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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.

AMP63

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.

M16

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

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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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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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