Black Ops 3: New Guns, Melee Weapons, and More Incoming

Still waiting to get the luck of the draw to obtain Fury’s Song or the NX Shadowclaw? Well, your chances may be getting even slimmer. Treyarch is now adding even more weapons into the mix. It was recently announced that two new guns – the HG-40 (an SMG) and the RSA Interdiction (a sniper) – are being put in the game as well as a new melee weapon (a baseball bat).

UPDATE: Another new melee weapon (Malice) has been discovered. Looks to be a rather interesting dagger of sorts.

Black Ops 3 Black Market

On top of new weaponry there are also new emotes and potentially weapon skins, emblems, and so on being thrown in. These items are available in both common and rare Supply Drops which can be purchased using either Cryptokeys (the currency earned for free for just playing the game) or CoD Points (the other currency type that requires a real-money investment).

The HG-40 is supposedly a more modern version of the MP40 submachine gun that was seen in World at War. There are no details about the new sniper rifle just yet, but we’ll keep you posted on it.

Again, these items are available through drops which can be purchased from the Black Market vendor in the game.

NOTE: This content is only available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC platforms. Last-gen consoles do not have the Black Market or supply drops at all.

Drop rates will likely stay the same so if you still haven’t scored any of the previous weaponry, well, at least there’s more stuff to get now, right?

Black Ops 3’s Upcoming Zombies DLC 2 Gets Image Leak

Activision made a bit of a mistake today. In an email that was designed to promote Call of Duty: Black Ops 3’s season pass the publisher accidentally included a previously unseen image that was later discovered to be named “dlc2-screen-zombies”. This lends credibility that it is a legitimate concept art image related to the zombies portion of the upcoming 2nd DLC pack for the game.

Here’s the image that was included in the email:

Black Ops 3 DLC 2 Zombies Image Leak

This image was also found on the company’s website but has since been removed (only further fueling the fact that it is indeed the real deal).

Unfortunately, we don’t have any further information about the upcoming zombies expansion at the time, but that isn’t stopping gamers from formulating their own theories based on the mistakenly released image. Fans are taking guesses about the location of the DLC ranging from a communications base to other wild shots in the dark.

NOTE: We get the feeling we may be seeing a trailer pop up for DLC 2 come tomorrow or next Tuesday. It’s just a guess – we have no confirmation – but we have a gut feeling it could happen.

Black Ops 3 Update 1.08 Patch Notes

A new update was rolled out today for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on the Playstation 4, PC, and Xbox One platforms. It’s a rather beefy patch that fixes a number of different bugs and exploits, nerfed a pistol, buffed an assault rifle (yet again), and, as an added bonus to players, opened access to the Nuk3town map up to everyone on PC and next-gen systems.

This update went live on March 21st, 2016 (3/21/16). So, yeah, there’s a lot going on with this particular update. Enough rambling about it, though, let’s jump straight into what you’re here for…

Update 1.08 Patch Notes

Below are the full patch notes for the recently released update. These notes come directly from the developers and point out all of the changes that were made to the game. In 1.08 this applies to multiplayer, zombies mode, and campaign.

Black Ops 3 Update 1.08 Patch Notes

Black Ops 3 Update 1.08 Patch Notes 2

Black Ops 3 Update 1.08 Patch Notes 3

Black Ops 3 Update 1.08 Patch Notes 4

Black Ops 3 Update 1.08 Patch Notes 5

Black Ops 3 Update 1.08 Patch Notes 6

That’s it for now. We suspect another medium to large patch will be coming our way once we’re closer to the launch of Black Ops 3’s second DLC pack.

Source: [Activision]

Black Ops 3’s Nuk3town Now Available to All for Free

With the latest update to the game (version 1.08), all players across the Xbox One, PS4, and PC platforms now have free access to an originally pre-order exclusive map – Nuk3town – on Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. This is great news for fans that didn’t grab the game in time to get the fan-favorite remake, but may irritate those that specifically purchased BO3 ahead of launch for the bonus map.

