Black Ops 4 March 19 update patch notes - Shamrock & Awe live on all platforms, Blackout PC updates, and more - Dexerto
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Black Ops 4 March 19 update patch notes – Shamrock & Awe live on all platforms, Blackout PC updates, and more

Published: 19/Mar/2019 18:28 Updated: 19/Mar/2019 22:47

by Alan Bernal


The latest Black Ops 4 patch is finally bringing the Shamrock & Awe seasonal event to PC and Xbox One players while introducing a new Gauntlet and Blackout mode to the rest of the community.

The new update will usher in the latest playlists for Multiplayer that will bring loads of new ways to mix up the Call of Duty formula as well as bring notable fixes to the popular shooter.

Most of the new content in the update is going to impact PC and Xbox players, but Playstation 4 players will be getting a couple of new additions in the form Stockpile and Domination being added to the Featured Playlists.

Cha-Ching and Secret Santa fixes

All platforms will be getting a fix to the Cha-Ching and Secret Santa weapons to make their melee ranges more similar to the Combat Knife. As well as rectifying a few bugs that have been cropping up in Blackout’s Shamrock & Awe Easter Egg.

Now that the seasonal event is live for PC and Xbox One, players can claim the St. Patrick’s Day Gesture and Calling Card for free in the Black Market.

TreyarchThe latest update is bringing tons of seasonal content in and out of games.

Stockpile mode in Multiplayer

Additionally, Multiplayer has received the St. Patrick’s Stockpile mode that gives the traditional game a festive twist. The event is also affecting Zombies and Blackout by adding green-eyed undead along with an Easter Egg in the Classic Chaos maps, while bringing a fresh take to the battle royale map for the changing season.

Though the fun and games is going to get a lot more intense now that Hardcore Blackout has made its way to PC and Xbox that takes away a ton of HUD help and brings a fresh new take of notifying where the zone will end up.

New Zombies content

Zombies players will be squaring off in Blood of the Dead for the new Hellcatraz Gauntlet which will have varying challenges for 30 grueling rounds.

Additionally, Treyarch confirmed that the next Zombies story, entitled ‘Ancient Evil,’ will arrive on March 26 with the next major Black Ops 4 update.

For the whole breakdown of the March 19 update, read the full patch notes, courtesy of Treyarch, below:

March 19 Update: “Ancient Evil” Arrives March 26 on PS4 in Zombies / Shamrock & Awe Now Live on Xbox One & PC / Playlist & Blackout Updates on PC

“Ancient Evil” Arrives March 26 on PS4

The chilling next chapter of the Black Ops 4 Zombies saga unfolds next week on PS4 with “Ancient Evil”, the final Chaos story experience of the current Zombies season. We’ve got much more to share over the next week, with the world premiere of the gameplay trailer just around the corner.

And just in case you missed this morning’s teaser… Delphi awaits.

Shamrock & Awe Event (Xbox One/PC)

Shamrock & Awe continues on PS4 and arrives today on Xbox One and PC, bringing free seasonal content to Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies!

These limited-time updates include St. Patrick’s Stockpile in Multiplayer, Hardcore Mode along with the Homunculus Leprechauns and his Pot-o-Gold in Blackout, green-eyed zombies that come with their own new seasonal Easter Egg in Zombies, and free personalization items for logging in during the event.

Enjoy these seasonal in-game goodies during the month of March as we prepare for our next major game update on March 26, including all-new experiences in Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies.

Playlist & Blackout Updates on PC

We’ve also made some updates across all modes today on PC as a result of player feedback:

  • Multiplayer: We’ve heard the PC community’s feedback on the new Deathmatch Moshpit playlist, and we’ve split it back out into separate Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed playlists with today’s Game Settings update.
  • Blackout: We’ve reduced the number of players required to auto-start Quads, Duos, and Solo matches from 100 to 80 for faster match start times.
  • Zombies: As we prepare for the upcoming release of “Ancient Evil”, we’ve temporarily removed the “New Map” playlist on PC, which was previously for “Dead of the Night”. This map will still be playable in the “Chaos” playlist moving forward.

Read on below for today’s updates:

  • General

    • Shamrock & Awe Event now live in Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies (Xbox & PC)
    • Cha-Ching and Secret Santa melee range adjustments
    • Pause/play fix in Theater Mode
  • Multiplayer

    • St. Patrick’s Stockpile added as Featured Playlist (Xbox One/PC)
    • Stockpile added as Featured Playlist (PS4)
    • Mercenary Objective Moshpit, Hardcore Moshpit, One in the Chamber, and Domination added to the Featured category (consoles)
    • Mercenary Objective Moshpit, Hardcore Moshpit, One in the Chamber, and Objective Moshpit added to the Featured category (PC)
    • Deathmatch Moshpit playlist split into separate TDM and Kill Confirmed playlists on PC
  • Blackout

