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Warzone Pacific Season 1 update patch notes: new map, weapon updates, equipment changes, more

Warzone Pacific Season 1 is arriving December 8, so here are some newly released patch notes revealing details of Caldera.

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Raven Software has released the Warzone Pacific Season 1 Update, version 1.48, for Call of Duty: Warzone on December 7, which brings the new Caldera map to Warzone, Vanguard integration, new Battle Pass, and much more.

Season 1 of Warzone Pacific includes the all new Caldera map, which takes place on a Pacific Island, full integration with Call of Duty: Vanguard, the Season 1 Battle Pass, with 100 fresh tiers, bug fixes, updates, and more to the game.

Raven Software has now posted the patch notes for the new update. The new update goes live on December 7 at 9PM PT / December 8 at 12AM ET / 5AM UK on all platforms.

Following the update, Caldera map will be available for Vanguard owners starting December 8 at 9AM PT / 12PM ET / 5PM UK. Caldera is available for free for everyone December 9 at 9AM PT / 12PM ET / 5PM UK.

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Season 1 update went live December 6 at 9PM PT with patch notes available.

The patch notes and information below are only applicable to Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific.

Warzone Pacific Season 1 Update Patch Notes

Anti-Cheat

RICOCHET Anti-Cheat™ is already live across Call of Duty®: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone™ with server-side updates and other backend elements to combat cheating.

With the launch of Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific tomorrow, #TeamRICOCHET continues its new anti-cheat security initiative with the rollout of an internally developed PC kernel-level driver for Warzone, which will activate first in the Asia-Pacific region before expanding worldwide. 

For a deeper look at the work from #TeamRICOCHET, check out the Anti-Cheat™ Progress Report here.

Playlist

For regular updates about the Playlist and other Scheduled Events, check out the dedicated Warzone Trello Board.

Battle Pass

The Season One Battle Pass for Vanguard and Warzone is set to offer a new standard in value, both within the free Battle Pass System and the full Battle Pass containing all 100 Tiers. During Season One, you can earn plenty by just playing the game, and you’ll get even more value by picking up the full Battle Pass.

Those who want to get access to all 100 Tiers of the Battle Pass — and do so with a head start — have another reason to pick up the Battle Pass Bundle: the Legendary “Battleprepped” Operator Skin for sharpshooter Polina Petrova. 

Events

24-Hour Exclusive Early Access

Starting on December 8th, anyone who has purchased Call of Duty: Vanguard (and plays at least one Multiplayer match) will be able to participate in a 24-hour Caldera exclusive access event in Warzone Pacific.

Modes

Vanguard Royale

We’ve created a brand new Battle Royale experience, true to the spirit of Vanguard.
 

This new mode will focus on a few key pillars:

  • Dogfighting Planes & Anti-Air Combat
    • Jump into Fighter Planes to rain down pain on foes or head for the Anti-Aircraft Guns to shoot them out of the skies.
       
  • Core Vanguard Experience
    • Players will play with a WWII-era ruleset, having access to Vanguard-only themed Weapons, Operators, Vehicles, Killstreaks, and more. This ruleset will extend to custom Player Loadouts.
       
  • New Environmental Hazards
    • Bombing Runs will occur throughout each game at random at any given time.
      • These will be announced and appear on the Tac Map as a red circle, so eyes to the skies!
         

In addition to the above, a number of changes should be expected, including but not limited to:

  • Larger Initial Circle
    • The radii and times for Circle collapses have been rebalanced to accommodate dogfighting further into the mid-late game. The overall game length remains the same as Battle Royale.
  • Public Events
    • The new Public Event structure is as follows:
      • Circle 1
        • Weapon Crates or Cash Drops
      • Circle 2
        • Loadout Drops
      • Circle 3
        • Fire Sale
      • Circle 4
        • Weapon Crates or Cash Drops (High Probability)
        • Resurgence or Jailbreak or Loadout Drops (Low Probability)
      • Circle 5
        • Restock
      • Circle 6
        • Loadout Drops
      • Circle 7 & 8
        • Public Events conclude, you’re on your own!

Inspired by the positive reception of Operation: Flashback, the team wanted to bring these Public Events across to Vanguard Royale. We also heard the feedback that Players still wanted to feel a sense of strategy and mastery, so we have made some key changes to remove the haphazardness of Public Events in this mode.

