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Cold War Zombies upcoming updates detailed: Easter Egg, maps, more

Treyarch’s latest blog reveals details on Cold War Zombies’ future, including information on Outbreak, the Dark Aether story, and Season 4.

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The Black Ops Cold War Zombies developers have finally given players details on what is next for the Dark Aether storyline and Outbreak mode.

Call of Duty’s co-op mode Zombies has always been a fan faviourtie for players, enjoying the casual mowing down of zombies across a variety of maps.

Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies mode has introduced a variety of new ways to play the co-op mode players haven’t experienced before, and it seems even more is on its way in Season 3 and 4.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies is primed to kick into high gear next week with the launch of the first Main Quest in Outbreak starting at 10AM PT on Thursday, May 20th. From there, Treyarch will be releasing a record amount of quest-driven Zombies content as they gear up for the next chapters of the Dark Aether story.

Treyarch’s latest blog revealed a bunch of information on what’s to come for the Zombies mode, including new content in next week’s mid-season update, as well as more content on the horizon for Season Four, so let’s take a look a what they had to say.

See below on full details on what to expect.

BRINGING NEW EXPERIENCES TO ZOMBIES

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Delivering our most comprehensive Black Ops Zombies package to date has always been our goal with this game, including multiple round-based maps, Dead Ops Arcade 3, Onslaught (available later this year on all platforms), and our first large-scale sandbox Zombies experience: Outbreak.

We’ve constantly pushed ourselves to bring new experiences to more fans with each game, and we’ve been thankful to see the explosion of new players that Outbreak brought into the community. Of course, Outbreak is just one part of the package, and the team is hard at work on creating more new content for all Zombies fans.

With our upcoming Outbreak Main Quests in both Seasons Three and Four, the events unfolding in the Ural Mountains will directly set up the story for our next round-based map. If you haven’t jumped into Outbreak lately – or if you’ve been looking for a new reason to kill a few thousand zombies with your friends – now’s the time! Before we get into what’s coming, let’s talk about the journey that got us here.

We had three major guiding lights heading into the launch of Outbreak:

  • Fans had been asking for a large-scale Zombies experience for years, and we knew there were a million different ways that could be interpreted. After all, every player has a different idea of what Zombies “is” to them… just ask anyone who’s visited r/CODZombies.
  • We’d always wanted to build a massive, interconnected Zombies experience in the past, but never had the infrastructure to pull it off until we started development on Black Ops Cold War. This was our chance to really show off what we could do.
  • We knew fans enjoyed the core gameplay already, and we wanted to provide an entirely new playground to put those mechanics to use. Whether that meant running over zombies in vehicles, taking on much larger objectives, or discovering crazy combinations of Wonder Weapons, Perk Skills, and Field Upgrades in a wide-open space, Outbreak was the platform where players could let their imaginations run wild.

With these goals in mind, we launched Outbreak in Season Two with the biggest playspaces we’d ever created in Zombies. The reaction from fans was incredible, with more people playing Zombies in Black Ops Cold War that weekend than at any other point since the game’s release. Today, the number of Outbreak players is virtually neck-and-neck with round-based map players, which has been simply awesome to see.

At its launch, Outbreak was already a much bigger experience than any previous “DLC 2” we’d released to date, and launch was just the beginning. We know we’ve got something special here, and we’ve been building on that success while also working on new content for every pillar of Zombies.

NEW CONTENT ARRIVES MAY 20

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Since Outbreak’s introduction, we’ve added two new regions, 56 new Skill Tiers, two new Skill categories, two new Field Upgrades, a new Ammo Mod, and over a dozen Weapon Unlock Challenges to Zombies. And with next week’s mid-season update, we’re delivering new content and features across the entire Zombies experience, including our 18th map in Onslaught:

New Content:

  • Outbreak
    • New Main Quest
    • Orda Encounter World Event
    • Fishing (!!)
    • New Intel Documents, Audio Logs, Radio Transmissions, and Artifacts to discover
  • Round-Based Maps
    • “Cranked 2: No Time to Crank” limited-time mode in “Firebase Z” and “Die Maschine”
  • Dead Ops Arcade 3
    • New Silverback Slideways bonus map
  • Onslaught (PlayStation®)**
    • Onslaught Standoff map + new Intel
    • “Lotto Loadouts” limited-time mode
    • New challenge with exclusive Weapon Blueprint reward

