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10 best guns in Black Ops Cold War: Weapon Tier List

Treyarch’s CoD: Black Ops Cold War has a stupendous arsenal of weapons, and we’ve picked our top 10 best guns and ranked them too.

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There are so many different quality guns for Call of Duty players to master in Black Ops Cold War. So we’ve decided to pick out the 10 best guns in Season 2 and rank them.

Black Ops Cold War already had a pretty extensive catalog of guns for players to test out and see what worked best for them at launch. Since the game’s inception, we’ve been treated to the Streetsweeper, Groza, and MAC-10 in Season 1. Furthermore, Season 2’s launch introduced the FARA 83 and the LC10 too, leading to more headaches about what loadout to use in Express!

As well as worrying about the best FPS settings to use and best aim assist settings to use, there’s also the doubt that the gun you’re using is even right for you and your playstyle.

With all these additions there is now almost an overflow of Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns, Tactical Rifles, and more to pick from. So we’ve taken it upon ourselves to sift through the expansive array of guns and rank the top 10 weapons in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

CoD: Black Ops Cold War: Weapon tier list

Before we delve into a deep look at the best guns that Treyarch has to offer, we’re first going to do a rundown of every weapon in the game and categorize them. Let’s be fair, some of Cold War’s weapons are must-have and must-use, whereas some are simply not worth your time.

Here is our Official tier list of all of Black Ops Cold War’s weapons:

  • S-Tier: Streetsweeper, Diamatti, LC10, Krig 6, XM4, AK-74u, ZRG 20mm
  • A-Tier: AK-74, M16, MP5, Stoner 63, FARA 83, MAC-10, Bullfrog, AUG, Gallo SA12
  • B-Tier: Groza, FARA 83, QBZ-83, Milano 821, DMR 14, RPD, Hauer 77, LW3 Tundra, Pelington 703, 1911, Magnum
  • C-Tier: FFAR 1, KSP 45, Type 63, M60, M82

Just to explain the system, our S-Tier weapons are the top-of-the-line powerhouses, the A-Tier are great, the B-Tier weapons are just missing something, and C-Tier ones are not worth your time.

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10. ZRG 20mm – Best Sniper Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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Added during Season 2 of Black Ops Cold War, the ZRG 20mm has shaken up the long-range game in Treyarch’s newest take on Call of Duty.

Its damage is devastating and anyone that ventures into its sight should probably say a prayer. It suffers slightly because of its naturally smaller magazine and reload time, but this is the cost of one-hit devastation.

9. Stoner 63 – Best LMG in Black Ops Cold War

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Many players are deterred from LMGs due to their bulky nature meaning that ADS speed is reduced, mobility is decreased, and reloading is abysmally painful.

However, the Stoner 63 really benefits from having its weapon level upgraded, and having a few of the right attachments turn into a continuous battering ram if used correctly.

8. M16 – Best Tactical Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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Unlike the AUG, the M16 doesn’t appear to have had too many damaging nerfs that have lowered the weapon’s capabilities and DPS.

The M16 is rocksteady with regards to aiming and can easily kill in only a couple of squeezes of its burst-fire trigger. Most people prefer an automatic weapon for its constant stream of bullets, but with a little more love and attention, the M16 can easily get the job done.

7. AK-47

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No one has ever questioned the AK-74’s overwhelming power as each bullet can rip a hole through space and time itself. For all its power, it can be a handful to control thanks to its haphazard recoil.

Nevertheless, it still retains its aura of destruction and skilled players can effortlessly make it look like one of the best weapons in all of Black Ops Cold War.

6. Streetsweeper – Best Shotgun in Black Ops Cold War

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The weapon is an absolute, indisputable beast. For a weapon that smacks like a hammer, it has very little recoil to show for it. The unbelievable fire rate makes it comparable to any automatic weapon, and if you have a group of enemies in close proximity of you and each other, then they’ve already accepted their fate.

The complete downside to the Streetsweeper is that its reload time is nothing short of vile. Given the furious nature of a game of Call of Duty, you just don’t have time to reload it. If it wasn’t for this, it would be much higher up.

5. LC10

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The LC10 is one of the newest additions to Black Ops Cold War as it was introduced alongside the FARA 83 in Season 2. It’s already usurped many guns to become one of the most-used weapons in the game.

Its piercing shots are matched by relatively high accuracy, and it’s a gun with few drawbacks. It’ll be interesting to see where it stands by the time Season 3 comes around.

4. Diamatti – Best Pistol in Black Ops Cold War

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The Diamatti became a fan favorite once Cold War weapons were integrated into Warzone during Season 1. The reality is that the Diamatti is as fearsome as a weapon comes – let alone a secondary weapon.

Its burst fire nature allows it to barrel its way through ammo and give you a big advantage if you’re accurate. It’s only minor setback is that its range suffers in comparison to ARs and SMGs, but if you’re in a small-to-medium-sized map, then give the Diamatti a whirl.

3. XM4

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Whereas people are drawn to the incomparable firepower of the AK-74, the XM4 has actually been lying out in the open the whole time. Available from the start, the XM4 is about the most well-balanced weapon in the game.

In terms of damage, accuracy, mobility, the XM4 is extremely versatile. There’s a reason it’s still heavily favored by the pros as the right attachments can pretty much make it whatever you want it to be.

2. AK-74u – Best SMG in Black Ops Cold War

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It was a close one in the race for top spot, but the AK-74u JUST misses out. Used by many pros and lauded by most players, the AK-74u is fast and fixates on enemy players with unwavering accuracy.

It’s as fundamentally sound as a weapon comes to be honest. There’s no map that hinders it, it absolutely excels in close-range contests, and it should be in one of your main loadouts.

