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Blackout Historian

In Blackout, unlock Reznov, Mason, Woods and Menendez

Blackout Historian+0.3
4 guidesOnline Game Mode - These achievements require a connection to live services, such as Xbox Live, for playing an online game mode, for sharing content, accessing leaderboards, or validating data with a server.Versus - These achievements can be obtained by two or more players in a face off gamemode who have met the achievement requirements.Collectable - These achievements are obtained by exploring the game environment to find a set of unique objects.Players Required - These achievements require a minimum number of participating players to attempt.10 Players Required - These achievements require a minimum number of participating players to attempt.
16 Oct 2018 13 Jun 2019
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To get this achievement you need to find special items located in random areas on the map.
When you have these items you can look at them in your inventory to see what challenges you must complete during that match to unlock the character. You need all 4 for the achievement.

Note: Placements may vary depending on if you're playing Solo, Duo, Quads so make sure you check what exact placement you have.
And of course challenges must all be done in the same game that you find the item.

Find "Bandanna" from BO1 Campaign Helicopter Spawn location North of Firing Range on Top of the Brown Box
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-Ride in a Helicopter for at least 30 Seconds to a minute
-Win the match with "Bandanna" in inventory

(You must be ALIVE. Your teammates can get the final kill but you need to be alive for it to count as the challenge states “You Can’t Kill Me!”)

Note: with the new limited time game-mode “Ground War” being a 50 vs 50 mode it makes it much easier to be able to win. So keep an eye out for when this mode is running if you’re struggling.

Find a "Locket" item from a Supply Drop
-Kill 2 enememies with a Shotgun
-Finish the match with Locket item in your inventory

A Shotgun kill on a downed enemy DOES count.

Find "Ushanka Hat" in Estates around the Fountain Statue, around the Red Art Statue, or at Asylum in the empty corner fountain.
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-Kill an enemy at “Long Range” (200meters or more)
-Place Top 2 in Quads, Top 3 in Duos, Top 5 in Solo
-Finish the match with "Ushanka Hat" in your inventory

(A Mesh Mine kill from a long distance won’t count and it seems that a Rocket Launcher kill on a vehicle from 200+ meters also won’t count anymore)

Find "Stained White T-Shirt" from a Supply Stash
-Wake the Sleeper Agent (Start the Emergency Alert at Array by pressing the lit up machine in the main building)
-Place Top 4 in Quads, Top 8 in Duos, Top 15 in Solo
-Finish the match with T-Shirt in your inventory

This fortunately can be activated again for this challenge even if someone already did it.
Video of the how to activate the Emergency Alert credit to randomChievos