  • Buy Stations (Vanguard Royale)
    • Loadout Markers will be available for purchase after the Loadout Drop Public Event.
    • UAV’s will not be available from Buy Stations in this mode but can be acquired as Contract rewards.
       

Below is a list of all of the gameplay elements that are either included or excluded based on our WWII-era ruleset:

And as a special treat, we’re offering Players a chance to earn unique limited-time rewards including an Emblem and Calling Card.

Vanguard Resurgence

With thanks to our friends at Beenox, the beloved Resurgence gameplay experience drops into the Pacific! This mode is tailored to a selection of hand-picked POI’s on the new Caldera map. With a max Player count of 48, this mode will follow the same WWII-era ruleset designed for Vanguard Royale, but with the gameplay that Players have come to know and love from Rebirth Island.

This mode is a great way for players old and new alike to learn the new POI’s on the Caldera, with Rebirth Resurgence returning to the Playlist rotation on December 16th.

Battle Royale

The greatest Call of Duty sandbox ever! In this version of Caldera, anything goes. Access Vehicles, Weapons, Operators, Killstreaks, new Contracts, new Public Events and more from every timeline! 

Whilst the overall game time for Battle Royale remains aligned with the Verdansk experience, we have used our learnings and findings from the past two years of Warzone development to refine the circle speeds to better reflect the size and topography of Caldera, with slower Circle closing speeds but a faster time between Circles to give players more time to traverse the peak!

Plunder

It wouldn’t be Warzone without there being big money on the line, with a Plunder experience built for the Caldera lining up on day one including all Vehicles, Weapons, Operators, Killstreaks, new Contracts and more from every timeline!

Map

Thank you to all of our peers who helped bring Caldera to life… special shoutout to Sledgehammer Games, Beenox, Toys for Bob, and High Moon Studios.
 

New Map: Caldera

Caldera comprises 15 huge, distinct areas to explore and fight across once Operation Vulcan begins. There are also hundreds of lesser points of interest to investigate and use to your tactical advantage.

New Regions:

  • Arsenal
  • Docks
  • Runway
  • Ruins
  • Mines
  • Peak
  • Beachhead
  • Village
  • Lagoon
  • Airfield
  • Fields
  • Sub Pen
  • Power Plant
  • Capital
  • Resort

For a full breakdown of each new region, check out the Caldera Introduction blog here.

New Gulag

Created by our friends at High Moon Studios, this new Gulag experience is set deep within the mines of Caldera. Using all the learnings developed from the many Gulags that have been designed since Warzone launched in 2020, the team focused on both equality of the combat experience. Let’s not forget about the all-important spectator experience as well – that is, if multiple of your Squad have been unfortunate enough to have been eliminated at once! 

Rebirth Island

Rebirth Island will remain available to all Warzone players, whether or not they own Vanguard, during the initial 24 hour exclusive access period. 

The map will then be removed from the Playlist until it returns on December 16th with the Week 2 Playlist update.

General

With the launch of Season One, all Warzone players can gain access to everything that Vanguard brought to the arsenal and barracks including but not limited to:

  • Over 40 New Weapons
  • Over a dozen New Operators
  • New Prestige, Calling Cards, Emblems, and More

At the start of this season, cross-progression between Vanguard and Warzone will be enabled, allowing you to rank up through Seasonal Prestige and unlock new content through the Battle Pass and Challenges.

New Onboarding Tutorial

Developed by our friends at Toys for Bob, we have a brand new Tutorial ready for Players who are fresh to Warzone. This tutorial will take you into the heart of Caldera and teach you everything you need to know for survival.

Gameplay

Season One comes with more than just a shiny new map – including a slew of brand new features and important changes to features you’ve familiarized yourself with already.

New Vehicles

  • Fighter Plane
    • Rain down destruction and reign supreme with the Fighter Plane. This versatile two-seater vehicle provides as much combat support with its front-mounted weapon systems as it does squad support—via sonar ability that pings enemy troop locations as well as legendary crates.
  • Utility Truck
    • With room for two in the front and however-many-you-can-fit in the back, the Utility Truck is a powerhouse cargo and transport vehicle that shakes off incoming fire while plowing through any terrain stupid enough to get in its way. Additional variant swaps cargo space for high-powered AA attachment so you can rule the skies and the ground.
  • Squad Transport
    • Agile turns and a frame built to take punishment make the Squad Transport ideal for relocating up to four Operators across the battlefield. Best-in-class suspension devours off-road obstacles for breakfast, and a ripping top speed means plenty of dust for your enemies to eat.

