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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
- Best Cold War UGR Perks & Equipment
- How to unlock UGR in Black Ops Cold War
- Best alternatives to Cold War’s UGR
Best Cold War UGR loadout attachments
- 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
- 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
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.
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
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.
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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.
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.
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
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.
Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch
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