To get a head-start in Black Ops Cold War, we’ve put together all the information you need on weapons, maps, perks and more. Check out our full round-up of guides.
Black Ops Cold War has introduced many new elements to the Call of Duty franchise. With Warzone integration, a new Progression system, and updated Zombies, a lot has changed. Use this guide for everything you need to know about the latest addition to the Call of Duty franchise.
Jump to section:
- Maps and Modes
- Weapons, Perks, Wildcards, and Scorestreaks
- Weapon Guides
- Prestige and Progression
- Settings, downloads, and PC Specs
- Roadmaps and post-launch content
Maps and Modes
Black Ops Cold War’s version of the classic map, Nuketown ’84, carries on tradition by including an Easter Egg. Similar to previous titles, it’s to do with the mannequins. Check out this guide for how to complete the Easter Egg yourself.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has many new weapons and features for you to experiment with. A custom game will give you the time to try these out without the hectic nature of a multiplayer match. This guide explains how you can create one.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War delivers multiple new maps that are played across a variety of modes. Some modes support large player counts, which means certain maps are exclusive to certain larger modes. Find the list of every map in Cold War in this article.
Hardpoint has returned, once again, with the launch of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. We’ve compiled a list of all Hardpoint locations and will be keeping it updated as new maps are released. Check out the list to give you a competitive edge.
Weapons, Perks, Wildcards, and Scorestreaks
The chaos of Nuketown has returned to Black Ops, so we’ve compiled a list of the most OP weapons and best Perks you should be running to dominate on Cold War’s Nuketown ’84.
The new Scorestreak system can be quite confusing. While Scorestreaks don’t reset on death, killstreaks are vital to earning Scorestreaks. Here’s how much score you earn for going on Killstreaks in Cold War, and how this relates to earning Scorestreaks.
Activision has announced the new Nuketown Weapon Bundle for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Included is a Shotgun blueprint, weapon charms, stickers, and calling cards. Find out how to get the Nuketown Weapon Bundle here.
There are some tricks you can pull off with Scorestreaks in Black Ops Cold War such as getting Care Packages through roofs and immediately equipping Armor. Take a look at the list of all of the Scorestreak tricks we’ve discovered so far, and use them to improve your game.
The Wildcard system in Black Ops Cold War allows players to alter the traditional Create-A-Class system. From equip multiple Perks to putting every attachment on your weapon, find out what the most useful Wildcard is in this guide.
Weapons level up considerably slower in Black Ops Cold War than other Call of Duty titles. If you want to acquire all of the camos, or just the best attachments quickly, follow this guide to level up your weapons as fast as possible.
Black Ops Cold War introduces an entirely new Scorestreak system where they don’t reset on death. This makes Scorestreaks easier to earn and more common in multiplayer matches. Check out this guide for the best Scorestreaks you can use in Black Ops Cold War, no matter your skill level.
With Black Ops Cold War comes Mastery Camos for weapons. As you rank up a weapon, complete challenges to earn new camos to use on it. Once you have completed all of the challenges for a weapon, you begin to work towards the Mastery Camos. Here are the objectives you need to complete to earn Mastery Camos.
Perks are a Call of Duty staple. Black Ops Cold War brings back some fan-favorite Perks, along with some we’ve never seen before. This guide helps you find the best Perks in Cold War to suit your playstyle.
Black Ops Cold War brings fan-favorite Weapons, Perks and Scorestreaks, and some that are entirely new. As you progress from rank 1-55, unlock weapons and more to build your class. Find the full list of weapons, Perks, Scorestreaks, and Field Upgrades here.
The Krig 6 is one of the most accurate weapons in Black Ops Cold War. Paired with the right attachments, the weapon is deadly at range. Check out this loadout guide to dominate enemies with the Krig 6.
In the current Gunsmith system for Black Ops Cold War, the AK-47 can be built to have no recoil. It remains so steady that it appears to have ‘negative recoil’ with bullets sometimes landing below the initial shot without having to manually control the kick. This article explains how it works, and how you can make the AK-47 incredibly accurate yourself.
Secondary weapons are especially powerful in Cold War. For the first time since Modern Warfare 2, shotguns are secondary weapons in multiplayer. Check out our list of the best secondary weapons you can be using, and what attachments maximize their potential.
The AK-47 is a Call of Duty staple. With its high damage, it has long been a fan-favorite. Through Black Ops Cold War’s gunsmith system, the AK-47 can be built with low recoil and decent range. To turn this classic weapon into one of the most powerful rifles on the map, try out this loadout guide.
The Milano 821 is a formidable SMG that proves very useful in short-range combat. The weapon is most effective at close range but with the right attachments can deal decent damage at range. Find out how to improve the Milano 821 in this guide.
The AUG has been an Assault Rifle and SMG in previous CoDs, but in Black Ops Cold War, it’s a burst-fire tactical rifle. This rifle is extremely strong, capable of downing enemies in one burst with great accuracy. To dominate multiplayer with the AUG, check out these attachments.
Although being the first Assault Rifle unlocked in Black Ops Cold War, the XM4 is an extremely viable choice. With the right attachments, it can be extremely effective at all ranges. To make the XM4 the best it can be, check out this guide.
