Connect with us

Call of Duty: Vanguard

Vanguard February 17 update patch notes: Ranked Play delay, bundle fixes, and more

A Vanguard update on February 17 has introduced a few noteworthy changes including Ranked Play details and a fix to Store bundles.

Published

on

Vanguard Season 2 february 17 patch notes

Sledgehammer Games have rolled out an update following the start of Season 2 and the February 17 update provides details concerning Ranked Play as well as bundle fixes in Call of Duty Vanguard.

Sledgehammer Games continue to tackle ongoing issues that plague Call of Duty: Vanguard. Next up on the list are significant fixes to Store bundles, a Battle Pass skin, and intricate details involving the delayed Ranked Play.

Here is every change made in Vanguard’s February 17 update which provided minor adjustments to bundles, alleviated a friends lists navigation issue as well as provided Ranked Play details.

Ranked Play delay

Ranked Play beta screen Vanguard

Vanguard Ranked Play is officially delayed but we did receive some new information from February 17’s patch notes. The patch notes have provided a glimpse at the rewards that are up for grabs for those who intend to climb the ranks.

New rewards will arrive with each new Ranked Play season, “Each additional Ranked Play season will feature a new set of exclusive rewards to earn”.

Vanguard February 17 update patch notes

Alongside a ton of new information regarding Ranked Play, the update also tackled various fixes to weapons and skins available in Store bundles. The full set of patch notes can be found below.

Multiplayer updates

Social

  • Fixed a bug that resulted in a spontaneous crash when scrolling through friends lists

Weapons

  • The Sten Mk5 Historia weapon blueprint spawns as a STG 44 on public MP matches

Bundles

  • Attack on Titan – Levi Edition Bundle
    • The Sten Historia weapon blueprint will no longer spawns as the STG44 in public Multiplayer matches
  • Paradise Lost Bundle
    • Halima’s skin Fire Brand is now consistent with the preview.
  • Final Flight Bundle
    • The Hawk Blueprint will no longer use Ironsights instead of the Scope when Aiming Down Sights

Battle Pass

  • Tier 20 Reward “Beatrice Parisian skin”
    • An issue with the Beatrice Parisian skin has been fixed. All Tier 20 players have been granted this item retroactively.

Zombies updates

Wonder Weapons

  • Addressed an issue where the Decimator Shield would not respawn in the Corrupted Lands Arena if the player died.

Ranked Play Beta

Ranked Play Operator planting bomb

Due to a stat-breaking issue that only appears in the live game environment, the Ranked Play Beta will not go live the morning of 2/17 as expected. Stay tuned to @Treyarch on Twitter for updates on launch timing while a fix is implemented.

New Pillar Mode will be available via the Vanguard Main Menu allowing players to play competitively, earn a Seasonal Skill Rating, compete in biweekly Ladder Events, and earn Ranked Play rewards. 

Competitive Game Modes, Maps, and Settings

  • Play competitive 4v4 using the same modes, maps, and settings used in the Call of Duty League ruleset.
  • Select Weapons, Attachments, Equipment, Perks, Field Upgrades, and Killstreaks are restricted based on official CDL competitive rules.
  • Game Modes: CDL Hardpoint, CDL Control, CDL Search & Destroy.
  • All unrestricted content is unlocked for players regardless of their current Military Rank Progression to ensure a level playing field for all players.

Seasonal Skill Rating

  • See where you stack up competitively each season by earning a visible Skill Rating (SR) and advancing your way through Skill Divisions and Tiers.
  • Play 5 Skill Evaluation Matches each season to earn a Seasonal Skill Rating and placement in one of 7 Skill Divisions. Each Skill Division has 5 Tiers.
  • Earn or lose Skill Rating after each match based on win/loss and personal performance.
  • Skill Ratings are reset at the end of each season.