Thanks for help from Was I That Bad, Ex GHOSTface, DANIELJJ14, WizZy PL, Luuc, SSSteinMan and Itzz Sh0wt1m3
Darth Maul FTSDo you need to do all of each character requirements in one game or can you spread them out?
Posted by Darth Maul FTS on 16 Oct 18 at 12:32
J2B9You need to find the item and then do everything in that one game, that's what makes it difficult. You'll have to find the item again every game to try to do the challenges again for if you failed.
Posted by J2B9 on 16 Oct 18 at 13:38
xCANExINSANEx93Holy crap! This sounds insanely tough... Woods alone will be tough, hoping Reznov and Mason don't require wins as well
Posted by xCANExINSANEx93 on 16 Oct 18 at 23:48
RunsFromShadowsThese are so dumb. I love the game mode, but they could have made these unlocks challenging without throwing pure luck into the mix. Anything that requires random chance is trash in my opinion.
Posted by RunsFromShadows on 18 Oct 18 at 11:42
Triple Triad777I just got info on Hudson’s, it says “Unlocked from Contraband in Black Market (Tier 200)”. Not sure what it means, but it’s a lead.
Posted by Triple Triad777 on 20 Oct 18 at 02:25
KanchanaburiYes, foolish trash these character unlocks are. Give us a challenge to complete, but not having to find something which i have NEVER seen. I have yet to see any of these items or other special items in my 40-50 runs, never mind worry about completing something
Posted by Kanchanaburi on 20 Oct 18 at 19:12
J2B9@Tripple Triad. The black market is a new feature they have added with the update however PS4 gets all features first for 1 week exclusivity. So you can already see the character they added but we don’t have the black market yet until next week, and Hudson obviously won’t matter for this achievement anyways.
Posted by J2B9 on 21 Oct 18 at 02:25
Triple Triad777@J2B9 oh I’m such an idiot. I completely overlooked the fact that he isn’t needed for the achievement lol. Still, he’s one of my favorite characters, so I wouldn’t be upset if I unlocked him.
Posted by Triple Triad777 on 21 Oct 18 at 03:30
Taro Korya SanThese are completely trash for sure. I agree mixing luck with skill is horrible.
I'm guessing there's no known way of boosting these unlocks right?
Posted by Taro Korya San on 22 Oct 18 at 01:29
J2B9No, like you said when mixing luck with it there is nothing to boost because you just have to play til you get lucky and find one and then hope you are able to complete it unfortunately.
Posted by J2B9 on 22 Oct 18 at 02:01
Taro Korya SanYeah I figured that but wanted to make sure too
Posted by Taro Korya San on 22 Oct 18 at 12:11
Was I That BadYou do all realise only AJAX, RECON, CRASH and TORQUE are available to unlock at this moment in time, their charters state “Unlocked by completing character mission” whereas all other characters state “character missions currently unavailable” I imagine they will gradually drip feed us new charters throughout the year to prolong the longevity of the game by adding the required items with updates.
Posted by Was I That Bad on 23 Oct 18 at 20:30
J2B9Yeah I’ll make note of it, I just wanted to put the info out on the off chance they were currently available so that people can start keeping an eye out for the special items since they’re so rare.
Posted by J2B9 on 23 Oct 18 at 23:19
Taro Korya SanI hope that is the case because Iv'e played many games and have yet to see a single character challenge item so no matter how well I perform it doesn't matter.
Posted by Taro Korya San on 23 Oct 18 at 23:27
KanchanaburiMason is avaialbe. he needs level 199 on the black market!
Posted by Kanchanaburi on 01 Nov 18 at 15:42
J2B9That’s Hudson, like someone mentioned above and he’s not needed for the achievement. And thankfully so, because the grind to get there is supposedly ridiculous especially considering it’s a timed thing that will change and can also be purchased with money.
Posted by J2B9 on 01 Nov 18 at 17:12
Was I That BadAll of these are now live as of patch notes 13/11/18 have no idea what the character missions are yet though.
Posted by Was I That Bad on 13 Nov 18 at 21:41
J2B9Yup, i had just deleted my note mentioning that none of them were available at the moment. I'll update whenever more info on how to get them is found.
Posted by J2B9 on 13 Nov 18 at 21:43
Ex GHOSTfaceJust found Mason's shirt. Requirements are:

-Playing as Reznov
- Awake the Sleeper Agent
-Place top 3 (was playing solo)
-Finish match with item in inventory
Posted by Ex GHOSTface on 13 Nov 18 at 23:39
Was I That BadReznov
Mission Item: Ushanka Hat

How to Acquire Item: Located somewhere in Estates or Asylum

Unlock Requirements:

Get 1 "Long Range" kill
Place Top 2 in Squads, Top 3 in Duos, or Top 5 in Solos with Ushanka Hat in Inventory

Mission Item: Stained White T-Shirt

How to Acquire Item: Supply Drop

Unlock Requirements:

Play the match as Reznov
Wake the Sleeper Agent (CURRENTLY UNKNOWN)
Place Top ? in Quads, Top 2 in Duos, or Top 3 in Solos with Stained White T-Shirt in Inventory

Mission Item: Woods' Bandana

How to Acquire Item: Located in BO1 Campaign Helicopter Spawn location north of Firing Range

Unlock Requirements:

Ride in a Helicopter for at least 30 Seconds to a minute
Win the match with Woods' Bandana in Inventory

Mission Item: Locket

How to Acquire Item: Supply Drop

Unlock Requirements:

Kill an enemy with a shotgun
Kill an enemy with a melee attack
Finish the match with Locket in Inventory
Posted by Was I That Bad on 14 Nov 18 at 00:18
MartyFSMWhat if someone else presses the alarm at array? Is it possible to press again in the same match? Never seen it so don’t know too much about it but have heard the alarm several times
Posted by MartyFSM on 14 Nov 18 at 11:09
Itzz Sh0wt1m3Definitely 150+ for the kill. 148 meters wasnt enough
Posted by Itzz Sh0wt1m3 on 14 Nov 18 at 13:31
J2B9It’s 200m+ as I mentioned because there have been people who said they had 170m, 180m, 190m kills without it counting and 200+ does.
@MartyMcFal No it’s not possible to activate again which makes it very dependent on hoping nobody already has unfortunately.
Posted by J2B9 on 14 Nov 18 at 16:57
Find "Stained White T-Shirt" from a Supply Drop
-Play as Reznov (so you need to have unlocked him and have him equipped)
-Wake the Sleeper Agent (Start the Emergency Alert at Array by pressing the lit up machine in the main building)
-Place Top ? in Quads, Top 2 in Duos, Top 3 in Solo
-Finish the match with T-Shirt in your inventory

