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For the default melee weapon, see Knife.

The Combat Knife is a melee weapon featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty Online, Call of Duty: Ghosts, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: WWII, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Call of Duty: Mobile and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, as well as making a brief appearance in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

The Combat Knife makes a brief appearance in levels Just Like Old Times and Endgame. General Shepherd stabs John "Soap" MacTavish in the chest with it, but Soap pulls it out of his chest and kills Shepherd with it.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

The Combat Knife again makes a brief appearance, this time it is not used by player, but John Price, in mission Stronghold. It also appears in mission "Back on the Grid", but it is unobtainable.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Only found in multiplayer, the Combat Knife is automatically given to a player under one of two circumstances:

  • The player elected not to use either a primary or secondary weapon on their class in Create-A-Class.
  • The player planted their Assault Shield, with the Combat Knife now occupying the weapon slot the Assault Shield previously held.

Because of the former case, the Combat Knife is found on the Heavy Gunner default loadout by default since that class has no secondary weapon.

The Combat Knife does not require a pick ten point to be equipped, making it very efficient to have on a class.

The Combat Knife, on its own, is an improved version of the Melee attack in that it allows the user to cool down faster from melee strikes, thus increasing the rate at which the user can stab enemies. As usual, even in Core game types, successfully stabbing an enemy will deal 150 damage, killing the enemy instantly. However, the range of the Combat Knife is very short. Enemies need to be very close in order for the Combat Knife to do anything. In addition to its short range, Combat Knife strikes can be blocked by the Assault Shield, either by someone actively holding it, or if it is on an enemy's back. The Combat Knife will make a distinct sound when it strikes an Assault Shield.

The Combat Knife, when the user attacks, will not reveal the user on radar. The only time the Combat Knife makes noise is when it successfully stabs someone, or if the user strikes a surface with the Combat Knife.

The Combat Knife has two modes of attack: the simple slash, which can be done quite rapidly, and a lunge, a longer-ranged option that has a much slower recovery than the slash. Lunges are only done if an enemy is at the outer limits of the Combat Knife's range.

The Combat Knife's handling characteristics are excellent and among the best in the game. When the Combat Knife is the active weapon, the Combat Knife allows the user to move at 102% of the base movement speed, the best base movement speed in the game. In addition to this, the Combat Knife increases the user's maximum sprint duration by 50%. This is the most mobile weapon in the game, allowing users to not only move faster, but also sprint for much longer, providing unparalleled mobility. This is the Combat Knife's biggest strength, as it allows its users to reach the front lines significantly quicker. It is not uncommon to see a player with a Combat Knife in their loadout simply to use it to reach the front lines more rapidly. In addition to its great movement, the Combat Knife has quick drop and quick raise, allowing the user to switch to and away from the Combat Knife very quickly.

Unlike other weapons, the Combat Knife does not drop on the ground when the user is killed, and the user can permanently lose their combat knife until they respawn. Should the user pick up a weapon off the ground, the scavenged weapon will automatically fill a weapon slot the Combat Knife can occupy. If the user has a weapon already and picks up another weapon, the Combat Knife will be discarded in lieu of the scavenged weapon, even if the user picks up a weapon off the ground while their other weapon is active, adn even if the user wants to swap out the weapon instead of the Combat Knife. The only way to regain the Combat Knife is to lose one of the two filled slots, and that can only be done by planting an Assault Shield. When that is done, the user will regain their Combat Knife. Users who value their Combat Knife need to be extra careful when it comes to picking up dropped weapons as a result.

The Combat Knife is very similar to the Ballistic Knife, as both are mobility enhancing melee weapons. Compared to the Ballistic Knife, the Combat Knife crucially does not require a pick ten point to be equipped, and the Combat Knife increases the user's maximum sprint duration when it is the active weapon. However, the Ballistic Knife allows the user to fire a projectile, greatly increasing the user's effective range, and as the Ballistic Knife is a weapon that can be equipped and dropped on the ground, the Ballistic Knife cannot be permanently lost from picking up other weapons off the ground. Both of these knives provide enormous and distinct advantages and disadvantages over one another that users should take into consideration when wanting to use a knife. The Combat Knife is superior when it comes to just regularly stabbing enemies due to its enhanced mobility and increased class flexibility allowing for points to be invested elsewhere, whereas the Ballistic Knife is a much more versatile option due to its projectile attack.

