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Black Ops Cold War Scorestreak tricks: Armor, Combat Bow, more

Some things you may not know you can do with Scorestreaks in Black Ops Cold War.

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Black Ops Cold War includes a range of fan-favorite and brand new Scorestreaks, with all-new tricks to master while using them.

The new Scorestreak system in Black Ops Cold War means that Scorestreaks do not reset on death. As long as you accumulate enough points over a match, you can access any Scorestreak without having to stay alive. Scorestreaks are now more common, so it’s worth deploying some tricks to get the most out of them.

Here are some things you may not know you can do with Scorestreaks in Black Ops Cold War.

Use Artillery Strike multiple times

The Artillery Strike is a mid-end Scorestreak, raining artillery down in three chosen locations on the map. Sometimes, however, there aren’t any players showing up as they’re all inside or running Cold Blooded.

You can actually call in the three barrages individually. If there aren’t many targets on the map, you can fire one aimed shot at that target then put the Scorestreak tablet away. When you take it out again, you still have two strikes left. This allows you to be more tactical with your Artillery Strike, rather than using all three strikes at once, hoping for the best.

Immediately equip Armor

Armor has returned in Black Ops Cold War as a Scorestreak. If you rack up 1600 points, you can equip an Armor plate that reduces incoming damage. Once the Armor takes too much damage, you lose it until you earn it again.

What you may not know is that it can be immediately equipped. Once you have earned Armor, as soon as you activate it, press your ‘switch weapon’ button. This will remove the slow animation where your Operator inserts the Armor plate. If you unlock Armor in a tight spot, use this trick to immediately use it and surprise the enemy.

Shoot down Air Support with the Combat Bow

The Combat Bow is the easiest Scorestreak to earn, requiring only 500 points over the course of a match. It’s a powerful weapon against infantry but is especially powerful against vehicles.

Reddit user u/yaboyfriendisadork shared a video of him taking out an enemy Spy Plane with the Combat Bow.

If you’re accurate enough, you can take out enemy Air Support with a well-aimed arrow. This is a fun and effective use for this low-end Scorestreak.

Access Care Packages through roofs

There is a slight risk when using a Care Package in Call of Duty. If you are eliminated before getting your Scorestreak out of it, you risk losing it to the enemy or a greedy teammate.

The entirety of the “Checkmate” map is inside a hanger with open sections of the roof to keep Scorestreaks viable. Most would assume a Care Package must be placed underneath the skylights so it doesn’t get stuck on the roof. You can actually throw the signal smoke anywhere and the crate will ignore the roof, dropping straight down.

This is clearly intended as a quality-of-life feature. What probably isn’t intentional is that you can call the Care Package inside the bank at the West end of Moscow. Throw the signal smoke down inside, and the Scorestreak will ignore all the upper floors and land on the ceiling directly above you. You can access the crate through the ceiling.

Several other buildings do this too, but not all of them can be accessed through the ceiling. You can experiment in private lobbies to find all the buildings you can call a Care Package inside.

Slow down Cruise Missile

When using the Cruise Missile, it’s very tempting to race it down to the ground as fast as possible to hit the targets you can see. Like the Artillery Strike, there sometimes aren’t enough enemies on the map to make your strike worthwhile.

You can use your ADS button to slow down the Cruise Missile. This allows you to take time to either get a perfect shot or wait until more enemies appear on-screen. This tactic is best deployed on Garrison where most of the action takes place indoors. Hover your Cruise Missile over the enemies spawn to catch them as they run towards the action.

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Scorestreaks are a massive part of any multiplayer Call of Duty experience. They’re even more common in Cold War, so learning the tricks will help you get the most out of them – whether you’re a fan of the new system or not.

Hopefully, these tricks will give you a leg-up in your next multiplayer match. You may even want to create a new loadout with these strategies in mind.

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Best QBZ-83 loadout for Black Ops Cold War Season 4

Lightweight and compact, the QBZ 83 is one of Cold War Season 4’s most understated weapons with the right loadout & attachments.