Black Ops 3 Nuketown Remake

Nevertheless, the map is now available for play to all without any additional fee. According to various reports this does not apply to last-gen gamers, though. Sorry, PS3 and Xbox 360 players, it looks like Activision is determined to leave you out in the cold with Black Ops 3.

The Nuk3town map will be ready for play as soon as you install the update on your console or PC. It’s also being added into all multiplayer game mode rotations today. With this new addition we suspect Treyarch will be throwing another double XP weekend event up this week with a Nuk3town 24/7 playlist. This is just a guess – but we’re fairly certain it’s a very likely scenario.

Black Ops 3 Diamond Camo Guide for Assault Rifles

With the idea of attaining the new dark matter camo floating around your head, you may think long and hard about how to put some bling-bling on your blam blam. The path to diamond weapons can be grueling and unforgiving, because getting it requires earning 100 headshots, 50 kills with no attachments, 50 kills with six attachments, 10 long shots, 5 Bloodthirsties and 5 rapid kills on all class weapons.

How to Get Diamond Camo for Assault Rifles

As they are the class of camos with the most weapons and the widest range of challenges, the diamond camo for assault rifles will be the focus of this article.  Accomplishing this in the most efficient way possible will involve a comprehensive character set up, and many individual strategies for using each weapon, attaining headshots and completing the five other challenges.

Black Ops 3 Diamond Camo for Assault Rifles

Setting Up Your Class

Entering the fight with the ideal set up means that you have customized your class, specialist, and scorestreaks appropriately for completing the camo challenges. Of the 2 choices featured for all 9 specialists, the first one is always a weapon.

Kills with the specialist weapon as well as Lethals such as grenades don’t count for your camo challenges, so don’t use them. The same thing goes for scorestreaks. What I recommend is either active camo, heatwave, or vision pulse for the specialist, and uav, counter uav, and H.A.T.R for scorestreaks, because pvp is like driving: 90% vision. If the H.A.T.R is too high for your skill level, don’t use a third streak. Now, you want to set up your class.

During headshot gameplay you want the optic as something simple like elo or reflex sight for accuracy, visibility and low Ads time, and between 2 and 4 attachments which could be quick draw, grip, high caliber, fast mag, extended mag, or long barrel.

Black Ops 3 Assault Rifle Classes

Also equip a tactical which can be a shock charge, flash bang, concussion or emp. the perks do not matter too much, but some good ones are sixth sense, fast hands, tracker, and engineer. Using this setup works well when you play quickly but carefully. While you work on rapid kills and attachment-based camos, you may not even want optics.

However, you will want plenty of perks, which could include afterburner, sixth sense, fast hands, tracker, scavenger, or anything from perk 3. Additionally you may have any tactical excluding black hat and trophy system, and a black cell rocket launcher for your secondary. This set up should be used with aggressive gameplay.

Earning longshots or Bloodthirsties is best with the Varix 3, because you can zoom in and out between two ranges. The attachments and perks are a no brainer; use long barrel as you will double your range, combine quick draw with fast hands for instant ads time, sixth sense, and any perk 3 except dead silence or awareness. You’ll probably also want a black cell and the same tactical you use for headshots. This setup is best for conservative gameplay. Once you have set up your classes, it’s time to get to know your weapon.

Tips, Tricks, and Advice for Each AR

Each assault rifle in the game has a unique personality, and some of them you might struggle with more than others. To master them you have to consider them by the way they fire, either fully automatic, semi-automatic, or burst fire. They will vary in the range they are effective in, and the recoil and rate of fire.

Fully automatic weapons are often good for “spray and pray” gameplay, but for headshots or other challenges you will want to avoid that almost entirely (although you can get away with it with a laser sight on the Kn-44). The strategy for fully auto weapons is to stay within medium to close range, and constantly be moving. The reason you want to do this is because you are taking your opponent by surprise and at a reasonable distance to allow yourself enough opportunity for aiming accurately.

