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5 tips to get better at Black Ops Cold War

No matter your skill level, follow these five tips to see an improvement in your gameplay.

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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.

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.

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Best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War

The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s our best compelte with Attachments, Perks, and Equipment.

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Best UGR loadout in UGR

The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, and players can’t wait to try it out in multiplayer matches. Here’s our breakdown of the best UGR loadout to run in BOCW.

Even though CoD Vanguard is now in its third season, and Modern Warfare 2 is arriving this year, support for Black Ops Cold War is still going strong. After a huge Zombies patch on April 25, Treyarch have now added a remastered version of the Jungle map, as well as a new weapon.

The UGR SMG is an interesting close-range option, as it’s an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.” It doesn’t have the bullet velocity to take enemies out at distance, but it’s formidable in close-quarters combat.

If you’re looking to run it in multiplayer, you’ll need to know how to make the most of it. Check out our best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War.

Best Cold War UGR loadout attachments

Operator underwater using UGR
  • Barrel: 12.8″ VDV Reinforced
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: Explosive Flechettes
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

We kick things off with the 12.8″ VDV Reinforced Barrel to seriously boost the UGR’s bullet velocity and damage range. The UGR is severely lacking in both departments, but this attachment makes it far more competitive in longer-range battles.

Next up, we went for the Spetsnaz Grip to keep the recoil in check and make it far easier to control. Then we chose KGB Skeletal Stock and GRU Elastic Wrap for a decrease in sprint-to-fire time and ADS speed, allowing you to get shots earlier while rushing around the map.

Many were surprised to see that the UGR comes with explosive rounds, so we couldn’t resist equipping Explosive Flechettes to our loadout. Aside from the obvious boost in overall damage, they also increase ammo capacity which is vital in a fast-firing weapon.

Best Cold War UGR Perk & Equipment

Flak Jacket Perk in BOCW
  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger & Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Ninja
  • Lethal Equipment: Semtex
  • Tactical Equipment: Stimshot

We think the UGR is still effective with only five attachments, so we’re equipping Greed Wildcard to use extra Perks in each slot in BOCW multiplayer matches,

Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask are incredibly important in the first slot, as they’ll keep you protected from incoming explosives and Gas Mines, which can be frustrating when running and gunning.

Next, we picked Scavenger to make sure you never run out of ammo, as well as Assassin to keep the Scorestreaks rolling in. In the final slot, we recommend Ghost to stay invisible on enemy radars, as well as Ninja to help with flanking, which you’ll want to do a lot of with the UGR.

In terms of equipment, Semtex is an easy-to-use lethal, while Stimshot will give you a handy health boost when things get tough out there.

How to unlock UGR in Black Ops Cold War

UGR in Warzone

To unlock the UGR SMG, players must kill an enemy revealed by their Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. If you’re not a big multiplayer fan, it can be earned in Zombies by eliminating 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.

You can also bypass the challenges altogether if you don’t mind spending 2,400 CoD Points on the new Lazar bundle.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s UGR

Black Ops Cold War has some powerful SMGs if the UGR isn’t working for you. The TEC-9 and LC10, in particular, remain incredibly strong in multiplayer matches and rank as two of the best weapons in the entire game.


For more, be sure to check out the best UGR loadout to use on Caldera in Warzone Pacific Season 3.

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How to unlock UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone

Here’s everything you need to know about the new UGR SMG including how to unlock the weapon in Cold War and Warzone.

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Treyarch continue to release new weapons for Cold War and the latest is the UGR SMG based on the APS underwater rifle that will be making its way to both Cold War and Warzone. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.

Although Vanguard is now in Season 3 and 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 has been announced, Treyarch are still releasing content for 2020’s Black Ops Cold War. Alongside a ton of Zombies changes that arrived with the April 25 update, Treyarch confirmed the classic Jungle map and a brand-new weapon would arrive in the “coming weeks.”

On May 6, the new UGR SMG made its way to the game alongside a remastered version of the Jungle map. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.

UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone

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Those who played Call of Duty: Ghosts may recognize Cold War’s new UGR SMG as it’s based on the APS underwater rifle that appeared in the campaign. The in-game description says it’s a “full-auto submachine gun” and an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.”

The weapon is projectile-based with quite a low bullet velocity, so you won’t be beaming enemies at range with ease. Players were also surprised to see that it comes with explosive bullets.

How to unlock UGR in Cold War & Warzone

Players can unlock the UGR by killing an enemy revealed by your Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. You can also unlock the UGR in Zombies if you eliminate 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.

The new UGR SMG has the same unlock challenge for both Cold War and Warzone, so it’ll be up to you to decide which game you’d like to complete it in. In addition, you can also receive the UGR straight away by purchasing the new Lazar bundle for 2,400 CoD Points.


The Nikita AVT and M1916 have also arrived in Warzone with Season 3, so you can check out how to unlock the new Assault Rifle and Marksman Rifle.

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Treyarch confirm Jungle map remaster & new weapon arriving in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War devs Treyarch have confirmed a new long-range weapon and Jungle map remaster coming soon.

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Treyarch have confirmed brand-new content is on the way for Black Ops Cold War, including a new weapon and remastered version of the classic Jungle map.

While Black Ops Cold War’s seasons have ended, the Call of Duty title received additional content through an update in March, including the arrival of the WMD map and the Vargo 52 Assault Rifle.

Now, Treyarch have announced more new additions that they have planned for Black Ops Cold War in May and beyond, including a long-range weapon and a remastered version of a classic Call of Duty map.

Cold War Jungle map remaster release date

Treyarch confirmed that the remastered Jungle map will make its way to Black Ops Cold War on Friday, May 6. The new map hit the game at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM UK.

Treyarch originally confirmed their plans for brand-new Call of Duty content in a blog post on April 14, including the addition of the classic map Jungle. When the map hits the game on May 6, players will be able to jump into a Jungle 24/7 playlist.

When this map first made its debut, it consisted of a ruined village and military base near a river in the middle of a Vietnamese jungle. Players could take advantage of its many slopes and ladders to move quickly between levels.

Jungle won over players with its impressive layout and was added to other CoD titles like Black Ops III and Black Ops 4. Now, a remastered version will be added to Cold War’s standard 6v6 playlists in a new update.

New Cold War weapon

Black Ops Cold War operators

Treyarch also teased the arrival of an “all-new ranged weapon” that players will be able to use in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. This new weapon arrived alongside Jungle on May 6.

Adding new weapons often shakes up the meta of CoD titles, so we can expect major changes after this new content drop arrives.


For more Black Ops Cold War, be sure to check out Treyarch confirming that Cold War won’t receive more Zombies maps as well as the leaked Scythe weapon and its unlock requirements.

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