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JGOD reveals 10 best Warzone loadouts after Vanguard weapon nerfs

CoD YouTuber JGOD has revealed the 10 best loadouts you can try in Warzone Pacific Caldera following the Vanguard weapon nerfs.

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The Vanguard weapons in Warzone Season 1 received various nerfs, and CoD YouTuber JGOD has broken down the 10 best loadouts to take with you into the new Caldera map.

Warzone Pacific Season 1 brought a ton of new content for players to enjoy, including the new Caldera map and 40 Vanguard weapons. However, many of these guns received different nerfs.

These balancing updates bring a significant shift in the game’s meta, and Call of Duty YouTuber JGOD has examined these changes to determine which weapons are the best.

Now, he has put together the 10 best weapon loadouts you can use in Warzone.

JGOD’s top 10 Warzone loadouts after Vanguard weapon nerfs

Warzone Pacific Caldera Mines POI

JGOD discussed the weapon balance changes in a new video on his channel. After examining the nerfs in Warzone Season 1, he has gathered enough data to decide which loadouts are worth using.

Choosing the right weapon loadout after all these balancing changes can be tricky, so here are the 10 best ones in Warzone Pacific Caldera according to JGOD.

10. M1912 & Grau

M1912

Warzone M1912
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: CGC 12” Cooling
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: CGC S Adjustable
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Ammunition: Incendiary
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Frenzy
  • Perk 2: Quick

Grau

Grau Warzone
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Tempus 26.4” Archangel
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Magazine: 60 Round Mags

9. STG44 & AMP (Ghost perk)

STG 44

STG 44 Warzone loadout
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: VDD 760mm 05B
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: VDD 27 Precision
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 8mm Kurz 60 Round Drum
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Vital
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

AMP

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 6.4” Task Force
  • Laser: Ember Sighting Point
  • Magazine: Salvo 30 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

8. STG44 & AMP (Tempered perk)

Warzone-Tempered-Perk
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The Tempered perk in Warzone only requires two armor plates to be fully kitted.

STG 44

  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: VDD 760mm 05B
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: VDD 27 Precision
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 8mm Kurz 60 Round Drum
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Vital
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

AMP

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 6.4” Task Force
  • Laser: Ember Sighting Point
  • Magazine: Salvo 30 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

The main difference in this loadout is that JGOD goes for the Tempered perk instead of Ghost as he thinks that armor plates are valuable and it can be good to only need two for full armor.

7. Volk & Swiss K31

Volk

Vanguard Volk loadout

The Volk can be viable as a sniper-support in Warzone.

  • Muzzle: Recoil Boosted
  • Barrel: Krausnick 428MM 05V
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: SA Converted
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Russian Gorenko 40 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabrice Grip
  • Proficiency: Fleet
  • Kit: On-Hand

Swiss K31

Swiss K31 Warzone loadout

The Swiss K31 is one of the most popular snipers in Warzone, behind the Kar98k.

  • Muzzle: Gru Suppressor
  • Barrel: 24.9” Combat Recon
  • Laser: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

6. PPSh-41 (Vanguard) & BAR

PPSh-41

An image of the PPSH-41 with the Warzone logo in the corner
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: ZAC 300mm
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62mm Gorenko 71 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Perk 1: Fleet
  • Perk 2: Quick

BAR

BAR in Warzone Caldera
  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: CGC 30” XL
  • Optic: 1229/Slate 3.25x Custom
  • Stock: Pistol Grip Custom
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: .50 BMG 30 Round Mag
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Proficiency: Hard Scope
  • Kit: On-Hand

5. Type 100 & Ak47 (Cold War)

Type 100

Type 100 View Warzone
  • Muzzle: M1929 Silencer
  • Barrel: Sakura 196mm Light
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Sakura Type 2
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 8mm Kurz 48 Round Drum
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Fleet
  • Kit: Quick

AK47 (Cold War)

AK-47 Cold War Warzone
  • Muzzle: Gru Suppressor
  • Barrel: 20” Spetsnaz RPK Barrel
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: Bakelite 60 Rnd

4. AK47 (Cold War) & Kar98k (Modern Warfare) 

AK47 (Cold War)

Warzone Plunder Ghost AK47 Money Fire Final
  • Muzzle: Gru Suppressor
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap
  • Magazine: 45 Rnd

Kar98k (Modern Warfare) 

Kar98k
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6”
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Sniper Scope
  • Perk: Focus

