Black Ops Cold War Nuketown Easter Egg reveals secret mode

This week, Treyarch took Call of Duty fans on a trip down memory lane as players were unleashed upon the newly added Nuketown ’84 map for Black Ops Cold War.

Naturally, as soon as this latest iteration of the popular multiplayer battleground dropped, Call of Duty die-hards have been mining it for secrets and hidden Easter eggs.

It didn’t take the community long to discover a cool hidden quirk in Nuketown ’84 which you can trigger by following the instructions outlined below (with a demonstration video from Call of Duty YouTuber, MrDalekJD).


So, what does this latest Nuketown Easter egg do, exactly? In a nutshell, it activates one of two 80s style visual render modes in green and purple/blue. These tie in with the Black Ops Cold War timeline as well as the game’s multiple references to the arcade era.

In order to trigger this secret: you’ll need to shoot the heads off every mannequin found in the Nuketown ’84 map. What makes this Easter egg tricky is that you have only two minutes to shoot every target, the dummies appearing randomly each time you enter a match. Loading into Nuketown ’84 via a private match seems to be the easiest way of achieving this.

To celebrate the return of Nuketown, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is hosting a 2XP event. Running through until November 30th, players will receive two times the amount of experience earned in matches with double weapon XP to boot. So if you’re looking to max out your favourite guns, or perhaps grind out some levels with your most underused ones, you should definitely swing by for the Nuketown event.

Black Ops Cold War scored a 7 out of 10 in our review, not quite meeting the bar set by last year’s Modern Warfare. Here’s what Nick had to say:

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War is a decent entry in the series, but it feels like it doesn’t quite know what it wants to be. The campaign is full of underused ideas, while the multiplayer misses some of the magical charm of Modern Warfare, opting for faster paced aggressive battles which just don’t feel as satisfying. While still enjoyable, Black Ops Cold War fails to recapture the magic of Black Ops 1 and 2.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be kicking off its first season next month so hopefully we’ll have the details on potential new maps, modes, cosmetics, and Warzone content very soon.

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