Guerrilla Tactics for the Combat Bow in Warzone, Double XP Weekend Live Now in Black Ops Cold War

Grab your headband and prepare for combat; a Weekend of Double XP is live now in Black Ops Cold War. Plus: what you need to know about the Combat Bow in Warzone, and a closer look at a signature Weapon Blueprint from the “Tracer Pack: Rambo Operator” bundle.

  • Prestige Primer
  • Season Three

Guerrilla Tactics for the Combat Bow in Warzone, Double XP Weekend Live Now in Black Ops Cold War

Grab your headband and prepare for combat; a Weekend of Double XP is live now in Black Ops Cold War. Plus: what you need to know about the Combat Bow in Warzone, and a closer look at a signature Weapon Blueprint from the “Tracer Pack: Rambo Operator” bundle.

  • Prestige Primer
  • Season Three

One of the most lethal weapons in Call of Duty®: WarzoneTM right now isn’t even a gun: it’s the new Killstreak known as the Combat Bow.

One man — or rather, a one-man army — knows the power of this weapon all too well, and he is also part of the ’80s Action Heroes event and our featured bundle for this week.

With that said, there’s enemies abound and no time to waste. Let’s level up:

This Week’s Featured Operator

Serving time for murder, highly decorated MACV-SOG soldier John Rambo is offered one more mission: return to Vietnam and locate American POWs. If successful, he will be released, and given a full Presidential pardon…

This is the story of Rambo, an Operator who recently arrived in Call of Duty®: Black Ops Cold War and WarzoneTM in the “Tracer Pack: Rambo Operator” bundle, available in the store only until June 18*.

In addition to this new Operator, the “Tracer Pack: Rambo Operator” bundle also includes two Finishing Moves, items for your player profile, and three Weapon Blueprints, including one that we’ll highlight below in our Weapon Blueprint of the Week.

*Note: Rambo is a brand-new Call of Duty® Operator; it is not a skin for previously released Operators. Though the bundle is only available for a limited time, all elements from the bundle will continue to be available to utilize in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone once the ‘80s Action Heroes event is over.

Top Tip — Using the Combat Bow in Warzone

First introduced in Black Ops Cold War, the Combat Bow is a weapon with a simplicity that masks its lethality.

It comes with a quiver of several explosive arrows; these are lethal against Operators and deal severe damage to vehicles on direct impact, and can inflict minor damage against both infantry and technology via splash damage.

Unlike other Killstreaks, the Combat Bow replaces your current weapon and allows complete freedom of movement, as if you were using a regular loadout weapon.

Think of this Killstreak as a rival to the Six-Shooter Grenade Launcher, another extremely rare Legendary Killstreak found within Warzone, except that it is found specifically at Survival Camps around Verdansk rather than at any Point of Interest.

Here are five quick tips for using the Combat Bow effectively:

1. Pull!

Your right trigger (or command for firing a weapon normally) controls how far back you “draw” the bow. The longer you hold it, the farther you draw the bow back, allowing you to hit distant targets or reach closer targets more quickly.

Always keep this in mind when using the Combat Bow, lest you fire off an explosive arrow while in the passenger seat of a squadmate’s vehicle….

2. Lead Your Shots

In addition to minding your shot strength, you should be aware that arrows will take time to travel through the air toward their target.

Against moving targets, “lead your shot” by aiming ahead of them, in a similar manner to a sniper rifle shot. The farther out the targets are, the more “ahead” of them your aim should be.

3. “Close Enough” Counts for Horseshoes, Hand Grenades, and Bows

A direct hit on an enemy will score a down, but narrowly missing them will still count for some damage.

If your shot is barely off target, follow it up quickly with another arrow, or have your squadmates clean up the kill.

Alternatively, there may be some moments when a direct hit may not be the best shot. Consider hitting a point between two enemies close together, or target an explosive piece of Equipment, such as a Proximity Mine, which can deal massive splash damage upon destruction.

4. Save It for Later

In some situations, using the Combat Bow may not be as effective as your loadout weapons, such as when an enemy is hundreds of meters away and you have a sniper rifle in your back pocket.

In this case, don’t worry about switching out from this weapon; it will stay on your Operator so long as you do not expend every arrow.

5. Not the Only Bow in Town

Love the Combat Bow? Then consider including the R1 Shadowhunter from Black Ops Cold War or the Crossbow from Modern Warfare® in your loadout.

These weapons are lethal with headshots, and the Crossbow specifically has an attachment that makes its bolts explosive, allowing you to potentially hit one-shot down and eliminations. While they aren’t as strong as the Combat Bow, they are still fun Primary Weapons to consider using, especially in Solo modes.

Gunsmith Weapon Blueprint of the Week

The “Tracer Pack: Rambo Operator” Store Bundle includes three Legendary Weapon Blueprints, and one of them, the “Rambo Classic” LMG, is the Gunsmith Weapon Blueprint of the Week.

Based on a hard-hitting LMG, this weapon is extremely effective on both infantry and enemy technology. A 22.8” Task Force Barrel increases the punishing damage on this weapon to its maximum levels, while a 100 RND Magazine will keep feeding this beast as it rips through metal, the undead, or other targets.

With great choices for a Stock, Underbarrel, and Handle, this weapon will do well across all modes of play when used as aggressively as the man it’s named after. Sprint to the next objective quickly thanks to the Sprint to Fire buffs on the stock, or dropshot with the available Airborne Elastic Wrap. And don’t fear being outgunned; that box magazine and damage-increasing barrel will serve you well.

Although this weapon is built for the solo commando, remember to always be a team player in Warzone, Multiplayer, or Zombies… that is, if you decide to play squad-based modes. Still, in Free-for-All modes like Battle Royale Solos, be sure that the coast is clear when reloading this weapon, or let your enemies fight each other before coming out of the brush for the clean kill.

But above all else… do what it takes to execute the mission.

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