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Call of Duty: Warzone patch nerfs the powerful JAK-12 shotgun

The shotgun’s ammo is getting nerfed too

Call of Duty: Warzone players advance on an enemy in a balcony Image: Infinity Ward/Activision

One of Call of Duty: Warzone’s best shotguns is finally getting a balance pass. In the latest patch for Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare, which was released on Wednesday, the JAK-12 shotgun is getting a nerf.

The JAK-12 was added to the game just a couple of weeks ago and it’s quickly proven to be one of the most powerful guns in Warzone. It’s combination of high-damage, quick movement speed, and high automatic-fire rate made it not just one of the best shotguns in the game, but a go-to weapon in the loadouts of many players, especially with the extra ammo capacity of the Drum Mags attachment.

To make things even worse — or better if you were a JAK-12 fan — the weapon also has an attachment called FRAG-12 ammo, which gave it’s shots an explosive, extra-damaging effect.

However, it seems that all this was a little too powerful in the eyes of Infinity Ward, so the weapon’s getting a nerf. The patch reduced both the movement and aim-down-sight speed of the weapon when it’s using the popular Drum Mags attachment. The FRAG-12 ammo also got a specific nerf that reduces its rate of fire.

Despite these nerfs, it’s entirely possible that the JAK-12 remains one of Warzone’s most dominant guns, but these balance adjustments should at least make playing against it a little more tolerable.

For a full look at all the changes that arrived with the Oct. 28 patch for Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare, you can check out the patch notes.

Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare Oct. 28 patch notes

General Fixes

  • Fix for an issue where the code for Bunker 3 wasn’t functioning as intended
  • Fix for an issue with the Riot Shield that would only occur when players obtained the pumpkin head after getting 3+ kills (pumpkin heads are back on!)
  • Fix for an exploit in Zombie Royale
  • Temporarily removing the Durable Gas Masks from Warzone
  • Removing Snipers Only (TDM) while we fix a bug. We’ll be replacing this mode with Gunfight - Snipers Only (3v3)



  • Reduced movement and ADS speed on JAK-12 Drum Mags
  • Reduced rate of fire on JAK-12 FRAG-12 ammo
  • Updating the JAK-12 FRAG-12 ammo description to say ‘slugs’

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