Progressive Rank

  • Progressive Rank celebrates the player’s Ranked Play journey and success in Ladder Events.
  • Players start UNRANKED and earn Rank 1 the first time they are placed on a Ladder.
  • Progress your Rank by earning Stars based on final Ladder Event position.
  • There are 50 Ranks to earn in Vanguard Ranked Play. Rank carries over from season to season and is never reset.

Rewards

  • Earn a Calling Card and Emblem every 5 Ranks.
  • Reach Rank 50 to unlock the Ranked Royalty Solange Operator Skin, an animated Calling Card, and Emblem.
  • At the end of each season, earn an animated Emblem that celebrates your highest Skill Division that season.
  • Unlocked rewards can be used in both Vanguard and Warzone.
  • Additional Ranked Play Rewards such as Weapon Blueprints, Camos, Charms, a Master Skill Division Operator Skin, and more are coming in-season.
  • Each additional Ranked Play season will feature a new set of exclusive rewards to earn

Ladder Events

  • Compete in 50-player Tournament Ladder Events to earn Stars and progress your Ranked Play Progressive Rank.
  • Play in 2 Ladder Events a week: Weekday Ladder (Monday-Friday) & Weekend Ladder (Friday-Monday).
  • After completing your 5 Skill Evaluation Matches, play 1 Placement Match while a Ladder Event is active to get placed on a 50-player Ladder.
  • Earn 200 Bonus Points the first time you are placed on each Ladder.
  • Earn 100 Ladder Points after each win and -61 Ladder Points after each loss.
  • Each day of a Ladder Event, earn 20 Bonus Points after each of your first 5 wins of the day up to a maximum of 100 Daily Bonus Points.
  • At the end of each Ladder Event, Stars are awarded based on final Ladder Position:
    • 1st = 5 Stars
    • Top 5 = 4 Stars
    • Top 10 = 3 Stars
    • Top 25 = 2 Stars
    • Top 50 = 1 Star
  • Competitive Integrity Features
    • Players who disconnect or quit matches will receive Ladder Point and SR penalties as well as temporary suspensions, with escalating penalties for repeat offenders.
    • Repeated Friendly Fire will also result in players being kicked from games and receiving penalties and suspensions.
    • If a player quits or disconnects before the start of a match, the match will be canceled, and the remaining players will be returned to the main menu.
  • Party SR Restrictions
    • To ensure competitive and balanced matches, players can only party up with other players with similar Skill Ratings:
      • Challenger & Master Players: Parties must be within 500 SR.
      • Elite & Expert Players: Parties must be within 1000 SR.
      • Advanced, Specialist & Contender Players: No Party Restrictions.
      • Players in Expert or higher may not form Parties with players who haven’t yet completed their Seasonal Skill Evaluation Matches.

For more Vanguard news, check out how to get free Forbidden Sacrifice Bundle and Battle Pass Tier Skips in Warzone & Vanguard.

Source: Sledgehammer Games

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

Call of Duty: Vanguard

Best H4 Blixen loadout for Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded

The H4 Blixen SMG arrived with Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded, so here are the attachments and Perks you need to build the best loadout.

Published

on

Vanguard H4 Blixen SMG

Vanguard Season 3’s mid-season update is here, bringing the Sphere map and the brand-new H4 Blixen SMG. This new weapon is shaping up to be a powerful choice, so here are attachments and perks to create the best H4 Blixen loadout in Vanguard.

Although Vanguard players have been disappointed with the Season 3 Reloaded update’s lack of content compared to Warzone, it’s brought the new Sphere map, several quality of life changes, and the new H4 Blixen SMG.

This versatile SMG is powerful and accurate when fighting at close-medium range, so here’s how to create the best H4 Blixen loadout, including the attachments, Perks, and Equipment you need to maximize its potential.

Best Vanguard H4 Blixen loadout attachments

best vanguard h4 blixen loadout attachments
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Bergstrom 17″ F3
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Karlsson Padded Coz
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 9mm 72 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Fleet
  • Kit: Quick

We’re kicking off the best Vanguard H4 Blixen loadout with the Recoil Booster to increase the SMGs fire rate and the Bergstrom 17″ F3 barrel to increase its accuracy and keep it under control.

