MW2 & Warzone Oct 23 patch notes: Lockwood 300, TR-76 Geist & Kastov 762 nerfs

Ryan Lemay
Haunting event in WarzoneActivision

The Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone devs dropped a weapon tuning update that nerfs a few of the game’s most popular weapons.

Warzone community members praised The Haunting event for reinvigorating life into the game amidst a wave of hype for Modern Warfare 3. However, COD players realized how much they love MW3 after returning to MW2 post-beta.

Players took issue with the devs decreasing WZ’s Massive Resurgence player count to 100 from 150. Then, frustrations escalated when the devs doubled down and credited the change to community feedback.

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And players questioned the decision not to include any weapon balancing in the initial Haunting update. One-shot shotguns, the Kastov 762, and TR-76 Geist arguably overstayed their welcome and dominated matches for weeks. Infinity Ward heard the criticism and finally responded.

MW2 and Warzone October 23 update patch notes

Here are the full October 23 patch notes.

WEAPONS

The following Weapon balance changes are only reflected in Modern Warfare II

» Submachine Guns «

  • Minibak
    • Reduced close damage range
    • Reduced close range damage amount
  • Vasznev-9k
    • Reduced close damage range
  • Lachmann Shroud
    • Reduced mid and far damage range
  • ISO 9
    • Reduced far damage range
  • PDSW 528
    • Increased mid damage range
  • Fennec
    • Increased mid damage range
  • BAS-P
    • Increased mid damage rage

» Assault Rifles «

  • TR-76 Geist
    • Reduced close damage range
    • Reduced close range damage amount
    • Reduced arm, leg, and torso location damage
    • Increased long range damage amount
  • Kastov 762
    • Increase close damage range
  • Kastov-74u
    • Reduced close damage range
    • Increased long range damage amount
    • Reduced leg location damage
  • TAQ 56
    • Reduced close damage range
  • FR Avancer
    • Increased close damage range
    • Increased mid and long range damage amount
  • M16
    • Increased mid damage range
  • Tempus Razorback
    • Increased close damage range
    • Increased mid and long range damage amount
  • M4
    • Increased close damage range
  • Lachmann 556
    • Increased close and mid damage range

» Battle Rifles «

  • Cronen Squall
    • Increased mid damage range
  • SO-14
    • Increased damage range
  • Lachman 761
    • Increased damage range
  • FTac Recon
    • Increased close damage range

» Shotguns «

  • Lockwood 300
    • Maelstrom Dual Trigger with 12 Guage and Dragon’s breath ammunition
      • Reduced damage range
  • Bryson 900
    • 12 gauge and Dragon’s Breath ammunition
      • Reduced damage range
  • Expedite 12
    • Increased close-mid damage range
  • KV Broadside
    • 12 Gauge ammunition
      • Increased close damage range
    •  Dragon’s Breath ammunition
      • Reduced damage range

» Marksman Rifles «

  • EBR 14
    • Reduced damage range
  • Tempus Torrent
    • Reduced mid damage range
  • SPR-208
    • Increased mid damage range

» Light Machine Guns «

  • RAAL MG
    • Increased mid to far damage range

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue preventing splitscreen from functioning correctly
  • Fixed an issue where a crash could occur when starting The Haunting content from the Co-op mission lobby
  • Fixed an issue where exiting to the Title screen and reentering the Main Menu causes the Soul counter to display “0 Souls”
  • Fixed an issue where the Raining Death Blueprint had a placeholder image on the combat detail widget
  • Fixed an issue where an incorrect sound plays when navigating the Soul Capture rewards menu
  • Fixed an issue where the Chainsaw preview image would show the Pickaxe when on the ground
  • Fixed an issue that could cause the red indicator above enemy Operators to not display on some night Maps
  • Fixed an issue where the Skeletor Operator’s staff was not aligned with hands in the Operator select menu 

WARZONE

WEAPONS

The following Weapon balance changes are only reflected in Warzone

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» Assault Rifles «

  • Kastov 762
    • Close-mid Damage decreased
    • Head Damage Multiplier decreased
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased
    • Upper Torso Damage Multiplier decreased
  • Lachmann-556
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased
  • TR-76 Geist
    • Close Damage decreased
    • Close-mid Damage decreased
    • Mid Damage decreased
    • Head Damage Multiplier decreased
    • Limb Damage Multipliers decreased
  • M13B
    • Close Damage decreased
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased
    • Neck Damage Multiplier decreased
    • Torso Damage Multipliers decreased
  • M4
    • Close-mid Damage Range increased

  • Lockwood 300
    • Maelstrom Dual Trigger
      • 12 Gauge Shell
        • Close Damage Range decreased
        • Close-mid Damage Range decreased
        • Mid Damage decreased
        • Mid Damage Range decreased
        • Mid-far Damage Range decreased
  • 12 Gauge Dragon’s Breath
    • Close Damage Range decreased
    • Close-mid Damage decreased
    • Close-mid Damage Range decreased
  • 12 Gauge Slug
    • Close-mid Damage decreased 

BUG FIXES

  • Fixed an issue that could cause character model arms to misalign when switching seats while leaning out of a vehicle
  • Fixed an issue where Players could obtain an unintentional Juggernaut Killstreak from the UFO on Al Mazrah (Night)
  • Fixed an issue where the Tiara icon would follow the Player instead of the item in DMZ on Al Mazrah (Night)
  • Fixed an issue where the Player was able to use a weapon while carrying a hostage in DMZ
  • Fixed an issue where a placeholder image could show in the thumbnail for Rotation Battle Royale Solos
  • Fixed a rare crash that could occur when accessing the DMZ menu
  • Fixed an issue where the Swamp Monster wouldn’t retreat as intended on Al Mazrah (Night)
  • Fixed an issue where unintentional numeric text can display on-screen in Al Mazrah (Night)
  • Fixed an issue where The Butcher could appear frozen when killed during an execution animation
  • Fixed an issue where the Player could get stuck under the ship near Sawah Village in Al Mazrah (Night)
  • Fixed an issue where the Player could be kicked from the match if they crossed the Ghost Train portal while being affected by a Shock Stick with an automatic weapon equipped on Al Mazrah (Night)
  • Fixed an exploit where Players could duplicate weapons using a Workbench in DMZ
  • Fixed an issue where the Player could use NVGs without having them in their inventory in DMZ on Al Mazrah (Night)
  • Fixed an issue where ghosts couldn’t be killed by sniper rifles on Al Mazrah (Night)
  • Fixed an issue where Foresight Killstreak drop was a UFO boss reward

About The Author

Ryan is a former games writer for Dexerto. Ryan graduated from Ithaca College in 2021 with a sports media degree and a journalism minor. He gained experience as a writer for the Morning Times newspaper before joining Dexerto as a games writer. He mainly writes about first-person shooters, including Call of Duty and Battlefield, but he is also a big FIFA fan.