Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded patch notes: Terminator crossover, Vargo-S, Desolation map, more

Nathan Warby
Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded

We’re halfway through a Vanguard season, and the Season 4 Reloaded update is here. Vanguard’s mid-Season update brings the major Terminator crossover, the Vargo S Assault Rifle, and the Desolation multiplayer map. Here are the full patch notes.

Vanguard Season 4 arrived with a host of new weapons and even saw the return of the classic Shi No Numa map in Zombies, but there’s more to come with the mid-season update.

While there’s a ton of new content arriving in Warzone such as the Rebirth of the Dead mode and new Portable Redeploy Balloons, Vanguard players are treated to new content too. This update brings a new Assault Rifle, a new map, and various balance tweaks and bug fixes across multiplayer and Zombies.

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Here’s everything we know about Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded, including the full patch notes.

Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded release date

Vanguard Operator sat on throne

Vanguard’s Season 4 Reloaded went live at 9 AM PT on Tuesday, July 26, with the new content arriving alongside Warzone Season 4 Reloaded at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST on July 27.

However, with the update live on all platforms, the bug changes and balance tweaks should all be live.

Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded Vargo-S Assault Rifle

Vanguard Vargo-S

While players were treated to both the Marco 5 and UGM-8 at the beginning of Season 4, the Vargo-S Assault Rifle arrives in Season 4 Reloaded, following the Push Dagger which has already dropped.

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New guns can often completely change the meta, so Vanguard players will be eager to get their hands on the prototype Cold War Vargo 52.

We’ll have to wait and see how the Vargo-S feels, but the devs have already said it has a “high-fire rate, steady aim through sustained fire, and a quick reload.”

Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded Terminator crossover

Vanguard Terminator crossover

After initially teasing the crossover before the beginning of the new season, the Season 4 Batlle Pass announcement on the Call of Duty blog confirmed that Terminator cosmetics are coming after the mid-season update.

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Both the T-800 and T-1000 Terminators will arrive as Store Bundles for players to purchase, although they will only be available for a limited time.

The T-800 is the iconic machine first played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the classic 1984 movie. Meanwhile, the T-1000 is a shapeshifter made from Mimetic Polyalloy liquid metal, most commonly associated with Robert Patrick in T2.

New Multiplayer map: Desolation

vanguard players fighting on Desolation

Based on a Pacific listening post, Desolation is a medium-sized multiplayer map with winding alleyways.

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With a “labyrinthine village cut directly into the mountainside,” and a “crashed plane in flames,” this is sure to be an exciting and visually impressive map. Sledgehammer Games claim players who “can combine fast reflexes with smart movement” are likely to dominate.

Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded update patch notes

  • Enemy nameplates can no longer be seen through various surfaces across multiple maps.
  • NEW: Desolation
    • In a listening post near the Pacific mountainside, Desolation is littered with destructible aspects to create intriguing gameplay scenarios.
    • Look for the Desolation 24/7 Featured Playlist at the launch of Season Four Reloaded.
  • Gondola
    • Addressed an exploit that allowed bullets to penetrate unintended surfaces near the East Bridge.
  • Paradise
    • Bullets will no longer penetrate the truck near the Flak Gun to prevent undesirable spawn conditions.
  • USS Texas 1945
    • In Search and Destroy, Bombs planted near the destructible floor of the Upper Deck will no longer fall to the Mid Deck.
    • Bullets will no longer penetrate the vents near the Lower Deck (Bow) to provide viable cover.
    • Addressed an exploit that allowed players to shoot through the floor of the Upper Deck from the Mid Deck.
    • Players can no longer become stuck while climbing crates near the Lower Deck (Stern).

  • Blueprint Gun Game
    • Added several new Blueprints to the pool of available Weapons.
  • Search and Destroy
    • Addressed an issue that caused inaccurate Deaths stat on the scoreboard.

  • Restrictions
    • Weapons
      • The Vargo-S is now restricted in Ranked Play.
    • Perks
      • Serpentine is now restricted in Ranked Play.

  • NEW: Ikenna Olowe (Immortal)
    • Ikenna Olowe understood strategy from a young age. As a child in Nigeria, he excelled at chess, quickly surpassing his teachers. He grew strong studying Gidigbo, a martial battle of wits. Balanced in body and mind, Ikenna joined the war effort as a battlefield engineer. His work established critical supplies lines across the globe. Ikenna became a grand planner, knowing when to build and when to demolish.
    • Available to purchase via Bundle.

  • Added Inspect animations for the M1916 Marksman Rifle, Skål Crusher, Ice Pick, and Sawtooth Melee Weapons.
  • Increased grace period for slide kills challenges from 0.15s to 0.5s after sliding.
  • NEW: Vargo-S (Assault Rifle)
    • Trading firepower for improved accuracy and fire rate, this rifle excels in medium and long range engagements.
    • Complete an unlock challenge or purchase a Bundle to earn this Weapon.
      • Get 15 Close Range Kills.

    • Corrected inconsistent highlight behavior in Free-for-All game modes.

  • Guard Dog (6 Kills)
    • Addressed an issue that caused erratic behavior when two Guard Dogs were called in simultaneously.

  • Players will no longer receive a Notice prompt with unreadable text after game updates.
  • Rarity Sort Filter in the Armory will no longer reset after previewing a Bundle.
  • Battle Pass items that are Free for Clans will no longer incorrectly display as Unlocked for players who are in an inactive Clan.
  • Corrected the behavior of the Clear Weapons New button after switching tabs in the UI.

  • Improved image quality for Bundle logos in the Store.
  • Breath of Godzilla Blueprint will no longer cease to glow under certain conditions.
  • Flame VFX will no longer transfer from Roland’s War Operator Skin to other Operators.


  • “Shi No Numa”
    • Addressed an issue where Wonder Weapon parts were not appearing on the map in Offline mode.
    • Addressed issues related to zombies pathing on Shi No Numa.
    • Addressed various visual issues on Shi No Numa.

  • Wonder Weapon
    • Wunderwaffe DG-2 
      • Increased reload speed of the weapon.
      • Addressed an issue where zombies were sometimes not being killed after being hit with the weapon.
      • Addressed an issue where zombies were not being electrocuted with the weapon if they were previously under the effects of a stun grenade.
  • Unlock Challenges
    • NEW: Vargo-S (Assault Rifle)
      • Trading firepower for improved accuracy and fire rate, this rifle excels in medium and long range engagements.
      • Complete an unlock challenge or purchase a Bundle to earn this Weapon.
        • In Zombies, use Assault Rifles to kill 20 or more enemies without getting hit 50 times.

  • Round-Based Adjustments
    • Crafting Table
      • Reduced cost for crafting Armor in Round Based Zombies mode only.
        • Level 1 – 500
        • Level 2 – 1000
        • Level 3 – 2000

  • Zaballa the Deceiver
    • Increased the Zaballa round spawn cooldown in Shi No Numa.
    • Zaballa will no longer enter an immune state.

  • Addressed various stability issues.

For more on Vanguard, check out the best controller settings and how to get the Champs Pack bundle.

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Source: Sledgehammer Games

Image credits: Activision

About The Author

Nathan is a Senior Writer for CharlieIntel and Dexerto, primarily covering FIFA and Call of Duty, as well as general gaming news and guides. After leaving university with a degree in Sports Studies and a master's degree in Magazine Journalism, he took on a role as a local news reporter before moving into games media. You can contact Nathan by email at [email protected].