All weapon buffs & nerfs in Modern Warfare 2 & Warzone 2 Season 1 Reloaded

Luca Di Marzo
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The Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 Season 1 Reloaded update delivered plenty of buffs and nerfs to weapons. Here are all of the buffs and nerfs in the Season 1 Reloaded update.

There are a ton of weapons to choose from in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2. Throughout Season 1, certain weapons have climbed to the top of the meta, while others have gathered dust.

The Season 1 Reloaded update is the perfect opportunity for the devs to make weapon adjustments and further balance both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.

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Here are all the buffs and nerfs for weapons from the Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 Season 1 Reloaded patch notes.

Warzone 2 Akimbo P890 meta & Shotguns nerfed

Warzone 2 P890

Warzone 2’s Akimbo Handgun meta was beginning to take over the battle royale as more and more players utilized the overpowered setup. The devs decided to nerf both the popular P890 and X12 Handguns with a damage reduction against armored opponents.

In addition, Shotguns can no longer kill fully armored players in one shot. This change will certainly make the Bryson 800 Shotgun less viable as it was known to one-shot kill players consistently.

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You can find all of the buffs and nerfs below including a major nerf to Riot Shields that should please Modern Warfare 2 players.

Every buff & nerf in Modern Warfare 2 & Warzone 2 Season 1 Reloaded


  • Akimbo P890, X12, Basilisk, and .50 GS have received a damage reduction against armored opponents
  • Fixed an issue causing shotguns to inconsistently display the broken armor hitmarker 

Assault Rifles


  • Blocking underbarrel launcher and shotgun on 7” Bruen B-M20 barrel


  • Small reduction to close damage; three hits to kill requires at least one chest hit 

Kastov 545

  • Increase to muzzle velocity
  • Small decrease to hip spread
  • Increase close damage
  • Increase to chest damage multiplier 



  • Increased movement speed, ADS speed, and sprint to fire speed on the 32 round magazine


  • Reduced hip spread.
  • Increased movement speed.
  • Increased far damage.


Basilisk Revolver

  • Blocking Basilisk compensators and flash hider on the FTAC ARROW barrel
  • Adding muzzle attachment usage on the FTAC ARROW barrel: LOCKSHOT KT85, SA LEVELER 55, CRONEN DARK KX30

.50 GS Pistol

  • Reduced hip spread
  • Increased 1 hit headshot range
  • Increased damage range
  • Increased neck and upper shoulder location damage multipliers
  • Increased bullet velocity
  • Increased damage range on SA LONGSHOT – 50 and SA TYRANT FIFTY barrel


  • Shotguns can no longer kill fully armored players in one shot

Expedite 12 Shotgun

  • Added guard category:
    • TV CF40 Guard
    • AZ-40 Shotguard
    • AZAROV T15


Riot Shield

  • Reduced movement speed
  • Reduced melee damage to 3 hit kill
  • Shield movement animation improvement
  • Longer switch time pulling out throwing knife when riot shield is equipped



  • Missiles no longer land out of bounds when targeting a wall on the edge of a map
  • Improved the thermal readability when aiming in

For more, check out the full Season 1 Reloaded patch notes for Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.

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About The Author

Luca is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. An accomplished, writer with interests in sports and gaming alike, Luca is focused on Call of Duty and FIFA as a content creator. After earning his BA in English Literature at Concordia University, he began writing for Gamelevate, OddsShark, and H4X. Luca joined CharlieIntel in 2021. You can reach Luca at [email protected], or via his Twitter @TheLucaDiMarzo.