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Cold War September 2 update patch notes: Tec-9 & EM2 nerfed, Free Access, more

The September 2 update for Black Ops Cold War has arrived, and we have all of the patch notes covered, including the Tec-9 & EM2 nerfs.

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Treyarch Studios has rolled out the Black Ops Cold War September 2 update, and we have all of the patch notes covered for you.

There is a great deal of excitement brewing in the Call of Duty community right now, with the official reveal of the Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Reloaded roadmap taking place on September 2, 2021.

However, before Season 5 Reloaded kicks off for Black Ops Cold War, Treyarch Studios has rolled out an update on September 2 to address some things with the main focus on nerfs for the powerful Tec-9 and EM2 weapons.

You can find everything you need to know about the Cold War September 2 update patch notes below:

Cold War September 2 update patch notes

Black Ops Cold War Stryker Operator firing an Assault Rifle

SEASON FIVE RELOADED BEGINS SEPT. 9

It’s official: Season Five Reloaded starts next week, bringing even more free content to Multiplayer, Zombies, and Call of Duty®: Warzone™, plus new Prestige Shop content and more!

In Multiplayer, we’re delivering the Zoo 6v6 map and Demolition mode on Day One, plus new MP event challenges later in the season. You’ll also be able to spend your hard-earned Prestige Keys on the new “Hidden Terror” Sniper Weapon Blueprint at the Prestige Shop, as well as additional Animated Calling Cards from previous Call of Duty games to show off in-game.

Zombies players will get access to the new Rampage Inducer in round-based maps to immediately turn up the action to epic levels, and in Outbreak, we’re delivering the new Armada Region and Black Chest World Event, as well as new narrative Intel to set the stage for the finale of Black Ops Cold War Zombies in next season’s round-based map. We’ll also have new event challenges for Zombies, Dead Ops Arcade 3 updates, and the new “Diminishing Light” limited-time mode and Drive-In map with new Intel for Onslaught players on PlayStation®.

Starting Sept. 21st, get ready for The Numbers Event in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, packed with two new sets of challenges across both games and 19 rewards to unlock, including the dual-wield Sai – our first-ever weapon event reward! – for completing a full set in either game. The hardcore Survival limited-time mode will also come to Outbreak during the event, where there’s no mini-map or overhead map to rely on, and you’ll have to scavenge for food to regain health.

Check out the roadmap and get all the details on what’s coming in Season Five Reloaded at the Call of Duty Blog, and watch for more intel later next week on the Treyarch blog, complete with patch notes for Black Ops Cold War.

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SEASON FIVE MOSHPIT, NEW GUNFIGHT TOURNAMENT + MORE

Before we transition into Season Five Reloaded, we’ve got a packed week for Multiplayer with the new Season Five Moshpit featuring 6v6 respawn modes on Echelon, Slums, and Drive-In; a fresh Gunfight Tournament with all-new rewards, featuring the new Showroom map; the updated Throwback Moshpit with Slums and Drive-In added to the mix; and a second week of the tactical Double Agent: Melee mode. As usual, 12v12 Moshpit and Hardcore 12v12 Moshpit are also available via Quick Play.

NEW WEAPON TUNING

Today’s update also includes new weapon tuningfor the TEC-9, EM2, and PPSh-41. If you’ve been getting lit up by the full-auto version of the TEC-9 a little too often lately, no worries – we’ve reduced the damage for the Full-Auto Repeater Muzzle attachment by 18%, from 50 to 41 per shot. On the EM2 assault rifle, the 25.8” Task Force Barrel attachment now reduces the weapon’s fire rate by 7% as an additional tradeoff, and the PPSh-41 gets an upgrade for the 15.7” Task Force Barrel (damage increased from 4% to 7%) and the Spetsnaz Field Grip Handle (ADS time bonus increased from 15% to 18%).

So level up those weapons and get ready to jump into this week’s new playlists with your friends, because your last chance to get Free Access starts now.

FREE ACCESS BEGINS TODAY

Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer and Zombies Free Access

Starting today through September 7, everyone can download Black Ops Cold War Free Access and play over 25 Multiplayer maps and Outbreak in Zombies for free, in addition to Zombies Onslaught on PlayStation®. And for the first time, Free Access players will be able to participate in the latest Gunfight Tournament for the chance to unlock all-new rewards for making it through the full bracket!

Our final Multiplayer & Zombies Free Access trial includes:

  • Multiplayer
    • Team Deathmatch
    • Season Five Moshpit
    • Nuketown 24/7
    • Throwback Moshpit
    • Double Agent: Melee
    • Gunfight Tournament
    • Face Off 6v6
    • Party Games
    • Multi-Team Moshpit
  • Zombies
    • Outbreak
    • Onslaught (PlayStation)

Tell your friends and download Free Access from your platform’s store today. And whether you’re a free player or you’ve been here since the start, you’ll be leveling up twice as fast this weekend

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EXTENDED 2XP WEEKEND STARTS TOMORROW

Drop in during the long holiday weekend with an extended run of 2XP in Black Ops Cold War, starting 10AM PT tomorrow through Tuesday, Sept. 7! Season Five Reloaded is nearly here, so if you haven’t reached Prestige Master yet, there’s never been a better time than now. Go get it.

