Black Ops Cold War Scorestreaks Guide – How Scorestreaks Work in CoD

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s Alpha is is officially over on PlayStation 4, so it’s time to look at the what’s changed since Modern Warfare. While the foundation remains the same, Treyarch has made some notable changes to a plethora of mechanics. One of these is Scorestreaks, which have gotten a rather drastic overhaul to make them more accessible. Keep in mind, Black Ops Cold War hasn’t released yet so we will update this guide if more Scorestreaks are introduced. In the Alpha only eight were available, but we suspect a few more such as the Care Package will be introduced when the game launches in November.

How Scorestreaks Work

Unlike previous games in the series, Scorestreaks will no longer reset upon a player’s death. Instead, the points you earn towards Scorestreaks will carry over even if you are killed. This allows lesser skilled players to use more potent abilities such as Napalm Strikes or Chopper Gunners. Points are earned by destroying equipment, killing players, earning medals, or playing the objective. So if you’re not especially handy with a rifle, you can still bank quite a lot of points by destroying the other team’s Spy Planes and equipment.

Players can have up to three Scorestreaks equipped at any time or none at all if you enjoy a challenge. Here’s a quick breakdown of each Scorestreak, how many points they cost, and what they do.

  • RC-XD (600 Points) – Remote controlled car strapp[ed with explosives.
  • Spy Plane (800 Points) – Reveal enemy positions through the Fog of War/Minimap.
  • Artillery (1,900 Points) – Launch a targeted airstrike on three locations.
  • Napalm Strike (2,400 Points) – Launch a targeted carpet bomb strike of explosive napalm.
  • Air Patrol (2,750 Points) – Call in a squadron of jets to attack enemy air streaks. Counter enemy air patrols.
  • War Machine (3,150 Points) – High-explosive grenade launcher.
  • Attack Helicopter (3,750 Points) – Call in an armed support helicopter.
  • Chopper Gunner (6,000 Points) – Be a gunner in a close-air support helicopter.

When selecting your Scorestreak it’s important to remember that there are more anti-air options in Black Ops Cold War. Since players can deploy a SAM turret that will automatically target enemy flying Scorestreaks, you should be mindful of when you call in these potent abilities. Personally, I like to have my middle Scorestreak be either the Napalm Strike or Artillery, as they cannot be countered and do a massive amount of damage. Plus, they are perfect for securing or defending a key objective in game modes such as Domination.

Of course, you will need to tailor your Scorestreaks to your own abilities as hitting 6,000 points isn’t always achievable. If you are going for higher point Scorestreaks, I strongly recommend focusing on the objective whenever possible and consider running a rocket launcher as a secondary. You can rack up a lot of points just by taking down key enemy vehicles or helping capture points. Again, this will depend on the mode since something like Team Deathmatch is entirely reliant on your skill as a player. If you’re new to Call of Duty, I would suggest running the RC-XD, Spy Plane, and Artillery. These are cheap and easily obtainable that will give you some goals to shoot for as you hone your shooting.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War releases on November 13 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and PC.