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Vanguard Season 4 patch notes: Release date, round-based Shi No Numa, USS Texas, more

Vanguard Season 4’s update is live, so here’s everything we know, including the release date and round-based Zombies finally arriving.

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Here’s everything we know about Vanguard Season 4, including its release date, round-based Zombies map, and more.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 3 brought some significant changes including the highly-requested Trophy System, the kernel-level RICOCHET anti-cheat, new weapons, and maps.

But there’s still a lot more Vanguard content to come, with the Season 4 update now live. We’re breaking down everything we know about Vanguard Season 4, including the release date, Shi No Numa map, USS Texas, and more.

When is Vanguard Season 4? Season 3 end date

Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 4 goes live immediately after Season 3 concludes on Wednesday, June 22, 2022. The update will roll out on June 21, but the content will only be accessible the following day at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST.

Call of Duty confirmed the date when they revealed Season 4’s key art which shows off Warzone’s new Fortune’s Keep map. This is also when the Season 3 Battle Pass expires, so make sure you’ve earned all of the rewards ahead of June 22.

USS Texas coming to Vanguard in Season 4

It appears Sledgehammer Games will be re-introducing one of their previous maps with WWII’s USS Texas that was previously discovered in the Vanguard Season 4 game files.

USS Texas was a launch map from 2017’s WWII taking place on a Battleship where there are long-range fights down the sides with the ship’s interior suited for close-range combat.

“Embark on the High Seas in USS Texas 1945. Battle on the decks and in the interior spaces of USS Texas 1945, launching at the start of the new season.”

A second new map called ‘Desolation’ is also set to arrive, but this is expected with the Season 4 Reloaded update.

Round-based Shi No Numa arrives in Vanguard Zombies

Zombies players have been begging for Vanguard to receive a traditional round-based map, and it’s finally coming in Season 4 with a reimagining of World at War’s Shi No Numa.

This map remaster will bring an “all-new Main Quest and Side Quests, a new area to explore, a new Wonder Weapon Quest, the classic Flogger trap and Electro-Shock Defenses, remastered Easter Eggs, new Pack-a-Punch Camos, and a new Dark Aether narrative for the map.”

Treyarch confirmed that Shi No Numa will arrive at Season 4’s launch on Wednesday, June 22.

New Vanguard Season 4 weapons

At the start of Vanguard Season 4, players will be able to unlock the Marco 5 SMG and UGM-8 LMG through the Battle Pass. This will be the fourth SMG and second LMG added to Vanguard post-launch.

Sometime throughout Season 4, players will also be able to get their hands on a new melee weapon called the Push Dagger and the Vargo-S Assault Rifle.

Vanguard Season 4 Blueprint Gun Game mode

The classic Blueprint Gun Game mode will be making its way to Vanguard at the start of Season 4. Players will face off in a race to progress through all 18 Blueprint weapons as they search for kills.

As usual, one kill will allow you to progress to the next weapon while getting a melee kill will set players back one weapon.

There are no Killstreaks, Perks, or Loadouts allowed in this mode which means you’ll need to prove your dominance with a diverse set of weapons.

New Vanguard Season 4 Operators

Captain Butcher, Callum Hendry, and Ikenna Olowe are the members of Task Force Immortal arriving in Vanguard Season 4. Callum Hendry joins Butcher as another member of the British Special Forces.

Meanwhile, Ikenna Olowe is a top-tier strategist hailing from Nigeria. He is Task Force Immortal’s battlefield engineer and a versatile fighter at that.​ Both Hendry and Ikenna will only be available later on in Season 4, while Butcher will arrive on the season’s launch.

Vanguard Season 4 full patch notes

Maps

  • NEW: USS Texas 1945
    • The USS Texas returns from Call of Duty: WWII (2017) for one last voyage. Set sail in its 24/7 Featured Playlist at the launch of Season Four.
  • Castle
    • Bullets will no longer penetrate the wall near the High Ground in order to prevent undesirable spawn conditions.
  • Sphere
    • Addressed an issue that prevented the Glide Bomb Killstreak audio from being heard by players within the Labs.

Modes

  • NEW: Blueprint Gun Game
    • An all-time classic game mode makes its Vanguard debut. Be the first player to score a Kill with each one of the provided Weapons.

