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Uh oh, this ghillie suit is literally turning Call of Duty: Warzone players invisible

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What's better camouflage than a ghillie suit crafted out of grass and moss? A ghillie suit made of bugs.

Beware, Call of Duty: Warzone (opens in new tab) players: a five-month-old purchasable skin is turning players invisible. Players wearing the bugged outfit will appear partially invisible to enemies the further away they get, making it the most effective ghillie suit you could ever ask for.

You can see the strange effect in a recent video by Warzone streamer Scop3s (opens in new tab). The player wearing the skin becomes increasingly hard to see as Scop3s moves further away. The player will skin will reappear when looking through a scope or aiming down sights, but only up to a certain distance. Eventually, enough of the player will disappear that only their head and weapon are visible. At extreme distances, this effectively makes the user invisible. Based on that, my guess is that this issue is related to LOD (level of detail) or draw distance.

Below are the distances at which players will disappear while using the skin, according to Scop3's anecdotal testing, keeping in mind that he's playing on console:

  • Without ADS: 34 meters
  • Aiming down sights: 55 meters
  • Aiming with a 4X scope: 125 meters

It's hard to tell exactly how long this bug has been in the game, but the cosmetic causing it released all the way back in August 2020 (opens in new tab). The skin in question is a Grinch outfit called Forest Spirit, which can only be purchased in the Eloko bundle for 1,800 COD points (or around $18). I can't find the bundle anywhere in my Warzone client, but YouTuber PrestigeIsKey (opens in new tab) said he can still find and purchase it in a recent video.

A video from earlier this week posted by NOPsledUPSIDEyaHEAD (opens in new tab) suggests that the bug is also happening on PC. I can't tell exactly how far away the vanishing enemy is, but it does seem roughly consistent with the distances shared above (the enemy even appears after aiming down sights). 

This isn't the first time Warzone players have grappled with invisible troublemakers. Back in December, newly-added attacker helicopters could be exploited to turn yourself invisible (opens in new tab). Activision quickly killed the bug entirely by removing the aircraft. Hopefully, a similar option can be exercised to prevent the Forest Spirit bug from spreading any further.

Thanks, CharlieINTEL (opens in new tab)

Morgan has been writing for PC Gamer since 2018, first as a freelancer and currently as a staff writer. He has also appeared on Polygon, Kotaku, Fanbyte, and PCGamesN. Before freelancing, he spent most of high school and all of college writing at small gaming sites that didn't pay him. He's very happy to have a real job now. Morgan is a beat writer following the latest and greatest shooters and the communities that play them. He also writes general news, reviews, features, the occasional guide, and bad jokes in Slack. Twist his arm, and he'll even write about a boring strategy game. Please don't, though.