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Warzone & Vanguard New RICOCHET Anti-Cheat: Details, Release Date, More

CoD Warzone & Vanguard will receive the new RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system later this year as Activision works to combat hackers.

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Activision and Call of Duty have announced the first details on the new RICOCHET anti-cheat system, which arrives in Call of Duty: Warzone & Call of Duty: Vanguard later this year to combat cheating and hacking problems that the game has experienced for years. 

Cheating has become a point of contention among fans of Call of Duty, as hacks in Warzone allowed players to become invincible, while Black Ops Cold War saw gamers using five weapons at once. While Activision has been banning cheaters in multiple ban waves, fans have been repeatedly calling for a better anti-cheat system to further address the problem. 

The creators of Call of Duty have been listening to these cries and have officially announced the new RICOCHET Anti-Cheat. This system is specifically developed from the ground up for the franchise by a new in-house team who are dedicated to maintaining and servicing the system. 

RICOCHET Anti-Cheat features two separate aspects: a new backend-based update to provide better infrastructure and security and a PC kernel driver system to directly detect hacks. 

Call of Duty RICOCHET Server Enhancements 

Call of Duty’s new RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system delivers server-level enhancements to better provide backend security and protection against hackers. It will be available when Vanguard launches on November 5 and arrives with Warzone’s Pacific map later this year. 

In a blog post from Call of Duty, the company states that the “RICOCHET Anti-Cheat is a multi-faceted approach to combat cheating,” with the system’s “new server-side tools” able to “monitor analytics to identify cheating.”

On top of that, RICOCHET will also allow for “enhanced investigation processes to stamp out cheaters,” while also working on updates to “strengthen account security.” 

RICOCHET PC Kernel-Level Driver 

On top of server-side tools, the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat system also features a PC kernel-level driver that will arrive in Warzone later this year, with the release on Vanguard to come at a later date. 

The first of its kind in the Call of Duty franchise, the kernel-level driver will “assist in the identification of cheaters, reinforcing and strengthening the overall server security” by checking “software and applications that attempt to interact and manipulate Warzone, providing the security team more data to boost security.”

While the driver itself is only available on PC, Activision says that console players who have crossplay enabled will benefit by extension. 

Activision has confirmed that the kernel-level driver will be required to play Call of Duty: Warzone once it becomes available later this year. Players on PC will be unable to play Warzone if they don’t want to have the kernel-level driver installed. 

Activision has also provided more information on the kernel level aspect of RICOCHET Anti-Cheat, including addressing privacy concerns some PC players may have as part of this experience. 

Here are the key points on how RICOCHET Anti-Cheat will protect privacy: 

  • RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s kernel-level driver operates ONLY while playing Call of Duty: Warzone on PC.
  • RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver is not always-on.
  • RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver monitors the software and applications that interact with Call of Duty: Warzone.
  • When you shut down Call of Duty: Warzone, the driver turns off.

The company has confirmed that the PC kernel-level driver will be included in Warzone in an update later this year, making it impossible to not have it so long as you have Warzone installed. 

Commitment to Fair Play

The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team is determined in their efforts to ensure Warzone & Call of Duty is fair.  

The company states that the system also features Machine Learning (ML) software which will use “algorithms” to “examine gameplay data from the server, helping to identify suspicious behavior trends, and add another layer of security.”

They also reiterated that player reporting tools will be available in-game to ensure that players can continue to report those who are suspected of cheating. 

Activision says that they plan to announce RICOCHET anti-cheat’s arrival across all of their communications channels to ensure players are aware of the new level of anti-cheat in Call of Duty. 

The team also stated that they are not stopping in their efforts to ensure Call of Duty is fair for everyone to play: “The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team’s commitment is the relentless pursuit of fair play which is fought against the sophisticated issue of cheating. We are determined to evolve the system over time, fighting for the community against those that aim to spoil their gaming experience.”

The RICOCHET Anti-Cheat team’s commitment is the relentless pursuit of fair play, which is fought against the sophisticated issue of cheating. We are dedicated and determined to evolve the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat System over time, fighting for the community against those that aim to spoil their gaming experience.

Call of Duty RICOCHET Anti-Cheat release date

Activision confirmed that RICOCHET’s anti-cheat server enhancements will be included when Call of Duty: Vanguard launches on Friday, November 5, and will be added to Warzone as part of the Pacific update that will be taking place on December 3, 2021. 

The Warzone RICOCHET anti-cheat release date will also see the arrival of the new Warzone Caldera Pacific map.

The PC kernel-level driver will be released as part of the Warzone Pacific update this year and will be added to Vanguard at a later date. Exact release dates for the driver have yet to be confirmed. 

SOURCE: Call of Duty Blog / Activision Support

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JGOD reveals Vanguard weapons you need to rank up before Warzone Pacific Caldera

Call of Duty expert JGOD has revealed the 10 weapons he think will make up Warzone’s meta when Pacific Caldera releases.

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Warzone’s new Pacific Caldera map will release in a matter of days, and players are already thinking about a possible weapon meta. Call of Duty expert JGOD has been doing the same thing and picked out 10 weapons players should rank up before December 8.

Vanguard has now been out for almost a month, and players have been unlocking and ranking up weapons ever since. We already know that Vanguard’s weapons will be added to Warzone, meaning players can use them on the new Pacific Caldera map.

Warzone’s meta regularly changes, and we expect Vanguard Season 1 to bring an enormous change. Now, CoD expert JGOD has picked out 10 guns he thinks players should rank up before the update.

