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Warzone December 19 update patch notes: Cooper Carbine & BAR nerfed

Warzone developers Raven Software have nerfed both the BAR and Cooper Carbine assault rifles in the December 19 patch.

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Raven Software have dropped another weapon balancing patch for Warzone, with the BAR and Season 1’s Cooper Carbine both receiving nerfs.

Warzone Season 1 introduced new weapons to the game, with the Cooper Carbine and Gorenko Anti-Tank Sniper Rifle added as part of the major update.

The Cooper Carbine immediately became one of Warzone’s most popular weapons, with many players choosing the AR thanks to its power and accuracy.

Unfortunately for those who liked the weapon, developers Raven Software have decided that the Cooper Carbine was too good, and have dropped a weapon balancing update to bring it back in line with the rest of its class.

Player running with Cooper Carbine in Vanguard

As Raven try to balance the weapons in Warzone’s Assault Rifle class, the damage output and ADS speed of the Cooper Carbine have both been reduced in an effort to open up the meta.

On top of that, the BAR has received attachment nerfs after many claimed the recoil on the gun was too low.

Raven Software have also brought some bug fixes to the game, addressing collision issues, challenge progress not tracking, and more. You can read the full patch notes below.

BAR in Warzone Pacific

Warzone Pacific December 19 patch notes

Bug Fixes & Gameplay

  • The Firesale Public Event has been adjusted to last a fixed duration.
  • Fixed collision issues with various elements across Caldera allowing Players to exploit/peek/shoot through them.
  • Fixed an issue causing the Festive Fervor Event Challenges to not track progress.
  • Fixed an issue causing additional placeholder images to appear in various Store Bundle previews and/or purchases.
  • Fixed an issue causing placeholder text to appear on various Store Bundles.
  • Fixed an issue causing placeholder text to appear underneath Unlock Criteria XP Bar for locked Vehicles.
  • Fixed an issue causing some Store Bundles to appear with the incorrect Rarity label.
  • Fixed an issue causing the Festive Deals discount to not apply when gifting a Store Bundle to another Player.
  • Fixed an issue causing visually incorrect pricing on some Store Bundles.
  • Fixed an issue where the “Space Issue” Submachine Gun Charlie (VG) Blueprint was incorrectly displaying Vital instead of the Brace Gun Perk.

Weapon Adjustments

When considering these changes in a vacuum, they may seem rather peculiar. Due to the nature of Vanguard Weapons, tuning is much less straightforward. Adjustments to base Weapons are not as impactful as they once were. Vanguard Attachments can completely alter the behavior of a Weapon—including its Damage profile, Fire Rate, and Recoil. When we make these adjustments, we are considering the Weapon holistically, in all its permutations. Our goal is for these Weapons to be just as viable with one of these Attachments as it can be with all of them. This allows the Weapons to support all sorts of playstyles and gameplay preferences rather than solely ‘Rapid Fire’.

» Assault Rifle «

  • Cooper Carbine (VG)
    • Maximum Damage decreased to 24, down from 25
    • Minimum Damage decreased to 19, down from 20
    • ADS Speed decreased by 5.3%
  • Note: This change took effect in the previous update.

We understand those who have taken a liking to the Cooper Carbine (VG) will be sad to see it receive some rather impactful adjustments (see additional changes in Attachment section below). The Cooper Carbine (VG) with all Fire Rate Attachments could reach near 1,200 RPM. Which, considering its innate accuracy and Assault Rifle Damage Range, was problematic. High Rate of Fire Weapons, of which many Vanguard Weapons can become, must be carefully tuned to offset the extreme level of forgiveness that trait provides. We believe in that regard, there is much work ahead of us. The Cooper Carbine (VG) is still going to be effective but is now more likely to lose fights to Submachine Guns in short-range engagements.

Attachment Adjustments

» Barrel «

  • Assault Rifle Charlie (BAR VG)
    • CGC 27” 2B
      • Horizontal Recoil Control decreased by 5%
      • Vertical Recoil Control decreased by 5%
    • CGC 30” XL
      • Horizontal Recoil Control decreased by 5%
      • Vertical Recoil Control decreased by 5%

As stated above, changes to Weapons and Attachments are not quite what they used to be. While we are reducing the amount of Recoil Control provided by these Barrels, this can easily be compensated for with other Attachments like Fore and Rear Grips. It may require popular builds to shift around somewhat, and as a result, other downsides like poor Mobility may become more apparent. We feel balancing risk versus reward is important. If each Weapon build were ‘one size fits all’, regardless of individual skill, we diminish our journey of mastery. Ideally, over time we graduate from needing an excess of Recoil Control from our attachments to prioritizing more beneficial attributes like Damage, Range, and Mobility.

