Whether you’re brand new to Call of Duty or have some experience under your belt, these five tips will help you improve at Black Ops Cold War.
With Call of Duty being one of the biggest gaming franchises in the world, many players have dedicated time to be the best. The obvious best way to improve is playing the game. You can be maximizing your time in the game, however.
Whether you’re a new player, or a returning player looking to improve, follow these five tips to see a marked improvement in your gameplay.
How to get better at Black Ops Cold War
Use the ‘meta’ weapons
Players will criticize using meta weapons but if you’re trying to improve at the game, there’s no point in using weapons that put you at a disadvantage. Using the wrong weapon and getting repeatedly killed by the best weapons won’t help you improve. Sometimes when an enemy is using a vastly better weapon, there’s nothing you can do.
Currently, the MP5, FFR, and burst-fire rifles will provide you with the best chance of doing well.
Once you’re confident and can consistently do well, try experimenting with some off-meta weapons. You never know, you might find your new favorite.
Go into custom games with bots
Aim and movement are two of the most important things in Call of Duty. You need to hit your shots, but you also need to be a hard target for enemies to hit. The best way to improve your aim and movement is to go into custom games with bots.
- Read more: Best Wildcard to use in Black Ops Cold War
Set up a custom free-for-all game with bots set to the lowest difficulty and take away the score and time limit. They’ll hardly fire back, giving you a stress-free place to practice as much as you need. Put some music on and run around the map shooting the bots from a range of different distances and positions and you’ll soon find your aim improving.
You should also practice movement techniques you’ve seen the pros use such as jump shots and ducking in and out of cover.
Practice these techniques against bots and implement them into multiplayer matches to see a vast improvement in your gameplay.
Learn the maps
As you play the different maps in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll gradually begin learning the different routes, spawns, power positions, and flanks. If an enemy player has repeatedly killed you from the same spot, try out that spot next time you play that map. If you managed to flank that player and get the kill, be mindful of the same way you flanked from.
Also, pay attention to the mini-map. Look where your teammates are and where they’re dying. Either avoid that area or take another route to try and take the enemies by surprise. If you notice your team spawning at one side of the map, it’s very likely the enemy team will be spawning from the other side. Set yourself up to counter their push into the map.
Watch professional players and content creators
Watch professional players and skilled content creators to learn their techniques and tactics.
Don’t compare yourself to these people, however. They have put hours upon hours into improving at shooters, so they’ll be vastly better than the average player. And that’s okay. You won’t be able to copy their aim, but you can try to copy everything else.
Some top players to check out on Twitch and YouTube include:
- Simp: If you’re an aggressive player who likes running an SMG
- FormaL: A more methodical, Assault Rifle player, with deadly aim
- Scump: Also an aggressive SMG pro player, but one of the best ‘pub-stompers’ too.
- Arcitys: Known as a ‘flex’, Arcitys is a jack-of-all-trades.
Watch what they’re doing and implement some of their tactics into your gameplay. Watch how they check rooms before entering, or how they try not to take firefights in the open. Also, watch their positioning on the map, and how they will avoid unfavorable engagements.
Don’t take it too seriously
This is probably the most important: have fun!
If you have a bad game, just forget about it. Don’t over-analyze your gameplay and pick at the little mistakes. Sure, pay attention to points you can improve on but don’t beat yourself up. Expecting too much of yourself will take away the fun and you’ll end up burnt out.
Don’t compare yourself to content creators and professional players. Keep an eye on your own progress; it doesn’t matter if your K/D isn’t considered top tier. If you’re actively trying to improve, just make sure you’re better than your previous self.
Best QBZ-83 loadout for Black Ops Cold War Season 4
Lightweight and compact, the QBZ 83 is one of Cold War Season 4’s most understated weapons with the right loadout & attachments.
Season 4 of Black Ops Cold War has seen a number of weapons come to the forefront, and with the right attachments and perks, the QBZ-83 Assault Rifle can potentially hold its own.
Other guns have come into the fold to further broaden horizons with the outrageously powerful LC10 making a strong case for being the meta gun. With the right loadout and class setup, the QBZ can be the perfect gun for players looking to take on enemies at range, without sacrificing the ability to move around the map at speed.
Here’s everything you need to turn the QBZ-83 into a devasting weapon in your arsenal.
Best Cold War Season 4 QBZ-83 attachments
- Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.56
- Barrel: 13.7″ Cavalry Lancer
- Underbarrel: Foregrip
- Handle: Quickdraw Handle
- Stock: Tactical Stock
Pairing the Muzzle Brake 5.56 with the Foregrip is important for control, as this will reduce both the horizontal and vertical recoil and make it much easier to hit your shots.
With the QBZ-83 acting as a mobile AR, the Quickdraw Handle will be the perfect accessory to help you aim down sights quickly while you’re rotating around the map.
Finally, once you’ve found your target and started to fire, you’ll want to be able to keep your crosshairs on your enemy while you shoot. This is where the Tactical Stock comes in, as it improves the stability of the weapon.
Best perks to use with Cold War Season 4’s QBZ-83
- Perk 1: Tactical Mask
- Perk 2: Scavenger
- Perk 3: Ghost
Tactical Mask is a must in Black Ops Cold War, and with the QBZ-83 allowing you to move around the map faster than other Assault Rifle players, you’ll likely find yourself in the middle of stuns and flashes fairly regularly.
Scavenger is useful to keep your ammo replenished as the QBZ-83 has one of the faster rates of fire in its class, while Ghost will keep you hidden from enemies’ pesky UAVs.
How to unlock the QBZ-83 in Cold War Season 4
If you want to have a go with the QBZ-83, then you’ll simply need to reach Level 31, and it will become yours to equip.