So I guess the only way to get this is teaming up with other people and have the others protect the machine? There is always people hitting that button lol..
What a dumb requirement.
Posted by Luuc on 15 Nov 18 at 08:34
Itzz Sh0wt1m3Yeah they indeed spawn in stashes, never gotten them from a drop yet.
Posted by Itzz Sh0wt1m3 on 16 Nov 18 at 00:34
J2B9Thanks guys, changed it unless someone eventually also finds it in a supply drop
Posted by J2B9 on 16 Nov 18 at 00:47
Was I That BadFYI I got masons t-shirt in a supply stash not an air drop
Posted by Was I That Bad on 16 Nov 18 at 01:00
DANIELJJ14The requirement for Waking the sleeper agent can be done even if someone has already activated array, so it isn’t as bullshit as it seems. Although the finish top x placements were still frustrating but at least you’re not locked out of it if someone else does push the button first.
Posted by DANIELJJ14 on 17 Nov 18 at 19:07
DANIELJJ14Oh and a tip that makes Menendez easier, although he’s comparatively the easiest of the 4 anyway, it just has to be the kill. So if you down someone with an assault rifle in duos or squads and melee to finish them off it will count towards the tick. Same for shotgun, you can just down with another weapon and clean up with a shotgun.
Posted by DANIELJJ14 on 18 Nov 18 at 13:51
J2B9Yeah I actually already had that by saying getting a melee or shotgun kill on a downed enemy Does count. I can make it more clear though.
Posted by J2B9 on 18 Nov 18 at 14:59
WizZy PLI got 2 shotgun kills requirement for menendez.
Posted by WizZy PL on 21 Nov 18 at 00:14
J2B9Yeah thanks looks like the new update changed some requirements.
Posted by J2B9 on 21 Nov 18 at 00:21
J2B9You can get a rocket launcher and try to lock on to someone in a vehicle. With them driving away it’ll likely be 200+m but at the same time it’s unlikely they stay in the vehicle and don’t just jump out.

You can also try going near a supply drop distancing yourself properly and then when you see someone go for it snipe them.
Posted by J2B9 on 21 Nov 18 at 05:43
LuucJust a heads-up about the 200 meter kill for Reznov, found this comment on Reddit today:
Omnipotentls said:
Hey everyone! In case anyone still believes this I can confirm that mesh mine kills do NOT COUNT for Resnov. I killed someone at estates with them while I was in cargo docks (cross map basically) and my farthest meter kill was only 16 at the end lmao.... So looks like sniper is the only consistent choice.
So don't wast time by trying this, might as well mention it in solution.
Posted by Luuc on 27 Nov 18 at 11:44
ThorsBaldEagleMight be worth noting that if you're lucky enough to get Reznov's hat AND the Stained T-Shirt for Mason at the same time you do not need to be playing as Reznov to unlock Mason (the tickbox isn't there). Personally had both in the inventory twice now.
Posted by ThorsBaldEagle on 28 Nov 18 at 20:21
Was I That BadThorsBaldEagle You don’t need to have resnov to unlock mason anymore they updated his challenge you simply have to press the button then finish in the specified placement.
Posted by Was I That Bad on 28 Nov 18 at 20:37
Mild GonoliniThat reznov one might just be the hardest of any character. I mean come, on 200 m??!??!??! That is complete bullshit, AND you need to nearly win the SAME game! To make it even remotely fair, I think they need to change the distance to at most 150 m, and remove the rank requirement completely, this is a no brainer to me, and all this does it makes it even fair. I think these achievements are quite possibly the most moronic means of unlocking items in a video game. You don't combine insane luck with insane skill, you just don't. The characters should just be standard challenges "Get a kill from 200 m away" you do that, bam, reznov unlocked. Why they thought it was a good idea to make the challenge only activate when obtaining a certain, randomly spawning and rare item is beyond me.
Posted by Mild Gonolini on 29 Nov 18 at 18:43
Cr4ck Sh0t23For woods, can you be in a quad/duo game, die, your team gets the win and you unlock woods? Has anyone had that happen?

