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How to rank up weapons fast in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Use our detailed guide and methods to earn the most weapon XP in Black Ops Cold War’s Zombies modes to level up weapons fast.

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Enjoy Zombies but want to increase the rate at which your weapons level up in Cold War Zombies? Then follow our guide to level up your guns fast.

One of the biggest complaints from players surrounding Black Ops Cold War is the alleged slow speed in which weapons level up.

The game’s online multiplayer supposedly takes even longer to level up weapons than it does in Zombies, and it might be better using XP tokens or waiting for a Double XP weekend.

So after several months of plowing our way through Zombies, we’ve found some methods that are more effective than others, plus one or two cheeky ways to increase XP more than usual.

Cold War Zombies quick weapon XP level up method #1 – PlayStation Party Boost

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A specific one to start off with, but a very useful one to know. Treyarch’s Black Ops Cold War on PlayStation has a “Party Boost” system, which grants a 25% weapon XP earn rate increase for PlayStation players if you’re partied up.

If you’re on PS4 or PS5, then be sure to take advantage of this benefit and play with your friends whenever you can to maximize your weapon XP earn rate.

Cold War Zombies quick weapon XP level up method #2 – Exfil Strategy

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The long-standing belief is that you can maximize an XP payout for Exfilling between rounds 1-30. Exfil any later than this and the law of diminishing returns comes into effect.

So we’d recommend you don’t go any higher than this if you want to get the most from Exfilling, plus you get great Aetherium Crystal rewards too to upgrade Perks and Field Upgrades.

Cold War Zombies quick weapon XP level up method #3 – Unlimited XP workarounds

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At the time of writing, these methods still work, and if you can get them to work properly, will reap you all the rewards you could possibly want.

Here are the two different methods for you to choose from.

Unlimited XP glitch

This is a workaround to be used exclusively on the Die Maschine Zombies map. It will require a few precise steps to be able to execute properly, but if you can manage it, then you have the chance to earn easy, unlimited XP.

Check out the unlimited XP glitch strategy in full here.

Unlimited everything

This one isn’t as map-specific and can be done on any of the game’s round-based Zombies e.g Firebase Z, Mauer der Toten, etc.

The advantage of this glitch is that you can quite literally keep restocking up on powerful guns, Scorestreaks, and items – making yourself almost unkillable.

Here is the method in full.

Cold War Zombies quick weapon XP level up method #4 – Outbreak Rounds 1-3

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Added in Season 2, Outbreak completely changed the game for Zombies in the Call of Duty franchise. It dispensed with tight corridors and areas blocked off by pay-to-use doors and walls, and instead went open world.

Using Cold War’s Fireteam maps, players can run around huge areas maiming and taming zombies whilst completing different missions and side missions. You can easily get some solid Zombies XP by only playing the first three rounds of Outbreak.

In the same way that Exfilling reaches a point of reduced XP, Outbreak begins to decrease the gains of weapons from Round 4 onwards. So we recommend you Exfil at the end of Round 3.


We hope that these ways of increasing weapon XP serve you well in Black Ops Cold War Zombies!

Also, check out how to play in the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta.

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When is the next Cold War & Warzone Double XP event?

We have the dates and times for the next CoD: Cold War and Warzone Season 6 Double XP event to help you rank up weapons and Battle Passes.

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With so many Prestige levels, different weapon levels, and Battle Pass levels in Cold War and Warzone in Season 6, it’s only natural to want more XP. Here’s when the next CoD Double XP event is going to be.

XP has been a vital component of Call of Duty’s multiplayer for many years. It’s the quintessential upgrade mechanic that allows you to increase your in-game level and provide you access to better gear and attachments.

Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 6 has already offered Double XP since it started, allowing players to level up the various aspects of the game faster.

It’s now time for another one where players will be able to level up all of the new content at a much faster pace.

How to get Double XP in CoD: Cold War & Warzone Season 6

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It’s been announced that Call of Duty’s next Double XP promotional event will be for Warzone and Black Ops Cold War and will officially start on October 22 and end on October 15 with a second Double XP Weekend taking place between October 29 and November 1.

This event will help players earn plenty of extra XP to level up during Warzone Season 6 and Black Ops Cold War Season 6.

What time does CoD: Cold War & Warzone Double XP start?

Here’s a full list of the Double XP event’s start time & dates in some of the key timezones:

  • EST – 1:00 PM
  • CST – 12:00 PM
  • PST – 10:00 AM
  • GMT – 5:00 PM

These special Double XP Events usually occur during a weekend, as it naturally gives players the most free time as it’s away from school hours and generally when people are off work.

This will be a great way to level up the new Season 6 Battle Pass to earn the new Grav Assault Rifle and .410 Ironhide Shotgun weapons and get them ready to use in all of your future Cold War and Warzone battles.

