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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Player running in Black Ops Cold War

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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