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NICKMERCS reveals the biggest problem with Warzone’s powerful AS VAL

Although the AS VAL is the fastest killing weapon in Warzone, NICKMERCS explains why it’s not part of the meta in Season 1.

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While the AS VAL is an incredibly powerful weapon in Warzone, streamer Nick “NICKMERCS” Kolcheff has explained why it’s not viable in squad matches.

Statistically, the AS VAL is the fastest killing weapon in all of Warzone. Although being an Assault Rifle, in a face on face fight at close-quarters, the VAL will outgun any SMG.

So, if the AS VAL is so strong, why isn’t it the meta?

After Warzone streamer NICKMERCS tested it out, he found that “overall, the gun is insanely strong but there’s just not enough bullets to play quads.”

Although it kills fast, it also shoots fast, so it would need a large magazine to compensate for the high fire-rate. Unfortunately, the largest magazine you can equip on the AS VAL is 30 rounds, so when you’re fighting a full team, you won’t have enough bullets to take out more than one at a time.

Self-revive is also extremely prominent in Warzone Season 1, so you’re going to need to finish all your kills before they can get themselves back up.

However, Nick explained that the AS VAL would be extremely well suited for solos or duos, where you’re only going to be fighting one or two opponents at a time.

“If you’re a duos kind of guy or a solos kind of guy, I don’t know how this isn’t in your every game kit,” NICKMERCS explained. “You’re not going to lose a gunfight.”

NICKMERCS AS VAL Warzone loadout

Here’s the attachments NICKMERCS ran on his close-range AS VAL if you want to try it out for yourself.

nickmercs as val gunsmith
  • Barrel: Stovl SOF
  • Stock: Stovl 6P30 Skelet
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 30 Round Mags
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

Although the AS VAL is an Assault Rifle, NICKMERCS has built it to be an SMG. Almost all of the attachments increase mobility and ADS time, so you can push enemies with incredible speed.

As Nick explained, only use this AS VAL in close-quarters situations in solos or duos, as 30 bullets will be enough to tear through any enemy unlucky enough to face you.

Remember to pair the AS VAL with a long-range weapon such as the HDR to dominate at any range.


For more, make sure you check out when the next double XP event is and the attachment that makes the Cooper Carbine an absolute killing machine in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded.

Image Credit: NICKMERCS / Activision

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JGOD reveals his pick for Warzone Season 4 Reloaded’s best meta loadouts

Top Warzone YouTuber JGOD has revealed the best meta Assault Rifles and SMGs you can use in Season 4 Reloaded.

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With Warzone’s devs Raven Software dropping major weapon balance changes during Season 4 Reloaded, top YouTuber JGOD has broken down the best weapon loadouts ahead of Season 5.

While Warzone‘s meta is the most balanced it’s been for a long time, Vanguard weapons still come out on top. Although Modern Warfare and Cold War guns are still viable in Season 4 Reloaded, it’s Vanguard weapons that make up Warzone expert JGOD’s best meta loadouts.

JGOD explained that it’s a toss-up between the STG44 and KG M40 for Assault Rifles, while the SMG meta is split between the Armaguerra 43 and Marco 5. He said that the weapons are “interchangeable” depending on your skill level and playstyle, and there isn’t a be-all-end-all.

The STG has “as good a TTK, better mobility, faster reload than the KG M40 which is an absolute laser which requires zero skill and anyone can use,” explained JGOD. “So you kind of gotta pick where you’re at and what consistency level you’re going to be playing at.”

For the SMGs, it’s also dependent on skill. The Armaguerra can offer a much faster TTK but isn’t as easy to use, while the Marco 5 has much better mobility and an easy-to-control recoil pattern.

JGOD also gave some alternative attachment combos for SMGs depending on whether you’re playing modes like Titanium Trials, so be sure to check out the full video below.

JGOD’s best Warzone Season 4 Reloaded loadouts

JGOD STG44 loadout

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: VDD 760mm 05B
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
  • Stock: VDD 34S Weighted
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 50 Round Mag
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Hatched Grip
  • Perk: Sleight of Hand
  • Perk 2: On-Hand

JGOD KG M40 loadout

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Reisdorf 720mm Shrouded
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
  • Stock: VDD 22G Padded
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Magazine: 8mm Klauser 60 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Hatched Grip
  • Perk: Brace
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

JGOD Armaguerra 43 loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Botti 570mm Precisione
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Imerito TA Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 9mm 60 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Taped Grip
  • Perk: Sleight of Hand
  • Perk 2: Quick

JGOD Marco 5 loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Perfetto Lesto 355mm
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Imerito FR
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 8mm Nambu 64 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Taped Grip
  • Perk: Momentum
  • Perk 2: Quick

These should be the meta picks until Warzone Pacific Season 5 arrives, which is set for Wednesday, August 24. Here, we expect another major meta shake-up and of course, a brand-new batch of weapons.

