CoD: Warzone And MW2 Patch Notes Detail Spooky New Equipment For The Haunting

Call of Duty’s The Haunting event is live in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone, and the Halloween-themed event brings a nighttime Al Mazrah map with demons, limited-time zombie modes on Vondel, new cosmetic rewards to unlock, and spooky limited-time equipment to use. Here’s everything changing with the big event.

The Haunting delivers the new Soul Capture event. Much like the popular Trophy Hunt event from Season 3, players can collect souls from eliminated players. These collected souls are banked across all game modes in multiplayer, battle royale, and DMZ, and these can be traded for rewards in the event tab. Additionally, there are daily login rewards to earn even more Halloween-themed items, such as a pumpkin weapon charm and evil goat emblem.

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This Halloween event includes spooky map changes and new modes to play. Warzone players can expect the Operation Nightmare event on a nighttime version of Al Mazrah,” where players will be tasked with sending monsters back to hell. The Vondel map has two zombies-themed modes with Vondead and the return of Warzone 1’s Zombie Royale. The multiplayer side includes two spooky map reskins for the holiday. El Asilo celebrates Día de Muertos, while Embassy becomes a nighttime map themed around a bloody zombie attack.

For a limited time, some of Modern Warfare 2’s equipment will be “haunted” with different effects than normal. The suppression mine field upgrade becomes the Sound Veil Scream variant, and those stepping into the sound wave will be met with “hallucinatory audio assault as the air fills with the screams of the dead.” The decoy grenade tactical equipment has changed audio to include “inhuman and monstrous sounds” peppered with gunfire.

Other spooky equipment is available but limited to only the battle royale side of Warzone. This includes the new Haunted Box field upgrade. The box refills plates, ammo, and equipment, but it comes at the cost of a potential jump scare.

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The shop also contains spooky Halloween-themed bundles, including Skeletor from the Masters of the Universe franchise and Ash Williams from the Evil Dead.

Weapon balancing was not included in the Haunting update, but the developer’s patch notes detail that weapon tuning can be expected later in the season. The full patch notes can be found below, as shared by Activision.

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The Haunting Returns

Prepare for frightening thrills, the shambling undead, squad hunts to take down grotesque monsters, and those infamous jump-scares as The Haunting returns! The Haunting event brings Halloween-themed Maps, Modes, Events and more across both games.

The Haunting: Soul Capture Event

Available across Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty: Warzone, the Soul Capture Event is an enhanced and fear-inducing variation on the popular Trophy Hunt Event from Season 03. Available across all game modes, any time a Player is eliminated, they leave a Soul behind. Collect these Souls, which are automatically added to your total in all game modes (meaning there’s no need to visit a Buy Station in Call of Duty: Warzone or DMZ this time), and trade them for items shown in the Events Tab.

Event Rewards:

  • Gone Batty (Weapon Sticker)
  • Skullified (Calling Card)
  • Bit Corny (Charm)
  • Creature Copter (Vehicle Skin)
  • Alien Death Ray (Weapon Blueprint)
  • Join Me (Loading Screen)
  • Bad Luck? (Charm)
  • Carved Up (Weapon Sticker)
  • Violent End (Weapon Blueprint)
  • XP Tokens
  • Tier Skips
  • And more coming throughout The Haunting

The Haunting: Daily Login Rewards

As the creeping terror contained within The Haunting infiltrates Modern Warfare II and Call of Duty: Warzone, expect to receive a variety of free, limited-time cosmetic items simply by logging into the game as The Haunting progresses.

Daily Login Rewards:

  • Happy Pumpkin (Charm)
  • Evil Goat (Emblem)
  • Eye Contact (Weapon Sticker)
  • War Snake (Player Card)
  • Triplets, Kinda (Weapon Sticker)
  • Hell’s Army (Loading Screen)
  • Halloween Witch (Weapon Sticker)
  • Nightmare Sweats (Weapon Blueprint)
  • XP Tokens


Skeletor, Ash, and Inarius make their way to The Haunting.

  • Skeletor (October 17)
  • Ash (October 23)
  • Inarius (October 26)


Possessed Equipment: Did You Hear That? Did You See That?

It seems some of your Loadout equipment may have become possessed. Operators are to take additional care when utilizing the following items:

  • Sound Veil Scream (Field Upgrade): For those stepping into the sound wave of the Suppression Mine, prepare for an hallucinatory audio assault as the air fills with the screams of the dead!
  • Decoy Grenade (Tactical): Reports of inhuman and monstrous sounds peppered with gunfire make this more than just an audio hallucination.


  • Fixed an issue that could cause the Player to be kicked to the Main Menu when previewing a Weapon through the Gunsmith
  • Fixed an issue where the Oni Operator Pack had placeholder elements when previewing the bundle
  • Fixed an issue where the Dragonfly Blueprint was not displaying the correct Weapon Skin
  • Fixed an issue where the Super Shotgun could display an incorrect reload animation
  • Fixed an issue where the Horangi Skin “Death Frame” could have an incorrect appearance
  • Fixed an issue where an incorrect melee sound could be heard when toggling some Optic perspectives on the Bryson 800 and Bryson 890
  • Fixed an issue where changing a Blueprint’s tuning or attachments could remove the base weapon name in the Loadout Menu
  • Fixed an issue where the “Equip to Favorite Loadout” button could lose functionality when the same weapon is equipped in both the Primary and Secondary slots
  • Fixed an issue where spawns on Fight were incorrect in Gunfight Private Matches
  • Fixed an issue where the Super Shotgun displayed an incorrect canted laser placement on Black Gold
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent Players from navigating menu options correctly from certain inputs in a Private Match
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a large framerate drop when switching between the “All” and “Prestige” tabs in the Calling Card section
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Expect weapon balancing updates as the Season progresses.



