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Best Cold War Season 3 loadouts: Guns, classes, attachments & perks

Black Ops Cold War continues to offer a competitive set of guns to use, and these are the top loadouts to use in Season 3

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Season 3 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 the best 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 Diesel 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 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 3.

10. AK-74u

cold war ak-74u
  • Barrel: 10.3″ Task Force
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: VDV 50 Round Fast Mag
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

Even with nerfs and knockbacks, many players still trust and utilize the legendary reliability of the AK-74u.

This chopped-down version of the AK-47 still packs a hefty punch and its mobility and accuracy help it to stand out. Our loadout will help to combat some of the restrictions imposed on it to make it usable across all modes.

9. Diamatti – Best Pistol loadout in Cold War

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

Despite being an absolute boss, few people seem to enjoy wielding it as their main weapon of choice. This is weird because, despite its bigger drop-off in range compared to an AR or SMG, it’s an extremely effective weapon.

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.

8. Streetsweeper – Best Shotgun loadout in Cold War

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

A weapon that has seen its popularity skyrocket since the launch of Cold War and Warzone Season 3. Lots of people are only now seeing the killing potential of the incredible Streetsweeper Shotgun.

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. A useful gun for most situations.

7. Swiss K31 – Best Sniper Rifle Rifle in Cold War

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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.

6. CARV.2 – Best Tactical Rifle loadout in Cold War

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  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 22.5″ Task Force
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

Joining the Swiss K31 in Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War is the game’s newest Tactical Rifle. Not everyone has immediately homed in on it because you need to do a specific challenge to unlock the CARV.

But it’s fast and furious, and the CARV will cut its way through the opposition and is superb for anything: defending an objective, lasering enemies from a distance, etc.

5. 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.

4. Stoner 63 – Best LMG loadout in Cold War

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  • Optic: Hawksmoor
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.56
  • Barrel: 21.8″ Task Force
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: Fast Mag
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

In terms of being an all-around monster across every Cold War game mode, the Stoner 63 probably takes the award. Whether you’re waging war with Zombies, tussling with squads in Fireteam, or just owning in regular multiplayer, the Stoner 63 is a beast.

The trusty ammo clip that comes with an LMG is relentless, it can be made to be deadly accurate, and it possesses great power.

3. 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.

2. LC10 – Best SMG loadout in Cold War

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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.

Our loadout manages to quell the two issues that take away from the LC10’s maximum potential – accuracy and damage range. Our setup allows the LC10 to ruin anyone at even mid-long distances and is a must for at least one loadout.

1. Krig 6 – Best Assault Rifle loadout in Cold War

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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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With the only exception being the Stoner 63, you can make an ultra-powerful loadout with only five attachments, allowing you to use the Perk Greed Wildcard and incorporate an extra perk in each slot.

  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask / Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Quartermaster / 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. Quartermaster 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.

What’s your favorite loadout in Cold War Season 3? Be sure to let us know on our Charlie INTEL Facebook Page and Charlie INTEL Twitter Page!

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CARV.2 & Ballistic Knife disappear after Cold War Season 4 update

Cold War players have reported that DLC weapons such as the CARV.2 and Ballistic Knife have vanished from the game since the Season 4 update.

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Black Ops Cold War players have reported that several weapons including the CARV.2 Tactical Rifle and Ballistic Knife have disappeared after the Season 4 update.

While the latest season of Cold War and Warzone is yet to officially launch, players can already download the Season 4 update. This includes significant changes to the game’s Assault Rifles, changes to League Play, and the powerful new Hand Cannon Scorestreak.

However, players have reported that previous seasons’ DLC weapons, including the CARV.2 and the Ballistic Knife, are missing from the loadout selection screen.

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Over the course of the previous seasons, several weapons have been added mid-season through challenges, such as the Baseball Bat, R1 Shadowhunter, and the Ballistic Knife.

Since the Season 4 update to Cold War, players are reporting that some these weapons are missing from the weapon selection screen. The Cold War Reddit has been filled with players asking where their favorite weapons have gone since the update.

So far, Cold War players have reported that the CARV.2, Ballistic Knife, and ZRG 20mm are missing, but there could be more. User Youtube_Man_100 showed that the Ballistic Knife is missing from their menu. Although there is no date on the image, it features a comparison to the Baseball Bat, which arrived after the projectile knife.

In the comments to this post, another user said that the ZRG and the CARV.2 are also missing, and other Reddit posts back up this report.

This bug doesn’t seem to be affecting all players though, with some reporting that the Ballistic Knife is still there for them.

Treyarch are yet to acknowledge this frustrating bug, but Senior Treyarch Community Manager Josh “FoxhoundFPS” Torres regularly trawls through the Cold War subreddit, so may provide an update soon.

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Warzone & Cold War Season 4 Ground Fall event: Release date, challenges, rewards

Here’s everything you need to know about Warzone and Cold War Season 4’s Ground Fall event, allowing players to earn various unique rewards.

