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Call Of Duty: Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 is here — this is what changed

The moment we’ve been waiting for has arrived; Season 3 is here. While we’ve got plenty of Call Of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone to play before we drop any impressions, we can at least let you know what changed so far. We’ve made a trip to the Sledgehammer and Raven blogs to retrieve the patch notes so you can begin to prepare for the sweaties. Tread carefully, get strapped, and most importantly, stay frosty. We’ll see you on the battlefield.

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Vanguard Patch Notes

Vanguard Season Three begins now!  Along with new seasonal content dropping in today’s update at 9 AM PT such as new Weapons, Maps, Operators, and more, you can expect to see performance improvements and new gameplay elements such as the addition of the Trophy System Field Upgrade.

Also released globally in this update is Ricochet, the PC kernel-level anti-cheat security driver. To learn more about how Ricochet will impact Vanguard, you can read the full statement from #TEAMRICOCHET in the Call of Duty blog, here.

To kick off Season Three on a high note, MAX 2XP starts today! Earn more XP across the board now through May 2nd.

Now let’s get into what’s happening in Season Three…

MULTIPLAYER

Maps

  • NEW: Mayhem
    • This 1950s movie set is built for fast-paced combat. Jump into the Mayhem 24/7 Playlist at the start of Season Three!
  • Bocage
    • Adjusted the P1 Hardpoint location to prevent players from capturing and contesting from an unintended location.
  • Eagle’s Nest
    • Addressed an issue that caused graphical corruption near the Library.
  • Gavutu
    • Players can no longer use the Deployable Cover Field Upgrade to prevent other players from climbing the ladder on the LST Ship.
  • Sub Pens
    • Attack Dogs will no longer get stuck outside of the playable area.
    • Footstep audio will now properly play when players walk on the grate floor in the Maintenance area.

Modes

  • Control
    • Addressed an issue where the Announcer’s voice lines sometimes did not match the current game events.
  • Arms Race
    • General
      • Addressed an issue where players within the blast radius of a Base were not properly notified.
      • Destructible walls at the Castle Base are now properly damaged by the Demolition Charge Lethal Equipment.
      • Corrected the capture point boundaries at Base E to prevent players from capturing from an unintended location.
      • Players will no longer lose a Lethal Equipment after purchasing a Field Upgrade from a Buy Station.
      • Addressed an issue where Base gates could not be damaged after deploying a Motorbike.
      • Improved the Tank’s ability to traverse the terrain.
      • Addressed an issue where Operators would not be aligned with the Motorbike while driving it.
      • Friendly Base gates will no longer become stuck after a player detonates the Goliath Field Upgrade.
      • Weapons equipped with the Wreck Proficiency Attachment will now deal increased damage to walls, gates, and vehicles.
    • Stability & Exploits
      • Addressed an issue that caused a fatal error crash when players join an in-progress match.
      • Increased the distance at which enemies can be seen to prevent engagements where a player is seemingly invisible.
      • Addressed an exploit where players could survive out of the playable area using vehicles.
      • Addressed an exploit that caused players to become invulnerable when there are no lives remaining.
      • Addressed an exploit where players could obtain an unintended number of Nebula Crates.

