COD Vanguard Update 1.20 Patch Notes (1.020) – Official

Sledgehammer Games has deployed a new COD Vanguard update 1.20 (1.020) on PS4, PS5, PC, and Xbox One. According to the official Vanguard 1.20 patch notes, the latest update added The T-800 and T-1000 from Terminator 2: Judgment Day, new playlists and a new Assault Rifle to unlock. Apart from this, Vanguard version 1.20 (1.020.000) also includes Desolation, a medium-sized intricate village map set at a Pacific Listening Station.

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 1.20 will address a few of these issues.

Read more details below.

Vanguard 1.20 Patch Notes – June 26, 2022

Fortune’s Keep: Cursed Ground Public Event Live Prior to Update

Once the event begins, Zombies will continuously spawn in the vicinity of the cursed chest. Eliminate them near the chest to harvest Wisps; as your collection grows, more difficult waves of zombies will rise to protect their Cursed Ground.

Harvest enough Wisps within the time limit to secure victory and access the rewards within, including Cash, Killstreaks, Equipment, and possibly Perk Tokens.

Just remember that the Circle Collapse can devour you just as effectively as the disturbed animated corpses that rise from the cursed soil of Fortune’s Keep.

Portable Redeploy Balloons, Armored SUV Nitrous Upgrade

Need more flexibility in movement options? The mid-season update brings two new movement options to Caldera: Portable Redeploy Balloons and a nitro boost to the Armored SUV.

Portable Redeploy Balloon

The Portable Redeploy Balloon is a quick way to reposition around the game’s largest island. It can be found as a Field Upgrade in loot or as a Contract reward, such as for a successfully cracking open a Supply Drop.

Able to be deployed anywhere with a clear sky above, any Operator can take advantage of this balloon in a box— even enemies reaching an already-deployed balloon — during the 30 seconds that it is inflated. Using it is as easy as using the standard Redeploy Balloon; hitch that zipline to it and be mindful of enemies below.

The balloon can be destroyed and has about half the health points of a static Redeploy Balloon. It also does not extend as far up in the air as the static version, either, but its flexibility in placement more than makes up for the lack in distance it can provide.

Armored SUV – Now with Nitro Boost Power

After a quick pit stop for upgrades, the four-passenger Armored SUV will now include a Nitrous Boost.

When you need to move fast around the map, hit the Nitro Boost for immediate acceleration, great for catching targets and getting out of dangerous situations.

Expect this quick movement update to add a slight wrinkle to the vehicle power rankings, as if a massive SUV with turrets was not enough to change how the squad races to victory.

Rebirth Island: Battle or Become the Horde in Rebirth of the Dead

Eliminated Operators return as zombies, intent on adding to their numbers by pursuing the remaining humans. To revive as an Operator, zombies must locate and collect four antivirals, which can be found in several ways:

  • Lone antivirals, visible through obstacles, are found in crates and at Buy Stations.
  • Eliminate an Operator to earn two antivirals.
  • Earn all four antivirals by performing a Finishing Move as a zombie, earning your instant revival and netting you the animated “Head Scratcher” Calling Card in the process.

Throughout the match, the Infestation Meter will fill up as zombies are eliminated. Once it is filled, all spectators will be revived as Zombies.

Those skilled enough to win a match as a human will receive the animated “Last Alive” Calling Card, a true testament to your ability against all enemies, alive and undead.

Titanium Trials: Endurance

First there were the Iron Trials – now, inspired by the rise of machines in the near future, it’s time for all Operators to gear up for the Titanium Trials in Caldera.

To simulate the toughness of a Terminator model, the maximum base armor threshold will be increased to 300 hit points, with the Tempered Perk appearing more frequently as ground loot for more efficient armor repairs. Each player begins the game with a Self-Revive Kit and core health regeneration takes longer to restore, making it a high-skill, high time-to-kill (TTK) game mode.

Titanium Trials features a custom-built loot table to support the higher TTK gameplay, including exceedingly rare Redacted Weapons that are a step more powerful than Loadout Weapons. There are also fewer overall resources in the map to reward Operators who act aggressively towards the opposition, with the cost of Loadouts beginning at a higher price point and decreasing through the duration of the match.

