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Warzone's Shady Trick Gives You An Early Lead

Well, that certainly didn't take super long. Call of Duty: Warzone has been out for a just about a day and already some sneaky players are finding exploits within the game to put themselves ahead of the competition.


Much like some other battle royale games, Call of Duty: Warzone drops players into the field of battle from above. In Warzone, troops will parachute down, guiding themselves as closely as possible to the spot where they want to take their stand. Thanks to this new trick discovered pretty quickly into the game's release, some players aren't even making it to the ground.

Players have quickly figured out that combat doesn't begin after everyone has safely landed. In fact, from the second your parachute opens, you will be able to take on your opponents. This has made for some pretty cheap shots being available. Though the game's better weaponry isn't available until you reach the ground and start looting, all players begin with a reserve pistol in hand. While plummeting down, you can score a few shots on surrounding paratroopers, cutting their shoots and sending them falling to a fast and painful death. Easy for the player who is still safely heading down to earth, that is.


In other words, you can take out your enemies before the match even begins. And while it seems like a pretty tall order to try to shoot a moving target while you're both falling down from the sky, it's worth remembering that these matches consist of 150 players, so the odds of someone being within decent shooting range are pretty solid.

We can see an example of this bonkers new exploit at work in a video posted to Reddit by user granolabarjr. In the brief clip, we see him cut his shoot, take his gun out, and place several quick shots into a parachuting soldier below him. We can also hear what sounds like the other player briefly shouting after realizing they've been killed before even landing properly.

It's probably not very fair to pull a trick like this on a fellow player, but there's no denying that it looks especially hilarious in the clip. The responses to this are varied, but most seem to agree that there's no way this tactic won't be patched out as soon as possible.

Hilariously, one Redditor actually had a suggestion for how the attack could be even better, which seems to miss the point of everyone complaining about it. Still, it's hard not to chuckle when reading, "why do you need to cut the parachute to take your gun out. You should be able to hold the chute in one hand shoot with the other."


Others seemed frustrated that granolabarjr posted the clip because it seemingly blows the whistle on the whole dirty tactic. One user chastised granolabarjr, saying they "gave away the secret." Another added, "This is for sure going to the top, and drops will never be the same. You animal!" 

This sentiment was seemingly echoed by another user, who added, "Welp... there goes that bit of fun I've been having."

Though previous owners of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare got a few hours' head start on the battle royale game, Call of Duty: Warzone is free to play. It's available for PlayStation 4, Xbox One X, and PC gamers. It seems like the folks who got the head start really took advantage of it, though. There's always a bit of a learning curve when a new game like this is released, both for players and the developers behind the title. 

There's always a worry that players will leave a game, even a free-to-play one, if there are major balancing issues or problems with getting a fair fight. Fortnite, for example, has removed plenty of content (and weapons like the Infinity Blade) over the years. 

Meanwhile, Apex Legends has made plenty of changes with the latest season of the game. However, Apex Legends is also having issues with the rollout of the battle royale game's latest character, Revenant. That character will likely be patched in some way in a future update, due to issues with his unpredictable hit box and his higher susceptibility to damage.


Fixing exploits like this is just the name of the game, especially when it may have a negative impact on others' enjoyment. It honestly won't be much of a surprise if or when this exploit is removed from Warzone. As one Reddit user put it, "I doubt this ability makes it a week."