You can choose whatever optic you prefer, but the Slate Reflector is a solid choice for the H4 Blixen. Next, the Karlsson Padded Coz stock and m1941 Hand Stop will make the Blixen even more accurate, allowing it to be much more versatile.

Combining the 9mm 72 Round Mags and Lengthened ammo will give you enough bullets to take down several enemies, and Lengthened’s faster bullet velocity will lower its time to kill.

These attachments weigh down the H4 Blixen, so using the Fabric Grip, Fleet Proficiency, and Quick Kit will make you extremely mobile.

Best Vanguard H4 Blixen Perks & Equipment

Forward Intel Perk in CoD Vanguard
  • Perk 1: Fortified
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel
  • Perk 3: Lightweight
  • Lethal Equipment: Mk2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical Equipment: No69 Stun Grenade

The H4 Blixen is a speedy SMG so you’ll need the best Perks and Equipment to complement it. The Fortified Perk will reduce explosive and fire damage, allowing you to charge at the enemies and tank grenades.

Forward Intel will tell you exactly where the enemies are spawning so you can easily control the map, and Lightweight will allow you to get around the map much faster.

A perfectly cooked Frag Grenade is a powerful tool, and the Stun Grenade will slow enemies down allowing you to easily get the kill.

How to unlock H4 Blixen in Vanguard

H4 Blixen SMG in CoD Vanguard

Vanguard’s new H4 Blixen SMG can be unlocked by getting 3 Slide Kills in a single match 15 times.

This shouldn’t be too difficult to unlock, just hop into a small map with a hip-fire build and you’ll get the slide kills in no time at all.

Best alternatives to H4 Blixen in Vanguard

There are plenty of other powerful SMGs you can use in Call of Duty: Vanguard, with the MP40 and Tommy Gun being two of the best.


Modern Warfare 2 arrives later this year, so you can check out its release date, along with everything we know about its beta.

Image Credit: Activision

Continue Reading

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II

Modern Warfare 2 leak reveals editions & early PlayStation beta

Vanguard in-game files from the Season 3 Reloaded update have leaked Modern Warfare 2 edition options and open beta info.

Published

on

Modern Warfare 2 Operator art

Data miners have discovered in-game files added to Vanguard with the Season 3 Reloaded update that provides information concerning Modern Warfare 2 editions and the open beta.

On May 24 the Season 3 Reloaded update for Vanguard went live, and while new content like the H4 Blixen and Sphere map is exciting, there was yet another surprise hidden in the update.

It turns out data miners have leaked in-game Vanguard files that provide information concerning Modern Warfare 2 editions. These files have shed light on what each edition could bring to the table, as well as which platform will get early access to the MW2 Open beta later this year.

Price in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2

While this information has not been confirmed by Activision, the following info concerning Modern Warfare 2 pre-order content was found in Vanguard’s in-game files:

Standard Edition content

  • Modern Warfare 2
  • Early access to open beta
  • Other items to be announced

Cross-Gen Bundle content

  • Cross-Gen version of Modern Warfare 2
  • Early access to open beta – first on PS4 & PS5
  • Other items to be announced

Vault Edition content

  • Early access to open beta
  • Battle Pass (1 Season) + 50 Tier Skips
  • Red Team Operator Pack – Ghost, Soap, Price, Farah Operators
  • FJX Cinder Weapon Vault
  • 10 hours 2XP, + 10 hours 2WXP
  • Ghost Legacy Pack – 12 Operator Skins & 10 Weapon Blueprints

It seems all three pre-order editions grant players early access to the open beta, and we’ll keep you posted once we know when pre-orders commence and when the beta will occur. The cross-gen bundle also confirms that MW2 will release on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC.

Another key piece of information revealed by this leak is that PS4 and PS5 players will receive access to the open beta first. We already know that PlayStation exclusivity will not last forever, once the Microsoft deal to acquire Activision officially goes through, but at the moment it is good news for PlayStation players.

