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Vanguard players frustrated with lack of map rotation

A potential Vanguard bug causing a limited map rotation has players bewildered with the current state of CoD.

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Vanguard players are wondering why they constantly encounter the same maps over and over in what is becoming a frustrating Multiplayer experience for them.

The Call of Duty community has caught on to a recurring theme that forces players to encounter the same four to five maps in Vanguard Multiplayer. It seems as though game mode selection and Combat Pacing influence the map rotation.

Players are bewildered by the outrageous map rotation and are wondering if these events are the work of a bug or happening by design.

Radar map Vanguard

Playing the same maps over and over again can suck the joy out of a Call of Duty game. Much was made of Vanguard’s impressive Multiplayer map count of 16 at launch which has now reached 19.

As it turns out, players are hardly getting the chance to experience the full collection of maps due to limited map rotation. This is especially true for players who have even the slightest preference when it comes to game mode and Combat Pacing.

A Reddit post by Emotional_Tea 3650 sheds light on the issue and many players are quick to share similar experiences.

Ultimately, if you select every game mode and Combat Pacing you’ll get to experience most maps in the game. However, very few players if any are open to such a vague Multiplayer experience.

Most Vanguard players enjoy playing their favorite game modes on a specific Combat Pacing, which would limit them to the same five maps.

For example, if you select Search & Destroy on Tactical Pacing, your map pool will be Numa Numa, Desert Siege, Castle, Paradise, and Radar. Playing these same five maps over and over has players feeling bored and frustrated with the game.

Desert Siege Vanguard map

With all the attention on the various bugs plaguing Vanguard, it is strange to see this one slip under the radar. As one user puts it “This is the biggest bug in the game right now and the LEAST talked about.”

With the developers returning from their much-deserved Holiday break, chances are they’ll look into fixing this map rotation issue as a top priority. That is of course if this isn’t an intentional mechanic that the devs included.

There is currently no mention of the issue on Sledgehammer’s Trello board for Call of Duty: Vanguard.


Fore more Vanguard news check out the best controller settings for CoD: Vanguard Season 1

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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

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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’
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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 through the Battle Pass. At the moment, we don’t know the exact tier that the weapon will become available, but it should be either 15 or 31 according to previous seasons.

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 should 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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How to unlock Valois Revolver in Warzone and Vanguard Season 5

Here’s how to unlock the new Valois Revolver in Warzone and Vanguard Season 5, which acts as both a knife and pistol.

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Vanguard operator using Valois revolver in Season 5

Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 5 brings a brand-new revolver that doubles up as a knife, so here’s how to unlock the Valois Revolver.

Season 5 arrives on August 24, wrapping up the Vanguard and Warzone storyline ahead of Modern Warfare 2’s launch. Classic villains have returned, setting off Caldera’s volcano which teases a fiery end for the Pacific Warzone map.

Alongside the classic weapons from both the original Modern Warfare 2 and Advanced Warfare, players can unlock the new Valois Revolver. This “combination knife and revolver that acts as both a lethal melee weapon and a pistol,” will be a powerful choice alongside Warzone’s new Rage Serum Field Upgrade, so here’s how to unlock it.

How to unlock the Valois Revolver in Warzone & Vanguard

Warzone and Vanguard’s Valois Revolver arrives shortly after Season 5’s launch and can be unlocked through either a challenge or by purchasing the Store Bundle.

Here’s how to unlock the Valois Revolver in both multiplayer and Zombies:

  • In Multiplayer, get 15 Melee Kills
  • In Zombies, get 1,000 Eliminations using Pistols that have been Pack-a-Punched

Sledgehammer recommends that players take a Melee weapon into Season 5’s new Beheaded map, as it’s “a great map for closing the gap to your opponent.”

warzone and vanguard season 5 roadmap

Similarly, they suggest jumping into the new The Archon Zombies map, as you can “hit that Pack-a-Punch early.”

The devs describe the Valois as “a villain’s dream,” as it’s capable of Meleeing opponents in only one hit “while also holding six rounds in the chamber for extra versatility.” They admit the “damage isn’t remarkable” though, “but it’ll do the job against a fleeing or damaged opponent.”


For more on Vanguard and Warzone Season 5, be sure to check out how to play Modern Warfare 2’s beta, which arrives during the season.

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