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Best Hauer 77 loadout in Black Ops Cold War

One shot, one kill.



Here’s the best Hauer 77 shotgun loadout in Black Ops Cold War.

The Hauer 77 is Black Ops Cold War’s pump-action shotgun secondary. It’s super powerful and instantly takes down enemies in close range. It’s easily the best secondary in the game and can be used as an “escape” weapon in almost any close-quarters combat scenario.

In the current meta of Black Ops Cold War, some weapons take 3-5 well placed shots to take out an enemy. SMG’s tend to be on the higher end of the necessary shots to kill. In close range engagements with this shotgun, you’ll take out enemies before they even knew you were there.

In the video below YouTuber “Longle” shows us his pick for the best Hauer 77.

The Setup

  • Muzzle: Duckbill Choke – 50% wider pellet spread increase for wider kill ranges.
  • Barrel: 21.6″ Reinforced Heavy – Extra damage range and faster fire rate. Makes this shotgun just a bit more lethal.
  • Body: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight – More hipfire accuracy for when you’re in a hurry. Great for when you quickly need to swap weapons and take down an enemy charging your way.
  • Magazine: STANAG 8 Round Tube – More ammo capacity, 3 extra shells in each mag.
  • Stock: No Stock – 40% sprint to fire time. Become more mobile for fast paced, well aimed shots. Blast any enemies in your way fast.

Tips for the field

  • It’s a secondary… primary? – The shotguns in Black Ops Cold War are very powerful.. perhaps too powerful. Don’t be afraid to run around primarily with the Hauer. It’s destructive, lightweight, and will instantly take down enemies in your path.
  • Hold your corners – If you want to be truly annoying, hold a corner close to an objective. Camping is frowned upon, but at least you’re playing the objective. We promise you’ll be a tough kill.
  • Building dominance – Outside with shotguns, you won’t stand much of a chance. But you’ll be the king of buildings. Watch doorways, staircases, windows, and ladders to catch enemies off guard.

That’s it! Whether you choose to use this information to be more in tune with what players are using or to make other players rage is entirely up to you…

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Ranking all Black Ops Cold War maps worst to best

Treyarch’s latest FPS has lots of different maps to battle on, so we have decided to judge them by ranking them all from worst to best.



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Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer offering features many different and dangerous maps for players to compete across. To try and ascertain their quality, we’ve decided to rank them in order from worst to the best.

Despite initially only launching with eight normal maps (discounting Fireteam maps), BOCW now contains 11 options on which to house skirmishes. Each map generally has something that makes it exude personality, for better or for worse, and we’ve done our best to break each one down and rank them in ascending order.

We’ve already done a complete Black Ops Cold War map guides with tips for each level. Now we will rank each of them starting with the least desirable option until we get to our sacred number one spot.

#11 – Miami

Miami actually has some decent spots on it, but its lack of visibility is something that simply cannot be overlooked. It’s also extremely open with lots of locations that kind of just hit a weird dead-end.

cod bocw miami map

#10 – Cartel

Cartel without its giant bushes obscuring the map would rank higher on our list. However, it sadly does contain the hellish eye-sores that plague most games. For that reason, it has to remain low on the list.

cartel map cod bocw

#9 – Armada

The idea of Armada is probably a little better than its actual execution. It definitely has plenty of fun moments especially skirmishes under the ship.

But it’s too easy for people in the middle section to trap the other team in their spawn.

cod bocw armada map

#8 – Satellite

There’s something about Satellite we can’t quite put our finger on that stops it from being better. Like Armada, it suffers from “middle domination”.

If you have it, it’s fantastic, if you don’t, you’re in trouble. However, Satellite is a cunning little web of intertwining mini-channels that does provide you with options.

cod bocw satellite map

#7 – Garrison

A very Call of Duty-style map with a big warehouse featuring tanks everywhere. All three channels are viable options with the whole map being used at all times. It’s not spectacular, but it’s not bad either.

cod bocw garrison map

#6 – Checkmate

Again, it bears a striking resemblance to Garrison (maybe too much) in that you’re in a gigantic hangar. Only this time there’s a lengthy plane plonked right in the middle of it. Action in the plane is generally 50/50, and it’s all-around the plane where the best action takes place.

cod bocw checkmate map

#5 – Moscow

Wherever you spawn in Moscow, it always feels like there are umpteen ways to go. There are multiple hot areas for combat including the golden statue, the escalators, and outside with the opposing windows. It’s a great map that is equally liberating.

cod bocw moscow map

#4 – Nuketown ’84

What hasn’t been said about Nuketown already? It’s fast, it’s frantic, lesser-skilled players can achieve high kill counts, and it’s just fun chaos.

The broken spawns are always a sore point, but on a map this small, we think it’s easy to dismiss.

cod bocw nuketown 84 map

#3 – Raid

It might speak volumes to people that two of the top four are remakes, but what remakes they are! Raid is aesthetically pleasing across the whole map, it’s extremely well-designed and it’s generally fair. You will rarely find someone dominate Raid as it’s rife with tight corners and many duels that can go either way.

cod bocw raid map

#2 – Crossroads

Just missing out on victory is Crossroads. This map is simply fantastic and a delight that dominates nearly every map vote.

