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NICKMERCS reveals the best Warzone class to dominate on Rebirth Island

Rebirth Island videos have become a lot more regular for NICKMERCS in Warzone and he’s shown off his best loadout to use.

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The rejuvenated XM4 Assault Rifle has become a favorite of Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff in Warzone Season 4, and he’s revealed his top XM4 class to use on Rebirth Island.

The beauty of a buff is that a weapon can go from absolute obscurity to being a bonafide meta-weapon that sits comfortably in most players’ loadouts. The Milano now features in many Season 4 Warzone loadouts, thanks to a recent buff, and JGOD recently explained how significant the latest XM4 buff was.

NICKMERCS has gravitated towards Rebirth Island a lot more recently and is even considering quitting battle royale. So to increase his chances of winning a game of Rebirth, he’s come up with a great XM4 Assault Rifle class loadout.

In a recent Warzone video, he described the XM4 as: “One of my favorite guns to use in the game period, but especially on Rebirth because you can pair it with a Kar98k, a Sniper, and it’s a great overkill sniper class.”

He continues to rain down plaudits for the XM4 by saying that it’s “By far my favorite overkill sniper class I ever had. MP5, MP7, P90, AS Val, nah, XM4, beautiful – trust me.”

Using his XM4 class, Nick goes on to drop a solid 16-kill game in Rebirth, and you can tell how much he’s enjoying both the loadout and playing Rebirth.

NICKMERCS XM4 Warzone Rebirth Island loadout & attachments

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Stock: Raider Pad
  • Ammunition: Salvo 60 Rnd Fast Mag

Nick’s XM4 is loaded with some quality attachments to make it even more deadly, and the first of which is the classic Agency Suppressor – the ultimate noise-canceling device. Next up is the Tiger team Spotlight for mobility and the Microflex LED for a cleaner sight.

The Raider Pad is a useful attachment to gain some of that much-needed Warzone movement speed, and the Salvo 60 Rnd Fast Mag accelerates that reload time.

These attachments help NICKMERCS to run a fearsome XM4 that can take down anyone in a second. Hopefully, it will help you with your Warzone gameplay.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / NICKMERCS

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Warzone January 20 update patch notes: Instant reload glitch, bug fixes & Katana buff

Here are the full patch notes for Warzone’s January 20 update, which fixed the instant reload glitch and buffed the Katana.

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Warzone’s developers Raven Software released a small patch on January 20 that’s sought to remove the glitch that lets players fire weapons continuously without reloading, fixed exploitable areas of Caldera, and given the Katana a major buff.

Warzone players have been desperate for some of Warzone’s most game-breaking glitches to be fixed. Raven Software released a small update on January 20, dealing with a few minor issues affecting the game.

The January 20 update has patched an issue that cancels out reload animations, fixed some areas that players were glitching through, and buffed the Katana melee weapon.

Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone’s January 20 update.

Warzone’s instant reload glitch removed

Warzone players discovered that the Type 11 LMG had a major glitch where players could continuously fire without reloading. All they had to do was quickly switch weapons after hitting the reload button, and their ammo would fill back up instantly.

Warzone’s devs patched this in the January 20 update, so players should no longer be able to fire any weapons continuously without reloading.

Warzone January 20 update patch notes

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed collision issues with various elements across Caldera allowing Players to exploit/peek/shoot through them.
  • Fixed an issue causing the menu screen to flicker when attempting to join a friend or queue with a party. 
  • Fixed an issue with reload animations allowing certain Weapons to fire continuously.
  • Fixed an issue causing Private Lobby hosts to crash.
  • Fixed an issue causing the regular/Advanced UAV rewards from Big Game Bounty and [TOP SECRET] Contracts to not trigger if the player was in a vehicle or anti-air gun.

Weapons

  • Katana (VG)
    • Damage increased from 135 to 150
    • Standing Charge Range increased by 36.5%
    • Crouching Charge Range increased by 17%
    • Move Speed decreased by 2%

The next major Warzone update will be Season 2, which has now been delayed to February 14 while the developers work on including some more much-needed fixes.

Source: Raven Software

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Best Vanguard Kar98k loadout for Warzone Pacific Caldera

Warzone Pacific has brought a familiar dominant weapon to the game, but this time it’s Vanguard’s rendition. Here’s our best Kar98k loadout.

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After Warzone Pacific introduced a brand new map, players who like to engage in long-range combat will be eager to find a great sniper class. Here’s our best Kar98k loadout for Warzone Pacific Caldera.

With Vanguard introducing over 40 more guns into Call of Duty’s battle royale, some Warzone players will be flustered with the amount of choice.

Sniping has always been a great playstyle in Verdansk, and in the new Warzone Pacific Caldera map, it remains dominant with a familiar sniper returning. For those looking to take advantage of long-range engagements on Caldera, here’s the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout you can use.

