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Best Zombies weapons to use in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 17/Nov/2020 17:14 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 23:00

by Alex Garton


Survival in Black Ops Cold War Zombies is determined by a lot of factors but not many are more important than the weapon you choose to take on the hordes of Zombies inside Die Maschine. Here’s some of the best weapons to use. 

Black Ops Cold War has arrived and there’s been a number of significant changes to the Zombies mode. These include weapon rarity, custom loadouts, and exclusive field upgrades. These changes have added a new layer of strategy to Zombies and given players more choice in how they take on waves of dead enemies.

Of course, the question is, what’s the best way to survive in Black Ops Cold War Zombies?

Well, here’s our rundown of what weapons we recommend you use to last as long as possible.

There are some exciting easter eggs in Cold War’s Zombies, make sure you’re on the lookout for any clues.

Best weapons to use in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

In no particular order, here’s what we think are the best weapons to use in Cold War’s Zombies.


The knife is not as exciting as some of the other weapons on the list, but it’s a great choice for the early rounds. The weapon capable of one-shotting zombies all the way up to round 14 and can be upgraded via Pack-A-Punch for the later rounds.

There’s doubt that as the rounds progress the knife will become less and less useful. However, considering it doesn’t cost anything, it’s a perfect choice to wipe out zombies with ease in the opening rounds.


As long-time Call of Duty fans will know, the M16 has been a staple in every Black Ops title in both Zombies and multiplayer. However, it has never been a top-tier weapon until now.

The M16 is a great choice for both the early and late game rounds. Once upgraded it becomes a 6 bullet burst assault rifle with a large magazine. It’s fair to say it’s a weapon choice that you definitely won’t regret.

Some of the guns off the wall are more reliable than the mystery box weapons.

Ray Gun

The Ray Gun is arguably the most iconic weapon in Black Ops Zombies across all the titles. However, in recent games, it lost a lot of its power and wasn’t picked up by a lot of players. It is only in Cold War that it’s regained its reputation as a top-tier weapon.

It melts through hordes of undead enemies with ease and can be upgraded for the later rounds. Despite receiving a nerf to its damage, it remains a solid choice for any player to pick up.

Galo SA12

The Galo SA12 is a pump-action shotgun and the heavy hitter of the list. This weapon can be bought off the wall so it’s a perfect choice for every match. It’s reliable for the early rounds and once upgraded it’s absolutely destructive.

This weapon is unbelievably popular among streamers and content creators for good reason. It packs a punch and it’s a great choice for any players looking to survive until the high rounds.

The Gallo SA12 is building a reputation as one of the best shotguns in Cold War.

D.I.E Shockwave

The beauty of the D.I.E Shockwave is its unique design and infinite ammo supply. It may not be the best weapon in the game to clear hordes of zombies instantly, but it’s a great option for players who hate refilling their ammo. The weapon can technically be used infinitely if utilized correctly. On top of the fact that it’s probably one of the most unique weapons in Cold War, it’s definitely worth trying it out.

That’s our rundown of the best weapons to use in Black Ops Cold War Zombies. You can check out all our Black Ops Cold War guides on our dedicated hub here.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies: New Firebase Z details, Tombstone Soda, Scorestreaks

Published: 15/Jan/2021 21:29 Updated: 15/Jan/2021 21:30

by Tanner Pierce


In celebration of 115 day (which is a reference to Element 115 from Zombies lore), Treyarch have revealed some of the first major details about the upcoming Black Ops Cold War Zombies map, Firebase Z.

During the Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch announced that a new Zombies map, titled Firebase Z, would be coming before the end of the season and confirmed that more details would be coming on 115 day.

Now, that day is here and it’s safe to say that Treyarch have delivered, at least for the time being, confirming exactly how the map connects to the mode’s overall narrative and revealing some new items that players will be able to use while grinding their way through it.

Black Ops Cold War Firebase Z story

Firebase Z will take place in Vietnam and feature new enemies.

According to Treyarch, Firebase Z takes place in a facility called Outpost 25, which is located in the jungles of Vietnam. Set after the events of the first map, Die Maschine, Samantha Maxis has been captured by Omega Group and it’s up to the Requiem team to go and save her, which brings them to Outpost 25.

The developers also confirmed that the map will feature some brand-new enemies and gameplay mechanics, but they failed to go into detail about what exactly they will be. Could we be seeing a new boss zombie similar to the Megaton from Die Maschine? Fans will have to just wait and see.

New Zombies perk and scorestreaks

Tombstone Soda is returning in Black Ops Cold War and it’ll operate a bit differently than it has in the past.

In addition to the narrative details, Treyarch also confirmed some of the new items coming to the game. The first, which was teased a few weeks back, is the Tombstone Soda perk.

For Black Ops Cold War, the aforementioned perk, which originated in Black Ops II, will feature some novel abilities.

While the player has the perk active, they will turn into a “shadow” if they’re downed. In this form, players can use weapons while they attempt to revive themselves. That being said, if you die while in shadow form, you’re done, presumably until the next round.

If you’re a fan of the original perk, however, that’s not a problem, as the tier-three upgrade for the Black Ops Cold War version allows you to drop a small stash, which includes all of your original items, when you die, which is almost identical to how the BO2 version worked.

Beyond that, the developers also confirmed that two new scorestreaks will be coming to the game: the Artillery and Napalm Strike. Each one can be crafted from the Crafting Table, although it’s unknown whether or not they’ll be available on just Firebase Z or if Die Maschine is also getting some love.

All in all, it seems like Firebase Z is going to bring a ton of cool features when it launches on February 4, 2021, which is sure to liven up the overall Zombies experience in Black Ops Cold War.