The Combat Knife can be customized by applying camouflages on the default knife. Every class allows the Combat Knife to be customized, even classes that do not have a Combat Knife equipped.

The challenges for the camouflages are:

  • DEVGRU - Get 10 kills with the Combat Knife (knife is held instead of a weapon).
  • A-TACS AU - Get 20 kills with the Combat Knife (knife is held instead of a weapon).
  • ERDL - Get 40 kills with the Combat Knife (knife is held instead of a weapon).
  • Siberia - Get 60 kills with Combat Knife (knife is held instead of a weapon).
  • Choco - Get 80 kills with the Combat Knife (knife is held instead of a weapon).
  • Blue Tiger - Get 100 kills with the Combat Knife (knife is held instead of a weapon).
  • Bloodshot - Get 120 kills with the Combat Knife (knife is held instead of a weapon).
  • Ghostex: Delta 6 - Get 160 kills with the Combat Knife (knife is held instead of a weapon).
  • Kryptek: Typhon - Get 200 kills with the Combat Knife (knife is held instead of a weapon).
  • Carbon Fiber - Knife 10 enemies in the back.
  • Cherry Blossom - Get 5 Survivor medals using the Combat Knife.
  • Art of War - Earn 5 Revenge medals with the Combat Knife.
  • Ronin - Kill 5 enemies using their own weapon, after killing them with the Combat Knife.
  • Skulls - Get 5 Bloodthirsty medals using only the Combat Knife.
  • Gold - Complete all Camo unlocks for the Combat Knife.
  • Diamond - Complete all Camo unlocks for every Special weapon (Primary/Secondary)

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For Camouflage images, see Combat Knife/Camouflage.

Call of Duty Online

The Combat Knife is available in Call of Duty Online.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

"Standard issue military knife for CQC. Fast, quiet and deadly."
— Description


The Combat Knife reappears in Call of Duty: Ghosts. Equipping the Combat Knife grants a 75% increase in sprint duration. Just like in Black Ops II, the fire button will use the knife. Unlike in Black Ops II, the Combat Knife can be selected like other weapons in the Create-a-Class directly. In addition, it is automatically selected when the player clears their Primary Weapon in Create-A-Soldier. It can be picked up and dropped during gameplay, unlike in Black Ops II and Advanced Warfare. The Combat Knife is also found as the last weapon in Gun Game, where it is used with the Throwing Knife. Getting kills with the Combat Knife in Gun Game does not count towards their streak, and instead will simply act the same as a regular melee kill in Gun Game would. Equipping the Combat Knife in Multiplayer gives players an extra perk slot. The Combat Knife is the primary weapon of the Maniac gunstreak, alongside the Throwing Knife.

Attachments

  • Fast Melee - Integrated to the Gold Knife only, unlocked at Prestige 5

Gold Knife

"Gold plated Combat Knife with Fast Melee. Unlocked at Prestige 5."
— Description

A patch on June 3rd, 2014 (June 4th, 2014 for some consoles) released a Gold Combat Knife. Players Prestige 5 will be able to access it immediately. It functions similarly like the Combat Knife from Call of Duty: Black Ops II, as it does not need to do the lengthier grab-stabbing animation. It is automatically unlocked in Private Match and Local Match along with the Gold PDW.

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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

The Combat Knife returns as a weapon that can be used in the primary or secondary slot in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. There is no lunge on this iteration of the Combat Knife, making it considerably harder to use compared to its past incarnations. The knife drips blood after a kill (or paint instead if the player has Paintball Effects on).

Multiplayer

To equip the Combat Knife in multiplayer, the player should simply remove their primary or secondary weapon depending on where they want it. In addition to it being able to be used that way, if the player crouches or goes prone in the Swimming Pool on the map Retreat or Terrace, they will not be able to use a gun, and a Combat Knife will be equipped instead.

Exo Survival

The Combat Knife appears in Exo Survival, but only on the maps Retreat and Terrace by crouching or going prone in the pool like in multiplayer. Since most enemies will avoid going into the pool and can shoot at the player from outside of it, the Combat Knife has no real use, and it is unlikely the player will be able to get a kill with it.

