Black Ops Cold War Season 3 brought the new Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle to the game, but even though it’s insanely fast, the community feels it’s underpowered.
For Black Ops Cold War, sniping has seen some considerable buffs and nerfs. With the flinch mechanic removed and Sniper Rifles having aim assist, it’s much easier for snipers to win gunfights against automatic weapons. However, Snipers’ aim down sight time is considerably lower than in previous CoD games.
The answer to this problem is the new Swiss K31 Sniper Rifle that arrived with the Season 3 update. It can be unlocked for free at Level 31 of the Battle Pass, so more and more players are starting to unlock it and level it up.
The Swiss K31 is designed to be the fastest Sniper Rifle in Cold War, having a rapid ADS speed and fire rate. However, players feel it’s underpowered because, more often than not, it gives hit marks, instead of one-hit kills.
Two posts making fun of the underpowered Swiss have made the Black Ops Cold War subreddit’s front page. One post compared the Swiss to a Nerf Gun, and the other said “Ah yes the new hit mark god that leaves enemy 1 hp,” along with a picture of the K31.
The comments on both posts were filled with players echoing the posts’ claim, with several players calling it too weak and “Absolutely painful to level up.”
User longtuktuk012456 suggested that devs: “Buff the damage by 2%, the amount of time I shot people and they survive with a tiny bit of HP is too high.”
As detailed in our Swiss K31 class and quickscoping loadout, you need to use the 24.9″ Tiger Team barrel to turn the Swiss from one of the worst Sniper Rifles in the game to the best. This barrel improves the K31’s damage, fire rate, and bullet velocity – making it infinitely better than the base version.
The source of most players’ frustration is that the Tiger Team barrel is unlocked at Weapon Level 48, so there’s a lengthy grind to get there and make the weapon useable.
After comments said that the Tiger Team vastly improves it, user N_U_T said, “let me just torture myself getting constant hit markers for the 50 hours it takes to even get the gun to level 48.”
If you’re struggling with leveling up the K31 fast, you can check out our guide on how to level up weapons fast in Cold War.
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Best KSP 45 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5
Buffs have made the KSP 45 a fearsome Cold War SMG, so here’s the best loadout with perks and attachments to complement it.
The KSP 45 has become of CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s best weapons. Treyarch did buff it, and this SMG has been a must-use gun since then. Here is the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout in Season 5, including attachments and Perks.
A burst-fire SMG is a weird hybrid to begin with, but weak stats didn’t help it. But now, it has increased viability as a lobby-owning laser beam.
To ensure that players get the most out of it, we’ve gone through and kitted it out with the best attachments and Perks to discover its best self in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.
Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout
Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class attachments
To ensure you get the most of Cold War’s KSP 45, ensure you have the Gunfighter wildcard equipped to increase your maximum attachments.
- Optic: Visiontech 2x
- Muzzle: Muzzle Brake .45 APC
- Barrel: 10.2″ Rifled
- Body: Steady Aim Laser
- Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
- Magazine: 45 Rnd Drum
- Handle: Serpent Wrap
- Stock: Wire Stock
The improved effectiveness of the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout means we want to use this at different distances, so the Visiontech 2x will cover that. The gun’s accuracy is now a big factor in its efficiency, so instead of favoring one or the other, we’ve applied the Muzzle Brake .45 APC to give its vertical recoil a tiny boost.
The 10.2″ Rifled barrel makes the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout even more deadly at range, and the Steady Aim Laser makes it equally deadly at close range. The trusty Field Agent Foregrip bolsters vertical and horizontal recoil whilst the Fast Mag offers super-quick mag changing.
We’re going to give the KSP much faster ADS time thanks to the Serpent Wrap, and the Wire Stock lets us more around more freely with less penalty to sprinting.
Best Perks to use with Cold War KSP 45 class
- Perk 1: Flak Jacket
- Perk 2: Assassin
- Perk 3: Ghost
Staying alive is the name of the game with the KSP 45, as its power can help you to achieve some insane scores. So Flak Jacket provides immunity to the litany of explosive devices that Cold War has in store for players.
Assassin supports this idea by rewarding you with more points for killing enemies on a Scorestreak, and Ghost makes you invisible to tracking devices.
Most recent AK-47 buffs & nerfs in Cold War
Treyarch has tinkered with the KSP 45 in Cold War Season 5, just giving it a couple of minors adjustments for players to consider.
Here are the most recent changes to the KSP 45:
- Reduced Effective Damage Range from 25.4m to 22.86m
- Slowed burst fire delay from 0.066 to 0.083
How to unlock the KSP 45
The KSP 45’s newfound power can only be utilized once you reach Level 37.
Doing so allows you to create the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class, and you can also access it in Warzone Season 5 as well.
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Warzone & Cold War Season 6 cinematic teases Mason’s return
Warzone and Black Ops Cold War have a new Season 5 outro cinematic hinting at Mason’s importance in the story for Season 6 of the Call of Duty games.
The latest cinematic for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 has been released, and players are excited about the reference towards Mason returning.
As we enter the final season for Black Ops Cold War before Vanguard‘s release, which will inevitably integrate with Warzone, players have been given a hint towards Mason’s return in a brand new cinematic.
For those still keeping up to date with the details, this outro cinematic plays a pivotal role in setting up the final season for Black Ops Cold War.
Black Ops Cold War will enter its final season soon, and players are desperate to find out who the last operator will be. It seems the last operator could be a fan-favorite character from the Black Ops series, Mason.
Although the cinematic is only a minute long, players can gain some critical information from it. Hudson and Woods are having a conversation about Adler’s disappearance, discussing what they should do next.
Ultimately, they decide that Woods should go after Adler, who is in Verdansk, while also mentioning the return of Mason, whose experience with the numbers could give them the edge.
You can find the official description of the new Warzone and Black Ops Cold War cinematic below:
“The news is flooding in: more Operators have abandoned their missions. Mounting evidence suggests that Adler has gone rogue. Disturbed, Hudson sends Woods to find Adler and bring him in… along with the one person whose Numbers Program intel could provide the edge they need.
The showdown begins in Season Six.”
We’ll have to wait for Season 6 to see where the story will go, but it’s set up to be an exciting end to what’s been a great seasonal story.
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New Cold War Sai weapon exploit lets Zombies players skip doors
Black Ops Cold War players have discovered an exploit with the Sai melee weapon that lets them skip doors in Zombies mode.
A new exploit has been discovered with Black Ops Cold War’s new Sai melee weapon which lets players skip through the first door in the Firebase Z map in Zombies.
Black Ops Cold War Zombies received some new content in the Season 5 Reloaded update, including a new Black Chest World Event in Outbreak, a Rampage Inducer for round-based maps, and a brand-new weapon.
Various players reported being able to go through the first door at Firebase Z while they had the Sai equipped. This led to a response from lead developer Mark Maestas, who was well aware of the situation.
Surprisingly, the developer talked about this exploit with enthusiasm. “Dear Zombies players, yes you can skip the first door in Firebase Z,” tweeted Maestas. “Zombies can come and greet you too. GLHF!”
While these kinds of things are often addressed in update patches, Mark’s response makes it seem like the developers aren’t currently planning on doing anything to fix this exploit.
With this exploit, players will be able to access greater levels of Zombies much quicker than before, and the undead will be able to come to them as well.
It’s possible that the developers are going to avoid fixing this one exploit so that they can focus on fixing the Zombies’ pathfinding instead, ensuring that the exploit doesn’t ruin the game.
For more on Black Ops Cold War, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and check out our guide on the new Hardcore Cold War Outbreaks Zombie mode.
Image credits: Treyarch
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