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Is the Paladin HB50 the most powerful sniper rifle in Black Ops 4?

Published: 3/Jan/2019 16:47 Updated: 3/Jan/2019 17:07

by Matt Porter


As with every Call of Duty release, fans have argued about which of the game’s numerous sniper rifles is the one players should be wielding in Black Ops 4.

Throughout most of Black Ops 4 most sniping fans have debated whether players should be using the Koshka or the Paladin HB50, with the community split on which one is the superior weapon.

After breaking down the Koshka, Call of Duty expert and YouTuber Brad ‘Drift0r’ Overbey has taken an in-depth look at the Paladin HB50 in an attempt to figure out its strengths and weaknesses.

The Paladin is the heaviest sniper rifle, and while it’s 140 base damage rate is around the same as the other rifles in its class, what really sets the HB50 apart is its one shot kill areas, with the weapon landing one-shot kills to the head, neck and upper chest without any attachments.

When High Calibre II is added to the Paladin, it offers one-shot kills to seven different areas, including the three possible with no attachments, along with the torso, groin, thighs and even the hands.

The weapon fires 44 rounds-per-minute, making it one of the slowest weapons in its class, but with the weapon being a bolt action rifle, this is hardly a surprise. The weapon also has the slowest aim-down-sights time in the class at 400 milliseconds.

The Paladin deals a lot of damage even without attachments.

The Paladin HB50 is built for power rather than mobility, and can even be used to take down enemy scorestreaks quickly if you have FMJ II attached.

While Drift0r prefers the Koshka as it’s increased mobility allows you to move around the map easier, the Paladin is extremely useful if you’re stationary and attempting to pick off opponents from long range.

You can watch Drift0r’s in-depth breakdown of the Paladin HB50 in his video below.

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CoD Mobile Season 1 New Order early patch notes: Weapons, new map, release date, more

Published: 22/Jan/2021 13:50 Updated: 22/Jan/2021 16:16

by Connor Bennett


Call of Duty Mobile is gearing up for the start of Season 1: New Order, which will launch in the last week of January. So, here’s what we know so far in terms of patch notes. 

Even though CoD Mobile has plenty of content in it already, the devs have been rolling out regular updates since launch to keep things fresh. 

These updates are, largely, big new season patches that bring a new theme to the game as well as new characters, new maps, and of course, new equipment like weapons and perks. 

With the first update of 2021, the devs are resetting the counter, so it won’t be Season 14 or Season 15 moving forward. Instead, we’re getting Season 1: New Order, and there are a few flashbacks coming. So, here’s what you need to know. 

COD Mobile characters in the battle royale mode
CoD Mobile takes some of the best parts of previous games and puts them under one umbrella.

CoD Mobile New Order season 14 release date & time

In terms of when the update will be going live, the devs haven’t yet confirmed a date or time, at the time of writing. They’re still dropping clues.

In their January 21 community update, though, they said that the new season will be starting in the last week of the month, with Tuesday, January 26 being used as a date for things potentially kicking off.

Now, that’s not confirmed as we’ve already mentioned, but that day would make sense. It’s also the conclusion of the previous season’s farewell event, so things could easily roll out. We’ll just have to wait and see.

New weapons – FAMAS & SKS

As for new weapons, again, they’re still being cryptic, but it doesn’t take a mastermind to figure out what is being teased.

Two weapons are coming – one resembling, and sounding a lot like the FAMAS from previous CoD titles. There is also another that looks like the SKS that has featured in Modern Warfare and Black Ops releases.

As familiar as they are to longtime CoD fans, these weapons may have their names changed in CoD Mobile. The devs like to have their spin on things, after all.

New map for CoD Mobile 2021 Season 1 – Reclaim

In terms of a new map, again, that’s been teased by the devs. However, if you’re new to CoD Mobile, you might not instantly know what is being teased.

The teaser does bear a resemblance to Picadilly from Modern Warfare, and some fans suggested that it might be something new altogether. However, the answer is a little simpler than that.

The new map for Season 1: New Order will actually be Reclaim, the map from the Season 13 test server. How do we know? Well, there’s a big Christmas tree in the middle of the teaser that lines up what we’ve seen from Reclaim. 

Who is the new character in CoD Mobile Season 1 New Order?

For those fans who like to get a new character at the start of the new season, that tradition should continue here, even with the change to Season 1.

Who will be, though? Well, the devs have teased it being Raul Menendez – who should be a familiar face to Black Ops fans. Though, it hasn’t been confirmed just yet. So, we’ll have to wait and see. 

Screenshot of a Reddit conversation
Screenshot via Reddit
The CoD Mobile devs have teased Menendez for the new season.

As for bug fixes, weapon nerfs, and buffs, they haven’t been revealed by the devs just yet and should filter out just prior to the start of the new season.

Once they’re here, and we’ve got more confirmed information about Season 1: New Order, we’ll update this post so you won’t miss anything.