Warzone 2 Fortresses and Blacksites are new to the upcoming FPS game, and the loot you can acquire by capturing them can give your team the edge they need to win the game. The Warzone 2 map is populated with a number of AI fighters distinct from other players, with the caveat that they will only become aggressive towards you when attacked. Fortresses and Blacksites hold the highest concentration of AI enemies than anywhere else in Al Mazrah, and while they might not be human, they’re definitely no pushover.
Fortresses and Blacksites in Warzone 2 are entirely optional, and you can choose to skip them if you prefer to focus your attention on enemy players in the Battle Royale game. Here’s everything we know about Fortresses and Blacksites in Warzone 2.
How Warzone 2 Strongholds and Blacksites Work
Fortresses and Blacksites in Warzone 2 activate during a match, and you can spot them on your Tac-Map once you receive notification that they are available for capture. Darksites in Warzone 2 are much deadlier than Fortresses, and they require a Darksite Key to access, which can only be acquired by taking the first Fortress in the match.
Taking over a fortress or blacksite in Warzone 2 requires engaging with AI enemies standing guard, each with their own level of lethality and weapon kit to contend with as you assault. The Infinity Ward blog post also confirmed that AI enemies will react and respond differently depending on the tactics used against them, providing a degree of variation when fighting Strongholds or Dark Sites.
Each fortress in Warzone 2 includes a series of unique objectives – otherwise known as operations – that must be completed in order to successfully capture it. Taking the first fortress in the match requires you to disarm a bomb, while subsequent fortresses require you to eliminate a certain number of defenders.
However, it’s not just the AI enemies you need to worry about. Hitting a fortress or blacksite also carries the risk of revealing your location, as the noise and movement caused by the AI engagement will likely pull in nearby enemy players. It is important to note that Warzone 2 will recognize enemy players as Fortress or Blacksite Defenders, and will be taken into account when eliminating enemies for Fortress Operations.
Warzone 2 Stronghold and Black Site Rewards
As mentioned, capturing the first Warzone 2 Stronghold will grant you the key required to access a Dark Site. However, that doesn’t mean they’re worthless if the opposing team got there first. Whichever stronghold you take, you can expect a variety of rewards, including a Warzone 2 loadout drop, meaning you don’t have to worry about earning the cash to buy them via the shop.
Once you have taken both the first Fortress and a black site, your hard work is rewarded with a permanent weapon blueprint, along with other valuable items that can help turn the tide in the battle royale.
That’s all you need to know about Fortresses and Blacksites in Warzone 2. Ahead of Warzone 2’s release date, we recommend taking a look at the Warzone 2 Gulag changes, as well as what you can expect from Warzone 2 DMZ mode. We also have a variety of loadouts for the best guns in the multiplayer game, including the Lachmann 556 and Kastov 762, among others.