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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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When does Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 start? Season 6 end date

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is set to make way for Vanguard Season 1, here’s everything we know about when it will happen.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is finally here, but players will have to wait a little longer for the game’s first season. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard & Warzone Season 1, including release date and content.

After months of anticipation, Call of Duty: Vanguard has finally arrived, taking players back in time to World War II for all-out combat across the world. While Vanguard dropped on November 5, players will have to wait a little longer for the first season, and the content it will bring with it.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 has been going out with a bang thanks to the Secrets of the Pacific event.

With a new Warzone map, the RICOCHET anti-cheat, and Battle Pass, there’s plenty to get excited about with Vanguard & Warzone Season 1.

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 start date

The sixth season of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will end on Thursday, December 2, 2021, bringing an end to the Treyarch game’s run. Vanguard Season 1 will officially kick off on December 8.

Vanguard owners will have 24-hour exclusive first play access to the Caldera map. Open access begins on Dec. 9. So, if you’re looking to get on the new map early, make sure you purchase Vanguard!

Vanguard will have been out nearly a month at this point, making it the ideal time to bring in the new Warzone Caldera map and WW2 weapons set to drop with the first season, as well as the long-awaited introduction of anti-cheat.

This isn’t to say that Black Ops Cold War will be forgotten, as Modern Warfare has still received content updates in the last year.

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 content

Season 1 will be hugely important for both games, with major content coming to both Vanguard and Warzone.

For Vanguard, players will receive new multiplayer maps to explore and do battle on, along with the first Vanguard-specific Battle Pass, filled with new cosmetic content for players to enjoy.

Season 1 is set to be one of the biggest Warzone updates ever, with the new Pacific Caldera map finally releasing, Vanguard weapons being added, and the introduction of the new RICOCHET anti-cheat system.

There are also lots of changes coming to various aspects of Warzone, such as nerfs to Dead Silence and even a buff to Gas Masks.

What’s happening before Vanguard & Warzone Season 1

While December 8th will be when all of the official Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 action will be kicking off, there is still plenty of action to enjoy in the remaining time of Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

You can find the official schedule for all of the content coming to Warzone and Black Ops Cold War ahead of Vanguard Season 1 below thanks to the Call of Duty blog.

  • October 28 (Console) and November 2 (PC): Call of Duty: Vanguard Pre-Loading Begins – Pre-order now to get your game ready to play immediately at launch, in addition to numerous bonuses across VanguardBlack Ops Cold War, and Warzone.
  • November 5: Call of Duty: Vanguard Launch – Expect epic experiences on all fronts with Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies. Additionally, RICOCHET Anti-Cheat begins its implementation with server-side initiatives.
  • November 5 to December 2: Preseason in Vanguard  Access to Free Vanguard Tiers on the Black Ops Cold War Season Six Battle Pass System continues. Then on November 17, prepare to ship off to a fan-favorite map.
  • November 18: Operation: Flashback Begins in Warzone – An encore limited-time mode for Verdansk, celebrating its past 18 months of hosting over 100 million players strong in Warzone. Ready for your last dance in Verdansk?
  • November 24: Uncover the “Secrets of the Pacific” – Get intel on Caldera and its new points of interest through this event’s Warzone and Vanguard Multiplayer challenges.
  • November 30 and December 1: Last Hours of Verdansk. – Bombs away – see what happens to Verdansk before Warzone goes dark to prepare for Caldera and Season One.
  • December 8: Season One Begins – Vanguard players get new Multiplayer maps, 24 hours of exclusive access to Call of Duty®: Warzone™ Pacific and more to kick off Season One. All players can enjoy a new Battle Pass system and two free functional weapons. Plus: RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver begins its rollout in Warzone.

In the meantime, players can continue to enjoy Vanguard’s Multiplayer and the final days of Verdansk.

To get the most out of your WWII experience, check out our guide on the best controller and aim assist settings, or when the next Double XP event will take place.

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Will you be able to use Cold War and Modern Warfare weapons in Warzone Pacific?

Our quick and easy guide will answer the question of whether or not players can use Cold War and Modern Warfare guns in Warzone Pacific.

