Black Ops 3 Locus Sniper Rifle Overview

The Locus is one of the sniper rifles available for players to use in Call of Duty Black Ops 3. It is a powerful, bolt-action style sniper that is capable of executing one-shot kills from the ribs up. Many popular players have already named the Locus the go-to choice for both traditional and quickscoping sniping.

Black Ops 3 Locus Sniper Rifle

Generally speaking, bolt-action snipers tend to be the most popular in Call of Duty games. They usually deal higher damage which reduces the number of hit-markers and accuracy is usually good, too. The Locus isn’t exactly pretty to look at, but it does an excellent job of popping off enemies at range.

Locus Stats

This sniper is a beast and is considered the best in the game right now. Below you’ll find a complete overview of the stats for this weapon.

Black Ops 3 Weapon Stats

Damage Output: High

Magazine Size: 8 rounds

Range: High

Fire Rate: Low (Bolt-action)

Accuracy: High

Available Attachments

Want to outfit your sniper with equipment that will help improve its performance? Well, that’s exactly what attachments are for. Below is a complete list of the attachments that are available for the Locus sniper.

Black Ops 3 Available Attachments

  • Recon Sight
  • Thermal Sight
  • Ballistics CPU
  • Quickdraw Handle
  • Adjustable Stock
  • Laser Sight
  • Fast Mag
  • Extended Mag
  • FMJ
  • High Caliber
  • Rapid Fire

Recommended Weapon Setup

How you set up this sniper will depend heavily on how you intend to use it. For traditional sniping (often referred to as “hardscoping”) you’ll want a more stealth-like class to stay off enemy radar and keep to yourself. For quickscoping, however, you may want a more fast-paced design. Below are recommendations for both.

Black Ops 3 Recommended Gun Setup

If you’d like to quickscope attachments like the Ballistics CPU and Extended Mags will prove useful. Ballistics CPU reduces the amount of sway your weapon has while aimed which inadvertently improves your accuracy while quickscoping. Extended Mags, on the other hand, gives you more rounds to use per magazine.

Perk-wise, you’ll probably want to use options like Fast Hands (allows you to ADS quicker after a full sprint) and Tactical Mask (reduces the effects of things like stun grenades to keep you moving). Scavenger is a decent choice, too, if you find yourself running out of ammo often.

For traditional sniping you’ll want to rock a more stealth-like class. This means using attachments geared toward hardscoping such as an upgraded sight, FMJ (to get those awesome wall-bangs better), and Fast Mag for faster reloads.

The ideal perks to use for hardscoping sniper classes are Flak Jacket (to escape a nasty C4 or grenade death while camping), Cold Blooded (to reduce your chances of being spotted), and Dead Silence (so you can move around a bit without alerting nearby enemies).

Locus Gameplay

The Locus is truly one of the most impressive snipers available in Black Ops 3. Check out the video provided below to see this sniper in action in a real multiplayer game.

Black Ops 3 Weapon Gameplay

OTHER SNIPER GUIDES:

Drakon | P-06

 

 

 

 

Black Ops 3 ICR-1 SMG Overview

The ICR-1 is a recently revealed SMG (or perhaps an Assault Rifle) that will be featured in Black Ops 3. Based on videos and player speculation it is assumed that this weapon will have a higher rate of fire, moderate recoil, and medium damage.

Black Ops 3 ICR-1 SMG or Assault Rifle

Intel suggests that this is a fully-automatic weapon. The weapon was leaked recently in a video provided by Treyarch that showed off the new campaign features such as Tactical Mode, Enhanced Vision, and Tactical Rigs. Based on the firing rate and size of the gun most people seem to believe it will be classified as a submachine gun.

The video leaks suggest that the ICR-1 will have a 24 round magazine, although this may change before the official launch of Black Ops 3 and we’re not sure how much ammo the Extended Mags attachment will bump it up to.

Once more information is available for this weapon we will update this page to feature actual stats, gameplay videos, and more for gamers to digest.

ICR-1 Stats

Official statistics coming soon.

Black Ops 3 Weapon Stats

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Available Attachments

Again, details for this gun haven’t been fully announced just yet. Once available, we will list all of the attachments that are able to be equipped to it.

