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Best controller settings for Warzone Season 5 Reloaded

To improve your accuracy and movement in Call of Duty: Warzone, here are the best controller settings after the Season 5 Reloaded update.

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Call of Duty: Warzone offers players a plethora of controller settings to fine-tune, such as Aim Assist and movement. We’ve put together a guide to help you find the best settings to use following the Season 5 Reloaded update.

We’re now past the Season 5 Reloaded update, and Warzone continues to bring significant balance changes, new modes, and now The Numbers midseason event. Plus, the new Iron Trials mode has arrived, offering Warzone’s best an exclusive Calling Card for winning “the toughest Battle Royale mode to ever come to Verdansk.”

Aim and movement have are important as ever, so you need to best settings to dominate Verdansk and Rebirth Island. Whether you play with a controller on PC or consoles, here are the best controller settings to improve your accuracy and movement in Warzone Season 5.

Best Warzone controller settings

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General

  • BR Button Layout: Tactical flipped
  • Stick Layout Preset: Default
  • Invert Vertical Look: Disabled
  • Deadzone: 0 (then increase as required)
  • Horizontal Stick Sensitivity: 8
  • Vertical Stick Sensitivity: 8
  • ADS Sensitivity Multiplier (Low Zoom): 0.75
  • ADS Sensitivity Multiplier (High Zoom): 0.85
  • Aim Response Curve Type: Standard/Dynamic
  • Controller Vibration: Disabled

For your button layout, Tactical is the best choice. When playing Warzone, you’ll constantly be crouching, slide canceling, and going prone. Tactical maps your crouch/slide button to the thumbstick, so you don’t need to move your thumb and can be as quick as possible.

You also want Deadzone to be as low as possible for maximum response time while aiming. Start with your Deadzone set to 0 and keep increasing it until you no longer have any stick drift. This depends entirely on how old your controller is.

Warzone Season 3 Wraith operator

Weapons

  • Aim Assist: Precision
  • Scale Aim Assist with FOV: Enabled
  • Weapon Mount Activation: ADS + Melee
  • Weapon Mount Movement Exit: Enabled
  • Aim Down Sight Behavior: Hold
  • Equipment Behavior: Hold
  • Use/Reload Behavior: Tap to use
  • Depleted Ammo Weapon Switch: Enabled
  • Armor Plate Behavior: Apply One

Tap to use is a godsend. Your game will prioritize whether you reload or interact based on your situation. You’ll be able to instantly open crates and reload, making it a vital setting to enable.

Warzone players playing Iron Trials '84 in Verdansk stadium

Movement

  • Slide Behavior: Hold
  • Auto Move Forward: Disabled
  • Automatic Sprint: Auto Tactical Sprint
  • Vehicle Camera Recenter: Enabled
  • Parachute Auto-Deploy: Disabled

When using Parachute Auto-Deploy, you want to get comfortable with having it Disabled. You’ll be able to pull your chute lower to the ground, meaning you can reach the ground as fast as possible. It can be daunting knowing there’s no safeguard, but pulling your chute close to the ground is extremely worthwhile.

Best Warzone Aim Response Curve

Warzone loadout drop

Warzone has separate Aim Response Curves so you can fine-tune your aim to something you’re comfortable with. Their titles can be confusing, so we’ll break down exactly what they mean and what’s best for you.

  • Standard: Standard curve from aim stick to aim rate. When you initially aim, there will be a slight delay in speed when the stick is pressed all the way in a specific direction.
  • Linear: Removes initial speed delay when the stick is pressed all the way in a direction. More for aggressive, fast movements at the cost of precision.
  • Dynamic: Hybrid system between linear and standard. Your aim will speed up slightly when initially moving the stick.

The majority of players use Standard. Whether you’re new to Call of Duty or a returning player, this will feel the most natural to you.

If you’re confident in your aim and can transition between targets quickly, we’d recommend using Dynamic. Many of the top players use this response curve because of the fine aim rate control it provides.

Best Warzone Aim Assist Type

Warzone players sniping from ATC tower

Warzone offers four Aim Assist types, so you can find what comes most naturally to you. We would never recommend turning Aim Assist off, but here’s a breakdown of the options available to controller players.

