Vanguard February 3 update patch notes: Welgun nerf, bundle fixes, Launcher challenges

Luca Di Marzo
Vanguard February 3 update

Sledgehammer Games have been rolling out consistent updates leading up to Season 2 and the February 3 update provides a nerf to the Welgun, bundle fixes, and Launcher challenge changes in Call of Duty Vanguard.

Slowly but surely, Sledgehammer are tackling the ongoing issues plaguing Vanguard at the moment. The devs have been providing frequent updates that clear up minor issues and the latest one hit the game on February 3.

Here is every change made in Vanguard’s February 3 update which nerfed the Welgun, made Launcher challenges easier, and fixed bundles available in the Store.

Welgun SMG attachments nerfed

Welgun nerf Vanguard SMG

The Welgun was added to the Vanguard weapon pool via the mid-Season 1 update. It quickly became a fan-favorite in Warzone and Vanguard due to its rapid TTK.

Vanguard players may have to find another dominant SMG as this update on February 3 has nerfed the Welgun by fixing a bug that affected two attachments which caused it to overperform.

At this moment there has been no mention of which attachments are referenced but we will update this section if that information becomes available.

Vanguard Panzerfaust camo challenge tracking

Panzerfaust Vanguard launcher

After numerous complaints concerning the difficulty of completing Launcher camo challenges in Vanguard, it seems this update has simplified the process slightly.

Those grinding for the coveted Atomic camo cannot escape the Launcher category. Thankfully, the Panzerfaust is now more effective against Spy Plans and Counter Spy Planes. In addition, splash damage kills will now track toward longshot kills for the weapon.

If you’ve been putting off completing the Launcher camo grind, now is the perfect time to give it a go.

Vanguard January 31 update patch notes

Other notable changes include adjusting the MVP Highlight of the Attack on Titan bundle, reducing Incendiary Grenade smoke, and rolling out a silent plant fix for Search & Destroy in Private Matches. The full set of patch notes can be found below.


  • Panzerfaust
    • Panzerfaust has been modified to be more effective against Spy Planes and Counter Spy Planes
    • Splash damage kills from the Panzerfaust launcher will now count towards Longshots
  • Welgun
    • Fixed a bug affecting two attachments for the Welgun, causing it to overperform


  • Attack on Titan Bundle
    • The Ultrahard Steel MVP Highlight no longer shows the wrong animation in the preview
  • Enjoy the Retreat
    • The Demo Kit Blueprint for the Type 100 no longer blocks visibility when ADS-ing with a 3-6x scope


  • Incendiary Grenade
    • Smoke has been reduced (change implemented Jan 27)

Private Matches

  • Search and Destroy
    • Silent Plant option now works in Private Matches

For more Vanguard news check out why 75% of Vanguard players want the MVP screen removed in Season 2.

Source: Sledgehammer Games

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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Luca is an Associate Editor 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 X @TheLucaDiMarzo.