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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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When does Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 start? Season 6 end date

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 is set to make way for Vanguard Season 1, here’s everything we know about when it will happen.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is finally here, but players will have to wait a little longer for the game’s first season. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard & Warzone Season 1, including release date and content.

After months of anticipation, Call of Duty: Vanguard has finally arrived, taking players back in time to World War II for all-out combat across the world. While Vanguard dropped on November 5, players will have to wait a little longer for the first season, and the content it will bring with it.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 has been going out with a bang thanks to its Halloween-themed event, The Haunting which confirmed that there would be no Reloaded patch in Season 6.

With a new Warzone map, the RICOCHET anti-cheat, and a new Battle Pass, there’s plenty to get excited about with Vanguard Season 1.

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Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 start date

The sixth season of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone will end on Thursday, December 2, 2021, bringing an end to the Treyarch game’s run. Vanguard Season 1 will officially kick off on December 8.

Vanguard owners will have 24-hour exclusive first play access to the Caldera map. Open access begins on Dec. 9. So, if you’re looking to get on the new map early, make sure you purchase Vanguard!

Vanguard will have been out nearly a month by this point, making it the ideal time to bring in the new Warzone Caldera map and WW2 weapons set to drop with the first season, as well as the long-awaited introduction of anti-cheat.

This isn’t to say that Black Ops Cold War will be forgotten, as Modern Warfare has still received content updates in the last year.

Player aiming down sights in CoD: Vanguard

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 content

Season 1 will be hugely important for both games, with major content coming to both Vanguard and Warzone.

For Vanguard, players will receive new multiplayer maps to explore and do battle on, along with the first Vanguard-specific Battle Pass, filled with new cosmetic content for players to enjoy.

Season 1 is set to be one of the biggest Warzone updates ever, with the new Pacific Caldera map finally releasing, Vanguard weapons being added, and the introduction of the new RICOCHET anti-cheat system.

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What’s happening before Vanguard & Warzone Season 1

While December 8th will be when all of the official Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 action will be kicking off, there is still plenty of action to enjoy in the remaining time of Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

You can find the official schedule for all of the content coming to Warzone and Black Ops Cold War ahead of Vanguard Season 1 below thanks to the Call of Duty blog.

  • October 28 (Console) and November 2 (PC): Call of Duty: Vanguard Pre-Loading Begins – Pre-order now to get your game ready to play immediately at launch, in addition to numerous bonuses across VanguardBlack Ops Cold War, and Warzone.
  • November 5: Call of Duty: Vanguard Launch – Expect epic experiences on all fronts with Campaign, Multiplayer, and Zombies. Additionally, RICOCHET Anti-Cheat begins its implementation with server-side initiatives.
  • November 5 to December 2: Preseason in Vanguard  Access to Free Vanguard Tiers on the Black Ops Cold War Season Six Battle Pass System continues. Then on November 17, prepare to ship off to a fan-favorite map.
  • November 18: Operation: Flashback Begins in Warzone – An encore limited-time mode for Verdansk, celebrating its past 18 months of hosting over 100 million players strong in Warzone. Ready for your last dance in Verdansk?
  • November 24: Uncover the “Secrets of the Pacific” – Get intel on Caldera and its new points of interest through this event’s Warzone and Vanguard Multiplayer challenges.
  • November 30 and December 1: Last Hours of Verdansk. – Bombs away – see what happens to Verdansk before Warzone goes dark to prepare for Caldera and Season One.
  • December 8: Season One Begins – Vanguard players get new Multiplayer maps, 24 hours of exclusive access to Call of Duty®: Warzone™ Pacific and more to kick off Season One. All players can enjoy a new Battle Pass system and two free functional weapons. Plus: RICOCHET Anti-Cheat’s driver begins its rollout in Warzone.

In the meantime, players will be able to enjoy the first month of Vanguard and to get the most out of your WWII experience, check out our guide on the best controller and aim assist settings, or when the next Double XP event will take place.

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Will you be able to use Cold War and Modern Warfare weapons in Warzone Pacific?

Our quick and easy guide will answer the question of whether or not players can use Cold War and Modern Warfare guns in Warzone Pacific.

