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“Shamrock and Awe” event paints Call of Duty: WWII green

A new limited-time event called Shamrock and Awe kicked off in Call of Duty: WWII this week, bringing with it a host of changes and content additions for Sledgehammer Games’ shooter. The event is tied to St. Patrick’s Day, which occurs on Saturday, March 17, this year, and naturally things are looking a lot greener in Call of Duty.

Call of Duty: WWII’s latest update adds a new map, Shipment 1944, which is based on the map Shipment from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. There’s also a pair of new guns, the M-38 and MG 81, which you can see in action in the video above.

On the cosmetics side, Call of Duty: WWII’s Shamrock and Awe event also introduces new reticles, weapon camos, charms, emotes, uniforms and weapon variants. Plus, there are leprechauns now (zombie leprechauns), on the hunt for pots o’ gold, naturally, in the Leprechaun Hunt Moshpit.

Activision says:

The Leprechaun Hunt Moshpit delivers Team Deathmatch, Hardpoint, Kill Confirmed and Domination modes with a twist: a fleet-footed zombie leprechaun hidden in each map. Players who eliminate the terrifying little sprite are rewarded with something better than a pot o’ gold – all of their equipped Scorestreaks full and ready to deploy.

This mode will be available for players as a Featured Public Match playlist during Operation: Shamrock & Awe, offering 2XP from 10:00 am Pacific on March 16 to 10:00 am Pacific on March 19.

Shamrock and Awe will run from March 13 through April 3.

The update also coincides with other changes to Call of Duty: WWII that aren’t event-specific. Game modes Prop Hunt and Gun Game are now part of the game’s regular rotation.

There are also extensive changes to how loot delivery works in supply drops and at the Quartermaster. Here’s how Sledgehammer describes the recent changes:

Increased Number of Weapons & Premium Content per Update – We’re adding new ranged weapons, more cosmetic weapon variants, and themed uniforms with a commitment to double-down on these categories moving forward so you’ll be able to get more of the content you want.

More Ways to Earn Weapons – We are offering a variety of paths to obtain the most-wanted weapons and weapon variants in-game as more will be made available via Orders and Contracts, in addition to existing Weapon Collections and Supply Drops.

Lowered Duplicate Rates – We are reducing the frequency of duplicates you’ll receive within Supply Drops to deliver more new content in every drop.

Rebalanced Category Reward Rates – This will ensure you are getting a wider variety of content categories within every drop, which will make the unboxing experience more satisfying (we heard you on what it feels like to get triple duplicate pistol grips).

New Special Orders - We heard your feedback on certain weapons being available only via Common Supply Drops and how hard they are to get. We are moving these into Special Orders so that they are easier to access.

New Categories of Items – You will have more ways to customize your solider and loadout with the introduction of weapon charms, camos, and reticles.

Content Changes – We are removing gold foil calling cards, and won’t be adding new pistol grips to the loot pool.

Armory Drops – We are adding a new Supply Drop type “Armory Drops” which will function a lot like Bribes but can be obtained for Armory Credits to provide yet another way to get the content you’re after.