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Black Ops Cold War Prestige System: Seasonal, Master Ranks

We’ve finally got the full details on the progression system for Black Ops Cold War.

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Treyarch has finally announced the details on Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s progression system.

As part of the first announcement on November 5 with Warzone’s unified progression details, Treyarch revealed a ‘new Prestige’ system is coming to the game.

In a detailed blog post on the Treyarch site, the studio has now unveiled further details on exactly what this “new Prestige” system is.

The system features Seasonal Prestige ranks, Prestige Master Ranks, and more combined together for an ultimate experience. This new progression path will be available in Black Ops Cold War, Warzone, and Modern Warfare.

Here’s the details from Treyarch:

As always, part of that launch day experience is starting the player progression journey from level 1 to 55 to unlock new Create-a-Class content. During the Beta, we showed players a slice of what to expect up to level 40. Today, we’re here to go into the full details behind our deepest Prestige system yet in Black Ops Cold War.

THE EVOLUTION OF PRESTIGE

We’ve heard from countless community members who live for the “grind,” putting in the time and effort to earn unique Prestige Icons with each new milestone and showing off their Prestige Level to the rest of the world. We know the thrill of chasing the coveted title of Prestige Master, and the bragging rights that come along with it with each new game.

We’ve also seen a significant portion of players – including veterans of the Black Ops series who’ve been with us for a long time – who often choose not to Prestige because they don’t want to lose access to the Create-a-Class content that they worked so hard to unlock by reaching level 55. Plus, with post-launch Seasons now delivering their own leveling paths in Warzone, we’ve heard from players who want to see their progress continue across Seasons in even more meaningful ways.

With all of this feedback in mind, our designers set out to create a new progression system that builds upon all the elements that players have come to love about Prestige, with some exciting new advancements:

  • Earn progress toward more Prestige Levels than ever before without losing any of the content you’ve already acquired.
  • The best of both worlds: there’s always a new goal to pursue andyour progress toward Prestige keeps growing across Seasons.
  • Each new Season offers more Prestige milestones, new seasonal challenges to unlock, and more rewards to earn.

We call this new system Seasonal Prestige, and it starts with the launch of Black Ops Cold War. Here’s everything you need to know.

SEASONAL PRESTIGE: OUR DEEPEST PROGRESSION YET

Starting on Day One in Black Ops Cold War, players will begin the traditional progression path from Military Rank 1 to 55 to unlock new weapons, Perks, Wildcards, Scorestreaks, Field Upgrades, equipment, and more… and that’s just the beginning. Beyond this point, your Seasonal Prestige journey begins at Season Level 1.

After completing Military Ranks at Level 55, you’ll enter the Seasonal Leveling progression path and automatically earn your first Prestige at Season Level 1, keeping all of the Create-a-Class content you’ve unlocked already. During the Pre-Season period between launch and the beginning of Season One, you’ll have the opportunity to reach up to three Prestiges, as well as a Weapon Blueprint at Season Level 50:

  • Prestige 1 at Season Level 1
  • Prestige 2 and Weapon Blueprint at Season Level 50
  • Prestige 3 at Season Level 100

Then, starting with Season One in December, your level will reset with each new Season and your progress will resume from the highest Prestige you achieved in the previous Season. Each Season will offer four additional Prestiges to achieve across the first 200 levels, plus a new Weapon Blueprint to earn at level 50:

  • New Prestige and Weapon Blueprint at Season Level 50
  • New Prestige at Season Level 100
  • New Prestige at Season Level 150
  • New Prestige at Season Level 200

This means you can earn up to three Prestiges before Season One, and up to four Prestiges each Season after that for a total of 25+ Prestiges across all Seasons. You’ll always earn progress toward the Prestige that comes after your current one, and you’ll be able to catch up to the latest available Prestige if you didn’t reach it during the previous Season.

