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Warzone Payload guide: tips & tricks on how to win

Payload is Warzone’s first objective-based game mode, so here are some top tips to win in Season 4 Reloaded’s new mode.

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Payload combat in Warzone

Warzone’s Season 4 Reloaded update brought a ton of new content, and now the unique Payload game mode has arrived. Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone’s Payload, including some top tips on how to win.

There’s always a ton of excitement when a new update drops, and Season 4 Reloaded is no exception. It added a ton of weapon buffs and nerfs, a new Sentry Gun killstreak, and the new OTs 9 SMG, among other additions.

Now, a week after the Reloaded update, the new Payload game mode has arrived. It has a lot in common with the traditional multiplayer mode, with one team having to escort an objective across the map while the other tries to stop them. Overwatch fans will be especially familiar with Payload, as it’s almost exactly the same as Overwatch’s original mode.

Here’s everything you need to know about this objective-based mode, and some top tips on how to win.

How to play Payload in Warzone

Warzone Bertha truck fighting a helicopter in Payload

Following a Warzone playlist update on July 22, Payload arrived in Warzone. You can access it from the main lobby screen, where it has replaced the standard battle royale mode’s position on the list. No to worry though, you can still find normal BR at the bottom of the page.

Each Warzone Payload match will consist of 40 players that are equally divided into two teams. One side will start near vehicle objectives that must be escorted through Verdansk, while the other will be tasked with stopping the attackers.

The defenders will start elsewhere on the map and will need to stop the objective from passing through all the checkpoints before the timer finishes counting down. So, both sides will need to act fast in Warzone Payload.

If you’re on the defending team, you’ll have the ability to construct unique obstacles to stop the vehicles from progressing. Use it to bring them to a halt and take out as many attackers as you can. 

Tips and tricks for winning Payload

Warzone Season 4 Payload

It goes without saying that you should play the objective. Payload is a great place to engage in constant action and level up weapons, so it can be easy to get distracted. But by playing the objective, either getting inside the vehicle’s escort perimeter or keeping enemies out of it, you’ll be a major help in bringing your team to victory.

This game mode allows you to stockpile your money so that you can purchase different Killstreaks. Save up before bringing down Airstrikes and the previously secret Bomb Drone Killstreak to clear all enemies in your way. This will buy you more time to plan out a new tactic.

Warzone Season 4 Payload mode

The good news is that whenever you’re killed, you’ll respawn with your full loadout. So, don’t hesitate in trying out different weapons that suit a variety of combat situations. For example, you can swap to an SMG or Shotgun for close-range encounters when playing Warzone Payload.

If you’re on the attacking team, then you also need to watch out for any obstacles on the path. These will act as a barrier between your objective and the next checkpoint so try to steer clear of them as much as you can. Defenders should make sure barricades are always being built.

For more Warzone, check out why you should still use the C58 Assault Rifle despite its 4x optic nerf, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image credits: Activision

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Viral TikTok proves Warzone’s Ghost Perk is completely bugged in Season 4

A viral TikTok has revealed that Warzone’s Ghost Perk is broken in Season 4, as it doesn’t always hide players from UAVs.

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Viral TiKTok shows Warzone's Ghost perk is broken

It appears that there’s a major issue with Warzone’s Ghost Perk after a viral TikTok from streamer Jessie Cooks showcased the Perk failing in a Twitch Rivals event.

Over Warzone’s life, it’s suffered from a host of bugs and issues. Not only are there cheaters, but the invisibility glitch returned several times and players even found a way to enter the Gulag and kill its combatants. Now, it appears the Ghost Perk doesn’t always work.

Ghost is one of Warzone’s few meta perks. It completely hides you from UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors, which is vital to winning a game of Warzone. However, there is recent evidence that the Ghost Perk can fail, still showing you on a UAV.

Warzone Ghost Perk description

While the Ghost Perk is supposed to completely hide you from UAVs, a clip from Warzone streamer Jessie Cooks appears to prove that this isn’t always the case. While playing in a Twitch Rivals Custom Lobby, they equipped Ghost, yet were still hunted down after appearing on an opposing team’s UAV.

“We died to Huskerrs, JoeWoe and Mutex in Twitch Rivals [because] ghost doesn’t work,” Jessie shared on July 28 alongside a TikTok which provided the evidence.

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We died to Huskerrs, JoeWo and Mutex in #twitchrivals cos ghost doesn’t work #warzone #gaming #fyp #trending #challenge

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In the video, Jessie Cooks and her team all grabbed their loadouts, clearly equipping the Ghost Perk. About a minute later, HusKerr’s team popped a UAV and could clearly see Jessie’s team on it. After hunting them down, JoeWoe made quick work of her by using the UAV’s information to throw a perfectly placed stun.

This TikTok went viral, catching the attention of analytical Warzone YouTuber JGOD, who said that “it makes no sense.” After watching all POVs and agreeing that Ghost should have worked, he suggested that it’s “likely a private match bug.”

A small streamer, Fabes_O, replied to JGOD with evidence that it “happens in pubs too.” They uploaded a clip showing the UAV sweep the Bounty circle but no red dots appeared. But as they approached, the team suddenly showed up on the minimap. Fabes_O was eliminated by them, and the killcam proved that the player did indeed have Ghost.

