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Warzone Season 5 Reloaded weapon buffs & nerfs: ARs, Krig, M16, SMGs, MP5, more

Warzone’s Season 5 Reloaded update includes significant balancing changes to a number of weapons, including C58, SMGs, M16, and more.

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Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5 Reloaded is here, and the team at Raven Software have included made some major changes to the weapons and weapon balancing within Verdansk, with buffs and nerfs for a number of guns across Modern Warfare & Cold War weapons.

Raven Software has ben keeping the weapon meta fresh in Warzone as part of different updates, allowing a better balance of the overall weapons.

With the launch of the Season 5 Reloaded patch in Warzone on September 8, Raven Software has made a number of adjustments to the weapons in the game, across both Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare weapons.

Raven’s patch notes describes how they decided to make changes for Season 5 Reloaded:

“While assessing the power level of BOCW Weapons, we have observed some disparities between ease of use and efficacy. The Krig 6 (BOCW) has shown an impressive performance at just about every engagement range. While we believe it is important to have a wide array of Weapons which can be utilized by players of all skill levels — it is critical to the health of the game that their effectiveness scales appropriately with the skill required to wield them.

If players can be as effective with a Weapon that is pinpoint accurate that has a marginally slower Time to Kill potential than the hardest to wield Weapons, why would they choose another? As we continue to address these Weapons, we will also be making adjustments to BOCW attachments that offer Recoil Control. We feel these changes will provide a fairer, more diverse long-range landscape.

Warzone Season 5 Reloaded Weapon Changes

Assault Rifle updates in Warzone Season 5 Reloaded

Raven has made numerous changes to assault rifles, with emphasis on changes to Cold War’s ARs, in the Season 5 Reloaded update.

The newest update includes updates for Modern Warfare’s AR Bravo and a nerf for the Cold War’s C58 rifle.

Other Assault Rife changes in Season 5 Reloaded include updates for the Groza, Krig, and EM2 in game. There’s a buff included for the Krig, which stabilizes its recoil pattern.

Here’s the full list of Assault Rifle Changes:

  • C58 (BOCW)
    • Recoil adjusted

High damage Weapons like the C58 (BOCW) tend to adhere to a lower Rate of Fire and higher Recoil, which generally balances out their hasty Time to Kill potential. Much like the Krig 6 (BOCW), the C58 (BOCW) was a tad easier to control than we feel is appropriate for a Weapon with its damage profile. While “Recoil adjusted” can be rather nebulous, the exact details of these changes can often be difficult to quantify with numbers alone. While the C58’s (BOCW) Recoil has been increased slightly, the majority of this change will be felt in the Recoil Pattern deviation. When this deviation is increased, it can create subtle shifts which become increasingly difficult to compensate for given distance from the target.

  • EM2 (BOCW)
    • Base Optic eye position retracted

The EM2 (BOCW) is not receiving a direct reduction to its efficacy with this change. However, it will result in the Base Optic being a less suitable substitute for higher magnification optics. This, however, in conjunction with the changes to Recoil Control barrels will make the EM2 a slightly less viable option to lesser skilled marksmen.

  • Assault Rifle Bravo (MW)
    • Upper Torso Multiplier decreased from 1.1 to 1

To the dismay or surprise of some, our data suggests that the Assault Rifle Bravo (MW) is an absolute monster. The Assault Rifle Bravo (MW) will still be capable of achieving an extremely low Time to Kill, though that speed will now be locked behind an additional Headshot. Changes like these align more closely with our goal to shift consistently acquirable TTKs out of the 300ms range.

  • Groza (BOCW)
    • Sprint to Fire Speed increased by 15%

The Groza (BOCW) has not yet fulfilled the role we had intended for it. As a more ‘bruiser’ oriented, AR-SMG hybrid, its slow base Sprint to Fire Speed has continued to hold it back considerably. With this change, it will be able to more reliably contest SMGs in short-range engagements.