SHOW OFF YOUR MASTERY

If you reach level 200 in any Season, you’ll also achieve the title of Prestige Master for that Season. Your Prestige Level color will change to signify your Prestige Master status, and you’ll gain the ability to personalize your Prestige Icon with Legacy Prestige Icons from previous Call of Duty games that you’ve unlocked (more details on that below).

The journey doesn’t stop there if you want to keep climbing. Once you reach Prestige Master in a Season, you can continue to level up all the way to level 1000 every Season, with milestone rewards to earn at every 50 levels along the way.

With the Seasonal Prestige system, you’ll always have a single, continuous progression path across all Seasons, with more Prestige rewards to earn than ever before.

So, how does this compare to the traditional Prestige system in previous games? To summarize:

  • 25+ Prestige Levels to conquer across all Seasons (including the period between launch and Season One), instead of only 10 Prestiges to earn.
  • Six Prestige Master titles to earn by reaching level 200 in each Season, rather than only one opportunity throughout the entire game.
  • 1000 levels to climb in each Season, for when Prestige Master isn’t enough of a challenge.
  • Milestone rewards to earn at every 50 Season Levels.
  • For the first time, keep all of your Create-a-Class content after you Prestige.

SEASON CHALLENGES

Also beginning in Season One, new Season Challenges will provide even more ways to earn rewards throughout each Season. These will offer two collections of 20 Calling Cards per Season in Black Ops Cold War (20 for Multiplayer and 20 for Zombies), with new Challenges ungated in both collections at every 10 levels up to level 200.

Once a Season Challenge is ungated, it may be progressed and completed to earn its related Calling Card. After a player earns all Calling Cards in a collection, they will receive an animated Season Master Calling Card as a reward. Collect ‘em all!

PRESTIGING IS KEY

In addition to unlocking unique Prestige Icons with each new Prestige Level, you’ll also earn Prestige Keys as milestone rewards at every 50 Season Levels. At the new Prestige Shop, you can use Prestige Keys to unlock Legacy Prestige Icons from previous games, which can be equipped if you’ve achieved the title of Prestige Master in that Season.

The Prestige Shop will become available in Season One for players who have entered Prestige and earned their first Prestige Key. Prestige Shop content can only be unlocked with Prestige Keys, which are earned by playing the game. Once you unlock the Prestige Shop, it will be available from that point on – and with 1000 levels available per Season, you can reach up to 20 milestones each Season.

Milestone rewards can also include Battle Pass Tier Skips to unlock more Battle Pass system content for use in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. And speaking of Warzone, we’ve got more good news…

A NEW GLOBAL LEVELING SYSTEM

Best of all, this new player progression system will expand beyond Black Ops Cold War later this year. Starting with Season One in December, Seasonal Prestige will become the new leveling journey across Warzone and Modern Warfare, with all players starting on this new progression path without losing any previously earned content.

Players will also be able to unlock new content for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone through the Battle Pass system whether they’re playing Black Ops Cold WarWarzone, or Modern Warfare. For more intel on how progression will work across all three games and all the ways Black Ops Cold War will integrate into the future of Warzone, visit the Call of Duty Blog.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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How to unlock the Sai in Warzone & Black Ops Cold War

Here’s how to unlock the Sai melee weapon in Call of Duty: Warzone and Cold War during The Numbers Event in Season 5 Reloaded.

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A new melee weapon called the Sai is now available for players to earn in Warzone and Cold War as a part of Season 5 Reloaded’s The Numbers event.

Season 5 Reloaded brought a ton of free content to Cold War Multiplayer and Zombies and Warzone. This included new maps and multiplayer modes and also a new Zombie region.

Players can also enjoy events in Outbreak, Black Ops Cold War, and Warzone. The Warzone & Black Ops Cold War The Numbers event allows players to unlock a new melee weapon.

The Numbers Event is currently taking place in Cold War and Warzone. It started on September 21 at 10 AM PT. This event will reward players with exclusive cosmetic items as well as XP. But the limited-time challenges hold the best reward, which is the Sai.

