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How to drop shot in Call of Duty multiplayer and Warzone

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This guide explains how to drop shot in Call of Duty multiplayer and Warzone with a PlayStation or Xbox controller.

Call of Duty stands out as one of the most high-energy games available, characterized by its swift gameplay. Featuring a rapid time-to-kill and responsive movement, gaining an upper hand over adversaries becomes paramount. This is where inventive movement techniques, such as drop shotting, play a crucial role.

The significance of employing tactics like drop shotting lies in their ability to allow you to engage in gunfire while minimising your vulnerability to enemy attacks. This strategic advantage proves instrumental during intense gunfights.

As the name suggests, a drop shot is when a player drops into a prone position while aiming and shooting. Every Call of Duty player will have encountered drop shotting during their CoD careers; however, many also want to know how to do it because it isn’t that simple.

Unfortunately, you can’t drop shot with the standard CoD button layout because the Change Stance/Prone button is mapped to Circle/B (on PlayStation and Xbox) which requires players to take their thumb off the right analogue stick.

While it can be tough to get used to, learning how to drop shot is essential if you want to up your game in Call of Duty multiplayer and Warzone. So, let’s take a look at how to do it.

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How to drop shot in Call of Duty multiplayer and Warzone

This is how to drop shot in Call of Duty multiplayer and Warzone:

There are two drop shotting methods available to players. The first, and best, option is to invest in a pro controller like the DualSense Edge for PS5 or those made by SCUF. The second option is to use one of Call of Duty‘s preset button layouts. Both methods are detailed below.

Method 1 – Pro Controller

Using the DualSense Edge, a SCUF controller, or another brand of pro controller is the preferred method for drop shots in CoD and Warzone. This is because pro controllers come with customisable back paddles for advanced button layouts.

For this method, simply bind the Change Stance/Prone button to one of the back paddles. You will then be able to ADS (aim-down-sight) and fire while dropping to the prone position without having to take your thumb off the right stick.

The image below shows a custom layout for the DualSense Edge pro controller on PS5. Also, checkout our full guide to the best controller settings for the DualSense Edge with Call of Duty.

How to drop shot on Call of Duty and Warzone - pro controller button layout
DualSense Edge button layout.

Method 2 – Use preset control scheme

If you don’t have, or don’t want to buy, a pro controller, the other option is to use a preset Call of Duty button layout that favours drop shots.

These work by moving the Change Stance/Prone button away from the face buttons and onto the right stick, making it possible to go prone, aim and shoot at the same time.

To set this up, follow the steps below:

  1. On any platform, navigate to Settings > Controller > Edit Button Layout > Button Layout Preset.
  2. From the list of presets, select the Tactical layout.
  3. Press and hold R3 on PlayStation or RS on Xbox to go prone while shooting.
How to drop shot in Call of Duty and Warzone - Tactical layout on PlayStation
Tactical preset layout on PS5.

To enable both drop shots and jump shots, consider using the L1 Button Jumper Tactical (PlayStation)/Bumper Jumper Tactical (Xbox) button layout. Read more about jump shots in our full guide.

And there you have it – now you know how to drop shot in Call of Duty. Be aware, both methods take some practise to master.

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