Ranked Play

  • Ranked Play Leaves Beta
    • A special note to say THANK YOU to everyone who took part in the Season Two Beta. The data and feedback we collected throughout the Beta resulted in many fixes and improvements and were critical to the success and future of Ranked Play. Keep the feedback coming! – Treyarch
  • Season 3 Skill Rating Reset
    • Players’ Skill Ratings have been reset at the start of Season 3.
    • Play 5 Skill Evaluation Matches to earn a Season 3 Skill Rating and get placed into a Skill Division & Tier.
    • Initial Skill Rating placement has changed in Season 3. Therefore, after their 5 Skill Evaluation matches, some players may find that they get placed below where they were initially placed at the start of the Season 2 Beta.
    • Win matches after your initial placement to earn SR and advance your Skill Division & Tier over the remainder of the Season.
  • Season 3 Top 250 Skill Division & Leaderboard
    • The Season 3 Top 250 Skill Division and Ladder will go live on May 4th, one full week into Season 3, to give players time to earn a Season 3 Skill Rating and advance through divisions.
  • General
    • Fixed the “Cricket Glitch” that was causing some players to have reduced performance and chirping noises on some maps.
    • Fixed an issue where Ranked Play Camo Rewards would occasionally unequip.
    • Inactive players will now be kicked from Ranked Play matches, making them eligible for Suspension or Ladder and Skill Rating penalties.
    • Added Berlin Control to the Ranked Play map rotation.
  • UI Updates
    • Skill Division Tiers now use Roman Numerals instead of Numbers (Elite V, Elite IV, Elite III, Elite II, Elite I).
    • Once unlocked, Ladder Event Rewards correctly appear as unlocked on the My Career Rewards screen.
    • All players can now see and preview the Ranked Legend Solange Operator Skin Reward on the “Division Rewards” tab on the Rewards Screen, regardless of their current Skill Division.
    • Victory Flames now display behind Rank Icons on the Ladder and Top 250 Leaderboard when earned.
    • Updated the Top 250 Skill Division icon used in various locations.
    • Fixed an issue causing Skill Division icons to be incorrectly offset from player Rank icons on some screens.
  • Restrictions
    • The Volkssturmgewehr Assault Rifle is now restricted in Ranked Play.
    • The Sledgehammer melee weapon is restricted in Ranked Play.
      • This weapon can be selected in Loadouts but will unequip/appear restricted upon entering matchmaking and replaced with the Ratt in-game.
  • Season 3 Ranked Play Rewards
    • Players can earn the following rewards in Ranked Play during Season 3:
      • Blueprints
        • Pro Issue Automaton – Finish Top 5 in a Ladder Event
        • Pro Issue SMG Charlie – Win 50 Ranked Play Matches
      • Camos
        • Season 3 Ladder Champion – Finish 1st in a Ladder Event
        • Season 3 Ranked Veteran – Win 100 Ranked Play Matches
      • Charms
        • Good Game – Finish Top 10 in a Ladder Event
        • Dap Up – Win 25 Ranked Play Matches
      • Spray
        • Defuse You Lose – Win 10 Ranked Play Matches
      • Sticker
        • Season 3 Ranked Competitor – Complete 5 Skill Evaluation Matches
      • Emblems
        • Earn an Animated Skill Division Emblem at the end of Season 3 to reflect your highest Season 3 Skill Division
  • Ranked Play Matchmaking
    • Updated Ranked Play matchmaking rules to reduce the likelihood of receiving a high-ping match with players from a different region.

Operators

  • NEW: Mateo Hernandez (Harpy)
    • Mateo was born into a large immigrant family in Texas, dreaming of becoming a civil engineer.  He joined the Navy during World War II, fighting as a tail gunner in the Pacific. After witnessing growing prejudice and racism against his people following the war, Meteo threw himself into campaigning for his people, speaking out against these injustices as well as helping reunite families across the Mexican border.
  • NEW: Florence Carter (Harpy)
    • Born and raised in Alabama, Florence dreamed of representing her country as a fighter pilot since she was a little girl. During WWII, she was determined to make those dreams come true, but was turned away from those opportunities due to both her gender and her race. After the war, the SOTF recognized her talent and passion for being in the sky and Florence has flown as a rescue helicopter pilot for them ever since.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Snoop Dogg’s body will no longer float after death.
    • Beatrice, Constanze, and Padmavati are no longer silent while mantling, landing, and performing other movements.
    • Addressed an exploit that caused Operator heads to disappear when using the Top Break Pistol with certain Attachments.

Weapons

  • NEW: Nikita AVT (Assault Rifle)
    • Accurate and reliable with best-in-class fire rate, this AR can be outfitted to exceed in CQC or long-range combat scenarios.
    • Unlocked with Battle Pass at Tier 31.
  • NEW: M1916 (Marsman Rifle)
    • A semi-automatic rifle with a combination of power and fire rate. Impressive at any range in the hands of a capable marksman.
    • Unlocked with Battle Pass at Tier 15.
  • NEW: Sledgehammer (Melee)
    • A tool designed for breaking stone, though it works equally well on enemy bones in a punch.
    • Unlock Challenge: Get a Multikill with a Melee Weapon in 15 different matches.
  • NEW: Skål Crusher (Melee)
    • A tool usually used to chop apart wood; it can also chop apart enemies or be thrown at them.
    • Unlock Challenge: Get 5 Melee Weapons kills in 15 completed matches.
  • Volkssturmgewehr (Assault Rifle)
    • Shells will no longer cease to eject from the Weapon after sustained fire.
  • Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle (Sniper Rifle)
    • 22mm ZAC Rapid (Barrel)
      • Slightly decreased rate of fire.
  • Ice Axe (Melee)
    • Addressed an issue that prevented throwable Melee Weapons from being thrown while the Aim Down Sights button is held.
  • General
    • Camo Challenges that require Headshots or Longshots are now properly tracked.
    • Progress toward unlocking the Plague Diamond Camo in Zombies is now properly tracked.
    • Added unlock challenges for the Season Two Battle Pass weapons.

Equipment

  • S-Mine 44 (Tactical)
    • Addressed an issue that caused the S-Mine 44 to jitter and repeatedly play sound effects upon placement.

Perks

  • Fortified (Tactics)
    • Bomb site explosions in Search & Destroy will now kill players who have Fortified equipped.

Field Upgrades

  • NEW: Trophy System
    • Deployable autonomous defense system that destroys up to three nearby pieces of equipment and projectiles.
    • Available to all players upon logging in for the first time during Season Three.

