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Warzone Iron Trials ’84 mode: Duos end date, new ruleset, Specialist & rewards

Warzone’s “toughest” mode has arrived in Season 5 with Iron Trials ’84 offering a new ruleset and the best players an exclusive reward.

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Warzone players fighting in Iron Trials 84 mode

Following Warzone’s Season 5 Reloaded update, devs introduced Iron Trials ’84. In this mode, players can earn bragging rights by winning “the toughest Battle Royale mode to ever come to Verdansk.”

Warzone Season 5 Reloaded has officially arrived, bringing with it significant weapon balance changes, the now-released Numbers event, and new game modes.

One of these new modes is Iron Trials ’84, which is a more hardcore Verdansk experience where players can earn an exclusive Calling Card. In Iron Trials, you must “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 ’84 mode.

Warzone Iron Trials Duos end date

Warzone Season 5 Reloaded roadmap

Warzone’s Iron Trials ’84 launched on September 16 with roaring success. It arrived in the weekly Playlist updates, and Raven Software has now confirmed that “Iron Trials ’84 Duos will remain live through the 30th.”

There’s no confirmation of whether Iron Trials will switch to another game mode or will end completely. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when September 30 rolls around, or if Raven provides another update.

Warzone Iron Trials ’84 rules

Warzone players playing Iron Trials '84 in Verdansk stadium

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

Thanks to the Call of Duty Blog and the Season 5 Reloaded patch notes, here’s every new rule in Warzone’s Iron Trials ’84:

Operator and time-to-kill changes

Kitsune fighting in Call of Duty Warzone Season 5
  • 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: Players drop in with a .44 Magnum and a Sledgehammer.

Devs have previously made it their mission to increase Warzone’s TTK, saying that it increases “the overall capacity for skill expression” and enables “more escapes from impossible situations, moments of finesse, epic outplays, and opportunities to flex exquisite marksmanship.”

They said that Iron Trials 84’s health change is “set to affect the feel of combat, time-to-kill, weapon, Perk, and Equipment viability as the entire game is effectively altered!”

No free Loadout Drops

players receiving loadout drops in Call of Duty Warzone

Even if you Gulag’d early and are scrambling to find cash and more weapons, you can always be safe in the knowledge that a free Loadout Drop will arrive at the start of the second and fifth circles.

But not in Iron Trials ’84, where Complimentary Loadout Drops have been disabled. Staying alive and finding cash has never been more important, especially when “the cost at a Buy Station has risen, too.”

Players will have to collect and spend $15,000 instead of the standard $10,000 to purchase a loadout drop in this game mode.

Tougher Gulag

Players fighting in Warzone Season 5 Rush Gulag

In Iron Trials ’84, devs have revealed that the Gulag is still open, but will emphasize one-on-one skill. They also said that “the only thing standing between you and redeployment is the agility of your trigger finger.”

Players have previously called for dual weapons and Tactical Equipment to be removed from the Gulag, and Raven is delivering in the Iron Trials ’84 Gulag.

  • No akimbo
  • No semi-auto or fully-auto Shotguns
  • Almost no Tactical Equipment
  • Light Machine Guns (except the RPD (BOCW)) and all Tactical Rifles have been removed from Gulag Loadouts

Also, if you win your one-on-one, you’ll now redeploy with whatever weapons and equipment you had in the Gulag.

No Stopping Power or Dead Silence

Warzone Adler running with dead silence

Players have long complained about the luck-based advantage that the powerful Field Upgrades Stopping Power and Dead Silence brings.

Raven Software has previously reduced Stopping Power spawn rates and allowed High Alert to counter Dead Silence, but Iron Trials removes both.

Sniper Rifle, Stun Grenade, and Medical Syringe nerfs

Stitch sniping with LW3 Tundra in CoD Warzone

Sniper Rifles are some of Warzone’s most powerful tools, allowing you to take out targets at extremely long range without getting your hands dirty. However, Iron Trials ’84 has made it so Sniper Rifles “Can only one-shot to the head within 30 meters.”

This will likely promote more aggressive playstyles for snipers, where they must close the gap to land that ever-important one-shot kill.

In addition, Stun Grenades and Medical Syringes will also see their effectiveness decreased by a whopping 50%, making them not nearly as strong as they are in regular game modes.

Fewer vehicles

Dirt Bike, Bertha, and Helicopter in CoD Warzone

A common strategy for surviving Verdansk is to move around in the safety of Big Bertha Trucks, SUVs, and Helicopters. You won’t be able to do this in Iron Trials, though, as the only vehicles on the map will be ATVs and Dirt Bikes.

You won’t be able to run over your opponents with such ease, and you won’t be able to use the vehicles for cover. Raven recommends you “Plan your drops carefully and rotate early.”

