Call of Duty (COD) Warzone Battle Royale – Fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering

Call of Duty Warzone crashing, stuttering, lag and fps drops fix – Call of Duty Warzone is a free-to-play Battle Royale game that got released on March 10, 2020. This is the second COD BR title, the first one being Call of Duty Blackout. But Blackout is not free-to-play.

Warzone is a standalone title so if you were thinking that you need to have Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019 in order to play COD Warzone, then I guess it is good news for you.

According to the official Activision blog post, players can squad up in 3-player squads with their friends on PS4, Battle.net for PC, or Xbox One. There are no solo or duo modes at launch but might get added later. Two game modes will be available at launch:

  1. Battle Royale
  2. Plunder

In Battle Royale, it is pretty obvious. It works like every other BR game. You have to survive to be the last squad standing while escaping the deadly gas in the swiftly closing circle with up to 150 players.

In the Plunder mode though, it is a bit different. Your main aim is to collect the most amount of in-match Cash. And you can do that in three ways:

  1. Loot across the map
  2. Take down enemies to steal their Cash
  3. Complete in-match Contracts

The map of Warzone is the city of Verdansk that has multiple named zones and close to 300 points of interest. Now it is on you to drop on multiple locations and find out the the spot that offers the best loot in Verdansk.

Now that the basic summary about the game is out of the way, lets talk about how to game performs. If you were around during the launch of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2019, then you should probably know that how big of a nightmare it was. People were complaining about lag, low frame rates, sudden fps drops, random crashes, freezes constantly. It was a total mess.

COD MW does not have those problems anymore but Warzone is a different title. While players who are using powerful gaming rigs are not facing as many issues, low-medium end users are experiencing some good amount of problems. That is why we decided to come up with a basic lag fix guide that will show you some simple tweaks that you can try in order to fix the performance issues that you are having. Here is how to fix lag, fps drops, crashes and stuttering in Call of Duty Warzone.

[Note : It is too early for us to list fixes for specific bugs and glitches as the game came out just a while ago. As we continue to discover new issues we will keep on updating this article. Till then you can try all the basic steps listed here.]

Call of Duty Warzone Battle Royale – Fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering in COD Warzone – Step 1

Compare your Hardware Specifications with the System Requirements of the game

Believe it or not but the System requirements of Call of Duty Warzone and Call of Duty Modern Warfare are the same. Here the System Requirements of COD Warzone:

MinimumRecommendedRecommended (W/ Ray Tracing)High/CompetitiveUltra
Experience1080p 30 FPS1080p 60 FPS1080p 60 FPS with Ray Tracing1080p 144 FPS4K 60 FPS with Ray Tracing
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 / GeForce GTX 1650NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 / GTX 1660NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2060NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 / RTX 2070 SUPERNVIDIA GeForce RTX 2080 SUPER
CPUIntel Core i3-4340 or AMD FX-6300Intel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen R5 1600XIntel Core i5-2500K or AMD Ryzen R5 1600XIntel i7-8700K or AMD Ryzen 1800XIntel i7-9700K or AMD Ryzen 2700X
RAM8GB12GB12GB16GB16GB
HDD175GB free space
OSWin 7 SP1 64-bitWin 10 64-bitWin 10 64-bitWin 10 64-bitWin 10 64-bit

If you have problems running Call of Duty Modern Warfare then you will have problems running Warzone as well. You need a GTX 1650 to play the game on 1080p at 30 fps. But playing a BR game at 30 fps is not a good idea if you ask me.

Though Warzone is a free-to-play BR title, but it is way heavier than other free-to-play BR games like Apex Legends or Fortnite. Neither was COD Blackout less demanding nor is Warzone. So check thoroughly.

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering in COD Warzone – Step 2

Update your Graphics Card drivers

Both Nvidia and AMD have released multiple drivers optimized for Call of Duty Modern Warfare till date. So if you have not updated your graphics drivers yet then this is the perfect time to do so.

You can download them from the links given below:

  1. Nvidia Drivers
  2. AMD Drivers

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering in COD Warzone – Step 3

Figure out the best combination of graphics settings for your PC

We are still fiddling with the graphics settings of Warzone and will update this article with a good combination soon. Till then, just set everything to low. Here are the specifications of our test rig:

  • CPU : Intel i3 8100
  • GPU : MSI GTX 1050 ti 4 GB
  • RAM : 16GB DDR4 2400mhz
  • HDD : 1 TB 7200 rpm
  • Monitor Resolution : 1920×1080 144hz

We are trying to take the fps close to 80.

