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Warzone players beg Raven to buff “unusable” Shotguns

Warzone Pacific players are calling for Raven Software to buff the “unusable” Shotgun class in Season 3 Reloaded.

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JAK-12 in Warzone Pacific

Warzone Pacific players are upset with the state of Shotguns in Season 3 Reloaded and are calling for the developers to buff the “unusableweapon class.

The Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded update brought several balancing adjustments to the popular Call of Duty battle royale title, including buffs and nerfs to many different weapons in the game.

Players were extremely disappointed with the Shotgun damage nerfs in the new update, with many calling for the removal of the weapon class in its current state. Others are asking the developers to implement a major buff in a new update.

The Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded update introduced notable damage nerfs to the Streetsweeper, Gallo, JAK-12, Origin 12, R9-0, and Gracey Auto Shotguns, much to the frustration of players.

In a clip posted in the Warzone subreddit, Reddit user ‘V_I_N_E_S’ highlighted the problem with the nerfs. It showed the player landing in front of an opponent and shooting them point-blank with a Shotgun.

Even though the enemy was hit by a direct headshot from up close, they did not die before being shot a second time. The Redditor then stated: “A pump shotgun point-blank to the face should still one shot.”

Many of the commenters agreed with this sentiment, claiming that the damage nerfs introduced to Shotguns in the Warzone Season 3 Reloaded update have not had a positive impact on gameplay.

One user wrote: “Shotguns should be way more powerful at very short range. It’s bizarre that they’ve made them completely unusable.”

Shotguns are meant to be extremely effective at close-range, so the fact that it takes two shots at point-blank range to take down opponents came as shock to fans. The replies were filled with players calling for the developers to buff this weapon class in a future update.

One of the commenters stated: “They were already situational, but now there is no point in running almost any Shotgun except for the two-shot one from Vanguard and hope that you land both shots.”

While many players were understandably upset by these changes, a few of the commenters claimed that this change helps make the game more balanced by ensuring that you can’t be eliminated in just a single shot.

One player claimed: “It’s a video game people. If I was constantly being one-shotted by a Shotgun or any other gun in a BR, I would be moving on to a different game.”

Many players in the thread shared their own suggestions for how Raven Software can address this problem, with a few suggesting more damage changes in a future Warzone Pacific update patch.

One user suggested: “Realistically, a slug should take you down from 20m too, but a balanced way would be to just have a heavy dropoff. 1m they die and 2m only takes a little under half health, so at least camping is harder.”

At the time of writing, it remains to be seen whether or not Raven Software will take these suggestions seriously and implement similar changes in a future update. If there are any further changes to the Shotgun class, we’ll be sure to let you know.


For more Warzone content, check out why Warzone players are baffled by “most brutal” nerf in the game’s history as well as everything that we know about the next Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Double XP event.

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Warzone expert claims overlooked LMG’s TTK outshines best weapons in Season 4 Reloaded

According to a Warzone expert an underrated LGM can surpass the KG M40 as the best long-range weapon in Season 4 Reloaded.

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It’s been some time since an LMG has dominated the long-range Warzone meta, but an expert believes that this could be the case in Season 4 Reloaded.

Thanks to balanced buffs and nerfs in the Season 4 Reloaded update, Warzone’s long-range meta is quite varied at the moment. Despite the diversity, the KG M40 is marginally considered the best weapon in Warzone.

Popular weapons tend to hog the spotlight in Warzone and the KG M40 is currently the most popular weapon in Warzone. However, a Warzone expert believes that an LMG with an incredible TTK can outshine every long-range option in Season 4 Reloaded, including the KG M40.

The UGM-8 made its way to Warzone at the start of Season 4 and had an immediate impact thanks to a powerful burst loadout. Now, Warzone expert WhosImmortal believes that a fully automatic loadout for the UGM-8 has what it takes to rise to the top of the long-range meta.

Players have been calling for LMG buffs so the class can compete with overpowered Assault Rifles. Thanks to an incredible TTK over range, the UGM-8 can outshine the NZ-41, Vargo 52, and KG M40. As WhosImmortal puts it: “we’re outgunning everything with this thing.”

WhosImmortal backs up his claim with stats and it’s clear to see just how much the UGM-8 dominates when it comes to TTK. Of course, the KG M40 is the more accurate of the two, but if you’re confident in your aim, then utilizing the LMG’s absurd TTK is your best bet.

WhosImmortal’s Warzone UGM-8 loadout

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Bernard XL214 736mm
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
  • Stock: Mercier WT Ancre
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Magazine: 6.5mm Sakura 125 Round Box
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Hatched Grip
  • Perk: Tight Grip
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

For starters, the Bernard XL214 736mm is one of the weapon’s fully automatic barrels and it will help with recoil control while also increasing bullet velocity.

The most important attachment is without a doubt the 6.5mm Sakura 125 Round Box as it is vital in maximizing the UGM-8’s TTK. If you want to use the LMG as a medium-range aggressive weapon then you can opt for a smaller magazine size.

