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Warzone Pacific Festive Fervor Event details: Modes, Bundles, More

Here’s everything you need to know about the Festive Fervor event, including the start date and new Vanguard and Warzone Pacific content.

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Festive Fervor Holiday event

Season 1 will bring many changes to Call of Duty Vanguard and Warzone Pacific, and the devs are getting fans into the holiday spirit with the Festive Fervor event. Here’s everything you need to know about it, including the start date.

The Warzone Season 1 roadmap has highlighted many of the major changes that will be coming to the Vanguard and Warzone Pacific. This includes the brand-new Caldera map getting a holiday-themed update.

A new seasonal event known as Festive Fervor will help players get into the holiday spirit with brand-new Operator skins, activities, and other changes. We’ll go over everything that’s been revealed about it so far.

Here’s what you need to know about Vanguard and Warzone’s Festive Fervor event.

Festive Fervor event start date

Festive Fervor event roadmap

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific players will be able to fully enjoy this Holiday event as of December 17. Although, Festive Fervor will officially begin on December 16, following an update to Vanguard on December 15 at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT, and an update to Warzone Pacific on December 16 at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT.

We’ll keep checking for any developments and will be sure to update this article once we learn more about when the event will come to an end. As of now it looks slated to last up to the new year.

Vanguard Multiplayer Festive Fervor Holiday modes

Festive Fervor game modes

A major breath of fresh air is making its way to Vanguard Multiplayer. Thanks to Festive Fervor, players will have access to a variety of new modes. These will surely freshen things up for players who were getting accustomed to the Vanguard experience. Here are the modes to expect.

Armageddon Mode

Also known as Drop Zone in previous Call of Duty titles, this twist on Team Deathmatch brings enough Killstreak Care Packages to stuff a whole chimney.

At the start of a match, both teams will fight for control of a marked area somewhere on the map, where Care Packages will drop in on a set timer until a specific number of them are collected. At that point, the zone rotates to a new area.

Unlike previous iterations of Drop Zone, points are only scored through kills, with bonus points being awarded with kills earned via Killstreaks. That makes ripping open those presents your squad’s main key to victory, so lock down those zones and start reaping those rewards.

Elf Team Six

Elf team six game mode

Outside of that limited-time mode, Operators can also earn Killstreaks through seeking and destroying the elite Elf Team Six.

Hidden around Vanguard’s Multiplayer maps, Elf Team Six are ready to roast Operators like chestnuts on an open fire if they aren’t found before they disappear.

Operators who take down these Elf Team Six members will earn match score and Killstreak progress, a small gift that could help give your enemies something far worse than coal in their stockings.

Krampus

Krampus Vanguard

While Elf Team Six can help the nice Operators achieve victory, there is something else in store for the ones who act naughty and don’t play the objective in respawn-enabled game modes, or who camp in Team Deathmatch.

The folk horror figure Krampus is coming to Vanguard, appearing during Multiplayer matches and targeting whoever has the least impressive objective score, such as a pathetic Hardpoint time or a disgracefully low number of Domination captures.

If you’re warned of Krampus’s presence, then good luck: he won’t hesitate to eliminate his target with an absolutely devastating (and humiliating) Finishing Move, although you might be able to defeat him before he delivers that powerful attack…

Cosmetic changes coming to Vanguard and Zombies

Vanguard and Zombies comsetic changes festive fervor

During Festive Fervor, players will trade in Shipment for Shipmas, “a winter wonderland of chaos blanketed in snow and, by the end of the match, whatever remains of those soon-to-be-smashed shipping containers.

Expect some subtle seasonal visuals in-game modes like Domination and Hardpoint, as well as more holiday overhauls to places like the Gunbench and the wintery home base of Stalingrad in Zombies’ “Der Anfang.”

A free gift for all Vanguard owners

Free gift for vanguard owners festive fervor

Anyone who owns Vanguard or purchases the game prior to December 31 will receive 10 Battler Pass Tier Skips for Season One, 10% Global Player, Weapon, and Battle Pass XP Boost During Season One, and 24 Vanguard Tiers of the Season Six Battle Pass. “If you haven’t already earned them last season, anyone who purchases Vanguard will receive these for free.”

This is the devs’ way of saying thank you to players who have been supporting Vanguard since its November 5 release.

Vanguard Festive Fervor bundles

Yarn Burner Lucas skin

Call of Duty is in the spirit of giving this year with Festive Fervor. Players across Vanguard and Warzone Pacific will have access to a ton of new cosmetics.

