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Best EM2 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

The EM2 is Call of Duty’s newest Assault Rifle, so find out how to make it super effective in Season 5 with the best Cold War EM2 loadout.

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Best Cold War EM2 Loadout

Black Ops Cold War debuted the EM2 Assault Rifle in Season 5, and adding these attachments and Perks will help you make the best Cold War EM2 loadout.

The balance of power has shifted slightly in Black Ops Cold War Season 5 as Assault Rifles are coming back into the fray. Aside from the Krig 6, weapons like the LC10, AK-74u, KSP, and PPSH have dominated in previous seasons.

But Assault Rifles have been given various buffs across the board, and now the accurate EM2 has been added to the mix. Follow our guide below to make the best Cold War EM2 loadout and dominate your enemies in Season 5.

Best Cold War EM2 loadout

Best Cold War EM2 loadout

Best Cold War EM2 loadout attachments

  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Barrel: 26.3″ Takedown
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 30 Rnd

The EM2 can manage with five attachments in Black Ops Cold War, so we’re going for the Perk Greed Wildcard.

The Axial Arms 3x gives us our usual range and zoom to benefit from when using the best Cold War EM2 loadout, and the 30 Rnd mag is a must, with the EM2 only having a small magazine.

The 26.3″ Takedown is a perfect addition to keep that firepower consistent over longer distances, with many big maps in the game. It’s all well and good having incredible range, but the Field Agent Grip will also give you tremendous accuracy as it eliminates a lot of that vertical and horizontal recoil.

Finally, to finish off the best Cold War EM2 loadout, the SOCOM Eliminator also gives us another vertical recoil reduction to make it a laser-firing monster.

Best perks to run with the EM2 Cold War class

Best Cold War EM2 loadout
  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask & Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Assassin & Gearhead
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Ninja

Flak Jacket is almost an essential Perk in Black Ops Cold War as every game will feature a litany of killstreak-ending explosives. This will avoid that. The big benefit of Tactical Mask is that you will simply shrug off any Gas Mines or disorientation from thrown equipment.

Assassin usually points out better players that accumulate more kills and streaks, so it’s good for hunting them down and earning extra points in the process. Whereas Gearhead lets you use more equipment for extra kills.

Ghost is a common Perk that almost all players will use because of its ability to hide you from Spy Planes and to finish. We recommend Ninja as it quietens your sprinting massively.

Most recent EM2 buffs and nerfs

There is no doubt that the EM2 has been one of the most powerful weapons in Black Ops Cold War since it was added to the game at the beginning of Season 5.

This dominance led to players asking Treyarch to nerf the Assault Rifle, which the development studio pushed live in the September 2 update. You can find the latest nerf to the EM2 below:

  • EM2 Assault Rifle
    • 25.8″ Task Force Barrel
      • Now reduces Fire Rate by 7%.

How to unlock the EM2

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There are no unlock challenges tied to the EM2, thankfully, so it will just be a case of working your way through the Battle Pass.

Get to Tier 15 of it, and you’ll earn yourself this Assault Rifle to make the best Cold War EM2 loadout.

Best alternatives

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As we mentioned previously, Assault Rifles are pushing their way to the front of the meta in Black Ops Cold War, and we have a few contenders for you to use if you do not want to use the best Cold War EM2 loadout.

The Krig 6 is incredible, the AK-47 ends foes in the blink of an eye, and even the FARA 83 will do a superb job.

Also, be sure to check out our complete tier list and ranking of every Black Ops Cold War gun in Season 5.

For tips and tricks to dominate your enemy on every Black Ops Cold War multiplayer map, you can check out our guides below.

Nuketown ’84 | Crossroads | Raid | The Pines | Moscow | Miami | Cartel | Satellite | Checkmate

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How to Prestige in Black Ops Cold War: Prestige Keys, Rewards, more

Prestige Keys are rewards in the Black Ops Cold War progression system for leveling up. Here is how to Prestige, unlock Keys, and use them.

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The Prestige system in Black Ops Cold War rewards players with Prestige Keys for leveling up to unlock exclusive blueprints in Season 5. This guide will show you how to Prestige and earn keys.

