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What’s the best SMG in Cold War Season 5? Every gun ranked & tier list

We’ve gone through Black Ops Cold War’s best SMGs in Season 5 and put them in tiers and ranked them from worst to best.

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Sometimes there’s no better rush than dashing around a map at the speed of light and flexing the might of a rapid SMG. To help you understand Black Ops Cold War more, here are all of Season 5’s SMGs tiered and ranked from worst to best.

Despite the mouthwatering selection of guns that CoD: Cold War has to offer, we’re pleased to report that SMGs are definitely not surplus to requirements. In fact, some of them can even pass as a primary weapon to use 24/7.

SMGs are mobile, allow you to move quicker, and they are very versatile across every game mode and all of Black Ops Cold War’s maps. The TEC-9 is the latest SMG to be welcomed to the game, and we’ll see where it, and all the other SMGs, rank in Cold War Season 5.

CoD: Black Ops Cold War: SMG tier list

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Before we do a deep, analytical look at each of the game’s SMGs, we’re first going to grade each one to let you know what’s good and bad.

Just to explain the system:

  • S-Tier weapons are the top-of-the-line powerhouses
  • A-Tier are amazing
  • B-Tier weapons are just missing something
  • C-Tier ones are not worth your time

Here is our official tier list of all of Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War’s SMGs:

  • S-Tier: LC10, AK-74u, Bullfrog, KSP 45, PPSH-41, Milano 821, TEC-9, OTs 9
  • A-Tier: MP5, Nail Gun
  • B-Tier: MAC-10
  • C-Tier:

CoD: Black Ops Cold War best SMGs

11. MAC-10

cod black ops cold war mac-10

The Cold War MAC-10 behaves very differently to the Warzone MAC-10 as its recoil is borderline ridiculous.

Its devastating offense is offset by its inability to fire in a straight line no matter what gizmos you slap on it. Not only that, but two seconds of firing will send the barrel pointing directly towards the moon, and it makes the MAC-10 very difficult to control.

If you’re in a fight up close then it’s far more manageable, but it’s really not suited for anything other than a few meters of combat.

10. MP5

mp5 smg in cod black ops cold war

So good that it had to be severely nerfed in Season 1 of Black Ops Cold War. The MP5 is an incredibly distinctive firearm that even non-gun people would recognize in a heartbeat.

It’s still as deadly as ever, possesses a great iron sight, and boasts tremendous range for an SMG. If anything it’s still a viable option to use, it’s just that others have come along, been buffed, and dethroned it.

Also, check out the cool John McClane MP5 East Egg.

9. Nail Gun

cod black ops cold war nail gun

The Nail Gun strolled onto the scene as the cool kid on the block. It was instantly different from anything else, and as such people gravitated towards it in a flash.

Its charm and appeal have cooled a lot since Season 4’s launch, but the Nail Gun is still surprisingly powerful and slots into the SMG category perfectly. It becomes a match made in heaven in Hardcore, where health is drastically reduced, but its ammo clip simply doesn’t cut the mustard in Standard.

Players have bemoaned the fact they can’t customize Special Weapons, and this lets down a potentially devastating Nail Gun.

Here’s how you can unlock the Nail Gun to use.

8. Bullfrog

bullfrog smg in cod black ops cold war

A big thing to note about the Bullfrog is its obscene starting ammunition. The reason for this is that the Bullfrog rips its way through a clip as fast as a dog breaking down a door to chow down a tasty steak.

This simultaneously leads us onto the gun’s glaring weakness, the Bullfrog sprays and prays – even whilst you’re aiming. Regardless of recoil-reducing attachments, it is a vicious beast that is hard to control, but one hell of a vicious beast that can destroy teams on tightly-packed maps.

7. Milano 821

milano 821 smg in cod black ops cold war

It looks very similar to the MAC-10, it handles very similarly to the MAC-10, but it’s slightly more accurate than the MAC-10.

