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How to unlock the ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle in Warzone & Cold War Season 2

Here’s everything you need to know about unlocking and using the ZRG 20mm in both Cold War and Warzone Season 2.

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The recently-announced ZRG 20mm is a powerful, new Sniper Rifle is now in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone Season 2. Here’s how you can unlock CoD’s latest long-range behemoth.

The more the merrier, and that’s certainly the case when it comes to the ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle. Black Ops Cold War’s Sniper Rifle selection is rather limited with only the M82, Pelington 703, and LW3 Tundra to select from. Whereas Warzone’s long-range battles are mainly dominated by the Kar98k.

The ZRG 20m is a 3-round bolt-action Sniper Rifle that can be unlocked for both of the leading Call of Duty titles, and the unlock requirements shouldn’t be taxing for anyone looking to add it to a loadout.

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What you need to do to unlock the ZRG 20mm in Cold War & Warzone Season 2

The new ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle was officially released in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on April 7.

The weapon is live, and players will need to “Using Sniper Rifles, earn 2 Longshot medals in 10 different matches” to unlock it.

This follows a similar pattern to previously-added weapons as the Streetsweeper Shotgun added in Season 1 asked players to get a 3-Killstreak with a Shotgun in 15 different matches.

An important detail to note for unlocking the ZRG 20mm is that if you do earn 2 Longshot Medals in a single match, then you’ll need to complete the match and not leave early for it to count.

How to get a Longshot Medal

The name of the medal is actually quite self-explanatory as players will simply have to register an official kill from a greater-than-normal distance.

There doesn’t seem to be a set distance required as it varies across each weapon, but as long as there is plenty of room between you and your opponent, then it should satisfy the game’s wants.

Tips to earn Longshot Medals

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We’ve come up with a few ways to make the task of getting 2 Longshot Medals a lot easier if you don’t consider yourself to be an expert marksman.

Here are our suggestions:

  • For Warzone players, drop into Plunder with a HDR or AUG if you don’t own Cold War
  • For Cold War players, do this challenge in Black Ops Cold War if you own it as it’ll be much easier than Warzone
  • Play in Hardcore playlists as the time-to-kill is greatly reduced due to limited health
  • Make sure to use the M82 as, even though it’s the weakest Sniper Rifle in the game, its semi-auto nature makes getting away shots much easier and offers forgiveness
  • If you’re confident in your Sniping ability, opt for the LW3 Tundra and use our loadout
  • Pick a map with some lengthy, open channels such as Satellite, Armada, Checkmate, or Garrison

Follow these simple steps and you will be the proud owner of Call of Duty’s latest Sniper Rifle to go and pop some heads with.

Be sure to check out the best Sniper Rifles in Black Ops Cold War and our top 10 best weapons in Warzone too!

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Cold War May 6 patch notes: CARV.2 rifle & more

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Treyarch has released a new Game Settings Update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on May 6.

This update includes the new CARV.2 Tactical Rifle in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, along with other bug fixes and updates.

Here’s the full debrief from Treyarch:

THE CARV.2 IS HERE

With today’s update, the new CARV.2 tactical rifle is now available in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone via in-game challenge or the “Plastik Prototype” Store bundle! Packed with impressive firepower, solid recoil control, and a large ammo pool to pull from, this burst-fire tactical rifle can be deadly in both mid-range engagements and long-range combat. Pick it up today and get ready to start that camo grind, because there’s plenty to play in this week’s Featured Playlists.

YAMANTAU + DIESEL 24/7, PARTY GAMES + NEW PROP HUNT MAPS

Squad up and jump into a Moshpit of TDM, Domination, Kill Confirmed, and Hardpoint in Season Three’s newest 6v6 maps in the Yamantau + Diesel 24/7 playlist this week! Hardcore players can also enjoy this one in the Quick Play menu featuring HC TDM, HC Domination, and HC Kill Confirmed.

Party Game fans can also get their fill in the brand-new Party Games playlists, featuring Gun Game, Sticks and Stones, and the Season Three return of Prop Hunt along with Yamantau and Diesel added to the Prop Hunt map rotation. We’ve also added Gun Game to the Quick Play selection, joining Sticks and Stones from the start of the season.

