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What’s the best map in Cold War Season 5? Every map ranked & tier list

Treyarch’s latest CoD has many maps to battle on in Season 5, so we have placed them all in tiers and ranked them from worst to best.

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Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer offering features many different and dangerous maps for players to compete on. To try and ascertain their quality, we’ve decided to place them in a tier system and rank them in order from worst to best.

Despite initially only launching with eight normal maps (discounting Fireteam maps), Treyarch’s Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War now contains 23 exciting 6v6 options to house skirmishes.

Each map generally has something that makes it unique, for better or for worse, and we’ve done our best to break each one down and rank them in ascending order and tier them too.

Be sure to check out our complete Black Ops Cold War map guides with must-have tips for the maps in the game.

CoD: Black Ops Cold War: map tier list

We’re going to take a moment to assign each of Cold War’s maps an official tier before we place them in order. There’s plenty to chew on here, but which are the cream of the crop?

Just to explain the system:

  • S-Tier maps are the top-of-the-line powerhouses
  • A-Tier are amazing
  • B-Tier maps are just missing something
  • C-Tier ones are not worth your time

Here is our official tier list of all of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s maps:

  • S-Tier: Crossroads, Diesel, Moscow, Nuketown ’84, Raid, The Pines, Standoff, Yamantau, Hijacked, Echelon, The Slums, Rush
  • A-Tier: Checkmate, Collateral, Miami Strike, Zoo
  • B-Tier: Apocalypse, Armada, Express, Satellite, Garrison
  • C-Tier: Cartel, Miami

#23 – Miami

cod bocw miami map

Miami actually has some decent spots on it and some thumping music from its nightclub, but its lack of visibility is something that simply cannot be overlooked.

It’s also extremely open, far too large for 6v6 with plenty of unused space and locations that kind of just hit a weird dead-end.

#22 – Cartel

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Cartel, with or without its giant bushes, is really missing something. Again, it feels too big and empty with most games take place in a big ring around the middle of the map, and it does sadly contain the hellish eyesores that plague most games.

For that reason, it has to remain low on the list, even with its Season 2 makeover.

#21 – Armada

cod bocw armada map

The idea of Armada is probably a little better than its actual execution. It definitely has plenty of fun moments (especially skirmishes under the ship), but it’s too easy for people in the middle section to trap the other team in their spawn.

We think having three mini-ships side-by-side that all connect to each other could’ve made for some incredible sniping battles and great maneuverability.

#20 – Satellite

cod bocw satellite map

There’s something about Satellite we can’t quite put our finger on that stops it from being better. Like Armada, it suffers from “middle domination,” and the openness of previous entries on this list.

If you have the middle, it’s fantastic, if you don’t, you’re in trouble. However, Satellite is a cunning little web of intertwining mini-channels that does provide you with options and has an interesting side channel in the desert. Although, spawn camping is sadly rife on Satellite.

#19 – Apocalypse

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Apocalypse joined during the big Season 2 update. Playing off the season’s narrative themes, Apocalypse is set somewhere in a jungle, and its design is centered around mid-to-long-range fights.

It’s far too easy to be spawn-trapped with Apocalypse and there seem to be no mid-range fights. You either exit a doorway, turn a corner or stare down a channel, and that’s it. There was potential here.

#18 – Express

cod bocw express map

A fan-favorite going at least one more round in a Call of Duty game. Let’s be fair, it carries a lot of nostalgia given that it came from the terrific Black Ops II, but it’s not the most amazing map the franchise has produced.

The novelty of the occasional speeding train is always hilarious if it hits someone, but it just feels like a really enclosed map with no middle channel. Walkway fights are fun, as are battles in the waiting area, but Express isn’t as creative as later entries on this list.

#17 – Garrison

cod bocw garrison map

A very Call of Duty-style map with a big warehouse featuring tanks everywhere.

All three channels are viable options with the whole map being used at all times. It’s not spectacular, but it’s not bad either – maybe a bit generic. Also, you can practically see each spawn from either end, leading to a lot of annoying camping and stagnant games – especially Kill Confirmed.

#16 – Zoo

cold war zoo map

Zoo arrived as part of the Season 5 Reloaded update, and it is a surprising inclusion, to say the least. Zoo has always had a certain charm to it, not least because of the zoo aesthetic, but that didn’t necessarily make it a great map.

There isn’t an obvious flaw with Zoo, it’s just another map that we’d file under “average Call of Duty” map. The monorail track is also a spot that is equally wonderful if you own it, and frustrating if you don’t.

#15 – Miami Strike

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After taking the criticism for Miami on board, Treyarch did try and rectify this by identifying its flaws and making a much better version of the map.

It’s smaller, which allows for more frequent engagements, and its daytime aesthetic makes it a lot easier to see people. Its design choices perhaps hold it back as the action regularly just sticks to the outer parts of the map, and it feels just a bit too cluttered and clunky with vehicles and obstacles randomly strewn about haphazardly.

#14 – Collateral

black ops cold war collateral map

Collateral is a mixture of vintage CoD and the ugly side of some of Modern Warfare 2019’s often-criticized map design.

The size feels spot-on for what it is, and there’s some great accessibility in and out of buildings making for fun standoffs. But there’s perhaps too much emphasis on buildings, making you feel quite exposed down the flanks, and utterly helpless in the middle of the map.

The large degree of buildings and openings, combined with the empty space in the middle of the map, makes for a lot of camping on both sides.

