If equipped with a Pack-a-PunchedBallistic Knife (The Krauss Refribrillator), it will one hit kill normal zombies to round 13, Crawler Zombies to round 17 and Hellhounds and Jumping Jack until the fourth Hellhound or Jumping Jack round.
In World at War, the Bowie Knife will not be lost on death, remaining with the player after death. In Zetsubou No Shima, the Bowie Knife reduces the time needed to cut through webs woven by the Spiders.
It is better than the starting knife as the player's melee will become more powerful. However, sometimes the player may not get it before it loses its one-hit-kill status, making it somewhat of a waste of 3000 points. The Bowie Knife does not feature in Ascension and Call of the Dead due to its replacement for a new melee weapon, the Sickle.
In Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, in addition to its presence in Zombies, the Bowie Knife was made available as a standalone weapon in Blackout mode after an update.
Within Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War the Bowie Knife is relegated to the Aetherium Crystal upgrade, being the Tier III unlock for the Melee Skills in which it replaces the default melee action for itself, as long as a weapon is equipped and the Knife is not equipped as a secondary option. It retains a one-hit killing potential until Round 11, where this potential is lost.
The Bowie Knife is very large, possibly one foot in length (by comparison to other weapons bought off the wall) and is anywhere from three to five inches in width (until the curve). Most likely made of steel, shined and a light grayish tint.
Moon - In the second floor of the labs, it is above the staircase frame leading to the third floor and must be jumped to. It is significantly easier to reach with the room decompressed, however a well timed sprint and jump can reach it with normal gravity.
Voyage of Despair - There are two locations. The first is in the 1st Class Lounge in the intersection between the two rooms. The second is in the Galley as you walk in through the right door from the Dining Hall.
Upon purchasing the Bowie Knife, the character examines and comments on it before holstering it, leaving the player vulnerable to any zombies close to them. This is not the case in the mobile version of Der Riese.
In Call of Duty: World at War's game files, the knife is treated as a perk, however the achievement/trophy Perkaholics Anonymous can be unlocked even when in possession of the Bowie Knife and the player doesn't lose it upon death.
When the Bowie Knife is swung, a sound of metal being sharpened is heard, except when using the M2 Flamethrower.
The Bowie Knife has blood stains on it, even before any use.
Occasionally on the Nintendo Wii, it is impossible to buy the Bowie Knife off the wall after a player has bought it and died.
In Call of Duty: Black Ops III, it is possible to get the Bowie Knife in Multiplayer via using a glitch. However, the weapon does not appear unless doing the melee animation with it. The Bowie Knife also has its own icon in the kill feed, which would be used for the kill feed icon for a Ballistic Knife projectile.
In Call of Duty: Black Ops, upon swinging the Bowie Knife while either leaning left or right causes the players to hit themselves with it, resulting as suicide.
In Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, the Bowie Knife shown in the armory menu is only within the Chaos maps, while the Aether maps instead have the classic design of the Bowie Knife which is unable to be camouflaged.