Everything in Warzone Pacific Season 3 update: Classified Arms release date, Godzilla event, more

Brad Norton
Warzone Pacific Season 3 Classified Arms cover art

The Warzone Pacific Season 3 update, known as Classified Arms, is now live and we’ve got a full rundown on all there is to know. From map changes and upcoming events to a huge balance pass, here’s a look at everything in the latest major update.

Four months since Warzone entered the Pacific era with the jump to Caldera and Season 2 has already drawn to a close. That can only mean one thing as the next massive content drop is now in focus.

Warzone Pacific Season 3: Classified Arms is now live with everything from new weapons, features, map changes, and plenty more included.

So before dropping into the next big patch, be sure to brush up with our breakdown of everything there is to know about the Warzone Pacific Season 3 update.


Warzone Pacific Season 2 gameplay
We’re now three seasons into the Warzone Pacific era.

Warzone Pacific Season 3: Classified Arms Release Date

Warzone Pacific Season 3 went live on Wednesday, April 27 at 9AM PT. This marked a full 10 weeks since the Season 2 content drop, and five weeks since the Season 2 Reloaded patch, keeping in line with the regular schedule.

This time around, the update was quite hefty. The full download sizes across each platform are as follows:

  • PlayStation 5:
    • 43.2 GB
  • PlayStation 4:
    • 43.2 GB
  • Xbox One Series X / S:
    • 40.9 GB
  • Xbox One:
    • 40.9 GB
  • PC:
    • 38.3 GB (Warzone Only)
    • 98.3 GB (Warzone and Modern Warfare®)

Warzone Pacific Season 3: Classified Arms Trailer

Weeks ahead of the Season 3 launch, Activision revealed the first official look at the Classified Arms update. This brief cinematic revealed the dire consequences of multiple Nebula bomb explosions around the fictional world.

With one such bomb detonating in Caldera, enemy forces appeared to have “shaken something awake. Something far more powerful and fearsome than we could ever hope to comprehend.”

While it was mysterious at first, a Godzilla-esque roar could be heard at the very end, more on that below. This was our biggest hint at what’s to come in Season 3.

Warzone Pacific Season 3: Godzilla & King Kong event

A limited-time event known as ‘Operation Monarch‘ is set to launch during Warzone Pacific Season 3. As you would expect, this upcoming event focuses on the highly anticipated Godzilla and King Kong crossover.

“The battle” is set to begin on Wednesday, May 11, two weeks after the Season 3 update goes live.

Alongside the cinematic trailer for Season 3, the official Call of Duty account also shared a jumbled audio file teasing this event. Upon deciphering this clip, fans uncovered a hidden message.

“Monsters are real,” the teaser appeared to imply. Given the Godzilla roar at the very end of the trailer, it strongly suggested a new event is on the way to shake up Warzone.

As previous leaks have indicated, Raven Software has seemingly been building towards a mega event with larger-than-life monsters like King Kong and Godzilla. Now, it’s guaranteed thanks to some leaked artwork on the PlayStation Network.

An email sent out on April 18 also revealed Godzilla in full. Massive artwork captured the monster approaching an inflamed Caldera. While there’s still no telling the full scope of its impact, it seems a given that Godzilla’s arrival will drastically alter the map itself.

Warzone Pacific Season 3: New Weapons

Days after the first Season 3 teaser, another brief clip was spread across social media. This time, new guns and mysterious weapon blueprints were on display. Four new weapons in total were since confirmed for the Season 3 update.

Warzone M1916 Marksman Rifle gameplay
Four new weapons are set to shake up the Warzone meta in Season 3.

Classified Arms is the title of the season and thus, these unique weapons are a key focus. Players can get their hands on the M1916 Marksman Rifle, the Nikita AVT Assault Rifle, Sledgehammer Melee Weapon, and H4 Blixen SMG.

Both the Marksman and the Assault Rifle were made available at launch, while the Melee Weapon and SMG are set to arrive later into the season.