Exo Zombies

In Exo Zombies, the Combat Knife is only equipped as a stand-alone weapon when going underwater in the map Carrier.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III

The Combat Knife returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. It is a secondary weapon, under the Melee category. Unlike in some previous games, the Combat Knife has to be selected in Create-a-Class rather than it being the default weapon for weapon slots without an equipped weapon. Like ordinary weapons, it also costs one Unlock Token to unlock and it takes one Pick 10 point to equip. It cannot be equipped with any attachments, though it has camouflage unlocks and can be prestiged after reaching max weapon level (11), thus can be customized with a Clan Tag or Kill Counter display which appears at the end of the handle.

Unlike Fists, which are the player's default "weapon" for unequipped slots, as well as the Weapon Butt, the Combat Knife kills in one hit even when facing the enemy. Even when equipped, meleeing while holding another weapon will result in using that weapon's stock to smash the enemy, so switching to the Combat Knife is recommended when in a close-quarters scenario, especially when the primary weapon is ill-suited for such combat (such as a sniper rifle). When attacking an enemy, there is often a short animation where the character stabs the enemy player, making the Combat Knife somewhat slow to engage multiple players at once. Pressing the 'reload' button while having the Combat Knife equipped will trigger a special animation of the character flipping the knife around their hand.

In update 1.04, new weapons were introduced that can be unlocked via Supply Drops which act as near-cosmetic counter-parts to the Combat Knife: the Butterfly Knife, Wrench and Brass Knuckles. Other melee weapons since then have been added as well.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

"CQC tactical knife. Standard military issue, employed for fast, quiet, and deadly wetwork."
— Description


Campaign

The Combat Knife returns in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare. While it is not selectable from the campaign's custom loadout, it is available for use in the ship assault Operation Deep Execute.

Multiplayer

The Combat Knife is available as a secondary Melee weapon and is unlocked at level 37. Like in Call of Duty: Black Ops III, the Combat Knife has to be selected in Create-a-Class rather than it being the default weapon for weapon slots without an equipped weapon. Like ordinary weapons, it takes one Pick 10 point to equip. It cannot be equipped with any attachments, though it has camouflage unlocks.

It is often overlooked in favor of other secondaries, such as pistols. This is because when a primary weapon runs dry, a pistol is much more effective than a knife in order to survive long enough to acquire a new weapon. As this weapon is only usable out to a considerably short range, sprinting or sliding or any form of advanced movement is used to close the gap between an enemy, often allowing them to kill one quicker. As well, due to the lunge animation, players will be left vulnerable in many scenarios. Even with these downsides, the Combat Knife has many positive features. It will never run out of ammo, though the delay with lunging could be considered a reload or reset of sorts. It is completely silent, requiring no use of the suppressor, so despite being ineffective in direct confrontations with multiple foes, this weapon is surprisingly effective in flanking, where enemies can be silently eliminated, one by one. It is also an instant kill, meaning that time-to-kill doesn't really apply to this weapon, except when lunging. Speaking of which, one only needs to be sprinting to lunge at an enemy - when in range, the lunge animation will automatically kick in, guiding you to a kill. Also, the only way an instant kill from a melee can consistently occur is with the Combat Knife Finally, it is significantly more effective when in small rooms. An example would be if one were using a Sniper and an enemy attempts to remove them from their perch from behind, the Sniper could pull out their knife and wait behind a corner to immediately kill their foe.

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For camouflage images, see Combat Knife/Camouflage.

Call of Duty: WWII

"One hit melee kill."
— Description


The Combat Knife is featured in Call of Duty: WWII, added to multiplayer with The Resistance event.

Variants

Name Rarity Perk Operation Notes
Salvation Epic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII.png 10% Bonus Soldier XP The Resistance Item Icon WWII.png The Resistance Collection reward
Thunder Epic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII.png 10% Bonus Soldier XP The Resistance Item Icon WWII.png The Resistance
Deliverance II Heroic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII.png 15% Bonus Soldier XP The Resistance Item Icon WWII.png The Resistance
Combat Knife Rare Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII.png 10% Bonus Soldier XP The Resistance Item Icon WWII.png The Resistance Exclusively Quartermaster Contract reward

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

"Lethal melee weapon. Serrated blade that kills enemies with a deadly strike."
— Description


The Combat Knife returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4.

