Call of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War players grinding for weapon camos can rest easy. Only two weeks after launch, Treyarch is permanently boosting weapon XP earn rates across both multiplayer and Zombies. Today's patch (opens in new tab) also addresses a Zombies bug that awarded less weapon XP than intended when playing solo.
Since day one, weapon XP has been a sticking point for Cold War players. You don't have to look far on the Cold War subreddit to find folks upset (opens in new tab) that their weapons are leveling up way too slow. "Please, for the love of god, increase weapon XP," reads a post by Dsaxon (opens in new tab). Anecdotally, I've certainly noticed a longer grind to unlock basic attachments than the breezy pace I enjoyed in Modern Warfare. Other areas of Cold War's progression, like player levels, feel reasonable by comparison.
A good example is this post by Reddit user evchev (opens in new tab), who reached over 1000 kills with the Pellington 703 and is still locked out of several of the rifle's scopes, stocks, and grips. At the old XP rate, they'd still need few hundred kills to unlock the thermal scope. Wowza.
1k Elims with only Pelington and still don't even have access to final camo tier. Weapon XP NEEDS BUFFS from r/blackopscoldwar
Hopefully today's patch will soften that grind a bit. Treyarch didn't specify how much more weapon XP players should expect to earn, so we'll have to see for ourselves. Treyarch is also planning more double XP periods throughout December to make up for a bug that shortchanged solo Zombies players during the Thanksgiving weekend double XP event.
With the Nuketown 24/7 playlist still in rotation this week, it's a good time to test out the increased weapon XP. Just don't think about exploiting the out-of-bounds glitch (opens in new tab) that plagued the map in its first week—that's been patched as well.