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Fastest way to level up and Prestige in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4

Here are the quickest and most efficient ways to level up and Prestige faster in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has hundreds of levels and Prestige Ranks for you to plow through, so here’s an in-depth guide on how to earn XP quicker and level up faster in Season 4.

There are many ways for players to earn XP in Black Ops Cold War with different modes to enjoy, such as competitive online multiplayer and Zombies – particularly Outbreak. The latest Call of Duty game contains hours upon hours of content for you to power your way through, and some of it will reward you better than others.

Season 4 of Cold War has the game very much in its element now with tons of maps and game modes to choose from, and to accelerate your leveling up in Black Ops Cold War, here are some vital tips.

Also, there’s a hefty Season 4 Battle Pass to batter your way through, and here’s the quickest ways to level it up!

Option #1 – Black Ops Cold War Double XP Codes

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This is by far the easiest and most efficient way to munch your way through in-game ranks. By purchasing specially marked Doritos, Mountain Dew, Gamefuel, or Tostinos products, you’ll get codes with your purchase for Double XP.

These codes will reward tokens that can range from anywhere between 15 minutes to 1 hour of Double XP.

Here’s how you can redeem your XP codes.

  1. Log in to the marked website on the side of the product you purchased. For example, if you have a Doritos token, it’s www.doritos.com/callofduty
  2. Link your Call of Duty / Activision account to your Doritos account
  3. Redeem the Double XP code on your product
  4. You will also be entered in a competition to win Double XP for a whole year

From here, just activate your Double XP on the Multiplayer or Zombies menu of Black Ops Cold War and start playing!

Option #2 – Double XP Weekend

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Every now and again Activision will announce a few days in advance that both Cold War and Warzone will be having a Double XP Weekend.

This consists of either a 2x XP Weekend in which you’ll earn double the amount of regular XP for your rank and weapon level. Or a 3x XP Weekend in which you’ll earn Battle Pass ranks faster too.

Make sure to check out our regularly updated post about when the next Cold War and Warzone Double XP event will be.

Option #3 – Black Ops Cold War Weapon Challenges

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When progressing weapons initially, you’ll unlock challenges, attachments, and camos quickly. Many players falsely believe that ranking up a single gun will maximize their XP potential. However, you will find that using different weapons and completing just the initial challenges and first few weapon levels will rack you up XP at a great rate.

The trick is to use a weapon until you notice you’re unlocking camos/challenges at a reduced rate and then change to a new weapon. This adds variety to your gameplay and gives you the opportunity to do several challenges at once.

If you’re a bit more mindful of your K/D, then maybe wait for a map you’re more confident with, or pick a game mode in which you don’t mind just grinding out Weapon XP challenges.

Option #4 – Play Objective Modes

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While this might be obvious, the goal of an Objective Mode is to actually play the objective. Modes like Domination, Hardpoint, and Control offer great amounts of bonus XP when you’re an active objective player.

For example, in all objective modes, you get bonus XP for killing enemies on objectives, and every time you kill an enemy while on an objective you’ll get extra XP as well.

For Hardpoint, run trophy systems and try to play the point as much as possible. You’ll rake in lots of XP through protecting your team from explosives with your trophy system, and also killing attacking/defending opponents on the hardpoint.

In Domination, true XP dominance comes in flag captures and defends. Spend a minute or so at a time in the ring of the objective and get kills for those extra defend points. Try to get your opponents stuck in their spawn and get as many kills and streaks as you can while you’re ahead.

Also, maybe avoid Solo modes like Free-For-All if you’re not overly confident in your ability. Solo modes mainly rely on your ability to get your own points, so it might be more beneficial to play team-based modes and guarantee yourself more XP.

Option #5 – Get killstreaks and earn Scorestreaks

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Conversely, if playing the objective isn’t always at the forefront of your Call of Duty brain, then perhaps focus more on kills. Black Ops Cold War’s points system is somewhat flawed in that earning a 5-10 killstreak in the space of 60 seconds will do more for your points than playing the objective ever could.

Here’s a mini breakdown of how the points system works for kills:

  • 2 kills +50
  • 3 kills +50
  • 4 kills +50
  • 5 kills +500
  • 6 kills +300
  • 7 kills +350
  • 8 kills +400
  • 9 kills +450
  • 10 kills +2000

There’s clearly a huge incentive to go for killstreaks to get the big scorestreaks, leaving a huge discrepancy in objective points and kill points. If you’re a decent CoD player, then you’ll easily rack up points this way, getting bigger and better scorestreaks in the process, along with more XP.

Not only that, but the game has some absolutely dominant Scorestreaks such as the seemingly endless Strafe Run, the dominant Hand Cannon, and Sentry Turret with a secret ability.

