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Black Ops Cold War Beta Patch Notes: Weapon Tuning & More



Treyarch has released some patch notes for weapon updates for the Black Ops Cold War Beta.

The Black Ops Cold War Beta enters its final weekend, starting October 15 at 10AM PT and ending on October 19 at 10AM PT on all platforms.

Based on feedback from the weekend 1 of the beta on PS4, alongside other feedback, Treyarch has made updates to the game, including weapon tuning and more.

The studio released a brief look at some of the changes that are made as part of the update as Weekend 2 is set to kick off:


In response to player feedback and game data from last weekend’s PS4 Beta, we’ve made a new round of gameplay updates and tuning changes to movement, weapons, attachments, and more. For our PC players joining us this weekend, there’s also a list of known issues and workarounds to be aware of.


  • Reduced the speed of the initial slide impulse and slightly shortened slide duration.
    • During the PS4 Beta, we found players over-relying on sliding to traverse ground quickly or engage in close quarters, making it difficult to target players in the open. Our goal is for sliding to function as a smooth transition to cover, escape, or transition to a crouching stance. This weekend’s changes result in a snappier slide that better fit our goals for the mechanic. 
  • Significantly reduced slide speed with the Duster Stock attachment equipped.
    • In Weekend 1, the Duster Stock attachment accounted for massive slide speed increases that didn’t fit into our more grounded combat loop. With this new change, Duster Stock now offers a modest improvement in slide speed that is more balanced with other attachment offerings.


  • Milano 821
    • Reduced damage falloff range.
      • This update causes the 4-hit kill range to turn to 5 hits at 12.8 meters, down from 19.2 meters during the PS4 Beta.
  • AK-47
    • Slightly reduced recoil.
      • We’d like to see the AK-47 remain a top contender for assault rifle picks, and it was barely edged out by the XM4 and Krig 6 in the PS4 Beta. By reducing its recoil, we’re giving AK-47 users a better opportunity to compete.
  • M16
    • Increased time between bursts from .216s to .233s.
      • This weapon’s high lethality and well-rounded attributes allowed it to over-perform even outside of its intended role during the PS4 Beta. This change keeps the M16’s power and accuracy while requiring more precision.
  • Type 63
    • Reduced recoil.
      • Our new recoil system tuning made this weapon a bit too difficult to hit multiple shots on target. We’ve toned down the recoil to make it more effective as the precision weapon it was meant to be.
  • RPD
    • Slightly reduced hipfire spread.
      • While the RPD can be effective at long range, we’ve improved its close-range reliability compared to the PS4 Beta.
  • Gallo SA12
    • Adjusted medium-range damage to require three hits to kill instead of two at mid-range.
      • This was an extremely effective secondary throughout the PS4 Beta. With this tuning update, it will still take two hits to eliminate an enemy within a short range, just not quite as far out.


  • Agency Suppressor
    • Reduced some recoil bonuses.
      • This attachment came with too many strengths without enough tradeoffs during the PS4 Beta, particularly with how much it reduced recoil. This update reduces some of those bonuses while still making them notably beneficial.

Field Upgrades

  • Field Mic
    • Reduced the range at the Field Mic can detect players who are crouching, ADS walking, or moving but not sprinting.
      • During the PS4 Beta, this Field Upgrade did not incentivize counter-play as much as we were planning for. The Field Mic will now be less effective at detecting footstep noise from players who move more slowly.


  • Frag Grenade
    • Reduced the damage on the outer half of the Frag Grenade’s splash damage radius.
      • While we expect Frag Grenade usage to drop significantly in the Crossplay Open Beta as more Wildcard and lethal options open up, we also agree with the feedback that frags resulted in kills a little too often.

Known PC Issues and Workarounds

  • Mouse Wheel Input Delay defaults at 0, which is lower than intended.
    • Workaround: The player canadjust the value for the mouse wheel delay input in Settings. Recommended default value is 80.
  • When many audio devices are available, it is not possible to view or select the last one from the drop-down list.
    • Workaround: These audio devices can be selected using the keyboard.
  • Some players on AMD GPUs may experience frequent packet burst spikes during gameplay. 
    • Workaround: Lowering the Graphics Settings can alleviate the severity of this issue.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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5 best Black Ops Cold War Scorestreaks setups

Scorestreaks are game-changers in Black Ops Cold War and CoD in general. So we’ve created several loadouts and setups to suit all occasions.



