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Warzone Iron Trials mode: Return date, Caldera, rules, reward

The iconic Iron Trials mode is very popular in Warzone, so here’s all of the latest information you need to know about it.

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Warzone fans love the Iron Trials mode, where players could earn bragging rights by winning “the toughest Battle Royale mode” to come to the game. The mode is finally returning but in a slightly different form.

Warzone Pacific Season 3 has arrived, allowing players to get to grips with some new content. In addition to Caldera map updates, Iron Trials has also returned to the Island in Season 3, just in time for Godzilla and Kong’s arrival.

Iron Trials is a hardcore Warzone experience where players have more health, making accuracy even more important. In Iron Trials, you have to “flex your mastery over the entire arsenal of weapons” and “prove you can handle any firefight with any type of armament.”

Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone’s Iron Trials mode, including when it will officially return.

Warzone Iron Trials return date

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Iron Trials will be live in Warzone Pacific Season 3 starting April 26, 2022.

This time, Iron Trials will take place on Caldera with all the new map updates. Further, the mode is for Quads, so gather your squad and try your best to compete in the toughest Warzone experience the battle royale has to offer.

The devs claim that the mode is “custom-made for highly competitive players,” featuring “its own set of weaponry (from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War) and numerous rule changes to increase time-to-kill (TTK).”

Warzone Pacific Iron Trials rules

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In many ways, Iron Trials is a more competitive version of Warzone. The Gulag is more skill-reliant, loadout drops are rare and more difficult to acquire, and the time-to-kill (TTK) has been raised across the board.

Thanks to the Call of Duty blog, here are all the rules for Warzone’s Iron Trials:

General

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  • Loadouts: No free Loadout Drops. Those who want to use their custom-built weaponry and gain access to Perks will need to purchase one at a premium.
  • Vehicles: ATVs, Tac Rovers, and Squad Transports only
  • Buy Stations: Elite Operators are known to be high rollers. The Buy Station increased their prices accordingly:
    • Armor Bundle: $1,500 to $2,000
    • Gas Mask: $3,000 to $4,000
    • Cluster Strike: $3,000 to $4,000
    • Precision Strike: $3,500 to $4,500
    • Self-Revive: $4,000 to $5,000
    • UAV: $4,000 to $6,000
    • Loadout Drop Marker: $7,500 to $10,000
    • Specialist Token: $30,000
  • Cash: The amount of Cash retained on death has been increased from 20% to 30%. Players will keep more of their hard-earned Cash.
  • Melee: Melee Finisher Damage has been removed. Settle the score with lead.

Operator

  • Base Health: Compared to a normal match, all players’ base health is increased from 100 to 250.
  • Health Regeneration: The Regen Delay timer has been increased from 5 to 7 seconds, and Regen Per Second has been decreased from 120 per second to 40. It may be wise for players to reconsider preferred Perks and Equipment.
  • Starting Equipment: Starting equipment adjusted

Loot

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  • Loot: The item pool for Supply Boxes and items found on the ground have been significantly altered from that seen in standard play.
  • Basic Attachments: Common weapons will start with an attachment — mostly to provide their max magazine size.
  • Rarity Spawn Rates: Epic and Legendary weapons are now harder to find. Players will have to open a few more boxes than usual to find what they’re looking for.
  • Killstreaks: Drop rates have been reduced. Time to stop spamming UAVs and start putting those senses to the test.
  • Cash Spawns: Larger piles of cash are rarer. Players will have to stay on top of scavenging for cash if they plan to afford a Loadout.
  • Field Upgrades: No Dead Silence. No Stopping Power Rounds.

Equipment

  • Sniper Rifles: A single headshot from a Sniper Rifle will only down an enemy if they are within 30 meters. This gives time for those on the receiving end of a longshot to react — the most elite snipers will be able to adjust their strategies accordingly and still dish out lethal damage at long range with precise follow-up shots.
  • Stun Grenades: The stun effect duration is decreased by 50%.
  • Medical Syringes: The regeneration rate is decreased by 50%. Upon taking non-Incendiary, direct damage from another Player (Tactical Equipment splash damage does not count), the Medical Syringe’s increased health regeneration effects will be canceled, and standard health regeneration will begin–which can be interrupted by any source of damage. Additionally, the movement speed bonus gained when using a Medical Syringe has been decreased from 8% to 3%.

