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How to Unlock Black Ops Cold War’s New Sledgehammer and Wakizashi for Warzone

Two new melee weapons are coming to Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, and players are already anxious to know how to unlock the Sledgehammer and Wakizashi.

Not only is Black Ops Cold War Season 1 getting a range of new weapons, but the game is also bringing these unlocks into Warzone. The upcoming update will finally unlock Cold War content in Warzone, meaning that the battle royale just got more complex than ever before.

There are two new Black Ops Cold War weapons to unlock in Season 1 at launch. But on top of that, Treyarch reveals that some melee weapons are also joining the fight.

Black Ops Cold War New Sledgehammer and Wakizashi
(Source: Treyarch)

Both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone players will be able to unlock the Sledgehammer and Wakizashi for use in-game. Here’s what we know so far:

Cold War’s New Mid-Season Weapons


We’ve heard bringing a knife to a gunfight is a bad thing, but bringing a Sledgehammer to a gunfight is a different story entirely. This heavy-duty tool is sure to be slow but deal some real damage to enemies on hit.

Cold War Sledgehammer Warzone
(Source: Treyarch)

It’ll be interesting to see if there’s any reason to use it when compared to the knife in Cold War. Perhaps the weapon will swing in a large arch, giving the melee tool some much-needed range.

Since Warzone’s melee is already overpowered, it’ll be fun to see where the Sledgehammer fits in. At the very least, it’ll be the ultimate tool of disrespect.


The Wakizashi isn’t the first blade to come to Warzone, and it joins the Knife in Cold War multiplayer. A companion to a samurai’s Katana, this Japanese weapon was traditionally used for close-quarters combat, beheading opponents, and committing seppuku.

Cold War Wakizashi Warzone
(Source: Treyarch)

We imagine that the latter won’t be possible in-game, but the sword will be more than capable on the battlefield. It’s sure to be a fast weapon, capable of dropping enemies rapidly up close.

Both the Sledgehammer and Wakizashi won’t be arriving at launch in Black Ops Cold War Season 1. Instead, the two drops will be coming partway through the season as part of Black Ops’ largest-ever free content drop.

How to Unlock Cold War’s Sledgehammer and Wakizashi

According to a new Call of Duty blog, there are two main ways to unlock the Sledgehammer and Wakizashi.

First, when the weapons get added to the game, players can complete a related Challenge to obtain the equipment. Judging by previous melee weapons, players may have to get kills across a range of matches while using Cold War’s Knife.

Black Ops Cold War Season 1
(Source: Treyarch)

Of course, those who are impatient can always choose to pay to speed up the process. The blog states that the Sledgehammer and Wakizashi will each be purchasable in Blueprint form in the game’s store.

Once unlocked, the weapons can follow players into online Multiplayer, Zombies, or even Warzone matches. We wonder if they’ll even appear in Warzone’s new Gulag system, which is changing with the Season 1 update.

We’ve now got our first look at Warzone’s new Rebirth Island map, and we like what we see. Given that the area focuses on close-quarters combat, bringing a Sledgehammer into battle isn’t the worst idea.

And for those heading into standard Multiplayer, perhaps the changes to Black Ops Cold War’s SBMM will ensure there’s more chance of getting a kill with these weapons.

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