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Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Menu Integration for Season 1 revealed

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Activision has detailed the menu integration for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

The company released a new blog post detailing how the menu will update to include Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War content.

Starting with Season One on December 16, all 80+ weapons and blueprints of Black Ops Cold War will become available in Call of Duty: Warzone.

A new progression system will arrive in Call of Duty: Warzone that will match Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The progressions will be synced across the games, including Modern Warfare.

The team is also making changes to the menus of Warzone, including a new Career tab, updates to the Barracks tab, and more.

Get the full details on the integration from the Call of Duty Blog:

With Season One incoming, Black Ops Cold War will be even more integrated into Warzone, bringing its available weapon total to 80+ individual primary and secondaries and Operators to 50+ just off what was available already in Black Ops Cold War. Furthermore, a new progression system and more will add plenty to explore on top of everything that the free-to-play online experience has offered since its launch.

Most of the Black Ops Cold War Operators have been playable within Warzone, giving you a small taste of what’s to come in Black Ops Cold War Season One. This is everything that you can expect when that happens, working across each part of the main Warzone menu:

Play – Familiar Modes and the New Experience

Dropping into Warzone for Season One will be done in a similar fashion to all prior seasons: from the Play menu.

Here, you can choose to play one of the featured playlists, including those that have to do with the new experience coming in Season One, as well as jump into a Private Match, Practice Modes, or Trials from Modern Warfare®.

Weapons – The Full Black Ops Cold War Arsenal, Fine Tuned for Warzone

Next let’s talk about what’s coming to your loadouts.

In Season One, weapons from Black Ops Cold War’s launch – from the Knife to the LW3 – Tundra sniper rifle and every primary and secondary weapon in between – will be added into Warzone and fine-tuned to best perform within this free-to-play experience. This includes:

·      Five Assault Rifles

·      Five Submachine Guns

·      Four Marksman (Tactical) Rifles

·      Three Light Machine Guns

·      Three Sniper Rifles

·      Three Pistols

·      Two Shotguns

·      Three Launchers (including the Special Launcher)

·      One Melee Weapon

In addition, throughout Season One expect to obtain additional free-to-acquire weapons via the free tiers of the Battle Pass system and in-game Challenges.

Maxed out your weapon in Black Ops Cold War? Bring all of its attachments into the Warzone. Otherwise, play with these weapons in Warzone to unlock its attachments in both games thanks to shared progression.

All attachments unlocked for Black Ops Cold War weapons will be available through the Gunsmith, allowing you to modify the weapon for use within Warzone. That doesn’t even count the free weapons included in the Season One Battle Pass system, any additional weapons to be released in Warzone or Black Ops Cold War, or the current and future Blueprint variants of these weapons.

For more intel on how these weapons will be integrated, visit our Future of Warzone blog here.

Operators – Two New Free Mil-Sim Choices, More Operators to Come

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

That brings the total number of available Operators past the half century mark for Season One. In other words, you’ll be able to choose or randomly shuffle between 50+ unique Operators, not including any future Black Ops Cold War Operators that will simultaneously appear in Warzone or any additional Warzone Operators to come.

Career – New Progression System

This new menu in Warzone is where you’ll track your progression from the Military Ranks to each Season’s levelling journey.

When Season One drops, expect your level to synchronize across all three titles based on your current Military Rank or Prestige Level. Players who have advanced past the Military Ranks will begin the new season at Season Level 1. Note that all your previous unlocks from Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare (such as Weapons, Perks, Scorestreaks, or Killstreaks) remain unlocked.

After rising through the Military Ranks by earning XP across any of the three games, you’ll advance to the Season Levels, a brand-new system that includes new Prestige Levels and Prestige Icons from the world of Black Ops.

Challenges – Pick Up Where You Left Off

Haven’t earned your 400th Battle Royale victory or your 300th game of Plunder yet? Left a few Missions from previous seasons incomplete?

Don’t worry. All Mastery Challenges and Missions from prior seasons can still be completed as normal. You can find them still living in the Challenges tab alongside your Daily Challenges.

Again, those that can complete them all can consider themselves true Warzone masters, but you can take all the time – and infils – you need to get them done.

Barracks – Customize Your Player Profile

Because Career is the new home for all Progression-related menus, the Barracks is now solely dedicated to your Player Profile.

Here, you can find all the Calling Cards and Emblems that are carried over from Black Ops Cold War, as well as the option to customize Gestures & Sprays and put on a Clan or Regiment Tag. Furthermore, the Barracks will house your Records from Warzone, including the Leaderboards and various Commendations you earned while playing the game.

