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Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season One revealed: Rebirth Island, MP, more

It’s time learn about the new content coming to Black Ops Cold War and Warzone in Season One.

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Activision has released the gameplay trailer for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season One. The trailer showcases a first look at the content in the Season One update.

During The Game Awards 2020, Activision, along with Treyarch & Raven, have debuted a look at the new content coming to Black Ops Cold War with Season One.

The trailer showcased the new MP maps, modes, and cosmetics, while also providing a first look at Rebirth Island, the new Warzone map.

Season One Trailer

BLACK OPS COLD WAR CONTENT

Three New Operators

Stitch: Warsaw Pact (Launch Week)

Vikhor “Stitch” Kuzmin is a former KGB chemical weapons expert tasked with overseeing the production of bioweapons on Rebirth Island until 1968, when the island was raided by the CIA. Captured and questioned, he lost an eye during interrogation by Russel Adler. Soviet leadership viewed the loss of Rebirth Island a failure and sent him to the Gulag. There he was radicalized and recruited by Perseus. Later, Perseus arranged for Stitch’s jailbreak and installed him back at Rebirth Island, in order to restart the facilities there to create new stockpiles of the deadly nerve agent “Nova 6”.

Unlock Stitch instantly for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone with new Season One Battle Pass, then level up to unleash his Legendary Operator Skin at Tier 100.

Bulldozer: NATO (In Season)

A highly skilled member of a US Marine Corps Special Reaction Team, Wyatt “Bulldozer” Jones is a CQB and hostage rescue expert. Always first in the fight, Bulldozer strives to protect the defenseless and serves with distinction.

Obtain Bulldozer for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone as part of a Store Bundle later in Season One.

Zeyna: NATO (In Season)

Senegal-born DGSE Mobility and Heavy Weapons specialist Zeyna Ossou has been a motorhead for as long as she can remember. Growing up around the garages of her rally driver father, she jokes that she has gasoline in her veins.

Obtain Zeyna for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone as part of a Store Bundle later in Season One.

Five New Weapons

MAC 10: SMG (Launch Week)

Featuring an impressive fully automatic fire rate initially tempered by a slight vertical recoil and moderate damage, this new SMG benefits from improved handling speeds.

Obtain the MAC 10 for free to use in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone at Tier 15 of the Season One Battle Pass, just by playing the game.

Groza: Assault Rifle (Launch Week)

A fully automatic assault rifle with excellent handling speeds and solid damage, as well as a fast fire rate and impressive damage range.

Obtain the Groza for free to use in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone at Tier 31 of the Season One Battle Pass, just by playing the game.

Streetsweeper: Shotgun (In Season)

With the fastest fire rate in its class and a larger ammo pool than its brethren, this is a fully automatic shotgun designed to clear out rooms of multiple foes. Prior to your gunsmithing, expect slightly reduced damage but with reliable weapon control.

Sledgehammer: Melee (In Season)

Leave a mark with the Sledgehammer, a thick and weighty melee armament to take with you when bludgeoning is the plan of attack.

Wakizashi: Melee (In Season)

A personal defense weapon and companion sword to the samurai’s Katana, this traditionally forged blade uses two types of steel in its construction and is lightweight, resilient to force, and durable to wear.

Obtain the Streetsweeper, Sledgehammer, and the Wakizashi to use in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone during Season One in one of two ways: Complete a related Challenge to obtain the free base weapon or purchase a bundle with a Blueprint from the weapon family when it appears in the Store.

New Multiplayer Modes

Gunfight (2v2) (Launch Week)

The seminal Modern Warfare 2v2 game mode now comes to Black Ops for the first time! Sometimes fast, sometimes fraught, but almost always resulting in high-tension rounds, the rules are simple: Be the last duo standing.

You and your partner face off against two rivals in one of four brand-new maps and attempt to take both your enemies down using a random loadout. Should the time run out, an Overtime Flag spawns for an additional 10 seconds, and both teams have the opportunity to capture it and win the round. If neither team captures the flag, the team with the most total health wins the round. The first team to six rounds wins the match.