  • Krig 6 (BOCW)
    • Maximum Damage decreased from 30 to 29
    • Mid Damage now 25
    • Minimum Damage decreased from 25 to 23
    • Weapon Kick adjusted

The vast majority of kills with the Krig 6 (BOCW) take place within its Max Damage Range, which unsurprisingly, is the longest of all BOCW Assault Rifles. This change will affect most Time to Kill breakpoints within its Maximum Damage Range by one bullet. Additionally, we have added a third Damage Range. Which is a change we do not suspect to be immensely impactful, as builds that extend Damage Range could push the Mid Damage Range out to nearly 100 meters — which is well beyond the average kill distance for the Krig 6 (BOCW). Though, it is not all bad for the Krig 6 (BOCW); we have reduced some of the Weapon’s ‘bounciness’ while firing which we feel makes it more enjoyable to use.

SMG changes in Warzone Season 5 Reloaded

Raven Software has made certain adjustments to Warzone’s SMGs to allow for better balance set between the weapons in the category.

The SMG changes in the Season 5 Reloaded update effect both Modern Warfare & Cold War weapons, including the OTs 9 & PPSH. Another nerf for Modern Warfare’s MP5 also included in the update.

Here’s the full changes for SMGs in Warzone with Season 5 Reloaded:

  • Submachine Gun Charlie (MW) with 10mm Auto 30-Round Mags
    • Maximum Damage decreased from 34 to 31

This Maximum Damage change mirrors the adjustment to the base Submachine Gun Charlie (MW) made earlier this season.

  • OTs 9 (BOCW)
    • Maximum Damage Range decreased by 6.2%

The OTs 9 (BOCW) might be a bit stronger than we would like, but we would first like to see how this change broadly impacts the Weapon’s viability. The OTs 9 (BOCW) was always intended to be the quintessence of barrel stuffing Submachine Guns. A Submachine Gun that was intended to challenge Shotguns within their Effective Damage Range. We believe it is achieving that, but its Maximum Damage range, while shorter than each other BOCW SMG, might still be too long. We will continue to closely monitor the performance of the OTs 9 (BOCW) following this change.

  • PPSh-41 (BOCW)
    • Weapon Kick adjusted
    • ADS Sway adjusted

While firing the PPSh-41 (BOCW), the Weapon could kick in a manner that would make it difficult to gauge bullet directionality. This is a subtle change that will have a significant impact on the ability to reliably line up shots.

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Tactical Rifles updated in Warzone Season 5 Reloaded

Season 5 Reloaded weapon changes continued with changes to the Tactical Rifles weapon class in Call of Duty: Warzone.

This update includes changes to Black Ops Cold War’s Tactical Rifles, including M16 and DMR. The balancing was a fix of nerfs and buffs, depending on the weapon.

Check the list to see all the Tactical Rifle updates:

  • Tactical Rifle Charlie (BOCW)
    • Recoil decreased

The Tactical Rifle Charlie (BOCW), and many other Tactical Rifles have remained out of the spotlight for nearly three seasons. Given that, we feel now is a good time to reassess their effectiveness, cognizant of the razor’s edge of balance on which Burst Weapons exist. While this change will make the Tactical Rifle Charlie (BOCW) far easier to stay on target with, the reduction in effectiveness to Titanium barrels remains intact, which heavily contributed to the dominance of the Tactical Rifle Charlie (BOCW) and M16 (BOCW) several seasons ago.

  • DMR 14 (BOCW)
    • Recoil adjusted

Rather than an outright ‘decrease’ to Recoil, this change is more of a rework. The DMR 14 (BOCW) has languished since its changes in season one, but it has not been forgotten. Expect the DMR 14 (BOCW) to feel like a new Weapon. Semi-auto Weapon enthusiasts rejoice, as the DMR 14 (BOCW) may see a real resurgence following this change.

  • M16 (BOCW)
    • Weapon Kick decreased

Of the Tactical Rifles adjusted in this patch, the M16 received the smallest change. This is partly because we feel the M16 (BOCW) is already in an acceptable spot for Burst Weapons.