  • Cooper Carbine (VG)
    • 14” Gracey Rapid
      • Now multiplies Damage by .9
      • Now multiplies Headshot Damage by 1.07
      • Now multiplies Upper Torso Damage by .99
      • Now increases Vertical Recoil by 5%

» Magazine «

  • Assault Rifle Charlie (BAR VG)
    • 8mm Klauser 30 Round Mags
      • Horizontal Recoil Control decreased by 4%
      • Vertical Recoil Control decreased by 4%
    • .50 BMG 30 Round Mags
      • Horizontal Recoil Control decreased by 4%
      • Vertical Recoil Control decreased by 4%
  • Cooper Carbine (VG)
    • 9mm 60 Round Drums
      • Damage Multiplier increased to .96, up from .89
      • Move Speed decreased by 2%

Image Credits: Raven Software

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FaZe Swagg shares Warzone “AIMBOT” STG44 loadout

FaZe Swagg has shared the perfect attachments to make an “aimbot” STG44 AR loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 1.

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The STG44 has been a reliable option in Warzone Pacific since Vanguard’s integration and FaZe Swagg has just revealed his aimbot STG44 loadout that will have you shooting beams.

Warzone Pacific’s mid-Season 1 update introduced players to the Welgun but it also brought along buffs and nerfs to several established Vanguard weapons. The STG44 was an early favorite when Warzone Pacific launched but was quickly taken over by the Bren.

Now, it seems like the STG44 is enjoying a second stint in the limelight, and FaZe Swagg has just the loadout to turn the Assault Rifle into a killing machine in Warzone Pacific.

stg44 vangaurd

Not only did the STG44 receive a buff but the widely popular Bren received a much-needed nerf which allowed players to explore other long-range options.

It didn’t take long for players to revisit an old favorite but this time FaZe Swagg uses different attachments to make the weapon shoot as straight as possible.

FaZe Swagg paired this aimbot STG44 loadout with an MP40 to cover close-range gunfights and racked up 33 kills on his way to a commanding Duos victory.

Swagg explains the STG’s potential, “They buffed the STG a lot making it have no visual recoil and then you got on some of the attachments that I have it makes it an overall top AR meta”.

FaZe Swagg “AIMBOT” STG44 loadout

stg44 warzone pacific vanguard
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: VDD 760mm 05B
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: VDD 34S Weighted
  • Underbarrel: m1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 50 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk 1: Focus
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

Swagg makes this weapon as steady as can be from long-range with the VDD 760mm 05B, VDD 34S Weighted, and m1941 Hand Stop. Thanks to the recent buff Swagg can afford to swap the F8 Stabilizer for the Recoil Booster which increases the fire rate significantly.

The G16 2.5x optic is standard for Warzone Pacific as are the 7.62 Gorenko 50 Round Mags. Finally, Swagg makes an interesting choice to forgo the popular Vital Perk and instead opt for Focus which reduces the amount of flinch given while shot whilst aiming.

This means when enemy players are trying to take Swagg down, he can still get clean shots off and escape with his life.


For more Warzone news check out how Warzone cheaters are getting nerfed live in-game by RICOCHET anti-cheat and this hilarious Warzone bug that sets players’ sights on fire.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / Sledgehammer Games / FaZe Swagg

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How to fix Warzone “friends list not showing” glitch

We have a couple of easy and effective methods to fix Warzone’s glitch that makes it so that your friends list doesn’t show anyone online.

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Warzone Pacific friends list not showing glitch

Warzone and Modern Warfare’s long-standing “friends list not showing” glitch that prevents players from showing up on your friends list is still a constant menace after the Pacific update. Here are some solutions to hopefully fix this glitch for you in both Call of Duty games.

It’s undoubtedly frustrating when the only thing you want to do is play a game online, and certain factors are preventing you from doing so. Aside from obvious internet connectivity worries, there is also Warzone’s infamous “Checking for update” bug and Xbox players not even being able to launch the game.

Another issue that continues to haunt players in Warzone Pacific is a glitched friends list that doesn’t allow you to see anyone else online even though they are, and leaves you unable to invite them. As always, we have some ways that might be able to aid you and resolve the problem.

