Activision has confirmed Season 5 will be the final season of content for Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific. Season 5: Last Stand will arrive on August 24, bringing a new battle pass, more operators and weapons, one final Zombies map for Vanguard, and huge changes to Warzone’s Caldera.
Call of Duty Season 5 download times
Season 5 updates will be available to download at 9 AM PT / 12 PM PT on August 23 for Vanguard and 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET on August 24 for Warzone, but the Season 5 Last Stand content will officially go live following Warzone’s update.
Season 5 updates go live at:
- 9 AM PT
- 11 AM CT
- 12 PM ET
- 5 PM BST
What to expect from Season 5
For this final season, Vanguard is ditching the grounded World War 2 setting to bring back Call of Duty antagonists from multiple eras for a Heroes vs. Villains theme.
As previously revealed in the Season 5 intro trailer, Last Stand is a bad guy team-up with Black Ops 2’s Raul Menendez, Khaled Al-Asad from 2007’s Modern Warfare, Gabriel T. Rorke from Call of Duty: Ghosts, and He ‘Seraph’ Zhen-Zhen from the Black Ops series. All of these characters will receive operator bundles during Season 5.
Season 5 Last Stand will include a brand-new battle pass to level for Vanguard and Warzone, five new weapons are also being added, and the roadmap also confirms Call of Duty’s previously leaked collaboration with Netflix’s Umbrella Academy.
Warzone shifts the focus away from the smaller maps for this final season, and puts the spotlight back on Caldera with volcano activity on the island.
New LTM and event for Caldera
Season 5 will introduce the Operation: Last Call limited-time mode for Caldera, which is inspired by multiplayer’s Search and Destroy mode. Players can choose to defend Caldera by defusing bombs planted around the island, or sabotage the island by detonating the explosives at designated bomb sites.
There will also be a community effort called Heroes vs. Villains, where players must choose either side and then collect Villain or Hero Tokens in game modes. Tokens are collected by eliminating opponents and scavenging supply boxes. At the end of the event, the winning team’s unique weapon blueprint will be rewarded to everyone. Additional cosmetic rewards will also be available to earn during the event.
New Gulag, POI changes, and added features
Caldera’s Peak is on the brink of eruption, creating landscape changes in and around the point of interest. The map will feature the landscape threats of flowing lava and flying molten rocks.
The Gulag’s new design for Season 5 is described as a new volcanic-themed 1v1 pit inspired by an old favorite. Based on the one image shared by Activision, it’s possible this is a reskin of the original Gulag Showers from Verdansk.
Season 5 will also add a few new features and equipment to Caldera with Doomsday Stations, the Supply Box UAV, Rage Serum, and Personal Supply Boxes. More information on these features can be found in our Season 5 Last Stand roadmap details.
Season 5 roadmap for Vanguard and Warzone
Just like recent seasonal updates, Warzone is getting all the exciting LTMs and events, while Vanguard’s Season 5 content is limited to just two maps. Beheaded is a map arriving at launch, which is described as a small, war-torn Times Square setting built for fast action. Fortress will be Vanguard’s final map arriving later in the season, which is a medium-sized Mediterranean map featuring close-quarters interiors with rooftop access.
The Vanguard Zombies Dark Aether storyline will conclude in Season 5 with The Archon, which is a brand-new round-based map set in the Dark Aether.
Since launch, the Zombies’ Dark Aether storyline has focused on Vanguard operators working with Professor Krafft and others to stop Nazi commander Oberführer Von List, who seeks to use Kortifex’s power to raise an army of the undead to win World War 2.
For Season 5, players will finally battle Kortifex and hopefully stop Von List’s plan. The Archon main storyline quest will go live simultaneously with the launch of the map on August 24 at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST.
With Vanguard’s year of content quickly coming to an end, we’re already looking ahead to the October 28 release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Here is everything we’ve learned about Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare 2. Warzone is also getting a sequel this year, and here we highlight all the details and rumors surrounding Warzone 2.
Additionally, Activision has announced the “Call of Duty Next” event, which will reveal Modern Warfare 2’s multiplayer and discuss details for Warzone 2 and Warzone Mobile.