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A mysterious bug is causing players to lose XP in Black Ops Cold War

People have questioned BOCW’s slow XP levelling, a mysterious bug causing players to lose XP in Black Ops Cold War could explain things.

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One player has managed to find a curious bug that shows XP actually decreasing as they’re playing a game. It perhaps demonstrates the common theory of leveling up being slow in BOCW.

This grievance has been aired constantly since Black Ops Cold War’s launch and some evidence has now come forward that can could provide some insight as to why this is the case.

Outside of Double XP weekends, it’s been a slow grind trying to level up a weapon to unlock some of the best attachments that it has to offer. Treyarch has adjusted the XP rates several times, but this new issue could throw the whole argument wide open.

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Bug that loses a player XP in BOCW

It’s so frustrating when you’ve eyed up an attachment that will improve the performance of one of your favorite weapons, but each game you play only makes the progress bar increase at a snail’s pace. That seems to have been the consensus for Black Ops Cold War thus far.

A Reddit user called Difficult-Rest8524 has potentially stumbled across an intriguing discovery that may explain why your weapons can take an eternity to level up. During a game of Die Maschine, they are running around the level and stop to pause the game, and check the XP bar of their pistol.

The footage is then sped up and whizzes through some Zombies gameplay, during which a handful of zombies are killed and would naturally reward our player with XP. After about 15 seconds of fast-forwarded gameplay, our user pauses the game to check in with their weapon’s XP bar one more time.

The bar has inexplicably gone from being nearly full to being nearly three-quarters full. So in actuality, killing some zombies and progressing with the game of zombies has decreased the player’s weapon’s XP.

This is an alarming realization as not only is this player losing XP, but you then have to question how long this has been happening. It could be an aberration that won’t happen again, it could be a recent issue prompted by the Season 1 update, or it could be something else entirely.

Treyarch is going to have to address this sharpish as they won’t want to face anymore backlash regarding XP grinds.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Treyarch devs give update on return & behavior of Cold War Blueprint Mods

An update has been provided on the status of CoD: Cold War’s Blueprints as a Treyarch dev addressed their return and how they work.

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One of Treyarch’s devs has confirmed that Custom Blueprints will be savable soon and explained that players are able to select attachments that they haven’t officially unlocked.

Modern Warfare & Warzone debuted a hugely useful feature that allowed players to save the attachments they’d used for a weapon as a Custom Blueprint. It could then be applied to any applicable weapon and be a real time-saver.

Treyarch finally welcomed it into Cold War, but it got off to a rocky start as a problem was found with the system, and Treyarch has had to disable it for maintenance. It’s now back online, and players can mix and match attachments, but can’t save them as a Blueprint to use across all weapons.

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One of Treyarch’s devs has reassured CoD players regarding its absence, and also answered a common question regarding the nature of Cold War’s Custom Blueprint system.

On April 9, Treyarch Tweeted out about the Custom Blueprint system going live in Cold War saying, “Mix and match attachments from Blueprints of the same weapon type to create your own custom Blueprints.”

It was taken down on the same day, before normal service was resumed 24hrs later.

With regards to saving Custom Mods, a post on the Black Ops Cold War subreddit looked to discuss this matter, with Treyarch dev Josh “FoxhoundFPS” Torres even providing an update.

He said, “Glad you were able to discuss this with Activision Support. This is intended functionality and will allow for Custom Blueprint Mods once we reactivate. Mixing and matching are encouraged where applicable.”

So it will be live again sometime soon, Treyarch just clearly needs time to make sure the process is working properly before reactivating it.

Gunsmith Customs allows locked attachments?

The original topic for discussion actually concerns how the game makes use of locked attachments for weapons.

Reddit user les-miserable-man said, “Correct me if I’m wrong, but you can now equip attachments that you haven’t unlocked yet. To test this, I purchased the “Entrenched” bundle from the store that included the “KGB Skeletal Stock” attachment for the AK-47. I can now equip this attachment to my base AK (not the Blueprint it came with from the store) even though I have not unlocked the base attachment?”

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The user updated their own post saying that they had spoken to Activision confirming that “this is intended behavior.”

So if one of your weapons is Level 10, and you buy a bundle containing a Blueprint with a Level 40 attachment, you’ll be able to use that attachment now using the Gunsmith.

You should at least have time to find what works for you before Season 3 starts, and you can try and unlock more attachments anyway with the scheduled Double XP event to conclude Season 2.

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How to change your username in Call of Duty: Warzone & Cold War

Ever wanted to change your Activision ID? Here’s how to change your username for free in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

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How to change username in cold war & warzone

Activision lets you change your Call of Duty username free of charge, so here’s how to set a new display name in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

Changing your display name on PlayStation and Xbox can sometimes be costly, but in Call of Duty, you can change your name as many times as you like. This will only affect your CoD name, so you can keep your Gamertag or PlayStation ID for other games.

