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Warzone Ghosts of Verdansk Fear Meter: What it does, how to reduce it & challenges

Warzone’s new Ghosts of Verdansk mode has a new Fear Meter mechanic, find out what it is, what fills it up, and challenge and rewards info.

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As part of the new Ghosts of Verdansk LTM, players have to combat the new Fear Meter mechanic. Our easy guide will run you through it, instructing you on what it is, what contributes to the meter, challenges linked to it, and possible rewards.

Warzone’s Fear Meter is an innovative gameplay element for the franchise that drastically changes the way players need to approach combat. As your Fear Meter rises, hallucinations become a distinct possibility, and they can be damaging in a 1v1.

To ensure that you are adequately prepared and informed about the Fear Meter, our detailed Warzone guide will walk you through The Haunting event’s scary, new addition.

What does Warzone’s Fear Meter do?

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Quite simply, the more you allow the Fear Meter gauge to fill up, the chances of encountering one of the game mode’s hallucinations drastically increase.

You should be able to see the meter in the bottom left-hand corner next to where information about your Armor Plates would be. It’s a skull surrounded by a bar that separates into three different colors.

Several actions will make the counter slowly tick up and reaching different marks will trigger a hallucination in Ghosts of Verdansk.

What makes Warzone’s Fear Meter fill up?

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Your actions will have a positive or negative effect on the Fear Meter, which will determine how quickly or slowly it will increase and decrease.

Here are all the different ways to increase the Fear Meter in Warzone:

  • Being shot at, being hit by enemy Equipment, or having their Killstreaks in the area
  • Camping (AKA cowardice)
  • Seeing dead bodies or Ghosts
  • Having squadmates downed or eliminated

How to reduce Warzone Fear Meter

This is how you can decrease the Fear Meter:

  • Eliminating a player or Ghost
  • Reviving a squadmate
  • Completing a Contract
  • Remaining within Sacred Ground… so long as it stays intact

How to complete Warzone Fear Meter hallucination challenges

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The Haunting event has some specific challenges tied directly to the Fear Meter, and they contribute to the nine overall challenges in the event.

Here is how to complete the two Fear Meter challenges.

Use 3 Sacred Ground locations to reduce your Fear Meter in The Ghosts of Verdansk playlist

Scattered around Verdansk are blue diamonds with shield symbols in the middle of them. Simply find these, step inside three different ones for a few seconds and you should complete this challenge.

Experience 3 Hallucinations while you have a full Fear Meter in The Ghosts of Verdansk playlist

This one is a lot easier and will probably come naturally if you play a few games of Ghosts of Verdansk. Simply perform all the actions that cause your Fear Meter to increase and sit back as jumpscares overcome your screen three times.

Warzone Fear Meter hallucination challenge rewards

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If you’re going to subject yourself to some difficult positions that require you to go out of your way and risk your position in a match, then you should be duly rewarded.

For completing the Sacred Ground challenge, you’ll earn an “Underworld calling card” and if you do the 3 Hallucinations, then this will get you a “Tentacle weapon charm.”

These are two of nine challenges, and if you can do all 9 for Cold War or Warzone, then you’ll get the LAPA SMG.


We have now covered all the major aspects of Warzone’s new Fear Meter mechanic, and it’s up to you to try and avoid nasty jumpscares – unless you want them of course.

Also, check out how to get the Donnie Darko and Scream Ghostface skin.

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Call of Duty: Warzone

Warzone Pacific Season 1 brings major changes to the Gulag

Some major changes are coming to Warzone when Caldera launches. A notable change comes by way of the Warzone Pacific Gulag.

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A significant change coming to the Gulag is one of many mechanics undergoing modification when Warzone Pacific Season 1 launches on December 8.

Players are chomping at the bit to get their hands on Call of Duty’s newest Battle Royale
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. After traversing the same map for almost two years, fans are understandably excited for this new Pacific adventure.

The setting is not the only thing that is set to undergo drastic changes. Prior to the December 8 release of Warzone Pacific, Activision has released a ton of new information about the new map and game mode. Players couldn’t help but notice one major change coming to the Gulag.

Warzone Pacific’s new and improved Gulag

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The Gulag is a Warzone staple. Despite undergoing several different landscape changes, the essence of the Gulag has remained the same since day one. Two players face off in a one-on-one engagement. Both players use the same generated loadout. The winner then drops back into the map.

