Since day one of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, SMGs have dominated the multiplayer mode’s close to mid-combat engagements. However, as a base game weapon, AK74u has been one of the most picked and used SMGs in multiplayer lobbies. Running and gunning this rapid-fire, short-range and mediocre horizontal recoil sub-machine gun is a disaster on the stock version. However, slot in the right attachments, and this small gun smokes heavy hitters without putting a sweat. So, to go from a garbage gun to a team wrecker, we have curated the best AK74u class Cold War guide for newcomers and returning players.
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Our guide entails the complete loadout, with AK74u being a primary weapon of choice. Other than that, we have mentioned the secondary weapon along with the attachments you should go with. The complete setup of primary and secondary guns is necessary for the loadout to become a viable asset in becoming a killing machine using the AK74u as the main weapon in Season 6 of Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. Other than that, we have also mentioned the equipment, perks, and wildcard of our choice that synergizes with the entire loadout.
How To Unlock AK74u In Cold War
As mentioned above that AK74u is a part of the base game. So, all that is required to unlock and start using this weapon is hitting the level 19 mark. Reaching this level will eventually reward a player with an AK74u SMG weapon. As mentioned in our previous MP5 SMG loadout guide, COD Black Ops Cold War and Warzone have synced their weapon’s progression. This means that regardless of either game, the XP progression from one game carries over to another. So unlocking AK74u should not take much time for newcomers.
However, unlocking the weapon alone is not the end game here. To create the AK74u class Cold War In Season 6, players need to take the grinding up a notch and unlock more attachments. It is because, without these attachments, this SMG will not reach its peak performance.
In the stock state, AK74u comes with 38/31/30/27 base damage (depending on where the bullet lands) in multiplayer. However, while shooting at the head, a 1.4 multiplier applies to the base damage. This SMG also has a total of 30 rounds in its stock magazine and comes with 697 rounds per minute (RPM).
The base or stock stats of AK74u are not enough for it to become a true kill-streak weapon material in Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. So, players must slot in the attachments to take the overall feel of the weapon up a notch.
Best Attachments For AK74u Loadout
Now that you know the weapon stats of AK74u, you must also make yourself aware of the best attachments to equip. Slotting in the right attachments makes the difference between your AK74u and your enemy running with the same gun but with different attachment combinations. Depending on how good or bad these combos are, one can destroy another or be taken out. So, let’s get down to the brass tacks of selecting the perfect AK74u SMG attachments.
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Muzzle: KGB Eliminator
Starting off the barrel, players need to equip the “KGB Eliminator”. Compared to other attachments of this SMG, this one unlocks fairly early at around weapon level 38. This attachment increases the muzzle flash concealment by 85% and improves vertical recoil stability by 15%. However, all the pros come at the expanse of -10% shooting move speed and -10% horizontal recoil.
During our field test, we found out that “KGB Eliminator” attachment was not worth slotting into AK74u SMG. However, we countered the recoil and compensated the penalty with the underbarrel attachment.
Body: Tiger Team Spotlight
Unlocked at weapon level 40, for the body players should go with the “Tiger Team Spotlight”. It significantly increases the revel distance by 40% and the cost of -10% sprint to fire time.
Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
For the proper underbarrel attachment that goes well with the Season 6 AK74u class Cold War, we recommend going with the “Spetsnaz Grip”. It is because this attachment recovers the lost horizontal and vertical recoil control by 20% and 6%, respectively. To slot in Spetsnaz Grip, players will need to grind a little bit more than other weapon’s attachments, as this one unlocks at weapon level 41. Regardless of the pros that come after equipping this attachment, the weapon also gets a -30% shooting move speed penalty.
Magazine: VDV 50 Rnd Fast Mag
“VDV 50 Rnd Fast Mag” is the perfect magazine to equip with the AK74u in order to compensate for the ammo capacity penalty that came after slotting the barrel attachment. After reaching level 51 weapon level, players can equip this attachment into the SMG. VDV 50 Rnd Fast Mag offers a massive 40% increase in reload time and a 33% increase in magazine ammo capacity, starting ammo, and overall ammo carrying capacity. However, all the pros come with a trade-off of -25% aim down the sight (ADS) time.