Prop Hunt (6v6) (Launch Week)

The hilarious fan-favorite mode returns! Two teams alternate between being the Props or the Hunters every round. The Props disguise themselves as everyday items scattered around the various multiplayer maps, from a Soviet ticket booth to a baby grand piano. Props also have access to a concussive blast if a Hunter gets too close, as well as the ability to deploy clones to create confusion. However, Props also automatically whistle every 20 seconds, enabling keen-eared Hunters to hone in on their location.

A round ends once all the Props are found and destroyed, or at least one Prop survives at the end of the time limit. There are multiple rounds, meaning everyone gets a chance to hide and seek. The first team to take three rounds wins. Easy to understand, difficult to master, and always amusing, this party mode is a true test of keen eyesight, map knowledge, and outmaneuvering the world’s toughest Operators… as a piece of scenery.

Dropkick (6v6) (In Season)

This frantic game of nuclear hot potato features two teams each vying for control of a special and extremely important briefcase. The round begins with each team racing to the location of the nuclear briefcase and attempting to pick it up. Anyone grabbing the briefcase is automatically equipped with a powerful pistol, but it’s ideally up to the rest of the team to keep the briefcase-carrier safe. The team with the case gains access to launch codes, as well as an ever-increasing score for their team.

If you die while your team controls the briefcase, you will not respawn until your carrier has been eliminated and the briefcase has been dropped. If your team isn’t carrying the case, it must be flushed out and retrieved before it’s too late. Once one team reaches the score limit by controlling and owning the briefcase, orders to execute a nuclear strike are confirmed, and the round is won… in a highly explosive manner! The first team to 200 score wins.

Combined Arms: Hardpoint (12v12) (Launch Week)

Everyone’s favorite king-of-the-hill mode gets even bigger in Combined Arms: Hardpoint. The rules are simple: two teams of 12 fight for ownership of the Hardpoint as it rotates throughout the map, earning points for time spent inside the zone.

Much like its 6v6 version, victory in Hardpoint goes to the first team to reach the score limit, or to the team with the highest score when time runs out. Miami also joins the Combined Arms map rotation in Season One, giving players a total of four 12v12 battlegrounds to choose from.

Eight Multiplayer Maps

The Pines (6v6) (Launch Week)

Located in a neon-drenched New Jersey shopping center, The Pines is a medium-sized, multi-level map at 2900 Churman Drive, just off the I-189. The date is January 21, 1984, and there’s little time to check out the latest tech at Radio House or drop a few quarters into the Pitfall!™  machine at the Galaxy Room: This is where Stitch and Adler get reacquainted. Cutting through the unique shops that populate the side lanes allows for quick, intense close-quarter battles and focused combat, while heading through the middle of the mall enables longer range assault rifle and sniper-focused duels.

Raid (6v6) (Launch Week)

A legendary map that debuted in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Raid is a sprawling luxury complex within the Hollywood Hills of Los Angeles, California. Fighting takes place across the living space, including a lush courtyard at the map’s center, a bedroom overlooking a breathtaking pool area, a basketball half court, a well-kept garden and nearby guest living space, and the iconic roundabout entrance to the mansion. Don’t stop to admire this exquisite dream home; the three-lane design gives way to competitive 6v6 combat, especially in objective modes where the central courtyard draws in action from all sides.

Nuketown ’84 Holiday (6v6) (Launch Week)

One of the most iconic Black Ops maps returned in the lead-up to Season One. Now, get ready to celebrate a festive take on this Nevada testing ground; there’s a new glow coming to Nuketown ’84 this holiday season!

Game Show (2v2) (Launch Week)

Engage your fellow contestants in a battle of wits and gunfire, with the emphasis on the gunfire. This studio setting features plenty of places to engage a less cerebral form of competition, from the contestant podium to the stepped stage and ‘80s camera equipment.

