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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.



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:

Zombies with pumpkins on their heads in Black Ops Cold war

Black Ops Cold War October 19 update patch notes


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:


  • 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


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


  • 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.


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!


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.

Ghost of War skin in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War


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:



  • 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.


  • 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.



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


  • 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. 🙂


  • 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


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.


  • 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.


  • “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.


  • 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.


  • 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

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

When does Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 start? Season 6 end date

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is set to make way for Vanguard Season 1, here’s everything we know about when it will happen.



Vanguard and Black Ops Cold War thumb

Call of Duty: Vanguard is finally here, but players will have to wait a little longer for the game’s first season. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard & Warzone Season 1, including release date and content.

After months of anticipation, Call of Duty: Vanguard has finally arrived, taking players back in time to World War II for all-out combat across the world. While Vanguard dropped on November 5, players will have to wait a little longer for the first season, and the content it will bring with it.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 has been going out with a bang thanks to its Halloween-themed event, The Haunting which confirmed that there would be no Reloaded patch in Season 6.

With a new Warzone map, the RICOCHET anti-cheat, and a new Battle Pass, there’s plenty to get excited about with Vanguard Season 1.

Cod Vanguard player using the BAR

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 start date

The sixth season of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will end on Thursday, December 2, 2021, bringing an end to the Treyarch game’s run. Vanguard Season 1 will officially kick off on December 8.

Vanguard owners will have 24-hour exclusive first play access to the Caldera map. Open access begins on Dec. 9. So, if you’re looking to get on the new map early, make sure you purchase Vanguard!

Vanguard will have been out nearly a month by this point, making it the ideal time to bring in the new Warzone Caldera map and WW2 weapons set to drop with the first season, as well as the long-awaited introduction of anti-cheat.

This isn’t to say that Black Ops Cold War will be forgotten, as Modern Warfare has still received content updates in the last year.

Player aiming down sights in CoD: Vanguard

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 content

Season 1 will be hugely important for both games, with major content coming to both Vanguard and Warzone.

For Vanguard, players will receive new multiplayer maps to explore and do battle on, along with the first Vanguard-specific Battle Pass, filled with new cosmetic content for players to enjoy.

Season 1 is set to be one of the biggest Warzone updates ever, with the new Pacific Caldera map finally releasing, Vanguard weapons being added, and the introduction of the new RICOCHET anti-cheat system.

Plane flying in Warzone pacific caldera map

What’s happening before Vanguard & Warzone Season 1

While December 8th will be when all of the official Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 action will be kicking off, there is still plenty of action to enjoy in the remaining time of Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

You can find the official schedule for all of the content coming to Warzone and Black Ops Cold War ahead of Vanguard Season 1 below thanks to the Call of Duty blog.

  • October 28 (Console) and November 2 (PC): Call of Duty: Vanguard Pre-Loading Begins – Pre-order now to get your game ready to play immediately at launch, in addition to numerous bonuses across VanguardBlack Ops Cold War, and Warzone.
  • November 5: Call of Duty: Vanguard Launch – Expect epic experiences on all fronts with Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies. Additionally, RICOCHET Anti-Cheat begins its implementation with server-side initiatives.
  • November 5 to December 2: Preseason in Vanguard  Access to Free Vanguard Tiers on the Black Ops Cold War Season Six Battle Pass System continues. Then on November 17, prepare to ship off to a fan-favorite map.
  • November 18: Operation: Flashback Begins in Warzone – An encore limited-time mode for Verdansk, celebrating its past 18 months of hosting over 100 million players strong in Warzone. Ready for your last dance in Verdansk?
  • November 24: Uncover the “Secrets of the Pacific” – Get intel on Caldera and its new points of interest through this event’s Warzone and Vanguard Multiplayer challenges.
  • November 30 and December 1: Last Hours of Verdansk. – Bombs away – see what happens to Verdansk before Warzone goes dark to prepare for Caldera and Season One.
  • December 8: Season One Begins – Vanguard players get new Multiplayer maps, 24 hours of exclusive access to Call of Duty®: Warzone™ Pacific and more to kick off Season One. All players can enjoy a new Battle Pass system and two free functional weapons. Plus: RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver begins its rollout in Warzone.

In the meantime, players will be able to enjoy the first month of Vanguard and to get the most out of your WWII experience, check out our guide on the best controller and aim assist settings, or when the next Double XP event will take place.

Image credits: Activision

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Will you be able to use Cold War and Modern Warfare weapons in Warzone Pacific?

