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Call of Duty: Warzone season 1 patch adds Rebirth Island, the mode’s first new map

All of Black Ops Cold War’s weapons added to Warzone

Frank Woods, Ghost, Price, and Adler as they appear in Call of Duty Warzone Image: Treyarch/Activision

The first season of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has arrived and ushered in an entirely new Call of Duty: Warzone season as well. While Black Ops Cold War has been updated with new weapons and maps, Warzone went through its biggest shake-up ever: There’s a new map, a totally new arsenal, and even some changes to Verdansk.

Warzone’s new map is called Rebirth Island and it drops players into a smaller, more intense battle royale mode than they may be used to. Rebirth Island is the site of a former Soviet weapons manufacturing plant, and is dotted with dozens of buildings, factories, and small crevices and secrets. Thanks to its small size, Rebirth Island will feature a smaller player count: only 40 players in each match. But its size should also make for faster-paced matches.

As for the new weapons headed to Warzone, Black Ops Cold War players will already be familiar with the expanded arsenal. The latest Black Ops game’s guns are now headed to battle royale — 29 new weapons in Warzone, plus five weapons that are on the way in Black Ops Cold War’s first seasonal battle pass. Players will be able to use all of these weapons in Warzone and earn progress toward unlocking attachments for them, which can be used in any game mode.

Finally, Verdansk is getting a few changes of its own. The biggest update for Warzone’s classic map is a redesigned Gulag. Far from the prison showers of the old map, the new Gulag will have fallen players face off in a smaller version of the classic Black Ops map Nuketown to see which player gets a second chance at battle royale victory.

All of these changes are coming to Call of Duty: Warzone with the arrival of season 1 on Dec. 16. For a look at all the changes coming this season you can check out the full patch notes.

Call of Duty: Warzone season 1 patch notes


Rebirth Island

  • An all-new Battle Royale experience for Warzone.
  • Intense, close-quarters action with a 40-player count and similar play style to Mini BR.
  • New Gulag available in traditional Battle Royale modes.


New Gulag

  • Prepare to be dragged to an interrogation room, strapped to a chair, and thrown into an all-new arena: a makeshift replica of the original Nuketown map layout with both home interiors and backyard barricaded off, focusing the duel to a confined central arena.


Rebirth Island Seasonal Event

  • 16 new challenges for those dropping into Rebirth Island for the first time to earn Calling Cards, Charms, Emblems, Stickers, a special “Noxious” LMG Blueprint and more, along with additional secrets to uncover!


Rebirth Island: Resurgence

  • Respawn every 30 seconds until the final circle, or the last squad is left standing.
  • Killing an enemy provides you with extreme clarity on where the rest of that enemy team is located.
  • The Gulag is closed during this event (likely for some deep fumigation).


  • Black Ops Cold War weapons added:
  • 6 Assault Rifles, including the new Groza AR in the Season One Battle Pass System
  • 6 Submachine Guns, including the new Mac-10 SMG in the Season One Battle Pass System
  • 4 Marksman (Tactical) Rifles
  • 3 Light Machine Guns
  • 3 Sniper Rifles
  • 3 Pistols
  • 2 Shotguns
  • 3 Launchers, including the M79 Special launcher
  • 1 Melee weapon


Stitch (Warsaw Pact)

  • Unlocked via Battle Pass Level 0.
  • Legendary Operator Skin unlocked at Tier 100.

Vargas (Warsaw Pact)

  • Black Ops Cold War Operator available in Warzone starting in Season One.
  • Song (NATO)
  • Black Ops Cold War Operator available in Warzone starting in Season One.


Attack Helicopter

  • Similar to the regular Helicopter but with one major exception: Mounted on both side rails is a belt-fed minigun that can be controlled by squad members.
  • Available on both Verdansk and Rebirth Island at the start of Season One.



  • Added new Career menu to track progression from Military Ranks to Season and Prestige Levels.
  • Progression menu removed from Barracks.
  • See Global section above for full Cross-Game Progression and Prestige details.


  • Attachments unlocked for Black Ops Cold War weapons will be available through the Gunsmith, allowing players to modify weapons for use within Warzone.


Daily Challenges

  • Coming to Season One: Receive a set of 3 new Daily Challenges every day from across 3 categories: Reconnaissance, Combat, and Support.
  • Swap Challenges in and out to suit your play style and optimize your progression.

Warzone Missions

  • Mastery Challenges and Missions from previous seasons remain available.


  • Removed the Juggernaut reward from Subway and Stadium Easter Eggs.
  • “Strange Magic” / “Time of the Season” Watch will no longer be visible through walls.
  • Players will be longer be able to clip inside of Loadout packages.
  • Added collision to Airport to prevent an exploit.
  • Addressed an issue where Park or Baker Operator Skin listings could show a repeating “Name” skin that could kick the player back to the menu when hovered over.
  • Addressed instances where War Tracks could continue to play when exiting vehicle.

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