ICBM (2v2) (Launch Week)

Set inside a remote launch bay of a clandestine launch facility, engage in explosive combat under the gigantic exhausts of an inter-continental ballistic missile. A roughly circular setting, with control stations, support struts, and a central payload area all viable options to take cover behind.

KGB (2v2) (Launch Week)

Hammer victory home among the ostentatious trappings of the old USSR: Deep within the famous Lubyanka KGB building is an ornate hallway of imposing marble. Seek cover behind thick wooden desks and tall library bookcases and secure a Gunfight win for you and your comrade.

U-Bahn (2v2) (Launch Week)

Descend into the underground tunnels beneath West Berlin. Look past the concourse and tile walls of the Metro platform and storm the parked train and open subway carriage using the graffiti-covered subway car, central support pillars, and other areas as cover during this subterranean assault.

Sanatorium (Fireteam) (In Season)

Deep in the Ural Plains is a Soviet experimental health retreat – the focus of a clandestine investigation by NATO forces in September 1984. Low wooded hills provide cover for fireteam squads to gain reconnaissance over the main, roughly circular-shaped main “hotel”: a concrete, brutalist architectural behemoth flanked by lakeside structures and a large wooden dock. With links to secret testing within State Sanatorium U-23, notes found within the grounds of this sprawling complex indicate a conditioning trial known as Project Golova.

New Tools of the Trade

Scorestreak: H.A.R.P. (Launch Week)

This high-flying stealth aircraft (or High-Altitude Reconnaissance Plane) shows both enemy positions and their directions on the mini-map, giving you a key advantage during the end-game moments of a Multiplayer match.

Vehicle: Tactical Raft (In Season)

A fast-moving boat that allows for quick maneuvering and carrying personnel across water-based terrain, beginning with the lake in the Sanatorium Fireteam map. Deft use of this watercraft can turn the tide of battle in the right hands.  

New Zombies Modes

Jingle Hells (Launch Week)

This limited-time holiday mode turns “Die Maschine” into more of a winter wasteland than a wonderland, and there’s plenty of cheer to keep you in the yuletide mood. Aside from the new holiday decorations, expect a variety of festive firepower to augment your offensive capabilities including snowballs that can freeze zombies, stocking power-ups, presents you can extract from frozen foes, and special surprises waiting inside the snowmen.

Cranked (In Season)

A limited-time mode both literally and figuratively! Keep one eye on the countdown timer, and the other on your zombie-killing: spend too long without an undead takedown and you’ll explode! There’s no time to lose as your survival depends on frantic, terror-filled takedowns where the only respite is the Cranked power-up, granting a brief breather before the carnage continues.

Season Challenges (Launch Week)

Need even more ways to earn rewards throughout Season One? Then ready yourself for Season Challenges! Available in Black Ops Cold War, expect two collections of 20 Calling Cards (20 related to Multiplayer, and 20 for Zombies), with each Calling Card becoming accessible in both collections at every ten Season Levels.

Be sure to aim for level 200 to unlock every Season Challenge during the course of the season – once unlocked, you can continue to earn progress toward completing these during future seasons.

New Prestige Levels and Prestige Shop (Launch Week)

At the start of Season One, your Season Level will reset to 1 while keeping all of your Create-a-Class content unlocked during your Military Rank leveling, and your progress will resume from the highest Prestige Level you achieved in the pre-season. This season offers four additional Prestiges to achieve across the first 200 levels, as well as a new Weapon Blueprint, as follows:

·      Level 50: New Prestige, Emblem, Prestige Key, Weapon Blueprint, and Battle Pass Tier Skip

·      Level 100: New Prestige, Emblem, Prestige Key, and Battle Pass Tier Skip

·      Level 150: New Prestige, Emblem, Prestige Key, and Battle Pass Tier Skip

·      Level 200: New Prestige, Emblem, Prestige Key, Battle Pass Tier Skip, Master Prestige Calling Card, and all Season Challenges unlocked

·      Level 250-1,000: New Prestige Key every 50 levels

This means you can earn up to four new Prestiges during Season One, and you’ll always earn progress toward the Prestige that comes after your current one, as well as being able to catch up to the latest available Prestige if you didn’t reach it during the previous season.

