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Vanguard Season 2 Zombies: Patch notes, Terra Maledicta map, Wonder Weapons, more

Here’s everything you need to know about Vanguard Zombies’ massive Season 2 update, bringing a new map, Wonder Weapons, and a Main Quest.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies is set to receive a huge update in Season 2, bringing in features that many felt were missing from the mode at launch. Here’s everything arriving, including a new map, Wonder Weapons, patch notes, and more.

Call of Duty players have been desperate for the new content and bug fixes that Vanguard and Warzone Season 2 is set to bring, but perhaps not as much as the Zombies community.

Fans were excited to learn that Treyarch would be continuing Cold War’s Zombies storyline in Vanguard but the mode was panned by the community for its lack of classic features, with our review calling it an “empty experience.”

However, Treyarch and Sledgehammer are bringing a huge Zombies update with Season 2, introducing a brand-new map, new and returning Wonder Weapons, and a Main Quest. Here’s everything you can expect in February 14’s Season 2 update.

New Vanguard Zombies Terra Maledicta map

Vanguard Zombies Terra Maledicta map

Vanguard Zombies will receive a brand-new map with the Season 2 update called Terra Maledicta, “set in Egypt’s Eastern Desert and abroad.” Translated from Latin, it means ‘Cursed Earth’ or ‘Cursed Land.’

Portals will open that allow players to visit the Dark Aether “alongside other new arenas.” The devs revealed that Professor Krafft and his team have established a “beachhead” inside the Dark Aether, which will be an “entirely new location.”

Vanguard Zombies Season 2 Wonder Weapons

Vanguard Zombies player firing Ray Gun

Vanguard Zombies’ Season 2 update will bring a brand-new Decimator Shield Wonder Weapon, as well as see the return of the classic Ray Gun.

The Decimator Shield offers “superior protection and the mighty Decimation Blast ability,” and also has a “unique personality of its own.”

The Ray Gun is as old as the Zombies mode itself, which fires a “circular energy beam that can tear zombies apart in just one shot.” You’ll be able to get it through Mystery Boxes and as a “lucky loot drop during a match.”

New Vanguard Zombies Artifact Power: Healing Aura

Vanguard Zombies players using Healing Aura

Vanguard Zombies will be able to call upon Dark Aether entity Vercanna in Season 2, who will grant them the Healing Aura Artifact Power.

Healing Aura’s base power will instantly bring a team to full health, but here are all of the upgrade tiers:

  • Tier I (Base): The Wand of the Wilds summons Vercanna’s Life Energy to instantly heal yourself and allies to full health.
  • Tier II: Knock down normal enemies and stun Special enemies near each player.
  • Tier III: Revive all downed allies.
  • Tier IV: Revived allies have their lost Perks returned.
  • Tier V: The Life Energy persists at each player’s location for 10 seconds and continues to heal and revive players.

New Vanguard Zombies Artifact Ward Covenant

Vanguard Zombies Artifact Ward Covenant

Plus, players can use the new Artifact Ward Covenant, which “has a chance to trigger your Artifact for free when hit by a melee attack from the rear, which can come in clutch when your squad’s in trouble during higher rounds.”

Here’s the Artifact Ward’s base ability and upgrades:

  • Rare: Being hit by a melee attack on the back has a chance to trigger your Artifact
  • Epic: Being hit by a melee attack on the back has a higher chance to trigger your Artifact.
  • Legendary: Being hit by a melee attack anywhere has a higher chance to trigger your Artifact.

Vanguard Zombies Story Quest & Easter eggs

Vanguard Zombies Syphoncores

Players were extremely disappointed to discover that Vanguard Zombies didn’t include a story Quest or Easter Eggs, but that changes with the Season 2 update.

The devs confirmed that Terra Maledicta will offer a “special Story Quest that introduces Vercanna the Last to the action and gives players access to the mighty Decimator Shield,” and ties into the ongoing Dark Aether Saga storyline.

And there will also be some Black Ops II-themed Easter eggs, inspired by the classic Origins map. Players will need to “Pick up a shovel and find loot hidden throughout the Eastern Desert, and dig even deeper to uncover all the secrets ‘Terra Maledicta’ has to offer.”

Vanguard Zombies Season 2 patch notes

Vanguard Operator using Ray Gun

Maps

  • “Terra Maledicta”
    • New Zombies experience located in Egypt available on Feb. 14th.
  • Arenas
    • Three new Arenas available in “Terra Maledicta”: Eastern Desert, Corrupted Lands, and Hall of Truth.

Story Quest

  • New Story Quest available in “Terra Maledicta” starting at 9AM PT / 12PM ET on Feb. 14th.

New Intel

  • New narrative intel available in “Terra Maledicta” to advance the Dark Aether story.

Wonder Weapons

  • Ray Gun
    • Ray Gun Wonder Weapon available via the Mystery Box and loot drops on Feb. 10th.
  • Decimator Shield
    • Available via the Story Quest in “Terra Maledicta.”
    • Added to the Mystery Box once it has been obtained from the Story Quest.
    • Offers players superior protection and the unique Decimation Blast ability.

New Ally

  • Vercanna the Last
    • New Dark Aether entity available, featuring the Healing Aura ability via her Artifact, the Wand of the Wilds.

Enemies

  • Zaballa the Deceiver
    • New enemy type added to “Terra Maledicta” and “Der Anfang.”