Black Ops 3 Available Attachments

Recommended Weapon Setup

Coming soon!

Black Ops 3 Recommended Gun Setup

ICR-1 Gameplay

Check out the video below to see where the ICR-1 was leaked in the recent campaign videos. It’s important to note that these are very short clips, but still cool because you get to see what the gun looks like, how it fires, and more.

Black Ops 3 Weapon Gameplay

Black Ops 3 Sten SMG Overview

The Sten is one of the SMGs seen in Black Ops 3. This one, however, is exclusive to the zombies game mode. Not a lot of information is available for it just yet, but we do know that it makes an appearance in the Shadows of Evil zombies map.

Black Ops 3 STEN SMG

This weapon has been featured in several Call of Duty titles before including Black Ops 1, World at War, Call of Duty 3, and Call of Duty 2. In earlier titles it was available for player use in campaign and multiplayer modes. This SMG is held by its magazine rather than a traditional stock like other weapons.

The real-world gun this weapon is a clone of is a British-made 9mm submachine gun. It was used heavily by British forces in both WWII and the Korean War. The weapon was in service from the early 1940s until the mid 1960s. It is estimated that more than 4 million of these guns were produced during that time.

Full details about the weapon’s history can be found on the Wikipedia entry for the Sten. This page includes information about the SMG’s design, variants, military use, and more.

NOTE: We will be adding more information about the Black Ops 3 Sten once it is available. This will include details about the damage output, magazine size, rate of fire, and more.

 

 

OTHER SMG GUIDES:

Kuda | Razorback | Weevil | VMPVesper

 

 

 

 

Black Ops 3 VMP SMG Overview

The VMP is yet another one of the SMGs that players can use in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. This was a fan favorite for many players as it dealt high damage (for an SMG), has some recoil, and a high firing rate. The biggest drawback to the weapon is that it’s a little inaccurate.

Black Ops 3 VMP SMG

With the beta the VMP was both buffed and nerfed a bit. It was given an increased magazine size (now 40, it was 27 rounds), but the damaged was decreased making it slightly less effective. This SMG becomes available to players at level 34.

Because of its higher damage output this weapon used to play a lot like one of the assault rifles with the added bonus that you get more mobility. Now, it’s not quite as great, though. It’s somewhat easy to aim and the recoil is manageable for decent players. It’s a fairly great weapon, but you’ll definitely want to use a speed-reloading attachment because the high rate of fire makes it burn through ammo fast.

VMP Stats

Let’s dive right into it. Below are the official stats for the VMP SMG. These statistics will tell you exactly how big the clip is on the weapon, how much damage it can deal, and more.

Black Ops 3 Weapon Stats

Damage Output: 25-35 HP  Damage has been nerfed a bit now. Official stat coming soon.

Magazine Size: 40 rounds (56 rounds with Extended Mags equipped)

Range: Low

Fire Rate: High

Accuracy: Low

Available Attachments

As you use the VMP you’ll earn XP with it, level it up, and unlock various attachments that can be equipped to it. Below is a full list of the attachments that are available for this SMG.

Black Ops 3 Available Attachments

  • Reflex Sight
  • Grip
  • Laser Sight
  • Sniper
  • Adjustable Stock
  • FMJ
  • Extended Mag

Recommended Weapon Setup

As we mentioned above, the VMP is actually a pretty impressive submachine gun in the right hands. There is a bit of recoil, but skilled players will find that it’s easily managed. Plus, there are attachments that can assist with this as well. Below are our recommendations.

Black Ops 3 Recommended Gun Setup

Because this SMG is a bit unstable it can prove beneficial to use the Grip attachment. This will decrease the recoil a bit, making it easier to aim and handle. It is possible to manage the recoil without the assistance of this attachment, but most players will find Grip to be an invaluable tool for the VMP.

Another great attachment to use is the Extended Mag. While the VMP does have a decent size clip to start with, it also has a very high firing rate which means you’ll be burning through your ammo very quickly. To make up for this, Extended Mag provides an additional 16 rounds. This can be the difference between getting 1-2 kills per clip and getting 2-3 kills per clip.

