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The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Vanguard The subject of this article appeared in Zombies mode The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Warzone

"Shigenori Ota was once a servant to the shackles of tyranny. One night, he chose to fight back. Since then, his struggle has never stopped. And until the war ends... it never will."
Carver Butcher

Shigenori Ota (Japanese: 太田重徳 Ōta Shigenori) is a Operator of the Shadow faction featured in Call of Duty: Vanguard and Call of Duty: Warzone.


Born in 1924 as a descendant of samurai, Shigenori Ota was conscripted into the Imperial Japanese Navy and took part in the invasion of New Guinea. There, Ota witnessed atrocities committed by his fellow soldiers and commander, and was frequently abused by the latter. After this, Ota was falsely charged for desertion and sentenced to death by firing squad.[3] With the knowledge that he would become a pariah to the Japanese, Ota rebelled against his superior and went on the run, eventually turning himself in to the Allied forces.

At some point in time, he would meet his former commanding officer on the battlefield again and killed him in a sword clash.



Name Rarity Image How to obtain
Purger Base Shigenori Purger VG.png Multiplayer: Perform 25 Finishing Moves.
Zombies: Earn 100 Slaughter Medals (5 rapid kills).
Shogun Common Shigenori Shogun VG.png Operator Level 10
Wartime Common Shigenori Wartime VG.png Operator Level 20
Bukeshisso Rare Shigenori Bukeshisso Skin CODV.png Battle Pass Season Two Tier 70
CDL At Home Rare Shigenori CDL Home Skin CODV.png Call of Duty League Run It Back 2022 Bundle
CDL On The Road Rare Shigenori CDL Away Skin CODV.png Call of Duty League Run It Back 2022 Bundle
Dishonored Rare Shigenori Dishonored VG.png Reach Max Level with All Operators in the Shadow Unit
Forest Essence Rare Shigenori Forest Essence Skin CODV.png Battle Pass Season Three Tier 40
Konara Rare Shigenori Konora Skin CODV.png Battle Pass Season One Tier 20
Sakura Epic Shigenori Sakura VG.png Reach Max Level with All Operators in 4 Units
Ceremonial Warrior Legendary Shigenori Ceremonial Warrior Skin CODV.png Moon Forged Bundle
Combat Casual Legendary Shigenori Combat Casual Skin CODV.png Oni's Whisper Bundle
Corpsman Legendary Shigenori Corpsman Skin CODV.png Bloody Bearings Bundle
Godzilla Ghillie Legendary Shigenori Godzilla Ghillie Skin CODV.png Tracer Pack: Godzilla Reactive Mastercraft - Limited Time Bundle
Great Armor Legendary Shigenori Great Armor Skin CODV.png Grand Rank Bundle
Honshu Guardian Legendary Shigenori Honshu Guardian Skin CODV.png Ancient Hunter Mastercraft Bundle
Shadow Outcast Legendary Shigenori Shadow Outcast Skin CODV.png Curse of the Ancients Bundle
Call of Duty League Skins


Name Rarity Quote How to obtain
Mercy Is Not An Option Common "Mercy is no longer an option." Operator Level 2
I'll Never Lose Common "負けるもんか (Makeru mon ka)" Operator Level 14
Beneath The Bloodshed Rare "There is beauty beneath the bloodshed." Bloody Bearings Bundle
Bleed, Never Break Rare "I may bleed, but I will never break." Bloody Bearings Bundle

Finishing Moves

Name Rarity Preview How to obtain
Rack It Base RackIt FinishingMove Shigenori CODV.gif Unlocked by default
Iaijutsu Common Iaijutsu FinishingMove Shigenori CODV.gif Operator Level 17
Universal Finishing Moves

Highlight Intros

Name Rarity Preview How to obtain
Press Check Base PressCheck HighlightIntro Shigenori CODV.gif Unlocked by default
Suppressive Fire Rare SuppressiveFire HighlightIntro Shigenori CODV.gif Operator Level 15
Circle Slash Legendary CircleSlash HighlightIntro Shigenori CODV.gif Oni's Whisper Bundle
Universal Highlight Intros

MVP Hightlights

Name Rarity Preview How to obtain
Pistol-Whip Base PistolWhip MVPHighlight Shigenori CODV.gif Unlocked by default
Seiza Common Seiza MVPHighlight Shigenori CODV.gif Operator Level 5
Precision Incision Legendary PrecisionIncision MVPHighlight Shigenori CODV.gif Ancient Hunter Mastercraft Bundle
Universal MVP Highlights



  • Shigenori's hobbies include photography, travel, and reading.
  • Prior to the 1.08 Title Update for Season One, Shigenori's katana in the Iaijutsu finishing move was still inside of its sheath when used. This was fixed later in a update.
  • Shigenori's I'll Never Lose quip was incorrectly quoted as 決して 負けません (Kesshite makemasen) in Warzone.
    • This was later patched; the text now reads in English.
  • Shigenori will frequently call zombies "onryō".
  • Shigenori seems to disdain being a soldier.[4]
  • Shigenori refers to his Artifact demon as "oni".


  3. "My firing squad had such rifles. I left before they could use them."
  4. "Why must I always slaughter? I never wanted to become this..."