The infamous Gaia (AKA Groot) skin for Operator Nova has been wreaking havoc in Modern Warfare 3 since the game’s launch, but it seems this won’t be an issue for much longer.

Players have been calling for it to be nerfed ever since it came to MW2 and Warzone in the Season 6 Battle Pass on September 27.

This skin resembles a tree with a somewhat see-through structure. The problem is that it can be very hard to see and often blends in on maps like Wasteland.

Groot skin is almost invisible as it blends in with grass on Wasteland

Fortunately, Sledgehammer Games has now publicly addressed the community’s concern with the Groot skin for the first time.

Gaia (AKA Groot) Will Be More Visible Soon

Sledgehammer kicked off its recent AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit by confirming that visibility changes are coming soon for Gaia.

In response to one fan asking:

“What are you going to do about the Gaia skin and the problems it has brought forward?”


Sledgehammer responded to confirm that “adjustments to Gaia are in the pipeline.”

In other words, the Groot skin will be nerfed in a near future update by increasing its visibility.

SHG also says it will be temporarily disabled in a future update while they work on the changes.

Although this is a very welcomed change, it’s not the main thing players have been asking for.

Potential Visibility Changes

Call of Duty is no stranger to nerfing skins. Back in 2021, Warzone’s Roze skin was also causing visibility issues due to the Operator’s completely black outfit that would sometimes blend in with shadows.

This skin was later nerfed by improving the “readability/visibility where sources of light are available.”

Warzone Roze skin after nerf

Essentially, the devs made Roze more visible by increasing the amount of light that reflects off her.

Now, in terms of what Sledgehammer can do to increase Gaia’s visibility, it’s worth noting that the skin does already have a slight red glow inside of its branch structure. This glow could be made much brighter.

Modern Warfare 3 Gaia (Groot) Skin

The color of the skin’s branches also blend in with trees and grass on maps like Wasteland, so they may want to slightly change its color so it has less chance of being camouflaged.

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