Warzone The Haunting update patch notes: Release date, Zombie Royale, Vondead, more

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Warzone The Haunting is the last content release prior to the launch of Modern Warfare 3 and it brings the Halloween event, Zombie Royale, and Vondead, among other things. Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone’s The Haunting event update, including the full patch notes.

Before Modern Warfare 3 arrives on November 10, the current iteration of Warzone received The Haunting update. This final season introduced a ton of Halloween-themed skins through the Battle Pass and also included the introduction of spooky characters as Operators.

Additionally, the mid-season update brings a major content drop for Warzone with the launch of the fan-favorite The Haunting event, introducing multiple changes across Battle Royale and Resurgence modes.

Here’s everything you need to know about the Warzone Haunting event update in Warzone 2.

Warzone 2 The Haunting event release date

Warzone 2’s The Haunting arrived on October 17, 2023, with the update going live at 9 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 5 PM BST.

This release date conveniently follows the conclusion of the Modern Warfare 3 beta period and the official launch of The Haunting event.

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The Haunting brings a ton of new spooky-themed content to Warzone.

Warzone 2 The Haunting Soul Capture event

As revealed by the CoD blog, Warzone The Haunting introduces the Soul Capture event, which is a version of the Trophy Hunt Event from Season 3.

Killing players makes them drop Souls, increasing your overall count in different modes, which will be exchangeable for exclusive items in the Events Tab. Collect more Souls by battling opponents on all Warzone maps and unlock themed rewards when you redeem them.

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Warzone 2 The Haunting event Operators

Embracing the Halloween season, The Haunting event brings an array of Operator crossovers to Warzone 2. These crossovers include characters from beloved TV series, movies, comics, and more.

Below, you’ll find a list of all the Operators available in Warzone 2’s The Haunting update:

Warzone 2 The Haunting update patch notes

Here are the full patch notes for the Warzone 2 The Haunting event update:


Prepare for frightening thrills, the shambling undead, squad hunts to take down grotesque monsters, and those infamous jump-scares as The Haunting returns! The Haunting event brings Halloween-themed Maps, Modes, Events and more across both games.

Available across Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty: Warzone, the Soul Capture Event is an enhanced and fear-inducing variation on the popular Trophy Hunt Event from Season 03. Available across all game modes, any time a Player is eliminated, they leave a Soul behind. Collect these Souls, which are automatically added to your total in all game modes (meaning there’s no need to visit a Buy Station in Call of Duty: Warzone or DMZ this time), and trade them for items shown in the Events Tab.

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Event Rewards:

  • Gone Batty (Weapon Sticker)
  • Skullified (Calling Card)
  • Bit Corny (Charm)
  • Creature Copter (Vehicle Skin)
  • Alien Death Ray (Weapon Blueprint)
  • Join Me (Loading Screen)
  • Bad Luck? (Charm)
  • Carved Up (Weapon Sticker)
  • Violent End (Weapon Blueprint)
  • XP Tokens
  • Tier Skips
  • And more coming throughout The Haunting

As the creeping terror contained within The Haunting infiltrates Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty: Warzone, expect to receive a variety of free, limited-time cosmetic items simply by logging into the game as The Haunting progresses.

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Daily Login Rewards:

  • Happy Pumpkin (Charm)
  • Evil Goat (Emblem)
  • Eye Contact (Weapon Sticker)
  • War Snake (Player Card)
  • Triplets, Kinda (Weapon Sticker)
  • Hell’s Army (Loading Screen)
  • Halloween Witch (Weapon Sticker)
  • Nightmare Sweats (Weapon Blueprint)
  • XP Tokens 


SkeletorAsh, and Inarius make their way to The Haunting.

  • Skeletor (October 17)
  • Ash (October 23)
  • Inarius (October 26)


It seems some of your Loadout equipment may have become possessed. Operators are to take additional care when utilizing the following items:

  • Sound Veil Scream (Field Upgrade): For those stepping into the sound wave of the Suppression Mine, prepare for an hallucinatory audio assault as the air fills with the screams of the dead!
  • Decoy Grenade (Tactical): Reports of inhuman and monstrous sounds peppered with gunfire make this more than just an audio hallucination. 


