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MW3 just buffed the JAK Wardens, so prepare for akimbo hell

Lock in and wipe your MW3 lobby clean with the JAK Wardens, as Sledgehammer’s latest buff unleashes akimbo chaos on Call of Duty players.

MW3 JAK Wardens buffs: An image of the JAK Wardens conversion kit in Modern Warfare 3 and Captain Price's face.

Alongside overpowered icons like the Grau 5.56 in Call of Duty Modern Warfare, or the classic ‘noob tube’ in Black Ops, it's fair to say that the akimbo Model 1887s from 2009’s Modern Warfare 2 are seared into the halls of COD history. That pain returns for your opposition in the latest MW3 update, as Sledgehammer makes the fearsome JAK Wardens stronger than ever.

One of the most dangerous Aftermarket attachments in MW3 right now, the Jak Wardens are Sledgehammer’s answer to reinstating the Model 1887s into the latest Call of Duty game. In the latest patch notes, the studio is buffing your chances of inflicting damage, whether you’re using ADS or firing from the hip. The latter is likely the common way to get kills with the JAK Wardens, which is why Sledgehammer is also adjusting the spread of bullets it fires. Here’s a quick rundown of what the ever-popular FPS game is changing for the Jak Wardens conversion kit:

  • Increased bullet velocity from 168m/s to 420m/s (+150%)
  • Increased neck and upper torso damage multipliers from 0.6x to 1.1
  • Increased lower torso damage multiplier from 0.6x to 1x
  • Increased arm and hand damage multipliers from 0.6x to 0.8x
  • Increased leg and foot damage multipliers from 0.5x to 0.8x
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With some well-placed shots, you can take advantage of this MW3 meta weapon’s power. In our experience with the JAK Wardens, the conversion kit shines the best on smaller MW3 maps like Meat or Season 2’s excellent Stash House map. It can put players down exceptionally fast, making it a superb addition to any of the best MW3 loadouts with perks like Lightweight boots or Commando gloves equipped. However, it is worth considering Quick-Grip Gloves for your other weapon, as the JAK Wardens aren’t forgiving when it comes to reload speed.

As great as this conversion kit is for Sledgehammer’s action-packed multiplayer game, there are some drawbacks to consider in the new MW3 patch notes. To keep the JAK Wardens balanced, Sledgehammer is introducing the following tweaks too:

  • Increased standing hipfire spread minimum from 2.3deg/s to 3.3deg/s (+43%)
  • Increased standing hipfire spread maximum from 5.5deg/s to 5.8deg/s (+5%)
  • Added 21% standing hipfire spread maximum penalty
  • Decreased near-medium damage from 95 to 90 (-5%)
  • Decreased near-medium damage range from 38.1m to 15.2m
  • Decreased minimum damage from 75 to 70 (-7%)

Wielding such power was always going to come with a cost, but we’re still happy with how the JAK Wardens perform on the battlefield.

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In related Call of Duty news, Xbox’s president Sarah Bond has eased concerns about COD joining Game Pass, and rival franchise Battlefield has assembled its “largest” development team ever for its next entry.

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