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How to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific

Here’s what you need to do in order to turn off Call of Duty’s Crossplay functionality in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 1.

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While playing Call of Duty with your friends on different platforms can be fun, there is a risk of you encountering hackers and cheaters even after the launch of RICOCHET. You can avoid that by using our guide to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Season 1.

Crossplay in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific is a feature that connects players across all platforms through an “Activision Account.” Players who do not opt-in to this system will be unable to play cross-platform across PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

If you do have an Activision Account, you will be automatically entered into the crossplay player pool by default. If you feel like this isn’t for you, and you want the option to disable this, then follow our quick and easy guide.

How to turn off crossplay for Vanguard

  1. Log into Vanguard Multiplayer
  2. Navigate to ‘Settings’
  3. Go to the ‘Account & Network’ tab
  4. Change Crossplay from ‘On’ to ‘Off’

How To Turn off Warzone Pacific Crossplay

  1. Log into Warzone
  2. Go to the ‘Options’ section
  3. Navigate to the ‘Account’ tab
  4. Change Crossplay from ‘Enabled’ to ‘Disabled’

Once crossplay is disabled, you’ll only matchmake against players on your native platform. You can toggle crossplay back on at any time. We especially recommend having it on while queuing for Warzone.

Why turn off crossplay for Vangaurd & Warzone Pacific ?

Simply put, cheaters and hackers. If you’re a console-only player, you might run into a few from the PC platform. While RICOCHET has helped significantly reduce the number of hackers, running into a cheater can still occur with some cheat providers refusing to back down.

We strongly recommend keeping crossplay on to ensure the queue times stay short, we also understand that running into cheaters is not fun.

Unfortunately, if you’re on PC, turning off crossplay will significantly increase your matchmaking times. We do not recommend turning off crossplay unless you are on a console.

Why should I keep crossplay on?

If you’re wondering why you should keep crossplay on – first and foremost, interconnectivity. With crossplay enabled, you can play with Call of Duty friends on other platforms. If this is off, players on other platforms won’t be able to join your sessions and you won’t be able to join them.

Secondly, matchmaking times will be impacted if you turn off crossplay. More so on PC than other platforms, but the matchmaking pool you enter into on console will be against players with no Activision ID and other players who have turned off crossplay.

Lastly, connections. You’ll be entered into a more narrow pool of players, so this could also have a negative impact on your ping. Overall though, you should still be thrown into the best available games.


For more Call of Duty news, check out how Microsoft is set to acquire Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard.

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How to get Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone & Vanguard

Here’s how to unlock the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone and Vanguard – the most expensive Blueprint ever.

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Vanguard and Warzone players can unlock the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint as part of the Godzilla vs King Kong collaboration. It’s set to be the most expensive weapon Blueprint ever, so here’s how to get your hands on it.

Vanguard and Warzone players have been loving the Kong, Godzilla, and Mechagodzilla skins and bundles, but there’s one more Operation Monarch cosmetic for players to unlock — the Apex Phase Rifle Blueprint.

Although announced alongside the Season 3 Battle Pass, the devs didn’t reveal which gun it would be for, nor what it looked like. Now, thanks to an email sent out by Activision, we know that the Apex Phase Rifle Blueprint is for the Owen Gun, which is arguably one of the best SMGs in Warzone.

The Owen Gun Blueprint isn’t a straightforward unlock and you’ll need to put down a hefty amount of CoD Points, so here’s how to get your hands on it in Warzone and Vanguard.

How to get Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone & Vanguard

Unlocking Warzone‘s Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint is unique in that you need to purchase all three of the Kong, Godzilla, and Mechagodzilla bundles.

Even though Operation Monarch ends on May 25, you’ll have until June 16 to purchase all three bundles and claim the Apex Phase Rifle.

How much is the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint?

As players need to purchase all three of the Godzilla vs Kong bundles, the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint will cost a whopping 7,200 CoD Points or $74.99 / £69.99.

Of course, you’re not just paying for the Blueprint itself, you’ll also get the Kong, Godzilla, and Mechagodzilla bundles with all of their cosmetics. Plus, for buying two out of the three bundles, you’ll get the exclusive “Godzilla vs. Kong” Weapon Sticker and the “Superspecies” Player Title.

When does Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint unlock?

Don’t worry if the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint hasn’t appeared in your account yet, as it won’t become available until Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Reloaded.

Although no official release date has been confirmed, we expect Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Reloaded to go live on Wednesday, May 25. This update is also set to bring the H4 Blixen SMG and the Serpentine Perk to Warzone, as well as Vanguard’s Sphere map.


For more Vanguard and Warzone, be sure to check out how Sledgehammer have changed matchmaking, as well as the highest K/D weapons in Warzone.

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Vanguard May 16 update patch notes: Major Combat Pacing changes & camo challenge fixes

Vanguard’s May 16 update patch notes brought major changes to Combat Pacing as well as fixes to camo challenges.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard devs Sledgehammer Games released an update on May 16 that delivers major changes to Combat Pacing, and fixes some camo challenges in Season 3.

Vanguard players have long since complained about the poor map rotation and disappointing Combat Pacing mechanic, but it now seems like the devs are actively working to alleviate this major issue in Season 3.

On May 16, a brand-new update hit Vanguard and it focuses on improving the map rotation by making some major changes to how Combat Pacing functions. The update also provides a few fixes to camo challenges.

Vanguard Combat Pacing changes

For starters, the devs decided to remove Assault Combat Pacing from the Quick Play and Featured Playlists. This leaves Tactical and Blitz as the two remaining Combat Pacing options in Vanguard. The devs explained that only 5% of players choose to play on Assault Pacing, and they believe that removing it altogether will lead to an improvement in map rotation.