Reach level 200 in Season One to achieve the title of Prestige Master for this season. This changes your Season Level color, and you’ll be able to personalize your Prestige Icon with Legacy Prestige Icons from previous Call of Duty games, simply by spending some of your earned Prestige Keys at the Prestige Shop.

You can continue past level 200 all the way to level 1,000 during Season One and receive Prestige Key milestone rewards at every 50 levels along the way.

Finally, don’t forget that your Prestige leveling journey is synchronized with Warzone and Modern Warfare, meaning you can progress Season levels and increase your Prestige Level by earning XP in any of the three titles!

Learn more about the new Prestige system here.

WARZONE CONTENT

New Map: Rebirth Island (Launch Week)

Warzone delivers with a mass of free content including an entirely new battle royale experience: Rebirth Island.

An illicit Soviet base raided and shut down by the CIA in 1968, during which Operator Russell Adler caught and forcefully interrogated the base commander Vikhor “Stitch” Kuzmin. The facility was rebuilt and recommissioned by Stitch in 1984 with one purpose: the creation and testing of the deadly Nova 6 gas.

Part prison, part chemical bioweapons manufacturing and testing facility, the entire island has dozens of locations to explore including laboratories, barracks, decontamination areas, and a hilltop prison block where unspeakable acts have been perpetrated.

Expect intense, close-quarter action with a similar playstyle to Warzone’s Mini BR mode as Rebirth Island comes to Warzone. Planned playlists include Trios and Quads with a lower player count than in Verdansk, amping up the action and intensity.

To celebrate this new Warzone map experience, expect an intense and rewarding limited-time event offering 16 challenges for those dropping into Rebirth Island for the first time. Earn Calling Cards, Charms, Emblems, Stickers, a special LMG Blueprint “Noxious”, along with additional secrets to uncover!

New Verdansk Gulag Experience (Launch Week)

It’s time to step out of the Gulag showers as prisoners of Warzone are now dragged to an interrogation room, strapped to a chair, and thrown into an all-new Gulag where the 1v1 battle rules are similar, but the arena is completely different! Watch from the spectator gantry, spraying, punching, or lobbing rocks at adversaries before entering the secret training facility below: A new yet instantly familiar face-off in a Nuketown facsimile built by the Soviets who constructed Black Ops Cold War’s Amerika Town!

The design is a makeshift replica of the original Nuketown map layout with both home interiors and backyard barricaded off, focusing the duel to a confined central arena. Prisoners must now weave through or around the parked bus and faux truck to meet their target or take a risk by climbing up one of the home’s awnings to get solid sightlines across the zone. As usual, the last Operator standing, or the one that grabs the central overtime flag, gets a second chance in Verdansk.

New Rebirth Island Gulag Experience (Launch Week)

There’s a second new Gulag coming to Warzone! Deep below the surface of Rebirth Island’s Prison Block, prisoners are dragged to an ominous new arena during traditional Battle Royale modes. This classified location has a grim history, as certain inmates were experimented on as part of Perseus’ plot to turn the tide of the Cold War.

This new 1v1 experience is centered around the chamber in question, with prisoners of Warzone starting on the end of one of two hallways that run parallel to the center room. Although these pathways offer a quick route across the floor, both of them have a metal detector that will go off whenever an Operator passes through, adding an additional element of strategy to this intense duel for survival. And remember: your fellow prisoners can still lob rocks down into the arena while they wait for their shot at a second chance.

New Game Mode: Resurgence (Launch Week)

Think you’re dead? It’s not over yet: This new game mode for Rebirth Island focuses on respawning as a key to victory. Scavenge caches and gear up as normal, hunt down other squads, and focus on dropping every last one of them, otherwise they’re liable to respawn and seek revenge!

·      The Gulag is closed (likely for some deep fumigation).