New Contracts

Three new types of Contract will spawn in Caldera including:

  • [TOP SECRET]
    • A Contract is selected at random but with significantly increased rewards. Who knows what you’re gonna get?
  • Big Game Bounty
    • Time to hunt down an enemy Operator with an impressive elimination count – assuming you’re confident enough to risk it!
    • Rules:
      • Will only show on the Tac Map at the end of the 1st Circle.
      • Will not select the same target multiple times in a row.
  • Supply Drop
    • A valuable Supply Drop crate will drop into the map that only your squad has the coordinates to… but be careful, other teams can see the green smoke and try to steal it!

New Public Events

  • Restock
    • All supply boxes on the map will close again and refresh their loot.
  • Resurgence
    • For a short duration, the Resurgence effect will allow Players to respawn so long as a teammate is boots on the ground.
  • Cash Drop
    • The well known Plunder Cash Drops will begin to spawn.
  • Heavy Weapons Crate
    • New and highly desirable Weapons can be obtained from these crates.

New Tac Map

  • We’ve brought you a new look to compliment the beauty of a 1940s Caldera!
  • Players are now able to ping on the Tac Map after being eliminated or while in the Gulag.

New Mechanics

  • Flying
    • Players are now able to operate the Fighter Plane. Take to the skies! But don’t get too comfortable.
       
  • Anti-Aircraft Gun
    • Fixed to the ground or mounted on the back of a Utility Truck, use this heavy duty Weaponry to clear the skies of those pesky planes.
       
  • Gasoline Can
    • Pick them up, ignite them, throw them, send them up an ascender, set up a trap, shoot at them on the ground or in someone’s hands (you decide). These new little toys will explode, causing damage and releasing a non-toxic smoke to blind your enemies.
       
  • Shallow Water
    • Molotov Cocktails and Thermites that are thrown into water will now behave similarly to Smoke Grenades.
    • The Tracer Perk effect will be enabled for Players in water that reaches their ankles.
    • The Cold Blooded Perk effect will be enabled for Players in water that reaches their knees.
    • Players are unable to lie prone in knee-deep water.

Gameplay Adjustments

  • The Stopping Power Field Upgrade has been removed from loot.
     
  • The Gulag will now allow the victor to redeploy with the Weapon(s) and equipment that remain at the end of the duel.
     
  • Buy Station
    • UAVs now cost $6,000, up from $4,000 when available.
       
  • Loadout Drop Markers
    • These can only be purchased at Buy Stations after the first free Loadout Drop Public Event has taken place.
    • This change only affects Vanguard Royale and Battle Royale.
       
  • Dead Silence
    • This Field Upgrade will now refresh on the first kill only, with reduced drop rates found in loot. 

We will continue to monitor the strength of this Field Upgrade over the season.

  • Melee Damage
    • Melee and non-Melee Weapons will now require at least three hits to achieve Melee Finisher damage.
       
  • Lethal Equipment
    • Claymore
      • Damage increased to 200, up from 150
         
    • Frag Grenade
      • Damage increased to 112/225, up from 70/140 
         
    • Molotov Cocktail
      • Damage per tick increased to 21|36|43, up from 15|25|30
      • Duration increased to ~12.5 seconds, up from ~6.5 seconds
         
    • Proximity Mine
      • Damage increased to 225, up from 200
         
    • Semtex
      • Damage increased to 74/150, up from 70/140 
         
    • Throwing Knife
      • Damage increased to 250, up from 200, on hits to Upper Torso and Headshots

Lethal Equipment has been revised to pack a heavier punch. This balance pass should provide more versatility and provide more impactful hits for Players not at max plates. With this change if a lethal did not down a player with full plates it still will not. However, it will now be a critical hit to players with little or no plates (the exception being the throwing knife).

