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How to get free Pack-A-Punch with Cold War Outbreak Zombies Black Chest

The Cold War Zombies Outbreak mode has received a new Black Chest quest. Find out what it does, and how to get a free Pack-A-Punch upgrade.



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Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Reloaded brings a new world event for the Outbreak mode in Zombies that features a new Black Chest that might save your life. See what it does, and how to get a Pack-A-Punch upgrade from it.

Since its launch, Treyarch has continually expanded its new take on Zombies – Outbreak – by adding cool new stuff. Cold War’s innovative variation of Zombies has opened up new possibilities for the franchise and made it even more fun with hilarious Easter Eggs and even fishing.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Reloaded has once again added more areas to the game mode and also included a fun new activity – the Black Chest. It acts as another source of resources, essence, and even a free Pack-A-Punch upgrade too.

How to use Black Chest for free Pack-A-Punch upgrade in Cold War’s Outbreak Zombies

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The Black Chest event is completely random, so it could turn up in Round 1 or in Round 3, there is no set way to make this side quest pop early.

Once it does turn up though, then you’ll want to act on it quickly and make it your first priority. Just a quick heads-up, the upgrade will grant you a free Pack-A-Punch upgrade to Level 1 and no higher.

So if you complete it with the hope of upgrading your Level 1 Pack-A-Punched weapon to Level 2, then we regret to inform you that it doesn’t work like that.

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Here’s how to get a free Level 1 Pack-A-Punch upgrade in Outbreak Zombies:

  1. Head into a game of Outbreak – Solo or otherwise
  2. Keep playing until you come across the Black Chest side quest – distinguishable by its symbol consisting of an orange diamond and an open black chest
  3. Find it, stand in front of the chest, and press the action button to “Unlock” it
  4. Now, shoot the flying orbs until they disappear
  5. Once they have been destroyed, approach the Black Chest, and press the action button to “Open” the chest
  6. It will spit out a series of rewards for you to claim, one of which will be a Chalice
  7. Before you collect the chalice, make sure you have the weapon you want to be Pack-A-Punched equipped
  8. Acquire the Chalice, and your weapon will automatically become a Level 1 Pack-A-Punched gun

If you play this smart, you can use the 5,000 points that it would’ve taken to upgrade the weapon to Level 1 to speed up the process of getting it to Level 2.

Cold War Outbreak Black Chest Spirit

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Players who complete the Cold War Black Chest event will “form a pact with a spirit that will be summoned against enemies when you’re low on health in your current Region,” according to the Season 5 Reloaded patch notes.

This ability works on a cooldown system, and its effect is shared with your teammates, so there is no doubt that it could be beneficial to your Outbreak success.

It seems the new Cold War Black Chest World Event will offer players a new way to continue the fight and survive when facing hoards of Zombies, as it looks to provide a very powerful ability as well, as not only does it come back for players to use again, it is also shared with teammates giving them extra aid in difficult situations as well.

For more guides on Black Ops Cold War’s Outbreak mode check here, and also keep up-to-date with news and guides concerning Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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Cold War September 16 update patch notes: Nuketown 12v12, Zombies fixes, more

Treyarch has released another Cold War update, bringing the chaotic Nuketown 12v12 as well as fixing some Zombies issues.



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Treyarch has released another update for Black Ops Cold War Season 5, adding Nuketown 12v12 and fixing issues with the Zombies mode.

Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Reloaded continues with the September 16 patch notes. In this update, the devs “turn up the chaos” by adding Nuketown 12v12, which will be available in both Core and Hardcore modes. Gunfight Blueprints also return for those looking for more tactical gameplay.

It also brings Zombies updates with stability “stability fixes related to Trials, joining matches in progress, the Black Chest World Event in Outbreak.” On top of that, they’ve changed the LT53 Kazimir from Rare to Epic to help with recognition.

Cold War Season 6 is on the horizon, and the devs have teased that “more intel on what’s to come at the launch of Season Six” next week.

Nuketown in Black Ops Cold War

Cold War September 16 patch notes


Featured Playlists

  • Nuketown 12v12 [NEW] (Also available in Hardcore)
  • Zoo 24/7(Also available in Hardcore)
  • Demolition(Also available in Hardcore)
  • Gunfight Blueprints
  • Face Off 6v6(Also available in Hardcore)
  • 12v12 Moshpit(Also available in Hardcore)
  • Party Games (now featuring Double Agent)
  • Multi-Team



  • Added stability fixes related to joining matches in progress, the Black Chest World Event in Outbreak, zombies using projectiles on vehicles, and Trials.