Kitsune Operator using the Sai in Black Ops Cold war

How to unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War

To unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War, players will have to complete a full set of The Numbers challenges in either game. There are 9 challenges in both games, with 18 challenges total.

However, players can only unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War by completing a full set of challenges. You cannot unlock the Sai by completing 9 challenges from both games.

The Sai in Warzone and Cold War is a dual-wield melee weapon and the first-ever event reward weapon. It is one of 19 rewards players can earn during the event. Other rewards include stickers, charms, calling cards, and XP.

The Numbers Event in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War

All 9 challenges require players to interact with Mobile Broadcast Stations dotted around the map. These trucks have been placed by Perseus in different parts of Verdansk. Investigating unique Mobile Broadcast Stations will complete the nine challenges and allow you to unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War.

You can find all of the Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event challenges below:

Warzone

  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station northwest of the Military Base
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station south of the Port
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station north of the Airport
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station west of the Train Station
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station between the Boneyard and Superstore
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station east of the Salt Mine
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station at the Farmland
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station at the Hills
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station southwest of the TV Station

Black Ops Cold War

  • Complete 3 Multiplayer matches on Zoo or earn Objective Milestones in Outbreak Survival
  • Win a Multiplayer Demolition match or earn 2 or more Zombies Round or Objective Milestones and Exfil successfully
  • Get a total of 50 Eliminations in Multiplayer or Slaughter Medals in Zombies (killed 5 enemies rapidly)
  • Get 10 kills with Lethal Equipment in Multiplayer or earn Lethal Equipment multi kill medals in Zombies
  • Earn 25000 total Multiplayer Score or Zombies Essence
  • Get 3 Multiplayer kills without dying or recover 500 health with food items in a region of Outbreak Survival 3 times
  • Get 5 kills with Scorestreaks in Multiplayer or earn Support multi kill medals in Zombies
  • Get 5 kills with or assisted by your Field Upgrades in Multiplayer or earn Field Upgrade multi kill Medals in Zombies
  • Earn 3 multi kills in Multiplayer or Eliminate Elite enemies in Zombies

How to get Warzone and Cold War Spectral Sai bundle Tri Chroma blueprint

Warzone Black Ops Cold War Spectral Sai Bundle

Players can also unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War by purchasing the Spectral Sai bundle in the Call of Duty store, which will automatically unlock the Tri Chroma blueprint for the melee weapon.

A blog post on the Call of Duty website claims, “The Sai’s lightweight design allows for improved agility and fast attacks, which is great for taking out zombies or the competition in Multiplayer and Warzone.

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out how to open the secret yellow door on Rebirth Island, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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Warzone & Cold War The Numbers event: Challenges & rewards

Warzone and Cold War’s plot will thicken with Season 5 Reloaded’s The Numbers event, so here’s how to earn the exclusive rewards.

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The Numbers event in Cold War and Warzone

Following Warzone and Cold War Season 5 Reloaded, ‘The Numbers’ event will arrive, which is expected to continue the mystery of the Red Doors and Numbers Program. Here’s everything we know about the event, including its start date, challenges, and rewards.

Mysterious Red Doors appeared in Verdansk at the launch of Season 4, teleporting players to rooms filled with high-tier loot and Killstreaks. These doors started behaving more erratically in Season 5, bringing players to a mysterious corridor, dropping them from the sky, and even disappearing.

The new season also added mysterious mobile broadcast stations around Verdansk, and now with the Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event live, the community may get some answers regarding the Red Doors and mobile broadcast stations during Season 5 Reloaded.

Here’s when the event will begin, its challenges, and the exclusive rewards you can earn.

What is Warzone Season 5’s The Numbers event?

Warzone player entering Red Door

Warzone Season 5 brought Mobile Broadcast Stations to Verdansk. These were relatively inactive at the start of the season but “seem to be stirring.” They’ll soon begin “amplifying the ‘Dragovich Program’ tapes – A.K.A. the Numbers broadcasts – across the region.”