  • Disabled: You will have no Aim Assist.
  • Standard: Traditional aim slowdown near the target. A wider area where your aim will slow around an opponent. Best for regular Call of Duty players who want some extra time to lock on the target.
  • Precision: Strong aim assist slowdown that only kicks in when close to an enemy player. Only use this option if you’re a skilled and accurate player. The slowdown area is minimal and casual players will not like this.
  • Focusing: Strong aim slowdown that kicks in when narrowly missing targets. If you’re new to Call of Duty, this is your best bet to improve on a controller.

The majority of players should use Standard Aim assist. It provides the perfect aim slowdown near targets while still allowing for precise adjustments if you need to make them.

If you’re new to FPS games and aren’t used to aiming with a controller yet, you should use Focusing until you feel the Aim Assist is stronger than you need, then use Standard.

Best Aim Assist for Sniping in Warzone

Warzone Kar98k sniper rifle

Some of the Warzone community believe that to be an accurate sniper, you need to play on a mouse and keyboard. This isn’t true, as with the right settings, you can be downing players from miles away and quickscoping with precision up-close.

For your Aim Response Curve, you should use Dynamic. You’ll be able to have finer control over how fast your crosshair is moving, allowing for easier flick shots and tracking far-off players.

For your Aim Assist Type, it’s the same situation as any other weapon. If you’re a confident player and need to make micro-adjustments to hit sniper headshots, you should use Precision. And if you’re comfortable with your aim and don’t have an issue sniping with Aim Assist, Standard will be the perfect choice.

Also, be sure to check out the best Sniper Rifles Warzone Season 5 has to offer.

Does FOV affect Aim Assist?

Warzone PC players have the option to adjust the game’s field of view. Console players don’t have this option yet, but it will be coming to Vanguard, and will hopefully arrive in Warzone with Vanguard’s extensive integration.

Best Warzone Controller Settings

Increasing your FOV allows you to see much more of what’s in front of you. Console’s FOV is set to around 80 by default, while PC players can crank that value all the way up to 120. This gives PC players a major advantage in seeing more players off to the side of their screen.

Using such as high FOV will stretch and shrink everything in front of you, which can throw off your Aim Assist.

Activision has added a setting to combat this, which is well worth using if you play Warzone with a high FOV on a controller. It would be best if you had Scale Aim Assist with FOV set to Enabled, as this will keep your Aim Assist consistent, no matter your field of view.

How to find best Warzone controller settings

Although we’ve provided the optimal controller settings you should try, there’s no setting that works perfectly for everyone. It’s tempting to find your favorite pro player or content creator and copy their settings, but they might not be the best for you.

Shoot House map in Modern Warfare's multiplayer

We’d recommend jumping into a Custom Game of Modern Warfare and testing out some different controller settings. If you don’t own MW, then Plunder or any other respawn game mode will work well.

To maximize your time while testing out the settings, here’s what we’d recommend:

  • Map: Shoot House
  • Mode: Free-for-All
  • Rules:
    • Time limit: Unlimited
    • Score limit: Unlimited
  • Bots and players:
    • Number of bots: 6
    • Bot difficulty: Recruit

With these custom game settings, you’ll be able to practice shooting for as long as you like. Shoothouse is small enough that you’ll be able to fight constantly, and the Recruit level bots will hardly shoot back at you.

While you’re in this private mode, you should also try getting your Minimum Input Thresholds as low as they’ll go. Start at 0, and move it up one until you no longer receive stick drift.


For more in-depth Warzone guides, check out the best PC settings and FOV settings for Season 5.

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Warzone Iron Trials ’84 mode: Duos end date, new ruleset, Specialist & rewards

Warzone’s “toughest” mode has arrived in Season 5 with Iron Trials ’84 offering a new ruleset and the best players an exclusive reward.

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Following Warzone’s Season 5 Reloaded update, devs introduced Iron Trials ’84. In this mode, players can earn bragging rights by winning “the toughest Battle Royale mode to ever come to Verdansk.”

Warzone Season 5 Reloaded has officially arrived, bringing with it significant weapon balance changes, the now-released Numbers event, and new game modes.

One of these new modes is Iron Trials ’84, which is a more hardcore Verdansk experience where players can earn an exclusive Calling Card. In Iron Trials, you must “flex your mastery over the entire arsenal of weapons” and “prove you can handle any firefight with any type of armament.”

Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone’s Iron Trials ’84 mode.

