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Black Ops Cold War: Best MP5 class and loadout setup (plus Gunfighter)

Equip yourself with the best MP5 class and loadout in Cold War so far

The MP5 SMG is one of the most popular weapons in Call Of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and for good reason. Its high fire rate and controllable recoil make it a terrifying weapon in close quarters, and with the right attachments it only gets better. Our MP5 class guide will walk you through the best MP5 loadout we've found so far, and how it changes the MP5's stats for the better.

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Best MP5 class in Black Ops Cold War

Without further ado, let's dive right into the best MP5 class loadout we've found so far in Call Of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War:

  • Optic: Sillix Holoscout
  • Muzzle: None
  • Barrel: 9.5'' Reinforced Heavy
  • Body: Swat 5MW Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: None
  • Magazine: None
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: No Stock

As you can see, we're focusing on a range of different stats with these attachments, which all tend to balance out into something that's simply superior in every way to the base MP5. The 9.5'' barrel gives us a hefty boost to our bullet velocity, something which the MP5 sorely needs; after that, the trio of Laser Sight, Airborne Elastic Wrap, and No Stock gives us a great many improvements from ADS and sprint to fire speeds to hipfire accuracy, all at the small cost of a -10% shooting move speed. Overall, it's enormously worthwhile. Here are the stats of the base MP5 compared with the stats of our upgraded MP5:

MP5 statsBaseLoadoutDifference
Damage Range15.24 m17.98 m+18%
Bullet Velocity250 m/s450 m/s+80%
Sprint To Fire Spd350 ms297 ms+15%
ADS Spd275 ms214.5 ms+22%
Idle Sway22.5 Fc16 Fc+29%
Flinch Resist10 N1 N+90%
Hipfire Accuracy7 mils5.53 mils+21%
Sprint Move Spd10.8 mph10.36 mph-4%
Shoot Move Spd10.26 mph9.23 mph-10%
Aim Move Spd8.55 mph6.84 mph-20%

Our final attachment, as much as we'd have liked to increase our magazine capacity, has to go onto the Optic slot. The MP5's ironsights leave much to be desired, and the Sillix Holoscout offers a far clearer picture to help land those vital headshots - and it also secretly boosts the gun's Idle Sway Control stat, as you can see above. Overall, this masterful selection of attachments elevates the MP5 to a near unbeatable level in Cold War's current close-range meta.

A screenshot of the M16 in Call Of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War.

Secondary weapon

You'll ideally want a fairly long-range weapon to pair up with the close-quarters MP5. I'd strongly recommend the M16 - not only because it is an excellent long-range choice but also because its one of the best guns in Cold War right now. Check out our dedicated guide for building the best M16 Cold War loadout so you can shred with both the tactical rifle and the MP5.

Of course, the M16 is only an option if you've gone for the Law Breaker Wildcard. If you haven't, you're stuck with dedicated secondary weapons, so we'd recommend you pick up the Cigma 2 launcher to help eliminate enemy Scorestreaks as quickly as possible.

Best MP5 class perks, wildcard, & equipment

Here's what we'd recommend after you've kitted out your MP5 with the above attachments and are looking to finish off the class setup:


  • Lethal: C4
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: SAM Turret


  • Law Breaker


  • Paranoia
  • Ghost
  • Ninja

With your equipment, you should really pick whatever you're most comfortable with. We'd recommend the Law Breaker Wildcard because it allows you to pair your MP5 with a long-range weapon like the M16, but also because it allows you to equip multiple perks from the same category. This is great, because there are multiple great perks in the third category (Ninja and Ghost are our favourites for this class as they keep us nimble, silent, and stealthy), and not much of use in the second category. The Paranoia perk also gives us a vital early warning system for enemies aiming at us, which provides crucial extra milliseconds of reaction time.

Best MP5 loadout with Gunfighter Wildcard

Of course, if you're looking to push the MP5 to the max, you can instead equip the Gunfighter Wildcard to allow eight attachment slots instead of just five. If you wanted to go this route, we recommended the below gunsmith setup:

  • Optic: Sillix Holoscout
  • Muzzle: Sound Suppressor
  • Barrel: 9.5'' Reinforced Heavy
  • Body: Swat 5MW Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: Foregrip
  • Magazine: 40 Rnd Drum
  • Handle: Airborne Elastic Wrap
  • Stock: No Stock

The Sound Suppressor keeps us off the minimap entirely, albeit at the cost of decreasing our effective range back down to near the base MP5 level. If this is too high a price, you can opt instead for the Flashguard 9, which does almost as much with no drawback. After that, the 40 round drums offer us an increased magazine capacity for a small reload speed penalty, and the Foregrip is a straight buff to our horizontal recoil control, which is handy for keeping your aim straight as you search for that headshot.

And that wraps up our guide to building the best MP5 class that we've found so far in Call Of Duty: Black Ops - Cold War. But we've got plenty more COD guides for you to peruse! Why not start with our guide to the best Cold War guns, or take a look at our rundown of the best Cold War SMGs to see how they stack up against the MP5.

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