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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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch

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When does Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 start? Season 6 end 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.



Call of Duty: Vanguard is finally here, but players will have to wait a little longer for the game’s first season. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard & Warzone Season 1, including release date and content.

After months of anticipation, Call of Duty: Vanguard has finally arrived, taking players back in time to World War II for all-out combat across the world. While Vanguard dropped on November 5, players will have to wait a little longer for the first season, and the content it will bring with it.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 has been going out with a bang thanks to the Secrets of the Pacific event.

With a new Warzone map, the RICOCHET anti-cheat, and Battle Pass, there’s plenty to get excited about with Vanguard & Warzone Season 1.

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 start date

The sixth season of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will end on Thursday, December 2, 2021, bringing an end to the Treyarch game’s run. Vanguard Season 1 will officially kick off on December 8.

Vanguard owners will have 24-hour exclusive first play access to the Caldera map. Open access begins on Dec. 9. So, if you’re looking to get on the new map early, make sure you purchase Vanguard!

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

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 & Warzone Season 1 content

Season 1 will be hugely important for both games, with major content coming to both Vanguard and Warzone.

For Vanguard, players will receive new multiplayer maps to explore and do battle on, along with the first Vanguard-specific Battle Pass, filled with new cosmetic content for players to enjoy.

Season 1 is set to be one of the biggest Warzone updates ever, with the new Pacific Caldera map finally releasing, Vanguard weapons being added, and the introduction of the new RICOCHET anti-cheat system.

There are also lots of changes coming to various aspects of Warzone, such as nerfs to Dead Silence and even a buff to Gas Masks.

What’s happening before Vanguard & Warzone Season 1

While December 8th will be when all of the official Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 action will be kicking off, there is still plenty of action to enjoy in the remaining time of Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

You can find the official schedule for all of the content coming to Warzone and Black Ops Cold War ahead of Vanguard Season 1 below thanks to the Call of Duty blog.

  • October 28 (Console) and November 2 (PC): Call of Duty: Vanguard Pre-Loading Begins – Pre-order now to get your game ready to play immediately at launch, in addition to numerous bonuses across VanguardBlack Ops Cold War, and Warzone.
  • November 5: Call of Duty: Vanguard Launch – Expect epic experiences on all fronts with Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies. Additionally, RICOCHET Anti-Cheat begins its implementation with server-side initiatives.
  • November 5 to December 2: Preseason in Vanguard  Access to Free Vanguard Tiers on the Black Ops Cold War Season Six Battle Pass System continues. Then on November 17, prepare to ship off to a fan-favorite map.
  • November 18: Operation: Flashback Begins in Warzone – An encore limited-time mode for Verdansk, celebrating its past 18 months of hosting over 100 million players strong in Warzone. Ready for your last dance in Verdansk?
  • November 24: Uncover the “Secrets of the Pacific” – Get intel on Caldera and its new points of interest through this event’s Warzone and Vanguard Multiplayer challenges.
  • November 30 and December 1: Last Hours of Verdansk. – Bombs away – see what happens to Verdansk before Warzone goes dark to prepare for Caldera and Season One.
  • December 8: Season One Begins – Vanguard players get new Multiplayer maps, 24 hours of exclusive access to Call of Duty®: Warzone™ Pacific and more to kick off Season One. All players can enjoy a new Battle Pass system and two free functional weapons. Plus: RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver begins its rollout in Warzone.

In the meantime, players can continue to enjoy Vanguard’s Multiplayer and the final days of Verdansk.

To get the most out of your WWII experience, check out our guide on the best controller and aim assist settings, or when the next Double XP event will take place.

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / Sledgehammer games

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Will you be able to use Cold War and Modern Warfare weapons in Warzone Pacific?

Our quick and easy guide will answer the question of whether or not players can use Cold War and Modern Warfare guns in Warzone Pacific.



One question on everyone’s mind ahead of Warzone Pacific’s Caldera map is whether or not you’ll be able to use Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War’s guns in it. We will answer that for you today.

