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Warzone Pacific Dec 15 update patch notes: Automaton nerf, anti-cheat update, Caldera bug fixes

Here are the full patch notes for Warzone Pacific’s December 15 update which nerfed the Automaton and provided various bug fixes in Caldera.

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Warzone received a surprise update on December 15, nerfing the powerful Automaton Assault Rifle, launching the RICOCHET anti-cheat worldwide, and deploying various bug fixes. Here are the full Warzone Pacific December 15 update patch notes.

Warzone Pacific’s Caldera has finally replaced Verdansk, with the tropical paradise offering Call of Duty players an entirely new battle royale experience. However, it hasn’t been without teething problems, and Raven Software has released a new patch addressing weapon balance and bug fixes.

Warzone’s December 15 update has nerfed the incredibly accurate Automaton Assault Rifle and Bren LMG, introduced a further anti-cheat update, and included various bug fixes.

Here are the full Warzone Pacific December 15 update patch notes.

Weapon adjustments

Warzone Automaton nerfed

Gold Automaton in Call of Duty Vanguard

The Automaton had been dominating the early days of Warzone Pacific thanks to its incredibly low recoil and rapid-fire rate. However, the December 15 update has upped the recoil and reduced mobility.

The Automaton’s overall recoil has been increased and the extremely popular 6.5mm Sakura 75 Round Drums now has decreased Move Speed and ADS Move Speed, making you less mobile while using them. The 8mm Klauser Rifle 50 Round Mags have also had their mobility decreased.

  • Assault Rifle Alpha (VG)
    • Recoil adjusted
  • Assault Rifle Charlie (VG)
    • Recoil increased
  • Assault Rifle Hotel (VG)
    • Recoil greatly increased
  • Cooper Carbine (VG)
    • Maximum Damage Range decreased to 1200, down from 1350
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.2, down from 1.3
    • Lower Torso Damage Multiplier decreased to 1, down from 1.1
    • Recoil increased slightly
  • Volkssturmgewehr (VG)
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.2, down from 1.5
    • Lower Torso Multiplier decreased to 1, down from 1.1
    • ADS Speed decreased by 19%
  • Klauser (VG)
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.2, down from 1.5
  • Machine Pistol (VG)
    • Maximum Damage Range decreased to 215 units, down from 225
    • Second Damage Range decreased to 450 units, down from 600
  • RATT (VG)
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.2, down from 1.5
  • Top Break (VG)
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.2, down from 1.5
  • MG 82 (BOCW)
    • Recoil Deviation increased
  • MG42 (BOCW)
    • ADS Speed decreased by 9%
    • Recoil increased
  • G-43 (VG)
    • Recoil adjusted
  • Marksman Rifle Charlie (MW)
    • Flinch Resistance increased by 19%
  • Combat Shotgun (VG)
    • Maximum Damage Range decreased to 140 units, down from 150
    • Second Damage Range decreased to 220 units, down from 240
  • Einhorn Revolving (VG)
    • Maximum Damage Range increased to 160 units, up from 140
    • Second Damage Range decreased to 220 units, down from 230
  • Gracey Auto (VG)
    • Second Damage amount decreased to 20, down from 22
    • Third Damage amount decreased to 14, down from 18
    • Maximum Damage Range decreased to 140 units, down from 160
    • Second Damage Range decreased to 300 units, down from 32
  • 3-Line Rifle (VG)
    • Maximum Damage increased to 95, up from 92
    • Minimum Damage increased to 78, up from 75
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.5, down from 2
    • Lower Torso Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.06, down from 1.1
    • Upper Extremities Damage Multipliers decreased to 1, down from 1.1
    • ADS Speed increased by 16.6%
  • Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle (VG)
    • Minimum Damage decreased to 102, down from 108
    • Minimum Damage Range increased to 4096 units, up from 2048
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.8, down from 2
    • Bullet Velocity increased by 22%
  • Kar98k (VG)
    • Flinch Resistance increased by 19%
  • Swiss K31 (BOCW)
    • Flinch Resistance increased by 19%
  • Type 99 (VG)
    • Maximum Damage increased to 96, up from 92
    • Minimum Damage increased to 82, up from 75
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.7, down from 2
  • Owen Gun (VG)
    • Recoil adjusted 
  • PPSh-41 (VG)
    • Recoil adjusted
  • Sten (VG)
    • Recoil adjusted
    • ADS Move Speed decreased by 10%
  • Submachine Gun Charlie (VG)
    • Recoil adjusted
  • M1912 (VG)
    • Recoil adjusted
    • Move Speed decreased by 1.25%
    • ADS Move Speed decreased by 4%