#13 – Checkmate

cod bocw checkmate map

Again, it bears a striking resemblance to Garrison (maybe too much) in that you’re in a gigantic hangar. Only this time there’s a lengthy plane plonked right in the middle of it.

Action in the plane is generally 50/50, and it’s all-around the plane where the best action takes place with around its make or break choke points. Cover is placed strategically enough so that you can have tense ‘peak’ fights at a decent distance.

#12 – Hijacked

black ops cold war hijacked map

The big remake that kicked off Season 4, Hijacked is quite iconic, and it’s good to welcome it back. Each game takes place on a luxury yacht, and the setting is unmistakable and superb.

Cold War doesn’t completely mesh with Hijacked though, as there seems to be more spawn-trapping than ever, particularly if you utilize the top of the middle section. If you can maintain your base and standing in the game, then the end-to-end action feels fun and more controlled than other smaller maps.

#11 – Rush

rush map in cod cold war

All-in-all, Rush is pretty fun and has some decent personality. This Black Ops II remake features a pretty cool aesthetic in being a paintball park, and the splatters of paint only add to its charm.

It just feels like Rush could be more as it’s clearly dominated by one channel. The indoor paintball arena is a blast, and you can get some sudden encounters in the shop attached to it. The middle section feels uninspired and blase, and the other feels too cramped.

#10 – Echelon

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Season 5 launched with a brand new map in Echelon, and whilst it doesn’t quite hit the supreme heights of The Pines or Yamantau, Echelon is distinctive enough to warrant a higher spot.

It has good flanking options, a solid middle area that teams can fight over from multiple entrance points, and the map rewards players that go that little bit further out of the way to find the right route.

#9 – Moscow

cod bocw moscow map

Wherever you spawn in Moscow, it always feels like there are umpteen ways to go. There are multiple hot areas for combat including the golden statue, the escalators, and outside with the opposing windows. It’s a great map that is equally liberating.

It also received a much-needed downsizing that helped to tighten it up and improve the spawn locations.

#8 – Nuketown ’84

cod bocw nuketown 84 map

What hasn’t been said about Nuketown already? It’s fast, it’s frantic, lesser-skilled players can achieve high kill counts, and it’s just fun chaos.

The broken spawns are always the biggest sore point with Nuketown, but on a map this small and iconic, it’s to be expected and easy to dismiss.

#7 – The Slums

the slums in cold war

Black Ops II continued to assert its authority in Black Ops Cold War with yet another returning fan-favorite map. It has now featured in Black Ops II, IIII, IIII, COD Mobile, and now Cold War.

There’s a good reason for this as it oozes ‘Call of Duty,’ with its various routes and paths to take. There isn’t one way that’s bad, and you really can approach The Slums in any way you want. It’s terrific for objective-based game modes like Domination and Capture the Flag, and will be enjoyed by many in Cold War.

#6 – Diesel

diesel cod cold war season 3

Diesel manages to capture lots of the brilliance of Nuketown, makes the map a bit bigger, and closes off the spawn points a bit more – it works tremendously.

One of the two Season 3 launch maps, Diesel works around the simple theme of a gas station and manages to work enough routes into its limited space to be endlessly versatile. It doesn’t cordon off areas so viciously as Miami Strike does, for instance.

There doesn’t feel like any wasted space, and its uniqueness is highlighted by the fact you can effortless have 2v2 and 6v6 matches on it with no issue.

#5 – Standoff

black ops cold war standoff map

Another classic map, another great time to be had. The unusual, yet intriguing charm about Standoff is its zig-zagging lanes.

It’s got several interesting corners that make for some animated encounters with pro-like jumps around the corner needed. The tank makes for a great obstacle and it has just the right amount of clutter.

Standoff still remains a Call of Duty great, and we’re more than happy to see it back in Black Ops Cold War.

#4 – Raid

cod bocw raid map

It might speak volumes to people that two of the top four are remakes, but what remakes they are!

Raid is aesthetically pleasing across the whole map, it’s extremely well-designed and it’s generally fair. You will rarely find someone dominate Raid as it’s rife with tight corners and many duels that can go either way.

It’s also hilarious that as one of CoD’s best-ever maps, it actually makes very little sense.

#3 – Yamantau

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It goes to show that no matter how late into a game if the dev team puts enough hard work and creativity into a map, they can still create a work of art.

Firstly, Yamantau’s main middle room manages to be accessible from every single direction (upper and lower floor too) and sets up cagey contests, putting the player on edge. This produces magic confrontations and keeps you on your toes. The cliffside channel is a lot of fun too with accidental deaths aplenty.

Yamantau already has the feel of a map that will feature in future CoD games.

#2 – Crossroads

cod bocw crossroads map

Just missing out on victory is Crossroads. This map is simply fantastic and a delight that dominates nearly every map vote.

The cover feels perfect and the environment is highly volatile, making for fun, high-scoring games. The one drawback is how exposed the C Flag spawn is – people can spawn two or three times without getting a chance to blink. Spawns have proven to be a regular complaint in Cold War, and Crossroads is as guilty of this as any map.

#1 – The Pines

cod bocw the pines map

One of the newest, original Call of Duty maps also happens to be the best that Black Ops Cold War has to offer. We can find no faults with this homage to a classic film. It’s just so well-balanced and interesting.

Whether you’re fighting through all the different shops and maintenance areas or engaging in some dangerous dining duels, The Pines is an intricately designed masterpiece.


That completes our list. These are the best maps in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War ranked. Be sure to check out the best guns in Cold War too!

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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

Black Ops Cold War operators

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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