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New Call of Duty: Vanguard teaser drops ahead of Warzone reveal

Content creators have started receiving teasers for Call of Duty: Vanguard, possibly revealing the locations for the upcoming shooter.

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Call of Duty content creators and influencers have started receiving the new Vanguard teasers, revealing its WW2 setting ahead of its upcoming Warzone reveal.

With the launch of Warzone and Cold War Season 5, the Call of Duty 2021 rumor mill is in full swing. The title, Vanguard, as well as artwork, special editions, and an Open Beta, have all leaked ahead of the official reveal.

All signs point towards the reveal being inside Warzone, similar to Black Ops Cold War’s reveal in 2020. Now, less than a week ahead of the leaked reveal date, content creators and influencers are receiving small teaser videos.

Call of Duty WW2 key art

Call of Duty: Vanguard is expected to be revealed on August 19, and Sledgehammer Games have already started the hype train, with a variety teasers being sent to CoD content creators.

Content creators around the world have received and posted the all of the teasers, confirming all four fronts of the WWII are part of the game.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Teaser – Pacific Front

Call of Duty: Vanguard Teaser – North Africa

Call of Duty: Vanguard Teaser – Eastern Front

Call of Duty: Vanguard Teaser – Western Front

The video is titled “The Western Front,” which was the WW2 theatre of war that encompassed the north and west of Europe, including France, Germany, and the Netherlands.

One thing that players immediately noticed is a badge that resembles Modern Warfare’s Task Force 141. But instead, it appears to read: “Task Force Vanguard.”

Call of Duty Task Force Vanguard

All four of these trailers were then combined and officially released on August 16 in the form of the official teaser trailer for Call of Duty: Vanguard that you can find below:

This teaser trailer also confirmed that players will get to see the official reveal for the next entry in the Call of Duty franchise on August 19 during the Battle of Verdansk Warzone event.

Locations teased for Call of Duty: Vanguard

The first five-second video takes place in a forest, with German-issue helmets, stick grenades, and a sign saying ‘attention’ in German. There’s also a sign for ‘Merville’ being 10 kilometers away, which likely teases the Battle of Merville Gun Battery which took place in France after the Normandy landings in 1944.

While this teaser doesn’t reveal much yet, we’re likely to receive more details and locations once more teasers have dropped. We’ll keep this post updated with all of the teaser videos from content creators.

Warzone end game cinematic teaser

Players have also begun to spot a new teaser for Vanguard at the end game cinematic for Warzone matches where the winning team is seen taking a zipline into a helicopter to escape the gas.

The teaser shows the last member of the winning team start to take the zipline into the helicopter to only get shot and fall to their death. The camera then switches to show a woman sniper that appears to be from the era of World War II bolting a sniper rifle from behind cover.

You can check out the new teaser in the video below:

There are sure to be plenty of more teasers regarding Call of Duty: Vanguard revealed in the coming weeks, so be sure to check back here for all of the latest ones.

For more Vanguard, check out Activision’s plans for extensive Warzone integration when it releases.

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How to unlock RA 225 SMG in Warzone & Vanguard Season 5

Warzone and Vanguard’s new Season 5 SMG is set to deliver incredible mobility and a fast fire rate, so here’s how to unlock the RA 225.

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RA 255 SMG Warzone Vanguard Season 5

The RA 225 SMG is making its way to Vanguard and Warzone during Season 5, and the weapon’s speed in tight spaces should be a valuable addition to both games.

With Season 5 set to act as the final chapter of Vanguard and Warzone before players move on to Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, the RA 225 will be one of the last weapons to enter the fold.

We’ve seen a ton of post-launch Vanguard SMGs join the pool of weapons over the seasons, and it’s only right that players receive one final SMG before saying goodbye.

The new SMG will rely on a high fire rate and excellent mobility to dominate Season 5 of Warzone and Vanguard, so here’s how to unlock the RA 225.

How to unlock the RA 225 SMG in Warzone & Vanguard

Warzone and Vanguard’s RA 225 SMG will arrive at the start of Season 5 on August 24, and it will be available through the Battle Pass. At the moment, we don’t know the exact tier that the weapon will become available, but it should be either 15 or 31 according to previous seasons.

The RA 225 SMG will be one of two weapons arriving via the Season 5 Battle Pass, with the EX1 being the other. These two weapons should be free unlocks that occupy tiers 15 and 31 of the Battle Pass.

Menendez and Al-Asad in Warzone Season 5

The Call of Duty blog for the Season 5 roadmap explains that “this SMG has a high fire rate and a very mobile compact frame.” The RA 225 is a lightweight SMG, which means it should provide excellent mobility for those looking to finesse opponents in Warzone Season 5.

Although it does come with quick handling, its fast fire rate means that while it will be devastating in close-range gunfights, you will have to manage some upward recoil kick that the RA 225 displays.

Its base form doesn’t boast the highest firepower possible, but with the right attachments, you should be able to increase its damage and recoil control to your liking.


For more, check out our guide to all of the Vanguard & Warzone weapons arriving in Season 5, as well as how to unlock the Valois Revolver.

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How to unlock Valois Revolver in Warzone and Vanguard Season 5

Here’s how to unlock the new Valois Revolver in Warzone and Vanguard Season 5, which acts as both a knife and pistol.

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Vanguard operator using Valois revolver in Season 5

Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 5 brings a brand-new revolver that doubles up as a knife, so here’s how to unlock the Valois Revolver.