Treyarch took a different approach to Call of Duty this year with its Prestige system. Usually, once you reach the max Military Rank, you earn your first CoD Prestige. In previous games, this would result in your entire loadout and level being reset, whereas this is not quite the case in Black Ops Cold War.

Cold War Season 5 brings more Prestige milestones, challenges, and rewards. One reward is for reaching a new Prestige rank is a shiny Prestige Key to unlock new icons.

Here is everything that you need to know about using how to unlock Prestige Keys and use them in Black Ops Cold War. Also, check out the fastest ways to level up too!

Black Ops Cold War Prestige

How to Prestige in Black Ops Cold War

Prestiging is the most notable way of informing the player that they are progressing in the game. It means you’re ascending through the levels, which means you’re unlocking items in the Battle Pass, obtaining new blueprints, attachments, perks, equipment, and presumably acquiring Prestige Keys.

The only way to earn these rewards is to play through Treyarch‘s Black Ops Cold War and Prestige. To do so, you must reach level 55 and then Prestige. This will earn you a Prestige Key, and you can now go through and reach Season Ranks, with every 50 earning you a new Prestige Key.

Every time you reach a new Prestige Rank, the game will give you a new sticker, emblem, and a Prestige Key. You get these as rewards after passing through every 50 Season Levels. Other rewards include exclusive weapon blueprints and Battle Pass Tier Skips for the Battle Pass.

For a more detailed look at how the Prestige System works, you can look here.

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How to Use Prestige Keys

Once you’ve got a Prestige Key in your hands, you may be wondering how you can use it. Its purpose is to unlock Legacy Prestige Icons when you use them at the Prestige Shop. These icons will be from the previous Call Of Duty games, and you can add them when you reach Prestige Master.

Thanks to a new update, Treyarch has graciously included every single Prestige Emblem from all previous Call of Duty games. Going all the way back to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, to 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot.

Whether it’s the classic Gold Cross, 10th Prestige Icon from Call of Duty 4, or Black Ops IIII’s glowing-eyed Samurais, there is now a wealth of possibilities for you to pick from.

You can keep earning XP up to level 1000 and then get milestone rewards after crossing 50 levels. This means you can get 20 milestones when the season resets.

Prestige Shop rewards

In addition to the usual calling cards and emblems available in the Prestige Shop since it was first released, the Season 5 Reloaded for Black Ops Cold War has also added a new batch of content for players to purchase with their keys, including exclusive weapon blueprints.

There are four Prestige Blueprints in Cold War Season 5:

  • Hidden Terror – ZRG 20mm
  • Dream Crasher – Magnum
  • Dark Horse – MP5
  • Confrontation – Krig 6
Hidden Terror Blueprint in Cold War

There’s still plenty of time for players to level up and acquire new Prestige Keys before Season 5 makes its inevitable transition into Season 6.

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When does Black Ops Cold War Season 6 start? Date, time, new maps, new guns, new Zombies map

Black Ops Cold War is gearing up for a Season 6 to bring to players. Here’s what we know about its start date, maps, guns, and more.

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Treyarch has confirmed that Black Ops Cold War is set to enter a sixth season, and this is everything we know so far including its date, maps, guns, and more.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has had quite the journey since its November 13, 2020 release date. After only launching with eight 6v6 maps, one round-based Zombies mode, and a handful of Fireteam maps, the game has evolved superbly.

With the Cold War Season 5 Reloaded update, the game added its 23rd 6v6 map in Zoo, more content for Outbreak, and other cool stuff. Treyarch has endeavored to make Cold War a memorable game, and no one can argue that it’s lacking content.

Despite this, Call of Duty: Vanguard is now swiftly closing in, and even though Cold War is set to be the most content-rich CoD game after a new release, the community might need to accept that Season 6 could be the last full update.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 release date & time

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If there’s one thing that Treyarch has proven to be excellent at, it’s keeping time. Each new update is pretty much advertised to coincide with the end of the Battle Pass.

The pass is due to expire on October 6, so unless another weird delay intervenes, then we’d expect Black Ops Cold War Season 6 to commence on October 7. It’s expected the Season 6 update would drop at 9PM PT / 11PM CT / 5AM BST.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 artwork potentially leaked

The Season reveal image is always a big telltale sign of what is to come in the next step of the game’s story and shows off the main Operator for the Season too.

