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What are High Value Loot Zones in Warzone Season 3?

Warzone Season 3 Reloaded introduces High Value Loot Zones, special areas that include powerful loot, rare items, and plenty of cash.

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Warzone Season 3 Reloaded is set to be one of the most game-changing updates in recent memory, and the introduction of High Value Loot Zones may prove to be one of the biggest additions in the update. 

When you land in Warzone, the aim of the early game is to loot up. That means hunting for valuable ground loot, or opening supply boxes in the hopes of pulling out a high-rarity item. 

Because the early game is so crucial, many players like to drop in the same location every time. While the loot available in these POIs is never the exact same, it’s useful to find an area where a decent amount of loot spawns and head to that spot. 

With that in mind, Warzone developers Raven Software are trying to pry players away from landing in the same place repeatedly, and the arrival of High Value Loot Zones may just be the perfect way to do that.

Warzone Operators holding weapons in Season 3

What are Warzone’s High Value Loot Zones?

High Value Loot Zones are areas across Caldera that offer rare items and a ton of cash to players who decide to land there. These are designed as high-risk, high-reward areas as they’re likely to be contested by several players.

If you emerge victorious from the early engagements, the high-quality loot should set you up for success until the endgame. Players looking to utilize their Custom Loadouts as soon as possible will want to explore High Value Loot Zones.

Speaking with CharlieIntel, Senior Creative Director Ted Timmins explained that the team noticed a “real tendency to just keep dropping in the same location,” and these new High Value Loot Zones will encourage players to drop into new areas they may not have visited. 

“Now that we’ve got Redeploy Ballons, maybe you’ll rotate to one mid-game because you know there’s going to be more loot there, refreshing over time,” Timmins stated. “Equally, one of the things we hear a lot is players coming back from the Gulag feel like there’s not many places they can land and re-equip themselves.”

Underground Transit System Warzone Season 3

Where to find High Value Loot Zones in Warzone?

When players are launching into a match and look at their map, they will see that certain POIs have a dollar sign beside them, indicating that they are a High Value Loot Zone. 

These areas will have high-tier loot and plenty of cash for competitors to use to buy Loadouts or Streaks. 

During the wide-ranging interview with Timmins, the Senior Creative Director confirmed that the High Value Loot Zones would appear first as part of Operation Monarch and perhaps later on in Season 3. We now know that they’ll be making their way to Battle Royale playlists following the Season 3 Reloaded update.


High Value Loot Zones are just one of the major additions taking place in Warzone Season 3. You can also check out how to get Redeploy Extraction Tokens in Warzone or an explanation of the new Underground Transit System.

Image Credits: Raven Software / Activision

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Warzone’s player count reduced in Season 3 Reloaded update

Warzone Season 3 Reloaded sees Raven Software reduce the number of players in a match by 20% across all core game modes.

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Warzone Season 3 Reloaded brings a host of major changes to the battle royale, including a move to lower the amount of players dropping into matches on Caldera.

One of the first things that set Warzone apart from its competitors was the player count in matches. While most battle royales stick to 100 competitors or less, Call of Duty took a different approach, bumping that number up to 150. 

Since then, that number has remained fairly stable, with occasional changes. In fact, that number can even see a boost, with select Limited-Time Modes allowing 200 players to jump out of the plane and onto the island below. 

That number is set for a significant change though, with Raven Software deciding to cut the number of active competitors on the map in Warzone Season 3 Reloaded.

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Starting with the release of the Warzone Season 3 Reloaded update, the player count on Caldera will see a 20% reduction. This means the number of players in a match will go from 150 down to 120. 

This change will take effect across all core game modes in Warzone, which means solo, duo, and quad matches will all see this reduction. 

This isn’t the first time that Raven have lowered the player count, but does mark the first time they’ve done so permanently. Back in December 2021, the developers temporarily cut the number in response to issues that were causing players to disconnect from matches.

Warzone Season 3 player fighting beside Kong's battle axe

Raven’s decision to lower player count is just one of many game-changing updates included in this patch. Warzone Season 3 Reloaded also brings a major overhaul to the HUD system while bringing Rebirth Island in line with the rest of the game by boosting health to 150HP. 

On top of that, the developers also intend to nerf Stims, explaining that the item’s “slide modifier was too extreme,” while also adding “weapon damage interruption” to stop players from healing while they are being shot. These changes will arrive in Warzone in a future update.