New Features & Gameplay Improvements:

  • New weapons added to the Mystery Box and Trial rewards in round-based maps and Outbreak:
    • Groza assault rifle
    • MAC-10 SMG
    • Streetsweeper shotgun
    • FARA 83 assault rifle
    • LC10 SMG
    • R1 Shadowhunter crossbow
    • ZRG 20mm sniper rifle
    • Sledgehammer melee weapon
    • Wakizashi melee weapon
    • Machete melee weapon
    • E-Tool melee weapon
  • Custom Mod support: Bring custom Blueprints into Zombies via the “Apply Blueprint” feature! Create multiple configurations for every weapon in the game and apply your Custom Mods to all weapons found in a game session.
  • New Outbreak Map features: Free cursor support and the ability to Ping the overhead map
  • Zombies-specific weapon tuning to increase the overall power of the Black Ops Cold War arsenal
  • New Weapon Unlock Challenges: Baseball Bat and AMP63 machine pistol (in-season)
  • Rebalancing zombie health at high rounds and scaling Self Revive costs to provide a greater challenge and higher stakes for skilled Zombies players
  • Buffing the Pack-a-Punched ZRG 20mm bullet penetration to affect multiple zombies
  • Reduced health for the Demented Echo in Outbreak
  • New gameplay improvements and bug fixes in Dead Ops Arcade 3

On the weapon tuning front, we want to give all of our weapons competitive, balanced attributes in Zombies. Most weapons will receive a buff of some kind – usually in the form of significantly increased critical damage multipliers – and a couple will have their power ceiling adjusted slightly to ensure every weapon is viable. Some weapons will receive additional tuning tweaks to their Pack-a-Punched versions with respect to magazine size, stock ammo, and damage. Look for next week’s mid-season patch notes for all the details.

We’ve also heard fan requests for a Challenge Tracker on the Pause screen, and we’re working on doing just that in the future, including Zombies Challenges, Daily Challenges, and Operator Missions. We’re also planning on displaying Daily Challenges at the start of the match, so you can instantly see what you’re working toward.

And yes, we’re planning on making Dead Wire Tier V more formidable against large groups of zombies once again! Keep an eye on our blog for more details soon on everything listed above.

LOOKING AHEAD: SEASON FOUR

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As we mentioned in our Season Three Special Broadcast, our next round-based Zombies map is planned to release during Season Four and will take placeafter the events of Outbreak’s Main Quests. The team has been working on this next map since before the release of “Firebase Z,” and we want to make it the best experience it can possibly be before it’s finally in your hands.

Looking further ahead, development is already underway on more Zombies content for future seasons. In addition to that new content, players can expect new Perks, Wonder Weapons, Support Weapons, limited-time modes, and Dark Aether story intel along the way. We appreciate everyone’s patience while we continue development on our next map, and hope you have a blast with all the other Zombies content coming in the meantime.

As a reminder, it’s important to remember an entire season of content doesn’t start and end on the first day. Seasons deliver content throughout multiple weeks, with a mid-season update dropping along the way with even more new content. Just because something doesn’t go live on Day One doesn’t mean it isn’t coming… it means it’s still in the works!

THE HUNT IS ABOUT TO BEGIN

We can’t wait for everyone to jump into the first Outbreak Main Quest on May 20th! Get ready to squad up and go hunting to see where the Dark Aether story goes from here… and in the seasons beyond. We’ll see you online.

That’s it for Treyarch’s update blog on Zombies, for more check out our article on the Cold War Season 3 Reloaded update.

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How to complete Cold War Zombies Operation Excision Outbreak Easter Egg

Operation Excision is the second main quest Outbreak Easter Egg, and the Black Ops Cold War Zombies community have already solved it.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4 is finally upon us, giving Zombies fans another easter egg to get to grips with in Outbreak.

Black Ops Cold War Season 4 has brought new weapons, like the MG 82 and C58, Battle Pass tiers, and even a new Zombies easter egg on the Outbreak mode.

After players completed the first easter egg, Treyarch has decided to follow up on that, with this second quest leading up to the new classic survival map, Mauer der Toten, and serving as a prologue to the new map’s story.

Just yesterday, Treyarch tweeted that the Outbreak Excision quest was live in Black Ops Cold War Season 4, and just like always, the dedicated Zombies community was straight on it.

