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Meet the Characters of the Black Ops Cold War Campaign

Every new and returning Black Ops character, detailed.

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In a Twitter thread, Treyarch has detailed all the Black Ops Cold War characters we’ll be seeing in the campaign.

The Black Ops Cold War campaign brings back fan-favorite characters such as Frank Woods, Jason Hudson & Alex Mason – the lead character of the original Black Ops game.

The campaign picks up right after the events of the first game and stays true to the spirit of the Black Ops franchise. In addition to the regular cast, we are also introduced to four new characters – Russell Adler, Helen Park, Eleazar “Lazar” Azoulay, and Lawrence Sims.

Take the dive into the hunt to find Perseus and read all about the new and returning characters below.

Russell Adler – A Man With A Past


New to the Black Ops franchise, Adler is a seasoned CIA agent we’ve seen already in a few trailers.

Born in 1937, Adler has become a mystery even to those who have worked by his side for years. His history before joining the CIA in 1966 is known only to a few within Langley. In 1967, Adler was assigned to the MACV-SOG unit in Vietnam, investigating covert Soviet activity.

“Adler is a mysterious CIA operative called in for some of the most difficult assignments. He’s a black box, even to some of his closest associates.” – Murray Kraft, Lead Writer, Raven Software

After Vietnam, Adler disappeared from CIA records but continued to be affiliated with a number of clandestine operations. He possesses a cold confidence that commands the room. He rarely smiles, but maintains a biting, dry wit. Capable of switching between disarming charisma and emotionless brutality in an instant, Adler enjoys intimidating those around him, and excels at it. His deep knowledge of covert tactics, fluency in Russian and German, and mastery of espionage make him one of the few key operatives that the CIA can consistently rely upon.

Frank Woods – Reliable, Fearless & Hard To Kill

ORIGINS

Born on March 20th, 1930, Frank Woods has been a dyed-in-the-wool rebel ever since his early years. He ran away from his Philadelphia home as a young child, never to return to the life he once knew. Getting by on his street smarts and razor-sharp instincts, Woods quickly learned to depend on no one but himself for survival.

After enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps, Woods gained an extensive amount of fighting experience throughout the Korean War, and afterwards became a sergeant in the MACV-SOG during the Vietnam War. One can only imagine the reputation he earned in combat, which eventually led him to joining the CIA’s Special Activities Division.

BLACK OPS HISTORY

On April 17th, 1961, Woods teamed up with CIA operatives Alex Mason and Joseph Bowman on a covert mission in Santa Maria, Cuba, to assassinate Fidel Castro. Fearless and impulsive, Woods led the team in their raid on Castro’s building, where Mason was thought to have successfully executed Castro. Though the mission was a failure upon discovering their target was a body double, Woods was able to successfully extract himself and Bowman while Mason was captured at the hands of Soviet General Nikita Dragovich.

With Mason’s eventual return in October of 1963, the team got back together to execute Operation Flashpoint. On the President’s orders, Woods led Mason, Brooks, and Bowman into a Soviet facility to disrupt the launch of a Soviet missile and extract fellow operative Grigori Weaver. After an intense battle – and Weaver losing his left eye to Col. Lev Kravchenko’s knife – Woods and his team successfully rescued Weaver and took out members of the Ascension Group while continuing to hunt down Dragovich and Kravchenko.

Following Dragovich’s trail, Woods partnered up again with Mason five years later in Vietnam, when they met with CIA Special Agent Jason Hudson to track down a Soviet defector suspected of holding key information about Dragovich’s master plan. The Studies and Observations Group (SOG) unit was then led to Laos, where they discovered a shot-down Soviet cargo plane carrying Nova 6 gas only to be captured before they could report their findings.

In one of the most intense confrontations in Black Ops history, Woods, Mason, and Bowman were forced by their captors to gamble with their lives in a game of Russian Roulette. Though Bowman didn’t make it out alive, Woods and Mason were able to stage a last-minute escape thanks to Woods’ unstoppable survival instincts. After stealing a helicopter and making their way to Kravchenko’s compound, the two soldiers confronted Kravchenko in a bloody fight ending with Woods and Kravchenko falling out of a window. Both men were presumed dead following an explosion just moments later.

