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How to level up weapons fast in Black Ops Cold War

Leveling up your weapons takes a while in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Here is how to do it faster.

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It takes a long while and a lot of work to level up your weapons in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Unlocking new attachments and camos can take a while as well. Here is what you should do to speed things up.

The progression system in Black Ops Cold War is much more challenging than it was in previous games. Naturally this hasn’t sat well with fans who want to be rewarded for their work much more quickly and leveling up weapons also falls under this slow system.

Every kill leads to an XP boost and eventually you will reach a certain level that unlocks a new attachment. This will alter your weapon’s ability and could greatly help improve your chances in combat. Getting your guns up the level required for certain attachments and camos can take ages.

For this reason, we’ve prepared some tasks you can do to move things along. Here is how to level up your weapons fast.

Leveling up weapons leads to new attachments being unlocked.

Pick the best game modes

The most straightforward method of getting your Weapon level up is to kill people with that gun. So if you want to raise that weapon’s XP really quickly then you will need to select the right game mode. There are many to choose from but you should focus on the ones that allow for the most frequent kills.

Combined Arms Mode is the most obvious candidate. This 12 vs 12 multiplayer match has the highest number of players running around the field. If you’ve got the skill then this makes for easy pickings. Just run around and gun down who ever you can spot.

The hectic nature of this mode makes it so that you will be getting more opportunities for kills than any other time.The Combined Arms: Domination mode is a particularly good choice since your foes will be around fixed objective points. You know where to find them now go show them who’s boss.

Combined Arms Mode is a 12 vs 12 mode that will speed up your XP farming greatly.

Fireteam: Dirty Bomb is also a great alternative to the above mentioned mode.This one has 10 fire teams face off against each other in a race to get some Uranium into multiple dirty bombs. Work with your team to kill enemies while attempting to reach the score limit first.

You don’t necessarily have to engage in these big chaotic game modes if they’re not to your liking. Domination, Hardpoint, Control, and Hardcore are also very useful for raising XP exponentially. The last actually drops everyone’s health to the point that you can land easier kills. However, this has the drawback of lowering your health too so watch your back.

Fireteam: Dirty Bomb will test how fast you get kills with a team.

Double Weapon XP promos

The rate at which your weapons level up increases greatly if you happen to have a Double Weapon XP promo. These lead to quicker progression so keep an eye out for them when Treyarch and Activision decide to release them.

PlayStation Party Boost

If you own a PS5 then you will benefit from this little gift from Sony. The PlayStation Party Boost will give all players in a single party 25% bonus weapon XP. It doesn’t matter if not everyone is playing on the same console since the Party Boost works in cross-platform too, but the bonus will only go to the one with the PlayStation.

Kill Some Zombies

This game mode replaces the element of other players with brain-dead zombies. Which is actually an improvement since this allows you more room to breathe and get kills in a (slightly) less chaotic setting. You will get frequent kills that will contribute to your overall XP gain.

There are also rumors of an exploit in this mode that players in the COD community make use of in order to enter a sort of “god mode.” This will lead to you farming an insane amount of XP in a small amount of time.

Zombies mode is a staple of the COD franchise and a great way to earn XP.

Don’t Forget Your Launchers

If you also want to level up your Launchers, you need to use them to annihilate UAVs and other vehicles. These are counted as kills when they are taken down by a launcher and thus the weapon ends up gaining XP.

Stick to these tips and you will be able to level up fast and unlock new attachments and camos for your weapon in no time! You will be able to see the sequence in which attachments are unlocked through the Gunsmith menu.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

Operator underwater using UGR
  • 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

Flak Jacket Perk in BOCW
  • 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

UGR in Warzone

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.

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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

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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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