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Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded patch notes: H4 Blixen SMG, Serpentine Perk, HUD overhaul, more

Warzone’s major update Season 3 Reloaded update has arrived, so here’s everything you need to know including the new content and patch notes.



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The Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded update, has brought a new SMG, a new Perk, major quality of life updates, and more to the battle royale. Here’s what you need to know about the Season 3 Reloaded update including the patch notes.

Before Warzone’s Season 4 update, which is set to bring major changes to Caldera, players received plenty of content via the Season 3 Reloaded update. A new SMG, a new Perk, new items, and many quality of life changes arrived with the mid-Season update.

Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded, including the release date, new SMG, Serpentine Perk, quality of life updates, and patch notes.

When is Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded?

Following confirmation from Raven Software, the Classified Arms Reloaded update will be arriving on May 25 at around 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST.

Warzone and Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded brought “numerous quality of life updates, including a new Squad heads-up-display for Warzone,” that is highlighted in the patch notes.

The update for Vanguard arrived a day earlier, so make sure you check out our guide on Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded for all the information.

New SMG arrives in Warzone Season 3 Reloaded

There was still one Season 3 weapon missing, with the H4 Blixen SMG arriving in the Reloaded update.

This SMG will rival the meta, featuring “a reliable three-shot kill at a farther range than the Owen Gun. It also has three more bullets per standard magazine and slightly better Vertical Recoil Control, Aim Down Sight (ADS) speed, and reload quickness.”

Players can get their hands on the H4 Blixen through a Store Bundle or by completing the following SMG-based challenge: “Get 3 Slide Kills in a single match 15 times.”

Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded brings Serpentine Perk

Warzone Season 3 Reloaded also brings a brand new Perk called Serpentine. This is available in Perk slot 1, and its description reads:

“Sprinting reduces incoming damage from bullets, explosives, and fire by 20%.”

Serpentine reduces damage taken while moving, which is a direct counter to Sniper Rifles. A snake indicator will appear for those who shoot at a player with this Perk, so when you see it make sure you let your teammates know who to focus on.

You can either add Serpentine Perk to your custom loadouts or find it as ground loot in Perk Satchels following the Season 3 update.

New Underground Transit System in Caldera

Coming in the Warzone Classified Arms Reloaded update is a brand-new fast travel system for Caldera. Although Redeploy Balloons have helped, the devs are looking to improve Caldera’s transport with a new “Mine Cart Underground Transit System.”

As you can see from the image above, this transit system will work similarly to Verdansk’s train stations, with 14 access points for quick movement around Caldera’s POIs. Upon entering one of these access points, players can “interact with the circular hatch and walk toward the cart.”

This will fast travel players to another destination, which you will be informed of before arriving. Players can use the lights above the hatch as information for whether or not it’s safe to travel, with the green light indicating safety.

New items in Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded

The mid-season update will also bring some new items to the battle royale: the Gulag Entry Token, Redeploy Extraction Token, Speed Boost, and Radar Jammer.

  • Gulag Entry Token:
    • This item offers the holder another chance at the Gulag, but only one can be held at a time. This Token will deactivate after the Gulag is closed, but players will receive cash as compensation.
  • Redeploy Extraction Token:
    • This token simply offers players an automatic redeploy without any need to visit the Gulag or Buy Station. This token also deactivates after the Gulag shuts.
  • Speed Boost:
    • This is a buff that can be found in floor loot. Once picked up, the player will receive a temporary speed boost.
  • Radar Jammer:
    • The Radar Jammer is a new Field Upgrade that simply scrambles an enemy’s TacMap and prevents Killstreaks for anyone in a short radius.

High Value Loot Zones in Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded

As seen in Operation Monarch, High Value Loot Zones will appear on the map throughout Caldera, giving players the chance to get some great rewards.

These areas will be of high-risk as other teams will be dropping in to try and reap the high-value rewards as well. The devs are hoping that this new system will give players more location options to build their Loadouts and bring traffic to areas in Caldera that don’t usually see much action.

Champion of Caldera – New Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded LTM

Warzone Pacific Classified Arms Reloaded offers players a brand new mode called Champion of Caldera. This is a solo “high-intensity limited-time mode” that sees players fight to become the Champion of Caldera.

There are 150 players in this solo mode that will battle it out while a “single, continuously closing circle” edges in. Kills in this mode immediately refill player health, equipment, and ammo, so being aggressive is important.

Operators will drop into the map with their “Custom Loadout, a Gas Mask, and a single Redeploy Extraction Token.” The mode features a slightly altered item pool as well as an upgraded Buy Station with “the Advanced UAV, Explosive Bow, and even the Specialist Bonus.”

Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded patch notes


Champion of Caldera

This year could arguably be a strong one for Warzone solo players, with Rebirth Resurgence Solos being a fast-paced variant of the traditional Battle Royale free-for-all, and Caldera Clash being an awesome way to level up Weapons.

