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Best weapons & top tips to master Forsaken Cold War Zombies

The final round-based Zombies map in Cold War is Forsaken, and here’s a bunch of tips to help you survive and master it.



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Black Ops Cold War signs off in style with one, final Zombies map – Forsaken. So, to ensure you can last as long as possible in the game mode, here are our best weapons and top tips to master Forsaken.

Our best weapons and tips guide will walk you through some of the best methods to powering through rounds in Forsaken Zombies in Cold War.

Forsaken signals the end of Treyarch’s Cold War Zombies content as they move onto pastures new with Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Zombies. It rounds off several maps and modes from Die Maschine’s bunker-esque gameplay to Outbreak’s complete reinvention of Zombies.

Forsaken has many things that make it unique, and a few of these features can greatly improve the likelihood of you posting a good score.

1. Best weapons to use in Forsaken Zombies

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Cold War has remained fairly consistent with its meta and Treyarch has only slightly changed things here and there as the seasons have progressed.

Forsaken arrives in Season 6 alongside new weapons – such as the Grav and .410 Ironhide – and there’s now a great deal of choice to select from.


Dual-wielding AMP63 Pistols deal big damage and the fire rate of the weapons makes them very useful. They don’t suffer as much in the recoil and accuracy department like other dual-wielded weapons, and they only get better when they are Pack-A-Punched into DOOM and GLOOM.

Best AMP63 loadout for CoD: Cold War.

Gallo SA12

Still a fan-favorite weapon to use in Cold War Zombies, the Gallo SA12 packs multiple knockout shots that can be fired in semi-automatic fashion. It’s an incredible weapon to start off with, and once it’s been upgraded to Level 3, it can be deadly until the very end.

Best Gallo SA12 Loadout for CoD: Cold War.


It took a while for people to see the true potential of the M16, but despite a nerf to coincide with the burst-weapon meta of Warzone Season 3, Tactical Rifles are very much a force to be reckoned with. The M16’s high DPS needs to be respected, and once it can hold more ammo per clip, thank to the PAP, the M16 is a beast.

Additionally, the M16 received some special Zombies weapon tuning in the Cold War Season 3 Reloaded update too.

Best M16 loadout for CoD: Cold War

2. Turn on the power in Forsaken & Pack-a-Punch machine

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In practically every Zombies map that has included these two gameplay objectives, these have been imperative to do ASAP.

Forsaken is no different, and we have complete guides on how to turn on the power, and also where and how to Pack-A-Punch in Forsaken.

3. Get the Chrysalax Wonder Weapon for free

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As with the D.I.E Shockwave, RAI K-84, and CRBR-S Wonder Weapons, Forsaken’s Chrysalax can be obtained for free, providing you’re willing to do put in some work first.

There are three different confirmed methods to getting your hands on the Wonder Weapon:

  • Mystery Box
  • Build the Chrysalax
  • Obtain from Golden Chest in Arcade

If you want a deeper dive into these different routes you go down to acquire it then we’ve put together a handy guide that will show you how to get the Chrysalax in Forsaken.

4. The Arcade

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One of the cool aspects of Forsaken Zombies is the return of a playable Arcade with several different mini-games to choose from.

Each one comes with its own different format and potential rewards, and it’s well worth trying them all out to see which one you like best.

Also, check where to find the cabinet that allows you to access the first-ever CoD Zombies map – Nacht der Untoten.

5. Der Wunderfizz Machine

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As Black Ops Cold War has reached its inevitable conclusion as we approach the launch of Vanguard, Treyarch has added the 10th and final Perk to Zombies – PhD Slider.

It’s important that if you have some Points to spare that you are going to the Der Wunderfizz machine and either acquiring new Perks or replacing lost ones. Also, it’s far easier using the Der Wunderfizz machine as all 10 Perks can be bought from it.

You can find the Wunderfizz machine in the “Office” portion of the Forsaken map.

6. Mystery Box

mystery box in cold war zombies

Life is like a Mystery Box, you never know what you’re going to get. An all-time classic CoD Zombies trope that can give you something awesome, or punish you with 5 Sniper Rifles in a row.

A gamblers paradise as you can exhaust your Points total by pumping handfuls of 950 hard-earned Points into the Mystery Box in the hope of landing a Ray Gun. If you have some Points to spare, then it’s always worth a go.

That covers all of our best tips and tricks to surviving Forsaken in Cold War Zombies. For more guides on Cold War Zombies, check out how to complete the Forsaken Main Quest Easter Egg.

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When is the next Cold War & Warzone Double XP event?

We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Cold War and Warzone Season 6 Double XP event to help you rank up weapons and Battle Passes.



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With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Cold War and Warzone in Season 6, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.

XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 has already offered Double XP since it started, allowing players to level up the various aspects of the game faster.

It’s now time for another one where players will be able to level up all of the new content at a much faster pace.

How to get Double XP in CoD: Cold War & Warzone Season 6

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It’s been announced that Call of Duty’s next Double XP promotional event will be for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War and will officially start on October 29 and end on November 1.

This event will help players earn plenty of extra XP to level up during Warzone Season 6 and Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

What time does CoD: Cold War & Warzone Double XP start?

Here’s a full list of the Double XP event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:

  • EST – 1:00 PM
  • CST – 12:00 PM
  • PST – 10:00 AM
  • GMT – 5:00 PM
Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Double XP schedule

These special Double XP Events usually occur during a weekend, as it naturally gives players the most free time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.

