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JGOD explains how to turn Warzone’s FR 5.56 into the ultimate M16 counter

Warzone YouTuber JGOD has revealed one simple trick that can make the FR 5.56 compete with the AUG and M16.

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Warzone YouTuber JGOD has revealed one simple change that can make the usually ignored FR 5.56 compete with the M16 and AUG meta.

The FR 5.56 has long been considered one of Warzone’s weakest weapons. With its wild bullet spread and low time-to-kill, most players have written it off as not worth their time – according to WZRanked.com’s data, the FR 5.56 has a pick ratio of 0.1%. However, YouTuber JGOD has discovered a simple trick to make this weapon counter Season 2’s burst meta.

The AUG, and now the M16, have been running the long-range meta in Warzone Season 2. There aren’t any other weapons that can beat their TTK at distance, at least until JGOD discovered this FR 5.56 trick.

Warzone FR 5.56

Turning the FR 5.56 from a dud to one of the game’s best, you simply have to change the fire mode to single-shot. Warzone defaults this to the ‘B’ key on keyboards, so make sure you still have that bound. And for controllers players, you hit ‘left’ on the D-Pad.

JGOD explains how changing the fire mode fixes the biggest problems with the FR 5.56. While firing semi-auto, it becomes much more accurate with an easier-to-control recoil pattern. You’ll be able to down an enemy in a maximum of 7 shots, and with how fast you can spam the shots, its TTK up there with the best.

JGOD also said that what really sets it apart from the meta weapons is its bullet velocity, “particularly at range.” The weapon will almost feel hitscan at times, meaning you hardly need to lead shots and you can shoot enemies out of the air with ease.

JGOD’s semi-auto FR 5.56 loadout

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: FR 24.4″ Sniper
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 50 Round Mags

As long as you keep the FR 24.4″ Sniper barrel, you can really customize the weapon however you want. In solos and duos, you can take off the 50 Round Mags, and if you need more recoil control, you can opt for a Compensator Muzzle attachment instead. Just remember to switch the fire mode to semi-automatic.

JGOD said it’s unlikely that the FR 5.56 will take over the M16 and AUG as the meta as they’re just too easy to use, but the FR 5.56 is an extremely viable alternative. He calls it a “high skill” gun, but if you manage to land your shots, you’ll find great success even in the burst meta.

With Season 3 right around the corner, perhaps either the FR 5.56 or one of the new leaked weapons will become the new meta.

Image Credit: Activision / JGOD

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JGOD explains why Cold War guns are better than Vanguard’s in Warzone

Top Warzone YouTuber JGOD has explained why you should use Cold War’s weapons over Vanguard’s in Season 1.

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JGOD pointing towards Cold War XM4

Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific includes guns from Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, and Vanguard. YouTuber JGOD has explained why it’s Cold War’s weapons you should carry in your loadout.

Warzone now offers players over 150 weapons to choose from, with every gun from the previous three Call of Duty games available in the battle royale. Vanguard’s are the latest to arrive, so players have been enjoying using these classic WW2 guns in Warzone.

However, Warzone meta expert JGOD has explained why it’s Black Ops Cold War’s weapons you should be using in Caldera and Rebirth Island in Season 1.

Captain Price and Woods in Verdansk '84

Bullet velocity is one of the most important stats when building a weapon in Warzone. The faster your bullets travel, the quicker your bullets hit the enemies and the less you need to lead your shots – making it much easier to hit moving targets.

JGOD said that Cold War’s weapons have the best bullet velocity of the bunch, which is what makes them much better than Vanguard’s.

He explained that when you build your weapons for long-range, “you want the bullet velocity to be anywhere between 1000 to maybe 1200.” But this is where Vanguard’s weapons struggle, as even though they have low recoil, their bullet velocity usually falls around 850-900 meters per second – except for LMGs such as the Bren and Type 11.

This makes them much more difficult to use than Cold War and Modern Warfare’s weapons at long range, so Vanguard weapons likely aren’t the meta picks.

Now that the hype around Vanguard’s weapons has died down, we’ve seen guns such as the AK-47, XM4, and Grau 5.56 re-enter the ten most popular weapons list, and this is likely because they’re so much more consistent and easy to use.

Raven Software are probably aware of the bullet velocity difference, and will be making adjustments to being Vanguard’s guns more in-line with the other weapons – perhaps in February’s Season 2 update.

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Best Bren loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 1

The Bren LMG can be one of Warzone’s most powerful weapons, and we’ve got all the attachments and perks you need to build the best loadout.

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Bren LMG in Warzone Pacific

Assault Rifles, SMGs, and Sniper Rifle loadouts often dominate the Warzone meta, but the Bren LMG is one of the best weapons in Pacific Caldera with the right attachments and perks.

