Black Ops 4: All weapon buffs and nerfs in v1.19 update - change to hitscan, SMG nerfs and more - Dexerto
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Black Ops 4: All weapon buffs and nerfs in v1.19 update – change to hitscan, SMG nerfs and more

Published: 26/Jun/2019 0:18 Updated: 7/Oct/2020 19:57

by Albert Petrosyan


Several  balancing adjustments have been made to weapons in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Multiplayer, and we’re here to make sure you’re caught up on all of the changes. 

The v1.19 game update for Black Ops 4 went live on June 25, adding new content and making some changes to Multiplayer, Zombies, and Blackout battle royale.

Included in the update was weapon tuning for several of the guns in the game that Treyarch believed needed some adjustment to better improve their overall balance.

Ballistic Profiles

One of the biggest aspect of this update was that it changed the ballistic profiles on SMGs and pistols to hitscan, in order to “create consistency with other weapon classes in Multiplayer.”

This means that bullets fired from SMGs and pistols will no longer take time to travel to their target, but rather will make impact immediately after being shot.

TreyarchThe Saug 9mm, along with every other SMG and pistol, will now have a hitscan ballistic profile.

SMG nerfs

Two SMGs have been nerfed as part of this update – the Daemon 3XB and Switchblade X9, both of which were added after the game’s released and had to be unlocked via the Contraband stream.

The Daemon will now require at list six bullets to finish off a target at full health, increased from five, but a third extra magazine has been added to balance that nerf.

As for the Switchblade, the kill range for six, seven, and eight shots have each been reduced by 6 meters, making the gun considerably less viable at each range.

TreyarchThe Switchblad X9 SMG has been heavily nerfed in the v1.19 update.

In addition to the details on the weapon tuning, make sure to catch up on everything that was in today’s update by checking out the June 25 v1.19 Black Ops 4 Patch Notes.


  • Ballistic Profiles
    • Ballistic profiles on SMGs and pistols changed to hitscan to create consistency with other weapon classes in Multiplayer.
  • MOG 12
    • Dragon Breath Operator Mod damage reduced to increase pellets required for a one-shot kill at long range.
  • Daemon 3XB
    • Now requires at least six bullets to finish off a target with full health (up from five).
    • Added a third extra magazine.
  • Switchblade X9
    • Reduced 6-shot kill range from 19 meters to 13 meters.
    • Reduced 7-shot kill range from 25 meters to 19 meters.
    • Reduced 8-shot kill range from 31 meters to 25 meters.
  • Ballistic Knife
    • Addressed an issue preventing players from using Dual Wield and Extra Blades at the same time.
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Black Ops Cold War already set new Call of Duty player record in the Beta

Published: 23/Oct/2020 6:20

by Brad Norton


The Call of Duty franchise is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon as Treyarch’s recent Black Ops Cold War Beta went above expectations and shattered records.

Ever since the release of the first CoD title in 2003, the franchise has only continued to grow. Year after year more players hop on board to see what the latest title has in store. Whether fans gravitate towards single-player campaigns, cooperative experiences, or classic multiplayer competition, there’s something for everyone.

2020 is shaping up to be no different as Treyarch is firing on all cylinders for the Black Ops Cold War release. Everything from Zombies to Warzone will be on offer and it’s already clear that the community is hungry for it all.

After an impressive Alpha test on the PlayStation 4 that became the biggest in franchise history, that record has once again been broken. This time, by the Black Ops Cold War Beta that followed just weeks later.

Having kicked off exclusively for PS4 users on October 8 before jumping to all platforms on October 15, the Black Ops Cold War Beta was played by a staggering number of people. In fact, it was “the most downloaded [Beta] in Call of Duty history,” the developers revealed on October 23.

No exact figures were revealed for the history Beta. Though it being publicly available across Xbox One, PS4, and PC over the final days was sure to have helped boost the figures.

Not only is this a hugely positive sign before the launch of Black Ops Cold War, but it continues a trend from previous iterations. 2019’s Modern Warfare also broke records with its early access Beta period. 

Last year’s records also didn’t come with any specific numbers, though Activision assured the Modern Warfare Beta attracted more players than ever before.

Also of note, those players logged more hours played than any Beta in franchise history. It’s now clear that Black Ops Cold War has been yet another step up in terms of early engagement.

Black Ops Cold War gameplay
The Black Ops Cold War Beta was live across Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

It’s obviously too early to tell just how this might indicate sales for the release come November 13. However, to get into the Beta early, a majority of players needed to preorder on their platform of choice. So that’s certainly a good sign just weeks out from launch.

2019’s Modern Warfare topped over $600 million in sales across its first three days on the market. That instantly made it the highest-selling CoD of the generation. Though Black Ops Cold War could be on track to go even further this year.