Black Ops 3 Assault Rifle Tips

The Man-O-War and KN-44 play easily into this with an Ideal range being between two and three fifths the length of Nuketown from spawn to spawn, However The ICR has very low damage, and the Hvk-30 is a 4 shot kill just under medium range, so these weapons would be best with long barrel to act more effectively at medium range.

With a slight exception to the ICR, fully automatic weapons tend to shoot slower and sloppier, so you generally will want to aim your first shot for the upper chest and not the head in order to actually end up with a headshot. Burst fire weapons are very different than fully automatic weapons in that they are primed for accuracy over long distances, and most if not all of their recoil is vertical.

At anything over medium range you will want to aim at the waist or lower chest for a headshot, and this is also the range at which most of your encounters using burst-fire weapons should be. There are two burst fire assault rifles in Black Ops 3, so if you happen to struggle with one in particular, the largest difference between them to consider is that the XR-2 requires more consideration for it’s shot because it fires slower and fewer bullets per burst than the M8A7. Do not attempt to hip fire with the Xr-2 like you might with the M8A7, it won’t work the same.

The last kind of weapon is semi-automatic, of which there is only one: the Sheiva. The sheiva is accurate, extremely powerful, but sluggishly slow, I think even slower than the Gorgon, which does roughly the same damage but is fully automatic.

Because it is so slow but so powerful and accurate, it won’t really matter what range you use it at as long as you get the first shot on full health and aren’t at point blank against a submachine gun. For headshots, just aim for the head. Using high caliber on the sheiva will allow you to kill in one shot to the head. Knowing your weapon will help you to understand and know how to handle different kinds of encounters with your opponent.

General Tips for Unlocking Camos

Sometimes people avoid going for camos because the potential K/D loss intimidates them. No matter what the strengths of your weapon are, you will no doubt be forced many times to fight in less than advantageous positions, especially when unlocking your camos. There are three geometrically different positions that may force a disadvantaged encounter. The first and most annoying is the corner camper; even when you know they are there, you cannot outgun them.

These opponents are why Tacticals are important, but if you don’t have any, you can either shoot your weapon to have them aim your way while you go around the other entrance and shoot them from there, or you could slide into the room and then jump back the way you came, giving them a hard time tracing you.

Black Ops 3 Camo Challenges

Finally, you could try just bolting through the room and then waiting on the outside for them to follow you, but I don’t recommend this if the entrance and exit are any much more than a slide’s distance apart. Whatever you do, don’t Ads on your way in expecting to get the first shot, because you won’t succeed most times.

The second encounter is a corridor, such as the outer edges of Skyjacked, or the rails on the map fringe. These tend to be long-range encounters that you might have to take on in the event of a murderous scorestreak shooting up the middle of the map. Fortunately in Black Ops 3, we have the new wall running mechanic, and these areas tend always to have some form of a wall run. Definitely use that to your advantage.

This is also one of if not the best opportunity to use a specialist ability such as active camo, which is my personal method. The third form of encounter which you will certainly find yourself in during your long shot medals is an across the map encounter, or top-bottom encounter. Against teams with a heavier number of snipers or LMG users, you might find that all of your encounters will be against players up in towers or in the backs of spawns.

Picking you off from all three routes at the largest distance they can peak out from. The best thing you can do here involves taking advantage of your teammates by traveling behind people while you advance forward in the map. It’s also helpful to have a class ready with engineer equipped, as these sorts of players tend to holster down in one spot and protect themselves with trip mines or shock charges, and engineer will help you to predict their locations. Most maps will also have one rout with a larger number of obstructions. Traveling this path is your first and last line of defense against these kinds of games, but just be weary that submachine gun users usually prefer paths like these. Crouch a lot and keep your trigger finger at the ready.

Challenges Beyond Headshots

After you’ve completed the bulk of the grinding by getting 100 headshots it’s time to complete the final 4 unique camo challenges. The first two challenges you aught to begin with are the attachment-based challenges, because while you complete those, you will save time making some coincidental progress on your long shots, Bloodthirsties and rapid kills.