More on Trophy System

When we released Vanguard last year, our initial tuning on Lethal Equipment deemphasized their lethality in combat, focusing our combat on gun skill. With new explosive equipment added in Seasonal updates and clear player feedback indicating its appeal, it became apparent that the Trophy System should make its debut.

Upon deployment, the Trophy System will protect its immediate radius from the following incoming and pre-established items for a limited time. Notably, the Throwing Knife is an exception to these defenses due to the high-risk, high-reward nature of this Lethal Equipment.

  • Incendiary Grenade
  • Sticky Bomb
  • MK2 Frag Grenade
  • Gammon Bomb
  • Thermite
  • Demolition Charge
  • Molotov Cocktail
  • No. 69 Stun Grenade
  • MK V Gas
  • S-Mine 44
  • Decoy Grenade
  • Ammo Box
  • Trophy System
  • Jammer
  • Field Mic

User Interface & Experience

  • Party member Operators will now hold the correct showcase Weapon during the lobby walk sequence.
  • Proximity indicators are no longer displayed on the HUD for the Sticky Bomb Lethal Equipment in Hardcore modes.
  • Arms Race, Control, and Patrol are now properly tracked in the Combat Record.
  • Improved the scrolling functionality of the Friends and Recent Players lists.
  • Corrected the challenge descriptions for the NZ-41 Survivalist and Type 11 Death Artist Camo Categories.
  • Addressed an issue that caused player microphone indicators to disappear.

Bundles & Cosmetics

  • General
    • VFX and Animation pass completed for Weapon Blueprints, Finishing Moves, Charms, and other Bundle items.
    • Addressed issues with some Attachment cosmetics that prevented the Attachment from being equipped.
    • Addressed instances of Operator skins and Blueprints blocking scope visibility. When aiming down sights.
  • Tracer Pack: Snoop Dogg Operator
    • Cigar light will no longer disappear at the end of the “Hit This, Fam” MVP Highlight animation.
    • Operators equipped with the “Finishizzle Movizzle” Finishing Move will no longer observe hands clipping through face.
    • Snoop Dogg’s nose no longer clips through his mask in the “Tactical Toke” Highlight Intro animation.
  • Mecha Menace Mastercraft
    • Addressed an issue with the Mechanized Blueprint in which Reactive Inspect did not function properly.
  • Forbidden Sacrifice
    • Corrected the positioning of Operator hands while the Spinebuster Blueprint for the Sten SMG is held.

ZOMBIES UPDATES

Weapons

  • Season Three
    • M1916 and Nikita AVT available in Zombies loadouts once unlocked in the Season Three Battle Pass.
  • New Weapon Unlock Challenges added to Zombies for the KG40, Whitely, Sledgehammer, and Skål Crusher.

Covenants 

  • Addressed an issue where the Deadshot Covenant was not always moving weapon crosshairs to an enemy headshot location.

Challenges

  • Season Challenges
    • New Season Challenges available at the start of Season Three.
  • General
    • Addressed an issue where an incorrect icon was appearing when completing the Amaguerra 43 unlock challenge.

Side Quest

  • Addressed an issue that allowed a player already equipped with the Ray Gun to acquire a second Ray Gun from the digging side quest on Terra Maledicta.

Stability

  • Addressed various stability issues related to using Artifacts at higher rounds.

Gameplay

  • Addressed an issue where players equipped with a melee weapon and lethal equipment would be holding the equipment like a weapon after being revived.
  • Addressed various visual and animation issues with thrown melee weapons in Zombies.

Dedicated Server Pause

  • Addressed an issue where accessing certain menus could unpause the game.

Warzone Patch Notes

SEASON THREE LAUNCH

RICOCHET ANTI-CHEATTM

This week #TeamRICOCHET brings the kernel level driver to Call of Duty: Vanguard and details new mitigation techniques in Warzone. For more information, check out the RICOCHET Anti-CheatTM Progress Report here.

PLAYLIST

For regular updates about the Playlist and other Scheduled Events, check out the dedicated Warzone Trello Board.

BATTLE PASS

The Season Three Battle Pass for Vanguard and Warzone is bringing out the big guns to handle the monstrous fight ahead, offering dozens of free items, Legendary content, and more across all 100 Tiers.

For more information about the contents of the Season Three Battle Pass, check out the official blog here!

EVENTS

New Event: Operation Monarch

Operation Monarch, a special limited-time event featuring the iconic Titans of the Monsterverse – Godzilla and Kong, will introduce a new game mode for Quads inspired by several of Warzone’s best experiences to date.

Operation Monarch will go live at 9 AM PT May 11. More information to come soon.

