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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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Best KSP 45 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

Buffs have made the KSP 45 a fearsome Cold War SMG, so here’s the best loadout with perks and attachments to complement it.

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The KSP 45 has become of CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s best weapons. Treyarch did buff it, and this SMG has been a must-use gun since then. Here is the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout in Season 5, including attachments and Perks.

At the beginning of Cold War, the likes of the MP5, Krig 6, and the FFAR were tearing up lobbies, so guns like the KSP 45 never had a chance.

A burst-fire SMG is a weird hybrid to begin with, but weak stats didn’t help it. But now, it has increased viability as a lobby-owning laser beam.

To ensure that players get the most out of it, we’ve gone through and kitted it out with the best attachments and Perks to discover its best self in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout

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Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class attachments

To ensure you get the most of Cold War’s KSP 45, ensure you have the Gunfighter wildcard equipped to increase your maximum attachments.

  • Optic: Visiontech 2x
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake .45 APC
  • Barrel: 10.2″ Rifled
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Magazine: 45 Rnd Drum
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Wire Stock

The improved effectiveness of the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout means we want to use this at different distances, so the Visiontech 2x will cover that. The gun’s accuracy is now a big factor in its efficiency, so instead of favoring one or the other, we’ve applied the Muzzle Brake .45 APC to give its vertical recoil a tiny boost.

The 10.2″ Rifled barrel makes the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout even more deadly at range, and the Steady Aim Laser makes it equally deadly at close range. The trusty Field Agent Foregrip bolsters vertical and horizontal recoil whilst the Fast Mag offers super-quick mag changing.

We’re going to give the KSP much faster ADS time thanks to the Serpent Wrap, and the Wire Stock lets us more around more freely with less penalty to sprinting.

Best Perks to use with Cold War KSP 45 class

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  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Staying alive is the name of the game with the KSP 45, as its power can help you to achieve some insane scores. So Flak Jacket provides immunity to the litany of explosive devices that Cold War has in store for players.

Assassin supports this idea by rewarding you with more points for killing enemies on a Scorestreak, and Ghost makes you invisible to tracking devices.

Most recent AK-47 buffs & nerfs in Cold War

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Treyarch has tinkered with the KSP 45 in Cold War Season 5, just giving it a couple of minors adjustments for players to consider.

Here are the most recent changes to the KSP 45:

  • Reduced Effective Damage Range from 25.4m to 22.86m
  • Slowed burst fire delay from 0.066 to 0.083

How to unlock the KSP 45

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The KSP 45’s newfound power can only be utilized once you reach Level 37.

Doing so allows you to create the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class, and you can also access it in Warzone Season 5 as well.

Best alternatives

The Milano 821 is another weapon that has become more popular in Black Ops Cold War, making it a fun alternative, especially after it also received recent buffs.

If you need something a bit meatier, then the Krig 6 or Stoner 63 could do wonders as well.

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Warzone & Cold War Season 6 cinematic teases Mason’s return

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War have a new Season 5 outro cinematic hinting at Mason’s importance in the story for Season 6 of the Call of Duty games.

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The latest cinematic for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 has been released, and players are excited about the reference towards Mason returning.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone have had a successful season so far, keeping players entertained with the ongoing story, new weapons, and new modes like the Iron Trials for Warzone Season 5 Reloaded.

As we enter the final season for Black Ops Cold War before Vanguard‘s release, which will inevitably integrate with Warzone, players have been given a hint towards Mason’s return in a brand new cinematic.

Woods and Mason meeting in an alleyway to discuss Adler going Rogue

Treyarch released a new Season 5 outro cinematic on their YouTube channel on September 23, carrying on the ongoing story that has spanned the last five seasons.

For those still keeping up to date with the details, this outro cinematic plays a pivotal role in setting up the final season for Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War will enter its final season soon, and players are desperate to find out who the last operator will be. It seems the last operator could be a fan-favorite character from the Black Ops series, Mason.

Although the cinematic is only a minute long, players can gain some critical information from it. Hudson and Woods are having a conversation about Adler’s disappearance, discussing what they should do next.

Ultimately, they decide that Woods should go after Adler, who is in Verdansk, while also mentioning the return of Mason, whose experience with the numbers could give them the edge.

You can find the official description of the new Warzone and Black Ops Cold War cinematic below:

“The news is flooding in: more Operators have abandoned their missions. Mounting evidence suggests that Adler has gone rogue. Disturbed, Hudson sends Woods to find Adler and bring him in… along with the one person whose Numbers Program intel could provide the edge they need.

The showdown begins in Season Six.”

We’ll have to wait for Season 6 to see where the story will go, but it’s set up to be an exciting end to what’s been a great seasonal story.

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch / Raven Software

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New Cold War Sai weapon exploit lets Zombies players skip doors

Black Ops Cold War players have discovered an exploit with the Sai melee weapon that lets them skip doors in Zombies mode.

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A new exploit has been discovered with Black Ops Cold War’s new Sai melee weapon which lets players skip through the first door in the Firebase Z map in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies received some new content in the Season 5 Reloaded update, including a new Black Chest World Event in Outbreak, a Rampage Inducer for round-based maps, and a brand-new weapon.

A new melee weapon called the Sai became available for players as part of The Numbers event. Now, players have discovered that this weapon actually lets them skip through doors in Zombies mode.

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Various players reported being able to go through the first door at Firebase Z while they had the Sai equipped. This led to a response from lead developer Mark Maestas, who was well aware of the situation.

Surprisingly, the developer talked about this exploit with enthusiasm. “Dear Zombies players, yes you can skip the first door in Firebase Z,” tweeted Maestas. “Zombies can come and greet you too. GLHF!”

While these kinds of things are often addressed in update patches, Mark’s response makes it seem like the developers aren’t currently planning on doing anything to fix this exploit.

With this exploit, players will be able to access greater levels of Zombies much quicker than before, and the undead will be able to come to them as well.

It’s possible that the developers are going to avoid fixing this one exploit so that they can focus on fixing the Zombies’ pathfinding instead, ensuring that the exploit doesn’t ruin the game.


For more on Black Ops Cold War, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and check out our guide on the new Hardcore Cold War Outbreaks Zombie mode.

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