Its range and speed were buffed significantly not too long ago, making the Milano 821 far more viable than it once was. The mobility of the Milano 821 is a superb asset and makes the SMG quite a solid option. Its range definitely suffers and isn’t as dangerous as it is in Warzone, but the Milano 821 could definitely get you some kills.

6. PPSH-41

cod cold war ppsh-41 smg

The PPSH-41 has been a long-time fan-favorite in the Call of Duty franchise as it meets all the requirements to be a top-tier ticking timebomb of devastation.

It’s fast and ferocious, and its lengthy ammo clip gives you plenty of room to maneuver. It can easily be adapted to suit different game modes, and the only downside is that, like the Bullfrog, its innate SMG qualities can make it a bit inaccurate. It hasn’t been messed around with that much by Treyarch, highlighting the balanced state the weapon is in right now.

Also, find out how to unlock PPSH-41 in Cold War & Warzone.

5. AK-74u

ak-74u smg in cod black ops cold war

Is there anything bad about the AK-74u? Nope. Is there any reason you shouldn’t use it? Nope. Would we recommend it? Absolutely.

For the longest time, this has been the standard-bearer for SMGs in Black Ops Cold War. Accurate, powerful, and is extremely adaptable with regards to how you want to set it up. There’s no reason not to use this in Season 5. Yes, it can be slightly wayward at times, but that’s the only reason not to consider using this incredible SMG.

4. OTs 9

ots 9 in cod cold war

Cold War players took to the OTs 9 far more than they did when both guns were added by Treyarch in Season 4. It was quick, powerful, and fairly accurate to boot.

As most small guns suffer from, its range leaves a little to be desired, but it’s definitely not the end of the world given its power and precision. Marks do have to be deducted for its limited availability though, its unlock challenges were, and still are, very unreasonable – for multiplayer and Zombies.

3. KSP 45

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One much-needed buff elevated the KSP 45 in more ways than anyone could’ve imagined. From Cold War’s launch, the KSP 45 didn’t know if it wanted to be an SMG or a Tactical Rifle.

But increases in its firepower and speed have managed to fire it into contention as a solid SMG choice in Cold War Season 4. A new SMG and a slight nerf to the KSP 45 have brought it down a notch, but this burst-fire brute can still decimate the opposition.

2. TEC-9

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One of the most unique guns in all of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The TEC-9 starts off as a semi-automatic SMG and can be altered to be either a burst-fire gun or a fully automatic SMG.

Its fully automatic form is where things get a lot more interesting though, with players even complaining about its overpowered nature. It beams enemies at all distances and is very effective in all its identities it can assume. It feels like the TEC-9 is here to assert it dominance in Cold War.

Here’s how to unlock TEC-9 in Warzone & Cold War Season 5.

1. LC10 – Best SMG in Black Ops Cold War

lc10 smg in cod black ops cold war

The LC10 feels like a hidden, overpowered weapon you get at the end of an FPS campaign as a reward for finishing the game.

Despite its aesthetically confusing shape, and the fact that the LC10 finally got the nerf that fans had been asking for, the LC10 is still utterly relentless.

Even from Weapon Level 1, it’s astoundingly pinpoint accurate and beams everyone and everything. Its damage output more than suffices, and it’s superb across any distance and any game mode. It’s just the SMG to use in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Here’s how to unlock the LC10 in Back Ops Cold War.


That completes our list. These are the best SMGs ranked in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Be sure to check out the best guns in Cold War and the best guns in Warzone too!

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Best controller settings for Black Ops Cold War Season 6

To improve your accuracy and movement in Black Ops Cold War, here are the best controller settings for Season 6.

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Making sure your controller settings are perfect is an essential part of any first-person shooter, so we’ve put together the best aim assist, aim response curve type, target aim assist settings, and more for Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

We’re now in the final season of Black Ops Cold War, fine-tuning aim assist settings for shooting as accurately as possible is just as important as ever. With so many settings available, it’s hard to pick out the settings you should be running.