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Handle: GRU Elastic Wrap
For the handle attachment, we strongly recommend equipping the “GRU Elastic Wrap”. It is because AK74u gets back the lost ADS and other aim-based benefits. For starters, slotting this attachment into this SMG will give it an increase of 30% ADS, 90% flinch resistance, and greater aim stability while going prone. In exchange, the player will lose 10% shooting movement speed and 15% sprint to fire time, which does not impact much on how the weapon performs. To use this attachment, players need to unlock it first by reaching weapon level 53.
Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
When it comes to selecting the perfect stock that synergizes with the best AK74u class Cold War loadout, the “KGB Skeletal Stock” does not disappoint. This attachment is also an excellent pick to recover the lost “sprint to fire time” and “aim walking movement speed”. Unlocked at weapon level 54, KGB Skeletal Stock gives a 30% sprint to fire time and 40% aim walking movement speed by sacrificing 30% hip-fire accuracy.
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The Secondary Weapon Loadout
Now that you know the complete list of attachments that you need to slot into the AK74u to make it a killing machine, you should also have a reliable secondary weapon by your side. For this AK74u loadout, we recommend going with the Sunburst secondary weapon.
- Muzzle: Sound Suppressor
- Barrel: 7.2” Reinforced Heavy
- Body: SWAT 5MW Laser Sight
- Magazine: Salve 30 RND Fast Mag
- Stock: Dual Wield
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Best Perks & Wildcard To Equip For AK74u Loadout
For the sake of this AK74u5 SMG class, we equipped the Gunfighter Wildcard. This gives us room to install more than five number of attachments on the primary weapon. Since our entire loadout circles around AK74u, equipping more attachments is a befitting idea.
Here are all the perks that you should equip while going with our suggested AK74u loadout.
For starters, we highly recommend picking up the “Flak Jacket” from Perk 1 tab. Since our playstyle favors run-and-gun, you should have a tad bit more invincibility from molotovs, combat bow flames and other explosives, and Flak Jacket offers them all.
From the Perk 2 tab, players must select the “Scavenger” perk. Regardless of a large-sized magazine, SMGs are notoriously infamous for running out of ammo quickly in multiplayer matches. So, the Scavenger perk is the perfect fit as it allows the character to replenish ammo from fallen players.
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Loadout for Perk 3 tab, the “Ninja” is an excellent perk you should go with.
Best Equipment to Select for AK74u Loadout
The equipment is the key to making this loadout a success. Equipping the perfect primary and secondary weapon’s attachments is alone not enough to warrant more kills or winning a match. So, for the sake of this loadout, we have suggested the following equipment setup you should go with.
For the tactical slot, we recommend picking up the “Stim Shot”. For the run-and-gun kind of a playstyle and also while using SMGs, Stim Shot is a must-have tactical. It allows the character to start the healing process instantly.
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In the lethal slot, players must select the “Semtex”. This is a much better explosive than the regular grenade.
For the final equipment, the “Trophy System” is highly recommended. This is the perfect equipment to counter the enemy’s thrown equipment and missiles within 10 meters radius.
Season 6 AK74u Playstyle In COD Cold War
We highly recommend following our playstyle if you are going with our suggested AK74u weapon attachments, wildcard, and perks. We highly discourage the hip fire shooting as all the attachments slotted into this powerful SMG is to shred opponents in close to mid-range combat engagements. Moreover, the weapon has decent ADS at stock, and after equipping the relevant attachments, the overall ADS and sprint to fire time are greatly increased. So, most of the time, you will have the edge over your opponent, who may or may not be running with the same gun but with a different attachment combination.
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Moreover, our playstyle also favors a run and gun kind of gameplay while using the above-suggested loadout. Of course, the success of killing multiple enemies in a single confrontation is still based on how you are good in the game. The loadout we suggested is not the only solution to shred opponents with AK74u.
That is pretty much everything you need to know about the best AK74u class Cold War. Did you try our loadout for this particular SMG class? What is your favorite loadout while running an AK74u? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.