The FFAR, or FAMAS, is one of the strongest weapons in Black Ops Cold War. This full-auto assault rifle as a fast fire-rate and equally fast TTK, making it one of the most viable choices for multiplayer. Here’s the best class setup for FFAR.
The Pelington 703 has quickly become the most popular sniper rifle in Black Ops Cold War. This weapon is capable of eliminating players from long-range and can hold its own up close. To maximize its range and speed, check out this weapon build.
The MP5 is one of the strongest weapons in Black Ops Cold War. Minimal recoil, high movement speed, and a fast time-to-kill mean that this weapon is the most popular in Cold War. To get you started with the MP5, here are the attachments you should equip as you rank up the weapon.
The M16 has returned in Cold War. This classic burst-rifle is capable of eliminating enemies in only 1-2 bursts. Combined with low recoil and great range potential, this is one of the strongest weapons in multiplayer. To maximize its potential, here are the attachments you should be running.
There are 13 Operators available in Cold War at launch. Operators are grouped into either the NATO or Warsaw Pact factions and like Modern Warfare are cosmetic only. Each Operator comes with a challenge to unlock them, so find out the challenges for each Operator here.
Black Ops Cold War and Warzone are fully integrating on December 10. Cold War’s Weapons, Operators, and more will be useable in Verdansk. Check out this article for full details on the integration, including details on weapon unlocks and progression.
Call of Duty has confirmed that Warzone will continue to play on the Verdansk map after the integration with Black Ops Cold War in December. A new island location has also been teased, which is discussed in this article.
Black Ops Cold War’s campaign features multiple endings determined by player choice. This spoiler-filled guide will help you unlock all of the endings in Cold War’s campaign.
You can unlock the ZORK terminal in the Black Ops Cold War campaign, much like the original Black Ops game. In the Zork Terminal, you can play ZORK games as well as classic Activision games such as Pitfall and Chopper Command. Follow this guide to unlock the ZORK terminal and Arcade yourself.
Progression is now linked between Zombies and Cold War’s multiplayer, meaning your weapons level up no matter what mode you play. To help grind up your weapons, follow this guide to get a massive amount of Weapon XP in Zombies.
Scorestreaks have been included in Zombies for the first time. From Chopper Gunners to Sentry Turrets, players can take a variety of streaks into the game to help them fight the undead. Check out this guide to find out how to unlock all Scorestreaks in Cold War’s Zombies.
Weapons purchased from walls has been in Call of Duty Zombies since its inception. They are even more powerful in Black Ops Cold War Zombies, so here are the best three weapons you can purchase.
Black Ops Cold War’s Die Maschine map is filled with easter eggs, including the signature Treyarch music easter egg. Instead of the traditional teddy bear, the music easter egg is unlocked through tapes. Here are the locations of all three tapes.
The D.I.E. Shockwave is a powerful weapon for taking out large groups of Zombies. It’s recharged through collecting zombie souls, and then fires a powerful blast that kills every zombie it comes into contact with. Follow this guide to get the Shockwave yourself.
The Ray Gun is a Call of Duty zombies staple, offering superior damage and excellent crowd control, making it the best weapon to use when taking on waves of the undead. Here are the ways you can unlock the Ray Gun in Cold War’s Zombies.
The Pack-A-Punch machine has been a consistent presence in every version of Zombies. It has also returned in Black Ops Cold War. Here is how you build the Pack-A-Punch Machine in Black Ops Cold War’s Die Maschine map.
In the new zombies map, Die Maschine, Treyarch added a funny easter egg that awards you with a free Perk and a show of zombies performing the Coffin Dance. To see the easter egg for yourself in game, check out this guide.
The Aetherscope in Cold War’s Zombies detects anomalies in the Dark Aether such as boss zombies and intel. Follow these steps inside Die Maschine to build the Aetherscope in Black Ops Cold War Zombies.
In Black Ops Cold War, multiplayer and Zombies have separate weapon camos. By playing Zombies, you can unlock new mastery camos: Golden Viper, Plague Diamond and Dark Aether. Here’s how to unlock the mastery camos.
Treyarch has brought a new layer to the Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War. To make Zombies more accessible and bring more content to the world, Treyarch has introduced a new Intel System and more. Find out all the details here.
PlayStation players, whether on a PS4 or PS5, will gain exclusive access to a new Zombies mode for an entire year. Zombies Onslaught is a brand new mode played on multiplayer maps. For a list of all supported maps and full details, check out this article.
In Black Ops Cold War, players will bring their loadouts to Zombies mode for the first time. Load in with a weapon of your choice and two attachments to help survive those early rounds. If you’re concerned about how this will change Zombies, find all the information in this article.
Perks are returning with Black Ops Cold War Zombies, and for the first time, they are permanently upgradeable. Juggernog and Speed Cola make a return, along with some we haven’t seen before. For the full list of Perks and how the new upgrading system works, check out this article.
You will be able to use Scorestreaks and Armor in Black Ops Cold War Zombies. Chopper Gunners, Sentry Turrets, and more will help you fight the undead. This article details all the confirmed Scorestreaks for Zombies and how to earn them.