Ranked Play

  • Season Four Skill Rating Reset
    • Players’ Skill Ratings have been reset at the start of Season Four.
    • Play 5 Skill Evaluation Matches to earn a Season Four Skill Rating and get placed into a Skill Division & Tier.
    • Win matches after your initial placement to earn SR and advance your Skill Division & Tier over the remainder of the Season.
  • Season Four Top 250 Skill Division & Leaderboard
    • The Season Four Top 250 Skill Division and Ladder will go live on June 29th, one full week after Season Four starts. This release time will allow players time to earn a Season Four Skill Rating and advance through divisions.
  • Season Four Ranked Play Rewards
    • Players can earn the following rewards in Ranked Play during Season Four:
      • Blueprints
        • Pro Reissue SMG Charlie – Finish Top 5 in a Ladder Event
        • Pro Issue KAR98k – Win 50 Ranked Play Matches
      • Camos
        • Season Four Ladder Champion – Finish 1st in a Ladder Event
        • Season Four Ranked Veteran – Win 100 Ranked Play Matches
      • Charms
        • Carried – Finish Top 10 in a Ladder Event
        • Iced – Win 25 Ranked Play Matches
      • Spray
        • Clean Sweep – Win 5 Ranked Play Matches
      • Sticker
        • Season Four Ranked Competitor – Complete 5 Skill Evaluation Matches
      • Emblems
        • Earn an Animated Skill Division Emblem at the end of Season Four to reflect your highest Season Four Skill Division 

Operators

  • NEW: Carver Butcher (Immortal)
    • Butcher served in the British Army during Operation Devon, battling against the 16th Panzer Division. He was dismissed after sustaining injuries to his face from exploding shrapnel but returned to the front lines soon after as duty called. There he witnessed resistance fighters in action. Inspired, went on to become the founder and recruiter for the Special Operations Task Force. The rest, as they say, is history.
  • NEW: Callum Hendry (Immortal)
    • All his life, Callum was a showoff, constantly adventuring and getting into trouble with neighbors, woodland creatures, the law – everyone. His unwavering spirit helped him quickly ascend the ranks of the British Army to eventually become a recruit trainer. In World War II, Callum, harboring deep hatred for Nazis and their ideals, fought hard for a future without them. Currently he is the trainer for all SOTF agents.

Weapons

  • General
    • Added the ability to inspect equipped Weapons.
    • Refined Pros and Cons in the Gunsmith for all Magazine Attachments that modify Aim Down Sights Time and Reload Speed to accurately reflect the effects of the Attachment.
    • Increased Damage for Melee Weapons in the Overclocked Playlist to maintain a one-hit-kill.
    • Addressed an issue that prevented Diamond Camo for Melee Weapons from unlocking once the requirements are met.
    • Corrected the Magazine Attachment requirements for several Camo challenges.
  • NEW: Marco 5 (Submachine Gun)
    • A high mobility submachine gun, accurate from the hip with excellent close-range stopping power.
    • Unlocked at Tier 15 in the Season Four Battle Pass
  • NEW: UGM-8 (Light Machine Gun)
    • High fire rate, mobile LMG that excels at creating suppressing fire and pushing enemy positions.
    • Unlocked at Tier 31 in the Season Four Battle Pass
  • Nikita AVT (Assault Rifle)
    • Added Weapon Unlock Challenge.
      • Get 10 Kills while moving in a single match 15 times.
  • Armaguerra 43 (Submachine Gun)
    • Corrected the challenge requirements for the Death Artist Camo Category.
  • H4 Blixen (Submachine Gun)
    • Corrected the alignment of the Magnus Tac iron sights.
  • M1916 (Marksman Rifle)
    • Added Weapon Unlock Challenge.
      • Get 10 One Shot One Kill in a single match 15 times.

Progression

  • Added new Seasonal Challenges and rewards.
  • Added new Clan Challenge (expires in one week).

User Interface & Experience

  • Addressed an issue that caused PC keybinds to reset to default upon switching between Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies modes.
  • Browning a player’s Clans will now display the correct level of each individual Clan.
  • Addressed an issue where Loadouts would persist with outdated Weapon selections.

Bundles & Cosmetics

  • Quick Equip can no longer be used to equip unsupported Reticles on Optic Attachments.

ZOMBIES

Maps

  • “Shi No Numa”
    • Round-Based Zombies returns with Shi No Numa on June 22nd.
    • The classic map elements return such as Door Buys, Flogger trap, and Electro-Shock defenses return.
    • Classic Wall Buys return with round-based Zombies.
      • Players can now purchase select weapons from designated Wall Buy locations.
      • Starting at round six, Wall Buys will have a chance to increase in Pack-A-Punch level every round and all the way to level 3 at higher rounds.
        • The odds to increase in Pack-A-Punch level improve every five rounds until all available Wall Buys become level three.
    • A new area to explore… uncover its secrets.

Story Quests

  • New Story Quest is available in “Shi No Numa” on June 22nd.

New Intel

  • New narrative intel is available in “Shi No Numa” to advance the Dark Aether story.

Challenges

  • Season Challenges
    • New Season Challenges available at the start of Season Four.

Wonder Weapon

  • Wunderwaffe DG-2
    • Available via Wonder Weapon Quest in “Shi No Numa”
    • Extra DG-2 added to the Mystery Box at Round 10.

Weapons

  • Season Four
    • UGM-8 and Marco 5 available in Zombies loadouts once unlocked via the Season 4 Battle Pass.
  • Unlock Challenges
    • New Weapon Unlock challenges added to Zombies for the M1916 and Nikita AVT.
  • Blueprints
    • Fixed an issue where Dark Aether Tracer Rounds were not displaying when using the Accursed blueprint for the Welgun.

Covenants

  • Death Blow
    • Now returns ammo based on a percentage of ammo used when obtaining a critical kill.
  • Ammo Gremlin
    • Now refills ammo at a speed based on the size of the weapon magazine.

Gameplay

  • Round-Based Adjustments
    • Sacrificial Hearts
      • Players are awarded a Sacrificial Heart every three rounds in round-based modes.
    • Altar of Covenants
      • The Altar of Covenants inventory is refreshed every three rounds in round-based modes.

Pack-A-Punch Camos

  • New camos available at the Pack-a-Punch machine in “Shi No Numa.”

Enemies

  • Zaballa the Deceiver
    • Added new attack behavior allowing Zaballa to attack without teleporting.

Stability

  • Addressed various stability issues.

If you’re also interested in the Warzone side of the Season 4 update, you can check out everything we know about Warzone Season 4.

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How to get Warzone & Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards (July 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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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.

How to get Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards

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’

Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming Rewards – July 2022

Call of Duty: Shore’s End Bundle

The July 2022 content drop through Prime Gaming brings a total of six exclusive items for Warzone and Vanguard players to claim, including an Operator skin, a weapon Blueprint, and Calling Cards.

Below is a full list of everything available throughout the month of July:

  • Legendary ‘Cold Protection’ Operator skin
  • Legendary ‘Bear’ Weapon Blueprint
  • Epic ‘Wooden Saddle’ Weapon Charm
  • Epic ‘Snow Cap’ Calling Card
  • Epic ‘Polar Pull’ Calling Card
  • Rare ‘Mountain Monster’ Emblem

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 the Warzone Pacific June 30 update patch notes and this fan-favorite Modern Warfare AR that’s meta after the NZ-41 nerf.

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Vanguard June 30 update patch notes: Ranked Play restrictions, Zombies bug fixes, more

Vanguard’s June 30 update patch notes brought changes to Ranked Play restrictions as well as fixes for several Zombies bugs in Season 4.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard devs Sledgehammer Games released an update on June 30 that added two weapons to the Ranked Play restricted list and delivered bug fixes for several issues plaguing the Zombies mode.

Vanguard Season 4 introduced two new weapons to the game in the UGM-8 and Marco 5. Players have been enjoying the unique dual wield capabilities of the Marco 5, but it seems the SMG is now a restricted weapon in Vanguard’s Ranked Play following the June 30 update.

The devs also took time to address several bugs and glitches that were hindering the Zombies experience. When playing the new Shi No Numa map, players should notice smoother gameplay following the update.

Vanguard Ranked Play restrictions adjusted

Season 4’s Marco 5 SMG and the Push Dagger Melee weapon have been added to the restricted list of Vanguard’s Ranked Play. Players were enjoying the new Marco 5 SMG in multiplayer and Ranked Play, but it seems they may have to return to the MP40.

This isn’t the first time a strong weapon was added to the Ranked Play restricted list as the Volk also received a ban in Season 3. Also, the top 250 Ranked Play leaderboard is now live in Vanguard.

