Every Black Ops Cold War Weapon Buff & Nerf Ahead of Release

Treyarch made a bevy of balance changes between beta and Black Ops Cold War's full release.
Treyarch made a bevy of balance changes between beta and Black Ops Cold War's full release. / Photo by Treyarch, Raven Software/Activision

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is set for release Friday, Nov. 13, but Treyarch has already lined up plenty of balance changes to be applied to the game based on data accumulated during the multiplayer beta.

In patch notes released Wednesday, Treyarch outlined the following balance adjustments for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War:

Assault Rifles

  • Tuned general assault rifle performance closer to Krig 6 and XM4 Beta performance for better balance across the class.
  • Increased AK-47 recoil.

Submachine Guns

  • Reduced SMG effectiveness at longer ranges to counter the dominance of the class seen in the Beta.

Light Machine Guns

  • Increased LMG damage output to improve the effectiveness of the class.
  • Increased LMG ADS times.

Sniper Rifles

  • Adjusted aim assist to feel smoother yet require more skill and precision.
  • Slightly increased sniper rifle ADS times.
  • Sniper scope glint will now display more regularly.


  • Decreased burst-fire pistol hip-fire accuracy.
  • Reduced burst-fire pistol max damage range.


  • Reduced semi-auto shotgun fire rate.


  • Slightly increased inner damage of launcher rockets to allow for lethal damage when placed precisely.


  • Slightly reduced sprinting speed with the Knife equipped.

Attachment Balance

  • Updated balance for roughly half of the attachments across all weapons to increase viability across the board.
  • Reworked bonuses and penalties on Barrel attachments to better reflect relationship between ranges, muzzle velocities, and barrel length.
  • There are now Barrel attachments that offer shorter Barrel length for increased strafe speed movement, either when hip-firing or ADS-firing. This provides players with greater options for leaning into movement as a kit option.
  • Increased enemy reveal range when using the mounted light attachment.

Plenty of non-balance changes will be made to Black Ops Cold War before it launches. See the full patch notes here.