Titanium Trials: Endurance, using the Battle Royale ruleset on Caldera, goes live on August 11 for two weeks only. Be there or be terminated.

Challenges and Rewards

Prove your worth as a Terminator in the Titanium Trials: Endurance event, featuring eight challenges set to test your skills in the limited-time mode. Through challenges prevented in this event, players can earn 2XP Tokens, the “Titanium Chrome” Weapon Camo, a Battle Pass Tier Skip, and up to four Terminator 2: Judgment Day-themed Calling Cards.

Complete all eight challenges to unlock the Ultra “Liquid Metal” Weapon Camo. And don’t stop there. Rumors of hidden rewards persist for those most dedicated to the Titanium Trials….


New Vanguard Multiplayer Map — Desolation

Deploy to a Pacific listening post in Desolation, a new medium-sized Multiplayer map set in a labyrinthine village cut directly into the mountainside, with a crashed plane in flames on the nearby cliffside.

Traverse the winding alleys and confined shanties on the ground floor where close-quarters combat can erupt at any moment or over the rooftops and walkways above, mantling from position to position. The listening post itself lies near the center, right in the middle of the chaos. The Operators who combine fast reflexes with smart movement are sure to find success here.

Look for a full guide to this map, coming soon to this Blog.

Ikenna Olowe Joins Butcher and Hendry

Task Force Immortals is getting its tactical reinforcement:

Ikenna Olowe understood strategy from a young age. As a child in Nigeria, he excelled at chess, quickly surpassing his teachers. He grew strong studying Gidigbo, a martial battle of wits. Balanced in body and mind, Ikenna joined the war effort as a battlefield engineer, establishing critical supply lines around the globe.

His preferred weapon is the new Vargo-S Assault Rifle — use it while playing as Ikenna Olowe to gain bonus Operator XP and Weapon XP.

Unlock Ikenna Olowe by purchasing his Bundle, scheduled to go live in the Store in Mercenaries of Fortune.


Trading firepower for improved accuracy and fire rate, this rifle excels in medium and long-range engagements.

Accuracy is king with the Vargo-S Assault Rifle, paired with a high fire rate for added aggression. Though outclassed in power, its reliability finds success in a variety of Gunsmith configurations, from fast-handling and snappy for tight mid-range play to adding a scope and additional stability to better compete from a distance.

Unlock the Vargo-S by completing its in-game challenge or by purchasing a Store Bundle to be released later this season, featuring a Weapon Blueprint from this weapon’s family.

Tracer Pack: Terminator T-800 Mastercraft Ultra Operator Bundle

This ten-item Bundle features the Ultra-rarity “Model T-800” Operator paired with its own Finishing Move, Play of the Game, and MVP highlights for a truly immersive experience. Also get the “Neural Net Processor” Ultra Assault Rifle Weapon Blueprint, “Coltan Alloy” and “Motorhead” Legendary Weapon Blueprints, “Always Scanning” Charm, “I’ll Be Back” Animated Emblem, and the “Infrared Optics” Reticle.

Tracer Pack: Terminator T-1000 Ultra Operator Bundle

“Say, that’s a nice bike.” — T-1000 Terminator

The Ultra “Model T-1000” Operator leads this ten-item Bundle, also featuring its own Finishing Move, Play of the Game, and MVP highlights as well as three Legendary Weapon Blueprints: the “Liquid Metal” SMG, the “Persistent Mission” Assault Rifle, and the “Identity Theft” LMG. Also equip the “Alternative Future” Watch, the animated “Full Chase” Emblem, and the animated “Unstoppable” Calling Card.



