'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' Update 1.18 Adds Days of Summer & Grind - Patch Notes

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 update 1.18 just went live on PS4 and Xbox One, beginning the franchise-annual Days of Summer festivities. The patch notes include a new map, the return of favorite weapons and more. Read the full patch notes below courtesy of a post on the Black Ops 4 subreddit.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 Update 1.18 Patch Notes

Summary

black ops 4 update 1.18 patch notes
'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' update 1.18 is officially live. The patch adds Days of Summer content. 'Call of Duty: Black Ops 4' is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. Treyarch/Activision

Multiplayer

  • Free Grind map (PS4).
  • Capture the Flag (PS4).
  • Support added for new weapons: Grav, Peacekeeper, Vendetta, Locus, S6 Stingray and Ballistic Knife (PS4).
  • Gameplay tuning for weapons and Specialists.
  • Launchers and Equipment now restricted in Bolt-Action Barebones.
  • Featured Playlists updated on all platforms.

Blackout

  • Summer map updates and post-flood map update (PS4).
  • Ground War limited-time mode (PS4).
  • Attack Helicopter added (PS4).
  • Hawk now available (PS4).
  • Support added for Grav assault rifle attachments. (PS4)
  • Coward's Way Out feature added (PS4).
  • Featured Playlists updated on all platforms.

Zombies

  • "Labours of Hercules" Gauntlet (PS4).
  • New Epic Elixirs available in the Laboratory: Perkaholic, Near Death Experience, Reign Drops and Shopping Free (PS4).
  • Support added for S6 Stingray, Peacekeeper, Vendetta, Locus and Ballistic Knife (PS4).
  • Support added for Grav assault rifle attachments (PS4).
  • Support added for new Mastercrafts (PS4).
  • Support added for new MKII Weapons.
  • Gauntlet Leaderboards added on all platforms.
  • "Perk Up" rarity changed from Epic to Legendary.
  • Various gameplay improvements and bug fixes.

World League Hub

  • Reinstated escalating temporary bans for players who leave League Play matches.

Global

  • Community Challenge now live to unlock the Grav assault rifle (PS4).
  • Weapon Bribe now earnable at Tier 25 in Contraband (PS4).
  • Vendetta sniper rifle now earnable at Tier 50 in Contraband (PS4).
  • S6 Stingray, Locus, Peacekeeper and Ballistic Knife now available in the Black Market and unlockable through the Weapon Bribe (PS4).
  • New MKII Weapons, Weapon Camos, Outfits, Weapon Charms, Death Effects, Jump Packs, Gestures and more now available in the Black Market.

PS4 First

black ops 4 days of summer grind
Days of Summer brings back Grind from 'Call of Duty: Black Ops II.' Treyarch/Activision

The following updates are available first on PS4, with other platforms to follow:

MULTIPLAYER

  • Free Map
    • Grind
      • The classic Black Ops 2 skatepark map is now in rotation, free for all players.
  • Game Modes
    • Capture the Flag
      • Capture the Flag now live as Featured Playlist on PS4.
      • First team to capture three flags in a round or the team that has the most captures at the end of a round, wins the round.
      • First team to win two rounds wins the match.
      • In Overtime, the first team to capture the enemy's flag will set the time to beat, and sides will switch. The opposing team must capture the flag faster to win.
black ops 4 days of summer weapons
During Days of Summer, players can unlock new and fan-favorite weapons. Treyarch/Activision
  • New Weapons
    • Multiplayer support added for new weapons available in the Black Market:
      • Grav assault rifle
      • Peacekeeper assault rifle
      • Vendetta sniper rifle
      • Locus sniper rifle
      • S6 Stingray tactical rifle
      • Ballistic Knife special weapon