Prestige and Progression
Black Ops Cold War has brought back the Prestige system. It has changed slightly in Cold War due to Seasonal and Unified Progression, such as having both a season rank and Prestige rank. Here’s how to Prestige in the lastest Call of Duty.
Black Ops Cold War features a unified progression system, meaning as you play either Zombies or multiplayer, your Cold War rank will increase. This allows you to unlock weapons, Perks, etc for use in either mode. To help you rank up fast, here’s the best way to gain XP through Double XP Codes, Challenges, and more.
Treyarch is bringing back Dark Ops Challenges in Black Ops Cold War! Dark Ops Challenges will be available across the campaign, multiplayer, and Zombies. Here is a list of all the challenges and how to complete them.
The new Prestige system features Seasonal Prestige ranks, Prestige Master Ranks, and more combined together for an ultimate experience. This system is totally new to Black Ops Cold War, so check out this article for how it all works.
Black Ops Cold War will share progression with both Warzone and Modern Warfare. Once Cold War’s first Season drops in December, as you play any of these three games, your level will increase in all of them. This article explains how Activision is bringing unified progression to Call of Duty for the first time.
Settings, download, and PC Specs
Black Ops Cold War will take up at least 90GB of hard drive space, meaning you may not have room for many other games. Cold War gives players the option of installing and uninstalling the game’s different modes. This guide tells you how to uninstall different modes, no matter your platform.
When loading up Black Ops Cold War on the PS5, both the PS4 and PS5 versions are installed. Sometimes the console will default to the PS4 edition, so you can be missing out on all of the next-gen benefits without realising. Check out this guide to make sure you’re running the correct edition.
Black Ops Cold War has arrived around the same time as the new generation of consoles. The next-gen versions of the game include ray-tracing, improved graphics and quicker load times. If you have Cold War for the Xbox One, here’s how to upgrade it to the Xbox Series X|S edition.
Activision recently updated its list of minimum and optimal specifications to play Black Ops Cold War on PC. As games get more advanced, they also get more intensive. No matter your budget, this guide will help you choose the graphics card that’s right for you.
Roadmaps and post-launch content
Black Ops Cold War Season 1 begins December 10. Check out the new Roadmap which provides us with a look at how the team will finish the year with Black Ops Cold War. It wouldn’t be a Black Ops game without Nuketown, and Modern Warfare’s gunfight mode makes a return.
PlayStation players will receive exclusive benefits per an exclusivity deal with Activision. On top of the year-long exclusive game mode ‘Zombies Onslaught,’ there are a number of other benefits. If you play on the PS4 or PS5, check out the additional content you will receive.
Keep an eye on this page as we update it with more guides and information.
Follow @charlieINTEL on Twitter for Call of Duty and Black Ops Cold War news and updates.
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.
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
- Best Cold War UGR Perks & Equipment
- How to unlock UGR in Black Ops Cold War
- Best alternatives to Cold War’s UGR
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.
Image Credit: Activision
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.
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.
Image Credit: Activision
Treyarch confirm Jungle map remaster & new weapon arriving in Black Ops Cold War
Black Ops Cold War devs Treyarch have confirmed a new long-range weapon and Jungle map remaster coming soon.
Treyarch have confirmed brand-new content is on the way for Black Ops Cold War, including a new weapon and remastered version of the classic Jungle map.
Now, Treyarch have announced more new additions that they have planned for Black Ops Cold War in May and beyond, including a long-range weapon and a remastered version of a classic Call of Duty map.
Cold War Jungle map remaster release date
Treyarch confirmed that the remastered Jungle map will make its way to Black Ops Cold War on Friday, May 6. The new map hit the game at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM UK.
Treyarch originally confirmed their plans for brand-new Call of Duty content in a blog post on April 14, including the addition of the classic map Jungle. When the map hits the game on May 6, players will be able to jump into a Jungle 24/7 playlist.
When this map first made its debut, it consisted of a ruined village and military base near a river in the middle of a Vietnamese jungle. Players could take advantage of its many slopes and ladders to move quickly between levels.
Jungle won over players with its impressive layout and was added to other CoD titles like Black Ops III and Black Ops 4. Now, a remastered version will be added to Cold War’s standard 6v6 playlists in a new update.
New Cold War weapon
Adding new weapons often shakes up the meta of CoD titles, so we can expect major changes after this new content drop arrives.
For more Black Ops Cold War, be sure to check out Treyarch confirming that Cold War won’t receive more Zombies maps as well as the leaked Scythe weapon and its unlock requirements.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
Warzone expert proves buffed AR to make a comeback in Season 3 Reloaded
After completely falling out of the meta, a buff from the Warzone Season 3 Reloaded update could result in the...
Can you play Apex Legends Mobile with a controller?
Apex Legends Mobile has arrived on Android and iOS. Here's everything you need to know about the game's controller support.
Dr Disrespect claims “marketing is saving Call of Duty” in response to MW2
During a recent stream, Dr Disrespect vented his feelings towards the marketing behind Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty...