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Best Cold War Season 5 loadouts: Guns, classes, attachments & perks

CoD: Black Ops Cold War continues to offer a competitive set of guns to use, and these are the top loadouts to use in Season 5.

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Season 5 has made Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War feel like a full game packed with content, maps, and guns. To truly dominate in it, we’ve created the 10 best loadouts for you to try out with our choice of some of the best, and most fun, weapons, attachments, and perks.

One of the great aspects of Call of Duty multiplayer is that there is a whole host of different maps and modes to consider. Your trusty, go-to loadout might positively thrive in a smaller map like Nuketown but may lack the range for something of a bigger nature like Armada.

Treyarch’s latest CoD game has so many different avenues for you to explore and loadouts to try out, and we’ll walk you through the best ones.

Here are the top 10 weapon loadouts, attachments, and perks to use in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

Top 10 loadouts in Black Ops Cold War Season 5

10. Diamatti

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  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Barrel: 7.2″ Task Force
  • Magazine: Fast Mag
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

Even though we think the AMP63 is the better pistol use, it’s not as freely available for everyone to use, and the Diamatti is a lot more comment to use. Plus, you can easily rip players apart if you’re accurate enough.

It can mow its way through bursts of bullets and its extremely lightweight nature allows for amazing mobility across any map – especially bigger ones like Cartel. Concentrate your shots, and this very risk and reward weapon will pay off handsomely.

9. Streetsweeper

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  • Muzzle: Duckbill Choke
  • Barrel: 14.6″ Ranger
  • Body: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Magazine: STANAG 18 RND Drum
  • Stock: Wire Stock

Lots of people understand the raw killing potential of the incredible Streetsweeper Shotgun. It had an extended period of popularity in Warzone, and it’s still very viable in Cold War Season 5.

It gets its name because you can quite literally walk along and just squeeze the trigger to wipe out a squad in seconds without aiming. Naturally, it all comes down to its reload time, which is borderline horrific. Still, it’s a fun secondary to carry and can dominate in Hardcore.

8. FARA 83

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  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 13.5″ Task Force
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

After a bit of time in obscurity and other guns grabbing the headlines, players are once again crawling back to the FARA 83 Assault Rifle. It’s benefited from a decent buff in Cold War Season 5, and you should consider it once more.

It’s a faster-than-normal firing AR, it doesn’t kick too hard, and it’s quite easy to unlock. The FARA 83 is a solid choice to use.

7. KSP 45

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  • Optic: Visiontech 2x
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake .45 APC
  • Barrel: 10.2″ Rifled
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap

A weapon that until Season 2 was pretty much dismissed by all of the Call of Duty community and shunned in Black Ops Cold War. After a much-needed upgrade, the KSP 45 is one of the game’s better weapons now.

A great feature of the KSP 45 is that it’s extremely versatile and can be customized to fit a multitude of different setups and tactics.

6. XM4

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  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Suppressor
  • Barrel: 13.7″ Takedown
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

Even though it is one of the best guns in all of Black Ops Cold War, it takes this spot because of its new secret attachment that has boosted its reload speed.

If you’re adept with recoil and are presumably comfortable with an efficient Assault Rifle in your hands, then a quick reloading XM4 is a great asset in the field. Many people opt for the XM4, and that’s because it’s a reliable, repeatable beast.

5. Swiss K31

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  • Barrel: 24.9″ Tiger Team
  • Body: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Magazine: 8 Rnd Mag
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

Added in Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War, some players have complained that the Swiss K31 is a hit-marker machine.

The reality is that if you equip the right loadout for the Swiss K31, then you have probably the best Sniper Rifle in the game. It’s exceptional for quickscoping, and it’s beautiful to use on most maps with long, relatively unobscured channels.

It ranks much higher in this list because, in the right hands, this loadout is simply lethal and can’t be countered. With reduced Sniper Flinch, to the annoyance of players, quickscoping is a real threat.

It’s another weapon suited to Warzone too – here’s our best Swiss K31 Warzone loadout.

4. AK-47

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  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Muzzle: KGB Eliminator
  • Underbarrel: Spetzsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap

A couple of nifty changes has suddenly made the AK-47 a ridiculous melt-machine that can tag enemies at distance due to its obscene firepower.

If you find recoil easy to negate, then our AK-47 loadout really could make the Assault Rifle the best weapon for you to use. It’s so unbelievably powerful at mid-longer ranges that you can’t really be matched.

