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Warzone 1.35 update patch notes: Sykov nerf, Sniper fixes, more

Warzone’s 1.35 update includes promised nerfs for Warzone’s Sykov Pistol, Sniper scope glints, and more, ahead of Season 3.



Warzone Sykov Pistol

Raven Software has released the 1.35 update for Call of Duty: Warzone on all platforms on April 19, which delivers on welcome promises the devs had previously made.

After Call of Duty veteran and Warzone streamer CouRage tweeted Raven Software his wishlist of Warzone changes, the developers responded. They confirmed that the community’s feedback is being acknowledged and promised changes to the Roze skin, as well as nerfs to the over-powered Akimbo Sykov Pistols.

On April 19, Raven Software released the 1.35 update for Warzone, which includes the promised nerf for the Sykov Pistols, which were added to Modern Warfare & Warzone in a quiet update on April 15. It also removes the RC-XD from Buy Stations and fixes the bug with certain Modern Warfare snipers scopes not having glint in Warzone.

This new update comes ahead of the planned Season 3 update for Black Ops Cold War & Warzone, which is set for April 22. More information on Season 3 and what’s included will be announced as we get closer.

Warzone Akimbo Sykov Pistols

Warzone 1.35 update file sizes

Warzone Season 2’s 1.35 update is a full patch update, rather than a game settings update.

Here are the download sizes for the 1.35 update:

  • PlayStation: 2.3GB
  • Xbox: 5GB
  • PC: ~6GB

Warzone 1.35 update patch notes

Raven Software has shared the patch notes for the 1.35 update for Warzone on April 19.


  • The RC-XD has been removed from Buy Stations and is now only available via Containment Monitors.
  • Fixed an issue causing players to be unable to equip Armor Plates after activating certain Killstreaks or Field Upgrades.
  • The Containment Protocol missiles will no longer land in the Play Area.
  • The Containment Protocol missiles have had their sound effects volume reduced.
  • Fixed a bug causing Loadout Drops to block movement and projectiles after the crate collapses.
  • King Slayer Trios – The Gas Circle will no longer move completely outside of the Play Area.


  • The Swatt Master Blueprint now correctly displays the Electric Dismemberment icon.


  • Fixed a bug with the Modern Warfare Sniper Scope and Variable Zoom Scope where they were not displaying glint.
  • Fixed a bug with Modern Warfare weapon perks where they were not having their intended effects. 
  • Fixed a bug with the Bullseye Reticle where it would sometimes cause frame rate issues or the disappearance of UI elements.
  • Sorokin 140mm Auto (Sykov)
    • Hip spread increased
  • Akimbo (Sykov)
    • Movement speed reduced by 5%
  • 80 Round Drums (Sykov)
    • Movement speed reduced by 5%
    • ADS movement speed reduced by 7%
  • When equipping the Sykov with the Sorokin 140mm Auto and the Akimbo* attachment, damage is reduced by 25% and capped at a minimum of 19.  (edited)

Raven further clarified in a tweet that the damage reduction of 25% is when using both the Sorokin 140mm auto & Akimbo together. Using them separately, there is no reduction of damage.

Raven Software also promised changes to the AUG, M16, and FFAR 1, so we can expect these final nerfs to arrive in the Season 3 update.

Stay tuned for more information on what’s coming with Season 3 of Warzone.

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SOURCE: Raven Software

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Best Bren loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 1

The Bren LMG can be one of Warzone’s most powerful weapons, and we’ve got all the attachments and perks you need to build the best loadout.



Bren LMG in Warzone Pacific

Assault Rifles, SMGs, and Sniper Rifle loadouts often dominate the Warzone meta, but the Bren LMG is one of the best weapons in Pacific Caldera with the right attachments and perks.

Warzone Pacific Season 1 was one of the biggest updates the battle royale has seen since its launch, adding a brand-new map, a host of bug fixes, and the introduction of Vanguard weapons.

With over 40 guns added to the game, it’s no surprise that the meta saw some major shifts, with the Bren LMG rising through the ranks to dominate the game.

This heavy weapon boasts an impressive amount of ammo and firepower, with the only major downside being its slow rate of fire. However, this gun can still be extremely lethal with the right loadout.

Here’s how you can make the best Warzone Pacific Season 1 Bren loadout.

Best attachments for Warzone Bren loadout

Bren in Warzone Pacific
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Queen’s 705m Royal
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
  • Stock: Hockenson SP2B
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: .50 BMG 50 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Tight Grip
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

First, we’ll focus on bringing the Warzone Bren’s recoil under control, and the Mercury Silencer is great for quietening shots and improving accuracy. The Queen’s 705m Royal barrel is perfect for long-range fights, boosting bullet velocity, recoil control, accuracy, and even eliminating damage drop-off at range.

With the weapon’s accuracy improved, you can increase your chances of hitting your targets at longer ranges by equipping the SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x optic. The Hockenson SP28 stock will also boost aiming stability, and make recoil more manageable.

Warzone Pacific operators

The Carver Foregrip underbarrel provides further recoil control along with the Polymer Grip, while the .50 BMG 50 Round Mags means you shouldn’t run out of ammo too quickly. We’ve teamed that up with the Lengthened ammo type to maximize bullet velocity.

