While the R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow was stealthy added and then removed from Black Ops Cold War on March 18, the special weapon is now finally available to unlock in-game, and players will need to complete a special challenge in order to get it.
When Black Ops Cold War Season 2’s intro cinematic was released, fans got a glimpse of all the weapons that would be coming to the game throughout the course of the season. One of the most notable was the Crossbow, a staple in previous Call of Duty titles, having appeared in various forms throughout multiple games in the franchise.
The weapon wasn’t available when the season first launched, and after a small mixup with the weapon getting accidentally added and then removed, it’s finally available for players to unlock, as of March 24, 2020. The best part is the challenge to unlock it is pretty easy to complete.
R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow unlock requirements
In order to get your hands on the R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow, all you need to do is get three different “One Shot, One Kill” medals with a weapon that has no attachments on it, in 15 different matches once the weapon gets re-added. As one might be able to infer, this means that you have to get a bunch of one-shot kills.
Because the challenge requires One Shot, One Kill medals, it’s best to complete this challenge in Hardcore mode, as the health is lower in that the normal modes, meaning the chance of a one-shot kill is higher. You’ll also want to use high-damage weapons like shotguns or snipers in order to guarantee a one-shot kill.
Of course, there are a few stipulations and restrictions to this. The most important one is that, like all the other challenges, you’ll need to finish your matches in order for them to count. Also, while this weapon can technically be done in Warzone as well, you’ll more than likely want to complete it in Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer.
Normally, an in-store bundle is also available for the weapon, allowing you to unlock it without completing any challenges and while one was available for a short amount of time, it seems to have been removed, forcing players to unlock it the traditional way.
R1 Shadowhunter broken in Warzone
❗️ We're investigating the issue preventing players from equipping the R1 Shadowhunter crossbow via the Weapons menu after having purchased the bundle.
We'll provide an update soon.https://t.co/TrOz87TjVh
— Raven Software (@RavenSoftware) March 24, 2021
While the weapon is live for players to use within Black Ops Cold War, Warzone players are running to some issues. Specifically, if you purchase the aforementioned bundle, a lot of players are reporting that you can’t equip the weapon, which essentially means you can’t use the thing you spent your hard-earned money on.
Granted, this just appears to affect Warzone for now but the fact that it’s happening at all is a bit concerning and worth pointing out. Raven says they are working to fix the problem, so it hopefully won’t be too much longer before fans of the battle royale game can start using the weapon.
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