Over the past couple of seasons, Cold War players have reported that a glitch resets their settings. So whether you need to re-enter the best settings or are just looking to fine-tune your aim, here are all the best controller settings for Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

You can use the links below to navigate to each section.

Best Black Ops Cold War controller settings

Kitsune in Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Echelon map

Controller

  • Horizontal Stick Sensitivity: 6
  • Vertical Stick Sensitivity: 6
  • ADS Stick Sensitivity (Low Zoom): 1.00
  • ADS Stick Sensitivity (High Zoom): 1.00
  • Button Layout: Default
  • Flip LT/RT with LB/RB: If you play with claw grip or want faster button press time, you should use Flipped
  • Aim Response Curve Type: Standard
  • Invert Vertical Look: Disabled
  • Controller Vibration: Disabled

Sensitivity is all dependent on you, but 6 is one of the most common values. You should hop into a Custom Game, which we’ll explain further down, to find the best value for you.

Gameplay

  • Target Aim Assist: Enabled
  • Target Aim Assist Mode: Standard
  • ADS Aim Assist: Enabled (Campaign and Zombies only)
  • Airborne Mantle Behaviour: Manual
  • Grounded Mantle Behavior: On Second Press
  • Aim Down Sights Behavior: Hold
  • Steady Aim Behavior: Hold
  • Armor Behavior: Apply All
  • Attack Vehicle Control Mode: Aim-Based

Mantle Behavior is an important setting to adjust. While trying to jump shot next to cover, your Operator will mantle onto the surface, rendering you defenseless mid-fight. If you set it to only Mantle on Second Press, you’ll be able to freely jump-shot and then double-tap jump when you want to mantle.

Kitsune in Black Ops Cold War Drive-In map

For more details on Aim Response Curve and Target Aim Assist Mode, we will detail these settings further in this guide.

Advanced

  • Stick Layout: Default
  • Left Stick Min Input Threshold: 0 (then increase as required)
  • Right Stick Min Input Threshold: 100
  • Right Stick Min Input Threshold: 0 (then increase as required)
  • Right Stick Max Input Threshold: 100
  • Auto Move Forward: Disabled
  • Auto Sprint: Enabled
  • Sprint Cancels Reload: Disabled
  • Parachute Auto Deploy: Enabled
  • Equipment Behavior: Hold
  • Interact/Reload Behavior: Tap to Reload

Auto Sprint Enabled will allow you to move around the map quicker, but you’ll need to get used to only slightly moving your stick when stealthy.

The Stick Input Thresholds, or deadzone, are all dependent on your controller. You want the minimum value to be as low as possible without your controller having stick drift.

Best Black Ops Cold War Aim Response Curve Type

Cold War aim response curve

In this guide, we’ll be going over all the aim assist settings so that you can find the one that works best for you in Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War.

There are 3 different settings for Aim Response Curve, so let’s find you the best one:

  • Standard: Standard curve from aim stick to aim rate. When you initially aim, there will be a slight delay in speed when the stick is pressed all the way in a specific direction.
  • Linear: Removes initial speed delay when the stick is pressed all the way in a direction. More for aggressive, fast movements at the cost of precision.
  • Dynamic: Hybrid system between linear and standard. Has a middle ground aim speed up when initially moving the stick.

Most players will be used to the Standard Aim Response Curve, as this has been the default setting in most Call of Duty games.

If you feel like you have solid stick control and can snap on targets with ease, it’s worth trying out Dynamic. It’s an excellent middle ground between Standard and Linear (which we wouldn’t recommend), and some pro players such as Scump have used it with great success.

Best Black Ops Cold War Target Aim Assist Mode

Cold War target aim assist mode

Target Aim Assist is used in gunfights or when aiming at an enemy player. It slows down your crosshair when hovering over enemy players.

