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What’s the best Assault Rifle in Call of Duty: Cold War Season 5? Every gun ranked & tier list

We’ve gone through CoD: Cold War Season 5’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 5 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 5 has brought in the new TEC-9 SMG to shake up its respective class, but we’re more interested in the EM2 which is causing a great deal of destruction in lobbies.

Cold War is now chock-full of guns to switch between, and its AR selection is exemplary. Thanks to recent buffs for Season 5, every AR is now worth trying out, and even guns nerfed into the ground like the FFAR are now viable again. 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, EM2, XM4
  • A-Tier: Groza
  • B-Tier: FFAR, C58, QBZ-83
  • C-Tier:

CoD: Black Ops Cold War best Assault Rifles

9. 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.

It’s had its recoil reduced a decent amount in Season 5, but in the grand scheme of things, there are other weapons that outperform it. Still, it’s worth giving a go as you never know what may click for you.

8. 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.

Recent updates have made it far more serviceable at shorter distances, but it still may lean towards inefficiency when it comes to mid-long-range gunfights. Still, if you can be accurate, the FFAR can still do a job.

7. C58

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Whereas the C58 has been improved and handles better at longer range than the FFAR. 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.

It’s now finally been buffed, and its performance over greater distances now matches up to some of Cold War’s ‘elite’ ARs thanks to a reworked recoil system for it.

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

6. 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.

However, this is less of an issue in Season 5 as its Iron Sight is not as zoomed in anymore, allowing for a greater field of view when ADSing. The Groza is more mobile and faster than some of the game’s meatier ARs, and for this reason, it should be considered for use.

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

5. 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.

Treyarch says that the FARA 83 “the best range of any AR,” and this is invaluable, especially on some of the game’s spacier maps. It’s not had too many buffs for Season 5, but like the Groza, its had the zoomed-out Iron Sight treatment, plus, its initial recoil has been reduced too.

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

4. 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.

It’s telling that most of the XM4 buffs have been centered around attachments as the gun’s base stats are nothing to scoff at. A huge bonus added to this reliable stalwart is its handling with a bigger emphasis on reloading for the XM4.

It now has its own exclusive attachment that increases its reload quickness by a whopping 50%! Add in some steady recoil, and the XM4 continues to be there or thereabouts in Cold War Season 5.

3. 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. It has had no buffs or nerfs heading into Season 5, meaning that Treyarch is very happy with it, and they should be.

The AK-47 is a monstrous AR in the right hands, and if you are able to get a stranglehold of its recoil, then you can drop some big kill numbers to bump up that Cold War K/D.

2. EM2

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It hasn’t been in Black Ops Cold War, but the EM2 is already making waves as one of the game’s best guns. It adopts the slightly slower fire rate of the C58, but more than makes up for it with incredible accuracy.

Given that that players only need to reach Tier 15 of the Season 5 Battle Pass to unlock it, the EM2 has become a popular choice in many games of Cold War. Blistering accuracy is a valued commodity in Call of Duty, and the EM2 has it in spades.

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. Again, like the AK-47, the Krig has had no buffs for Season 5, and 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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10 best guns in Black Ops Cold War: Ranked List

Treyarch’s CoD: Black Ops Cold War has a big arsenal of weapons, and we’ve picked our top 10 best guns and ranked them too.

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There are so many different quality guns for Call of Duty players to master in Black Ops Cold War. So we’ve decided to pick out the 10 best guns in Season 5 Reloaded and rank them to find the absolute best.

Black Ops Cold War has a pretty extensive catalog of guns for players to test out and see what works best for them. Since the game’s inception, we’ve been treated to the Streetsweeper, Groza, and MAC-10 in Season 1. The FARA 83, ZRG 20mm, and AMP63 in Seasons 2 and 3, the MG 82 LMG and C58 Assault Rifle in Season 4, and the EM2, and TEC-9 is in Season 5.

As well as worrying about the best FPS settings to use and best aim assist settings to use, there’s also the doubt that the gun you’re using is even right for you and your playstyle.

With all these additions there is now almost an overflow of Assault Rifles, SMGs, Tactical Rifles, Shotguns, LMGs, and Pistols to pick from. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the expansive array of guns and rank the top 10 weapons in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

We’ve also ranked the 10 best guns in CoD Warzone too.

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Best guns in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War ranked list

Before we delve into a deep look at the elite guns that Treyarch has to offer, we’re first going to do a rundown of every weapon in the game and rank them. Let’s be fair, some of Cold War’s weapons are must-have and must-use, whereas some are simply not worth your time.