With Classified Arms Reloaded, Solo players will get another high-intensity limited-time mode and – as the name suggests – fight to become the Champion of Caldera.

This mode will feature 150 maximum Players and a single, continuously closing circle in a Battle Royale-style fight for survival.

All Operators will drop in with their Custom Loadout, a Gas Mask, and a single Redeploy Extraction Token. The item pool is slightly altered to emphasize equipment not normally found in Loadouts and rare Weapons. Collect Cash to visit an upgraded Buy Station, which features the Advanced UAV and even the Specialist Bonus for a hefty fee.

Most notably: kills in this game mode immediately refill player Health, Equipment, and Ammunition, incentivizing would-be Champions to play aggressively and eliminate the competition directly to have the best chance at victory.


Before we jump into the many changes outlined below, we want to share the key pillars that we have focused on for the Season Three Reloaded update. We believe this will help Players understand the design intentions behind all of the changes and how they add up to cohesively improve the core Warzone gameplay loop over the season ahead.

Each of the gameplay changes can be separated into 3 core areas of focus, with an overall emphasis on improved reasons to loot in the mid-game and creating new Player stories:

  • More Counters: There are still some very powerful mechanics in Warzone and we need to provide counterplay measures to each gameplay loop for more interesting engagements.
  • More Movement: Player rotation opportunities are core to the Warzone experience and we see how much our Players love advanced movement techniques so have expanded this into new avenues.
  • More Playtime: Simply put; more time playing, less time spectating. Warzone has always been a leader in second chance mechanics and we wanted to further develop this aspect of Warzone to improve the chances of a successful mid-to-late game regain.

We fully expect this update to have a considerable impact on how our Players experience Warzone. We are excited to see the new stories emerge from the community in the weeks and months to come. And, as always, we will be monitoring closely for feedback and finetune where necessary.


  • New Perk “Serpentine”
    • Reduces incoming damage if the Player is sprinting.

We are bringing in this new Perk from Vanguard that some of our Players may already be familiar with. Our internal playtests highlighted the counter to ranged engagements especially in large open spaces while still beneficial in smaller spaces. Serpentine creates a buffer between finding cover and it provides a boon to Players that rotate often in their engagements. The attacking Player receives clear feedback that their target countered their incoming shots with a Serpentine icon being displayed.

  • New Lootable Perks | All Maps & Modes
    • Serpentine
    • Tune Up
    • Tracker
    • Hardline
    • Kill Chain
    • E.O.D.

We have been really happy with the response to Perk Satchels being added to ground loot so we have expanded the list, alongside the inclusion of the new “Serpentine” Perk. We’re also bringing all of them to Rebirth Island.

  • New Field Upgrade “Radar Jammer” | All Maps & Modes
    • Players can deploy this Field Upgrade to scramble the Tac Map of enemy Players and prevent airborne Killstreaks from being used in the localized area. 
    • Has an effective radius of 125 meters
    • Effect lasts for 45 seconds
    • Susceptible to being hacked by a Player with an Engineer Perk
    • Can be attached to vehicles to become mobile
  • New Lootable Loadout Drop Markers | Caldera Modes
    • Ground loot now includes a rare chance to spawn a Loadout Drop Marker

Once Players have been to the Gulag, it can often be challenging to get back into rotation to stand a chance of going on to win. We wanted to give Players that rare chance of striking it lucky and finding a way to counter a previous loss that gets them back into the game.


  • High Value Loot Zones | Caldera Modes
    • These zones are represented on the Tac Map by a very appropriate “$” sign and will provide the best looting opportunities.

We’ve enjoyed seeing how the addition of this new system has pulled Players into landing at POIs they otherwise wouldn’t have planned to land – so it is now available in Battle Royale game modes. We expect this to be a popular feature, both for promoting early engagement opportunities as well as late-game restock opportunities.

  • New Underground Transit System | Caldera Modes
    • New fast travel system with 14 access points, indicated on the Tac Map and minimap by a silver “vault door” symbol.
    • A lighting system will provide intel and help navigate Player decisions.

Warzone has had several Fast Travel systems over its lifetime, everything from Subways to Red Doors. With this new Underground Transit System on Caldera, we have leveraged all the learnings from the previous experiences to create what we believe to be the ultimate method for moving around Caldera quickly.

  • New Lootable “Speed Boost” Power-Up | Caldera Modes
    • Grants Players a considerable increase in movement speed.

We’ve added the Speed Boost Power-Up from Clash into core Battle Royale, as we liked the advanced movement plays that it enables. Just like in Clash, this powerup is activated immediately on pickup so use this temporary speed boost wisely.

  • New “Occupation Scan” Public Event | Rebirth Island Modes (Except Blood Money & Payload)
    • Any Players standing or crouching while the scan takes place will have their location exposed on the Tac Map for all to see. Players will be informed to go prone prior to the sweep.