How to make your friends list visible in Warzone and Modern Warfare

Warzone players in Pacific Caldera

You’ll know if the problem is affecting you because when you select Warzone’s social tab and try to inspect your friends, you’ll be hit with “friends list not showing.”

Just to double-check that your friends are indeed online, just quickly open up your general friends list for the console or platform you’re playing on first to check. If they are showing as online, then use our methods to hopefully make them show online on Call of Duty too.

Here are the most efficient ways to get around the glitch.

#1 – Restart Warzone or Modern Warfare

Warzone Pacific Operator firing PPSH

The classic “have you tried turning it off and on again?” Not only is it a way to fix a computer, but it could also cure your temperamental version of Warzone Pacific.

Here’s how you can try this out:

  1. Simply close Warzone or Modern Warfare
  2. Restart your respective platform
  3. Boot up Warzone or Modern Warfare
  4. Check to see if it now appears

#2 – Link Warzone with Discord

discord logo

Many players have reported great success by using the official Discord service to link up with their friends and enter games together.

To do link up with Discord:

  1. All players must have their Discord activity status set to ‘On’
  2. Make sure you have connected your ‘Battle.net‘ account to Discord
  3. Have everyone launch Warzone or Modern Warfare
  4. Then all players should join from the same Discord

Plus, Discord is expected to arrive on PlayStation this year, so it will be even easier to link up with friends cross-platform.

#3 – Create a Group

Another possible workaround is for one person to create a Group, customize it, and invite everyone to join.

This is how to create a Group in Warzone:

  1. Go to the ‘Social’ tab
  2. Head to the ‘Groups’ tab
  3. Press to ‘Create a Group’
  4. Create a ‘Group Name’ and ‘Group Tag’
  5. Wait to see if it’s approved
  6. With a successful Group, invite friends via the Group option

#4 – Turn off Crossplay

cod warzone crossplay

We’ve already covered extensively how you can turn off crossplay in Warzone and why you should consider doing it. On top of this, it’s also been doing the trick for some people with Warzone and Modern Warfare game invites.

To do this, simply:

  1. Make your way into Warzone’s or Modern Warfare’s ‘Options’ setting
  2. Select your Account
  3. Switch the ‘Crossplay’ function from enabled to disabled
  4. Restart the game
  5. See if it’s worked and whether it has or hasn’t, turn Crossplay back on, and see if the result changes with it

#5 – Simply wait

Warzone operators in Caldera

The easiest and most straightforward idea to try, leave it and hope it fixes itself. Believe it or not, waiting 30-60 seconds could actually fix it and could save you a lot of time than the above fixes.

It won’t work for everyone, but it’s another solution to try and help with this persisting, long-term problem in Warzone and 2019’s Modern Warfare.


Also, check out how to fix the freezing and crashing issues that have been plaguing Xbox players since the Pacific update.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / Discord

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Hilarious Warzone bug sets player’s sights on fire

A bizarre Warzone bug has literally set a player’s optic on fire, but players actually loved the design and want it for their own guns.

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Warzone Pacific player's optic on fire

A Warzone player was hit with a hilarious glitch that set their optic on fire, and it looked so cool that players wanted to see it on a future weapon Blueprint.

Call of Duty has offered plenty of wild Blueprint designs such as the Krig 6 sporting dragon wings and the M16 having an alien attached, but a hilarious new Warzone glitch has created one of the best designs yet.

Thanks to a bizarre new bug, a player’s sights were literally set on fire with a flame spouting directly from their optic.

Warzone Pacific player using PPSH

Reddit user ‘davedavewowdave’ said that every weapon’s optic was lit on fire after they were shot whilst lighting a Gas Canister. As we can see in the video attached, a candle-like flame spouts directly in front of the iron sight, completely blocking their view.

Many suggested lighting another Gas Canister to see if it would fix the issue, but the OP never confirmed whether this would work.

While it certainly wasn’t ideal for the player affected, many others wanted to see the design arrive in a future Warzone Blueprint. “People would pay 25 bucks for that bad boy,” said one user.

Of course, it would need to be transparent, unlike the flame that engulfed the OP’s optic. Some wanted the end of the barrel to stay like that instead.

We’re not sure how easy this glitch will be to replicate, but it seems you just need to die whilst lighting a Gas Canister and then win your Gulag. This isn’t the only thing you can do with Gas Canisters either, as they’re the perfect counter to zipline campers.

For more Warzone, be sure to check out how to fix Warzone’s crashing and freezing issues on Xbox consoles.

Image Credit: Activision / BGN-WMCO via Wikimedia Commons

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