·      After taking out an enemy, you’ll gain a moment of extreme clarity on where the rest of that enemy team is located. Now finish them!

·      If you’re taken down, there’s no time for a Gulag battle in this game mode! Instead, watch your squadmates and hope they survive for long enough as the Rebirth Countdown reaches zero, after which you automatically drop back into the fray.

New Vehicle: Attack Helicopter (In Season)

Bring death from above to Verdansk and Rebirth Island with the Attack Helicopter, the latest addition to the Warzone vehicle fleet! This airborne menace is built to similar specifications as the regular Helicopter, but with one major exception: Mounted on both of the helicopter’s side rails is a belt-fed minigun that can be controlled by a fellow squad member. Finding an Attack Helicopter is not only a boon for those looking for a rapid travel option, but also raining down dozens of bullets on other squads without needing to use a primary or secondary weapon. Just know that this tiny terror is anything but subtle, especially when both miniguns are in use!

Black Ops Cold War Content Integration: Additional Operators (Launch Week)

At the start of Season One, expect the Mil-Sim Operators Song (NATO) and Vargas (Warsaw Pact) to become available in Warzone, along with Stitch. All the other launch-day Black Ops Cold War Operators are already available in Warzone, providing you unlock any necessary challenges related to them.

From this point, all future Black Ops Cold War Operators will simultaneously appear in Warzone once any necessary unlock challenges are completed.

Black Ops Cold War Content Integration: Over 30 Cold War Weapons! (Launch Week)

Expect a huge addition to your Warzone armory as a vast infusion of Cold War weaponry becomes available for you to use in your loadouts! Unless a weapon has a particular challenge needed to unlock it, Black Ops Cold War Primary and Secondary weapons – including Blueprint variants – will be accessible in Warzone.

Season One weapons such as the Groza AR and MAC 10 SMG become available in both games once you reach the specific Battle Pass Tiers needed to unlock them.

Black Ops Cold War Content Integration: Progression (Launch Week)

The progression system that links XP between Black Ops Cold WarWarzone, and even Modern Warfare becomes available in Season One. Here’s what to expect:

When Season One drops, expect your Season Level to be synchronized across all three titles based on your current Season Level in Black Ops Cold War. Note that all your previous unlocks (from Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare, such as Weapons, Perks, Scorestreaks, or Killstreaks) will remain unlocked.

From this point onward, playing in any of the three games counts toward player and Battle Pass progression, giving you the freedom to play as you wish. Here are some examples. You can:

·      Play in Black Ops Cold War and/or Warzone and earn Battle Pass XP to unlock Tiers in the Season One Battle Pass.

·      Play in Modern Warfare earn Battle Pass XP to unlock Tiers in the Season One Battle Pass, though these Battle Pass rewards are only accessible in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

·      Use Black Ops Cold War weapons and gain Weapon XP in either Black Ops Cold War or Warzone.

·      Use Modern Warfare weapons and gain Weapon XP in either Modern Warfare or Warzone.

·      Earn XP in Warzone or Modern Warfare to increase your Season Levels and Prestige in Black Ops Cold War.

Learn more about Content Integration here.

Call of Duty Endowment Challenger Pack (Launch Week)

All players can support the Call of Duty Endowment, a non-profit organization that helps veterans in the US and UK find high-quality civilian jobs, by purchasing the Call of Duty Endowment Challenger Pack, available now in Warzone. 100% of Activision’s net proceeds received from sales of the Challenger Pack goes toward finding employment for veterans, and it will be available until $5 million USD is raised for this cause.

More in Store

Mastercrafts are Back

A new tier of Blueprints is coming as part of Season One, and it is home to the wildest creations that your arsenal could hold: Mastercrafts.

Returning from Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, these special cosmetic skins are unlike any others in-game, transforming a weapon into an absolute work of art hand-crafted by Treyarch’s finest. Getting one of these amazing armaments is sure to make the rest of the lobby envious, as these Mastercrafts are a unique cosmetic addition on top of an already fantastic five-attachment Weapon Blueprint. Consider these “Ultra” level weapon variants, a level of rarity above even “Legendary.”