VMP Gameplay

Don’t want to take our word when it comes to this weapon being an excellent tool in Black Ops 3’s online multiplayer? No worries, there’s video proof to back up our statements. The video below shows a player using the VMP in an actual match. Check it out to see how well the SMG performs.

Black Ops 3 Weapon Gameplay

OTHER SMG GUIDES:

Kuda | Razorback | Weevil | Vesper | Sten

 

 

 

Black Ops 3 Vesper SMG Overview

The Vesper is one of the SMGs available for player use in Black Ops 3. This gun is unlocked at level 25. It has a very high firing rate (the highest among sub-machine guns), low range, and a somewhat small magazine size considering how quick it burns through ammo. The gun also has a very noticeable amount of recoil, making it a bad choice for players with average or below average accuracy.

Black Ops 3 Vesper SMG

The Vesper is far from being one of the better weapons in the game. It’s only useful in close quarters combat and even then it takes a skilled hand to manage the recoil. The gun rips through its clip insanely fast and requires a reload after nearly every kill.

Vesper Stats

Looking to get the low-down on exactly how much ammo this weapon has, its damage output numbers, and more? Below you’ll find a list of all of the statistics for this SMG.

Black Ops 3 Weapon Stats

Damage Output: 15-25 HP

Magazine Size: 30 rounds (42 rounds with Extended Mags equipped)

Range: Low

Fire Rate: Very High

Accuracy: Low

Available Attachments

Need to know what optics and optional parts are available for this gun? Below we’ve listed all of the attachments you can equip to the Vesper SMG.

Black Ops 3 Available Attachments

  • Extended Mag
  • Reflex Sight
  • Recon Sight
  • Varix 3
  • Enhanced Sight
  • Long Barrel
  • Suppressor
  • Foregrip
  • Quickdraw
  • Fast Mag
  • High Caliber
  • FMJ
  • Rapid Fire
  • Stock
  • Laser Sight

Check down below to see what attachments we recommend using with this gun.

Recommended Weapon Setup

The Vesper definitely shouldn’t be your first choice of weapon, but, if you decide to use it, we have a few recommendations that may help you improve your performance with it.

Black Ops 3 Recommended Gun Setup

Due to the weapon having terrible stability and below-average accuracy, it’s highly recommended to use the Foregrip attachment. This will help reduce the overall recoil which will give you a better chance to improve your aim and land more shots on your target. It doesn’t completely eliminate recoil by any means, but it helps.

To combat how fast you’ll burn through ammo you may also want to equip either Extended Mags to increase your total clip size or Fast Mag to execute reloads at a quicker pace. One of these is pretty much required with the Vesper. Otherwise you’ll be blowing through bullets too quick and not getting many kills between reloads.

If you find that you can manage the recoil of this SMG without the assistance of Foregrip you may want to use Long Barrel instead. This attachment slightly increases the effective range of the Vesper, making it a little easier to take down opponents at mid range.

Vesper Gameplay

A bit nervous about trying this weapon out yourself and potentially ruining a great K/D on your account? Well, there’s only one way to see how a gun performs without actually using it – watch a video. Below is a video showing off the Vesper in a real match in Black Ops 3.

Black Ops 3 Weapon Gameplay

OTHER SMG GUIDES:

Kuda | Razorback | Weevil | VMP | Sten

 

 

 

Black Ops 3 Razorback SMG Overview

The Razorback is yet another one of the usable submachine guns in Black Ops 3‘s online multiplayer. This SMG has the best accuracy in its class, has decent range, a moderate firing rate, and relatively low damage output. All in all, it’s an excellent weapon, perhaps even one of the best guns in the game, period.

Black Ops 3 Razorback SMG

It was recently announced that, however, that the Razorback was re-evaluated after the official beta and was altered slightly for weapon balancing purposes. We’re not entirely sure exactly what was changed on the gun just yet, but we’ll keep everyone posted about it. Full details will be posted right here whenever they’re available.

Razorback Stats

Want to know what to expect from this SMG? Below you’ll find details regarding the gun’s firing rate, magazine size, accuracy, and other useful statistics.