There are 4 different settings this time, so we’ll dig through each one:

  • Standard: Traditional aim slowdown near the target. A wider area where your aim will slow around an opponent. Best for regular Call of Duty players who want some extra time to lock on the target.
  • Legacy: Alternate aim slowdown near the target (a more narrow range). Same type as in Warzone. If you’re a regular Warzone player, you should try this.
  • Precision: Strong aim assist slowdown that only kicks in when close to an enemy player. Only use this option if you’re a skilled and accurate player. The slowdown area is minimal and casual players will not like this.
  • Focusing: Strong aim slowdown that kicks in when narrowly missing targets. If you’re new to Call of Duty, this is your best bet to improving on a controller.

If you primarily play Black Ops Cold War and Warzone isn’t your cup of tea, we recommend sticking to the Standard Target Aim Assist setting. This is what most CoD players are used to and will feel the most natural to most.

However, if you like to switch between Warzone, Modern Warfare, and Black Ops Cold War, it’s worth getting used to the Legacy aim assist setting. With these games on different engines, switching between them can be quite jarring, but the Legacy mode will make the transition much smoother.

Best Aim Assist for sniping in Cold War

Sniping with the Pelington in Black Ops Cold War

Unlike many previous Treyarch Call of Duty games, Sniper Rifles in Black Ops Cold War have Aim Assist. When dragging your crosshairs past an enemy, you’ll be able to feel your aim slow down in a ‘bubble’ around the target.

This has advantages and disadvantages, so we’ve got the best Aim Assist settings for sniping in Cold War.

For Aim Response Curve, we’d recommend leaving it on what you’re used to. Standard and Dynamic both have their separate place, but when sniping, it’s best to leave it on the one that you prefer.

However, for Target Aim Assist Mode, we’d recommend Precision. With the Aim Assist bubble around targets, it can feel like your aim is getting stuck, or it will pull away from the target you’re aiming at. Precision significantly shrinks the bubble around opponents, allowing you to be more accurate and precise when sniping.

Some players prefer to turn off Aim Assist when sniping, as the bubble that catches players can throw your aim off. We’ll explain how to disable that further in the article.

How to turn off Aim Assist in Cold War

Slums map in Black Ops Cold War Season 5

When Black Ops Cold War first launched, there was a little bit of confusion about Aim Assist. The ADS Aim Assist setting only works for campaign and Zombies, but the in-game description wasn’t specific for the first few weeks of launch.

If you don’t like the snappy aim-lock when fighting Zombies, or would rather have no multiplayer Aim Assist for classic sniping, here’s how to turn off Aim Assist in Cold War.

To have no aim assist when playing campaign and Zombies:

  • Set ADS Aim Assist to Disabled.

To have no aim assist when playing multiplayer:

  • Set Target Aim Assist to Disabled.

You won’t be nearly as accurate when using automatic weapons, but having no Aim Assist will allow you to have a more classic sniping experience.

Does FOV affect Aim Assist?

Black Ops Cold War FOV slider

Unlike Modern Warfare and Warzone, Black Ops Cold War has a field of view slider on console. You’ll be able to increase how much you can see in front of you, taking in much more information than the default setting.

Cold War’s FOV slider goes all the way from 60-120, giving players a wide range of choices when finding the perfect FOV for their playstyle and hardware.

Cranking the FOV up to 120 will allow you to see an insane amount of what’s in front of you, but on the other hand, far-off player models will be much smaller and more challenging to see, never mind the hit to the game’s performance.

Having a FOV of 120 can severely throw off your aim, as you need to fine-tune your shots on these small targets and compensate for the Aim Assist bubble around them.

To stay accurate with a controller, we wouldn’t recommend putting your FOV above 110. But, if you’re confident with your aim, feel free to experiment with pushing it further.

How to find the best Cold War controller settings

Cold War custom game settings

With controller settings, there’s no setup that will work perfectly for everyone. It’s tempting to find your favorite pro player or content creator and copy their settings, but they might not be the best for you.

