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When is Nakatomi Plaza being removed from Call of Duty: Warzone?

Call of Duty’s 80s Action Hero Event was always a limited-time event, so how much longer will Nakatomi Plaza be in Warzone Season 3?

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Activision shocked the Call of Duty community with Rambo, John McClane, and Nakatomi Plaza. The two skins will remain, but how long does Nakatomi Plaza have in Warzone?

Nakatomi Plaza’s arrival has been a resounding success with Call of Duty: Warzone fans praising the location for feeling “fun and fresh” in Warzone. Not only that, but even popular streamer Herschel “Guy” Beahm IV AKA Dr Disrespect has shown his admiration for the POI.

Nakatomi Plaza turned the relatively untouched Downtown area into a hotbed for action and intensity. But as with everything, all good things must come to an end. Let’s take a look at the possible end date for Nakatomi Plaza in Warzone.

Nakatomi Plaza POI end date & time in CoD: Warzone

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When the official Call of Duty website first outlined the location and all the different elements that comprised it, it made sure to say that these were, “limited-time areas.

No matter how popular Nakatomi Plaza proved to be, it always had an expiration date. Black Ops Cold War currently has a timer ticking down the remaining time of the 80s Action Hero Event.

It is scheduled to conclude at 10am PT / 1pm ET / 6pm BST.

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As we continue to move from season to season in Verdansk ’84, it seems like Raven Software is trying to explain different events in the build-up to the Season 2 Nuke Event and provide different opportunities for players.

We fully expect Nakatomi Plaza to revert to its original state by the beginning of Season 4. Based on previous seasons and the projected end of the Season 3 Battle Pass, we would expect June 16 or June 17 to be the launch of Call of Duty: Warzone Season 4.

It’s always possible that if Nakatomi Plaza does presumably get removed it will return in some capacity in the future as part of map nostalgia.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software

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Call of Duty devs explain why they use weapon codenames in patch notes

In the Warzone patch notes the devs use codenames for weapons instead of their in-game name, and they have finally revealed why.

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Call of Duty developers have officially revealed the reason why they use codenames for weapons in the patch notes.

Warzone is in its fourth season, and the devs have been giving weapon codenames since the very beginning. This has always baffled players as they are unaware as to why the developers don’t just use their in-game names.

Luckily, two devs have revealed why they use codenames for weapons, and the answer may not be much of a surprise.

In response to a player’s tweets regarding the use of “Asault Rifle Charlie” and “Assault Rifle Hotel” in the patch notes, two developers provided insight into the question.

According to the Sledgehammer Games Communication Manager and Treyarch’s Associate Director, the reason Activision uses codenames for weapons in Warzone is for “legal reasons.”

The devs actually can’t use the official names, and it seems they actually feel the same as players when it comes to the codenames, with Sam Leichtamer saying that it’s “very confusing for (the devs) too.”

In another tweet, developer Matt Scronce agrees, saying that he doesn’t like it any more than players do, but for “legal/licensing reasons,” it is necessary.

Well there you have it, that’s why your favorite weapons in Warzone have codenames in the patch notes. For more, check out what loadout NICKMERCS beat his Warzone kill record with.

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Best SMGs in Warzone: Every Season 4 Reloaded Submachine Gun ranked

An SMG is a vital tool in Warzone, so we’ve ranked every SMG in the game and highlighted the top five in Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

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Submachine Guns are powerful tools in any Call of Duty: Warzone player’s arsenal. With that being said, we’ve ranked every SMG and put together the top five for Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded’s best close-range guns.

Following the Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded update, Warzone’s long-range meta changed with the NZ-41 out of the picture. While the KG M40 and UGM-8 surpassed the NZ-41 following the update, the game’s close-range meta hasn’t changed too drastically, with Vanguard weapons continuing to dominate.

Having said that, there are some very strong and underrated SMGs that have climbed the ranks since the Season 4 Reloaded update, boasting incredible TTKs and versatility.

Whether you’re playing on Rebirth Island, Caldera, or Fortune’s Keep, we have all the SMGs in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded ranked and the top 5 that you should be using.

Best Warzone SMGs ranked list

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SMGs have always played an important role in Warzone’s meta. Alongside long-range options like Assault Rifles and Sniper Rifles, players need something for fighting up close, and that’s where SMGs come in.

Before we take a detailed look at the game’s top five SMGs, we’re first going to rank every SMG in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded so you can see how each weapon compares to the rest.

