The Serpentine Perk was added to Warzone as a way of counteracting Sniper Rifles back in Season 3 Reloaded, but players have criticized how overpowered it is, calling it the “dumbest Perk” the series has ever had.
When the Serpentine Perk was added to Vanguard back in Season 3 Reloaded, players saw it as a welcome way to make fights more forgiving. The optional Perk reduced the damage of incoming bullets, explosives, and fire by 20%.
It eventually made its way over to Warzone and immediately started to frustrate players. Pretty quickly there were calls for Serpentine to be nerfed, especially after the health increase, with many feeling it was making the game too difficult.
Now, in Warzone Season 4, players have once again called out the Serpentine Perk for being too overpowered.
Reddit user beans-lol kickstarted the discussion again by uploading a clip that showed just how effective Serpentine is, even in situations that would normally spell certain death.
The video showed the OP spraying at an opponent with a mounted STG44, quickly laying waste to the opponent’s armor. Despite there being no cover nearby, and most of the shots hitting, the enemy was able to slip away thanks to the Serpentine Perk.
After they were left with no armor protection, each successful shot was met with the small snake marker which indicates that bullets are doing 20% less damage than usual. The wounded player was able to escape behind a building, leading the OP to call the Perk “insane.”
Players were quick to call out the Perk, with one reply saying: “That’s the dumbest perk in the Hissssss-tory of cod.” Meanwhile, another user compared the Perk to having an extra stash of health: “We just call it their second health bar when we see that icon pop up.”
Many seemed to support the idea of Serpentine but felt that the amount of damage it soaks up should be reduced: “I wouldn’t mind if it was 5-7 percent. 20 percent is ridiculous.” Others believed that Assault Rifles should instead be given more recoil rather than using a Perk to make them less effective.
We’ll have to wait and see if Raven decides to nerf the Serpentine in a future update, but it certainly seems as though the community would like to see a change sooner rather than later.
With Season 4 Reloaded coming soon, perhaps the devs will use it as an opportunity to tweak the Perk.
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