Less than 24 hours later, players had already completed the easter egg, gaining access to the cut scene, which, of course, progressed the Cold War Zombies storyline further towards Mauer der Toten.

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According to popular Zombies content creator, MrRoflWaffles, this second Outbreak easter egg is “much more straightforward” than the first and “doesn’t end in a boss fight,” so let’s get into the steps.

  1. Get to world tier 3.
  2. Once there, find a red portal that spawns in various locations:
    • Ruka: Far left side of the map in the little house
    • Alpine: Bottom of the map just underneath a small cliffside
    • Duga: Top side of the map, down in the bunker where the crafting bench is
    • Zoo: Bottom right of the map in a small hole inside the big animal enclosure
    • Golova: Bottom of the map, inside the Church, climb up the ladder, and it is in a room on the top floor
  1. When you find it, jump into it, and you will be teleported above the map, where you will have to spot another red portal to dive into. You will need to repeat this three times.
  2. On the third, you will be teleported above the map again, but this time an item will spawn with you. Follow it and pick it up.
  3. Finish your main quest objective on world tier 3 and go to where the anomaly has spawned in and spawn in the beacon.
  4. Use the beacon to speak to Ravenov, then use the beacon again to teleport to Sanitorium.
  1. Once you are there, run over to the bottom left crash site, clear out the zombies, then interact with the radio hanging out the chopper.
  2. You then need to find the Aethereal Orb around the map, which you can find by listening to the audio.
  3. Once you find it, shoot it in the direction of the bridge on the map. Keep doing so until it stops on the bridge.
  4. You then need to find a bunny toy that is found in an inactive, broken mystery box. Once you find it, interact with it and take down the zombies that will spawn. It will return to the ground after you defend it. Pick it up and place it on the buggy that the orb stopped at on the bridge.
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  1. You will then begin an escort step, where everyone in the game will have to walk with it and protect it. Escort it until it stops, and the zombies disappear, run into the building in front of where it stopped, and interact with the radio inside.
  2. This will activate an exfil, run over to it, complete it, but there will be an Orda boss in the way.
  3. Once completed, hop on the helicopter, and that’s it. Quest complete!

The Operation Excision Cold War Outbreak Zombies Easter Egg continues the story developed in the first quest for the popular Zombies game mode that was added to the first-person shooter in Season 3.

There is no doubt that the community is now more excited than ever to jump into Mauer der Toten in July and see where the Cold War Outbreak Zombies Easter Egg story continues.

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Best MG 82 loadout for Black Ops Cold War Season 4

Here are the best attachments and perks to take full advantage of the powerful MG 82 LMG in Black Ops Cold War Season 4.

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If you’re looking for a fast-firing LMG to rip through the competition, Cold War Season 4’s new MG 82 is the weapon for you. Here are the best attachments and perks to run with it in Cold War’s multiplayer.

LMGs have always been extremely effective in Black Ops Cold War, and Season 4’s MG 82 continues this trend. Although heavy, its fast-fire rate and easy to control recoil make it a must-use on Season 4’s Hijacked and Collateral maps.

With clean iron sights and a low time-to-kill, you can use attachments that prioritize its mobility and damage range, making it one of the most versatile LMGs in the game.

Here are the best attachments and perks to run with Cold War Season 4’s MG 82 light machine gun.

Best Cold War MG 82 loadout & attachments

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  • Barrel: 16.4″ Task Force
  • Underbarrel: SFOD Speedgrip
  • Ammunition: Salvo 150 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: SAS Combat Stock

First, we recommend the 16.4″ Task Force. The base MG 82 doesn’t have the best range, so the Task Force is worthwhile because it increases the weapon’s damage, bullet velocity, and effective damage range.

The SFOD Speedgrip increases your sprint move speed and helps with horizontal recoil control, making this weapon much easier to use at range.

One of the main benefits of using an LMG is the huge magazine size, and the Salvo 150 Rnd Fast Mag takes full advantage of this. You’ll hardly need to reload, and when you do, it’ll be extremely fast thanks to the ‘fast mag’ attribute.

These attachments weigh the weapon down so to increase your mobility to keep up with the faster Assault Rifles on the map, we recommend the Airborne Elastic Wrap and SAS Combat Stock. With these, you’ll get a huge boost to aim down sight speed, aim walk movement speed, and you’ll be able to dropshot.

