Operator Skins Guide


Both Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare and its battle royale component Warzone offer a range of customization options from gun camos to player cosmetics. The player cosmetics are called Operators. Each Operator skin comes with a different character model, unique dialogues and finishing moves (more on that below).

Note that these cosmetics are purely for decorative / visual purposes and often bragging rights! They do not give any added advantage during your gameplay. There are two main factions in the game, the Coalition and the Allegiance. Both factions include a variety of Operators to choose from and you can choose any one of the factions to play with.

In the regular Multiplayer version of the game (i.e. Modern Warfare), choosing a faction will increase your chances of being put into that particular faction when a match starts, such as Ground War. However, it is not the same in Warzone and choosing a faction is irrelevant since everyone has different skins. Remember, the use of these operators are just for aesthetic purposes.

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There are two main types of skins - Mil-Sim which are the default real-world inspired Operator skins (i.e. military simulator) and in-game character skins. These are available for both factions with the exception of Mil-Sim skins for the Allegiance faction. There are no Mil-Sim skins for Allegiance faction as of today.

Unlocking Operators

Those who own the full version of the game (i.e. Modern Warfare) have the exclusive advantage of some Operators being completely free since they are unlock by completing certain Campaign Missions and Co-Op missions.

Warzone players have a number of different options to unlock operators though. You can: (1) acquire Operator skins through the in-game Store; (2) complete Battle Pass challenges; or (3) acquire additional skins for Operators which will automatically unlock the base version of the Operator. You can acquire a skin by obtaining a skin variant of any one of the Operators through Battle Pass (that is, if there is any skin variant available on one of the tiers).

For example, the Mara Operator was available upon purchasing the Season 1 Battle Pass. However, since Season 1 is finished, Warzone players can easily get it now by buying Battle Pass Season 3 and upgrading to tier level 90 in order to acquire a Death Dealer Rare Mara Skin. Obtaining this skin will automatically unlock the Mara Operator as well. So we think it's safe to say that Warzone-only players are not missing out on any of the Operators, as long as they are able to acquire a skin for an Operator.

Unlocking Operators through doing certain Co-Op challenges and campaign missions is only possible for those who own the full version of the game, Modern Warfare, but as stated above, free Warzone players can always acquire a skin to unlock those Operators.

Coalition Operators

Mil-Sim Operators

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This Operator is available by default.

USEF

The USEF Mil-Sim has three skin variants (USEF I,II & III). USEF I unlocks at Battle Pass Season 3 Tier Level 10.

SKSF

The SKSF Mil-Sim has three skin variants (SKSF I,II & III). SKSF I unlocks at Battle Pass Season 3 Tier Level 30.

Pararescue

The Pararescue Mil-Sim has three skin variants (Pararescue I,II & III). Pararescue I unlocks at Battle Pass Season 3 Tier Level 50.

CTSFO

The CTSFO Mil-Sim has three skin variants (CTSFO I,II & III). CTSFO I unlocks at Battle Pass Season 3 Tier Level 70.

USMC Raider

The USMC Raider Mil-Sim has three skin variants (USMC Raider I,II & III). USMC Raider I unlocks at Battle Pass Season 4 Tier Level 30.

Lagunari

The Lagunari Mil-Sim has three skin variants (Lagunari I,II & III). Lagunari I unlocks at Battle Pass Season 4 Tier Level 50.

JTF2

The JTF2 Mil-Sim has two skin variants (JTF2 I & II). JTF2 I unlocks at Battle Pass Season 5 Tier Level 40.

In-game Character Operators

Ghost

Either purchase Season 2 Battle Pass, purchase the Ghost operator through the in-game Store or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Thorne

To unlock the Thorne base Operator, complete The Piccadilly Campaign Mission in Modern Warfare or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Charly

Play 25 public matches or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Otter

Complete Operation: Crosswind in Western Verdansk (Modern Warfare) or acquire a skin for this Operator.

D-Day

To unlock the D-Day base Operator, complete The Hunting Party Campaign Mission (Modern Warfare) or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Alice

Complete Operation: Headhunter in Downtown Verdansk (Modern Warfare) or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Raines

Get 500 LMG kills in Multiplayer or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Talon

Unlock by purchasing the "Talon Operator Bundle" from the in-game Store.