Best Perks and Equipment to use with the Kar98k

Best Kar98k attachments for Warzone Pacific

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD RE02K
  • Stock: Short Stock
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: 8mm Klauser 3 Round Mag
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Rear Grip
  • Perk: Fleet
  • Perk 2: Deep Breath

First off, the F8 Stabilizer will help boost accuracy and damage range, allowing you to hit targets at greater distances. Combined with the VDD RE02K barrel, which increases bullet velocity, the one-hit-kill area, and accuracy, you’ll be taking people down with ease.

Another great attachment that will increase bullet velocity is the Lengthened Ammo Type. This will ensure that your bullets will hit faster and more accurately from range.

The Short Stock is a great attachment for those looking to use the Kar98k as a quick scoping sniper. It increases your movement speed, ADS speed, sprint to fire speed, and aim walking movement speed. At the cost of some accuracy and recoil control, this attachment makes the Kar98k a great high-power mid-range option with mobility.

Next up we have the SMLE Pistol Grip and Fabric Rear Grip. The Fabric Grip will increase mobility, making sure you hit your target first, while the SMLE Pistol Grip will increase sprint to fire speed.

Despite decreasing the magazine size, the 8mm Klauser 3 Round Mag will also increase the aim down sight speed, as well as speed up the reload time.

Lastly, the two Perk attachments we have chosen are Fleet and Deep Breath. Fleet will have you moving as quickly as possible which will enable you to take the Kar98k into close quarters while also increasing weapon swap quickness. Meanwhile, Deep Breath will allow players to steady their aim while aiming down sight for longer.

Best Perks and Equipment to use with the Kar98k

  • Perk 1: E.O.D.
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Secondary: MP40
  • Lethal: Molotov
  • Tactical: Stun

EOD will protect you from any explosive and fire damage that isn’t related to killstreaks, which is great for a gun that you are more likely to be holding areas down with.

Overkill gives you the option for a more close-ranged gun, and we chose the MP40, as it’s a solid close to medium range option in Warzone Pacific.

For the final Perk, we chose Amped. This Perk allows you to switch weapons faster, which is great for any sniper loadout as it means you will be able to pull your secondary weapon out quickly so that you aren’t out-gunned from close range.

The Molotov is great for getting players out of camping spots and the Stun will buy you more time for when things are getting sticky.

How to unlock the Kar98k in Warzone Pacific

In order to unlock the Kar98k in Warzone Pacific, players must reach Level 43 in Sledgehammer Games‘ Vanguard Multiplayer.

This will unlock the weapon for use in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific and if you’re looking to reach this level fast, check out our piece on how to level up quickly.

Alternatives to the Kar98k in Warzone Pacific

Some other alternatives to the Kar98k include the 3 Line Rifle, which is another Sniper Rifle worth giving a shot. If you’re looking for something a little different give the MG42 LMG a go, as it can also be deadly from range.

For more on Warzone Pacific Season 1, check out all the tiers and rewards up for grabs in this season’s battle pass.

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games / Raven Software / Activision

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Crazy Alcatraz video shows just how accurate Warzone’s Rebirth Island really is

Warzone players can now witness a side-by-side comparison of Rebirth Island and real-life Alcatraz Island.

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Fans of the Rebirth Island map in Warzone might be shocked to discover just how much of a carbon-copy the chaotic battleground is to real-life Alcatraz.

Since Rebirth Island made its Warzone debut on December 16, 2020, players have enjoyed the close-quarters version of Call of Duty’s battle royale. The map was only meant to be a temporary inclusion as an ode to Blackout’s Alcatraz map but its popularity has made it a Warzone mainstay since its inception.

Thanks to a new comparison video, fans of the map can appreciate just how accurate the Call of Duty devs were when recreating real-life Alcatraz.

For those who may be wondering, Alcatraz is a real-life island in San Francisco, California in which a lighthouse, military base, and Federal Penitentiary can all be found. The island was notorious for its cold waters and strong currents that made escape impossible.

Naturally, these conditions make for a fantastic Call of Duty battle royale map, and thanks to a new video, players can witness just how well the real-life location translates to an in-game battleground.

The video posted to the Warzone subreddit by yoursofunny is just over four minutes long and offers a shot-by-shot comparison of Rebirth Island’s points of interest including Prison Block, Harbor, and Factory.

It’s truly astonishing to witness the attention to detail that contributed to Rebirth Island’s final design. The map is a one-for-one recreation down to the positioning of staircases and the length of hallways.

Given the success of Rebirth Island, it’s no surprise that players voice their frustration when the map is removed from the active playlist options. In fact, the map is so well-like that players have even offered a similar island as the real-life inspiration for a sequel to Rebirth Island.


For more Warzone news check out how much money does Warzone make and Warzone hackers bring flying cars to Caldera.

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