Image Credits: Raven Software

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Warzone 2 map & Modern Warfare 2 DMZ map revealed by leak

A new Modern Warfare 2 leak claims to show off the brand-new map that will feature in both Warzone 2 and the Tarkov-inspired DMZ.

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Industry insider Tom Henderson claims to have recreated Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2’s ‘DMZ’ map, showing its general layout and POI locations.

A ton of leaks and rumors surrounding Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 have dropped over the past couple of weeks detailing Warzone 2’s new mechanics, the classic Modern Warfare 2 maps arriving as POIs, and the DMZ’s marketplace with tradeable items.

Now, after leaker TheMW2Ghost showed a portion of the map that will reportedly be shared between both Warzone 2 and the Escape from Tarkov-inspired DMZ, Tom Henderson has recreated the full map showing its POIs.

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Rather than showing off an in-game image of what they claim to be the DMZ and Warzone 2’s map, Tom Henderson has revealed “what the official Warzone 2 map currently looks like via a drawing.”

In this drawing posted to Try Hard Guides, we can see that the map is set to be on the coast similar to Verdansk, featuring coastal POIs that could use the swimming mechanic that Henderson previously leaked.

While this drawing doesn’t reveal the size of the map, Henderson said “it does seem bigger than that of Verdansk and Caldera, especially considering if the grid reference is accurate.”

Tom Henderson recreation of Warzone 2 map

Henderson has also marked the portion of the map that TheMW2Ghost previously showed off. Their map didn’t give a ton of detail, but it shows what appears to be roads or train tracks passing through the map. Also, there’s a large river cutting through the middle of the map, with a lake on the eastern side.

There are a few icons on TheMW2Ghost’s drawing, but we’re not sure what they mean. The locks could indicate the Strongholds that both YouTuber NerosCinema and Henderson claim will allow players to get their loadouts, but there’s no guarantee.

Previous leaks have indicated that this map will be based in Central America, taking inspiration from Medellín, Colombia, but the recreation doesn’t confirm this one way or the other.

Of course, this is just a leak for now so there’s no guarantee that this is what Warzone 2 and the DMZ’s map will look like. We expect to hear more from Activision and Infinity Ward later this year, so stay tuned.


For more Warzone, be sure to check out everything in the Season 3 Reloaded update, including the new Serpentine Perk.

Image Credit: Activision / Tom Henderson via Try Hard Guides

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What is Warzone’s Serpentine Perk: How it works

Warzone Season 3 Reloaded will bring the Serpentine Perk to help players counter snipers. Here’s how the Serpentine Perk works in the BR.

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Warzone Season 3 Reloaded is almost here, with the next major update to arrive on May 25. The update will bring the Serpentine Perk into the game, so here’s how the Perk works in Warzone.

On top of the new H4 Blixen SMG and the Underground Transit System, Season 3 Reloaded is set to introduce a new Perk to Warzone. The Serpentine Perk is from Vanguard and it has the potential to shake up the Perk meta in Season 3 Reloaded.

Raven’s Senior Creative Director Ted Timmins explained that the Season 3 Reloaded update would bring Vanguard’s Serpentine Perk to allow players to counter Sniper Rifles

What is Warzone’s Serpentine Perk

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Warzone’s Serpentine Perk reduces incoming damage from bullets, explosives, and fire by 20% while sprinting.

Warzone players are already speculating that the Serpentine Perk will be a powerful and popular choice in the Perk 1 slot. Essentially, the Perk will make players harder to kill while they’re on the move.

Although Sniper Rifles received a major change in Season 3, where only a handful can now one-shot to the head at any range, the Warzone team wants to see more counterplay, and this is where the Serpentine Perk from Vanguard comes in.

Similar to how High Alert counters Dead Silence, Raven’s Ted Timmins expects Serpentine to counter Sniper Rifles, by limiting the chances of getting killed by a long-range Sniper bullet while you’re running around Caldera.

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A Call of Duty blog released on May 23 also confirmed that “a snake indicator will pop up after hitting someone who has Serpentine.” This clear feedback will allow the shooter to adjust and decide whether to continue firing or reposition.

Plus, Serpentine will arrive as ground loot in Season 3 Reloaded. Raven didn’t want players to feel like they had to give up their favorite Perk to use Serpentine. Timmins thinks that players will have the opportunity to grow to love it over time, and might give it a permanent spot in their loadout if they find unexpected success with it. 


The Warzone Season 3 Reloaded update will hit the battle royale on May 25, and in the meantime, you can check out what High Value Loot Zones are in Warzone Season 3.

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