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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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