Best weapons and perks to use in Black Ops Cold War’s Nuketown ’84

Liam Mackay

The classic map Nuketown has arrived in Black Ops Cold War, and the mayhem has ensued. Here’s everything you need to get an upper hand on your opponents.

Nuketown ’84 is almost identical to the classic map from 10 years ago, but with a new style and updated visuals. As it’s new to Cold War and there is currently a Nuketown 24/7 playlist, the map will be extremely populated with players of all skill levels.

These are the best weapons and Perks to help you dominate in Nuketown.

Following this guide might make the enemy team hate you, but that’s part of the fun.



The AK-74U is a great all-rounder SMG.

It has a fast time-to-kill (TTK) and is effective at all of the ranges you will encounter in Nuketown. Either push up to the enemies’ spawn or hold down mid and you’ll find yourself at an advantage in most engagements.

Burst-fire rifles

The AUG and the M16 are solid choices for Nuketown ’84.

These weapons are capable of killing enemies in one quick burst, giving them one of the fastest TTKs in the game. They are especially useful when watching long lines-of-sight at the sides of the map, and taking out pesky snipers in the windows of the houses.

Gallo SA12

You should pair your primary weapon with this semi-automatic shotgun.

While in the houses inside of Nuketown, you need a weapon capable of tearing through enemies at extremely close quarters. Attach a laser to increase hip-fire accuracy and you’ll clear the buildings in no-time.


Forward Intel

It’s almost as if this Perk was designed for Nuketown. Forward Intel increases the size of your mini-map and reveals enemy spawn locations. With how often spawns flip, knowing where enemies are spawning is valuable intel. While in the center, you’ll be able to see both spawns on your mini-map.


While playing in the mayhem of Nuketown, you’re likely going to be constantly in firefights.

If you have a killstreak going, you’ll run out of ammo fast. With Scavenger equipped, running over dead bodies will resupply your ammunition.

Gear Head

Field Upgrades are especially useful in Nuketown.

Chuck down a Proximity Mine inside the houses for guaranteed kills, or place Field Mics to keep an eye on the enemies’ movement. With Gear Head, your Field Upgrades recharge faster, and you can hold two at a time. Double the Mines, double the kills.

Flak Jacket

Whether in spawn or holding down mid, expect a barrage of Frag Grenades, Semtex, and rockets to be flying at you.

The Flak Jacket Perk will allow you to survive hits from explosives, which is invaluable to staying alive in Nuketown.


Gung-ho improves your effectiveness while moving, which makes it the perfect choice for this small map.

You’re able to fire, use equipment, and reload while sprinting, which is perfect for keeping the enemies guessing where you are. It also allows you to swap weapons faster, which is great for quickly switching to your shotgun when attacking the houses.

Cold Blooded

In the chaos of Nuketown, you’re unlikely to get much use out of Ninja or Ghost.

With the new Scorestreak system and the amount of score you can rack up in Nuketown, air support is extremely common. To avoid getting killed by Cruise Missiles and helicopters, keep yourself hidden with Cold Blooded.

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