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Warzone Pacific March 3 update patch notes: UAV price change, Rebirth Iron Trials, bug fixes

Here are the full patch notes for Warzone’s March 3 update which brings Rebirth Iron Trials and reverts the UAV price change.

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Warzone’s developers are releasing another update at 10 AM PT on March 3, reverting UAV price changes, introducing the Rebirth Iron Trials mode, and including more bug fixes.

Raven Software released a major update on March 2, fixing the overpowered Bren barrel, increasing Vanguard Royale health, and adding UAVs back to Buy Stations – at an increased price. Not even 24 hours later, they’re releasing another patch with the introduction of Rebirth Iron Trials that reverts the UAV price change.

Here’s everything in Warzone’s March 3 update patch notes, including the changes to UAVS, all of the Iron Trials details, and the extra bug fixes.

Warzone March 3 patch notes

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MODES

Vanguard Royale

The adjustments detailed in our March 2nd patch notes will be going live today with the Playlist update at Noon PST.

That said, we’ve made one final change:

  • UAV’s are now available in Buy Stations for $6,000

Upon further discussion, our team has decided to reintroduce UAVs at the lower price point of $6,000 to monitor match pacing closer to the original design. Once we’ve gathered enough data, we’ll make the subsequent decision as to whether or not we follow through with the proposed increase to $9,000.

Providing Players with a fun and consistent long-term experience can sometimes take a little bit of short-term experimentation!

Rebirth Iron Trials

The Iron Trials make a glorious return today as part of the March 3rd Playlist update – this time to Rebirth Island!

At its core, Rebirth Iron Trials is a Battle Royale game mode — the last team standing wins, the Circle Collapse shrinks the playable area to promote engagements, and those who die earlier in the game have a chance to respawn if they win a duel in the Rebirth Island Gulag.

However, Iron Trials brings numerous fundamental changes to this traditional Battle Royale formula. All of them are meant to give players the chance to prove themselves as truly elite Operators — here’s what they are specifically:

General

  • Match Duration & Circle Collapse
    • Round Timers have been adjusted to reflect the scale of the Rebirth Island map and increased for the pacing of the game.
       
  • 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
      • Only ATVs are available.
    • 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 in Rebirth Island
    • 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
    • Players drop in with a Top Break (VG) & Sawtooth (VG).

Loot

  • Overall
    • 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 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.

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
    • Stun effect duration decreased by 50%.
       
  • Medical Syringes
    • Health regeneration rate 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%.

When Iron Trials was last with us, Medical Syringes were the go-to Tactical Equipment. We would like to experiment with reducing their effectiveness to see how this impacts gameplay and Equipment viability in the hands of Rebirth Island’s most seasoned veterans. We will be monitoring this change closely to ensure it does not have a net negative impact on the gameplay experience Trials Players have come to expect.

Gulag

  • 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 survive.
  • Redeployment
    • If players happen to survive their Gulag match, they’ll redeploy with whatever equipment is leftover from that fight. Be mindful of those resources.

Squad Size

  • Duos
    • We want players to really feel the impact of the increased Time-to-Kill. You only get to pick one squadmate… so choose wisely and watch each other’s backs.

Unique Animated Calling Card Reward

For Rebirth Iron Trials victors, there’s an exclusive new Animated Calling Card to flex your prowess in winning the trial.

For tips and tricks on how to improve your chances of winning, check out the official Call of Duty Iron Trials Guide!

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue causing the Unlock Criteria progress bar for some Weapon Attachments and Camos to display placeholder text.
  • Fixed an issue preventing the popup icon for certain game settings to not appear in the menu.
    • Affected settings include Brightness, Colorblind Type, Audio Mix, Hit Marker Sound Effects, Button Layout, and Stick Layout Preset
  • Fixed an issue causing the total Cash collected on the Player scoreboard to appear misaligned.
  • Fixed an issue in private matches preventing the Helicopter on top of Peak from being able to take off properly.
  • Fixed an issue causing placeholder descriptions to appear on various Calling Cards.
  • Fixed the rarity label on various Blueprints and Calling Cards.
  • Fixed an issue preventing Field Upgrades from working correctly while holding a Gasoline Can.

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Source: Raven Software

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Genius Warzone trick completely counters getting stuck by Thermites

Getting stuck with a Thermite in Warzone usually means certain death, but a genius trick is allowing players to survive a fiery demise.

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Getting stuck with a Thermite has traditionally meant a swift death, but if you react quickly, this genius Warzone trick will allow you to survive the tricky situation.

While most Warzone players will be trying to figure out how the meta has changed following the Season 3 Reloaded update, one player has made a discovery that could be useful to players with quick reflexes.

Warzone’s Lethal Equipment options can prove difficult to handle in enemy hands. Perhaps none are as frightening as the Thermite, a piece of Lethal Equipment that can down you in seconds. However, a genius Warzone trick has revealed the ultimate counter for enemy Thermites.

