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What are the best guns to use in Black Ops 4 multiplayer?

Published: 15/Oct/2018 11:22 Updated: 15/Oct/2018 18:32

by Matt Porter


Call of Duty’s classic multiplayer mode returns stronger than ever in Black Ops 4, featuring the high-octane firepower than fans have come to expect from the first-person shooter.

As is the norm in CoD, you select your weapons and class setups before the match starts, so it’s important to make sure you’re geared out correctly before you head into the virtual battlefield.


Thanks to the multiplayer beta that took place during the summer, fans of the franchise had a decent idea about what weapons they should be using in the full release. 

However, in the time since the beta, Treyarch have been working on balancing weapons and have made a few changes to some of the guns you may have been using.


With that being said, here’s a guide to the weapons you should be using in Black Ops 4 multiplayer:


The ICR-7 is the first assault rifle available in Black Ops 4, and with the attachments it can also be one of the best. While the gun has one of the lower damage rates in its class, along with a medium rate of fire, the accuracy of the ICR-7 is what makes it so dangerous. Add Grip II to the weapon, and recoil essentially disappears.

Saug 9mm

With an incredibly high rate of fire, the Saug 9mm can take down opponents in quick fashion. This submachine gun is ideal for close quarters combat, as the weapon’s damage can take a significant knock over distance.



This sniper rifle deals slightly less damage than the Paladin, but makes up for its flaws with a speedy bolt-action mechanism, alongside a quick aim-in time. This sniper is perfect for players who want to be aggressive with their gameplay, while still being powerful enough for those who would rather take their time with their shots. 


Unlocked at multiplayer Level 37, the VAPR-XKG is the ultimate hybrid between an assault rifle and a submachine gun. The weapon’s high rate of fire, alongside it’s best-in-class mobility, makes it dominant at close range, while the high accuracy means it’s still a force to be reckoned with at medium range.



The first SMG available in the game, the MX9 is a popular weapon choice due to its high rate of fire. The weapon also has the highest damage score in its category, but it comes at the price of a sometimes unpredictable recoil pattern.


Auger DMR

This tactical rifle has the highest damage rate in its class, and adding FMJ and High Caliber makes it an incredibly powerful gun. Unfortunately, the weapon is semi-automatic, meaning it will only fire as fast as you can pull the trigger, and gives players slightly less mobility than a normal AR.

Maddox RFB

The Maddox’s incredibly high rate of fire makes the assault rifle a popular weapon in Blackout, and that carries over into the multiplayer portion of the game. The Maddox is brilliant at taking opponents down quickly, making it a popular alternative for players that tend to favor submachine guns, but it’s best to avoid the Echo Fire operator mod which actually increases the recoil of the weapon.

For in-depth guides on everything in Black Ops 4’s Multiplayer and Blackout modes, visit our extensive guide hub here

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What’s included in the Black Ops Cold War Beta: modes, bonus unlocks, more

Published: 13/Oct/2020 18:40 Updated: 13/Oct/2020 18:45

by Tanner Pierce


The Black Ops Cold War Beta is finally here. Download links are now live for those who pre-ordered the game digitally and Treyarch has released some new information about what the pre-release version is going to include. Here’s everything you need to know.

After Activision and Treyarch gave fans on PlayStation 4 a small glimpse of Black Ops Cold War during open Alpha, which ran only for one weekend and included a handful of content, the game’s Beta is now in full swing


Prior to the Beta’s launch, Treyarch released a lot of information about what would be included, such as the brand new mode that will be available during this pre-release period.

Cold War Beta modes

The modes that Treyarch are including with the Open Beta are similar to those found in the Open Alpha. That being said, there are two major additions that players of the latter didn’t get a chance to experience yet.


The first is VIP Escort, which tasks players with protecting and bringing a specially designated player from one side of the map to the other, without being killed. Players can be downed in this mode, similar to Warzone, and scorestreaks are disabled.

In addition, players will also be able to play the new 40-player mode Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. Information about this mode is scarce, however, we do know that it will pit four teams of 10 players against one another in a fight for uranium on a large scale map.

  • Team Deathmatch
  • Kill Confirmed
  • Domination
  • Combined Arms Domination
  • VIP Escort
  • Combined Arms Assault
Cartel map in Black Ops Cold War
The Black Ops Cold War Beta debuted a new multiplayer map called Cartel


There were a total of five maps during the BOCW Alpha, so all of them are expected to also be available during the Beta. Furthermore, Treyarch have announced that a new one called Cartel will also be added to the mix for both 6v6 and 12v12 modes.

  • New: Cartel (6v6 & 12v12)
  • Satellite (6v6)
  • Miami (6v6)
  • Moscow (6v6)
  • Armada (12v12)
  • Crossroads (12v12)

FOV Slider & Ping system

For the first time ever, a Call of Duty game will feature a FOV slide on both PC and console, as announced by Treyarch. This will allow players to adjust their field of view in order to get a wider look at their surroundings at all times.

“We’re extremely excited to bring the Field of View (FOV) slider feature to all platforms for the first time in a Black Ops game, and you’ll be able to try it out during the Beta,” the devs wrote.

FOV slider in Black Ops Cold War
For the first time ever, an FOV slider is coming to console in Black Ops Cold War!

That’s not the only thing making its CoD debut, at least as far as multiplayer is concerned. Black Ops Cold War will also see a Ping system added to MP for the first time, giving players a way to non-verbally communicate with each other.


Users will be able to “ping objectives, loot, locations, and enemies” for teammates during a match, which had been the case in Warzone but never in a Call of Duty multiplayer.

More details about how these two new additions will work can be found in our FOV Slider and Ping system guide here.


SMG Blueprint

Activision has announced that players who get to level 10 during the beta will receive a free blueprint when the game releases.

Unlike the Alpha, players will be able to level up in a progression system that’s designed exclusively for this version.

Treyarch explains: “Players can progress and rank up in the Beta-specific leveling system where loadout items, including new weaponry, covert spy tech through Field Upgrades, and badass Scorestreaks can be unlocked by earning XP.”

Like every other CoD beta, there are rewards that you can earn for the full game. If players are able to reach level 10 at any point during the beta, they’ll receive a free Mutual Animosity Blueprint for the Type 821, which is the weapon most comparable to the Uzi in previous games.

The Black Ops Cold War Beta is set to include two new modes: Fireteam Dirty Bomb and VIP Escort.


Treyarch previously announced the beta schedule, however, they once again clarified when everyone will be able to get their hands on it. Fans are currently able to pre-load the beta on PS4 and players on other platforms will be able to do so on October 13, 2020.

  • Weekend 1
    • October 8-9: PS4 early access
    • October 10-12: PS4 Open Beta
  • Weekend 2
    • October 15-16: PS4, Xbox One, PC early access
    • October 17-19: Open Beta for all platforms

As for what’s changing between the Alpha and the Beta, Treyarch released a massive set of patch notes on October 7 detailing all of the adjustments and improvements they’ve made since the game’s previous build.

All in all, this seems like a pretty packed Beta. Between the new Fireteam mode and the grind for max level, players should have a lot to do over the next couple of weekends.