Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 allow players to execute their opponent with flashy Finishing Moves.

However, in order to pull off these stylish moves you’ll need to first unlock them and know the correct button prompt.

This article will teach you exactly how to get Finishing Moves and use them against your enemies.

Every Way to Unlock Finishing Moves in MW2 & Warzone 2

There are three guaranteed ways to unlock Finishing Moves in COD MW2 and Warzone 2:

  • Unlocking them in the Battle Pass
  • Buying Operator Bundles
  • Purchasing the Vault Edition

Progressing through the Battle Pass in Call of Duty MW2 and Warzone 2, as well as buying Operator bundles and the Vault Edition, will all unlock Finishing Moves.

the Making Holes Finishing Move in MW2 & Warzone 2

Gaining Finishing Moves via the Battle Pass is done by unlocking the Battle Pass exclusive Operators, who each come with their own Finishing Move.

Of course, if you are thinking of unlocking some this way, then you may want to consider checking out how to get Battle Pass Token tier skips in MW2 and Warzone 2.

You will also unlock Finishing Moves for any Operator bundles you purchase through the in-game store, such as the Gaz Operator Bundle.

Finally, the Vault Edition comes with four Operators (Ghost, Farah, Soap and Price), which each have their own unique Finishing Move.

the Sweet Dreams Finishing Move in MW2 & Warzone 2 in the Battle Pass

Players have also reported on Reddit that they’ve unlocked Finishing Moves by using an Operator a lot, getting multiple Finishing Move kills with a specific Operator, or through “hidden challenges”.

However, these aren’t guaranteed to work, as others have claimed they didn’t work for them. Fans have speculated that these techniques are tied to hidden Operator challenges, but there is no evidence to prove this.

How to Do a Finishing Move in MW2 & Warzone 2

To perform a Finishing Move in MW2 and Warzone 2, you must move behind an opponent and hold down the melee button (V on PC and R3 on consoles).

It is easier to accomplish if you use a flashbang or decoys as they will distract your opponent. However, you can still do a Finishing Move without any additional equipment.

getting ready to pull off a Finishing Move in MW2

The Finishing Move animation will then play out automatically, and your opponent will be killed. It’s a little tricky to pull off, but you can practice against the AI in private matches if you’re struggling.

You don’t need to use any specific weapon to do a Finishing Move in COD MW2 and Warzone 2. It can be done with any primary or secondary weapon equipped.

Finishing Moves can also be used against enemies that are standing, crouched, prone, or even already downed. A different animation will play out depending on which position they’re in.

Of course, if you want to get your hands on your desired tactical equipment to make pulling off a Finishing Move easier, then you’ll want to drop at the best landing spot to make money in Warzone 2.

the Sighted In Finishing Move in MW2 & Warzone 2

How to Switch Finishing Moves in MW2 & Warzone 2

To switch Finishing Moves in MW2 and Warzone 2, you’ll need to go to the Operators tab in the main menu and choose the Operator you want to customize.

Select customize (Square on PlayStation, X on Xbox, or click Customize on PC) and then change their Finishing Move to any that you have already unlocked.

Here are the full instructions on how to switch Finishing Moves in MW2 and Warzone 2:

  • In the main menu of either MW2 or Warzone 2, scroll until you reach the Operator tab (R1 two times on consoles, or select it on PC).
  • Select the Operator whose Finishing Move you want to change.
selecting an operator in MW2 & Warzone 2
  • Press Square on PlayStation, X on Xbox, or select Customize on PC.
  • Select the Operator Finishing Move tab to open up your available Finishing Moves.
Changing the Finishing Move in Warzone 2 & MW2
  • Find an unlocked Finishing Move and select it (X on PlayStation, A on Xbox, left-click on PC).
  • It will now be equipped.
Selecting a Finishing Move in MW2 & Warzone 2

Every Finishing Move in MW2 & Warzone 2

There are currently 44 Finishing Moves available in both COD MW2 and Warzone 2, with each one offering a truly brutal display.

