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Why is COD Mobile so easy? (Trust us, you're not that good, sorry)

Call of Duty Mobile easy bots
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If you've just started playing you're probably wondering why is Call of Duty Mobile so easy? The bad news is it's probably not because you're good. Sorry, truth hurts. The game is incredibly easy at the start and you'll find yourself winning games basically all the time and hardly ever dying. If you want to know why then this is where we explain [melodramatic TV voice] the shocking truth about what's going on on Call of Duty Mobile. 

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Why is COD Mobile so easy?

Call of Duty Mobile bots

(Image credit: Activision)

There's a simple answer to this potentially deep question: bots. Activision hasn't commented on the existence of bots/AI enemies in Call of Duty Mobile, but it's obvious that in the early levels, you're playing almost exclusively against AI enemies set to a very low difficulty. For the first couple of games you play, you'll be pitted against exclusively bots too, before you rank up once or twice.

Eventually – probably when you start to lose a game or two – you'll be playing with or against a couple of other real players, most notable because they'll also be picking up loads of kills. The majority of the lobby will still be populated with bots though, and it's unclear at which level all the bots are removed. When it comes to the battle royale mode, you'll find bots there too. Sorry to break it to you, but you aren't actually the best player in the world.

Once you reach rank 10 however, you unlock ranked mode. Playing this means you'll only be with and against real players, so it's a true test of your mettle. Unfortunately, employing bots in this way is a tactic seen by a number of games on mobile, most notably PUBG, but you can avoid it by playing ranked if bots ruin the fun for you!

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