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Top 7 tips to master Outbreak in Black Ops Cold War

Here are 7 absolutely essential top tips to master Outbreak, Black Ops Cold War’s new open-world Zombies variation.



Outbreak is the newest take on the popular Call of Duty Zombies mode. We’ve come up with 7 must-have tips to help you survive longer and perform better in it.

When the initial announcement for Season 2 of Black Ops Cold War was announced, no one was quite sure what to expect from the new Outbreak mode. Treyarch promoted it as the biggest take on Zombies yet.

The expansive Zombies mode is unlike anything we’ve ever seen before and incorporates elements of the expansive nature of Warzone’s sprawling maps with their new Zombies addition. Outbreak is a welcome change of pace that can be a lot of fun to play, and here are the seven best tips to get you rolling.

1. Do all side activities

In addition to the main objectives you’ll be presented with in Outbreak, the round you’re on will usually have two or three extracurricular activities for you to do.

Reoccurring side missions will include the hungry dragon that requires you to kill zombies inside of a specially-designated ring. There is also a recording that, when triggered, teleports in a couple of Megatons or other tough enemies, requiring you to kill them. Both of these usually appear in every round and are a consistent way to boost your points.

cod bocw outbreak side missions dragon

2. Find Floating Essence

Players that engage in the Fireteam modes will already be quite familiar with the maps used in Outbreak as they are exactly the same.

Lots of the maps have buildings and towers and what you need to know is that in Outbreak they contain a lot of valuable Essence to find. You can usually find vials of Essence around the map which give you 100 points, but the larger floating ones will net you a whopping 500 points. Make sure you seek them out.

3. Listen out for loot drop audio cues

We don’t need to tell you the importance of regularly finding loot chests in Outbreak. Legendary weapons, free armor/damage upgrades, materials, and a lot more can be found in these necessities.

You’ll know when you’re close to one as they make a distinctive beep-boop sound – sometimes accompanied by a child’s laugh. Don’t worry about hogging them as they’re scattered all-around the map you’re on and there’s plenty to go around.

cod bocw outbreak zombies loot chest

4. Maximize your total points

It goes without saying that your best chances of survival are predicated on you earning many points and investing them wisely.

As well as side activities and finding essence, there are also some other things you can do to kep your score rising. Killing at long-range will earn extra longshot points, stun grenades hurled into large groups of zombies will do wonders, and the “Ring of Fire” equipment can reward lots of bonus points for kills and assists.

5. Pack-a-Punch your gun

With all those extra points in the bag, you need to make sure you’re not wasting them. Above all else, Pack-a-Punching your weapon is an absolute must if you want to survive as Zombies get stronger, and get stronger quickly.

Now, which weapon you select is obviously up to you, but it has to be said that certain weapons are better equipped to cope with the rigorous demands of the later rounds, such as LMGs.

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6. Collect materials and make sure you use them

It’s so easy to dismiss materials when you’re in the middle of Outbreak, but you should never underestimate how much they are actually needed.

Materials can upgrade your weapon’s damage, the sturdiness of your armor, and buy you super-powerful scorestreaks like a Chopper Gunner.

7. Pick up items

One final reminder is to make sure you’re vigilant and constantly check the surrounding area to see what items have been left as a present by the undead.

They can drop all kinds of useful gear that should never be scoffed at. Aside from the obvious fact they can inflict copious amount of damage, as we’ve said, they can also warrant additional points too. Frag Grenades, Semtex, and C4 are great for crowd control, and if you’re lucky enough to get a Cymbal Monkey, then you should feel safer.

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Those are our seven best tips to survive Outbreak and if you’re also kitted out with three teammates to go through this journey together, then you should hopefully enjoy a longer experience.

Image credits: Treyarch

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How to open Scare Packages in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer & Zombies

One of The Haunting challenges players with opening a Scare Package in Black Ops Cold War, here’s how to do it in multiplayer and Zombies.



The Haunting COD Zombies with pumpkins on their heads

Scare Packages have dropped into Black Ops Cold War’s The Haunting event, and players are tasked with opening one of these spooky supply drops for a challenge. Here’s where you can find them in Cold War multiplayer and Zombies.

The Haunting event is in full swing in Black Ops Cold War, with plenty of spooky content for Halloween fanatics to dive into.