Here’s what’s new in today’s update:

GLOBAL

Free Access

  • Multiplayer & Zombies Free Access available for download Sept. 2-7.

Weapons

  • EM2 Assault Rifle
    • 25.8″ Task Force Barrel
      • Now reduces Fire Rate by 7%.
  • TEC-9 SMG
    • Full-Auto Repeater Muzzle
      • Now reduces Damage by 18% (from 50 to 41).
  • PPSh-41 SMG
    • 15.7″ Task Force Barrel
      • Now increases Damage bonus to 7% (previously 4%).
    • Spetsnaz Field Grip Handle
      • Now increases Aim Down Sight Time bonus to 18% (previously 15%).

MULTIPLAYER

Featured Playlists

  • Gunfight Tournament [NEW]
  • Season Five Moshpit (Echelon, Slums, Drive-In) [NEW] (Also available in Hardcore)
  • Throwback Moshpit (now including Slums & Drive-In) [NEW] (Also available in Hardcore)
  • Nuketown 24/7 (Also available in Hardcore)
  • Double Agent: Melee
  • Face Off 6v6 (Also available in Hardcore)
  • Party Games
  • Multi-Team

ZOMBIES

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 Echelon (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Accelerated (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)

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How to Prestige in Black Ops Cold War: Prestige Keys, Rewards, more

Prestige Keys are rewards in the Black Ops Cold War progression system for leveling up. Here is how to Prestige, unlock Keys, and use them.

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The Prestige system in Black Ops Cold War rewards players with Prestige Keys for leveling up to unlock exclusive blueprints in Season 5. This guide will show you how to Prestige and earn keys.

Treyarch took a different approach to Call of Duty this year with its Prestige system. Usually, once you reach the max Military Rank, you earn your first CoD Prestige. In previous games, this would result in your entire loadout and level being reset, whereas this is not quite the case in Black Ops Cold War.

Cold War Season 5 brings more Prestige milestones, challenges, and rewards. One reward is for reaching a new Prestige rank is a shiny Prestige Key to unlock new icons.

Here is everything that you need to know about using how to unlock Prestige Keys and use them in Black Ops Cold War. Also, check out the fastest ways to level up too!

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How to Prestige in Black Ops Cold War

Prestiging is the most notable way of informing the player that they are progressing in the game. It means you’re ascending through the levels, which means you’re unlocking items in the Battle Pass, obtaining new blueprints, attachments, perks, equipment, and presumably acquiring Prestige Keys.

The only way to earn these rewards is to play through Treyarch‘s Black Ops Cold War and Prestige. To do so, you must reach level 55 and then Prestige. This will earn you a Prestige Key, and you can now go through and reach Season Ranks, with every 50 earning you a new Prestige Key.

Every time you reach a new Prestige Rank, the game will give you a new sticker, emblem, and a Prestige Key. You get these as rewards after passing through every 50 Season Levels. Other rewards include exclusive weapon blueprints and Battle Pass Tier Skips for the Battle Pass.

For a more detailed look at how the Prestige System works, you can look here.

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How to Use Prestige Keys

Once you’ve got a Prestige Key in your hands, you may be wondering how you can use it. Its purpose is to unlock Legacy Prestige Icons when you use them at the Prestige Shop. These icons will be from the previous Call Of Duty games, and you can add them when you reach Prestige Master.

Thanks to a new update, Treyarch has graciously included every single Prestige Emblem from all previous Call of Duty games. Going all the way back to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, to 2019’s Modern Warfare reboot.

Whether it’s the classic Gold Cross, 10th Prestige Icon from Call of Duty 4, or Black Ops IIII’s glowing-eyed Samurais, there is now a wealth of possibilities for you to pick from.

You can keep earning XP up to level 1000 and then get milestone rewards after crossing 50 levels. This means you can get 20 milestones when the season resets.

Prestige Shop rewards

In addition to the usual calling cards and emblems available in the Prestige Shop since it was first released, the Season 5 Reloaded for Black Ops Cold War has also added a new batch of content for players to purchase with their keys, including exclusive weapon blueprints.

There are four Prestige Blueprints in Cold War Season 5:

  • Hidden Terror – ZRG 20mm
  • Dream Crasher – Magnum
  • Dark Horse – MP5
  • Confrontation – Krig 6
Hidden Terror Blueprint in Cold War

There’s still plenty of time for players to level up and acquire new Prestige Keys before Season 5 makes its inevitable transition into Season 6.

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When does Black Ops Cold War Season 6 start? Date, time, new maps, new guns, new Zombies map

Black Ops Cold War is gearing up for a Season 6 to bring to players. Here’s what we know about its start date, maps, guns, and more.

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Treyarch has confirmed that Black Ops Cold War is set to enter a sixth season, and this is everything we know so far including its date, maps, guns, and more.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has had quite the journey since its November 13, 2020 release date. After only launching with eight 6v6 maps, one round-based Zombies mode, and a handful of Fireteam maps, the game has evolved superbly.

