Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer offering features many different and dangerous maps for players to compete across. To try and ascertain their quality, we’ve decided to place them in a tier system and then 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 20 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
- A-Tier: Checkmate, Garrison, Collateral
- B-Tier: Apocalypse, Armada, Express, Miami Strike, Satellite
- C-Tier: Cartel, Miami
#20 – Miami
Miami actually has some decent spots on it, but its lack of visibility is something that simply cannot be overlooked.
It’s also extremely open and very large with unused space and lots of locations that kind of just hit a weird dead-end.
#19 – Cartel
Cartel, with or without its giant bushes, is really missing something. Most games take place in a big ring around the middle of the map, and it does sadly contain the hellish eye-sores that plague most games.
For that reason, it has to remain low on the list, even with its Season 2 makeover.
#18 – Armada
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.
#17 – Satellite
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.”
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.
#16 – Apocalypse
The latest addition to the Black Ops Cold War portfolio, 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 darkness and close-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.
#15 – Miami Strike
After taking the criticism for Miami on board, Treyarch did try and rectify this by identifying its flaws and making a 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 the vehicles and obstacles everywhere.
#14 – Garrison
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.
#13 – Express
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.
#12 – Collateral
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.
#11 – Checkmate
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.
#10 – Hijacked
The big remake to kick-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 Season 4 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.
#9 – Rush
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.
#8 – Moscow
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.
#7 – Nuketown ’84
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 a sore point, but on a map this small and iconic, it’s easy to dismiss.
#6 – Standoff
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.
#5 – Diesel
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.
#4 – Raid
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
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
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
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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How to set up Custom Games in Black Ops Cold War Season 4
Use our in-depth guide to learn how to set up your own Custom Games in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Season 4 has many weapons and modes for you to experiment with. Here’s how you can set up your own Custom Game.
For many players, the thought of stepping foot into CoD’s multiplayer is a terrifying prospect, and a quick warm-up against AI or friends is necessary. Or perhaps you want to test out a new weapon to see how it handles, but a competitive match won’t do it justice. Then a handy Custom Game is just the thing that you need.
The limitless freedom is what makes a Custom Game so handy. Black Ops Cold War has an ever-increasing roster of weapons and maps for players to dive into. Season 4 and its Reloaded update has really fleshed out the game with Mauer Der Toten vastly expanding the Zombies universe and new multiplayer maps to enjoy.
So let’s go over Custom Games and how you can set them up privately.
How to make a Custom Black Ops Cold War game
Here is how you can set up a Custom Game for yourself in Black Ops Cold War:
- Boot up Cold War
- Head to the Black Ops Cold War lobby screen
- Select ‘Custom Games’ from the bottom left
- Go down until you find ‘Edit Game Rules’
- Click on ‘Settings’
- Manipulate them until you are satisfied
You can alter the details of the match by changing the time limit, the number of times you can respawn, and how long it takes to do so. You can also change the round score and mess around with some of the more advanced settings. These advanced options will give you even more control over how the game goes.
Generally, you can choose to play against other players, but only those who you want to invite. You can also choose to play with bots so you have a bit of practice before initiating a private game. If you want to simply get a feel for the loadout, then turn the bot difficulty down.
When you’re in a Custom Game, you can take your time and go through various new guns like the C58 and MG 82 LMG, use their attachments, and see how they affect your ability to play. You won’t have to worry about being shot by other rowdy players who would ruin your concentration and keep you focused on your own survival the entire time.
How to make a Custom BOCW Zombies game
Setting up your own game of Zombies is generally very similar to the creation of a regular match.
Here is how you can set up a Custom Game for yourself:
- Open the Black Ops Cold War Zombies screen
- Press your right bumper or click on “Private” which is next to “Public”
- Create your own Custom Game
Where is the Custom Game button?
During one of the Black Ops Cold War updates, many people became concerned that Custom Games had been removed altogether. The reality is that Treyarch inadvertently moves it further down every now and again.
