Finishing Moves are a player mechanic in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. They allow a player to enter a third-person view and perform an elaborate kill animation on another player or an AI enemy. Finishing Moves can only be executed in Multiplayer and Special Ops.

Finishing Moves can be executed by holding down the melee button while facing behind a player or AI enemy. They can be cancelled if either person dies, and anyone victim to a Finishing Move may remain alive if the attacker is killed before the animation is finished.

After a Finishing Move, specific Operators, other than either team's default choice, will say a special line that may be chosen in the Quips menu.

Most Finishing Moves are unique to specific Operators while some can be applied to any Operator. Finishing Moves can be unlocked via Challenges, the Battle Pass, and Operator bundles in the ingame store.


  • Different factions seem to share a type of combat used in their Finishing Moves, with SAS Operators using retractable batons or the M19, while Spetsnaz Operators will employ hand-to-hand combat or crowbars.
  • The preview images for Finishing Moves seem to show pre-release versions of certain Operators.
  • It is possible to perform a Finishing Move on someone while they execute another, which will cancel the prior animation.
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