Loot changes

Warzone Verdansk 84 stadium

You can find all of the game-changing loot changes that are in effect in the Warzone Iron Trials ’84 game mode below:

  • Basic Attachments: Common weapons will start with an attachment – most 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.
  • New Rarity – Classified: These Black Ops Cold War weapons will spawn with a few more attachments than usual – more than the standard five. That said, good luck finding one.
  • Killstreaks: Drop rates have been reduced. Time to stop spamming UAVs and to 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. Period.
Warzone Iron Trials 84 gameplay

Buy Station price changes

  • 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: $10,000 to $15,000

The Buy Station not only has adjusted prices, but it also gives players the chance to buy the Specialist Perk bonus too. It will set players back a whopping $50,000, so you will do well to acquire one in a game.

  • Supply Run discounts are now 50% on every item except Team Redeploy (100%), Loadout Drop Marker (10%), and Specialist Token (10%)
  • The Hardline Perk now gives a 25% discount to every item except Self Revive (20%), Loadout Drop Marker (10%), and Specialist Token (20%)

Contracts price changes

  • Recon: $1,100
  • Scavenger: $1,600
  • Bounty: $2,500
  • Supply Run: $1,200

Warzone Iron Trials ’84 reward

For winning a game of Iron Trials ’84, players can get their hands on an exclusive Calling Card.

Devs said that “there’s no participation trophy for this mode,” and only those who win Iron Trials will receive the Calling Card.

Will Iron Trials come to Warzone Custom Lobbies?

Iron Trials has been incredibly popular since its arrival, with many players calling for it to be a permanent ranked mode. There’s no confirmation that a ranked mode will ever arrive in Warzone, but the competitive scene should be receiving the new rules in the future.

Along with the confirmation that Iron Trials would be around until at least September 30, Raven Software told YouTuber JGOD that “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 Season 5’s Iron Trials ’84 mode! With all of these rules in mind, check out the best Warzone Iron Trials ’84 loadout.

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Best PPSH-41 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 5

The PPSH-41 is still a great SMG choice in Season 5 of Warzone, so here is how to make the best loadout for this Black Ops Cold War weapon.

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The notoriously fast-firing PPSH-41 SMG can cause significant damage in Warzone Season 5, so make sure you’re not missing out with our best loadout, complete with attachments and Perks.

Multiple Call of Duty games have featured the PPSH-41 SMG, and it’s been mega-popular and used frequently. Its blistering speed can sometimes be hard to control, but given that Warzone has a near-endless stream of attachments, the PPSH can become a beast.

The Black Ops Cold War SMG can destroy large groups of enemies in close quarters without you having to break much of a sweat if you use the right attachments and Perks to maximize its potential.

With this in mind, here is how to make the best Warzone PPSH-41 loadout for Season 5 of the Call of Duty battle royale.

Best Warzone PPSH-41 loadout

best Warzone PPSH-41 loadout attachments

Best Warzone PPSH-41 loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 15.7″ Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Ammunition: 55 Rnd Drum
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

To get the best Warzone PPSH-41 loadout rolling, we’re immediately applying the popular GRU Suppressor as we want our SMG to be as quiet as a mouse but still own at any range. The 15.7″ Task Force barrel is a must for most SMGs as, again, it increases damage over longer distances.

The Raider Stock is excellent for increasing your overall mobility and speed, and the 55 Rnd Drum gives us a little extra to finish off two or three players.

We finish the attachments off with the Serpent Wrap as its increased ADS, with little drawbacks, is a big plus to munch enemies at close range.

Best Perks to run with Warzone PPSH-41 class

Combat Scout perk in Warzone
  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Combat Scout

Given that you’re going to want to get in close with PPSH regularly in Warzone, E.O.D will allow you to shrug off Thermite, Claymores, and other explosive distractions.

Even with attachments, the best Warzone PPSH-41 loadout still lacks the full range that an Assault Rifle can offer, so Overkill lets us play with a longer-range gun such as the HDR.

Lastly, we recommend equipping Combat Scout, highlighting any enemies you damage for your whole squad to see. You’ll be able to hunt them down with greater ease.

Most recent PPSH buffs and nerfs

PPSH in Warzone

Raven Software applied some buffs to the Black Ops Cold War SMG in the Warzone Season 5 Reloaded update that went live on September 8, 2021.

This update also brought a whole host of other weapon balancing changes that you can find here.

You can find the latest PPSH buff details below:

  • Weapon Kick adjusted
  • ADS Sway adjusted

While firing the PPSh-41 (BOCW), the Weapon could kick in a manner that would make it difficult to gauge bullet directionality. This is a subtle change that will have a significant impact on the ability to line up shots reliably.

How to unlock the PPSH

best warzone ppsh loadout

Players could unlock this Black Ops Cold War SMG by reaching Level 15 on the Season 3 Battle Pass.

However, with that Battle Pass no longer available for players to level up with the arrival of Season 5, players now have two different challenges they can complete to unlock this weapon.

You can find these unlock challenges below:

  • Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer/Warzone: Using SMGs, get 3 kills immediately after sprinting in 15 different completed matches.
  • Black Ops Cold War Zombies: Using SMGs, kill 50 Special or Elite enemies while they are ensared in your Toxic Growth.

