Warzone August 16 update patch notes: Fennec buff, MW MP5 & AS VAL nerf, more

Nicholas Barth
Warzone August 16 update Patch Notes Season 5 weapon buffs nerfs

A new Warzone update is rolling out on August 16, and the patch notes detail the first set of weapon buffs and nerfs coming in Season 5 and other items that we have covered for you.

Season 5 has officially launched in the world of Warzone, and it has brought various new pieces of content for players to enjoy, such as the new Combat Scout and Tempered perks.

However, Raven Software is still working to make changes to the game the studio feels will help make the battle royale better going forward.

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The latest set of these changes for Warzone Season 5 were detailed in the patch notes for the August 16 update that is now live for the Call of Duty battle royale, which you can find below:

Warzone August 16 update patch notes Season 5 weapon buffs nerfs

Warzone August 16 update patch notes

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue allowing multiple Squads to enter the same Red Door.
    • This addresses other related issues such as dying to Gas in the Red Door hallway.
  • Fixed an issue where Battle Pass Tiers were not unlocked correctly when the Battle Pass or the Battle Pass Bundle were received as a gift.
  • Fixed an issue with the PPSh-41 (BOCW) where the KGB Eliminator and GRU Suppressor Attachment icons were appearing as white boxes.


We are generally pleased with the state of balance and we do not think anything needs to be immediately addressed. However, we do feel there are some outliers in the Assault Rifle category that have been top tier long enough that it is now appropriate to reduce their power level to give other Weapons some time in the spotlight.  Those changes will be coming very soon.

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  • AS VAL (MW)
    • Maximum Damage decreased from 30 to 27

The AS VAL (MW), following our balance overhaul, retained one of the fastest, easily achieved TTKs in the game. While its magazine capacity does hold it back, its TTK potential has remained well outside of the range we have been targeting.

  • Fennec (MW)
    • Bullet Velocity increased by 13.4%

The Fennec (MW) has struggled to gain footing due to some glaring weaknesses. This change will make the Fennec (MW) viable at slightly further distances.

  • Submachine Gun Charlie (MW)
    • Maximum Damage decreased from 34 to 31
    • Maximum Damage Range decreased by 5.4%
    • Upper Torso Damage Multiplier increased from 1 to 1.1

This change is intended to place some of the power of the Submachine Gun Charlie (MW) behind a mechanical requirement – making it a little less forgiving. 

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  • OTs 9 (BOCW)
    • ADS Weapon Sway decreased

When making large, sweeping motions while aiming down sights with the OTs 9 (BOCW), players could find most of their front iron sights obstructed by the rear iron sights. This type of sightline obstruction can be frustrating when attempting to effectively track enemies.


  • AMP 63 (BOCW)
    • Maximum Damage decreased from 33 to 31
    • Mid Damage now 28
    • Minimum Damage decreased from 28 to 23
  • M19 (MW)
    • This change only applies while using Akimbo
      • Maximum Damage decreased from 33 to 29
      • Mid Damage decreased from 28 to 25
      • Minimum Damage decreased from 23 to 20
  • Sykov (MW)
    • This change only applies while using the Sorokin 140mm Auto
      • Maximum Damage decreased from 27 to 24
      • Mid Damage decreased from 23 to 20
      • Minimum Damage decreased from 19 to 17

Handguns were fortunate enough to evade the initial balance overhaul. These changes aim to place some of the most powerful Secondary Weapons at a power level that is more in line with other Weapons of their class.

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According to Raven Software, some additional Warzone Season 5 weapon buffs and nerfs will be arriving in the game following the ones above that went live with the August 16 update.

These upcoming changes will be dealing with various Assault Rifles that Raven and the community feel have been too strong for too long and need dialing back for them to stop outclassing other weapons in the category that is one of the most popular in the game.

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For more Warzone, check out the Season 5 loadouts that will give you the best chance of victory, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

Source: Raven Software

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software

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Nicholas is a Senior Writer at Charlie INTEL who has spent the past few years writing news and guides about Call of Duty and a whole host of other video games. He graduated from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville with a degree in Mass Communications and loves helping readers find answers to their video game questions. You can contact Nicholas at [email protected].