Warzone 2 Strongholds: The Definitive Guide

Strongholds in Warzone 2, their challenges and rewards summed up

Warzone 2: Stronghold Cover Picture
Warzone 2 Strongholds: Complete Guide

Strongholds are one of the latest additions in Warzone 2. They are specific buildings defended by strong AI enemies. The precious loot hidden there is the reward you obtain for clearing out these places. If you are lucky enough, you can get your hands on a rare weapon blueprint as well. In this comprehensive guide, we will go through the complete details of the strongholds in Warzone 2, the challenges you can face there, and the rewards for conquering them.

Key Takeaways

  • Strongholds are buildings that AI enemies guard.
  • Unlocking the stronghold requires a key in the DMZ Mode.
  • Strongholds are an excellent source of massive loot like loadout crates and UAVs.
  • Strongholds in battle royale have a first come, first serve reward of weapon blueprint in the Black Site.

Stronghold Locations

Strongholds are spawned randomly on the map of Al-Mazarah. These are marked by shield-looking symbols on the map. There are a total of three strongholds in the battle royale, while there are more than ten in the DMZ. The strongholds in the battle royale are available only after the first circle ends. Whereas in the DMZ, they have been accessible since the beginning of the match. Point of Interest (POI) zones are the most usual places where you can look for a stronghold. These are the prime regions of the map, consisting of urban areas having at least one special building with an appreciable amount of loot. According to estimates, there are 70 hot zones that will be chosen as strongholds.

Warzone 2 DMZ map showing a few strongholds.
A few Strongholds marked on DMZ Map

Enemies In The Stronghold

The only thing that stops you from getting all the exclusive loot at Stronghold is the AI bots. They are a little tougher than the ones present in other places on the map. Several of them will have riot shields, armor, and heavy weapons. We will discuss the two toughest of them in detail in the Warzone 2 Strongholds: Comprehensive Guide and how to defeat them.


One significant addition to Stronghold is the AI juggernaut present in the Black Site. This AI boss is equipped with a minigun and the standard Juggernaut armor gear to provide the strongest resistance to players seizing the stronghold. So, your loadout should consist of high-powered weapons like assault rifles or LMGs and a lot of armor plates to face them before entering a stronghold. A couple of clean shots to its head would do considerable damage to it. Playing as a team and providing cover for each other will give you a notable advantage over him.

Riot Shield Guards

These AI bots usually stand at the front door or entrance of the house to welcome you. They are equipped with heavy duty riot shields, so it is not going to be easy to kill them using bullets alone. The best method to kill them is to use Frag Grenades or Semtex. These tactical equipment are necessary when assaulting a stronghold along with stuns.

Differences Between BR And DMZ Strongholds

Although the battle royale and DMZ feature the same map of Al-Mazarah, and both of them have strongholds, the overall gameplay and its effects on the player differ in both game mode. Comparatively, the strongholds in DMZ are easier to vanquish than the ones in the battle royale mode. This comprehensive guide on strongholds in warzone 2 gives a broad information on the difference between them as well as how to tackle the challenges faced in these places.

Battle Royale stronghold locations in warzone 2
The three strongholds in battle royale as compared to more than ten in DMZ.


The major objectives of locating and assaulting a stronghold differ depending on the mode of game you are playing in Warzone 2. In the battle royal, your primary objective is to defuse a bomb present in the stronghold. There are a ton of enemies in a stronghold, so it is suggested to clear the whole building prior to going for the objective. After defusing the bomb, the first team that completes this task receives a black site key. This key gives access to the black site found only in the strongholds of the battle royale mode. Black sites have more powerful enemies as well as better loot.

The requirements for the strongholds in DMZ are a lot different than in the battle royale. You need to acquire special stronghold keys to get access to a stronghold. After accessing the key, you can storm any stronghold you desire. Strongholds in DMZ are only meant to be places with lots of loot that can help you in later game, but not as good as the loot in the other mode. That is why, they are a lot effortless to get control of as well.


The strongholds are the first-class places to look for if you need extensive loot items. The first person to reach and clear a stronghold receives a black site key, loadout crate and a temporary UAV over the region. Entering the black site and clearing it rewards a permanent weapon case and a permanent UAV. This loot is exclusive for battle royale mode only.

For the DMZ mode, you can get yourself a rare set of contraband weapons in one of the weapon boxes found in the building. Other than a weapon case, you can find expensive items worth good amount of cash that are sellable at buy stations. Another important item is the white lotus intel, dropped by one of the AI guards. This piece of intel completes the faction mission “Storm the Stronghold.”

Stronghold Keys

Keys play a critical role in the DMZ mode. They give access to some special locations in the mode, each having a characteristic challenge and also particular loot. Strongholds in DMZ also require their own specific keys to get entrance. These keys are obtainable from a number of sources found around the map.

  • Buy Stations: Buy Stations in DMZ offer to sell stronghold keys for $5000. Anyhow, these are present in almost every buy station, but commonly at the buy stations around or near strongholds.
  • Loot: Another remarkable source to get a stronghold key is to find it in loot crates or lying around in random places on the map.
  • AI Enemy: AI enemies sometimes drop a stronghold key when killed as a loot item.
  • Other Players: If some other player has a key, you can get it by killing him and looting his backpack. There is not always a chance but still it good to check players that were killed near buy stations or strongholds.
Stronghold Keycard available at Buy Station in DMZ mode
Stronghold Keycard at Buy Station for $5000

Black Sites

The black site is a more complex version of the strongholds present in the battle royale mode. Only one black site is present in each game in one of the three strongholds. Black sites are only accessible via black site keys. The first person or team to enter a stronghold and complete its primary goal of defusing the bomb will get a black site key in the loot items. Then, they can proceed to the black sites, which await robust AI and an even fiercer enemy, an AI juggernaut boss. Once you defeat the juggernaut, it drops a weapon case which contains a blueprint for a weapon. It will also give you a permanent UAV over the area for the time duration of the current circle. Even if you fail to get into the black site, you can still get the other loot and perks found in the strongholds.

Black Site key attained from looting Battle Royale stronghold
Black Site key found in the battle royale stronghold

Storm The Stronghold

Storm the stronghold is one of the first-tier missions of the faction Legion. This mission requires you to complete the following three tasks regarding strongholds:

  • You have to acquire a stronghold keycard by one the ways discussed above in the article.
  • Once you have the keycard, you have to enter any of the strongholds and kill all the AI enemies found there. One of them will give you a “white lotus intel” item.
  • You will need to extract with the attained white lotus intel item in order to successfully complete the mission.

Completing this mission gives 5000 XP and a weapon blueprint of an LMG “Pendulum”.

Guide for tasks in Storm the stronghold mission in DMZ mode warzone 2
Storm the stronghold mission tasks in DMZ mode

Final Thoughts

Even though strongholds are worth looting, but you should keep in mind the dangers when going in there. Without proper equipment, your chances of surviving are extremely low. The information discussed above in the warzone 2 strongholds comprehensive guide grants you every key point you need to take down a stronghold.

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