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Cold War October 19 update patch notes: The Haunting, Zombies changes & more

Treyarch Studios has rolled out the Black Ops Cold War October 19 update patch notes, and we have everything you need to know covered.

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Black Ops Cold war Update Patch Notes

The Black Oops Cold War October 19 update patch notes have been revealed by Treyarch Studios, and they provide a great deal of information for The Haunting event and other major changes.

Season 6 has been an exciting time for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, with players being able to go into battle with the new Grav and .410 Ironhide weapons and experience the adrenaline-fueled action of the new Forsaken Zombies map.

The excitement in Black Ops Cold War is set to ramp up even more with the arrival of The Haunting event, and Treyarch Studios has provided a detailed summary of everything that will be happening when the Halloween event launches in the Black Ops Cold war October 19 update patch notes.

You can find everything you need to know about the Cold War October 19 update patch notes below:

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Black Ops Cold War October 19 update patch notes

THE HAUNTING BEGINS OCT. 19

Do you like scary movies? We sure do.

Spooky season is our favorite time of year, and it’s coming to Call of Duty®.The Haunting Event begins at 10AM PT today with new Halloween-themed content in Multiplayer, Zombies, and Warzone™ through November 2nd. Take on 18 challenges to unlock new seasonal rewards, and complete a full set of challenges in either Black Ops Cold War or Warzone to unlock the LAPA SMG.

The Haunting Event roadmap

Here’s what’s coming to Black Ops Cold War,starting at 10AM PT:

Global:

  • The Haunting Event (Oct. 19 – Nov. 2)
  • New Event Reward Weapon: LAPA SMG
  • New Limited-Time Bundles: Scream & Donnie Darko
  • New Halloween Bundles: Ghost of War, Necro Queen, Disciple of Mayhem
  • + More in-season, including the Hammer & Sickle Melee weapon

Multiplayer:

  • New Map: Nuketown Halloween
  • New Modes: Scream Deathmatch, Infected, Nuketown Halloween Prop Hunt
  • New Feature: Scare Packages
  • Multiplayer Event Challenges & Rewards

Zombies:

  • Halloween Updates: Jack O’Lantern Drops, Pumpkin Heads, Scare Packages, and Spooky Soundtrack
  • New Mode: Hallows’ Eve Outbreak
  • Outbreak Survival added to Private and Solo
  • Zombies Event Challenges & Rewards

Get the details on all the new content coming during The Haunting at the Call of Duty Blog, and check out the patch notes below for everything new since our last update, including a fresh round of stability improvements and bug fixes in Zombies.

MULTIPLAYER

We’re delivering new seasonal MP content during The Haunting, including the new Nuketown Halloween map decorated with plenty of tricks and treats to discover. The Nuketown Halloween dedicated playlist will be live throughout the event, along with three new modes.

We’re just dying for everyone to jump into Scream Deathmatch, where two players become masked killers chasing after the screams of their prey. Infected comes to Black Ops Cold War with new twists: it’s 18-player Zombies vs. Survivors mayhem, where Survivors now earn bonuses with each Zombie they kill. And Nuketown Halloween Prop Hunt delivers a creepy new collection of props to hunt in Nuketown Halloween, including gravestones, skulls, witch hats, coffins, spiders, and more.

Don’t forget to update your Scorestreak selection and call in some Scare Packages for a surprise!

ZOMBIES

The Zombies team is scaring up lots of new Halloween updates in all round-based maps, Outbreak, and Onslaught modes during The Haunting, including one of our most intense Zombies modes to date!

Watch for the new Jack O’Lantern item drop for a chance to pick up Wonder Weapons, Support Weapons, Ammo Mods, Chalices, Aether Tools, and high-level Armor. Scare Packages containing high-value rewards will now spawn every five rounds and in every Outbreak Region. Zombies with pumpkin heads have arrived, offering Essence bonuses to players who shoot them off… and the audio team has cooked up a hair-raising new soundtrack to get you into the spirit.