Challenge Accepted

There is no special strategy necessary for playing without attachments; this stage of gameplay is just a good opportunity to learn your weapons more intimately since they will not have any of their stats altered. The same goes for playing with six attachments, because you can’t chose any perks. Just play your best on a simple game mode and 100 kills will zoom by.

As for which attachments you use, I recommend that the first three be grip, long barrel and quick draw. The rest is up to you. Once you’ve got that down and done with, you will most definitely have all of your rapid kills complete, or at most one away, so it will be time to get to work on your longshots, which will likely prove to be the longest and perhaps least exciting pat of the whole endeavor to diamond. There used to be a trick in which you may use the Varix zoomed out to get closer ranges on longshots, but that was patched in update 1.06. People also claim that the suppressor helps, but this has been tested and is not true.

The sole strategy for longshots is to camp (I know it’s lousy) in certain areas on certain maps. Excluding DLC, the best locations are on the maps evac, fringe, hunted, infection, and stronghold. On Evac, you will want to stay on the far left of wherever you spawn and aim to the farthest points you can. On Fringe and Infection, you want to stay in the second floor of the two story buildings, and aim at the other building.

On Hunted you want to stay on the side at the lowest point of the waterfall with as much distance as you can manage, and on Stronghold you want to stay on the side with all the rocks in or facing the second floor of the two story building. If by the time you finish your longshots, you do not have all of your Bloodthirsties, and you are struggling, try choosing a game mode unlike TDM where your opponent’s location will be most predictable, and play it safe.

Concluding Thoughts

Today, we have learned some important things that will allow you or anybody to take on the grueling quest to diamond camos for assault rifles. We have learned how to consider the personality of the individual weapons, the best strategies for different types of encounters, the best way to set up your class and customize your character for each type of challenge, and the final few words of advice that will be critical for completing your last few medals.

This article should be informative and useful to people experiencing any particular trouble with their pursuits to diamond, as well as anybody who just wants to know where to start before they take the challenges head on.

I began my camo challenges at about rank 40 before my first prestige, and using these tricks as I discovered them, I managed to reach diamond half past prestige 3. I averaged seven headshots per game, and put in roughly 60 hours of gameplay.

You might call me a CoD god, but I consider myself a mere vessel of experience from which people like you might learn from. Just remember that everyone can have great fun and grow great skill from tackling the diamond camos using the strategies provided here. If you enjoyed or benefited from this article, please feel free to share it with the CoD community!

 

NOTE: Big shout out to Nick from New York for submitting this incredible guest post. Cheers, Nick!

Check Nick out over on Twitter (@sprinklesinf) or on Instagram (Nick_infinite).

Black Ops 3 Guaranteed Specialist Theme Drop Added for This Weekend

Well, we were expecting something a little different from Treyarch this weekend, but what we got is a bit more interesting than anything we were anticipating. Starting today and running through Monday, March 14th, the Black Market vendor is offering something rather unique.

The new listing in the in-game marketplace is called the Guaranteed Specialist Theme drop. It has an increased chance of dropping Epic and Legendary gear pieces for specialists, dishes out bonus Cryptokeys, and… costs a jaw-dropping 60 keys to get (or a stash of 300 CoD points).

UPDATE: Many reports are also stating that the Bribe gives you better chances of epic and legendary loot such as the new weapons, camos, and so on. This makes the drop a bit more valuable, but it’s till rather pricey.

Black Ops 3 Guaranteed Specialist Theme Drop

It’s very cool that they’re adding new contraband for players to purchase with their hard-earned keys, but this seems like….well…. a very crappy deal.

The item name is a bit misleading. It says “specialist theme”, but, in reality, you’ll only get ONE piece of specialist gear in each of these bad boys. So, no, sorry guys, you won’t be popping a full set of gear in one go.