Call of Duty: Mobile

"Covert, close-range melee weapon."
— Description

The Combat Knife appears in Call of Duty: Mobile under the name Base Melee. It is available as a standalone weapon, alongside the Knife and other melee weapons. It is the default option to swing while close to an enemy, and the prompt appears.

Blueprints

Rare

Epic

  • Base Melee - Pendragon
  • Base Melee - Ghost of the Sea
  • Knife - Magical Eye
  • Knife - Rambo's Knife
  • Knife - Malpractice
  • Knife - Deadly Helix
  • Knife - Phlebotomist
  • Knife - Ritual Stake
  • Knife - Candy Stabber
  • Knife - Floating Lotus
  • Knife - Sapphire Burst
  • Assault Knife - Debris Field
  • Assault Knife - Heat Extractor
  • Assault Knife - Voltaic Charge
  • Folding Knife - Pumpkin Head
  • Folding Knife - Mire
  • Folding Knife - Comeback
  • Folding Knife - Wyrm
  • Folding Knife - Countdown
  • Folding Knife - New Game Plus
  • Karambit - Color Burst
  • Karambit - Gold Glitter
  • Karambit - Ruby
  • Karambit - Space Station
  • Karambit - Echolocation
  • Karambit - Tiger's Eye
  • Karambit - Wetworks
  • Karambit - Dark Tech
  • Karambit - New Horizon
  • Karambit - VHS Glitch
  • Karambit - Parzival
  • Karambit - Visceral
  • Karambit - Glow Fly
  • Karambit - Breach
  • Karambit - Volution
  • Karambit - Black Ice
  • Karambit - Dangerous Waters
  • Karambit - Flora
  • Karambit - Down Range
  • Karambit - Moon Glow
  • Karambit - Piercing Hawk
  • Karambit - Meteoric
  • Karambit - Toxic Overflow
  • Karambit - Synthetic Fiber
  • Karambit - Opulent Courage
  • Karambit - Blazed Prisma
  • Karambit - Ghoulish
  • Ice Axe - Shattered
  • Ice Axe - Revolution
  • Ice Axe - Nocturnal
  • Ice Axe - Periwinkle
  • Ice Axe - Murder
  • Ice Axe - Vector Pop
  • Ice Axe - Chromium Claw
  • Ice Axe - Cool Tiger
  • Glow Stick
  • Glow Stick - Chemical Light

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare

"CQC tactical knife. Standard military issue, employed for fast, quiet, and deadly wetwork."
— Description


The Combat Knife appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Various blueprints are designed as other weapons such as axes, ice axes, and a screwdriver.

