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.
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- 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.
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Cold War & Warzone Season 3 artwork reportedly leaked
A first look at Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3 artwork has leaked online.
A first look at artwork for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3 has leaked.
The user who shared this artwork on social channels has since deleted his Reddit account & post on it.
This leaked image, which was then re-uploaded to Imgur, showcases a new female Operator with Season 3 having a blue color scheme.
Please note: Activision has issued a DMCA take down of the images.
This artwork also shows in the background what looks to be a destroyed part of Verdansk, which lends more confirmation to the rumors of Verdansk’s major changes coming in Season 3.
It’s not clear which part of the map is shown behind her.
It’s also not confirmed yet as to how the leakers found the images, whether it was through data mining of certain game files or from another source.
For now, Activision has not officially confirmed or commented on these images.
Season 3 for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone is set to begin on April 22. There has not been much reveals for Season 3 yet from Activision besides some teasers that Treyarch has started to post on their social accounts. More information is set to be announced as we get closer to the start date.
On the Warzone side of things, Raven has already teased some of the changes coming, including weapon balancing, skin adjustments, and more.
Warzone will also see a major event, which will begin on April 21 at 12PM PT.
Stay tuned for the latest news on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3.
Treyarch reverses some bans following Cold War Zombies Sail 630 Nuclear Bug
Treyarch have responded to Cold War Zombies players reports that they have been falsely banned after receiving the ‘Sail 630 Nuclear Bug.’
Treyarch have responded to reports of Black Ops Cold War Zombies players receiving the ‘Sail 630 Nuclear Bug’ error code and having their accounts permanently banned afterward.
In a new update on April 16 on Reddit, Treyarch Community Manager has stated that they investigated the issue even further and have identified a number of bans caused by this bug that will be reversed.
He states that not all bans have been reversed, as some very in fact legitimate bans in the mode, but many have after a security enforcement review.
Foxhound commented on a Reddit post with the latest statement from the studio:
Hello! The Sail 630 Nuclear Bug notice is indeed a disconnect message as previously shared and now noted by your peers. If you are disconnected mid-match, this error has the potential to show up.
We have an update to share: recent account enforcements have been reviewed and, where appropriate, accounts believed to be operating in good faith have been restored. Accounts that included additional flags for exploits will retain their enforcement.
As always, we encourage everyone to enjoy Zombies on PC within the terms of service.
He followed up further after a user commented asking why they decided to “lie” initially. Foxy replied that he provided the latest information he had at the time, but after further investigations things changed.
We’ve always relayed the most recent information available at the time of postings. According to the data available to us, accounts that have retained their enforcement are verified to have broken the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Security and Enforcement Policy. Accounts believed to be operating in good faith have been restored.
He also reiterated that PC players are “safe” to continue playing Zombies in Black Ops Cold War.
As we mentioned above, you’re safe to enjoy Zombies on PC within the terms of service. No worries about going for high rounds!
In the early days of Black Ops Cold War, Zombies players were having their World Record runs abruptly ended by consistent crashes. Now, a new error code has been kicking Zombies players back to the menu, and they claim their accounts are permanently banned when they log back on.
Since April 2nd, the ‘Sail 630 Nuclear Bug’ has been crashing PC players’ Zombies games when they’re on high levels. Reddit user Korlesa was allegedly banned after receiving this code and posted to the CODZombies subreddit to highlight the issue.
In the post titled, “People are being falsely banned while going for high rounds in Zombies on PC,” Korlesa described how “after going 50+ rounds people are receiving a “Sail 630 Nuclear Bug” Error. Upon exiting to Battle.net we see that we have been permanently banned.”
Before the post was locked, to back up their claim, Korlesa compiled over 70 posts to the Activision Support page in which players reported they had been falsely banned after receiving the Sail 630 Nuclear Bug.
Korlesa summed up these reports highlighting what the majority of them had in common:
- They were on PC
- They were playing Zombies
- They were on a high round (50+)
- They received the same error (Sail 630 Nuclear Bug)
Treyarch’s Community Manager, Josh Torres, aka FoxhoundFPS, replied to the Reddit post. “I’m unable to assist with this issue,” he said. “All infractions undergo a thorough review process by the security team before enforcement.”