For this event, players will need to investigate these Broadcast Stations and will earn a pile of rewards for doing so.

Warzone Season 5 The Numbers event start and end date

Warzone Season 5 Reloaded Roadmap

As part of the Season 5 Reloaded announcement, Call of Duty devs revealed that the event kicked off on September 21 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST and will end on October 5 at 9 PM PST/ 11 PM CST/ 12 PM EST / 5 AM BST (October 6) in Black Ops Cold War.

The Numbers event will conclude in Warzone on October 6 at 9 PM PST/ 11 PM CST/ 12 PM EST / 5 AM BST (October 7)

This event arrived a little under two weeks after the Season 5 Reloaded updates that brought a new Warzone game mode and a ton of Zombies content to Cold War.

Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event challenges

Kitsune fighting at Warzone Season 5 mobile broadcast station

This is a seasonal event. There are nine challenges to complete in both Warzone and Cold War to earn exclusive rewards. Devs revealed that in Warzone, you must activate the Mobile Broadcast Stations, and the more you activate, the more rewards you’ll earn.

Also, as an in-game incentive to visit these Stations, you’ll get “An instant $5,000 Cash bonus in the current match” that you can spend on Loadouts, Killstreaks, or anything else to help you secure the win.

You can find all of the Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event challenges below:

Warzone

  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station northwest of the Military Base
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station south of the Port
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station north of the Airport
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station west of the Train Station
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station between the Boneyard and Superstore
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station east of the Salt Mine
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station at the Farmland
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station at the Hills
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station southwest of the TV Station
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Black Ops Cold War

  • Complete 3 Multiplayer matches on Zoo or earn Objective Milestones in Outbreak Survival
  • Win a Multiplayer Demolition match or earn 2 or more Zombies Round or Objective Milestones and Exfil successfully
  • Get a total of 50 Eliminations in Multiplayer or Slaughter Medals in Zombies (killed 5 enemies rapidly)
  • Get 10 kills with Lethal Equipment in Multiplayer or earn Lethal Equipment multi kill medals in Zombies
  • Earn 25000 total Multiplayer Score or Zombies Essence
  • Get 3 Multiplayer kills without dying or recover 500 health with food items in a region of Outbreak Survival 3 times
  • Get 5 kills with Scorestreaks in Multiplayer or earn Support multi kill medals in Zombies
  • Get 5 kills with or assisted by your Field Upgrades in Multiplayer or earn Field Upgrade multi kill Medals in Zombies
  • Earn 3 multi kills in Multiplayer or Eliminate Elite enemies in Zombies

Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event rewards

You can find all of the Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event rewards that are now available for players to earn by completing the challenges above below:

Warzone

Warzone The Numbers Event Rewards

Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War The Numbers Event Rewards

And for completing all nine The Numbers challenges in either Warzone or Cold War, you’ll unlock the Sai melee weapon. This is a dual-wield weapon that “allows for improved agility and fast attacks.”

That’s all we know about Warzone Season 5’s The Numbers event, but stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all updates.

Also, check out all of the game-changing weapon buffs and nerfs in Warzone Season 5 Reloaded.

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Best quickscoping loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

Quickscoping is one of the most fun ways to play CoD, so here’s everything you need to know to quickscope in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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To master the art of quickscoping in CoD: Black Ops Cold War Season 5, equip our best Swiss K31 loadout with attachments, Perks, and equipment.

There’s no better way to flex your CoD skill in a final killcam than hitting a nasty three-piece with a Sniper Rifle. Quickscoping montages are how some of Call of Duty’s biggest brands such as OpTic and FaZe had their start, after all.

Sniper flinch was added with the Season 3 update, but even in Season 5 of Black Ops Cold War, players are still convinced it’s not nerfed it enough. Sniping, in particular, quickscoping is perfectly viable and players love to do it.

Black Ops Cold War Season 5 has plenty of maps and opportunities for snipers to dominate, so here are the best weapon, attachments, and Perks to quickscope in Black Ops Cold War.

