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Warzone 2 And MW2 Weapon Balance Changes: All Buffs & Nerfs

Learn about all the buffs and nerfs in the complete weapon balance changes for Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 Season 01.
Warzone 2 And MW2 Weapon Balance Changes: All Buffs & Nerfs

With the release of Call of Duty Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 Season 01 on 16th November 2022, the developers have made "adjustments," aka balance changes to dozens of weapons. Keep in mind that while Warzone 2 is new, Modern Warfare 2 has been out for weeks and has given the developers a chance to find out which guns need buffs and which ones need a smack from the nerf bat.

This article outlines the latest Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 weapon balance changes. It is updated consistently to provide all the latest buffs and nerfs for our Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 fans.

All Warzone 2 & MW2 Gun Balance Changes S01

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There are balance changes to all weapon types in the Warzone 2 and MW2 Season 01 update. (Picture: Activision)

Across the board for Season 01, the developers have made gun/weapon balance changes. From Assault Rifles to SMGs, shotguns, LMGs, and even handguns, there are some "adjustments" to take note of for the competitive players out there who want the best possible options.

Below, you can check out all the Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 Season 01 weapon balance changes, featuring all the buffs and nerfs, as per an official post from Raven Software.

Assault Rifles Balance Changes

  • Increase to long-distance flinch on all Assault Rifles

Kastov 545

  • ADS speed increase
  • Improved ironsight ADS sight picture

Kastov-74u 

  • ADS speed decrease
  • Hip spread increase

M4

  • Hip spread reduction

M16 

  • Rate of fire increase
  • Hip spread reduction
  • Recoil recenter speed increase
  • Shot grouping improvement
  • Increase ADS movement speed
  • Increase strafing movement speed
  • Semi-auto recoil reduction
  • Semi-auto damage reduction 

STB 556

  • Close-range damage reduction
  • Reduced sprint-to-fire speed

Battle Rifles Balance Changes

FTac Recon

  • ADS speed improvement
  • 5-round magazine - speed and handling improvement
  • Increased flinch caused by bullets
  • Hip spread decrease

SO-14

  • Increased hip fire when full auto
 

Marksman Rifles Balance Changes

Lockwood 300

  • Damage range reduction

SA-B 50

  • Minor increase to flinch when hit

SP-R 208

  • Large increase to flinch when hit

Shotguns Balance Changes

  • Increase to close-range flinch on all Shotguns

Bryson 800

  • Close-range damage increase
  • Hip spread increase

Submachine Guns Balance Changes

  • Increase to long-distance flinch on all Submachine Guns

FFS Hurricane

  • ADS move speed increase
  • Increased headshot damage
  • Increased far damage range

Minibak 

  • Movement speed decrease
  • Damage range decrease
  • ADS speed decrease
  • Hip spread increase

PDSW 528

  • Movement speed increase
  • Damage range increase
  • ADS speed increase
  • Hip spread decrease
  • Adding Laser and Flashlight Attachments
    • 1mW Artemis Laser
    • 1mW Quick Fire Laser
    • Accu-Shot 5mW Laser
    • VLK LZR 7mW
    • 7mW Canted Laser
    • Schlager ULO-66 Laser

VEL 46 

  • Large increase to flinch when hit

Sniper Rifles Balance Changes

Signal .50

  • Fixed attributes on the Signal .50 barrels:
    • 21.5" Fluted Fifty
    • 23.5" SA Fifty-H7

Handguns Balance Changes

  • Increase to close-range flinch on all Handguns

Light Machine Guns Balance Changes

  • Increase to long-distance flinch on all Light Machine Guns

So there you have it, all the weapon balance changes, including buffs and nerfs, dubbed as "adjustments" in Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 Season 01.


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