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One question on everyone’s mind ahead of Warzone Pacific’s Caldera map is whether or not you’ll be able to use Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War’s guns in it. We will answer that for you today.

Call of Duty: Warzone already has a ridiculously bloated arsenal of weapons for players to choose from. With over 100 guns to select as of Warzone Season 6, the transition into Warzone Pacific and the new Caldera map will see all of Vanguard’s guns added.

However, this begs the question for many players, will the new map and addition of nearly 40 Vanguard weapons mean that either Modern Warfare or Black Ops Cold War weapons need to miss out?

Can you use Modern Warfare and Cold War weapons in Warzone Pacific?

Fans of any of Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War’s weapons will be pleased to know that they too will also be carrying over into Warzone Pacific.

In an exclusive interview with Dexerto, Zach Hodson, Lead Designer at Sledgehammer Games discussed how Vanguard’s weapons will have to be considered when being added to all the other existing guns in the game.

He said that SHG has to keep a “separate balance sheet to track how things might work in Warzone.” Presumably, this is to factor in the extra 40 guns, taking Warzone up to a total of about 150 guns for players to use.

It should be noted that Warzone Pacific game modes will tailor the guns to its different game modes. Warzone Caldera Battle Royale will allow the use of all guns, whereas Vanguard-specific modes will only allow the use of Vanguard weapons.

How to use Cold War & MW weapons in Warzone Pacific

Whilst there’s nothing concrete just yet, we think that to use these weapons in Warzone Pacific, players will simply be able to select the ones they have unlocked once the Season 1 integration with Vanguard goes live.

When Black Ops Cold War and Warzone merged, it was a simple case of players being able to use the guns that they’d unlocked in Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone. If you hadn’t unlocked a certain gun, then you could complete a challenge condition that was different in each game.

We expect this to be exactly the same in Warzone Pacific, and it’ll be up to the preference of the player, and their availability of each CoD game, to decide how to unlock particular weapons.


We’ll be sure to update this once Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software have provided a bit more official insight into the integration of weapons.

In the meantime, check out everything we know about Vanguard and Warzone Season 1.

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Cold War players claim they’ll boycott game as “best mode” removal sparks fury

Black Ops Cold War fans are claiming they will boycott the game after the “best mode” was removed, days before Vanguard’s release.

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Hours before Vanguard’s release, players are claiming they’ll boycott Black Ops Cold War following the removal of the game’s “best mode.”

With Activision releasing a new Call of Duty annually, each game’s lifespan is two years tops. Some CoD titles will fizzle out before then, while others hang on for dear life near the end of year two.

Vanguard aims to take players back to WWII. Many fans have expressed their disappointment with returning to an oversaturated time period. So much so that players had planned on sticking with Black Ops Cold War for a second year.

However, players’ plans to stick with BOCW changed after the recent removal of the fan-favorite 12v12 mode. This isn’t the first time Treyarch removed this mode, but fans have reason to believe it won’t be coming back.

Fans boycott Cold War following 12v12 removal

Just days before Vanguard’s release, Treyarch has pulled the plug on Black Ops Cold War’s 12v12 mode. And of course, fans are furious. Players that had planned to stick with BOCW for a second year are now boycotting the game until 12v12 is reinstated.

Many fans have taken to Twitter and Reddit to express their disappointment. Tweets from users like chaigrima and ColvinoYT state that 12v12 was the “only reason” they played CW Multiplayer.

Replies to posts similar to these are from fans stating they won’t be returning to BOCW until 12v12 is reinstated. And a Reddit post from u/RagingSerenity claims that 12v12 was BOCW’s “best game mode” and the game is boring now that it’s gone.

For the most part, fans understand why Treyarch removed the game mode. Activision wants Vanguard to sell as many copies as possible at launch. And one of the best ways to do so is to throttle players’ enjoyment of a previous title.

With so many players flooding Vanguards servers over the coming days, Activision may also need to free up server space. Nonetheless, BOCW fans are still outraged at the removal of 12v12. And it’s hard to say whether Treyarch can justify bringing it back after the release of Vanguard.

For more Cold War, check out when Season 6 ends and Vanguard Season 1 starts.

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