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Warzone Riot Shield gets major change in latest Season 4 update

The latest Warzone Season 4 update saw Raven Software make a significant change to the Riot Shield in the Call of Duty battle royale.

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The Riot Shield is one of the most infamous weapons in the world of Warzone, but it was on the receiving end of an unexpected change in the latest update for Season 4 of the battle royale game.

There is no doubt that the Warzone Riot Shield was one of the most discussed weapons in the game following its official release back in 2020, as many players have expressed frustration about getting eliminated by players using the weapon’s protective nature.

Others have proven to be exceptionally skilled at using the Warzone Riot Shield to secure wins and highlight players.

The discussion surrounding the Warzone Riot Shield will certainly be getting a new injection of life thanks to the June 24 update for the Call of Duty battle royale, as the newest Season 4 update brought a large change to how the weapon will appear in the game from now on.

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Warzone Riot Shield loot change

The June 24 update was not too grand in scale, as it signaled the end of the Ground Fall Event and reduced the audio of the new Season 4 dirt bike vehicles while also providing some fixes for a couple of bugs.

However, one of the biggest topics covered in the June 24 update patch notes was the change to the Warzone Riot Shield in the game’s loot pool.

Raven Software has temporarily removed the item from the game’s ground loot, so now players can only find the Warzone Riot Shield in loot boxes or by equipping it through a loadout drop.

Players will no longer be able to find this piece of equipment lying on the ground like they could at the beginning of Season 4.

The developers did not explain why they removed the Riot Shield from the ground loot and did not give players an expected return date, as they stated it would only be “temporarily removed.”

It remains to be seen how long the Warzone Riot Shield will be gone from the Season 4 ground loot, but there is no doubt that players will both be happy and sad to see the infamous weapon be available less frequently for now.

For more Warzone, check out the results of the very first World Series of Warzone tournament, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software

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Forgotten Warzone AR set to outshine powerful STG in Season 3

A Warzone expert proves that a forgotten Cold War Assault Rifle can best the STG’s firepower in Pacific Season 3.

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A Warzone content creator has revealed that a forgotten Assault Rifle can rival the STG, which is considered one of the best weapons in Season 3.

Following the Season 3 update, the Warzone meta has undergone some drastic changes. It wasn’t just the Sniper meta that changed as several players predicted. The best Assault Rifles in the game also underwent major changes.

Thanks to buffs to most Vanguard weapons, the STG44 is currently an extremely powerful option across Caldera and Rebirth Island. Despite the weapon’s recent dominance, a Warzone expert has claimed that a forgotten AR can keep up with the STG44.

Krig 6 in Warzone

Cold War’s Krig 6 certainly enjoyed a spell in the Warzone spotlight when the weapon was the top AR option. It has since declined in popularity with a pick rate of only 0.94% at this stage of Season 3.

Despite the Krig’s apparent lack of viability, Warzone expert TheKoreanSavage was able to prove that the Assault Rifle is a highly underrated option for players, “it feels like the STG44, but for some reason, it feels better.”

TheKoreanSavage’s Warzone Krig 6 loadout

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 15″ CMV Mil-Spec
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: STANAG 60 Rnd

Straight away you may notice that TheKoreanSavage equips a unique barrel attachment, opting for the 15″ CMV Mil-Spec. You may be accustomed to seeing the 19.7″ Takedown but the added recoil control of the 15″ CMV Mil-Spec truly makes it feel like a no-recoil weapon.

The extremely low recoil is what makes the weapon feel similar to the STG, “I can’t even tell, they’re kind of like the same thing.” This is great news for Warzone players who prefer Cold War weapons over Vanguard weapons, as the Krig 6 can clearly compete with STG.

The Field Agent Grip further adds recoil control, which makes the weapon easier to handle. The Axial Arms 3x is the perfect sight for both Rebirth Island and Caldera. If you’re skeptical about this Krig loadout, you can check out TheKoreanSavage’s gameplay where the streamer drops a whopping 32 kills in a single Rebirth Island match.


For more Warzone content, check out how to get the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone & Vanguard.

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JGOD explains why Warzone’s Operation Monarch event “flopped”

Call of Duty expert JGOD has revealed why Warzone Pacific Season 3’s King Kong vs Godzilla event has been a “flop.”

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Warzone’s Operation Monarch brought King Kong and Godzilla to Caldera, and Call of Duty expert JGOD has explained why fans aren’t sold on the event.

