Call of Duty gamers who have been busy hunting down all of the Halloween loot boxes have been having trouble unlocking the final piece of loot – the Warzone Pumpkin Punisher Blueprint.
There is still plenty of time to jump in and join the hunt, but it should be noted that the final Pumpkin Punisher is for the GRAU 5.56 assault rifle.
A message from Activision explains: “From the start of The Haunting of Verdansk until its end, 16 designated areas in Warzone have a chance of spawning Trick or Treat Supply Boxes.
“These special caches have a chance at awarding the operator who opened it a permanent item unique to each area, such as a Blueprint weapon or calling card.
“Of course, the Trick or Treat Supply Box could also contain a “Trick” instead of these “Treats.” While the trick itself will deal no damage, expect it to be horrifying both visually and audibly.
“This all happens during an active match, so needless to say, this is the one time where fighting over Trick or Treating is perfectly acceptable.
“There are two ways to track your progress during this event: either in-game on the Tac Map screen, or in the Warzone menu through the “Halloween Event” section.
“This submenu contains an overview of the event, including a map of all locations where Trick or Treat Supply Boxes can be found that also acts as a progress tracker.
“After successfully receiving an area’s reward from a Trick or Treat Box, a checkmark will appear over the location on this map and over the item in the reward showcase below it.”
The good news is that if you haven’t got your Pumpkin Smasher yet after finding all the right boxes, the problem should be fixed after the Halloween event ends in November.
The workaround might not be worth the effort, with Multiplayer Design Director at Infinity Ward, Joe Cecot telling fans via Twitter:
“The painful workaround is to revisit each location. If an area is still playing the candy vfx then the reward wasn’t logged properly. Keep opening in each area until the candy stops.
“Also, Marc is correct. The post Halloween update will fix anyone in this state.”
Here are the official tips for those hoping to jump into the Haunting of Verdansk event:
10. Beware the Scares. This event is not for the faint of heart, but these scares can be worth it given the rewards on offer. Our suggestion for the squeamish: anticipate the scare and plan accordingly out of game.
9. Plan Your Drops… Know all 16 landmarks where Trick or Treat boxes can spawn and drop according to where the flight path and safe circles land. Want to avoid potential hot spots? Drop far away from the path and the safe circle… But don’t be surprised if other squads have the same idea.
8. … And Check That Tracker. Especially after taking a break to experience what Multiplayer has to offer during this mid-season update, if you forgot what areas you have yet to successfully Trick or Treat at, check the event’s submenu or pull up the Tac Map during a match to see that handy checklist.
7. Have a Sixth Sense for Supply Boxes. Operators who have incredible map knowledge, specifically where Supply Boxes could spawn in each locale, could have a knack for finding Trick or Treat Supply Boxes. Listening to their hum also helps, although it isn’t as cool as saying you have a supernatural ability.
6. As a Wise Captain Once Said, “Check those corners!” You’re not the only Trick or Treater out there in Verdansk, so ensure the area around a Trick or Treat Supply Box is clear before prying it open.
5. Trick or Treat Across All Modes. This event isn’t just limited to nighttime infiltrations or standard Battle Royale. Feel free to drop into some Zombie Royale for a change of pace Battle Royale option, or play some Plunder, which offers a more generous respawn mechanic compared to any other mode.
4. Fearless Reinforcement. Should you choose to play a Battle Royale mode and are redeployed without a plan for the endgame, consider searching for any Trick or Treat Supply Boxes that were left unopened. Not every Operator will want to take the risk of using these boxes during a match, so if a victory doesn’t seem likely, go for broke and you might just get a treat for your troubles.
3. Loadout Suggestion: CQB for Personal Defense. Given that most Supply Boxes spawn inside buildings, having a Shotgun or SMG may be better for any surprises outside of a potential-jump scare. Although Trick or Treat Supply Boxes can spawn in more open spaces, it may be worth your time searching inside built-up areas and other structures, though you may find yourself fighting both fear and rival operators in the moonlit darkness!
2. Bait and Switch. The audio and visual scare from a Trick or Treat Supply Box might leave enough time for another operator to pounce on a scared one. Keep this in mind if you’re hunting for treats or consider it a trick to use if you’re hunting for Trick or Treaters.
1. Safety in Numbers. Like Trick or Treating in real life, it’s better to roll with a squad rather than go alone. Coordinate your checklists, protect your allies while they open these boxes, and work together to get everyone that Legendary Assault Rifle blueprint before it’s too late.