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With the satellites crash-landing in Verdansk in Season 4, Warzone and Cold War will include the Ground Fall event, offering players various unique cosmetic rewards.

As teased in the Season 4 reveal trailer, satellites have crash-landed in Verdansk ’84. Similar to Adler’s capture kicking off Season 3’s Hunt for Adler event, these satellites’ arrival will kickstart the ‘Ground Fall’ event.

As with all Cold War and Warzone limited time events, there will be a series of challenges to complete, allowing you to earn cosmetic items such as weapon Blueprints, Operator skins, calling cards, and more.

Here’s everything we know about Warzone and Cold War Season 4’s Ground Fall event.

Warzone & Cold War Ground Fall event release date

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Activision have confirmed that the Ground Fall event will kick-off Season 4, so will begin on June 17.

Devs also confirmed that when the new season begins, the Ground Fall event tab will appear on the menus so you can begin completing the challenges and immediately start earning the rewards.

This event is limited time, so you’ll need to complete all of the Black Ops Cold War and Warzone challenges before 10 AM PT on June 24 to earn every reward.

Warzone & Cold War Ground Fall challenges

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Similar to the 80s Action Heroes and Hunt For Adler events, there will be separate challenges for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War.

While the full list of challenges hasn’t been revealed yet, devs have given us a taste of what they’ll entail. They said that Cold War’s will be relating to Season 4’s “new modes, maps, and weaponry,” Warzone’s will pertain to the new POIs, such as finding and securing SAT-Links.

Once the Ground Fall event officially goes live at the start of Season 4, we’ll update this article with every challenge for Warzone and Cold War.

Warzone & Cold War Ground Fall rewards

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As with previous events, there will be a variety of cosmetic items to earn in the Ground Fall event. As you complete both Cold War and Warzone’s challenges, you’ll earn Ground Fall-themed cosmetics, and for completing every challenge, you’ll get an “out of this world” Epic Secondary Weapon Blueprint.

Here’s every Ground Fall reward confirmed so far:

  • Emblems
  • Calling Cards
  • Satellite Weapon Charm
  • XP
  • Epic Secondary Weapon Blueprint

Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all of the Season 4 content still to be revealed, such as the Ground Fall event rewards and Warzone patch notes.

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Cold War Season 4 weapon buffs & nerfs: AK-47, XM4, Krig 6

Black Ops Cold War Season 4 sees Treyarch make sweeping balancing changes to a number of Assault Rifles, including the XM4 and AK-47.

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Black Ops Cold War’s Season 4 update is here, and as always, Treyarch have been tinkering with the game’s weapon balance, with buffs and nerfs for a number of guns.

Weapon balancing is a huge part of keeping any game fresh, giving developers the opportunity to tweak the meta to make overpowered weapons more manageable, or to give guns that aren’t being used often a much-needed boost.

The launch of the Season 4 patch gives Treyarch the perfect opportunity to buff and nerf a number of weapons in an attempt to shake things up, and the developers have focused on a single class of guns this time around.

Season 3: Reloaded saw Treyarch work on SMGs, Sniper Rifles, and a number of attachments, but with Season 4, the focus is clearly on Assault Rifles. Here’s a breakdown of the big changes coming with the new patch.

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Assault Rifle changes in Cold War Season 4

Assault Rifles are going to feel very different in Season 4. All seven guns in the class have been adjusted in some manner, mostly focusing on the attachments that players use with them.

Suppressors will definitely become more widespread thanks to Treyarch‘s decision to reduce the range penalties on most ARs, although it has been slightly increased by 2% on the ultra-powerful AK-47. The QBZ-83 and Groza have also had their penalties increased slightly to bring them in line with the class average.

The biggest change comes for the XM4 though, which sees a huge 11% drop in range penalty, making the already strong gun even more useful.

Black Ops Cold War AK-47 loadout

While other weapon classes haven’t been changed in this patch, there is a good chance they will be addressed in future patches, with Treyarch always working on balancing. You can view the full list of changes below.

  • Assault Rifles
    • XM4
      • Reduced range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 11%.
      • Reduced range penalty on Agency Suppressor muzzle attachment from 33% to 22%.
    • AK-47
      • Reduced range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 13%.
      • Increased range penalty on GRU Suppressor muzzle attachment from 25% to 27%.
    • QBZ-83
      • Increased range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 17%.
    • FFAR 1
      • Reduced range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 10%.
      • Reduced range penalty on Agency Suppressor muzzle attachment from 33% to 20%.
    • Krig 6
      • Reduced range penalty on Agency Suppressor muzzle attachment from 30% to 25%.
    • Groza
      • Increased range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 17%.
    • FARA 83
      • Reduced range penalty on GRU Suppressor muzzle attachment from 33% to 32%.
      • Increased range penalty on Suppressor muzzle attachment from 15% to 20%.

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