Due to the addition of so many different playlist options, Custom Games have been relegated to the bottom of the pile. Simply keep scrolling down through the modes, and you’ll see that it’s still there.
That should cover everything you need to know about setting up a Custom Game in Black Ops Cold War.
Also, check out the best Outbreak loadout for CoD: Black Ops Cold War.
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How to get Warzone & Cold War Thrust Engine Blueprint
The Engine Thrust Blueprint has arrived in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, find out how to acquire it with our quick and easy guide.
The Special Ops Pro Pack is a new bundle in Call of Duty: Warzone and Cold War Season 4. It comes with many cool items, including the new Thrust Engine Blueprint, and our guide will show you how to get it.
Special skins and weapon Blueprints help to prolong longevity in Call of Duty as players get drawn to these stunning new cosmetics. Whether it’s running around looking like Rambo and John McClane, or wielding a gun that is a literal dragon, items like this keep people coming back.
The July 22, 2021 update saw some new bundles be added to the CoD store, one of which includes the glorious new Thrust Engine Blueprint.
Check our quick guide to see how you can grab it yourself.
Warzone & Cold War Thrust Engine Blueprint Guide: How to buy & price
To claim the bundle for yourself, you’ll just need to do the following:
- Boot up either ‘Black Ops Cold War’ or ‘Warzone’
- Head on over to the ‘Store’ tab
- Search through the Bundles until you see the ‘Special Ops Pro Pack’
- Select it, and use COD Points to purchase the bundle
- Now equip any items from the bundle you desire!
If you’re looking to buy it, the Special Ops Pro Pack will set you back $19.99 / £16.79
What items do you get with the Special Ops Pro Pack Bundle?
The main Operator skin and weapon Blueprint aren’t the be-all and end-all for everyone, so it’s important to know everything that comes with the bundle.
Here’s what you get with the Special Ops Pro Pack Bundle:
- Hypersonic Operator Skin
- Sound Barrier SMG Blueprint
- Thrust Engine Assault Rifle Blueprint
- Ace Pilot Calling Card
- Challenge Coin Emblem
- 2,400 COD Points
The COD Points are a decent part of this bundle as it can pay for more Bundles, or even pay for the Season 5 Battle Pass.
Also, check out the new CoD: Mobile Undead Siege Zombies game mode.
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Black Ops Cold War players call for major change to Special weapons
The Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War community is calling for Treyarch to make a major change to the Special weapons category.
Special weapons are some of the most unique and exciting items in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, but community members are calling for Treyarch Studios to make a major change to how they operate.
There are various categories of weapons that players can use to battle their enemies in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. The game has the standard Assualt Rifles, SMGs, LMGs, Pistols, and more.
However, it also has a category known as Special weapons, which consist of unconventional weapons that allow players to collect some highlight and adrenaline-fueled kills.
While these weapons can be extremely powerful, Black Ops Cold War players have begun to call for a major change in how the Special weapons can be used in the game.
Taking to the official Black Ops Cold War subreddit, community member -Lusty- started a thread stating that they wished that the Special weapons had attachments players could equip like all of the other weapon categories in Cold War.
Many other players agreed as they wish there were attachments available for the Black Ops Cold War Special weapons that would allow them to change the playstyle of the weapons or offer new ways to use these items.
An example was given by community member springsight, who commented that they would like to see things like smoke rounds for the M97 Grenade Launcher.
“I want something that makes the launcher actually viable. Give me smoke rounds, flash rounds, semtex rounds, I just want to make things go boom :(.”
There is no doubt that the addition of attachments to the M97 Grenade Launcher, Ballistic Knife, Nail Gun, and R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow would make for even more exciting moments for Black Ops Cold War players to experience.
For more Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, check out how to play Season 4 Reloaded Multiplayer and Zombies content for free, and stay tuned for future news and guides.
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