Warzone Pacific Season 1 was one of the biggest updates the battle royale has seen since its launch, adding a brand-new map, a host of bug fixes, and the introduction of Vanguard weapons.

With over 40 guns added to the game, it’s no surprise that the meta saw some major shifts, with the Bren LMG rising through the ranks to dominate the game.

This heavy weapon boasts an impressive amount of ammo and firepower, with the only major downside being its slow rate of fire. However, this gun can still be extremely lethal with the right loadout.

Here’s how you can make the best Warzone Pacific Season 1 Bren loadout.

Best attachments for Warzone Bren loadout

Bren in Warzone Pacific
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Queen’s 705m Royal
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
  • Stock: Hockenson SP2B
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: .50 BMG 50 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Tight Grip
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

First, we’ll focus on bringing the Warzone Bren’s recoil under control, and the Mercury Silencer is great for quietening shots and improving accuracy. The Queen’s 705m Royal barrel is perfect for long-range fights, boosting bullet velocity, recoil control, accuracy, and even eliminating damage drop-off at range.

With the weapon’s accuracy improved, you can increase your chances of hitting your targets at longer ranges by equipping the SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x optic. The Hockenson SP28 stock will also boost aiming stability, and make recoil more manageable.

Warzone Pacific operators

The Carver Foregrip underbarrel provides further recoil control along with the Polymer Grip, while the .50 BMG 50 Round Mags means you shouldn’t run out of ammo too quickly. We’ve teamed that up with the Lengthened ammo type to maximize bullet velocity.

We went with the Tight Grip Perk to really help you hit your shots, while Fully Loaded lets you start with maximum reserve ammo so that you don’t have to look for more during combat.


Best Bren Perks and equipment 

cold-blooded perk in warzone
  • Perk 1: Cold-Blooded
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Lethal: Thermite
  • Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor

You’ll want to stay hidden from enemies using the Combat Scout Perk to mark their targets. For that reason, we recommend equipping Cold-Blooded to ensure that they don’t follow your movements.

Overkill lets you pick another primary weapon for different combat situations, so you can pair the Bren with something like the Kar98k. Amped lets you swap between your weapons much quicker.

Finally, you should equip the Thermite and Heartbeat Sensor equipment so that you can track your enemies and hunt them down with greater ease.


How to unlock the Bren in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific

bren lmg

To unlock the Bren, you must reach Level 53 in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 1. Since this is just two levels off the max, it will take some serious grinding to get there.

Since you’ll need to have the Bren available to you in Vanguard and Warzone to put together this loadout, be sure to hop into some games and play extremely well until you reach the required level.


Best alternatives to the Bren in Vanguard

The Bren is a slow-firing, heavy LMG, so if you’re looking for something faster then we recommend trying out the Volk Assault Rifle in Warzone Pacific. It’s rapid enough to eliminate whole groups of players.

You can also check out our best Automaton loadout, which is a fast-firing Assault Rifle that you can use to eliminate opponents over great distances during long-range combat situations.


Warzone has plenty of viable weapons ahead of the Season 2 launch, and to find our top picks, check out our best Warzone guns guide where we ranked every single weapon.

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Warzone devs hint at Caldera map changes in Season 2 update

Raven Software have teased map changes for Caldera in Warzone Season 2 with the minimap already teasing what’s to come.

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Warzone Pacific Caldera Docks POI

Warzone players noticed that Caldera’s minimap showed a building that didn’t exist, and Raven Software teased that this is a sign of map changes to come in Season 2.

Warzone finally received a brand-new map with Season 1’s Pacific update, but players were keen for Raven Software to keep it changing to stop it from going stale. Although Verdansk received an 80s overhaul, many players still wished that the developers had done more with it.

It appears that Raven have some map changes planned for Caldera, as they teased that an area would receive an overhaul in February’s Season 2.

Docks in Warzone Pacific Caldera

Warzone players were baffled when they noticed that the Refinery area south of Docks looked completely different on the mini map. While the actual area has some rusty old buildings dotted around, the minimap shows that the area has two large buildings instead.

A player then tweeted Raven Software to let them know about the issue on January 25 and they replied, teasing that there’s a good reason for this. “Maybe the Map knows about a change coming to this area in Season 2?” they suggested.

One of the major complaints about Caldera is that all of the interesting areas and POIs are dotted around the edge of the map, while the middle is has been described as “barren nothingness.” This could be Raven’s attempt to build up the center of the map, and change how the area is played.

Whether this is the only map change for Season 2 remains to be seen, as Raven could have any number of changes lined up. Hopefully, we’ll find out more when the roadmap drops in the coming weeks.

Season 2 was originally scheduled for the start of February but got pushed back to February 14 to allow the developers more time to work on bugs and balance tweaks. We know that Ranked Play will finally drop in Vanguard with this update, but they’re still playing their cards close to their chest when it comes to Warzone.

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