Secondly, the cost seems absolutely outrageous. DOUBLE the number of keys than a traditional rare supply drop. Sure, it GUARANTEES a piece of specialist gear, but the RSD guarantees a rare or better item, too, and costs half as much to get.

We were really hoping to see another double Cryptokey event on Black Ops 3 this weekend, but this is what we got instead.

Enjoy… I guess?

Black Ops 3 Game Settings Update 52.5.26.7.0 Details

In case you didn’t take notice, another new game settings update (basically a small hotfix) was applied to Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 today. This update went live midday on Thursday, March 10th for both the Playstation 4 and Xbox One platforms.

There weren’t a lot of changes made, but a few things were altered a tad. David Vonderhaar took to Twitter to let everyone know what was going on.

According to him, the following changes were applied:

  • MR6 Max Fire Rated Reduced
  • Various Bug Fixes for Ante Up perk, the robot in the Safeguard game mode, odd issues with players going prone, and hiccups with weapon pick-ups
  • Margwa aggro fix, DG-4 bugs, and duplicate upgraded bows all fixed in Zombies mode

 

 

The biggest takeaway from all this, of course, is the MR6 nerf. It seems the Treyarch development team finally realized that, hey, a semi-auto pistol shouldn’t really be able to outgun a fully automatic SMG so easily, huh?

Double Weapon XP Incoming for Black Ops 3 this Weekend

Presumably to celebrate the launch of the Awakening DLC pack on Xbox One and PC, Treyarch has officially announced that they will be initiating a double weapon XP event on Black Ops 3 starting tomorrow, March 4th. This event is set to conclude the following Monday, March 7th.

Black Ops 3 Double Weapon XP Weekend March 4th

These events are especially useful for players that are attempting to get their weapons to higher levels to unlock additional attachments. As you progress the overall level of each gun, you earn the ability to use things like Extended Mag, Rapid Fire, various optics, and more.

While this doesn’t directly help to rank up your character, it’s still useful for reaching new levels because as you unlock weapon attachments you actually gain bonus experience. So, in a way, you’ll still be able to level up a bit faster in general as well. The event is, however, primarily designed to help you make some serious headway on your favorite weapons.

Be sure to set aside some time this weekend to take advantage of the double weapon XP. The event kicks off at 10am PST on Friday and will end at the same time on Monday.

Black Ops 3 Update 1.07 Patch Notes (March 1st, 2016)

If you’re playing Black Ops 3 on the Playstation 4 today you’ll probably be prompted to download the latest update. The new update, version 1.07, is currently being rolled out on the PS4. We expect it’ll be applied to the Xbox One and PC platforms (under different names, of course) within the next day or so.

This update addresses a number of different exploits, performance issues, and other small problems in the game. There are fixes and updates to a variety of things throughout multiplayer, arena mode, and zombies. Below we’ve compiled the patch notes for the 1.07 update for you to read over.

Black Ops 3 1.07 Patch Notes

Black Ops 3 1.07 Patch Notes (2)

Black Ops 3 1.07 Patch Notes (3)

Black Ops 3 1.07 Patch Notes (4)

NOTE: There has been a lot of confusion regarding the actual size of this update. It is NOT over 9 gigs. The March 1st update is actually being added into the previous updates giving it a total size of more than 9 GBs. This particular update is somewhere between 300 and 500 MBs in size.

Source: [Activision]

Black Ops 3 Double XP for MP & Zombies Coming This Weekend

Surprise, surprise – Treyarch has officially announced that this weekend they will be activating yet another double XP event. This one is starting tomorrow (February 26th) and running through Monday, February 29th. And, yes, it applies to both multiplayer matches AND to zombies.

Black Ops 3 Double XP February 26th

This event will give players a chance to blast through ranks, hit higher prestige levels, and, if you’re already at master prestige, keep making progress toward that coveted level 1000 to look like a complete no-life…erm, I mean… bad ass.

We were hoping to see another double Cryptokey event soon so players would have a better opportunity to rack up keys, open up more supply drops, and have more chances at getting the new weapons, but perhaps that’ll happen at a later date. Nevertheless, 2XP is always welcome and much appreciated.