A Haunting Twist on Classic Modes

Along with changes to Maps, The Haunting also brings Halloween twists to a select number of modes. While the overall objectives may be the same, try not to get scared out of your wits while completing them.

  • Haunting Domination
    • Own all the control points on the map as usual. However, in this version of Domination, expect a Scarecrow to act as a marker for each flag.
  • Haunting Kill Confirmed & Grind
    • Instead of Dog Tags, collect skulls in Grind and Kill Confirmed.
  • Trick or Treat
    • Capture and hold the Drop Zone to earn points for your team, but take care while opening any crates . . . who knows what might jump out at you!
  • Zombies Infected
    • Zombies swarm to Infected. Players who become infected will appear as The Haunting–themed Zombies.


Haunting-Themed Maps

The Halloween spirit is alive and well with two Haunting map updates: El Asilo celebrates Día de Muertos, while Embassy becomes the site of a devastating zombie attack.

El Asilo

  • Larger-than-life calaveras stand outside the asylum, looking over the festivities of Día de Muertos. Other painted and neon skulls decorate the landscape alongside marigolds, candles, and altars that honor lost loved ones.


  • Diplomacy has broken down: Conduct an evening operation on Embassy following a gruesome zombie attack. The message “Send Help” hangs suspended from the rooftop, but it’s far too late . . . the zombie attack has already come and gone, leaving structural havoc and corporeal damage in its wake.




The Haunting Limited-Time Event

  • Operation Nightmare is a GO: Investigate eldritch anomalies across the map, and face a host of monstrous targets as you gradually clear a Bounty board of otherworldly terrors!
    • The Butcher is looking for fresh meat across Al Mazrah and Vondead! This monstrosity will drop a unique reward which can be claimed in Diablo IV. Check the Call of Duty website later today for more information on how to redeem.
  • Welcome to Vondead: A demonic incantation unleashed an uncontained zombie outbreak across Vondel. The undead have ravaged the streets under a blood red moon. Shocking secrets are waiting to be discovered!
  • Zombie Royale is back! Tear into this infamous limited-time mode, with all-new innovations but the same chaotic premise — return to battle as a fast-moving Zombie. Survive, or get eaten!
  • Lockdown returns, otherworldly loot, and events: Head to Vondead for more Lockdown action, gather Souls for in-game rewards, and prepare for plenty of jump scares, eldritch equipment, and much more.
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Vondead: A Haunted Take on Vondel New Limited-Time Map Variant

  • A zombie breakout has happened in Vondel due to an unknown sorceress incantation which led to inexplicable things…
    • The incantation has transformed the current weather into something terrifying
    • Humans have barricaded Market to survive for as long as possible, making it the area with the best loot in the city
    • As a way to protect civilians who were escaping by the Train Station, officials have drained the nearby canal


Zombie Royale New Limited-Time Mode (In-Season)

  • The infamous Halloween season Mode is back, with returning favorite features and all-new innovations. That said, the core rules remain the same:
    • Players who die respawn as a zombie with a set of impressive abilities
    • The zombie scourge must pursue and eliminate all life
    • Players that die as a zombie are eliminated from the match – unless they wait for the infestation meter to return all spectators to the match as a zombie
    • The last living Player(s) wins
  • This Mode is available on both Al Mazrah and Vondead (Vondel Map Variant)

Vondead Lockdown

  • Players are now able to play Lockdown under an ominous moonlit, night-time variant of Vondel!


New Features

  • Haunted Box New Field Upgrade
    • The Haunted Box is everything you need: it refills Armor Plates, Ammunitions and Equipment.
    • Fair warning: Players may want to brace for the unexpected when opening it.
    • Not available in DMZ
  • Bloodseeker New Tactical Equipment
    • This grenade is the perfect tool to find enemies in a dark environment.
    • Throw it near an enemy Player and it will lunge itself towards them, revealing their position as well as surrounding enemy Players within a short distance.
    • Not available in DMZ
  • Thermal Weapons New Loot
    • New Custom Weapons can now be found throughout the ground loot, notable due to their Lichyard Camo.
    • Available in The Haunting-themed Warzone Maps


Al Mazrah | Battle Royale

  • Reinforcement Flares are now significantly less common.


  • Fixed an issue that caused the Gas circle on the Tac Map to disappear.
  • Fixed an issue that would force the Player to make unintended purchases while navigating the Buy Station.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented Players from purchasing Medics Vest from the Buy Station.
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent the Social tab from opening correctly while in a Battle Royale pre-match lobby.


The Haunting Arrives in DMZ

The Haunting is here!

DMZ Operators can experience The Haunting via infiltration to Al Mazrah at night – where Operation Nightmare awaits. Face down the horrors of the Hellmouth with your squad.


  • Fixed an issue that could prevent Players from changing/customizing Operators in DMZ
  • Fixed an issue that could make the ATV inoperable if a Hostage Rescue contract was failed in the radiation zone in DMZ
  • Fixed an issue that could prevent completion of the “Cartel No More” Mission in DMZ
  • Fixed an exploit that allowed Players to get under the map on Vondel in DMZ
  • Fixed an issue where the Player could damage themselves with the Grenade Turret on the MRAP in DMZ
  • Fixed an issue where Players were able to be revived after their squad was eliminated in DMZ

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