Option #6 – Party Up on PS4 & PS5

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Exclusive to PS4 and PS5 users is the ability to obtain a 25% Weapon XP boost when playing with parties. This also counts while playing with crossplay parties, but will only apply to PlayStation players.

You’ll see an “XP Boost active” icon in the pre-game lobby when it is active and it’s a nice, passive way of earning additional XP, especially if you have a new gun to try out.

Option #7 – Black Ops Cold War Battle Pass

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One final way of ensuring you’re earning the most XP possible is to purchase the Black Ops Cold War Season Pass. For instance, Season Three Battle Pass owners have been enjoying a 10% increase in all XP earned during the season. That’s a substantial amount if you’re investing hours upon hours into Black Ops Cold War.

Another benefit that comes with the Pass is that multiple tiers will reward you with Double XP and Double Weapon XP tokens too.

So there’s a few ways that you can go about maximizing your XP return in Black Ops Cold War and increase your chances of hitting that elusive level 1,000 rank.

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How to unlock the Sai in Warzone & Black Ops Cold War

Here’s how to unlock the Sai melee weapon in Call of Duty: Warzone and Cold War during The Numbers Event in Season 5 Reloaded.

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A new melee weapon called the Sai is now available for players to earn in Warzone and Cold War as a part of Season 5 Reloaded’s The Numbers event.

Season 5 Reloaded brought a ton of free content to Cold War Multiplayer and Zombies and Warzone. This included new maps and multiplayer modes and also a new Zombie region.

Players can also enjoy events in Outbreak, Black Ops Cold War, and Warzone. The Warzone & Black Ops Cold War The Numbers event allows players to unlock a new melee weapon.

The Numbers Event is currently taking place in Cold War and Warzone. It started on September 21 at 10 AM PT. This event will reward players with exclusive cosmetic items as well as XP. But the limited-time challenges hold the best reward, which is the Sai.

Kitsune Operator using the Sai in Black Ops Cold war

How to unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War

To unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War, players will have to complete a full set of The Numbers challenges in either game. There are 9 challenges in both games, with 18 challenges total.

However, players can only unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War by completing a full set of challenges. You cannot unlock the Sai by completing 9 challenges from both games.

The Sai in Warzone and Cold War is a dual-wield melee weapon and the first-ever event reward weapon. It is one of 19 rewards players can earn during the event. Other rewards include stickers, charms, calling cards, and XP.

The Numbers Event in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War

All 9 challenges require players to interact with Mobile Broadcast Stations dotted around the map. These trucks have been placed by Perseus in different parts of Verdansk. Investigating unique Mobile Broadcast Stations will complete the nine challenges and allow you to unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War.

You can find all of the Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event challenges below:

Warzone

  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station northwest of the Military Base
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station south of the Port
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station north of the Airport
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station west of the Train Station
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station between the Boneyard and Superstore
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station east of the Salt Mine
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station at the Farmland
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station at the Hills
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station southwest of the TV Station

Black Ops Cold War

  • Complete 3 Multiplayer matches on Zoo or earn Objective Milestones in Outbreak Survival
  • Win a Multiplayer Demolition match or earn 2 or more Zombies Round or Objective Milestones and Exfil successfully
  • Get a total of 50 Eliminations in Multiplayer or Slaughter Medals in Zombies (killed 5 enemies rapidly)
  • Get 10 kills with Lethal Equipment in Multiplayer or earn Lethal Equipment multi kill medals in Zombies
  • Earn 25000 total Multiplayer Score or Zombies Essence
  • Get 3 Multiplayer kills without dying or recover 500 health with food items in a region of Outbreak Survival 3 times
  • Get 5 kills with Scorestreaks in Multiplayer or earn Support multi kill medals in Zombies
  • Get 5 kills with or assisted by your Field Upgrades in Multiplayer or earn Field Upgrade multi kill Medals in Zombies
  • Earn 3 multi kills in Multiplayer or Eliminate Elite enemies in Zombies

How to get Warzone and Cold War Spectral Sai bundle Tri Chroma blueprint

Warzone Black Ops Cold War Spectral Sai Bundle

Players can also unlock the Sai in Warzone and Cold War by purchasing the Spectral Sai bundle in the Call of Duty store, which will automatically unlock the Tri Chroma blueprint for the melee weapon.

A blog post on the Call of Duty website claims, “The Sai’s lightweight design allows for improved agility and fast attacks, which is great for taking out zombies or the competition in Multiplayer and Warzone.

For more Call of Duty: Warzone, check out how to open the secret yellow door on Rebirth Island, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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Warzone & Cold War The Numbers event: Challenges & rewards

Warzone and Cold War’s plot will thicken with Season 5 Reloaded’s The Numbers event, so here’s how to earn the exclusive rewards.