  • Enemy nameplates can no longer be seen through various surfaces across multiple maps.
  • NEW: Desolation
    • In a listening post near the Pacific mountainside, Desolation is littered with destructible aspects to create intriguing gameplay scenarios.
    • Look for the Desolation 24/7 Featured Playlist at the launch of Season Four Reloaded.
  • Gondola
    • Addressed an exploit that allowed bullets to penetrate unintended surfaces near the East Bridge.
  • Paradise
    • Bullets will no longer penetrate the truck near the Flak Gun to prevent undesirable spawn conditions.
  • USS Texas 1945
    • In Search and Destroy, Bombs planted near the destructible floor of the Upper Deck will no longer fall to the Mid Deck.
    • Bullets will no longer penetrate the vents near the Lower Deck (Bow) to provide viable cover.
    • Addressed an exploit that allowed players to shoot through the floor of the Upper Deck from the Mid Deck.
    • Players can no longer become stuck while climbing crates near the Lower Deck (Stern).



  • Blueprint Gun Game
    • Added several new Blueprints to the pool of available Weapons.
  • Search and Destroy
    • Addressed an issue that caused inaccurate Deaths stat on the scoreboard.


Ranked Play

  • Restrictions
    • Weapons
      • The Vargo-S is now restricted in Ranked Play.
    • Perks
      • Serpentine is now restricted in Ranked Play.



  • NEW: Ikenna Olowe (Immortal)
    • Ikenna Olowe understood strategy from a young age. As a child in Nigeria, he excelled at chess, quickly surpassing his teachers. He grew strong studying Gidigbo, a martial battle of wits. Balanced in body and mind, Ikenna joined the war effort as a battlefield engineer. His work established critical supplies lines across the globe. Ikenna became a grand planner, knowing when to build and when to demolish.
    • Available to purchase via Bundle.



  • Added Inspect animations for the M1916 Marksman Rifle, Skål Crusher, Ice Pick, and Sawtooth Melee Weapons.
  • Increased grace period for slide kills challenges from 0.15s to 0.5s after sliding.
  • NEW: Vargo-S (Assault Rifle)
    • Trading firepower for improved accuracy and fire rate, this rifle excels in medium and long range engagements.
    • Complete an unlock challenge or purchase a Bundle to earn this Weapon.
      • Get 15 Close Range Kills.



  • Piercing Vision (Intel)
    • Corrected inconsistent highlight behavior in Free-for-All game modes.



  • Guard Dog (6 Kills)
    • Addressed an issue that caused erratic behavior when two Guard Dogs were called in simultaneously.


User Interface & Experience

  • Players will no longer receive a Notice prompt with unreadable text after game updates.
  • Rarity Sort Filter in the Armory will no longer reset after previewing a Bundle.
  • Battle Pass items that are Free for Clans will no longer incorrectly display as Unlocked for players who are in an inactive Clan.
  • Corrected the behavior of the Clear Weapons New button after switching tabs in the UI.


Bundles & Cosmetics

  • Improved image quality for Bundle logos in the Store.
  • Breath of Godzilla Blueprint will no longer cease to glow under certain conditions.
  • Flame VFX will no longer transfer from Roland’s War Operator Skin to other Operators.




  • “Shi No Numa”
    • Addressed an issue where Wonder Weapon parts were not appearing on the map in Offline mode.
    • Addressed issues related to zombies pathing on Shi No Numa.
    • Addressed various visual issues on Shi No Numa.



  • Wonder Weapon
    • Wunderwaffe DG-2
      • Increased reload speed of the weapon.
      • Addressed an issue where zombies were sometimes not being killed after being hit with the weapon.
      • Addressed an issue where zombies were not being electrocuted with the weapon if they were previously under the effects of a stun grenade.
  • Unlock Challenges
    • NEW: Vargo-S (Assault Rifle)
      • Trading firepower for improved accuracy and fire rate, this rifle excels in medium and long range engagements.
      • Complete an unlock challenge or purchase a Bundle to earn this Weapon.
        • In Zombies, use Assault Rifles to kill 20 or more enemies without getting hit 50 times.



  • Round-Based Adjustments
    • Crafting Table
      • Reduced cost for crafting Armor in Round Based Zombies mode only.
        • Level 1 – 500
        • Level 2 – 1000
        • Level 3 – 2000



  • Zaballa the Deceiver
    • Increased the Zaballa round spawn cooldown in Shi No Numa.
    • Zaballa will no longer enter an immune state.



  • Addressed various stability issues.

Download free COD Vanguard update 1.20 on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, and Xbox One.

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