…But as we all know, you can’t kill Frank Woods.

WHAT LIES AHEAD

Over a decade later on January 13th, 1981, in Trabzon, Turkey, Woods learns about a legendary Soviet operative whose existence has been questioned even within the deepest ranks of the CIA. Within a matter of weeks, he joins a newly assembled team tasked with tracking down this dangerous figure at any cost, and the next chapter of his story begins.

Alex Mason – Marine, CIA Operative – Survivor

ORIGINS

Born in 1933, Alex Mason’s instincts began to take shape in the harsh wilderness of Alaska where he honed his firearm skills hunting with his father. He eventually enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps., where his sharpshooting abilities made him a standout recruit.

In 1958, after serving a highly respected term of service with the Marines, his undeniable talents, reckless behavior, and fervent beliefs led his path into the dangerous world of the CIA’s Special Activities Division, where the original storyline began to take shape.

BLACK OPS HISTORY

On that cloudy morning of April 17th, 1961, Operation 40, a team of CIA operatives, including Alex Mason, Joseph Bowman, and Frank Woods, arrived in Cuba to carry out Operation Zapata just as The Bay of Pigs Invasion was unfolding. That invasion provided a much-needed diversion as the team raided a compound where Fidel Castro was thought to be assassinated by Mason himself.

Unfortunately for the team, Mason was captured by Cuban military during their escape, and in a twist we didn’t see coming (well, some of us may have seen it) was immediately handed over by the real Fidel Castro to Soviet General Nikita Dragovich. Mason was then thrown into the infamous labor camp in Vorkuta, where he was progressively brainwashed in an attempt to turn him into a sleeper agent to carry out Dragovich’s plans. As we know now, that scheme may not have gone exactly according to plan…

On October 6th, 1963 with the help of his new friend Viktor Reznov, Mason set in motion an elaborate prison break from Vorkuta and made his way back to the United States. Within a month of his return, Mason set out on a mission to sabotage the Soviet space program and take out Dragovich by order of President John F. Kennedy… and so began Operation Flashpoint.

On November 17th, 1963, CIA field operatives Mason, Woods, Brooks, and Bowman infiltrated the Soviet Cosmodrome in Baikonur, Kazakhstan, to eliminate members of the Ascension Group, rescue Special Agent Grigori Weaver, and gather intel on Dragovich. Although Weaver lost an eye to Dragovich’s second-in-command – the sadistic Colonel Lev Kravchenko – Mason and Woods successfully extracted Weaver, sabotaged the launch site, and continued their pursuit of Dragovich.

Five years later in early 1968, Mason joined the Studies and Observations Group (SOG) unit to investigate covert Soviet activity in Laos and Cambodia, leading to the discovery of the existence of a chemical weapon called Nova 6, originally created by Doctor Friedrich Steiner. After escaping capture in Laos with Woods in tow, Mason headed to Rebirth Island on February 23th, 1968, to find and kill Steiner, with U.S. forces also en route to prevent his death. Of course, by the time they arrived, the damage had already been done.

After the events on Rebirth Island, Mason was taken into custody and interrogated by CIA Special Agent Jason Hudson, revealing the harrowing experiences leading up to his questioning. With various truths revealed and mysteries solved, Mason and Hudson raced to the Soviet ship Rusalka to prevent the release of a deadly Nova 6 payload and finally kill Dragovich, putting an end to the crisis in a spectacular display of fearlessness and quick thinking. Little did they know the challenges to come in the near future…

WHAT LIES AHEAD

Fast forward to January 8th, 1981. Mason receives an unexpected phone call from Hudson, who wants to get the old team back together. If Mason will return as a CIA operative, he’s to immediately report to Amsterdam to rendezvous with his former partner, Sgt. Frank Woods, along with the mysterious operative, Russell Adler. As it turns out, a covert mission to end the Iran Hostage Crisis would end up revealing a far greater threat.

Jason Hudson – Handler & Master Tactician

ORIGINS

Jason Hudson was born and raised in Washington D.C., with big dreams of one day serving his country like his older brother had in World War II. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division in the Korean War, but after being honorably discharged in 1955, his path took him in another direction. Hudson enrolled at Georgetown University to study psychology and political science, proving to be an exceptional student.

