Sledgehammer finally fixes Search and Destroy bomb glitch, adjusts shotguns in latest Call of Duty: Vanguard update

The glitched Automaton camo challenge was fixed, too.

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One of the biggest bugs in Call of Duty: Vanguard has been addressed by the developers today.

The Search and Destroy bomb glitch that allowed players to see when an opponent was actively defusing the bomb has been fixed, according to Sledgehammer’s patch notes.

When this glitch was plaguing the game, all an offensive player had to do was plant the bomb and then run away or hide in a spot where they could see the “defend” icon near the bomb. If an enemy started to defuse the bomb, the wording on that icon would change to “defusing,” thus notifying the offensive player that an opponent was in the process of defusing.

This glitch was especially troublesome for competitive players and made it much more difficult to win post-plant scenarios if anybody on the offensive team was still alive. But now the bug has been fixed, Search and Destroy players will need to go back to defending a planted bomb as they traditionally have in the past.

Today’s Vanguard update also addressed weapon tuning, including a “balance pass on all shotguns.” Sledgehammer even “reduced the effects of ADS Spread (aka Bloom) on base weapons (without attachments.” And an issue with a camo challenge for the Automaton assault rifle was adjusted as well.

Here are the full patch notes for today’s Vanguard update.


  • Weapon tuning
    • Reduced the effects of ADS Spread (aka Bloom) on base weapons (without attachments).
      • Dev note: “Attachments improving Accuracy will reduce ADS Spread. Attachments with Accuracy penalties will increase the effects of ADS Spread.
    • Balance pass on all Shotguns affecting range, pellet spread, hipfire penalty, and more.
  • Weapon challenges
    • Fixed an issue where the MK11 launcher’s Long Shot Challenges were not tracking.
    • Corrected a mislabeled Proficiency required for the Mind Games Challenge for the Automaton. 
    • Fixed a bug preventing the player from completing the Deadeye Challenge for the Fighting Knife.
  • UI – Gameplay
    • Fixed the Search and Destroy bomb glitch where players could see when an enemy was defusing the bomb.
  • Perks
    • Fixed the Gung Ho sprint speed shooting glitch – Slow down, friends.
  • Field upgrade
    • Fixed a bug where players had 10x the amount of Armor HP than normal.
  • Challenges
    • Fixed a bug where the Grizzled Veteran Challenge – Get 50 Eliminations in Objective Modes was not tracking properly.
  • XP
    • Operators’ favorite weapons now provide the correct amount of XP when used.
  • Clan tags
    • “You know you shouldn’t be rocking the SHG, IW, and Raven tags. Now we’ve made it so you can’t.”


  • Exfil 
    • Addressed an issue where the player could still interact with the Exfil portal after failing to Exfil.
  • Progression
    • Corrected the MVP Highlight unlock text that displays when reaching level five with Solange.
  • Covenants
    • Addressed an issue where Legendary Covenants were still not appearing for some players.