How to Fix Downloading Instance Inventory Error in Warzone 2.0 DMZ?

Another issue that needs a fix.
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There’s no doubt that, for Call of Duty players, 2022’s highlight was the release of Warzone 2.0, with its refined battle royale experience and DMZ. And while the game does a great deal better at operating than its predecessor, that doesn’t necessarily mean that it’s perfect. In fact, users are getting errors quite often from seemingly random issues.

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One specific that players have been seeing pop up a lot more recently is the error that reads “Download instance inventory.” This error typically populates when players are, as you may have guessed, trying to launch the DMZ portion of Warzone 2.0. But how can this be remedied? Well, let’s talk about how to fix the downloading instance inventory error in Warzone 2.0’s DMZ!

What is the Fix for Downloading Instance Inventory Error in DMZ?

There probably isn’t anything more annoying than getting stuck in front of an error screen right before you want to join a MW2 DMZ match. As games have all kinds of weird errors, their fixes can sometimes be even weirder. But hey, I honestly don’t care what I have to do to fix my game as long as it’s fixed. Let’s hop in and see what you can do to fix your MW2 game.

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Restart, Restart, Restart

The first thing players should always do when experiencing an issue like this in Warzone 2.0, or really any game, is to close it out completely and restart the game from scratch. If that fails, try restarting your hardware completely. This issue seems to stem from some kind of server slip between your game, the hardware, and the servers on Activision’s side.

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Make Sure Your Game is Fully Up to Date

It’s always best to make sure that your game is fully up to date and that there isn’t an update trying to go through while you’re playing Warzone 2.0. It’s always best to close Warzone 2.0 when you’re done playing it so that updates can download and be ready to go on your next session.

Clear Your Cache (Xbox)

One of the things that works with plenty of games and software is clearing the cache if you’re on Xbox. With regards to the original Warzone, this could often be a way to fix these kinds of issues.

Enable Crossplay

A similar error that players were seeing with the instance inventory could also be fixed by making sure that crossplay was enabled in their game settings. Crossplay is a huge feature for DMZ so that lockup could be due to it not being on. Often, silly things fix big errors, and honestly, I don’t ask why as long as it fixes my game!

Move to Another Part of Warzone 2.0

If none of this worked, then just try going into another screen from within Warzone, such as Battle Royale or even the store. Then go back to it. This can often fix the issue, as connecting to another part of the game’s server and then trying to collect the data from DMZs can flip the switch that’s needed.

Check the Server Status of the Game

Sometimes, it’s not about your PC or console. The problem can stem from the game itself, so that is why it’s always wise to check the status of the game on the official Activision site. Whenever the developers are maintaining the game or when there are too many players online, various errors can pop up.


Well, that’s all you need to know when it comes to fixing the download instance inventory error in Warzone 2.0! If this helped, then be sure to check out some of our other great Warzone 2.0 content, such as “Is Highrise in Warzone 2.0 and Modern Warfare 2? Answered”. And don’t forget to like Gamer Journalist on Facebook for even more Call of Duty content, too!

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Nathaniel Litt

Hi! I'm Nathaniel; Star Wars nerd, musician, and active daydreamer. When it comes to gaming, I'll try anything at least once. My mains though are FPS, Action-Adventure, and Puzzle-Platformers.

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