activated or only kills?
    Posted by PR0MOTE on 27 Feb 18 at 22:42
    Moldy Tacos5000You made it so easy, great solution.
    Posted by Moldy Tacos5000 on 11 Mar 18 at 17:40
    Diesel Foleyomg...what a awesome solution. you are the man. ive been struggling with this cheevo for like 3 days and this worked like 1st real attempt.

    I only got like 1 kill with it too....absolute fantastic. cheers bud
    Posted by Diesel Foley on 24 Jul 19 at 04:00
  • MCNALLY 117MCNALLY 117612,973
    07 Nov 2015 07 Nov 2015 07 Nov 2015
    28 9 8
    you must be using a specialist ability the best way i found is picking RUIN and use his OVERDRIVE ability.

    when it is turned on all you have to do is kill 5 players in one match it don't have to be in one use . just need 5 medals you get 1 medal every time you kill a player.

    i would recommend playing domination because it the longest game mode there is.
    you can put on the overclock perk this will let you earn your specialist weapon or specialist ability faster
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    MCNALLY 117u need to get kills when you activate your specialist ability
    Posted by MCNALLY 117 on 15 Nov 15 at 22:38
    John RmxWorked for me too, just 5 kills in 3/4 overdrives
    Posted by John Rmx on 30 Apr 18 at 14:32
    Diesel Foleyuseless guide...not enough time in a match do get this shitty achievement but apparently 'all you have to do is get 5 kills with the ability'...…….gee that helps a lot doesn't it
    Posted by Diesel Foley on 23 Jul 19 at 22:06
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