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Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded: All Weapon Changes

Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded changed bullet velocity for many of the game's guns.
Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded changed bullet velocity for many of the game's guns. / Photo courtesy of Activision

Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded's patch notes dropped ahead of the update itself, giving players a preview of what changes will hit the game's live servers Wednesday night. The patch notes include a rundown of all the changes coming to the game, including how weapons will be adjusted.

In the update, Treyarch made changes to all the sniper rifles, assault rifles, light machine guns and pistols in Warzone.

Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded Sniper Changes

Snipers have a new flinch effect, and each rifle in the category has its own ADS momentum.

If the player is aiming down their sniper sights when they're hit by a shot, they'll experience a more pronounced flinch than on other weapons. Meanwhile, rapidly exiting and re-entering ADS will now feel slower and weightier with sniper rifles.

The sniper changes were made to create "more meaningful gameplay between sniper rifles and other weapon classes," and to "better define the role of each sniper rifle," per Treyarch.

Here are the changes for each sniper, plus Treyarch's reasoning for the adjustments:

LW3 – Tundra

This is the baseline of our sniper rifles. It is lenient enough in its one-hit kill capacity while being fast enough to scan the horizon and find new targets quickly. This weapon is meant to be geared for most players to play with and have fun experiencing what it’s like to be a sniper in Black Ops Cold War. The following changes better define the weapon’s role, providing more long-range accuracy and focusing less on short-range combat viability.

  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 550 to 580.
  • Reduced ADS-In Momentum from 0.2 to 0.233.

LW3 – Tundra Attachments

  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 28.2” Extended Barrel attachment from 25% to 18%.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 29.1” Combat Recon Barrel attachment from 75% to 36%.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 28.2” Tiger Team Barrel attachment from 50% to 27%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance bonus from Dropshot Wrap Handle attachment from 50% to 33%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance bonus from Field Tape Handle attachment from 90% to 50%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance bonus from SASR Jungle Grip Handle attachment from 80% to 67%.
  • Increased Sprint to Fire Time penalty from SASR Jungle Grip Handle attachment from 12% to 15%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance Bonus from Airborne Elastic Wrap Handle attachment from 90% to 25%.
  • Increased Sprint to Fire Time penalty from Airborne Elastic Wrap Handle attachment from 15% to 18%.
  • Reduced Aim Down Sight Time bonus from Airborne Elastic Wrap Handle attachment from 12% to 5%.

Pellington 703

The Pelington 703 is designed to be a quick-handling sniper rifle for players who enjoy constant movement and repositioning, trading off some one-hit kill potential for more speed. This weapon is geared for the kind of player who enjoys running into the middle of gun battles and advancing on important positions. The following changes reinforce the weapon’s role, shifting some ADS speed into a Sprint to Fire benefit, and using a slightly slower Bullet Velocity to keep gameplay at closer ranges.

  • Increased Sprint to Fire speed from 0.45 to 0.433.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity from 500 to 478.
  • Increased Aim Down Sight Time from 0.55 to 0.583.

Pellington 703 Attachments

  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 25” Extended Barrel attachment from 25% to 17%.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 27.2” Combat Recon Barrel attachment from 75% to 43%.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 26.5” Tiger Team Barrel attachment from 50% to 30%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance bonus from Field Tape Handle attachment from 90% to 50%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance bonus from SASR Jungle Grip Handle attachment from 80% to 67%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance Bonus from Airborne Elastic Wrap Handle attachment from 90% to 25%.
  • Reduced Aim Down Sight Time bonus from Airborne Elastic Wrap Handle attachment from 12% to 5%.

Sniper Rifle Charlie (Semi-Auto)

With the recent release of the ZRG 20mm and the popularity of the LW3 - Tundra, there existed an untapped space between those two weapons. To fill that position, our semi-auto sniper rifle has been given some new upgrades. Leaning into the lethality of a .50 Cal round, the weapon is now much more powerful, with the trade-off of being slower to fire successive shots. As a semi-automatic weapon without any rechamber, it is still quite fast and works well for holding down a position.

  • Increased one-hit kill potential to include the mid-torso.
  • Increased Aim Down Sight speed from 0.7 to 0.666.
  • Increased ADS-Out Momentum from 0.2 to 0.183.
  • Reduced ADS-In Momentum from 0.2 to 0.25.
  • Reduced firing speed from 0.333 to 0.833.

Sniper Rifle Charlie Attachments

  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 22.2” Extended Barrel attachment from 25% to 13%.
  • Increased Fire Rate bonus from 20.6” Rapid Fire Barrel attachment from 11% to 12%.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 22.6” Combat Recon Barrel attachment from 75% to 26%.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 22.6” Tiger Team Barrel attachment from 50% to 20%.
  • Increased Fire Rate bonus from 22.6” Tiger Team Barrel attachment from 18% to 24%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance bonus from Field Tape Handle attachment from 90% to 50%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance bonus from SASR Jungle Grip Handle attachment from 80% to 67%.
  • Increased Sprint to Fire penalty from SASR Jungle Grip Handle attachment from 12% to 15%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance Bonus from Airborne Elastic Wrap Handle attachment from 90% to 25%.
  • Increased Sprint to Fire penalty from Airborne Elastic Wrap Handle attachment from 15% to 18%.
  • Reduced Aim Down Sight Time bonus from Airborne Elastic Wrap Handle attachment from 12% to 5%.