  • Tactical Equipment
    • Decoy Grenade
      • Will now fire rubber bullets with a chance to hit nearby enemies dealing 1 point of damage
         
    • Heartbeat Sensor
      • Pulse time increased to 6 seconds, up from 3 seconds
         
    • Snapshot Grenade
      • Detection radius increased to 28 meters, up from 14 meters
         
    • Stim
      • Will additionally apply a 3 second boost that increases movement, slide, and sprint speed
         
    • Stun Grenade
      • Stun duration decreased to 2.5/4.5 seconds, down from 4.7/5.5 seconds

With these changes, our goal is to provide Players with a range of viable Tactical Equipment to choose from, rather than feeling disadvantaged for exploring outside of the commonly accepted choices – notably Stuns, Heartbeat Sensor, and Flash Grenades.

  • Gas Mask
    • The Gas Mask animation will now wait for reloading, Armor Plate insertion, or Grenade throwing animations to complete.

We know that the Gas Mask is a crucial tool for survival but at times it can also be detrimental. This change is intended to maintain Player agency and provide more control around the mask, while still giving players already inside the circle the tactical edge.

UI, UX, More

We’re introducing a revamped Settings menu layout inspired by Vanguard, including the following updates:
 

  • Reordering of the available Options
     
  • A new Interface tab that now hosts the preexisting Accessibility and HUD options
     
  • Graphics options have been split into two tabs:
    • Display
    • Quality
  • Addition of the following options:
    • Min/Max Input Deadzone per Stick
      • Left Stick Min Input Deadzone
      • Right Stick Min Input Deadzone
      • Left Stick Max Input Deadzone
      • Right Stick Max Input Deadzone
  • Walk Keybind & Speed Setting
    • Player can assign a key to the new Walk option
    • Customize the speed at which the Walk key makes you move
       
  • Custom Sensitivity Per Zoom
    • Players can now customize their sensitivity per ADS Sens. Multiplier type

Known Issues

For a list of known #Warzone issues, please check out our dedicated Trello Board.

Weapons

New Weapons (Launch)

» Assault Rifle «

  • AS44 (VG)
    • Fast firing full-auto assault rifle ideal for close to mid-range engagements.
       
  • Assault Rifle Hotel (VG)
    • High-accuracy and low-recoil allow this assault rifle precision at longer ranges.
       
  • Assault Rifle Charlie (VG)
    • High-caliber full-auto with accuracy for long distance engagements.
       
  • Cooper Carbine (VG)
    • This short range AR is easy to control with a fast fire rate.
    • Available via the Season One Battle Pass.
       
  • Assault Rifle Bravo (VG)
    • Four-round burst rifle, accurate at medium to long range.
       
  • NZ-41 (VG)
    • Full-auto assault rifle with very accurate initial fire. Recoil becomes difficult to control with sustained fire.
       
  • Assault Rifle Alpha (VG)
    • Versatile assault rifle adaptable to any situation.
       
  • Volkssturmgewehr (VG)
    • Quick and mobile full-auto assault rifle. Ideal for pushing enemy positions at short to medium range.
       

» Handgun «

  • 1911 (VG)
    • Versatile semi-automatic pistol accurate at close and medium range.
       
  • Klauser (VG)
    • Steady high-caliber semi-automatic pistol more effective at range than other pistols.
       
  • Machine Pistol (VG)
    • Very fast firing fully-automatic pistol. Effective at close range.
       
  • RATT (VG)
    • Fast-firing semi-automatic pistol. Effective at close range.
       
  • Top Break (VG)
    • High-caliber revolver effective out to medium range.
       

» Launcher «

  • M1 Bazooka (VG)
    • Shoulder-fired launcher firing 60mm explosive rockets. Highly effective against vehicles.
       
  • MK11 Launcher (VG)
    • Repurposed launcher firing two-inch mortars. Very effective against infantry.
       
  • Panzerfaust (VG)
    • Disposable launcher firing a shaped charge warhead. Effective against vehicles and infantry.
       
  • Panzerschreck (VG)
    • Shoulder-fired launcher firing 88mm explosive rockets. Highly effective against vehicles.
       

» Light Machine Gun «

  • Light Machine Gun Charlie (VG)
    • Full-auto LMG with accurate initial fire. Recoil becomes difficult to control with sustained fire.
       
  • DP27 (VG)
    • Versatile LMG capable of full-auto accuracy up to medium range and accurate in burst at long range.
       
  • MG42 (VG)
    • Extreme rate-of-fire LMG able to suppress enemy forces at medium range.
       
  • Type 11 (VG)
    • Lighter LMG offers additional maneuverability to reposition during battle.
       