Domino

Unlock by winning 5 matches of Gunfight in Modern Warfare. You can also unlock this Operator by acquiring her "Battle Ready" skin when you complete the Warzone tutorial. Remember, if you acquire a skin for any Operator, they are automatically unlocked for you.

Golem

Complete Operation: Kuvalda in Easter Verdansk or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Mara

Either purchase the Season 1 Battle Pass or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Wyatt

Complete The Wolf's Den Campaign Mission (Modern Warfare) or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Ronin

Unlock by purchasing the "Ronin Operator Pack" in the Store or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Alex

Unlocked in the Season 3 Battle Pass or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Price

Unlocked in the Season 4 Battle Pass or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Kyle

Unlocked by purchasing the "Kyle Operator Bundle" in the Store or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Morte

Unlocked by purchasing the "Morte Operator Bundle" in the Store or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Frank Woods

Unlocked by pre-ordering any version (either Standard or Ultimate) of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Allegiance Operators

Mil-Sim Operators

Shadow Company

The Shadow Company Mil-Sim has three skin variants (Shadow Company I, II & III). Shadow Company I unlocks at Battle Pass Season 5 Tier Level 19.

Urzikstan SSG

The Urzikstan SSG Mil-Sim has three skin variants (Urzikstan SSG I,II & III). Urzikstan SSG I unlocks at Battle Pass Season 4 Tier Level 10.

Russian FGF

The Russian FGF Mil-Sim has three skin variants (Russian FGF I,II & III). Russian FGF I unlocks at Battle Pass Season 4 Tier Level 70.

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In-game Character Operators

Minotaur

Get 300 Assault Rifle Kills in Multiplayer or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Bale

To unlock this Operator, complete the Into The Furnace Campaign Mission (Modern Warfare) or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Rodion

Complete Operation: Paladin in Western Verdansk (Modern Warfare) or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Nikto

Unlock by purchasing the "Nikto Operator Bundle" in the Store or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Mace

Unlock by purchasing the "Mace Operator Bundle" in the Store or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Azur

To unlock this Operator, complete The Old Comrades Campaign Mission in Modern Warfare or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Grinch

Get 100 Headshots in Multiplayer or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Zane

Complete all the given Co-Op Operations in Verdansk (Modern Warfare) or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Yegor

To unlock this Operator, complete The Proxy War Campaign Mission (Modern Warfare) or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Kreuger

Execute 25 Finishing Moves in regular multiplayer or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Syd

Kill 5 Juggernauts in any single Co-Op Mission (Modern Warfare) or acquire a skin for this Operator.

Iskra

Unlock by purchasing the "Iskra Operator Bundle" in the store or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Roze

Unlock by purchasing the "Roze Operator Bundle" in the store or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Lerch

Unlocked in the Season 5 Battle Pass or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Velikan

Unlocked by purchasing the Velikan Operator Bundle or by acquiring a skin for this Operator.

Operator Skin Variants and Rarity

All the Operators have different skins that can be acquired through Battle Pass or by completing different challenges. You can change the skin of your Operator by going to the "Customize" option when you have an Operator highlighted. Below you can see some of the skins for Operator Thorne.

Just like the Weapons, these Operator Skins also hold rarity levels depicted by color. The rarity levels in order of increasing rarity are Common (Gray), Uncommon (Green), Rare (Blue), Epic (Purple) and Legendary (Orange).

For some skins you will need to complete missions. You can see the mission details for the skins which will take you to the "Operator Missions" section detailing all the objectives that you need to compete in order to unlock that specific skin for the Operator.

Finishing Moves

There are different Finishing Moves available for each Operator. These Finishing Moves are basically execution methods which can be performed by holding down your melee button when you sneak behind your enemy.

When you execute a Finishing Move, an animation plays out showing you taking out the enemy player. If you are playing online and perform a Finishing Move, it may be interrupted by another player if you get shot during an animation.

This article will be updated as more Operators are added in the future.

Hassan Sajid

Hassan has always loved Battle Royale games, right from the start of his gaming career. He has played PUBG and Fortnite extensively and as a fan of the Call of Duty series, Warzone is a no brainier for him. His favourite Call of Duty title is Modern Warfare 2. Hassan uses his in-game experience to create guides and videos that are aimed at helping other Warzone players become better. Hassan is also on LinkedIn.