MODES

New Mode: Caldera Iron Trials

The fan-favorite mode, Iron Trials, is back. This time on Caldera. Here’s a recap of the Iron Trials experience:

  • General
    • No free Loadout Drops
    • ATVs, Tac Rovers, and Squad Transports only
    • Buy Station prices are increased
    • Cash retained on death increased
    • Melee Finisher Damage capped at 150
  • Operators
    • Base Health increased
    • Health Regeneration
      • Regeneration amount decreased
      • Delay timer increased
    • Starting equipment adjusted
  • Loot
    • Epic and Legendary Weapons are harder to find
    • Killstreak drop rates are reduced
    • Large Cash piles are harder to find
    • Removed Field Upgrades
      • Stopping Power
      • Dead Silence
  • Equipment
    • Sniper Rifle single shots only down Players up to a maximum of 90 meters
      • These ranges vary considerably between Sniper Rifles
    • Stun Grenade stun duration decreased
    • Medical Syringe regeneration rate decreased
  • Gulag
    • Exclusive Gulag Loadouts
      • No Akimbo
      • No Semi-Auto or Fully-Auto Shotguns
    • Limited Tactical Equipment
    • Players redeploy with remaining equipment

Plunder Adjustments

  • Increased Carrying Limit

Players had a hard limit in Plunder of carrying a maximum of $1.6 million. Whilst this is an extremely unlikely scenario, we wanted to make the system more robust for the minority of Players that achieve such a feat.

Rebirth Resurgence Adjustments

  • Players no longer spawn with Handgun Charlie (BOCW) as a starting Weapon

MAPS

New Gulag: Hold

A roughly symmetrical arena is based in the belly of a ship moored just off the coast of Caldera, with identical hallways on the perimeter of an otherwise open space.

New Location: Dig Site

Located between the Mine and the Ruins, Dig Site provides Operators the opportunity to rummage through abandoned excavation equipment, tents, and massive skeletons for Supply Boxes and other items.

New Skybox

A dark storm approaches…

Updated Locations

  • Peak
    • New Constructs, Supply Boxes, Contracts, ascenders, and a fresh coat of paint.
  • Runway
    • New barracks, hangars, and other structural additions.
  • Lagoon
    • New sandbar, paths, and cover.

GENERAL

  • Private Matches
    • Added Rebirth Resurgence Solos
    • Added Rebirth Iron Trials
    • Added support for new Rebirth Island features (Comms Towers and Weapon Trade Stations) in some Modes
  • XP Token Accessibility
    • XP Tokens can now be activated from in-game through the menu.

GAMEPLAY

New Features

  • “Sabotage” Contract
    • Players will be given a vehicle target somewhere on the map. Destruction of the target will be rewarded with an Armored Truck Deployment via plane. Be warned, this Armored Truck can just as easily become someone else’s…
  • High Value Loot Zones (In-Season)
    • These zones are represented on the Tac Map by a very appropriate “$” sign and will provide the best looting opportunities. These zones will be complimented by Rebirth Supply Boxes that will provide recurring loot opportunities.

With Season One, we introduced Public Events, like Cash Drops, during Infil to draw Players towards new loot locations. We have been happy with the results of these ‘honeypot’ opportunities but we want to take it a step further. Starting with Operation Monarch, we will be introducing “High Value Loot Zones” to provide new, fruitful opportunities for Players willing to take the risk.

General Adjustments

  • Gas Mask

    • Will no longer interrupt a falling Player, thus allowing them to still be able to pull their parachute when falling to preserve their life.
    • Won’t play animation when the Player is ADS and affected by the gas from Nebula V Rounds

The Gas Mask remains a continued focus for our Quality of Life efforts. It plays an important role both in gameplay and the visceral Call of Duty feeling, but we felt that we had seen one too many videos of Players jumping from high heights into the Gas and the game incorrectly prioritizing the Gas Mask animation over the parachute… and we all know how that scenario ends.

  • “Most Wanted” Contract

    • Timer reduction via the following…
      • Eliminating opponents reduces the timer by 20 seconds
      • Opening Supply Boxes reduces the timer by 5 seconds
      • We want this to be a Contract that both promotes and rewards aggressive play.
    • Players can no longer use the Tac Map to ping an enemy Most Wanted target directly.
      • We felt this method was unfairly punishing and provided too great a degree of accuracy that was almost impossible to be countered by the target.
    • The refresh rate of the Most Wanted target on the Tac Map has been increased, to counterbalance the removal of the above ping.
      • This brings balance and still allows tracking of the approximate location of the target.

We reviewed the data for the Most Wanted Contract and we felt that improvements needed to be made to increase its engagement and success rate, whilst still retaining the all important risk/reward that it offers.

