Today, we rise on a new front.
Warzone Pacific is live with dozens of new weapons, numerous balance updates, the beginning of the RICOCHET Anti-Cheat™ kernel driver rollout on PC, and an island full of new content as part of Season One of Call of Duty: Vanguard, including the new Warzone Pacific map: Caldera.
Those who pick up Call of Duty: Vanguard and play one Multiplayer match before December 8 can drop onto Caldera during Warzone Pacific’s 24-hour exclusive access period.
Whether you decide to drop in today or at any point during Season One of Warzone Pacific and Vanguard, here are some of our favorite landing spots across Caldera:
Especially in Vanguard Royale, the Airfield’s Runway in Caldera’s southwest region could become a high-risk, high-reward drop spot in any match.
This area, including right at the main hangar, normally has more planes than anywhere else on Caldera for dogfighting, making it a must-drop spot for those looking to pilot these vehicles. If all of them get taken before those feet hit the ground, quickly pivot to the barracks, hangars, and auxiliary buildings, which can be great places to stock up on items.
Even outside of Vanguard-focused playlists, those structures can be a great starting point for building a Loadout. Just avoid the wide-open tarmac and stick to its perimeter as you sweep the area for enemy teams before moving on to another region.
Also, don’t expect to stay in the air traffic control tower all game, because there is more than one way for someone to come up and bring you back down to earth.
When enemy squads drop in droves for the Airfield’s planes during a Vanguard Royale, a great counter-play spot is a military camp well east of the Power Plant and south of the Airfield.
Not only are there tents and other structures for building up that Loadout, but there is also an Anti-Air Gun that, with a great Operator behind it, can tear through an enemy formation with ease. Just be prepared to intercept that pilot looking for revenge if their plane gets shot down, and reap their rewards of them surviving the Airfield scramble.
Outside of Vanguard Royale, this camp can be a solid starting drop point given its proximity to presumably busier areas. Start scavenging for Loadout items here; then rotate around for a contract or two before building up enough firepower to tackle threats holing up in the Airfield tower or the bustling Downtown Capital area.
When Caldera’s regions were first revealed, some community members pointed to the map’s Capital as the “new Superstore,” and we don’t blame them: it’s an interior dense space with plenty of opportunities to stock up on weapons, ammo, and Cash.
Those looking to drop here will want to use plenty of close-quarters tactics, using micro-movements to duck behind cover and focus on picking up Shotguns and SMGs to safely move between buildings. Its City Hall and Library will immediately stand out, but look south of here to find a ton of service buildings — a Bank, Hospital, Police Station, Post Office, and more — which can contain contracts or other Loadout items to be picked up right off the drop.
While Downtown has several multistory buildings, such as the Hall and Library, that you can use for a lookout position, none have the towering presence that can lead a lone rifle user to dominate the area. Still, they can be great spots for picking off rotating teams or taking a few moments to gain intel on the surrounding area before the next collapse rolls in.
Scenario: the circle collapse includes the Capital, and as your squad exits the plane, nearly a dozen other ones make a dive toward the Capital’s busy Downtown section.
If this happens, your squad can pivot to the Docks and the Capital’s south street. From the Royal Theater and restaurants to the houses leading to the civilian radio station within the Power Plant region, there is no shortage of initial landing spots for grabbing those first weapons and potentially a contract or two.
During a match’s later stages, the Capital could be a hotbed for high-stakes combat. Those looking to avoid it — or reposition for a better angle — may want to head for the Docks and consider taking a risky trip along the rocks leading to the Resort’s beach. These natural features offer more cover against those on the street level and a way around the Downtown area, but you risk coming up against an aggressive team from lower ground.
No matter where you drop, remember that the Warzone Pacific is won by a squad (except in Solos, of course). Communicate often and work together as one squad, and you’ll be extracted out of Caldera in style.
Rise on every front.