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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare update nerfs controversial 725 shotgun for third time

CoD: MW's latest patch notes are here, and they're bad news for fans of the 725 shotgun

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare performance

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare‘s controversial 725 shotgun has been a huge talking point for players of the multiplayer game, and developer Infinity Ward has now been forced into tweaking it yet again. This third nerf comes as part of Modern Warfare’s new update, whose patch notes you can read below.

The update, which is out now on PC as well as PS4 and Xbox One, brings a “small reduction to base weapon damage range” for the 725. It also “significantly” reduces the damage range added by various attachments, cuts hipfire damage, and increases hipfire spread.

Another shotgun, the Model 680, is also tweaked in the new patch with a “slight reduction of damage range with all range-extending attachments”. Finally, the AUG gets a buff, with increased close- and mid-range damage – though the chest damage multiplier has been reduced.

Elsewhere, the update fixes a bunch of bugs, including those presented by multiple challenges and one where players could duplicate their killstreak rewards. You can read the full list of Modern Warfare patch notes in the bottom of this article, via Infinity Ward.

The 725 is undoubtedly the big story here, with it having now undergone three significant nerfs since Modern Warfare’s launch less than a month ago. One nerf inadvertently made the gun’s ‘sniper’ effect more prominent, with a reduced pellet spread effectively increasing its damage at range. Hopefully the new patch will go some way to undoing that unintentional change.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Patch Notes

General fixes

  • Special Operations: Fix for an issue where a player would see no objective after retrying a mission after spectating (Operation Paladin)

  • CDL: Fix for rulesets in Search and Destroy where Field Upgrades were disabled

  • Fix for an exploit where players could duplicate their killstreaks (“Fix for various exploits”)

  • Fix for the “Blue V” Optic challenge not displaying the proper text description

  • Fix misspelling of “trophy”

Ground War

  • Fixed a bug that could cause the filter on the respawn selection screen to stay on screen when spawning back in

  • Fix for an issue where the Select Loadout screen would keep reappearing after already selecting a loadout and attempting to spawn back in

Missions and challenges

The following challenges have been fixed:

  • “Infiltrator”

  • “Warrior’s Code”

  • “Aggression”

  • “Dominator”

  • “Munitions”

  • Officer progression “Launch Destroys”

  • Officer progression “Heartbreaker”

  • Officer progression ”Precision Airstrike”

  • Officer progression: “Karma”

  • Officer progression “Close and Personal”


  • AUG 5.56 Caliber conversion

    • Increasing close range damage

    • Increasing mid damage range and reduced chest multiplier

  • 725

    • Small reduction to base weapon damage range

    • Significantly reduced the damage range added by attachments

    • Small hips spread increase

    • Reduced effective damage at the hip

  • Model 680: Slight reduction of damage range with all range-extending attachments