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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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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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How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe is a melee weapon that was seen in Black Ops Cold War. Here’s how you can unlock it for yourself.

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A brand-new melee weapon has been seen in Black Ops Cold War and here’s everything you need to know about the Scythe, including how to unlock it.

It can be fun to rack up kills from a distance with an Assault Rifle after hopping into a game of Black Ops Cold War, and sometimes it’s more exciting to use a melee weapon to battle your enemies up close.

Treyarch accidentally released the Scythe melee weapon in Black Ops Cold War in a surprise update on June 6. Here are the unlock challenges the Scythe appeared with for both Multiplayer and Zombies.

How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe was accidentally added to Black Ops Cold War on June 6, 2022, and tasked players with melee-based challenges to unlock it. Unfortunately, this was accidental so it has now been removed from the game, but it should arrive soon.

Despite being removed, we expect the unlock challenge to be the same. Here’s how to unlock the Scythe in both Multiplayer and Zombies:

  • Multiplayer – Using a Melee weapon, get 2 kills while Ninja or Dead Silence are active in 15 different completed matches.
  • Zombies – Using a primary Melee weapon, kill 200 enemies while Insta-Kill is active.

Completing 15 multiplayer matches will take some time, so you might be faster jumping into a game of Zombies.

The in-game description says that the Scythe is a “quick swinging” two-handed melee weapon that allows you to “reap a bountiful harvest by cutting down all who stand in your path.”


For more Black Ops Cold War, you can check out how to unlock the UGR SMG as well as the best controller settings.

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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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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

  • 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

  • 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

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

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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