COD Vanguard Update 1.18 Patch Notes (1.018)

Sledgehammer Games has deployed a new COD Vanguard update 1.18 (1.018) on PS4, PS5, PC, and Xbox One. According to the official Vanguard 1.18 patch notes, the latest update added quality of life changes and fixes. Apart from this, Vanguard version 1.18 (1.018.000) also includes a new Vanguard Map and Bundles, including some Operator Skins with badass ink.

Previously, a major update 1.16 added quality of life improvements. Unfortunately, since the last patch, players are experiencing several issues with the game. Today’s Vanguard patch 1.18 will address a few of these issues.

Read more details below.

Vanguard 1.18 Patch Notes – Official


Serpentine, the new Perk arriving from Vanguard, hopes to remedy this without completely leaving marksmen out to dry.

Available in the Perk 1 slot for all players after the update, Serpentine’s description is as follows:

“Sprinting reduces incoming damage from bullets, explosives, and fire by 20%.”

Will it be an “auto-pick”? Not necessarily — consider some of the other options in the Blue Perk 1 slot: currently, Double Time (which boosts Tactical Sprint) and Cold Blooded (which directly counters Combat Scout) are two extremely popular choices in the current meta. Then there is Quick Fix, which shaves seconds off health-regeneration time, which the most elite players tend to gravitate toward. And we didn’t even talk about E.O.D., a great Perk for those who despise dying to explosives.

As for the shooter a “snake” indicator will pop up after hitting someone who has Serpentine. This clear feedback allows you to send a quick follow-up shot — potentially with a Sniper Support weapon, if they are close enough — and gives enough information to start an engagement with a still-massive advantage.

Occupation Scan In-Game Event

Unbeknownst to us, upgrading the island to include radar towers gave the powers-that-be the ability to scan for hostile forces.

At some point during standard Rebirth Resurgence matches, Operators may be alerted of an Occupation Scan. At this point, they will need to go prone or else their position will be revealed to every other player on the Tac Map and minimap.

Although this effect lasts for only a short period of time, and ends early if the Operator perishes, the Occupation Scan should keep everyone even more alert on an island from which they may need to escape . . .



Operators – as noted during our assignment briefing, our goals in the Aral Sea were to reinforce the stronghold known to civilians as Rebirth Island.

As you know, our orders were to construct weapon lockers for boots-on-the-ground defenses, install radar towers for early threat detection, clear the DZ for armored vehicles, and unlock the “golden bunkers” kept sealed for several decades.

Given those parameters, our 60-day assignment could be considered a success. However, we are now aware that at least some of these upgrades to our defenses have been compromised.

New Vanguard Multiplayer Map — Sphere 

In Call of Duty: Vanguard, Classified Arms Reloaded will bring Sphere, a new small Multiplayer map featuring an underground weapons lab hidden beneath the façade of a coal mine.

On the top floor, battle in the dusty environs of a mock coal mining village, featuring wooden buildings, crates, and natural formations that will make you feel like a veritable gunslinger in the Old West.

Head underground and you’ll be greeted by the Mine, Concrete Tunnels, Workshop, and the central Lab, where Operators can flood in from all sides.

Operators who best navigate the various ins and outs between the upper and lower environments are likely to gain the upper hand in combat, no matter the mode.

Kim Tae Young Completes Task Force Harpy

The masked fighter and folk hero Kim Tae Young is deploying just in time to link up with her squadmates Mateo and Florence, complete with her own 20-level Operator XP progression that leads to several Operator Skin unlocks and other rewards.

Trained by her mother as a fighter, Tae Young donned a mask to conceal her identity while helping families cross the North Korean border to safety. She soon earned a reputation among the Korean people as a local folk hero and keeper of justice. Even the briefest glimpse of her Dokkaebi mask instills hope in her people and fear in her enemies.

Her preferred weapon is the new H4 Blixen – use it while playing as Kim Tae Young to gain bonus Operator XP and Weapon XP for this weapon.

Unlock Kim Tae Young by purchasing her Bundle, scheduled to go live in Season Three Reloaded.

H4 Blixen

H4 Blixen SMG

The Owen Gun is the most notable slower-firing SMG in this weapon category, but in Classified Arms Reloaded, the H4 Blixen will try and make a claim to power.

In Vanguard Multiplayer, the H4 Blixen delivers a reliable three-shot kill at a farther range than the Owen Gun, albeit with a slower rate of fire. It also has three more bullets per standard magazine and slightly better Vertical Recoil Control, Aim Down Sight (ADS) speed, and reload quickness. The recoil pattern can take time to learn — like all weapons in Call of Duty — but knowing the H4 Blixen’s kick can make it more viable in those mid-range engagements, rather than just have it hold its own up close.

Unlock the H4 Blixen by completing its SMG-based challenge – Get 3 Slide Kills in a single match 15 times – or by purchasing a Store Bundle to be released later this season, which features a Weapon Blueprint from this weapon’s family.

