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Best ZRG 20mm loadout for Cold War Season 2

We’ve got the best attachments and perks to dominate with CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s new ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle.

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The ZRG 20mm is Black Ops Cold War’s most powerful Sniper Rifle, so here are the best attachments and perks to maximize its potential in Season 2.

The ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle is the final new weapon to be added to Call of Duty: Warzone and Cold War in Season 2. This high-caliber bolt action rifle is a slow but powerful beast, capable of one-shotting enemies from any distance.

Although slower than the other bolt action Sniper Rifles, the ZRG 20mm is much more powerful. We’ve got the best attachments and perks you can run with it in Cold War Season 2, as well as a guide on how to unlock it.

Best ZRG 20mm attachments for Cold War Season 2

ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle in Black Ops Cold War
  • Barrel: Rapid Fire
  • Body: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Ammunition: 5 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip

You want to build the ZRG 20mm for speed, as its bullet velocity and damage are already incredible. You won’t be able to run around the map quickscoping effectively, but if you line up your shot, the enemy doesn’t stand a chance.

Although having more power than the other snipers, the ZRG is balanced through its low fire rate. It has a lengthy bolt animation, so the Rapid Fire barrel will vastly speed this process up.

As you’ll mostly be using this Sniper from distance, enemies will often blend into the environment. The Tiger Team Spotlight will mark enemies, allowing you to spot them even in the darkest corners.

The ZRG’s standard magazine only holds three rounds, so you want to equip the 5 Rnd magazine as soon as possible. This will allow you to take out more targets without affecting your ADS speed.

And finally, to improve your mobility while carrying this heavy weapon, the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Bruiser Grip are a great combination. You’ll have improved ADS and movement speed, allowing you to compete with the faster snipers on Cold War’s maps.

Best perks to run with the ZRG 20mm in Cold War Season 2

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We recommend running the ZRG 20mm with the Perk Greed Wildcard. You’ll be able to use six perks at once, allowing for much more versatility in your gameplay.

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Assassin & Gearhead
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Gung-Ho

Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask combined are a powerful combo, making you almost invulnerable to all equipment that comes your way.

The second Perk slot doesn’t have many suited specifically for Snipers, but Assassin will allow you to get a score bonus for ending enemies’ killstreaks and Gearhead will quickly replenish your Field Upgrades.

Ghost will keep you hidden from Spy Planes, allowing you to take up a power position even if a UAV is in the air, and Gung-Ho allows you to swap weapons faster if you get caught at close range.

How to unlock the ZRG 20mm in Cold War Season 2

How to unlock the ZRG 20mm Sniper in Cold War

To get your hands on the ZRG 20mm in Cold War Season 2, you need to, “Using Sniper Rifles, earn 2 Longshot medals in 10 different matches.”

We have some top tips on how to earn these Longshots in our guide on how to unlock the ZRG 20mm in Cold War and Warzone.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s ZRG 20mm

If you haven’t unlocked the ZRG yet or would rather something with more speed, the Pelington and LW3 Tundra are the best options. If you want to dart around the map quickscoping, the Pelington is the weapon for you. However, if you want something more versatile and powerful at all ranges, the Tundra should be your go-to.


If you’re looking for maximum firepower in Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer, you can’t go wrong with the ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle. It also packs a serious punch in Warzone, so you can check out our best ZRG 20mm Warzone loadout too.

Want to see where the ZRG ranks amongst Cold War’s other weapons? Check out our tier list of every weapon in Black Ops Cold War.

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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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Kitsune Operator using the Sai in Black Ops Cold war zombies mode

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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