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Every weapon buff and nerf in Warzone Season 3 Reloaded

Warzone Season 3 Reloaded has brought significant buffs and nerfs to Cold War’s Snipers and SMGs, so here’s every weapon balance change.

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Warzone Season 3 Reloaded buffs and nerfs

Warzone devs have continued their recent trend of making welcome weapon balance changes with each update, significantly buffing Cold War Sniper Rifles and nerfing the AK-74u in Season 3 Reloaded.

Warzone Season 3 Reloaded, the midseason update, has finally arrived. It’s brought the highly-anticipated 80s Action Hero event, welcome bug fixes, and even more weapon balance changes.

In the last major update, Raven Software outlined their goal of providing much more variety in weapon choice and increasing the skill gap, and weapon balance is arguably in the best place it’s ever been. This update continues that trend, creating more diversity in both the SMG and Sniper Rifle categories.

Here’s every weapon buff and nerf in Warzone Season 3 Reloaded.

Cold War Sniper Rifles buffed in Warzone

Warzone ZRG 20mm sniper

Although Treyarch hit Sniper Rifles hard in Black Ops Cold War, Raven Software have significantly buffed Sniper Rifles in the Season 3 Reloaded update.

Here’s every change made to Sniper Rifles following Season 3 Reloaded.

M82 buffed

Raven Software felt that the semi-automatic M82 Sniper Rifle was “much more satisfying to use as a heavier duty semi-auto Sniper.” To push the M82 in this direction, the devs increased its bullet velocity and extremity multipliers but decreased its rate of fire.

LW3 – Tundra buffed

Warzone’s devs noted that the only thing holding the LW3 Tundra back was its ADS (aim down sight) speed and aiming stability. To counter these negatives, the devs increased its aiming stability and added more attachments to improve ADS.

Swiss K31 buffed

Warzone Swiss K31

The Swiss K31 was built for quickscoping, being the ideal weapon for an aggressive Sniper. To make the “Swiss K31 feel a lot more like the lightweight, fast-handling, high-skill weapon it was meant to be,” Raven greatly increased its flinch resistance, ADS speed, and aiming stability.

ZRG 20mm buffed and nerfed

The heavy-duty ZRG 20mm has received the most significant weapon balance changes of all Cold War’s Sniper Rifles. With this update, Warzone devs were “doubling down on its identity as the highest caliber Sniper in Verdansk,” making you “really feel like you are firing anti-materiel rounds.”

To do this, they’ve made the weapon more powerful, increasing its bullet penetration and body shot multipliers, but also made it heavier by decreasing its ADS speed, bullet velocity, and movement speed.

SMG changes in Warzone Season 3 Reloaded

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Alongside these Sniper Rifle changes, Raven Software also made some adjustments to Cold War’s SMGs in Warzone.

AK-74u buffed and nerfed

Similar to how they changed the ZRG 20mm, Warzone devs gave the AK-74u both buffs and nerfs to change its playstyle.

They felt it was acting too much like an Assault Rifle so made changes to bring it more in line with the other weapons in its class. To do this, they gave it “less bullet velocity, less damage range, and more sprint to fire speed.”

With these changes, they described the AK-74u as “the epitome of high-risk, high-reward SMGs.”

PPSH-41 buffed

Raven described how the PPSH was “on the brink of being able to contest some of the strongest Submachine Guns,” so they increased both its maximum damage and damage range.

They believe that “This damage bump will undoubtedly have the PPSh-41 joining other high tier SMGs as a contender for that top spot.”

All Warzone Season 3 Reloaded weapon changes

Warzone LW3 Tundra

Not only did Raven Software make significant changes to specific weapons, but they also delivered on the teased changes to Sniper Rifle attachments, bringing them more in-line with the most popular Modern Warfare attachments.

For all of these attachment changes and exact values on the weapon changes, here’s the full patch notes directly from Raven Software.