Battle Pass and Store – Content Across Black Ops Cold War and Warzone

In Season One, there will be a new Battle Pass with 100 tiers of content and plenty of bundles in the Store. Nearly all these items can be used in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, including the new weapons that are available for free within the Season One Battle Pass System.

There is one main exception to this rule: vehicle skins. Because Black Ops Cold War and Warzone do not share vehicles, this content will be separated between the two games.

In the Battle Pass System, specific tiers will offer two skins: one for a vehicle in Black Ops Cold War and another for a vehicle inside Warzone. As for Store bundles, Black Ops Cold War vehicle skins will be included as a bonus on top of all content that is available in both games, such as Weapon Blueprints and Operator skins.

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Best QBZ-83 loadout for Black Ops Cold War Season 4

Lightweight and compact, the QBZ 83 is one of Cold War Season 4’s most understated weapons with the right loadout & attachments.

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Player using the QBZ 83 in Cold War

Season 4 of Black Ops Cold War has seen a number of weapons come to the forefront, and with the right attachments and perks, the QBZ-83 Assault Rifle can potentially hold its own.

Throughout the lifespan of Cold War, incredible weapons like the XM4, MP5, and AK-74u have dominated the meta, with many opting to use them over any other gun in the game.

Other guns have come into the fold to further broaden horizons with the outrageously powerful LC10 making a strong case for being the meta gun. With the right loadout and class setup, the QBZ can be the perfect gun for players looking to take on enemies at range, without sacrificing the ability to move around the map at speed.

Here’s everything you need to turn the QBZ-83 into a devasting weapon in your arsenal.

Best Cold War Season 4 QBZ-83 attachments

QBZ 83 in Black Ops Cold War gunsmith
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake 5.56
  • Barrel: 13.7″ Cavalry Lancer
  • Underbarrel: Foregrip
  • Handle: Quickdraw Handle
  • Stock: Tactical Stock

Pairing the Muzzle Brake 5.56 with the Foregrip is important for control, as this will reduce both the horizontal and vertical recoil and make it much easier to hit your shots.

With the QBZ-83 acting as a mobile AR, the Quickdraw Handle will be the perfect accessory to help you aim down sights quickly while you’re rotating around the map.

Finally, once you’ve found your target and started to fire, you’ll want to be able to keep your crosshairs on your enemy while you shoot. This is where the Tactical Stock comes in, as it improves the stability of the weapon.

Best perks to use with Cold War Season 4’s QBZ-83

Tactical Mask perk
  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Tactical Mask is a must in Black Ops Cold War, and with the QBZ-83 allowing you to move around the map faster than other Assault Rifle players, you’ll likely find yourself in the middle of stuns and flashes fairly regularly.

Scavenger is useful to keep your ammo replenished as the QBZ-83 has one of the faster rates of fire in its class, while Ghost will keep you hidden from enemies’ pesky UAVs.

How to unlock the QBZ-83 in Cold War Season 4

qbz-83 being held up in the air

If you want to have a go with the QBZ-83, then you’ll simply need to reach Level 31, and it will become yours to equip.

Once you’ve done that, then you can go about unlocking every single attachment for it to equip the right ones for the job.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s QBZ-83 SMG

qbz-83 gunsmith options

If you’ve experimented and feel like the QBZ-83 isn’t for you after all, then there are perfectly acceptable replacements should you need them.

The Swiss K31 is fun for quickscoping, the KSP 45 is a weapon reborn in Cold War, and the Krig 6 remains a veritable destroyer of CoD lobbies.


That’s the QBZ-83 sorted for you in Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer. Also, see our tier list of every weapon in Black Ops Cold War to see where we rank them all, and if you enjoy battle royale, then check out our ranking of every Warzone weapon.

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JGOD explains which Warzone barrels you should be using for Cold War Assault Rifles

Call of Duty YouTuber JGOD has delved into the different Warzone barrel options for Cold War ARs and explains which ones you should be using.

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Each weapon in Call of Duty: Warzone has many different barrels to apply, and CoD guru JGOD has specifically targeted the Cold War Assault Rifles and explained which barrels are better suited.

Creating a loadout and picking the right attachments for your weapon can sometimes be an arduous chore. You immediately doubt your selections, second-guess the choices you’ve made, and it creates a negative bubble for each match of Warzone you use it and don’t win your 1v1s.

Barrels are probably the most selected attachment for every weapon as their effects are significant. Cold War‘s Assault Rifles have had a big bearing on the way Warzone plays and its meta, and JGOD has picked the best barrels and explained which ones work best.

krig 6 assault rifle

Going through the different barrels, JGOD believes that two barrels are head and shoulders above the rest – the 18.7″ Ranger and the 18.5″ Task Force.

