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Weapon changes in Cold War Season 3 Reloaded: All buffs and nerfs

Here you will find a complete list of weapon changes in Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded.

Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded will bring by far the biggest amount of weapon changes in the game's history.

The mid-season 3 update comes stacked with new content, including two new maps (Standoff and Duga), two new weapons(the Baseball Bat and the AMP63 pistol), several new limited-time modes, a bunch of new content for Zombies, and more.

But, aside from new content, the thing that will shake up the meta the most is a long list of weapon buffs and nerfs Treyarch has prepared for this update.

Weapon changes in Cold War Season 3 Reloaded All buffs and nerfs
(Picture: Activision)

Starting from Season 3, Treyarch said they are willing to experiment more with weapon buffs and nerfs, and we've already seen the first steps in that direction with previous patches, but with Season 3 Reloaded, things are going to change drastically. 

Check out all the weapon changes in Black Ops Cold War Season 3 Reloaded.

Cold War Season 3 Reloaded Sniper changes

In this update, Treyarch states that they have two goals with sniper rifles changes:

  • To create more meaningful gameplay between sniper rifles and other weapon classes.
  • To better define the role of each sniper rifle to give them more individuality and specialization. 

Snipers now have a unique flinch that moves the weapon aim while being hit, which is especially pronounced when in ADS.

Additionally, sniper rifles will now have ADS Momentum unique for each rifle. This means that sniper rifles that are heavier will now feel weightier and re-acquire ADS slower.

lw3 tundra Weapon changes in Cold War Season 3 Reloaded All buffs and nerfs
(Picture: Activision)

Asides from these global sniper changes, changes have been made to the LW3 - Tundra, Pelington 703, M82, ZRG 20mm, and Swiss K3.

The goal for each of these changes is for each sniper rifle to stand out and offer a unique playstyle, which will fill a specific role in combat.

The LW3 - Tundra should now have more long-range accuracy, while the Pelington 703 is best for players who like to be mobile snipers.

Changes to the M82 should help the weapon to find its position between the ZRG 20mm and the LW3 - Tundra, filling the role of a semi-auto sniper rifle best for holding down a position. 

The Swiss K31 should serve as a high-risk high reward weapon, for skilled players able to kill multiple enemies in a short amount of time.

Finally, the ZRG 20mm should be slow but deadly, for those who prefer strategy over tactics.

LW3 - Tundra

  • LW3 - Tundra
    • Increased Bullet Velocity from 550 to 580.
    • Reduced ADS-In Momentum from 0.2 to 0.233.
  • 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%.

Pelington 703

  • Pelington 703
    • 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.
  • 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%.

M82

  • M82
    • 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.
  • 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

  • ZRG 20mm
    • 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.
  • 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

  • Swiss K31
    • 25% less Flinch than other sniper rifles.
    • Reduced Bullet Velocity from 700 to 684.
  • Attachments
    • Reduced Bullet Velocity bonus from 24.9” Extended Barrel attachment from 25% to 1{6%.
    • 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%.

Cold War Season 3 Reloaded Assault Rifles changes

Weapon changes in Cold War Season 3 Reloaded All buffs and nerfs AR FARA 83
(Picture: Activision)

All weapons in this class now have improved bullet velocities as Treyarch wants to emphasize their long-distance advantage over submachine guns.

Additionally, Assault rifles that have 5.56 ammo now have a 1.4x headshot modifier, while those that use 7.62 ammo have a 1.25x modifier.

The only AR with its Bullet Velocity reduced is the FFAR 1, as it has by far the biggest max damage in the class.

Here are all Assault Rifles buffs and nerfs in Season 3 Reloaded

  • 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

Cold War Season 3 Reloaded Light Machine Guns (LMG) changes

Weapon changes in Cold War Season 3 Reloaded All buffs and nerfs LMG stoner 63(Picture: Activision)

When it comes to Light Machine Guns in Season 3 Reloaded, Treyarch wants them to rely less on the Task Force Barrel attachment, which will open up more space for other Barrel attachments. 

  • Stoner 63
    • 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%.

Cold War Season 3 Reloaded Pistol changes

Finally, several pistols have received a few minor adjustments to Bullet Velocity, as Treyarch wants to push their hitscan range.

  • 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.