Among the new skins and maps is a host of creepy challenges to be completed, one of which asks players to open an aptly named Scare Package in multiplayer or Zombies.

Here’s our guide to completing this challenge in both modes.

How to open Scare Packages in multiplayer

Scare Package and Care Package BOCW comparison

Scare Packages come as reskinned versions of the normal Care Packages called in as a Scorestreak. You’ll be able to them apart thanks to their orange color and the Halloweeny music that plays when the helicopters drop it off.

Coming across Scare Packages in multiplayer is probably the trickier method of the two because devs have made it a game of chance.

The problem is that not every Care Package comes as a Scare Package, so you will have to keep getting scorestreaks to have a chance of one dropping.

There’s also the issue that other players could swoop in and steal your Scare Package after it lands, so make sure you’re in a safe space when you call it in.

How to open Scare Packages on Zombies

Scare Package in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

To open a Scare Package in Zombies, instead of players calling them in they will spawn in a random location on the map every five rounds.

It’s far more straightforward here because you don’t have to compete with other players but just a hoard of AI Zombies.

Unfortunately, they won’t show up on your mini-map, but thanks to their bright color you shouldn’t have too much trouble tracking them down.

We recommend saving one Zombie at the end of the round so you can freely explore the map without worrying about being eaten alive.

Warzone and Black Ops Cold War The Haunting event challenges rewards

That was our guide on how to open Scare Packages in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer and Zombies.

For more on Black Ops Cold War, check out how to complete the Forsaken Zombies Perkaholic easter egg, and how to unlock the Ghost of War Ultra Skin.

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How to complete Cold War Forsaken Zombies Perkaholic easter egg

The new Black Ops Cold War Season 6 Zombies map, Forsaken, has a great easter egg for players to get every perk in the game.



forsaken zombies perkaholic easter egg

Zombies players have found a brand new easter egg for the Black Ops Cold War Season 6 map Forsaken, which grants Perkaholic upon completion.

Players have been enjoying the new Zombies content in Season 6, not only is there a new map, but the new Haunting event has also brought new updates to the mode.

Having said that, players are still finding secrets and easter eggs in Forsaken, and the latest gives players Perkaholic. Here’s how you can complete the Forsaken Zombies Perkaholic easter egg.

Black Ops Cold War Forsaken Zombies Map logo

Popular Zombies YouTuber MrDalekJD put up a video explaining how you can get Perkaholic in Forsaken.

The steps are fairly simple for something that gives you every perk in the game, but it will take some time and knowledge to do.

We’ve put together a step-by-step guide on how to complete the Forsaken Zombies Perkaholic easter egg, courtesy of MrDalekJD.

How to complete Forsaken Zombies Perkaholic easter egg

perkaholic in forsaken zombies

First off, make your way to the first floor of the Video Store in Anytown West.

As you enter the building, go to the back left corner of the room and you will see a VHS tape tucked up against the shelf. Couch, throw a grenade at the tape, and it should knock it over to be picked up.

Once you’ve picked it up, note that you have to go prone to get the prompt to grab it, make your way over to the TV Store. Head behind the counter and insert the VHS into the tape player.

Hit play on the tape player and four TVs will light up in front of you with different colors: Blue, green orange, and red. This is essentially a Simon says mini-game in which the player needs to shoot the TVs in the same order in which they light up.

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There are three sequences of four colors that players will have to keep up with. We suggest using a notepad or your phone to keep track of the sequences if you’re having trouble.

After this step, one of the TVs will stay on permanently, you will need to interact with the TV to progress. Once you have interacted with the final TV, your screen will go grey and a figure will begin to follow you. You must avoid this figure and not let it get close to you, as it will kill you instantly.

The figure will respawn every two to four minutes, and to progress, you will need to purchase Tombstone Soda. If you then go to the Particle Accelerator room whilst you are in the Tombstone Soda shadow mode after being killed, you will see the figure is floating above the particle accelerator.

forsaken zombies figure

You then need to shoot the figure, which will cause it to multiply, and keep shooting the one with the flaming eyes. Once you’ve shot the correct figure numerous times, it will disappear.

Revive yourself using Tombstone and you’ll notice every perk has been given to you, congratulations you’ve completed the Perkaholic easter egg!