  • “Bounty” Contract

    • Speed increase to Tac Map refresh rate
      • This is especially noticeable when a target is in a vehicle to better inform Players that a vehicle chase may be required.
  • Deployable Buy Stations

    • When a Player pings a Deployable Buy Station, there will now be dedicated audio/narration to better inform squad mates of the Players’ intentions.
  • Redeploy Positioning Improvements

    • Players who redeploy via Gulag victory or are bought back will now spawn in close proximity to their squad or Loadout.

Caldera Adjustments

Loot that spawns across Caldera have been adjusted…

  • Added Perks
    • Battle Hardened
    • Engineer
    • High Alert
    • Restock
    • Tempered
    • Quick Fix
    • Scavenger
    • Pointman (Plunder Exclusive)
  • Notes:
    • Only one of each Perk can be equipped at any one time.
    • Lootable Perks can be pinged to communicate to your squad.
    • Lootable Perks are additive to Loadout Perks.
    • All Perks are unequipped on death but do not drop.

We want to further increase the value and rewards of looting during the mid-game. It’s important for both pacing and movement in Battle Royale that there are always new rewards to be found for Players who rotate through locations for greater loot advantages, and our first step on this path is to bring single Perks into loot. From our internal testing, this change has brought a wealth of new Player stories and we will continue to roll out additional Perks in this manner as we review player feedback and data on how it improves the pacing and experience of Battle Royale. These lootable perks will launch first in Caldera, and then to Rebirth Island at a later date.

Rebirth Island Adjustments

  • Spawn Protection Improvements

    • Removed the damage reduction scaling system that was based on ground distance
    • System is disabled if a Player is near the ground or an opponent
    • Players who have the shield icon will only take a flat 25% of the damage received
    • Spawn protection will no longer reduce gas circle damage

Whilst Spawn Protection plays an important role in any multi-life game mode, we felt it needed some extra refinement to make sure it cannot be exploited by Players. We will continue to monitor Player behavior in this area and make further changes throughout the season if required.

  • Weapon Trade Station Adjustments

    • Reduced Specialist Token drop rate
      • We’ve enjoyed the engagement Players have been having with the Weapon Trade Station and the Specialist Token reward, but felt it was slightly on the high side so have made a reduction.
    • The station will now look for empty space to drop your rewards
      • We found it a bit annoying to pick up loot after you traded your weapon so we’ve polished this moment. The system will now always look for an empty space when dropping your rewards

Later this season…

  • Footstep Audio Improvements
    • We are looking to bring in additional audio improvements to footsteps during the season as a priority.
  • Slide Camera Lock Improvement
    • We have heard from our community that the camera lock that can occasionally happen while sliding down a vertical descent can be frustrating and lead to a negative outcome in a combat encounter. We are pleased to announce that this will be addressed soon.

UI/UX

  • Buy Stations
    • No longer require confirmation when making a purchase

The confirmation box when making a Buy Station purchase had good intentions, but we felt that the muscle memory had become so ingrained in Players to double-tap twice in succession. This was causing unnecessary friction in a potentially hostile combat situation, versus the unlikelihood of mistakes being made. We plan to make additional refinements to the Buy Station experience during the Season.

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue causing incorrect Ping positioning when used on the Tac Map near Redeploy Balloons.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Players to get stuck in AA turrets if they interacted with it at the same time it was destroyed.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented carriable gasoline from being picked up while Dead Silence is active.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed Players to glitch-carry carriable gasoline up ladders.
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing skyhook balloons from receiving damage from certain explosives and thermite-based sources.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed Players to have unlimited gas immunity when entering the area of effect of a PDS as it ends.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Vehicles to receive less damage than intended.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Players to be kicked back to the Main Menu when attempting to preview Vanguard Charms.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Buy Station UI selections to reset to the top when attempting to scroll up.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Armaguerra 43 (VG) to have the same codename as another Weapon.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Helicopters flying near Capital to be pulled towards the ground.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the “Fenrir Unchained” Finisher to not be available in the Finishing Moves menu.
  • Fixed an issue that caused Blueprint-specific Attachments for the “Purgatory Lost” Blueprint to not be available in the Gunsmith Customs menu.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the “Mod. 3 10.0x Telescopic” Optic on the M1 Garand (VG) to appear blacked out when a Player would ADS.
  • Fixed an issue that caused the Player’s view to be obstructed when using Park’s “Petal Pusher” Operator Skin.
  • Fixed an issue that allowed Players to clip into stairs in a certain area of the map.
  • Fixed an issue that resulted in the Armaguerra’s Botti DA Stock not receiving a bonus to flinch like intended.

KNOWN ISSUES

  • Private Matches are temporarily disabled due to stability issues.

For a list of other known #Warzone issues, please check out our dedicated Trello Board.

WEAPONS

New Weapons

  • M1916: Marksman Rifle (VG)
    • A semi-automatic rifle with a deadly combination of power and fire rate. Lethal at any range in the hands of a capable marksman.