Gulag

The Hold Gulag Warzone Season 3
  • Loadouts: No akimbo. No semi-auto or fully auto Shotguns. Limited selection of Tactical Equipment. It’s down to the bare essentials and the will to win.
  • Redeployment: If players happen to survive their Gulag match, they’ll redeploy with whatever equipment is left over from that fight. Be mindful of those resources.

Taking place in the new Gulag, The Hold: “A roughly symmetrical arena is based in the belly of a ship moored just off the coast of Caldera, with identical hallways on the perimeter of an otherwise open space.”

Will Iron Trials come to Warzone Custom Lobbies?

Iron Trials had been incredibly popular, with many players calling for it to be a permanent ranked mode. With confirmation about a ranked mode coming to Warzone in the future, perhaps Iron Trials will inspire its ruleset.

Back in September, Raven Software told YouTuber JGOD: “As for customs… it’s not coming tomorrow is all we can say for now.”

So, it sounds very likely that Iron Trials rules will make their way to Custom Lobbies and competitive Warzone, but there’s no confirmation on when. However, we’ll let you know as soon as it’s confirmed.


That’s everything we know about Warzone Pacific’s Iron Trials mode! For more, check out when the next double XP event is.

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Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer & Warzone 2.0 reveal date announced

Modern Warfare 2 & Warzone 2.0 are officially on the way, and Call of Duty fans finally have a date for a major gameplay reveal.

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Activision and Infinity Ward have officially confirmed when we will get our first look at Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer and Warzone 2.0, with a gameplay reveal announced during the CDL Championship Weekend 2022.

CDL Championship Weekend 2022 sees eight of the best Call of Duty teams battle it out to become world champions. While this is the final Vanguard event of the year, attention is already starting to turn towards the next game in the series, Modern Warfare 2.

While we’re still a few months away from the game’s October 28 launch, the good news is that we’re finally going to glimpse of multiplayer action and the next evolution of Warzone, with Infinity Ward set to host a reveal for both games on Thursday, September 15, 2022.

The Call of Duty Next event will feature the world reveal of Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer, the reveal of Warzone 2.0, a first look at Warzone mobile, and much more.

  • What the imminent future of Call of Duty will look like, including many more details regarding Modern Warfare II, information on the next Call of Duty®: Warzone™, and more on the mobile version of Call of Duty: Warzone (also known as Project Aurora).
  • A full Modern Warfare II Multiplayer reveal.
  • A multitude of your favorite streamers at the event, playing the games in real time.
  • [[REDACTED]] information and surprises!

Modern Warfare 2 is set to headline one of the biggest years of Call of Duty ever, with the game’s release set to be closely followed by Warzone 2.

If you’re desperate to get your hands on the game early, the good news is that a multiplayer beta is set to arrive before the game’s release, with details also announced during CDL Championship Weekend.

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Activision apologize for using artist’s design in now canceled Vanguard & Warzone skin

Activision have scrapped an unreleased Warzone and Vanguard skin after using an artist’s work without permission.

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Vanguard and Warzone Season 4 Reloaded skins

Activision admitted to the major misstep of using an artist’s work without permission. The original art was to feature in an upcoming Vanguard and Warzone skin that has since been axed.

Major content drops like new seasons or midseason updates deliver weapons, maps, and changes to Call of Duty games, but they also tend to bring brand-new skins to enjoy. Vanguard and Warzone have seen some noteworthy skins that certainly got players talking.

After all, who could forget the Armored Titan, or Godzilla and King Kong skins? At the start of Season 4 Reloaded, players also received a new Terminator crossover. However, teasers for Season 4 Reloaded also hinted at a mysterious wolf-like skin.

After the wolf skin was teased in an official Call of Duty blog post, it was later inexplicably removed and replaced from the very same post. It turns out, Activision used content that did not belong to them in order to create the aforementioned skin.

When the wolf skin was first teased, it certainly generated a ton of buzz, or rather raised a ton of eyebrows. The anthropomorphic Operator definitely sticks out in a WWII-era Call of Duty game. Nonetheless, fans were excited at the prospect of running around as a wolf in Warzone.

Unfortunately, that idea won’t come to fruition as Activision have confirmed that they completely removed the skin from their planned content drop for Season 4 Reloaded.