And for Gunfight fans who love a little variety in their arsenal, Gunfight Blueprints returns this week in Featured Playlists! We’ve also implemented some additional stability improvements and Zombies fixes, including an aim assist fix for the Pack-a-Punched Swiss K31. See below for everything that’s new:

GLOBAL

Weapons

  • CARV.2 Tactical Rifle
    • CARV.2 now available via in-game challenge in Multiplayer and Zombies, or via Store bundle.

Stability

  • Fixed various stability issues related to tracer rounds.

MULTIPLAYER

Modes

  • Prop Hunt
    • Available via the Party Games playlist collection, now with Yamantau and Diesel added to map rotation.
    • Updated the mode description text to call out the correct time between Prop whistles.
  • Gun Game
    • Available via the Party Games playlist collection and added to Quick Play.
  • Sticks and Stones
    • Available via the Party Games playlist collection and Quick Play.
  • Gunfight
    • Players are now awarded +100 score for capturing the Overtime Zone.

Featured Playlists

  • Yamantau + Diesel 24/7 [NEW] (also available in Hardcore)
  • Party Games [NEW]
  • Snipers Only Moshpit
  • Nuketown 24/7 (also available in Hardcore)
  • Gunfight Blueprints
  • Face Off (also available in Hardcore)
  • Multi-Team Moshpit

ZOMBIES

Weapons

  • Addressed an issue that prevented aim assist on the Pack-a-Punched Swiss K31 (Swiss KH3353) from functioning properly, including with Deadshot Daiquiri.

Daily Challenges

  • Updated the “Perk Preserver” Daily Challenge description to clarify the requirement.

Firebase Z

  • Fixed a stability issue related to Challenges.

Outbreak

  • Fixed a rare stability issue related to spawning zombies.

Featured Playlists

  • Outbreak
  • Firebase Z
  • Die Maschine
  • Dead Ops Arcade: First Person
  • Dead Ops Arcade
  • Onslaught (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Containment (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Nuketown (PlayStation)
  • Onslaught Yamantau (PlayStation)

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How to unlock the CARV.2 in Warzone & Cold War Season 3

The CARV.2, or G11, will arrive in Warzone and Cold War Season 3 soon, so here’s how you’ll be able to get your hands on it.

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Black Ops Cold War and Warzone’s new Tactical Rifle, the CARV.2, commonly referred to as the G11, will be arriving soon. Here’s how you can unlock it once it arrives, and some ways you can get your hands on it early.

As with all new seasons of Call of Duty, there are new weapons to unlock and level up. Cold War and Warzone Seasons 2 and 3 have been particularly generous, offering players six new weapons in both seasons.

For Season 3, we’ve already received the Swiss K31, PPSH, and Ballistic Knife, but there are three new weapons on the way. Most exciting is a redesign of the original Black Ops’ burst-fire G11, now called the CARV.2.

Here’s how you’ll be able to unlock the G11 in Warzone and Cold War, as well as some ways to play with it early.

How to unlock the CARV.2 in Warzone and Cold War

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Activision have revealed that the CARV.2 Tactical Rifle will release in Warzone and Cold War Season 3 on Thursday, May 6.

Season 2’s weapons, such as the ZRG 20mm Sniper Rifle and the R1 Shadowhunter had challenges to unlock it. Devs have confirmed that this burst-fire weapon will also unlock through an in-game challenge, with the challenge asking players to rapidly kill 2 or more players in 10 different completed matches using Tactical Rifles.

Along with the challenge, a Blueprint for the CARV.2 will also release in the store. Devs confirmed that it’s coming in the Plastik Porotype Bundle, with the Blueprint called Konsole, which will also release on May 6.

The CARV.2 has been described as a weapon that stands out in the Tactical Rifle class for its “high bullet velocity output, offering powerful damage, solid recoil control, and a large ammo pool from the start.”

With this weapon, it’s possible Warzone will have another burst-fire meta on its hands.

How to use the CARV.2 early in Warzone and Cold War

Players have reported that you can get your hands on the CARV.2 early by playing Cold War Zombies and Warzone Orientation.