    • Hardcore Mode added as Featured Playlist (Xbox One/PC)
    • Homunculus Leprechaun, Pot-o-Gold, and seasonal Easter Egg added (Xbox One/PC)
    • Contraband Stashes featuring KAP 45, Rampage, and Switchblade X9 (Xbox One/PC)
    • Muscle Car and SUV added to Solos, Duos, and Quads (Xbox One/PC)
    • Reduced the number of players required to auto-start Quads, Duos, and Solo matches on PC from 100 to 80 for faster match start times
    • Hot Pursuit continues on all platforms
  • Zombies

    • “Hellcatraz” Gauntlet added (Xbox One/PC)
    • Green-eyed zombies and new seasonal Easter Egg added (Xbox One/PC)
    • Temporarily removed the “New Map” playlist on PC to prepare for the release of “Ancient Evil”
    • Stability fix for “Dead of the Night”


  • Weapons

    • Melee range for Cha-Ching and Secret Santa weapons adjusted to match the range of the Combat Knife.
  • Theater

    • Reinstated proper pause/play functionality in Theater.


  • Game Modes

    • Featured category updated:

      • Mercenary Objective Moshpit
      • Hardcore Moshpit
      • One in the Chamber
      • Domination (Xbox One/PS4), Objective Moshpit (PC)


  • Shamrock & Awe

    • Addressed an issue that allowed players to activate the Shamrock & Awe Easter Egg multiple times in a match.
    • Addressed an issue that prevented the rainbow from appearing when the Shamrock & Awe Easter Egg is available in an area.
  • Game Modes

    • Hot Pursuit continues on all platforms.


  • Stability

    • Dead of the Night

      • Fixed a crash that could occur during the Stake Knife Quest.


  • Events

    • Shamrock & Awe Event now live in Multiplayer, Blackout, and Zombies.
    • Players can visit the Black Market to collect their free St. Patrick’s Day Gesture & Calling Card.


  • Shamrock & Awe Event

    • St. Patrick’s Stockpile

      • Carry your banked enemy shamrocks to the nearest pot of gold to score points and claim victory for your team in this limited-time game mode.


  • Game Modes

    • Hardcore added as Featured Playlist.
    • Quads version of Blackout with no HUD, armor, vehicles, or zombies.
    • No mini-map, player information, team information, compass, player count, or killfeed.
    • Quick Equip Menu disabled.
    • Med Kits are the only available healing items (no Trauma Kits or Bandages).
    • A fleet of helicopters drops flares overhead to inform players of each new circle location.
  • Weapons

    • Contraband Stashes
    • Contraband Stashes allow access to the latest weapons: Rampage shotgun, Switchblade X9 SMG, and KAP 45 auto-pistol.
  • Vehicles

    • Muscle Car & SUV
    • Muscle Car and SUV now available in Solos, Duos, and Quads, without their special abilities exclusive to Hot Pursuit.
  • Shamrock & Awe Event

    • St. Patrick’s-themed map updates, including additional loot available in Pot-o-Gold Stashes, Homunculus Leprechaun hoards, and in Mystery Boxes at the end of the rainbow.


  • Gauntlets

    • Hellcatraz

      • Take on 30 rounds of new challenges as the Primis crew in “Blood of the Dead” for rewards at Tiers 10, 20, and 30.
  • Shamrock & Awe Event

    • Green-eyed zombies and a new seasonal Easter Egg now live in Classic Chaos story maps.


  • Featured Playlists

    • Split the Deathmatch Moshpit back out into separate Team Deathmatch and Kill Confirmed playlists.
    • Objective Moshpit added to Featured category this week.


  • General

    • Reduced the number of players required to auto-start Blackout Quads, Duos, and Solo matches from 100 to 80 for faster match start times.


  • “New Map” Playlist

    • Temporarily removed the “New Map” playlist for Zombies, which was previously “Dead of the Night”.
    • This playlist will return on PC once “Ancient Evil” has been released for Black Ops Pass holders.
    • “Dead of the Night” can still be played in the “Chaos” playlist.


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Best Black Ops Cold War weapons to use in Warzone

Published: 26/Nov/2020 14:42

by James Busby


While Warzone currently shares its loadouts with Modern Warfare, it won’t be long until Black Ops Cold War’s guns are integrated into the game. Here are seven guns that you should be leveling up ahead of the cross-progression update. 

Black Ops Cold War features plenty of deadly weapons that will drastically shake up the Warzone meta, giving players even more choice when it comes to crafting the perfect loadout. Warzone will also share weapon progression with both Black Ops Cold War and Modern Warfare, so you’ll be able to level up your guns in either game. This integration will likely have a huge impact on Warzone’s current meta, especially when Treyarch adds new weapons to Black Ops Cold War.

While Modern Warfare’s ever-popular Kilo 141 and MP5 loadouts will still likely remain popular picks among players, there are a number of new and returning guns that could dethrone the current kings. As a result, we’ve put together a list of the seven best Black Ops Cold War guns you’ll want to use in Warzone. 