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Player using the QBZ 83 in Cold War

Season 4 of Black Ops Cold War has seen a number of weapons come to the forefront, and with the right attachments and perks, the QBZ-83 Assault Rifle can potentially hold its own.

Throughout the lifespan of Cold War, incredible weapons like the XM4, MP5, and AK-74u have dominated the meta, with many opting to use them over any other gun in the game.

Other guns have come into the fold to further broaden horizons with the outrageously powerful LC10 making a strong case for being the meta gun. With the right loadout and class setup, the QBZ can be the perfect gun for players looking to take on enemies at range, without sacrificing the ability to move around the map at speed.

Here’s everything you need to turn the QBZ-83 into a devasting weapon in your arsenal.

Best Cold War Season 4 QBZ-83 attachments

QBZ 83 in Black Ops Cold War gunsmith
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.56
  • Barrel: 13.7″ Cavalry Lancer
  • Underbarrel: Foregrip
  • Handle: Quickdraw Handle
  • Stock: Tactical Stock

Pairing the Muzzle Brake 5.56 with the Foregrip is important for control, as this will reduce both the horizontal and vertical recoil and make it much easier to hit your shots.

With the QBZ-83 acting as a mobile AR, the Quickdraw Handle will be the perfect accessory to help you aim down sights quickly while you’re rotating around the map.

Finally, once you’ve found your target and started to fire, you’ll want to be able to keep your crosshairs on your enemy while you shoot. This is where the Tactical Stock comes in, as it improves the stability of the weapon.

Best perks to use with Cold War Season 4’s QBZ-83

Tactical Mask perk
  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Tactical Mask is a must in Black Ops Cold War, and with the QBZ-83 allowing you to move around the map faster than other Assault Rifle players, you’ll likely find yourself in the middle of stuns and flashes fairly regularly.

Scavenger is useful to keep your ammo replenished as the QBZ-83 has one of the faster rates of fire in its class, while Ghost will keep you hidden from enemies’ pesky UAVs.

How to unlock the QBZ-83 in Cold War Season 4

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If you want to have a go with the QBZ-83, then you’ll simply need to reach Level 31, and it will become yours to equip.

Once you’ve done that, then you can go about unlocking every single attachment for it to equip the right ones for the job.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s QBZ-83 SMG

qbz-83 gunsmith options

If you’ve experimented and feel like the QBZ-83 isn’t for you after all, then there are perfectly acceptable replacements should you need them.

The Swiss K31 is fun for quickscoping, the KSP 45 is a weapon reborn in Cold War, and the Krig 6 remains a veritable destroyer of CoD lobbies.


That’s the QBZ-83 sorted for you in Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer. Also, see our tier list of every weapon in Black Ops Cold War to see where we rank them all, and if you enjoy battle royale, then check out our ranking of every Warzone weapon.

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JGOD explains which Warzone barrels you should be using for Cold War Assault Rifles

Call of Duty YouTuber JGOD has delved into the different Warzone barrel options for Cold War ARs and explains which ones you should be using.

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Each weapon in Call of Duty: Warzone has many different barrels to apply, and CoD guru JGOD has specifically targeted the Cold War Assault Rifles and explained which barrels are better suited.

Creating a loadout and picking the right attachments for your weapon can sometimes be an arduous chore. You immediately doubt your selections, second-guess the choices you’ve made, and it creates a negative bubble for each match of Warzone you use it and don’t win your 1v1s.

Barrels are probably the most selected attachment for every weapon as their effects are significant. Cold War‘s Assault Rifles have had a big bearing on the way Warzone plays and its meta, and JGOD has picked the best barrels and explained which ones work best.

krig 6 assault rifle

Going through the different barrels, JGOD believes that two barrels are head and shoulders above the rest – the 18.7″ Ranger and the 18.5″ Task Force.

He refers to the Ranger as “barrel 4” and the Task Force as “barrel 6.” He says: “Essentially, the choice, almost always, for weapons that are long-range comes down to whether or not you want to use the fourth barrel or the sixth barrel.”

To fully demonstrate the different effects of each, JGOD set foot into Warzone’s currently broken Plunder mode to test them all.

