Packet Loss and Packet Burst have been a continuous problem for Call of Duty: Warzone players, so here are some solutions to fix your connection problems and reduce stuttering and lag in Season 3.
Although Warzone Season 3 has brought some much-need updates to the game’s map and weapon balance, more and more players have been reporting connection issues. Packet Loss and Packet Burst, marked by the yellow or red squares on the left of your screen, will make your game feel laggy and stuttery.
There are many reasons you could be receiving Packet Loss and Packet Burst on Warzone and it could be fixed by simply using a wired connection, or it may be a deeper problem with your game files.
No solution is guaranteed to be the be-all and end-all fix, but some of these solutions may help to alleviate your problems.
Use a wired connection
Using a wired connection may seem like an obvious solution, but it can do wonders in fixing lag and Packet Loss. Connecting your console or PC to your router with an ethernet cable will be faster, cause less interference, and generally be safer than using a wired connection.
If you were already using a wired connection, or this hasn’t helped the problem, read on for more solutions.
Set your NAT Type to Open
You’ll have one of three NAT (Network Address Translation) Types: Open, Moderate, or Strict (Xbox and PC), or Type 1, Type 2, or Type 3 (PlayStation). Ideally, you want your NAT Type to be at Open/Type 1 to get the most reliable connection while playing Warzone.
If your NAT Type is set to Moderate/Type 2 or Strict/Type 3, you can troubleshoot the issue and fix the problem. This solution, called Port Forwarding, comes from Activision Support.
- Type in your routers IP address into your browser
- Log in to your router using either the router’s default username or password, or the one you created yourself
- Find your router’s ‘Port Forwarding’ section
- Put the IP address of your PC or console in the correct box in your router
- Enter the correct TCP and UDP ports for your game in the corresponding boxes. Here are all of the required port codes:
- TCP: 3074,27014-27050
- UDP: 3074,3478,4379-4380,27000-27031,27036
- PlayStation 4
- TCP: 1935,3478-3480
- UDP: 3074,3478-3479
- Xbox One
- TCP: 3074
- UDP: 88,500,3074-3075,3544,4500
- PlayStation 5
- TCP: 1935,3478-3480
- UDP: 3074,3478-3479
- Xbox Series X|S
- TCP: 3074
- UDP: 88,500,3074-3075,3544,4500
This will open your ports, and allow Call of Duty: Warzone to have an open NAT Type, making for a more reliable connection, and hopefully alleviate Packet Loss and Packet Bursts.
Set the correct number of cores (PC only)
This solution is also tried and tested for fixing low FPS issues in Warzone, but there are reports it can also fix Packet Burst problems.
Modern Warfare’s files can sometimes default to an incorrect value for how many cores your system has. This causes hitching and stuttering, and will likely be the cause of Packet Burst.
Here’s how to set the correct core value for Modern Warfare/Warzone:
- Open ‘Task Manager’ and select the ‘Performance’ tab
- Click on ‘CPU’ and on the right you’ll see how many cores your PC has (e.g 6)
- Open ‘Modern Warfare’ in ‘Documents’
- Select the ‘players’ folder
- Click on ‘adv_options’
- Set the ‘RenderWorkerCount’ to equal your number of cores
- Save and Exit and you should see a marked improvement in Warzone performance
Check your drivers are up to date (PC only)
There are also some reports that ensuring your drivers are up to date will reduce Packet Loss and Packet Burst. An out-of-date driver can cause many issues, including low FPS, so it’s worth checking out anyway.
Here’s how to check that your drivers are up to date.
How to update NVIDIA graphics driver
If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will handle this for you.
- Download ‘GeForce’ experience through NVIDIA.com
- Open ‘GeForce Experience’
- Select the ‘Drivers’ tab
- Click ‘check for updates’ in the upper right corner
- If an update is available, follow the steps
How to update AMD graphics driver
If you have an AMD GPU, you can use the Radeon Settings to update your drivers.
- Right-click on your desktop
- Select ‘AMD Radeon Settings’
- Click on the ‘Home’ icon
- Click ‘New Updates’ on the bottom left
- Select ‘check for update’
- If an update is available, follow the steps
Hopefully one of these solutions has fixed your Packet Loss and Packet Burst issues in Modern Warfare and Warzone!
Raven Software are yet to officially address the issues players have been having, so stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all Call of Duty updates.
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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.
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.”
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’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
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.
- Operator and TTK changes
- No free Loadout Drops
- Tougher Gulag
- No Stopping Power or Dead Silence
- Sniper Rifle, Stun Grenade, and Medical Syringe changes
- Fewer vehicles
- Loot changes
- Buy Station price changes
Operator and time-to-kill changes
- 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
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.
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.”
- 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
Players have long complained about the luck-based advantage that the powerful Field Upgrades Stopping Power and Dead Silence brings.
Sniper Rifle, Stun Grenade, and Medical Syringe nerfs
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Iron Trials ’84 Duos will remain live through the 30th.— Raven Software (@RavenSoftware) September 22, 2021
As for customs… it’s not coming 𝘵𝘰𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘰𝘸 is all we can say for now. 😉
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.
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 the Specialist Bonus in Warzone Season 5
- What does Warzone’s Specialist Bonus do?
How to get Specialist Bonus in Warzone Season 5
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
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
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
- Kill Chain
- Quick Fix
- High Alert
- Tune Up
- Combat Scout
- Battle Hardened
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.
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.
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.
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.
Image credits: Activision
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