Warzone Iron Trials Duos end date

Warzone Season 5 Reloaded roadmap

Warzone’s Iron Trials ’84 launched on September 16 with roaring success. It arrived in the weekly Playlist updates, and Raven Software has now confirmed that “Iron Trials ’84 Duos will remain live through the 30th.”

There’s no confirmation of whether Iron Trials will switch to another game mode or will end completely. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when September 30 rolls around, or if Raven provides another update.

Warzone Iron Trials ’84 rules

Warzone players playing Iron Trials '84 in Verdansk stadium

In many ways, Iron Trials is a more competitive version of Warzone. The Gulag is more skill-reliant, loadout drops are rarer and more difficult to acquire, and the time-to-kill (TTK) has been raised across the board.

Thanks to the Call of Duty Blog and the Season 5 Reloaded patch notes, here’s every new rule in Warzone’s Iron Trials ’84:

Operator and time-to-kill changes

Kitsune fighting in Call of Duty Warzone Season 5
  • Base Health: Compared to a normal match, all players base health is increased from 100 to 250.
  • Health Regeneration: The regen delay timer has been increased from 5 to 7 seconds and regen per second has been decreased from 120 per second to 40. It may be wise for players to reconsider preferred Perks and Equipment.
  • Starting Equipment: Players drop in with a .44 Magnum and a Sledgehammer.

Devs have previously made it their mission to increase Warzone’s TTK, saying that it increases “the overall capacity for skill expression” and enables “more escapes from impossible situations, moments of finesse, epic outplays, and opportunities to flex exquisite marksmanship.”

They said that Iron Trials 84’s health change is “set to affect the feel of combat, time-to-kill, weapon, Perk, and Equipment viability as the entire game is effectively altered!”

No free Loadout Drops

players receiving loadout drops in Call of Duty Warzone

Even if you Gulag’d early and are scrambling to find cash and more weapons, you can always be safe in the knowledge that a free Loadout Drop will arrive at the start of the second and fifth circles.

But not in Iron Trials ’84, where Complimentary Loadout Drops have been disabled. Staying alive and finding cash has never been more important, especially when “the cost at a Buy Station has risen, too.”

Players will have to collect and spend $15,000 instead of the standard $10,000 to purchase a loadout drop in this game mode.

Tougher Gulag

Players fighting in Warzone Season 5 Rush Gulag

In Iron Trials ’84, devs have revealed that the Gulag is still open, but will emphasize one-on-one skill. They also said that “the only thing standing between you and redeployment is the agility of your trigger finger.”

Players have previously called for dual weapons and Tactical Equipment to be removed from the Gulag, and Raven is delivering in the Iron Trials ’84 Gulag.

  • No akimbo
  • No semi-auto or fully-auto Shotguns
  • Almost no Tactical Equipment
  • Light Machine Guns (except the RPD (BOCW)) and all Tactical Rifles have been removed from Gulag Loadouts

Also, if you win your one-on-one, you’ll now redeploy with whatever weapons and equipment you had in the Gulag.

No Stopping Power or Dead Silence

Warzone Adler running with dead silence

Players have long complained about the luck-based advantage that the powerful Field Upgrades Stopping Power and Dead Silence brings.

Raven Software has previously reduced Stopping Power spawn rates and allowed High Alert to counter Dead Silence, but Iron Trials removes both.

Sniper Rifle, Stun Grenade, and Medical Syringe nerfs

Stitch sniping with LW3 Tundra in CoD Warzone

Sniper Rifles are some of Warzone’s most powerful tools, allowing you to take out targets at extremely long range without getting your hands dirty. However, Iron Trials ’84 has made it so Sniper Rifles “Can only one-shot to the head within 30 meters.”

This will likely promote more aggressive playstyles for snipers, where they must close the gap to land that ever-important one-shot kill.

In addition, Stun Grenades and Medical Syringes will also see their effectiveness decreased by a whopping 50%, making them not nearly as strong as they are in regular game modes.

Fewer vehicles

Dirt Bike, Bertha, and Helicopter in CoD Warzone

A common strategy for surviving Verdansk is to move around in the safety of Big Bertha Trucks, SUVs, and Helicopters. You won’t be able to do this in Iron Trials, though, as the only vehicles on the map will be ATVs and Dirt Bikes.