 

  • Nikita AVT: Assault Rifle (VG)
    • Heavy, powerful, and fast firing. This Assault Rifle can be outfitted to excel in both CQC and mid range combat.

New Unlock Challenge Missions 

  • KG M40 (VG)
    • Earn 3 double kill medals with an AR in a single match 15 times.
  • Whitley (VG)
    • Destroy 3 killstreaks with an LMG in a single match 15 times.

Weapon Adjustments


» Assault Rifles «

  • Assault Rifle Alpha (VG)
    • .30 Russian Short 45 Round Mags
      • Damage Range decreased to 10%, down from 20%
      • Horizontal Recoil Control penalty decreased to -23%, down from -25%
      • Vertical Recoil Control penalty decreased to -18%, down from 20%
      • Visual Recoil decreased
    • 7.62 Gorenko 50 Round Mags
      • Damage Range penalty removed
      • Bullet Velocity penalty removed
    • Krausnick 620mm Precision
      • Bullet Velocity increased to 40%, up from 30%
      • Now increases Damage Range by 20%
    • VDD 320mm 02B
      • Bullet Velocity increased to 30%, up from -12%
      • Damage Range increased to 10%, up from -10%
      • Horizontal Recoil Control penalty decreased to -18%, down from -25%
      • Initial Firing Recoil penalty decreased to -10%, down from -20%
    • VDD 760mm 05B
      • Damage Range increased to 35%, up from 15%
      • Bullet Velocity increased to 50%, up from 40%
  • Assault Rifle Bravo (VG)
    • .303 British Round Mags 
      • Capacity increased to 36, up from 32
    • 6.5 Sakura Round Mags
      • Capacity increased to 28, up from 24
    • 8mm Klauser Round Fast Mags
      • Capacity increased to 24, up from 20
    • 8mm Klauser 38 Round Drum Mags
      • Capacity increased to 42, up from 38
        • Attachment name will be corrected in a future update

The Assault Rifle Bravo (VG) has considerable close to mid-range potential–however, as a fast-firing burst Weapon, it would often burn through its magazine capacity rather quickly, leaving the wielder outgunned in longer distance or larger-scale engagements. With this change we are aiming to minimize one of the Weapon’s more obvious disadvantages and inch it ever closer to viability.

  • Volkssturmgewehr (VG)
    • 7.62 Gorenko 30 Round Mags
      • Bullet Velocity penalty removed
      • Damage Range penalty removed
    • 7.62 Gorenko 40 Round Mags
      • Bullet Velocity penalty removed
      • Damage Range penalty removed
    • Krausnick 428mm 05V
      • Bullet Velocity increased to 50%, up from 40%
    • Reisdorf 407mm Custom
      • Now increases Bullet Velocity by 30%
      • Now increases Damage Range by 26%
    • VDD 287mm
      • Bullet Velocity increased to -10%, up from -12%
      • Horizontal Recoil Control penalty decreased to -21%, down from -25%
      • Vertical Recoil Control penalty decreased to -12%, down from -50%
  • Vargo 52 (BOCW)
    • 17.1” VDV Reinforced Barrel
      • Horizontal Recoil Control decreased to 2.5%, down from 4%
      • Vertical Recoil Control decreased to 2.5%, down from 4%
    • 17.9” Takedown Barrel
      • Horizontal Recoil Control decreased to 7%, down from 8%
    • 18.6” Task Force Barrel
      • Horizontal Recoil Control decreased to 5%, down from 8%
      • Vertical Recoil Control decreased to 5%, down from 8%
    • 19.8” Liberator Barrel
      • Vertical Recoil Control decreased to 7%, down from 8%
      • Vertical Recoil Control decreased to 7%, down from 8%
    • Foregrip
      • Horizontal Recoil Control decreased to 5%, down from 10%
    • Spetsnaz Grip
      • Horizontal Recoil Control decreased to 5%, down from 20%
      • Vertical Recoil Control decreased to 5%, down from 6%
  • XM4 (BOCW)
    • Minimum Damage decreased to 26, down from 27
    • Maximum Damage Range increased to 880, up from 850

» Handguns «

  • Top Break (VG)
    • Max Damage increased to 46, up from 45
    • Mid Damage increased to 38, up from 34
    • Min Damage increased to 28, up from 26
  • Handgun Charlie (BOCW)
    • Head Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.49

Handgun Charlie (BOCW) has been a truly dominant Secondary Weapon. Due to its substantial headshot multiplier, Handgun Charlie (VG) was able to achieve Primary Weapon TTKs with little downside. We will be closely monitoring the Weapon’s performance and make further adjustments if necessary.


