Warzone 2 armour - How does it work in the battle royale?

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Warzone player replacing armour plate
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November 28, 2022: Warzone 2 Season One is well underway. Still confused by the new armour? Scroll down for all there is to know.

The Warzone 2 armour system is one of the key areas you need to master in Call of Duty's latest battle royale offering. Infinity Ward has changed the process of plating up, much to the curiosity of players preparing to drop into Al Mazrah for the very first time.

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Armour provides you with an additional layer of protection against any incoming gunfire and explosives. By obtaining certain items over the course of a match, ensuring you have plenty of plates to use is rather straightforward.

Before we take a closer look at the Warzone 2 armour system, check out our guides showcasing the best Warzone 2 sniper rifle and all there is to know about the Warzone 2 map.

How does Warzone 2 armour work?

All players have access to two armour plates at the start of a match. You'll want to expand that as soon as possible by finding an Armour Satchel in a Supply Box or on the ground.

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By finding an Armour Satchel, you'll have the ability to equip three armour plates at once. It's a small addition but the extra protection makes all the difference in a hotly-contested gunfight.

Warzone 2 armour colours explained

With players having two or three armour plates equipped at any one time, Infinity Ward allows you to see the rarity of an opponent's armour through a new colour system.

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Depending on rarity, attackers can see a purple indicator signifying they have a rarer shield while a blue indicator represents one that's more common. Once Warzone 2 launches, we'll have a better idea on how the new system works and we'll share any new information in this guide.

Warzone 2 player aiming down sights
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Warzone 2 armour plate prioritisation

Just like in the Pacific era of Warzone, Warzone 2 will prioritise refilling a full armour plate before addressing any plates that have a small amount of damage.

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It's only a small change to an early build of the battle royale but it's great to see the developer listening to player feedback ahead of launch. Let's hope that trend continues when millions drop into action for the very first time.

Where to find armour in Warzone 2

Armour plates appear all over Al Mazrah through Supply Boxes or finding them inside buildings. Thanks to new looting logic, there's a possibility of finding them hidden inside lockers and toolboxes inside abandoned garages.

Rather than relying on the random luck of a Supply Box, searching these locations always contain the same or similar amounts of loot which is perfect when redeploying from the gulag.

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That's all there is to know about the Warzone 2 armour system. For more on the battle royale, check out our guides showcasing the best Warzone 2 AR and all the latest intel on upcoming Warzone 2 double XP events.