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Call of Duty Warzone guide: everything you need to help you win

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We're almost a full year into the lifespan of the Call of Duty battle royale, but with elements of the game changing constantly, keeping up to date with our Warzone guide is a surefire way to stay on top of the game. Black Ops Cold War has launched now too, introducing plenty more guns to the battle royale, changing up the meta significantly. Here's our complete Call of Duty Warzone guide so you can gain a full understanding of the game.

Call of Duty Warzone tips

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Consider these Call of Duty Warzone tips your most basic starting point. There's a broad overview here that covers those first shooty baby steps. It's especially useful if you've yet to visit the gulag, or never even seen a Buy Station. Begin here before you do anything else. 

Call of Duty Warzone best guns

Warzone best Grau loadout

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If you've got your sights set on winning a match, you're going to want to use the Call of Duty Warzone best guns. Within this guide we've got the best guns to use in Warzone, along with links out to guides like the best M4A1 loadouts, best MP5 builds, and more.

Warzone best loadouts

Call of Duty Warzone tips

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While you drop in unarmed and have to scavenge initially you can buy in your gear if you survive long enough, at which point the Warzone best loadouts is something you'll want to look into to increase your chances. Here, we look at what that means and how best to take advantage of what's there. 

Warzone M4 builds

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One of the first guns you get is actually one of the best and most useful in the game. So before you spend hours grinding for more exotic weapons consider these Warzone M4 builds. There's a range of options here that can suit almost any situation and it's certainly something to consider in your loadout. 

Warzone best MAC-10 loadouts

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The recently added MAC-10 SMG is one of the best submachines in the game, despite not quite looking up to scratch. As a result, we've got some of the Warzone best MAC-10 loadouts for you here, so you can decemate your enemies up close.

Warzone best DMR loadouts

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Another outstanding gun, despite the attempts to nerf it by Activision, is the DMR. This semi-auto rifle is an absolute monster at any range so if you want to take advantage of this incredible gun, check out our guide to the Warzone best DMR loadouts.

Warzone best Bruen loadouts

Warzone best Bruen loadouts

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Are you noticing a theme yet? Another cracking Warzone weapon is the Bruen LMG. It's not a conventional choice for one of the best guns in the game but the sheer firepower it offers makes it so. Our guide to the Warzone best Bruen loadouts will help you decide what to kit the gun out with.

Warzone best FAL loadouts

Warzone best FAL loadouts

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We've also got a list of the Warzone best FAL loadouts here, because the classic assault rifle is another versatile and excellent weapon to have in your arsenal. Will you go for something to pick enemies off from range or run and gun in close quarters?

How to download Call of Duty Warzone

How to download Call of Duty Warzone

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Not sure how to sort out the Call of Duty Warzone download? Let us help. We've got the details on how to download the game on consoles and PC, so you can jump into Verdansk as soon as possible. 

Call of Duty Warzone map

Call of Duty Warzone map

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Knowing where to land on the Call of Duty Warzone map can make a huge difference to your entire game. While you start with a pistol, lessening the desperate scramble for a starter weapon, being able to balance the quality of loot with the amount of people landing there, and make all the difference. So check the map, make good choices and best of luck. 

How to get the free Call of Duty Warzone Combat Pack

Call of Duty Warzone Combat Pack

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If you're playing Warzone on PS4 or PS5 and have a PS Plus subscription then you'll want to grab the free Call of Duty Warzone Combat Pack. It's a bundle of cosmetic items including operators, skins, a weapon blueprint, some XP boosts, watch and more.  As we said, it's free so if you're playing there's almost no reason to not grab it. 

Is Call of Duty Warzone down?

Obviously if you're asking the question 'is Call of Duty Warzone down?' it probably is. However, why is it down? What's going on? And when will it be back? If we know we'll tell you about it here. 

Call of Duty Warzone Error codes explained 

Call of Duty Warzone Error codes

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There have been a fair few Call of Duty Warzone Error codes in recent months after some server troubles, and no doubt there'll be more in future. If it does go down, check here for all the error codes in case there's an easy fix to try. 

How to set up Call of Duty Warzone crossplay

Call of Duty Warzone crossplay

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If you're looking to play with friends on other platforms then you'll need to set up Call of Duty Warzone crossplay. The good news is that it's super easy and this guide will explain the few simple steps you need to follow to have the right kind of cross platform war. 

Call of Duty Warzone missions

Call of Duty Warzone Missions

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Call of Duty Warzone missions are basically a range of challenges you can complete to earn more  XP and loot. That includes things like calling cards, sprays, emblems, and stickers. For a full breakdown of what to do and how it all works, this is where to start. 

Call of Duty Warzone gulag explained

The Call of Duty Warzone gulag explained

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The Call of Duty Warzone gulag is the big new thing for battle royales to take note of. The first time you die you get a second chance via this prison pit fight. After your first death you'll appear in the gulag queued up for a 1v12 fight that, if you win, gives you a second chance and will drop you back in the game. 

What are Call of Duty Warzone contracts?

What are Call of Duty Warzone contracts?

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Another new trick in the battle royale are Call of Duty Warzone contracts. These are basically in game challenges you can take on for more loot, cash or a chance to see the next circle. Here we've got a full explainer of what's involved and what you have to do. 

Call of Duty Warzone Easter eggs

Call of Duty Warzone Easter eggs

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Did you know there are a fair few Call of Duty Warzone Easter eggs throughout the map? That's right, though none of them are too obvious, we've got the details on all of the Easter eggs we've found in Warzone.

Call of Duty Warzone bunkers

Call of Duty Warzone bunker door

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One of the biggest mysteries throughout the entirety of the mode has been the Warzone bunkers. At first they were inaccessible, but now players have figured out how to get inside them. But what's the deal with Bunker 11? Here are all the details on how to open the bunkers in Warzone and what they mean.

Call of Duty Warzone stadium keycards

Warzone Stadium

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In a similar fashion to the bunker doors, inside the once inaccessible stadium are some more locked doors. For these, you need the Warzone stadium keycards, which we've got all the details on, including how to open the locked double door at the top of the stadium.

Warzone Fractured Intel

Warzone Fractured Intel

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The first set of intel challenges is called the Warzone Fractured Intel, which sees you investigating some locations, starting with a message left for you by Ghost. These challenges debuted in Season 4 but are still available to complete now, so check out our guide for a full description of where to go.

Warzone Juggernaut

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The Warzone Juggernaut mode dips and resurfaces in the battle royale game every now and then, so it isn't available permanently. When it is in the game however, you can use our guide for details on exactly how the mode works and tips for killing the enemy juggernaut.

Warzone Spotter Scope

Warzone Spotter Scope

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Introduced during Season 4, the Warzone Spotter Scope is a very unique item that can be a useful crutch on your way to a victory. While most weapons and equipment in Warzone feature in either the Modern Warfare or Black Ops Cold War multiplayer though, this is different in that it's a Warzone-only item. We've got the lowdown on how it works.

Warzone companion app

Warzone companion app

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The Warzone companion app from Overwolf is a must-have for any PC players. While it's unfortunately not an option for those on console, anyone on PC can see how they stack up against the other players in their lobby when it comes to stats like kill-death ratio, score, wins, and plenty more. We've got the details on how it works and how to download it.

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