How to unlock Black Ops Cold War Season 5's EM2 Assault Rifle

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Black Ops Cold War Season 5 is finally here and that means you can get your hands on the new weapons coming to Black Ops Cold War and Warzone pretty soon. Here's everything you need to know about how you can unlock the EM2 Assault Rifle and tackle the enemy head-on!

LATEST - Details emerge ahead of Season 5

We still don't know everything about the EM2 Assault Rifle, but we do know that it's a bullpup rifle with a slow fire rate and a built-in low-zoom optic.

Interestingly enough, it also has an optional triple-burst fire mode. Usually, this is only an option for semi-automatic weapons, so having this option on a fully automatic assault rifle could be a game-changer if the recoil is manageable.

" With an optional Task Force Barrel, it can become a reliable three-shot elimination at ranges up to at least 50 meters; otherwise, a headshot needs to be mixed in for a faster down."
Black Ops Cold War Season 5 Unlock EM2 Assault Rifle
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ANOTHER BULLPUP - Does Black Ops Cold War really need more assault rifles?

The EM2 Assault Rifle will be available when Season 5 goes live at the following times:

  • 21:00 August 12th - PST
  • 00:00 August 13th - EST
  • 05:00 August 13th - BST

How to unlock - EM2 Assault Rifle

It's safe to say that the Warzone meta is going to get a bit of a shake-up with this new weapon. We don't know exactly how much damage it's going to dish out, but it could be a heavy-hitter. It also comes with a pre-attached low-zoom optic, which could come in handy if the recoil isn't too bad.

Official Weapon Description:

" Full-auto assault rifle. Well-rounded British rifle with good firing control. Built in low-zoom optic improves accuracy. Slower fire rate with reliable range."

If you want to unlock the EM2 Assault Rifle, you're going to need to reach Tier 15 in the Season 5 Battle Pass. This can be done on both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, as the two games share progression.

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GREAT FOR SIGHTLINES - The built in low-zoom optic could come in handy

Alternatively, you can also purchase a Store Bundle with a Weapon Blueprint for the EM2 Assault Rifle included. This will automatically unlock the EM2 Assault Rifle for use via the Weapon Blueprint. You won't be able to use the base version of the weapon until you unlock it properly, though, even though you can start levelling the weapon itself up.

When does the new weapon come out?

UPDATE: The EM2 Assault Rifle is now available as Warzone loot - and unlockable via the Season 5 Battle Pass and Store Bundle. Good luck!

If you want to unlock the EM2 Assault Rifle, you're going to need access to the Season 5 Battle Pass. This is due to go live at the same time as Season 5 itself.


This means you should be able to start working towards the new weapon in both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone from August 12th. Specifically speaking, Season 5 starts at the following times:

  • 21:00 August 11th - PST
  • 00:00 August 12th - EST
  • 05:00 August 12th - BST

We do not know when a Store Bundle will be available with the EM2 Assault Rifle in it, just yet, but they should be added to the Store Bundle rotation during the Season 5 update.

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