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The Season 3 weapon tuning update in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War hit some weapons harder than others. Guns like the AUG, M16 and the entire SMG class were brought down a few pegs. However, no other weapon class was nerfed worse than the light machine gun category.

All three guns in the class — Stoner 63, RPD and M60 — were nerfed heavily, much to the excitement of some players and dismay of others. The Stoner 63 was the focus of this nerf since it was undoubtedly the best LMG. Due to these changes, despite the nerf, the RPD just might be the best LMG in Black Ops Cold War.

For players looking to capitalize on this, a recommended loadout has been created for the RPD in Season 3.

Best RPD loadout in Black Ops Cold War

As with any light machine gun, the biggest selling points for the RPD are its huge magazine and low recoil. These aspects are traded off by a less than desirable range and snail-like mobility. However, with the right loadout these areas can be strengthened to make the RPD more balanced and one of the strongest weapons in Black Ops Cold War.

The recommended loadout focuses on improving its mobility along with increasing its already strong damage and recoil.

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 20.3″ Task Force
  • Optic: SUSAT Multizoom
  • Ammunition: Salvo 125 RND Fast Mag
  • Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap

First and foremost, the RPD’s mobility is greatly improved with the GRU Elastic Wrap. This attachment increases the gun’s ADS time by 30%, allowing players to move around the map with more confidence.

The damage of the gun is improved with the 20.3″ Task Force barrel. Core damage, range and bullet velocity are all increased with this barrel. To help with the recoil and staying stealthy, the GRU Suppressor works perfectly.

Finally, to further buff the RPD’s magazine, the Salvo 125 RND Fast Mag is in use. The ADS time of the gun is increased but that’s offset by the Elastic Wrap.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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