After graduating, he entered the CIA where his intelligence and perseverance pushed him quickly up the ranks, leading to his selection for some of the most dangerous assignments imaginable. Though utterly loyal to the CIA, many questioned his personal allegiances as he pushed his associates to the brink so he could accomplish his own goals. How would this selective loyalty serve Mason and accomplish what needed to be done for what Hudson viewed as the greater good? We all know the answer today, but it’s worth reflecting on the events that led us to finding out what the numbers really meant.

BLACK OPS HISTORY

On November 10th, 1963, Hudson was entrusted with escorting Mason to the Pentagon to be briefed by U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert McNamara before meeting with President John F. Kennedy. Mason’s new orders: kill Soviet General Nikita Dragovich.

Five years later, Hudson joined Mason and Sgt. Frank Woods in Khe Sanh, Vietnam, to investigate rumblings of Soviet activity in the area. The mission proved to be a valuable endeavor despite its inherit dangers, as the team worked to locate a Soviet defector with key intel. Hudson managed to hold his own in a massive battle as the men fought to successfully evacuate the area.

In early February of 1968, Hudson was sent to Kowloon City, Hong Kong, to interrogate Dr. Daniel Clarke, one of the engineers responsible for the creation of the infamous chemical weapon, Nova 6. After “carefully extracting” key information from Dr. Clarke that identified Nazi scientist Doctor Friedrich Steiner as the creator of the project, Hudson prepped a team to travel to the Soviet facility at Mount Yamantau to seize evidence of weaponized Nova 6 gas.

Teaming up with fellow CIA operatives Grigori Weaver, Terrance Brookes, and Bruce Harris, Hudson infiltrated the Yamantau base to gather evidence and apprehend Dr. Steiner. Inside the facility, Steiner made contact with the team remotely to negotiate a deal for his life in exchange for intel on Dragovich, knowing his days were numbered.

On the fateful day of February 23th, 1968, Hudson and Weaver led Alpha Squad on a desperate mission to extract Steiner from Rebirth Island alive. With the base on full alert, the race was on to get to Steiner before anyone else… meanwhile, Mason and his friend Viktor Reznov had also arrived on the island to breach the laboratories and take out any resistance along the way. After reaching Steiner ahead of Alpha Squad, Mason believed Reznov was responsible for confronting and killing Steiner in his laboratory, but Hudson and Weaver witnessed a different version of the truth.

With no other options to turn to, Hudson resorted to pushing Mason beyond his limits in a lengthy interrogation until the harsh realities of Mason’s brainwashing from years past were finally revealed. Believing that Mason’s subconscious held the key to stopping Dragovich, Hudson worked with Mason to locate and take down the newly discovered numbers station on the Soviet ship Rusalka and put an end to Dragovich for good.

The rest, as they say, is history… until now.

WHAT LIES AHEAD

On January 17th, 1981, Hudson calls upon his old colleague, Russell Adler, to form an elite team of operatives in the pursuit of a dangerous Soviet agent. Although he doesn’t fully trust him and disagrees with some of his more unconventional methods, Hudson knows that if anyone has the personal motivation to see this task through to its conclusion, it’s Adler.

Helen Park – Methodical and loyal — to the crown

Helen Park entered Oxford at the young age of 16. While working on her doctorate in international relations, her older brother was severely injured in an IRA car bomb attack in London, leading her to immediately drop out from the program. She began to study the origins and motivations of international para-military organizations, eventually leading her to join the ranks of MI6. 

“Park and Adler respect each other, but their partnership isn’t always pretty. She’s methodical by nature, and at times believes Adler is making snap decisions.” – Murray Kraft, Lead Writer, Raven Software

After several years of international assignments, Park was placed on protection service for two British scientists. Under Park’s watch, the team was set to travel to a clandestine location to collaborate with the CIA on an officially sponsored project. 

There she met Adler, a key figure in the new program, and personally took on an expanded role in its development. Afterward, she would join Adler on an ad hoc black operations team utilizing the fruits of their labor together. However, the interests of MI6 and the Crown always come first for Park, whether her new partners know it or not.

