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Fastest way to level up Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass

Find out how to make sure you level up your Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass the fastest way possible.

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Fastest Way Level Up Black Ops Cold War Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass

The launch of Black Ops Cold War x Warzone Season 3 means that a new Battle Pass is available, packed with lots of tasty content. See how you can level it up the fastest way possible to reap the benefits.

It’s hard to believe that Season 2 launched months ago, but here we are in Season 3 of the latest Call of Duty title and Warzone. Along with a new PPSH submachine gun and Swiss K31 sniper rifle, there is the usual flashy array of content locked behind the new Battle Pass.

Some people want to spread the enjoyment by leveling it up throughout the season, whereas some want those items ASAP to enjoy for longer. We’ve put together this handy guide with a few tips to power your way through the 100 Tiers.

Fastest Way Level Up Black Ops Cold War Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass

Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass

It’s not just the primal instinct to want everything now with the Battle Pass. It also contains some beneficial stuff that can actually help you in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

Besides paid content, it also has various free Tiers that all Call of Duty players can take advantage of. The reason players should be more conscious of the Season 3 Battle Pass is that it contains lots of free Double XP boosts and free weapons.

Just like how weapons were free for players to acquire in previous passes, both the new PPSH SMG and Swiss K31 sniper rifle are available at no extra cost in the Season 3 Battle Pass.

Here’s how you can level up your pass a lot quicker in Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War and the popular battle royale Warzone.

Fastest Way Level Up Black Ops Cold War Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass

Buy the Black Ops Cold War & Warzone Season 3 Battle Pass ASAP

A common sense one to start with, but a crucial one too. Some players will spend weeks dilly-dallying, debating whether or not to invest money in the Battle Pass.

The only problem with this indecision is that it comes at the detriment of progress. See, you earn a permanent XP Boost by owning the Battle Pass, and any latecomers will be missing out on extra bonuses during this lost time.

Furthermore, if you choose to buy the more premium version of the Season 3 Battle Pass, then you can unlock 20 Tiers from the get-go, saving time in the process.

New Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 3 Operators

Double XP Weekend

When these come around, absolutely do your best to make the most of them. Given the limited nature of them and the sparsity of these events, you should really focus on maximizing any potential gains.

These weekends sometimes offer Double progress towards the Battle Pass, as well as Double XP.

Playing 4-player Zombies

This method is slightly dependent on how good you are at Zombies and how much you enjoy the mode. What we can be certain of is that if you’re playing with multiple players, then you have the chance to earn copious amounts of XP, and therefore level your pass faster.

The return you get back is heavily dependent on how many players you play with. A solo game won’t earn nearly anywhere near as much as playing with a full quota. So playing Die Maschine & Firebase Z with friends will stand to gain you the most progress.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Warzone counts towards the Season 3 Battle Pass

If you’re someone who likes to frolic in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, then the good news is that Battle Pass progress counts across both modes.

As part of the integration into each other, it’s meant that progress carries across all modes.

So if you’re worried about missing out by having a Warzone night, then fear not, you can try to secure a Victory as much as you like, and you’ll still contribute to the Season 3 Battle Pass.

Image credits: Treyarch/Activision

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Best KSP 45 loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

Buffs have made the KSP 45 a fearsome Cold War SMG, so here’s the best loadout with perks and attachments to complement it.

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Best Cold War KSP 45 Loadout Class

The KSP 45 has become of CoD: Black Ops Cold War’s best weapons. Treyarch did buff it, and this SMG has been a must-use gun since then. Here is the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout in Season 5, including attachments and Perks.

At the beginning of Cold War, the likes of the MP5, Krig 6, and the FFAR were tearing up lobbies, so guns like the KSP 45 never had a chance.

A burst-fire SMG is a weird hybrid to begin with, but weak stats didn’t help it. But now, it has increased viability as a lobby-owning laser beam.

To ensure that players get the most out of it, we’ve gone through and kitted it out with the best attachments and Perks to discover its best self in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout

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Best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class attachments

To ensure you get the most of Cold War’s KSP 45, ensure you have the Gunfighter wildcard equipped to increase your maximum attachments.

  • Optic: Visiontech 2x
  • Muzzle: Muzzle Brake .45 APC
  • Barrel: 10.2″ Rifled
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Magazine: 45 Rnd Drum
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Wire Stock

The improved effectiveness of the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout means we want to use this at different distances, so the Visiontech 2x will cover that. The gun’s accuracy is now a big factor in its efficiency, so instead of favoring one or the other, we’ve applied the Muzzle Brake .45 APC to give its vertical recoil a tiny boost.

The 10.2″ Rifled barrel makes the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout even more deadly at range, and the Steady Aim Laser makes it equally deadly at close range. The trusty Field Agent Foregrip bolsters vertical and horizontal recoil whilst the Fast Mag offers super-quick mag changing.