He refers to the Ranger as “barrel 4” and the Task Force as “barrel 6.” He says: “Essentially, the choice, almost always, for weapons that are long-range comes down to whether or not you want to use the fourth barrel or the sixth barrel.”

To fully demonstrate the different effects of each, JGOD set foot into Warzone’s currently broken Plunder mode to test them all.

He used the good ol’ garage doors to show side-by-side examples of barrel 4 and barrel 6 on each gun. Through methodical testing, we saw the difference between the barrels on the Krig, QBZ, XM4, AK-47, FFAR, Groza, FARA, and C58.

JGOD comparing AR barrels in Warzone

These were JGOD’s favored barrels for each gun:

  • Krig 6: Barrel 4
  • QBZ-83: Barrel 6
  • XM4: Barrel 6
  • AK-47: Either
  • FFAR-1: Either
  • Groza: Barrel 6
  • FARA 83: Barrel 6
  • C58: Either

It’s quite obvious that the 18.5″ Task Force is the preferred barrel for these weapons, and for any where it’s too close to call, you might be better off conducting your own tests to see which feels better.

With Warzone Season 4 very much giving players a healthy amount of balanced Assault Rifles to choose from, it might be well worth trying out some of the above barrels.

Also, check out when the next Double XP Event is in Warzone and Cold War.

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Best AK-47 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 4

The AK-47 Assault Rifle is extremely powerful in Cold War Season 4, and these are the attachments and perks to make the perfect loadout.

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As with every Call of Duty game, the AK-47 is a tank of an Assault Rifle with some interesting but manageable recoil. Here is how you can make the best Cold War AK-47 loadout in Season 4.

In a game largely defined by the strength of its SMGs such as the PPSH-41 and LC10, Cold War does actually boast some quality Assault Rifles with a quick time-to-kill. You’ll need some awesome firepower in Season 4.

The firepower of the AK-47 has never been in question and it became even stronger in Cold War Season 3’s Reloaded update. Now in Season 4, the AK remains one of the best choices available, and our AK-47 loadout will see to the choppy recoil and make the gun a great addition to your repertoire.

Best Cold War AK-47 loadout

Best Cold War AK-47 loadout

Best AK-47 attachments for Cold War Season 4

  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Muzzle: Suppressor
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap

Given how potent the AK-47 is on its own in Black Ops Cold War, we think you’ll only need five attachments, so we would recommend selecting Perk Greed as a Wildcard.

The Axial Arms 3x scope offers brilliant zoom and is still operational at all ranges, increasing its deadliness. Buffs in Warzone Season 4 reduced the Suppressors range penalty, so it’s well worth using on your AK-47.

One of the biggest things we’re trying to secure for the AK is its accuracy and recoil, and the Spetsnaz Grip is one of the biggest ways to lock it down. The GRU Elastic Wrap offers a healthy boost to ADS to improve its speed and mobility, and the 40 Rnd mag allows us some spare shots.

Best perks to run with the AK-47 in Cold War Season 4

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  • Perk 1: Forward Intel & Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Assassin & Gearhead
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Gung-Ho

With Perk Greed, you have six options to choose from. The AK-47 is strong at all distances, so you won’t need to run around as much, especially with the Axial Arms 3x scope.

So Forward Intel will show even more of the map, benefitting the scope, and Flak Jacket provides the usual immunity to explosives – a regular occurrence in Cold War.

Assassin is awesome for extra points, and Quartermaster lets you use more equipment to stop people sneaking up on you.

Ghost is a universally loved perk that hides you from radar, and Gung-Ho is useful for quick weapon switching if your ammo runs dry.

How to unlock the AK-47 in Cold War

cod cold war assault rifle ak-47

The AK-47 hasn’t been added mid-game like the FARA or the monstrous Streetsweeper, so the unlock requirements are easy.

Simply reach Level 7 and you’ll be using be brandishing this classic weapon in no time at all.

Best alternatives

If you feel that the AK-47 isn’t for you, give our LC10 loadout a try to see if mobility and an exhilarating rate of fire are for you.

Or, you could use the ever-powerful Krig 6 to simply dominate enemies over range.


You can check out where the AK-47 ranks amongst the other guns in our Black Ops Cold War Season 4 weapons tier list.

For tips and tricks to dominate your enemy on every Black Ops Cold War multiplayer map, you can check out our guides below.

Nuketown ’84 | Crossroads | Raid | The Pines | Moscow | Miami | Cartel | Satellite | Checkmate

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