Also, check out all the details on Call of Duty: Vanguard, including its release date, gameplay, and more.

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Best LAPA loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 6

The LAPA is the final SMG to arrive in Black Ops Cold War and the here’s how to make the best Season 6 loadout with attachments and Perks.

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The LAPA SMG has been added in Cold War Season 6 and looks to send Treyarch’s shooter off in style. So to celebrate it, here’s the best LAPA loadout you can put together, attachments, and Perks, and all.

Alongside the LAPA SMG, the .410 Ironside, Grav, and Battle Axe help to make up the final batch of weapons for Black Ops Cold War in Season 6.

To make the LAPA SMG a beast to match up with the likes of the TEC-9 and LC10, we’ve got the perfect attachments and Perks you should be running in Cold War Season 6.

Best Cold War LAPA loadout attachments

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  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 10.2″ Ranger
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Magazine: Vandal Speed Loader

To make a great LAPA SMG loadout, we begin with a simple Microflex LED optic to improve its visual cleanliness.

The Agency Suppressor is a tried and trusted attachment that emphasizes vertical recoil reduction and aids concealment. Whereas the 10.2″ Ranger barrel provides some very welcome range and bullet velocity.

To round this loadout off, we’ve opted for the ever-popular Field Agent Grip for a massive recoil boost and the Vandal Speed Loader sacrifices a tiny bit of ADS speed for more starting ammo and greatly reduced reload speeds.

Best Perks to run with the LAPA in Cold War Season 6

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  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket / Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Scavenger / Assassin
  • Perk 3: Ghost / Ninja

You only need five attachments for the LAPA SMG in Cold War, meaning Perk Greed can be selected to allow an extra Perk in each slot.

Flak Jacket is immensely useful for overcoming the large number of explosives and Scorestreaks you’ll face in each match of Cold War. Whereas the Tactical Mask is vital to surviving the large number of Gas Mines that will also be placed.

With the LAPA being an SMG, there’s always the chance you’ll munch your way through clips of ammo, so Scavenger will keep your ammo count healthy. Assassin is a nice way of earning bonus points during games and will help you to earn some of the game’s higher Scorestreaks.

Our last two Perks are Ghost, which will hide you from Spy Planes, and Ninja will allow you to run more quietly, freeing you up in a way.

How to unlock the LAPA in Cold War Season 6

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The LAPA is available to players that successfully complete all 9 challenges for The Haunting event, on either Black Ops Cold War or Warzone.

Follow our guide on how to complete The Haunting challenges to unlock LAPA SMG to add this powerful weapon to your inventory.

Best alternatives to the LAPA in Cold War Season 6

If you’re not interested in the LAPA then don’t worry, maybe try out a punishing Assault Rifle like the Krig 6 or XM4 to make light work of your opponents.

And that’s everything you need to build the best LAPA loadout in Black Ops Cold War Season 6! You can also check out our weapons tier list for the best gun overall.

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How to open Scare Packages in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer & Zombies

One of The Haunting challenges players with opening a Scare Package in Black Ops Cold War, here’s how to do it in multiplayer and Zombies.

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Scare Packages have dropped into Black Ops Cold War’s The Haunting event, and players are tasked with opening one of these spooky supply drops for a challenge. Here’s where you can find them in Cold War multiplayer and Zombies.

The Haunting event is in full swing in Black Ops Cold War, with plenty of spooky content for Halloween fanatics to dive into.

Among the new skins and maps is a host of creepy challenges to be completed, one of which asks players to open an aptly named Scare Package in multiplayer or Zombies.

Here’s our guide to completing this challenge in both modes.

How to open Scare Packages in multiplayer

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Scare Packages come as reskinned versions of the normal Care Packages called in as a Scorestreak. You’ll be able to them apart thanks to their orange color and the Halloweeny music that plays when the helicopters drop it off.

Coming across Scare Packages in multiplayer is probably the trickier method of the two because devs have made it a game of chance.

The problem is that not every Care Package comes as a Scare Package, so you will have to keep getting scorestreaks to have a chance of one dropping.

There’s also the issue that other players could swoop in and steal your Scare Package after it lands, so make sure you’re in a safe space when you call it in.

How to open Scare Packages on Zombies

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To open a Scare Package in Zombies, instead of players calling them in they will spawn in a random location on the map every five rounds.

It’s far more straightforward here because you don’t have to compete with other players but just a hoard of AI Zombies.

Unfortunately, they won’t show up on your mini-map, but thanks to their bright color you shouldn’t have too much trouble tracking them down.

We recommend saving one Zombie at the end of the round so you can freely explore the map without worrying about being eaten alive.

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War The Haunting event challenges rewards

That was our guide on how to open Scare Packages in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer and Zombies.

For more on Black Ops Cold War, check out how to complete the Forsaken Zombies Perkaholic easter egg, and how to unlock the Ghost of War Ultra Skin.

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