So get out there and go level up in multiplayer and zombies this weekend. Now is the time to work on character progress.

Black Ops 3 DLC: All Map Packs, Zombies Additions, and More

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 will, like many CoD titles before it, be receiving at least four downloadable content packs that will introduce new multiplayer maps, zombies maps, and more into the game. In addition to that, Treyarch is also adding in new gear for specialists, new weapons players can obtain through supply drops, and even a 10th specialist (currently a rumor, but very likely).

Black Ops 3 DLC

The core DLC for the game, however, are the traditional map packs and expansions to the zombies mode.

Black Ops 3 DLC

These are the four DLC packs scheduled to come out for BO3:

  • Awakening – Released February 2nd, 2016 on PS4. Launches on March 3rd, 2016 for Xbox One and PC.
  • UNKNOWN (DLC 2)
  • UNKNOWN (DLC 3)
  • UNKNOWN (DLC 4)

As indicated above, the names and details for the last 3 content packs have not been announced. Once information is provided for these we will add links to the full details on this page.

Awakening

Awakening was made available for Playstation 4 players in early February of 2016.

Black Ops 3 Awakening Maps

This pack came with four new multiplayer maps (Skyjacked, Rise, Splash, and Gauntlet)  as well as a new zombies expansion (Der Eisendrachen). It will be available for all other platforms on March 3rd.

Season Pass

If you purchased the Season Pass you’ll get instant access to the four core DLC packs for no additional charge as soon as they are released for your platform. The pass is available for $50, which provides a total savings of $10. Individual map packs can be purchased as standalone products for $15 each.

New Weapons

Not long after the Awakening DLC was released, Treyarch dropped a major surprise on the Black Ops 3 community. They added a set of new weapons to the game. They were, however, added via supply drops which means that players either have to rack up Cryptokeys or purchase CoD Points to get a chance to get them.

Black Ops 3 New Weapons

The new weapons that have been introduced so far include:

  • NX ShadowClaw (an ultra-portable crossbow)
  • MX Garand (a powerful semi-automatic rifle)
  • Iron Jim (a crowbar)
  • Fury’s Song (a two-handed sword)
  • Marshal 16 (shotgun-pistol)
  • Brass Knuckles
  • Butterfly Knife
  • Wrench

The new weapons have been wildly popular with reports of many players spending $100 or more on Call of Duty points in hopes of getting them through supply drops. Because of the incredible success of this, it’s probably safe to assume that we’ll see even more weapons added to Black Ops 3 in the near future.

NOTE: These weapons are NOT available on the Xbox 360 or Playstation 3 versions of the game because these platforms do not have the Black Market or Supply Drops.

New Specialists

Based on a very interesting Easter Egg within one of the Awakening multiplayer maps (Gauntlet), it seems that Treyarch has intentions of releasing another specialist character. This could very well just be the beginning. It’s still unclear whether they will be adding new specialists via the remaining DLC packs, through supply drops, or as a free addition to the game via standard patches.

Once we know exactly what’s going on here, we’ll let you know.

Weapon Skins, Specialist Gear, and More

Other things that have been added have included various camos for weapons, new gear pieces for specialist characters, decals, playercards, player emblems, and more. These items are all obtainable through supply drops. Periodically, Treyarch has been throwing in new heads, bodies, and gear sets for specialists. Every once in a while they also update the available weapon camos and other customization items as well.

Black Ops 3 NX ShadowClaw Weapon Overview

The crossbow makes a return in Black Ops 3…well, sort of. It’s not the traditional crossbow we’ve seen in the first two installments of Treyarch’s popular CoD franchise. The NX ShadowClaw is a more compact and silently deadly weapon than its predecessors. This is a special secondary weapon that can only be received through supply drops.

Black Ops 3 NX Shadowclaw

The ShadowClaw deals high damage, allows the player to remain off the radar, and works fairly well in mid-range encounters. With the right attachments equipped and perks selected it becomes an incredibly lethal weapon that many believe is extremely overpowered.

