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Best Weapons & Class for Search and Destroy in Black Ops Cold War

Search and Destroy is one of the most tactical gamemodes in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Here are the best weapons and loadouts for S&D.

Search and Destroy is all about outplaying and outgunning your opponent. The perfect weapons matched with the right class is necessary for this to happen.

If you prefer core or hardcore Search and Destroy, we've got you covered. Each of the loadouts are fine-tuned to perform best in each mode.

Core Search and Destroy

AK-74u, Submachine Gun

AK74u Search and Destroy

It is probably no surprise to anyone who plays multiplayer, but at the top of this list is the new best submachine gun.

The AK-74u matched up with the correct attachments is one of the strongest weapons in the game. It has the potential to carry you to victory in Search and Destroy game after game.

The AK-74u is the meta right now in Search and Destroy. Professional players use it to win tournaments. Streamers use it to drop 15+ kills in Search. And pubstompers use it to decimate their opponents.

However, this weapon is nothing without its proper attachments.

AK-74u Attachments

  • Optic: None
  • Muzzle: Sound Suppressor
  • Barrel: 8.4" Rifled
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Magazine: Spetsnaz 50 RND Drum
  • Handle: Spetsnaz Field Grip
  • Stock: No Stock

The gunfighter wildcard is required for this loadout to allow you to use more than five attachments.

Each of these attachments proves to be useful when in battle because of how well they work together.

The sound suppressor muzzle is one of the most important attachments of the bunch.

It conceals the muzzle flash by 100 percent, but reduces the effective damage range by 15 percent. However, the 8.4" rifled barrel on this loadout boosts that stat by 25 percent, negating the effects of the suppressor.


Perks are essential to Search and Destroy. Each perk will give you a significant advantage when used to counter your opponent.

  • Tactical Mask or Forward Intel
  • Tracker
  • Ghost or Ninja

The perk 1 and 3 slots are interesting because there are two options to choose from. Each provides its own unique features, so choose whichever one best fits your play style.

The tactical mask perk cannot be recommend enough right now. Players are reporting they are basically invincible from explosives because of it.

Tactical, Lethal, and Field Upgrade

The tactical, lethal, and field upgrades are important mid-round in Search and Destroy. When used correctly, these could win your team the round or even help you pull off a clutch.

  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Field Upgrade: Field Mic

Right now, the stimshot is vital to surviving after being shot at.

The Semtex is also crucial to post-plant situations or even when needing to clear a corner before a rush.

And, even though the field mic field upgrade has one of the longest recharge times in its class, it is the best for Search and Destroy.

Black Ops Cold War players are using this trick to level up their guns quickly.

Hardcore Search and Destroy

Hardcore is known for its super fast time to kill and its use for getting weapon camps for weak weapons.

However, if you are an avid hardcore Search and Destroy player, make sure you check out this loadout to outplay your opponents in almost every situation.

Krig 6, Assault Rifle

While any weapon can hold its own in hardcore Search and Destroy, it is important that your accuracy and reload times are quick enough.

Bullet damage and velocity are not as big of a deal here compared to the standard core mode, so this loadout does not require the gunfighter wildcard.

Krig 6 Attachments

  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Muzzle: SOCOM Eliminator
  • Body: Steady Aim Laser
  • Magazine: Salvo 50 RND Fast Mag
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap

The microflex LED optic resembles the standard red dot sight from Call fo Duty: Warzone, so players familiar with that will enjoy this.

While the SOCOM eliminator muzzle is not a suppressor, it does conceal the muzzle flash by 85 percent. It also increases the vertical recoil control by 17 percent. These two statistics combined creates a deadly weapon for hardcore.

The 50 round fast mag and airborne elastic wrap work hand in hand because they basically turn the gun into a laser pointer.

With these attachments, if you are playing on keyboard and mouse or a controller, the recoil is incredibly easy to control.


Since the gunfighter wildcard is not required for this loadout, you can opt to use perk greed. That wildcard allows you to choose two perks from each slot for a total of six.

  • Tactical Mask and Forward Intel
  • Tracker and Gearhead
  • Ninja and Cold Blooded

These perks have you nearly 100 percent covered in each key area needed in Search and Destroy. Most importantly, this class includes both Ninja and Coldblooded, which basically makes you untraceable.

Tactical, Lethal, and Field Upgrade

Only one thing differs between the core and hardcore loadouts in regard to the tactical, lethal, and field upgrade.

The Semtex and stimshot are still the most useful tactical and lethal, but the field mic is replaced by the trophy system because of the lack of a steady mini-map in hardcore.

  • Tactical: Stimshot
  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Field Upgrade: Trophy System

Check out these leaks about two new perks that are expected in Black Ops Cold War.

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