Your Activision ID will be your username followed by a hash mark (#) and a series of numbers. This means you can set your name to be whatever you like without having to worry if the name is already taken.

Activision also allows you to change your username for free. You’ll get a new name change ticket every six months but you can only carry two at a time.

Here’s how to change your username in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

How to change your Call of Duty username

Change Activision account name screen

If you’d like to change your Call of Duty username for Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War, here’s how to do it.

To change your Call of Duty username in-game:

  1. Launch Call of Duty: Warzone or Black Ops Cold War
  2. Press ‘Options’ on the home screen
  3. Navigate over to ‘Account’
  4. Select ‘Activision Account’
  5. Hit ‘Change Display Name’
  6. Enter your new username and hit ‘Confirm’

You can also change your Call of Duty username online, so here’s how:

  1. Sign in to your Activision Account
  2. Hover over your username in the top right corner
  3. Click on ‘Basic Info’
  4. Select ‘Edit’ beside your Activision ID
  5. Type in your new username
  6. Hit ‘Save’

How to report offensive Call of Duty usernames

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While Activision automatically blocks offensive usernames, players can sometimes get past this by using special characters or abbreviations. If you spot an offensive username in-game, Activision lets you report them.

To report a players username or Clan Tag:

  1. Press ‘Y’ on Xbox or ‘△’ PlayStation to open the Social tab / select the Social tab on PC
  2. Select ‘Recent Players’
  3. Highlight the player you wish to report and select them
  4. Hit ‘Report Player’
  5. Select either ‘Report Username’ or ‘Report Clan Tag’

With hackers still running rampant in Warzone, you can also report cheaters through this same method.


That’s everything you need to know about changing your Call of Duty username – you’ll only get a new ticket every six months so choose your name wisely!

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How to get the Ray Gun in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Follow our easy guide to get your hands on the most powerful weapon in CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies modes.

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You can’t have Call of Duty Zombies without having the most powerful weapon to feature in the franchise. The Ray Gun is back, and here’s how you can equip it in Black Ops Cold War.

It’s single-handedly the reason why so many Zombies players have lost thousands upon thousands of points to the Mystery Box. It’s the reason why Zombies players have been able to reach Level 100+ in Zombies. The Ray Gun is simply unstoppable – and you need it.

The fast rate of fire combines nicely with the gun’s supremely overpowered nature which probably makes the Ray Gun the most powerful weapon in CoD. Whether if it’s to blast a group of Zombies in a confined space in Die Maschine, or you need some serious crowd control in Cold War’s Outbreak mode.

Here are a few ways that you obtain your very own Ray Gun.

Where is the Ray Gun in CoD: Cold War Season 2?

Ray Gun Method #1 – Die Maschine Coffin Meme Easter Egg

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An easy way to get yourself a Ray Gun is to complete Die Maschine’s Coffin Easter Egg. The viral meme was Black Ops Cold War’s first proper Zombies Easter Egg to do, and upon completion, gamers can earn some great rewards.

One of those rewards can be a Ray Gun, and although it’s not a guarantee by any means, this is an effective way to increase your chances of securing one. If you’re unsuccessful, you’ll still be rewarded with points and various other necessary resources.

You can read a full guide here on how to do the Coffin Dance Easter Egg.

Ray Gun Method #2 – Aether Crystals

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When entering the Dark Aether, you will notice strewn about the place some shiny purple crystals emanating a mystical aura. You will want to make the most of your time in this realm by smashing as many of these as you can.

Aside from points, these crystals also have the ability to drop a free Perk or two, and if you’re really lucky – a Ray Gun. It’s extremely unlikely they will, but keep smashing and hope for the best.

Ray Gun Method #3 – Mystery Box

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The original way of picking up a Ray Gun is still as tried and tested as its original appearance back in Call of Duty: World At War.

As usual, it’s the same as trying to earn the Jackpot on a slot machine, it could take you 5 spins, it could take you 50. But that’s a lot of points to be throwing away on probable Sniper Rifles and various other weapons useless for Zombie-killing.

If you’re later in the game and have points to spend, or just simply crave a Ray Gun, then find one of the Mystery Box locations.

Ray Gun Method #4 – Outbreak Golden Loot Chest

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One of Outbreak’s exclusive ways of securing a Ray Gun are the very rare Golden Loot Chest’s that can only be obtained by completing a side mission.

Here’s how to find and complete the side mission:

  1. On your map, look for a symbol that looks like a cloud with a lightning bolt striking a chest
  2. Approach the chest and hold the prompted button to activate the side quest
  3. Lots of Zombies will now teleport into your location
  4. You need to keep killing them until they stop spawning
  5. Once you’re certain the area is clear, approach the Golden Loot Chest and hold the use button
  6. It will spew a host of rewards, including the Full-Power ability, and hopefully a Ray Gun

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