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When does Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 2 start? New Operator & more

Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 1 is drawing to a close, so here’s everything we know about the upcoming Season 2.

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Black Ops Cold War x Warzone Season 1 is nearing its end, so here’s the release date and everything else we know about Season 2. 

Update 2/18/21: More information regarding the content of Season 2 and roadmap has been revealed by Treyarch. Read below for information regarding the release time for the new season, and click here for more up-to-date information.

Season 1 of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War brought the two games together, adding every weapon from Black Ops Cold War to Warzone’s already plentiful arsenal.

We’re approaching the end of Season 1 and clues for the future of Warzone have started appearing in Verdansk, including mysterious Zombies machines.

Here’s everything we know about Black Ops Cold War x Warzone Season 2, including a release date, weapons, Operators, and a possible open-world Zombies mode.

Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 2 release date

As confirmed by Activision in the official trailer for Black Ops Cold War x Warzone Season 2, the new season will launch on February 25. 

For the season rollout, there will be two major patch updates for both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

The first will drop for Black Ops Cold War on February 23 between 9PM and 11PM PT. The second will drop for Warzone on the following day, February 24, between 9PM and 11PM PT.

The Season Two content will not be available for Black Ops Cold War until the Warzone update on February 24. The Season officially launches February 25, but if you’re in the pacific time zone, you’ll get into the action late February 24.

This new season will be free for all players across Warzone and Black Ops Cold War and will feature a new battle pass, weapons, operators, maps, and more. 

New Cold War & Warzone Season 2 Operators

The Season 2 trailer has unveiled a new Operator: Naga. 

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Fighting for the Warsaw Pact, we see Naga in touch with Season 1 Operator Stitch regarding Adler’s capture before being attacked by Woods’ squad.

More information about this new Operator will likely be revealed on the run up to Season 2. 

There were also a few more never-before-seen characters in the trailer, so it’s possible they will be available through the store in the future. 

New Black Ops Cold War & Warzone weapons

From the Season 2 trailer, we can spot several upcoming weapons for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. 

Mini-Gun

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Warzone players are all-too familiar with the power of the Mini-Gun, especially when Juggernauts ran rampant around Verdansk. Now, it looks like we’ll get to experience the Mini-Gun in Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer, as it’s seen used in the trailer. 

It’s highly likely that the Mini-Gun will be a Scorestreak similar to the War Machine. 

Galil 

Continuing the trend of including new variations of classic Black Ops weapons, it appears the Galil will make an appearance in Season 2. Expect this fan-favorite Assault Rifle to be extremely popular in both multiplayer and battle royale. 

Crossbow

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Being heavily featured in the Season 2 trailer, it’s confirmed that the crossbow will be coming to Black Ops Cold War. It’s likely that it will be a secondary weapon in the ‘Special’ category along with the Thumper. 

So, who’s rocking double Crossbows in Warzone? 

New SMG

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Also spotted in the trailer is a new SMG believed to be the AI-LC10. 

We don’t have many details on the SMG yet, but if it’s anywhere near the MAC-10s power, we might be in for a new meta in Season 2. 

New Warzone map for Season 2 

While Season 1 gave us the smaller side-map Rebirth Island, Warzone players have been hankering for a new main map to replace Verdansk. Since Warzone’s launch, Verdansk has hardly changed at all, so either some significant changes or a new map entirely will be more than welcome.

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It’s all-but-confirmed that the next map to hit Warzone will be ‘Ural Mountains.’ This is the map for Cold War’s Fireteam game mode, and Verdansk was first shown in Ground War, Modern Warfare’s equivalent large-scale mode. 

While there isn’t any official confirmation yet, all signs point towards Ural Mountains being the next Warzone map. 

As Warzone’s one-year anniversary takes place during Season 2, it’s entirely possible the new map will be dropped then, perhaps in the mid-season update. 

New multiplayer maps in Cold War Season 2

There isn’t any word on what new multiplayer maps will be coming to Black Ops Cold War in Season 2, however, we can expect a mixture of remakes and brand new maps. 

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The jungle area from the Season 2 trailer will likely be made into a map, similar to how The Pines was included in the Season 1 cinematic. 

Following on from Black Ops 2 maps Raid and Express being added to Cold War, we’re hoping to see Standoff or Firing Range added. 

New Zombies maps & mode in Cold War Season 2

After finishing the Easter Egg for Firebase Z, the Ural Mountains are mentioned in the cutscene. This is the area that all Fireteam maps are within and is all-but-confirmed to be the next Warzone map. 

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With zombie machines being included in Verdansk, and the next Warzone map mentioned in Cold War’s Zombies game mode, it’s highly likely that the next Zombies map will be set in the Ural Mountains. 

Further teasers by Treyarch make it increasingly likely that if Warzone does go to the Ural Mountains, it will be for the rumored ‘Outbreak’ open-world Zombies mode.

With Warzone heading there too, it would be interesting to see Activision combine the two game modes into one map. 


That’s everything we know so far about Black Ops Cold War x Warzone Season 2, so stay tuned to Charlie INTEL as more information will be coming in soon! 

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Best KSP 45 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

Buffs have made the KSP 45 a fearsome Cold War SMG, so here’s the best loadout with perks and attachments to complement it.

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Best Cold War KSP 45 Loadout Class

The KSP 45 has become of CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s best weapons. Treyarch did buff it, and this SMG has been a must-use gun since then. Here is the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout in Season 5, including attachments and Perks.

At the beginning of Cold War, the likes of the MP5, Krig 6, and the FFAR were tearing up lobbies, so guns like the KSP 45 never had a chance.

A burst-fire SMG is a weird hybrid to begin with, but weak stats didn’t help it. But now, it has increased viability as a lobby-owning laser beam.