NX ShadowClaw Stats

Damage: 200 (one-shot kill, always)

Clip Size: 6 bolts

Firing Rate: 200 RPM (400 with Akimbo)

Available Attachments: Tri-Bolt, Bayonet, Dual Wield, LRX3, ELO, Reflex Sight

Weapon Overview

This one-handed crossbow packs a lot of punch in a very small package. Every single bolt is capable of a one-hit kill. The ShadowClaw fires fairly quick, is completely silent, and bolts are retrievable after firing. It’s a secondary weapon that is mostly intended for use in medium range engagements.

It works well on smaller maps or any map where there are corridors and plenty of cover objects. The weapon isn’t great for close quarters combat and it’s a bit difficult to use at longer ranges. The bolts have an arc so the further your opponent is from you, the higher you have to fire (aiming above them at at times) to strike them.

Automatically Silent

One of the biggest advantages of the NX ShadowClaw is that it essentially has a built-in silencer. Whenever you fire the weapon, you will not appear on enemy radar as you would with other non-silenced weapons. This is great for flanking enemies or just being stealthy.

While you don’t appear on radar, you will get noticed. This is because the crossbow actually has a very distinct and audible sound that it makes when firing bolts. It almost sounds like a laser or just something whipping by you very quickly. So, if you miss shots, your opponent may be alerted to your presence by this sound.

Special Attachments

Most weapons in Black Ops 3 have the same set of attachments available (grip, extended mag, etc). The NX ShadowClaw, on the other hand, has a very unique set of attachments that can be equipped to it.

The most notable of these are the Tri-Bolt, Bayonet, and Dual Wield.

Black Ops 3 NX Shadowclaw Akimbo

With Tri-Bolt your crossbow will actually fire 3 bolts with each shot. One shoots out directly forward while the other two go left and right (spans out horizontally). This is a great attachment for taking out multiple enemies at once, but it can also cause you to waste a lot of ammo. If you take on a single opponent with it you’ll waste 2 bolts.

The Bayonet attachment is quite interesting, too. It literally sticks a sharp bayonet-style knife on the front end of the ShadowClaw. This is excellent for killing enemies at close range. Not only is it fast, but it’s also a one-hit melee kill.

Finally, there’s Dual Wield (also known to many Call of Duty fans as Akimbo). This is probably the most brutal attachment of all and is why most players think the NX ShadowClaw is OP. With this attachment your player will wield not one, but two ShadowClaws. You can fire them individually and both have full ammo (6 rounds per clip, 24 bolts total). With this you can double your firing rate by staggering your shots and take out opponents insanely quickly.

Cons

In reality the biggest cons with this weapon are that the bolts have an arc that you’ll have to figure out to determine how to hit opponents at different ranges and the ammo capacity is fairly low (only 12 bolts, 24 is you’re running Akimbo). Other than that.. this thing is a beast.

Recommended Class Setup

Want to be able to dominate with this weapon? Here’s what we recommend using in terms of attachments and perks. You can decide if you want to take on a primary gun, lethals, tacticals, and which of the specialists to use.

Recommended Attachments: Dual Wield

There’s no doubt that Akimbo ShadowClaws are an absolute powerhouse. You lose the ability to aim down sights, but, honestly, you don’t have to. Its actually easier and faster to pop off enemies without going ADS with this weapon. That’s why Dual Wield is awesome. Double the speed, double the power.

Recommended Perks: Fast Hands, Scavenger, Tracker

This is a very deadly trio to use. Fast Hands will allow you to swap to your secondary (the NX) faster. Obviously if you don’t have a primary equipped you won’t need this one, though. Scavenger is great because even though you can pick up your fired bolts, it may be dangerous to at times. It’s easier to collect ammo from fallen foes. Finally, Tracker is an essential tool that basically turns you into a badass hunter. You’ll see where your opponents are, be able to catch them off guard, and silently end their life with ease.