We’d recommend jumping into a custom game of Black Ops Cold War and testing out some different controller settings. To maximize your time while testing out the settings, here’s what we’d recommend:

  • Map: Nuketown ’84
  • Mode: Free for All
  • Rules:
    • Time limit: Unlimited
    • Score limit: Unlimited
  • Bots and players:
    • Number of bots: 6
    • Bot difficulty: Recruit

With these custom game settings, you’ll be able to practice shooting for as long as you like. Nuketown ’84 is small enough that you’ll be able to fight constantly, and the Recruit level bots will hardly shoot back at you.

Practice shooting bots at both long and close range with various settings and weapons, and keep on the setting you feel most accurate and comfortable with. Even if you’re a Call of Duty veteran, there’s always room to improve, so it’s worth trying out some different combinations.

While you’re in this private mode, you should also try getting your Minimum Input Thresholds as low as they’ll go. Start at 0, and move it up one until you no longer receive stick drift.


Try out these controller settings in Black Ops Cold War Season 6, and you’ll be shooting deadly accurate in no time.

For more Cold War guides, you can check out how to get Warzone and Cold War Prime Gaming rewards, including skins and Blueprints.

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Cold War October 13 update patch notes: Vanguard Zombies reveal, Grav fix & zombies changes

Treyarch Studios has rolled out the Black Ops Cold War October 13 update, and we have all of the patch notes covered for you.

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Season 6 is underway in the world of Black Ops Cold War, and Treyarch Studios has rolled out the October 13 update to provide some fixes and updates for players, and we have all of the patch notes covered for you.

It has been an exciting time in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, with Season 6 bringing various changes, including weapon buffs and nerfs and the new Forsaken Zombies map with its insanely powerful wonder weapon.

However, this has not stooped Treyarch Studios from improving Black Ops Cold War which was the focus of the Black Ops Cold War October 13 update patch notes, including a look at the upcoming Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies reveal.

You can find everything you need to know about the Black Ops Cold War October 13 update patch notes below:

Black Ops Cold War October 13 update patch notes

SEASON SIX CONTINUES

We’ve added new gameplay improvements and fixes to MP and Zombies this week, including a fix for Grav attachment unlock levels, full details on the latest Wonder Weapon upgrades in Zombies, “Forsaken” updates, and more. In the Store, “Fuze” has arrived as our latest playable Warsaw Pact Operator, introduced to the world in the Season Six Cinematic.

Players can also now unlock legacy Prestige Icons for Prestige 13-15 from Black Ops in the Prestige Shop, as well as Prestige 13-14 and Grand Master Prestige icons from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare! If you’ve been looking to complete your collection, now’s the time.

TUNE IN TOMORROW FOR VANGUARD ZOMBIES

In tomorrow’s update, we’re bringing Amerika 24/7 and Gunfight Gluboko to this week’s Featured Playlists – and of course, the worldwide reveal of Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies kicks off at 8AM PT / 11AM ET, Oct. 14th!

Set a reminder for the premiere of tomorrow’s Zombies Reveal Trailer, and get ready for the full behind-the-scenes reveal later in the day. We can’t wait to share what the team’s been working on for this new chapter of the Dark Aether story.

Until then… here’s what’s new since our Oct. 7 update:

GLOBAL

Prestige Shop

  • Added Prestige Icons for Prestige 13-15 from Black Ops.
  • Added Prestige Icons for Prestige 13-14 and Grand Master Prestige from Advanced Warfare.

MULTIPLAYER

Weapons

  • Grav
    • Addressed an issue related to Grav attachment unlock levels.

ZOMBIES

“Forsaken”

  • Main Quest
    • Crystals will now respawn during the escort section of the Main Quest to prevent a possible progression break.
  • Gameplay
    • Addressed a rare issue that could cause the dragon to freeze during the Der Eisendrache pinball minigame.
  • Local
    • Enabled “Forsaken” in Local play.