  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Player to be kicked to the Main Menu when previewing a Weapon through the Gunsmith
  • Fixed an issue where the Oni Operator Pack had placeholder elements when previewing the bundle
  • Fixed an issue where the Dragonfly Blueprint was not displaying the correct Weapon Skin
  • Fixed an issue where the Super Shotgun could display an incorrect reload animation 
  • Fixed an issue where the Horangi Skin “Death Frame” could have an incorrect appearance 
  • Fixed an issue where an incorrect melee sound could be heard when toggling some Optic perspectives on the Bryson 800 and Bryson 890
  • Fixed an issue where changing a Blueprint’s tuning or attachments could remove the base weapon name in the Loadout Menu
  • Fixed an issue where the “Equip to Favorite Loadout” button could lose functionality when the same weapon is equipped in both the Primary and Secondary slots
  • Fixed an issue where spawns on Fight were incorrect in Gunfight Private Matches
  • Fixed an issue where the Super Shotgun displayed an incorrect canted laser placement on Black Gold
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent Players from navigating menu options correctly from certain inputs in a Private Match
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a large framerate drop when switching between the “All” and “Prestige” tabs in the Calling Card section



The Haunting Limited-Time Event

  • Operation Nightmare is a GO: Investigate eldritch anomalies across the map, and face a host of monstrous targets as you gradually clear a Bounty board of otherworldly terrors!
    • The Butcher is looking for fresh meat across Al Mazrah and Vondead! This monstrosity will drop a unique reward which can be claimed in Diablo IV. Check the Call of Duty website later today for more information on how to redeem.
  • Welcome to Vondead: A demonic incantation unleashed an uncontained zombie outbreak across Vondel. The undead have ravaged the streets under a blood red moon. Shocking secrets are waiting to be discovered!
  • Zombie Royale is back! Tear into this infamous limited-time mode, with all-new innovations but the same chaotic premise — return to battle as a fast-moving Zombie. Survive, or get eaten!
  • Lockdown returns, otherworldly loot, and events: Head to Vondead for more Lockdown action, gather Souls for in-game rewards, and prepare for plenty of jump scares, eldritch equipment, and much more. 
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During The Haunting event, players will have to face both zombie hordes and human enemies to survive.


 New Limited-Time Map Variant

  • A zombie breakout has happened in Vondel due to an unknown sorceress incantation which led to inexplicable things…
    • The incantation has transformed the current weather into something terrifying
    • Humans have barricaded Market to survive for as long as possible, making it the area with the best loot in the city
    • As a way to protect civilians who were escaping by the Train Station, officials have drained the nearby canal


 New Limited-Time Mode (In-Season)

  • The infamous Halloween season Mode is back, with returning favorite features and all-new innovations. That said, the core rules remain the same:
    • Players who die respawn as a zombie with a set of impressive abilities
    • The zombie scourge must pursue and eliminate all life
    • Players that die as a zombie are eliminated from the match – unless they wait for the infestation meter to return all spectators to the match as a zombie
    • The last living Player(s) wins
  • This Mode is available on both Al Mazrah and Vondead (Vondel Map Variant)

  • Players are now able to play Lockdown under an ominous moonlit, night-time variant of Vondel!
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Warzone 2’s Operation Nightmare casts darkness over Al Mazrah, offering a Halloween spooky twist.


  • Haunted Box New Field Upgrade
    • The Haunted Box is everything you need: it refills Armor Plates, Ammunitions and Equipment.
    • Fair warning: Players may want to brace for the unexpected when opening it.
    • Not available in DMZ
  • BloodseekerNew Tactical Equipment
    • This grenade is the perfect tool to find enemies in a dark environment.
    • Throw it near an enemy Player and it will lunge itself towards them, revealing their position as well as surrounding enemy Players within a short distance.
    • Not available in DMZ
  • Thermal WeaponsNew Loot
    • New Custom Weapons can now be found throughout the ground loot, notable due to their Lichyard Camo.
    • Available in The Haunting-themed Warzone Maps

Al Mazrah | Battle Royale

  • Reinforcement Flares are now significantly less common.


  • Fixed an issue that caused the Gas circle on the Tac Map to disappear.
  • Fixed an issue that would force the Player to make unintended purchases while navigating the Buy Station.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Players from purchasing Medics Vest from the Buy Station.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent the Social tab from opening correctly while in a Battle Royale pre-match lobby.

All in all, that’s everything you need to know about Warzone 2’s The Haunting event update. Meanwhile, for more on Warzone 2, you can check out our other guides:

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