With the Cold War Season 5 Reloaded update, the game added its 23rd 6v6 map in Zoo, more content for Outbreak, and other cool stuff. Treyarch has endeavored to make Cold War a memorable game, and no one can argue that it’s lacking content.

Despite this, Call of Duty: Vanguard is now swiftly closing in, and even though Cold War is set to be the most content-rich CoD game after a new release, the community might need to accept that Season 6 could be the last full update.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 release date & time

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If there’s one thing that Treyarch has proven to be excellent at, it’s keeping time. Each new update is pretty much advertised to coincide with the end of the Battle Pass.

The pass is due to expire on October 6, so unless another weird delay intervenes, then we’d expect Black Ops Cold War Season 6 to commence on October 7. It’s expected the Season 6 update would drop at 9PM PT / 11PM CT / 5AM BST.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 artwork potentially leaked

The Season reveal image is always a big telltale sign of what is to come in the next step of the game’s story and shows off the main Operator for the Season too.

Thanks to PlayStation Game Size, we may have been given an early glimpse at the new Operator and an idea of what they’ll be doing.

The Cold War Season 5 cinematic outro video hinted that someone could be brought in to try and help Adler after his exposure to the Numbers program.

It appears like Black Ops favorite Alex Mason is the answer. Alex had starring roles in Black Ops I and Black Ops II and is sure to be the character of choice for many if this leak turns out to be accurate.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 new maps

zoo map in black ops cold war

Treyarch has done well to maintain a consistent stream of content across all of Cold War’s major game modes.

We would expect a late flourish of two or three new maps, both 6v6, and Gunfight, to go with the Season 5 additions of Slums, Drive-In, and Zoo.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 new guns

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With the odd exception of the Krig 6, LC10, and TEC-9, few weapons have properly dominated the game for long periods of time.

The meta has been quite reasonable, and there will almost certainly be one or two main guns to come to add to the likes of the EM2, and maybe a new melee weapon as well.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 new round-based Zombies map

Die Maschine, Firebase Z, Mauer der Toten, Outbreak, and Dead Ops 3 have all offered a fabulous array of content to Zombies fans.

Treyarch has confirmed “the finale of the Black Ops Cold War saga in next season’s round-based map.” So as we get closer to the end of Season 5 we expect to have one or two cheeky details revealed to give us an idea of the send-off Zombies map for Cold War.

The Zombies story is also set to continue into Call of Duty: Vanguard too as Treyarch will be exclusively working on the game’s Zombies content, and it will progress the Aether story.

Black Ops Cold War Season 6 new game modes & more

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One thing that has made Black Ops Cold War so engaging to play has been the huge array of fresh playlist options on offer.

Season 5 has debuted Double Agent mode, and even the Reloaded update has brought back the classic Call of Duty game mode – Demolition. We wouldn’t be surprised to see one more cheeky surprise up Treyarch’s sleeves. There’s always a cool game mode variant to be enjoyed – as Vanguard has proven with its new Patrol mode.


It’s still quite soon after the launch of Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Reloaded, so there isn’t too much known or rumored about Season 6 just yet. When details start to creep through, we’ll be the first to let you know!

In the meantime, keep up to date with all the latest happenings with Black Ops Cold War here, and check out the latest news about Call of Duty: Vanguard too.

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How to get Arthur Kingsley Operator in Warzone & Cold War

Call of Duty has released a new Arthur Kingsley Operator for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War to give players a taste of Vanguard before its release.

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Players can now get a brand new operator called Arthur Kingsley for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, who is straight out of Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War are now in Season 5 Reloaded, giving players an abundance of Operators to choose from.

With speculation around the Season 6 Operator floating around after the recent Season 5 outro cinematic, there is an Arthur Kingsley Operator players can get their hands on before that.

Arthur Kingsley Operator in Call of Duty: Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard will be released on November 5. Now that players have finally had a chance to experience some gameplay with the Open Beta that was recently held, excitement is building.

As we edge closer to release, players are starting to question how Vanguard will integrate into Warzone and how it will carry on the seasonal story Black Ops Cold War has created throughout its integration with the battle royale.

The developers have decided to offer players a new Operator from Vanguard to obtain in both Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, giving players a taste for what’s to come.

How to get Arthur Kingsley Operator in Warzone & Cold War

Operator Arthur Kingsley in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War

In order to get Arthur Kingsley in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, players must have Call of Duty: Vanguard pre-ordered.

The pre-order must be digital, so don’t be surprised if you have already pre-ordered a physical copy but are not eligible for the Operator.

Here are the further details on the Arthur Kingsley Operator from the Call of Duty blog:

“The incredible value of Call of Duty: Vanguard pre-order rewards just got more legendary.

Starting today, those who digitally pre-order any edition of Call of Duty: Vanguard, or who have already pre-ordered the game already, will be able to play as Arthur Kingsley in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.*

It’s one of two rewards you get immediately for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone from pre-ordering Vanguard before its November 5th release, alongside the “Night Raid” Mastercraft submachine gun.”

So, there you have it, that’s how you can get the new Arthur Kingsley Operator in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

For more Call of Duty, check out our article on the upcoming Halloween event for Warzone.

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