However, the original post and the CODZombies subreddit continued to be flooded with players reporting the issue and worrying if they’re safe to play. After a concerned Zombies fan asked if they should avoid playing the game until the issue has been fixed, FoxhoundFPS replied with a full statement.
We are aware that some players are seeing the Sail 630 Nuclear Bug message and then are unable to connect while seeing a ban message. The ban message is not a product of disconnect errors. For questions about enforcement policies, please visit this link.
I’ve spoken with our teams regarding the recent Sail 630 Nuclear Bug threads and reports, and here’s what I have to share.
Sail 630 Nuclear Bug: This error string is currently presented instead of the standard disconnect language when a disconnect occurs in the Zombies menus on PC. PC players would typically see, “Connection to the Blizzard game server has been lost. Please exit and try again. BLZBNTBGS000003F8.”
We encourage players to continue playing Zombies as per usual, which includes chasing high-rounds and personal bests.
After another user asked if players who have been banned after seeing the error message will get their accounts back, FoxhoundFPS reiterated his statement.
I stated in my post that the bans are not the result of the disconnect or the disconnect error. The recent enforcements are not bugs or errors.
Players that experience disconnects are not subject to enforcement unless they are violating the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Security and Enforcement Policy. As I have always stated, all infractions undergo a thorough review process by the security team before enforcement.
Players are able, and encouraged, to maintain or resume normal Zombies gameplay.
To summarize, Torres passed on players’ concerns to the security team, who then said that the Sail 630 Nuclear Bug is a standard error message unrelated to player bans.
Image Credit: Activision
Cold War devs respond to claims ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle isn’t powerful enough
A dev response has been issued to complaints that CoD: Cold War’s ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle isn’t as strong as advertised.
Season 2’s ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle is finally in CoD: Cold War, but players are complaining that its description and damage are misleading. A Treyarch dev has addressed these reservations.
The LW3 Tundra, Pelington 703, and M82 already provide players with some solid options to cap enemies from a long distance, but the ZRG 20mm is here to take that crown. The one-hit, bolt-action Sniper Rifle aims to add an extra dimension to Black Ops Cold War matches moving forward.
However, its early days are being shrouded in controversy as players believe that the weapon isn’t as devastating as perhaps it should be. One of Treyarch’s devs has replied to the Reddit thread making these claims to explain why this isn’t the case.
According to the ZRG 20mm’s Official description, it “Deals higher damage to vehicles.” Yet, with closer inspection, the Sniper Rifle’s own stats seem to contradict this.
Its Vehicle Damage states it does 440 per hit, whereas one of its nearest competitors, the M82, does 825 Vehicle Damage. This represents nearly a 100% increase over the ZRG 20mm and got people wondering.
But renowned Treyarch dev Josh “FoxhoundFPS” Torres stepped in to intervene saying,
“Hey there! Spoke with our Multiplayer Team and we have the following to share: The ZRG 20mm has built-in armor-piercing properties which aren’t accounted for in the Vehicle Damage values. We’re already discussing this with the UI team on how to make that more clear in the detailed stats. Thanks for the feedback!”
So in actual fact, the ZRG 20mm does do more Vehicle Damage as it states, and its extra damage is just currently hidden away.
So for anyone wanting to unlock the ZRG 20mm and use it for CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s bigger modes involving vehicles, it’s absolutely worth using.
It’s another positive example of devs responding quickly to an issue as well, a point we discussed in our 8 things we want to see in Call of Duty 2021 article.
Image credits: Treyarch
Cold War & Warzone Season 3 artwork reportedly leaked
A first look at Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3 artwork has leaked online.
Warzone will reportedly get NVIDIA DLSS support with Season 3
NVIDIA DLSS could bring new technology and support for PC players in Warzone.
Treyarch reverses some bans following Cold War Zombies Sail 630 Nuclear Bug
Treyarch have responded to Cold War Zombies players reports that they have been falsely banned after receiving the 'Sail 630...