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One well-timed Scorestreak can turn the tide in Call of Duty. Black Ops Cold War has a lot of fabulous, dangerous Streaks that can cause serious damage. So here are 5 of the best setups you can make that will suit certain situations and levels of skill.

When people dive into a new Call of Duty game, it can be easy to rely on old-favorites and overlook new tools of destruction.

BOCW offers a lot of different options for you to customize and toy around with. Some are suited to different maps and some simply thrive in different game modes. So we’ve put together a few different loadouts for you to try and see what could improve your game.

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BOCW best Scorestreak loadouts

It’s years later and many people still default to a UAV, a targeted strike, and some kind of aerial vehicle a la Call of Duty 4. Yet there’s a whole other world to be explored.

Here are some of the options for you to consider.

Black Ops Cold War Beginner Scorestreaks

If you’re new to Call of Duty and the scary world of real-time, online multiplayer, then these might help you to survive in this tough jungle.

  • Scorestreak 1: Spy Plane
  • Scorestreak 2: Sentry Turret
  • Scorestreak 3: Care Package

Even for a relatively new player, these score targets are extremely achievable and you’ll get more XP because you’ll earn them regularly.

The Spy Plane helps you and your team, the Sentry Turret can do a lot of the heavy work for you, and the Care Package can get you a Scorestreak that you otherwise may never get to use.

Black Ops Cold War Intermediate Scorestreaks

You’re a capable player that is more than able to hold your own. Maybe not quite able to put together regular, hot runs to get the best of the best, but still good enough to get near the top-end Scorestreaks.

  • Scorestreak 1: Spy Plane
  • Scorestreak 2: Cruise Missile
  • Scorestreak 3: Attack Helicopter

This is a perfect blend of attainable Scorestreaks. The main difference here is that you have a lot more firepower. The Spy Plane is to help you get a few kills first, and the Cruise Missile’s secondary missiles make it an even greater threat. Getting an attack helicopter shouldn’t be too difficult and it can easily rack up a high body count.

attack helicopter scorestreak in cod bocw

Black Ops Cold War Expert Scorestreaks

You know your loadout, you know the best spots in the maps, and you can regularly pile up the points in CoD matches. You need the GOOD stuff.

  • Scorestreak 1: Cruise Missile
  • Scorestreak 2: Chopper Gunner
  • Scorestreak 3: Gunship

Very rarely does a Cruise Missile fail to gets kills, so it’s a solid starter option. Elite level players can put together a few kills and get a Chopper Gunner which, as long as it’s not shot down, will cause insane damage.

If you’re good enough, then the Gunship beckons. An unstoppable vehicle that will decimate everyone and everything on the map.

Black Ops Cold War Aerial Domination Scorestreaks

The beauty of this loadout is that you let the scorestreaks do most of the work for you. Leaving you to carry on killing at your own pace and not have someone find you whilst you’re operating them.

  • Scorestreak 1: Napalm Strike
  • Scorestreak 2: Attack Helicopter
  • Scorestreak 3: Chopper Gunner

Despite the fact you can be found when operating the Chopper Gunner, the chances of this happening are very slim due to the destructive power that it has.

chopper gunner scorestreak in bocw

Black Ops Cold War Teamwork Scorestreaks

When you’re playing game modes where teamwork is critical, then these are some of the best ones to give you the advantage during the game.

  • Scorestreak 1: Sentry Turret
  • Scorestreak 2: Napalm Strike
  • Scorestreak 3: Cruise Missile/H.A.R.P

Defending a flag or a hardpoint? Put down a turret near it, you can always move it later. Do the enemies have one area completely surrounded and are proving to be impenetrable? Napalm Strike the whole area. As for the final one, it depends really.

The Cruise Missile is for players that can’t get enough points for the H.A.R.P – although it can take out a few enemies grouped together. But if you can get the H.A.R.P, then you know exactly where the enemy is and you can anticipate their every move.

So that is 5 of the best scorestreak setups you can utilize in Black Ops Cold War. Whether your choice bottles down to skill or the scenario at hand, these loadouts should be able to help you out.

Image credits: Treyarch

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies Firebase Z: release date, setting, new perk, more

Black Ops Cold War Zombies’ second map, Firebase Z, will launch during Season 1. Here’s everything we know about the new map.