» Melee «

  • Combat Shield (VG)
    • Improvised armored shield. Impenetrable to ballistics and resistant to most explosives.
       
  • FS Fighting Knife (VG)
    • Commando fighting knife. Effective at surprise attacks or in close-quarters fighting.
       
  • Sawtooth (VG)
    • A club crafted from the jaws of the ocean’s most fearsome predator.
    • Available via the Season One Battle Pass.
       

» Shotgun «

  • Combat Shotgun (VG)
    • Pump-action shotgun offering additional effective range.
       
  • Double Barrel (VG)
    • Break-action shotgun with a fast rate-of-fire. Effective at close range.
       
  • Einhorn Revolving (VG)
    • Prototype shotgun with a revolving cylinder. Effective at close range.
       
  • Gracey Auto (VG)
    • Semi-auto shotgun with a very fast rate-of-fire. Effective at very close range.
       

» Sniper Rifle «

  • 3-Line Rifle (VG)
    • Heavier bolt-action rifle offers increased stability. Immediately lethal almost anywhere on the body.
       
  • Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle (VG)
    • Heavy semi-automatic anti-tank rifle with devastating performance against infantry and vehicles alike.
    • Available via the Season One Battle Pass.
       
  • Kar98k (VG)
    • Versatile bolt-action rifle. Immediately lethal to the torso and head.
       
  • Type 99 (VG)
    • Lighter bolt-action rifle offers additional maneuverability. Immediately lethal to the upper torso and head.
       

» Submachine Gun «

  • M1912 (VG)
    • High rate-of-fire SMG with high ammo capacity. Ideal for close range engagements.
       
  • Submachine Gun Charlie (VG)
    • Workhorse SMG suited to all short to medium range engagements.
       
  • Owen (VG)
    • High-caliber full-auto SMG with accuracy for medium ranges.
       
  • PPSh-41 (VG)
    • Incredibly fast firing SMG that eliminates close range threats quickly.
       
  • Sten (VG)
    • High-mobility full-auto SMG ideal for flanking enemy positions.
       
  • Type 100 (VG)
    • High-accuracy and low recoil SMG offering additional effective range.
       

» Tactical Rifle «

  • G-43 (VG)
    • High rate-of-fire semi-automatic rifle most effective at medium range.
       
  • M1 Garand (VG)
    • Versatile rifle offering effective accuracy and stopping power at all ranges.
       
  • SVT-40 (VG)
    • High-caliber semi-automatic battle rifle. Especially effective with headshots.
       

New Weapons (In-Season)

» Melee «

  • Katana (VG)
    • A single-edged Japanese longsword. Deadly in close quarters combat.
    • Available later in Season One via Store Bundle.
       

New Unlock Challenge Missions (BOCW)

  • Grav: Assault Rifle (BOCW)
    • Using Assault Rifles, kill 3 enemies who are at a lower elevation in 15 different completed matches. 
       
  • .410 Ironhide: Shotgun (BOCW)
    • Using Shotguns, get 2 Point Blank kills in 15 different completed matches. 
       

Weapon Adjustments

Please be aware that a balance update will be released shortly after launch that will include considerable changes across Weapons from all 3 Chapters (MW/BOCW/VG). More information about this update will be made available via our social channels and Trello board.

» Melee «

  • Ballistic Knife (BOCW)
    • Melee damage decreased to 90, down from 135
       
  • Battle Axe (BOCW)
    • Damage decreased to 135, down from 175
       
  • Cane (BOCW)
    • Damage decreased to 135, down from 150
       
  • Kali Sticks (MW)
    • Damage decreased to 65, down from 90
    • Lunge Distance decreased by 7.7%
    • Melee Finisher now requires 4 hits, up from 2
    • Note: These changes also affect MW Multiplayer
       
  • Mace (BOCW)
    • Damage decreased to 135, down from 150
       
  • Sai (BOCW)
    • Damage decreased to 70, down from 135
       
  • Lunge Distance decreased 7.7%
    • Melee Finisher now requires 4 hits, up from 2

Operators

New Operators

  • Francis “Kai” Lanakila: S.O.T.F. Trident (Launch)
    • Automatically unlocked at Tier 0 with purchase of the Season One Battle Pass. 
       
  • Lewis Howard: S.O.T.F. Trident (In-Season)
    • Acquire Lewis via featured Bundles, set for launch during Season One. 
       