Submachine Guns

  • AK-74u
    • Neck multiplier increased from 1 to 1.4
    • Sprint to Fire Speed increased by 20%
    • Bullet Velocity decreased by 15%
    • Maximum damage range decreased by 25%
  • PPSh-41
    • Maximum damage increased from 27 to 28
    • Maximum damage range increased by 3.8%

Snipers

  • All Black Ops Cold War Sniper base optics have been adjusted.
  • Sniper Rifle Charlie (M82)
    • Bullet Velocity increased by 14%
    • Extremity multipliers increased from .9 to 1
    • Rate of Fire decreased from .33 to .83
  • LW3 – Tundra
    • Aiming Stability increased
  • Swiss K31
    • Flinch Resistance greatly increased
    • ADS Speed increased slightly
    • Aiming Stability increased
  • ZRG 20mm
    • Bullet Penetration increased
    • Upper Torso multiplier increased from 1.25 to 1.7
    • Lower Torso multiplier increased from 1.15 to 1.25
    • Extremity multipliers increased from .9 to 1
    • ADS Speed decreased by 4%
    • Bullet Velocity decreased by 2%
    • Move Speed decreased by 2%
    • ADS Move Speed decreased by 1%

Attachments

  • Muzzles
    • Flash Guard
      • Vertical Recoil Control increased slightly
    • Suppressor
      • No longer reduces Bullet Velocity
      • Now increases Bullet Velocity
      • Now increases ADS Speed 
      • Now increases Sprint to Fire Speed
      • We expect this relatively unassuming change to have widespread effects. The Suppressor now offers you another viable attachment choice in the muzzle category with a focus on different stats. For example, where Bullet Velocity and Effective Damage Range are not a priority (e.g., Submachine Guns) you would almost certainly take the Suppressor. Or perhaps you have more than enough Bullet Velocity (e.g., ZRG 20mm) and you want to shore up a weakness in handling. These are the types of compelling decisions we want to continue to develop.
  • Lasers
    • SOF Target Designator (Snipers) 
      • No longer increases Effective Damage Range
      • Now increases Aiming Stability
      • ADS Move Speed multiplier increased
         
    • Ember Sighting Point (Snipers)
      • No longer increases Effective Damage Range
      • Now greatly increases Aiming Stability
      • ADS Move Speed multiplier increased 
         
    • Steady Aim Laser (Snipers)
      • No longer decreases Hip Spread
      • Now increases ADS Speed
         
    • Swat 5mW Laser Sight (Snipers)
      • No longer decreases Hip Spread
      • No longer decreases ADS Speed
      • Now increases Aiming Stability 
      • Now greatly increases ADS Speed
         
    • Black Ops Cold War Snipers desperately needed more ‘value’ Attachments—namely, more Attachments that provide stats that are relevant to Snipers. We feel the changes to these Attachments and base Sniper optics will make Black Ops Cold War Snipers far more competitive and enjoyable to use.
  • Rear Grips
    • Airborne/GRU Elastic Wrap 
      • Aiming Stability increased

Raven Software are still to deliver on teased buffs for “struggling” Modern Warfare weapons, so we’re likely to see that in a future update, or perhaps in Season 4.

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Warzone players call for Raven to steal exciting Apex Legends feature

Warzone players are calling for the developers to add a feature seen in Apex Legends to improve the player experience.

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Warzone players are calling for Raven Software to add a certain feature to Warzone that is available to players in Apex Legends.

Since Vanguard’s integration, Warzone has been receiving a lot of stick, not just over the bugs and issues, but also the new map, Caldera, which is supposedly receiving some changes soon.

Although players were seemingly looking forward to the prospect of a new battle royale map for Warzone Pacific, there’s clearly a lot that players would like to see improve, with NICKMERCS recently sharing his opinion on the matter.

Now, players are calling for a feature from Apex Legends that may alleviate player frustrations when it comes to the map.

warzone caldera verdansk maps side by side

Reddit user duffwardo posed a question in the Warzone subreddit that asks: “Would adding timed map rotations into Warzone improve the game?”

The post has an image attached showing Verdansk ’84, the original Verdansk map, and Caldera side by side suggesting that these maps would be in rotation for the battle royale.

This is a feature that is already present in Warzone’s battle royale competitor Apex Legends. In Apex, battle royale maps rotate every hour or so to keep the game fresh and exciting.

This means that players aren’t just fighting in the same locations again and again, and they get to experience some variation when the map rotates. It seems this is something Warzone players would like as well, especially those who miss Verdansk, as one player in the comments wrote:

“That would be great so I could skip Caldera every time its in rotation, like everyone else would. Everyone wants Verdansk back.”

The major difference is that Apex Legends has four maps to rotate between and will sometimes take a map away for a whole season and then bring it back to make it feel even more refreshing.

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Warzone really only has two maps, Caldera and Verdansk. As one comment points out, it may be pointless to have both Verdansk and Verdanks ’84 due to their likeness: “I see no point rotating between verdansk and verdansk 84, one or the other but preferably OG verdansk.”

This probably won’t be added to Warzone due to the sheer size that it would make the game, especially as it would likely cause even more bugs and issues than already present.

