Black Ops 4 Blackout Merits are the experience points you earn in Black Ops 4's Blackout mode.

Unlock enough Merits, and you'll level up your Eschelon rank, giving you new rewards including Blackout characters.

How to earn Merits in Black Ops 4's Blackout mode fast

Interestingly, unlike other multiplayer and Battle Royale games, you can actually complete matches without earning Merits at all. Here's the ways in which they are unlocked:

  • Kills - 10 Merits each
  • Top 15 place (solo), Top 10 place (duo) or Top 5 place (quads) - 50 Merits
  • Win - 100 Merits
  • Challenges - Varies
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Playing matches will see you earning Merits from Blackout Challenges naturally, as seemingly every action within the mode has a Challenge tied to it. However, to start ranking up, you need to place highly and rank up kills.

Want to earn Merits quickly in Blackout? With every match you play, last as long as you can.

Getting into a top ranking will get to 50 Merits - that's the same as five kills, and arguably a lot easier. And of course if you can win, that's an additional 100 Merits on top of the placement points you get.

Additionally, learn to identify Challenges that align with your playstyle, or even go after some Dark Ops objectives, which are one-off tasks which can be easily done at any time.

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Getting into Black Ops 4? For Blackout, we recommend our bit list of Black Ops 4 Blackout tips, tricks, battle royale differences and things to know, or alternatively learning more about the Blackout map, all the Mystery Box and zombie locations for useful loot, how to get Merits fast to level Eschelons, and finding out how Blackout character mission unlocks work. We also have a Blackout Challenges and Black Ops 4 Dark Ops list. Meanwhile, here's how to unlock Create a Class in Black Ops 4 multiplayer and finally details on the best Blackout weapons, guns and multiplayer weapon damage stats.


Black Ops 4 Eschelon levels listed

Here is every Eschelon level and the amount of Merits required to unlock them.

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Echelon levelMerits requiredUnlocks
1 0 None
2 100 None
3 300 None
4 500 None
5 700 None
6 950 None
7 1200 None
8 1450 None
9 1700 None
10 1950 None
11 2300 None
12 2650 None
13 3000 None
14 3350 None
15 3700 None
16 4050 None
17 4400 None
18 4750 None
19 5100 None
20 5450 Ranger character unlock + card
21 5900 None
22 6350 None
23 6800 None
24 7250 None
25 7700 None
26 8150 None
27 8600 None
28 9050 None
29 9500 None
30 9950 None
31 10500 None
32 11050 None
33 11600 None
34 12150 None
35 12700 None
36 13250 None
37 13800 None
38 14350 None
39 14900 None
40 15450 Frogman character unlock + card
41 16000 None
42 16550 None
43 17100 None
44 17650 None
45 18200 None
46 18750 None
47 19300 None
48 19850 None
49 20400 None
50 20950 None
51 21600 None
52 22250 None
53 22900 None
54 23550 None
55 24200 None
56 24850 None
57 25500 None
58 26150 None
59 26800 None
60 27450 Airborne character unlock + card
61 28100 None
62 28750 None
63 29400 None
64 30050 None
65 30700 None
66 31350 None
67 32000 None
68 32650 None
69 33300 None
70 33950 None
71 34700 None
72 35450 None
73 36200 None
74 36950 None
75 37700 None
76 38450 None
77 39200 None
78 39950 None
79 40700 None
80 41450 Seal character unlock + card
80 Prestige 44200 Battle Hardened character unlock + card

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