“Launching alongside the Festive Fervor update is the Santa’s Slay Bundle, perfect for decking the halls (and your opponents) with Legendary Weapons that have Red-and-Green Tracers, as well as a Finishing Move that makes use of a helpful Elf companion!

And if all that is not enough for the holidays, why not humiliate foes as you win with Lucas in his impressively knitted (ugly) sweater included with his “Yarn Burner” Skin?

Krampus unleashed bundle

During Festive Fervor’s launch window, you can also drape Roland in Krampus’s unholy threads with the Krampus Unleashed Bundle, featuring Roland’s “Vinderblood” Operator Skin.

It also includes a Legendary “Krampusnacht” Marksman Rifle Blueprint that can punch through enemies like Krampus’s claws, as well as a “Reindog Rampage” Finishing Move that might be just as satisfying as that horned demon dealing justice on his own terms.

Secret Santa bundle

You can also give your opponents the ultimate surprise gift with the Secret Santa Bundle, which will become available during the Festive Fervor season. It features two Legendary Weapon Blueprints: one for a pump-action Shotgun and another that turns a Marksman Rifle into a fully automatic beast. 

Broken Resolutions bundle

Before Festive Fervor ends and 2022 begins, the Store will introduce the Broken Resolutions Bundle, a nine-item Bundle with two Battle Pass Tier Skips on top of Legendary and Epic Operator, Armory, and Player Profile Pieces.

Of note is a “Pop Bottles” Finishing Move that makes use of a champagne bottle, a sleek “Midnighter” Operator Skin for Beatrice, and a “Cover Charge” Assault Rifle with enough silent firepower to forget those foes by February.

Season’s greetings from Caldera

Festive Fervor Warzone pacific

Holiday-themed content won’t be exclusive to Vanguard, as Rebirth Island and Caldera will display their own festive celebrations.

Caldera Receives Festive Fir Trees with Presents for All!

Caldera’s massive list of vegetation will continue to grow as players will get the chance to battle amongst Festive Fir Trees. “Marked on the Tac Map with a special tree icon, these temporary landmarks will be placed at specific points of interest across the island.

Any squad that stays within the Fir Tree’s zone — under the tree and around it — for a short period of time will cause several Supply Boxes to magically appear, including special Holiday Crates that could contain Legendary items for that match, limited-time rewards, or even some coal for those Operators on the naughty list.”

Krampus — The Terror of the Isles with Plenty of “Gifts” for Festive Fervor

Players who receive coal from Holiday Crates will want to keep an eye out for Krampus. He’ll be spending his holidays on Caldera and Rebirth Island, where he hunts for sport. “While his choice of target is more random here than in Vanguard, he does tend to hunt down those who received coal from the Holiday Crates.

This mythical creature will take three minutes to complete his hunt before he disappears for his next target, or he’ll be killed and give out a special permanent reward for the squad that faces his wrath.”

Elf and Seek — The Gnomes Take Over the Islands

Krampus won’t be the only creature to make an appearance across Caldera and Rebirth Island. Finding and destroying these holiday gnomes will result in receiving special rewards such as double XP tokens.

12 festive days of deals

12 Festive days of deals

Warzone Pacific players have the luxury of playing as Operators from three separate Call of Duty titles. If you missed out on securing some of the best-looking Operators that Black Ops Cold War brought us, your lucky day is approaching.

Thanks to the 12 Festive Days of Deals starting on December 14, a selection of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone bundles will receive limited-time holiday discounts. With each passing day from December 14 to December 25 players will have the option to access five Bundles from Black Ops Cold War.

Players can take to Warzone Pacific with these iconic Bundles or they can revisit Black Ops Cold War where Treyarch has a double XP event planned to start December 23.


For more Warzone content, you can take a look at the Vanguard Operators which offer XP boosts and our best Automaton loadout for Pacific Caldera.

SOURCE: Call of Duty blog

Image Credit: Raven Software / Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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When is Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded? New SMG & Sphere map

The next major update for Vanguard is Season 3 Reloaded, so here’s everything we know including the new SMG, map, and expected release date.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s next major update will be Season 3 Reloaded, bringing 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 its expected release date.

Vanguard Season 3 is approaching 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 arrives. This update is set to bring a new SMG and a new multiplayer map, so here’s everything we know including its expected release date.

warzone and vanguard season 3 roadmap

When is Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded?

Vanguard’s Season 3 Reloaded update is its mid-season update, so we expect it to release around Wednesday, May 25, which is exactly halfway between the Battle Pass‘ start and end dates.