The Gulag is an iconic element that sets Call of Duty’s Battle Royale apart from the competition. The devs understood that allowing players a second lease on life is a great way to give players multiple chances to be the last one standing.

Traditionally, players who win a Gulag fight would drop back into the map with only a Pistol to keep them company. This is the price players pay for returning to the match. The idea was to limit the possibilities upon return. Warzone Pacific: Caldera is disrupting the balance by allowing players to return with their Gulag loadout.

Players will carry over every single item they receive in the Gulag. It is important to note that these items do not restock if used by the Gulag winner. In other words, if you use your Lethal Grenade to damage your Gulag opponent, it isn’t replenished once your drop back into the map.

Players must be wise in how they approach their Gulag fight. Allowing players to drop back in with their Gulag loadout adds a new layer of strategy to your 1 vs 1 engagement. Preserving your equipment or using it to defeat your opponent will be a risk you’ll have to weigh up.

Players familiar with the Iron Trials Warzone game mode will already be accustomed to this new gameplay mechanic. As more is released about the Warzone Pacific Gulag, such as its layout, we’ll update this piece so stay tuned.


This is just one of many changes coming to Warzone on December 8. Check out these changes to the Gas Mask animation and Loadout Drop.

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When does Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 start? Season 6 end date

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is set to make way for Vanguard Season 1, here’s everything we know about when it will happen.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is finally here, but players will have to wait a little longer for the game’s first season. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard & Warzone Season 1, including release date and content.

After months of anticipation, Call of Duty: Vanguard has finally arrived, taking players back in time to World War II for all-out combat across the world. While Vanguard dropped on November 5, players will have to wait a little longer for the first season, and the content it will bring with it.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 has been going out with a bang thanks to the Secrets of the Pacific event.

With a new Warzone map, the RICOCHET anti-cheat, and Battle Pass, there’s plenty to get excited about with Vanguard & Warzone Season 1.

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Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 start date

The sixth season of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will end on Thursday, December 2, 2021, bringing an end to the Treyarch game’s run. Vanguard Season 1 will officially kick off on December 8.

Vanguard owners will have 24-hour exclusive first play access to the Caldera map. Open access begins on Dec. 9. So, if you’re looking to get on the new map early, make sure you purchase Vanguard!

Vanguard will have been out nearly a month at this point, making it the ideal time to bring in the new Warzone Caldera map and WW2 weapons set to drop with the first season, as well as the long-awaited introduction of anti-cheat.

This isn’t to say that Black Ops Cold War will be forgotten, as Modern Warfare has still received content updates in the last year.

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Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 content

Season 1 will be hugely important for both games, with major content coming to both Vanguard and Warzone.

For Vanguard, players will receive new multiplayer maps to explore and do battle on, along with the first Vanguard-specific Battle Pass, filled with new cosmetic content for players to enjoy.

Season 1 is set to be one of the biggest Warzone updates ever, with the new Pacific Caldera map finally releasing, Vanguard weapons being added, and the introduction of the new RICOCHET anti-cheat system.

There are also lots of changes coming to various aspects of Warzone, such as nerfs to Dead Silence and even a buff to Gas Masks.

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What’s happening before Vanguard & Warzone Season 1

While December 8th will be when all of the official Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 action will be kicking off, there is still plenty of action to enjoy in the remaining time of Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

You can find the official schedule for all of the content coming to Warzone and Black Ops Cold War ahead of Vanguard Season 1 below thanks to the Call of Duty blog.

  • October 28 (Console) and November 2 (PC): Call of Duty: Vanguard Pre-Loading Begins – Pre-order now to get your game ready to play immediately at launch, in addition to numerous bonuses across VanguardBlack Ops Cold War, and Warzone.
  • November 5: Call of Duty: Vanguard Launch – Expect epic experiences on all fronts with Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies. Additionally, RICOCHET Anti-Cheat begins its implementation with server-side initiatives.
  • November 5 to December 2: Preseason in Vanguard  Access to Free Vanguard Tiers on the Black Ops Cold War Season Six Battle Pass System continues. Then on November 17, prepare to ship off to a fan-favorite map.
  • November 18: Operation: Flashback Begins in Warzone – An encore limited-time mode for Verdansk, celebrating its past 18 months of hosting over 100 million players strong in Warzone. Ready for your last dance in Verdansk?
  • November 24: Uncover the “Secrets of the Pacific” – Get intel on Caldera and its new points of interest through this event’s Warzone and Vanguard Multiplayer challenges.
  • November 30 and December 1: Last Hours of Verdansk. – Bombs away – see what happens to Verdansk before Warzone goes dark to prepare for Caldera and Season One.
  • December 8: Season One Begins – Vanguard players get new Multiplayer maps, 24 hours of exclusive access to Call of Duty®: Warzone™ Pacific and more to kick off Season One. All players can enjoy a new Battle Pass system and two free functional weapons. Plus: RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver begins its rollout in Warzone.