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One question on everyone’s mind ahead of Warzone Pacific’s Caldera map is whether or not you’ll be able to use Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War’s guns in it. We will answer that for you today.

Call of Duty: Warzone already has a ridiculously bloated arsenal of weapons for players to choose from. With over 100 guns to select as of Warzone Season 6, the transition into Warzone Pacific and the new Caldera map will see all of Vanguard’s guns added.

However, this begs the question for many players, will the new map and addition of nearly 40 Vanguard weapons mean that either Modern Warfare or Black Ops Cold War weapons need to miss out?

Can you use Modern Warfare and Cold War weapons in Warzone Pacific?

top of mountain in warzone pacific caldera map

Fans of any of Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War’s weapons will be pleased to know that they too will also be carrying over into Warzone Pacific.

In an exclusive interview with Dexerto, Zach Hodson, Lead Designer at Sledgehammer Games discussed how Vanguard’s weapons will have to be considered when being added to all the other existing guns in the game.

He said that SHG has to keep a “separate balance sheet to track how things might work in Warzone.” Presumably, this is to factor in the extra 40 guns, taking Warzone up to a total of about 150 guns for players to use.

It should be noted that Warzone Pacific game modes will tailor the guns to its different game modes. Warzone Caldera Battle Royale will allow the use of all guns, whereas Vanguard-specific modes will only allow the use of Vanguard weapons.

How to use Cold War & MW weapons in Warzone Pacific

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Whilst there’s nothing concrete just yet, we think that to use these weapons in Warzone Pacific, players will simply be able to select the ones they have unlocked once the Season 1 integration with Vanguard goes live.

When Black Ops Cold War and Warzone merged, it was a simple case of players being able to use the guns that they’d unlocked in Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Warzone. If you hadn’t unlocked a certain gun, then you could complete a challenge condition that was different in each game.

We expect this to be exactly the same in Warzone Pacific, and it’ll be up to the preference of the player, and their availability of each CoD game, to decide how to unlock particular weapons.


We’ll be sure to update this once Sledgehammer Games and Raven Software have provided a bit more official insight into the integration of weapons.

In the meantime, check out everything we know about Vanguard and Warzone Season 1.

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Cold War players claim they’ll boycott game as “best mode” removal sparks fury

Black Ops Cold War fans are claiming they will boycott the game after the “best mode” was removed, days before Vanguard’s release.

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Hours before Vanguard’s release, players are claiming they’ll boycott Black Ops Cold War following the removal of the game’s “best mode.”

With Activision releasing a new Call of Duty annually, each game’s lifespan is two years tops. Some CoD titles will fizzle out before then, while others hang on for dear life near the end of year two.

Vanguard aims to take players back to WWII. Many fans have expressed their disappointment with returning to an oversaturated time period. So much so that players had planned on sticking with Black Ops Cold War for a second year.

However, players’ plans to stick with BOCW changed after the recent removal of the fan-favorite 12v12 mode. This isn’t the first time Treyarch removed this mode, but fans have reason to believe it won’t be coming back.

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Fans boycott Cold War following 12v12 removal

Just days before Vanguard’s release, Treyarch has pulled the plug on Black Ops Cold War’s 12v12 mode. And of course, fans are furious. Players that had planned to stick with BOCW for a second year are now boycotting the game until 12v12 is reinstated.

Many fans have taken to Twitter and Reddit to express their disappointment. Tweets from users like chaigrima and ColvinoYT state that 12v12 was the “only reason” they played CW Multiplayer.

Replies to posts similar to these are from fans stating they won’t be returning to BOCW until 12v12 is reinstated. And a Reddit post from u/RagingSerenity claims that 12v12 was BOCW’s “best game mode” and the game is boring now that it’s gone.

For the most part, fans understand why Treyarch removed the game mode. Activision wants Vanguard to sell as many copies as possible at launch. And one of the best ways to do so is to throttle players’ enjoyment of a previous title.

With so many players flooding Vanguards servers over the coming days, Activision may also need to free up server space. Nonetheless, BOCW fans are still outraged at the removal of 12v12. And it’s hard to say whether Treyarch can justify bringing it back after the release of Vanguard.

For more Cold War, check out when Season 6 ends and Vanguard Season 1 starts.

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