Months after Black Ops Cold War released, Treyarch has finally added a “Tactical Nuke” scorestreak to multiplayer as part of the Season 4 Reloaded update. Here’s everything there is to know about the destructive scorestreak.
For many, “calling in a nuke” is the quintessential Call of Duty flex.
First introduced as a secret power-up in Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare, before officially being added in the sequel and later Modern Warfare 2019, the killstreak — earned via 25 straight eliminations without dying a single time — was the end-goal reward in any public lobby.
Throughout Call of Duty history, several franchise developers have dropped their own spins on the iconic, game-wiping tactical bomb.
In Modern Warfare 3, the Nuke became the “MOAB,” while Ghosts introduced the “K.E.M Strike”. Infinity War and Advanced Warfare had their own 30-kill variations, and Cod Mobile boasts a simple “nuke.”
Now, Black Ops Cold War has finally joined the party.
On May 20, a new Black Ops Cold War update — “Season 3 Reloaded” — went live, with no mention of a ‘Nuke’ in the notes. Players soon discovered, however, the secret all the same: the deadly bomb had quietly been added to the game.
Originally, the new streak was only available as part of the Die Hardpoint game mode. Weeks later and that was finally changed thanks to the Season 4 Reloaded update.
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Now, the Nuke streak is available across all game modes except League Play, Multi-team modes, Party Games, and Gunfight.
How to get Tactical Nuke in Black Ops Cold War
The surprise Black Ops Cold War scorestreak functions just the same as it did in previous CoD titles.
To earn yourself a Tactical Nuke in Cold War, you must rack up 30 kills without dying. As far as Dexerto can tell, the weapon you use doesn’t have any bearing on the killstreak; you just have to mow down enemies.
Once you have your hands on the killstreak, it will appear like any other power-up on the right side of your screen. It can be activated whenever you desire.
I GOT A SNIPING TACTICAL NUKE?!? HUH pic.twitter.com/rSPofaHbeC
— Ghost Rymm ⚜️ (@Rymms) May 20, 2021
Using the killstreak works the same as always; once you hit that button, there’s a countdown before the map is washed white, and everybody dies. Perhaps the biggest difference from the iconic Modern Warfare version, however, is this Tactical Nuke doesn’t end the match.
Instead, once you activate the bomb you will kill everyone in the lobby. They will then all respawn, and the match continues on from that point.