  • Isabella Rosario Dulnuan Reyes: S.O.T.F. Trident (In-Season)
    • Acquire Isabella via featured Bundles, set for launch during Season One. 
       

NOTE: Those who have all three members of Trident and level them up to 20 will get special gold-trimmed outfits, as well as some incredibly badass Platinum Operator Skins if they maxed out all 12 Operators from the other four Task Forces.

Prestige

At the start of Season One, your Season Level will refresh to Level 1 and your progress will resume from the highest Prestige Level you achieved previously — three, if you reached the top level during the pre-season. 

Starting with Season One, every 10 levels within Prestige offers a new Zombies and a Multiplayer / Warzone Pacific Challenge to complete for XP and a Calling Card. Complete all 20 within a seasonal set for that game mode to unlock an incredible animated Calling Card that shows off your elite abilities.

This season offers four additional Prestiges to achieve across the first 200 levels, as well as a new Weapon Blueprint:

  • Level 50
    • New Prestige
    • Emblem
    • Weapon Blueprint
    • Battle Pass Tier Skip
  • Level 100
    • New Prestige
    • Emblem
    • Battle Pass Tier Skip
  • Level 150
    • New Prestige
    • Emblem
    • Battle Pass Tier Skip
  • Level 190
    • All Season Challenges Available
  • Level 200
    • New Prestige
    • Emblem
    • Battle Pass Tier Skip
    • Master Prestige Calling Card
  • Levels 250–1,000
    • Ability to earn additional Prestige Levels, if they were not reached during the pre-season.

NOTE: Your Prestige-leveling journey is synchronized between Vanguard and Warzone Pacific, meaning you can progress through Season Levels and increase your Prestige Level by earning XP in either game!

Downloads

The Season One update will have a download size of approximately 40 GB for those who own the free-to-play console version of Warzone and are currently on the latest updates.

Warzone Update Sizes

  • PlayStation 5:
    • 44.7 GB
  • PlayStation 4:
    • 44.7 GB
  • Xbox One Series X / S:
    • 41.2 GB
  • Xbox One:
    • 41.2 GB
  • PC:
    • 37.8 GB (Warzone Only)
    • 69.1 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare®) 

NOTES:

  • PC users will also need 8 GB of additional space on their hard drive for the patch copying process; this is only temporary space that is reclaimed upon completion of the patch installation and is not an additional download.
  • Remember, the Vanguard download is not necessary if you are only playing Warzone, and vice versa.
  • Furthermore, for a smaller overall file size, Players can choose to uninstall/remove other data packs if they are no longer needed.

SOURCE: Raven Software

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How to unlock RA 225 SMG in Warzone & Vanguard Season 5

Warzone and Vanguard’s new Season 5 SMG is set to deliver incredible mobility and a fast fire rate, so here’s how to unlock the RA 225.

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The RA 225 SMG is making its way to Vanguard and Warzone during Season 5, and the weapon’s speed in tight spaces should be a valuable addition to both games.

With Season 5 set to act as the final chapter of Vanguard and Warzone before players move on to Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, the RA 225 will be one of the last weapons to enter the fold.

We’ve seen a ton of post-launch Vanguard SMGs join the pool of weapons over the seasons, and it’s only right that players receive one final SMG before saying goodbye.

The new SMG will rely on a high fire rate and excellent mobility to dominate Season 5 of Warzone and Vanguard, so here’s how to unlock the RA 225.

How to unlock the RA 225 SMG in Warzone & Vanguard

Warzone and Vanguard’s RA 225 SMG will arrive at the start of Season 5 on August 24, and it will be available through the Battle Pass. At the moment, we don’t know the exact tier that the weapon will become available, but it should be either 15 or 31 according to previous seasons.

The RA 225 SMG will be one of two weapons arriving via the Season 5 Battle Pass, with the EX1 being the other. These two weapons should be free unlocks that occupy tiers 15 and 31 of the Battle Pass.

Menendez and Al-Asad in Warzone Season 5

The Call of Duty blog for the Season 5 roadmap explains that “this SMG has a high fire rate and a very mobile compact frame.” The RA 225 is a lightweight SMG, which means it should provide excellent mobility for those looking to finesse opponents in Warzone Season 5.