Movement represents an opportunity for memorable engagements and encounters. With “Occupation Scan”, we wanted to develop a Public Event where movement – or lack thereof – is core to the experience. This Public Event really brings Lethals and Tacticals like Gas Grenades and Molotovs into consideration – you can use them to flush enemies out of hiding to expose them on the Map.

  • Stim Adjustments | All Maps & Modes In-Season
    • Slide modifier has been reduced
      • The slide modifier was simply too extreme. While we believe that sliding movement should be buffed when a Player is using a Stim, it still needs to fit within limits.
    • Added a Weapon damage (received) interruption effect
      • If a Player receives Weapon damage, the healing effect will be interrupted. The previous mechanic allowed Players to repeatedly heal themselves while actively taking damage – which is not the intent of this tool.

We have enjoyed watching the recent shift in the use of Tacticals where Stims have become more commonplace and offer new, high-skill plays. That said, the above are two areas where we have felt it necessary to finetune the balance.


  • New Lootable “Gulag Entry” Token | Caldera Battle Royale Modes
    • This new lootable token allows Players to reenter the Gulag upon death.
    • When the Gulag closes, Players will be rewarded with cash if they still hold a token.
    • Per the normal Battle Royale rules, Players will still start each match with a single Gulag Entry token in their inventory.
    • Players can only carry one of these tokens at a time.

We’ve really enjoyed seeing the response to our recent “infinite Gulag” LTM’s and wanted to bring an element of this across to core Battle Royale. 

  • New Lootable “Redeploy Extraction” Token | Caldera Battle Royale Modes
    • This item allows a Player, upon death, to skip the Gulag and redeploy after a short countdown.
    • If the Player still has their original Gulag Entry from the match start, they will retain it.
    • When the Gulag closes, Players will be rewarded with cash if they still hold a token.
    • Players below a redeploying enemy will be notified.
    • Players can only carry one of these tokens at a time.

Similarly to the “Gulag Entry” token, we felt there was an opportunity for an additional rare item that allows redeployment on death – and that’s the role that the new ground loot item, “Redeploy Extraction” fills. 

  • Increased Lootable Self-Revives Caldera Battle Royale Modes
    • The spawn rate of lootable Self-Revive tokens has been increased.

Upon review we felt that Self-Revives were too rare in ground loot for something so easily and readily available in Buy Stations so their chance of ground loot availability has been increased.

With the addition of new second-chance mechanics, we are very conscious of making sure the mid-game doesn’t feel unfairly claustrophobic compared to the current Battle Royale pacing. We will therefore be trialing a slightly reduced Player count across all core Battle Royale squad sizes. We will be carefully reviewing sentiment and data to make sure that the engagement pacing remains more or less in line with the current experience and that Players can still pursue new personal records.

  • Increased Downed Movement Speed | All Maps & Modes
    • Increased the speed at which a Player moves while in the downed state.

We felt the downed movement speed needed a review, primarily to allow Players who get downed a chance to get themselves to a safer space to allow for a revive. This is a small change on the surface that has allowed for more interesting outcomes during internal playtests.

  • Decreased Buyback Cost All Maps & Modes
    • Decreased Buyback cost to $3,000, down from $4,000

We want to support Players being able to get back into the game. We felt that $4,000 was an often unattainable cost, especially at $12,000 for a full squad in Quads. This slight reduction should provide more chances for Players to more readily get back to a full squad.

  • Death Tax Adjustment | All Maps & Modes (Except Plunder)
    • Adjusted the tax upon death from 80:20 to 50:50 

Upon review, the death tax felt overly punishing, as well as making it tougher for Players to track how much cash they’d still have when returning from the Gulag. We are going to trial this new 50:50 split and carefully monitor the impact it has on the global cash economy.


  • Expanded Squad HUD
    • New HUD elements include:
    • Total Squad Cash
      • An icon will appear if a Squad can afford a Loadout Drop
      • An icon will appear when Player Buyback costs are met
    • Armor Plate counter for each Squad member
      • For those times when your mates tell you they have “no plates left”… 👀
    • Possession icons for:
      • Gas Mask
      • Kill Streak
      • Self-Revive
      • Keycards
      • Gulag Entry Token
      • Redeploy Extraction Token

We have been quietly working away on this change for a while and we are happy to finally be taking the wrapping off it! Players will now find a wealth of extra information on their Squads inventory to better inform of what you and your squad are carrying. Not only do we feel that this is a great QoL feature but it also supports cognitive accessibility.

  • Improved Footstep Audio
    • The team has completed a reprioritization pass of NPC footstep audio relative to other crucial gameplay sounds to prevent voice culling of NPC footsteps.
  • Ranged Weapon Melee Damage Reduced
    • Gunbutting now requires 4 successive hits to eliminate a target, up from 3.
    • Pistols require 4 hits on a target with 250 health.

The power of Weapon gunbutting has often resulted in it being favored over firing the Weapon or using a dedicated melee. This change shifts the balance of power so that gunbutts are considered a last resort. We’ve also ensured that this change is replicated in the infiltration experience when not at full armor. 