3. OTs 9 & C58

OTs 9 

OTs 9 Warzone loadout
  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 8.1” Task Force
  • Laser: KGB Target Designator
  • Ammunition: VDV 40 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

C58 

C58 Warzone loadout
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 18.5” Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Magazine: 45 Rnd Drum

2. Cooper Carbine & STG44 

Cooper Carbine

Cooper Carbine Warzone preview screen
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 14” Gracey Rapid
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 9mm 60 Rnd Drums
  • Ammunition: Compressed Rounds
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Vital
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

STG44

STG 44 Warzone loadout
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: VDD 760mm 05B
  • Optic: 1229/Slate 3.25x Custom
  • Stock: VDD 27 Precision
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 8mm Kurz 60 Round Drum
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Vital
  • Perk 2: On-Hand

The Cooper Carbine quickly became one of the most popular weapons in Warzone with its release. While it has been nerfed, the gun still reigns supreme as one of the best there is. Team it up with the STG44 and it will allow you to play at nearly any pace.

1. MP-40 & Bren

MP-40 

MP40 Warzone preview screen

The MP40 paired with the Bren is JGOD’s best Warzone loadout of Season 1.

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317mm 04B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mag
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Momentum
  • Perk 2: Quick

Bren

Bren-vanguard
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Queen’s 705mm Royal
  • Optic: M38/Slate 2.5x Custom
  • Stock: Oak & Shield Padded
  • Underbarrel: M1941 HandStop
  • Magazine: 6.5 Sakura 40 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Tight Grip
  • Perk2: On-Hand

That covers all the best loadouts in Warzone Pacific Caldera, according to JGOD. You can take these with you after jumping into the new map and use them to cause some serious pain to your opponents.

However, it’s worth keeping in mind that the final decision ultimately comes down to personal preference, so be sure to experiment with each of these weapons until you find the one that suits you best.


For more Warzone Pacific content, check out FaZe Swagg’s “broken” Warzone hip fire class with “100% accuracy and Warzone pro JoeWo’s Shotgun loadout that turns into Snake Shot Pistols.

Image Credits: Raven Software / Sledgehammer GamesJGOD

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Vanguard Zombies players furious The Archon is just “green Terra Maledicta”

Fans of Vanguard’s Zombies mode are furious with Season 5’s content, claiming The Archon to be a green-tinted remaster of Terra Maledicta.

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Fans were eager to get a look at a new round-based Zombies map in Vanguard Season 5, but excitement turned to disappointment as a remaster of Terra Maledicta was revealed instead.

While Vanguard Zombies players will be getting a round-based experience in Season 5, The Archon isn’t exactly a new map. Zombies fans were under the impression that Season 5’s The Archon would deliver another brand-new Zombies map following Vanguard’s Shi No Numa.

Instead, the upcoming content is better defined as a new Zombies experience, since players will receive a round-based version of Season 2’s Terra Maledicta instead. It seems the announcement has caused unrest among Zombies fans, with several voicing their disbelief.

Vanguard Zombies Season 5 The Archon

Terra Maledicta was a new Zombies map that arrived with Season 2 of Vanguard. When it launched, players slammed it as a boring Zombies map that failed to change their initial poor opinion of Vanguard Zombies.

Given the poor reception, the devs claim that they were dedicated to using player feedback to improve the Terra Maledicta experience in Season 5.

“Earlier this year, the Vanguard Zombies team received a mountain of constructive feedback around the launch of Terra Maledicta. As we digested everything we heard from the community, one request kept coming up over and over: the map’s Egyptian and Dark Aether settings would make for a killer round-based experience. We agreed!”

This explains their decision to remaster or update Terra Maledicta by giving it a round-based makeover in Season 5. Unfortunately, the initial reaction from Vanguard players has been just as poor as that of the original Terra Maledicta.

It seems players were under the impression they’d be getting a new round-based map, which increased the disappointment they felt when a “green Terra Maledicta remaster” was revealed instead.

Zombies fans are obsessing over the green-tinted overhaul that Terra Maledicta seems to have received. Comments from the above post found on the CODZombies subreddit reveal that players believe this Season 5 content to be lazy: “This is next level lazy if they actually have used terra maledicta.”

Another player questioned if there would be any new sections around the map: “The fun part about it is the fact that on the official treyarch blog there’s NOTHING that says that there will be new areas, this is literally a s*** show.”

It’s certainly too early to pass final judgment on Season 5’s Zombies content, but it’s safe to say that The Archon will have to be a phenomenal experience to change players’ strong opinions.


