Call of Duty: Vanguard Covenants are a vital part of Zombies.
If you’re taking a break from the campaign and regular multiplayer matches, Zombies introduces a whole new mode for you to explore. In it, the pacts will be present as a season that you will want to pay attention to.
With multiple covenants to know about, it’s best to prepare beforehand. This guide explains how to unlock covenants and the full list of covenants to better fight the endless hordes of undead.
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How to unlock pacts in Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies
Covenants are a new addition to Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies and serve as stations for interesting bonuses and abilities to use in matches. In essence, these are integrated with the experience as a whole.
For example, aside from quirky abilities like the ability to turn enemies to your side, ammo mods are no longer present. Instead, the pacts take the reins in that sense.
The gist of Zombies is this: you undertake a series of objectives by teleporting to different areas, but once you’re done, you’ll be transported back to a central area in Stalingrad. This is where, in addition to upgrading our weapons or checking other stations, you can access the Altar of Covenants.
It is very easy to use them: the Altar of Covenants is always the same, marked on the map of the central area. Once you have collected some Sacrificial Hearts, which are obtained by completing the aforementioned objectives, you will be able to purchase covenants.
There is no way to select specific covenants; instead, they are all unlocked from the beginning, but the selection is always random. You can buy and equip up to three at a time, and the more time you spend in games, the more you’ll start to see the same covenants at higher rarity.
So what exactly are covenants? Go to our next section to see the full list.
How to unlock epic and legendary pacts in Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies
As we’ve seen before in previous releases, Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies is worth sticking around for a while. Not only will you have the opportunity to save more money and look for better upgrades or more powerful weapons, but the pacts will also improve.
In our experience, covenants always started in the Rare category. This is your standard and in most cases it only adds the perk/ability you can use. To get better versions of Covenants, you’ll have to spend some time completing objectives.
The Altar’s eyes change color to reflect the rarity of the pacts.
In most cases, it didn’t take long for epic pacts to appear, which are the second category. Once again, the selection is random, so it may take you a while to find an upgraded version of a covenant you’ve equipped. But at least epic pacts aren’t very elusive.
Legendary covenants, on the other hand, can be more complicated. During one game, we reached wave 10 without seeing a single legendary covenant. It takes some time, but it’s definitely worth the wait.
If you’re in a hurry or just want to know what to expect from the Altar of Covenants at a glance, pay attention to the color of the altar’s eyes: blue is rare, purple is epic, and orange is legendary.
So what exactly are Covenants and their rarity bonuses? Go to our next section to see the full list.
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Call of Duty: Vanguard Covenants List
There are a total of 16 covenants in Call of Duty: Vanguard. Initially there were only 11, but Vanguard Season 1 brought 5 new Covenants. Plus, each one has multiple rarities (which can range from rare to epic to legendary), so longer games will definitely be worth your time.
The random nature of covenants means there is no guarantee of seeing specific covenants over others. It may take one round, two or three, or simply not appear for a long time. The selection can also be quite repetitive, which doesn’t help, so patience is definitely recommended.
In alphabetical order, you can find the list of agreements below:
|Ammo Gremlin||Stowed weapons automatically reload ammunition||Holed weapons refill ammo quickly||Holed weapons refill ammo quickly|
|bloodlust||Melee attacks do more damage and heal you||Melee attacks do more damage and heal you||Melee attacks do more damage and heal you|
|brain rot||Ability to turn a normal enemy by shooting them.||Ability to turn any enemy when shooting at them.||Ability to turn any enemy when shooting at them. The deadly explosion turns nearby enemies|
|Sulfur||Constantly deals damage to nearby enemies.||Constantly deals increased damage to nearby enemies.||Constantly deals significantly more damage to nearby enemies.|
|sacrifice the weak||Deals more damage to slowed or stunned enemies.||Deals significantly more damage to guarded or stunned enemies.||Deals significantly more damage and massive critical damage to slowed or stunned enemies.|
|cryofreeze||Ability to slow down a normal enemy by shooting them.||Ability to slow down any enemy by shooting them.||Ability to slow down any enemy by shooting them. The deadly explosion freezes nearby enemies.|
|Precisely dead||Successive shots at the same enemy cause more damage||Successive shots at the same enemy cause much more damage||Successive shots at any enemy deal much more damage|
|dead shot||Aiming down moves the crosshairs to a critical location. Eliminates weapon sway. Additional damage on first critical for each enemy||Aiming down moves the crosshairs to a critical location. Eliminates weapon sway. Large damage bonus on first critical for each enemy.||N/A|
|dead wire||Chance to stun a normal enemy by shooting them||Ability to stun a normal or special enemy by shooting them||Ability to stun a normal or special enemy by shooting them. It can also stun nearby enemies.|
|death Punch||Critical kills return a bullet to the magazine||N/A||Critical kills return 2 bullets to the magazine.|
|Money||Small possibility of preserving the equipment after use.||High probability of preserving the equipment after use||High chance of keeping equipment after using it and a small chance of receiving additional equipment|
|Resurrectionist||Revive allies faster||Revives allies much faster.||Revives allies much faster and automatically revives nearby allies.|
|Bully||Get More Truck Salvage||Get More Truck Salvage||Get much more salvage from objective pickups and rewards.|
|splash party||Enemies killed by explosions have a chance to explode.||Enemies killed by explosions have a high chance of exploding||Enemies killed by explosions have a high chance of exploding.|
|quick revenge||Deals more damage the faster you move. It activates shortly after starting to move.||Deals much more damage the faster you move. It activates shortly after starting to move.||Deals much more damage the faster you move. Activates immediately when moving|
|unsacred land||Deal more damage when shooting while standing||Deal much more damage when shooting while standing||Deals significantly more damage when shooting while standing and for a short time after starting to move.|
That’s everything you need to know about covenants in Vanguard Zombies! If you’re curious about the best covenant builds, our best builds page can help.