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Cranked Zombies Tips – Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War has added a new game mode to zombies called “Cranked.” Here are a few tips to dominate.

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Cranked Zombies is a new mode added to Black Ops Cold War Zombies for Season 1.

For the midseason update, Treyarch has released Cranked Zombies as a limited-time mode. This is a fast-paced and intense mode that was originally released alongside Call of Duty Ghosts and has long been a tradition in Infinity Ward games. Now, Treyarch has adopted the mode for Zombies.

What is Cranked?

Cranked is a mode where kills are key. Once you score your first kill, a timer will start and your player will receive increased reload speed and running speed. This timer will be a 30 second timer, ticking down. If you fail to score a kill before the timer hits 0, you’ll blow up. Each new kill will refresh the timer.

For Zombies, as time continues, zombies will spawn faster and the cranked timer will continue to reduce as the game progresses. It will start at 30 seconds, then drop to 25, 20, and 15, before settling at 12.5 seconds. (and eventually going lower, with some players reporting down to 5 seconds)

Tips to Survive

  • Big magazines, high damage – Be sure to drop in with a Light Machine Gun or high capacity Assault Rifle. You’ll need it for all the zombies constantly bombarding you.
  • Explosives are key – Pack C4, and be sure to pick up every War Machine boss zombies drop. You’ll need these as emergency tools for quick and easy kills when time is running low.
  • Pack FAST! – Pack-a-punch is unlocked automatically as soon as the power is turned on. Make sure you get your weapon upgraded as fast as possible.
  • Brain Rot OP – Brain Rot is an ammo upgrade for pack-a-punch weapons that turns a hostile zombie into a friendly teammate. Be sure to utilize this for quick timer resets while reloading or traveling around the map.
  • Ring of Survival – The Ring of Fire field upgrade is a must use in Cranked. Line up large waves of zombies, then activate the ring of fire for easy kills. We recommend saving your ring of fire charges for boss zombies.
  • Be a Menu Master – Using the upgrade station and weapons bench will cost you time. Be sure to have the menus memorized to get what you need before you explode.
  • Perk Up! – While being Cranked gives you additional reload and movement speed, Stamin-Up and Speed Cola also stack on these effects, making you even faster.

These tips should get you rolling through Weapon levels and Zombie hordes in no time. Now get out there and slay some zombies!

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Top 5 tips to dominate Apocalypse in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War Season 2 has added Apocalypse to its ever-growing arsenal of maps. Here are our best tips for it.

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The Black Ops Cold War lore has taken us to the jungle, which is why we’ve been able to set foot in the new Apocalypse map. Season 2’s new Jungle-themed map is here, and we’ve come up with some top tips to master it.

Season 2 of Black Ops Cold War really stoked the fire by throwing the FARA 83 and LC10 at us to play with along with the new Apocalypse map. Players now have the opportunity to rumble in the jungle, and there are many different ways to do so.

It’s a medium-sized map with lots of tight corners and rooms with multiple entry points. There are few areas in the map that you can feel ‘safe’ in, so it’s vital you embrace some of these important Apocalypse tips to survive in Black Ops Cold War’s newest map.

1. The Flag A spawn point is dangerous

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At the time of writing, the game seems to have a habit of deploying fresh spawns in exactly the same spot near the back of the Flag A area. Therefore it becomes very easy for the enemy team to keeping killing players here and anticipate their movements.

Our best advice is to use the wall in front of you for cover and make a beeline for the house on the right that requires a ladder. At the very least you can provide covering fire to draw fire from your team to escape on the opposite side, or pick off enemies yourself.

2. Watch out for the hidey holes

There are two or three spots on Apocalypse that provide a little window for you to peep your head through and essentially lie in wait for potential victims.

The best part about them is that you are pretty much obscured apart from your head. Make sure to find them and make the most of them.

3. Underground is good

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Down one side of Apocalypse is a useful upper and lower channel that you can easily exploit if you’re careful. Its biggest strength, and weakness, is that it’s exposed to the middle section of the map.

If you’re defending it, use the barrels for cover to pick off players coming from the Flag C spawn. If you’re attacking it, always try and approach it from the middle as you have a superior vantage point, especially as you have the benefit of light on your side.