You can check out the rest of the Vanguard June 30 update patch notes below.

Vanguard June 30 update patch notes

Multiplayer

Modes

  • Gun Game
    • Players will no longer be incorrectly removed from a match for inactivity. 

Ranked Play

  • Season Four Top 250 Skill Division & Leaderboard
    • The Season Four Top 250 Skill Division and Ladder are now live! Rise to the top and claim your spot!
  • Updated Restrictions
    • Marco 5 (Submachine Gun)
      • The Marco 5 has been restricted in-game in Ranked Play.
    • Push Dagger (Melee)
      • The Push Dagger has been restricted in-game in Ranked Play. 

Operators

  • Corrected the challenge progression counter for Mastery Operator Skins.

Weapons

  • Marco 5 (Submachine Gun)
    • Survivalist Camo Category challenges can now be progressed as expected.
      • This fix was released on June 27.
  • Launchers
    • Destroyed Trophy Systems will now progress challenges in the Surgical Camo Category.

User Interface & Experience

  • Addressed an issue that prevented the After Action Report from being displayed after a completed match.

Bundles & Cosmetics

  • Corrected the description of the Final Judgement Bundle.
  • Added missing names for various Finishing Moves released in Season Four.
    • This fix was released on June 27.

Zombies

  • “Shi No Numa”
    • Artifacts
      • Addressed an issue that prevented players from using their Artifacts after dying in a co-op session.
    • Gameplay
      • Exfil
        • Addressed an issue that automatically progressed the Eliminate Hostiles requirement needed to exfil.
      • Flogger Trap
        • Players will no longer experience an electricity effect around their HUD when hit by the Flogger Trap while holding a Wunderwaffe DG-2.
    • Stability
      • Various stability updates.

For more Vanguard news, check out how to get the “new Roze” Night Terror Florence skin in Warzone & Vanguard.

Source: Sledgehammer Games

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How to get the “new Roze” Night Terror Florence skin in Warzone & Vanguard

Here’s how to get the Night Terror Florence skin in Warzone & Vanguard following comparisons to the iconic Roze skin.

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It’s been some time since an Operator skin has shaken up Warzone but the Night Terror Florence skin, which many are calling the new Roze skin, has the potential to do so. Here’s how to get the Violet Stealth bundle in Warzone and Vanguard.

When the Roze skin was at the height of its power, it tormented Warzone lobbies one match after another. Due to the skin’s all-black outfit, it blended in easily with the surroundings and made it hard for enemies to spot before it received a decisive nerf.

In Season 4, a Warzone and Vanguard bundle highlights a similar skin that has made its way to Call of Duty with the Violet Stealth bundle. The Night Terror Florence skin shares many similarities to the Roze skin, so here’s everything you need to know about it.

How to get Night Terror Florence skin in Warzone & Vanguard

To get your hands on the Night Terror skin, you’ll have to purchase the Violet Stealth bundle. Following the Warzone update that nerfed the NZ-41 on June 30, the Violet Stealth bundle is available to purchase.

Despite the June 30 release, the bundle has yet to appear in the Vanguard and Warzone store in-game. Here’s where PC, Xbox, and PlayStation players can purchase the bundle.

Given the competitive advantage it might bring, you won’t want to miss the Violet Stealth bundle in Warzone and Vanguard Season 4.

Vanguard & Warzone Violet Stealth bundle content

It seems you’ll have to dish out $19.99 / £16.79 for the Vanguard and Warzone bundle and here’s what you’ll receive in exchange:

  • Night Terror Florence skin
  • Violet Violence Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle blueprint
  • Dark Ambient MP40 blueprint
  • Midnight Malice calling card
  • Hooded Hell emblem
  • Neon Artistry sticker
  • Funeral Director watch
  • Inscribed reticle
  • 2,400 CoD Points

Not only is the Night Terror skin expected to be a powerful cosmetic in-game, but the MP40 is a meta weapon in both Warzone and Vanguard, which further sweetens the deal.

Both the Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle and MP40 blueprints will come equipped with neon purple tracer rounds that tie into the Violet Stealth aesthetic. The 2,400 CoD Points are a nice touch as a bonus you could use on another bundle.


For more Warzone and Vanguard content, check out all of the cosmetics and rewards available in the Season 4 Battle Pass.

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