While playing Advanced Warfare multiplayer online, suddenly the message "supply drop" appears and afterwards in the lobby I have a new package to open with various stuff in it (customized weapons, armor, etc.). I couldn't figure out if you have to actually do something to get this or just play and wait for it to appear randomly.

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    Situation: Activision gave "green light" to some resellers to already sell/deliver the game on firday (yesterday), and the (official!) servers are already online (already many players online too) so technically, everyone is able to play the game by now, he just needs to find a good seller (in my case gamestop) Commented Nov 1, 2014 at 22:43
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    Voting to reopen as per the meta post, When is a game publicly available? Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 7:58
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    To answer the question, you get supply drops by completing challenges and regularly through your game time (source is a tweet from SledgeHammer Games' CEO Michael Condrey and multiple interviews he gave before release).
    – rdurand
    Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 10:10
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    IGN also states in the supply drops page of its AW wiki, that they "can be earned for various reasons such as play time, completing challenges, and more."
    – rdurand
    Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 10:13
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    I'm really curious about why some people decided to close the, the game was legally available to the public when I asked the question, just not officially released. Thanks @rdurand for the comment, would you mind writing an answer giving the information so I could accept it? And have you got a link to one of the interviews maybe? Commented Nov 3, 2014 at 11:44

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Supply drop's rarity

55% chance of item being enlisted
30% chance of item being professional
15% chance of item being elite

Supply drop's item's

35% will be weapons
20% will be reinforcements
45% will be apparel

The only way to increase the rate in which Supply Drops are given is to play Multiplayer matches. The more often a player participates in Multiplayer matches, the more often Supply Drops drop.

A way to test this is to count how my games you play each day over a week, compare that with how many supply drops you receive within that week, then do the same again for another week and then compare the two results. The test would need to be fair, exact same amount of games played each week and completing all games.

So if this is true technically the amount of supply drops you receive is solely based upon the amount of games you play in multiplayer and NOT how you perform.

You can earn more item's like you'd receive in a supply drop by completing specific objectives within the Advanced Warfare single player campaign.
(Within the campaign menu, you should be able to see these objectives)

You can also receive items like you would in a supply drop by playing Exo-survival, there will be similar objectives in Exo-survival like the campaign.

Advanced Warfare

  • found following on wiki Supply Drops are acquired every 45 minutes of in-game gameplay or purchasing it in the in game store. They will be received upon either getting a kill or a death. Some ways are from earning XP, time spent playing, or earning medals. They can be earned not just in multiplayer, but also Exo Survival and the campaign. However, they are all items for multiplayer can you approve the 45min part?
    – Nitro.de
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 13:34
  • @Nitro.de can you link me to this wiki please? Activision's official site stated that it's based on how many games you play, not a time limit? Although technically you could be right, if they mean 45 minutes of playing multiplayer games.
    – Sigh
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 13:36
  • Of course but it is an unoffcial wikia
    – Nitro.de
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 13:37
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    from experience, the time i get them seems very random. not 45 minutes. Sometimes at the start of every match if I die right away I tend to get one. Other times I on't get one for an entire play session (~2 hours).
    – Rapitor
    Commented Jul 24, 2015 at 13:49
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    1. loss(quick), 2. win(quick), 3. loss(quick), 4.got one(OT win), 5. OT win, 6. win (quick), 7. got one (quick loss), 8. loss (quick)
    – Rapitor
    Commented Jul 25, 2015 at 23:24

As I commented, you get supply drops by completing challenges and regularly through your game time.

Sources are Twitter (@MichaelCondrey), official Call Of Duty pre-release videos, or IGN.

(I'll try to add sources as I find them)

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    I seem to be getting supply drops every time the game round starts, I run around a corner, and is killed. Has happened every time I get killed during the first 20 seconds or so until now at least. I have no official source for this, just a feeling :) Commented Nov 6, 2014 at 8:52

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