4. SMGs & Shotguns will do the trick

Despite its size, as we said, it has lots of huts and tighter corners which require fast, hard-hitting weapons to conquer Apocalypse.

So something like the new LC10 absolutely shreds, and when you pair it off with something like the Streetsweeper or the Gallo, then you’re in for a good time.

5. Arguably the best spot on the map

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Given the height superiority that this cliff-edge offers, the ability to see two opposite sides of the map, and the fact that it’s just a quality spot, this is the location that should command the most presence.

One of the most important things to consider with this view is that players get a healthy eye line of Flag B. Regardless of if you’re defending it or attacking it, you can go a long way to helping keep that area in your team’s favor.


For tips and tricks to dominate your enemy on every Black Ops Cold War multiplayer map, you can check out our guides below.

Nuketown ’84 | Crossroads | Raid | The Pines | Moscow | Miami | Cartel | Satellite | Checkmate |

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How to get free perks in Black Ops Cold War’s Outbreak Zombies mode

You can earn free perks for yourself in Black Ops Cold War Zombies’ new Outbreak mode through a neat little trick.

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There is a simple new trick that you can use to earn free perks in Black Ops Cold War Zombies’ new Outbreak mode, so here’s how you can get this done.

You’re given very few resources when you hop into the CoD Zombies mode. You’ll have to rack up points by killing the undead so that you can purchase brand new weapons and level up your abilities through the game’s Perk-a-Cola machines.

Spending your limited points on these machines help make the game more interesting, as you get to pick which attribute you want to improve. Cold War Zombies’ new Outbreak mode has this too, but also comes with its own secret trick.

You can follow a strategy that will get you free perks in this mode.

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Perks can usually be found as special drops during a round, and you fight your way towards them to upgrade yourself. Luckily, there’s a better way to get free perks when playing in Cold War’s Outbreak.

You can perform this simple trick repeatedly in different rounds of Activision’s newest Zombies mode. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Visit the a near the lower farmstead that’s located on the left outskirts of Golova
  2. Head to the area marked by a row of skulls and you’ll find a small radio that’s positioned against a tree
  3. Hold the action button to play the recording
  4. A giant beam will become visible, so make your way towards it
  5. Defeat all the zombies and then collect the free perk drop!

That’s all you need to do, and you can try it on Ruka and Alpine as well. You can do this again by immediately rushing back to the radio’s location and then repeating the process, since there is no limit to the amount of times that you can try this easy trick.

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The best part is that you won’t have to worry about your teammates stealing the drop from you. This is because one player picking it up will result in everyone in the lobby also receiving a free random perk. So don’t worry about one of your teammates trying to cheat you out of buffs.

Outbreak has taken all the best elements of CoD Zombies to create a fresh and exciting new mode. It throws out the past template, and massively deviates from anything that has been in the mode before.

You can keep some powerful weapons to defend yourself in Black Ops Cold War’s Outbreak mode, and you can see all the best ones in our guide.

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Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Servers Experiencing Issues – March 5

Servers issues in Black Ops Cold War.

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The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone servers were experiencing issues on Friday, March 5 on all platforms.

UPDATE – March 5 at 1:35PM ET: The Black Ops Cold War & Warzone servers are now back up for players on all platforms. Issues may persist as the servers come back online fully.

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Activision Support is reporting that they are actively investigating issues with the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War & Call of Duty: Warzone servers right now. The issue is effecting players on all platforms.

We’re currently experiencing connectivity issues. This incident is under investigation.

Some players are getting an error message saying the servers are not online. The message is asking people to re-try and connect to the game.

Many players are being put into a Server Queue, asking them to wait to get into the game. It would be best to wait in the server queue as the game tries to get everyone back online into the game. A temporary solution would be to restart the game and attempt to connect again.

The server issues should be resolved soon as Activision continues to investigate a fix for the situation. The support website will be updated as more information on the server status is revealed.

As always, we’ll update this post as more info is provided on the situation. Do stay tuned for the latest updates on the status, and be sure to check our Twitter for any additional updates we provide on the servers.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is available on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, and PC (Blizzard Battle.net).

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