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How does Warzone work in Black Ops Cold War? Progression, account, more

Published: 9/Sep/2020 18:49 Updated: 9/Sep/2020 21:30

by Theo Salaun


Along with the global reveal of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, Activision has detailed exactly how Warzone accounts will be integrated, including cross-play, cross-play, and cross-generation. 

In what should be popular news for those who have grinded and spent money on cosmetics and weapons in Warzone, Activision has confirmed that everything unlocked in the battle royale will be tied directly to their Activision account and will continue to be available for usage alongside all of the new content Black Ops Cold War brings.

Battle Pass, store, and Armory integration with Warzone

Warzone, the free-to-play complement to Modern Warfare, will persist alongside Black Ops Cold War as Activision’s blog explains that the battle royale “will continue to evolve” and will be “interweaving some of Black Ops Cold War’s themes, weapons, and operators.”

Essentially, it has been confirmed that everything about Warzone, from the developments in the game’s map and lore to the unlocks from its Battle Pass seasons and store, will carry over into Black Ops Cold War.

Once the new game comes out, the Battle Pass seasons will update and all new content will be available for players to access from their Armory in line with everything they’ve already unlocked through Modern Warfare and Warzone. 

Modern Warfare Season 5 Battle Pass
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All unlocks from Battle Pass and the store will continue into Black Ops Cold War.

All unlocks, from weapons (including Blueprints) and Operators to equipment and cosmetics, will be accessible in the game’s upcoming iteration. As a note, though, all Modern Warfare and Warzone content will only be available in Warzone, as Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer and Zombies offerings will be restricted to functional offerings from the new Treyarch title.

Further, Activision has confirmed that the new Battle Pass system will continue to include free tiers and that each season will continue the narrative structure made prominent in Modern Warfare and Warzone. Unlike the Battle Pass’s seasonal cosmetics and items, multiplayer maps and modes will be simultaneously available across all platforms.

This news was rumored in the past, but it’s good to have it officially confirmed via Activision, as this emphasis on cross-platform, cross-integration means that the player base can be as big as ever, while rewarding for the time (and money) spent on Warzone.

Cross-play, cross-progression, cross-generation

Activision has also confirmed that Black Ops Cold War will be the first CoD title ever to feature cross-play against all systems and console generations. That means that whether it’s account progression or simply the ability to play with one another, players will be integrated through thei accounts across PC and both the current and next generations of Xbox and PlayStation.

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Fans will be delighted to know that Warzone will continue, as will all of their Battle Pass and store unlocks, in Black Ops Cold War.

Theoretically, this means that an entire multiplayer team could include players from PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PS4, and PS5, which would be unprecedented. 

Given the development of Activision accounts, players will also be able to log into their same account on multiple platforms, allowing all progress unlocked on any platform to be accessed on whatever platform a player logs onto next.

Black Ops Cold War will be releasing on November 13 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. It’s been confirmed that the PS5 and Xbox Series X/S versions will be available as soon as the next-gen consoles are rolled out.

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Best weapons to use in Black Ops Cold War

Published: 5/Dec/2020 15:01 Updated: 5/Dec/2020 15:15

by Joe Craven


Just like every Call of Duty, Black Ops Cold War has a number of guns that prove incredibly popular amongst the competitive and casual community. Find out which ones you should be using. 

With Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War approaching a month old, there are a number of weapons that have been widely used in the community.

However, early buffs and nerfs have affected which weapons are at the top of the pyramid, with weapons like the MP5 and AUG Tactical Rifle being made significantly weaker than they were on launch.

If you wish to increase your KDA and overall success in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer, then be sure to check out our list of the best weapons below. You might even find a new weapon you’ve yet to try. 


AK-74u in Black Ops Cold War's Gunsmith
The AK-74u is a good bet for strongest SMG in the game.

While the MP5 dominated the early weeks of Black Ops Cold War, significant nerfs to its damage range mean other SMGs have had time to come to the forefront. The AK-74u is now arguably the strongest SMG in the game.

It’s high bullet velocity and damage output allow you to get shots off quickly, while a 40 round mag attachment ensures you can stay in the action for longer. Pair these with only modest recoil, and it’s easy to see why this is one of the best SMGs in the current build of BOCW.

Krig 6

Krig 6 in BOCW's Gunsmith
The Krig is now one of BOCW’s most powerful ARs.

Up next is the Krig 6. Like the AK-74u, this has risen to prominence off the back of nerfs to other ARs and Tactical Rifles. The Krig’s strength is in its damage and fire rate. While its recoil is moderate it is very predictable and vertical, meaning it is far easier than some other guns to overcome and compensate for.

Another weakness of the Krig is its iron sights, which are pretty poor. However, throwing a Microflex or Millstop sight on it should negate most of these issues.

Gallo SA12

Gallo SA12 Black Ops Cold War
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The Gallo SA12 is a bit too Brecci like in BOCW.

The return of shotguns as secondaries has given players the chance to unleash a flurry of buckshot rounds in close-quarters fights. Not only does the Gallo SA12 (SPAS-12) look incredibly cool, it’s also an absolute monster on the game’s more urban maps. While the Gallo SA12 may not have the oneshot potential of the Hauer 77, the gun’s high rate of fire more than makes up for this. 

Tapping the trigger will allow you to constantly pepper your target with high burst rounds, dropping them within seconds. The hipfire of this shotgun is also incredibly accurate, so you don’t even need to waste time aiming down sights. Simply find a nice choke point on a map and begin farming kills whenever any players dare to enter your view.


M16 Black Ops Cold War
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The classic burst rifle is back and it packs a mean punch.

This iconic burst rifle has returned in dominant fashion in Black Ops Cold War, and it’s a great pick for those that want to wrack up the kills. The three-round burst offers reliable damage and accuracy across all engagement ranges, making it extremely versatile. 

It’s often best to keep your distance from close-quarter engagements and instead focus on favorable picks in the mid to long-range. This will enable you to catch any pesky SMG users before they can even get to you. 

While the AUG was nerfed to a point of being unviable at the highest levels, the M16 remains incredibly powerful, despite the slight nerfs it received.

Type 63

Type 63 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Type 63 is one of the most satisfying guns to use in Black Ops Cold War.

The Type 63 is a great pick for those that prefer a more methodical approach to combat. This tactical rifle is capable of killing an enemy in just two shots (one body shot and one headshot), allowing you to instantly drop even the best CoD players. 

While its semi-auto firing pattern can leave you high and dry in close-quarters fights, its impeccable accuracy and damage make it devastating on the game’s larger maps and modes.


AK-47 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The AK-47 continues to prove incredibly popular amongst the CoD community.

Following the nerf to the AUG and the FFAR 1, this reliable old rifle has grown to be one of the strongest in all of BOCW. The slower rate of fire and can make it rather unwieldy when compared to the other assault rifles on the list, but its high damage output can give it an edge.

While past iterations of the AK-47 have been unusable because of significant recoil, this one is incredibly balanced and talented players will be able to control it at even longer ranges. You might be occasionally outgunned by a Tactical Rifle but, for the most part, you’ll be able to compete with just about any opponent.

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