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  1. Well Acquiring another skin for that Operator doesn’t make you have the base skin.Because I have the UDT Ghost skin but having this skin didn’t give me the Ghost skin that was in the season 2 battle pass

    1. Hi Ali,
      Thanks for your comment. As per our knowledge, if you acquire any skin through Battle Pass associated with any operator, that particular operator is unlocked for you along with the skin which you might have acquired through Battle Pass tier ranking. In addition to that, you can also buy bundles in order to unlock an operator along with the skin available within that bundle.

    1. Hi Ahmed, thanks for your comment. To unlock Kreuger, you must perform these in the regular multiplayer version of the game, which means that you need to have the game bought. Or you can get skin through Battle Pass tier progression if you have that bought in just Warzone.

      Another alternative if you haven't bought the game is to wait for free to play multiplayer. Whenever that rolls out, and you can play the multiplayer version (it is for a limited time only), then you can go ahead and perform these 25 finishing moves in that. If you are not able to do that within the free to play multiplayer period, do not worry as the progress carries on, and you may continue to do the same whenever another free multiplayer is available. I hope this helps!

  2. Hi, the pack of Ronin is not available anymore at the store, just when i've decided to buy it... Can I buy in other way?

    1. Hi Jair, unfortunately, they've removed the Ronin Operator Bundle pack from the store for now. But, we expect them to have him back up in the store soon or at least include him in the next battle pass season.

        1. Hi Jair, you're welcome and if you didn't know already the Ronin Operator Bundle is now back up in store and available to purchase!

    2. So’ that means there is no way to get the “Jawbone” Ghost skin that came out in the last season anymore?I mean the version in season 2 not another ghost skin

      1. Hi Ali, that's correct. You won't be able to get the "Jawbone" skin anymore unless they decide to include it in the future operator bundle or season.

        If you do not unlock the operator skin within the season, it is meant to be unlocked in, then it just stays there, and it is greyed out.

  3. I really want to buy the black forest skin for golem, but i don't have the full version of the game and it doesn't say : ' the operator skin included will also unlock the operator.' Will I still be able to use this skin/operator?

    1. Hi Mick, thanks for your comment. Yes, you will have the operator unlocked along with the skin in the pack. You don't have to worry about not owning the full version of the game. Good luck!

  4. ciao,volevo chiederti una cosa:ma se una personaggio si può acquisire solo da un bundle si sbloccherà solo la variante del bundle,perché non mi risulta che nikto abbia altre skin oltre quella che sblocchi nel bundle in poche parole avrai altre di base del personaggio skin per nikto rodion mace talon e iskra se acquisti il loro bundle?
    perché avrei intenzione per il mio compleanno di acquistare il bundle di nikto

    1. Hi Cosimo, I'm assuming you've asked whether or not you will be able to unlock other skins for the operator if you buy a bundle with a particular skin in it for that specific operator?

      To answer your question, you will only unlock the skin in that bundle and not the other skins. If you buy Iskra bundle then Iskra operator will be unlocked with the skin in that bundle. I hope this answered your question.

      1. So, who is the classic ghost operator skin ?? It's similar to the jawbone or mandible ? I don't really know how it is. Cause I think that the basic ghost operator skin was the jawbone

        1. Hi Jose, the "Classic" skin and the "Jawbone" skin both are different skins for Ghost Operator. Whatever bundle you buy, you will get the skin that is in that bundle only.

          If Ghost Operator is not unlocked for you yet, then it will be unlocked along with whatever skin is present in the bundle that you buy. I hope it clears your confusion!

          Also, I think what you're referring to is the first skin, which was introduced with the introduction of the operator itself. If it was in the previous season, then you won't be able to get that skin now since some of these skins are only season-specific and should be obtained within that season.

          1. Hi Edward, that's correct. The missions are only available in the full version of Modern Warfare for majority of the operators.
            But there are some exceptions if you've bought a battle pass. In case you unlock an operator through the battle pass, you may get challenges for different variants of that specific skin that you may be able to do in Warzone as well.
            For instance, you can read my response to William where those challenges can be done even in Warzone. One of the challenges, for example, is to call in a UAV 3 times, you can call that in any Warzone match or even in Multiplayer if you have the full version of the game.

  5. Hello Hassan,with the new update that came out today there is a new ghost skin bundle and it gives a skin called “Classic ghost”.Do you think that I may get the base skin of ghost called “Jawbone” when I get the new ghost skin bundle

    1. Hi Ali, unfortunately, no since the bundle does not include Jawbone skin. When we say that buying a bundle unlocks the base skin, we are actually talking about the Operator unlocking itself. So it will unlock Ghost operator with the Classic Ghost skin included in the bundle. Hope this helped!