Here’s every main weapon in Black Ops Cold War ranked:

  1. Krig 6
  2. LC10
  3. EM2
  4. TEC-9
  5. AK-47
  6. XM4
  7. KSP 45
  8. Streetsweeper
  9. AMP 63
  10. Swiss K31
  11. Milano 821
  12. Stoner 63
  13. AK-74u
  14. QBZ-83
  15. FARA 83
  16. OTs 9
  17. PPSH-41
  18. Diamatti
  19. Bullfrog
  20. Groza
  21. C58
  22. Gallo SA12
  23. MP5
  24. Marshal
  25. CARV.2
  26. MG 82
  27. FFAR 1
  28. ZRG 20mm
  29. DMR 14
  30. Hauer 77
  31. MAC-10
  32. M16
  33. AUG
  34. RPD
  35. LW3 Tundra
  36. Nail Gun
  37. M1911
  38. Type 63
  39. Pelington 703
  40. M82
  41. M60
  42. Magnum
  43. RPG-7
  44. Cigma 2

CoD: Black Ops Cold War best guns in Season 5

10. Swiss K31 – Best Sniper Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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At first, it was the LW3 Tundra, then it was dethroned by the ZRG 20mm, now the Swiss K31 rules all Sniper Rifles.

It possesses the usual damage and range that comes with a dominant Sniper Rifle, but with the added bonus that its ADS time is very short in comparison to other Sniper Rifles. Not only is it perfect for a quickscoping loadout in Cold War Season 5, but it’s effective for any sniping opportunity. The Swiss is phenomenal.

Here’s a quick guide on how to unlock the Swiss K31.

9. AMP63 – Best Pistol in Black Ops Cold War

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Although probably the least-used weapon on this list due to its unlock parameters, the AMP63 is a great little weapon to use.

Its automatic fire nature allows it to barrel its way through ammo and give you a big advantage if you’re accurate. Its only minor setback is that its range suffers in comparison to ARs and SMGs, but if you’re in a small-to-medium-sized map, then give the AMP63 a whirl.

8. Streetsweeper – Best Shotgun in Black Ops Cold War

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The weapon is an absolute, indisputable beast. For a weapon that smacks like a hammer, it has very little recoil to show for it. The unbelievable fire rate makes it comparable to any automatic weapon, and if you have a group of enemies in close proximity of you and each other, then they’ve already accepted their fate.

The complete downside to the Streetsweeper is that its reload time is nothing short of vile. Given the furious nature of a game of Call of Duty, you just don’t have time to reload it. If it wasn’t for this, it would be much higher up.

7. KSP 45

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Practically reborn in Season 2 of Cold War, the KSP 45 went from being an afterthought to the most powerful burst weapon in the game.

Realizing that it wasn’t being used, Treyarch did the right thing and buffed all aspects of the KSP 45. With nerfs to the M16 and AUG, the quick, powerful barrages from the KSP 45 make it far more deadly than it once was. If you enjoy the feeling of successive bursts of bullets with accuracy, then the KSP 45 might just be for you.

6. XM4

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The XM4 has not only had a big improvement to its Iron Sight, but the Cold War Season 5 buffs have increased its overall performance even more.

It’s always been a calm, cool, and consistent killer, it’s just only now that people are starting to realize how good it actually is. Also, don’t forget to check out its exclusive, secret attachment that Treyarch provided with the Season 5 update.

5. AK-47

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No one has ever questioned the AK-47’s overwhelming power as each bullet can rip a hole through space and time itself. For all its power, it can be a handful to control thanks to its haphazard recoil.

Nevertheless, it still retains its aura of destruction and skilled players can effortlessly make it look like one of the best weapons in all of Black Ops Cold War. If that wasn’t enough, the AK-47 received yet another buff in the Cold War Season 5.

4. TEC-9

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One of the most interesting, if not the most interesting, guns in our top 10 list. The TEC-9 is classified as an SMG, yet it’s completely semi-auto.

However, with some different attachments, the firing nature of the weapon can actually change, even becoming a burst-fire SMG like the KSP 45. Even in its semi-auto form, the TEC-9 is ridiculously effective and efficient. Couple that with a decent-sized mag, and the TEC-9 is a terrific addition to Season 5.

Here is how to unlock the TEC-9 in Black Ops Cold War.

3. EM2

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The race for the top meta weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 5 is a close one. The EM2 just falls short, but you could easily roll with the EM2 in your main loadout and drop stupidly-high kill games.

