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Best PKM loadouts for Warzone and Modern Warfare

Published: 12/Jul/2020 16:46 Updated: 12/Jul/2020 16:53

by Joe Craven

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The PKM is one of the strongest LMGs in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, but it requires a number of attachments to make it competitive with any weapon. Here, we break down your best options when using the PKM. 

Recent weeks have seen the Bruen Mk9 grow to be one of the strongest weapons in Warzone. Players have quickly discovered that LMGs can be useful at longer ranges, particularly following the nerf to the Grau. However, some players have also realized that the PKM can be more than viable.

Its open iron sights and large magazines negate its poor handling, both of which are complemented by a high damage output and manageable recoil. While potentially not as purely powerful as the Bruen, the right attachments can make the PKM competitive with nearly any weapon.

Best PKM loadout for Warzone

  • Monolithic Suppressor
  • 26.9″ Extended Barrel
  • Commando Foregrip
  • Stippled Grip Tape
  • Sleight of Hand

PKM Warzone Loadout in Modern Warfare Gunsmith

The Monolithic Suppressor and 26.9″ Extended Barrel massively increase the PKM’s range, carrying its high damage output to even longer distances. The suppressor will also keep players off enemy radars, while the slightly heavier barrel reduces recoil too.

Furthermore, the Commando Foregrip reduces recoil further, without slowing the PKM’s handling anymore. The Stippled Grip Tape will also go some way to speed up ADS time, while Sleight of Hand will massively reduce your reload time.

One of the weaknesses with nearly every LMG is the cumbersome reload time, but Sleight of Hand can reduce this significantly and get you back in the action much faster, after you’ve spent your 100 shots.

 Best PKM loadout for Modern Warfare multiplayer

  • 18.2″ Compact Barrel
  • FSS Close Quarters Stock
  • Snatch Grip
  • Stippled Grip Tape 
  • Sleight of Hand

PKM MW loadout in Modern Warfare Gunsmith

The Stippled Grip Tape and Sleight of Hand remain, because they are arguably more important in multiplayer than Warzone. When engagements are more frequent, players will need faster ADS and reload speed. On this note, the FSS Close Quarters Stock goes further to reduce ADS time, and allows players to snap aim to a more effective degree.

The final two modifications also reduce ADS time. The 18.2″ Compact Barrel will also aid movement speed, allowing to traverse Modern Warfare’s multiplayer maps much faster.

The Snatch Grip is also a fairly unique attachment, in that it reduces recoil and ADS time. For these reasons, we’re recommending it on your Modern Warfare class to speed up ADS, and maximize your close-range accuracy.


That rounds off our best PKM loadouts for both Modern Warfare and Warzone! Check out our other recommended Warzone loadouts at our dedicated hub, and be sure to tweet us @DexertoIntel to let us know your thoughts.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies leak reveals new Pack-A-Punch, armor, more

Published: 29/Oct/2020 2:20 Updated: 29/Oct/2020 2:23

by Brad Norton

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A huge collection of Black Ops Cold War Zombies leaks has seemingly revealed a ton of key details for the upcoming mode, including new weapons, Perks, armor, and plenty of additional features. 

Zombies in Call of Duty has been around since World at War released in 2008. The round-based mode has been a staple in Treyarch games ever since and the upcoming Black Ops Cold War is no different.

The iconic mode is returning in a big way. Not only will new features be on display on a new map, but players will be able to join up with friends across all platforms for the first time ever. There’s a ton to look forward to, but before the November 13 launch, a wide array of details have already leaked out online.

From brand-new features in the latest iteration, to the surprise inclusion of armor, and even a new spin on Pack-A-Punch, there’s plenty to digest. Here’s an overview of all the key information from the new leaks.

Armor coming to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Warzone armor
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Warzone’s armor system appears to be making its way to Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

In a first for the series, armor is reportedly making its way to the Zombies experience. Similar to how it functions in Warzone, players will be able to equip three armor plates at once. Additionally, this armor can then be upgraded at brand new ‘armor stations’ around the map. 

This means that teams will be able to boost their health greater than ever before.

In previous iterations, Juggernog was the main source of health buffs. However, with full armor and Juggernog in Black Ops Cold War, players can allegedly survive “10 hits from a Zombie.”

Perks in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Many of the fan-favorites are back, but a new Perk is also on the way in Black Ops Cold War.

