How Scorestreaks & Armor work in Black Ops Cold War Zombies

Liam Mackay

You will be able to use Scorestreaks and Armor in Black Ops Cold War Zombies.

Previous Call of Duty Zombies have included variations of these items, but for the first time, they will be part of the core gameplay experience.

Treyarch recently released details on how Zombies will play in Black Ops Cold War. This detailed how both Scorestreaks and Armor will work, which will be further explained here.


Treyarch said they have wanted to include Scorestreaks in Zombies for quite some time. With unified progression across all of Cold War’s game modes, “there has never been a better opportunity.” In Black Ops Cold War Zombies, they will be called ‘Support.’

Acknowledging Scorestreaks have been included in some capacity in the past, Treyarch wanted to bring across some of the militarized versions to Cold War Zombies. The new Dark Aether storyline offered the perfect opportunity to do this.

On launch, Support that will be available for use are:

  • Combat Bow
  • Sentry Turret
  • War Machine
  • Chopper Gunner
  • Self-Revive

While acting in the same way as a Scorestreak, Support will not be earned through gaining points. Instead, they are found through the Mystery Box. Like gaining a Legendary tier weapon, finding Support is through chance, so expect it to be a rare find. You can also craft Support items at the in-game crafting table by using resources.

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Treyarch also clarified how the Chopper Gunner Support will work. While operating a Chopper Gunner in multiplayer, you are left defenseless and will be eliminated if found by an enemy. This won’t be the case in Zombies.

While operating any Support that takes perspective away from your character, you will be immune to attacks and ignored by enemies. This is to “make sure parties of one can make use of Support in solo games, as well.”


Previous Black Ops titles have included a crafted shield. For Black Ops Cold War, Treyarch has instead opted to include Armor.

Armor provides 360-degree protection from zombies. It can be found as a Rare drop from zombies or purchased with Salvage. In Cold War Zombies, enemies have a small chance of dropping loot when they are killed. These include Salvage, Armor, and Lethal and Tactical equipment. “The tougher the enemy, the better the loot.”

When wearing Armor, attacks from zombies will do less damage. As you are hit by enemies, your Armor gets damaged. It must be repaired by finding Armor Shards dropped by certain enemies or by spending Salvage. If you run out of Salvage, you will become vulnerable once again. The Carpenter pick up does fully restore Armor, however.

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You can also upgrade your Armor. By upgrading it another two additional levels, its damage mitigation and durability will increase. Treyarch assures us that in the later rounds, Armor will be vital as zombies get stronger. They warn that “even when paired with an upgraded Jugger-Nog Perk, no amount of Armor can save you if you find yourself overrun.”

Source: Treyarch

About The Author

Liam is CharlieIntel's Editor who focuses on Call of Duty but also plays lots of fantasy RPGs or anything else in his massive gaming backlog. After graduating in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, Liam freelanced in games journalism before joining CharlieIntel in November 2020. You can contact Liam at [email protected].