Snoop Dogg is now a playable character in Call of Duty

Reading the words "Snoop Dogg can be leveled up" in an official blog post has broken me, but it's true. Calvin Broadus Jr. is now a playable operator in Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Buying the Tracer Pack: Snoop Dogg Operator Bundle gives you Snoop, who has recorded voice lines for the occasion, and blueprints for three legendary weapons, all of which shoot Green Weed tracer rounds. Those weapons are an assault rifle called the West Coast Bling, an SMG called Tha Shiznit, and a sniper rifle called the Bong Ripper. You can't accuse them of not leaning into the theme.

Also included are a golden leaf weapon ("Mellow Medal"), an emblem ("The Original Gangsta"), a spray ("High Art"), and something called a "Finishizzle Movizzle". Vanguard players also receive a match intro called Tactical Toke, and an MVP highlight called "Hit This, Fam". 

As with other operators in Vanguard, Snoop has challenges that earn you XP when they're completed. His four challenges reward you for scoring wins, headshot kills, hipfire kills, and regular old boring vanilla kills. Each pushes Snoop along a progression path that unlocks more sprays, operator quips, a calling card, a sticker, weapon XP rewards, another weapon charm, a killcam vanity for Vanguard, and four alternate outfits. 

The top tier of those outfits are only unlocked when you get Snoop to level 20, at which point you earn the VIP outfit and one dubbed Tha Doggfather.

According to Snoop's official Call of Duty bio, he's a member of Task Force 420 and his hobbies include "Listening to K-Pop, Smoking, Painting". Yes, it's all quite weird, but the Call of Duty games have a history of weird cameos. (Never forget that Jeff Goldblum was in Black Ops 3's zombies mode.) And though he wasn't playable, back in 2014 Snoop loaned his voice to a Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer voice pack.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games. He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun, The Big Issue, GamesRadar, Zam, Glixel, Five Out of Ten Magazine, and, whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.