Besides the Godzilla vs. Kong event, the most anticipated change in Call of Duty: Warzone Season 3 update is the weapon balancing patch. While all weapon classes are receiving their fair share of buffs and nerfs, the adjustments to Sniper Rifles are going to affect the gameplay significantly.

Last season, the developers of the game increased the base health in regular Battle Royale from 100 to 150 after players’ demand. This changed the time-to-kill, and hence the bullets required to down a target, for every weapon except some. Every Sniper Rifle and certain Marksman Rifles still retained their one-shot kill potential.

To balance out the gameplay, Season 3 brings groundbreaking changes to this weapon class. While heavy-duty Sniper Rifles can still one-shot kill players, their more mobile counterparts are only capable of doing this at their maximum range values.

Here’s a list of Sniper and Marksman Rifles that can and cannot kill with one-shot to the head at all ranges:

  • Can one-shot kill at any range
    • HDR (MW)
    • AX-50 (MW)
    • ZRG 20mm (BOCW) 
    • 3-Line Rifle (VG)
    • Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle (VG)
  • Can one-shot kill within limited range
    • Kar98k (MW)
    • SP-R 208 (MW)
    • Pelington 703 (BOCW)
    • Swiss K31 (BOCW)
    • Type 99 (VG)
    • Kar98k (VG)
  • Cannot one-shot kill
    • Rytec AMR (MW)
    • Dragunov (MW)
    • M82 (BOCW)

For further insight into the individual adjustments to each Sniper Rifle, have a look at the information below, which is taken from the official Season 3 patch notes for Warzone.

Table of Contents
Modern Warfare Marksman & Sniper Rifle

Black Ops Cold War Sniper Rifles

Vanguard Sniper Rifles

Modern Warfare Marksman & Sniper Rifle

  • Kar98k
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range  
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 1425, down from 2400
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.2
    • Min Damage increased to 75, up from 50
    • Max Damage increased to 95, up from 86
  • SP-R 208
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range  
    • Max Damage Range increased to 1300, up from 900
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.2
    • Max Damage increased to 94, up from 93
  • Dragunov
    • Cannot one shot
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 1375, down from 2500
    • Min Damage increased to 60, up from 50
    • Max Damage increased to 80, up from 70
  • HDR
    • Can one-shot to the head at any range 
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 3400, down from 4000
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.2
  • AX-50
    • Can one-shot to the head at any range 
    • Max Damage Range increased to 3400, up from 3072
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.2
  • Rytec AMR
    • Cannot one shot
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 2650, down from 2800
    • Min Damage decreased to 96, down from 99
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 2.1

Black Ops Cold War Sniper Rifles

  • Pelington 703
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range  
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 1900, down from 2000
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 2.4
    • Min Damage decreased to 95, up from 99
    • Max Damage increased to 125, up from 102
  • LW3-Tundra
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range  
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 1675, down from 4000
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 2.5
    • Max Damage increased to 120, up from 102
  • M82
    • Cannot one shot
    • Max Damage Range increased to 2675, up from 2600
    • Min Damage decreased to 96, down from 99
  • ZRG 20mm
    • Can one-shot to the head at any range
    • Max Damage Range increased to 4000, up from 3072
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.2
  • Swiss K31
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range  
    • Max Damage Range increased to 1650, up from 900
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 2.31
    • Max Damage increased to 130, up from 95

Vanguard Sniper Rifles

  • 3-Line Rifle
    • Can one-shot to the head at any range
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 3225, down from 4092
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.15
    • Max Damage increased to 115, up from 95
    • Min Damage increased to 96, up from 79
    • ADS Transition In Speed increased to 0.532, up from 0.517
    • ADS Transition Out Speed increased to 0.54, up from 0.52
    • Movement speed scaler decreased to 0.80, down from 0.83
  • Kar98k
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range  
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 1850, down from 3800
    • Max Damage increased to 100, up from 92
    • ADS Transition In Speed decreased to 0.43, down from 0.455
    • ADS Transition Out Speed decreased to 0.4, down from 0.476
  • Type 99
    • Can one-shot to the head within max damage range  
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 1350, down from 4092
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 2.4
    • ADS Transition In Speed decreased to 0.45, down from 0.48
    • ADS Transition Out Speed decreased to 0.42, down from 0.5
  • Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle
    • Can one-shot to the head at any range 
    • Max Damage Range decreased to 3700, down from 4092
    • Head Damage Multiplier increased to 3.0
    • Upper Torso Multiplier increased to 1.2
    • Upper Torso Multiplier increased to 1.1
    • ADS Transition Out Speed decreased to 0.5, down from 0.66
    • Now Has Access to Lengthened, Armor Piercing, Subsonic, Frangible and Hollow Point Ammunition.

Stay tuned to GameTips.PRO for more Call of Duty content. In the meantime, head over to our articles on How to unlock Junkyard Jet Sledgehammer in Call of Duty: Vanguard & Warzone.

Leave a comment