Black Ops 3 Weapon Stats

Damage Output: ~ 20-25 HP per bullet

Magazine Size: 30 rounds (42 rounds with Extended Mags equipped)

Range: Medium

Fire Rate: Low-Medium

Accuracy: Medium-High (best in class)

Available Attachments

As you use the Razorback and earn experience with it, you’ll begin to unlock various attachments for the weapon. Different attachments become available at different weapon levels. Below are the attachments that you’ll eventually unlock for this SMG.

Black Ops 3 Available Attachments

  • Reflex Sight
  • Recon Sight
  • Varix 3
  • Enhanced Sight
  • Suppressor
  • Long Barrel
  • Grip
  • Quickdraw
  • Stock
  • Fast Mags
  • FMJ
  • Extended Mags
  • Rapid Fire

Recommended Weapon Setup

Black Ops 3 Recommended Gun Setup

Depending on your personal play style and how you feel about the Razorback, you may want to add some attachments to the gun. Because this is a submachine gun, which is usually a weapon of choice for rushing, we would recommend using attachments like Long Barrel and Extended Mags.

Long Barrel extends the effective range of the SMG making falloff damage a bit less of an issue when facing opponents at medium distances. Extended Mags, on the other hand, allows you to keep firing for longer periods of time thanks to additional bullets. Both come extremely handy.

If you prefer to flank your enemies and catch them off guard with surprise attacks you may want to consider throwing on the Suppressor attachment which helps keep your character off enemy radar when firing and also makes it more difficult for enemies to locate you based on firing sounds.

The Razorback already has very low recoil compared to most other submachine guns in Black Ops 3. This makes attachments such as the Grip completely unnecessary. Even a newcomer to Call of Duty can easily manage the recoil on this SMG so there’s no need to waste an attachment slot on Grip.

Razorback Gameplay

Want to know how the Razorback plays in-game without having to take it into the heat of battle yourself? Check out the video below to see this SMG in action in an actual online multiplayer match in BO3.

Black Ops 3 Weapon Gameplay

OTHER SMG GUIDES:

Weevil | Kuda | Vesper | VMP | Sten

 

 

Black Ops 3 Weevil SMG Overview

The Weevil is one of the six different SMGs seen in Call of Duty: Black Ops 3. This particular weapon has a higher firing rate than most submachine guns in the game, an extra large ammo capacity, and more. The biggest drawback to the gun is its rather high amount of recoil.

Black Ops 3 Weevil SMG

The recoil pattern tends to move heavily upward. To aim the weapon better you’ll want to start your fire around the torso or neck of your opponent. As you continue to spray bullets from the Weevil it will gradually move vertically toward the head where you’ll inflict the most damage.

NOTE: Some players have referred to the Weevil as the “new P90” in BO3.

Weevil Stats

Down below we’ve provided the known statistics of this SMG. Use this data to get an idea of how much damage the gun deals, what it’s firing rate is, how much ammo you get with it, and more.

Black Ops 3 Weapon Stats

Damage Output: ~ 10-20 HP per bullet

Magazine Size: 50 rounds (67 rounds with Extended Mags attachment equipped)

Range: Low-Medium

Fire Rate: High

Accuracy: Low-Medium

Available Attachments

Attachments can often make or break a weapon. Some players will find that different weapons perform much better with optics aside from the iron sights. Others prefer to have attachments that make adjustments to the weapon’s range or stability.

Black Ops 3 Available Attachments

Here are the attachments available for the Weevil SMG:

  • Reflex Sight
  • Quickdraw
  • Suppressor
  • Recon Sight
  • Grip
  • Stock
  • Varix 3
  • Laser Sight
  • FMJ
  • Fast Mags
  • Long Barrel
  • Extended Mags
  • Rapid Fire

Recommended Weapon Setup

Black Ops 3 Recommended Gun Setup

Because the Weevil is rather unstable and burns through ammo relatively quickly we highly recommend equipping attachments such as Extended Mags and Grip to improve the handling and performance of this submachine gun.

The Grip helps to slightly decrease the vertical recoil of the weapon which, in turn, allows the user to have better accuracy when firing it. Extended Mags, on the other hand, is incredibly useful for making sure you have enough ammo to take down multiple opponents with a single magazine.