The YouTuber has used a few key characteristics to come up with this list: fire rate, ease of use, recoil, and magazine capacity to determine damage-per-mag. While some weapons may have a great time-to-kill, they may fall short in one of the sections above.

JGOD mostly picked out SMGs as weapons to level up, as their fast rate of fire makes them extremely viable. Of course, some assault rifles also made the list, while he also picked out some LMGs to use too.

JGOD’s 10 Vanguard weapons to level up for Warzone

The 10 Vanguard weapons you need to level up are:

  • Automaton
  • Volk
  • PPSH-41
  • Sten
  • M1928 Tommy
  • Type 100
  • MG42
  • DP27
  • Type 11
  • G-43
  • 1911
  • Machine Pistol

In terms of weapons that JGOD would prioritize, the Automaton seems like a good shout to become a meta weapon, as it has a high rate of fire, low recoil, and the biggest magazine size in its class.

Of course, we’ve seen in the past that guns that do well in multiplayer don’t necessarily perform in Warzone, so be prepared to see a shock weapon dominate the meta.


In the meantime, check out our best Vanguard guns ranked list to make sure you’re using the most powerful weapons in the game.

Image Credits: YouTube – JGOD / Activision

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How to fix CoD: Vanguard Dev Error 5537

Vanguard players are frustrated with the Dev Error 5537 which is crashing the game, and here’s how you can fix this problem.

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Dev Error 5537 is a particularly frustrating glitch that is keeping Call of Duty: Vanguard players from enjoying the game, and here’s how you can get around this error code.

CoD: Vanguard brought plenty of fun new content after its release on November 5, but players have also reported a few problems such as overpowered killstreaks and teleporting Attack Dogs.

There is also an error code that many fans have encountered known as dev error 5537, which is crashing the game and frustrating the Vanguard community. However, there are a few ways to get around this problem.

How to fix CoD: Vanguard dev error 5537

CoD: Vanguard players encounter the dev error 5537 while changing their Operator’s appearance in the multiplayer menu. When this happens, the game crashes without saving the changes to the outfit.

It’s unclear why this happens and Sledgehammer Games have yet to implement an official fix for this glitch. The good news is that there are different methods you can use when trying to fix this error.

Verify the CoD: Vanguard game files

If you encounter this error in Call of Duty: Vanguard on PC, then the problem could be that one of the game files is corrupted. You can figure out if this is the case by verifying the game files.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch the Battle.net client
  2. Select Vanguard, and head to Options
  3. Click Scan and Repair
  4. Wait for the scan to finish

If the game files are corrupted then you can implement the fixes recommended by the scan, although this could happen automatically. Once that’s done, restart the game and see if the error remains.

Update the graphics driver

You might be seeing this error message because the Operator skins menu is too much for your system’s graphics driver. In order to get around this problem, you should try updating it and then playing again.

Here’s how to update the graphics driver:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy
  2. Run the software, and select Scan Now
  3. Wait for the scan to complete
  4. Install the crommended updates
  5. Restart CoD: Vanguard

Avoid changing your Vanguard Operator’s outfit

If all else fails, you can just avoid altering your Operator’s outfit appearance and wait for Sledgehammer Games to implement a proper fix for the problem in a future update patch.

This isn’t the most convenient option so hopefully, the other methods will have resolved the issue for you. The developers will need to look into Dev Error 5537 and come up with a proper solution.


For more Vanguard, check out our guides on CoD Vanguard’s biggest post-match mystery finally answered and frustrated Vanguard players demanding the return of powerful Trophy System Field Upgrade.

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New Vanguard Zombies trick lets players rank up weapons incredibly fast

CoD: Vanguard players have discovered a neat trick that lets you earn a ton of weapon XP quickly in the game’s Zombies mode.

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CoD: Vanguard Zombies is a great place to earn weapon XP so that you can level up your weapons, and a few players have discovered a trick that lets them do this quickly.

When you hop into CoD: Vanguard, you can level up your weapons by earning XP as you play. Vanguard Zombies is a great place to earn a ton of weapon XP quickly by killing various undead foes.

However, leveling up your weapons can take a while and players are always looking for ways to speed this up. Now, a few fans have found a trick that lets them earn weapon XP quickly in Vanguard Zombies.

Vanguard Zombies trick to level up weapons fast

Reddit user justanotherguy_171 highlighted this trick in CoD: Vanguard subreddit. It involves loading into a game and playing for a couple of minutes before leaving. Then you can into Vanguard Zombies to repeat this.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Hop into a game of Vanguard Zombies
  2. Eliminatie all the zombies in starting spawn
  3. Enter a “Transmit” portal and take out all 21 zombies
  4. Leave the game and rejoin to repeat these .

This will let you earn approximately 2,000 weapon XP in just a couple of minutes of playing. You can keep repeating this process to earn about 60,000 an hour and even more during Double XP weekends.

Vanguard’s primary weapons have 70 levels and you take around 150,000 XP to complete. This can several hours and players have previously complained about the “ridiculous” slow weapon XP leveling in the game.

This neat trick will help speed up that process quite a bit. Call of Duty data expert JGOD JGOD, who has maxed out all his Vanguard weapons, has also made use of this strategy in Vanguard.

This tactic will be extremely useful when trying to unlock the Atomic camo, so be sure to try it out the next time you hop into the game to earn some serious weapon XP quickly.


For more Vanguard, check out our guides on CoD Vanguard’s biggest post-match mystery finally answered and frustrated Vanguard players demanding the return of powerful Trophy System Field Upgrade.

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammmer Games

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