Through the Trials missions in Zombies and Outbreak, you’ll receive certain rewards. Players have shown footage of them receiving the CARV.2 through the Trials, but it’s possible this has been patched by Treyarch since.

In Warzone, players have reported that you can try out the CARV.2 in the Warzone Orientation mode. You’ll only receive the base version, but it will give you a taste of how the weapon feels.

Here’s how to try out the CARV.2 in Warzone:

  1. Launch Warzone
  2. Select ‘Private Match & Practice’
  3. Queue into ‘Warzone Orientation’
  4. After you spawn in, drop your 1911
  5. You’ll have either the CARV.2 or the FARA 83 equipped
  6. If you get the FARA, back out and try again until you receive the CARV.2

It appears it’s much more likely to receive the FARA 83 in Orientation, but it’s worth trying a few times to see if you can get a shot of the G11 but again, it’s possible this has been silently patched.


While you wait for the G11 to release in Cold War, it’s worth checking out our guides on how to unlock Season 3’s new Swiss K31 and PPSH-41.

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Best AK-74u loadout for CoD: Cold War Season 3

The AK-74u is one of the best SMGs in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s the best attachments and perks to run with it in Season 3.

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The AK-74u remains an extremely popular and powerful SMG in Cold War Season 3, so here are the best attachments and perks to dominate multiplayer lobbies.

The AK-74u is a hard-hitting, easy-to-control SMG in Black Ops Cold War Season 3. While recent nerfs have reigned it back from the long-range beast it once was, it’s still a popular choice amongst players of all skill levels.

Although it can no longer outgun Assault Rifles at range, it’s still one of the most versatile SMGs in the game, being much easier to control than the popular LC10 or new PPSH-41.

Here’s everything you need to dominate with Cold War’s AK-74u, including the best attachments and perks.

Best AK-74u loadout class for Cold War Season 3

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  • Barrel: 10.3″ Task Force
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: VDV 50 Round Fast Mag
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

This AK-74u is built to speed and recoil control, allowing it to keep up with the faster guns in its category while allowing it to have more range.

To start, the 10.3″ Task Force barrel vastly improves the weapon’s damage and range but hits its accuracy slightly. To compensate for that, it’s worth running the Spetnaz Grip to keep recoil to a minimum.

Then, the VDV 50 Round Fast Mag allows you to take down multiple opponents, then quickly reload. It’s especially useful for pulling off flanks or defending an objective the enemies keep rushing.

And finally, for increased mobility, the GRU Elastic Wrap and KGB Skeletal Stock will allow for a fast sprint to fire time, aim down sight speed, and offers the ability to drop shot.

Best perks to run with Cold War AK-74u loadout

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For this loadout we’ll be using the Perk Greed Wildcard so you can equip up to six perks.

  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket & Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Gear Head & Scavenger
  • Perk 3: Ghost & Ninja

For Perk 1, Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will make you resistant to all Lethal and Tactical Equipment, so you’re ready for any situation. Then, you should use the Scavenger to keep your ammo supply topped up, and Gear Head will allow you to quickly replenish and carry an extra Field Upgrade.

And finally, Ghost and Ninja will hide you from Spy Planes, Field Mics, and keep your footsteps silent for quick flanks on the enemy.

How to unlock the AK-74u in Cold War Season 3

Luckily, the AK-74u arrived with Black Ops Cold War’s launch, so there are no challenges needed to unlock it or a Battle Pass to grind.

All you have to do is hit Level 19 in Cold War or Warzone, and the AK-74u will be yours. This shouldn’t take you long, but concentrate on playing the objective and racking up Scorestreaks and you’ll have it in no time.

Best alternatives

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There are some great alternatives to the AK-74u if you haven’t unlocked it yet, or fancy trying something different. The KSP-45 has been surprisingly effective since its recent buffs, and Season 3’s PPSH-41 is hard to resist.

If you want something with more range, you could use the XM4 which has decent mobility for an Assault Rifle, while being an absolute laser beam at any range.


With these attachments and perks, you’re ready to dominate all matches of Cold War Season 3.

Want to see where the AK-74u stacks up against the other weapons? Check out our full tier list of Black Ops Cold War’s weapons.

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