  • Type 63 (BOCW)
    • Headshot Multiplier decreased from 2.1 to 1.58
    • Neck Multiplier increased from 1.2 to 1.58
    • Upper Torso Multiplier decreased from 1.2 to 1
    • Lower Torso Multiplier decreased from 1.1 to 1
    • Weapon Kick decreased

The Type 63 (BOCW) has become quite infamous recently — and for good reason. With a single Headshot, Time to Kill could be reduced to 332ms and with two, a mind boggling 166ms. A speed which only Sniper Rifles could compete with a TTK of 0 (only the travel time of the bullet). This should put into perspective how out of line the Type 63 (BOCW) was. While these changes seem extreme, a TTK of 332ms is still possible, it will just require three headshots instead of one.

Additional Weapon Changes – Snipers & LMGs

The Season 5 Reloaded update also includes some minor changes to the Cold War’s Sniper Rifles, along with smaller changes for one LMG.

Here’s the Sniper Rifle & LMG changes in Warzone Season 5 Reloaded:

Sniper Rifles

  • Swiss K31 (BOCW)
    • Recoil adjusted

We have improved the firing Recoil behavior for the Swiss K31 (BOCW). We expect this change to go largely unnoticed as it does not have a measurable impact on the Weapon’s effectiveness but should improve its overall feel.

  • ZRG 20mm (BOCW)
    • Recoil adjusted

Much like the Swiss K31 (BOCW), the ZRG 20mm (BOCW) has received some changes to its firing Recoil behavior to ensure that it looks, sounds, and most importantly feels like one of the baddest Sniper Rifles in Verdansk.

Light Machine Guns

  • Light Machine Gun Alpha (BOCW)
    • Recoil increased slightly

And that’s a wrap on the weapon changes as part of Season 5 Reloaded. The variety of weapons and meta continues to shift as Raven Software looks to balance out the offering in game.

For more information on the all of the changes included in the update, check the Warzone Season 5 Reloaded patch notes and stay tuned for updates.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software

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Warzone players call for Raven to steal exciting Apex Legends feature

Warzone players are calling for the developers to add a feature seen in Apex Legends to improve the player experience.

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Warzone players are calling for Raven Software to add a certain feature to Warzone that is available to players in Apex Legends.

Since Vanguard’s integration, Warzone has been receiving a lot of stick, not just over the bugs and issues, but also the new map, Caldera, which is supposedly receiving some changes soon.

Although players were seemingly looking forward to the prospect of a new battle royale map for Warzone Pacific, there’s clearly a lot that players would like to see improve, with NICKMERCS recently sharing his opinion on the matter.

Now, players are calling for a feature from Apex Legends that may alleviate player frustrations when it comes to the map.

warzone caldera verdansk maps side by side

Reddit user duffwardo posed a question in the Warzone subreddit that asks: “Would adding timed map rotations into Warzone improve the game?”

The post has an image attached showing Verdansk ’84, the original Verdansk map, and Caldera side by side suggesting that these maps would be in rotation for the battle royale.

This is a feature that is already present in Warzone’s battle royale competitor Apex Legends. In Apex, battle royale maps rotate every hour or so to keep the game fresh and exciting.

This means that players aren’t just fighting in the same locations again and again, and they get to experience some variation when the map rotates. It seems this is something Warzone players would like as well, especially those who miss Verdansk, as one player in the comments wrote:

“That would be great so I could skip Caldera every time its in rotation, like everyone else would. Everyone wants Verdansk back.”

The major difference is that Apex Legends has four maps to rotate between and will sometimes take a map away for a whole season and then bring it back to make it feel even more refreshing.

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Warzone really only has two maps, Caldera and Verdansk. As one comment points out, it may be pointless to have both Verdansk and Verdanks ’84 due to their likeness: “I see no point rotating between verdansk and verdansk 84, one or the other but preferably OG verdansk.”

This probably won’t be added to Warzone due to the sheer size that it would make the game, especially as it would likely cause even more bugs and issues than already present.

Perhaps this is something we will see for the reported Warzone 2, which is set to be a completely new battle royale game.

Image Credits: Raven Software / Respawn Entertainment

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Warzone January 26 update patch notes: Buy Station freeze fix, Xbox improvements, more

Warzone has been given a brand new update on January 26 and it seems Raven are focussing on eliminating bugs and performance issues.

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The Warzone January 26 update brings a variety of bug fixes and improvements to the game, including a partial fix for the dreaded Buy Station freezing bug.