Black Ops Cold War season 1 brings a new Zombies map, Firebase Z. Here’s everything we know about Cold War Zombies’ second map.

Firebase Z, also called Outpost 25, is the brand new Zombies map coming to Black Ops Cold War during Season 1.

Set in the jungle of Vietnam, Firebase Z continues the storyline that started in Die Maschine. As described in Activision’s blog, “with the destruction of the WWII-era “Projekt Endstation” site after investigating the otherworldly Dark Aether anomaly in Poland, Requiem now sets its focus on the latest Dark Aether outbreak site: Outpost 25, known by the code name “Firebase Z.”

black ops cold war zombies firebase z map

A picture uploaded by Treyarch in their 115 Day blog post gives us a grainy, aerial view of the map. However, like any Zombies map, expect many more areas to be discovered when Firebase Z drops.

When does Cold War Zombies Firebase Z map release?

The new Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z, is set to launch on February 4 and will be free for all players.

It comes during Season 1, as part of teased new Zombies maps and modes that were announced in the roadmap. In the weeks leading up to its launch, a reveal trailer and more information surrounding the zombie-infested firebase will be revealed.

Tombstone perk coming to BOCW Zombies

black ops cold war zombies tombstone perk

Along with the launch of Firebase Z comes the return of an old perk: Tombstone.

If you don’t know already, when downed, Tombstone will allow you to “become a shadow in the Dark Aether armed with your weapons that can revive you.” Be careful though, “if your shadow loses all its health, you die.”

New to Black Ops Cold War Zombies, perks can be upgraded. Spending Aetherium Crystals will grant Tombstone the following upgrades:

  • Tier I – Shadow form can regenerate health.
  • Tier II – Increase downed duration to 60 seconds.
  • Tier III – On death, drop a Tombstone stash that saves your weapons, equipment, and resources.

Tombstone will be available through its perk machine in Firebase Z on February 4, and can also be purchased through the Der Wunderfizz machine in Die Maschine.

Can you still play Die Maschine?

Die Maschine will still be available to play in Black Ops Cold War Zombies.

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We know this through the confirmation that the Tombstone perk will be available to purchase through the Der Wunderfizz machine on Die Maschine on February 4.

Treyarch provided a friendly reminder that if you haven’t discovered all of the in-game intel hidden on Die Maschine and Onslaught yet, you should try to find it all before the story moves on. It will be crucial to understanding the overarching Zombies story.

Keep an eye on this article, as we’ll update it with every new piece of information we learn about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

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Black Ops Cold War dev responds to thermal scope glitch

A glitch causing Black Ops Cold War’s thermal scopes’ ‘batteries to die’ has been addressed by Treyarch’s Community Manager.



A Black Ops Cold War glitch that turned the thermal optic into a regular scope has been addressed by a developer, with a fix planned for a future major update.

Black Ops Cold War had a shaky start, with many bugs and glitches affecting the game. It’s understandable, as BOCW, along with many other video games, has been developed during a global pandemic.

This doesn’t make it any less frustrating for players, and Treyarch has been hard at work addressing these issues. You can keep an eye on all known issues and their status on Activision’s official Trello Board.

A new glitch recently popped up, where the thermal scope lost its effect, so a Treyarch developer responded, revealing a fix is in the works.

Black Ops Cold War glitched thermal scope

A Black Ops Cold War player uploaded a video to Reddit where it appears the battery in their thermal scope had died. The effect was gone, but the reticle appeared the same, confirming that this is a broken thermal scope.


As another Reddit user pointed out, while the thermal optic failed, they were in the radius of a Jammer. This wasn’t the problem though, as the effect remained well after they had left the area, and persisted until they died.

Thermal scopes are great for spotting far off enemies, so it must have been frustrating for this special scope to lose its effect.

Treyarch’s Community Manager Josh Torres, also known as FoxHoundFPS, confirmed that this was indeed a glitch. Torres said he has shared the thread with the team, and explained that they’re “tracking a fix for this in a future major update.”

comment from Treyarch Community Manager FoxHoundFPS

When BOCW first launched, certain scopes could appear upside down on next-gen consoles, but Treyarch was quick to address this. We can expect a fix for this unusual issue soon.

If you have any glitches such as this to report to Black Ops Cold War devs, you can follow our simple guide on how to report bugs to Treyarch.

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