Image Credit: JGOD / Activision

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Best Assault Rifles in Warzone: Every Season 4 Reloaded AR ranked

Assault Rifles are great all-rounders in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded, so here are Warzone’s ARs ranked and the best ones to use.

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Assault Rifles continue to dominate Call of Duty: Warzone Season 4 Reloaded, so we’ve placed every Assault Rifle into a ranked list and counted down the top ARs you can run in Caldera, Rebirth Island, and Fortune’s Keep.

Assault Rifles are a staple in Call of Duty. Capable of dealing severe damage at almost any range, they’re the go-to for most players. They’re especially prominent in Warzone for their versatility, and through the Gunsmith system, you can build them any way you like.

With every season and update, Warzone’s meta shifts. Raven Software nerfed the meta-dominating NZ-41 in the Season 4 Reloaded update, and a new weapon has claimed the top spot as a result.

Here’s a ranked list of every AR as well as a summary of the best Assault Rifles in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

Best Warzone Assault Rifles ranked list

Warzone Operator STG 44

This is our comprehensive list of every AR in Call of Duty: Warzone, and we’ve ranked them in ascending order to let you know which ones are worth using.

While there used to be an even distribution of Vanguard, Modern Warfare, and Cold War guns, you’ll find that Vanguard weapons make up the majority of the meta picks. However, some solid MW and Cold War guns make up the top 10 if you want to use them instead.

Here is every Warzone Assault Rifle in Pacific Season 4 Reloaded, ranked:

  1. KG M40
  2. Volk
  3. Cooper Carbine
  4. Vargo 52
  5. NZ-41
  6. STG44
  7. BAR
  8. M13
  9. Vargo-S
  10. XM4
  11. EM2
  12. Nikita AVT
  13. Cold War AK-47
  14. Automaton
  15. AS44
  16. C58
  17. RAM-7
  18. FARA 83
  19. QBZ-83
  20. Grau 5.56
  21. Kilo 141
  22. M4A1
  23. Krig 6
  24. CR-56 AMAX
  25. Itra Burst
  26. Grav
  27. FFAR 1
  28. AS VAL
  29. Groza
  30. Oden
  31. AN-94
  32. FN-SCAR
  33. FAL
  34. FR 5.56
  35. Modern Warfare AK-47

Best Warzone Assault Rifles

5. NZ-41

NZ-41 Assault Rifle in Warzone

It took several nerfs in a row to finally knock Vanguard’s NZ-41 Assault Rifle down the ranks. It absolutely dominated Warzone for a prolonged period, but following the Season 4 Reloaded update, it’s finally in a balanced state.

It remains a powerful weapon that most players shouldn’t have too much trouble controlling at long range. It’s an excellent weapon for Caldera’s wide-open areas where you can punish players from a distance.


4. Vargo 52

Vargo 52 in Warzone

Cold War’s Vargo 52 claims the fourth spot and it’s been a pillar of consistency since joining Warzone Pacific. The weapon has never been considered overpowered, but it has an excellent TTK that makes it a devastating Sniper support Assault Rifle.

As you may have guessed, Vanguard ARs have the Vargo 52 beat when it comes to long-range gunfights thanks to their magnified optics. However, very few Assault Rifles can compete with the Vargo when it comes to a medium-range gunfight.


3. Cooper Carbine

Best Warzone Pacific cooper carbine loadout

The Cooper Carbine has always been a top choice thanks to its high fire rate and low recoil, and it’s remained a great selection for medium-range fights.

The Cooper’s bullet velocity isn’t the greatest, so you won’t be beaming players across Caldera, but take it into Fortune’s Keep or Rebirth Island and you’ll have a fantastic Assault Rifle in your hands. Thanks to a broken attachment discovered in Season 4 Reloaded, the Cooper Carbine is now considered one of the best ARs around.


2. Volk

Volk in Warzone

This may come as a shock to some, but Vanguard’s Volk Assault Rifle is one of the best weapons in Warzone. Its relatively low pick rate of 0.62 reveals that the majority of players continue to ignore the weapon.

