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First look at Reaper Specialist in Black Ops 4 – is it overpowered?

Published: 9/Jul/2019 18:58 Updated: 9/Jul/2019 20:00

by Albert Petrosyan


The release of Operation Apocalypse Z in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 has introduced the new Reaper Specialist in Multiplayer, and many are calling its weapon and equipment too overpowered. 

The latest major update in Black Ops 4 went live on July 9, marking the launch of the fifth Operation content stream – Apocalypse Z. 

As with the previous Operations, Apocalypse Z brought with it a lot of new content and changes, including the addition of Reaper in Multiplayer, after it had already been a playable character in Blackout battle royale.

The Reaper’s weapon is called the Scythe – a machine gun with an extremely high fire rate and damage potential, which also causes a suppression effect like the Titan LMG’s Operator Mod.

In addition, the Specialist also features the Radar Shroud equipment, which deploys a jamming devices that hides an area on the map from enemy mini-map scanners. 

TreyarchThe Reaper looks to be one of the more powerful and devastating Specialists in Black Ops 4.

While the Reaper has only been in Multiplayer for less than a day, many players have already made note on how powerful its weapon is, perhaps even too powerful.

Not only is the Scythe powerful enough to shred through enemies in just a couple of bullets, it also seems to last a pretty long time, allowing players to go on massive kill-streaks.

The powerful nature of its weapon has also raised questions about how the Reaper will fit into the competitive side of the game, such as in League Play and the CWL, especially with it being so late into the season.

The capabilities of both Scythe and Radar Shroud can be seen in the video below, courtesy of YouTuber Acez Gaming. 

How to unlock Reaper in Black Ops 4 Multiplayer?

The Reaper is currently only available on the PlayStation 4, thanks to Sony’s exclusivity agreement with Activision. It will be released on the Xbox One and PC, along with the rest of Operation Apocalypse Z, on July 16.

Those on the PS4 will find unlocking the new Specialist to be the simplest of tasks, as all you need to do is just reach Tier One in the Contraband stream, which shouldn’t take more than a couple of matches in Multiplayer. 

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Best QBZ-83 loadout in Black Ops Cold War: Attachments, Wildcard, more

Published: 27/Nov/2020 17:03 Updated: 27/Nov/2020 17:07

by James Busby


The QBZ-83 is may not be as strong or as accurate as the AK-47, but its superior mobility and handling make it a great pick. Here all the perks, attachments, and equipment you need to push this assault rifle to its peak. 

Whether you’re looking to level up every gun to grab those ultra-rare camos or just wanting to give the QBZ-83 a go, then you’ll want to use this loadout. This assault rifle is often overlooked by a lot of players and it’s currently one of the least used guns in the assault rifle category. However, if you’re willing to put in the effort into learning the QBZ, you’ll find that it is a pretty well-round rifle. 

This loadout boosts the QBZ-83’s already great speed, but also increases the gun’s accuracy and firepower. If you’re after an AR that can go toe to toe with the game’s SMGs, then look no further. In order to help you get the most out of the QBZ-83, we’ve put together a reliable loadout you can use to get those deadly Scorestreaks.

Best QBZ-83 loadout for Black Ops Cold War

QBZ 83 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The recent FFAR 1 and M16 nerfs have made the QBZ-83 a more viable option.
  • Muzzle: Infantry Compensator 
  • Barrel: 15.5” Reinforced Heavy
  • Underbarrel:Foregrip
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap 
  • Stock: Raider Stock


  • 1911


  • Stimshot
  • Semtex
  • Field Mic


  • Perk 1: Flak Jacket + Tactical Mask
  • Perk 2: Assassin + Scavenger 
  • Perk 3: Ninja + Ghost


  • Perk Greed

Due to the QBZ-83 having a very clear default sight, we’ve saved the attachment slot to make a much more comfy build. The Infantry Compensator and Foregrip help control both the gun’s horizontal and vertical recoil. This enables you to remain accurate at medium to long ranges. 

Adding to this is the 15.5” Heavy. Not only does this attachment increase the AR’s bullet velocity by a significant 40%, but it also increases the gun’s damage range by 100%. Whether you’re planning to play on the game’s bigger maps or just wanting to increase your kill potential, then the Reinforced Heavy is a must. 

Rounding things off at the bottom, is the Airborne Elastic Wrap and Raider Stock. These attachments increase ADS and sprint to fire time, allowing you to aggressively rush your foes without having to worry about sluggish performance. 

In terms of equipment, the standard Stimshot, Semtex, and Field Mic have been chosen. These items will keep you on your feet and enable you to get the drop on any potential targets. 

QBZ 83 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The QBZ-83’s speed and firepower makes for some blisteringly fast kills.

This loadout uses Perk Greed, which allows players to take six perks. The combination of Flak Jacket and Tactical Mask will keep you safe from any explosives and noxious gas. These perks are important for most loadouts, but especially hyper-aggressive ones that prefer the run and gun approach to combat.

Meanwhile, Assassin reveals high priority targets and enables you to get the drop on any enemies who are on killstreaks. Scavenger also replenishes the QBZ-83’s ammo from fallen players, so you’ll never have to hunt for another gun when your ammo is low. 

Lastly, Ghost and Ninja keep your movements hidden from prying eyes and enable you to go for those sneaky flanks. After all, this loadout favors both close to mid-range firefights, so don’t be afraid to get into the very thick of a fight. 

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