The Weevil tears through its standard 50 round magazine very quickly due to the gun’s high rate of fire. Equipping Extended Mags gives the player access to 67 rounds which may not sound like a huge boost, but it makes quite a difference in actual gameplay.

The Weevil does, however, have surprisingly accurate hip-fire at close range. This makes it a very lethal weapon to use as a rushing tool. Charging into an objective with multiple targets, for example. Running in and getting within close range will allow the player to spray bullets into nearby opponents and quickly take them out.

If you’re looking for an accurate weapon that is easy to control and deals decent damage, you may want to opt for another SMG or even try out one of the assault rifles instead. The Weevil requires a skilled hand to manage its intense recoil.

Weevil Gameplay

Black Ops 3 Weapon Gameplay

Want to get an idea of how the Weevil performs without testing it yourself and potentially tarnishing your win-to-loss ratio or your K/D? Well, that’s possible thanks to YouTube! The video below shows a player using this SMG in a real public match online.

 

OTHER SMG GUIDES:

Kuda | Razorback | Vesper | VMP | Sten

 

 

 

Black Ops 3 Kuda SMG Overview

The Kuda is a fully automatic weapon and one of the first SMGs available to players in Black Ops 3. It doesn’t require a specific weapon to use and can be equipped to your loadout immediately. It is an all-around decent submachine gun that deals a moderate amount of damage, has decent range, a medium-paced firing rate, and okay accuracy.

Black Ops 3 Kuda SMG

The Kuda doesn’t have a ton of recoil which makes it ideal for players that appreciate stability in their weapons. The average firing rate on the gun also helps players tag opponents with more bullets. Many players have compared the look and feel of this weapon to the classic MP5 from titles such as Modern Warfare.

Kuda Stats

Black Ops 3 Weapon Stats

Below are the statistics of this gun.

Damage Output: ~ 20-30 HP per bullet

Magazine Size: 30 rounds (42 with Extended Mags equipped)

Range: Medium

Fire Rate: Medium

Accuracy: Low-Medium

Available Attachments

Black Ops 3 Recommended Attachments

Here are the attachments that can be equipped to the Kuda SMG:

  • Reflex Sight
  • Recon Sight
  • Varix 3
  • Quickdraw
  • Suppressor
  • Extended Mags
  • Grip
  • Stock
  • Laser Sight
  • FMJ
  • Fast Mags
  • Long Barrel
  • Rapid Fire

Recommended Weapon Setup

Black Ops 3 Recommended Class Setup

The Kuda is a pretty decent gun, but it does have a few flaws. The iron sights on this SMG are actually pretty good – it’s not obstructive and it’s relatively easy to tell where your fire is being focused. For that reason, we don’t suggest using any optics for an attachment slot.

Because the gun does deal a somewhat low amount of damage it can burn through a lot of ammo quite quickly when engaging more than one opponent at a time. This is why the Extended Mags attachment is helpful. It effectively brings the gun’s bullet count up to 42 rounds per magazine as compared to the default 30. Those extra 12 bullets make a world of difference.

The Kuda is a decent choice for players that like to rush objectives or high foot-traffic areas. If you want to improve your speed a bit you may want to throw on the Quickdraw attachment which slightly decreases your ADS time so you can snap up your gun a bit faster.

Outside of those choices you can also opt for a laser sight which gives you the ability to have more focused fire when firing from the hip. Or, if you like to sneak up on your enemies (flanking), another good option is a suppressor. Yes, it reduces your effective range a bit, but it also allows you to stay off radar and pick off enemies without alerting as many nearby opponents. Overall, it’s one of the most balanced weapons in Black Ops 3.

Kuda Gameplay

Black Ops 3 Weapon Gameplay

Want to see this thing in action before you decide to take it on a test run yourself? Check out the video below to see just how well this SMG performs in an actual multiplayer match.

 

OTHER SMG GUIDES:

Weevil | Razorback | Vesper | VMP | Sten

 

 

 

Black Ops 3 Special Weapons: Full Guide to Special Weaponry

In past Call of Duty titles there are have been a few weapons and assault equipment that don’t quite fit into the traditional weapon categories. These items were typically placed in the “special weapons” section. In games like Black Ops 2 these included the crossbow and riot shield. These items aren’t usually conventional in gameplay, but they’re fun to use nevertheless.

