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‘Dog of Duty’ Stages a Rousing Comeback in ‘Modern Warfare II’

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Activision reinstates the canine companions in Call of Duty, a decade after the introduction of Riley in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Now, gamers have the chance to accompany Merlin, the friendly dog pictured above, who provides not only quality companionship but also fierce final moves in the fifth season (BlackCell) of CoD: Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0.

Merlin the Dog is presented by Activision as an additional companion for multiplayer, battle royale, and DMZ modes. As per the blog post, “[Merlin] offers the unique dual benefit of companionship and a destructive finishing move.” In an odd touch, players attach the dog to their belts when not in action. A sneak peek of one of Merlin’s ruthless finishes can be seen in the trailer below.

Activision underlines that “tactical pets” such as Merlin are invulnerable in the game. Since his role is limited to final moves and camaraderie, it doesn’t seem to offer a competitive edge.


For those who favor the D-O-Double Gs over dogs, Activision also offers a solution. The iconic rapper Snoop Dogg is back in the franchise, uniting with the esteemed Nicki Minaj following his last cameo as an add-on for Call of Duty: Vanguard in 2022. The new operator bundle for season five offers two skins and allows you to play as the renowned Long Beach rapper and cannabis enthusiast with a loadout featuring the “Toke Force 141” SMG, “Snoop Hustle” finishing move, and “High Rider” hatchback vehicle skin.

CoD: Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0’s fifth season is now live on all platforms. The BlackCell tier of Battle Pass, necessary to experience the canine companionship, is priced at $30.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Companionship

Q: What is the latest update in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0?

A: The latest update introduces the return of canine companions, featuring Merlin the Dog, providing companionship and powerful finishing moves in the game.

Q: How can players use Merlin in the game?

A: Players can choose to have Merlin as an optional companion in multiplayer, battle royale, and DMZ modes, strapping him to their belts when not in use.

Q: Are the tactical pets like Merlin vulnerable to harm in the game?

A: No, Activision ensures that tactical pets like Merlin are invincible in the game, as they are primarily present for finishing moves and companionship, without providing a competitive advantage.

Q: Who else is making a comeback in the game?

A: Alongside Merlin, the legendary rapper Snoop Dogg is returning to the franchise, alongside Nicki Minaj, as part of a new season five operator bundle. Players can embody Snoop Dogg with exclusive skins and loadouts.

Q: How much does the BlackCell tier of Battle Pass, granting access to canine companionship, cost?

A: The BlackCell tier of Battle Pass is priced at $30 and allows players to enjoy the companionship of Merlin the Dog and experience his unique finishing moves.

More about Companionship

  • Activision Website: Official website of Activision, the publisher of Call of Duty games.
  • Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II: Official Call of Duty website providing information about Modern Warfare II.
  • Warzone 2.0: Official website for Warzone 2.0, the battle royale mode of Call of Duty.
  • Merlin the Dog: Details about Merlin the Dog, the new canine companion in Call of Duty.
  • Snoop Dogg: Official website of Snoop Dogg, the rapper making a comeback in Call of Duty.
  • Nicki Minaj: Official website of Nicki Minaj, another addition to the Call of Duty franchise.
  • Season Five Announcement Blog Post: Official blog post by Activision announcing the features of Season Five in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II and Warzone 2.0.

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RapidFireGirl August 3, 2023 - 11:14 am

$30 for BlackCell Battle Pass? A bit pricey, but gettin Merlin’s worth it! Can’t wait 2 see him in action, takin down enemies with his savage moves!

CODGamer94 August 3, 2023 - 12:44 pm

omg, i luv dat they bringin back da dog companions, so cute n badass at da same time! Cant wait 2 try out Merlin in multiplayer & battle royale, hes gonna be amazin!

SnoopFan99 August 3, 2023 - 4:14 pm

snoop dogg is back in cod?! yo, thats dope! ima play as him, da Snoop Hustle finishing move sounds sick, n da High Rider skin, yesss!

GamerPro2001 August 3, 2023 - 4:48 pm

dis season’s lit, Activision doin great with CoD! Merlin’s gonna be a loyal companion & get dem finishing moves, no harm on tactical pets, respect!


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