Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an Allied soldier storming the beaches of Normandy on D-Day in World War II? Well, Operation Neptune in Call of Duty: WWII gives you the opportunity to virtually experience this historic moment.
Operation Neptune is one of the three War maps that were released with the launch of WWII on Nov. 3—and it’s a lot of fun.
War is a new game mode introduced in Call of Duty: WWII that features gameplay between Axis and Allied forces. In Operation Neptune, the Allies are the offensive team and the Axis are the defensive squad. The Allies need to complete three tasks in order to win the round, while the Axis try to prevent them from finishing any objectives.
There are two rounds in War, which gives each team a chance to play both as the offensive and defensive unit. Each objective is timed, and if the Allies win both rounds, the squad with the fastest overall time is victorious.
Here’s a breakdown of the three offensive objectives in Operation Neptune, as well as some strategies that can help you complete these tasks as quickly as possible.
Capture the cliff bunkers
The first offensive objective on Operation Neptune is to take control of the two Axis bunkers. The mission starts with you jumping off a boat into the water. You have six minutes to storm the beach and capture the two enemy bunkers.
For the initial stage of the mission, several bots are also storming the beach with you. Use them to your advantage to help you get closer to the bunkers—it’s quite difficult with so many Nazi turrets gunning you down. You will inevitably die several times at the beginning of this mission, but don’t let that frustrate you—just keep your head down and push forward.
There are two buildable ladders, one for each bunker. It’s important to get past the beach and build these ladders as quickly as possible to give you another entrance point into the bunkers. Once you’re inside the bunkers, try to prevent any Axis soldiers from re-entering in order to capture it.
Long-range weapons, especially snipers, are beneficial in the beginning of this mission. Once you’re on the beach and inside the bunkers, however, submachine guns are probably most useful. The Airborne division is likely the smartest option because it’ll allow you to sprint faster and for longer distances.
Destroy the comms equipment
If you succeed in capturing the bunkers, the next offensive objective for Operation Neptune is to destroy the comms equipment. There is a building located behind the bunker that houses 10 large communication devices. You need to destroy all 10 of these machines in five minutes in order to advance to the final phase of the map.
This objective is a lot more difficult than it sounds. The enemy team can build several walls to stall you and keep you outside of the building. You need to destroy these walls, hopefully without dying, and then push into the building to do some damage to the comms equipment.
SMGs are definitely a strong choice for this mission—especially once you’re inside the house. Shotguns can also be useful, and frag grenades are very helpful at pushing your opponents back and doing some damage to the enemy machinery.
Once again, the Airborne division will help you get into enemy territory quicker, but Armored is also a good choice if you notice your opponents are throwing more grenades at you.
Five minutes may seem like a decent amount of time to complete this, but trust us, you’ll need every second possible. Work with your team and coordinate pushes into the building to give yourself the best chance to win.
Destroy the artillery guns
If you successfully take down all of the comms equipment, the final offensive objective for Operation Neptune is to destroy the two Axis artillery guns. You need to plant a bomb three times on each turret in order to destroy it, and you’ll have six minutes to do this.
It only takes three seconds to plant the bomb, and the bomb timer is just 15 seconds. It also takes three seconds for the Axis forces to defuse the bomb. So if you can plant the explosive and live long enough to defend it for just 12 seconds, the bomb will successfully detonate.
This last phase of the map can get quite hectic, but it’s important to just stay calm and don’t rush full-steam-ahead right at the enemy. Coordinate a strategy with your team and go from there.
Determine how heavily your opponents are defending each turret in the opening seconds of this objective. If you figure out that there are more enemies at one turret, attack the other one and force their hand. If they stay on the other side of the map, you’ll destroy the turret. If they rotate, you’re opening up the other turret for the rest of your team.
Assault rifles can be useful for this final objective, but once again, SMGs are probably your best bet—especially if you’re playing the objective and rushing toward the turrets. The Airborne division will be helpful once again to get you near the turrets more quickly, while the Armored division will protect you from grenades while you’re trying to plant and defend the bomb.
Operation Neptune quite possibly is the most enjoyable War mission currently available in Call of Duty: WWII. It can get hectic and chaotic at times, but it’s still a lot of fun to play. We recommend playing with a set team of six so you can most effectively communicate and execute strategies. Try out the tips and tricks in this guide to see how quickly you can send the Axis forces packing in Operation Neptune.