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What’s the best Assault Rifle in Call of Duty: Cold War Season 4? Every gun ranked & tier list

We’ve gone through CoD: Cold War Season 4’s best Assault Rifles and put them into tiers and ranked them from worst to best.

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Is there anything better than a powerful Assault Rifle drilling holes through your opponent? Well, Black Ops Cold War Season 4 now boasts a healthy selection of guns, and we’ve tiered them, ranked them, and will show you the best one.

An absolute must for any first-person shooter is guns that provide amazing feedback and feel fantastic to use. ARs are the pinnacle of deadly firearms as they are the most well-rounded murder machines. Whereas SMGs are quicker and more mobile, and Shotguns are devastating at close range, ARs just hit hard at any range, and they’re more versatile.

Season 4 has brought in the new C58, the Nail Gun, and the MG 82 LMG – a healthy variety. Cold War is now chock-full of guns to switch between, and its AR selection is exemplary. So we’re gonna go through the game’s Assault Rifles and rank them for you.

Also, check out our ranking and tiers of SMGs, Shotguns, LMGS, Tactical Rifles, Pistols, and Sniper Rifles in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

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CoD: Black Ops Cold War: Assault Rifle tier list

We’re going to take a moment to assign each of Treyarch’s Cold War Assault Rifles an official tier before we officially place them in order. Some were born and bred for greatness, and some were simply not.

Just to explain our 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 Black Ops Cold War’s Assault Rifles:

  • S-Tier: Krig-6, AK-47, FARA 83
  • A-Tier: XM4
  • B-Tier: Groza, FFAR
  • C-Tier: C58, QBZ-83

CoD: Black Ops Cold War best Assault Rifles

8. QBZ-83

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It’s a solid enough weapon, with decent accuracy and a fairly standard fire rate. Its only major downside is that it doesn’t have the greatest firepower in the world, and it doesn’t really do anything special to warrant using.

All these weapons can be adjusted through a heap of attachments and customization, but it takes a fair bit of work to make the QBZ-83 anything special as nothing truly stands out.

7. C58

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There was a lot of hope and expectation that the C58 was going to kick down the door in Black Ops Cold War Season 4 and challenge the elite, but this hasn’t quite proven to be the case though.

Its slow rate of fire combined with its medium power hasn’t made it a favorite in the eyes of many Cold War fans. There’s every chance that the lukewarm reception to the gun will warrant a buff from Treyarch in the coming weeks.

Find out how to unlock the C58 in Cold War Season 4 here.

6. FFAR 1

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One of the game’s first meta-weapons. Its insane rate of fire made it deadly in close-range shenanigans, but its initial godlike status was quickly noticed and nerfed into the ground.

It’s had a reduction in nearly all of its key stats and as a result, its usability has suffered. It’s still a fantastic weapon, and with a few accuracy attachments, it can be effective.

5. Groza

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The Groza launched with Cold War Season 1 and was a free weapon in the game’s initial Battle Pass. One thing has to be said about the gun, and it’s that its iron sight is tall and bulky.

It has decent damage and solid range, but its accuracy is very unforgiving at times, and it lets itself down one too many times in the middle of crucial situations. It’s definitely one to experiment with.

Here’s how you can unlock the Groza in Cold War Season 4.

4. FARA 83

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Welcomed in Season 2, this is where our eligible bachelors really begin to step up to the plate as the FARA 83 is capable of delivering some excellent games.

A solid weapon at most distances and is perhaps held back by slower mobility and reloading times, although these issues can be addressed with a solid loadout. It’s had a resurgence in Cold War and the weapon is even a meta loadout in Warzone Season 4 too.

Here’s how you can unlock the FARA 83 in Cold War Season 4.

3. XM4

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This gets a huge nod for being available from the get-go. Fast-forward a few months since the release of Cold War, and you’ll find that many people still attest to the XM4 being a top dog.

