How to fix packet loss in Warzone 2024

Warzone Packet Loss - An image of a game character in black outfit pointing rifle

Warzone Packet Loss - An image of a game character in black outfit pointing rifle

In the fast-paced world of Warzone, where quick thinking and rapid reactions are the thin line between victory and defeat, packet loss emerges as an invisible adversary that can snatch triumph from your grasp.

With packet loss lurking in the shadows, you might find yourself taking a bullet to the head instead of claiming your well-deserved win. Besides packet loss, common issues such as corrupted loadout data, error #x41 and error code 6661 can also plague your gameplay experience.

This guide is your arsenal against such unseen obstacles. We'll delve into the causes of packet loss and provide a detailed strategy to eliminate this threat across PC, Xbox, and PS5 platforms.

How to fix Warzone packet loss

Unlike other issues in Warzone, such as the notorious error code Pilum, packet loss does not stem from a singular, identifiable cause. Its origins are multifaceted, making it a chameleon of connectivity problems that can disrupt your gameplay in various ways.

While not guaranteed to work, these top tips have the best possible chance of succeeding:

  • Use a wired connection. Put simply, the more stable your internet connection, the better. A wired connection will almost invariably be more stable than a wireless connection.
  • Try a VPN. A common cause of packet loss is network congestion, so if your local server is particularly busy, a VPN may help. This will allow you to connect to a server in a different region, which might be experiencing less traffic.
  • To get the most reliable network connection, set your NAT type to Open or Type 1. Activision says Open/Type 1 NAT will provide the best connection quality. So if you have a NAT setting of Moderate/Type 2 or Strict/Type 3, then port forwarding can help. To do this:
    • Type your router's IP address into your browser
    • Log in to your router
    • Find your router’s Port Forwarding section
    • Put the IP address of your PC or console in the correct box in your router
    • Enter the correct TCP and UDP ports for your game in the corresponding boxes. These are as follows:
      • PC: TCP: 3074,27014-27050
      • UDP: 3074,3478,4379-4380,27000-27031,27036
  • PlayStation 4: TCP: 1935,3478-3480
  • UDP: 3074,3478-3479
  • Xbox One: TCP: 3074
  • UDP: 88,500,3074-3075,3544,4500
  • PlayStation 5: TCP: 1935,3478-3480
  • UDP: 3074,3478-3479
  • Xbox Series X|S: TCP: 3074
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  • UDP: 88,500,3074-3075,3544,4500
  • In addition to these fixes, you can carry out some other basic troubleshooting checks. Check whether you have any pending updates, such as game updates, software updates, or driver updates.
  • You can also check that your internet connection is working properly. It's also worth doing a speed test to ensure there isn't a problem with your ISP.
  • As we mentioned above, congestion on the network could be a factor. So try to minimise the amount of traffic on your network. Close any background apps that might be using data. And try not to multitask. Don't, for instance, try to download or stream a 4k movie while playing COD. They will be competing for bandwidth, which could contribute to packet loss.

Hopefully, at least one of these solutions will work for you and get you back on level playing terms with your opponents. But what exactly is Warzone packet loss?

What is packet loss in Warzone?

Packet loss is, as the name suggests when packets of data fail to reach their destination. They get lost somewhere along the way, between your computer and the game server. This missing data is what then leads to issues such as ping, stuttering, and getting thrown out of the game.

It obviously isn't an issue exclusive to Warzone. Packet loss can occur in almost any scenario where a server and a computer are communicating. However, gaming is one of the worst affected by it. As we mentioned earlier, there are lots of possible causes for packet loss. The main ones include:

  • Network congestion: A busy server struggling to deal with the amount of traffic
  • Software bugs: You may find packet loss happens more frequently after an update for COD
  • Hardware faults: So check your router, your firewalls, and your cables

The good news is that packet loss is very often a temporary problem that can either be fixed by the solutions we outlined above or it just sorts itself out automatically. If, however, you are finding that it is a constant issue? Consider contacting your ISP for support, as well as Activision support for further advice.

In case you don't know, you can get banned on Warzone for using a VPN. If you got a permanent ban on Warzone, there are some fixes you can try to get your account back.

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