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Black Ops Cold War: Where to Start Guide

New Game. New modes to play. Let’s walk through the best places to start as you dive in.



Coming November 13th, Black Ops Cold War will launch across all platforms, bringing a large drop of new content for players to experience.

The game offers 3 very different core modes to play on launch, and lots of variety in each area. With all the new content, where should you start?


The hunt for Perseus is on! Experience the brand new Black Ops campaign, set right after the events of the original Black Ops game.

Play with and as the iconic Black Ops trio (Frank Woods, Jason Hudson, Alex Mason) and some new characters, like Russell Adler.

“Welcome to the Black Ops Cold War Campaign: At the height of the Cold War, these three moments defined the early history of a newly formed group of CIA operatives. Their objective: to prevent global nuclear conflict through deniable operations, missions whose targets and sources remain off the record to this day.” – Call of Duty blog

The campaign will take you through a number of large and small scale operations while you try to hunt the mystery of who Perseus is. If you’re someone who prefers to not have anything spoiled, we recommend you start here, as you might see spoilers in your Twitter or YouTube feeds in the first week of release. Normally Call of Duty campaigns take about 8-10 hours to finish, depending on the level of difficulty. You can stretch the play time out by playing slow and really adventuring around the environments.


Most of the community will start here in a rush to get their ranks rolling and experience all the new maps and modes. This year, Multiplayer isn’t just your standard rotation of basic game modes. We also have the Fireteam and Combined Arms modes as well. Here’s the multiplayer rundown.

Core Modes

The core multiplayer this year is back with plenty of new scorestreaks, weapons & equipment to use. These maps when compared to Modern Warfare will be much smaller and significantly more fast paced. Hop in here to experience the newest maps, level up weapons and play returning modes like Kill Confirmed and Domination, or try out the new VIP mode.

Combined Arms

New to the Black Ops franchise, Combined Arms is a large 12v12 scale gamemode set on specific maps. So far we have seen two game modes – Assault and Domination. Assault is a mode similar to Domination, however, there is one point both teams must fight to control. Once a team captures a point, the next point moves closer to the enemies spawn. The first team to conquer all points up to the enemies spawn wins.

Domination on the other hand is exactly how it is in core multiplayer, but with more flags and enemies.


Fireteam is another new part of Black Ops Cold War, and feels like a nice medium between Blackout and Warzone. It features the same plate armor system as Warzone and looting, yet has the Black Ops movement and weapons (there will be no MW weapons in this, unlike Warzone). Drop in as a squad of four in a 40-player server.

As of now, the only available mode is Dirty Bomb. In this mode, you are tasked with detonating as many dirty bombs as you can while fighting off squads of other players. Detonate enough bombs and you’ll win the game…. but be sure to watch out for the toxic fumes each detonated dirty bomb leaves on the field.


For Black Ops Cold War, the signature Treyarch zombies is back, complete with new perks, weapons & the return of pack-a-punch.

The new map “Die Maschine”, brings us back to the root of zombies as a reimagining of World At War’s “Nacht Der Untoten”, the original zombies map.

Perks will have a new spin with 3 upgradeable tiers, weapons will now have rarities with varying damage values and you’ll even be able to drop into the game with your own customized loadout. Additionally, there is now scorestreaks, an armor system, and unique zombies field upgrades.

While playing zombies and figuring out all the new features, you’ll also be leveling up your multiplayer level and weapons as an added bonus, so no need to fear missing out on XP to try out Zombies. We recommend starting here if you have a solid group of 4 that finds excitement in exploring something completely new.

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How to unlock and use Prestige Keys in Black Ops Cold War

Prestige Keys are rewards in the Black Ops Cold War progression system. Here is how to unlock and use them.



The Prestige system in Black Ops Cold War opens up new challenges and rewards for players. One of the unique rewards you can earn is a Prestige Key. This is how you can acquire and use it.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is finally here, and things are a bit different this year with its progression system. Once you reach Military Rank 55, you will earn your first Prestige. In previous seasons, this would result in your entire loadout and level being reset. That is no longer the case.

Instead of grinding your levels back, you will be able to work towards more Prestige Levels without losing your existing gear and class. The new Seasons will bring more Prestige milestones, challenges, and rewards. One reward is for reaching a new Prestige rank is the Prestige Key.

Here is everything that you need to know about using Prestige Keys in Black Ops Cold War.

How to unlock Prestige Keys

The only way to earn these rewards is to play through Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Grind through the Multiplayer until you earn enough XP to surpass the base 55 Military Ranks. At this point, you’ll become season prestige rank 1 and enter into the prestige system.

