Sticks and Stones is a Wager game mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops and a Party game mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. It was featured as a limited time mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops IIIandCall of Duty: Black Ops 4. Sticks and Stones consists of six players competing in a Free-For-All style game. Everyone's loadout consists of a Crossbow, Ballistic knife, and a Tomahawk/Combat Axe. The crossbow has an explosive tip, and is able to cause multi-kills. Like a Free-For-All game, points are earned from kills, and the match ends when the time runs out. However, if a player manages to kill another with a Tomahawk/Combat Axe, they will "bankrupt" the target. Also, if a player commits suicide with Crossbow, they humiliate themselves and get "bankrupted". If a player is "bankrupted", they lose all points earned so far in the match; they will have to start over from zero points. To win, a player must reach one of the three highest scores once the time limit is reached.
The BO3 version used the NX Shadowclaw instead of the Explosive Tip Crossbow, providing a slightly different experience than previous versions. The shadowclaw is not explosive and can fire arrows in rapid succession, unlike the previous crossbows which need to load a new arrow after each shot.