Why not begin your collection with the “Rocket Science” Mastercraft Bundle? This is a five-attachment, high-damage assault rifle that has a miniature ICBM on top of it. That bundle, as well as the “Mint Condition” Mastercraft Bundle, which turns an SMG into a vibrant armament for every gun collector with a penchant for the 80s aesthetic, are among the Mastercraft bundles available later this season.

New Bundles Ring in the Holidays, Welcome New Operators

The holiday season is almost here, and in addition to the new toys brought in through the Mastercraft bundles, there is plenty in store for Season One.

Specifically, the “Tracer Pack Bulldozer” Operator Bundle combines several new features into Black Ops Cold War: the new operator Bulldozer, the destructive Heavy Handed Sledgehammer melee weapon, and two Weapon Blueprints with green tracer rounds.

Expect to find more tracer pack bundles during the season, along with a holiday bundle called “Mistletoe Meetup,” which comes with a festive skin for Woods that only he would enter an ugly sweater contest with.

Later this season, players will have access to Zeyna in her own Operator Bundle; the “Disavowed Assassin” Bundle will include the Wakizashi melee weapon and a jumpsuit skin for Portnova that primes her for revenge; and a Hollywood-esque “Photo Finish” bundle will include a slick skin for Park and a “Swift Kick” Finishing Move that’s worth well over 1,000 words.

If you want to learn more about this update as the Season launches and progresses, read the latest Patch Notes on Treyarch’s official blog.

When are we dropping? Season One Timing and Download Instructions

There are downloads to obtain for Season One. The first is the Black Ops Cold War Season One update. It already dropped at 11PM PT on Monday December 7.

This update brought a host of quality-of-life improvements and bug fixes to the current Black Ops Cold War game, as well as preparingplayers for content integration and Season One. Do not expect to access Season One game content until the official start date of December 16.

Note that this Black Ops Cold War download is not necessary if you are only playing Warzone.

Black Ops Cold War Update (Dec. 15), Warzone Update (Dec. 16)

An additional pair of content updates will deliver Season One game content for players of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. For more information on the content of these updates, consult Treyarch’s Game Intel blogs for patch notes.

Once the second content update becomes available in Warzone, Season One will launch simultaneously across Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

Note that this Warzone download is not necessary if you are only playing Black Ops Cold War.

Season One of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Warzone will begin on December 16 on all platforms.

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10 best guns in Black Ops Cold War: Ranked List

Treyarch’s CoD: Black Ops Cold War has a big arsenal of weapons, and we’ve picked our top 10 best guns and ranked them too.

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There are so many different quality guns for Call of Duty players to master in Black Ops Cold War. So we’ve decided to pick out the 10 best guns in Season 6 and rank them to find the absolute best.

Black Ops Cold War has a pretty extensive catalog of guns for players to test out and see what works best for them. Since the game’s inception, we’ve been treated to the Streetsweeper, Groza, and MAC-10 in Season 1. The FARA 83, ZRG 20mm, and AMP63 in Seasons 2 and 3, the MG 82 LMG and C58 Assault Rifle in Season 4, the EM2, and TEC-9 in Season 5, and to round things off – the LAPA, .410 Ironside, and Grav in Season 6.

As well as worrying about the best FPS settings to use and best aim assist settings to use, there’s also the doubt that the gun you’re using is even right for you and your playstyle.

With all these additions there is now almost an overflow of Assault Rifles, SMGs, Tactical Rifles, Shotguns, LMGs, and Pistols to pick from. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the expansive array of guns and rank the top 10 weapons in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

We’ve also ranked the 10 best guns in CoD Warzone too.

Best guns in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War ranked list

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Before we delve into a deep look at the elite guns that Treyarch has to offer, we’re first going to do a rundown of every weapon in the game and rank them. Let’s be fair, some of Cold War’s weapons are must-have and must-use, whereas some are simply not worth your time.

