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The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: World at War. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty Online The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The subject of this article appeared in Zombies mode The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Zombies The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Mobile The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
For a similar melee weapon, see Wakizashi.

The Katana is a long Japanese sword available for use in Call of Duty Online, Call of Duty: Black Ops III, Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare, Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 and Call of Duty: Mobile. It is also used by the Imperial Japanese Army in Call of Duty: World at War, and makes a brief appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops II and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Call of Duty: World at War

The katana is unusable by the player and only seen being wielded by some Japanese soldiers during certain parts of the campaign mode. In the first mission, "Semper Fi", a Japanese soldier playing dead might stab Rooker (depending on the player's actions) with a katana. Another slashes Miller across the shoulder with a katana as he tries to escape with the other Marines. Also, in the last part of "Little Resistance", Sgt. Tom Sullivan gets killed by a Japanese Banzai Charger wielding a katana. Katanas are usually replaced with the Bayonet by the Japanese soldiers, however they can be seen on some of the soldiers' uniforms even if they are not used.

Examination of the game files reveals the menu and pickup icons for the katana, hinting it was originally going to appear as a usable weapon at some stage of development, at least until it got scrapped.

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Zombies

Takeo Masaki has an unusable Katana on his character model in Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops II Call of Duty: Black Ops III, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 . He is seen slicing zombies with it in the cutscenes of Origins, The Giant, Der Eisendrache Zetsubou No Shima and Blood of the Dead.

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Call of Duty Online

The Katana is available in the multiplayer mode of Call of Duty Online.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops III

"Lethal slashing melee weapon. A storied blade, with a matchless pedigree."
— In-game description


Multiplayer

The Katana, labeled as Path of Sorrows is available as a melee weapon in Black Ops III. It was added via an update on September 13th, 2016, and acts in a similar manner to the Fury's Song.

It should be noted that prior to this update, a Katana could actually be seen used by the Specialist Spectre, as part of their Epic Taunt unlocked from the Black Market.

Zombies

The Path of Sorrows can be obtained within the zombies map Revelations.

In order to obtain the weapon, the player must have progressed through the easter egg until they reach the point where the player can teleport to Samantha's room. Inside the spawn room is a glowing wisp on the headlight of a truck. Grab the wisp and bring it to the teleporter in Kino der Toten and teleport to The House. Inside the room is a custom Mystery Box with a candle on top of it. Place the wisp on the chest and it will sink into it. Grab the Kronorium on the bed and head over to the temple in Shangri-La, where the Path of Sorrows can be found on the wall for 500 points. It is pretty reliable as it can kill zombies with ease in the later rounds and it is a one hit kill until round 42.

NOTE: The wisp should not be picked up until the player can teleport. This is because being hit by a zombie while in possession of the wisp will cause it to be lost for the rest of the match.

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Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare


"Slice and dice opponents at an extended range. Press R2 or L2 to attack."
— Multiplayer description


The Katana, referred to as the Kirisute Gomen, can be acquired from the Zombies map Shaolin Shuffle. It can be obtained from the wall of the Black Cat Dojo for free once the player completes the map's main easter egg. In subsequent playthroughs, without completing the easter egg, players can buy the Kirisute Gomen for 10,000 points. It is a very viable weapon, capable of taking out multiple enemies in one swing.

When Pack-a-Punched, it becomes the Sprites of Hell. While in this form, it can send a powerful shockwave after every third swing with the blade. When Pack-a-Punched again if the Alien Fuses have been installed, it becomes the Feral Instinct. Like the Sprites of Hell, it can send out a special ability after each third swing, in this case being a purple ghostly black tiger which can be sent in a single direction dealing infinite damage. The Feral Instinct has 20 ammunition special ability swings, consuming 1 ammo after every ability of the purple ghostly tiger.

On September 26th, 2017, the Katana was added to multiplayer (under its actual name), along with the Nunchucks and the Venom-X.

Variant

  • Masamune

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Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

"Carried by Takeo Masaki through both victory and sacrifice, the Path of Sorrows is a tragic blade with many more tales to tell."
— Description


As in Black Ops III, the Katana is known as the Path of Sorrows, but now it appears as a Special Weapon. By default, it is the Special Weapon of the "Kaminari" class.

While activated, the player gains a large increase to base movement speed. While at level one, it starts with the ability known as Kaze Slash, a simple slashing move that can be done twice in a row. At level two, it unlocks the ability of Merciless Dash, allowing for the player to dash forward with the secondary fire button, dealing heavy damage and stunning heavier enemies. At level three, it unlocks the use of Shadow of Death, turning the player invisible by pressing the Special Ability button. The effect of Shadow of Death can also be deactivated by the same button.

Call of Duty: Mobile

"Kill opponents by way of the blade."
— Description

The Katana returns in Call of Duty: Mobile. It was added as part of the Season 6 Once Upon a Time in Rust update.

Initially, the weapon appeared in the form of blueprints for the Base Melee, with the first version available being the "Hachi". In September 2021, with the Season 8: 2nd Anniversary update, the Katana became a base weapon.

Blueprints

Rare

  • Great White
  • Immortal

Epic

  • All Hallows
  • Guardian Spirit
  • Koi Pond
  • Ferrofluid
  • Nightwind
  • Hachi
  • Hachi - Dragonfang
  • Hachi - Bladeware
  • Hachi - Porcelain Yakuza

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

The Katana makes a brief appearance in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Zombies in the map Firebase Z. In the ending cutscene, Samantha Maxis can be seen with a katana on her back.

Trivia

General

  • "Tank" Dempsey occasionally makes remarks about how great it'd be to use Takeo's Katana, but then points out it must just be for decoration, much to his disappointment.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

  • There are two sets of Japanese characters on the katana:
    • On the blade (鬼肉喰村正). The first three characters mean "Demon flesh eater" (鬼肉喰) and the last two characters are Japanese for "Muramasa" (村正), a famous swordsmith in Japan.
    • On the metal sleeve (柾木三郎). The first two characters mean "Masaki" (柾木) and the last two mean "Saburō" (三郎).
      • This sword inscription came following an interview with Jason Blundell, in which he was asked whether Saburō Masaki is Takeo Masaki's father.[1]

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare

  • The name of the Katana is a reference to the action known as Kiri-sute goemen (斬捨御免), which allows Samurai to kill a member of a lower class if their honour is compromised.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4

  • The Path of Sorrows, when activated, used to have a secret ability that would grant other players nearby an increased reload speed. But, with the addition of the "Speed Cola Modifier" that activates when all 4 perks are purchased, it has since been removed.
  • "Kaze" (風), or "Fu" translates from Japanese to English as "Wind".

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