There’s no guarantee that the Season 3 Reloaded update will drop on the 25, so stay tuned for any updates from Sledgehammer Games.

vanguard player using h4 blixen smg

H4 Blixen SMG arrives in Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded

Three of the four Warzone and Vanguard Season 3 weapons are here, which leaves only the H4 Blixen SMG for the Season 3 Reloaded update.

Not much is known about this brand-new SMG yet, except that it “seems to use a 9 x 19 mm cartridge and shares some design techniques with the Sten and PPSh-41.” Sledgehammer Games haven’t even revealed what it looks like yet, but we can expect to hear more about it ahead of the Reloaded update.

vanguard season 3 operator in sphere map

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.

The devs are also keeping this map classified for the most part, but teased that “Beneath the façade of a coal mine is a hidden weapons lab brimming with secrets.”

“This small-sized map features dual layers that use plenty of interior space to facilitate fast-paced close-quarter-combat opportunities,” they revealed. Again, we’ll know more about Sphere later in Season 3.


And that’s everything we know about Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded so far! More information will be released next week but in the meantime, you can check out everything we know about Warzone’s Season 3 Reloaded update.

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How to get Warzone & Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards

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.

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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 (May 2022)

Safari Shock Bundle

The May 2022 content drop through Prime Gaming brings a total of seven exclusive items for Warzone and Vanguard players to claim, including weapon blueprints and Calling Cards.

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

  • Legendary ‘Elysium’ Blueprint
  • Legendary ‘Serenity’ Blueprint
  • Rare ‘Lawful’ Reticle
  • Legendary ‘Call of Doggie’ Sticker
  • Common ‘V For Vanguard’ Charm
  • Epic ‘Buddy System’ Calling Card
  • Rare ‘Braids and Bullets’ Emblem
players fighting on hotel royal map in cod vanguard

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 on weapon blueprints, check out how to get the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone & Vanguard.

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Best CoD: Vanguard secondary weapons: Ranked list

Here are the best secondary weapons you can equip in Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 3, as well as a ranked list from worst to best.

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Vanguard secondary weapons

Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 3 allows players to choose from fifteen specialized secondary weapons. We’ve sorted every secondary weapon into a ranked list, and revealed the best loadout for each one.

Call of Duty: Vanguard offers over 50 weapons to test and unlock. Players will have their hands full trying to figure out which weapons work best for them. If you’re hunting for the valuable Atomic mastery camo, chances are you’ll be testing each one of these weapons shortly. 

Vanguard Secondary weapons are split up into three categories: Handguns, Launchers, and Melee weapons. Depending on your playstyle, these categories will add distinct value to your game. Despite their unique uses, some of these weapons are better than others. We’ve ranked all fifteen of Vanguard’s secondary weapons from worst to best and included the best loadouts for each.  

Best Vanguard secondary weapon ranked list

Vanguard 1911 handgun secondary weapon

Thanks to Sledgehammer, almost all of the secondary weapons can be utilized successfully, but some are proving to be more useful than others. 

The following is a list of the best Call of Duty: Vanguard secondary weapons from worst to best.

  1. M1 Bazooka
  2. Klauser
  3. Panzerschreck
  4. Sawtooth
  5. MK11 Launcher
  6. Sledgehammer
  7. Top Break
  8. Panzerfaust
  9. FS Fighting Knife
  10. Ice Axe
  11. Skal Crusher
  12. Machine Pistol
  13. Katana
  14. 1911
  15. Ratt

Best Vanguard Launchers & Melee weapons 

10. M1 Bazooka

M1 Bazooka Vanguard

Each Launcher available in Vanguard can cause mass destruction, but subtle differences set them apart. The M1 Bazooka is the least forgiving and one of the heaviest of the bunch making it a subpar option.

9. Panzerschrek

Panzerschreck Vanguard

The Panzerschreck and M1 Bazooka are nearly identical. They both arm players with two rockets and force players to move slowly.

The Panzerschreck does slightly more damage thus making it more useful. 

8. Sawtooth

Sawtooth melee weapon Vanguard

The Sawtooth arrived via Tier 37 of the Season 1 Battle Pass but it failed to make its mark on Vanguard’s multiplayer.

Although the Melee weapon’s speed is fantastic, its accuracy is abysmal. If you miss your first swing you’ll certainly pay the price seeing as your next swing will not arrive in time to kill your enemy.

7. MK11 Launcher

MK11 Vanguard

The MK11 is without a doubt the most unique of the bunch thanks to its smaller size. Players can move around nicely with it and the trajectory of the rocket can be controlled at greater distances.