Trophy System in Warzone Pacific

Thermite is designed to stick to any surface on impact and burn whatever it touches for a short period of time. When stuck to a Warzone Operator, Thermite usually burns through armor and knocks the player down, setting up an easy kill.

Up until Season 3 Reloaded, getting stuck with a Thermite meant certain death, but a clip posted to the Warzone subreddit demonstrates a genius trick for escaping death by Thermite.

The clip shows how a player stuck with a Thermite is saved from its clutches by throwing a Trophy System. The key factor here is that the Trophy System was thrown after the player got stuck with the Thermite, which proves that Trophy Systems can destroy Thermites after they stick to players.

As the player who posted the clip explains, “You can clearly see the hitmarker the trophy gives off when it detonates a lethal, point here being I didn’t know it can save a guy from certain death like this dude here.”

Several players in the comments claimed that they had no idea this was possible and that they’d look to add the trick to their repertoire, “gonna have to remember now to throw a trophy if I have it on me and get stuck lol.”

It seems keeping a Trophy System by your side could get you out of a tricky situation if used correctly.


For more Warzone content, check out how a Warzone expert predicts a buffed AR will make a comeback in Season 3 Reloaded.

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Incredible Warzone 2 art uses leaks to reveal what new map could look like

With the help of leaks, one Call of Duty fan has developed an image of what believe the Warzone 2 map could look like.

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After various leaks and even the reveal of Modern Warfare 2, one creative fan in the community has developed fan art of what the Warzone 2 map could look like.

Call of Duty fans have received a lot of new information on both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 over the last month. As well as leaks surrounding Modern Warfare 2, we also got new details on the Warzone 2 map, including leaks surrounding the potential POIs.

One CoD fan took these leaks and created some incredible art for what the Warzone 2 map could look like if the leaks are accurate.

call of duty blackout map

Reddit user EMADALDEN221 made their own Warzone 2 map based on the POI leaks that suggested some classic MW2 maps such as Quarry and Highrise could be included.

The recreated map images we’ve seen so far haven’t been as detailed as this one, and although this is just a creation by someone in the community, it’s based on leaks from reliable sources.

The design created by the Reddit user shares similarities to Verdansk, and those who aren’t fans of Caldera may be happy about this. For starters, the map is not an island, but rather a part of a much bigger bit of land.

The fan-made map definitely has more of a Blackout vibe, with bright colors and a focus on greenery, which wasn’t seen too much on Verdansk.

We’ll have to wait and see how accurate this depiction is when Warzone 2’s map is officially revealed.


For more on Call of Duty, check out the full cast list so far for Modern Warfare 2.

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JGOD explains why his H4 Blixen loadout is meta in Warzone Season 3 Reloaded

Top Warzone YouTuber JGOD explained how the new H4 Blixen fits right in the SMG meta and gave his recommended loadout.

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JGOD and H4 Blixen SMG in Warzone

The H4 Blixen SMG is brand-new to Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded, and it’s already set to shake up the meta. Top Warzone YouTuber JGOD has explained why his loadout is a meta pick.

On top of all Warzone Season 3 Reloaded‘s major weapon balance changes, new squad HUD, and Underground Transit System, it introduced the H4 Blixen SMG, also referred to as the Carl Gustaf M/45.

Although the H4 Blixen currently has a frustrating glitch where it has a fire delay after sprinting, reloading, using equipment, and plating, the devs have confirmed a fix is in the works. YouTuber JGOD believes that after it’s fixed, the Blixen has the time to kill stats to join the SMG meta.

Warzone player using H4 Blixen SMG

JGOD revealed how the Blixen has the TTK stats to compete with all of the meta SMGs such as the Armaguerra, Owen Gun, Welgun, and the Type 100. Describing it as a “high damage weapon,” he compared its TTK to these meta builds and discovered that it fits right in.

JGOD explained how it’s right in the middle of the SMG meta, where there are some weapons that kill faster but are harder to control, and others that are easier to control but don’t kill quite as fast.

If you’re bored of the other Vanguard SMGs or can’t quite find one that suits your playstyle, unlocking the H4 Blixen will be worth your time.

JGOD meta H4 Blixen loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Jonsson 9″ RMK
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 54 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk 1: Fleet
  • Perk 2: Quick

For the most part, JGOD’s H4 Blixen loadout is the standard build for Vanguard SMGs. Combining the Recoil Booster with the Jonsson 9″ RMK damage barrel vastly increases its time-to-kill, and the other attachments are for recoil control and mobility.

You do have a couple of options, though. He explained that you might be better off with the 7.62 Gorenko 36 Round Mags when playing Solos and Duos, as you’ll only be taking on one or two players at a time.

Ammunition choice is also flexible, where Lengthened, Hollow Point, or Subsonic are all viable options. These ammo types will make the Blixen’s range either a little bit better or a little bit worse, and Subsonic will hide your shots from the minimap.


For more on Warzone, be sure to check out why players are desperate for Raven to nerf the game’s most popular weapon — the STG44.

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