If you’re searching for a devilish new challenge, look no further than Hallows’ Eve Outbreak. This new mode drops players into the Outbreak Zone with one mission: survive for 10 minutes against increasingly aggressive waves of zombies in a single Region before Exfil begins. At first, the difficulty seems manageable… and then everything goes to hell very quickly.

The challenge ramps up every two minutes, zombie spawns are constantly pushed to the max, and enemies are always aware of your position. If you’re skilled enough to survive all 10 minutes, the Exfil point will appear at the location farthest from your squad.

Good luck… you’re going to need it.

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“GHOST OF WAR” VANGUARD PRE-ORDER BONUS

Ready to get even spookier? Digitally pre-order Call of Duty: Vanguard and get the “Ghost of War” Ultra Skin in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone for a limited time, starting Oct. 22nd. Already pre-ordered? This new Operator Skin will automatically be added to your inventory on Friday.

Here’s what to expect when The Haunting begins at 10AM PT:

GLOBAL

Events

  • The Haunting
    • The Haunting Event live from October 19th to November 2nd in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.
    • Complete event challenges in both games to unlock new in-game rewards, including the new LAPA SMG.

Weapons

  • LAPA
    • New SMG available via event challenges.
    • Complete a full set of 9 challenges in either Black Ops Cold War or Warzone during The Haunting Event to unlock the LAPA.

MULTIPLAYER

Maps

  • Nuketown Halloween
    • Special Halloween version of Nuketown ‘84 added to Multiplayer rotation during The Haunting Event.

Modes

  • Scream Deathmatch
    • Scream Deathmatch added to Multiplayer Featured Playlists.
    • Two random players will become Ghostface and must eliminate all Survivors.
    • Survivors will have no weapons and must run and hide from the killers.
    • Survivors will periodically scream throughout the match, giving away their position and forcing them to stay on the move.
    • The match ends when the killers have killed all Survivors, or when a final Survivor rises up to defeat the killers.
  • Infected
    • Infected added to Multiplayer Featured Playlists. Supports up to 18 players.
    • Zombies attempt to kill the Survivors to add them to the undead team.
    • The remaining Survivors win if they beat the clock, or the Zombies win if they turn every Survivor.
    • Survivors will earn a bonus with each Zombie they kill:
      • Bonus to reload speed
      • Bonus to ADS speed
      • Bonus to movement speed
      • Bonus to slide speed
  • Nuketown Halloween Prop Hunt
    • Nuketown Halloween Prop Hunt added to Party Games and Nuketown Halloween Featured Playlists.
    • New Halloween-themed props include skulls, jack-o’-lanterns, spiders, and more on the Nuketown Halloween map.

Scare Packages

  • Call in Halloween-themed Care Packages for some tricks and treats. 🙂

Playlists

  • Nuketown Halloween
    • Nuketown Halloween added to Featured Playlists.
    • Includes Team Deathmatch, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and Nuketown Halloween Prop Hunt. Mode voting enabled.

Featured Playlists

  • Nuketown Halloween [NEW] (includes Nuketown Halloween Prop Hunt)
  • Scream Deathmatch [NEW]
  • Infected [NEW]
  • Gunfight Tournament [NEW]
  • Face Off 6v6
  • 12v12 Moshpit
  • Party Games (includes Nuketown Halloween Prop Hunt)
  • Multi-Team

ZOMBIES

Halloween Updates

  • Jack O’Lantern Drops
    • Zombies have a chance to drop the new Jack O’Lantern item for additional rewards, including Wonder Weapons, Support Weapons, Ammo Mods, Chalices, Aether Tools, and high-level Armor.
  • Scare Packages
    • During The Haunting Event, Scare Packages containing high-value rewards will spawn every five rounds in round-based maps, and in every Outbreak Region.
  • Pumpkin Heads
    • Zombies with pumpkin heads will appear in all modes. These weak points have low health and can be shot off for Essence bonuses.
  • Spooky Soundtrack
    • Added new Halloween in-game music during The Haunting.

