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Best XM4 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

The XM4 is the ultimate all-rounder in Cold War Season 5, and we have the right Perks, attachments, and loadout to build the perfect class.

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The XM4 is the first Assault Rifle that players can unlock in Black Ops Cold War, and with the right attachments, loadout, and class it can easily be your go-to gun no matter the map or mode in Cold War Season 5.

Modeled after the Commando from previous entries in the Black Ops franchise, the XM4 is one of the most versatile Assault Rifles in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. It’s able to take down enemies at close range while retaining the ability to dominate at longer distances across all maps.

Add in the right attachments and Perks, and you can run through opponents with ease. It’s a popular choice for many players and AR enthusiasts in Cold War Season 5, and here’s how you can make the perfect XM4 loadout.

Best Cold War Season 5 XM4 attachments

  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Suppressor
  • Barrel: 13.7″ Takedown
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

The XM4 excels as a weapon that can be used in any situation, so we’ve chosen five attachments that work no matter the distance or scenario.

The Field Agent Grip is a must-have for most ARs, as it reduces vertical and horizontal recoil, making it easier for you to hit your shots. Whereas the Airborne Elastic Wrap makes sure you can aim down sights as quickly and accurately as possible.

Cold War Season 5 buffed Suppressors, so the Suppressor attachment is perfect for the XM4, reducing its penalty to the XM4’s range. This makes it an extremely worthwhile attachment for this Assault Rifle.

The 13.7″ Takedown barrel will help you deal more damage at distance by increasing your range, while the Microflex LED is perfect for accuracy, although you can choose whichever optic you prefer for this class.

Best Perks to use with Cold War Season 5’s XM4

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

The great thing about the XM4 is the fact that you don’t need to run lots of attachments, which means you can save your Wildcard to give yourself as many Perks as possible.

Tactical Mask and Flak Jacket will give you good protection against grenades of any kind, while Scavenger will keep your ammo topped up throughout matches.

Assassin is useful to have so you can target enemies on killstreaks, while Ninja and Ghost will help you sneak up behind them.

Most recent XM4 buffs and nerfs in Cold War

The most recent adjustments made to the XM4 came with the weapon patch notes for Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

You can see the full list of changes here:

  • Increased Reload Quickness from 2.6 sec to 2.5 sec
  • Increased Vertical Recoil Control bonus on Infantry Compensator from +12% to +15%
  • Reduced Horizontal Recoil Control penalty on Infantry Compensator from -8% to -5% 
  • Increased Reload Quickness on Jungle-Style Mag from +20% to +30%
  • Removed ADS Time penalty from 40 Rnd Speed Mag
  • Reduced extra ammo of 40 Rnd Speed Mag from +10 to +5
  • Changed Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag attachment to 45 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Reduced ADS Time penalty on 45 Rnd Fast Mag from -25% to -12%
  • Replaced SAS Mag Clamp with unique “B-Ops Mini Clamp” attachment. This attachment increases Reload Quickness by 50%, improves ADS Time by 10%, and provides an additional starting magazine, but reduces magazine ammo from 30 to 25.

How to unlock the XM4 in Cold War Season 5

Thankfully, you won’t need to do any grinding to get your hands on the XM4, as the Assault Rifle is available at Level 4 to pretty much use as soon as you boot up the game for the first time.

With Black Ops Cold War being integrated into Warzone, the gun is also available to use the next time you drop into Verdansk.

Best XM4 Cold War Season 5 alternatives

If you prefer something with a little more damage output, the Krig 6 is the undisputed king in the Assault Rifle class, while the LC10 is perfect for those who prefer to be mobile when playing.

Also, check out all the weapons in Vanguard so far.

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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.”


For more Call of Duty, check out the newly revealed Farm 18 map and how to play the Multiplayer beta.

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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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