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Warzone & Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Reloaded patch notes & roadmap

Published: 14/Jan/2021 18:55 Updated: 14/Jan/2021 20:07

by Albert Petrosyan


With Season One nearing its midway point, Activision, Treyarch, and Raven Software have rolled out a massive midseason update with new content and changes for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. Here’s everything you need to know about what’s on its way.

Season 1 continues to chug along in Black Ops Cold War and Warzone; despite the numerous game-breaking exploits currently plaguing the battle royale, the new season has added tons of new content and some major changes to the game, as well as BOCW’s multiplayer and Zombies.

The good news is that more is finally here – as part of a trend that Infinity Ward started with Modern Warfare, there are now two major updates per season, one at the beginning and one towards the middle.

Below you can find everything there is to know about the S1 Reloaded update, including all of the confirmed additions, changes, as well as the release info.

Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Reloaded Roadmap

Season 1 Reloaded playlist update for Warzone & BOCW

  • Multiplayer
    • Dropkick
    • Sanatorium 24/7
    • Nuketown 24/7
    • Raid + Crossroads Strike 24/7
    • Gunfight Blueprints
    • Face Off (3v3)
    • Prop Hunt
  • Zombies
    • Cranked
    • Onslaught Raid (PS4/PS5)
  • Warzone
    • BR Quads, Trios, Duos
    • Buy Back Solos
    • Plunder Trios
    • Rebirth Island Mini Royale Solos
    • Rebirth Island Resurgence Quads

What’s new in Black Ops Cold War Season 1 Reloaded update?


As far as multiplayer goes, Cold War has a brand new Fireteam map called Sanatorium, which is officially described as “a low-wooded hills area where your team will unearth the clandestine secrets of Project Golova,” containing “land, sea, and air vehicles.”

There’s a rumor going around that Sanatorium will be one of the various Fireteam maps that eventually gets used to piece together the next main Warzone map, although that remains to be seen.

Sanatorium map in Black Ops Cold War
The Sanatorium Fireteam map in Black Ops Cold War’s Season One midseason update.

There’s also a new 6v6 MP mode called Dropkick, which involves two teams battling it out for a briefcase that contains nuclear codes. The side to score 200 points first wins and gets to enjoy an “explosive ending.”

As for new weapons, while there wasn’t a new gun released, Treyarch did add a melee item called Wakizashi. The sword can be unlocked in both multiplayer and Warzone by executing two finishing moves while having the Combat Knife equipped in 10 different matches.

Last but not least, there’s some Double Weapon XP on its way as well, starting on Jan 15 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET and wrapping up on the 19th, at the same time.

Wakizashi sword in Black Ops Cold War
You can unlock the new Wakizashi sword in Black Ops Cold War by completing this challenge.


Zombies fans, there’s good news for you as well! A new mode called Cranked has been released, where every kill resets the timer that determines how much longer you have until dying: “Spend too much time without a zombie takedown, and you’ll explode!”

The iconic Raid multiplayer map has been added to the PlayStation-exclusive Zombies Onslaught mode for PS4 and PS5 users, along with some fort of new intel for Dark Aether.

Of course, for those who don’t own BOCW, Activision is hosting a free Zombies access week from January 14-21, giving everyone a chance to try out Die Maschine, Cranked, and Onslaught (PS playuers only).

Cranked Zombies mode
A new Zombies mode called Cranked is included in Black Ops Cold War’s midseason update.

What’s new in Warzone Season 1 Reloaded update?

Unlike with Cold War, not actual new content has been formally announced for Warzone’s midseason patch, although the playlist update that accompanied it did shuffle around a lot of the available modes.

Of course, Warzone’s major update actually came the day prior – a January 13 weapons tuning patch implemented nerfs to some of the battle royale’s most overpowered weapons, including the DMR, Type 63, and dual-wield Diamattis.

call of duty warzone dmr 14 mac 10 diamattis type 63 nerfs
Will the DMR get nerfed again in Warzone’s Season One midseason update?

In other news, on Jan 15 – a day after the midseason update goes live, the Call of Duty League’s London Royal Ravens franchise will be hosting a $25,000 Warzone tournament starting at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET. For more information about this event, visit our ‘Ravenstorm’ event coverage hub.

Everything coming later on in Season 1 Reloaded

As revealed by the roadmap above, not only was a ton of new content added on January 14, but there will be more released between this update and the end Season 1, which is expected to be sometime around February 24.

In terms of multiplayer, the iconic Black Ops 2 train-station map, Express, is being remastered for the latest title and will be arriving February 4. Perhaps more importantly, the highly anticipated League Play is finally on its way, as Activision have confirmed it will be released “in-season,” meaning before Feb 24.