Eleazar “Lazar” Azoulay: The unflappable, powerful protector

In 1948, Eleazar was the second child born to professors of political science at the American University in Washington, D.C. In 1950, Eleazar’s father accepted a position at the Tel Aviv School of Law and Economics, moving his family to Israel in order to be closer to his own ailing parents. As a teenager, Azoulay stood out for his athleticism and strength, excelling on every team he was a member of.

“I see him as a protector. He might seem like a brick wall, but there’s a softer side hidden back there.” – Natalie Pohorski, Narrative Producer, Raven Software

After returning from four years at Royal Holloway, University of London, where he began to go by the nickname “Lazar,” the young Azoulay entered the Israel Defense Forces. Following a distinguished stint, he was recruited into Israel’s intelligence agency, the Mossad. There, Lazar developed a reputation not only for explosive power, but also for his unflappability.

After several years working alongside agents of the CIA, Lazar decided to leave the Mossad, utilizing his dual citizenship to join the CIA directly as a Middle East specialist. In early 1981, his talents will be pushed to their limits as he joins with a new team against an unknown global threat.

Lawrence Sims: The pragmatic and sarcastic problem solver


Born February 4, 1942, at Fort Bragg, NC, Lawrence Sims has been entrenched in military culture his entire life, for better or worse. After the loss of his father, he developed a laid-back and lightly sarcastic persona, studying the world with detached amusement. Sims quickly immersed himself in the world of technology, both military and consumer, quietly focusing on following in his father’s footsteps.

“Sims is brutally honest and sarcastic. He and Adler have a past that somewhat sets them apart from the rest of the team.” – Natalie Pohorski, Narrative Producer, Raven Software

After receiving a scholarship and graduating from the Rochester Institute of Technology, Sims entered the Army, where he served for two years before joining the ranks of the CIA. There, he quickly became known for his keen intelligence, pragmatism, and ability to solve intractable problems.

In a twist of fate, his first major assignment was a placement on Russell Adler’s MACV-SOG team in Vietnam, where he immediately became one of Adler’s favorite cohorts. Sims has continued to be a constant presence on Adler’s teams ever since… including the fateful operation that would bring him face-to-face with Alex Mason and Frank Woods.

That’s all we have for now, be sure to stay tuned for any updates regarding Black Ops Cold War and Warzone.

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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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Treyarch confirm Jungle map remaster & new weapon arriving in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War devs Treyarch have confirmed a new long-range weapon and Jungle map remaster coming soon.

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Treyarch have confirmed brand-new content is on the way for Black Ops Cold War, including a new weapon and remastered version of the classic Jungle map.

While Black Ops Cold War’s seasons have ended, the Call of Duty title received additional content through an update in March, including the arrival of the WMD map and the Vargo 52 Assault Rifle.

Now, Treyarch have announced more new additions that they have planned for Black Ops Cold War in May and beyond, including a long-range weapon and a remastered version of a classic Call of Duty map.

Cold War Jungle map remaster release date

Treyarch confirmed that the remastered Jungle map will make its way to Black Ops Cold War on Friday, May 6. The new map hit the game at 10:00 AM PT / 1:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM UK.

Treyarch originally confirmed their plans for brand-new Call of Duty content in a blog post on April 14, including the addition of the classic map Jungle. When the map hits the game on May 6, players will be able to jump into a Jungle 24/7 playlist.

When this map first made its debut, it consisted of a ruined village and military base near a river in the middle of a Vietnamese jungle. Players could take advantage of its many slopes and ladders to move quickly between levels.

Jungle won over players with its impressive layout and was added to other CoD titles like Black Ops III and Black Ops 4. Now, a remastered version will be added to Cold War’s standard 6v6 playlists in a new update.

New Cold War weapon

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Treyarch also teased the arrival of an “all-new ranged weapon” that players will be able to use in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. This new weapon arrived alongside Jungle on May 6.

Adding new weapons often shakes up the meta of CoD titles, so we can expect major changes after this new content drop arrives.


For more Black Ops Cold War, be sure to check out Treyarch confirming that Cold War won’t receive more Zombies maps as well as the leaked Scythe weapon and its unlock requirements.

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