You won’t be able to run over your opponents with such ease, and you won’t be able to use the vehicles for cover. Raven recommends you “Plan your drops carefully and rotate early.”

Loot changes

Warzone Verdansk 84 stadium

You can find all of the game-changing loot changes that are in effect in the Warzone Iron Trials ’84 game mode below:

  • Basic Attachments: Common weapons will start with an attachment – most to provide their max magazine size.
  • Rarity Spawn Rates: Epic and Legendary weapons are now harder to find. Players will have to open a few more boxes than usual to find what they’re looking for.
  • New Rarity – Classified: These Black Ops Cold War weapons will spawn with a few more attachments than usual – more than the standard five. That said, good luck finding one.
  • Killstreaks: Drop rates have been reduced. Time to stop spamming UAVs and to start putting those senses to the test.
  • Cash Spawns: Larger piles of cash are rarer. Players will have to stay on top of scavenging for cash if they plan to afford a Loadout.
  • Field Upgrades: No Dead Silence. No Stopping Power Rounds. Period.
Warzone Iron Trials 84 gameplay

Buy Station price changes

  • Armor Bundle: $1,500 to $2,000
  • Gas Mask: $3,000 to $4,000
  • Cluster Strike: $3,000 to $4,000
  • Precision Strike: $3,500 to $4,500
  • Self Revive: $4,000 to $5,000
  • UAV: $4,000 to $6,000
  • Loadout Drop Marker: $10,000 to $15,000

The Buy Station not only has adjusted prices, but it also gives players the chance to buy the Specialist Perk bonus too. It will set players back a whopping $50,000, so you will do well to acquire one in a game.

  • Supply Run discounts are now 50% on every item except Team Redeploy (100%), Loadout Drop Marker (10%), and Specialist Token (10%)
  • The Hardline Perk now gives a 25% discount to every item except Self Revive (20%), Loadout Drop Marker (10%), and Specialist Token (20%)

Contracts price changes

  • Recon: $1,100
  • Scavenger: $1,600
  • Bounty: $2,500
  • Supply Run: $1,200

Warzone Iron Trials ’84 reward

For winning a game of Iron Trials ’84, players can get their hands on an exclusive Calling Card.

Devs said that “there’s no participation trophy for this mode,” and only those who win Iron Trials will receive the Calling Card.

Will Iron Trials come to Warzone Custom Lobbies?

Iron Trials has been incredibly popular since its arrival, with many players calling for it to be a permanent ranked mode. There’s no confirmation that a ranked mode will ever arrive in Warzone, but the competitive scene should be receiving the new rules in the future.

Along with the confirmation that Iron Trials would be around until at least September 30, Raven Software told YouTuber JGOD that “As for customs… it’s not coming tomorrow is all we can say for now.”

So, it sounds very likely that Iron Trials rules will make their way to Custom Lobbies and competitive Warzone, but there’s no confirmation on when. However, we’ll let you know as soon as it’s confirmed.


That’s everything we know about Warzone Season 5’s Iron Trials ’84 mode! With all of these rules in mind, check out the best Warzone Iron Trials ’84 loadout.

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Warzone Specialist Bonus: All Perks & how to get in Season 5

Here’s how to get your hands on the rare Specialist Bonus in Warzone Season 5 and all of the upgrades it gives you.

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Here’s every Perk you get with Warzone’s uber-rare Specialist Bonus, and how to get your hands on the powerful pick-up in Warzone Season 5.

If you’re very lucky in Call of Duty: Warzone, you can get your hands on the Specialist Bonus. In Multiplayer, this allows you to accrue Perks instead of Killstreaks, essentially turning you into a super-soldier. In Warzone, it’s found by finding the Token.

The Specialist Bonus Token was previously available in Warzone through the Nakatomi Plaza vault, but it can now be found around Verdansk and in the Iron Trials mode. Warzone’s Specialist behaves slightly different to Modern Warfare’s, so here’s every bonus it gives you and how to get your hands on it in Season 5.

How to get Specialist Bonus in Warzone Season 5

Warzone specialist bonus

Warzone’s Specialist Bonus was the key to a ton of world-record games during Season 3’s 80s Action Heroes event. It was temporarily removed after the event concluded, but was then readded during Season 4 and is still around in Season 5.