It’s another relentless, pinpoint-accurate weapon that if you fire first with, then you’ll surely come out on top, at any range. It doesn’t take long to unlock either as you only need to reach the free Tier 15 of the Battle Pass to own it. It will be interesting to see if Treyarch makes any significant changes to the EM2.

Here is how to unlock the EM2 in Black Ops Cold War.

2. LC10 – Best SMG in Black Ops Cold War

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The LC10 has usurped many guns to become one of the most-used weapons in the game and dominate in Black Ops Cold War.

After repeated calls for it to be nerfed, the LC10 was finally brought down a notch at the beginning of Season 5. But it’s still a fearsome weapon that can outperform virtually every other gun in the game – that’s how insane it is.

Its piercing shots are matched by relatively high accuracy, and it’s a gun with few drawbacks. After being nerfed a bit, the gun fell out of contention for a while, but now it’s back and as destructive as ever.

Here is how to unlock the LC10 in Black Ops Cold War.

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

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If you know your CoD: Black Ops Cold War, then you probably knew what was coming. That’s right, the Krig 6 takes the top spot because it’s a weapon without any flaws. It’s one of those rare firearms that feels absolutely unbeatable.

Once you’ve progressed the weapon’s level and reduced its vertical and horizontal recoil, then you have your own ridiculous laser. It’s insanely efficient, very strong, stupidly accurate, and is quite simply the best weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.


Make sure to take a look at our best Black Ops Cold War loadouts too!

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Best MP5 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

Here are the best attachments and perks to make the classic MP5 SMG a formidable weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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The MP5 is a staple SMG in Black Ops Cold War, mixing accuracy with mobility for stunning results. Despite a nerf early on, this SMG can still dominate, and we’ve got all the attachments and perks you need to create the perfect loadout.

If you think about sub-machine guns in Call of Duty, the MP5 is likely one of the first to jump into your mind. From Call of Duty 4 to Modern Warfare, this gun is synonymous with the FPS franchise, and it’s no surprise that it remains a fan favorite even in 2021.

One of the best SMGs in both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, the MP5 is incredibly versatile in Season 5 Reloaded, and with the right attachments, you can take down any opponents.

Best Black Ops Cold War MP5 class

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  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Break 9
  • Barrel: 9.5″ Reinforced Heavy
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd Speed Mag
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Stock

This MP5 is built to combine speed and accuracy, dominating all close-range engagements in Black Ops Cold War.

It’s up to you if you enjoy the MP5 iron sight, if not, slap the trusty Microflex LED optic on it for a clearer view. For extra power at all ranges, the 9.5″ Reinforced Heavy barrel will almost transform the MP5. Your damage and bullet velocity will get a massive boost, allowing you to kill targets faster and easier track them at range.

So you can take out more targets without having to reload, the 40 Rnd Speed Mag will be a big help. With the chaos of smaller maps, minimizing the need to reload will keep you moving and make sure you’re always ready for combat.

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SMGs are extremely strong up close but the damage falls off at range. To keep yourself accurate at range and control recoil, the Field Agent Grip and Muzzle Break 9 will be necessary additions to the MP5. Together, these will significantly reduce both vertical and horizontal recoil.

The Airborne Elastic Wrap and Raider Stock boost the MP5’s speed. When running around the map, this will allow you to snap onto targets and quickly strafe shoot. And for extra hip-fire accuracy, the Steady Aim Laser will help in a pinch.

This MP5 is built with the Gunfighter Wildcard equipped, but if you’d like to run more perks with Perk Greed, you should remove the Muzzle, Laser, and Stock attachments.

Black Ops Cold War MP5 Weapon Stats

Damage44 / 31 / 31 / 27Reload Time2.48s
Shots to kill3-5 / 4-7 / 5-10 / 6-13ADS Time200ms
RPM (Rounds-per-minute)854Movement speed percentage99%
Magazine Size30

Best perks to run with Cold War MP5

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  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Ninja

While pushing Hardpoints and Domination flags, expect a bombardment of explosives to come your way. With Flak Jacket equipped, you’ll be able to tank an onslaught of explosives, allowing you to get that valuable time for your team.

Running out of ammo in Cold War’s multiplayer is often a death sentence. Rather than scrambling on the ground for another viable weapon to use, Scavenger gives you the ability to resupply ammo from fallen players.

And finally, while running around and getting in other players’ faces with the MP5, the element of surprise will be your biggest ally. Ninja will almost silence your footsteps, allowing you to hear enemies’ steps louder, and take them by surprise.