The case can be argued that it’s the most well-rounded AR of the bunch and can be modified in different ways to great effect. It’s also become a huge hit in Warzone Season 4 with many XM4 loadouts becoming popular. This has caused many Cold War players to realize that the Cold War XM4 has never actually been a bad gun, and its popularity has surged – especially with improved Iron Sights.

2. AK-47

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The industry-standard Assault Rifle known around the world. This tried and tested brute boasts supreme firepower and will end your enemies quickly.

As always, the gun has horrendous recoil and kicks harder than a herd of angry mules. But if you can control it, the AK-47 is simply unmatched in terms of time-to-kill as only a few bullets will be required.

1. Krig 6 – Best Assault Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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The Krig-6 is simply a bonafide, laser-targeting animal. Its initial accuracy is already something to write home and gush to your friends about.

But once you start customizing this miniature star destroyer, it becomes clear why this is the best Assault Rifle in Black Ops Cold War. Leveling the Krig up ASAP is key as you can practically nullify its recoil, increase its clip, and create a relentless beast.

That completes our list. These are the best Assault Rifles ranked and tiered 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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How to make Custom Blueprints with Cold War & Warzone’s Gunsmith Customs

With Gunsmith Customs, Cold War and Warzone lets you mix and match Blueprint attachments, so here’s how to make your own custom Blueprint.

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The Gunsmith Customs system is available in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, so here’s how to create your own custom Blueprints with this fan-favorite feature.

Gunsmith Customs and custom Blueprints were added to Modern Warfare and Warzone in April 2020, much to fans’ appreciation. You can also do it in Cold War, and with Cold War’s weapons in Warzone. With this feature, you can mix and match all of the Blueprint attachments for a weapon type, creating a brand new weapon Blueprint that’s unique to you.

For example, if you want to build a custom Krig 6, you can combine the barrel from the Confrontation Blueprint with the magazine from the Samurai’s Creed and the stock from the Go Getter. You can then save it as a custom Blueprint, name it, and then you can find it amongst all of your other purchased Blueprints.

How to use Custom Blueprint Mods in Black Ops Cold War

Arriving in Cold War’s mid-Season 2 update, players can now create and save several of their own custom Blueprints. This not only allows you to quickly access your crazy Blueprint combinations but also makes it easier to access your favorite loadouts without having to build them every time.

Making and saving these custom Blueprints is quite simple, so here’s how to do it:

  1. Launch Black Ops Cold War
  2. Select the ‘Weapons’ tab
  3. Choose your weapon
  4. Hover over the attachment you wish to equip
  5. Select the Gunsmith icon beside the attachment
  6. Choose the attachment style from your owned Blueprints
  7. Save and rename your custom Blueprint

Now, when creating a weapon class, you’ll be able to equip your custom Blueprint like you would any other. When you go to select your weapon, the custom Blueprint will be there alongside all of the other Blueprints you own.

If you wish to keep the weapon’s tracer fire or Mastercraft effects, you’ll need to equip that Blueprint as the base before customizing. By doing this, you can keep the blue tracer fire, but use the attachment styles from a completely different weapon, making a gun that’s entirely personalized to your style.

How to use Custom Blueprint Mods in Cold War Zombies

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This also works in Black Ops Cold War Zombies. By building and saving a custom Blueprint, you can access it in rounds of Outbreak or regular Zombies such as Season 4’s Mauer Der Toten, so you can always have the attachments and look you desire.

For example, you spawn in with the M1911 for that classic Zombies experience. Then after you purchase a Gallo SA12 from the wall, you can apply either a regular Blueprint or Custom Mod to the weapon that applies all of your pre-selected attachments.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Load into a game of Cold War Zombies
  2. Either purchase your favorite weapon from the wall or get it from a Mystery Box
  3. Pause the game
  4. Select ‘Apply Blueprint’
  5. Navigate over to ‘Custom Mods’
  6. Choose the Custom Blueprint you wish to apply

This will give you not only the attachments of your choice but also the Mastery Camos you’ve grinded for.

