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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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Cold War Season 3 patch update: New maps, weapon balancing & more

Everything you need to know about Black Ops Cold War’s Season 3 update.

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Treyarch is releasing the latest patch update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on April 20 at 9PM PT on all platforms.

This new patch update, version 1.16, includes the Season 3 content, with Season 3 officially starting on April 21 at 9PM PT / April 22 at 12AM ET / 5AM UK / 6AM CEST.

The update includes early access to just some of the Season 3 content until the full season begins.

Black Ops Cold War Season 3 will include 2 new MP maps, new Zombies Outbreak location, new Operators, new Battle Pass, and more content to come.

Cold War Update Size

  • PlayStation 5: 12.3 GB
  • PlayStation 4: 8.1 GB
  • Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 11.6 GB
  • Xbox One: 8.3 GB
  • PC: 13.1 GB

Treyarch says the full patch notes for the new update will arrive on April 21, but have given a high level overview of what’s included in the patch.

This post will be updated with the full patch notes once available.

Cold War Season 3 Patch Overview

  • New lobby theme
  • Strafe Run Scorestreak
  • Cargo Truck
  • New weapon tuning
    • All LMGs
    • All shotguns (including the Streetsweeper)
    • FFAR 1 • Krig 6 • Assault rifle Barrel attachments
    • SMG sprint speed
  • League Play Combat Record
  • Increased XP in Zombies
  • Expanded Outbreak objectives
  • Split-screen updates
  • Operator Randomizer feature + more 

Check back here on April 21 for the full patch notes on the update.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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What is the “Hunt for Adler” event in Cold War & Warzone Season 3?

An exciting new event is set to take place in Cold War & Warzone Season 3, but what exactly is “Hunt for Adler,” and what can you earn?

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Amongst all the new content announced for Cold War & Warzone Season 3, a mysterious event has also crept under the radar. “Hunt for Adler” promises rewards and even an Operator skin, and here are all the details.

Russell Adler has been the star of Black Ops Cold War since the game’s launch in November 2019. His scarred face, black shades, and glorious hair have made him one of the most memorable Call of Duty characters in years – he even got an exclusive skin in Season 2.

His story in Cold War has seen him come face-to-face with an evil foe called Stitch, and during Season 2 he was captured. Now, Season 3’s lore tasks players with finding him, and Black Ops Cold War and Warzone players now have to “Hunt for Adler.”

But what exactly is Call of Duty’s Season 3 special limited-time event?

When does Hunt for Adler start in Cold War & Warzone Season 3?

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According to the official event description on the Season 3 briefing website, Hunt for Adler will commence “with the launch of Season Three.”

It makes sense given the urgency of the season’s story. Meaning players will be able to start working towards the event’s goals as soon as the opening-day ribbon is metaphorically cut.

How to complete Hunt for Adler in Cold War & Warzone Season 3

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Details on Hunt for Adler are rather limited at the moment with complete information to be available when Season 3 launches.

What we do know already is that there will be “unique in-game challenges in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone to learn of Adler’s whereabouts.”

The description is clear in that to earn the special Adler skin, you only need to complete the full set of challenges for either Black Ops Cold War or Warzone, not both.

To reiterate, we have no idea what the challenges are just yet, but when Season 3 launches, we’ll be sure to update this page.

What rewards can you earn for completing Hunt for Adler in Season 3?

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For taking part in this limited-time event, CoD players can expect to receive a whole host of cool goodies for their efforts.

Completing challenges will earn players the following:

  • Weapon Charms
  • Calling Cards
  • New Operator skin
  • And more…

The challenges will more than likely coincide with your natural gameplay, meaning that you shouldn’t have to go too far out of your way to earn the event rewards.

Hunt for Adler is one of many fun things coming to Cold War and Warzone, adding to a new battle royale mode for CoD: Cold War and the return of the PPSH-41.

Image credits: Treyarch

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What is Cold War’s Multi-Team Elimination? New battle royale mode explained

Black Ops Cold War is confirmed to be receiving its own battle royale mode in Season 3, so here’s how Multi-Team Elimination works.

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Call of Duty fans will be treated to a new battle royale experience in Black Ops Cold War’s Fireteam maps, with ‘Multi-Team Elimination’ dropping in Season 3.

Black Ops Cold War Season 3 has been unveiled. Following Warzone’s live event, a ton of content will be coming to the game, such as new maps, the classic PPSH, and Captain Price’s arrival as a Cold War Operator.

These new weapons and Operators will also be available in Warzone, but Black Ops Cold War is set to get a battle royale mode of its own in Season 3.

Here’s everything you need to know about Cold War’s Multi-Team Elimination mode.

Vehicle gameplay in Cold War's Multi-Team mode

What is Cold War Season 3’s Multi-Team Elimination?

In the Black Ops Cold War Season 3 announcement, Call of Duty revealed that a new game mode, Multi-Team Elimination, would be coming to the game. This is essentially a mini battle royale played on Cold War’s Fireteam maps in the Ural Mountains.

Developers described how “multiple teams of four will fight to survive ever-expanding radiation zones.” Keeping with the nature of a battle royale game, “Redeploys will be limited and loadouts will be restricted, so teams will need to scavenge for weapons, Scorestreaks, Armor, Redeploy Tickets, and more.”

You have to be “the last team standing or the first squad to board the exfil chopper in the final safe zone to achieve victory.”

How is Multi-Team Elimination different from Warzone?

Cold War's Duga map

Multi-Team Elimination sounds a lot like Warzone, except it will be more similar to Blackout, as it’s played on the Black Ops engine. Movement and weapon mechanics will remain exactly as it is in Cold War, so you won’t get that jarring feeling as you switch between the games.

Rather than Warzone being played exclusively on Verdansk and Rebirth Island, it appears that Multi-Team Elimination will be played on the different Fireteam maps, such as Sanatorium, Ruka, and Golova. It’s unclear if the maps will be combined to create the Ural Mountains map leaked to have been designed for a scrapped Blackout 2.0.

Also, rather than the vast array of weapons in Warzone, Multi-Team Elimination will be exclusive to Black Ops Cold War and its own weapons.

Black Ops Cold War S3 gameplay

And it appears the way you win Multi-Team Elimination differs from Warzone. From the developers’ description, it appears you can win the game by being the first squad to board the exfil chopper in the final safe zone. If you’re a fan of ninja defuses in Search and Destroy, you’ll likely enjoy sneaking onto the chopper and leaving the last teams to perish to the radiation.

When does CoD: Cold War’s Multi-Team Elimination launch?

Call of Duty devs has revealed that Multi-Team Elimination will launch later in Season 3. The most likely time for its arrival is ‘Season 3 Reloaded’ which will take occur roughly halfway through the season.

There is plenty of content releasing over the course of Season 3, including the Multi-Team Duga map which premieres with Outbreak at the Season’s launch.


That’s everything you need to know about Cold War’s mini battle royale launching in Season 3! You can also check out the six new weapons that have been confirmed for Season 3.

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