Best Swiss K31 Cold War quickscoping attachments

Stitch quickscoping Cold War
  • Barrel: 24.9″ Tiger Team
  • Body: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Magazine: 8 Rnd Mag
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

When quickscoping in Black Ops Cold War, you want to run the Swiss K31 as the weapon is practically handcrafted for quickscoping.

This Swiss K31 is built exclusively for speed, allowing you to take out multiple targets in quick succession. Aim for the chest while quickscoping with this loadout as it’s an easier target to hit, and it will guarantee you a one-shot kill at almost any range.

The 24.9″ Tiger Team vastly improves in the Swiss K31 in almost every way. Before you unlock this barrel, you’ll land a lot of hit markers, but after equipping it you’ll have no problem getting One Shot, One Kill medals. You’ll find your K31 does more damage, fires faster, reloads quicker, and is more accurate.

BOCW Swiss K31

You need your reaction time to be at a maximum while quickscoping, so you can’t take the second to decide if you really did see the enemy. The Tiger Team Spotlight will mark enemies for you, increasing your awareness and reactions in the process.

To hit multiple shots in quick succession, you want to go for a bigger magazine. The 8 Rnd Mag is perfect as you have more than enough shots to take out the other team in 6v6 game modes without any major downsides. However, you should bear in mind that the Tiger Team barrel will reduce the mag size to six shots.

To further increase the Swiss K31’s speed, you want to add the Serpent Wrap and Raider Pad. Together, these attachments will vastly increase your ADS and sprint to fire time, hitting your shots before the enemy can take you out.

Best Perks & Equipment for quickscoping in Cold War Season 5

Black Ops Cold War Tactical Mask perk

Best Perks

  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask / Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Scavenger / Assassin
  • Perk 3: Gung-Ho / Ghost

The one weapon class that suffers from Stun Grenades and other equipment with disorientating effects is Sniper Rifles. So the Tactical Mask will help make you immune to their effects. Also, you still might try to hold down the odd location or two, which means you’ll be peppered with explosives – so equip Flak Jacket to sort that out.

You don’t get that much ammo with a Sniper Rifle, so Scavenger will help you to stock up, and then you can use it to kill Assassin targets to increase your potential points accumulation.

Gung-Ho will allow you to reload while sprinting, as well as change weapons faster, in case you run out of ammo for the Swiss. Whereas Ghost is a tried and tested Perk that will keep your position on the map a bit more secure.

Best Equipment

players fighting in zoo map in cold war
  • Lethal: Tomahawk
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Quickscoping in Call of Duty is all about taking down your opponents in style, and there’s nothing more stylish than closing out the Best Play killcam than an awesome Tomahawk throw.

For your Tactical, the Stimshot is always a solid choice, allowing you to quickly get back your health to re-peek for a second quickscope shot. And finally, to get the most information possible, the Field Mic will reveal the position of all nearby enemies, giving you plenty of time to prepare for the shot.

How to unlock the Swiss K31 in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War quickscoping Swiss K31

The Swiss K31 can no longer be unlocked through the Battle Pass as that was tied to the Season 3 Battle Pass.

However, if you haven’t acquired it yet, then you will need to meet the following requirements to unlock it now:

  • Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer/Warzone: Using Sniper Rifles, get 2 Headshot kills in 15 different completed matches.
  • Black Ops Cold War Zombies: Using Sniper Rifles, kill 5 or more enemies with Critical Kills rapidly 100 times.

Best alternatives to the Swiss K31 in Cold War

If you haven’t unlocked the Swiss K31 yet, or it isn’t working out for you, then you can try some of CoD: Cold War’s other best Sniper Rifles instead. The Pelington 703 is the next best thing, or you can choose the very popular LW3 Tundra for extra damage.


If you want to see what the best Black Ops Cold War guns are, and find your new favorite, you can check out our ranking and tier of every Cold War weapon.

Also, keep up-to-date with all the latest news and guides for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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