  • Slide Camera Lock
    • We have addressed the horizontal camera locking that would occasionally happen if a Player was sliding while navigating a slope or stairs.
  • Incoming Killstreak Warning Banner 
    • Moved the banner to appear below the Weapon reticule to prevent visual obstruction.

We have observed an uptick in feedback that the Killstreak warning banner would occasionally block the Player’s line of sight during engagements. We feel the information provided here is critical to surviving an incoming Killstreak so instead of removing it entirely, we have adjusted the positioning.

  • Menu Browsing Interruption
    • Players will no longer be brought back to the front end lobby when the party host queues into matchmaking.

With this quality of life change Players can now have full agency over their UI experience regardless as to what the host is doing.

  • Buyback Player Prioritization 
    • The Buy Station interface will prioritize dead Squad members by listing them first.
  • Weapon Trade Station Updated
    • Perk Satchels added to Epic, Legendary, and Fire Sale trades
  • “Ghost” Perk Adjustment
    • Reduced Player movement speed threshold required to trigger the Perk.
  • Spawn Protection Value Adjustment
    • Players with a visible shield will take 25% reduced damage
  • Armored Truck Adjusted | In-Season
    • Decreased Health
    • Decreased Turret Damage
    • Associated Sabotage Contracts are no longer available in Solo game modes


  • Lethals
    • Frag Grenade
      • Damage increased by 24.5% 
    • Throwing Knife
      • Damage increased by 20%
      • Hits to the upper torso and head will one-shot down
    • Claymore
      • Damage increased by 20%
    • Proximity Mine
      • Damage increased by 24.5% 
    • Semtex
      • Damage increased by 5%

With each update we continue to tune and balance across the board. With health increasing we have taken the opportunity to adjust the damage on most lethals to keep them in a space where they cannot be ignored.

  • Health IncreaseAll Maps & Modes (Except Iron Trials)
    • Player core Health has been increased from 100 to 150 across all modes, including Private Matches (totaling 300 when factoring in Armor Plates).

We’ve seen the positive reception to the increased Player health in Battle Royale and we are now rolling this out globally across all game modes. Having a consistent core Health experience is important so that Players can develop trust in both their Weapons and their engagements as they play different modes and we are happy to now be rolling this out globally. Thank you for your feedback, which informed this change.

  • Ground Loot | All Maps & Modes
    • Adjusted to accommodate new Weapons and new builds
    • Common and Uncommon Weapons have been upgraded to feature more Attachments to enable more early game confidence in Weapons you acquire: 
      • Common (white) rarity items now have 3 Attachments, up from 2
      • Uncommon (green) rarity items now have 5 Attachments, up from 4
  • Gulag Loadouts | Caldera Modes
    • Loadouts have been refreshed! 

Each Weapon features more Attachments, enabling you to return to the field with a Weapon equal to a rare ground loot configuration which should help when recovering from an unfavorable position.


  • Fixed an issue that was preventing 120Hz support on Xbox Series consoles.
  • Fixed an issue which caused a client crash when using FMJ and Dismantle on the same Weapon.
  • Fixed an issue that would occasionally cause a sliding Player to get stuck in the Buy Station interface.
  • Fixed an issue that would occasionally cause a crouched Player adjacent a wall to get stuck in the Buy Station interface.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Loadout Menu to randomly appear when playing a match.
  • Fixed an issue causing the Welgun (VG) to not have the Frangible ammunition Attachment.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the 3-Line Rifle (VG) to fire slightly to the left.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Kong Finishing Move to not throw enemies the correct distance.
  • Fixed an issue which caused Calling Card names to display placeholder text.
  • Fixed an issue which caused Tracers in the Poison Sky Mastercraft Bundle to not appear correctly.
  • Fixed an issue which caused some Weapon Attachments to appear misaligned in their Dynamic Icons
  • Fixed an issue where the “Perks of the Job” Mission named the incorrect Perk required.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Unlock Mission for the “Weaver” Operator to say “Coming Soon.” 
  • Fixed an issue which caused the TEC-9 (BOCW) to not display the 36 Rnd Speed Mag during gameplay.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the Player’s view to be obstructed when ADS-ing with the Adler “Tortured and Rescued” Operator Skin.
  • Fixed an issue which caused flickering textures on Heavy Weapon Drop Crates.
  • Fixed an issue which caused several Vanguard Melee Weapons to display the same codename.
  • Fixed an issue which caused the UGR (BOCW) to experience unintended damage reduction when the EOD Perk and Explosive Rounds Magazine Attachment were equipped.


New Weapon

  • H4 Blixen: Submachine Gun (VG)
    • This hard-hitting SMG offers mobility and accuracy in medium range engagements.
    • Unlock Challenge: Get 3 Slide Kills in a single match 15 times.

