Best weapons & top tips to master Forsaken Cold War Zombies

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Black Ops Cold War signs off in style with one, final Zombies map – Forsaken. So, to ensure you can last as long as possible in the game mode, here are our best weapons and top tips to master Forsaken.

Our best weapons and tips guide will walk you through some of the best methods to powering through rounds in Forsaken Zombies in Cold War.

Forsaken signals the end of Treyarch’s Cold War Zombies content as they move onto pastures new with Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Zombies. It rounds off several maps and modes from Die Maschine’s bunker-esque gameplay to Outbreak’s complete reinvention of Zombies.

Forsaken has many things that make it unique, and a few of these features can greatly improve the likelihood of you posting a good score.

1. Best weapons to use in Forsaken Zombies

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Cold War has remained fairly consistent with its meta and Treyarch has only slightly changed things here and there as the seasons have progressed.

Forsaken arrives in Season 6 alongside new weapons – such as the Grav and .410 Ironhide – and there’s now a great deal of choice to select from.


Dual-wielding AMP63 Pistols deal big damage and the fire rate of the weapons makes them very useful. They don’t suffer as much in the recoil and accuracy department like other dual-wielded weapons, and they only get better when they are Pack-A-Punched into DOOM and GLOOM.

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Best AMP63 loadout for CoD: Cold War.

Gallo SA12

Still a fan-favorite weapon to use in Cold War Zombies, the Gallo SA12 packs multiple knockout shots that can be fired in semi-automatic fashion. It’s an incredible weapon to start off with, and once it’s been upgraded to Level 3, it can be deadly until the very end.

Best Gallo SA12 Loadout for CoD: Cold War.


It took a while for people to see the true potential of the M16, but despite a nerf to coincide with the burst-weapon meta of Warzone Season 3, Tactical Rifles are very much a force to be reckoned with. The M16’s high DPS needs to be respected, and once it can hold more ammo per clip, thank to the PAP, the M16 is a beast.

Additionally, the M16 received some special Zombies weapon tuning in the Cold War Season 3 Reloaded update too.

Best M16 loadout for CoD: Cold War

2. Turn on the power in Forsaken & Pack-a-Punch machine

forsaken pack-a-punch machine

In practically every Zombies map that has included these two gameplay objectives, these have been imperative to do ASAP.

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Forsaken is no different, and we have complete guides on how to turn on the power, and also where and how to Pack-A-Punch in Forsaken.

3. Get the Chrysalax Wonder Weapon for free

chrysalax wonder weapon in forsaken

As with the D.I.E Shockwave, RAI K-84, and CRBR-S Wonder Weapons, Forsaken’s Chrysalax can be obtained for free, providing you’re willing to do put in some work first.

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There are three different confirmed methods to getting your hands on the Wonder Weapon:

  • Mystery Box
  • Build the Chrysalax
  • Obtain from Golden Chest in Arcade

If you want a deeper dive into these different routes you go down to acquire it then we’ve put together a handy guide that will show you how to get the Chrysalax in Forsaken.

4. The Arcade

arcade machines in cold war forsaken

One of the cool aspects of Forsaken Zombies is the return of a playable Arcade with several different mini-games to choose from.

Each one comes with its own different format and potential rewards, and it’s well worth trying them all out to see which one you like best.

Also, check where to find the cabinet that allows you to access the first-ever CoD Zombies map – Nacht der Untoten.

5. Der Wunderfizz Machine

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As Black Ops Cold War has reached its inevitable conclusion as we approach the launch of Vanguard, Treyarch has added the 10th and final Perk to Zombies – PhD Slider.

It’s important that if you have some Points to spare that you are going to the Der Wunderfizz machine and either acquiring new Perks or replacing lost ones. Also, it’s far easier using the Der Wunderfizz machine as all 10 Perks can be bought from it.

You can find the Wunderfizz machine in the “Office” portion of the Forsaken map.

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6. Mystery Box

mystery box in cold war zombies

Life is like a Mystery Box, you never know what you’re going to get. An all-time classic CoD Zombies trope that can give you something awesome, or punish you with 5 Sniper Rifles in a row.

A gamblers paradise as you can exhaust your Points total by pumping handfuls of 950 hard-earned Points into the Mystery Box in the hope of landing a Ray Gun. If you have some Points to spare, then it’s always worth a go.

That covers all of our best tips and tricks to surviving Forsaken in Cold War Zombies. For more guides on Cold War Zombies, check out how to complete the Forsaken Main Quest Easter Egg.

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