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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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How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe is a melee weapon coming to Black Ops Cold War. Here’s everything you need to know about unlocking the Scythe.

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A brand-new melee weapon is coming to Black Ops Cold War and here’s everything you need to know about the Scythe, including how to unlock it.

It can be fun to rack up kills from a distance with an Assault Rifle after hopping into a game of Black Ops Cold War, and sometimes it’s more exciting to use a melee weapon to battle your enemies up close.

Treyarch accidentally released the Scythe melee weapon in Black Ops Cold War in a surprise update on June 6, giving players a sneak peek at the weapon. Now there is an official release date for the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s how you can unlock it.

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How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe will be released for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on August 12, 2022.

Here’s how to unlock the Scythe in both Multiplayer and Zombies:

  • Multiplayer – Using a Melee weapon, get 2 kills while Ninja or Dead Silence are active in 15 different completed matches.
  • Zombies – Using a primary Melee weapon, kill 200 enemies while Insta-Kill is active.

Completing 15 multiplayer matches will take some time, so you might be faster jumping into a game of Zombies.

The in-game description says that the Scythe is a “quick swinging” two-handed melee weapon that allows you to “reap a bountiful harvest by cutting down all who stand in your path.”


For more Call of Duty, check out the newly revealed Farm 18 map and how to play the Multiplayer beta.

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Best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War

The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s our best compelte with Attachments, Perks, and Equipment.

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The UGR is a brand-new SMG in Black Ops Cold War, and players can’t wait to try it out in multiplayer matches. Here’s our breakdown of the best UGR loadout to run in BOCW.

Even though CoD Vanguard is now in its third season, and Modern Warfare 2 is arriving this year, support for Black Ops Cold War is still going strong. After a huge Zombies patch on April 25, Treyarch have now added a remastered version of the Jungle map, as well as a new weapon.

The UGR SMG is an interesting close-range option, as it’s an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.” It doesn’t have the bullet velocity to take enemies out at distance, but it’s formidable in close-quarters combat.

If you’re looking to run it in multiplayer, you’ll need to know how to make the most of it. Check out our best UGR loadout for Black Ops Cold War.

Best Cold War UGR loadout attachments

Operator underwater using UGR
  • Barrel: 12.8″ VDV Reinforced
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: Explosive Flechettes
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

We kick things off with the 12.8″ VDV Reinforced Barrel to seriously boost the UGR’s bullet velocity and damage range. The UGR is severely lacking in both departments, but this attachment makes it far more competitive in longer-range battles.

Next up, we went for the Spetsnaz Grip to keep the recoil in check and make it far easier to control. Then we chose KGB Skeletal Stock and GRU Elastic Wrap for a decrease in sprint-to-fire time and ADS speed, allowing you to get shots earlier while rushing around the map.

Many were surprised to see that the UGR comes with explosive rounds, so we couldn’t resist equipping Explosive Flechettes to our loadout. Aside from the obvious boost in overall damage, they also increase ammo capacity which is vital in a fast-firing weapon.

Best Cold War UGR Perk & Equipment

Flak Jacket Perk in BOCW
  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger & Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Ninja
  • Lethal Equipment: Semtex
  • Tactical Equipment: Stimshot

We think the UGR is still effective with only five attachments, so we’re equipping Greed Wildcard to use extra Perks in each slot in BOCW multiplayer matches,

Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask are incredibly important in the first slot, as they’ll keep you protected from incoming explosives and Gas Mines, which can be frustrating when running and gunning.

Next, we picked Scavenger to make sure you never run out of ammo, as well as Assassin to keep the Scorestreaks rolling in. In the final slot, we recommend Ghost to stay invisible on enemy radars, as well as Ninja to help with flanking, which you’ll want to do a lot of with the UGR.

In terms of equipment, Semtex is an easy-to-use lethal, while Stimshot will give you a handy health boost when things get tough out there.

How to unlock UGR in Black Ops Cold War

UGR in Warzone

To unlock the UGR SMG, players must kill an enemy revealed by their Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. If you’re not a big multiplayer fan, it can be earned in Zombies by eliminating 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.

You can also bypass the challenges altogether if you don’t mind spending 2,400 CoD Points on the new Lazar bundle.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s UGR

Black Ops Cold War has some powerful SMGs if the UGR isn’t working for you. The TEC-9 and LC10, in particular, remain incredibly strong in multiplayer matches and rank as two of the best weapons in the entire game.


For more, be sure to check out the best UGR loadout to use on Caldera in Warzone Pacific Season 3.

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How to unlock UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone

Here’s everything you need to know about the new UGR SMG including how to unlock the weapon in Cold War and Warzone.

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Treyarch continue to release new weapons for Cold War and the latest is the UGR SMG based on the APS underwater rifle that will be making its way to both Cold War and Warzone. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.

Although Vanguard is now in Season 3 and 2022’s Modern Warfare 2 has been announced, Treyarch are still releasing content for 2020’s Black Ops Cold War. Alongside a ton of Zombies changes that arrived with the April 25 update, Treyarch confirmed the classic Jungle map and a brand-new weapon would arrive in the “coming weeks.”

On May 6, the new UGR SMG made its way to the game alongside a remastered version of the Jungle map. Here’s how to unlock the UGR in Cold War and Warzone.

UGR SMG in Cold War & Warzone

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Those who played Call of Duty: Ghosts may recognize Cold War’s new UGR SMG as it’s based on the APS underwater rifle that appeared in the campaign. The in-game description says it’s a “full-auto submachine gun” and an “underwater rifle modified for improved land performance.”

The weapon is projectile-based with quite a low bullet velocity, so you won’t be beaming enemies at range with ease. Players were also surprised to see that it comes with explosive bullets.

How to unlock UGR in Cold War & Warzone

Players can unlock the UGR by killing an enemy revealed by your Spy Plane, UAV, or Field Mic with an SMG in 15 different completed matches. You can also unlock the UGR in Zombies if you eliminate 1000 enemies while using an Epic rarity or better SMG.

The new UGR SMG has the same unlock challenge for both Cold War and Warzone, so it’ll be up to you to decide which game you’d like to complete it in. In addition, you can also receive the UGR straight away by purchasing the new Lazar bundle for 2,400 CoD Points.


The Nikita AVT and M1916 have also arrived in Warzone with Season 3, so you can check out how to unlock the new Assault Rifle and Marksman Rifle.

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