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Warzone Ural Mountains: New Warzone map rumors & release date

There have been many rumors that Ural Mountains will be the next Warzone map, so here’s what we know about this new location.



Fireteam: Dirty Bomb in Black Ops Cold War.

With Zombies running rampant over Verdansk in Season 2, rumors continue to suggest Warzone will head to Black Ops Cold War’s Ural Mountains in the future. Here’s everything we know about the possible new Warzone map.

Warzone has undoubtedly become one of the most popular Call of Duty titles ever, so it’s no surprise that players are always eager for new content to come to the game.

Warzone has passed its one-year anniversary, so players are eagerly looking forward to what’s in-store in the next season. Many now declare they are bored with Verdansk, and Rebirth Island was more of a spin-off than the full CoD Battle Royale experience.

Rebirth Island isn’t for everyone, and many are still calling for a new map to be added to play battle royale besides Verdansk, with it all but confirmed that the Ural Mountain from Black Ops Cold War will fill that space.

Ural Mountains

The strongest rumors regarding a new Warzone map all revolve around Black Ops Cold War’s Fireteam: Dirty Bomb and Zombies’ Outbreak mode.

Currently, there are three maps for this 40-player mode named Alpine, Sanatorium, and Ruka, which are all set in Russia’s Ural Mountains. Season 2’s Outbreak has also given us access to one more Ural Mountains location, Gololva. What makes players believe these could be used in Warzone is the fact that in the game’s code, their names start with the letters “wz.”

With the maps already bigger than regular 6v6 maps, it would make sense to bring them together to create a larger map for Warzone, while Fireteam already uses a lot of Warzone‘s mechanics anyway. Verdansk first arrived as playable locations in Ground War, Modern Warfare’s large-scale multiplayer mode.

Verdansk being nuked

With Black Ops Cold War x Warzone Season 2, Zombies arrived in Verdansk on the ship that crashed onto the shore between Port and Prison. This infection has begun to spread, with Zombies now overrunning Prison. It’s expected that Zombies will continue to spread across Verdansk until the whole area is infested with the undead.

But what does that all mean for the Ural Mountains?

Audio files for an upcoming Warzone game mode called “Plague” were leaked. Through the announcer comms, we could hear Zombies had in fact overrun Verdansk and players were tasked with taking it back. This event, or mode, ends with Verdansk being nuked.

It’s expected that after Verdansk is wiped off the face of the earth, players will head to the Ural Mountains to continue the battle royale action.

Ural Mountains release date

Many players expected the end of Verdansk to coincide with Warzone’s one-year anniversary on March 10. By the anniversary, Zombies had not yet overrun Verdansk but it doesn’t look to be far away.

It was leaked that this massive event to destroy Verdansk would occur on March 11, but we now know that to be false. However, as Zombies continue to infest areas of the map, nuking of Verdansk appears to be approaching fast.

Although there are new rumors the Ural Mountains will arrive in April, there’s of course no official word for when the new map will arrive. It’s very likely that it will arrive either during Warzone Season 2 or launch with Season 3, though.

1980s revamp leaked for Warzone Season 3

A new clip was leaked that gave us our first look at the next evolution of Verdansk. This was a celebrity commercial that showcased the map getting a 1980s makeover.

Locations like Stadium, Dam, Airport, and Downtown were prominently featured in the leaked clip, and they had various changes to help them suit the new aesthetic. Activision then had the commercial taken down from all areas online.

This leaks makes the arrival of the Ural Mountains less likely to happen soon, but we might still see them added to the game at a later point. It’s unlikely that Verdansk will still be playable when they do arrive.

Some battle royales like PUBG have a rotation of maps that players can choose from, while others like Fortnite prefer to keep play to just one island.

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How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe is a melee weapon coming to Black Ops Cold War. Here’s everything you need to know about unlocking the Scythe.



A brand-new melee weapon is coming to Black Ops Cold War and here’s everything you need to know about the Scythe, including how to unlock it.

It can be fun to rack up kills from a distance with an Assault Rifle after hopping into a game of Black Ops Cold War, and sometimes it’s more exciting to use a melee weapon to battle your enemies up close.

Treyarch accidentally released the Scythe melee weapon in Black Ops Cold War in a surprise update on June 6, giving players a sneak peek at the weapon. Now there is an official release date for the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War, so here’s how you can unlock it.

How to unlock the Scythe in Black Ops Cold War

The Scythe will be released for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War on August 12, 2022.

Here’s how to unlock the Scythe in both Multiplayer and Zombies:

  • Multiplayer – Using a Melee weapon, get 2 kills while Ninja or Dead Silence are active in 15 different completed matches.
  • Zombies – Using a primary Melee weapon, kill 200 enemies while Insta-Kill is active.

Completing 15 multiplayer matches will take some time, so you might be faster jumping into a game of Zombies.

The in-game description says that the Scythe is a “quick swinging” two-handed melee weapon that allows you to “reap a bountiful harvest by cutting down all who stand in your path.”

For more Call of Duty, check out the newly revealed Farm 18 map and how to play the Multiplayer beta.

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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

  • 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.

The Nikita AVT and M1916 have also arrived in Warzone with Season 3, so you can check out how to unlock the new Assault Rifle and Marksman Rifle.

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