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For similar weapons, see Signal Flare and Sticky Flare.
For a similar-looking equipment, see Tactical Insertion.

The Flare is a piece of equipment seen in Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty Online, Call of Duty: GhostsCall of Duty: Advanced Warfareand Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

Call of Duty 3Edit

Flares are seen in the campaign several times. In the mission "The Crossroads", a flare is used to provide light in a darkened, collapsed building. In "The Mace", green flares are used to signal the approach of the advancing Canadian Army. Finally, in "Chambois", flares are used to mark targets for airstrikes.

Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareEdit

Flares are seen several times in campaign. They are very blinding to players if they are using the Night Vision Goggles.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit


Flares are seen in several levels, including "The Gulag", where Soap fires a red one from his M4A1, in "Second Sun" in which Russians and Foley use them, and "Whiskey Hotel", where James Ramirez and other Rangers use green flares at the end of the level.


The Flare is used as a model for the Tactical Insertion. Green flares are for teammates, while red ones mark enemies.


Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit


In the level "Operation 40", a flare is shot to give when Woods, Mason, and Bowman to zipline into the facility. In "Crash Site", the Viet Cong throw flares at the player after they get off the boat. In addition, some are seen in garbage cans near the beginning of the level.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Edit


Flares are seen in the mission "Turbulence", where a flare is seen at the very end of the level. Sandman marks Delta Force's position with flares in "Bag and Drag". In addition, in "Stronghold", after Yuri and Price turn off the lights, flares are shortly later used by the Inner Circle.


Flares are used for the Tactical Insertion, just like in Modern Warfare 2.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: DefianceEdit

The flare is seen in the level "Clearing Out", where flares are used to mark the Russian Fortification for the player, who is controlling an AC-130.


Call of Duty: Black Ops IIEdit


At the beginning of the level "Suffer With Me", a PDF soldier fires an M8 Flare Pistol.


The map Aftermath has a tunnel filled with numerous red flares.


Call of Duty OnlineEdit


A pair of green flares are used by Rook at the end of "Crash Landing".

Call of Duty: GhostsEdit

Weapon Class


Starting Ammunition

1 (Extinction)

Maximum Ammunition

1 (Extinction)

Used by

Task Force Spectre
Rapid Reaction Force


In campaign, the flares are briefly seen in the level "Struck Down", where Keegan picks one up when they are looking for Ajax, and holds it in the "Harries Technique" under his MP-443 Grach. Hesh is later on seen carrying one after Ajax dies.


As in previous games, the flare is used as the model for the Tactical Insertion (Infected only).


The Flare also appears as a throwable equipment in Extinction. It will attract the Cryptids (except Rhinos), causing them to gather around it, become distracted and not attack the players or the Laser Drill (most of the time). They also try to touch it and also growl at it but no sound will be made. The flare lasts 20 seconds. Friendly cryptids are also affected by the flare. The flare is most useful for accuracy challenges, as the Cryptids will be relatively still and easy to shoot.


Call of Duty: Advanced WarfareEdit


Red flares are seen on the bridge near the end of the mission "Collapse", before the bridge's destruction. They have "Emergency Flare" written on them. Cormack uses a flare in the mission "Crash".

Multiplayer Edit

In the map Instinct, a flare can be seen. There is also one by the C Flag in Domination on the map Atlas Gorge.

Exo Survivial Edit

In the ending cutscene for Riot, a soldier lights a flare and throws it before the Zombies attack him.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIEdit

In the story trailer, a man who throws a torch onto a structure is seen holding a flare. Jacob Hendricks uses a flare in "Hypocenter" inside the Coalesence Corporation abandoned headquarters.

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