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What’s the best SMG in Cold War Season 4? Every gun ranked & tier list

We’ve gone through Black Ops Cold War’s best SMGs in Season 4 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 4’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. Thanks to the addition of the fiery Nail Gun in Season 4, Treyarch’s shooter is stacked full of elite-level SMGs to use.

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CoD: Black Ops Cold War: SMG tier list

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
  • A-Tier: MP5, Nail Gun
  • B-Tier: MAC-10
  • C-Tier:

CoD: Black Ops Cold War best SMGs

9. MAC-10

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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.

8. MP5

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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 and dethroned it.

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

7. Nail Gun

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Black Ops Cold War Season 4 has really hit the nail on the head in terms of weapon variety and fresh additions. A viable LMG, a new Assault Rifle, and an SMG that fires nails.

The Nail Gun is 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 in Season 4.

6. Milano 821

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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.

The mobility of the Milano 821 is a superb asset and makes the SMG quite a viable 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.

5. Bullfrog

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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, but one hell of a vicious beast that can destroy teams on tightly-packed maps.

4. PPSH-41

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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.

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

3. AK-74u

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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 4. Yes, it can be slightly wayward at times, but that’s the only reason not to consider using this incredible SMG.

2. 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. Whilst the burst-fire nature of the KSP won’t be to everyone’s taste, it’s now absolutely worth giving a shot.

1. LC10 – Best SMG in Black Ops Cold War

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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, the LC10 is 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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Warzone players slam “rip off” Ultra Operator skin

Warzone players have called out the new Magma Ultra Operator skin for being a “rip off” and advise other players not to buy it.

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Warzone players have been unimpressed with the new ‘Magma’ Ultra-rarity Operator skin for Knight, with it being called a “rip off” as its fiery effect in-game doesn’t match its Cold War appearance or what’s advertised in the store.

Warzone and Cold War Season 4 added the first-ever Ultra Operator skin with Iridescent for Jackal. This brightly-colored skin changes color throughout matches, making it a unique sight on the battlefield.

Activision has now released another Ultra Operator skin with ‘Magma’ for Knight, in which the outfit glows like fiery lava. But Warzone players have been more than unimpressed with its minimal fiery effects in the battle royale mode.

Warzone and Cold War Magma Fury bundle

As Cold War and Warzone are on different engines, the Operators often look slightly different between the two games. This has been severely highlighted with the Magma Fury Bundle, where the skin’s effect is clear in Cold War, but barely recognizable in Warzone.

Many players assumed that the Magma skin would be reactive, where it changes color and design with each kill. This doesn’t appear to be the case, as the molten lava effect is there as soon as you spawn in.

Warzone players have been criticizing the skin as the lava effect is almost non-existent in the bright, hazy colors of Verdansk ’84. Reddit user kaif_chan123 made players aware of the problem by showing off the skin in Warzone.

In the comparison pictures, we can see the skin’s Magma effect is bright and obvious when in the Store but muddied and hard to see in-game. “They did rip me off,” they stated, explaining that they wouldn’t recommend that anyone buys it.

The image from kaif_chan123 is low-resolution, but a video from KRNG Hero (topic begins at 13:48) better shows how it looks in Warzone. After praising how cool the skin is in Cold War, Hero said that you can only see the fire effect in Warzone if you “look very carefully.”

This is one of Activision’s most expensive bundles in the store, so while plenty of Redditors criticized the OP for buying a skin, it’s still something players should be aware of before purchasing the bundle.

Also, Warzone players have called for a Store boycott over the lawsuit against Activision-Blizzard for its “frat boy” culture and sexual harassment incidents.

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Black Ops Cold War players call for major changes to Chopper Gunner Scorestreak

Cold War fans want Treyarch to address the Chopper Gunner Scorestreak as they believe it’s underpowered in its current state.

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Once one of the most feared Scorestreaks in Call of Duty, players think the Chopper Gunner needs a big buff to be worth the points required to use in Black Ops Cold War.

People tend to reminisce about the Modern Warfare 2 days of CoD. Nearly every gamer had the Chopper Gunner killstreak equipped as it was unbelievably overpowered, would be a guarantee to rack up some serious kills, and was fun to use.

In Black Ops Cold War, the feeling is not quite the same. As one of the most expensive Scorestreaks in Season 4, players don’t believe it justifies the points necessary to acquire. As a result, they want it to receive a significant buff going forward.

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One of the biggest issues with the Chopper Gunner is that it requires a whopping 8,000 points to pilot one.

As Reddit user factsvsfiction explains: “This streak COSTS 8,000 points. To put that into perspective, that is 1.6 Strafe Runs, 2 War Machines, 3 Hand Cannons, or 3.5 Death Machines worth of points.”

They then dissect the effectiveness and durability of the Chopper Gunner, in comparison to other Scorestreaks, by saying: “The streak can easily be taken down by down by someone’s Sam Turret that only takes 3 minutes to charge (which can be sooner if they are using a perk to speed it up) or an Air Patrol valued at 2500 points. That’s laughable.”

A common complaint that was echoed by many commenters on the post is that the VTOL Scorestreak is significantly better, and costs fewer points.