You’ll have to discern which edition is right for you, but there’s no denying that the Vault Edition comes with a ton of interesting Operator and weapon cosmetics. In addition, the 50 Battle Pass Tier Skips and double weapon XP will be valuable as you attempt to level up early on.


For more Modern Warfare 2 content, check out how CoD fans revealed weapons they want to see in Modern Warfare 2.

Image Credit: Activision

Continue Reading

Call of Duty: Vanguard

Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded patch notes: H4 Blixen SMG, Sphere map, bug fixes, more

The Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded update has arrived, so here’s everything you need to know including the new SMG, map, and release date.

Published

on

vanguard players in season 3 reloaded sphere map

Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded brings a brand-new SMG to both multiplayer and Warzone, as well as the new Sphere map. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard’s mid-season update, including the full patch notes.

Vanguard Season 3 has arrived at its halfway point, with the majority of players having had time to unlock the new Nikita AVT Assault Rifle and M1916 Marksman Rifle, and earn a few of the new Ranked Play rewards.

Season 4 is next-up, but before that update, Season 3 Reloaded has brought some new content. This update brings a new SMG and a new multiplayer map, so here’s everything we know including the full patch notes.

warzone and vanguard season 3 roadmap

When is Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded?

Vanguard’s Season 3 Reloaded update arrived on May 24 with the new content appearing in-game on May 25 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST.

The Warzone Season 3 Reloaded update will also be going live at the same time as the content in Vanguard.

H4 Blixen SMG Vanguard

H4 Blixen SMG arrives in Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded

The H4 Blixen SMG will be the final of four Warzone and Vanguard Season 3 weapons to arrive following the midseason update. If you’re interested in testing the weapon, check out our guide on how to unlock H4 Blixen SMG in Vanguard.

The devs revealed that the weapon is a slow-firing SMG that performs incredibly well at medium-range. While fast SMGs tend to be preferred in Vanguard, the H4 Blixen could turn out to be a top Warzone weapon.

vanguard season 3 operator in sphere map

Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded brings Sphere map

Vanguard’s Season 3 update brought the chaotic Mayhem map, styled after a Godzilla-themed movie set, and the Season 3 Reloaded update is set to bring the Sphere map.

Sphere will take the action to an underground weapons lab hidden beneath a coal mine. It seems players will have to juggle between two floors of the map. On the top floor, players can find the remnants of a coal-mining village. Meanwhile, the secrets of the weapons lab are hidden underground on the bottom floor.

Kim Tae Young Operator Vanguard

New Vanguard Operator Kim Tae Young

The third and final member of Task Force Harpy will be coming to Vanguard alongside the midseason update.

The new H4 Blixen SMG is her preferred weapon, which means you’ll want to enter the battle as Kim Tae Young if you want level up the weapon as fast as possible.

Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded patch notes

Multiplayer

Maps

  • NEW with S3 Reloaded: Sphere
    • Hidden below the surface of an inconspicuous mining facility is a weapons lab that offers intense, close-quarters engagements around every turn. Jump into the Sphere 24/7 Playlist at the start of Season Three Reloaded!
  • Berlin
    • Addressed an exploit that allowed players to reach unintended locations near the Office.
  • Castle
    • Care Packages will no longer fall through the stairs near the Palace Outer Walls.
  • Sub Pens
    • Addressed exploits that allowed players to reach unintended locations near the Dry Docks and Loading Dock.

Modes

  • Arms Race
    • Riding a Motorcycle as it explodes will no longer cause the player’s view to rotate.

Operators

  • NEW with S3 Reloaded: Kim Tae Young (Harpy)
    • Trained by her mother as a fighter, Tae Young donned a mask to conceal her identity while helping families cross the North Korean border to safety. She soon earned a reputation amongst the Korean people as a local folk hero and keeper of justice. Even the briefest glimpse of her Dokkaebi mask instills hope in her people and fear in her enemies.
    • Unlocked via Operator Bundle, available for purchase in Season Three Reloaded.

