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For similar melee weapons, see Gravedigger and Ace of Spades.

The Shovel appears as a melee weapon in Call of Duty: Zombies, Call of Duty: WWII, Call of Duty: Mobile and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War, and as a utility in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

Call of Duty: Zombies


The Shovel is a special melee weapon obtained after unlocking all of the huts in the iOS version of Shi No Numa. It is part of the Peter's Grave easter egg. Doing the easter egg grants the Wunderwaffe DG-2 to the player. The Shovel does slightly less damage than the Bowie Knife to regular Zombies but is more powerful on Crawlers and Hellhounds than the Bowie Knife.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

Shovel model BOII.png

Campaign

A shovel makes a brief appearance in campaign. At the beginning of the level Pyrrhic Victory, Alex Mason is shown trying to rescue an Angolan ally from a burning buffel. After being unable to break the glass by kicking it, he picks up a shovel to try and smash the glass, but still is unable to save the militiaman. The shovel is otherwise unusable in the campaign.

Zombies

The Shovel appears as a utility in the Zombies map Origins. It allows the player to dig a pile of dirt and bones when near it by pressing the use button, yielding a random result, such as a random weapon, powerup, or even a zombie. A total of four shovels are found throughout the game. Two of the shovels are found in the starting room, both of which lean against the wall. The first shovel is located near the radio where players first spawn near it, and the second is lying in a small corridor in between a barrier location and a purchaseable door that leads to Generator Station 3. The remaining two shovels can be found at any two of these three locations.

  • Lying in the church, at the rear of the tank near the tank's treads.
  • In the tunnel leading to the wind tunnel, next to Generator Station 4.
  • In the tunnel leading to the lightning tunnel, next to Generator Station 5.

The objects which shovels can dig up include:

Golden Shovel

The Golden Shovel is an upgraded variant to the shovel. It allows the player(s) to dig up better and exclusive items from dig spots, such as powerful weapons, empty perk bottles and a golden helmet that protects the player from being downed by the Giant Robots' feet. In addition, there is a rarer chance to get a bad result, such as live grenades or a zombie, when digging a pile using the Golden Shovel, though they still have a chance to occur. It can be obtained by digging 30 spots in a game.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

The shovel appears in the Exo Zombies map Carrier, where it plays a role in the Easter egg Flotsam & Jetsam. It can be acquired through fishing.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III

The Shovel reappears in the Zombie Chronicles, in Origins. When picked up, it appears to the left of the character's icon, instead of east of that player's current amount of points. Many of the mechanical aspects remain the same, with the exception of the rewards that can be dug up with the Golden Shovel, as the Black Ops II weapons are not present.

The first shovel is located near the radio where the players first spawn near it, and the second is lying in a small corridor in between a barrier location and a purchaseable door that leads to the Generator Station 3. The remaining two shovels can be found at any of these three locations.

  • Lying in the church, at the rear of the tank near the tank's treads.
  • In the tunnel leading to the wind tunnel, next to Generator Station 4.
  • In the tunnel leading to the lightning tunnel, next to Generator Station 5.

The objects which shovels can dig up include:

Golden Shovel

The Golden Shovel is an upgraded variant to the shovel. It allows the player(s) to dig up better and exclusive items from dig spots, such as powerful weapons, empty perk bottles and a golden helmet that protects the player from being downed by the Giant Robots' feet. In addition, there is a rarer chance to get a bad result, such as live grenades or a zombie, when digging a pile using the Golden Shovel, though they still have a chance to occur. It can be obtained by digging 30 spots in a game.

Call of Duty: WWII

"One hit melee kill."
— Description

The US Shovel is a melee weapon featured in Call of Duty: WWII.

Campaign

A shovel can be seen strapped to the back of Private Drew Stiles, but it is unobtainable.

Nazi Zombies

The US Shovel is the standard melee weapon in all Nazi Zombies maps.

Variants

Name Rarity Perk Operation Notes
Army Banjo Epic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII.png 10% Bonus Soldier XP
Army Banjo II Heroic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII.png 15% Bonus Soldier XP
Eureka Epic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII.png 10% Bonus Soldier XP
Eureka II Heroic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII.png 15% Bonus Soldier XP
Flash Epic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII.png 10% Bonus Soldier XP
Flash II Heroic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII.png 15% Bonus Soldier XP
Fortitude Epic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII.png 10% Bonus Soldier XP Collection reward
Fortitude II Heroic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII.png 15% Bonus Soldier XP

Gallery

Call of Duty: Mobile

"Effective at close range."
— Description

The Shovel returns in Call of Duty: Mobile. It was added in March 2021 as part of the Season 2: Day of Reckoning update.

Blueprints

Epic

  • Six Feet
  • Fenrir
  • Munitions
  • Dangerous Waters
  • Constrictor

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

"Lightweight entrenching shovel effective in close quarters combat. Offers enhanced mobility."
— In-game description

The Shovel returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War as the E-Tool. It was added on March 11st, 2021 as part of the Season Two content for the game.

Zombies

The E-Tool can be brought into any map via Create-A-Class, at Loadout rarity. It was added to the Mystery Box and Trials rewards pool as part of the Season Three: Reloaded update.

When upgraded via the Pack-a-Punch Machine, it becomes the Ace of Spades, garnering increased melee damage with each subsequent Pack-a-Punch upgrade level.

Much like the other Melee class weaponry, the E-Tool is able to deal large amount of singular target damage but at the risk of the wielder being in range for retaliatory hits or being swarmed by a horde. However, what makes the E-Tool different from the other Melee Weapons is that the E-Tool lacks a lunging strike. While this reduces the striking range of the E-Tool, it also means that the E-Tool lacks the additional recovery time that the lunging strike takes.

Blueprints

Name blueprint Image Rarity How to obtain
Lug Nut Epic Bundle Disavowed Assassin II
Parting Gift Epic Bundle Death's Veil Maxis Bundle
Scorpion Spade Epic Bundle Most Wanted II
Bunker Buster BunkerBuster Card BOCW.png Legendary Bundle Tool of War

Gallery

For weapon with camouflages, see Shovel/Camouflage#Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.

Trivia

Call of Duty: Zombies

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

  • The shovel takes up the same inventory slot as the Navcards.
  • The grenade that pops up when digging up a pile in Origins is the grenade model from Black Ops, though the indicator for it is still the Black Ops II version.
  • If the grenade(s) that were dug up damages/kills any zombies that are around it, then whoever dug up the pile will be awarded the points for damaging/killing the zombies with the grenade(s).
  • Zombies spawned by digging up a pile using the shovel do not count towards the round total or for souls when filling up the boxes for the One Inch Punch.

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

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