In the meantime, players can continue to enjoy Vanguard’s Multiplayer and the final days of Verdansk.

To get the most out of your WWII experience, check out our guide on the best controller and aim assist settings, or when the next Double XP event will take place.

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Call of Duty: Warzone

Warzone Pacific changes: Dead Silence nerf, Heartbeat Sensors, Kali Sticks, more

Some major Warzone Pacific Season 1 changes are coming with the launch of Caldera on December 8. Here’s everything you need to know.

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Warzone Pacific Season 1 is set to bring some significant changes to the table. Here are some of the most important updates and additions players can expect on December 8.

As eager Call of Duty fans anticipate the groundbreaking launch of Vanguard Season 1 and Warzone Pacific, Activision has released some brand new patch notes for players to sift through.

It’s safe to say that players will be diving into a completely different Warzone experience than what they are used to. With many changes to dissect here are some of the highlights that you won’t want to miss.

Warzone Pacific Season 1 changes

Post-Gulag weapons & equipment

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Caldera will deliver a more forgiving Gulag experience. Previously, winning your Gulag gunfight meant dropping back into Verdansk with a pistol in hand. Warzone Pacific is making it so players drop back in with the loadout used to win their Gulag. In other words, players will have access to at least one weapon, if not two, and possibly any equipment that remains after the duel.

Players familiar with the Iron Trials ’84 Warzone game mode will already be accustomed to this new gameplay mechanic.

Equipment balancing & Loadout Drop purchase

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Several elements are being tuned prior to Caldera’s launch. Most of these elements correspond to player loadouts. For starters Stopping Power Rounds have been completely removed from the game as a Field Upgrade. In addition, the Dead Silence Field Upgrade is receiving a considerable nerf.

Raven Software has also promised to reduce the effectiveness of Stun Grenades, Heartbeat Sensors, and dual-wield melee weapons. These components were all widely used at one point in the Warzone cycle. It makes sense to pinpoint overpowered elements for players to start Caldera on even footing.

Another massively important change to note is the inability to call in a Loadout Drop from a Buy Station prior to the Loadout Drop event falling across the map. This will have a huge impact on strategy as many high-level players aim to purchase their Loadout Drop as quickly as possible in order to get a head start on the competition. That will no longer be possible. Also, when playing the Vanguard Royale playlist, Loadouts can only contain Vanguard weapons.

Alongside the nerf to some overpowered equipment, players can expect a buff to equipment that has gotten less love over the years. For starters, most equipment will deal more damage. Secondly, the Snapshot Grenade is receiving an increase in effective range. Stim equipment will now provide a momentary boost to movement speed and the Decoy Grenade will pack rubber bullets that deal a small amount of damage to enemies.

Gas Mask buff

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One of Warzone’s most prominent complaints is finally getting a fix. It seems as though Gas Masks will no longer interrupt the majority of your actions in Caldera.

In the past, the animation of removing or applying a mask has left players vulnerable when engaged in a gunfight. This change will also make plating within gas a more fluid experience.

Walk through water

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Players will be able to take to the water in Caldera. Although Operators still cannot swim in deep waters, shallow areas such as the Lagoon will inhibit players to swim through water. Players walking in water will be harder to track even when the Tracker Perk is equipped.

Furthermore, crouching in water will give you the effects of Cold Blooded. Lastly, when fire-based equipment makes contact with water, layers of smoke will appear. Each of these elements adds a new layer of strategy when traversing the map.


These are the major changes expected on December 8. Warzone players sure have a lot to get used to. This transition period will be an exciting one, stay tuned for more Vanguard Season 1 and Warzone Pacific: Caldera news before its release.

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