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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.



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


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.


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.


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.


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


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:


Free Access

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


  • 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%).


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


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 unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe is a melee weapon that was seen in Black Ops Cold War. Here’s how you can unlock it for yourself.



A brand-new melee weapon has been seen in 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. Here are the unlock challenges the Scythe appeared with for both Multiplayer and Zombies.

How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe was accidentally added to Black Ops Cold War on June 6, 2022, and tasked players with melee-based challenges to unlock it. Unfortunately, this was accidental so it has now been removed from the game, but it should arrive soon.

Despite being removed, we expect the unlock challenge to be the same. 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 Black Ops Cold War, you can check out how to unlock the UGR SMG as well as the best controller settings.

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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.



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

  • 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

  • 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

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.



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

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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