In Black Ops 3 there is a bit of a limited selection when it comes to special weaponry. Only a couple exist. One of the primary pieces of equipment that falls under this category is your standard combat knife. Other than that, not much is available.

Black Ops 3 Combat Knife

Black Ops 3 Special Weapons

Below is a full list of confirmed weapons that will appear in the special category:

  • Combat Knife

NOTE: Currently, the only confirmed special is your combat knife. Other items may be added to the game before the final release or even afterward in the form of DLC. If and when new weapons are added to the special category we will update this page to reflect the changes.

NOTE #2: The link above will take you to a page dedicated to the weapon specified. This page has additional stats for the weapon, tips for using it, gameplay videos, and more.

Want some tips for using special weaponry? Check out our awesome Black Ops 3 guide to find some handy strategies.

Knife Tips

Unlike previous games, the only way to have a combat knife on your character is if you opt to remove all other weapons from your class setup. If you have a primary or secondary weapon on your loadout you will not have a knife. Your knife will be replaced with a general melee attack that uses the butt of your weapon to deliver a quick smack to your opponent. You will get a knife, however, if you only have a primary and swap to an empty secondary slot.

The new melee with a weapon is NOT a one-hit kill. In fact, it usually takes about two hits to kill an opponent using the weapon melee attack. The combat knife, however, is still a one-hit kill.

No Panic Knives

Because the combat knife is not automatically equipped to your character unless you’re running with no guns or no secondary, panic knifing has become all but non-existent. The new melee attack is a much better system. The butt-strike only deals about 50-60 damage per hit and it doesn’t have the range that the combat knife had in titles like BO2.

 

Recommended Perks

If you decide to run a class that is specifically designed for using the combat knife you’re definitely going to want to use perks that give you speed, mobility, and stealth. All of these are extremely important aspects. You don’t want to come face to face with a player with a gun. 90% of the time, you will die. This is why being able to run away quickly, move around faster, and stay off enemy radar is necessary.

The best perks to use are Afterburner (for faster boost cooldowns), Ghost (keeps the player off the enemy radar as long as they’re in motion), and Cold-Blooded (makes your player invisible to thermal and other advanced sights).

Tracker is a good one to test, too. This perk allows you to see the footstep imprints of nearby enemies for a few seconds. This can help you quickly locate the enemy and come up with a strategy to attack them without them getting shots off on you.

OTHER WEAPON GUIDES:

Weapons List | Assault Rifles | SMGs | LMGs | Shotguns | Sniper Rifles | Pistols | Launchers

Black Ops 3 Pistols: Full Guide to Sidearms in BO3

Pistols have nearly always been an underused weapon type in Call of Duty games. Perhaps their biggest role was seen in Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and CoD: Ghosts where high-powered sidearms such as the Tac-45 and the .44 Magnum got quite a bit of player love. These weapons are lightweight, deal varying amounts of damage, and can be great to swap to when you’re low on ammo.

In Black Ops 3 players will have the ability to equip a few different handguns. These pistols feature different firing modes, varying damage outputs, and more. Each one allows for slightly different gameplay. These guns will likely be used as finishing weapons after a sniper hit-marker most.

Black Ops 3 Pistols

Black Ops 3 Pistols

Below is a list of the confirmed handguns that will appear in the game:

  • L-CAR 9
  • MR6
  • RK5

NOTE: This list may not be comprehensive. BO3 is still in a beta stage at the time of this writing. Additional sidearms may be added before the final release.

NOTE #2: The links in the list above will take you to pages dedicated to the specific weapon. This pages provide you with more info including weapon stats, tips for using pistols, reviews for each gun, and more.

Player Opinions

Despite the fact that pistols are supposed to be low-damage weapons, a lot of players that have had access to the beta are actually saying that they are, yet again, quite overpowered. The video below, which is in all Spanish unfortunately, shows exactly how powerful the handguns are in Black Ops 3. Check it out.