Every time you reach a new Prestige rank, the game will give you a new sticker, emblem, and Prestige Key. You get these as rewards after passing through every 50 Season Levels. Other rewards include weapon blueprints and Battle Pass Tier Skips for the Battle Pass.

For a more detailed look at how the Prestige System works, you can look here.

How to Use Prestige Keys in Black Ops Cold War

Once you’ve got a Prestige Key in your hands, you may be wondering how you can use it. Its purpose is to unlock Legacy Prestige Icons when you use it at the Prestige Shop. These icons will be from the previous Call Of Duty games, and you can add them when you reach Prestige Master.

The bad news is that the Prestige Shop is not available until Season One opens up on December 10. When it finally begins, the game will also add additional Prestiges. You can keep earning XP up to level 1000 and then get milestone rewards after crossing 50 levels. This means you can get 20 milestones when the season resets.

At the moment, we can only wait for December 10 to come around so that we can use the Prestige keys. We’ll keep updating this article as more information becomes available.

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Black Ops Cold War Competitive Settings V1.01 announced



Call of Duty League has announced the first version of the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Competitive Settings for the 2021 season.

UPDATE – Nov. 23: Activision has updated the Call of Duty League Competitive Settings to no longer have Semtex restricted.

These settings will be updated and changed as the seasons go on, and as more feedback is given from players to Treyarch & CDL.

The 2021 Call of Duty League season will kick off soon, with a full schedule on the season to be announced by the League in the near future.

Competitive Call of Duty rules adjust over time. The rules below represent the settings in place for Call of Duty Challengers events. Version 1 of the 2021 season Competitive Settings is foundational and rules may change throughout the year. Maps and modes may also change at a later date.

Competitive Settings V 1.0 have been developed in coordination between League Administration and representatives (players, coaches) of the Call of Duty League.

The season begins with the Call of Duty Challengers online Elite & Scout events in December.

Competitive Rule Set V1.0

Maps & Modes:

  • Hardpoint
    • Cartel
    • Checkmate
    • Crossroads
    • Garrison
    • Moscow
  • Search & Destroy:
    • Checkmate
    • Crossroads
    • Garrison
    • Miami
    • Moscow
  • Control:
    • Checkmate
    • Garrison
    • Moscow

Restricted Items:

  • Primary Weapons:
    • All LMGs
  • Secondary Weapons:
    • All Shotguns
    • All Launchers
    • All Special Weapons
  • Attachments
    • Body
      • SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
      • Ember Sighting Point
    • Stock
      • Dual Wield
  • Tactical:
    • Stimshot
    • Decoy
  • Lethal:
    • C4
    • Tomahawk
  • Field Upgrade:
    • Proximity Mine
    • Field Mic
    • Gas Mine
  • Perks:
    • Perk 1:
      • Paranoia
      • Forward Intel
    • Perk 2:
      • Tracker
  • Wildcard:
    • Danger Close
  • Scorestreaks:
    • Combat Bow
    • Spy Plane
    • Counter Spy Plane
    • Care Package
    • Sentry Turret
    • Air Patrol

More information on the Call of Duty League Competitive Settings, including specific settings for Hardpoint, S&D, and Control modes, are available on the CDL site.

As always, stay tuned for the latest news on the Call of Duty League 2021 season.

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Black Ops Cold War Nov 23 Patch Notes: MP Spawn Updates



Treyarch has released a patch for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on November 23rd.

A new in-game update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is now live on all platforms that addresses spawns, stability, and bugs across MP & Zombies.

The update includes a pass on Hardpoint spawns and preps the game for the launch of Nuketown, coming November 24 at 10AM PT. Nuketown will be available for free for everyone on all platforms.

Patch Notes



  • Adjusted Hardpoint spawn logic to reduce average travel time to active Hardpoints.
  • Adjusted enemy weighting for spawns in Crossroads Strike and Armada Strike.

Fireteam: Dirty Bomb

  • Addressed a UI error that could sometimes occur when loading into a match of Fireteam: Dirty Bomb on Ruka.


  • Addressed an issue that would prevent Flak Jacket from properly protecting the player from explosive damage in Hardcore modes.


Field Upgrades

  • Addressed an issue where the player could earn Field Upgrade charge while their Ring of Fire was currently activated.


  • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused zombies to use their ranged attack unexpectedly.
  • Addressed a rare issue that could rarely cause the Megaton to be permanently invincible after splitting.


  • Added various stability fixes.

Source: Treyarch

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