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The Numbers event in Cold War and Warzone

Following Warzone and Cold War Season 5 Reloaded, ‘The Numbers’ event will arrive, which is expected to continue the mystery of the Red Doors and Numbers Program. Here’s everything we know about the event, including its start date, challenges, and rewards.

Mysterious Red Doors appeared in Verdansk at the launch of Season 4, teleporting players to rooms filled with high-tier loot and Killstreaks. These doors started behaving more erratically in Season 5, bringing players to a mysterious corridor, dropping them from the sky, and even disappearing.

The new season also added mysterious mobile broadcast stations around Verdansk, and now with the Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event live, the community may get some answers regarding the Red Doors and mobile broadcast stations during Season 5 Reloaded.

Here’s when the event will begin, its challenges, and the exclusive rewards you can earn.

What is Warzone Season 5’s The Numbers event?

Warzone player entering Red Door

Warzone Season 5 brought Mobile Broadcast Stations to Verdansk. These were relatively inactive at the start of the season but “seem to be stirring.” They’ll soon begin “amplifying the ‘Dragovich Program’ tapes – A.K.A. the Numbers broadcasts – across the region.”

For this event, players will need to investigate these Broadcast Stations and will earn a pile of rewards for doing so.

Warzone Season 5 The Numbers event start and end date

Warzone Season 5 Reloaded Roadmap

As part of the Season 5 Reloaded announcement, Call of Duty devs revealed that the event kicked off on September 21 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM BST and will end on October 5 at 9 PM PST/ 11 PM CST/ 12 PM EST / 5 AM BST (October 6) in Black Ops Cold War.

The Numbers event will conclude in Warzone on October 6 at 9 PM PST/ 11 PM CST/ 12 PM EST / 5 AM BST (October 7)

This event arrived a little under two weeks after the Season 5 Reloaded updates that brought a new Warzone game mode and a ton of Zombies content to Cold War.

Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event challenges

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This is a seasonal event. There are nine challenges to complete in both Warzone and Cold War to earn exclusive rewards. Devs revealed that in Warzone, you must activate the Mobile Broadcast Stations, and the more you activate, the more rewards you’ll earn.

Also, as an in-game incentive to visit these Stations, you’ll get “An instant $5,000 Cash bonus in the current match” that you can spend on Loadouts, Killstreaks, or anything else to help you secure the win.

You can find all of the Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event challenges below:

Warzone

  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station northwest of the Military Base
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station south of the Port
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station north of the Airport
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station west of the Train Station
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station between the Boneyard and Superstore
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station east of the Salt Mine
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station at the Farmland
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station at the Hills
  • In Warzone, activate or listen to the Mobile Broadcast station southwest of the TV Station
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Black Ops Cold War

  • Complete 3 Multiplayer matches on Zoo or earn Objective Milestones in Outbreak Survival
  • Win a Multiplayer Demolition match or earn 2 or more Zombies Round or Objective Milestones and Exfil successfully
  • Get a total of 50 Eliminations in Multiplayer or Slaughter Medals in Zombies (killed 5 enemies rapidly)
  • Get 10 kills with Lethal Equipment in Multiplayer or earn Lethal Equipment multi kill medals in Zombies
  • Earn 25000 total Multiplayer Score or Zombies Essence
  • Get 3 Multiplayer kills without dying or recover 500 health with food items in a region of Outbreak Survival 3 times
  • Get 5 kills with Scorestreaks in Multiplayer or earn Support multi kill medals in Zombies
  • Get 5 kills with or assisted by your Field Upgrades in Multiplayer or earn Field Upgrade multi kill Medals in Zombies
  • Earn 3 multi kills in Multiplayer or Eliminate Elite enemies in Zombies

Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event rewards

You can find all of the Warzone and Cold War The Numbers event rewards that are now available for players to earn by completing the challenges above below:

Warzone

Warzone The Numbers Event Rewards

Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War The Numbers Event Rewards

And for completing all nine The Numbers challenges in either Warzone or Cold War, you’ll unlock the Sai melee weapon. This is a dual-wield weapon that “allows for improved agility and fast attacks.”

That’s all we know about Warzone Season 5’s The Numbers event, but stay tuned to Charlie INTEL for all updates.

Also, check out all of the game-changing weapon buffs and nerfs in Warzone Season 5 Reloaded.

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Best quickscoping loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 5

Quickscoping is one of the most fun ways to play CoD, so here’s everything you need to know to quickscope in Black Ops Cold War Season 5.

