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Best Groza loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

The Groza is a fantastic Assault Rifle, and you can make it even powerful with a few attachments in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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Black Ops Cold War Season 5 gives you the opportunity to try out various different weapons, and the Groza Assault Rifle is a buffed contender. Here’s how you can improve it with the right Perks and attachments.

We’ve come a long way since the Groza was introduced into Black Ops Cold War in Season 1. The Assault Rifle meta has been pretty stellar throughout the game’s lifespan with the Krig 6 showing what a true AR looks like, and other beasts like the AK-47 and Season 5’s EM2 fighting for supremacy.

Yet, thanks to some neat Season 5 buffs, the Groza is once again in the conversation, and many people are adding it to their Cold War loadouts. It’s even had a handy quality of life upgrade to enhance its performance too!

Here’s how you can make the Groza a brilliant gun in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

Best Cold War Season 5 Groza attachments

Groza loadout for Black Ops Cold War
  • Muzzle: KGB Eliminator
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Barrel: 16.7” VDV Reinforced
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd Speed Mag

We’ll start off this loadout with the KGB Eliminator, which will keep you off your enemy’s radar when firing with a suppressor. It will also give you improved vertical recoil control at the cost of some horizontal recoil.

Luckily, the Spetsnaz Grip will make up for the horizontal recoil control that you lost. It will also reduce some shooting movement speed, that’s not too noticeable when using an AR, and the GRU Elastic Wrap is perfect for quicker ADSing.

We picked the 16.7” VDV Reinforced Barrel because it will give a gigantic boost to the weapon’s effective damage range, while also improving the bullet velocity. This prepares it for those long-range encounters where you want to pick off enemies from a distance.

We’ll cap off this loadout with the 40 Rnd Speed Mag which will increase both your starting ammo and maximum ammo capacity. It will also give a slight boost to your reloading speed, which allows you to fire continuously.

Best perks for the Groza loadout

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

The Flak Jacket will grant you resistance to thrown, explosive projectiles and equipment, whereas the Tactical Mask provides complete immunity to gas. Needless to say, this will come in handy at various points during a match.

Gearhead speeds up the recharge rate of equipment, and Assassin helps us greatly in the quest to attain higher Scorestreaks.

Finally, we recommend Ghost to keep you off those pesky UAVs, and Ninja is a timeless classic that limits the noise you make.

Most recent C58 buffs and nerfs in Cold War

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The Groza was updated thanks to the Season 5 weapon patch notes for Black Ops Cold War, here are its changes.

You can see the full list here:

  • Reduced vertical recoil by 15%.
  • Reduced weapon movement when walking in ADS.
  • Moved Iron Sights view farther away from the player camera.
  • Increased Horizontal Recoil Control bonus on Spetsnaz Grip from +17% to +25%.
  • Increased Vertical Recoil Control bonus on Spetsnaz Grip from +7% to +15%.
  • Increased ADS Time bonus on Spetsnaz Field Grip from +15% to +30%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance mitigation on Spetsnaz Field Grip from +80% to +70%.
  • Increased Sprint to Fire Time bonus on KGB Pad from +30% to +50%.
  • Reduced Hip Fire Accuracy penalty on KGB Pad from -30% to -20%. 

How to unlock the Groza in Cold War Season 5

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Unlocking the Groza Assault Rifle is easy enough in Cold War Season 5 as you just need to clear its requirement.

Here’s how to unlock the Groza Assault Rifle:

  • In Cold War multiplayer / Warzone: Using Assault Rifles, get kill without dying in 15 different matches
  • In Cold War Zombies: Using Assault Rifles, kill 250 zombies with an Assault Rifle while they’re stunned by Stun Grenades or Dead Wire

Best alternatives to the Groza

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The Groza will get the job done, but if you want some variation or something else to try, the new TEC-9 is a fun alternative. Also, the XM4 is another weapon that’s been buffed significantly, so make sure to give it a whirl, especially with its secret attachment!


With this loadout, you’ll be able to use the Groza AR to dominate medium and long-range conflicts. You can also try out different attachments and perks to see if they serve you well in the latest season.

Also, see where the Groza stacks up against the rest of Cold War’s weapons and check out Charlie INTEL’s best Groza loadout for Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5 too!

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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.

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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

Operator underwater using UGR
  • 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

Flak Jacket Perk in BOCW
  • 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

UGR in Warzone

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

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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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