Getting Started in COD: Black Ops Cold War with SCUF Basics

Getting Started in COD: Black Ops Cold War with SCUF Basics

Call of Duty: Black Ops Coldwar is officially available to play as of November 13th for PS4 and PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X and S, and PC. 

In this 3 part guide, we’ll be starting with the basics, then move onto improving your aim, and finishing with expert settings. Keep in mind that the SCUF Infinity4PSPro and SCUF IMPACT are only compatible with the PS4 editions of COD: Black Ops Cold War. For more information on compatibility, check here.

Let’s get started on how to become better in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.


Learning the Advantage of Paddles

At a baseline, Paddles give you a huge advantage than without. You can keep your thumb on the thumbstick to aim while using other key functions like jumping, crouching, sliding, swapping weapons, etc. 

If you’re used to playing without Paddles, you may find them a little strange at first. With practice, you’ll see why Paddles make a difference when you play; you may even find you don’t want to use the face buttons anymore.


Using Two Paddles

SCUF Infinity4PSPRO Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War PS4 Controller Set Up


Starting with two paddles. By default, the farthest left paddle is mapped to Jump (X on PS4, A on Xbox) and the farthest right paddle is mapped to Crouch/Slide (O on PS4, B on Xbox).

Having quick and easy access to Crouch/Slide will allow you to duck into cover quickly to make defensive and plan offensive moves during a fight. Jump will help you dodge attacks, and climb to reach higher vantage points.

Practice using only the paddles for these functions and ignore their face buttons during gameplay. It will take a little while to get used to, but keep practicing and you will develop the muscle memory. Soon you'll be able to be as fast as the pros. 

Mastering these two paddles will help you dodge your enemies attacks and gain the upperhand by quickly going into cover while being ready for anything that comes your way. 


Using Four Paddles

 SCUF IMPACT COD Black Ops Cold War PS4 Controller Setup Learn More About SCUF IMPACT

COD Black Ops Cold War Xbox Controller Setup SCUF PrestigeLearn More About SCUF Prestige 

Next up are the inner two paddles, available on SCUF IMPACT and SCUF Prestige controllers. By default, the inner left paddle is mapped to Reload/Interact (Square on PS4, X on Xbox) and the inner right paddle is mapped to Weapon Switch (Triangle on PS4, Y on Xbox).

Repeat the same process as before, but now incorporating one of the inner two paddles. Ignore their face buttons until you’re comfortable with using all the paddles instead of the facebuttons. With regular practice, it can take up to two weeks to be completely used to them. 

Conquering all four paddles will give you the biggest advantage to quickly Jump, Reload, Swap Weapons, and Crouch/Slide all while keeping your thumb on the thumbstick, ready to aim, essential for COD. Outmaneuver your opponents quickly and efficiently with easy access to the paddles.


Configuring the Paddles

Now that you’ve mastered the paddles, let’s start remapping. Hold the EMR key at the back of the controller, then press and hold the button you want to map to your paddle.

When finished, remove the EMR key and you’re ready to go.

Whether you’re an aggressive player who prefers to swap weapons quickly during fights or a strategic player who wants to scope out an area, you can tailor your SCUF to your playstyle. 


Now that you've gotten started, check out our other COD: Black Ops Cold War guides: 

Improving your aim in COD: Black Ops Cold War

Expert Controller Settings in COD: Black Ops Cold War 


Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, is the latest edition in the COD: Black Ops series by Treyarch and Activision, on PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X and S, and PC.