Weapon Adjustments

» Assault Rifles «

  • AK-47 (BOCW)
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.15, down from 1.2
    • 20″ Spetsnaz RPK Barrel 
      • Reduce Recoil Control from +8.5 to 7.5%
  • AS44 (VG) 
    • Initial Recoil slightly decreased
    • Bullet Velocity increased by 3.56%
    • Now has a functioning On-Hand perk 
  • Assault Rifle Charlie (VG)
    • Headshot Damage Multiplier increased to 1.85, up from 1.5
      • .30-06 20 Round Fast Mags
        • Magazine Capacity increased to 30, up from 20
      • 8mm Klauser 30 Round Mags
        • Magazine Capacity increased to 40, up from 30
      • .50 BMG 30 Round Mags
        • Magazine Capacity increased to 40, up from 30
        • Bullet Velocity scale from 1.1 to 1.2
      • .50 BMG 40 Round Mags
        • Magazine Capacity increased to 60, up from 40
        • Fire Rate Multiplier decreased to -15% down from -10%
  • Cooper Carbine (VG)
    • Bullet Velocity increased by 4.55%
  • C58 (BOCW)
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.1, down from 1.2
  • CR-56 AMAX (MW)
    • Max Damage decreased to 31, down from 35
    • Min Damage decreased to 24, down from 31
  • FARA 83 (BOCW)
    • Min Damage decreased to 22, down from 23
  • Nikita AVT (VG)
    • Adjusted recoil pattern for ease of use
    • Sprint to Fire time increased increased by 10%
  • Assault Rifle Bravo (VG)
    • Headshot Multiplier increased to 1.6, up from 1.5
      • .303 British 36 Round Mags 
        • Movement Speed scaler increased to 1.02, up from 1.01
        • Damage Range increased to -10%, up from -20%
  • NZ-41 (VG)
    • Adjusted recoil pattern and intensity when used in fully automatic. 
      • Orbweaver 360mm BC Barrel
        • Horizontal Recoil control now increased by 10% 
        • Bullet Velocity now increased by 40%
      • Sakura 50 Round Mags
        • Fire Rate Multiplier decreased to 12%, down from 22%
        • Damage Range increased to -12%, up from -22%
        • Bullet Velocity increased to -15%, up from -30%
      • 8mm Klauser 40 Round Mags
        • Bullet Velocity increased to -10%, up from -20%
        • Fire Rate Multiplier decreased to 12%, down from 16%
        • Damage decreased to -3.6%, down from -12%
      • Orbweaver Custom 
        • Bullet Velocity now increased by 20%
        • Damage Range now increased by 20%
      • LOR Mk1 Burst
        • Bullet Velocity now increased by 30%
        • Damage Range now increased by 20%
      • Ravenwood 480mm No.2 
        • Damage Range penalty removed
        • Bullet Velocity penalty removed

The NZ-41 (VG) has fallen out of favor when compared to the competition, often due to its challenging recoil pattern. We’ve adjusted the curve so that it’s more logical in its movement, allowing you to predict and compensate appropriately. We’ve also taken a look at the velocity and range bonuses provided by Attachments and made significant adjustments so that the NZ-41 (VG) can compete with the best. 

  • Vargo 52 (BOCW)
    • Min Damage increased to 24, up from 23
    • Headshot Damage Multiplier increased to 1.53, up from 1.5
  • Volkssturmgewehr (VG)
    • Headshot Damage Multiplier increased to 1.55, up from 1.5
    • Neck Damage Multiplier increased to 1.25, up from 1.2
    • ADS Movement Speed decreased by 5%
      • Reisdorf 22V Adjustable
        • ADS Movement Speed reduced to 25%, down from 30%
  • XM4 (BOCW)
    • Max Damage decreased to 28, down from 29
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 20.3 meters, down from 22.3 meters 
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.3, down from 1.33

» Marksman Rifles «

  • SVT-40 (VG)
    • Max Damage increased to 60, up from 57
    • Min Damage increased to 50, up from 49
    • Bullet velocity increased by 8.54%
  • M1916 (VG)
    • Max Damage increased to 55, up from 53
    • Max Damage Range increased to 58 meters, up from 45 meters
    • Bullet velocity increased by 7.89%
  • M1 Garand (VG)
    • Headshot Damage Multiplier increased to 1.59, up from 1.5
    • Bullet velocity increased by 6.67%