 

Pistol Tips

Pistols are typically nowhere near as strong as other weapon types such as shotguns, assault rifles, sniper rifles, and submachine guns. Nevertheless, they pose an imminent threat in the hands of a skilled player. Most handguns require decent accuracy to use effectively as they are low-damage and don’t have large magazines.

Sidearms like the L-CAR 9 are a bit different, though. This pistol is fully automatic which gives the player a bit more leeway in regards to spraying. Hip-fire is usually only effective at very close range, though, making this gun obsolete at mid to long range.

Last Resort

In most cases, you won’t want to whip out a pistol until you absolutely have to. They don’t have a lot of impact per bullet and they can be easily outgunned by players using primary weapons.

If you run out of ammo in your primary weapon and don’t have time to engage a reload, a pistol is the fastest gun you can swap to. If you’ve got an enemy down to minimal health and just need to pop him one more time, unsheathe the handgun and end his misery.

Other than those scenarios, though, pistols are ultimate ineffective, especially if you don’t have great aim.

Recommended Perks

Should you decide to create a class in Black Ops 3 solely for pistols, which we highly advise against, there are a few perks that may assist you in racking up kills with them.

Afterburner is a decent choice considering you need to get rather close to your enemies. Having a faster cooldown on your boost abilities will help you get around the map a bit quicker. The new movement abilities actually help make these smaller weapons more powerful.

Scavenger is always a good selection. Handguns tend to have low amounts of ammo so being able to pick up extra rounds off fallen foes is always pretty handy.

Fast Hands is perfect for a pistol if you’re using it in conjunction with a primary weapon. This perk allows you to swap to your secondary faster than normal. Plus, it gives you the ability to aim down your sights out of a full sprint a bit quicker, too.

OTHER WEAPON GUIDES:

Weapons List | Assault Rifles | SMGs | LMGs | Shotguns | Sniper Rifles | Launchers

Black Ops 3 Launchers: Guide to BO3’s Explosive Weaponry

Historically speaking, launchers have nearly always been explosive-based, secondary weapons that deal massive amounts of damage. They tend to include things like grenade launchers, RPGs, and other similar guns. Some are intended to be used on infantry while others are solely designed to take out aerial scorestreaks. Either way, they can change the tide of battle in a match.

In Black Ops 3 there are a couple different launchers that players can use. These weapons can be used to take out enemy soldiers, but also to lock-on and destroy air-based killstreaks. They’re strong, but often have very limited ammo. Take your shots wisely or you’ll just wind up wasting your ammo.

Black Ops 3 Launchers

Black Ops 3 Launchers

Below is a list of confirmed explosive weaponry that will be featured in the game:

  • XM-53
  • BlackCell

NOTE: There are currently only two launchers that have been confirmed to exist in BO3. We fully expect one or possibly two additional launchers to make their way into the final build of the game. We will update this page once new information is available from the developers.

NOTE #2: The list above includes links. These links will take you to pages that have a complete overview of the weapon as well as a detailed review. These pages give base weapon stats, provide videos of the guns in action, and allow you to cast your vote on what you think of the gun.

Player Opinions

Want to know what other people think of the launchers available in the game? Plenty of players take to YouTube to reveal their opinions of weapons and even show off gameplay using them. Check out the video below for an example.

 

Launcher Tips

Launchers don’t necessarily require a lot of skill to use. Ones that are meant to take out aircraft are usually lock-on styles meaning all you have to do is aim at the target for a couple seconds until the weapon tells you its locked. Then fire away to obliterate the scorestreak.

Launchers that are designed to be anti-personnel weapons aren’t difficult to use either. As long as you can land a shot directly at the feet of your opponent, or even against a wall within close proximity, you will likely kill them.

Need some help? Be sure to check out our full Black Ops 3 strategy guide to get awesome tips, tricks, and strategies for dominating in multiplayer.

Flak Jacket

Perhaps the only enemy of the launcher is the Flak Jacket perk. With this perk equipped players are able to withstand a bit more explosive damage than normal. When firing a launcher at a player that has this perk on their class you may have to use two shots to obtain a kill. Or, to conserve ammo, one launcher shot followed by the fire of a pistol, assault rifle, SMG, or other primary gun.

