Call of Duty: Warzone gulag, including overtime and reviving squadmates explained

Everything you need to know about the gulag in Call of Duty: Warzone.

When you die for the first time in a match in Call of Duty: Warzone, you'll be sent to the gulag. Here you'll have to win a one-on-one fight for the chance to return to the battlefield.

If you don't defeat your gulag opponent quickly enough, however, then the match will enter Overtime.

There are also ways to revive yourself and your squadmates in Warzone, thanks to the Buy Stations scattered across the Warzone map.

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What is the gulag in Call of Duty: Warzone?

The gulag is where you end up the first time you die in Call of Duty: Warzone. Here you can fight for the chance to return to the battle. If you die, however, then it's game over.

Each fight will be a one-on-one match with another player who's been defeated on the battlefield. You might also have the opportunity to watch other players fight as you wait for your turn.

You can only visit the gulag once per match, so, if you're skilled enough to win, make sure you don't die a second time, because this time you'll be out of the match forever.

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Win a fight in the gulag and you'll return to the match.

It should be noted that the Zordaya Prison Complex, which is located on the Warzone map, is not the gulag. Instead, the gulag is a separate location that can't be visited by players who are still alive in the match.

Gulag rules in Call of Duty: Warzone explained

Fighting in the gulag follows the same rules as having a gunfight in multiplayer mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

If you don't know these rules, then they are:

  • The goal is to eliminate your opponent.
  • At no point will your health regenerate.
  • Your loadout will be random.
  • Each round lasts for 40 seconds.
  • If both opponents are alive after these 40 seconds ends, then the match will enter overtime.
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Overtime in the gulag in Call of Duty: Warzone explained

If you don't kill your opponent in the gulag in Call of Duty: Warzone in under 40 seconds, then your match will enter 'Overtime.'

When this happens a flag will appear on the map and, if you want to win the match, you need to either capture the flag or defeat your opponent before they can take the flag themselves.

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You will have roughly 15 seconds to capture the flag before your opponent.

If neither of you captures the flag or kills the other after this time, then the player with the higher amount of health wins the match. If, however, you have the same amount of health, you'll both return to the battlefield.

Waiting in the gulag in Call of Duty: Warzone explained

When you arrive at the gulag, you might not find yourself fighting straight away. Instead, you'll be on the balcony around the perimeter of the gulag fighting arena.

Here you can watch the fights occurring between other players down in the showers and you might even witness one of your squadmates battling for their life.

In the top left-hand corner of your screen, you'll find a timer counting down the time until it's your turn to fight.

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You'll find the timer in the top left-hand corner.

To pass the time while you wait, you can throw up to five rocks at anyone who is currently fighting. If your rock hits, it will cause 1 HP worth of damage.

If your victim only has 1 HP left, however, the rock will do no damage, leaving their opponent to defeat them.

You can use your rocks to cause some good old fashioned chaos or, if you're lucky, help return a squadmate to the battlefield.

Gulag maps in Call of Duty: Warzone explained

There are three different gulag maps to fight on in Call of Duty: Warzone and which one you find yourself on is chosen at random, which means that it's a good idea to know the layout of all three.

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Gulag Map One

Gulag Map One

Out of all three maps, this one has the most open space, but, at the same time, the layout of the shows makes long-range fight difficult.

Try to avoid entering the open middle area, because it could easily put you in the line of sight of your opponent. Instead, try to use the limited cover to your advantage and move quickly around the map, taking shots when you can.

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Gulag Map Two

Gulag Map Two

If used currently, the layout of this map could easily allow players who prefer long-range weapons to win the match. It contains some good line of sight and none of the areas within this map are especially small, allowing for quick movement.

The central ring of showers also provides some great cover, helping you quickly duck and hide, if needed.

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Gulag Map Three

Gulag Map Three

The centre of this map is great for players who prefer close-combat; you can easily take your opponent by surprise and then pin them in a corner for a quick win.

If you're playing this map, then it's a good idea to stay on the map, rather than waiting for your opponent to come to you. Thanks to the large amount of cover, you can sneak up on your opponent and, if you have one, easily throw a grenade over the stalls.


Call of Duty's battle royale mode, Warzone, is here. Get started with our early list of 19 Call of Duty: Warzone tips and tricks, or get to grips with the play area itself in our guide to the Warzone map. Or, familiarise yourself with the best Warzone loadouts, the best Warzone perks, how the Warzone Gulag works and how to get money in Plunder, too.


How to revive yourself and squadmates in Call of Duty: Warzone explained

If you don't want you, or your teammates, to visit the gulag or to just stay the match in Call of Duty: Warzone, then you need to make sure that they stay alive.

Apart from just not getting shot at, the best way to keep yourself alive in Warzone is to make sure that your armour is always at maximum level and to buy a Self-Revive Kit from a Buy Station.

A Self-Revive Kit will cost you $4500 and you can purchase one from any Buy Station across the Warzone map.

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If you want to save a teammate, however, then you need to buy a Squad Buyback for $4500.

Using this will allow you to bring a squadmate back to the battlefield. The downside is that you'll need to buy one for every downed teammate, so, if you're the last soldier standing, that's going to cost you $9000.

Tips and tricks for surviving the gulag in Warzone

Here are some tips and tricks that could help you win your match in Call of Duty: Warzone's gulag:

  • Make sure you read your loadout when the match begins; you don't want to waste time doing it during the match.
  • Since your loadout in the gulag is random, it's a good idea to be familiar with each weapon type in Warzone. This way, you'll have a tactic no matter which weapons you're given.
  • Don't forget to practise fist fighting - there's no guarantee you'll receive a gun.
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Always remember to check your loadout.
  • Learn what each gulag map looks like, because having a quick idea about what the lay of the land looks like could give you an early advantage over your opponent.
  • Never be afraid to run for cover - the goal is survival after all.
  • While you might be tempted to capture the flag straight away in Overtime, it could also be used as bait to destroy your opponent.

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