The Cold War variant is also very popular in Warzone too – here’s the best Cold War AK-47 loadout for Warzone.

3. LC10

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  • Optic: Diamondback Reflex
  • Barrel: 13.2″ Rifled
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

If an Olympic sprinter was a gun, it would be the LC10. This easy-to-use SMG is rapid in every way and simply slaps in every game mode.

It has recently been on the receiving end of a slight nerf which has impacted its performance slightly but make no mistake, the LC10 is practically untouchable. Make sure you have the LC10 unlocked and don’t sleep on this ridiculous SMG.

2. TEC-9

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  • Muzzle: Burst Fire Repeater
  • Barrel: 7.3″ Reinforced Heavy
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: 30 Rnd
  • Handle: Dropshot Wrap

Truth be told, the LC10 is still the king of SMGs in Cold War Season 5, but the TEC-9’s versatility makes it a brilliant weapon to try out and experiment with.

Did you know that the TEC-9 can be customized to become one of three different types of weapon? In its base form, it’s a semi-auto, but attachments can also make it either a burst fire gun or even its most powerful form – a fully automatic killing machine.

1. Krig 6

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  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 19.7″ Ranger
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

Saving the best till last, the Krig 6 has been pretty much unmoved as the king of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The Assault Rifle easily stands on its own two feet without any attachments and single-handedly tears up lobbies.

But using our best Krig 6 loadout elevates its status to being an all-time Call of Duty great.

Best Perks for Black Ops Cold War

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  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask / Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Gearhead / Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost / Ninja

Every game of Black Ops Cold War deals with a high frequency of Proximity Mines, Gas Mines, Semtex, and Stun Grenades, so Tactical Mask and Flak Jacket are both essential perks.

You always need more points in a game of Cold War, and Assassin can turn a bad game into a good one as you kill someone on a 10+ killstreak and get lots of points for doing so. Gearhead also helps with the resupply of equipment, Gas Mines usually.

Ghost keeps you off the radar from Spy Planes and other sleuth-like scorestreaks, whereas Ninja lets you run around like a madman undetected.


Also, check out our list of the 10 best weapons in Black Ops Cold War and where we’ve ranked every map in the game too.

Before we start to speculate about Cold War Season 6, what’s your favorite loadout in Cold War Season 5? Be sure to let us know on our Charlie INTEL Facebook Page and Charlie INTEL Twitter Page!

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Best KSP 45 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

Buffs have made the KSP 45 a fearsome Cold War SMG, so here’s the best loadout with perks and attachments to complement it.

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Best Cold War KSP 45 Loadout Class

The KSP 45 has become of CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s best weapons. Treyarch did buff it, and this SMG has been a must-use gun since then. Here is the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout in Season 5, including attachments and Perks.

At the beginning of Cold War, the likes of the MP5, Krig 6, and the FFAR were tearing up lobbies, so guns like the KSP 45 never had a chance.

A burst-fire SMG is a weird hybrid to begin with, but weak stats didn’t help it. But now, it has increased viability as a lobby-owning laser beam.

To ensure that players get the most out of it, we’ve gone through and kitted it out with the best attachments and Perks to discover its best self in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout

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Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class attachments

To ensure you get the most of Cold War’s KSP 45, ensure you have the Gunfighter wildcard equipped to increase your maximum attachments.

  • Optic: Visiontech 2x
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake .45 APC
  • Barrel: 10.2″ Rifled
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Magazine: 45 Rnd Drum
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Wire Stock

The improved effectiveness of the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout means we want to use this at different distances, so the Visiontech 2x will cover that. The gun’s accuracy is now a big factor in its efficiency, so instead of favoring one or the other, we’ve applied the Muzzle Brake .45 APC to give its vertical recoil a tiny boost.

The 10.2″ Rifled barrel makes the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout even more deadly at range, and the Steady Aim Laser makes it equally deadly at close range. The trusty Field Agent Foregrip bolsters vertical and horizontal recoil whilst the Fast Mag offers super-quick mag changing.

We’re going to give the KSP much faster ADS time thanks to the Serpent Wrap, and the Wire Stock lets us more around more freely with less penalty to sprinting.

Best Perks to use with Cold War KSP 45 class

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  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Staying alive is the name of the game with the KSP 45, as its power can help you to achieve some insane scores. So Flak Jacket provides immunity to the litany of explosive devices that Cold War has in store for players.