The cover feels perfect and the environment is highly volatile, making for high-scoring games. The one drawback is how exposed the C Flag spawn is – people can spawn two or three times without getting a chance to blink.

cod bocw crossroads map

#1 – The Pines

The newest, original Call of Duty map also happens to be the best that Black Ops Cold War has to offer. We can find no faults with this homage to a classic film. It’s generally so well-balanced and interesting.

Whether you’re fighting through all the different shops and maintenance areas or engaging in some dangerous dining duels, The Pines is an intricately designed masterpiece.

cod bocw the pines map

That’s our official ranking of all of Black Ops Cold War’s maps. Did any of these rank higher, or lower, than you thought they would?

Please be sure to let us know and tell us what you think the best maps are.

Image credits: Treyarch

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Crazy Black Ops Cold War glitch turns Raid into Rainbow Road

One confused BOCW player encountered a very bright bug that turned a section of Raid into a great copy of Mario Kart’s Rainbow Road.



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One CoD player could have easily been mistaken into thinking he was playing Mario Kart instead of Black Ops Cold War. A bizarre texture glitch effectively turned Raid into the legendary Rainbow Road track.

Have you ever been so bored that you stopped to wonder what a Call of Duty and Mario crossover would look like? Well, now you don’t have to as a colorful glitch has made this somewhat of reality on BOCW’s Raid map.

The footage was captured and shared on the official Black Ops Cold War subreddit, allowing a wider audience to see something that needs to be believed.

cod bocw mario kart rainbow road glitch

The trippy video starts off pretty innocuously, but eagle-eyed viewers will already notice that something is amiss with the map’s trees in the first couple of seconds of the match starting.

After darting off with a Sniper Rifle in his hand, the Reddit user quickly turned to his left to scope out the kitchen, when his eyes were met by a dazzling array of colors and shapes. “Do you guys see this?” he asked, hoping that one of his teammates could see the bizarre scene that was taking place on his screen. “Do I have a texture glitch right now? I’m in like a disco right now!”

Of course, with Black Ops Cold War taking place during the 1980s, a disco feels like a logical next step, although when the lights are hitting you during a tense match, it’s probably not ideal.

The notoriously difficult Rainbow Road course would be proud of this as the colors glow and bounce off of everything, including the Sniper Rifle itself.

We can only imagine how distracting this was for the player, and we would love to know if the issue persisted throughout the whole match.

It also makes us wonder if we need full-on Rainbow matches in Call of Duty, and if CoD should somehow do a weird crossover with Mario Kart.

Image credits: Treyarch, Nintendo

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How to get Call of Duty League Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League Stage 1 kicks off on February 11, and by watching you can get in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP.



CDL Stage 1 rewards

Call of Duty League 2021 kicks off on February 11 and offers viewers a ton of free in-game items to earn, so here’s how to unlock the CDL Stage 1 viewership rewards.

Following the CDL Kickoff Classic, the Call of Duty League will officially kick off on February 11 with the Opening Weekend hosted by Atlanta FaZe.

With Dallas Empire looking to defend their title, the return of H3CZ’s OpTic, and newcomers LA Thieves looking to prove themselves, it’s shaping up to be a great year for competitive Call of Duty fans.

While watching the narratives of the year unfold, you can also earn free in-game rewards such as calling cards and double XP just for watching. Here’s how to get the CDL Stage 1 rewards.

How to earn CDL Stage 1 rewards

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To earn the free in-game rewards for the CDL launch weekend, you must have an Activision account. If you don’t have one already, you can create one on by heading to ‘register’ in the right-hand corner.

Link CoD account to YouTube

Rewards are earned by watching CDL Stage 1 through a YouTube account linked to Call of Duty.

To link your account on PC and mobile:

  1. Open or the YouTube app
  2. Select your profile photo and hit ‘settings’
  3. Click on ‘Connected Apps’
  4. Locate ‘Activision’ and hit ‘connect’
  5. Sign in to your Activision account

While signed in with your linked YouTube account, watch CDL matches on YouTube,, or the COD companion app to earn the rewards.

Account linking begins on Wednesday, January 27, so make sure to link accounts between then and February 11.

CDL Stage 1 in-game rewards

CDL viewership rewards

For watching at least 60 minutes of the CDL opening weekend on February 11-14, you will earn the ‘cash stack’ weapon charm to hang on your weapons in multiplayer and battle royale.

And as you watch matches throughout Stage 1, you’ll earn Double XP and Double Weapon XP tokens to redeem for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

For watching at least three hours of the Stage 1 Major in the first week of March, you can earn three competitive CoD themed calling cards and an emblem. With these, you can channel your inner Cellium by rocking the ‘Snaked’ calling card and taunt your opponents with the ‘salty’ emblem.

With League Play confirmed to be arriving in Black Ops Cold War in the coming weeks, the calling cards and emblem will be perfect additions to complement your grind.

Image Credit: Activision

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