» Sniper Rifles «

  • HDR (MW)
    • Bullet Drop-off increased
  • Pelington 703 (BOCW)
    • Damage Range decreased to 43.2 meters, down from 48.3 meters
  • ZRG 20mm (BOCW)
    • Upper Torso Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.5, down from 1.7
    • 43.9″ Combat Recon Barre
      • Bullet Velocity decreased to 38%, down from 43%
  • Sniper Rifle Charlie (MW) 
    • Bullet velocity decreased by 5.13%
  • 3-Line Rifle (VG)
    • Bullet velocity increased by 6.76%
    • Bullet drop-off decreased
    • Sprint to Fire Scaler increased to 1.0, up from 0.99
    • Re-aligned the 3-line reticles to be properly screen center
    • 500mm MN Custom
      • Bullet Velocity increased to 25%, up from 20%
    • Empress 514mm F01 
      • Bullet Velocity increased to 20%, up from 16%
    • Empress 700mm TN02 
      • Bullet Velocity increased to 35%, up from 30%
    • Kovalevskaya 700mm 
      • Bullet Velocity increased to 20%, up from 15%
      • Neck damage increased to 1.3, up from 1.1
    • Kovalevskaya 820mm
      • Bullet Velocity increased to 45%, up from 35%
    • .30-06 20 Round Mags 
      • Bullet Velocity increased to 20%, up from 10%
    • .303 British 5 Round Mags 
      • Damage Penalty has been removed. 
      • Damage Range increased to -20%, up from -30%
  • Sniper Rifle Alpha (MW)
    • Max Damage range increased to 1600, up from 1375
  • Rytec AMR (MW)
    • Now one-shots to the head within max damage range
    • Max Damage increased to 125, up from 102
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 59.1 meters, down from 67.3 meters
    • Headshot Damage Multiplier increased to 2.4, up from 2.1
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.75, down from 2.1
  • Sniper Rifle Charlie (BOCW)
    • Now one-shots to the head within max damage range 
    • Max Damage increased to 125, up from 102
    • Headshot Damage Multiplier increased to 2.4, up from 2.1
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.75, down from 2.1
  • Type 99 (VG)
    • 5.6mm 8 Round Mags 
      • Damage Range increased to -20%, up from -25%
    • 8mm Klauser 5 Round Mags 
      • Bullet Velocity scalar increased to 20%, up from 10%
    • Sakura 776mm Barrel
      • Bullet Velocity scalar increased to 40%, up from 30%
    • Shiraishi 712mm Sniper 
      • Upper Torso Damage Multiplier decreased to 1.6, down from 1.81
  • Gorenko (VG)
    • Bullet Drop-off decreased
    • 420mm Empress
      • Bullet Velocity increased to 40%, up from 11%
      • ADS Time Scaler increased to 0.943, up from 0.9
    • Reinforced Stock
      • ADS Time Scaler increased to 1.05, up from 1.04
    • 13mm AM 10 Round Mags
      • ADS Time Scaler increased to 0.955, up from 0.94
  • Kar98k (VG)
    • Added Frenzy Weapon Perk
    • Max Damage range increased to 48.9 meters, up from 47 meters
    • K98 Scout 10.0x Telescopic
      • ADS speed increased to 0.75, up from 0.65 
    • VDD RE02K
      • Damage Range now increased  by 20%
    • 8mm Klauser 3 Round Mag
      • ADS Time Scaler increased to 1.06, up from 1.05
    • Krausnick Padded 
      • ADS Time Scaler increased to 0.945, up from 0.934 
      • Movespeed Scale increased to 0.95, up from 0.94

» Shotguns «

  • Damage decreased by 20% for the following Shotguns: 
    • Streetsweeper
    • Gallo SA12
    • JAK-1
    • Origin 12
    • R9-0
    • Gracey Auto

With the change to health pools, automatic and semi-auto shotguns were hitting a breakpoint where the time-to-kill remained the same as it did previously. This change brings these Weapons in line. 

  • Combat Shotgun (VG)
    • Movespeed Scale increased to 0.87, up from 0.865
    • ADS Move Speed Scale increased to 1.49, up from 1.46
    • Framble 18″ Precision
      • Bullet Velocity now increased to 48%, up from 34%
      • Damage Range increased to 20%, up from 10%
    • Framble No. 3
      • Bullet Velocity now increased by 10% 
    • Chariot 16″ Short
      • Damage range penalty increased to -20%, up from -30%
    • Sawed-Off
      • Damage Bonus increased to 20%, up from 15% 
      • Move Speed Scaler increased to 5%, up from from 4%