Bug Fixes

  • Addressed a bug where certain Reticles unlocked via Zombies will not have a center dot.
  • Addressed a bug where Nikita AVT Zac MS Stock Attachment obstructs ADS with some Optics
  • Fixed a bug where Trophy System was unable to destroy the Ammo Box.
  • Fixed a bug where Cape on Constanze’s Gate Security Operator Skin was broken
  • MP + Zombies: Season 2 Mastery challenges are not properly tracking. This issue is now fixed.
  • Fixed an issue where Anna’s Date of Birth in her Operator Bio is incorrect.

Note: Call of Duty Vanguard Servers are down for maintenance. Check COD Vanguard server status here.



  • NEW with S3 Reloaded: Sphere
    • Hidden below the surface of an inconspicuous mining facility is a weapons lab that offers intense, close-quarters engagements around every turn. Jump into the Sphere 24/7 Playlist at the start of Season Three Reloaded!
  • Berlin
    • Addressed an exploit that allowed players to reach unintended locations near the Office.
  • Castle
    • Care Packages will no longer fall through the stairs near the Palace Outer Walls.
  • Sub Pens
    • Addressed exploits that allowed players to reach unintended locations near the Dry Docks and Loading Dock.


  • Arms Race
    • Riding a Motorcycle as it explodes will no longer cause the player’s view to rotate.


  • NEW with S3 Reloaded: Kim Tae Young (Harpy)
    • Trained by her mother as a fighter, Tae Young donned a mask to conceal her identity while helping families cross the North Korean border to safety. She soon earned a reputation amongst the Korean people as a local folk hero and keeper of justice. Even the briefest glimpse of her Dokkaebi mask instills hope in her people and fear in her enemies.
    • Unlocked via Operator Bundle, available for purchase in Season Three Reloaded.


  • NEW with S3 Reloaded: H4 Blixen (Submachine Gun)
    • Favored by Special Operations Forces, this hard-hitting SMG offers mobility and accuracy in medium-range engagements.
    • Unlock Challenge: Get 3 Slide Kills in a single match 15 times.
  • STG44 (Assault Rifle)
    • Challenges for the Deadeye Camo Category are now properly tracked.
  • Nikita AVT (Assault Rifle)
    • Zac MS Stock Attachment will no longer obstruct the view of certain Optics.
  • Cooper Carbine (Assault Rifle)
    • Addressed an issue that prevented the M1941 Hand Stop Underbarrel, 14” Gracey Rapid Barrel, and Recoil Booster Muzzle Attachments from unlocking at their designated Weapon Levels.
  • M1 Garand (Marksman Rifle)
    • Mindgames Camo Category now references the correct Magazine Attachment requirement.


  • No 69 Stun Grenade (Tactical)
    • Decreased Explosive Damage from 25 to 5.
  • S-Mine 44 (Tactical)
    • Decreased Explosive Damage in Hardcore game modes from 50 to 10.
      • This change was made to prevent lethality toward uninjured players; Explosive Damage in Core game modes remains unchanged.

Field Upgrades

  • Trophy System
    • Melee attacks will now properly deal damage to a Trophy System.
    • Ammo Box Field Upgrade can now be destroyed by a Trophy System.
    • Trophy Systems will no longer remain active when thrown out-of-bounds.


  • Counter Spy Plane (4 Kills)
    • Announcer will now play the correct voice line when an enemy Counter-Spy Plane is activated.


  • Seasonal Challenges
    • Progression toward the Season Two Mastery challenge is now properly tracked.

User Interface & Experience

  • Players who have reached Prestige 5 or higher will now see the correct Prestige emblem displayed throughout the menus.
  • Addressed an issue that forced the player back to the Multiplayer menu when using contextual (right-click) menus on PC.

Bundles & Cosmetics

  • Addressed an issue that prevented AS-44 Mechanized Reactive Blueprint from changing colors when inspected.



  • Zaballa the Deceiver
    • Shortened Zaballa’s mask swap animation to reduce invulnerability time.
    • Players can now deal some damage to Zaballa’s body but should continue to focus on masks.
    • Zaballa’s electrical attacks are more lethal but should now spawn within line of sight to or in the proximity of Zaballa.
    • Zaballa increases the number of electrical attacks by one for every destroyed mask.


  • H4 Blixen (Submachine Gun)
    • Description: Favored by Special Operations Forces, this hard-hitting SMG offers mobility and accuracy in medium-range engagements.
    • The new H4 Blixen SMG weapon will be available via in-game challenge in Zombies or via a unique Blueprint version in the Store at the start of Season Three Reloaded.
    • Zombies Unlock Challenge: In Zombies, use SMGs to Eliminate 50 Zaballas.
  • Skal Crusher
    • Resolved an issue that prevented picking up blueprint throwable weapons.


  • Reticles
    • Reticles earned in Zombies have been adjusted so that a central dot is always present to assist with aiming.

Download free COD Vanguard update 1.18 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox One.

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