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Every Warzone Season 3 weapon buff & nerf: FFAR, AUG & more

Warzone Season 2’s most dominant weapons have finally been nerfed, so here’s every weapon change in Warzone Season 3.

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Warzone M16 and FFAR nerfed

Warzone Season 3 is here, and it’s brought a ton of weapon balance changes with it, including nerfs to the dominant M16, AUG, and FFAR. Here’s every weapon buff and nerf in Warzone Season 3.

Warzone Season 3 is officially here. On top of new Operators and weapons, a ton of adjustments have been made to Black Ops Cold War’s weapons in the battle royale.

While certain Cold War weapons were underpowered compared to their Modern Warfare counterparts, others killed way faster than the norm. As of Season 3, the AUG, M16, and FFAR have finally been nerfed, and other weapons such as the Krig 6 and Cold War AK-47 have been buffed.

Here’s every change that has been made to weapons and attachments in Warzone Season 3.

PPSH and Swiss K31 added to Warzone

As with all new Call of Duty seasons, players have been given some new weapons to play with in Season 3. These are the classic PPSH SMG and a new bolt-action sniper, the Swiss K31.

Both of these weapons are available in the Season 3 Battle Pass and can be equipped in both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War. You’ll unlock the PPSH quickly at Tier 15, and the Swiss K31 can be unlocked later at Tier 31.

M16, AUG, FFAR 1 nerfed in Warzone Season 3

The highlight of this update is the nerfing of the M16, AUG, and FFAR 1. These weapons dominated the entirety of Season 2, with their incredibly low time-to-kill making them the only viable choices.

Raven Software finally tamed the beasts, lowering the Tactical Rifles’ damage and fire rate. With these changes, the devs said, “you will now need to aim deliberately if you intend to kill quickly.”

Although the FFAR has received nerfs in the past, this one appears to be final. They’ve reduced its damage across the board and reduced its ADS speed again. Raven said that “the FFAR 1 will remain a respectable option following this change, but it should now be a playstyle preference rather than a loadout necessity.”

Raven Software also proactively nerfed the Groza in anticipation of it becoming the new meta after the FFAR’s nerf. As streamer NICKMERCS explained, the Groza was a rival to the FFAR, and Raven was aware of this. They increased its recoil and lowered its ADS speed and damage to “allow for some healthy competition in this weapon category.”

Developers also expect the CR-56 AMAX to be the dominant gun at the beginning of Season 3. They said, “we are keeping a close eye on the AMAX. No king rules forever.

All Warzone Season 3 weapon changes

As well as nerfing Season 2’s most powerful weapons, they buffed some outliers and added a new attachment bonus – Position Concealment.

Here is the full list of buffs and nerfs to Warzone’s weapons and attachments in Season 3.

Assault Rifles


Cold War AK-47

  • Recoil pattern has been adjusted

FARA 83

  • Minimum damage increased from 25 to 26
  • Maximum damage decreased from 33 to 31
  • Maximum damage range increased by 17%
  • Recoil pattern has been adjusted

FFAR 1

  • Maximum damage decreased from 30 to 27
  • Maximum damage range decreased by 15%
  • Neck damage multiplier changed from 1.1 to 1
  • Upper torso damage multiplier changed from 1.1 to 1
  • ADS speed decreased slightly

Groza

  • Recoil increased slightly
  • ADS speed decreased slightly
  • Upper torso damage multiplier changed from 1.3 to 1.1

Krig 6

  • Head damage multiplier changed from 1.4 to 1.5
  • Neck damage multiplier changed from 1 to 1.3
  • Upper torso damage multiplier changed from 1 to 1.1
  • Lower torso damage multiplier changed from 1 to 1.1

QBZ-83

  • Move speed increased
  • ADS move speed increased
  • Neck damage multiplier changed from 1 to 1.2
  • Upper torso damage multiplier changed from 1 to 1.1

Submachine Guns


LC10

  • Bullet velocity increased slightly

MAC-10

  • Maximum damage decreased by 1

Sniper Rifles


Pelington 703

  • ADS speed increased
  • Raise time increased slightly

Tactical Rifles


AUG (Cold War Tactical Rifle Charlie)

  • Time between bursts increased by 33%
  • Neck damage multiplier changed from 1.8 to 1.3

M16

  • Time between bursts increased by 10%
  • Neck damage multiplier changed from 1.8 to 1.1

Attachments


Position Concealment 

  • Position Concealment will reduce the time your position is visible on the compass and minimap after firing. This effect has been added as a pro on both the Flashguard and SOCOM/KGB Eliminator.