How to unlock the MP5 in Cold War Season 5

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You’ll unlock the MP5 at Level 4, so by the time you’re ready to start building your own custom classes, the MP5 will be there waiting for you.

To level it up quickly, just focus on racking up Scorestreaks and play the objective and you’ll unlock every attachment you need in no time.

Best alternatives to the MP5 in Season 5

The MP5 excels at close range, so if you’re looking for alternatives, there are several weapons in the SMG category that will perform similarly. The LC10 is perhaps the best SMG in Cold War and the AK-74u remains one of the best options for fighting up close.

Or, you can opt for an Assault Rifle with solid mobility such as the Groza or XM4.


Try this classic Call of Duty SMG in Black Ops Cold War, and you’ll find yourself running one of the game’s most dominant weapons.

Want to see where the MP5 stacks up against the rest of Cold War’s weapons? Check out our tier list of every weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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Best Krig 6 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

Here are the best attachments and Perks to absolutely dominate with the Krig 6 Assault Rifle in CoD: Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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The Krig 6 still is one of the most accurate Assault Rifles in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 5, and possibly the game, and we’ve got the perfect Perks and attachments to help you become unstoppable.

This powerful Assault Rifle is incredible at close-to-mid-range and absolutely decimates at long-distance engagements. We even ranked the Krig 6 as Cold War’s best weapon in Treyarch’s latest Call of Duty title, so it’s absolutely worth having in at least one of your Black Ops Cold War loadouts.

On top of its CoD: Cold War supremacy, it’s also been an unbelievable gun in Call of Duty’s battle royale title too. If you’re looking for the best class in Warzone, you can check out our Krig 6 Warzone loadout.

Here’s the best combination of attachments and perks for your Krig 6 in Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Reloaded.

Best Black Ops Cold War Krig 6 attachments

Best BOCW Krig 6 attachments & loadout
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator
  • Barrel: 19.7″ Ranger
  • Body: Ember Sighting Point
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Stock

With the Gunfighter Wildcard equipped, the Krig can hold up to eight attachments, so we’ve started with the Microflex LED sight for precise shots at any range. To improve the weapon’s accuracy even further, the Infantry Compensator and Field Agent Grip will make vertical recoil almost non-existent.

As you’ll want to hold down long lines of sight, you’ll need a high bullet velocity to take out targets quickly at any range. To do this, the 19.7″ Ranger barrel is an excellent choice.

For the Krig 6’s body, we’ve applied the Ember Sighting Point. Not only will you be able to hip-fire with deadly accuracy if the situation arises, but the torch will also reveal enemies, counteracting some of Black Ops Cold War’s visibility issues.

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The 40 Rnd Magazine bolsters its ammo capacity, allowing you to take out several targets without reloading, and you can even afford to miss a few shots in a firefight.

Next, we have the Airborne Elastic Wrap for our handle as it greatly increases your ADS and allows you to get firing much quicker. Plus, it nullifies most flinch resistance effects too.

The final attachment you should run is the Raider Stock which gives your Aim Walking Movement speed a healthy bonus, making yourself a hard target to hit while strafe shooting.

Best Perks to run with Black Ops Cold War’s Krig 6

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  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Ghost

While holding down lanes and defending Hardpoints or flags in Domination, expect a shower of Frag Grenades and Semtex to come your way. Flak Jacket will keep you protected from explosives, which is vital to staying alive and keeping killstreaks going.

To make sure you can hold onto your devastating Krig 6, Scavenger will allow you to resupply ammo on the fly. Finally, to further preserve your life, Ghost will keep you hidden from enemy Spy Planes, allowing for effective flanks and ambushes.

Most recent Krig 6 buffs and nerfs in Cold War

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Treyarch has left the Krig 6 Assault Rifle alone for quite some time now which shows how much the devs feel the Krig 6 is balanced right now.

Here is the extent of the Krig 6 changes:

  • Reduced range penalty on Agency Suppressor muzzle attachment from 30% to 25%.

How to unlock the Krig 6 in Black Ops Cold War

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The Krig 6 is simple to unlock in Black Ops Cold War. You just need to play the game until you reach Level 16.

Completing challenges, taking advantage of Double XP events, and racking up high killstreaks will all be massive contributors to ranking up fast. Once you hit Level 16, you’ll have access to the Krig 6 in Cold War and Warzone.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s Krig 6

If you’re not feeling the Krig 6, then there are plenty of other Assault Rifles that perform well, especially thanks to the improved Iron Sights of some ARs – the XM4 has become a god as of late too.


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