Final Stand is a deathstreak in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It allows the player to crawl around and use their primary weapon (as opposed to their pistol when in Last Stand) when they are downed. If the player can survive long enough, a full recovery will follow and the character will go to the crouching position where they can then stand up and move around normally again, at the cost of losing their third perk until they die and respawn. The player must have a deathstreak of four (dying four times in a row without getting a kill) or a deathstreak of three (with the Hardline Pro perk) to activate Final Stand.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Final Stand is unlocked at level 39 in multiplayer, making it the last deathstreak to be unlocked. The Final Stand will be activated each time the player spawns until getting another kill. However, much like Last Stand, the Final Stand deathstreak will only take effect if the player is downed by body shots or fall damage. Therefore, it is possible that the player may not get to use the deathstreak (in the event that each and every death the player has while the deathstreak is activated is caused by headshots/explosion/melee etc.). Once the player breaks the death streak and scores a kill, the perk will no longer activate upon spawning; however it remains in effect for that life, so the player can still use Final Stand after scoring a kill.
If a player has selected Last Stand and Final Stand as perks, and Final Stand becomes activated, then Final Stand will override Last Stand. If the player survives Final Stand then they will go into Last Stand before their next death.
There is a challenge called "Living Dead" which unlocks the "Living Dead" Callsign that is earned by entering Final Stand and surviving the full 20 seconds or getting a kill while in Final Stand. If a player survives the 20 seconds and gets up, they will not be able to enter Final Stand again in that life. If they still do not get a kill with their second chance, they will have to wait until their next life to use Final Stand again.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3
Final Stand returns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as a 4 deathstreak (3 with Hardline Pro). It is unlocked at level 32, being the third deathstreak unlocked. Like in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, players which absorb enough damage will go into Final Stand and can crawl around equipped with their weapons and their equipment. Unlike its Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 counterpart, the player will constantly be on critical health and will not recover until the 20 seconds are up.
- The icon image for Final Stand is a Phoenix, a mythological bird that is said to be able to go through the act of "rebirth" at the end of its life. Instead of death, it burns into ashes, and is then reborn from the ashes.
- If the player uses a killstreak/pointstreak reward while in Final Stand, the game says "You cannot use this killstreak in Last Stand." although the player is in Final Stand.
- When playing Domination, if the player captures an objective while in Final Stand, they will receive the note "Heroic" along with extra XP, but oddly, just like pointstreak rewards, the game will say "Captured an objective in Last Stand", not Final Stand.
- Any Final Stand kills count towards kills whilst in prone.
- If this deathstreak is active and a Tactical Nuke is called in, the player will go into final stand, and the end of game leaderboard states the player is alive. However, the match will still end, registering everyone as dead.