How to get Specialist in Battle Royale

Rather than having to open a bunker or gain access to the Nakatomi Vault, the Specialist Bonus is now mostly found through luck. And to make it even rarer than it was before, it no longer drops on death. If you die with the Specialist Bonus equipped, it will disappear and nobody else can have it.

Here are the places you can find the Specialist Bonus in Warzone Season 5:

  • Standard ‘Blue’ loot chests
  • Legendary ‘Orange’ loot chests
  • Red Door loot rooms

The Red Doors have undergone some significant changes since their arrival, now giving you Sentry Guns, allowing you to complete an Easter Egg, and even dropping you from the sky. If you’re looking for a Specialist Bonus, Red Doors seem to be the way to go.

How to get Specialist in Iron Trials 84

players fighting in stadium in iron trials

Following Warzone’s September 23 patch notes, the Specialist Bonus arrived in Warzone’s Iron Trials 84 mode. While game-changing, Raven Software has ensured that it’s extremely difficult to get.

The only way to get it is to purchase it from a Buy Station for $50,000. This is an incredible amount of cash, and you’ll likely need to be having the game of your life to afford it.

Raven explained that “We suspect very few people will be able to say they’ve purchased a Specialist Token. However, we do feel there is an opportunity to provide high tier Players with additional impactful outlets for their hard-earned resources.”

What does Warzone’s Specialist Bonus do? All Perks

Call of Duty Warzone Perk selection

Warzone’s Specialist Bonus offers players every standard Perk in the game. This turns you into a super-soldier, allowing you to be hidden from UAVs, Restock your equipment on the go, see enemy footstep trails, and have your vision pulse when an enemy aims at you. Plus, it also gives you Season 5’s powerful Tempered and Combat Scout Perks.

Here’s the full list of Specialist Bonus Perks:

  • Double Time
  • E.O.D
  • Scavenger
  • Cold-Blooded
  • Kill Chain
  • Quick Fix
  • Restock
  • Hardline
  • Tempered
  • Overkill
  • High Alert
  • Ghost
  • Pointman
  • Tune Up
  • Amped
  • Combat Scout
  • Shrapnel
  • Battle Hardened
  • Spotter
  • Tracker

It’s worth noting that Specialist does not give you Weapon Perks. Modern Warfare guns used to get these extra Perks such as Sleight of Hand and FMJ, but Raven Software decided the bonus needed to be nerfed, so this is no longer the case.


For more Warzone, you can check out the fastest killing weapons in Season 5.

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Disappointed Warzone players call for Clash mode to return

The popular Clash mode introduced in Season 5 Reloaded has been removed from Warzone, and angry fans are calling for its return.

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Warzone Season 5 Reloaded introduced a 50v50 game mode called Clash, and it seemed to go down well with the community. Now that is been removed from the playlists, players have reacted angrily and called for its return.

Following the latest update to Warzone Season 5 Reloaded, the new 50 v 50 Clash game mode has been removed from battle royale’s playlist.

While not all players were won over by the new mode, many were enjoying the faster pace compared to the usual Warzone experience.

Now that it has been taken away, angry fans are urging Raven to bring it back, labeling the game “dead” without it.

Aiming sniper rifle in Warzone

Playlist updates are nothing new in Warzone. Raven Software updates the modes playable in-game every Thursday in order to keep things fresh. This hasn’t stopped fans from taking to social media to call for Clash’s return.

In a thread simply called ‘What happened to Clash?’ Reddit user FullStackOver said, “I only downloaded Warzone back because of Clash, and I was having fun. I even bought the battle pass. Now they removed it? WTF.”

“Welp, this game is dead to me again,” added another fan. “Clash was the only mode I played and honestly the only mode that was fun imo.”

Redditor ‘ageekmaster’ posed that disgruntled players should “create a campaign” in order to get the devs to take notice.

Others joined the discussion, saying they’ll miss Clash because it’s a great way to “grind weapon XP,” which can make weapons more effective in the classic Warzone battle royale.

Many of the posts relating to this issue have expressed confusion as to why a mode that was so well-received would be taken down. No reason has been given for why Clash was removed so quickly after it was first added to the game, and there is no confirmation on if or when it will return.

As mentioned earlier, Raven updates the Warzone playlist regularly, so fans can hope that its absence from the game will be short-lived.

For more on Warzone, check out the teaser for Season 6, and the best controller setting for Season 5 Reloaded.

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