Keep in mind this will only work for one person, but this will guarantee Perkaholic for that player if they can complete it.

For more Call of Duty Zombies, check out the first perk revealed for Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies.

Image Credits: Treyarch / Activision / MrDalekJD

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How to complete The Haunting event challenges in Warzone & Cold War: All rewards

The Haunting event has arrived in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War and here is how to complete all of the challenges and earn new rewards.



Warzone and Black Ops Cold War The Haunting event challenges rewards

The Haunting event is now live in the worlds of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, and here is how you can complete all of the challenges to earn some exciting rewards for your collections.

The Halloween season has officially arrived in Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, with The Haunting event kicking off on October 19, 2021.

This Halloween-themed event has brought the ability for players to unlock the new LAPA SMG and enjoy the adrenaline-fueled action of the new Ghosts of Verdansk game mode, while also being able to acquire the highly anticipated Ghostface and Donnie Darko skins.

One of the main features of The Haunting event in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War is the set of challenges players can complete to earn rewards, so here is everything you need to know about The Haunting event challenges and rewards.

The Haunting event gameplay in Call of Duty: Warzone

The Haunting Event challenges and rewards

There are nine The Haunting event challenges that players can either complete in Call of Duty: Warzone or Black Ops Cold War with each game having its own set of unique The Haunting event challenges that provide players with specific rewards for completing.

You can find all of The Haunting event challenges and their rewards in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War below:

Warzone challenges and rewards

  • Play 5 matches in The Ghosts of Verdansk playlist – Fire Slick M82 blueprint
  • Earn a Top 10 final placement with your Squad in The Ghosts of Verdansk playlist 3 times – Frightening Watch
  • Eliminate 10 enemy Ghosts in The Ghosts of Verdansk playlist – Respirator weapon charm
  • Eliminate 10 enemy Humans while playing as your Operator in The Ghosts of Verdansk playlist – Final Summons animated emblem
  • Eliminate 5 enemy Humans while playing as a Ghost in The Ghosts of Verdansk playlist – Bloody Knife reticle
  • As a Ghost, redeploy as your Operator by collecting 3 souls or performing a Finishing Move on a standing, crouching, or prone Human enemy – Muderous Mime sticker
  • Use 3 Scared Ground locations to reduce your Fear Meter in The Ghosts of Verdansk playlist – Underworld calling card
  • Answer 3 phones in The Ghosts of Verdansk playlist – Prophecy sticker
  • Experience 3 Hallucinations while you have a full Fear Meter in The Ghosts of Verdnask playlist – Tentacle weapon charm
The Haunting event challenges in Call of Duty: Warzone

Black Ops Cold War challenges and rewards

  • Play and complete 5 matches in Multiplayer or Zombies The Haunting event playlists – Blasting Lantern blueprint
  • Get 200 Multiplayer eliminations in the Nuketown Halloween 24/7 playlist or smash pumpkin heads in Zombies – Trick-or-Treat watch
  • Finish Top 3 in Scream Deathmatch or successfully exfil in Hallow’s Eve Outbreak – Magic Broom weapon charm
  • Get 30 Multiplayer eliminations in Infected or eliminate Special or Elite enemies in Zombies – Jack-O animated emblem
  • Get 10 Melee Weapon kills in Multiplayer or earn Butcher medals in Zombies (5 rapid melee kills) – Spiderweb reticle
  • Open 5 Scare Packages in Multiplayer or Zombies – Slash-O-Lantern sticker
  • Get 50 Eliminations while using the Ghost perk in Multiplayer or kill enemies while cloaked in the Aether Shroud in Zombies – Jack’s Revenge animated calling card
  • Get 3 Multiplayer kills with dying 3 times or earn Carnage medals in Zombies (10 rapid kills) – Keystone Capers arcade game
  • Get 5 Multiplayer kills with fire damage or earn fire damage multi-kill medals in Zombies – Molar weapon charm
The Haunting event artwork for Call of Duty: Warzone and Black Ops Cold war

There is no doubt that plenty of Warzone and Black Ops Cold War players will be working to complete all of The Haunting event challenges and add all of these rewards to their inventories for future battles in the popular Call of Duty games.

For more Call of Duty, check out how you can get the new Ghost of War Ultra Skin in Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, and stay tuned for future news and guides.

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