Here’s our official ranked list for the SMGs in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded:

  1. Armaguerra 43
  2. H4 Blixen
  3. Marco 5
  4. Type 100
  5. Welgun
  6. MP40
  7. Owen Gun
  8. MP5 (CW)
  9. UGR
  10. Sten
  11. OTs 9
  12. LAPA
  13. Milano
  14. MAC-10
  15. PPSH-41 (Cold War)
  16. Bullfrog
  17. M1912
  18. PPSH-41 (Vanguard)
  19. MP5 (MW)
  20. MP7
  21. PP19 Bizon
  22. Uzi
  23. AUG (MW)
  24. CX-9
  25. TEC-9
  26. Fennec
  27. AK-74u
  28. P90
  29. Nail Gun
  30. Striker
  31. ISO
  32. LC10
  33. KSP 45

Top 5 SMGs in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded

5. Welgun

Vanguard Welgun SMG

The Welgun is the king of low recoil SMG loadouts and it is one of the easiest weapons to use. Although it doesn’t have the same incredible damage-per-mag as the Amraguerra, it has everything you’d want from an SMG — solid time to kill, low recoil, and high mobility.

Truthfully, there is very little to separate the top Vanguard SMGs in Warzone and if any of the weapons below receive nerfs, then the Welgun will surely rise up this list throughout Season 4 Reloaded.


4. Type 100

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The Type 100 is a Vanguard SMG that players simply cannot ignore. During Warzone Pacific Season 3 it became the fastest-killing SMG in the game, and its dominance has continued throughout Season 4 Reloaded.

Although the Type 100 is a tad unwieldy, you’ll find that you’ll win almost every close-range gunfight when it’s in your hands. Its main issues are that it has a relatively small magazine size and struggles at range, but it deserves its top five spot because of its incredible damage output.


3. Marco 5

Marco 5 in Warzone Pacific

The relatively new Marco 5 became available via the Season 4 Battle Pass and it managed to make its way onto this list immediately. It debuted in the fourth spot at the start of Season 4 and has managed to claim the third spot ahead of Season 5.

Although the Marco 5 boasts a unique Akimbo proficiency that allows players to dual wield the weapon, it is much more devastating with the ability to ADS.


2. H4 Blixen

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The H4 Blixen is yet another one of the powerful SMGs that have been released as seasonal content like the Welgun, Armaguerra 43, Marco 5. The SMG competition has been fierce and the Blixen claimed the top spot for a long time.

Unfortunately, back-to-back nerfs have seen the H4 Blixen’s stock fall in Season 4 Reloaded. It used to blow the competition out of the water, but you can expect it to take a hit in Warzone popularity as well as K/D.


1. Armaguerra 43 – Best SMG in Warzone

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Although Warzone’s Armaguerra 43 didn’t get much love heading into Season 4, it has now usurped the Blixen for the top spot. For starters, its versatility and ease of use are two of its main strengths.

The Armaguerra boasts an incredibly fast fire rate and low recoil, which make it perfect for all three of Warzone’s maps. In addition, its strafe speed is devastating with the right attachments.

Although these SMGs are the top five you should run in Warzone, the meta is constantly evolving and who knows what will happen when the Warzone Pacific Season 5 update shakes up the hierarchy.


For more Warzone, be sure to check out how Warzone players are begging the devs to make Champion of Caldera a permanent LTM.

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NICKMERCS breaks his Warzone kill record with this deadly loadout

Here’s the Assault Rifle and SMG that top streamer NICKMERCS used to break his Warzone kill record in Caldera.

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Although he previously left Warzone to grind Apex Legends, top streamer Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has been playing more often since the Season 4 Reloaded update. He claims to have broken his kill record with this powerful loadout combination.

NICKMERCS is one of the biggest Twitch streamers in the world, finding initial success in competitive Gears of War and Call of Duty before reaching incredible heights with the battle royale genre blowing up.

Although a huge fan of Verdansk’s early days, Nick made the switch to grind competitive Apex Legends back in 2021 and hasn’t looked back. However, he’s not entirely done with Warzone yet as he returned after the Season 4 Reloaded update and broke his kill record.

Playing in a Caldera Duo Fill lobby, NICKMERCS dropped a whopping 28 kills using the KG M40 Assault Rifle and Type 100 SMG.

It’s no surprise that Nick was rocking the KG M40 in Caldera. The low-recoil Assault Rifle became the most popular, and arguably the best, weapon in the game after the NZ-41 was finally nerfed.

The Type 100 is an interesting choice, however. While statistically a powerful SMG, it’s nowhere near as popular as some of the other choices like the Blixen or Marco. He wanted to use the Armaguerra but didn’t have it unlocked, unfortunately.

And if you really want to copy Nick’s loadout, make sure to use the Radium Exposure Blueprint for the KG M40 and Rustic Blueprint for the Type 100.

NICKMERCS kill record Warzone loadout

NICKMERCS KG M40 loadout

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Reisdorf 720mm Shrouded
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
  • Stock: VDD 22G Padded
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 8mm Klauser 50 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Hatched Grip
  • Perk 1: Brace
  • Perk 2: On-Hand

NICKMERCS Type 100 loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Warubachi 134mm Rapid
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Warubachi Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 36 Round Magazine
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Rubber Grip
  • Perk 1: Fleet
  • Perk 2: Quick

For more Warzone, be sure to check out why players are roasting the “terrible” new Bitrate Banger anime bundle.

Image Credit: NICKMERCS / Activision

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