Black Ops Cold War Beta – Fireteam Dirty Bomb Breakdown And How To Dominate

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October 16, 2020

Taylor Cole

Taylor Cole

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This weekend of the Black Ops Cold War beta features a brand-new 40-player mode (10 total squads consisting of 4 players) called Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. We’re going to go over what this mode is, how it may relate to Warzone, and eventually, we’ll share some tips that could help you dominate every match.

Our Video On Black Ops Cold War’s Fireteam: Dirty Bomb

For those who would rather see a video on this topic, we have a YouTube video out right now that covers everything we’ll talk about in this article along with some gameplay of the mode. You can check that out down below (Thanks DougDagnabbit!):

What Is Black Ops Cold War’s Fireteam: Dirty Bomb?

Here’s how the Call of Duty staff describes the mode:

“Under the Fireteam banner is Dirty Bomb, a dynamic objective game mode that tasks Fireteams at collecting and depositing uranium into ‘Dirty Bombs’ that can wipe out parts of the map from play due to expanding radiation zones. Using all available tools at their disposal, including loadouts and vehicles, Fireteams must eliminate the opposition and detonate these bombs in order to win the match for their entire team. Earn score by eliminating enemies, depositing uranium, and detonating bombs. The Fireteam that can reach the score limit first will achieve victory.”

Each player can hold 5 pieces of uranium at a time. If you find a uranium pouch, you can hold up that to 10 max pieces. Each of the Dirty Bombs throughout the map requires 20 pieces of uranium to detonate. That said, you don’t necessarily have to deposit all 20 pieces as anyone in the game can add on to each Dirty Bombs’ progress. You just want to be apart of the squad that detonates them.

For each piece of uranium that you deposit, you’ll receive 5 points towards the endgame goal of 500. Every match starts off with 6 Dirty Bombs scattered across the map. Once a bomb is detonated, players will be forced out of that area towards the other objectives. Eventually, all 10 teams typically end up fighting over the last objective, which makes for quite the chaotic scene. A new set of Dirty Bombs will spawn but, that won’t happen until all of the original set are detonated.

At first glance, the timer when detonating a Dirty Bomb seems rather long. Nevertheless, your detonating speed can increase dramatically if you have your squadmates nearby. Detonating a Dirty Bomb will grant you 50 score and kill everyone in that area. You won’t be able to return to that area until all 6 bombs are detonated and the process starts over.

Similarities Between Fireteam: Dirty Bomb And Warzone

There has been plenty of speculation that the map you’ll see in Fireteam: Dirty Bomb is actually apart of a new Warzone map. After all, we already knew that Warzone would ultimately shift its focus to Black Ops Cold War. Along with the speculation, there are some interesting similarities between Fireteam: Dirty Bomb and the popular battle royale. Let’s take a look at some of those similarities:

  • Armor Plates
    • You can acquire consumable armor plates in Fireteam: Dirty Bomb. Unlike Warzone, instead of replacing just one plate, you’ll fill up 50 HP per armor plate. Each plate will grant you 50 HP until you hit the max HP available. Basically, armor is rarely wasted in Fireteam: Dirty Bomb.
    • Armor pouches allow you to hold 10 pieces of armor instead of 5.
  • Lootable Items
    • In Fireteam: Dirty Bomb, players can obtain various pieces of loot including uranium, armor pouches, uranium pouches, scorestreaks, self-revive kits, and more!
  • Dropping Into The Map, Parachuting, A Ping System
    • This one is fairly self-explanatory. You’ll parachute into the Fireteam: Dirty Bomb maps via a C-130 plane. You can also ping locations on the map.
  • Picking Up Downed Teammates
    • You can revive teammates after they are downed. 
  • Opening Doors
    • Like Warzone, you can interact with doors. However, with this Black Ops Cold War game mode, you can actually blow up doorways. 

What Scorestreaks Can You Find In The Mode?

Here are the scorestreaks you can find throughout the Fireteam: Dirty Bomb map:

  • RC-XD
  • Spy Plane
  • Counter Spy Plane
  • Air Patrol
  • Napalm Strike
  • Attack Helicopter
  • Chopper Gunner

Those last two streaks may or may not be a bit overpowered. Check out the tweet below and decide for yourself:

Tips For Dominating Every Match

We’ve covered the basics, possible Warzone connections, and scorestreaks. Now, the only thing left to do is to share some tips that could help you really thrive in the 40-player mode:

  • Communication is key. It’s recommended that you remain socially distant from randoms and play with your own squad of friends. But if you do launch a round by yourself, be sure to coordinate with your team. 
  • Set up your classes accordingly. Custom loadouts are available in this game mode. So, you should try to have your team play like… well, a team. Assign a designated detonator who runs Flak Jacket, Trophy System, and any other perks that are more defensive-based.
  • Stay close to your team. As we mentioned before, if your squad is closer to the objective while detonating, the process will go a lot quicker.
  • Be prepared for attempted theft. It should be said that once the Dirty Bomb is loaded up, EVERYONE in the game can see that and will attempt to steal all of your team’s hard work.
  • Pay attention to the other objectives on the map. If a Dirty Bomb is close to being detonated near your position, you can be the team to swoop in and steal the points from an unexpecting squad. 

And that’s everything you need to know about the latest Black Ops Cold War beta mode. Did we miss anything? Be sure to let us know in the comments below!

In other Black Ops Cold War news, the beta just launched a Double XP and Double Weapon XP weekend. If you haven’t been able to check out the beta yet, check out Doug Dagnabbit on Twitch. And for more Call of Duty news, check out ModernWarzone on Twitter!


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2 Responses

  1. I love the mode, but wish there was a hardcore version of it. I’d play Cold War more if they had a hardcore option for Dirty Bomb. I do not like how long it takes to kill but then we have armor plates? So it’s like shooting a Juggernaut. Every fricken battle. Also… Is there a possibility you guys could up the sensitivity too down the road in an update. I feel so slow on Cold War. Compared to my speed on MW. It literally makes it nearly impossible to fight CPU Gamers…

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