Recommended Perks

Let’s talk about perks

If you really want a good shot at taking down enemy scorestreaks using a launcher you may want to consider equipping the Blind Eye perk. This perk makes you invisible to enemy air support (UAV excluded) which gives you the ability to target them and fire without having to worry about being attacked by the aerial killstreak in the process. This makes it slightly easier to take out more powerful streaks.

Another good perk to use is Fast Hands. This one allows you to swap from your primary weapon to your secondary (the launcher) at bit faster than normal. This is good for getting off a quick rocket in a time of need when your primary ammo is depleted.

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Black Ops 3 LMGs: Full Guide to Light Machine Guns in BO3

In past Call of Duty games light machine guns, more commonly referred to as LMGs, haven’t been a very popular weapon choice. They are often overshadowed by the use of snipers, submachine guns, and assault rifles. Nevertheless, when used appropriately, they can prove to be very lethal weapons. They are, however, mostly considered a “camping noob”‘s go-to gun.

Black Ops 3 gives players a few different LMGs to pick from. Their stats are fairly mediocre, though. They deal a moderate amount of damage, have okay range, and medium accuracy. This is why other gun categories are much more popular. Plus, because of their large size and massive weight, your player will run much slower with an LMG equipped.

Black Ops 3 LMGs

Black Ops 3 LMGs

Here are the light machine guns that will appear in BO3:

  • BRM
  • Dingo
  • Gorgon
  • 48 Dredge

NOTE: There may be additional LMGs added to the game prior to the official release. The ones mentioned above are weapons that have been confirmed to exist, but are currently the only ones seen in alpha and beta builds of the game. We expect at least one or two more will make it in by launch day.

NOTE 2: The links above will take you straight to pages that offer more information about each individual weapon. These pages reveal the overall damage output, firing rate, accuracy, and other specifications for each LMG. Use these pages to decide which gun you should try out first.

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Player Opinions

LMGs play quite differently than other weapons. If you’re not sure how they should be used or what to expect from them, we highly recommend watching a video or two of the guns in action. Below is a video that shows off some gameplay using the BRM.

 

Light Machine Gun Tips

Playing with an LMG will likely prove to be a bit more difficult than it was in BO2. In BO2 you could camp in a tight corner with an LSAT equipped with a Target Finder sight and pop off opponents somewhat easily. In Black Ops 3, however, players have the ability to move around faster and with more range of motion. This means it’ll be a bit hard to stay in one spot and nail targets consistently.

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The Lowdown on LMGs

LMGs are, however, designed to be used in medium to long range engagements. They deal a bit more damage than ARs or SMGs and have slightly more range (although not always). This means that tagging players running with smaller weaponry from mid to long range will prove beneficial for LMG players. You’ll definitely want to spot your enemy before they spot you and land all your shots, though.

Be Quick, Aim True

Accuracy and quick reflexes are the keys to being successful with an LMG. You need to be able to spot and aim at your enemy before they see you. Why? Because light machine guns tend to have slower ADS (aiming down sights) times. You need to focus on your enemy and begin hitting them before they notice you to get the upper hand.

Accuracy is important for any weapon type, but especially with an LMG. These guns deal decent damage, but they also tend to fire a bit slower than other weapons. Make sure you’re landing each bullet on your target. Otherwise, they may be able to barrage you with lead and take you down before you kill them.

Avoid Short Range at All Costs

Stay far away from shotgun and SMG players. In close quarters these weapons will absolutely destroy an LMG. They fire faster, ADS quicker, and have better hip-fire accuracy. This combination is lethal to an LMG player in short distances. You should never, ever play with an LMG in close quarters combat situations.

Recommended Perks

Picking out perks for a Black Ops 3 LMG class setup can be a bit tricky. There’s no one-size-fits-all combination really. It kind of depends on how you want to play. We do, however, recommend that you stick to a fairly stealthy build when using these weapons. The more often you can catch enemies off-guard with an LMG, the better you’ll do.

This is why we suggest using perks such as Ghost, to stay off enemy radar while moving, Cold-Blooded, to keep those pesky sight-enhancers off your back, and Tactical Mask to prevent getting stunned or disoriented. Your player moves slow enough as it is with an LMG equipped, getting hit with a flash or stun will severely dampen your capabilities.

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