To ensure that players get the most out of it, we’ve gone through and kitted it out with the best attachments and Perks to discover its best self in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout

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Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class attachments

To ensure you get the most of Cold War’s KSP 45, ensure you have the Gunfighter wildcard equipped to increase your maximum attachments.

  • Optic: Visiontech 2x
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake .45 APC
  • Barrel: 10.2″ Rifled
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Magazine: 45 Rnd Drum
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Wire Stock

The improved effectiveness of the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout means we want to use this at different distances, so the Visiontech 2x will cover that. The gun’s accuracy is now a big factor in its efficiency, so instead of favoring one or the other, we’ve applied the Muzzle Brake .45 APC to give its vertical recoil a tiny boost.

The 10.2″ Rifled barrel makes the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout even more deadly at range, and the Steady Aim Laser makes it equally deadly at close range. The trusty Field Agent Foregrip bolsters vertical and horizontal recoil whilst the Fast Mag offers super-quick mag changing.

We’re going to give the KSP much faster ADS time thanks to the Serpent Wrap, and the Wire Stock lets us more around more freely with less penalty to sprinting.

Best Perks to use with Cold War KSP 45 class

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  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Staying alive is the name of the game with the KSP 45, as its power can help you to achieve some insane scores. So Flak Jacket provides immunity to the litany of explosive devices that Cold War has in store for players.

Assassin supports this idea by rewarding you with more points for killing enemies on a Scorestreak, and Ghost makes you invisible to tracking devices.

Most recent AK-47 buffs & nerfs in Cold War

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Treyarch has tinkered with the KSP 45 in Cold War Season 5, just giving it a couple of minors adjustments for players to consider.

Here are the most recent changes to the KSP 45:

  • Reduced Effective Damage Range from 25.4m to 22.86m
  • Slowed burst fire delay from 0.066 to 0.083

How to unlock the KSP 45

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The KSP 45’s newfound power can only be utilized once you reach Level 37.

Doing so allows you to create the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class, and you can also access it in Warzone Season 5 as well.

Best alternatives

The Milano 821 is another weapon that has become more popular in Black Ops Cold War, making it a fun alternative, especially after it also received recent buffs.

If you need something a bit meatier, then the Krig 6 or Stoner 63 could do wonders as well.

Image Credit: Treyarch / Activision

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Warzone & Cold War Season 6 cinematic teases Mason’s return

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War have a new Season 5 outro cinematic hinting at Mason’s importance in the story for Season 6 of the Call of Duty games.

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The latest cinematic for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 has been released, and players are excited about the reference towards Mason returning.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone have had a successful season so far, keeping players entertained with the ongoing story, new weapons, and new modes like the Iron Trials for Warzone Season 5 Reloaded.

As we enter the final season for Black Ops Cold War before Vanguard‘s release, which will inevitably integrate with Warzone, players have been given a hint towards Mason’s return in a brand new cinematic.

Woods and Mason meeting in an alleyway to discuss Adler going Rogue

Treyarch released a new Season 5 outro cinematic on their YouTube channel on September 23, carrying on the ongoing story that has spanned the last five seasons.

For those still keeping up to date with the details, this outro cinematic plays a pivotal role in setting up the final season for Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War will enter its final season soon, and players are desperate to find out who the last operator will be. It seems the last operator could be a fan-favorite character from the Black Ops series, Mason.

Although the cinematic is only a minute long, players can gain some critical information from it. Hudson and Woods are having a conversation about Adler’s disappearance, discussing what they should do next.

Ultimately, they decide that Woods should go after Adler, who is in Verdansk, while also mentioning the return of Mason, whose experience with the numbers could give them the edge.

You can find the official description of the new Warzone and Black Ops Cold War cinematic below:

“The news is flooding in: more Operators have abandoned their missions. Mounting evidence suggests that Adler has gone rogue. Disturbed, Hudson sends Woods to find Adler and bring him in… along with the one person whose Numbers Program intel could provide the edge they need.

The showdown begins in Season Six.”

We’ll have to wait for Season 6 to see where the story will go, but it’s set up to be an exciting end to what’s been a great seasonal story.

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch / Raven Software

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New Cold War Sai weapon exploit lets Zombies players skip doors

Black Ops Cold War players have discovered an exploit with the Sai melee weapon that lets them skip doors in Zombies mode.

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Kitsune Operator using the Sai in Black Ops Cold war zombies mode

A new exploit has been discovered with Black Ops Cold War’s new Sai melee weapon which lets players skip through the first door in the Firebase Z map in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies received some new content in the Season 5 Reloaded update, including a new Black Chest World Event in Outbreak, a Rampage Inducer for round-based maps, and a brand-new weapon.

A new melee weapon called the Sai became available for players as part of The Numbers event. Now, players have discovered that this weapon actually lets them skip through doors in Zombies mode.

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Various players reported being able to go through the first door at Firebase Z while they had the Sai equipped. This led to a response from lead developer Mark Maestas, who was well aware of the situation.

Surprisingly, the developer talked about this exploit with enthusiasm. “Dear Zombies players, yes you can skip the first door in Firebase Z,” tweeted Maestas. “Zombies can come and greet you too. GLHF!”

While these kinds of things are often addressed in update patches, Mark’s response makes it seem like the developers aren’t currently planning on doing anything to fix this exploit.

With this exploit, players will be able to access greater levels of Zombies much quicker than before, and the undead will be able to come to them as well.

It’s possible that the developers are going to avoid fixing this one exploit so that they can focus on fixing the Zombies’ pathfinding instead, ensuring that the exploit doesn’t ruin the game.


For more on Black Ops Cold War, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and check out our guide on the new Hardcore Cold War Outbreaks Zombie mode.

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