» Light Machine Guns «

  • Light Machine Gun Charlie (VG)

    • Max Damage decreased to 32, down from 34
    • Min Damage decreased to 28, down from 30
    • 6.5 Sakura 40 Round Mags
      • Horizontal Recoil Control decreased to 14%, down from 20%
      • Vertical Recoil Control decreased to 14%, down from 18%
    • Queen’s 775m Scepter
      • Horizontal Recoil Control decreased to 23%, down from 40%
      • Vertical Recoil Control decreased to 20%, down from 40%
    • Queen’s 705mm Royal
      • Horizontal Recoil Control decreased to 31%, down from 38%
    • Tight Grip

      • Recoil Control greatly decreased

Light Machine Gun Charlie (VG) has overstayed its welcome as the go-to long range choice. Its high damage profile paired with the ability to load it out to remove most recoil made for a nasty combination. By addressing some of the major outliers of the weapon, we’re left with a strong choice for those that can control it effectively.  

  • Whitley (VG)
    • Min Damage increased to 31, up from 30
    • ADS Speed decreased to 0.460, down from 0.475
    • .303 British 45 Round Mags
      • Fire Rate increased to 18%, up from 15%
    • 28″ Gracy MK. 9 Barrel
      • ADS Speed penalty decreased to -11%, down from -18%

 

» Sniper Rifles «

The adoption of 150 health in Battle Royale resulted in a huge boon to the Sniper category – While all other weapons require an additional shot or two, Snipers remained as they did previously. The long-standing “one shot rule” unfortunately diluted the Sniper class into one important metric, speed to click heads. 

As mentioned above Snipers may now use damage ranges as a defining characteristic of their one-shot potential. This not only brings more identity to each weapon but means Attachments that provide the lighter and quicker sniper rifles the Damage Range stat will increase their ability to one shot at increased distances. 

Our ultimate goal is to enable a wider range of viable playstyles and really push the potential of each weapon. Keep an eye out as we expect further adjustments to Sniper Rifles as we hone in on the best all-round experience.

The following Weapons will one-shot to the head only while inside of their Max Damage Range:

  • Marksman Rifle Charlie (MW)
  • SP-R 208 (MW)
  • Pelington 703 (BOCW)
  • Swiss K31 (BOCW)
  • Type 99 (VG)
  • Kar98k (VG)

The following Weapons will one-shot to the head at any Range:

  • HDR (MW)
  • Sniper Rifle Charlie (MW)
  • ZRG 20mm (BOCW)
  • 3-Line Rifle (VG)
  • Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle (VG)

The following Weapons do not have one-shot potential to the head:

  • Rytec AMR (MW)
  • Sniper Rifle Alpha (MW)
  • Sniper Rifle Charlie (BOCW)

Please see below for the full list of changes to Snipers, and keep in mind that attachments that provide Range Bonuses can drastically change the Base Weapons Max Range:

  • Sniper Rifle Charlie (MW)
    • Can one-shot to the head at any range
    • Max Damage Range increased to 3400, up from 3072
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.2
  • Sniper Rifle Alpha (MW)
    • Cannot one shot
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 1375, down from 2500
    • Min Damage increased to 60, up from 50
    • Max Damage increased to 80, up from 70
  • HDR (MW)
    • Can one-shot to the head at any range
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 3400, down from 4000
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.2
  • Marksman Rifle Charlie (MW)
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 1425, down from 2400
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.2
    • Min Damage increased to 75, up from 50
    • Max Damage increased to 95, up from 86
  • SP-R 208 (MW)
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range
    • Max Damage Range increased to 1300, up from 900
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.2
    • Max Damage increased to 94, up from 93
  • Swiss K31 (BOCW)
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range
    • Max Damage Range increased to 1650, up from 900
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 2.31
    • Max Damage increased to 130, up from 95
  • ZRG 20mm (BOCW)
    • Can one-shot to the head at any range
    • Max Damage Range increased to 4000, up from 3072
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.2
  • Sniper Rifle Charlie (BOCW)
    • Cannot one shot
    • Max Damage Range increased to 2675, up from 2600
    • Min Damage decreased to 96, down from 99
  • Pelington 703 (BOCW)
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 1900, down from 2000
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 2.4
    • Min Damage decreased to 95, up from 99
    • Max Damage increased to 125, up from 102
  • LW3 – Tundra (BOCW)
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 1675, down from 4000
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 2.5
    • Max Damage increased to 120, up from 102
  • Rytec AMR (MW)
    • Cannot one shot
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 2650, down from 2800
    • Min Damage decreased to 96, down from 99
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 2.1
  • Type 99 (VG)
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 1350, down from 4092
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 2.4
    • ADS Transition In Speed decreased to 0.45, down from 0.48
    • ADS Transition Out Speed decreased to 0.42, down from 0.5
  • Kar98k (VG)
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 1850, down from 3800
    • Max Damage increased to 100, up from 92
    • ADS Transition In Speed decreased to 0.43, down from 0.455
    • ADS Transition Out Speed decreased to 0.4, down from 0.476
  • 3-Line Rifle (VG)
    • Can one-shot to the head at any range
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 3225, down from 4092
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.15
    • Max Damage increased to 115, up from 95
    • Min Damage increased to 96, up from 79
    • ADS Transition In Speed increased to 0.532, up from 0.517
    • ADS Transition Out Speed increased to 0.54, up from 0.52
    • Movement speed scaler decreased to 0.80, down from 0.83
  • Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle (VG)
    • Can one-shot to the head at any range
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 3700, down from 4092
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.0
    • Upper Torso Multiplier increased to 1.2
    • Upper Torso Multiplier increased to 1.1
    • ADS Transition Out Speed decreased to 0.5, down from 0.66
    • Now Has Access to Lengthened, Armor Piercing, Subsonic, Frangible and Hollow Point Ammunition.