  6. Hey bro, so that means if today they launch the new ghost contingency bundle in the store. If I buy it, I would get the jawbone ghost of season 2 ?

    1. Hi Jose, thanks for your comment. And no, since the bundle does not include Jawbone operator skin you won't be able to unlock it. You can only unlock Ghost operator with the Classic Skin available in the bundle.

  7. Been trying to unlock the consecutive CTSFO II and III skins. For III skin, it says to complete 1 match using that mil-sim as my coalition operator... I have easily completed over 10 matches using him. Nothing. Not unlocked. For number II it says to call in a UAV 4 times to unlock. I have... multiple times. Nothing. No unlocks at all. WTF is going on?

    1. Hi William, there are a total of 4 challenges that you need to complete to unlock these two Operators successfully. I know when you hover over these Operator names, you see their particular challenges, but there are 4 challenges.

      When you hover over CTSFO II or III, you can go to "View Mission Details" screen where you can see all the challenges you need to complete in the proper order to unlock the Operators.

      The challenges (or objectives) in order are:
      1 - Get 3 Hipfire kills while using Mil-Sim as your Coalition Operator

      2 - Call in a UAV 4 times while using Mil-Sim as your Coalition Operator

      3 - Get 3 Point Blank kills while using Mil-Sim as your Coalition Operator.

      4 - Complete 1 match using Mil-Sim as your Coalition Operator.

      Note that you need to complete these in the order shown. The game won't register your UAVs used if you haven't completed the first challenge where you need to get 3 Hipfire kills. I hope this helps!

  8. Hey bro, im trying to complete the S3 battle pass Rodion challenges but the 3/4 (purchase armor bundle 2 times in warzone) is stucked and does not count, its still 0/2... Heard a lot of tips like try w/ this skin or try w/ that weapon, tried each and every one of them but still nothing. Theoretically the last update fixed this challenge according to the official website but I still cannot complete it. Any method that works? Would be greatful for your help. Thx

    1. Hi JardoHUN, I believe for this one to be registered you need to buy the armor bundle and then use two plates from that purchased bundle in the game while you are having the "Burger Town" Rodeion skin on. And make sure you do not exit the game and complete it. Either win or just when you die. I Hope this helps!

      1. Hey Hassan, so I've tried this challenge with the "Burger Town" skin, purchased the armor bundle and used 2 plates(I used a Molotov to bring down the 2 plates you land with). In the same game life Also got into a gunfight with a squad that wiped all my armor, I went ahead and purchased a 2nd armor bundle again, used the purchased plates with no progression showing once the game finished.
        I as the previous post says, have tried everything but nothing works. Any suggestions on what else may work?
        Thank you for your help in advanced.

        1. Hi Norm, so I looked into this a bit more, and it seems this challenge has been bugged. For some people, it is registering the armor while the others are struggling.

          I can suggest one more solution, which I hope will help you. Try to buy Armor Box (2 Armor Boxes) from the Buy Station instead of the Armor Bundle and then try to complete this challenge. While, of course, making sure you are using the "Burger Town" skin and playing in BR (not Plunder). Do let us know how it goes for you!

  9. Hey, why do some people spawn in as cool looking normal soldiers that don't exist in the operator menu, for example, I saw some players look like the normal soldier you see in campaign, or the other guy looking like Russian special forces. It's not the milsim skins though. How do I unlock these guys?

    1. Hi Shomajn, thanks for your comment. I am not exactly sure because all the operators that you see are in the game. However, the different skin variants are available in the game, which gives an entirely different look to your operator, which could be the reason for a completely different looking skin.

  10. Hey there! So I really want the Talon basic skin but it seems like the only way to get it by buying the bundle. Fortunately a skin of him has been realeased along the season 4 battle pass. I leveled ud and obtained the skin but it seems like the basic skin of Talon didn't unlock. Is there any way to get it?

    1. Hi Michael, thanks for your comment. I am assuming by basic skin you mean the "Scarecrow" skin for Talon. Unfortunately, that skin is only obtainable by buying the "Talon Operator Bundle" from the in-game store.

      When you level up in a battle pass and unlock a skin for an operator, only that specific skin unlocks along with the operator, of course.

