Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 update brings a zombie boss to Blackout

Another update to Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 vows to make Blackout even more dangerous for those participating in the battle royale mayhem. Treyarch has added the Blightfather zombie boss into Blackout for a limited time.

Through November 13, you'll be able to find Blightfather toward the south of Asylum, near the graveyard. Similarly to regular zombie spawns, Blightfather's presence will be announced by a red light beaming into the sky.

While the initial presence of zombies on the map already tipped us off to Treyarch's willingness to eclipse realism in Blackout, it's still interesting to see an actual zombie boss stomping around. It's a move that makes us excited for the future of Blackout as it means Treyarch will keep to its word that the mode will be ever-evolving.

Treyarch says you'll be rewarded "handsomely" if you manage to take it down, though that'll be no easy feat as it takes dozens of bullets to bring it to its knees. It's certainly something you might want to try with a squad as opposed to going it alone.

Beyond that, Treyarch also announced the temporary removal of the 9-bang throwable from Blackout. For the uninitiated, the 9-bang is essentially a flashbang, but its charge can go off up to 9 times depending on how long you cook it.

The problem is that the 9-bang was too effective at neutralizing an entire squad, even if that squad was reasonable spread out. Some have also complained about the inability to go prone while affected by the 9-bang.

We're not sure what will be done to balance the item to make it less frustrating to play against. In the meantime, you can rely on concussion grenades — now stackable up to two times and can be thrown further — for your non-lethal grenadier needs.

Other Blackout changes include buffs to all light machine guns, the Swordfish, the Spitfire, the Rampart 17, and the Auger DMR. And for fans of other modes, a host of bug fixes will make for a smoother overall experience. You can read the full details in Treyarch's Reddit post.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available now for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC starting at $59.99.

Quentyn Kennemer