Here is every Finishing Move in MW2 and Warzone 2:

  • A Bit Stabby – Gaz’s Base Finishing Move
  • Making Holes – König’s Base Finishing Move
  • Punctual Puncture – Zimo’s Base Finishing Move
  • Sidearm Hustle – Soap’s Base Finishing Move
  • Kneecaps and Brainpans – Price’s Base Finishing Move
  • Slice and Easy – Luna’s Base Finishing Move
  • Main Man – Gus’ Base Finishing Move
  • Lights Out – Rangers’ Base Finishing Move
  • Blowout – Fender’s Base Finishing Move
  • Racked and Wrecked – Kleo’s Base Finishing Move
  • LMG KIA – Farah’s Base Finishing Move
  • Up Close and High Caliber – Kortac’s Base Finishing Move
  • Sighted In – Chuy’s Base Finishing Move
  • Point and Shoot – Ghost’s Base Finishing Move
  • Hammer Meet Skull – Gromsko’s Base Finishing Move
  • Breach and Fear – Hutch’s Base Finishing Move
  • Resident Drummer – Calisto’s Base Finishing Move
  • Bloody Percussionist – Oni’s Base Finishing Move
  • Lumber Smack – Zero’s Base Finishing Move
  • Chopping Block – Conor’s Base Finishing Move
  • Don’t Struggle – Stilleto’s Base Finishing Move
  • A Friendly Hello – Roze’s Base Finishing Move
  • Slingblade – Horangi’s Base Finishing Move
  • Suplex Deluxe – Klaus’ Base Finishing Move
  • Planting Steel – Nova’s Base Finishing Move
  • Knuckle Up – Reyes’ Base Finishing Move
  • No Firearms Needed – Messi’s Base Finishing Move
  • Jaw Buster – Paul Pogba’s Base Finishing Move
  • All Kicks – Neymar Jr’s Base Finishing Move
  • Cage Match – Aksel’s Base Finishing Move
  • Sweet Dreams – Unlocked through Season 1 Battle Pass Sector A18
  • Gravity Assist – Zeus’ Base Finishing Move
  • Killer Kodachis – Ronin’s Base Finishing Move
  • Smack Attack – Unlocked through the Tracer Pack: Purple Jolt Bundle
  • Sticky Situation – Unlocked through Season 2 Battle Pass Sector B10
  • Rapid Incision – Unlocked through the Tracer Pack: Pádraig’s Pandemonium Bundle
  • Foul Fate – Unlocked through the Tracer Pack: Bone Chiller Bundle
  • Shred ‘Em Up – Unlocked through the Tracer Pack: The Shredder Bundle
  • Blackcell SOP – Unlocked through the Blackcell Battle Pass
  • Chopping Block – Unlocked through Season 3 Battle Pass Sector C10
  • Shotgun Slayed – Valeria’s Base Finishing Move
  • Close Encounter – Alejandro’s Base Finishing Move
the Resident Drummer Finishing Move in MW2 and Warzone 2

You can see most of the Finishing Moves in MW2 and Warzone 2 in action in the video below:

Are MW2 & Warzone 2 Finishing Moves Bugged?

Yes, MW2 and Warzone 2’s Finishing Moves are bugged, as the default Operator Finishing Moves are locked yet somehow equipped to all Operators.

If you decide to change an Operator’s default Finishing Move to a different one, the default move will no longer be accessible because it is locked.

The only real fix is to simply not change Finishing Moves, especially if you like the default one. Fans have reported that this bug also affects the Finishing Moves unlocked through the Vault Edition as well.

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Raven Software is aware of this and has noted it. However, as of now, it still remains under investigation, meaning there is currently no fix for this bug.

Of course, if you want to know when any of the bugs or issues in MW2 will be fixed, then you can check out the MW2 Trello board. There’s even one for Warzone 2 as well!

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