There will be a new Operator, Zeyna, coming Jan 21. Zeyna Ossou is a Senegal-born DGSE Mobility and Heavy Weapons specialist who will be packaged as part of a store bundle.

Zeyna Operator in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone
The new Operator, Zeyna, arrives in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone on January 21.

In terms of Zombies, a brand new map called Firebase Z has been unveiled:

“With the destruction of the WWII-era ‘Projekt Endstation’ site after investigating the otherworldly Dark Aether anomaly in Poland, Requiem now sets its focus on the latest Dark Aether outbreak site: Outpost 25, known by the code name ‘Firebase Z.'”

Firebase Z will be available on February 4, free on all platforms; more information about the map will be revealed as part of the 115 Day celebrations on Jan 15.

Firebase Z Zombies map
The next new Zombies map in Black Ops Cold War is called Firebase Z!

That wraps up everything there is to know about the BOCW & Warzone Season One Reloaded update; make sure to follow us on Twitter, @Dexertointel, for all the latest Call of Duty news, updates, guides, and more.

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3 tips to help you survive Black Ops Cold War’s new Zombies Cranked mode

Published: 15/Jan/2021 23:40

by Tanner Pierce


With the release of Black Ops Cold War’s mid-season update, Treyarch has added Cranked into the game’s Zombies mode – and it’s pretty different from the standard version, requiring some completely separate strategies. 

While Cranked in Call of Duty games is nothing new, having debuted all the way back in 2013’s Ghosts, what is different is a Zombies version of the mode, which was just added to Black Ops Cold War during the game’s midseason update.

The concept is simple: You’re given a timer, and when that timer reaches 0, you explode and die. With each kill, however, your timer resets, giving you more time to keep on grinding. It’s an incredibly fast-paced mode in normal multiplayer, and the Zombies version is even more hectic – but there are some tips you can utilize to help you survive longer.

Pace out your kills

Pacing out your kills in Cranked is important due to the fact that you only need one kill to reset your timer.

In standard Cranked, players are usually scrambling to get kills. In a 5v5 or 6v6, it makes sense, considering there’s only a limited amount of potential targets, and if you can’t find anyone, you’ll die easily due to the timer running out.

With BOCW Zombies Cranked, the opposite is true. There’s always an abundance of enemies and, while it’s not impossible to run out of targets, generally speaking, they’ll keep on spawning (there’s not even a break in-between rounds).

Because of this, there’s no need to be mowing down Zombies as one does in the normal mode. Instead, if you’re feeling overwhelmed (or if you want to get something done like Pack-A-Punching your weapon), try running away from the enemies for a while to get your bearings.

Remember, all it takes is one kill to reset your timer. If you find it running out, just look behind you at the horde you’ve surely amounted, kill one Zombie, and then move along with your business. Wasting your time mowing down each and every zombie can cost you your game.

With all that being said, don’t think you can run away from the Zombies with no problem; if you get too far away, you’ll find yourself struggling for kills, so it’s best if you stay nearby.

Use fast-reloading weapons and attachments

You’ll want to use weapons that can be reloaded quickly in Cranked.

In normal Zombies, using a LMG is sort of required during late-game conflicts, as it allows you to mow down Zombies with greater power. In Cranked, speed is king, so it might be better to use something smaller like an SMG.

Reloading fast is essential in Cranked, as you can easily become overrun. Even though it does have a lot of power, you don’t want to waste your time on the horrendously slow reload time found on LMGs. If you want an even faster reload time, you could even throw a fast-mag onto your SMG, and get it done even quicker.

In addition, SMGs have the added benefit of allowing you to run faster, meaning you’ll be able to evade Zombies even better than you would before.

Always go for the Timer Freeze power up

Remembering these tips can be the difference between surviving or dying early on.

Treyarch has implemented a brand new power-up that’s exclusive to the Cranked game mode: Timer Freeze. With this, players will be able to stop their countdown timer for around 15 seconds or so, giving them a breather.

While this might seem obvious to point out, you’ll want to go for those as much as possible. Getting one at the start of your game is not too important, but it’s especially critical when you get into the late game.

As the mode goes on, your timer will get shorter and shorter, meaning every break you get becomes more and more important. Having that 15 second breather seems like an eternity once you get it, so missing out on one can hurt you a lot – sometimes costing you your life.

While Cranked is incredibly fast-paced, it’s really not that bad if you know what you’re doing. If you remember these tips, you shouldn’t have as much of a problem.