Assassin supports this idea by rewarding you with more points for killing enemies on a Scorestreak, and Ghost makes you invisible to tracking devices.

Most recent AK-47 buffs & nerfs in Cold War

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Treyarch has tinkered with the KSP 45 in Cold War Season 5, just giving it a couple of minors adjustments for players to consider.

Here are the most recent changes to the KSP 45:

  • Reduced Effective Damage Range from 25.4m to 22.86m
  • Slowed burst fire delay from 0.066 to 0.083

How to unlock the KSP 45

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The KSP 45’s newfound power can only be utilized once you reach Level 37.

Doing so allows you to create the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class, and you can also access it in Warzone Season 5 as well.

Best alternatives

The Milano 821 is another weapon that has become more popular in Black Ops Cold War, making it a fun alternative, especially after it also received recent buffs.

If you need something a bit meatier, then the Krig 6 or Stoner 63 could do wonders as well.

Image Credit: Treyarch / Activision

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Warzone & Cold War Season 6 cinematic teases Mason’s return

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War have a new Season 5 outro cinematic hinting at Mason’s importance in the story for Season 6 of the Call of Duty games.

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The latest cinematic for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 has been released, and players are excited about the reference towards Mason returning.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone have had a successful season so far, keeping players entertained with the ongoing story, new weapons, and new modes like the Iron Trials for Warzone Season 5 Reloaded.

As we enter the final season for Black Ops Cold War before Vanguard‘s release, which will inevitably integrate with Warzone, players have been given a hint towards Mason’s return in a brand new cinematic.

Woods and Mason meeting in an alleyway to discuss Adler going Rogue

Treyarch released a new Season 5 outro cinematic on their YouTube channel on September 23, carrying on the ongoing story that has spanned the last five seasons.

For those still keeping up to date with the details, this outro cinematic plays a pivotal role in setting up the final season for Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War will enter its final season soon, and players are desperate to find out who the last operator will be. It seems the last operator could be a fan-favorite character from the Black Ops series, Mason.

Although the cinematic is only a minute long, players can gain some critical information from it. Hudson and Woods are having a conversation about Adler’s disappearance, discussing what they should do next.

Ultimately, they decide that Woods should go after Adler, who is in Verdansk, while also mentioning the return of Mason, whose experience with the numbers could give them the edge.

You can find the official description of the new Warzone and Black Ops Cold War cinematic below:

“The news is flooding in: more Operators have abandoned their missions. Mounting evidence suggests that Adler has gone rogue. Disturbed, Hudson sends Woods to find Adler and bring him in… along with the one person whose Numbers Program intel could provide the edge they need.

The showdown begins in Season Six.”

We’ll have to wait for Season 6 to see where the story will go, but it’s set up to be an exciting end to what’s been a great seasonal story.

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch / Raven Software

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New Cold War Sai weapon exploit lets Zombies players skip doors

Black Ops Cold War players have discovered an exploit with the Sai melee weapon that lets them skip doors in Zombies mode.

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A new exploit has been discovered with Black Ops Cold War’s new Sai melee weapon which lets players skip through the first door in the Firebase Z map in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies received some new content in the Season 5 Reloaded update, including a new Black Chest World Event in Outbreak, a Rampage Inducer for round-based maps, and a brand-new weapon.

A new melee weapon called the Sai became available for players as part of The Numbers event. Now, players have discovered that this weapon actually lets them skip through doors in Zombies mode.

Sai in Black Ops Cold war

Various players reported being able to go through the first door at Firebase Z while they had the Sai equipped. This led to a response from lead developer Mark Maestas, who was well aware of the situation.

Surprisingly, the developer talked about this exploit with enthusiasm. “Dear Zombies players, yes you can skip the first door in Firebase Z,” tweeted Maestas. “Zombies can come and greet you too. GLHF!”

While these kinds of things are often addressed in update patches, Mark’s response makes it seem like the developers aren’t currently planning on doing anything to fix this exploit.

With this exploit, players will be able to access greater levels of Zombies much quicker than before, and the undead will be able to come to them as well.

It’s possible that the developers are going to avoid fixing this one exploit so that they can focus on fixing the Zombies’ pathfinding instead, ensuring that the exploit doesn’t ruin the game.


For more on Black Ops Cold War, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and check out our guide on the new Hardcore Cold War Outbreaks Zombie mode.

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