Here’s every main weapon in Black Ops Cold War ranked:

  1. Krig 6
  2. LC10
  3. TEC-9
  4. EM2
  5. AK-47
  6. KSP 45
  7. XM4
  8. AMP 63
  9. Swiss K31
  10. FARA 83
  11. Milano 821
  12. Streetsweeper
  13. Stoner 63
  14. AK-74u
  15. QBZ-83
  16. OTs 9
  17. PPSH-41
  18. Marshal
  19. Diamatti
  20. Bullfrog
  21. Groza
  22. C58
  23. Grav
  24. Gallo SA12
  25. MP5
  26. .410 Ironside
  27. CARV.2
  28. LAPA
  29. MG 82
  30. FFAR 1
  31. ZRG 20mm
  32. DMR 14
  33. Hauer 77
  34. MAC-10
  35. M16
  36. AUG
  37. RPD
  38. LW3 Tundra
  39. Nail Gun
  40. M1911
  41. Type 63
  42. Pelington 703
  43. M82
  44. M60
  45. Magnum
  46. RPG-7
  47. Cigma 2

CoD: Black Ops Cold War best guns in Season 6

10. FARA 83

fara 83 in cold war

The FARA has remerged in Warzone as a viable contender for the game’s best AR, and as such, people have remembered how effective it can be in Cold War.

Its fast fire rate helps it to perform very well in Treyarch’s shooter, and it can still barrel its way through a couple of players in no time at all. Whilst there are most certainly better AR options in the game, the FARA is always worth trying out.

9. Swiss K31 – Best Sniper Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

cod black ops cold war swiss k31

At first, it was the LW3 Tundra, then it was dethroned by the ZRG 20mm, now the Swiss K31 rules all Sniper Rifles.

It possesses the usual damage and range that comes with a dominant Sniper Rifle, but with the added bonus that its ADS time is very short in comparison to other Sniper Rifles. Not only is it perfect for a quickscoping loadout in Cold War Season 6, but it’s effective for any sniping opportunity. The Swiss is phenomenal.

Here’s a quick guide on how to unlock the Swiss K31.

8. AMP63 – Best Pistol in Black Ops Cold War

amp63 pistol in cold war

Although probably the least-used weapon on this list due to its unlock parameters, the AMP63 is a great little weapon to use.

Its automatic fire nature allows it to barrel its way through ammo and give you a big advantage if you’re accurate. Its only minor setback is that its range suffers in comparison to ARs and SMGs, but if you’re in a small-to-medium-sized map, then equip the AMP63 and you’ll be pleasantsurprised.

7. XM4

cod cold war xm4 assault rifle

The XM4 has not only had a big improvement to its Iron Sight, but the Cold War Season 5 buffs increased its overall performance even more.

It’s always been a calm, cool, and consistent killer, and it took people a while to start realizing how good it actually is. Also, don’t forget to check out its exclusive, secret attachment that Treyarch provided with the Season 5 update.

6. KSP 45

KSP 45 in black ops cold war

Practically reborn in Season 2 of Cold War, the KSP 45 went from being an afterthought to the most powerful burst weapon in the game.

Realizing that it wasn’t being used, Treyarch did the right thing and buffed all aspects of the KSP 45. With nerfs to the M16 and AUG, the quick, powerful barrages from the KSP 45 make it far more deadly than it once was. If you enjoy the feeling of successive bursts of bullets with accuracy, then the KSP 45 might just be for you.

5. AK-47

cod cold war ak-74

No one has ever questioned the AK-47’s overwhelming power as each bullet can rip a hole through space and time itself. For all its power, it can be a handful to control thanks to its haphazard recoil.

Nevertheless, it still retains its aura of destruction and skilled players can effortlessly make it look like one of the best weapons in all of Black Ops Cold War. If that wasn’t enough, the AK-47 received yet another buff in the Cold War Season 5.

4. EM2

em2 in cold war

The race for the top meta weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 6 is a close one. The EM2 just falls short of the top three, but you could easily roll with the EM2 in your main loadout and drop stupidly-high kill games.

