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Black Ops Cold War map guides: Top tips to dominate CoD

We have created a comprehensive guide that covers all of Black Ops Cold War’s maps and it features top tips to dominate them all.

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The core of BOCW is sustained by solid, competitive, memorable multiplayer maps. Each of them offering subtle differences that need to be understood to be mastered. So here is a step-by-step guide to each of the game’s main maps with top tips to dominate them and make them yours.

Black Ops Cold War will have you battling furiously through a shopping mall, across battleships, and even through the streets of Miami. Whether you love them or hate them, every one of Treyarch‘s maps feels unique and each one has its own identity.

So we’ve put some time and effort into playing each map extensively to note down the best tips and give them back to the community.

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BOCW map guides & top tips

Top 5 tips to dominate Nuketown ’84 in Black Ops Cold War

Another CoD, another reimagining of Nuketown. Are we complaining though? Absolutely not as Nuketown continues to be one of the most compelling and fast-paced Call of Duty maps of all-time.

Top 5 tips to dominate Crossroads in Black Ops Cold War

Quite possibly the best map of the new crop. Crossroads has multiple excellent areas and is meticulously designed to create fun and frantic games.

Top 5 tips to dominate Raid in Black Ops Cold War

Raid is another one to be checked off in the nostalgia column, but rightly so as this Hollywood house is unwittingly a tremendous location for a firefight.

Top 5 tips to dominate The Pines in Black Ops Cold War

Paying homage to the classic 1985 film – Back to the Future – The Pines is a stellar setting for tense, end-to-end games across a variety of exciting stores and outlets.

Top 5 tips to dominate Moscow in Black Ops Cold War

Some maps have that aura of invincibility as they can basically do no wrong, Moscow is a great example of this. It is well-balanced with memorable spots and it makes this a popular selection.

Top 5 tips to dominate Miami in Black Ops Cold War

Unquestionably the most divisive map in this iteration of Call of Duty. Miami emphasized darkness in favor of those moments of neon glow, but the darkness does contain some great spots to use.

Top 5 tips to dominate Cartel in Black Ops Cold War

If you overlook the troublesome bushes that populate the middle of Cartel, then you’ll realize there’s a lot to love here. From battles in the hanger to tussles by the river, Cartel offers more than meets the eye.

Top 5 tips to dominate Armada in Black Ops Cold War

A real-life game of battleships is the best way of describing Armada as you battle across, and under, two gigantic ships. With a contested bridge to fight for in the middle, this ship makes for trouble in the waters.

Top 5 tips to dominate Garrison in Black Ops Cold War

A military stronghold is a must for a game of this magnitude and Garrison does a fine job of living up to its billing with tanks and containers occupying all sectors for you to utilize.

Top 5 tips to dominate Apocalypse in Black Ops Cold War

The bowels of the jungle are here to welcome soldiers with its incredibly nervy and tight corners, and it offers players several elements of verticality and hidden spots too.

Top 5 tips to dominate Satellite in Black Ops Cold War

A gorgeous map that has its beauty ignored in favor of the map’s desire to make its Satellite worth fighting over. A multifaceted map that takes some learning, but once you do, you can reap the benefits.

Top 5 tips to dominate Checkmate in Black Ops Cold War

It’s remarkable how many maps have an architectural feature that makes them stand out. Checkmate has a giant plane in a huge warehouse that is equally empty and full, making for intriguing matches.

That should cover just about everything to do with Black Ops Cold War’s main maps. Take this newfound bag of knowledge, go forth, and earn all the Chopper Gunners your heart can take.

Make sure to check back regularly to see our tips on the latest offerings from Treyarch in Black Ops Cold War.

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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

Operator underwater using UGR
  • 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

UGR in Warzone

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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