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To master the art of quickscoping in CoD: Black Ops Cold War Season 5, equip our best Swiss K31 loadout with attachments, Perks, and equipment.

There’s no better way to flex your CoD skill in a final killcam than hitting a nasty three-piece with a Sniper Rifle. Quickscoping montages are how some of Call of Duty’s biggest brands such as OpTic and FaZe had their start, after all.

Sniper flinch was added with the Season 3 update, but even in Season 5 of Black Ops Cold War, players are still convinced it’s not nerfed it enough. Sniping, in particular, quickscoping is perfectly viable and players love to do it.

Black Ops Cold War Season 5 has plenty of maps and opportunities for snipers to dominate, so here are the best weapon, attachments, and Perks to quickscope in Black Ops Cold War.

Best Swiss K31 Cold War quickscoping attachments

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  • Barrel: 24.9″ Tiger Team
  • Body: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Magazine: 8 Rnd Mag
  • Handle: Serpent Wrap
  • Stock: Raider Pad

When quickscoping in Black Ops Cold War, you want to run the Swiss K31 as the weapon is practically handcrafted for quickscoping.

This Swiss K31 is built exclusively for speed, allowing you to take out multiple targets in quick succession. Aim for the chest while quickscoping with this loadout as it’s an easier target to hit, and it will guarantee you a one-shot kill at almost any range.

The 24.9″ Tiger Team vastly improves in the Swiss K31 in almost every way. Before you unlock this barrel, you’ll land a lot of hit markers, but after equipping it you’ll have no problem getting One Shot, One Kill medals. You’ll find your K31 does more damage, fires faster, reloads quicker, and is more accurate.

BOCW Swiss K31

You need your reaction time to be at a maximum while quickscoping, so you can’t take the second to decide if you really did see the enemy. The Tiger Team Spotlight will mark enemies for you, increasing your awareness and reactions in the process.

To hit multiple shots in quick succession, you want to go for a bigger magazine. The 8 Rnd Mag is perfect as you have more than enough shots to take out the other team in 6v6 game modes without any major downsides. However, you should bear in mind that the Tiger Team barrel will reduce the mag size to six shots.

To further increase the Swiss K31’s speed, you want to add the Serpent Wrap and Raider Pad. Together, these attachments will vastly increase your ADS and sprint to fire time, hitting your shots before the enemy can take you out.

Best Perks & Equipment for quickscoping in Cold War Season 5

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Best Perks

  • Perk 1: Tactical Mask / Flak Jacket
  • Perk 2: Scavenger / Assassin
  • Perk 3: Gung-Ho / Ghost

The one weapon class that suffers from Stun Grenades and other equipment with disorientating effects is Sniper Rifles. So the Tactical Mask will help make you immune to their effects. Also, you still might try to hold down the odd location or two, which means you’ll be peppered with explosives – so equip Flak Jacket to sort that out.

You don’t get that much ammo with a Sniper Rifle, so Scavenger will help you to stock up, and then you can use it to kill Assassin targets to increase your potential points accumulation.

Gung-Ho will allow you to reload while sprinting, as well as change weapons faster, in case you run out of ammo for the Swiss. Whereas Ghost is a tried and tested Perk that will keep your position on the map a bit more secure.

Best Equipment

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  • Lethal: Tomahawk
  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Quickscoping in Call of Duty is all about taking down your opponents in style, and there’s nothing more stylish than closing out the Best Play killcam than an awesome Tomahawk throw.

For your Tactical, the Stimshot is always a solid choice, allowing you to quickly get back your health to re-peek for a second quickscope shot. And finally, to get the most information possible, the Field Mic will reveal the position of all nearby enemies, giving you plenty of time to prepare for the shot.

How to unlock the Swiss K31 in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War quickscoping Swiss K31

The Swiss K31 can no longer be unlocked through the Battle Pass as that was tied to the Season 3 Battle Pass.

However, if you haven’t acquired it yet, then you will need to meet the following requirements to unlock it now:

  • Black Ops Cold War Multiplayer/Warzone: Using Sniper Rifles, get 2 Headshot kills in 15 different completed matches.
  • Black Ops Cold War Zombies: Using Sniper Rifles, kill 5 or more enemies with Critical Kills rapidly 100 times.

Best alternatives to the Swiss K31 in Cold War

If you haven’t unlocked the Swiss K31 yet, or it isn’t working out for you, then you can try some of CoD: Cold War’s other best Sniper Rifles instead. The Pelington 703 is the next best thing, or you can choose the very popular LW3 Tundra for extra damage.


If you want to see what the best Black Ops Cold War guns are, and find your new favorite, you can check out our ranking and tier of every Cold War weapon.

Also, keep up-to-date with all the latest news and guides for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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