Our quick and easy guide will answer the question of whether or not players can use Cold War and Modern Warfare guns in Warzone Pacific.



vanguard operators in combat in warzone pacific

One question on everyone’s mind ahead of Warzone Pacific’s Caldera map is whether or not you’ll be able to use Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War’s guns in it. We will answer that for you today.

Call of Duty: Warzone already has a ridiculously bloated arsenal of weapons for players to choose from. With over 100 guns to select as of Warzone Season 6, the transition into Warzone Pacific and the new Caldera map will see all of Vanguard’s guns added.

However, this begs the question for many players, will the new map and addition of nearly 40 Vanguard weapons mean that either Modern Warfare or Black Ops Cold War weapons need to miss out?

Can you use Modern Warfare and Cold War weapons in Warzone Pacific?

top of mountain in warzone pacific caldera map

Fans of any of Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War’s weapons will be pleased to know that they too will also be carrying over into Warzone Pacific.

In an exclusive interview with Dexerto, Zach Hodson, Lead Designer at Sledgehammer Games discussed how Vanguard’s weapons will have to be considered when being added to all the other existing guns in the game.

He said that SHG has to keep a “separate balance sheet to track how things might work in Warzone.” Presumably, this is to factor in the extra 40 guns, taking Warzone up to a total of about 150 guns for players to use.

It should be noted that Warzone Pacific game modes will tailor the guns to its different game modes. Warzone Caldera Battle Royale will allow the use of all guns, whereas Vanguard-specific modes will only allow the use of Vanguard weapons.

How to use Cold War & MW weapons in Warzone Pacific

ak-47 gunsmith selection in warzone

Whilst there’s nothing concrete just yet, we think that to use these weapons in Warzone Pacific, players will simply be able to select the ones they have unlocked once the Season 1 integration with Vanguard goes live.

When Black Ops Cold War and Warzone merged, it was a simple case of players being able to use the guns that they’d unlocked in Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone. If you hadn’t unlocked a certain gun, then you could complete a challenge condition that was different in each game.

We expect this to be exactly the same in Warzone Pacific, and it’ll be up to the preference of the player, and their availability of each CoD game, to decide how to unlock particular weapons.

We’ll be sure to update this once Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software have provided a bit more official insight into the integration of weapons.

In the meantime, check out everything we know about Vanguard and Warzone Season 1.

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software / Sledgehammer Games

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Cold War players claim they’ll boycott game as “best mode” removal sparks fury

Black Ops Cold War fans are claiming they will boycott the game after the “best mode” was removed, days before Vanguard’s release.



player finishes opponent in Cold War 12v12 mode

Hours before Vanguard’s release, players are claiming they’ll boycott Black Ops Cold War following the removal of the game’s “best mode.”

With Activision releasing a new Call of Duty annually, each game’s lifespan is two years tops. Some CoD titles will fizzle out before then, while others hang on for dear life near the end of year two.

Vanguard aims to take players back to WWII. Many fans have expressed their disappointment with returning to an oversaturated time period. So much so that players had planned on sticking with Black Ops Cold War for a second year.

However, players’ plans to stick with BOCW changed after the recent removal of the fan-favorite 12v12 mode. This isn’t the first time Treyarch removed this mode, but fans have reason to believe it won’t be coming back.

players fight at gas station in cold war 12v12 mode

Fans boycott Cold War following 12v12 removal

Just days before Vanguard’s release, Treyarch has pulled the plug on Black Ops Cold War’s 12v12 mode. And of course, fans are furious. Players that had planned to stick with BOCW for a second year are now boycotting the game until 12v12 is reinstated.

Many fans have taken to Twitter and Reddit to express their disappointment. Tweets from users like chaigrima and ColvinoYT state that 12v12 was the “only reason” they played CW Multiplayer.

Replies to posts similar to these are from fans stating they won’t be returning to BOCW until 12v12 is reinstated. And a Reddit post from u/RagingSerenity claims that 12v12 was BOCW’s “best game mode” and the game is boring now that it’s gone.

For the most part, fans understand why Treyarch removed the game mode. Activision wants Vanguard to sell as many copies as possible at launch. And one of the best ways to do so is to throttle players’ enjoyment of a previous title.

With so many players flooding Vanguards servers over the coming days, Activision may also need to free up server space. Nonetheless, BOCW fans are still outraged at the removal of 12v12. And it’s hard to say whether Treyarch can justify bringing it back after the release of Vanguard.

For more Cold War, check out when Season 6 ends and Vanguard Season 1 starts.

Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch

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