Best alternatives

The best Warzone PPSH-41 loadout is simply a machine. But if you want some serious range to go with it, then equip something meaty like the LW3 Tundra.

The PP19 Bizon and RAM-7 are also great options in Season 5, so it will be worth trying these options out if you are not feeling the best Warzone PPSH-41 loadout.

If you’re looking for more great weapons, then you can check out some of this season’s best Warzone loadouts below:


C58 | Groza | M4A1 | Milano | AK-47 

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / Treyarch Studios

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How to make Apex Legends’ R-301 Carbine in Warzone

Here’s how you can make the incredibly popular and powerful Apex Legends R-301 Carbine Assault Rifle in Warzone.

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Many players who enjoy Apex Legends also like to indulge in Warzone and vice versa. So, if you’re a Warzone player wanting to represent a bit of Apex in your play, then hop into some games with this wacky R-301 Carbine loadout in Verdansk.

With the battle royale game market as hot as it’s ever been, players are likely dabbling in multiple games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, and Warzone.

There’s been a lot of back and forth between Apex and Warzone with many players crossing over to Respawn Entertainment’s shooter – including NICKMERCS.

But a method has been found that allows Warzone players to capture some of the Apex magic by wielding a unique loadout that is reminiscent of the R-301 Carbine from Apex Legends.

Apex Legends R-301 Carbine in Call of Duty: Warzone

world's edge map in apex legends

Apex players will know that the R-301 Assault Rifle is one of the best weapons in the game as it’s got a lot of the R-99’s speed and hits as hard as a Flatline or a Rampage.

It turns out that the R-301 Carbine is not limited to Apex Legends though, as the Season 10 favorite can also be created in Warzone too.

It’s not a perfect recreation, but thanks to a post in the MWLoadouts subreddit, one user was able to create something that would make you look twice.

Warzone “Apex Legends R-301 Carbine” ISO SMG loadout

ISO SMG R-301 loadout in warzone
  • Barrel: FSS Nightshade
  • Optic: G.I Mini Reflex
  • Stock: FORGE Tac Stalker
  • Ammunition: 30 Round Mags
  • Rear Grip: FTAC Elite ISO Grip

Aesthetically speaking, this loadout certainly does make the ISO SMG look like the R-301 and would be a perfect body double for it.

Is it going to be the most practical loadout in the world to earn you lots of Warzone dubs? Probably not.

At the end of the day, this loadout is going to be a bit of fun for you to use, it’s something different, and whilst it’s not one of Warzone’s best guns in the game, it adds some welcome novelty to the game.


Also, check out how to check your Warzone lobby difficulty.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / Respawn Entertainment

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JGOD explains why the OTs 9 is still Warzone’s best SMG

Raven nerfed the OTs 9 in the September 15 update, but JGOD believes it is still the best SMG for Warzone players to use.

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JGOD and OTs 9 with Warzone logo

Close-range SMG’s are a go-to for many Warzone players in Season 5, and the OTs 9 and Cold War MP5 are the two most popular. CoD expert JGOD has explained why the OTs is still the top dog, despite its recent nerf.

Warzone Season 5 is starting to wind down ahead of Season 6. But many players are still on the hunt to find the perfect loadout to fit this season’s meta.

SMGs are perfect for close-range combat thanks to their blistering fire rate and mobility, making them an ideal secondary for a Sniper class.

According to CoD YouTuber JGOD, despite its recent nerf, the OTS 9 is still the SMG you should opt for – especially if you use a controller.

In a recent upload to his channel, JGOD extensively tested the OTs and the Cold War MP5 – the two most popular SMGs in Warzone Season 5.

In the recent nerf to the OTs, Raven Software reduced the weapon’s damage, increased the recoil, and buffed its headshot multiplier.

But despite this, the YouTuber has urged players to stick with it using the following loadout, which is focused on buffing the time-to-kill (TTK).

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor 
  • Barrel: 8.1” Task Force 
  • Ammunition: VDV 40 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

To come to this conclusion, JGOD compared everything from the TTK to the strafe speed of both weapons and collected the data in the spreadsheet pictured below.

The MP5 came out on top in many of the key areas such as damage per mag and movement speed. However, the OTs has a couple of tricks up its sleeve that the Warzone expert believes give it the edge.

He says that the impressive reload time, recoil control, strafe speeds, and iron sights are what make the OTs the best SMG in the game. In these areas, it dominates the MP5, while the Cold War weapon only just wins its categories.

JGOD spreadhseet comparing OTs to MP5

JGOD argues that paired with the loadout that buffs the TTK, the OTs is easier to handle, does more than enough damage, and allows for an insane amount of movement.

The recoil control, in particular, is what makes this gun ideal for controller players, as it can be far tougher to keep shots in check on than with a mouse and keyboard.


That was JGOD’s explanation on why the OTs 9 is still the king of the Warzone SMGs.

For more loadout tips, check out our guides on the best setups for the Fennec, AK-74u, and PKM.

Image credits: Activision / JGOD

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