5 most effective ways to spot Warzone cheaters
Cheaters have been continuing to run rampant in Warzone Season 1, so here are the best ways to spot and report cheaters.
Even the best Warzone players get outplayed sometimes, but sometimes that death seems just a bit suspicious. You’ll get pre-aimed while running Dead Silence and Ghost, or your whole squad will be wiped out by a single player in a matter of seconds.
Unfortunately, with Activision’s anti-cheat failing miserably, it’s incredibly difficult to tell if a player is actually cheating. For almost every way there is to spot a cheater, there’s a valid reason why they might not be.
Don’t trust Warzone killcams
Killcams don’t actually record the footage of the kill, they recreate the situation, which can lead to suspicious-looking deaths. YouTuber TrueGameData had a situation like this when he killed TeePee and MerK in a game of Warzone.
From MerK’s perspective, TrueGameData snapped onto his head with a Sniper Rifle, and MerK, rightfully, was suspicious.
TrueGameData uploaded his side of the situation, and the killcam was completely different. There was no snapping, it was actually a slow and precise shot. Some lag in the killcam sped this shot up and made it look highly suspicious.
Don’t base your accusations solely on the killcam, you should follow the tips below to spot cheaters in your Warzone matches.
Spectate the rest of their Warzone match
Because you can’t reliably base hackusations off of killcams, you should spectate the rest of their match.
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Hacks have varying degrees of power; sometimes they’ll snap on to targets miles away, other times they’ll subtly track people behind walls.
Tommey, a professional Warzone player for 100 Thieves, accused a world-record holder of cheating by watching him see players through walls. Again, there is no conclusive evidence that this player was cheating, but Tommey demonstrated how to watch out for it.
Should this player know somebody is in that room, does their aim look natural? These are all questions you should ask yourself when spectating a suspected cheater.
They stand still when you spectate them
Most cheaters don’t want to get caught. Seeing a cheater blatantly aimbotting the whole lobby and racking up 50 kills still happens, but it’s becoming rarer.
Nowadays, cheaters tend to try to hide it. After watching a player snap on to you or track you through a wall in the killcam, you’ll often see them stand still for 10-20 seconds while you spectate them.
More than likely, this is them turning off their hacks in an attempt to hide their wicked ways. Watch them for long enough and if their skill is either vastly lower than when they killed you, or you see them freeze again after doing something incredible, it’s pretty safe to draw the conclusion that this player is cheating.
Look at their Warzone level
If a very skilled player is racking up kills but are a low-level rocking default skins and calling cards, this player is likely cheating. Either this player is ‘smurfing’ by playing on a new account to avoid skill-based matchmaking, or this new account has cheats installed on it.
This isn’t conclusive, however. There are several reasons why a player is on a new account, and not all of them are because they are cheating. If you’re convinced, simply hit the ‘report’ button, block them so you’ll never see them again, and hope Activision sort them out.
Check their Warzone stats
Websites such as CoD Tracker and SBMM Warzone will allow you to check the stats of most of the players in your lobby. Either search for their name or go back through your previous matches to find them.
If they have their stats on display, you can check to see if everything looks normal. Hackers will often have incredibly high stats, with kill/death ratios of four and above. If you look back through their previous games and see they are doing incredible every single time, you should be suspicious.
Even the world’s best players have bad games where they only get a couple of kills and lose. It’s in the very nature of battle royale games. However, a cheater will most likely do exceptionally well every game, and have an average kills way above the norm.
If their stats look too good to be true, it’s very likely this player is cheating.
If you discover a cheater in a game of Warzone, don’t wait until the end to throw abuse at them like some do; you’re only giving them what they want. Instead, just report, block, and move on.
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