» Submachine Guns «

  • Milano 821 (BOCW)
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 12 meters, down from 17.8 meters
    • Mid Damage added at 33
    • Mid Damage Range added at 17.8 meters
    • Min Damage decreased to 27, down from 30
    • Max Damage decreased to 27, down from 31
    • Max Damage Range increased to 12.7 meters, up from 10.1 meters
    • Mid Damage decreased to 25, down from 28
    • Mid Damage Range increased to 20 meters, up from 17.8 meters
    • Min Damage decreased to 21, down from 26
  • OTs 9 (BOCW)
    • Max Damage decreased to 29, down from 30
  • Armaguerra 43 (VG)
    • Slight reduction to initial recoil
    • Botti 315mm CII
      • Vertical Recoil Multiplier decreased to 40%, down from 50% 
    • .30 Russian Short 34 Round Mags
      • Damage Penalty decreased to -4%, up from -5%
      • Visual Recoil decreased
  • Owen Gun (VG)
    • Upper Extremities Damage Multiplier decreased 1, down from 1.45 
    • Lower Extremities Damage Multiplier decreased to 0.9, down from 1.0
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 15.2 meters, down from 17.1 meters
    • Mid Damage Range decreased to 19.7 meters, down from 20 meters
    • 7.62 Gorenko 33 Round Mags
      • Fire Rate decreased to 14.5%, down from 15%
    • 7.62 Gorenko 72 Round Drums
      • Fire Rate decreased to 14.5%, down from 15%
  • Submachine Gun Alpha (MW)
    • 5.56 NATO 30-Round Mags
      • Max Damage decreased to 37, down from 38
      • Mid Damage decreased to 27, down from 28
      • Mid Damage Range decreased to 30.5 meters, down from 40 meters
    • 5.56 NATO 60-Round Drums
      • Max Damage decreased to 37, down from 38
      • Mid Damage decreased to 27, down from 28
      • Mid Damage Range decreased to 30.5 meters, down from 40 meters 
  • Welgun (VG)
    • Added Frangible Weapon Perk
    • 120mm Gawain Short
      • Fire Rate decreased to 6%, down from 10% 
      • Removed Damage Range Penalty
  • UGR (BOCW)
    • Magazine Capacity increased to 40, up from 30

» Pistols «

  • Pistol melee attacks now require three successive hits to initiate a finisher on the target. This is up from 3.
  • 1911 (VG)
    • ACP 18 Round Mags 
      • Magazine Capacity increased to 24, up from 18.
      • Min Damage increased to 24, up from 20
  • Klauser (VG)
    • Max Damage increased to 50, up from 46
    • Mid Damage increased to 42, up from 40
    • Min Damage increased to 37, up from 30
  • RATT (VG)
    • Mid Damage increased to 26, up from 22
    • Min Damage increased to 22, up from 20
    • Neck Damage Multiplier increased to 1.4, up from 1.2
  • Handgun Charlie (BOCW) 
    • Max Damage decreased to 35, down from 40
    • Mid Damage decreased to 29, down from 33
  • Machine Pistol (VG)
    • Max Damage increased to 20, up from 19
    • Mid Damage increased to 16, up from 15
    • Min Damage increased to 13, up from 12 
    • Significant Reduction of Base Recoil Control
    • 7.62 Gorenko 40 Round Mags 
      • Fire Rate Multiplier decreased to 5%, down from 7%
      • Recoil Control penalty decreased to -18%, down from -27%
    • 8mm Nambu 20 Round Mags 
      • Recoil Control penalty decreased to -22%, down from -30%
      • Fire Rate Multiplier decreased to 5%, down from 7%
    • Rapid Barrel 
      • Fire Rate Multiplier decreased to 5%, down from 20%

The Machine Pistol (VG), in its previous incarnation, was an extremely difficult beast to control effectively, often only used as an absolute last option. We’ve made a significant change to the kick intensity and recoil pattern of the Weapon and adjusted its damage profile to be a Weapon that is now something to be reckoned with. 

» Launchers «

  • Panzerfaust (VG)
    • ADS Transition out time decreased to 0.48, down from 0.5
    • Base Movespeed Scale increased to 0.8, up from 0.79
    • ADS Movement Speed Scale increased to 0.85, up from 0.8


  • Akimbo Perk 
    • Akimbo for Pistols now reduces damage by 10%.
  • MX Silencer
    • Bullet Velocity increased to 15%, up from 10%
  • F8 Stabilizer
    • Damage Range increased to 15%, up from 10%


  • Rose Skin Adjustment
    • We have made a 70% adjustment to increase the brightness of the infamous Roze outfit. With the recent lighting improvements to Caldera, it once again made her outfit out of balance with the rest of the Operator options available to Players. 

Just like our Weapon balance, we are very conscious that our Operator meta plays an equally important role in the second-to-second gameplay health so this change was necessary.


The Season Three Reloaded update will have a download size of approximately 5 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:
    • 5.2 GB
  • PlayStation 4:
    • 5.2 GB
  • Xbox One Series X / S:
    • 5.4 GB
  • Xbox One:
    • 5.4 GB
  • PC:
    • 5.7 GB (Warzone Only)
    • 6.6 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare®) 

PC users will also need 12 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.

That’s everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded so far! If you’re more interested in Vanguard, you can check out everything we know about Vanguard Season 4.

Source: Raven Software

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Warzone players call for major LMG buffs as Assault Rifles dominate meta

Warzone players are sick of Assault Rifles dominating the meta so are calling for LMGs to receive major buffs.



Although supposed to be long-range powerhouses, with a few exceptions, LMGs have never broken into Warzone’s meta for long. Claiming that LMGs have no identity, players are calling for major buffs.

Although weapons come and go from Warzone’s meta, how the guns behave has almost always stayed the same. Players always stick with a long-range weapon with low recoil and a large mag size, and a lightweight SMG with a fast TTK.