Although it does come with quick handling, its fast fire rate means that while it will be devastating in close-range gunfights, you will have to manage some upward recoil kick that the RA 225 displays.

Its base form doesn’t boast the highest firepower possible, but with the right attachments, you should be able to increase its damage and recoil control to your liking.


For more, check out our guide to all of the Vanguard & Warzone weapons arriving in Season 5, as well as how to unlock the Valois Revolver.

Image Credit: Activision

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Warzone Heroes vs Villains event: Gameplay, Faction Tokens & free rewards

Warzone Pacific Season 5 brings the Heroes vs Villains event, so here’s everything you need to know including the gameplay and free rewards.

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Warzone Pacific Season 5 brings the Heroes vs Villains event to celebrate the arrival of classic Call of Duty baddies. Here’s everything you need to know about the event, including the Faction Tokens, gameplay, and free rewards.

Modern Warfare 2 is almost here, and Warzone Pacific is going out with a fiery bang in Season 5. Classic villains have brought weapons from the original Modern Warfare 2 and Advanced Warfare, setting up the new Heroes vs Villains Community Event.

Here’s everything we know about Warzone Season 5’s Heroes vs Villains event so far, including its gameplay, Faction Tokens, Faction Bundles, and free rewards.

Warzone Season 5 last stand artwork

Warzone Heroes vs Villains event gameplay

The Heroes vs Villains event will take over all of Warzone Season 5, where players must pick whether they want to support the Heroes or Villains.

Faction Tokens appear in every mode, and it sounds like players must use these to help decide which team will come out on top. During this event, players can earn free rewards such as Calling Cards and Blueprints.

Warzone Faction Tokens explained

When playing any Warzone game mode during the Heroes vs Villains event, players can collect either Villain or Hero Tokens by “eliminating opponents and scavenging Supply Boxes.”

These Tokens will offer a discount on Faction Bundles at Buy Stations, and purchasing them will offer a discount on any other item from the Buy Station.

Details are sparse at the moment, but it sounds like these Faction Bundles will act like Donation Boards in Fortnite, where players spend cash to vote on an item they want to return. In Warzone, it sounds like players will be voting for whether they want the Heroes or Villains to win by the end of the event.

Black Ops 2's Menendez in Warzone

Warzone Heroes vs Villains event free rewards

At the end of the Heroes vs Villains Warzone event, every player will be awarded a unique Weapon Blueprint based on the winning team — Heroes or Villains.

That’s not all though, as like any other Warzone event there are free cosmetics to earn by completing challenges. Here’s every reward confirmed so far:

  • Legendary animated “One vs. One” Calling Card
  • Hero’s or Villain’s Weapon Charm
  • “Conflict Spike” Melee Weapon Blueprint
  • “Time Duality” Watch
  • More

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How to unlock EX1 Energy Weapon in Warzone & Vanguard Season 5

For those interested in unlocking the new Vanguard and Warzone Season 5 EM1 weapon, here’s all the details you need to know.

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Warzone and Vanguard Season 5 will introduce five new weapons to the game and here’s how you can get your hands on the EX1.

Both Warzone and Vanguard are heading into their final season ahead of Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.

The Season 5 update is looking to bring an end to the seasonal updates with a bang, introducing a new Rage Serum Field Upgrade, classic characters as Operators, and an Umbrella Academy crossover.

As well as this, players will be getting five new weapons, one of which is the EM1 from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which has been renamed the EX1. For this interested in unlocking this “prototype Energy Rifle,” here’s everything you need to know.

How to unlock the EX1 in Warzone & Vanguard

The EX1 will be available for players upon launch of Warzone and Vanguard Season 5 as part of the Battle Pass.

Although it is not yet confirmed, we are expecting the EX1 to be the Warzone and Vanguard Season 5 Battle Pass tier 15 or 31 unlock.

For those familiar with EM1 from Advanced Warfare, the EX1 will be an energy Assault Rifle with unlimited ammo and an overheat mechanic which acts as a reload. It will also have an extremely fast fire rate with mediocre damage output.

According to the Call of Duty blog, the EX1 is “effective at long range,” and will also have “options for every scenario.” There are various attachments for the EX1 that can alter its behavior, turning it into a burst weapon with the “Burst Barrel,” or a sniper with the “Charge Sniper Barrel.”


For more on Warzone and Vanguard, be sure to check out how to unlock the Valois Revolver in Season 5.

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