Best perks to use with the MG 82 in Cold War

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The best Wildcard you can run with the MG 82 is Perk Greed, as it allows you to equip two perks from each category.

With the Perk Greed Wildcard equipped, here are the perks you should run with the MG 82.

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger & Gearhead
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Gung-Ho

Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask are essential for almost any Cold War loadout, as they protect you from anything the enemy throws your way.

With the MG 82’s large magazine size, you’re likely to run through a lot of bullets mowing down the competition. Scavenger will let you resupply ammo on the fly, and Gearhead will allow you to carry two Field Upgrades and recharge them faster.

And finally, Ghost will hide you from Spy Planes for easy flanks and Gung-Ho will give a massive boost to your mobility, allowing you to reload while sprinting.

How to unlock the MG 82 in Cold War Season 4

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You’ll be able to unlock the MG 82 early on in Cold War Season 4, as you’ll get your hands on it at Tier 15 of the free Season 4 Battle Pass.

Rack up Scorestreaks, complete objectives, and use Double XP events to quickly make your way to Tier 15. Once Season 4 concludes in August, you’ll be able to unlock the MG 82 through a unique challenge.

Best alternatives to Cold War’s MG 82

If you’re looking for another LMG to tear through the enemies, the Stoner 63 was previously the best LMG in the game. Or, you can use the ever-popular Krig 6 Assault Rifle for a weapon with similar range but more mobility.

Also, check out how the MG 82 stacks up against the rest of Cold War’s weapons and check out the best loadout to use with it in Warzone, as it’s already becoming meta.

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10 best guns in Black Ops Cold War: Weapon Tier List

Treyarch’s CoD: Black Ops Cold War has a big arsenal of weapons, and we’ve picked our top 10 best guns, ranked them, and tiered them too.

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There are so many different quality guns for Call of Duty players to master in Black Ops Cold War. So we’ve decided to pick out the 10 best guns in Season 4, assign them a tier, and then rank the absolute best.

Black Ops Cold War has a pretty extensive catalog of guns for players to test out and see what works best for them. Since the game’s inception, we’ve been treated to the Streetsweeper, Groza, and MAC-10 in Season 1. The FARA 83, ZRG 20mm, and AMP63 in Seasons 2 and 3, and now the MG 82 LMG and C58 Assault Rifle in Season 4.

As well as worrying about the best FPS settings to use and best aim assist settings to use, there’s also the doubt that the gun you’re using is even right for you and your playstyle.

With all these additions there is now almost an overflow of Assault Rifles, SMGs, Tactical Rifles, Shotguns, LMGs, and Pistols to pick from. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the expansive array of guns and rank the top 10 weapons in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4.

We’ve also ranked and tiered the 10 best guns in CoD Warzone too.

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CoD: Black Ops Cold War: Weapon tier list

Before we delve into a deep look at the best guns that Treyarch has to offer, we’re first going to do a rundown of every weapon in the game and categorize them. Let’s be fair, some of Cold War’s weapons are must-have and must-use, whereas some are simply not worth your time.

Just to explain the 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 weapons:

  • S-Tier: AK-47, Streetsweeper, Diamatti, MG 82, LC10, Krig 6, KSP 45, PPSH-41, Swiss K31
  • A-Tier: C58, AK-74u, XM4, MP5, Stoner 63, FARA 83, Milano 821, Bullfrog, Gallo SA12, ZRG 20mm
  • B-Tier: AUG, FFAR 1, Groza, QBZ-83, M16, MAC-10, DMR 14, RPD, Hauer 77, LW3 Tundra, Pelington 703, 1911
  • C-Tier: Type 63, Magnum, M60, M82

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10. Swiss K31 – Best Sniper Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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At first, it was the LW3 Tundra, then it was dethroned by the ZRG 20mm, now it’s the turn of the Swiss K31 to rule Sniper Rifles.

It possesses the usual damage and range that comes with a dominant Sniper Rifle, but with the added bonus that its ADS time is very short in comparison to other Sniper Rifles. Not only is it perfect for a quickscoping loadout in Cold War Season 4, but it’s effective for any sniping opportunity. Even though Sniper Rifles have been nerfed aggressively, the Swiss is phenomenal.

Here’s a quick guide on how to unlock the Swiss K31.