Call of Duty: Warzone already has a ridiculously bloated arsenal of weapons for players to choose from. With over 100 guns to select as of Warzone Season 6, the transition into Warzone Pacific and the new Caldera map will see all of Vanguard’s guns added.

However, this begs the question for many players, will the new map and addition of nearly 40 Vanguard weapons mean that either Modern Warfare or Black Ops Cold War weapons need to miss out?

Can you use Modern Warfare and Cold War weapons in Warzone Pacific?

Fans of any of Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War’s weapons will be pleased to know that they too will also be carrying over into Warzone Pacific.

In an exclusive interview with Dexerto, Zach Hodson, Lead Designer at Sledgehammer Games discussed how Vanguard’s weapons will have to be considered when being added to all the other existing guns in the game.

He said that SHG has to keep a “separate balance sheet to track how things might work in Warzone.” Presumably, this is to factor in the extra 40 guns, taking Warzone up to a total of about 150 guns for players to use.

It should be noted that Warzone Pacific game modes will tailor the guns to its different game modes. Warzone Caldera Battle Royale will allow the use of all guns, whereas Vanguard-specific modes will only allow the use of Vanguard weapons.

How to use Cold War & MW weapons in Warzone Pacific

Whilst there’s nothing concrete just yet, we think that to use these weapons in Warzone Pacific, players will simply be able to select the ones they have unlocked once the Season 1 integration with Vanguard goes live.

When Black Ops Cold War and Warzone merged, it was a simple case of players being able to use the guns that they’d unlocked in Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone. If you hadn’t unlocked a certain gun, then you could complete a challenge condition that was different in each game.

We expect this to be exactly the same in Warzone Pacific, and it’ll be up to the preference of the player, and their availability of each CoD game, to decide how to unlock particular weapons.

We’ll be sure to update this once Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software have provided a bit more official insight into the integration of weapons.

In the meantime, check out everything we know about Vanguard and Warzone Season 1.

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Cold War players claim they’ll boycott game as “best mode” removal sparks fury

Black Ops Cold War fans are claiming they will boycott the game after the “best mode” was removed, days before Vanguard’s release.



Hours before Vanguard’s release, players are claiming they’ll boycott Black Ops Cold War following the removal of the game’s “best mode.”

With Activision releasing a new Call of Duty annually, each game’s lifespan is two years tops. Some CoD titles will fizzle out before then, while others hang on for dear life near the end of year two.

Vanguard aims to take players back to WWII. Many fans have expressed their disappointment with returning to an oversaturated time period. So much so that players had planned on sticking with Black Ops Cold War for a second year.

However, players’ plans to stick with BOCW changed after the recent removal of the fan-favorite 12v12 mode. This isn’t the first time Treyarch removed this mode, but fans have reason to believe it won’t be coming back.

Fans boycott Cold War following 12v12 removal

Just days before Vanguard’s release, Treyarch has pulled the plug on Black Ops Cold War’s 12v12 mode. And of course, fans are furious. Players that had planned to stick with BOCW for a second year are now boycotting the game until 12v12 is reinstated.

Many fans have taken to Twitter and Reddit to express their disappointment. Tweets from users like chaigrima and ColvinoYT state that 12v12 was the “only reason” they played CW Multiplayer.

Replies to posts similar to these are from fans stating they won’t be returning to BOCW until 12v12 is reinstated. And a Reddit post from u/RagingSerenity claims that 12v12 was BOCW’s “best game mode” and the game is boring now that it’s gone.

For the most part, fans understand why Treyarch removed the game mode. Activision wants Vanguard to sell as many copies as possible at launch. And one of the best ways to do so is to throttle players’ enjoyment of a previous title.

With so many players flooding Vanguards servers over the coming days, Activision may also need to free up server space. Nonetheless, BOCW fans are still outraged at the removal of 12v12. And it’s hard to say whether Treyarch can justify bringing it back after the release of Vanguard.

For more Cold War, check out when Season 6 ends and Vanguard Season 1 starts.

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