Season 5 arrives on August 24, wrapping up the Vanguard and Warzone storyline ahead of Modern Warfare 2’s launch. Classic villains have returned, setting off Caldera’s volcano which teases a fiery end for the Pacific Warzone map.

Alongside the classic weapons from both the original Modern Warfare 2 and Advanced Warfare, players can unlock the new Valois Revolver. This “combination knife and revolver that acts as both a lethal melee weapon and a pistol,” will be a powerful choice alongside Warzone’s new Rage Serum Field Upgrade, so here’s how to unlock it.

How to unlock the Valois Revolver in Warzone & Vanguard

Warzone and Vanguard’s Valois Revolver arrives shortly after Season 5’s launch and can be unlocked through either a challenge or by purchasing the Store Bundle.

Here’s how to unlock the Valois Revolver in both multiplayer and Zombies:

  • In Multiplayer, get 15 Melee Kills
  • In Zombies, get 1,000 Eliminations using Pistols that have been Pack-a-Punched

Sledgehammer recommends that players take a Melee weapon into Season 5’s new Beheaded map, as it’s “a great map for closing the gap to your opponent.”

warzone and vanguard season 5 roadmap

Similarly, they suggest jumping into the new The Archon Zombies map, as you can “hit that Pack-a-Punch early.”

The devs describe the Valois as “a villain’s dream,” as it’s capable of Meleeing opponents in only one hit “while also holding six rounds in the chamber for extra versatility.” They admit the “damage isn’t remarkable” though, “but it’ll do the job against a fleeing or damaged opponent.”


For more on Vanguard and Warzone Season 5, be sure to check out how to play Modern Warfare 2’s beta, which arrives during the season.

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Vanguard Season 5 Zombies: The Archon map, Main Quest, gameplay improvements

Here’s everything coming to Vanguard Zombies in Season 5, including The Archon map, Main Quest, boss fight, and gameplay improvements.

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Vanguard Season 5 Zombies players fighting boss

Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 5, the last season before Modern Warfare 2, brings the final round-based Zombies map to the game. Here’s everything we know about The Archon map, as well as the new Main Quest and improvements coming to Vanguard Zombies in Season 5.

After the huge success of Black Ops Cold War Zombies, players were less-than-impressed with Vanguard’s Zombies offering due to its lack of classic features and divergence from the round-based format.

Season 5 arrives on August 24, and will be Vanguard’s final season ahead of Modern Warfare 2. This final update brings one more round-based Zombies map to the game with a new Main Quest and boss fight.

Here’s everything we know about the Vanguard Season 5 Zombies update, including the upcoming gameplay improvements.

The Archon map arrives in Vanguard Season 5 Zombies

menendez using EX1 in Vanguard Zombies

Vanguard Season 5 Zombies brings The Archon, a round-based reimagining of Season 2’s Terra Maledicta map.

Although the same play space we’ve seen before, Treyarch have upgraded the map with “the full suite of round-based Zombies mechanics, an updated visual style, new Dark Aether intel, and a slew of new secrets to uncover.”

It will have all of the gameplay mechanics you’d expect in a round-based Vanguard map such as “Perk Fountains, Altar of Covenants, Tome of Rituals, and the Pack-a-Punch machine.”

The Rampage Inducer, which appeared in Cold War Zombies and Vanguard’s Shi No Numa, will also return for players who want to crank up the pace.

Vanguard Zombies Main Quest easter egg & boss fight

Vanguard Zombies players fighting boss in The Archon

Treyarch have called The Archon’s boss fight at the end of the Main Quest the “crown jewel” of the Zombies map.

After completing a series of trials and objectives around The Archon, Zombies players will be tasked with fighting Kortifex, the Big Bad of Vanguard’s storyline. Treyarch said that “Rather than devoting valuable development time to additional features or more Covenants,” they prioritized the Kortifex boss fight which is “on a scale rarely seen in Zombies.”

The Main Quest will go live with The Archon’s launch on August 24th at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST.

Is there a new Wonder Weapon in Vanguard Season 5?

No, there isn’t a new Zombies Wonder Weapon arriving with Vanguard Season 5’s The Archon.

Instead, Treyarch have added all three previous Wonder Weapons (Ray Gun, Wunderwaffe DG-2, and Decimator Shield) to the map. This is so they could devote more time to creating the “truly memorable boss fight.”

The Decimator Shield has seen some tweaks though, which are detailed in the gameplay improvements section below.

Vanguard Season 5 Zombies gameplay improvements

Vanguard Zombies player using EX1 in The Archon

Although the full Vanguard Season 5 patch notes aren’t out yet, Treyarch released a couple of the Zombies changes coming to the Decimator Shield and Covenants:

  • After reducing the Decimator Blast’s cooldown from 90 seconds to 60 seconds, we’re cutting the remaining timer in half, allowing players to deploy the Decimator Blast every 30 seconds.
  • Decimator Blast damage has been buffed against Sturmkriegers and Zaballa the Deceiver, making Egypt’s legendary Wonder Weapon even more formidable.
  • In response to player feedback, the full selection of all three Covenants will now refresh with each round at the Altar of Covenants, instead of every three rounds.

Stay tuned, as we’ll drop every Zombies gameplay change and bug fix here when the full patch notes drop ahead of the update.


Vanguard Season 5 also brings classic weapons from both MW2 and Advanced Warfare, as well as classic Call of Duty villains.

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