9. AK-74u

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Being staple in most Call of Duty games, you’re likely to see an AK-74u in every match of Black Ops Cold War, and for good reason.

The AK-74u is extremely easy to use, having minimal recoil and high mobility. And what really sets it apart from some of the other weapons in this list is its effectiveness at range. While having a slower fire rate than the LC10 or PPSH, you’ll be able to take on Assault Rifles at medium distance with the ’74u.

8. Diamatti – Best Pistol in Black Ops Cold War

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The Diamatti became a fan-favorite once Cold War weapons were integrated into Warzone during Season 1. The reality is that the Diamatti is as serviceable as a primary weapon comes – let alone a secondary weapon.

Its burst fire nature allows it to barrel its way through ammo and give you a big advantage if you’re accurate. Its only minor setback is that its range suffers in comparison to ARs and SMGs, but if you’re in a small-to-medium-sized map, then give the Diamatti a whirl.

7. C58

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New to Black Ops Cold War Season 4, the C58 has quickly become an extremely popular choice.

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Modelled after the original Black Ops’ Galil, the C58 is a slow-firing fully-automatic Assault Rifle that rewards accurate shots. With low recoil and high damage per shot, the C58 is a weapon you absolutely want to be running

6. Streetsweeper – Best Shotgun in Black Ops Cold War

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The weapon is an absolute, indisputable beast. For a weapon that smacks like a hammer, it has very little recoil to show for it. The unbelievable fire rate makes it comparable to any automatic weapon, and if you have a group of enemies in close proximity of you and each other, then they’ve already accepted their fate.

The complete downside to the Streetsweeper is that its reload time is nothing short of vile. Given the furious nature of a game of Call of Duty, you just don’t have time to reload it. If it wasn’t for this, it would be much higher up.

5. PPSH-41

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Talk about making an impact, the PPSH-41 bulldozed its way into contention in Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War. It’s previously made an impact in Call of Duty games, and Cold War has proven to be no different now we’re in Season 4.

Its rate of fire is genuinely frightening and can chew through squads in a heartbeat. It’s backed up by massive firepower and even its accuracy is superb. It just misses out on being the premiere SMG in Cold War, but you still need to use it.

The PPSH-41 is easy to unlock in Black Ops Cold War Season 4 too.

4. MG 82 – Best LMG in Black Ops Cold War

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Many players are deterred from LMGs due to their bulky nature, meaning that ADS speed is reduced, mobility is decreased, and reloading is abysmally painful.

However, Season 4’s new MG 82 excels in its class, boasting a high fire rate, massive magazine size, and decent mobility. With its fast time to kill, you’ll simply tear through the competition.

Here’s how to unlock the powerful MG 82 light machine gun.

3. AK-47

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No one has ever questioned the AK-74’s overwhelming power as each bullet can rip a hole through space and time itself. For all its power, it can be a handful to control thanks to its haphazard recoil.

Nevertheless, it still retains its aura of destruction and skilled players can effortlessly make it look like one of the best weapons in all of Black Ops Cold War. If that wasn’t enough, the AK-47 received yet another buff in the Cold War Season 4 patch notes.

2. LC10 – Best SMG in Black Ops Cold War

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The LC10 has usurped many guns to become one of the most-used weapons in the game and continue the domination of SMGs in Black Ops Cold War.

Its piercing shots are matched by relatively high accuracy, and it’s a gun with few drawbacks. After being nerfed a bit, the gun fell out of contention for a while, but now it’s back and as destructive as ever.

Here is how to unlock the LC10 in Black Ops Cold War Season 4.

1. Krig 6 – Best Assault Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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If you know your CoD: Black Ops Cold War, then you probably knew what was coming. That’s right, the Krig 6 takes the top spot because it’s a weapon without any flaws. It’s one of those rare firearms that feels absolutely unbeatable.

Once you’ve progressed the weapon’s level and reduced its vertical and horizontal recoil, then you have your own ridiculous laser. It’s insanely efficient, very strong, stupidly accurate, and is quite simply the best weapon in Black Ops Cold War Season 4.


Make sure to take a look at our best Cold War Season 4 loadouts: Guns, classes, attachments & perks too.

Do you disagree with any of our selections? Be sure to let us know on our Charlie INTEL Facebook Page and Charlie INTEL Twitter Page!

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