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COD Vanguard Battle Pass(es) Explained: What’s Wrong With the Battle Pass?

Some Call of Duty (COD) Vanguard players are having trouble understanding the game’s battle pass mechanics.
Some Call of Duty (COD) Vanguard players are having trouble understanding the game’s battle pass mechanics. / Activision

Some Call of Duty (COD) Vanguard players are having trouble understanding the game’s battle pass mechanics.

It isn’t the actual feature, itself, that is causing the problem. Battle Passes, especially in franchises like COD, have become exceptionally commonplace methods of distributing rewards to players. It essentially functions as a tiered ticket through which players can earn rewards on an ascending scale according to the hours they sink into the game. Vanguard is no different.

So, if it isn’t the actual Battle Pass, then what’s the problem?

COD Vanguard Battle Pass Not Working?

Unfortunately, players are finding Activision’s thought process when implementing its Vanguard Battle Pass(es) a bit confusing. There are actually two battle passes available for the game at the tie of writing: the pre-season and first season.

Those who purchased the Ultimate Edition are likely the most confused. Don’t they have the pass included in their special version bundle? Well, the answer both yes and no. Ultimate Edition holders do have access to the first season battle pass—but do not have the pre-season counterpart.

The pre-season needs to be purchased separately, regardless of the version purchased by the player.

Unsurprisingly, the pre-season it set to run before the first season—which, allegedly, is meant to tie in with COD Warzone in December. The new Pacific map is also set to release alongside both.

More information about the pre-season battle pass, itself, can be found on Activision’s website.