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Cold War March 3 update & patch notes: Rapid Fire Moshpit, Dead Ops, Access Week

Treyarch has dropped the patch notes for Black Ops Cold War’s March 3 update, featuring new playlist options, game modes, and free CoD access.

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A new update has dropped for Black Ops Cold War with the March 3 patch notes including a new Moshpit playlist option, a brand new Dead Ops Arcade option, and more info on Free Access Week.

Fresh off of the Season 2 launch, Treyarch is already updating Black Ops Cold War with new content for hungry gamers to sink their teeth into. CoD devs are usually not the ones to rest on their laurels and have to ensure that their audience constantly has new material to play with.

Season 2 provided Black Ops Cold War with a big overhaul including a new 6v6 map, the new Zombies Outbreak mode, two new guns, and a lot more.

The March 3 update offers new ways to play the game, and here are the details about the new March 3 update and patch notes taken from the Official Call of Duty Treyarch blog.

New Ways To Play Incoming

On Thursday, we’re bringing even more ways to experience Black Ops Cold War with the new Rapid Fire Moshpit in 6v6 Multiplayer and Dead Ops Arcade: First Person in Zombies.

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Rapid Fire Moshpit is something brand-new for Black Ops, and it’s all about non-stop action both in and out of your matches. Jump into a mix of TDM, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and Hardpoint on the game’s smallest and fastest-paced maps: Apocalypse, Nuketown ’84, Crossroads Strike, Raid, Express, and Garrison.

To keep things moving, there will be a constant Spy Plane sweeping the mini-map throughout the match, and the Ghost Perk will be disabled so everyone shows up on radar at all times. Wait times between matches will also be reduced to get everyone back into the action as fast as possible. We’ve had a blast playtesting this one, and we think 6v6 fans just might have a new favorite playlist on their hands when this drops on March 4th.

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And for our Zombies fans: as if Outbreak wasn’t wild enough, get ready to take on the undead with the squad in a whole new way. Dead Ops Arcade: First Person brings players inside the complete Dead Ops Arcade 3 experience, all from the familiar zombie-slaying perspective you’ve known and loved since World at War – available for the first time in Public matches starting on March 4th.

If you’re looking for a new Zombies adventure to jump into with your friends after an epic Outbreak session, this is it. Fight through 60+ rounds, collect treasures and permanent power-ups, conquer new arenas, discover bonus rooms, pilot vehicles, explore randomly generated Dungeons, and team up against classic undead enemies from throughout Zombies history, including Margwas, Crawlers, Blightfathers, Werewolves, and even Brutus himself.

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You can even sprint, jump, slide, and swim in First Person, bringing a whole new dimension to the Dead Ops experience. Whether you’re a die-hard Zombies fan or a DOA first-timer, you’re definitely going to want to check this one out. Grab your friends, start up a lobby on Thursday, and let us know what you think… just be prepared for the hours to melt away.

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Free Access Week Continues

Don’t forget, there’s less than 48 hours left to play Multiplayer and Outbreak for free during Free Access Week! If you haven’t jumped in yet, simply download Black Ops Cold War Free Access on your platform’s store and play with friends for free through 10AM PT Thursday, March 4th.

Without further ado, here’s what’s new in today’s update:

Multiplayer

Modes

  • Combined Arms
    • Adjusted Zone Capture time in Combined Arms Assault.

Zombies

Outbreak

  • Stability
    • Added various stability fixes for issues with Objectives, Jump Pads, Krasny Soldat, and the Dragon Relic.
    • Fixed a crash that could occur when killing a Megaton HVT during the Elimination Objective.
  • Gameplay
    • The Eliminate Objective no longer removes additional enemies between HVT jumps to better balance difficulty with other Outbreak Objectives.
    • Addressed an issue with zombies pausing or pathing incorrectly to the Holdout Objective.
    • Addressed an issue where the Krasny Soldat’s flamethrower attack would not deal damage under certain circumstances.
    • Addressed an issue where the flashlight would stay on after spectating during the Holdout Objective.
  • Perks
    • Addressed an issue where Tombstone Soda could cause the player to fall out of the gameplay space in Golova, Alpine, and Ruka.
  • Support
    • Addressed an issue where the Chopper Gunner could fly out of the gameplay space after multiple uses.

Weapons

  • Addressed an issue where Ray Gun splash damage could break all Armor if the player had Jugger-Nog Tiers III, IV, and V.

Field Upgrades

  • Addressed an issue where Healing Aura incorrectly gained the benefit of Quick Revive’s Tier IV ability.

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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

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  • 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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