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Top 5 tips to dominate Armada in Black Ops Cold War

It’s time to set sail on the open seas and earn more victories, do so with our top 5 tips to dominate Armada in Black Ops Cold War.

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There are a few tips and tricks to really get the hang of Armada, given the depth it has and its uniquely laid out map. So follow our 5 most trusted methods to absolutely dominate Armada in BOCW.

From an outsider’s perspective, Armada is just a big boat with two main lanes. Unlike Hijacked from Black Ops 2, Armada’s ship is big, massive in fact. There is a lot of ground to cover and plenty of different ways to tackle its cargo.

It’s always nice to have a map that’s pleasing to the eye, and it’s also nice to have one that offers you lots of freedom. Learn how to harness that freedom and use it for your own gain.

1. Enemies hidden in the middle section, in plain sight

Without the right strategy or wherewithal, you can easily rack up a swift death streak because of the operations room in the middle. From the outside looking in, visibility is minimal.

To properly counteract this, move from cover-to-cover. It’ll just be a rough time in the match where the enemy team has some control, so keep zigzagging and make your way your way to that room – but use cover!

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2. Hide behind pillars in the middle, use proximity mines

If you’re the person with the middle advantage, you need to make the most of it before a siege happens and enemies storm it.

Following on from point one, the opposition will have a hard time seeing you unless you’re pressed right up against one of the room’s windows.

What you want to do is be somewhere near the middle of the room and use something for cover as well. Trust us when we see you’ll be the equivalent of a sniper, in a ghillie suit, in a large green field.

Make sure you cover yourself with a couple of proximity mines near the key entry points to persevere your position a bit longer.

3. Don’t forget about the bridge under the ship

So many people seem oblivious to the fact that this is probably the best way to gain a serious footing in any match.

If you’re hemmed in on one side of the ship with the enemy occupying their side and the middle, then go underneath the ship. It’s impossible to have every route covered, and this one is usually bare.

It allows you to emerge on the opposite end of the ship, and more importantly, you can switch sides of the ship. You can also get to the ladder that goes up to the walkway around the middle room, plus you can sneak through the door that takes you to the middle section, etc. The importance of the lower level cannot be overlooked.

4. When you spawn, look out for these main points

As we alluded to in our introduction, each end of Armada has a big spawn area. There’s pretty much no spawning in-between. Within about three seconds of spawning, you could be targeted from one of about five different places.

The middle has multiple windows to watch out for, you’ve got the stairs coming up from below the deck (on each side), you’ve got the walkway that goes around the outside of the middle room, and even the door that leads to the middle section. Always have a quick scan around when you’ve spawned.

5. Go for the B flag straight away

This is a very game mode specific tip, but Domination is exceedingly popular, and Armada’s B Flag is about as hard as it gets to capture. Random grenades from halfway across the map are impossible, and scorestreaks are ineffective unless it’s maybe an RC-XD.

Once a round starts, whether it’s the first half or second-half, at least four or five members of your team should be bolting for that flag. Owning that flag also means owning the middle, and you can easily keep the enemy in their spawn area.

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That’s all of our best advice and tips for you. Armada is great if played smartly; no matter how lost a game looks, it can also be overturned. Use our tips and be the one to turn the tide.

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When is the next Cold War & Warzone Double XP event?

We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Cold War and Warzone Season 6 Double XP event to help you rank up weapons and Battle Passes.

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With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Cold War and Warzone in Season 6, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.

XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 has already offered Double XP since it started, allowing players to level up the various aspects of the game faster.

It’s now time for another one where players will be able to level up all of the new content at a much faster pace.

How to get Double XP in CoD: Cold War & Warzone Season 6

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It’s been announced that Call of Duty’s next Double XP promotional event will be for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War and will officially start on October 22 and end on October 15 with a second Double XP Weekend taking place between October 29 and November 1.

This event will help players earn plenty of extra XP to level up during Warzone Season 6 and Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

What time does CoD: Cold War & Warzone Double XP start?

Here’s a full list of the Double XP event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:

  • EST – 1:00 PM
  • CST – 12:00 PM
  • PST – 10:00 AM
  • GMT – 5:00 PM

These special Double XP Events usually occur during a weekend, as it naturally gives players the most free time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.

This will be a great way to level up the new Season 6 Battle Pass to earn the new Grav Assault Rifle and .410 Ironhide Shotgun weapons and get them ready to use in all of your future Cold War and Warzone battles.

Also, check out all the details on Call of Duty: Vanguard, including its release date, gameplay, and more.

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Best LAPA loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 6

The LAPA is the final SMG to arrive in Black Ops Cold War and the here’s how to make the best Season 6 loadout with attachments and Perks.

