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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 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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Best UGR loadout in UGR

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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Treyarch confirm Jungle map remaster & new weapon arriving in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War devs Treyarch have confirmed a new long-range weapon and Jungle map remaster coming soon.

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Treyarch have confirmed brand-new content is on the way for Black Ops Cold War, including a new weapon and remastered version of the classic Jungle map.

While Black Ops Cold War’s seasons have ended, the Call of Duty title received additional content through an update in March, including the arrival of the WMD map and the Vargo 52 Assault Rifle.

Now, Treyarch have announced more new additions that they have planned for Black Ops Cold War in May and beyond, including a long-range weapon and a remastered version of a classic Call of Duty map.

Cold War Jungle map remaster release date

Treyarch confirmed that the remastered Jungle map will make its way to Black Ops Cold War on Friday, May 6. The new map hit the game at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM UK.

Treyarch originally confirmed their plans for brand-new Call of Duty content in a blog post on April 14, including the addition of the classic map Jungle. When the map hits the game on May 6, players will be able to jump into a Jungle 24/7 playlist.

When this map first made its debut, it consisted of a ruined village and military base near a river in the middle of a Vietnamese jungle. Players could take advantage of its many slopes and ladders to move quickly between levels.

Jungle won over players with its impressive layout and was added to other CoD titles like Black Ops III and Black Ops 4. Now, a remastered version will be added to Cold War’s standard 6v6 playlists in a new update.

New Cold War weapon

Black Ops Cold War operators

Treyarch also teased the arrival of an “all-new ranged weapon” that players will be able to use in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. This new weapon arrived alongside Jungle on May 6.

Adding new weapons often shakes up the meta of CoD titles, so we can expect major changes after this new content drop arrives.


For more Black Ops Cold War, be sure to check out Treyarch confirming that Cold War won’t receive more Zombies maps as well as the leaked Scythe weapon and its unlock requirements.

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