Update : Here is our Call of Duty Warzone best graphics settings guide. Try it out.

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering in COD Warzone – Step 4

Adjust your Nvidia Control Panel Settings (Nvidia users)

For Nvidia Graphics card users

The first thing you should do is click on ‘Adjust image settings with preview‘ located on the left side under 3D settings and make sure that ‘Use the advanced 3D image settings‘ is selected. Now:

  • Open Nvidia Control Panel
  • Click on Manage 3D settings on the left bar
  • Click on Global Settings
  • Now tweak the following settings:
    Image Sharpening : Off
    Threaded Optimization : On
    Power Management : Prefer Maximum Performance
    Low Latency Mode : Off
    Texture filtering – Quality : Performance

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering in COD Warzone – Step 5

Adjust your AMD Control Panel Settings (Radeon users)

For AMD Radeon Graphics card users

Click on Global Graphics.

  • Radeon Anti-Lag : Disabled
  • Radeon Boost : Disabled
  • Image Sharpening : Off
  • Anti-Aliasing Mode : Use Application settings
  • Anti-aliasing Method : Multi-sampling
  • Morphological Filtering : Off
  • Anisotropic Filtering : Disabled
  • Texture Filtering Quality: Performance
  • Surface Format Optimization: Enabled
  • Tesselation Mode: AMD Optimized
  • Wait for V-sync: Off
  • OpenGL Triple Buffering: Off
  • Shader Cache: AMD optimized
  • Maximum Tesselation Level: Off
  • GPU Workload: Graphics
  • Radeon Chill: Off
  • Frame Rate Target Control: Disabled

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering in COD Warzone – Step 6

Close Discord or tweak some settings

This is something I am writing from my personal experience. Discord initially gave me a really tough time when COD MW came out. Every time I used to start Discord, COD used to start lagging horribly. That is why we decided to use the Battle.net voice feature for communication until the game was more optimized. But if you don’t want to use Battle.net for communication, then you have to make few tweaks in order to stop Discord from reducing the performance of your system.

  1. Launch Discord
  2. Go to User Settings
  3. Click on Voice & Video from the left sidebar
  4. Scroll down to Advanced section
  5. Disable “OpenH264 Video Codec provided by Cisco System, Inc.”
  6. Disable “Enable Quality of Service High Packet Priority”
  7. Click on Overlay from the sidebar
  8. Disable in-game overlay
  9. Click on Appearance from the left sidebar
  10. Scroll down all the way to the Advanced section
  11. Disable Hardware Acceleration
  12. Restart Discord

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering in COD Warzone – Step 7

Scan and repair the game

Battle.net launcher users have the feature to scan and repair a game available on the launcher. Same goes with COD Warzone. This feature will verify the in-game files of the game and download the missing ones. Here is how to do it:

  • Launch Battle.net
  • Select Call of Duty Warzone from the left side bar
  • Click on Options
  • Select Scan and Repair
  • Wait for the process to be done
  • Restart the launcher

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering in COD Warzone – Step 8

Buggy Windows 10 updates

Microsoft released an update for Windows 10 few days ago called KB4535996. The KB4535996 cumulative update for Windows 10 heavily buggy and is causing a lot of problems for Windows users. Here is how the update looks like.

If you are not sure whether you have already installed this update or not. Just click on “View Update History” and you will get to see all the latest updates that got installed on your system. If you see an update called KB4535996. You have to uninstall it.

On the Update History window you will notice the option Uninstall updates on top. Click on it and from the list of updates installed select the one you want to uninstall. Right click on it and click on Uninstall.

How to fix lag, fps drops, crashing and stuttering in COD Warzone – Step 9

Avoid Overclocking applications and utilities

If by any chance you are witnessing random crashes and freezes in Call of Duty Warzone then chances are it is being caused by an overclocking application or utility running in the background. A lot of games have been suffering from crashes lately due to applications like MSI Afterburner or Zotac firestorm. So it is best to stay on the safe side and run your graphics card on default speeds.


Let me make one thing clear, none of these methods are advanced and are pretty basic. There is no guarantee that these steps will fix your problem 100%. If the problem you are facing is a serious one then the best option would be contacting the support. You can also check out the reddit page of COD Warzone. You will find a lot of people discussing their problems there.

If you think this guide had helped you then let us know in the comment section below. Also, If you are facing problems that are not mentioned on this article then also you can comment below. We will try come out with a fix. Good luck!


That’s all folks!

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