Attachment adjustments

  • Top Break (VG)
    • M15 Shot Shell
      • Maximum Damage decreased to 18, down from 25
      • Second Damage amount decreased to 14, down from 15
      • Maximum Damage Range decreased to 180, down from 197
      • Second Damage Range decreased to 278, down from 315
  • Steady
    • Firing Move Speed Multiplier decreased to 4%, down from 5.5%
    • ADS Firing Move Speed Multiplier decreased to 3.5%, down from 4%
  • 3-Line Rifle (VG)
    • 7.62x54mmR 5 Round Fast Mags
      • Magazine Capacity increased to 5, up from 3
  • Kar98k (VG)
    • 8mm Klauser 5 Round Fast Mags
      • Magazine Capacity increased to 5, up from 3

Warzone anti-cheat update

ricochet anti-cheat warzone

Raven Software has also launched the RICOCHET anti-cheat PC Kernel Level Driver, meaning that it is now officially live worldwide in Warzone Pacific Season 1.

This is great for PC players whose experience was plagued by cheaters, hopefully, this new anti-cheat will keep the issue at bay. Stay tuned to CharlieINTEL for more updates on Warzone’s new anti-cheat.

Warzone December 15 patch notes

Warzone Pacific Caldera Mines POI

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed collision issues with various elements across Caldera allowing Players to exploit/peek/shoot through them.
  • Fixed an issue allowing Players to duplicate Weapons.
  • Fixed an issue allowing Players to infil prematurely.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to experience framerate drops if respawning with a Player Title and Calling Card Frame equipped.
  • Fixed an issue causing the Voice Chat output device setting to revert back to Default Communication Device.
  • Fixed an issue preventing Vanguard Seasonal Challenges from appearing and/or tracking properly.
  • Fixed an issue where EM2 (BOCW) Recoil was not being properly increased.
  • Fixed an issue causing the k98 Scout 10.0x Telescopic Optic to incorrectly increase Aim Down Sight Speeds.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to unintentionally ADS-in and ADS-out.

Gameplay

  • Weapons that spawn across Caldera have been adjusted for the following…
    • Ground loot
    • Supply Box loot
    • Contract rewards

General

  • The Type 100 (VG) 8mm Nambu 20 Round Mags Attachment name has been updated to 8mm Nambu 30 Round Mags.

For more Warzone, you can also check out everything we know about the upcoming Festive Fervor Event.

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Best Automaton loadout for Warzone Pacific Caldera

Here are the attachments and perks you need to equip to make the best Automaton loadout for Warzone Pacific Caldera.

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The Automaton is one of the most popular Assault Rifle choices in Vanguard Multiplayer. Luckily, its stellar qualities can also shine in Warzone Pacific if you craft the best Automaton loadout possible. 

Warzone players will have to get used to a number of changes while playing Call of Duty’s Battle Royale. The meta is constantly shifting as new updates bring buffs and nerfs to weapons.

While the Automaton was regarded as the best AR when the integration first landed, a nerf to its recoil saw it bomb out of the meta. Having said that, the recent January 12 update gave the weapon a buff, and players are starting to realize how strong the weapon is once again.

Here’s the best Automaton loadout you can use for Warzone Pacific success.

