Vanguard February 22 update patch notes: Counter-Spy Plane nerf, MP40 nerf, Zombies Ray Gun buff, more

Joseph Pascoulis
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Call of Duty: Vanguard received an update on February 22, here are all the patch notes so that you know exactly what the update brings.

Vanguard Season 2 is well underway now, with the new Whitley LMG dominating the Multiplayer and Ranked Play finally available for players.

With that being said, February 22 has brought a new update that addresses various aspects of the game from the Counter-Spy Plane Killstreak to the Ray Gun in the Zombies mode, which fans haven’t been too impressed with.

Vanguard February 22 update patch notes

MP40 nerf

Vanguard MP40 SMG

In the February 22 patch notes for Vanguard, the MP40 has received a nerf. As well as being strong in Warzone, the MP40 has also been a great choice for Vanguard’s Multiplayer.

Unfortunately, for those who enjoyed using this weapon, the gun has now been nerfed:

  • MP-40 (Submachine Gun)
    • Decreased damage range.

Other weapon adjustments and fixes

  • Bug Fixes
    • MP-40 (Submachine Gun)
      • Rune Blueprint will now fire Shadow Tracer Rounds as intended. 
    • Welgun (Submachine Gun)
      • Addressed an issue which prevented weapon unlock progression in Multiplayer and Zombies.
    • Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle (Sniper Rifle)
      • Fixed a bug that resulted in the Atomic (Completionist) camo from being equipped.


  • Bug Fixes
    • Proficiency (Sniper Rifles)
      • Addressed an issue that sometimes resulted in game disconnect while aiming down sights with the Quickscope Proficiency and the Hardscope Proficiency.

Counter-Spy Plane nerf and fix

vanguard counter spy plane

The Counter-Spy Plane Killstreak also received a nerf and bug fix. First off, Sledgehammer have fixed a bug that prevented players from using a V2 Rocket (25 killstreak) from being used when the opposition has a Counter-Spy Plane activated.

Further, the Killstreak also received a nerf that makes it more vulnerable to being destroyed:

  • Counter-Spy Plane (4 Killstreak)
    • No longer prevents the V-2 Rocket (25 Killstreak) from being used.
    • Enters and exits the play space significantly faster, making it more vulnerable to being destroyed.

Further Killstreak changes

  • Bug Fixes
    • Mortar Strike (5 Killstreak)
      • Addressed a graphical issue which caused smoke and fire effects to populate more than once.
    • Bombing Run (7 Killstreak)
      • Server Snapshot Error should no longer occur when using Bombing Run
  • Balance Adjustments
    • Spy Plane (4 Killstreak)
      • Enters and exits the play space significantly faster, making it more vulnerable to being destroyed.
    • Bombing Run (7 Killstreak)
      • Improvements to the flight path determination logic to further avoid damaging the player who called it in.
      • Decreased damage and damage radius of bombs.
    • Attack Dogs (10 Killstreak)
      • Added an audio cue to further communicate the position of a nearby Attack Dog.

Combat Pacing for Hardcore modes

For those who enjoy Hardcore modes in Vanguard, you now have the option for Combat Pacing so that you can tune the experience you want.

Zombies updates

Zombies was also given some love in the update, with various changes to gameplay, including a buff for the Ray Gun.


  • Addressed an issue where zombies could move at slower speeds than intended in “Terra Maledicta.”
  • Super sprinters will now show up by Round 12 as intended.

Wonder Weapons

  • Ray Gun
    • Increased base damage, Pack-a-Punch damage, splash damage radius, ammo count, and ammo pickups per community feedback.
    • Base damage increased from 300 to 400.
    • Pack-a-Punch Tier I damage increased from 600 to 900.
    • Pack-a-Punch Tier II damage increased from 1200 to 1800.
    • Pack-a-Punch Tier III damage increased from 2400 to 3600.
  • Decimator Shield
    • Drastically increased base melee damage per community feedback.
    • Standard melee attack now kills normal zombies in one hit through Round 12.

Equipment, Operators, Challenges, and Bundle fixes

vanguard operator throwing equipment


  • Bug Fixes
    • Incendiary Grenade
      • Addressed a graphical issue which caused smoke and fire effects to populate more than once.


  • Bug Fixes
    • Addressed a typo in Anna’s biography to reflect setting accuracy.


  • Bug Fixes
    • Fixed a bug that prevented the Field Specialist challenge from progressing.
    • Addressed an issue which prevented “… kills while moving” challenges from progressing under certain circumstances.


  • Bug Fixes
    • Motherland
      • The correct Calling Card “Food Ration” has been granted to players who purchased this Bundle. 
    • Bayou Bruiser
      • The correct Padmavati Calling Card has been granted to players who purchased this Bundle.

That’s all for the February 22 Vanguard patch notes. For more, check out why players feel Vanguard is currently unplayable.

Source: Sledgehammer Games

Image Credits: Activision