 Barrels

  • 16.3” Rapid Fire (M16) 
    • Increase to rate of fire reduced by 58% 
  • 18” Rapid Fire (AUG) 
    • Increase to rate of fire reduced by 56% 
  • 15.9” Strike Team (M16) 
    • Increase to rate of fire reduced by 66% 
  • 18.2” Strike Team (AUG) 
    • Increase to rate of fire reduced by 64% 
  • 16.3” Titanium (M16) 
    • Increase to rate of fire reduced by 61% 
  • 17” Titanium (AUG) 
    • Increase to rate of fire reduced by 59% 
  • Sorokin 140mm Auto (Sykov) 
    • Minimum damage reduced from 23 to 19 
  • Sorokin 140mm Auto AND Akimbo (Sykov) 
    • Minimum damage reduced from 19 to 14 

Lasers 

  • Ember Sighting Point 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 20% 
  • SOF Target Designator 
    • Flashlight is now visible during hip-fire and ADS 

Magazines 

  • Salvo/VDV Fast Mag 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 20% 

Speed Mag 

  • Pistols 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 40% 
  • SMGs 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 30% 
  • Snipers 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 20%

Muzzles 

  • Flashguard 
    • Added Position Concealment pro 
  •  SOCOM/KGB Eliminator 
    • Added Position Concealment pro 

Optics 

  • SUSAT MultiZoom 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 10%
  • Ultrazoom Custom 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 20% 
  • Vulture Custom Zoom 
    • ADS speed penalty reduced by 20%

Rear Grips 

  • Increases to ADS speed reduced by roughly 10%

You can try out these new weapons on the new Warzone map, and take part in the “Hunt for Adler” event.

Image Credit: Activision

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Warzone Pacific trailer hints at the ability to climb rocks in Caldera

The recent Warzone Pacific Caldera trailer may have hinted at the ability to climb rocks, which has previously been next to impossible.

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The latest Warzone Pacific Season 1 trailer showed off parts of the new map, Caldera. The trailer may have also hinted at the ability to climb rocks, which has previously been a frustrating experience in Verdansk.

Most Warzone players who have experienced their fair share of game-time in Verdansk will know exactly how frustrating it is to climb up rocks within the map’s mountainous terrain. It can be very annoying especially when you need to reposition quickly away from the gas or enemies.

Things like this don’t exactly make Warzone the most smooth experience when it comes to movement, but the recent Warzone Pacific trailer may have hinted at improvements to climbing in Caldera.

The Call of Duty battle royale game is about to get a heap of changes on December 8 when Warzone Pacific Season 1 drops. As well as the Vanguard integration, which will bring a bunch of WWII weapons and Loadout changes, we are also getting the new map Caldera.

Players have been waiting for this moment for some time now, and it may bring even more changes than expected.

As well as a recent hint towards a new Molotov use, fans are also decoding the Caldera reveal trailer. Warzone content creator JGOD believes that the narration in the trailer may have hinted at the ability to climb in Caldera.

In the trailer, the narrator says “survey the land from above by climbing natural rock formations.”

This sentence alone has caused the belief that players will be able to climb up rocky terrain to get high ground. If true, this is a very exciting gameplay mechanic for players, as it will improve movement and overall quality of life when traversing the map.

However, some fans aren’t holding their breath, as the trailer could have silly been referring to the rock formation in the video that looks like a bridge rather than actually climbing rocks: “Maybe climb (walk) up things like that rock arch, but no way we’re scaling rock faces.”


We’ll have to wait and see how accurate the speculation is come December 8, which is when those with early access will get to experience the map exclusively. Until then, check out FaZe Swagg’s “2 SHOT” AN-94 loadout.

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / PlayStation

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All Warzone Pacific Caldera POIs in real life: Capital, Resort, more

Warzone Pacific’s Caldera map appears to be inspired by several real life locations, so here’s every Caldera POI and its inspiration.

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Similar to Verdansk, Warzone’s Pacific’s new Caldera map appears to be inspired by real locations from the Pacific and the Second World War. Here are all of the real-life locations that Caldera appears to be inspired by.

Many locations from Warzone’s original Verdansk map are inspired by real-life locations, such as the Stadium, Array, and Nakatomi Plaza. It appears that Raven Software has taken a similar approach with Caldera, plucking many of its POIs straight out of Hawaii.

Thanks to Reddit user Metaforze, we can see all of the locations that Warzone Pacific’s Caldera map appears to be inspired by, including the Capital City and Resort.