Wonder Weapons

  • D.I.E.
    • Base Versions
      • D.I.E. now receives a percentage of its max ammo capacity when an enemy is absorbed, as opposed to a fixed amount. This makes higher ammo capacity versions more viable, such as the D.I.E. Electrobolt.
      • D.I.E. melee damage increased from 145 to 160.
    • D.I.E. Electrobolt
      • D.I.E. Electrobolt increases movement speed while firing from 75% to 100% of base.
      • D.I.E. Electrobolt now consumes more ammo for level 2 and 3 energy beams (increases the longer the trigger is held).
    • Pack-a-Punched Version (D.E.A.D.)
      • D.E.A.D. vacuums up to 3 enemies at a time at slightly increased damage (as a percentage of the enemy’s max health).
      • D.E.A.D. Glacialator increases movement speed while firing to 90% of base (vs. 75% for the Cryo-Emitter).
      • D.E.A.D. Joltsurge increases movement speed while firing to 125% of base (vs. 100% from the Electrobolt).
  • RAI K-84
    • Vortex explosion damage increased by 100%.

Enemies

  • Zombies
    • Addressed an issue that sometimes caused incorrect zombie pathing in the Main Street space.
  • Abomination
    • Added stability fixes related to the Abomination.
    • Addressed an issue that allowed the Abomination to push players out of the playable area.
    • Addressed an issue that caused the Abomination beam attack sound to be heard after the attack ended.
  • Tempests
    • Addressed a rare issue that could cause Tempests to follow players into the Observation Tower space.

Perks

  • PhD Slider
    • Addressed an issue that could cause the player to take explosive damage when fully cooking a grenade with PhD Slider Tier III or higher equipped.

Onslaught (PlayStation®)

  • Plaguehounds have been capped to 15 per Surge. Chance to spawn has been lowered from 10% to 5%.

Source: Treyarch Studios

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How to get Warzone & Cold War Prime Gaming rewards

Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War players can now take advantage of Prime Gaming and earn some exciting rewards for their battles.

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Prime Gaming is an exciting way developers reward players with various in-game items, with Call of Duty: warzone and Black Ops Cold War being the two latest games to join.

One of the most exciting aspects of Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War are the many cosmetic items that players can equip to customize their playing experience.

There are different ways that players can acquire these cosmetic items. One of the newest is through the popular Prime Gaming service, which allows Amazon Prime subscribers to get in-game rewards for free for their favorite games.

With this in mind, here is how you can get the Warzone and Cold War Prime Gaming rewards.

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How to get Warzone and Cold War Prime Gaming rewards

Players interested in getting the Prime Gaming rewards will first need to make sure they are an Amazon Prime subscriber.

If you are not, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial to try out the service and redeem the Warzone & Cold War Prime Gaming rewards that are currently available.

The full set of steps you need to take to add these new items to your collection for both Call of Duty games can be found below:

  • Step 1: Navigate to the Call of Duty Offer Detail Page: https://gaming.amazon.com/loot/callofduty.
  • Step 2: Click “Claim Now” on the active content drop.
  • Step 3: Log in with your Prime-enabled account or sign up for Prime.
  • Step 4: Click “Continue” to begin the account-linking process.
  • Step 5: Click “Go to Activision” to be redirected to Activision’s account-linking page.
  • Step 6: Log in with your Activision account and authorize Prime Gaming to fulfill content.
  • Step 7: Click “Complete Claim.”

Once you complete these steps, the items you claimed will be available once you launch Warzone or Black Ops Cold War.

You can find all of the currently available Warzone and Cold War Prime Gaming rewards below:

Warzone and Cold War Prime Gaming Flight School Bundle

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Prime Gaming Flight School Bundle

World Series of Warzone Fall 2021 Pack

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Prime Gaming World Series of Warzone Fall 2021 Pack

For more Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, check out the best Season 5 Reloaded loadouts according to JGOD and when Season 6 is set to start.

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