AK-47 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
Black Ops Cold War’s AK-47 will be a force to be reckoned with when it drops into Verdansk.

Best AK-47 loadout

While this Russian rifle struggled to compete in Modern Warfare’s, it has come back with a vengeance in Treyarch’s latest title. In fact, the AK-47 is the best gun in the entire game thanks to its high-damage and incredible versatility. Whether you prefer to run and gun your way to victory, or methodically pick off targets from afar, there is a loadout that caters to every kind of playstyle. 

This reliable rifle has proven so lethal that it has dominated the pro and casual CoD scene since launch. One of the most potent AK-47 builds literally has no recoil, so this could rival the new Kilo 141 when it drops. The difference between both Modern Warfare’s AK-47 and the current Black Ops Variant is night and day.

Krig 6

Krig 6
Activision / Treyarch
The Krig 6 is one of the most accurate AR’s in the game.

Best Krig 6 loadout

The Krig 6 has been making a name for itself thanks to its low recoil and methodical fire rate. While it doesn’t deal as much damage as the AK-47, it makes up for this with its fantastic precision. Warzone is dominated by assault rifles like the Kilo 141, Grau 5.56, and M13 as these weapons enable the user to beam opponents without the need to wrestle with any finicky recoil patterns.

After all, being able to effortlessly hit players from across all ranges is a huge bonus to any Warzone player looking to increase their kill count. The Krig 6 also boasts excellent weapon control and quick reloads, making it a great pick for those that prefer to seek out those all-important headshots. 


M16 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
Only time will tell whether this classic assault rifle has what it takes to wreak havoc across Verdansk.

Best M16 loadout

Modern Warfare’s FAMAS demonstrated just how bad burst rifles could be in Warzone, but the M16 could change this notion completely. Unlike the FAMAS, Black Ops Cold War’s M16 can dish out highly accurate rounds in a matter of seconds. In fact, the iconic burst rifle was recently nerfed as it was overperforming.

Despite Treyarch toning down its damage range and slightly increasing its delay between bursts, this AR still absolutely melts opponents. Any gun that can accurately drop an enemy in a couple of bursts is always going to pique the interest of Warzone players. As proven by gameplay in Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, the M16 can quickly down even the most well-armored of enemies. 


MP5 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The MP5 still continues to dominate the SMG competition.

Best MP5 loadout

A lot of Call of Duty fans were left disappointed when they found that the MP5 still remained at the top of the SMG rankings. Multiplayer lobbies were dominated by this lightning-fast SMG during Black Ops Cold War’s launch week, and it’s not hard to see why. Despite the recent nerf, the MP5 still boasts high rates of fire, great mobility, and decent close-quarters damage.

Whether this variant will prove as lethal as the Warzone’s current MP5 remains to be seen, but we expect the new attachments will certainly allow it to rival its predecessor. 

Type 63

Type 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Type 63 is one Tactical Rifle that is worth adding to your arsenal.

Best Type 63 loadout

While the Type 63 shares a few similarities to Modern Warfare’s EBR-14, it is better in every single way. Not only does it have a significantly lower recoil pattern, it can also unleash some incredibly fast two shot kills. Equipping the 18.3” Strike Team barrel will not only speed up this semi-auto rifle’s fire rate, but it will also increase its damage. 

While most semi-auto rifles are often plagued by sluggish fire rates, high recoil, and lackluster magazine sizes, the Type 63 doesn’t fall victim to these negatives. Just like Warzone’s Marksman Rifles, the Type 63 offers sniper-like precision and damage with the added bonus of mobility. 


AUG Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The AUG’s highly accurate burst fire makes it lethal across all ranges.

Best AUG loadout

Unlike Modern Warfare’s full-auto AUG SMG, Black Ops Cold War’s variant offers greater accuracy and range. This burst-fire tactical rifle is capable of dealing even more damage than the M16, especially when it’s equipped with the 19.6” Match Grade Barrel. This increases its effective damage range by 100%, making it hit even harder across mid to long-range distances. 

Burst fire weapons have obviously been lacking in Warzone, but Black Ops’ AUG could quickly change that. 

Stoner 63

Stoner 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Stoner 63 could rival the popular Bruen and PKM loadouts.

LMGs have been somewhat lacking in Black Ops Cold War due to their overall bulk and slower ADS times. However, this isn’t the case in Warzone. After all, the Bruen, PKM, and the FiNN are prime examples of how LMGs can dominate the competition. 

The Stoner 63 is arguably the best suited LMG for Warzone. This is partly down to a combination of speed and accuracy. While both the RPD and M60 offer better damage, their poor accuracy makes them difficult to recommend. Simply attach the SALVO 125 RND Fast Mag and the Airborne Elastic Wrap to begin getting those game-winning squad wipes. 

So there you have it, seven of the best Black Ops Cold War guns you should be using in Warzone. If you want to keep updated with all the latest Call of Duty news and updates, then follow us over on @DexertoIntel.