While previous leaks outlined which perks to expect in the newly revamped Zombies mode, a few new details have slipped through the cracks. There is one new Perk-a-cola in the game and it’s referred to as ‘Elemental Pop.’

This unique perk will activate an Ammo Mod at random. You may be wondering what an Ammo Mod even is, that’s because these are entirely new with Black Ops Cold War as well. There are four Ammo Mods in total and chugging this new perk will randomly give out one at a time.

Below is a list of all four and how they function:

  • Cyrofreeze – Frost damage and slows enemies.
  • Dead Wire – Electric damage and stuns enemies.
  • Napalm Blast – Fire damage and burns Zombies.
  • Brain Rot – Turns a Zombie to an ally.
Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Elemental Pop is set to change your weapons in exciting new ways.

One of these effects will be applied to your equipped weapon, changing how the map will play out moving forward. Also of note, Pack-A-Punch has been changed to fit these new Ammo Mods as well.

Whenever you’re Pack-A-Punching a gun in Black Ops Cold War, you’ll reportedly be able to choose from this list. No longer will the upgrade be down to luck; players will have input in the effects their weapons will come with.

Field Upgrades in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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Eight powerful Field Upgrades are supposedly in the works for Black Ops Cold War.

Rather than working with Specialists in the upcoming Zombies mode, Field Upgrades are in focus. There are seemingly eight in total, though only five may be included at launch, according to the leaker.

Some of these help wipe out waves of enemies while others will set your team up to defend a location. They all have unique functions so you’ll have to pick wisely and spread them out among your team. Below is a list of each Field Upgrade seemingly confirmed for launch.

  • Aether Shroud – Masks your presence, making you near-invisible to Zombies. Lasts 5 seconds.
  • Ring of Fire – “Ring shows up that boosts damage inside for everyone.” Also burns enemies that step inside.
  • Healing Aura – Heal yourself and teammates to full health within a small radius.
  • Frost Blast – Wind blast of frost damage. Also slows Zombies.
  • Energy Mine – Proximity mine.

Additionally, three more Field Upgrades appear to be joining the list in future seasons. Lightning Links, Toxic Growth, and Frenzy Guard could all change your strategies as Black Ops Cold War evolves.

New Rune upgrade system in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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It looks like there will be more to grind for than any previous Zombies experience.

While plenty of other details may seem like obvious iterations, Runes are supposedly the “biggest innovation” in Black Ops Cold War. These serve the role of a fully-fledged upgrade system. Everything from Perks to weapons can all be upgraded through the use of Runes.

With every aspect of the game having three distinct tiers, that leads to a total of 72 permanent upgrades to unlock. These are all purchasable with a new in-game currency known as ‘Aetherium,’ according to the leaks.

Aetherium comes in both Raw and Flawless variants. There’s no telling just how long the grind will be to tally up your Aetherium, though playing the game is seemingly the only way to earn this new currency. 

One example of the Rune system at work focused on the Stamin-Up perk. With the level one upgrade, movement impairing effects from stuns and Zombie strikes are reduced by 50%. At the next tier, all fall damage is removed. Finally, at level three, players are able to sprint while aiming.

Other new details for Zombies in Black Ops Cold War

Black Ops Cold War zombie gameplay
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You can spot a blueish grenade dropping off of this Zombie in the official trailer. This could be part of the new loot system.

Right off the bat, you’ll notice that Zombies have health bars and display damage numbers when being hit. Additionally, there will be a compass and minimap no different from Warzone. 

Zombies will supposedly also have a chance to drop random loot at any time. Similar to power-up drops in the classic Zombies experience, foes can drop armor, grenades, and even killstreaks, according to the leaker.

Last but not least, there is a new Salvage system in the game.

As you progress through the rounds and fend off waves, you’ll collect Salvage which can then be used to build various tools. From explosives to support equipment and even Monkey Bombs, crafting will be a key feature in Zombies.

Black Ops Cold War Zombies gameplay
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This is a look at Salvage in the Zombies trailer, according to the leaker.

As always with early leaks, do take this information with a grain of salt until Black Ops Cold War is released. Some of these details could come from an early build that has since been changed or outright scrapped.

Only time will tell how much of this holds true. If even half of this info is accurate, however, Zombies fans could be in for the most elaborate year thus far.