ZRG 20mm

This is the most lethal sniper rifle in Black Ops Cold War, and it ravages vehicles and Scorestreaks. This power comes at a price, as this weapon is slower with less available ammo. Players who prioritize map knowledge, common enemy movements, and destroying enemy Scorestreaks will excel with the ZRG 20mm. Strategy over tactics. To that end, this weapon must be slower to wield compared to the rest of the sniper rifle class.

  • Reduced Aim Down Sight speed from 0.65 to 0.683.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity from 925 to 923.
  • Increased ADS-Out Momentum from 0.2 to 0.183.
  • Reduced ADS-In Momentum from 0.2 to 0.283.
  • Custom Vehicle Damage: The “anti-material” property of this weapon deals extra damage to every vehicle and Scorestreak. Due to the sheer number of vehicles and Scorestreaks to choose from in Black Ops Cold War, this damage is displayed in-game as a range (i.e. 1100 – 2200). Generally speaking, the larger a vehicle or Scorestreak is, the more damage this weapon will deal to it.

ZRG 20mm Attachments

  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 41.9” Extended Barrel attachment from 25% to 10%.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 43.9” Combat Recon Barrel attachment from 75% to 20%.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 42.7” Sigma Special Barrel attachment from 67% to 16%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance bonus from Field Tape Handle attachment from 90% to 50%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance bonus from SASR Jungle Grip Handle attachment from 80% to 67%.
  • Increased Sprint to Fire penalty from SASR Jungle Grip Handle attachment from 12% to 18%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance Bonus from Airborne Elastic Wrap Handle attachment from 90% to 25%.
  • Increased Sprint to Fire penalty from Airborne Elastic Wrap Handle attachment from 15% to 20%.
  • Reduced Aim Down Sight Time bonus from Airborne Elastic Wrap Handle attachment from 12% to 5%.

Swiss K31

With its low recoil, fast rechamber, and speedy handling, this weapon is ideal for quickly eliminating multiple enemy targets. Players with an eagle eye and nerves of steel will be able to down more enemies with this weapon than with any other sniper rifle. For those who aren’t as skilled at nailing their headshots every time, the Swiss K31 can perform much like a tactical rifle. The changes made here further index on this skill aspect, with the benefit of less sniper flinch.

  • 25% less Flinch than other sniper rifles.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity from 700 to 684.

Swiss K31 Attachments

  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 24.9” Extended Barrel attachment from 25% to 16%.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 24.9” Combat Recon Barrel attachment from 75% to 31%.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 24.9” Tiger Team Barrel attachment from 50% to 23%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance bonus from Field Tape Handle attachment from 90% to 50%.
  • Reduced Flinch Resistance bonus from SASR Jungle Grip Handle attachment from 80% to 67%.
  • Reduced Sprint to Fire penalty from SASR Jungle Grip handle attachment from 12% to 11%.
  • Reduced Aim Down Sight Time bonus from Airborne Elastic Wrap Handle attachment from 12% to 5%.

Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded Assault Rifle Changes

Assault rifles have had their bullet velocities kicked up across the board, giving them more range over SMGs. The only exception is the FFAR 1, which traded some bullet velocity for an increase to its max damage.

Headshot modifiers have also been standardized among ammo types. Rifles that use 5.56 ammo will receive a 1.4x headshot modifier, and 7.62 ammo will receive a 1.25x modifier.

Krig 6

  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 625 to 686.
  • Increased Bullet Velocity bonus from 19.7” Ranger Barrel attachment from 100% to 126%.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity penalty from 15.5” Contour Barrel attachment from 25% to 12%.

AK-47

  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 490 to 702.

FFAR 1

  • Increased maximum damage from 27 to 28.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity from 705 to 629.

Groza

  • Reduced headshot multiplier from 1.4x to 1.25x.
  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 650 to 660.

QBZ-83

  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 625 to 671.

FARA 83

  • Increased headshot multiplier from 1.25x to 1.4x.
  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 675 to 729.
  • Reduced maximum damage from 31 to 30.
  • Reduced minimum damage from 28 to 27.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity penalty from 17.5” Contour Barrel attachment from 25% to 18%.

XM4

  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 550 to 657.

Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded LMG Changes

LMGs also received bullet velocity changes that make barrel attachments more valuable, while slightly de-emphasizing the importance of the Task Force Barrel attachment.

Light Machine Gun Alpha

  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 675 to 714.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 21.8” Task Force Barrel attachment from 100% to 41%.

RPD

  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 475 to 684.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 20.3” Task Force Barrel attachment from 100% to 44%.

M60

  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 600 to 791.
  • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 22.8” Task Force Barrel attachment from 100% to 39%.

Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded Pistol Changes

Pistols had their bullet velocity increased, upping the range at which they function like hitscan weapons slightly.

1911

  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 200 to 206.

Magnum

  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 300 to 313.

Pistol Charlie (Burst Fire)

  • Increased Bullet Velocity from 250 to 257.

Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded Special Weapons Changes

R1 Shadowhunter

  • Added Sniper Flinch.