We went with the Tight Grip Perk to really help you hit your shots, while Fully Loaded lets you start with maximum reserve ammo so that you don’t have to look for more during combat.

Best Bren Perks and equipment 

cold-blooded perk in warzone
  • Perk 1: Cold-Blooded
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Lethal: Thermite
  • Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor

You’ll want to stay hidden from enemies using the Combat Scout Perk to mark their targets. For that reason, we recommend equipping Cold-Blooded to ensure that they don’t follow your movements.

Overkill lets you pick another primary weapon for different combat situations, so you can pair the Bren with something like the Kar98k. Amped lets you swap between your weapons much quicker.

Finally, you should equip the Thermite and Heartbeat Sensor equipment so that you can track your enemies and hunt them down with greater ease.

How to unlock the Bren in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific

bren lmg

To unlock the Bren, you must reach Level 53 in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 1. Since this is just two levels off the max, it will take some serious grinding to get there.

Since you’ll need to have the Bren available to you in Vanguard and Warzone to put together this loadout, be sure to hop into some games and play extremely well until you reach the required level.

Best alternatives to the Bren in Vanguard

The Bren is a slow-firing, heavy LMG, so if you’re looking for something faster then we recommend trying out the Volk Assault Rifle in Warzone Pacific. It’s rapid enough to eliminate whole groups of players.

You can also check out our best Automaton loadout, which is a fast-firing Assault Rifle that you can use to eliminate opponents over great distances during long-range combat situations.

Warzone has plenty of viable weapons ahead of the Season 2 launch, and to find our top picks, check out our best Warzone guns guide where we ranked every single weapon.

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / Sledgehammer Games

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Warzone devs hint at Caldera map changes in Season 2 update

Raven Software have teased map changes for Caldera in Warzone Season 2 with the minimap already teasing what’s to come.



Warzone Pacific Caldera Docks POI

Warzone players noticed that Caldera’s minimap showed a building that didn’t exist, and Raven Software teased that this is a sign of map changes to come in Season 2.

Warzone finally received a brand-new map with Season 1’s Pacific update, but players were keen for Raven Software to keep it changing to stop it from going stale. Although Verdansk received an 80s overhaul, many players still wished that the developers had done more with it.

It appears that Raven have some map changes planned for Caldera, as they teased that an area would receive an overhaul in February’s Season 2.

Docks in Warzone Pacific Caldera

Warzone players were baffled when they noticed that the Refinery area south of Docks looked completely different on the mini map. While the actual area has some rusty old buildings dotted around, the minimap shows that the area has two large buildings instead.

A player then tweeted Raven Software to let them know about the issue on January 25 and they replied, teasing that there’s a good reason for this. “Maybe the Map knows about a change coming to this area in Season 2?” they suggested.

One of the major complaints about Caldera is that all of the interesting areas and POIs are dotted around the edge of the map, while the middle is has been described as “barren nothingness.” This could be Raven’s attempt to build up the center of the map, and change how the area is played.

Whether this is the only map change for Season 2 remains to be seen, as Raven could have any number of changes lined up. Hopefully, we’ll find out more when the roadmap drops in the coming weeks.

Season 2 was originally scheduled for the start of February but got pushed back to February 14 to allow the developers more time to work on bugs and balance tweaks. We know that Ranked Play will finally drop in Vanguard with this update, but they’re still playing their cards close to their chest when it comes to Warzone.

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Warzone 2 reportedly in development, set for 2023 launch

Activision are reportedly working on a stand-alone Warzone sequel, with the new battle royale set to launch in 2023



Warzone operator running from helicopters

New reports have claimed that Activision are currently developing Warzone 2, with the stand-alone sequel to Call of Duty’s battle royale set to release in 2023.

Activision release brand-new Call of Duty titles every year, with 2022’s game reportedly set to be a sequel to Modern Warfare. Since Warzone’s release in 2020, the game has received seasonal updates to coincide with the launch of the latest mainline game in the franchise, but this may not be the case in 2023.

According to reports, Activision are currently working on a sequel to Warzone, that could release alongside Treyarch’s expected 2023 Call of Duty entry.

Warzone Operators on an armored truck

According to a report from Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier, Activision are currently working on a “new iteration” of Warzone, which will be a stand-alone. This is a marked change from today’s Warzone, which is built into 2019’s Modern Warfare, and runs on the same engine.

The information was included as part of Schreier’s report that Call of Duty’s next three releases will be available on PlayStation, following Microsoft’s blockbuster acquisition of Activision Blizzard.

Industry insider Tom Henderson claims that Warzone 2 will only be available on “current-gen consoles and PC,” meaning you’ll need an Xbox Series X or PS5 to play. There will be “no past weapon integration” either, meaning all the guns you have now will be missing.

At the time of writing, nothing is known about what will be included in this new title. We could see some major updates to the gameplay mechanics, along with new weapons, events, and maps, but nothing has been confirmed.

The stand-alone sequel is set to be the biggest shift that Warzone has seen since its launch in 2020. More details about Warzone 2 will probably become available in the coming months.

For more Warzone content, check out our guide on how to level up guns fast in Warzone, as well as how to check the current Warzone server status.

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