Objectives

  • Sacrifice
    • New Objective type available in “Terra Maledicta,” and added to “Der Anfang” at a later date.
    • Keep the Syphoncores from feeding on undead essence to stop the hordes from being unleashed. Prevent zombies from filling all three Syphoncores to stop the dark ceremony and complete the Objective.
  • Void
    • Modified the way the Objective complete XP bonus is awarded when returning to Stalingrad after a Void Objective in “Der Anfang.”
  • Harvest
    • Closed exploits related to the Sin Eater in “Der Anfang.”

Artifacts

  • Healing Aura
    • New upgradable ability available via Vercanna the Last’s Artifact.
    • Tiers:
      • Tier I – The Wand of the Wilds summons Vercanna’s Life Energy to instantly heal yourself and allies to full health.
      • Tier II – Knock down normal enemies and stun Sturmkriegers near each player.
      • Tier III – Revive all downed allies.
      • Tier IV – Revived allies have their lost Perks returned.
      • Tier V – The Life Energy persists at each location for 10 seconds and continues to heal and revive players.
  • Energy Mine
    • Energy Mine now triggers the Splatterfest Covenant.
  • Frost Blast
    • Frost Blast Tier I now freezes Sturmkriegers.
  • Aether Shroud
    • Addressed an issue where players weren’t being ignored by zombies after activating Aether Shroud immediately following a Self-Revive.

Covenants

  • Artifact Ward
    • New ability with three rarities added to the Altar of Covenants on Feb. 10th.
    • Equip for a chance to trigger your Artifact for free when hit by a melee attack from the rear.
    • Rarities:
      • Rare: Being hit by a melee attack on the back has a chance to trigger your Artifact
      • Epic: Being hit by a melee attack on the back has a higher chance to trigger your Artifact.
      • Legendary: Being hit by a melee attack anywhere has a higher chance to trigger your Artifact.

Weapons

  • Season Two
    • KG M40 and Whitley available in Zombies loadouts once unlocked via the Season Two Battle Pass.
  • Unlock Challenges
    • New Weapon Unlock Challenges added to Zombies for the Cooper Carbine and Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle.
  • Support
    • The Warmachine and Deathmachine can now be obtained from the Mystery Box, chests, and as loot drops from enemies. 
    • Addressed an issue where critical damage was not being correctly displayed for the Warmachine.
  • General
    • Addressed various issues with attempting to swap out a melee weapon for a weapon from the ground.

Pack-a-Punch Camos

  • New Camos
    • Three new camos available at the Pack-a-Punch machine in “Terra Maledicta.”
  • General
    • Pack-a-Punch Camos in “Der Anfang” are now animated.
    • Pack-a-Punch Camos now properly apply to Weapon Blueprints, weapons found in the Mystery Box, and weapons dropped by enemies.

Challenges

  • Season Challenges
    • New Season Challenges available at the start of Season Two.
    • Addressed an issue where the Season One Mastery Calling Card was not displayed correctly.
  • General
    • Addressed an issue where Launchers and the Combat Shield were not correctly contributing to certain Challenges.
    • Addressed various UI issues related to Challenges.

Stability

  • Fixed various stability issues related to Covenants, Objectives, Perks, Power-Ups, and Equipment

And that’s everything you need to know about Vanguard Zombies Season 2, which goes live on February 14!

If you’re intersted in multiplayer or battle royale modes, you can also check out everything you need to know about Season 2 of Vanguard and Warzone.

Source: Call of Duty Blog / Sledgehammer Games

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.

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Vanguard players furious with lack of content in Season 3 Reloaded

While Warzone received a ton of Season 3 Reloaded updates, Vanguard players feel they’ve been completely ignored by the mid-season update.

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While Warzone has received a ton of game-changing content with the Season 3 Reloaded update, Vanguard has barely received anything and furious players feel like they’ve been ignored.

While Call of Duty games receive major content drops with the seasonal updates, there’s almost always a ‘Reloaded’ mid-season update that brings even more content, bug fixes, and balance tweaks.

Warzone players are delighted with Season 3 Reloaded’s huge content drop, bringing an Underground Transit System, new game modes, and more, but not long after feeling ignored by the Operation Monarch event, Vanguard players have been left disappointed with the lack of content.

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Raven Software and Sledgehammer dropped the Season 3 Reloaded roadmap on May 23, revealing a ton of new content for Warzone. Players felt the Vanguard section was particularly sparse, with the Sphere map being the only piece of Vanguard-exclusive content.

Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded will also bring the new H4 Blixen SMG, a new Operator, and new bundles  — but these are all shared with Warzone. To compare, Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded brought the 80s Action Hero event, Standoff to multiplayer, Duga to multi-team modes, Zombies updates, and more.

Twitter user ‘xFleXy_’ shared the content discrepancy between Vanguard and Warzone, and said they’ve “never seen a COD so poorly supported.” This was shared on the Vanguard subreddit where players vented their frustration.

“How tf is this ok?” asked one user. “They don’t even try to hide the fact they do not care about the traditional multiplayer community. Warzone is their bread and butter, and we should absolutely be livid about this.”

“Why couldn’t they add a map/gamemode from COD WW2 or something?? I feel like that would be pretty cool,” suggested u/NebNegreb.

A handful of players commented that it’s only a mid-season update, but Cute_Cookie563 said: “factor in that the actual season 3 update last month was tiny (one map, 2 guns?) and in total barely nothing new has happened this season.”

Many of these players believe that Sledgehammer Games have given up on Vanguard and are hoping that Modern Warfare 2 will be chock-full of traditional multiplayer updates.

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