Blueprints

Blueprint Rarity How to obtain
Hold Up Rare Lone Marauder Bundle
Arterial Epic Blood Stained Bundle
Ashen Sliver Epic Verify e-mail address at activision.com or callofduty.com
Atom Splitter Epic Mad Chemist Bundle
Beamish Epic Suprise! Bundle
Blackspike Epic Battle Pass Modern Warfare Season 1 Tier 5
Blood Letter Epic Battle Pass Modern Warfare Season 2 Tier 5
Blood Oath Epic Talon Operator Bundle
Blue Silence Epic Pre-order Call Of Duty: Modern Warfare
Boxcutter Epic Urban Avenger Bundle
Boxcutter Epic Call Of Duty Warzone Combat Pack Modern Warfare Season 5
Coffin Nail Epic Mace Guns Blazing Bundle
Conquistador Epic Heirloom Bundle
Dainsleif Epic Viking Burial II Bundle
Dive Knife Epic Amphibious Bundle
Espionage Epic Cloak And Dagger Bundle
Foxy Lady Epic Trickshot! Bundle
Ghost Dance Epic Ghost Pack: Contingency Bundle
Grassclipper Epic Asanbosam Bundle
Icicle Epic Cold Blood Bundle
Negotiation Epic Nikto Operator Bundle
New Steel Epic FNG Bundle
Night Light Epic Half Dead Bundle
Ol’ Cobber Epic Out In The Bush Bundle
Pitiful Epic Avocado’s Revenge Bundle
Preeminence Epic ZLR Special II Bundle
Rasp Epic Akimbo Pack: Dark Damascus Bundle
Sandfly Epic Batle Pass Modern Warfare Season 3 Tier 5
Scythe Epic Deathbringer Bundle
Sidesplitter Epic Wasteland Bundle
Skullblade Epic Mace Operator Bundle
Stinging Nettle Epic Tracer Pack: Purple Bundle
Stone Carver Epic Stone Warrior Bundle
The Quiet Epic Guerrilla Bundle
Toothpick Epic Call of Duty: Warzone Combat Pack Modern Warfare Season 3
Unspoken Oath Epic Sakura Edition Bundle
Loose Ends Epic Nikto: Take No Prisoners Bundle
Prisoner 627 Epic Battle Pass Modern Warfare Season 4 Tier 5
Summer Solstic Epic Dragon Boat Festival Bundle
Close Shave Epic Clean Cut Bundle
Firecracker Epic Tracer Pack: Freedom Bundle
Golden Hew Epic The Executive Armorer Bundle
Night Sky Epic Watching CDLChamps on Sunday, 30 August 2020
Old Sins Epic Battle Pass Modern Warfare Season 5 Tier 5
Chisholm Epic Morte Operator Bundle
Dandere Epic Tracer Pack: Anime Super Bundle
Viper’s Kiss Epic Golden Scales Bundle
Innocence Lost Epic Battle Pass Modern Warfare Season 6 Tier 5
Shivvie Epic Call of Duty: Warzone Combat Pack Modern Warfare Season 6
Stalemate Epic Ghost: Fighting Spirit Bundle
Velorum Epic Tracer Pack: Yellow Bundle
Auxiliary Epic Sgt. Griggs Operator Bundle
Heat Treat Legendary Pyromaniac Bundle
No Masters Legendary Ronin Operator Bundle
Sacrifice Legendary Iskra Operator Bundle
Tall Tale Legendary Lumbertactical Bundle
Crevasse Legendary Wendigo Bundle
Riddle Of Steel Legendary Ragnarok Bundle
Flint Legendary Nikto: Firestarter Bundle
Thyristor Legendary Dr. Karlov Lives Bundle
Sickle Legendary Ghost: Grim Reaper Bundle
Meat Grinder Legendary The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Bundle
Phlebotomist Legendary Saw Bundle
Bloody Mess Legendary Gift Pack: Halloween Bundle
The Cleaver Legendary In Warzone with Hauting Of Verdansk event. Opening supply boxes at Zordaya Prison Complex
Balisong Legendary Tracer Pack: Amethyst Iskra Bundle
Alpenstock Legendary Soap Operator Bundle
Pickwick Legendary Iskra: Dead Of Winter Bundle

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Trivia

General

  • In Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, when the player attempts to swap their other weapon they have along with the Combat Knife, the Combat Knife is traded instead.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

  • Although Diamond Camouflage is obtained by completing all camouflage unlocks for Specials, the "Weapons Mastery" challenge claims that the player needs to complete Mastery for every primary and secondary weapon.[1]
  • The Black Ops II logo is visible on the Combat Knife.
  • The Combat Knife is considered a Special weapon and thus is needed for Diamond Camouflage for Specials.

Call of Duty: Ghosts

  • MWXA-08 is enscribed on the blade.
  • Like the Gold PDW, the Gold Combat Knife's name is shown in gold when the name is shown on the HUD when switching to it.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

  • If the player is the top player in the Winner's Circle and their showcase weapon is the Combat Knife, the soldier will perform some tricks with the Combat Knife.
    • The player's place affects what their character will do with the knife, if the player is 3rd Place, they will simply hold the knife, if the player is 2nd Place, they will slide their palm against the knife and touch the tip, and if the player is 1st Place they will toss the knife and catch it.
  • The player can "zoom in" while using the Combat Knife if they hold the aim button in.
  • In CodCast, if a player has a Combat Knife equipped, the icon will be that of the Ballistic Knife.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

  • It is possible to prestige the Combat Knife, though no rewards such as the ability to include a custom clan tag or kill counter will be available.

References

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