      1. Hello, I’ve been trying to unlock the yegor skin with the hope of unlocking his superstar variant ( the red tracksuit). However after unlocking yegor I found there was no place where i could complete the challenges in order to unlock this variant. Do you know if i can still unlock it in season 4?

        1. Hi Bosco, thanks for your comment!
          The Superstar skin for Yegor was a Season 2 exclusive skin. Unfortunately, you won't be able to get it now unless they decide to add it to the Battle Pass or in-game store in the future.

          1. If I missed out on maras death dealer outfit bc I didnt make it that high in last seasons battle pass, is there any way for me to unlock that outfit or is it just never gonna happen now?

          2. Hi Justin. Unfortunately, you won't be able to get it now since it was a Season 3 Battle Pass exclusive skin. The only other way to get it now is if they decide to add it into an Operator Bundle or next Battle Pass.

        1. Hi Pin2Win, Unfortunately, if you didn't unlock it in Season 3 by reaching tier 70 in the Battle Pass, then you've missed out on the skin since it was a Season 3 exclusive skin. There's no other way to get that skin as of now.

    1. Hey George, thanks for your comment! I'm assuming you're asking about Valor Thorne skin, which was in the Battle Pass? Unfortunately, you won't be able to get it now because it was a Season 3 exclusive skin, which was obtainable only in that Season Battle Pass.

  11. Hi,
    I've completed the Battlepass to 100 and got the skins. But few skins have variants that are acquired by completing the missions. Can I even complete the missions after the season is over or does the missions have to be completed during the season?

    1. Hi Kaycee, If you've unlocked the main skin during the Season, then you will be able to complete the variant challenges even after the Season ends!

  12. Hi Hassan, if you unlock a set of skins and operators in the battlepass but decide to hold off on doing the challenges for that season’s variants of the operator skin, when the next season rolls around do you lose the chance to do those challenges and acquire those variants of the operator?

    1. Hi KingKomodo, yes, you will still get the chance to unlock the variants of that particular skin as long as you've unlocked it in that season in the first place.

  13. Hi Hassan, if you unlock a set of skins and operators in the battlepass but decide to hold off on doing the challenges for that season’s variants of the operator skin, when the next season rolls around do you lose the chance to do those challenges and acquire those variants of the operator?

    1. Hi Rostom, when you buy a skin for a weapon, it will behave just like a regular camo. You can customize it by adding stickers and charms yes, just like any other camo!

  14. Hello,
    please.. how can i get the operator Ghost.. and posible get him with skin from BattlePass2 (same like on picture here!!) not skin from ingame-store (from: MW2 remastered skin). Thank you for answer and good luck with hunt in WarZone!

    1. Hi, thanks for your comment. You can buy an Operator Bundle from the in-game store and whatever skin is available there will be acquired. Unfortunately, you won't be able to acquire the Season 2 Battle Pass skin as it was exclusive to that Season only. If you were not able to get it in that Season then there is no way of getting it. Unless of course, they decide to include it in the future Seasons/Battle Pass. Good luck!

  15. Hi! I completed the S1 battlepass but for some reason my Mara S1 skin isn’t available now? Is this a big or there a way to get support on what happened?

    1. Hi Leila. That sounds strange. What exactly is it showing? Is the whole Operator not showing up or just that one skin?

  16. Hi Hassan, i haven`t bought the game but i was trying to get the addditional skins for the available operators that come with the free game. Seeems like i cannot do the missions, like have that character equipped and do 10 smg kills lets say for the first mission or so :(. How can i unlock them ? Regards,
    Alex.

    1. Hey Alex, thanks for your comment. Unfortunately, if you haven't bought the full version of the game, then some of these missions are not doable.

      But, you will be able to do the missions that come with the Operators in the Battle Pass if you have bought the pass and unlocked that Operator through that!

      Hope I was clear. Good luck!

  17. Hi,
    i'm trying to unlock the last wyatt skin season 5 (the red on) .
    the description said: "activate 5 killstreaks with Wyatt"
    i did it in Warzone and Multiplayer but the skin didnt unluck.

    Do i need specific Killstreaks to unluck or can i pick random ones?

    1. Hi Marius, thanks for your comment. Many players are experiencing the same issue and reportedly it is a bug. We will have to hope for IW to fix it soon.

      I haven't reached that challenge yet but I will be sure to update you if it works for me and how.