Warzone 2: How To Do A Finishing Move

This article comprehensively explains how to execute a finishing move effectively.

COD Warzone 2 Finishing Move Cover
Here is all you need to know about the finishing moves in Warzone 2.

Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 is an action-packed FPS. Apart from the blazing guns and the blowing off throwables, Warzone 2.0 allows players to undertake a finishing move on their enemies. The move kills the opponent in a single move in a flash, hence it must be used when possible.


Key takeaways:

  • Finishing moves are an eminent way to kill enemies in Warzone 2.0.
  • Default controls of the move are differently set on all gaming platforms and they can be changed.
  • There are a few ways to use the moves effectively.
  • You should also not to be a victim of an enemy’s finishing move.

The finishing move has made a comeback in Call of Duty Warzone 2.0. The concept of these moves started when Modern Warfare was released. It is copiously used in matches by gamers.

Finishing moves when executed rightly are a very flamboyant way of knocking an enemy. The controls of the move are easy to master. The harder part is to find an opportunity where the move can be executed successfully since the move carries its own cons.

How To Do A Finishing Move

A finishing move is a single button strike regardless of the gaming platform you are using. But there are prerequisites associated with the play. You are supposed to get behind an enemy and hold the melee button for the kill.

The move is executed as follows on different gaming platforms:

  • Xbox – The control of a finishing move on Xbox is to press the right analog stick. This button has been previously used also on other Call of Duty franchises that allowed the move.
  • PS4 – The R3 button is pressed to execute the move. R3 is the right analog stick.
  • PC – The default buttons for the melee strike are the ‘V’ key on the keyboard or the mouse button 4. The 4th mouse button is present on most gaming mouses but not, usually, present on most other mouses.
Xbox settings for finishing move
Press the right analog stick of Xbox for finishing move

Remember that these are the default controls for a finishing move and they can be changed as a player wants. You can set the move to any other button that you are comfortable with or replace it with another move.

There are other settings that you may want to implement. Here are the best controller settings for Warzone 2.0.

What Is A Finishing Move

The finishing move has been historically used in the previous Call of Duty franchises and has had prevalent use. However, it was unavailable for a few franchises, but it is back in Warzone 2.0. Therefore, it is being talked about a lot nowadays.

It is to be remembered that the move can only be made in two cases. First, you are facing the enemy’s back and then trying the execution. Second, the enemy you are trying to execute is downed. These would result in successful execution.

The finishing move is executed by the same controls and achieves the same task i.e., kills opponents in a single move, but the move is performed differently due to some factors.

Finishing move execution
Executing the finishing move while the enemy is downed

Execution of the move depends on the operator a player is using, the primary and secondary weapon equipped, etc. The difference lies in the style chosen to take the kill, but all the moves achieve the same purpose. No move is better than others in any metric, although personal likings may vary.

Players mostly use a finishing move when they are low on ammunition and their secondary weapon is either not good enough or is out of ammo also. The move is not very effective in such situations but still advisable since there are not many other choices available.

Successful Finishing Move

The controls of the move are simple, and so are the conditions under which the move is carried out. But despite this, performing a successful finishing move is an extremely hard task in multiplayer battles.

Finishing move standing execution
Executing the finishing move on enemy from the back

You might have been forced to perform the move in campaign missions where you would have done it with relative ease. But in multiplayer games with real players on board, this move is the hardest to perform. Therefore, a few careful steps must be taken while using it.

Make Less Noise

Arguably, the best advantage of this feature is that it performs kills stealthily. So, to perform stealth killings you must keep yourself close to the ground so that your enemy does not know if you are around, or behind, him.

Avoid full-heart sprinting toward the opponent to perform this move, rather change your stance to crouch and then approach the enemy. This will ensure that the enemy is unaware of any possibility of being knocked out with the finishing move.

This is not the only way of performing the kill but in most cases, you would want to ensure that the enemy does not know that you are around him when you want to do the move.

Use Throwables

Since taking a kill via the finishing move is the hardest option you have, you must make use of other equipment you have. Rely heavily on any throwables you have such as the frag grenade, the smoke grenade, the stun grenade, etc.

Using throwables will allow you to push an enemy away from a spot or temporarily blind their vision so you can hunt them from the back. Still, enough care must be exercised while doing the move since the enemies are on alert for such moves as they see grenades flying.

Be Sure Of A Kill

The last thing you would want is to be killed while attempting a finishing move. While undertaking the move, there is a high probability that the above statement might be true. So, you must be very sure that you will successfully perform the move and then attempt it.

When performing the finishing move, a player is completely exposed to any firing another enemy might do. Also, the enemy you were attempting to perform a move on would also open fire if you missed and there would be nothing you could do about it.

Also, the finishing move takes roughly 2 seconds to complete. This is a long time when put into the context of the high-pace shooting taking place in multiplayer battles. This is the reason why not many people don’t use it. Hence, be very cautious about when you use it.

More Chance Than Skill

Truth be told. You cannot add finishing moves to your plan or to your strategy. Executive a successful finishing move is more about chance than about skill. After 3 – 4 executions you will realize this fact. There is a mountain of knowledge to learn about this move.

Forcefully undertaking the move may land you in hot waters – you might do this immediately after learning about them. This way you could end up being shot down by being greedy about the execution.

The wise strategy is to practice the move 3 – 4 times on an enemy and afterward grab the opportunity of using it whenever you identify a moment. The success of the move depends more on the opportunity it is used at, as compared to the skillset that uses it.

Not Being A Victim

As you are well aware of what circumstances a finishing move is executed, you also should keep an alert eye that you are not the victim of the move. It is simple since you already know all the situations, the important thing is to only identify such instances.

Be on alert when you are in isolated places and always watch your back. Keep moving constantly and in cases of an encounter, jump or dash left and right to evade being executed.

Ending Notes

It is safe to conclude that although finishing moves make you look much superior to your enemy, they must be carefully used, or else they make you pay the price.

They are extremely hard to utilize in online multiplayer modes. So, make less noise when approaching an enemy, use any throwables you can, and be sure that the move will be successful.

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