1. Krig 6 – Best Assault Rifle in Black Ops Cold War

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If you know your CoD: Black Ops Cold War, then you probably knew what was coming. That’s right, the Krig 6 takes the top spot because it’s a weapon without any flaws. It’s one of those rare firearms that feels absolutely unbeatable, but not to the point it needs to be nerfed and toned down.

Once you’ve progressed the weapon’s level and reduced its vertical and horizontal recoil, then you have your own ridiculous laser. It’s insanely efficient, very strong, and is quite simply the best weapon in Black Ops Cold War.


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CoD: Cold War devs respond to glitch making ping tracker disappear

Players are no longer able to track their ping during a game of CoD: Cold War and Treyarch have responded to this apparent glitch.

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Since online gaming began, ping has been the standard for measuring a player’s internal connection during a game. Black Ops Cold War’s players currently can’t see theirs, and a Treyarch dev has explained why.

Bigger is certainly not better when it comes to ping during Call of Duty’s online multiplayer. A low, steady, consistent ping is the key to a more stable connection to a game, reducing your chances of dying.

There’s nothing more frustrating than thinking you’ve seen and eliminated an enemy long before you’ve seen them, for the opposite to have actually happened.

So it’s always healthy to check out your ping and ensure your internet connection isn’t costing you several deaths per game. CoD: Cold War normally allows players to monitor their ping during games, but this isn’t the case at the moment heading into Season 3.

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Treyarch’s Community Manager Josh “FoxhoundFPS” Torres had to respond to the alleged glitch in Cold War that prevented ping from tracking.

The complaint was posted as a Reddit thread titled “Can’t see your ping anymore,” and the statement was paired with a picture to highlight the issue.

Under Black Ops Cold War’s usual Settings menu, the option to track your ping was missing from the screen, prompting the question.

But Josh noticed the bug query and weighed in with an official response saying, “We’ve temporarily removed these while we investigate some visual issues. This is currently noted in our patch notes, which will be live tomorrow morning Pacific Time, and we do plan on returning the functionality.”

He continued, “PC players should be able to enable/keep their Server Latency and Packet Loss widgets under Account and Network in their settings.”

This ping issue will no doubt be sorted very soon as it’s a vital statistic that players generally need. Just like recent dev action concerning Cold War PS5 controller issues and broken Zombies attachments, the matter will be noted and attended to ASAP.

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Slide canceling receives major nerf in Cold War Season 3 update

Black Ops Cold War has removed one of CoD’s most controversial and powerful movement techniques, slide canceling, in the Season 3 update.

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Call of Duty’s most common movement technique, slide canceling, has received a significant nerf in Black Ops Cold War’s Season 3 update, essentially removing the mechanic.

Although slide canceling arrived with Black Ops 4, it became especially prominent in Modern Warfare and Warzone, and continued into Cold War. As it says on the tin, this is a method of canceling the slide animation before it finishes to speed up gameplay and get the advantage on opponents.

By canceling the slide mid-way through, you could continue moving at full speed afterward, allowing you to move faster than usual. Players have long used this mechanic to maneuver the map quicker, precisely slide behind cover, and offensively push players using erratic and unpredictable movement.

However, Treyarch has essentially removed this mechanic in Cold War’s Season 3 update.

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It has been clear that Treyarch never intended slide canceling to be as powerful as it was, as devs addressed slide mechanics in Cold War’s day one patch notes. “Sliding is intended as an escape mechanic or quick entrance into crouch or cover,” they explained. “It’s not intended to be over-used during engagements, or to be too advantageous in close quarters.”

Although they have made adjustments to sliding in the past, the Season 3 update has essentially eliminated slide canceling altogether. Instead of canceling the slide mid-way through and quickly returning to a standing position, Cold War will now force you to finish the slide, causing a significant delay before you can stand up.

For players who have been using this mechanic, it will be especially difficult to adjust to the new movement system. As it was a somewhat advanced movement technique, it was especially common in League Play and the CDL, so expect a different style of play in the upcoming Stage 3.

Alongside this update comes adjustments to all Shotguns and LMGs, as well as quality of life updates for Zombies. Once Season 3 officially goes live on April 22, new weapons, maps, and Operators will also arrive in the game.

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Cold War devs confirm weapon unlock challenges coming to Zombies

CoD: Cold War fans who love Zombies and dislike multiplayer can rejoice as specific weapon challenges are coming to its Zombies modes.

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For a long time, Call of Duty fans that love Zombies have had to delve into Cold War’s multiplayer to unlock new weapons. But the devs have now confirmed that Zombies-specific challenges will now be available moving forward in Season 3.

Given that Zombies started out as a side attraction in Call of Duty: World at War, the mode has come a long way. Each year it’s grown, getting bigger and better, with improved stories and maps. Its popularity is now so huge that Treyarch went as far as to create an open-world Zombie experience called Outbreak.

That being said, there has been a hint of resentment from fans who believe that they are short-changed when it comes to unlocking new weapons for CoD’s Zombies. Treyarch has confirmed that this gripe will be fixed in Season 3, with new weapon challenges.

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Since Black Ops Cold War launched, Seasons 1, 2, and 3 have offered a lot in the way of new weapons and gear.

Destructive Streetsweeper shotguns, insane LC-10s, and pinpoint R1 Shadowhunter Crossbows have all become a part of CoD: Cold War lobbies. However, their appearance in games of Die Maschine, Firebase Z, and Outbreak are far more infrequent.

Usually, Zombies players would have to hop into the online portion of Cold War and fulfill the standard unlock requirements to use new weapons in Zombies.

Thankfully for Zombies fans, this is no longer the case. An Official Tweet from the Treyarch Twitter account informed fans of the good news.

There’s no word yet just yet on what the various challenges will entail, but the guarantee is that they will all be specific to Zombies.

All should become clear when Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone launches on April 22.

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