6. Sledgehammer

Junkyard Jet Sledgehammer in Warzone & Vanguard

The Sledgehammer was introduced in Season 3 as an unlockable melee weapon. The weapon is an ode to Vanguard developer Sledgehammer, and it definitely packs a punch in Vanguard.

It can truly erase players, but low mobility and range hold it back from being the best.

5. Panzerfaust

panzerfaust vanguard launcher

Although the Panzerfaust isn’t as efficient at taking down enemy Spy Planes as other weapons in its class, it certainly packs a punch against enemy players.

The Panzerfaust is more mobile than the M1 Bazooka, making it a great choice to clear out objectives such as Hardpoints or Domination flags. 

4. FS Fighting Knife

Vanguard Fighting Knife

The trusted FS Fighting Knife is a useful tool if used properly. Obviously, the major downside is the lack of range. However, if your playstyle encourages close engagements you’ll love this knife.

Not only does it dominate at close range but it gives a wonderful boost to movement speed when equipped. In game modes like Search & Destroy timing is everything, reaching a power position first by running with a knife in hand is a valuable trick.

3. Ice Axe

Ice Axe Vanguard

The Ice Axe melee weapon arrived later than anticipated after the weapon only appeared during the final week of Vanguard Season 2. You may have missed it due to the confusion, but it’s well worth your time to complete the Ice Axe unlock challenges.

What makes this weapon unique is the fact that it can chop down enemies up close and also be thrown to kill enemies at a distance as a throwing knife would.

2. Skal Crusher

Vanguard Skal Crusher

The Skal Crusher and Ice Axe are essentially the same weapons in Vanguard’s multiplayer. It also arrived at the very end of Season 2, and it can be used both as a traditional melee and a throwable object.

Having that versatility makes it one of the best melee weapons in the game as you can hit players from a distance given you’re accurate with the weapon. We’ve ranked it ahead of the Ice Axe for aesthetic purposes as the Norse look is rather unique.

1. Katana

Katana Vanguard weapon

The Katana has wreaked havoc since joining the fold in Season 1. This beautiful yet deadly sword offers the best range of any Melee weapon in Vanguard. In close quarters the Japanese longsword is one of the deadliest Secondary weapons available.

Vanguard players must get five kills with a Melee weapon in a single match 15 times to unlock the Katana.

Best Vanguard Handgun Loadouts

5. Klauser

Klauser handgun vanguard

Due to underwhelming movement speed, the Klauser is the worst Vanguard Handgun. The Klauser’s best feature is that it operates well at range. Although, players usually don’t use Handguns for long-range engagements. 

  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Fitzherbert 200MM BL
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Trigger Action: Rapid Action
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 12 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Quick

4. Top Break

Top break handgun vanguard

With the right loadout, the Top Break can be devastating, but it boasts the same frustrating rate of fire as the iconic Magnum it is modeled after.

You’ll have to be smart in judging when to use your shots as one miss can cost your life. 

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer 
  • Barrel: Wilkie W-4 Stub
  • Optic: Slate Reflector or None
  • Trigger Action: Rapid Action
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Proficiency: Quickscopre
  • Kit: Quick

3. Machine Pistol

Machine pistol handgun vanguard

The Machine Pistol is a great choice for extremely close-range encounters. It isn’t powerful but its rate of fire means it can eviscerate enemies up close. Distant targets should be avoided at all costs due to the high recoil and limited range of the Machine Pistol. 

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 140MM HE
  • Trigger Action: Steady Trigger
  • Magazine: 9mm 20 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Proficiency: Tight Grip
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

2. 1911

1911 handgun vanguard

The 1911 is a very well-rounded Handgun. The weapon is accurate and it can kill at most distances.

It doesn’t have any outstanding features but with no weaknesses to bring it down, it rises above the competition. If you’re looking for a steady Handgun, the 1911 will not let you down. 

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Cooper 6.5
  • Trigger Action: Rapid Action
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 18 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Taped Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Quick

1. Ratt

Ratt handgun vanguard

The Ratt is the top choice of secondary weapon in Vanguard. It checks all of the boxes by delivering hefty damage, being great at long-range and close-range, as well as offering little to no recoil when firing.

This weapon is devastating in the hands of an expert but it also lends itself well to new players. 

  • Muzzle: No. 3 Rifle Brake
  • Barrel: Empress 129MM B03TT
  • Trigger Action: Rapid Action
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 9 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Fleet
  • Kit: Quick

And those are the best secondary weapons and their loadouts for Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 3. Preferred weapons are always changing, so we’ll keep this list updated when new patches hit.

You can also check out our ranked list of the best SMG loadouts in Vanguard.

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