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Modern Warfare’s 725 shotgun gets another nerf

The shotgun can still kill at long ranges, making it much too popular.

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November 12, 2019 The 725’s range has been reduced.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s ‘sniper shotgun,’ the 725, got a couple tweaks in the game’s recent patch – Infinity Ward increased its pellet spread for both hipfire and ADS firing and cut back on its damage range. Now, in the game’s latest patch, it looks like its damage has been reduced again.

Players are still bringing the gun with a lot of their loadouts, particularly in Shoothouse 24/7 games. That’s because it’s still capable of killing at surprisingly long ranges under the right circumstances. Fortunately, it looks like help is on the way, with developer Infinity Ward having now reduced its range in the patch that’s gone live today.

CharlieIntel’s reported earlier this week that Infinity Ward co-design director of multiplayer Joe Cecot has explained on Twitter that the studio is working to “massage out” the 725’s “rare” long shot capabilities, which he says can currently still happen if all possible pellets strike their intended target. Cecot retweeted a clip by veteran Call of Duty YouTuber Shaun ‘Hutch’ Hutchison, in which Hutch showed off the retuned 725 still managing to quickly take down players with a single shot at range.

“Another tweak is coming which should massage out the rare very long shot,” Cecot said. “Now if the target is at low health, this thing will always reach out.” Here’s the tweet, complete with clip:

In subsequent tweets, Cecot indicates that the over/under 725 is intended to be a powerful weapon, and that Infinity Ward has no intention of either removing it from the game or nerfing it into the ground.

“We’re being careful to retain the soul of the 725,” he explained to Hutch.

The newest Call of Duty Modern Warfare patch went live today, with the patch notes posted just before it arrived. You might find out Call of Duty: Modern Warfare weapons and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare killstreaks guides handy if you’re diving into the action.