The long-range weapon has almost always been an Assault Rifle or an LMG that’s been built to act like an Assault Rifle, and players are growing tired of it. With a couple more Warzone Pacific seasons left and Warzone 2 on the horizon, players are calling for major LMG buffs so they’ll have their own identity.

Although a couple of LMGs such as the Bruen Mk9, MG82, and Bren have made their way into Warzone’s meta, the class as a whole has never come close to the popularity or efficiency of Assault Rifles.

Reddit user IonlyPlayAOE3 explained why LMGS have a “sh*t identity” in Warzone, laying much of the blame on Vanguard weapons’ ten attachments. They explained that an Assault Rifle can do everything that an LMG can, especially by holding at least 60 rounds.

They hope that LMGs will have much more of an identity in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, where Assault Rifles should “struggle against LMGs in long-range to ultra long range engagements.”

Many players agreed, wanting an Assault Rifle to become a middle ground between LMGs and SMGs. “They should lose to LMGs at range, and lose to SMGs up close, but be a decent middle ground,” explained Shielo34.

However, some worried that buffing LMGs would just make them replace Assault Rifles in the meta. Instead of giving LMGs straight buffs, some suggested lowering Assault Rifles’ magazine size.

Warzone players were starting to catch on to Season 4’s UGM-8 LMG and its burst-fire barrel, but the devs were quick to nip that in the bud with the June 30 update. With the NZ-41 now nerfed as well, we’ll need to wait and see how the post-nerf UGM fits into the Season 4 meta.

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Warzone’s best attachments received major nerfs in June 30 update

Warzone’s most popular weapon attachments received notable nerfs in the Season 4 June 30 update patch, and could shake up the meta.



Warzone Pacific Season 4 received a plethora of balancing adjustments in the June 30 patch, with some of the best attachments in the game getting significant nerfs.

The June 30 Warzone Pacific patch brought a ton of weapon balancing changes in Season 4, including a nerf to the popular NZ-41, which the developers felt had become too overpowered over the last season.

Other weapons like the H4 BlixenMarco 5, and UGM-8 were also changed in the update. Warzone players will be encouraged to alter their usual loadouts as the best attachments have also been nerfed.

Warzone Pacific Season 4’s June 30 update patch included nerfs to the Lengthened ammo type, MX Silencer muzzle, and M1941 Handstop underbarrel. These attachments are popular choices on Assault Rifle loadouts.

The MX Silencer and Lengthened ammo type boost your weapon’s accuracy and bullet velocity respectively. The June 30 update gave both of these attachments received a 3% reduction in muzzle velocity.

Meanwhile, the M1941 Handstop underbarrel’s recoil control has been changed to 3.5% down from 4%. While this seems like a minor change, it can actually greatly affect your loadout’s effectiveness in combat.

Since the MX Silencer, M1941 Handstop, and Lengthened are all popular choices for multiple weapons, it’s extremely likely that these attachment nerfs are going to greatly impact Warzone players’ loadout builds.

While the update brought various nerfs to different weapons and attachments, it also featured buffs to Vanguard’s Warzone weapons, as the 3-LineKar98k, and Type 99 all received an increase in bullet velocity.

For more Warzone content, check out how to unlock the “new Roze” Night Terror Florence skin as well as this genius trick to instantly get Loadout Drops.

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Warzone expert reveals genius trick to instantly get Loadout Drop

Getting a Loadout Drop early is key to surviving Warzone’s early game but there’s a way to get your loadout in a matter of seconds.



Getting your loadout as soon as possible is vital to winning in Call of Duty: Warzone and pro player IceManIsaac has revealed a genius trick to getting your loadout in seconds.

Loadouts are what sets Warzone apart from all of the other battle royale games. Getting your own custom weapon gives a massive advantage over those with ground loot, so getting a Loadout Drop as soon as possible is key to winning.

It can be tough to get your Loadout Drop in the chaos of the early game, but a clever strategy from streamer IceManIsaac can get your team a Loadout Drop and free UAV in seconds.

To instantly get a Loadout Drop in Warzone, all players need to do is land on a Top Secret Contract in Fortune’s Keep. This will starts a random Contract such as Supply Run, Scavenger, or a Bounty, and you’ll get a whopping $8,000 as well as a UAV.

IceManIsaac explained that the Supply Run won’t task you with traveling across the map like in Caldera, it’ll actually be pretty near, so you’ll be able to land on it in a matter of seconds. A loadout only costs $7500 dollars so you can buy the loadout straight away and have a free UAV to see any approaching enemies.

While doable in Solos, this strategy works best in squads. If one player picks up the Contract and the rest float in the air to complete the task, the process will be even quicker. Even if it’s a Bounty, all of the players can land on top of the target and it won’t matter if they die in the process because of the Resurgence mechanic.

Fortune’s Keep is pure chaos in the early game, so securing yourself a loadout before anyone else will be sure to set you up for success.

For more Warzone, be sure to check out how players have abandoned Rebirth Island in favor of Fortune’s Keep.

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