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MW3 & Warzone patch notes for February 16 update (1.039.000)

Official Warzone artwork for Season 2.

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With Season 2 well underway, the teams working on Call of Duty: Modern Warfare III and Warzone continue to implement changes and fixes. On February 16, the latest update for MW3 and Warzone arrived and Activision has dropped the patch notes.

As usual, fans can expect numerous changes across both games which have been updated simultaneously.

Over on the Warzone side of things, the focus was mainly on weapon balancing for the TAQ Evolvere light machine gun.

Some balancing tweaks for the TAQ Evolvere were also implemented in MW3 multiplayer, in addition to progression changes.

You can check out the full patch notes below.

MW3 & Warzone patch notes – February 16, update 1.039.000



Weapon Adjustments 

Light Machine Gun

  • TAQ Evolvere (MWIII)
    • Fixed a bug that caused limited recoil while using the base weapon.
    • 7.62 Ammunition
      • Max Damage reduced to 40, down from 45.
      • Max Damage Range reduced to 36.83 meters, down from 40.64.
      • Near-Mid Damage Range reduced to 49.53 meters, down from 53.34.
      • Neck Damage Modifier reduced to 1.2x, down from 1.3x.
      • Upper Torso and Upper Arm Damage Modifiers reduced to 1.2x, down from 1.3x.
      • Upper Leg Damage Modifier reduced to 1.0x, down from 1.1x.
    • 5.56 Ammunition (100 & 200 Round 556 Belts)
      • Max Damage reduced to 28, down from 30.
      • Max Damage Range reduced to 18.03 meters, down from 20.32.
      • Headshot Damage Modifier reduced to 1.2x, down from 1.3x.
      • Neck, Upper Torso and Upper Arm Damage Modifiers reduced to 1.1x, down from 1.2x.
      • Lower Arm Damage Modifier reduced to 1.0x, down from 1.2x.
      • Near-Mid Damage increased to 25, up from 22.
      • Near-Mid Damage Range reduced to 30.48 meters, down from 50.8.
      • Added Mid Damage, set to 22. New Variable
      • Added Mid Damage Range, set to 45.72 meters. New Variable
      • Reduced ADS Movement Speed benefits by 10%.
      • Reduced Vertical Recoil by 40%.

MW3 multiplayer


  • Cryptid Bootcamp Event
    • Enabled the DM56 and MCW 6.8 Conversion Kits to progress the Prophetic Squish challenge.
      • JAK Beholder Rifle Kit (TYR)
      • JAK Signal Burst (DM56)
      • Full-Auto Conversion Kit (MCW 6.8)


Light Machine Guns

  • TAQ Evolvere
    • 7.62 Ammunition
      • Resolved an issue causing recoil not to function as intended.
    • 5.56 Ammunition
      • Decreased aim down sight movement speed benefit by 10%.
      • Increased vertical recoil control by 40%.
      • Decreased maximum damage from 34 to 30 (-12%).
      • Decreased neck, upper-torso, and upper-arm damage multipliers from 1.3x to 1.2x (-8%).

You can check out all the patch notes for MW3 and Warzone via the official Call of Duty blog.

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