For more, check out how to unlock Vanguard and Warzone’s new RA 225 SMG and Valois Revolver in Season 5.

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How to get Warzone & Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards (August 2022)

There are new Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards available for players to claim. Here’s how you can get your hands on them.

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Warzone and Vanguard Operators in Season 4

Prime Gaming is an exciting way for developers to reward players with various in-game items. Here’s how you can claim your Prime Gaming rewards in Warzone and Vanguard.

Both Warzone Pacific and Vanguard feature fun cosmetic items that players can equip to customize their playing experience, and these can be acquired through several different means.

One easy way to get them is through the popular Prime Gaming service, which allows Amazon Prime subscribers to get free in-game rewards for their favorite games.

With this in mind, here is how you can get the Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards for August.

How to get Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards

Prime Gaming logo

If you’re interested in claiming Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards, you’ll need an Amazon Prime subscription. If you don’t already have one, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial to redeem the rewards.

Then you must link your Warzone and Vanguard account to your Amazon Prime account with the membership active.

Here’s how you can link your accounts for free Prime Gaming rewards:

  1. Navigate to the Call of Duty Offer Detail Page
  2. Click ‘Claim Now’ on the active content drop
  3. Log in with your Prime-enabled account or sign up for Prime
  4. Click ‘Continue’ to begin the account-linking process
  5. Click ‘Go to Activision’ to be redirected to Activision’s account-linking page
  6. Log in with your Activision account and authorize Prime Gaming to fulfill content
  7. Click ‘Complete Claim’
Vanguard player using the Marco 5

Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming Rewards – August 2022

Full Defense Bundle

The August 2022 content drop through Prime Gaming brings a total of five exclusive items for Warzone and Vanguard players to claim, including an Operator skin, a weapon Blueprint, and a Calling Card.

Below is a full list of everything available throughout the month of August:

  • Legendary Desert Pinstripes Skin
  • Epic Counterinsurgency Blueprint
  • Legendary Golden Grenadier Emblem
  • Legendary No Oasis Killcam Theme
  • Epic Heat of Battle Calling Card
Full Defense Bundle in Warzone and Vanguard

That covers everything you need to know about this month’s Prime Gaming rewards for Warzone Pacific and Vanguard.

There are new rewards available each month, so be sure to check back with this guide!


For more Call of Duty, check out how to unlock the RA 225 SMG in Season 5 as well as our guide on the Heroes vs Villains event.

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How to unlock RA 225 SMG in Warzone & Vanguard Season 5

Warzone and Vanguard’s new Season 5 SMG is set to deliver incredible mobility and a fast fire rate, so here’s how to unlock the RA 225.

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RA 255 SMG Warzone Vanguard Season 5

The RA 225 SMG is making its way to Vanguard and Warzone during Season 5, and the weapon’s speed in tight spaces should be a valuable addition to both games.

With Season 5 set to act as the final chapter of Vanguard and Warzone before players move on to Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, the RA 225 will be one of the last weapons to enter the fold.

We’ve seen a ton of post-launch Vanguard SMGs join the pool of weapons over the seasons, and it’s only right that players receive one final SMG before saying goodbye.

The new SMG will rely on a high fire rate and excellent mobility to dominate Season 5 of Warzone and Vanguard, so here’s how to unlock the RA 225.

How to unlock the RA 225 SMG in Warzone & Vanguard

Warzone and Vanguard’s RA 225 SMG will arrive at the start of Season 5 on August 24, and it will be available at tier 31 of the Battle Pass.

The RA 225 SMG will be one of two weapons arriving via the Season 5 Battle Pass, with the EX1 being the other. These two weapons will be free unlocks that occupy tiers 15 and 31 of the Battle Pass.

Menendez and Al-Asad in Warzone Season 5

The Call of Duty blog for the Season 5 roadmap explains that “this SMG has a high fire rate and a very mobile compact frame.” The RA 225 is a lightweight SMG, which means it should provide excellent mobility for those looking to finesse opponents in Warzone Season 5.

Although it does come with quick handling, its fast fire rate means that while it will be devastating in close-range gunfights, you will have to manage some upward recoil kick that the RA 225 displays.

Its base form doesn’t boast the highest firepower possible, but with the right attachments, you should be able to increase its damage and recoil control to your liking.


For more, check out our guide to all of the Vanguard & Warzone weapons arriving in Season 5, as well as how to unlock the Valois Revolver.

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