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The LAPA SMG has been added in Cold War Season 6 and looks to send Treyarch’s shooter off in style. So to celebrate it, here’s the best LAPA loadout you can put together, attachments, and Perks, and all.

Alongside the LAPA SMG, the .410 Ironside, Grav, and Battle Axe help to make up the final batch of weapons for Black Ops Cold War in Season 6.

To make the LAPA SMG a beast to match up with the likes of the TEC-9 and LC10, we’ve got the perfect attachments and Perks you should be running in Cold War Season 6.

Best Cold War LAPA loadout attachments

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  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 10.2″ Ranger
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: Vandal Speed Loader

To make a great LAPA SMG loadout, we begin with a simple Microflex LED optic to improve its visual cleanliness.

The Agency Suppressor is a tried and trusted attachment that emphasizes vertical recoil reduction and aids concealment. Whereas the 10.2″ Ranger barrel provides some very welcome range and bullet velocity.

To round this loadout off, we’ve opted for the ever-popular Field Agent Grip for a massive recoil boost and the Vandal Speed Loader sacrifices a tiny bit of ADS speed for more starting ammo and greatly reduced reload speeds.

Best Perks to run with the LAPA in Cold War Season 6

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  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket / Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger / Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost / Ninja

You only need five attachments for the LAPA SMG in Cold War, meaning Perk Greed can be selected to allow an extra Perk in each slot.

Flak Jacket is immensely useful for overcoming the large number of explosives and Scorestreaks you’ll face in each match of Cold War. Whereas the Tactical Mask is vital to surviving the large number of Gas Mines that will also be placed.

With the LAPA being an SMG, there’s always the chance you’ll munch your way through clips of ammo, so Scavenger will keep your ammo count healthy. Assassin is a nice way of earning bonus points during games and will help you to earn some of the game’s higher Scorestreaks.

Our last two Perks are Ghost, which will hide you from Spy Planes, and Ninja will allow you to run more quietly, freeing you up in a way.

How to unlock the LAPA in Cold War Season 6

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The LAPA is available to players that successfully complete all 9 challenges for The Haunting event, on either Black Ops Cold War or Warzone.

Follow our guide on how to complete The Haunting challenges to unlock LAPA SMG to add this powerful weapon to your inventory.

Best alternatives to the LAPA in Cold War Season 6

If you’re not interested in the LAPA then don’t worry, maybe try out a punishing Assault Rifle like the Krig 6 or XM4 to make light work of your opponents.

And that’s everything you need to build the best LAPA loadout in Black Ops Cold War Season 6! You can also check out our weapons tier list for the best gun overall.

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How to open Scare Packages in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer & Zombies

One of The Haunting challenges players with opening a Scare Package in Black Ops Cold War, here’s how to do it in multiplayer and Zombies.

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Scare Packages have dropped into Black Ops Cold War’s The Haunting event, and players are tasked with opening one of these spooky supply drops for a challenge. Here’s where you can find them in Cold War multiplayer and Zombies.

The Haunting event is in full swing in Black Ops Cold War, with plenty of spooky content for Halloween fanatics to dive into.

Among the new skins and maps is a host of creepy challenges to be completed, one of which asks players to open an aptly named Scare Package in multiplayer or Zombies.

Here’s our guide to completing this challenge in both modes.

How to open Scare Packages in multiplayer

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Scare Packages come as reskinned versions of the normal Care Packages called in as a Scorestreak. You’ll be able to them apart thanks to their orange color and the Halloweeny music that plays when the helicopters drop it off.

Coming across Scare Packages in multiplayer is probably the trickier method of the two because devs have made it a game of chance.

The problem is that not every Care Package comes as a Scare Package, so you will have to keep getting scorestreaks to have a chance of one dropping.

There’s also the issue that other players could swoop in and steal your Scare Package after it lands, so make sure you’re in a safe space when you call it in.

How to open Scare Packages on Zombies

Scare Package in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

To open a Scare Package in Zombies, instead of players calling them in they will spawn in a random location on the map every five rounds.

It’s far more straightforward here because you don’t have to compete with other players but just a hoard of AI Zombies.

Unfortunately, they won’t show up on your mini-map, but thanks to their bright color you shouldn’t have too much trouble tracking them down.

We recommend saving one Zombie at the end of the round so you can freely explore the map without worrying about being eaten alive.

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War The Haunting event challenges rewards

That was our guide on how to open Scare Packages in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer and Zombies.

For more on Black Ops Cold War, check out how to complete the Forsaken Zombies Perkaholic easter egg, and how to unlock the Ghost of War Ultra Skin.

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