The arrival of King Kong and Godzilla in Caldera shook things up in Warzone Pacific Season 3, with players gaining access to brand-new content like the S.C.R.E.A.M. Device killstreak and Operation Monarch LTM.

However, the event has received criticism from the Warzone community, with popular streamers like Dr Disrespect and NICKMERCS roasting it on social media. Now, Warzone expert JGOD has revealed why Operation Monarch could potentially hurt the game.

Warzone Operation Monarch promo

JGOD discussed Warzone’s Operation Monarch and why he believes the event “flopped,” criticizing the fact that the King Kong and Godzilla don’t interact with each other on Caldera.

The Warzone expert stated: “They don’t interact in any way, and a lot of times that they’re not even close enough where you could use one’s ability on the other.” He then suggested a few ways this problem could have been solved.

JGOD said: “I feel like there should have been choreographed fighting elements where maybe they come together, hit each other, but they don’t have a victor, and then maybe after you get a win, there would be a series of four different cutscenes.”

If players won matches, they could see Godzilla smacking King Kong and vice versa, a draw, or even MechaGodzilla showing up. This would incentivize fans to play well so that they could see the different cutscenes.

Kong attacking helicopters

JGOD also compared Operation Monarch to Fortnite’s live events, arguing that Raven Software should have done something similar by making sure that players don’t have to battle each other.

He stated: “Basically, there’s no interaction between players in terms of being able to shoot each other, and you just participate in the event. I think a lot of people would have preferred just to have that event.”

The Call of Duty expert claimed that this would be a great way to get more people to join Warzone, as casual players wouldn’t have to worry about being shot down by enemies during the event.

JGOD pointed out the benefit of being able to level up weapons fast in Operation Monarch but claimed that the event was a “flop” because most of the Warzone community feels that the marketing didn’t match the end result.

As with Warzone’s other live events, Operation Monarch will remain available in Warzone Pacific Season 3 for a limited time.

For more Warzone content, check out how to get the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone as well as the best C58 loadout for CoD: Warzone Pacific Season 3.

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How to get Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone & Vanguard

Here’s how to unlock the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone and Vanguard – the most expensive Blueprint ever.

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Vanguard and Warzone players can unlock the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint as part of the Godzilla vs King Kong collaboration. It’s set to be the most expensive weapon Blueprint ever, so here’s how to get your hands on it.

Vanguard and Warzone players have been loving the Kong, Godzilla, and Mechagodzilla skins and bundles, but there’s one more Operation Monarch cosmetic for players to unlock — the Apex Phase Rifle Blueprint.

Although announced alongside the Season 3 Battle Pass, the devs didn’t reveal which gun it would be for, nor what it looked like. Now, thanks to an email sent out by Activision, we know that the Apex Phase Rifle Blueprint is for the Owen Gun, which is arguably one of the best SMGs in Warzone.

The Owen Gun Blueprint isn’t a straightforward unlock and you’ll need to put down a hefty amount of CoD Points, so here’s how to get your hands on it in Warzone and Vanguard.

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How to get Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone & Vanguard

Unlocking Warzone‘s Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint is unique in that you need to purchase all three of the Kong, Godzilla, and Mechagodzilla bundles.

Even though Operation Monarch ends on May 25, you’ll have until June 16 to purchase all three bundles and claim the Apex Phase Rifle.

Vanguard Godzilla and Kong Operator skins

How much is the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint?

As players need to purchase all three of the Godzilla vs Kong bundles, the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint will cost a whopping 7,200 CoD Points or $74.99 / £69.99.

Of course, you’re not just paying for the Blueprint itself, you’ll also get the Kong, Godzilla, and Mechagodzilla bundles with all of their cosmetics. Plus, for buying two out of the three bundles, you’ll get the exclusive “Godzilla vs. Kong” Weapon Sticker and the “Superspecies” Player Title.

King Kong Operator in Vanguard and Warzone

When does Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint unlock?

Don’t worry if the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint hasn’t appeared in your account yet, as it won’t become available until Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Reloaded.

Although no official release date has been confirmed, we expect Vanguard & Warzone Season 3 Reloaded to go live on Wednesday, May 25. This update is also set to bring the H4 Blixen SMG and the Serpentine Perk to Warzone, as well as Vanguard’s Sphere map.


For more Vanguard and Warzone, be sure to check out how Sledgehammer have changed matchmaking, as well as the highest K/D weapons in Warzone.

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