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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

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

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.

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.

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Best HDR loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 4

The HDR is the top Sniper Rifle of choice for many, and here’s the best HDR loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 4.

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The HDR Sniper Rifle is a great choice in Warzone, and you can use the right attachments, Perks, and equipment to make the best HDR loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 4.

If you’re looking for a great Sniper Rifle to pick off your enemies from a distance in Warzone then the HDR is an extremely viable choice, thanks to its solid ADS speed and ability to one-shot headshot enemies.

While the Warzone Pacific Season 4 update has shifted the meta by bringing a ton of weapon buffs and nerfs, the HDR continues to remain a great long-range option. You can make it even deadlier with the right attachments, Perks, and equipment.

Here’s the best HDR loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 4.

Best Warzone HDR loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 26.9″ HDR Pro
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Variable Zoom Scope
  • Stock: FTAC Stalker-Scout

We’ll start off this Warzone Pacific HDR loadout by equipping the Monolithic Suppressor muzzle and 26.9″ HDR Pro barrel to buff the Sniper Rifle’s effective damage range and bullet velocity.

You’ll now be able to score one-shot kills from a distance, and we recommend taking advantage of the Variable Zoom Scope optic’s magnification to pick off enemies in long-range combat.

These attachments come with a cost to your ADS speed, so we’ll make up for that with the help of the Tac Laser and FTAC Stalker-Scout stock.

Best Perks & Equipment to use with Warzone HDR class

  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Lethal equipment: Throwing Knife
  • Tactical equipment: Stim

When you camp at one spot with a Sniper Rifle, you’ll need to keep an eye out for enemies throwing Grenades and Semtex at you. For that reason, we recommend equipping the E.O.D to protect you from explosive damage.

You’ll want to use Overkill to pair this weapon with a medium-range Assault Rifle like the XM4 or a close-range SMG like the Marco 5. Finally, Amped will let you swap between both weapons quickly.

For the equipment, we’ve opted for the Throwing Knife to help you eliminate downed enemies, and the Stim regenerates your health after taking damage.

How to unlock the HDR in Warzone

If you want to get your hands on this Sniper Rifle to make the best Warzone HDR loadout, play until you reach Level 11.

At this point, the weapon will become unlocked, and you’ll be able to use it to cause some pain in Caldera and Rebirth Island.

Best HDR alternatives in Warzone

If you’re looking for an alternative then be sure to try out our ZRG 20mm loadout as this weapon has a faster ADS speed and higher bullet velocity than the HDR. The Pelington is another great choice for its high bullet velocity and ability to one-shot headshot foes.


For more Warzone content, check out the best H4 Blixen loadout for Warzone Season 4 as well as our guide on how to open the Fortune’s Keep wine bottle Vault Easter Egg.

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Warzone expert reveals best SMG loadout with “absurd TTK” in Season 4

Warzone expert WhosImmortal has revealed the best SMG loadout with “absurd” TTK in Warzone Pacific Season 4.

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Call of Duty expert WhosImmortal has revealed the best SMG loadout with an “absurd TTK” that you can use following the meta changes in Warzone Pacific Season 4.

The Warzone Pacific Season 4 update had a significant impact on the game’s meta after introducing numerous buffs and nerfs to the game’s existing weapons as well as adding the new Marco 5 SMG.

As a result, players are wondering which SMG is the most effective choice, and Warzone expert WhosImmortal has shared his loadout for the best Season 4 SMG with an insanely fast TTK.

WhosImmortal went over the best SMG loadouts that players can use in Warzone Pacific Season 4, including the Owen Gun, MP40, and MAC-10. While these are all effective choices, the top spot on this list went to the Type 100.

After going over the stats for the SMG, the Warzone expert praised its “absurd” TTK which allows it to eliminate enemies extremely fast. He then shared his best loadout for the Type 100.

WhosImmortal’s Type 100 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Sakura 196mm Light
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Warubachi Grip Folding 
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 9mm Kurz 48 Rounds Drum
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Taped Grip 
  • Perk: Gung-Ho
  • Perk 2: Quick

He starts off this loadout with the Recoil Booster muzzle and M1941 Hand Stop underbarrel to bring the weapon’s recoil under control. This will allow greater precision, and the Slate Reflector is a reliable optic choice.

The Sakura 196mm light barrel, Taped Grip, and Warubachi Grip Folding stock will boost the weapon’s ADS speed, Aim Walking movement speed, and Sprint to Fire speed. This will ensure that you move around the map faster.

He went with the 9mm Kurz 48 Rounds Drum to give the weapon plenty of ammo, and the Subsonic rounds will ensure that there is no minimap ping when you fire your weapon. Gung-Ho will allow you to fire while sprinting and Quick will improve your sprint speed.

This Warzone Pacific Season 4 loadout will grant you high mobility and low recoil so that you can properly take advantage of the Type 100’s TTK. So, be sure to try it out after you hop into the game.


For more Warzone, take a look a this bizarre Warzone glitch letting players get under Fortune’s Keep as well as our guide on how to get the free Warzone Final Judgement bundle with Modern Warfare 2.

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Furious Warzone players claim RICOCHET devs are on “vacation” as cheaters run rampant

Warzone Pacific players are upset with cheaters ruining matches, and are slamming the anti-cheat measures for being ineffective.

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Warzone Pacific players are frustrated about encountering cheaters and are slamming the anti-cheat developers for being on “vacation” while this problem is ruining matches.

Cheaters have been a major nuisance in Warzone, and the developers often quickly respond to this problem by implementing anti-cheat measures as well as removing hackers in ban waves.

While the RICOCHET anti-cheat system has helped rid the game of numerous cheaters, there have been reports of the situation getting worse all of a sudden, and the Warzone community is furious.

Warzone’s RICOCHET anti-cheat system’s kernel-level driver detects software and applications that players use to cheat, allowing the security team to respond quickly. While this is effective in finding hackers, a few still manage to ruin matches.

Reddit user ‘bwash407’ shared a clip in the Warzone Pacific subreddit, and it showed them spectating a player that was instantly locking on to numerous targets at different locations on the map.

This was a clear case of cheating, as the player should not be able to immediately lock on to multiple opponents at that distance. The Redditor sarcastically stated: “RICOCHET must be on vacation this week.”

While RICOCHET helps reduce cheating in the game, a few Warzone players feel that the anti-cheat measures aren’t effective since hackers can still use these kinds of exploits during matches.

One of the commenters claimed that cheaters have been running rampant for the last couple of weeks and appearing in almost every game. As a result, Warzone Pacific is starting to feel “unplayable.”

Another player replied that the most obvious cheaters are the ones that don’t bother to hide. There are others using wall glitches to secure unfair kills while players are unable to retaliate against them.

Top Warzone players are also upset by the current state of the game. Pro player ‘SuperEvan’ spoke out against the recent influx of cheaters, asking if the RICOCHET anti-cheat system had stopped working altogether.

While running into cheaters can be irritating, the Call of Duty developers recently reassured players in a recent progress report that the RICOCHET anti-cheat system will “get smarter and better as time progresses.”


For more Warzone Pacific content, be sure to check out the best MP40 loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 4 and  FaZe Swagg’s Warzone meta MAC-10 loadout for Season 4.

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