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Black Ops Cold War Fireteam Elimination: Tips & guide

Black Ops Cold War’s electrifying new Fireteam Elimination battle royale mode is here, and our top tips and guide should help you win.

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Treyarch has launched Black Ops Cold War’s own battle royale with Fireteam Elimination bearing a heavy resemblance to Warzone. Here is a full guide with tips on how to win the newest version of Call of Duty battle royale.

Wanting to play a Call of Duty battle royale game that isn’t Warzone? Well, Black Ops Cold War fans are in luck as Season 3 has seen the launch of the new Fireteam Elimination mode. Taking on some of the elements that Fireteam has had since the beginning, Elimination expands upon it further by incorporating some of the Warzone thinking.

The positives to Fireteam Elimination in comparison to Warzone is that there are only 40 people, so the games are much quicker. It also runs on the Cold War engine, which is ideal for people who prefer its gunplay, and its respawn ticket system ramps up the tension.

Here are the best tips and tricks to conquer CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s take on battle royale and Warzone.

#1 – Attack from the start

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It’s only natural that we’ll keep popping backward and forwards between Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, but a notable difference between the two is that you don’t spawn with a pistol in Fireteam Elimination. You’re armed with an MP5, and you really can go after enemies from the start.

If your squad is aggressive enough, then it’s entirely possible that you can wipe out a whole squad of four after landing and take them out of the game for good.

Also, check out our best MP5 loadout in Black Ops Cold War.

#2 – Loot

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There are no loadout opportunities in Fireteam Elimination, what you see is what you get. So it’s vital that you search and loot as much as you can, otherwise you will be underpowered.

The weapon drops and attachment aren’t stellar in the game mode, so it’s imperative that you’re extensive in your searches. Don’t ever settle, keep going until you find Legendaries, Armor Pouches, Self-Revives, and more.

#3 – Keep checking your map

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Whereas Warzone will throw audio cues and warnings at you left, right, and center, Cold War’s battle royale mode isn’t quite as persistent. It’s very easy to get caught up in Fireteam Elimination because of the smaller nature of the map, and the radiation can ambush you in a heartbeat.

So it’s vital that you consult your map on a regular basis as there’s no defined circle to show you where the radiation is heading.

#4 – Radiation isn’t as harmful as Warzone’s Gas

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Getting caught in Warzone’s gas can be fatal if you’re bereft of a gas mask and playing catch up. Fireteam Elimination’s radiation won’t kill you anywhere near as quickly, and this can be a sly strategy to enforce.

Escaping from the gas in Warzones means to get out of it ASAP, but if you’re exiting the radiation in Cold War, then consult with your map, analyze your surroundings and see if there’s a better path to take to sneak up on the enemy.

#5 – Avoid populated areas

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Whilst Cold War’s battle royale mode doesn’t have a litany of distinct POIs like Verdansk ’84’s Stadium or Array, it still has areas in each map with big landmark buildings and areas. If you want to improve your chances of winning then we would strongly recommend you avoid these areas.

Seek out the smaller houses, or a line of spaced-out buildings if you can. Half the lobby will want to go to the main areas to seek out other players, get 20 kills, but lose. There are Supply Boxes everywhere, so listen out for their identifiable audio cues, and don’t think that they’ll all be tucked away in the hot, commonly-visited zones.

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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

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  • 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

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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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