Since Assault Pacing has been removed, the minimum and maximum player counts for both Tactical and Blitz have been tuned. You can take a look at the number of players per match on each map in the chart below.

Full Vanguard May 16 update patch notes

Feature Update

  • Assault Combat Pacing filter removed from Quick Play and Featured Playlists
    • This change intends to improve diversity in map rotation. Although Assault Combat Pacing is the choice for just 5% of players, its impact on matchmaking cannot be understated. By removing this option, we aim to improve map rotation across all Quick Play playlists. We will be monitoring your feedback and game analytics to assess if this change has made the desired improvements. Give it a try, and let us know how you feel. 
  • Minimum and maximum player counts for Tactical and Blitz Combat Pacings have been tuned. For more details check out the Sledgehammer Games blog for the most recent Patch Notes.

Camo Challenges

  • Nikita AVT (Assault Rifle)
    • Corrected the requirements for multiple Camo Categories.
      • Pack Tactics: 40/80/120/160/200/240/280/320/360/400 Eliminations
      • Surgical: 5/10/15/20/25/30/35/40/45/50 Headshots
      • Predatory Ambition: 5/10/15/20/25/30/35/40/45/50 Multikills
      • Reptilian: 3/6/9/12/15/18/21/24/27/30 Bloodthirsties
  • M1916 (Marksman Rifle)
    • Corrected the requirements for multiple Camo Categories.
      • Pack Tactics: 30/60/90/120/150/180/210/240/270/300 Eliminations
      • Predatory Ambition: 5/10/15/20/25/30/35/40/45/50 Multikills
      • Reptilian: 3/6/9/12/15/18/21/24/27/30 Prone Kills
      • Wildcat: 5/10/15/20/25/30/35/40/45/50 Holding Breath Kills

For more Vanguard, be sure to check out the best Vanguard Season 3 quickscoping class or how Elden Ring dethroned Vanguard as the best-selling game of the last year.

Source: Sledgehammer Games

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Best Vanguard Season 3 quickscoping class: Loadout & attachments

Here are the best attachments, Equipment, and Perks to create the best quickscoping loadout in Vanguard Season 3.

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Quickscoping is an essential part of any Call of Duty game, but you need to have the right class to make it a truly effective option. He’s everything you need to create the best Vanguard quickscoping loadout, including attachments, perks, and more.

Sniping is a Call of Duty staple and it’s remained just as powerful in Vanguard. The game has a wide selection of powerful Sniper Rifles for you to use. Since launch, players have been able to use the Type 99, 3-Line Rifle, and Kar98k

We recommend going with the Kar98k since it’s the quicker option. This rapid rifle comes with plenty of firepower, and you can equip it to create the best quickscoping loadout in Vanguard Season 3.

Best Vanguard Kar98k quickscoping attachments

  • Muzzle: L Brake
  • Barrel: Krausnick 560MM LWS03K
  • Optic: M1913 Variable 4-8x
  • Stock: Short Stock
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: 8MM Klauser 3 Round Mag
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Quickscope
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

As this is a quickscoping loadout, we’ll prioritize speed and accuracy when adding attachments. For the muzzle, we’ve gone for the L Brake for its +1 accuracy, along with the Krausnick 560MM LWS03K barrel which provides a healthy ADS boost.

We went with the M1913 Variable 4-8x optic as it gives us two valuable options to switch between with ease, while the Short Stock lets you move faster and negates a lot of ADS time.

The SMLE Pistol Grip is our underbarrel of choice, as it not only increases your Sprint-to-Fire time by 11% but also increases hip-fire accuracy by 4%.

The 8MM Klauser 3 Round Mag and Fabric Grip are perfect for quick reloading and improved ADS speed, while the Lengthened ammo type will really help you pack a punch when you hit your enemies. Finally, the Quickscope proficiency improves your accuracy after ADS, while Fully Loaded will keep you stocked up with ammo.

Best Perks & Equipment for quickscoping in Vanguard

Best Perks

  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Double Time

For Perk 1, Ghost is a solid choice as it keeps you hidden from Spy Planes, enemy intel, and Field Mics as long as you’re moving. You’ll be able to pull off some effective flanks with this Perk equipped.

If you prefer the traditional minimap where unsuppressed fire is shown, you can’t go wrong with the Radar Perk.

And finally, Double Time doubles your Tactical Sprint time and increases crouched movement, allowing you to quickly dart around the map to keep the element of surprise.

Best Equipment

  • Lethal Equipment: Gammon Bomb
  • Tactical Equipment: No 69 Stun Grenade

For equipment, the Gammon Bomb is an effective Lethal as it explodes on impact. Then, to limit the enemies’ vision and movement, the No 69 Stun Grenade is perfect.

How to unlock Kar98k in Vanguard Season 3

The Kar98k is unlocked at Level 43 in Call of Duty: Vanguard. So, it takes some time to get your hands on this weapon and you’ll need to play through several matches to level yourself up.

You can speed this up by checking out our detailed guide on how to level up fast in Vanguard. Once you reach Level 43, you’ll be able to start quickscoping enemies during long-range combat.

Best alternatives to Kar98k in Vanguard

If you’re looking for a great alternative to the Kar98k then we recommend trying out the 3-Line Rifle for quickscoping. This weapon has impressive mobility and can deal a lot of damage to enemies.


For more on the most powerful weapons in the game, check out our ranked list of Vanguard’s best guns in Season 3.

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