He used the good ol’ garage doors to show side-by-side examples of barrel 4 and barrel 6 on each gun. Through methodical testing, we saw the difference between the barrels on the Krig, QBZ, XM4, AK-47, FFAR, Groza, FARA, and C58.

JGOD comparing AR barrels in Warzone

These were JGOD’s favored barrels for each gun:

  • Krig 6: Barrel 4
  • QBZ-83: Barrel 6
  • XM4: Barrel 6
  • AK-47: Either
  • FFAR-1: Either
  • Groza: Barrel 6
  • FARA 83: Barrel 6
  • C58: Either

It’s quite obvious that the 18.5″ Task Force is the preferred barrel for these weapons, and for any where it’s too close to call, you might be better off conducting your own tests to see which feels better.

With Warzone Season 4 very much giving players a healthy amount of balanced Assault Rifles to choose from, it might be well worth trying out some of the above barrels.

Also, check out when the next Double XP Event is in Warzone and Cold War.

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Best AK-47 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 4

The AK-47 Assault Rifle is extremely powerful in Cold War Season 4, and these are the attachments and perks to make the perfect loadout.

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As with every Call of Duty game, the AK-47 is a tank of an Assault Rifle with some interesting but manageable recoil. Here is how you can make the best Cold War AK-47 loadout in Season 4.

In a game largely defined by the strength of its SMGs such as the PPSH-41 and LC10, Cold War does actually boast some quality Assault Rifles with a quick time-to-kill. You’ll need some awesome firepower in Season 4.

The firepower of the AK-47 has never been in question and it became even stronger in Cold War Season 3’s Reloaded update. Now in Season 4, the AK remains one of the best choices available, and our AK-47 loadout will see to the choppy recoil and make the gun a great addition to your repertoire.

Best Cold War AK-47 loadout

Best Cold War AK-47 loadout

Best AK-47 attachments for Cold War Season 4

  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Muzzle: Suppressor
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap

Given how potent the AK-47 is on its own in Black Ops Cold War, we think you’ll only need five attachments, so we would recommend selecting Perk Greed as a Wildcard.

The Axial Arms 3x scope offers brilliant zoom and is still operational at all ranges, increasing its deadliness. Buffs in Warzone Season 4 reduced the Suppressors range penalty, so it’s well worth using on your AK-47.

One of the biggest things we’re trying to secure for the AK is its accuracy and recoil, and the Spetsnaz Grip is one of the biggest ways to lock it down. The GRU Elastic Wrap offers a healthy boost to ADS to improve its speed and mobility, and the 40 Rnd mag allows us some spare shots.

Best perks to run with the AK-47 in Cold War Season 4

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  • Perk 1: Forward Intel & Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Assassin & Gearhead
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Gung-Ho

With Perk Greed, you have six options to choose from. The AK-47 is strong at all distances, so you won’t need to run around as much, especially with the Axial Arms 3x scope.

So Forward Intel will show even more of the map, benefitting the scope, and Flak Jacket provides the usual immunity to explosives – a regular occurrence in Cold War.

Assassin is awesome for extra points, and Quartermaster lets you use more equipment to stop people sneaking up on you.

Ghost is a universally loved perk that hides you from radar, and Gung-Ho is useful for quick weapon switching if your ammo runs dry.

How to unlock the AK-47 in Cold War

cod cold war assault rifle ak-47

The AK-47 hasn’t been added mid-game like the FARA or the monstrous Streetsweeper, so the unlock requirements are easy.

Simply reach Level 7 and you’ll be using be brandishing this classic weapon in no time at all.

Best alternatives

If you feel that the AK-47 isn’t for you, give our LC10 loadout a try to see if mobility and an exhilarating rate of fire are for you.

Or, you could use the ever-powerful Krig 6 to simply dominate enemies over range.


You can check out where the AK-47 ranks amongst the other guns in our Black Ops Cold War Season 4 weapons tier list.

For tips and tricks to dominate your enemy on every Black Ops Cold War multiplayer map, you can check out our guides below.

Nuketown ’84 | Crossroads | Raid | The Pines | Moscow | Miami | Cartel | Satellite | Checkmate

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