» Submachine Guns «

  • Armaguerra 43 (VG)
    • 8mm Kurz 72 Round Mags
      • Fire Rate decreased to 10%, down from 15%
      • Now increases Damage by 5%
      • The 8mm Kurz 72 Round Mags simply didn’t have a fair pro for con trade. We’ve slowed its rate of fire down some while providing a damage increase that results in targets being eliminated 1 bullet faster.
    • Imerito 180mm Short Barrel
      • Bullet Velocity penalty decreased to -10%, down from -12%
      • Recoil Control penalty decreased to -10%, down from -15%
      • Visual Recoil decreased.
  • Type 100 (VG)
    • Visual Recoil decreased
    • 8mm Kurz 48 Round Drums
      • Damage Multiplier decreased to 6.5%, down from 14%
      • Movement Speed decreased to -4%, down from -3%

The 8mm Kurz 48 Round Drums were holding too much of the Type 100’s overall damage potential. We’ll be monitoring the Type 100 this update and make adjustments to the base weapon if any are required. This Magazine is still very powerful with the increased rate of fire it provides and the damage bonus still results in one less bullet to kill.

  • Owen Gun (VG)
    • 7.62 Gorenko 33 Round Mags
      • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.17, down from 1.3
    • 7.62 Gorenko 72 Round Drums
      • Head Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.47, down from 1.5
      • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.17, down from 1.3
    • Hockenson 142mm Rapid
      • Fire Rate decreased to 16%, down from 19%
  • Submachine Gun Charlie (VG)
    • VDD 189mm Short Barrel
      • Min Damage decreased to 23, down from 24
      • Upper and Lower Torso Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.04, down from 1.1

The VDD 189mm short barrel has been a huge boon for the Submachine Gun Charlie (VG) and would often shred the target’s Upper Body far outside of its maximum damage range. The VDD still provides a large bonus against extremities and still increases both the min damage and optimal damage range of the MP40. We expect continued use of this attachment, even with these adjustments.

» Marksman Rifles «

  • M1 Garand (VG)
    • Lower Limb Damage Multipliers increased to .8, from .7

This slight change to the damage profile results in requiring one less shot to kill if all shots are to the limbs. 

ATTACHMENTS

» Ammunition «

  • Subsonic
    • Bullet Velocity penalty removed

Continuing our deep-dive into Ammunition – we’ve looked at Subsonic and feel that a downside on this ammunition puts it out of the desirability range of where we’d like it to be.

» Muzzles «

  • Mercury Silencer
    • Damage Range penalty removed
  • MX Silencer
    • Now Decreases Sprint to Fire Speed by 2%
    • Now Increases Damage Range by 10%

OPERATORS

New Operator: Mateo Hernandez

Purchasing the Battle Pass instantly unlocks Mateo Hernandez with two Legendary Operator Skins: the all-black “Chingon” outfit featuring a hooded skull mask and knee-length coat, and the blue and orange “Madcap” Skin for the eccentric fighter rushing madly toward victor

Equip his Favorite Weapon, the new M1916, and level him up to unlock thousands of Player XP and Weapon XP for the M1916, two additional Operator Skins, two Quips, the “No Escape” Finishing Move, and more.

DOWNLOADS

The Season Three update will have a download size of approximately 40 GB for those who own the free-to-play console version of Warzone and are currently on the latest updates.

Warzone Update Sizes

  • PlayStation 5:
    • 43.2 GB
  • PlayStation 4:
    • 43.2 GB
  • Xbox One Series X / S:
    • 40.9 GB
  • Xbox One:
    • 40.9 GB
  • PC:
    • 38.3 GB (Warzone Only)
    • 98.3 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare®)

Note: PC users will also need 13 GB of additional space on their hard drive for the patch copying process; this is only temporary space that is reclaimed upon completion of the patch installation and is not an additional download.

Remember, the Vanguard download is not necessary if you are only playing Warzone, and vice versa.

Furthermore, for a smaller overall file size, Players can choose to uninstall/remove other data packs if they are no longer needed.

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