How to unlock Wakizashi sword in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone


Season 1 has brought a whole host of new content to Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, including guns, maps, and modes. With the S1 Reloaded update came the new Wakizashi sword — here’s how to get the awesome melee weapon so you can tear up your opponents.

The Wakizashi — famously known as the companion sword to the Samurai’s Katana — has finally been added in Black Ops Cold War following the Season One Reloaded update on January 14.

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This is the third melee weapon in BOCW, following the Combat Knife that came at launch at the Sledgehammer from earlier in the season. Here’s everything you need to know about how to unlock the Wakizashi for multiplayer and Warzone.

How to get the Wakizashi sword in Black Ops Cold War & Warzone

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The Wakizashi is slightly slower than the regular Combat Knife, but offers even more range.

Unlocking the Wakizashi sword doesn’t have many requirements, but it’s not going to be particularly easy to do. To add the new melee weapon to your inventory, you’re going to have to perform two finishing moves in 10 different matches with the Combat Knife equipped.

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It’s not a lot, but we all know how difficult it can be to perform these finishing moves — and it always seems to get even more difficult when you’re actively chasing them, too.

If you don’t own Cold War and still want to unlock the Wakizashi for Warzone, the task becomes a lot harder, so your best bet is to jump into Resurgence or Plunder matches since those modes allow you to respawn.

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Best way to perform finishing moves in Black Ops Cold War

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You’ll have to perform at least 20 finishing moves to earn this weapon.

We would recommend utilizing a loadout that lets you stay stealthy while also forcing these situations into play. For example, carrying Stun Grenades and playing corners around the map, especially towards where your opponents are spawning, will be the most efficient way of doing this.

It might not be pretty, but you might have to play a little bit campy to pull this one off. Simply pick your room and wait for enemies to run past you, then you can sneak up behind them — preferably with the Ninja perk for near-silent footsteps — and hold the melee button with your Combat Knife out to perform the move.

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If they turn and see you, throw a Stun Grenade at them to slow them down and take advantage of their vulnerability. Once you’ve got two in one match, you can just back out and move on to the next one, need to stick around longer than you want to!

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