You can control the VTOL, but you can’t with the Chopper Gunner, you can manually trigger flares for the VTOL, and it has two modes of fire.

One top commenter said: “I don’t know why you would choose a Chopper Gunner over the Gunship lmao. The CG can get melted by a Calvary Lancer M60 (I have an “Anti-Air” class specifically for this) in 3 seconds.”

After weighing up all the evidence, it’s clear that there is a huge discrepancy between the Chopper Gunner and cheaper Scorestreaks of a similar nature. It definitely warrants some kind of upgrade, or its points requirement lowered.

Also, check out how to turn off crossplay in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone.

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When does Black Ops Cold War Season 5 start? Season 4 end, guns, maps, leaks, theme

Season 5 will be one of the final chapters for CoD: Cold War. Here’s when it will start, and info about guns, maps, and Season 4’s end.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 5 will represent one of the last new waves of content for Treyarch’s FPS title. Here’s everything we know about its potential start date, Season 4’s end date, and new guns and maps.

As to be expected, Season 4 of Cold War turned out to be quite a hefty update, adding all sorts of new gear to the game. As well as destructive new weapons like the MG 82 LMG and C58 Assault Rifle, we also got the new Ground Fall Event and even an overpowered new Scorestreak.

Things always move on though, so we’re going to analyze the probable end date of Black Ops Cold War Season 4, and the start of Season 5.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4 end date

two players fighting on hijacked in cod cold war

As with every new season of Call of Duty, there is a new Battle Pass to give us the necessary information to work out the season’s end date.

The Battle Pass for Season 4 expires on August 11. Meaning players will have until then to max out their pass before Season 5 starts.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 5 start date

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CoD never has any truly significant downtime between seasons, and the transition between Cold War Season 4 and Season 5 should be no different.

We’ve gotten official word that Black Ops Cold War and Warzone’s Season 5 will begin on August 12, 2021.

All the key details are still to be revealed concerning the next chapter in the 80s Call of Duty story, and they’re sure to be interesting.

Black Ops Cold War Season 5 new guns & leak

player firing MG 82 LMG

Each new Call of Duty season usually introduces a bunch of new weapons for players to unlock and use in Black Ops Cold War.

As well as the aforementioned MG 82 and C58, Season 4 also welcomed the Nail Gun, OTs SMG, and the upcoming Mace. There’s no official word yet as to what new weapons we will see in Season 5, but a leak has potentially revealed the identity of a new one.

Thanks to dataminer Nanikos, key artwork of the upcoming fifth season has been leaked ahead of time, and the image reveals a new Operator wielding, what looks like, Akimbo TEC-9 Pistols. A rapid SMG like the Bullfrog or PPSh-41, the TEC-9 would be another stellar addition to Cold War’s SMG category.

Also, check out our 10 best guns in Black Ops Cold War and Tier List.

CoD: Cold War Season 5 new maps & leak

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The standout highlight of CoD: Cold War Season 5’s new map selections has to be the return of Hijacked. The exotic Cruise ship returned to house more tense skirmishes across its expensive decks.

As well as Hijacked, Cold War Season 4 also added Collateral Strike as a new 6v6 map, Amsterdam for 2v2 and 3v3, and ‘Rush’ is due in-season.

With the recent Season 5 leak in mind, it seems like players may have another remake to look forward to. As well as Black Ops I’s Summit map featuring in a new Outbreak area called “Weather Station,” they say that Summit will return as an individual 6v6 map.

There will probably be other new map content as well, so we’ll update this section when we know more.

Also, see where we ranked and tiered every map in Black Ops Cold War here.

Cold War Season 5 new Operators & theme

jackal operator in cold war

Season 5 is almost certainly carrying on the story being told so far in Cold War and Warzone. We’ve traveled to various parts of the world following the exploits of Stitch, Adler, and most recently Jackal.

If the rumored leak is anything to go by, then Season 5 may be about to explore even more uncharted territory. The leaked image shows a new Operator who goes by the name “Kitsune.”

She will represent a Japanese-themed approach to Season 5, and could be joined by two other Operators, Kingsley and Surge, although their names could change ahead of launch.

Cold War Season 5 Zombies & new Perks

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We’ve already covered that Outbreak is looking to expand its array of areas to explore, and that might not be all we’ll get in Season 5.

There doesn’t seem to be anything as substantial as the Mauer Der Toten Zombies map that arrived in Season 4, but some new perks could be inbound.

Mule Kick was the sole addition to Season 4, but Season 5 may be adding two more if the Nanikos leak is to be believed.

PHD and Double Tap could be both be set for their debut in Black Ops Cold War.

PHD protects the player from any self-inflicted damage or actions and can cause explosions when jumping from a reasonable height.

Whereas Double Tap is a classic Call of Duty Perk that allows you to fire your weapons faster and perform certain actions much quicker. Both should be a great addition to the game and allow players even more freedom to play the game and complete Easter Eggs.


In the meantime, we’ll continue to report on everything that Black Ops Cold War Season 4 has in store for us, and we’ll be the first to break any Cold War Season 5 news here at Charlie INTEL.

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