Weapons

  • NEW with S3 Reloaded: H4 Blixen (Submachine Gun)
    • Favored by Special Operations Forces, this hard-hitting SMG offers mobility and accuracy in medium-range engagements.
    • Unlock Challenge: Get 3 Slide Kills in a single match 15 times.
  • STG44 (Assault Rifle)
    • Challenges for the Deadeye Camo Category are now properly tracked.
  • Nikita AVT (Assault Rifle)
    • Zac MS Stock Attachment will no longer obstruct the view of certain Optics.
  • Cooper Carbine (Assault Rifle)
    • Addressed an issue that prevented the M1941 Hand Stop Underbarrel, 14” Gracey Rapid Barrel, and Recoil Booster Muzzle Attachments from unlocking at their designated Weapon Levels.
  • M1 Garand (Marksman Rifle)
    • Mindgames Camo Category now references the correct Magazine Attachment requirement.

Equipment

  • No 69 Stun Grenade (Tactical)
    • Decreased Explosive Damage from 25 to 5.
  • S-Mine 44 (Tactical)
    • Decreased Explosive Damage in Hardcore game modes from 50 to 10.
      • This change was made to prevent lethality toward uninjured players; Explosive Damage in Core game modes remains unchanged.

Perks

  • Overkill (Tactics)
    • Moved from Supply (Slot 3) to Tactics (Slot 1).
  • Piercing Vision (Intel)
    • Increased amount of suppression required to highlight targets.
    • Decreased visibility of highlighted targets.
  • Survival Training (Supply)
    • Moved from Tactics (Slot 1) to Supply (Slot 3).
  • Ninja (Supply)
    • Moved from Tactics (Slot 1) to Supply (Slot 3).

Field Upgrades

  • Trophy System
    • Melee attacks will now properly deal damage to a Trophy System.
    • Ammo Box Field Upgrade can now be destroyed by a Trophy System.
    • Trophy Systems will no longer remain active when thrown out-of-bounds.

Killstreaks

  • Counter Spy Plane (4 Kills)
    • Announcer will now play the correct voice line when an enemy Counter-Spy Plane is activated.

Challenges

  • Seasonal Challenges
    • Progression toward the Season Two Mastery challenge is now properly tracked.

User Interface & Experience

  • Players who have reached Prestige 5 or higher will now see the correct Prestige emblem displayed throughout the menus.
  • Addressed an issue that forced the player back to the Multiplayer menu when using contextual (right-click) menus on PC.

Bundles & Cosmetics

  • Addressed an issue that prevented AS-44 Mechanized Reactive Blueprint from changing colors when inspected.
vanguard season 3 reloaded operator

Zombies

Enemies

  • Zaballa the Deceiver
    • Shortened Zaballa’s mask swap animation to reduce invulnerability time.
    • Players can now deal some damage to Zaballa’s body but should continue to focus on masks.
    • Zaballa’s electrical attacks are more lethal but should now spawn within line of sight to or in the proximity of Zaballa.
    • Zaballa increases the number of electrical attacks by one for every destroyed mask.

Weapons

  • H4 Blixen (Submachine Gun)
    • Description: Favored by Special Operations Forces, this hard-hitting SMG offers mobility and accuracy in medium-range engagements.
    • The new H4 Blixen SMG weapon will be available via in-game challenge in Zombies or via a unique Blueprint version in the Store at the start of Season Three Reloaded.
    • Zombies Unlock Challenge: In Zombies, use SMGs to Eliminate 50 Zaballas.
  • Skal Crusher
    • Resolved an issue that prevented picking up blueprint throwable weapons.

Challenges

  • Reticles
    • Reticles earned in Zombies have been adjusted so that a central dot is always present to assist with aiming.

And that’s everything we know about Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded so far! Keep an eye out for the in-game content on May 25, you can also check out everything we know about Warzone’s Season 3 Reloaded update.

Image Credit: Activision

Continue Reading