Best Automaton attachments for Warzone Pacific

automaton preview in cod vanguard
  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Empress 620mm Precision
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: ZAC Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: m1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 6.5mm Sakura 75 Round Drum
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Tight Grip
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

Although the Automaton doesn’t boast the fastest TTK amongst Assault Rifles, it is certainly one of the easiest to control. The Empress 620mm Precision, ZAC Skeletal stock, m1941 Hand Stop, Tight Grip Perk, and Polymer Grip all work toward improving accuracy by steadying the weapon. 

As with most Warzone loadouts, increased magazine size is highly-recommended. The 6.5mm Sakura 75 Round Drum will allow you to knock and wipe several players. Fully Loaded will put you in the best position to win by starting you with maximum ammo. Lengthened will increase bullet velocity, making the Automaton a lethal choice. 

Lastly, although Optics are generally down to preference, we love the G16 2.5x, as it provides the weapon with a clean reticle and zoom.

Best Automaton Perks and equipment

Warzone Pacific perks automaton
  • Perk 1: E.O.D.
  • Perk 2: Ghost
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Secondary: Top Break
  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Tactical: Stun

Although big changes have made their way to Warzone, some things have maintained the status quo. E.O.D, Ghost, and Amped should remain an extremely popular trio of Perks.

Along the same lines, the Semtex Lethal equipment, and Stun Tactical equipment will continue to be useful options. Of course, many of these choices will not be available in the Vanguard Royale mode.

The Top Break has made waves as a powerful Secondary weapon option. Seeing as the Automaton specializes in long-range gunfights, the Top Break handgun will have your back in close quarters.

How to unlock the Automaton in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific

Automaton Warzone Pacific

In order to unlock the Automaton in Warzone, players must reach Rank 8, making it very easy to obtain.

Many players have already sufficiently leveled up the weapon through Vanguard Multiplayer, making it the ideal choice for early Warzone success. 

Warzone Pacific alternatives to Automaton

Long-range Assault Rifles are a popular choice across Caldera. With a ton of open space on the map, these weapons will certainly excel. If the Automaton isn’t your first choice then you may want to consider the STG44. It offers less mobility but more firepower. 

If you prefer to use the Sniper Rifle and Submachine Gun combo then the Kar98k and PPSH-41 are the perfect pair.


With Warzone Pacific Season 1 coming to an end, you may be wondering when Warzone Season 2 will be underway with the recent news of the delay.

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Best Diamatti loadout for CoD: Warzone Pacific Season 1

Here are the attachments and perks you can equip to make the best Warzone Pacific Diamatti loadout in Season 1 for close-quarter battles.

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The Diamatti is a reliable handgun ideal for close combat and it remains a viable option during Warzone Pacific Season 1. Here’s the best Warzone Diamatti loadout that will allow you to mow down enemies in close-quarters combat.

The close-range meta for Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific has a good deal of variety right now in Season 1, with the Diamatti Pistol from Black Ops Cold War being an excellent choice for players when it comes to their secondary weapon, especially if you are running a Ghost class.

If you’re looking to make this handgun your trusty side-arm during close encounters, then you will want to make sure you have the best Warzone Pacific Diamatti loadout built for your class.

Here are the attachments and perks you will need to use to have the best Warzone Pacific Diamatti loadout ready for battle.

Best Warzone Pacific Diamatti loadout attachments

Diamatti loadout Warzone Pacific
  • Muzzle: Agency Supressor
  • Barrel: 7.2″ Task Force
  • Laser: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Ammunition: STANAG 30 Rnd
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

The Diamatti was once considered overpowered when it first dropped in Warzone, but it has since received a few buffs and nerfs in recent seasons. Although it isn’t considered OP anymore, it still absolutely shreds on Rebirth Island. Players who prefer the Rebirth Island map should give this Diamatti loadout a try.

We’ll start with the Agency Suppressor Muzzle attachment, which will give you a big boost in vertical recoil control all while keeping your shots off of the minimap.

Next, we’ll use the 7.2″ Task Force Barrel to improve the Diamatti’s damage range and bullet velocity significantly. This will make the weapon ideal for close-quarters and medium-range encounters so that you don’t get overwhelmed by foes.