It seems Activision overstepping bounds is the reason behind the skin’s cancelation.

An artist claimed that the wolf skin, also known as Samoyed skin, was stolen without their permission. In a strange turn of events, Activision has issued an apology, seemingly confirming the artist’s claims.

In a statement, Activision admitted that they “regrettably erred in our process and have removed this imagery from the game,” apologizing for the misstep.

While fans may be disappointed to lose their chance at slaying in a furry wolf skin, most would agree that if the artist’s claims are legitimate, the greater injustice was corrected as nobody should have their work stolen without credit.


For more, check out how CoD players are thrilled with the rumored change to Modern Warfare 2’s movement.

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Best Armaguerra 43 loadout for Warzone Season 4 Reloaded

The Armaguerra 43 is an extremely effective SMG, and here’s the best loadout for it in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

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Warzone Armaguerra 43

The Armaguerra 43 is an extremely effective SMG, and with the right attachments, Perks, and Equipment you can make the best loadout for it in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

The Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded update brought some major changes to the game’s meta, and players are trying out different weapons following the buffs and nerfs to existing weapons.

SMGs are ideal weapons for close-range combat in Warzone, and the Armaguerra 43 continues to be a great choice even after the small nerf that it received in the Season 4 Reloaded update.

Here’s the best Armaguerra 43 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

Best Warzone Armaguerra 43 loadout attachments

Armaguerra 43 in Warzone
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Botti 315mm CII
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Imerito SA Folding
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 9mm 60 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk 1: Vital
  • Perk 2: Quick

We’ll start off this Warzone loadout by equipping the Recoil Booster muzzle and Botti 315mm CII barrel to boost the weapon’s bullet velocity and recoil control.

The Polymer Grip will further improve the SMG’s accuracy and you can use the Slate Reflector for its unobtrusive sight. The Imerito SA Folding stock and Mark VI Skeletal underbarrel will improve the weapon’s ADS movement speed.

We picked the 9mm 60 Round Mags along with the Lengenthed ammo to ensure you have plenty of rounds to eliminate multiple enemies. The Vital perk will increase the size of the critical-hit area on targets, and Quick will allow you to sprint faster.

Best Warzone Armaguerra 43 Perks & Equipment

E.O.D Perk in Warzone Pacific
  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Lethal Equipment: Throwing Knife
  • Tactical Equipment: Stim

Enemies will often toss grenades and thermite your way during close-quarters combat, so we recommend equipping the E.O.D Perk to make you more resistant to explosive damage.

You’ll want to pick Overkill so that you can pair this SMG with an option like the Cooper Carbine for long-range combat, and Amped to quickly switch between the two weapons.

This SMG forces you up close and personal with opponents, so a well-placed Throwing Knife is the perfect way to quickly remove an enemy from the equation, and a Stim will grant you a quick health boost.

How to unlock Armaguerra 43 in Warzone

Armaguerra 43 unlock challenge in Warzone

While normally the Armaguerra is unlocked via an in-game challenge that requires you to score 10 hip-fire kills in 15 separate matches, the weapon is available completely free in Season 4 Reloaded.

So you don’t have to worry about completing any challenge throughout the rest of the season, as the weapon will automatically be added to your inventory after logging into Warzone.

Most recent Armaguerra 43 buffs and nerfs in Warzone

The Season 4 Reloaded update brought balancing updates for numerous Warzone Pacific weapons, and the Armaguerra 43 received a slight nerf to one of its barrel attachments.

Here are the Armaguerra changes:

Armaguerra 43 (VG)

  • Botti 570mm Precisione 
    • Headshot Locational Damage Scalar decreased to 1.14, down from 1.2

Best alternatives to the Armaguerra 43 in Warzone

Warzone is brimming with great SMGs, if you’re looking for an alternative to the Armaguerra 43 then the Marco 5 is another viable pick for close-range combat encounters because of its mobility and fast TTK.

The H4 Blixen continues to be a powerful weapon choice even after the nerfs it received in Season 4 Reloaded, so be sure to give that a try as well.


For more Warzone content, take a look this game-breaking ping glitch that’s causing “unplayable” frame drops and why NICKMERCS wants Warzone to copy Apex Legends.

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