Or my guess is that you cannot die PERIOD.
Posted by Cr4ck Sh0t23 on 08 Dec 18 at 02:20
J2B9Yeah just looked and found you do indeed need to be alive for the win for it to count.
Posted by J2B9 on 08 Dec 18 at 03:03
Cr4ck Sh0t23Kinda figured. Thanks.
Posted by Cr4ck Sh0t23 on 08 Dec 18 at 04:06
Shadow 00 FoxWow... I'm glad Reznov was last! I had a game this evening, found the hat, found a outlaw specialist!, started sniping people left and right(got my first 2 200+ meter kills), placed 3rd, achievement unlocked, and the game froze as I was trying to back out to lobby. I don't have Reznov nor the stats for one of my best solo games ever! It's a good thing Reznov was last...
Posted by Shadow 00 Fox on 11 Jan 19 at 10:47
J2B9WOW that’s some insanely good and bad luck at once. But at least you got the most important part of it being the achievement. I can’t imagine how frustrating that’d be if you didn’t unlock the achievement so congrats!
Posted by J2B9 on 11 Jan 19 at 15:39
Shadow 00 Foxlol, I know. I'm bummed about not having Reznov, but really happy I got him in about my 10-15th game trying. For anyone else going for Reznov, I think the best game plan is simply to land at estates, grab the hat if it's there, run up the hill to the higher estates building and look for a sniper super fast. You might not need a scope, but up to you. I found a sniper two times doing that. It's definitely RNG... then, book it over the back walls, run up the hill behind estates at the edge of the map, and look back down at estates from the rock cliffs way up. I got two kills from up at the edge of the map into estates, and one of those counted! What really helped is both of them didn't have armor yet, and I was able to get headshots because I could look down at them when they stopped moving in cover. LOL
Posted by Shadow 00 Fox on 11 Jan 19 at 18:46
Shadow 00 FoxJust a note on range--From almost the highest cliffs at the N edge of the map outside estates down into the north side of the backyard of the furthest left(from the cliffs) estates building (lol), or from the highest cliffs down into the entryway to the same estates building between cement walls coming up from the fountain and the driveway with trees.. that's where I got my two kills. At least one of those was 200 meters, I think they both were. Just for a help with ranging visual. I simply hunted for the highest cliffs with the best visual of estates, and found one right at the edge of the map with a fantastic view of all the estates.
Posted by Shadow 00 Fox on 11 Jan 19 at 18:52
Sitop ApenAny suggestions on a good place to find Mason's white shirt?
Posted by Sitop Apen on 08 Jun 19 at 04:05
J2B9You find them in supply stashes and it’s complete rng for whether it’ll be in one. With so many items now it’ll definitely be more difficult but yeah there’s no real tips to really give. I liked looking at Array for the supply stash that can be in many places there. If you don’t know stash spawns you can look here: And filter only to show the purple stashes. Even that map probably doesn’t include every location but it’s helpful nonetheless.

Also don’t try on Alcatraz obviously because it can’t be done there but maybe you might find it easier on other modes like Ground War that Xbox will soon get or Hot Pursuit if items do spawn in those but I’m not sure since those modes came out after I needed the items anymore.
Posted by J2B9 on 08 Jun 19 at 19:42
Sitop ApenYeah I don't know if items spawn in boxes in Hot Pursuit or not.

Thanks for the feedback! I've been checking out the map and recently been landing array. Found it twice, died with it twice. Hopefully my luck will come through eventually
Posted by Sitop Apen on 08 Jun 19 at 21:28
SSSteinManFor those struggling to get Woods then Ground War is your best bet. Ground War is a 50 vs 50 so you have 50/50 chance of getting Woods.
Posted by SSSteinMan on 12 Jun 19 at 18:38
Sitop ApenI finally got Mason. It took me forever to do it. Probably spent over 50 hours doing it.

And in the end, I got him in a game where I had 700+ ping the whole time and no kills
Posted by Sitop Apen on 19 Aug 19 at 22:50
J2B9Wow congrats. Yeah mason is the 2nd easiest of these 4 so it’s unfortunate you got so unlucky finding it that’s a lot of time for him but you prevailed.
Posted by J2B9 on 19 Aug 19 at 23:47