While the handgun has precise accuracy, you’ll be firing from the hip in certain close-range combat situations, so we recommend equipping the SWAT 5mw Laser Sight to increase hip-fire accuracy.

Finally, we’ll cap off the best Warzone Diamatti loadout with the STANAG 30 Round Mag to make sure you do not run out of bullets in the middle of a fight and the Serpent Wrap Rear Grip attachment to boost your aim down sight speed.

Best Perks to use with Warzone Diamatti class

best warzone diamatti perks
  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Ghost
  • Perk 3: Battle Hardened

Many battles on Caldera or Rebirth Island will have enemies throwing explosives at you. Using E.O.D. will allow you to take less damage from enemy explosives and help you stay in the fight longer.

Using the Best Warzone Diamatti loadout means you do not have to worry about using Overkill and can focus on utilizing the power of Ghost, which will keep you from appearing on enemy UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors.

Another bonus of using this Black Ops Cold War pistol as your main secondary weapon is that you do not need to use Amped to increase your weapon swap speed, as it is already fast enough for Pistols.

This will allow you to use Battle Hardened to reduce the effectiveness of enemy stun and flash grenades, which can be the difference between winning and losing a fight.

Most recent Diamatti buffs and nerfs

Raven Software haven’t made any major changes to the Diamatti Pistol in some time, but we will update this section with any new buffs or nerfs if they are applied in the future.

How to unlock the Diamatti in Warzone Pacific

Diamatti Pistol on display in Warzone Gunsmith

Players will first need to unlock this Pistol if they want to create the best Warzone Diamatti loadout. Interested individuals can unlock this weapon by reaching Level 49 in either Warzone or Black Ops Cold War.

Consider using a Double XP token and this Rebirth Island strategy to fully level weapons up in 30 minutes.

Best Diamatti alternatives for Warzone Pacific

There are very few weapons in the Pistol category that are dominating Warzone Pacific at the moment. If you want to stick to a Pistol and still be able to use Ghost with your first loadout then Vanguard’s 1911 Pistol and Top Break Pistol are fine candidates.


For more on Warzone Pacific Season 1, check out all the tiers and rewards up for grabs in this season’s Battle Pass.

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Warzone’s most overpowered Assault Rifle is back after January 12 update buff

Warzone’s weapon meta is shifting once again after a previously nerfed weapon makes its return back into the meta after receiving a buff.

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After the January 12th update, one of the Warzone Pacific ARs that was previously overpowered and nerfed has been buffed, currently making it one of the best options, especially with this “specific” build.

The mid-season update for Warzone Pacific Season 1 introduced a variety of buffs and nerfs to keep the game’s weapon meta fresh.

Despite the new SMG, the Welgun, stealing the show and becoming one of the best weapons to use, a previously overpowered AR has taken its place in the meta once again after receiving a buff in the patch.

automaton preview in cod vanguard

Back when Warzone Pacific first launched, players were getting to grips with all the new Vanguard weapons, figuring out which ones would top the meta.

Players quickly realized how strong the Automaton was, mostly because of its lack of recoil and consistent damage at range.

The Automaton became the number one AR option for players until it was subsequently nerfed. The nerf saw its recoil adjusted, which made it much less overpowered. Having said that, the devs have decided to buff the weapon in the mid-season update, and players are slowly realizing its potential once again.

Warzone Pacific January 12 Automaton buff

warzone automaton

In the Warzone January 12 patch notes, the Automaton received the following buff:

  • Assault Rifle Hotel (VG)Recoil decreased
  • Recoil Deviation decreased

This buff has greatly increased the viability of this weapon, especially since the previous nerf made the weapon’s recoil much harder to control and predict.

After this buff, even FaZe Swagg believes that the weapon is “back,” claiming in his latest video that it is now his “main AR.”

Make sure you check out our best Automaton loadout for Warzone Pacific after this buff, as it does require certain attachments to make it feel just as great as it once felt.


For more, check out why Season 2 of Warzone and Vanguard has been delayed.

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