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Best Perks in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War

The best Perks to suit your playstyle in Cold War.

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Black Ops Cold War introduces a mix of classic Perks along with some brand new additions.

Players can equip three Perks from set categories to their loadout. These offer various bonuses to your character in-game without any down-side.

Here are the Perks you should be running in Black Ops Cold War, and some tips on how they’ll match your playstyle.

Perk Category 1

Flak Jacket

If you are a player who loves jumping on the objectives, capturing flags, and defending hardpoints, lethal equipment is your worst enemy. While on an objective, there are only so many places you can be. This makes you especially susceptible to grenades and rockets. To counter this, Flak Jacket will allow you to survive a hit from a grenade or rocket, allowing you to continue to defend the point.

Tactical Mask

If you are a player who likes to run around the map and rush enemies, Tactical Mask is the perfect Perk for you. Getting hit by a Flashbang or, especially, a Stun Grenade will stop you in your tracks and leave you defenseless. Tactical Mask maximizes your resistance to Flashbangs and Stun Grenades, while also making you immune to Gas Grenades.

Perk Category 2

Scavenger

When racking up a high killstreak, you’ll start to notice your ammo depleting. This puts you in an awkward position where you have to either switch to your secondary or pick up a dropped weapon from the ground. Also, new to Cold War, there are some resupply stations around the map, but they are often watched.

With the return of the Gunsmith system, you can build your weapon exactly how you want it and another weapon may not suit your playstyle. With the Scavenger Perk equipped, running over a dead body will refill your ammunition. If you’re moving around the map, you can hold onto your own weapon confident in the knowledge you won’t run out of ammo.

Quartermaster

Lethal and tactical equipment are especially powerful in Black Ops Cold War. Clearing a room with a well-thrown Stun Grenade will give you a huge advantage when you rush. The problem is that you only get one use per life, so when you’re racking up a high killstreak, you’ll find yourself in situations were another piece of equipment would be vital.

The Quartermaster Perk allows your equipment to recharge over 25 seconds. Throw a grenade and 25 seconds later, you have another. Be strategic in when to use your equipment and you’ll find a lot of use in this Perk.

Perk Category 3

Ghost

With the new Scorestreak system, almost every player will acquire a low-end Scorestreak over the course of the match. One of the most common Scorestreaks which you will see called in is the Spy Plane.

When this is called in, all enemy players will be revealed on the mini-map. This makes pulling off flanks or defending spots especially difficult. With Ghost equipped, while moving, operating a Scorestreak, or using a bomb, you will not appear on enemies mini-maps.

Ninja

If you’re more the run-and-gun type, Ninja is the Perk for you. Treyarch has worked hard on audio improvements for Cold War, meaning footstep audio is easier to detect. While wearing headphones, it’s easy to pinpoint the direction an enemy is coming from by their footsteps. This makes rushing more difficult. Without completely silencing your movement, Ninja quietens your footsteps when sprinting, hides you from Field Mics, and lessens your Operators in-game callouts.

Experiment with the wide variety of Perks in Black Ops Cold War to find your playstyle, but you can’t go wrong with these classic additions.

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How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe is a melee weapon coming to Black Ops Cold War. Here’s everything you need to know about unlocking the Scythe.

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A brand-new melee weapon is coming to 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, giving players a sneak peek at the weapon. Now there is an official release date for the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s how you can unlock it.

How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe will be released for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on August 12, 2022.

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.”


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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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