However, if you’re looking for a medium-range Assault Rifle for Rebirth Island or Fortune’s Keep, there are no better options than the Volk.

This is the third Assault Rifle on the list that isn’t meant to be used for incredibly long-range gunfights. Instead, an LMG like the UGM-8, or the following weapon on our list is probably your best bet for a long-range weapon in Season 4 Reloaded.


1. KG M40 – Best Assault Rifle in Warzone

KG M40 assault rifle in Warzone

Warzone players love a low-recoil Assault Rifle and the KG M40 has barely any to deal with. While it doesn’t have the most incredible stats, the KG M40 is so easy to use that you’ll have no trouble landing shots.

The KG M40 has high bullet velocity and it deals a ton of headshot damage, but it’s held back by its low TTK when hitting body shots. As expected, with the NZ-41 receiving a significant nerf, this Assault Rifle claimed the top spot and it’s currently the most popular weapon in Warzone.

Bring any of these ARs into Caldera in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded and you’ll find yourself using some of the best Warzone Assault Rifles in Call of Duty’s battle royale.

If you’re looking for more on Warzone, be sure to check out everything we know about Warzone 2 and how to play Modern Warfare 2’s beta.

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games / Raven Software

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Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance mode explained: Rules & rewards

Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone’s Titanium Trials Endurance mode, including all of the rules and rewards.

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Warzone Season 4 Reloaded features the new Titanium Trials Endurance mode and here’s everything that you need to know about it, including its rules and rewards.

Warzone Season 4 Reloaded is going out with a Terminator-themed bang after the Titanium Trials mode went live on August 11. This hardcore mode increases the value of armor plates and rewards the best players with free items such as the Ultra Weapon camos.

With the rise of the machines taking place in Warzone, players will need to counter this new threat in the brand-new Titanium Trials Endurance mode, and we’ll go over everything that you need to know about it.

Armored SUV in Warzone Titanium Trials

Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance rules

Warzone’s Titanium Trials increases the maximum base armor threshold on Caldera to 300 hit points to simulate a Terminator model’s toughness. Health regeneration takes longer to restore, making this a high-skill and high TTK game mode.

You’ll start the game with a Self-Revive Kit and will be able to pick up the Tempered Perk as ground loot more frequently to repair armor. The mode’s custom-built loot table includes rare Redacted Weapons that pack a more significant punch than regular loadout guns.

Here’s a breakdown of the rules:

Player health & armor

Warzone Season 4 Reloaded’s Titanium Trials boosts player health up to 400, with 300 of that made up from armor plates. This means that Operators have only 100 HP, making for a quick death once your armor’s gone.

To make things more difficult, health regeneration has been slowed down. But, the Tempered Perk can be found more often to allow you to plate up faster.

Player count & map

Titanium Trials mode takes place on Warzone’s Caldera, with a maximum player count of 152. The mode will be played in Quads so make sure to bring some friends if you hope to get 20 wins and unlock the Skynet camo.

Loadout costs & redacted weapons

The cost of loadouts will be much higher at the beginning of a Warzone Titanium Trials match and will gradually decrease with each circle collapse.

However, if you haven’t found enough cash to buy your loadout and get the best weapons, then you can find one of the Redacted Weapons which has even more attachments.

Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance rewards

Warzone Titanium Trials rewards screen

If you want to get yourself some cool rewards then you can try completing eight different challenges in the Titanium Trials Endurance event during Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

Here are all the rewards you can unlock, and make sure to check out our Titanium Trials challenge guide to unlock them all.

  • Battle Pass 2XP Token
  • Weapon 2XP Token
  • Epic “Titanium Chrome” Vanguard Weapon Camo
  • Uncommon “I’ll Be Back” Progression Calling Card #1
  • Epic “I Sense Injuries” Progression Calling Card #2
  • Epic “I Sense Injuries” Progression Calling Card #3
  • Epic “I Sense Injuries” Progression Calling Card #4
  • Battle Pass Tier Skip
  • Ultra “Liquid Metal” Vanguard Weapon Camo (Animated)
  • Legendary “I’ll Be Back” Player Title
  • Legendary “Hasta La Vista, Baby” Player Title
  • Ultra “the Terminator” Progression Calling Card #5 (Animated)
  • Ultra “Skynet” Vanguard weapon Camo

Be sure to check out our guide on how to win Titanium Trials, including the best weapons and some top tips.

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