We’re going to give the KSP much faster ADS time thanks to the Serpent Wrap, and the Wire Stock lets us more around more freely with less penalty to sprinting.

Best Perks to use with Cold War KSP 45 class

assassin perk cold war
  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost

Staying alive is the name of the game with the KSP 45, as its power can help you to achieve some insane scores. So Flak Jacket provides immunity to the litany of explosive devices that Cold War has in store for players.

Assassin supports this idea by rewarding you with more points for killing enemies on a Scorestreak, and Ghost makes you invisible to tracking devices.

Most recent AK-47 buffs & nerfs in Cold War

Black Ops Cold War AK-47 loadout

Treyarch has tinkered with the KSP 45 in Cold War Season 5, just giving it a couple of minors adjustments for players to consider.

Here are the most recent changes to the KSP 45:

  • Reduced Effective Damage Range from 25.4m to 22.86m
  • Slowed burst fire delay from 0.066 to 0.083

How to unlock the KSP 45

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The KSP 45’s newfound power can only be utilized once you reach Level 37.

Doing so allows you to create the best Cold War KSP 45 loadout class, and you can also access it in Warzone Season 5 as well.

Best alternatives

The Milano 821 is another weapon that has become more popular in Black Ops Cold War, making it a fun alternative, especially after it also received recent buffs.

If you need something a bit meatier, then the Krig 6 or Stoner 63 could do wonders as well.

Image Credit: Treyarch / Activision

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Warzone & Cold War Season 6 cinematic teases Mason’s return

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War have a new Season 5 outro cinematic hinting at Mason’s importance in the story for Season 6 of the Call of Duty games.

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Woods and Hudson talking

The latest cinematic for Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 5 has been released, and players are excited about the reference towards Mason returning.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone have had a successful season so far, keeping players entertained with the ongoing story, new weapons, and new modes like the Iron Trials for Warzone Season 5 Reloaded.

As we enter the final season for Black Ops Cold War before Vanguard‘s release, which will inevitably integrate with Warzone, players have been given a hint towards Mason’s return in a brand new cinematic.

Woods and Mason meeting in an alleyway to discuss Adler going Rogue

Treyarch released a new Season 5 outro cinematic on their YouTube channel on September 23, carrying on the ongoing story that has spanned the last five seasons.

For those still keeping up to date with the details, this outro cinematic plays a pivotal role in setting up the final season for Black Ops Cold War.

Black Ops Cold War will enter its final season soon, and players are desperate to find out who the last operator will be. It seems the last operator could be a fan-favorite character from the Black Ops series, Mason.

Although the cinematic is only a minute long, players can gain some critical information from it. Hudson and Woods are having a conversation about Adler’s disappearance, discussing what they should do next.

Ultimately, they decide that Woods should go after Adler, who is in Verdansk, while also mentioning the return of Mason, whose experience with the numbers could give them the edge.

You can find the official description of the new Warzone and Black Ops Cold War cinematic below:

“The news is flooding in: more Operators have abandoned their missions. Mounting evidence suggests that Adler has gone rogue. Disturbed, Hudson sends Woods to find Adler and bring him in… along with the one person whose Numbers Program intel could provide the edge they need.

The showdown begins in Season Six.”

We’ll have to wait for Season 6 to see where the story will go, but it’s set up to be an exciting end to what’s been a great seasonal story.

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch / Raven Software

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New Cold War Sai weapon exploit lets Zombies players skip doors

Black Ops Cold War players have discovered an exploit with the Sai melee weapon that lets them skip doors in Zombies mode.

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Kitsune Operator using the Sai in Black Ops Cold war zombies mode

A new exploit has been discovered with Black Ops Cold War’s new Sai melee weapon which lets players skip through the first door in the Firebase Z map in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies received some new content in the Season 5 Reloaded update, including a new Black Chest World Event in Outbreak, a Rampage Inducer for round-based maps, and a brand-new weapon.

A new melee weapon called the Sai became available for players as part of The Numbers event. Now, players have discovered that this weapon actually lets them skip through doors in Zombies mode.

Sai in Black Ops Cold war

Various players reported being able to go through the first door at Firebase Z while they had the Sai equipped. This led to a response from lead developer Mark Maestas, who was well aware of the situation.

Surprisingly, the developer talked about this exploit with enthusiasm. “Dear Zombies players, yes you can skip the first door in Firebase Z,” tweeted Maestas. “Zombies can come and greet you too. GLHF!”

While these kinds of things are often addressed in update patches, Mark’s response makes it seem like the developers aren’t currently planning on doing anything to fix this exploit.

With this exploit, players will be able to access greater levels of Zombies much quicker than before, and the undead will be able to come to them as well.

It’s possible that the developers are going to avoid fixing this one exploit so that they can focus on fixing the Zombies’ pathfinding instead, ensuring that the exploit doesn’t ruin the game.


For more on Black Ops Cold War, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and check out our guide on the new Hardcore Cold War Outbreaks Zombie mode.

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