Outbreak

  • Modes
    • Hallows’ Eve Outbreak
      • New Outbreak mode available during The Haunting.
      • Players must survive against increasingly aggressive hordes in a single Region for 10 minutes before Exfil begins.
      • Difficulty ramps up every 2 minutes, and zombie spawns are constantly at maximum. Zombies are always aware of the squad’s location.
      • The Orda battle is the only available World Event.
      • After 10 minutes, Exfil will begin at the location farthest from the squad.
  • Outbreak Survival
    • Outbreak Survival mode now available in Private and Solo matches.

Round-Based Maps

  • “Forsaken”
    • Gameplay
      • Addressed an issue that allowed players to become invisible while playing an arcade game.
      • Addressed several erroneous out of bounds warnings within legitimate play spaces.
      • Addressed an issue that could cause players to be erroneously teleported while in the Observation Tower space.
      • Addressed an issue that caused the arcade activation prompts to appear when already occupied or during Exfil.
      • Addressed an issue that caused players to receive the previous rewards when restarting the Der Eisendrache pinball game but not participating.
      • Addressed an issue that could cause players to not retain Support items acquired during the Der Eisendrache pinball game.
    • Enemies
      • Addressed an issue that caused the Abomination to become stuck on the Main Street bridge.
      • Addressed an issue that caused the Abomination to use the Special enemy icon on the mini-map instead of the Elite enemy icon.
      • Addressed a rare issue that could caused the Abomination to be moved nearby after a charge attack.
      • Addressed an issue that could cause zombies to not visibly disintegrate properly when hit with the Abomination’s Beam Attack.
      • Addressed an issue that prevented the Abomination from being able to destroy respawned Aetherium crystals.
      • Addressed an issue that could allow the Disciple to follow players into arcade mini-games.
    • Wonder Weapons
      • Addressed an issue that prevented ammo from being granted when Pack-a-Punching the Chrysalax to Tier II or III.
    • Main Quest
      • Addressed an issue that caused Ammo Caches to disappear during the later steps of the Main Quest.
    • General
      • Addressed an issue that caused players to be granted 1,000 Essence instead of 500 when starting a new match.
      • Closed various exploit areas where players could not be reached by enemies.
      • Closed various exploits related to the use of PhD Slider or the Sai Melee weapon to slide to unintended areas.

Stability

  • “Forsaken”
    • Added stability fixes related to the Chrysalax Wonder Weapon.
    • Added stability fixes related to the Pizza Delivery side quest in “Forsaken.”
    • Added a stability fix related to the Aetherium Neutralizer in the “Forsaken” Main Quest.
    • Added a stability fix related to the Main Quest debris barricade in “Forsaken.”
  • General
    • Added stability fixes related to the Abomination.
    • Added a stability fix related to the ARC-XD Support Weapon.
    • Added a stability fix related to Duel Wield weapons with Ammo Mods.
    • Added a stability fix for a crash that could occur when a player was downed.

Perks

  • Addressed an issue that caused a non-functional Tombstone Stash to spawn when dying without the Perk after having had the Perk during a previous life.

Support

  • Closed some invincibility exploits related to use of the ARC-XD.

Wonder Weapons

  • Addressed an issue that caused incorrect ammo to be granted to the D.E.A.D. Joltsurge Wonder weapon when receiving the Max Ammo power-up.

Featured Playlists

  • Hallows’ Eve Outbreak [NEW]
  • Outbreak (Endless and 3 Region)
  • Forsaken
  • Mauer der Toten
  • Firebase Z
  • Die Maschine
  • Dead Ops Arcade 3 (Standard and First-Person)
  • Onslaught (PlayStation®)
  • Onslaught Elite (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)

Source: Treyarch Studios

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch Studios

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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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