It’s another relentless, pinpoint-accurate weapon that if you fire first with then you’ll have a great chance of prevailing, at any range too. It doesn’t take long to unlock either as you only need to reach the free Tier 15 of the Battle Pass to own it. It will be interesting to see if Treyarch makes any significant changes to the EM2.

Here is how to unlock the EM2 in Black Ops Cold War.

3. TEC-9

tec-9 smg in cold war

One of the most interesting, if not the most interesting, guns in our top 10 list. The TEC-9 is classified as an SMG, yet it’s completely semi-auto.

However, with some different attachments, the firing nature of the weapon can actually change, even becoming a burst-fire SMG like the KSP 45. Even in its semi-auto form, the TEC-9 is ridiculously effective and efficient. Couple that with a decent-sized mag, and the TEC-9 was a terrific addition to Season 5.

Here is how to unlock the TEC-9 in Black Ops Cold War.

2. LC10 – Best SMG in Black Ops Cold War

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The LC10 has usurped many guns to become one of the most-used weapons in the game and dominate in Black Ops Cold War.

After repeated calls for it to be nerfed, the LC10 was finally brought down a notch at the beginning of Season 5. But it’s still a fearsome weapon that can outperform virtually every other gun in the game – that’s how insane it is.

Its piercing shots are matched by relatively high accuracy, and it’s a gun with few drawbacks. After being nerfed a bit, the gun fell out of contention for a while, but now it’s back and as destructive as ever.

Here is how to unlock the LC10 in Black Ops Cold War.

1. Krig 6 – Best Assault Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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If you know your CoD: Black Ops Cold War, then you probably knew what was coming. That’s right, the Krig 6 takes the top spot because it’s a weapon without any flaws. It’s one of those rare firearms that feels absolutely unbeatable.

Once you’ve progressed the weapon’s level and reduced its vertical and horizontal recoil, then you have your own ridiculous laser. It’s insanely efficient, very strong, stupidly accurate, and is quite simply the best weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 6.


Make sure to take a look at our best Black Ops Cold War loadouts too!

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When does Cold War & Warzone Season 6 end? Vanguard Season 1 start date

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is set to make way for Vanguard Season 1, here’s everything we know about when it will happen.

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Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is beginning to wind down, with Call of Duty: Vanguard on the horizon. We break down when the final BOCW and Warzone season ends, and the first Vanguard chapter starts.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is going out with a bang thanks to its Halloween-themed event.

The patch notes for The Haunting have confirmed that there will be no Season 6 Reloaded, which have been commonplace over in recent months.

Now that we know that Verdansk’s final season won’t be Reloaded, when will Season 6 end and Vanguard Season 1 start?

Cold War & Warzone Season 6 end date

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The sixth season of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone is due to end on Thursday, December 2, 2021.

Season 5 ended on October 7, the first Thursday of the month, and it appears that Season 6 will follow the same while sticking roughly to the two-month structure that Raven and Treyarch used previously.

As mentioned earlier, there will be no Reloaded update this time around in order to make way for the long-awaited arrival of Vanguard integration into Warzone.

This isn’t to say that Black Ops Cold War will be forgotten, as Modern Warfare has still received content updates in the last year.

Vanguard Season 1 start date

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We’re expecting Season 1 of Vanguard, both in the standalone game and Warzone, to kick off in early December.

Cold War Season 6 ends on December 2, 2021, but there could be some transition time between the two like there was between Modern Warfare Season 6 and BOCW Season 1.

Vanguard will have been out nearly by this point, making it the ideal time to bring in the new Warzone map and WW2 weapons set to drop with the first season, as well as the long-awaited introduction of anti-cheat.

We’re still awaiting official confirmation on when Vanguard Season 1 will begin, so be sure to check back here for future updates.

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That was everything we know so far about the transition from Black Ops Cold War into Vanguard later this year.

For more on Call of Duty Vanguard, check out the Zombies reveal trailer, as well as the latest anti-cheat information.

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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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