Once you’ve done that, then you can go about unlocking every single attachment for it to equip the right ones for the job.
Best alternatives to Cold War’s QBZ-83 SMG
If you’ve experimented and feel like the QBZ-83 isn’t for you after all, then there are perfectly acceptable replacements should you need them.
That’s the QBZ-83 sorted for you in Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer. Also, see our tier list of every weapon in Black Ops Cold War to see where we rank them all, and if you enjoy battle royale, then check out our ranking of every Warzone weapon.
Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch
JGOD explains which Warzone barrels you should be using for Cold War Assault Rifles
Call of Duty YouTuber JGOD has delved into the different Warzone barrel options for Cold War ARs and explains which ones you should be using.
Each weapon in Call of Duty: Warzone has many different barrels to apply, and CoD guru JGOD has specifically targeted the Cold War Assault Rifles and explained which barrels are better suited.
Creating a loadout and picking the right attachments for your weapon can sometimes be an arduous chore. You immediately doubt your selections, second-guess the choices you’ve made, and it creates a negative bubble for each match of Warzone you use it and don’t win your 1v1s.
Barrels are probably the most selected attachment for every weapon as their effects are significant. Cold War‘s Assault Rifles have had a big bearing on the way Warzone plays and its meta, and JGOD has picked the best barrels and explained which ones work best.
Going through the different barrels, JGOD believes that two barrels are head and shoulders above the rest – the 18.7″ Ranger and the 18.5″ Task Force.
He refers to the Ranger as “barrel 4” and the Task Force as “barrel 6.” He says: “Essentially, the choice, almost always, for weapons that are long-range comes down to whether or not you want to use the fourth barrel or the sixth barrel.”
To fully demonstrate the different effects of each, JGOD set foot into Warzone’s currently broken Plunder mode to test them all.
He used the good ol’ garage doors to show side-by-side examples of barrel 4 and barrel 6 on each gun. Through methodical testing, we saw the difference between the barrels on the Krig, QBZ, XM4, AK-47, FFAR, Groza, FARA, and C58.
These were JGOD’s favored barrels for each gun:
- Krig 6: Barrel 4
- QBZ-83: Barrel 6
- XM4: Barrel 6
- AK-47: Either
- FFAR-1: Either
- Groza: Barrel 6
- FARA 83: Barrel 6
- C58: Either
It’s quite obvious that the 18.5″ Task Force is the preferred barrel for these weapons, and for any where it’s too close to call, you might be better off conducting your own tests to see which feels better.
With Warzone Season 4 very much giving players a healthy amount of balanced Assault Rifles to choose from, it might be well worth trying out some of the above barrels.
Also, check out when the next Double XP Event is in Warzone and Cold War.
Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software
Best AK-47 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 4
The AK-47 Assault Rifle is extremely powerful in Cold War Season 4, and these are the attachments and perks to make the perfect loadout.
As with every Call of Duty game, the AK-47 is a tank of an Assault Rifle with some interesting but manageable recoil. Here is how you can make the best Cold War AK-47 loadout in Season 4.
In a game largely defined by the strength of its SMGs such as the PPSH-41 and LC10, Cold War does actually boast some quality Assault Rifles with a quick time-to-kill. You’ll need some awesome firepower in Season 4.
The firepower of the AK-47 has never been in question and it became even stronger in Cold War Season 3’s Reloaded update. Now in Season 4, the AK remains one of the best choices available, and our AK-47 loadout will see to the choppy recoil and make the gun a great addition to your repertoire.
Best Cold War AK-47 loadout
Best AK-47 attachments for Cold War Season 4
- Optic: Axial Arms 3x
- Muzzle: Suppressor
- Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
- Magazine: 40 Rnd
- Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
Given how potent the AK-47 is on its own in Black Ops Cold War, we think you’ll only need five attachments, so we would recommend selecting Perk Greed as a Wildcard.
The Axial Arms 3x scope offers brilliant zoom and is still operational at all ranges, increasing its deadliness. Buffs in Warzone Season 4 reduced the Suppressors range penalty, so it’s well worth using on your AK-47.
One of the biggest things we’re trying to secure for the AK is its accuracy and recoil, and the Spetsnaz Grip is one of the biggest ways to lock it down. The GRU Elastic Wrap offers a healthy boost to ADS to improve its speed and mobility, and the 40 Rnd mag allows us some spare shots.
Best perks to run with the AK-47 in Cold War Season 4
- Perk 1: Forward Intel & Flak Jacket
- Perk 2: Assassin & Gearhead
- Perk 3: Ghost & Gung-Ho
With Perk Greed, you have six options to choose from. The AK-47 is strong at all distances, so you won’t need to run around as much, especially with the Axial Arms 3x scope.
So Forward Intel will show even more of the map, benefitting the scope, and Flak Jacket provides the usual immunity to explosives – a regular occurrence in Cold War.
Assassin is awesome for extra points, and Quartermaster lets you use more equipment to stop people sneaking up on you.
Ghost is a universally loved perk that hides you from radar, and Gung-Ho is useful for quick weapon switching if your ammo runs dry.
How to unlock the AK-47 in Cold War
Simply reach Level 7 and you’ll be using be brandishing this classic weapon in no time at all.
If you feel that the AK-47 isn’t for you, give our LC10 loadout a try to see if mobility and an exhilarating rate of fire are for you.
Or, you could use the ever-powerful Krig 6 to simply dominate enemies over range.
You can check out where the AK-47 ranks amongst the other guns in our Black Ops Cold War Season 4 weapons tier list.
For tips and tricks to dominate your enemy on every Black Ops Cold War multiplayer map, you can check out our guides below.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
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