Season 5 is right at our doorstep, and with it, there have come some mighty weapon balancing changes to spruce up the current meta.
Call of Duty fans only has a short wait ahead of them, although the Season Five release has been delayed slightly since its original date.
Despite this, we do know exactly what is coming with Season Five thanks to some early patch notes for Season Five.
In fact, it looks like Season Five is shaping up to be quite the exciting season, especially given that fans are also expecting a Warzone reveal event for Vanguard.
However, in the meantime, here is a list of all of the new weapon changes for Cold War that are being introduced in Season Five.
Alternatively, if you want to see our master-post for everything that is coming in Season 5, we’ve also got you covered.
Season 5 Weapon Balancing Changes
The latest season for Cold War is bringing in some changes to the way many weapons function. We have compiled a comprehensive list of all the new changes that are coming to the game.
Although the new season is also introducing some new weapons, there have been plenty of changes to existing weapons in Cold War.
Assault Rifle Changes – Cold War Season 5
Interestingly, Treyarch has decided to tune Assault Rifles with a vastly decreased Bullet Velocity penalty, in order to better focus on their potential for damage at long range.
Here are the following changes that have been made to Assault Rifles:
- Reduced Bullet Velocity penalty on Agency Suppressor attachment from -30% to -15%.
- Reduced Bullet Velocity penalty on Suppressor attachment from -15% to -8%.
The XM4 is getting a couple of new adjustments to help with the handling of the weapon. Additionally, the XM4 will also receive a brand-new unique attachment in the B-Ops Mini Clamp, which will replace the SAS Mag Clamp.
The B-Ops Mini Clamp will increase reload quickness by 50%, improve ADS Time by 10%, and provides an additional starting magazine. However, the magazine ammo is reduced from 30 bullets to 25.
Furthermore, here is a list of all the other changes for the XM4:
- Increased Reload Quickness from 2.6 sec to 2.5 sec.
- Increased Vertical Recoil Control bonus on Infantry Compensator from +12% to +15%.
- Reduced Horizontal Recoil Control penalty on Infantry Compensator from -8% to -5%.
- Increased Reload Quickness on Jungle-Style Mag from +20% to +30%.
- Removed ADS Time penalty from 40 Rnd Speed Mag.
- Reduced extra ammo of 40 Rnd Speed Mag from +10 to +5.
- Changed Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag attachment to 45 Rnd Fast Mag.
- Reduced ADS Time penalty on 45 Rnd Fast Mag from -25% to -12%.
The QB-Z is amongst the weapons receiving a slight nerf in Season Five. Interestingly, there aren’t many changes to report on the QB-Z apart from a reduction in vertical recoil by 10%.
The FFAR-1 is the fastest firing AR and has proven to be a devastating weapon in the past. Now, the FFAR-1 is getting a few changes in order to help in aggressive, close-quarters situations.
This weapon balancing change for Season Five will grant players high-damage potential at short range and increased hip-fire accuracy.
However, this comes at the cost of a couple of changes to the gun’s barrel attachments:
- Now deals 30 damage out to 12.7 meters for higher damage at short range.
- Increased Hip Fire Accuracy by 14%.
- Reduced Sprint to Fire Time penalty on Tiger Team Spotlight from -10% to -5%.
- Reduced Aim Walking Movement Speed penalty on 21.2” Ranger Barrel from -20% to -5%.
- Reduced Effective Damage Range bonus on 19.5” Reinforced Heavy Barrel from +100% to +40%.
- Reduced Effective Damage Range bonus on 19.5” Task Force Barrel from +50% to +20%.
- Reduced Effective Damage Range bonus on 20.3” Takedown Barrel from +150% to +80%.
The Groza is a formidable weapon, and in Season Five it remains a powerful choice. Interestingly, the Groza is receiving some visual improvements, amongst other changes. Take a look below:
- Reduced vertical recoil by 15%.
- Reduced weapon movement when walking in ADS.
- Moved Iron Sights view farther away from the player camera.
- Increased Horizontal Recoil Control bonus on Spetsnaz Grip from +17% to +25%.
- Increased Vertical Recoil Control bonus on Spetsnaz Grip from +7% to +15%.
- Increased ADS Time bonus on Spetsnaz Field Grip from +15% to +30%.
- Reduced Flinch Resistance mitigation on Spetsnaz Field Grip from +80% to +70%.
- Increased Sprint to Fire Time bonus on KGB Pad from +30% to +50%.
- Reduced Hip Fire Accuracy penalty on KGB Pad from -30% to -20%.
The FARA 83 boasts the best range out of any AR as well as a fast rate of fire. Although, Treyarch has introduced a couple of changes to make the weapon more consistent in combat:
- Reduced initial recoil when firing the weapon.
- Moved Iron Sights view farther away from the player camera.
The C58 has received a major overhaul in terms of its recoil system. Whilst the weapon can be powerful in the right hands, the handling has caused some problems for players in the past. Now, a number of changes may have made the C58 a well-rounded choice.
- Overhauled recoil system.
- Improved weapon visibility when initially firing.
- Increased Effective Damage Range from 25.4m to 30.48m.
- Reduced Effective Damage Range penalty on Suppressor attachment from -15% to -8%.
SMG Balancing Changes – Cold War Season Five
Moving onto SMGs in Cold War, here are a list of all the changes coming in Season Five.
Starting with the KSP, this weapon has received a small nerf, but nothing that meaningfully impacts its performance.
- Reduced Effective Damage Range from 25.4m to 22.86m.
- Slowed burst fire delay from 0.066 to 0.083.
Whilst Treyarch states that the LC10 is an “SMG created by a sniper rifle manufacturer”, arguably this means that accuracy is part of the way this weapon works. However, in the new season, Treyarch is actually making slight adjustments to recoil and range, in order to raise the skill level.
- Reduced medium damage range from 50.8m to 45.72m.
- Increased recoil on the first and 12th bullets.
Pistol Changes – Season 5 Update
Whilst there isn’t much to note with regards to Pistol changes in Season 5, we thought it might be worth mentioning that all Pistols are receiving a nerf whilst dual-wielding.
- Reduced movement speed by 5%.
- Reduced strafe speed by 5%.
So, that’s it for our rundown of all the new weapon changes being introduced in Season 5. What do you think of the changes?
Whilst Season 5 is about to get started, players are already looking for new information on Vanguard. In fact, it appears that brand-new details have just been leaked regarding Vanguard, including dynamic weather, SBMM & more.
Alternatively, if you want to see Treyarch’s official patch notes, you can do so here.
Finally, we may also have an actual release date and time for the Vanguard reveal event expected to debut in Warzone during Season 5.