Raven Software hasn’t acknowledged this bug yet, but it’s gained enough traction online that it’s likely to be on their radar.

You can also check out everything Raven has said about a console FOV slider for Warzone.

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When is FOV slider coming to Warzone on consoles? Raven ‘aware’ of requests

Warzone players have been calling for an FOV slider on consoles since the game’s release, and Raven have confirmed they are investigating the possibility.

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A Field-Of-View Slider for consoles has been a tool that Warzone players have been begging for since the game was released, and while Raven Software has acknowledged the requests, there’s no word on if or when it will finally be added.

Having an enhanced field of view on Warzone can be a huge advantage to players, allowing them to see more of their surroundings, and giving them the ability to customize their game exactly how they want to. 

Fans have been calling for FOV slider support since the game’s original launch in March 2020, but so far, only the PC version of Warzone has the setting built into it. Unsurprisingly, these requests intensified when Black Ops Cold War launched with an FOV slider on consoles in November 2020. 

What is an FOV slider? 

A FOV slider allows players to change their field of view on the screen to see more of their surroundings. This would let you see more of what is on either side of the direction your character is facing, increasing your peripheral view.

In Warzone, the default FOV is set to 80, but in Black Ops Cold War as seen below, that can be increased to 120, a huge jump from what players can normally see.

black ops cold war fov slider

Raven Software responds to Warzone FOV Slider calls

During a press briefing with Raven Software, the studio’s Associate Creative Director Amos Hodge revealed that the studio has heard all of the fan requests for a FOV slider in Call of Duty: Warzone. 

Hodge stated that they have heard fans’ calls for FOV sliders and are actively looking at its implementation for consoles in the future. However, he stopped short of providing any release time frame, stating they ‘cannot share’ any timeline at this point. 

Why is FOV not already available on consoles?  

Warzone FOV slider

One of the concerns behind bringing a field of view slider to Warzone is performance, with Infinity Ward worried about how it would run on old hardware like the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

With an increase in FOV, an adverse effect happens where you start to see a dip in frame rate in games. With Warzone supporting 150 players on a large map, the FPS drop could become so significant that it affects actual gameplay. This has been one of the key reasons why it has not been implemented yet. 

Still, Raven are investigating possible options regarding its implementation. It’s important to note that this feature could be limited just to the PS5 and Xbox Series X, but the studio declined to elaborate any further on the details of it.

If you currently play on PC, this option is already available, and you can use our Warzone FOV settings guide to make sure you’re making the most of this advantage.

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Best X16 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 4

The X16 is a great choice for those looking for a solid secondary weapon in their Warzone loadout, so here are the best perks and attachments to use on it.

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Best Warzone X16 Loadout

The X16 can be a deadly secondary weapon in Warzone Season 4 with the right attachments and perks, so let’s get into the best loadout for it.

For those who like to run Ghost over Overkill, running a strong secondary weapon is extremely important in Call of Duty: Warzone.

There is an abundance of great secondary weapons to choose from in Warzone, such as the M19, and the X16 is one of the best most powerful, especially with the correct setup.

Here is how to make the best Warzone X16 loadout to dominate all of the enemies you encounter on Verdansk and Rebirth Island in Season 4.

Best Warzone X16 loadout

Best Warzone X16 loadout

Best Warzone X16 loadout attachments

  • Barrel: Monolithic Supressor
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Trigger Action: Lightweight Trigger
  • Ammunition: 26 Round Mag
  • Perk: Akimbo

The best Warzone X16 loadout is equipped for close-ranged engagements, using the Monolithic Suppressor and 5mW Laser to help boost the damage and accuracy to finish off those who are just outside of its range.

The Lightweight Trigger is very important for improving the fire rate, while the 26 Round Mags will allow you to sustain fire for longer.

Lastly, and most importantly, the Akimbo perk helps greatly with increasing this weapon’s efficiency in those close quarters situations, allowing for a higher TTK and overall damage output.

Best perks to run with Warzone X16 class

best perks warzone x16 class
  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Ghost
  • Perk 3: Amped

As it is a secondary, you’ll want to be using the X16 for finishing off fights and also catching enemies by surprise by getting in enemy faces. Using E.O.D means you’ll reduce the risk of getting caught off guard by explosives when chasing enemies down and turning corners.

As always, Ghost will hide you from the minimap and Heartbeat Sensors, which is something that is greatly useful in Warzone, regardless of the weapon you’re using.

Amped will allow you to pull out the X16 fast to beat your enemy to the first shot, allowing you to finish off enemies and bombard them with bullets even after switching weapons.

How to unlock the X16

The X16 is a pistol in Warzone available from the get-go, meaning no matter your level, you can equip it to your loadout.

best warzone x16 loadout

Best alternatives

If you’re looking to dominate up close and don’t feel that the best Warzone X16 loadout fits the bill, the AS VAL is another great close-range option.

Or, if you’re looking for other secondaries, the akimbo Diamattis will do a similar job.

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

C58 | Groza | M4A1 | Milano | Swiss K31 | MG 82 | FARA 83

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