How to use Custom Blueprint Mods in Warzone

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Battle royale fans were disappointed that you couldn’t create Custom Blueprints for Cold War weapons in Warzone when the game first integrated. Raven Software has now added that function, so you can now have several Custom Blueprints at the ready when building your favorite loadouts.

Here’s how to build and use Custom Blueprint Mods in Warzone:

  1. Launch Call of Duty: Warzone
  2. Go to the ‘Weapons’ tab and press ‘Edit Loadout’
  3. Build your ideal weapon loadout
  4. Click ‘Save a Custom Mod’ at the bottom of the screen
  5. Rename and save your Custom Blueprint!

And to then access that Custom Blueprint:

  1. Click ‘Edit Loadout’
  2. Hover over the weapon you wish to use
  3. Select ‘Armory’ beside the weapon
  4. Choose either a regular Blueprint or your own Custom Blueprint

With Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 arriving soon, there will be a ton more weapon Blueprints arriving in both the store and the new Battle Pass. So, you’ll get more and more weapon customization options as the seasons progress.

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When is the next Cold War & Warzone Double XP event?

We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Cold War and Warzone Season 4 Double XP event to help you rank up weapons and Battle Passes.

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With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Cold War and Warzone in Season 4, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.

XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 4 has already offered a Double XP event since it started, allowing players to level up the various aspects of the game faster. It’s now time for another one where players will be able to level up all of the new content at a much faster pace.

How to get Double XP in CoD: Cold War & Warzone Season 4

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It’s been announced that Call of Duty’s next Double XP and Double Battle Pass XP promotional event will be for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone and will officially start on August 6 and conclude on August 9.

This event will help players earn plenty of extra XP to level up their accounts and weapons this weekend before the official launch of Season 5 for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

What time does CoD: Cold War & Warzone Double XP start?

Here’s a full list of the Double XP event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:

  • EST – 1 PM
  • CST – 12 PM
  • PST – 10 AM
  • GMT – 5 PM

Double XP and Double Battle Pass XP will be available on Black Ops Cold War and Warzone playlists.

These special Double XP Events usually occur during a weekend, and this one is no different. It naturally gives players the most free time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.

This will be a great way to level up the new Season 4 weapons, the C58 Assault Rifle, and MG 82 LMG, and get them ready to use in all of your future Cold War and Warzone battles.

Also, check out all the details on Call of Duty: Vanguard, including its release date, gameplay, and more.

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Cold War players want unique Numbers Broadcast Scorestreak idea in Season 5

A Cold War player has come up with an inventive Scorestreak that would play on the Numbers theme of Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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One player has come up with a clever Scorestreak idea that would turn friendly players hostile in Black Ops Cold War Season 5, playing on the Numbers theme to manipulate players.

Needless to say that Call of Duty Scorestreaks generally fall into one of a few different categories. You’ve got defensive ones like the Air Patrol, ground weapons like the Hand Cannon or Bow, and all-out aerial dominators like the VTOL, Chopper Gunner, and Gunship.

It’s rare that a new concept lights up streaks, but one player may have come up with an ingenious one. They have mentioned the possibility of using mind control to warp the enemy team and create chaos on the inside.

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The idea comes courtesy of the Black Ops Cold War subreddit and they name the Scorestreaks as “Numbers Broadcast.”

Here is the official description of what they think the Scorestreak would involve. “When activated, the sleeper agents will rise, thus some soldiers on the enemy team will have their friendlies show up as enemies in red on the map and friendly fire will be enabled.

“In a franchise this old and frequent, brand new streaks that work in new ways are rare to find, and this is the perfect opportunity to have one.”

It sounds like a unique idea, and one that might need to be one of the game’s pricier Scorestreaks, given how it could basically lock players out.

It could either mean you’d have to be temporarily wary of every player in the game, or the A.I could even take control of a select number of teammates on a team.

Either way, with Black Ops’ history of psychological manipulation, this might be a streak tailor-made for Call of Duty.

Also, check when does Black Ops Cold War Season 5 start.

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