This will be a great way to level up the new Season 6 Battle Pass to earn the new Grav Assault Rifle and .410 Ironhide Shotgun weapons and get them ready to use in all of your future Cold War and Warzone battles.

Also, check out all the details on Call of Duty: Vanguard, including its release date, gameplay, and more.

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Vanguard devs explain why game size will be much smaller than Warzone & Cold War

Thanks to new tech, Call of Duty: Vanguard’s file size is set to be much smaller than Warzone and Cold War at launch.



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Call of Duty players have grown increasingly frustrated with Warzone and Cold War’s massive file size, but Activision has explained why the problem will be fixed in Vanguard.

As Modern Warfare, Warzone, and Black Ops Cold War continue to update, the games’ file sizes have kept growing. Black Ops Cold War is now sitting at around 200 GB, with Warzone adding at least another 50 GB. If you have a smaller hard drive, Call of Duty doesn’t leave much room for anything else.

Activision already allows you to uninstall certain aspects of the games such as Campaign and Zombies, but they have plans to significantly reduce Vanguard’s file size at launch.

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“Good news for hard drives everywhere,” tweeted Call of Duty on October 26. “Vanguard’s install size at launch will be significantly below previous Call of Duty releases.”

They didn’t reveal Vanguard’s exact file size, but players can expect to “save up to 30%-50%+ on next-gen console and PC hard drive disk space.” Although last-gen consoles weren’t mentioned, next-gen editions take up significantly more room, so this should bring the sizes more in-line.

This will be done through “new on-demand texture streaming tech,” which is already available in Modern Warfare and Warzone for PC. Rather than taking up space on your hard drive, textures are downloaded on the go. Warzone players previously saved around 25 GB when it was introduced, but their new tech appears to be more effective at reducing file size.

Of course, this could cause issues for players with a poor internet connection, so it remains to be seen if it’ll be optional.

This also lines up with the Microsoft Store listing that Vanguard will be 75 GB on Xbox One, and 95 GB on Xbox Series X|S. These early sizes are much smaller than Cold War’s 133 GB launch size.

Warzone Pacific map with mountain in background

Warzone and Vanguard will integrate later this year, bringing the new RICOCHET anti-cheat and new Pacific map. Warzone is currently tied to Modern Warfare, but it’s expected to shift over to Vanguard with Season 1. This could bring across the new tech, but we’ll need to wait for official confirmation.

We’re less than a fortnight away from Vanguard’s November 5 release, so we expect to find out more details before launch.

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, you can check out YouTuber JGOD’s best weapons ahead of Vanguard’s integration.

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Overwolf respond to Warzone & Cold War Windows 11 player bans

Overwolf have responded to reports that Warzone and Cold War players are getting permanently banned for using it alongside Windows 11.



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Call of Duty PC players have reported that using a combination of Windows 11 and Overwolf software is getting them permanently banned from Warzone and Cold War, and Overwolf have now responded to the issue.

Call of Duty devs have been waging an ongoing war with hackers and cheaters, with one dev saying that they are “ruining some of the best work” of his life. Over 800,000 accounts have now been banned, but perhaps not all bans are fair.

Cold War and Warzone PC players are claiming that upgrading to Windows 11 and using it alongside Overwolf is causing them to be permanently banned. Overwolf have now acknowledged the issue and put measures in place to prevent these wrongful bans.

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Overwolf is a platform used to create and install in-game apps, such as ‘Outplayed’ which allows players to record their footage. However, this Overwolf app is reportedly causing permabans when used alongside Windows 11.

Several users, including Reddit user WraithGG, claimed they were permanently banned from Warzone after attempting to open Cold War on an Insider Build of Windows 11, with Outplayed from Overwolf open. WraithGG said that this is a “well known and apparently rather common issue,” and both Activision and Overwolf are “refusing” to lift the ban or help.

“I have finally received a response from Activision telling me that despite being innocent, they cannot unban my account,” said WraithGG. “They have acknowledged the error in the ban, but are refusing to lift the ban as all bans are final.”

Overwolf have now responded to the issue. In a blog post, they said that “we are aware of a number of users who have been banned after playing Cold War and Warzone on Windows 11 while using Overwolf.”

“While we are not responsible for the bans, Support Main is one of our core values and we immediately began to look into the issue to protect gameplay and our community,” they continued. “For background, Cold War has been supported on Overwolf for months without any bans or issues.”

They then outlined the steps they’ve made since:

  1. “We have released an update to our games list to change the way the Overwolf overlay works and will no longer trigger a ban from Activision while using Windows 11. It’s important to note that in the 24 hours following this change, we have not had any new ban reports.
  2. We’re working closely with the very top levels at Activision, and we’ll do whatever we can to help those whose accounts have been banned. We can’t promise it will work, but we’ll give it our best shot.”

Overwolf said they will keep the community updated if they have any more information to share.

Now that the issue has been officially acknowledged, Activision may change their stance and unban players flagged for using Windows 11. This could be a similar story to Cold War Zombies players who were unfairly banned by the Sail 630 Nuclear Bug, and later had their accounts restored.

These reports have made some users worried about Vanguard’s upcoming kernel-level RICOCHET anti-cheat, which launches with its Warzone integration.

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