Most of the remaining attachments like Tight Grip, Hatched Grip, M1930 Strife Angled, and Mercier WT Ancre contribute to the weapon’s aiming stability and recoil control. While the LMG boasts a fantastic TTK, making your shots count and taming the weapon is the key to this loadout’s success.


For more, check out our guide to the highest K/D weapons in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

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Best MP40 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded

Here are the attachments, Perks, and Equipment to make the best MP40 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

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The MP40 SMG is a great choice for close-range combat, and here are the right attachments, Perks, and Equipment that you can use for the best MP40 loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

Warzone Pacific features a variety of powerful SMGs that you can use in close-range battles, and the MP40 remains a viable pick in Warzone because of its minimal recoil and decent damage.

Even after the meta changes following the arrival of the Season 4 Reloaded weapon buffs and nerfs, you can still use the MP40 to cause some serious pain. We’ll go over the ideal attachments, Perks, and Equipment you need to do that.

Here’s the best MP40 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

Best Warzone MP40 loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: VDD 189mm Short
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
  • Underbarrel: m1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Perk: Steady
  • Perk 2: Quick

This Warzone MP40 loadout will start by equipping the Recoil Booster muzzle and VDD 189mm Short barrel to boost the weapon’s damage range while lowering its TTK.

The Krausnick 33M Foldingm1941 Hand Stop, and Stippled Grip will help bring the weapon’s recoil under control. You can then use the Slate Reflector optic to eliminate enemies from a distance.

We went with the 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags as our magazine choice to ensure that the weapon has plenty of ammo, and the Lengthened ammo type will provide a boost to bullet velocity.

For our perks, we went with Steady to boost movement speed while aiming down sights, and Quick to improve movement speed so that we can get around the map quickly.

Best Warzone MP40 Perks and Equipment 

  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Lethal Equipment: Semtex
  • Tactical Equipment: Stim

E.O.D will protect you from explosive damage from Grenades, and Overkill will allow you to pair the MP40 with an Assault Rifle like the Cooper Carbine. For our final Perk, we went with Amped to quickly swap between the two weapons.

Coming to our choice of equipment the Semtex will allow you to deal damage to multiple foes and a Stim will give you a quick health boost.

How to unlock the MP40 in Warzone Pacific

If you want to get your hands on the MP40 in Warzone and Vanguard, then you’ll need to reach Rank 16. You can do this after hopping into a few matches and playing well until you level up.

Once you reach Rank 16, this weapon will automatically be added to your inventory, so you don’t need to worry about completing some long and difficult unlock challenge first.

Best Warzone Pacific alternatives to MP40

If you’re looking for a great alternative to the Warzone MP40 then the Macro 5 is a great SMG choice that’s ideal for close-range combat. The H4 Blixen is another great option that boasts an impressive K/D ratio.


For more Warzone content, you can check out how players are begging the devs to make Champion of Caldera LTM permanent and the frustrating reason why the devs can’t buff Modern Warfare weapon attachments.

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Warzone players beg devs to make Champion of Caldera LTM permanent

Warzone’s Champion of Caldera has been a massive hit amongst players and they’re desperate to see the LTM become a permanent mode.

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The Champion of Caldera LTM is one of Warzone’s most popular playlist additions and players are begging the devs to make it a permanent mode in Season 4 Reloaded.

The Warzone playlist changes every week with new modes replacing old ones in a constant cycle. This rotation helps keep the game feeling fresh as players are never stuck with the same modes for too long.

Warzone LTMs are usually a big success amongst players as they offer an escape from the gameplay formula they’re used to. Previously, Operation Monarch, Caldera Clash, and Golden Plunder have all been LTMs that players seemed to enjoy.

However, the nature of a limited time mode is self-explanatory, in that it is meant to only be around for a short amount of time. In this short period, players have grown to love the Champion of Caldera mode, so much so that they’re now demanding that the devs make it permanent.

Champion of Caldera has been around since Season 3 Reloaded and the mode allows you to spawn in with your choice of loadout. With no need to loot for top-tier weapons, your goal is to survive amidst a constantly-closing circle that forces a ton of engagements.

Reddit user chopbustre produces an explanation in favor of the mode staying, in which they claim that the constant action has actually made them a better Warzone player: “My game sense and skill has improved dramatically over the last week. I am a 1 KD player who has upped to 1.6 since I started playing this mode.”

It seems there are benefits to playing Champion of Caldera beyond the fact that it is a fun Warzone experience. With over 200 upvotes at the time of writing, it’s no surprise that several players shared the OP’s sentiment:

“Fully agree. The constant circling and no camping truly is the best. In regular caldera people get loadout in sit in the same place all game. This definitely minimizes that and makes this mode more enjoyable.”

It’s rare to see such a large group of players all in agreement over the fact that the “mode needs to stay.” In fact, most players unanimously agreed when it came to the mode’s one issue: “they need to take out the ability to shoot/kill people in the air off the plane drop.”

Since players drop in fully equipped with their top loadouts, the ability to shoot players out of the air can ruin the fun from the get-go. Nonetheless, Champion of Caldera has been a resounding success for the Warzone community and it’s clear to see why they want it to stay.


For more, check out when to expect Warzone Pacific Season 5 as well as the content you could expect for the major update.

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