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Call of Duty Vanguard Players Discover Weapon Bloom Effect

Vanguard players are discovering a previously unmentioned weapon-spray feature known as "bloom."
Vanguard players are discovering a previously unmentioned weapon-spray feature known as "bloom." / Activision

Call of Duty: Vanguard players are discovering a previously unmentioned weapon-spray feature known as "bloom."

Not every effect in a given game is detailed—as some Vanguard players are finding out. The "bloom" feature, originally implemented in Sledgehammer's 2017 release and has not been seen again since. The effect made it difficult for players to hit their specific targets when aiming down the sights (ADS) of their weapons—which, unsurprisingly, was notably frustrating to many. Unfortunately for them, it appears bloom is back with a vengeance.

TrueGameData released a video below detailing how the new feature works in Vanguard.

Bloom Effect Returns in Call of Duty Vanguard

Essentially, the effect works similar to how one would imagine a bullet spread. Each shot fired from a weapon has a level of spread which causes the bullet to "bloom" outward from its supposed trajectory. The bloom increases as the bullet travels further away from where it was shot. So, players may find the locations where their crosshair is pointed and where their shots land may not line up.

It affects the accuracy of the hit—primarily at long-range—causing players to miss their targets. According to player reports, it appears to be most prominent with submachine guns but has also been noted in assault rifles. The logic behind the decision to target these two specific categories is unclear.

Nevertheless, players are feeling the impact, as some of the most popular guns in-game are high on the affected list.

Thanks to research done by TrueGameData, there may be a way to hinder the effect to a more manageable—and less frustrating—state. TGD has uncovered a correlation between a weapon's accuracy rating and the magnitude of the bloom. That is to say: the higher an accuracy rating, the smaller the bloom radius, and vice versa.

Ultimately, it's up to the player whether or not they decide to build an accuracy-heavy weapon or if they decide to simply live with the bloom.