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The Explosive Tip is an ammo type for the Crossbow in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: WWII and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. It also appears as the only form of ammo for it in the other games that feature the Crossbow.

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

"Hudson, we need to keep this stealthy - use your crossbow. If we get heat, switch to explosives."
Brooks to Hudson in the level WMD

In singleplayer, it is used interchangeably with normal bolts, but in multiplayer, it is the only form of ammo available for the Crossbow.

It does 50 damage impact and has a 1.5 second fuse but doesn't start until it hits an object. It does 200-75 damage with a four meter blast radius.

If a player is hit by an explosive bolt, an indicator on the screen saying, "Stuck!" will appear, and the bolt will explode after 1.5 seconds, killing the player. However, in splitscreen, the screen just starts blinking red.

Hud indicator arrow

Icon of being stuck by a crossbow bolt

If the Explosive Tip is shot into a wall or other object, player will get a warning on-screen similar to the Grenade danger indicator, showing the rough direction of the ensuing explosion.

It is also possible to kill a player by simply hitting them with the bolt, if their health is low enough.


The Explosive Tip is available for the Crossbow in Zombies regularly. It does about the same amount of damage to a zombie as it does to a player online. When Pack-A-Punched, its arrows will act similarly to Monkey Bombs, although they don't have quite as long a timer as Monkey Bombs do.


Sacrificial Lamb (25 Gamerscore/ Bronze Trophy Bronze Trophy PS3 icon) - With a Pack-a-Punched Crossbow, stick an arrow to your friends or be stuck by your friends and kill six zombies with the explosion.

Call of Duty: WWIIEdit

The Explosive Tips appear in Call of Duty: WWII as an attachment for the Crossbow via the Halloween Scream update.

Call of Duty: Modern WarfareEdit

"Carbon bolts with timed explosive tips. Sticky tips deal less damage, but devastate targets on detonation. Bolts cannot be recovered, and are undetectable by trophy systems."
— Description

The attachment returns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, where it is referred to as FTAC Fury 20" Bolts.


Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

  • The world model for the actual bolt once launched is not the same model as the Explosive Bolt. It is rather a normal crossbow bolt with a red/green light on it depending on who fired it. The green light is friendly and the red light is hostile.
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