  • Changed the rarity of the LT53 Kazimir from Rare to Epic to assist with item recognition.

Featured Playlists

  • Outbreak (Endless and 3 Region)
  • Mauer der Toten
  • Firebase Z
  • Die Maschine
  • Dead Ops Arcade 3
  • Dead Ops Arcade 3: First Person
  • Onslaught (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Drive-In (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Diminishing Light (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)

For more Call of Duty content, you can check out how to play in Vanguard’s Open Beta, which goes live for Xbox, PlayStation, and PC players this weekend.

SOURCE: Treyarch

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Cold War players frustrated with Judge Dredd Lawgiver bug

Call of Duty’s newest big-name bundle is the Judge Dredd offering, but the cosmetics come with one big flaw that has annoyed buyers.



The Judge Dredd bundle is in Black Ops Cold War, but it has a glaring oversight when it comes to the Lawgiver skin as it doesn’t provide full coverage to dual-wield loadouts.

Novelty bundles are always welcome in big games: Fortnite, in particular, being the master of incorporating mainstream names and stars into a crazy, fictional world.

Call of Duty is no slouch in this department either though, as it has been able to provide its players the opportunity to become Rambo and John McClane. Not content with letting this be the only high-profile skin in recent memory, Call of Duty gamers can now become Judge Dredd.

A legend in comic books, the character can now be used to score dubs, but players are disappointed that dual-wield weapons only get one of the guns covered in the Lawgiver skin.

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Two separate posts on Reddit have drawn attention to this Judge Dredd bundle bug, and they’ve garnered nearly 1.5K upvotes between them.

The main post titled “This is bothering me more than it should, the Dual Wield attachment isn’t applying the Lawgiver blueprint to both pistols,” shows the AMP63 in its dual-wield form.

For some reason, the main gun (the right one) has the Lawgiver Blueprint equipped, whereas the left one doesn’t.

In the second Reddit post, “Akimbo AMP63 “Lawgiver” bug,” we see the exact same problem, a player with two AMP63s in their loadout, but only one has the paid Blueprint on display, and this applies to both Cold War and Warzone.

“You have to buy it twice, obviously,” one user jokingly suggested, whereas someone else came up with an inventive thought: “Tbh this would be rather cool, imagine having the ability to use 2 different blueprints for dual-wielded weapons at the same time.

“Obviously not with different attachments but different cosmetics, i.e Dark matter in one hand and dark aether in the other.”

Given that this Blueprint comes with a paid bundle, it’s easy to see why some Cold War players would be frustrated about the lack of full coverage for their weapons. Given the public anger towards this bug, Treyarch may very well look into this.

Also, check out how to take part in the CoD Vanguard Open Beta.

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New Cold War Season 6 Zombies map teaser reveals Requiem’s & Omega’s target

The Dark Aether storyline continues in Black Ops Cold War Season 6, with the latest teasers revealing the plans for Requiem and Omega.



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The teasers are rolling in for Black Ops Cold War’s Season 6 Zombies map, and the latest has revealed Requiem and Omega’s target.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies received some new content for Outbreak, including a new Black Chest World Event for the Season 5 Reloaded patch. However, fans are still awaiting the next round-based map.

Now that players are invested in the Dark Aether storyline for Zombies, players are excited to see where the story develops.

With the recent teasers alluding to where the next round-based map will be set, players now have more information on how the Black Ops Cold War Season 6 Zombies map will contribute to the Dark Aether Storyline.

Weaver skin in Black Ops Cold War

Zombies’ storyline has always been a big part of the mode, keeping players engaged over the years, wanting to know what will happen next. With Black Ops Cold War, players have been following both Requiem and Omega, uncovering the secrets behind the Dark Aether.

The most recent teasers were posted by Treyarch on Twitter, and since they have already teased the location of the map, it’s only right that they tease some of the story. The teaser is a letter from Weaver detailing team Requiem of their next mission.

In the teaser, it seems the map’s story will be centered around a new target known as Sergent Kazimir Zykov, who seems to have a lot of history and knowledge about the Dark Aether and how to “defeat the Forsaken.”

Both Requiem, the good guys, and Omega, the bad guys, will be looking to capture the target, with the teaser stating that if Omega’s leader, Kravchenko, succeeds, they will lose Zykov for good.

So, the next easter egg for Season 6’s round-based Zombies map will be based around capturing Zykov and using his knowledge about the Dark Aether to defeat Omega.

For more on Call of Duty Zombies, check out our article on how to complete Mauer der Toten’s main easter egg.

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