BLACKOUT

  • Summer Map Updates
    • New summer foliage and lighting added to main map.
    • Coolers added throughout the map containing Paint Can bundle rewards.
    • Throwable Water Balloons added throughout the map.
    • BBQ-themed parties, balloons, yard flamingos, flags and pool floats added to various locations throughout the map.
  • Post-Flood Map Updates
    • Flood water has receded.
    • Hydro Dam now under reconstruction.
    • Factory now under repair.
    • Cargo Docks now restored with new layout changes.
    • Hijacked relocated to Nuketown Island cove.
  • Game Modes
    • Ground War
      • Massive battle with two teams of up to 50 players on each side.
      • Each team has an opposing flight path. Choose to jump with your team, or try to get behind enemy lines early on.
      • Each match starts with a collapsed play space to get into the action faster.
      • More loot spawns throughout the map and ammo drops are doubled.
      • "Down But Not Out" redeploys enabled.
      • Escalating redeploy loadouts enabled.
      • Players can revive downed players in their squad and teammates not in their immediate squad.
      • Friendly fire disabled.
  • Vehicles
    • Attack Helicopter
      • Helicopter equipped with two heavy turrets designed for combat added to the main map.
  • Equipment
    • Hawk
      • Outrider's Hawk now available to scout for enemies. Cannot be parked in mid-air.
  • Weapons
    • Support added for Grav assault rifle attachments.
  • Coward's Way Out
    • Players can now you can hold the USE button to reduce the time spent downed in redeploy modes.

ZOMBIES

  • Gauntlets
    • "Labours of Hercules" Gauntlet
      • New Gauntlet now available for "Ancient Evil" featuring 30 unique challenges.
  • New Elixirs
    • Perkaholic
      • Receive all Loadout Perks and six random extra Perks that are not in your loadout. Cannot stack with itself.
      • Activates immediately.
      • Near Death Experience
        • Revive or be revived, simply by being near other players. Revived players keep all Loadout Perks after being revived.
        • Activates immediately (lasts 10 minutes or five revives).
        • Reign Drops
          • Spawns one of each of the nine core power-ups.
          • Instant activation.
          • Shopping Free
            • All purchases are free.
            • Activates immediately (lasts one minute).
  • Weapons
    • Support added for S6 Stingray, Peacekeeper, Vendetta, Locus and Ballistic Knife.
    • Support added for Grav assault rifle attachments.
    • Support added for new Mastercraft weapons.

GLOBAL

  • Community Challenge
    • Grav assault rifle available to all players after the Community Challenge of completing 15 million public matches has been achieved.
  • Black Market
    • Weapon Bribe now earnable at Tier 25 in Contraband.
    • Vendetta sniper rifle now earnable at Tier 50 in Contraband.
    • S6 Stingray, Locus, Peacekeeper and Ballistic Knife now available in the Black Market and unlockable through the Weapon Bribe at Tier 25 in Contraband.
    • New MKII Weapons, Weapon Camos, Outfits, Weapon Charms, Death Effects, Jump Packs, Gestures and more now available in the Black Market.

PS4 & Xbox

MULTIPLAYER

  • Weapon Tuning
    • Increased starting ammo capacity from three magazines to four for MX9, GKS, Cordite and Saug 9mm.
    • Increased bullet penetration through player characters for assault rifles, SMGs, tactical rifles and pistols.
    • SG-12 Strobe Light Operator Mod no longer affects aim-assist for players with Tactical Mask equipped.
  • Specialists
    • Spectre
      • Increased Shadow Blade cooldown.
      • Improved Shadow Blade attack camera rotation against enemies behind the player.
      • Shadow Blade can now be destroyed by Trophy System.
  • Nomad
    • Lowered K9-Unit health.
  • Ajax
    • 9-Banging an enemy with Tactical Mask equipped no longer earns the "Flashed Enemy" score event.
  • Game Modes
    • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Launchers and Equipment are now restricted (as of April 30).
  • Featured Playlists
    • PS4 (June 4-7)
      • Capture the Flag
      • Bolt-Action Barebones (updated rules)
      • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit
      • Prop Hunt
      • Infected
      • Xbox One (June 4-11)
        • Bolt-Action Barebones
        • Prop Hunt
        • Infected
        • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit
        • Endurance Moshpit