Thanks to PlayStation Game Size, we may have been given an early glimpse at the new Operator and an idea of what they’ll be doing.

The Cold War Season 5 cinematic outro video hinted that someone could be brought in to try and help Adler after his exposure to the Numbers program.

It appears like Black Ops favorite Alex Mason is the answer. Alex had starring roles in Black Ops I and Black Ops II and is sure to be the character of choice for many if this leak turns out to be accurate.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 new maps

zoo map in black ops cold war

Treyarch has done well to maintain a consistent stream of content across all of Cold War’s major game modes.

We would expect a late flourish of two or three new maps, both 6v6, and Gunfight, to go with the Season 5 additions of Slums, Drive-In, and Zoo.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 new guns

tec-9 in cold war

With the odd exception of the Krig 6, LC10, and TEC-9, few weapons have properly dominated the game for long periods of time.

The meta has been quite reasonable, and there will almost certainly be one or two main guns to come to add to the likes of the EM2, and maybe a new melee weapon as well.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 new round-based Zombies map

Die Maschine, Firebase Z, Mauer der Toten, Outbreak, and Dead Ops 3 have all offered a fabulous array of content to Zombies fans.

Treyarch has confirmed “the finale of the Black Ops Cold War saga in next season’s round-based map.” So as we get closer to the end of Season 5 we expect to have one or two cheeky details revealed to give us an idea of the send-off Zombies map for Cold War.

The Zombies story is also set to continue into Call of Duty: Vanguard too as Treyarch will be exclusively working on the game’s Zombies content, and it will progress the Aether story.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 new game modes & more

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One thing that has made Black Ops Cold War so engaging to play has been the huge array of fresh playlist options on offer.

Season 5 has debuted Double Agent mode, and even the Reloaded update has brought back the classic Call of Duty game mode – Demolition. We wouldn’t be surprised to see one more cheeky surprise up Treyarch’s sleeves. There’s always a cool game mode variant to be enjoyed – as Vanguard has proven with its new Patrol mode.


It’s still quite soon after the launch of Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Reloaded, so there isn’t too much known or rumored about Season 6 just yet. When details start to creep through, we’ll be the first to let you know!

In the meantime, keep up to date with all the latest happenings with Black Ops Cold War here, and check out the latest news about Call of Duty: Vanguard too.

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How to get Arthur Kingsley Operator in Warzone & Cold War

Call of Duty has released a new Arthur Kingsley Operator for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War to give players a taste of Vanguard before its release.

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Players can now get a brand new operator called Arthur Kingsley for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, who is straight out of Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War are now in Season 5 Reloaded, giving players an abundance of Operators to choose from.

With speculation around the Season 6 Operator floating around after the recent Season 5 outro cinematic, there is an Arthur Kingsley Operator players can get their hands on before that.

Arthur Kingsley Operator in Call of Duty: Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard will be released on November 5. Now that players have finally had a chance to experience some gameplay with the Open Beta that was recently held, excitement is building.

As we edge closer to release, players are starting to question how Vanguard will integrate into Warzone and how it will carry on the seasonal story Black Ops Cold War has created throughout its integration with the battle royale.

The developers have decided to offer players a new Operator from Vanguard to obtain in both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, giving players a taste for what’s to come.

How to get Arthur Kingsley Operator in Warzone & Cold War

Operator Arthur Kingsley in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War

In order to get Arthur Kingsley in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, players must have Call of Duty: Vanguard pre-ordered.

The pre-order must be digital, so don’t be surprised if you have already pre-ordered a physical copy but are not eligible for the Operator.

Here are the further details on the Arthur Kingsley Operator from the Call of Duty blog:

“The incredible value of Call of Duty: Vanguard pre-order rewards just got more legendary.

Starting today, those who digitally pre-order any edition of Call of Duty: Vanguard, or who have already pre-ordered the game already, will be able to play as Arthur Kingsley in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.*

It’s one of two rewards you get immediately for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone from pre-ordering Vanguard before its November 5th release, alongside the “Night Raid” Mastercraft submachine gun.”

So, there you have it, that’s how you can get the new Arthur Kingsley Operator in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

For more Call of Duty, check out our article on the upcoming Halloween event for Warzone.

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