Warzone has been going through a pretty rough period when it comes to bugs, exploits, and performance issues. Players have been complaining about a variety of things including the Buy Station freezing glitch and, more recently, invisible guns in the Gulag.

Since the delay of Season 2, the devs promised to work harder on improving the experience for players, and it seems that’s what this Warzone January 26 update is all about.

Warzone Buy Station freezing improvements

While this wasn’t explicitly in the patch notes for this update, Raven Software took to Twitter to let players know about “major improvements” to players freezing at Buy Stations.

Although the bug is seemingly still in the game, Raven have explained that the “frequency” of this issue should be reduced for the time being.

As it is still an issue, we expect to see more improvements and fixes for this bug in a future update.

Warzone January 26 update patch notes

January 26 warzone patch notes

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed collision issues with various elements across Caldera allowing Players to exploit/peek/shoot through them.
  • Fixed an issue causing instability when typing non-ASCII characters (eg: ©, ®, ™, ∅).
  • Fixed an additional issue causing the menu screen to flicker.
  • Fixed an issue allowing Players to respawn via buy back with part of their original Loadout.
  • Fixed an issue causing additional placeholder images to appear in various Store Bundle previews and/or purchases.
  • Fixed an issue causing live matches to crash.
  • Fixed an issue causing Players to fall into a bottomless pit of despair when attempting to take a dip in the pool.
  • Fixed an issue causing the second Loadout Public Event to not occur in core Battle Royale modes.

Xbox improvements

  • Fixed an issue causing instability when pressing the Xbox home button twice while in-game.

Warzone Pacific Season 2 will be the game’s next big update, so stay tuned for all the information when it is released on February 14.

For more, check out the leaks, rumors, expected release date, and platforms for Call of Duty: Warzone 2.

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CoD Warzone 2: Leaks, rumors, platforms & release window

Activision are reportedly developing Warzone 2, so here’s everything we know about the rumored sequel to CoD’s battle royale.

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While Call of Duty: Warzone has just undergone its huge Pacific overhaul, there are reports that Activision are developing ‘Warzone 2.’ Here’s everything we know about Warzone 2, the rumored sequel to CoD’s hit battle royale.

Call of Duty: Warzone will soon hit its third year, and the game has changed significantly since its March 2020 release. Every weapon from Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard have arrived, Verdansk was nuked and given a 1980’s overhaul, and now the game takes place in the Pacific.

But it appears that Activision are looking at moving the battle royale title on further, with Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier reporting that “a new iteration of Call of Duty Warzone” is in the works.

Here’s everything we know about Call of Duty: Warzone 2.

What is Call of Duty: Warzone 2?

Warzone operator running from helicopters

Call of Duty: Warzone 2 is the rumored sequel to CoD’s hit battle royale, where it’s reported to be “a completely new game” with “no past weapon integrations.”

Warzone’s sequel was first reported by Bloomberg’s Jason Schreier and corroborated by well-known industry insider Tom Henderson.

When could Warzone 2 release?

Schreier reported that Warzone 2 is on track for a 2023 release, which puts it at three years after Warzone’s original launch.

There’s no way of knowing whether it will be attached to CoD 2022 (believed to be titled Modern Warfare II) similar to how the original Warzone was released as part of Modern Warfare, or whether it will launch alongside CoD 2023 at the end of the year.

Warzone 2 platforms

According to Tom Henderson, Warzone 2 will only be on current-gen and PC, which means it will release on Xbox Series X|S, PlayStation 5, and PC.

He described it as a “completely new game for better hardware,” so it will likely take full advantage of PC and current-gen console’s power.

We would expect improved visuals, and maybe even the highly-requested FOV slider on consoles.

Warzone 2 gameplay

Price, Kingsley and woods in Warzone pacific caldera map

We’re completely in the dark about what Warzone 2’s gameplay will be like, but Henderson said that there will be “no past weapon integrations etc.”

So it seems that Warzone 2 will be a clean slate, only taking in weapons from the current CoD title or having its own separate weapon pool.


Microsoft have announced they’re in the process of buying CoD publishers Activision Blizzard, so you can also check out the five ways the deal could change Call of Duty forever.

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