Caldera Capital – Ali’iolani Hale

The Capital POI is clearly inspired by the Ali’iolani Hale building in downtown Honolulu, Hawaii.

The building has roughly the same shape as Caldera’s capital building, with the buildings and balconies being in the exact same place. Plus, it even has the same clock tower with a flag pole mounted on top.

Caldera Peak – Haleakalā Observatory

Caldera has much more elevation than Verdansk, and the highest point is marked by a “military battery installation” on top of a dormant volcano that appears to be inspired by the Haleakalā Observatory in Maui, Hawaii.

While not being an exact recreation, it’s likely that Haleakalā Observatory is a source of inspiration. The Observatory was built in the 60s but has a similar round shape and white color to Cladera’s Peak – plus it also lies on the summit of a dormant volcano.

Caldera Terminal – Ford Island Control Tower

Caldera’s airfield is overlooked by a tall control tower that bears a striking resemblance to the Ford Island Control Tower in Pearl Harbor.

Although not as tall or narrow, Caldera’s tower has the same red control room at the top, and platforms all the way up. Many Warzone players weren’t huge fans of Verdansk’s air traffic control tower, so hopefully, this is better received.

Caldera Royal Cabana Resort – Royal Hawaiian hotel

Warzone Pacific’s Royal Cabana Resort appears to be heavily inspired by the Royal Hawaiian hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Being similar in both shape and name, the Royal Cabana Resort has a similar bell tower to the Royal Hawaiian. We’ll need to wait until the map releases on December 8 to see if there are any more similarities.

Caldera Shark’s Lair Submarine Pen – Lorient Submarine Base

Caldera’s Shark’s Lair Submarine Pen, also included in Vanguard, is clearly inspired by the Lorient Submarine Base in Lorient, France.

This Submarine Base was used throughout the Second World War to harbor U-Boats, and it seems Raven Software has recreated it in the Pacific. It has almost exactly the same shape, with similar gunner mounts on top.


Caldera arrives with Warzone Pacific Season 1 on December 8, and it’s likely the community will find even more IRL locations once they’ve had proper time to explore.

Image Credits: Activision / Wikimedia Commons / Janine & Uploaded by Fæ via Wikimedia Commons

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Forgotten MW SMG still top-tier in Warzone Season 6

Warzone players are looking to send Verdansk off with a bang and there’s no better way to do that than with this forgotten MW Submachine Gun. 

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Utilizing this forgotten MW SMG is sure to bring back memories of Verdansk’s early days before players shift to Warzone Pacific: Caldera. 

With so much focus on which weapons are “meta”, some pretty powerful options are often overlooked. Call of Duty data expert TrueGameData recently discovered the resurgence of a forgotten MW Submachine Gun. 

The weapon in question is MW’s AUG. The data suggests that the AUG is still a force to be reckoned with. The AUG’s fire rate may not be as quick as other weapons in its class, even so, it is certainly one of the hardest-hitting SMGs around. 

The AUG had a brief moment of moderate usage as a weapon in Warzone until it disappeared altogether. With the TrueGameData loadout below the weapon can make a triumphant return. 

If you’re looking to give the AUG a try you should know that it doesn’t feel like other Submachine Guns. The AUG is much less mobile and quick to fire than other MW Submachine Guns. This might throw you off for a match or two but once you get the hang of the AUG, you’ll be shredding in no time.

The loadout focuses on utilizing the AUG’s already amazing base damage capability. Accuracy, range, and damage may not be the first thing that comes to mind when using an SMG, but the AUG certainly brings these qualities to the table. 

TrueGameData MW AUG Warzone loadout 

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Solozero Optics Mini Reflex
  • Magazine: 5.56 NATO 30-Round Mags
  • Perk: Sleight of Hand

The 5.56 NATO 30-Round Mags might seem like a strange choice for a Warzone Submachine Gun. However, the Sleight of Hand perk will compensate for the below-average mag size. 

This AUG can be utilized up close with a fantastic TTK or it could be used at greater distances. Thanks to the Solozero Optics Mini Reflex and Monolithic Suppressor, accuracy and damage range won’t suffer at medium range.

Of course, the Tac Laser is a Warzone staple as it boosts ADS speed and increases aiming stability. 

Given that the AUG could perform well at medium range, this loadout is best complemented by a long-range rifle. In the video, TrueGameData opts for the Swiss K31. Use the AUG as sniper support and you’ll devastate Verdansk. 


If you enjoyed this Warzone loadout, check out more loadouts that can dominate enemy players. 

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / TrueGameData

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