BLACKOUT

  • Game Modes
    • Ambush Solo
      • Snipers, Bowie Knife and Launchers only
      • SDM removed
      • Concussion and Cluster Grenades removed
      • ATV and ARAV removed
      • Increased time for final collapse
  • Map Improvements
    • Various bug fixes and improvements across the main Blackout map.
  • Featured Playlists (June 4-11)
    • PS4
      • Ground War
      • Solo
      • Duos
      • Quads
      • Xbox One
        • Ambush Solo
        • Hot Pursuit
        • Solo
        • Duos
        • Quads

ZOMBIES

  • Gauntlet Leaderboards
    • Players can now track their Gauntlet standings against friends and manually-added players in Gauntlet Leaderboards.
    • Stats tracked include:
      • Highest Round
      • Best Gold
      • Best Silver
      • Best Bronze
      • Kills
  • Weapons
    • Support added for new MKII Weapons: Rampage, Switchblade X9, Vapr-XKG and Spitfire.
  • Elixirs
    • Perk Up rarity changed from Epic to Legendary.
  • Miscellaneous
    • General
      • Direct hits from grenades and projectile weapons to the head now count as headshots.
      • Addressed an issue that allowed Special Weapon revives to convert Secret Sauce Perks into extra Perks.
      • Addressed an issue causing the Secret Sauce icon to display incorrectly after Host Migration.
      • Resolved various streaming issues in IX, Dead of the Night and Ancient Evil.
      • Ancient Evil
        • Addressed an issue that could result in granting unlimited ammo for the Hand of Hemera Wonder Weapon.
        • Addressed an issue where players were unable to interact with the Obol near the Center of the World.
        • Closed an invulnerability exploit that could occur in the Center of the World.
        • Dead of the Night
          • Fixed various crashes that could occur when downed after Host Migration in Dead of the Night
          • Closed an exploit where players were able to get outside of the map using Nowhere But There.
          • Addressed a visual issue with trees in the outro cutscene.
          • Prevented charged weapon audio from playing while entering the boss fight.

WORLD LEAGUE HUB

  • Match Leave Penalty
    • Reinstated escalating temporary bans for players who leave a League Play match.
  • UI
    • Visual pass on Barracks and cleanup on League Play Career and Medals UI.
    • Replaced material names in Social and Inspection menus with Rank.
    • Added restricted icons and text to Specialist selection screen.

GLOBAL

  • UI
    • Updated Create-a-Class to allow for quicker selection of Mastercraft and MKII Weapons.
    • Lobby navigation and performance improvements.

PC

MULTIPLAYER

  • Game Modes
    • Bolt-Action Barebones
      • Launchers and Equipment are now restricted (as of April 30).
  • Featured Playlists (June 4-11)
    • Bolt-Action Barebones
    • Prop Hunt
    • Barebones Deathmatch Moshpit

BLACKOUT

  • Game Modes
    • Ambush Solo
      • Snipers, Bowie Knife and Launchers only
      • SDM removed
      • Concussion and Cluster Grenades removed
      • ATV and ARAV removed
      • Increased time for final collapse
  • Featured Playlists (June 4-11)
    • Ambush Solo
    • Hot Pursuit
    • Duos

Just like all previous Days of Summer incarnations, this one is absolutely bursting with new content, some of which isn't even live at the time of publish. Especially if you're playing on PS4, you've got the benefit of access to a beloved multiplayer map and a classic mode, as well as six new weapons in multiplayer. If that's not enough, Blackout fans can also check out a reworked map with less flood water and changes to several locations including Cargo Dock and Hijacked. Get a few Quads together, and make the most of the 50v50 Ground War mode while it's available. Predictably a lot of this new content involves some serious grinding through Contraband streams, but anyone who wants to unlock the new goodies will have ample opportunity to do so over the course of the event.

As far as balance changes are concerned, Black Ops 4 update 1.18 doesn't offer too many tweaks. There are, however, noteworthy nerfs for Spectre, Nomad's K9 unit and the infamous Ajax 9-Bang. Above all, today's update is about giving players new content to try. Those on Xbox and PC will have to wait a week to experience it, but there's a lot to enjoy whether you own the Black Ops Pass or not.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 is available now on PS4, Xbox One and PC. The 1.18 update is live on console.

What are your thoughts on the Days of Summer event for Black Ops 4? Is there enough here to bring you back? Tell us in the comments section!