Perhaps this is something we will see for the reported Warzone 2, which is set to be a completely new battle royale game.

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Warzone January 26 update patch notes: Buy Station freeze fix, Xbox improvements, more

Warzone has been given a brand new update on January 26 and it seems Raven are focussing on eliminating bugs and performance issues.

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Warzone Pacific Caldera Peak drop spot

The Warzone January 26 update brings a variety of bug fixes and improvements to the game, including a partial fix for the dreaded Buy Station freezing bug.

Warzone has been going through a pretty rough period when it comes to bugs, exploits, and performance issues. Players have been complaining about a variety of things including the Buy Station freezing glitch and, more recently, invisible guns in the Gulag.

Since the delay of Season 2, the devs promised to work harder on improving the experience for players, and it seems that’s what this Warzone January 26 update is all about.

Warzone Buy Station freezing improvements

While this wasn’t explicitly in the patch notes for this update, Raven Software took to Twitter to let players know about “major improvements” to players freezing at Buy Stations.

Although the bug is seemingly still in the game, Raven have explained that the “frequency” of this issue should be reduced for the time being.

As it is still an issue, we expect to see more improvements and fixes for this bug in a future update.

Warzone January 26 update patch notes

January 26 warzone patch notes

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed collision issues with various elements across Caldera allowing Players to exploit/peek/shoot through them.
  • Fixed an issue causing instability when typing non-ASCII characters (eg: ©, ®, ™, ∅).
  • Fixed an additional issue causing the menu screen to flicker.
  • Fixed an issue allowing Players to respawn via buy back with part of their original Loadout.
  • Fixed an issue causing additional placeholder images to appear in various Store Bundle previews and/or purchases.
  • Fixed an issue causing live matches to crash.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to fall into a bottomless pit of despair when attempting to take a dip in the pool.
  • Fixed an issue causing the second Loadout Public Event to not occur in core Battle Royale modes.

Xbox improvements

  • Fixed an issue causing instability when pressing the Xbox home button twice while in-game.

Warzone Pacific Season 2 will be the game’s next big update, so stay tuned for all the information when it is released on February 14.

For more, check out the leaks, rumors, expected release date, and platforms for Call of Duty: Warzone 2.

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CoD Warzone 2: Leaks, rumors, platforms & release window

Activision are reportedly developing Warzone 2, so here’s everything we know about the rumored sequel to CoD’s battle royale.

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While Call of Duty: Warzone has just undergone its huge Pacific overhaul, there are reports that Activision are developing ‘Warzone 2.’ Here’s everything we know about Warzone 2, the rumored sequel to CoD’s hit battle royale.

Call of Duty: Warzone will soon hit its third year, and the game has changed significantly since its March 2020 release. Every weapon from Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard have arrived, Verdansk was nuked and given a 1980’s overhaul, and now the game takes place in the Pacific.

But it appears that Activision are looking at moving the battle royale title on further, with Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier reporting that “a new iteration of Call of Duty Warzone” is in the works.

Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty: Warzone 2.

What is Call of Duty: Warzone 2?

Warzone operator running from helicopters

Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is the rumored sequel to CoD’s hit battle royale, where it’s reported to be “a completely new game” with “no past weapon integrations.”

Warzone’s sequel was first reported by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and corroborated by well-known industry insider Tom Henderson.

When could Warzone 2 release?

Schreier reported that Warzone 2 is on track for a 2023 release, which puts it at three years after Warzone’s original launch.

There’s no way of knowing whether it will be attached to CoD 2022 (believed to be titled Modern Warfare II) similar to how the original Warzone was released as part of Modern Warfare, or whether it will launch alongside CoD 2023 at the end of the year.

Warzone 2 platforms

According to Tom Henderson, Warzone 2 will only be on current-gen and PC, which means it will release on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC.

He described it as a “completely new game for better hardware,” so it will likely take full advantage of PC and current-gen console’s power.

We would expect improved visuals, and maybe even the highly-requested FOV slider on consoles.

Warzone 2 gameplay

Price, Kingsley and woods in Warzone pacific caldera map

We’re completely in the dark about what Warzone 2’s gameplay will be like, but Henderson said that there will be “no past weapon integrations etc.”

So it seems that Warzone 2 will be a clean slate, only taking in weapons from the current CoD title or having its own separate weapon pool.


Microsoft have announced they’re in the process of buying CoD publishers Activision Blizzard, so you can also check out the five ways the deal could change Call of Duty forever.

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