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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.



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 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 freeze the timer in Black Ops Cold War’s Cranked Zombies mode

Cranked is BOCW’s speedy Zombies mode and requires the player to beat a timer. Here’s how you can freeze the timer in the Cranked game mode.



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Black Ops Cold War Season 1 saw Cranked make its first appearance as a Zombies mode, and players have found a new glitch that freeze’s the timer mid-game.

The fresh Zombies mode is all about speed and fast-thinking. This is more apparent as a big timer is plastered on the screen, counting down, and constantly reminding you of this. To prevent the “Game Over” screen, you need to keep replenishing your time by scoring kills from the undead.

Though that sense of urgency can be forgotten about if you can enforce the timer glitch that’s been discovered. If performed correctly, the clock will permanently stop and give you all the time in the world to survive.

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BOCW Cranked Zombies glitch

Content creator Caspahz has been able to find a way to make the timer one less enemy for yourself. It’s a simple and easy set of instructions that need to be followed and reap huge benefits.

Here are the steps you need to follow to pull this glitch off.

  1. Start a game of Cranked
  2. Keep playing until you earn enough resources to buy either a Cruise Missile or Chopper Gunner
  3. Wait for the timer to tick down until it gets to 3 seconds
  4. Then call in the streak
  5. Don’t eliminate any Zombies with it
  6. When the streak appears, the timer should now have disappeared
  7. You should now how an infinite amount of time to play how you want

You will now have free reign to take your time and take in the different parameters that Crank offers compared to traditional Zombies.

It’s good to see that Treyarch is continuing to support Zombies with a variety of content and the trend shows no signs of stopping. Forthcoming Zombies updates will see a new Fireteam map, new perks, and much more.

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Easily finish Diamond camo for the M79 in Black Ops Cold War

A TikToker has discovered a way to easily achieve the Diamond camo on the M79 in Black Ops Cold War through a secret spot on Nuketown.



A TikTok video by North Texas shows players how to easily achieve gold camo on the M79 special launcher in Black Ops Cold War.

Launcher challenges in Black Ops Cold War are brutal and time-consuming. Often, they require perfect circumstances to achieve, and it can take several games to get the right conditions. In the previous Call of Duty titles, launchers would be time-consuming and difficult as well, but Black Ops Cold War is especially difficult.

Due to the low damage values and effectiveness of Flak Jacket, some launchers can take up to 3 shots to kill enemies in hardcore modes, which is problematic for obvious reasons. Players need to achieve longshots, double-kills, and even killstreaks to master each respective launcher.

One of the most difficult launchers in Black Ops Cold War is the M79. Luckily, a player has discovered a spot to get easy longshots and feeds with the weapon to expedite the tedious process.

It appears that TikToker North_Texas has found a spot on the A-Side spawn in Nuketown that makes longshots a breeze with the M79. If you position yourself precisely in the garden area, aim all the way up, and fire, you’ll send shots perfectly aimed at the B flag.

All kills will register as longshots due to the range from this area. You may even score some easy double-kills off spawn from players attempting to capture B. If enemies are using Flak Jacket, you still may get a kill with the next shot.

We recommend lobby-surfing for hardcore games with players who aren’t running Flak Jacket, as this will make the process much faster. After a few kills, players may enable the perk, so you can feel free to leave the game and try again in another lobby.

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Black Ops Cold War player achieves insane feat of prestiging without killing anyone

One player has demonstrated incredible patience to prestige in Black Ops Cold War without killing even a single person in the game.



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One dedicated Call of Duty player opted to prestige in Black Ops Cold War in a very unconventional way. They managed to achieve the maximum levels necessary without scoring even a single kill.

Call of Duty actively encourages its players to score as many kills as possible and offers all kinds of incentives for doing so. Playing the objective and cooperating with your team is encouraged also.

But the glory, and XP, is all in the kills.

So it seems remarkable that someone has been able to persevere for 37 hours of in-game time to achieve this, steering clear of any assist-giving damage and taking great care to avoid any accidental kills.

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Prestiging without killing anyone in BOCW

People might wonder what the point of doing this is. At the end of the day, the person has paid for the game and can approach it however they want to. Plus, it’s a bit different, isn’t it?

We can imagine it was liberating for Reddit user Pilgore1 as they knew they could play each game without having to worry about maintaining their K/D. Plus, in certain modes, it was great news for their teammates as Pilgore1 primarily focused on taking down enemy scorestreaks and completing the objective.

One of the most eye-opening statistics was their Win/Loss record which was surprisingly high. It took 37 hours and 200 matches to prestige, but their final record was a positive 1.27 Win ratio.

Objectives and “Clearing the sky” were the keys to victory and you’d have to imagine they didn’t focus too much on Team Deathmatch and kill-heavy modes. Instead, opting for Hardpoint and other similar environments where hard work and grafting really pays off.

This probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea in terms of enjoying Call of Duty, but you can’t argue how unique it is. They clearly weren’t too much of a burden to their teammates either with such a high W/L record too.

We’re not saying that everyone needs to stop camping in a corner for a Sentry Turret (you’ve all done it), but it just goes to show that people can find new ways to enjoy Black Ops Cold War.

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