Warzone Pacific Season 3: New Contracts

Sabotage joins the fold as the Season’s new contract. Taking on this job means players will be assigned a vehicle to destroy somewhere on Caldera.

Taking care of your target will result in an Armored Truck being dropped of nearby, but you’ll still have to fend off an enemy teams who try to take advantage of your hard work.

Just like Most Wanteds, Recons, and Bounties before it, Sabotage will spawn randomly around the map for players to pick up.

Warzone Pacific Season 3: Caldera Map Changes

When it comes to new map changes, Season 3 may be the biggest update yet. From new POIs to a different Gulag, there’s plenty to learn before dropping in.

Up first comes Dig Site, an entirely new POI that joined Caldera in Season 3. This location fits in with the theme as giant monster skeletons are littered across the land amidst ample equipment from those who investigated the area before.

Found between Mine and Ruins, Dig Site is set to be one of the hotter drop spots early on as everyone gets their bearings with the new location,

Warzone Season 3 Dig Site POI
Dig Site is the sole new POI in Season 3, though it’s far from the only map change.

Next up, three existing POIs received major upgrades in Season 3. After teasing “some really cool stuff” for Peak earlier in the month, Activision finally revealed its full plans on April 21, along with new changes to Runway and Lagoon as well.

Rather than removing the controversial Peak area or drastically changing its geometry, the location has actually been buffed to some degree.

More Supply Boxes and Contracts have been added, new ‘ascenders’ allow for quicker rotations, and with new towers built up, it’s “even easier to drop” from Peak to any other location, making this a better drop spot than ever.

Warzone Peak Season 3 gameplay
Construction is now finished at Peak in Warzone Season 3.

Runway has been rebuilt with new structures around the POI. Not only that, but experienced players will also be happy to learn that foliage has been removed from this particular area, making it much easier to spot enemies from afar.

Last but not least, Lagoon now has some extra terrain as the tide has gone out. This should make flanking all the more easier if you find yourself in this corner of the map.

Warzone Season 3 Gulag gameplay
A new Gulag will have you fighting just outside of Caldera in Season 3.

Beyond general map changes, a brand new Gulag layout is also arriving in Season 3. Known as ‘Hold,’ the latest Gulag forces players to fight “off the coast of Caldera” in a three-lane, symmetrical arena.

Warzone Pacific Season 3: Gas Mask animation fix

Gas masks will no longer interrupt players from pulling their parachutes, meaning that it will be safe to land quickly when entering the circle and no one has to worry about dying to fall damage.

Additionally, players will no longer pull their gas masks down mid-gunfight after being hit with Nebula V Rounds.

Warzone Pacific Season 3: Battle Pass

No different from usual, a new season in Warzone means a brand new Battle Pass. From new weapon Blueprints to Operator skins and of course, plenty of CoD Points, fans have 100 Tiers of rewards on offer in Season 3.

Warzone and Vangurad Season 3 Classified Arms battle pass
The Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass includes both free and premium tiers as usual.

Be sure to check out the full Season 3 Battle Pass right here.

Warzone Pacific Season 3: Full patch notes

With the Warzone Season 3 update having gone live on April 27, full putch notes were made available on the very same day.

From new playlists to a sweeping balance update, there’s plenty to wrap your head around before dropping in. You can brush up on the full Warzone Season 3 patch notes with our breakdown here.

That’s everything there is to know. If you’ve got more questions about Season 3, try checking out some of our other guides:

All Weapon Buffs and Nerfs | What is the Sabotage Contract? | How to unlock M1916 in Warzone | How to unlock Nikita AVT in Warzone

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About The Author

Brad Norton is the Australian Managing Editor at Dexerto. He graduated from Swinburne University with a Bachelor’s degree in journalism and has been working full-time in the field for the past six years at the likes of Gamurs Group and now Dexerto. He loves all things single-player gaming (with Uncharted a personal favorite) but has a history on the competitive side having previously run Oceanic esports org Mindfreak. You can contact Brad at brad.norton@dexerto.com