The Christmas Santa’s Slayground event has finally arrived to MW3 and players are loving the hilarious Santa’s Right Hand finisher!

The event brings with it a veritable smorgasbord of Christmas-themed goodies, including some festive rewards to get into the holiday spirit.

One of the most popular of these is the new Santa’s Right Hand finisher that sees you dispatch your foes in the most devastatingly hilarious way possible.

How to Get

To get the Santa’s Right Hand finisher in MW3, you need to complete specific Challenges in either Multiplayer, Warzone, and Zombies while taking part in the Santa’s Slayground limited-time event.

The free Santa’s Slayground event released on December 19, 2023, and will end on January 3, 2024, at 8 AM PT / 11 AM ET / 4 PM GMT.

This means that players only have two weeks to complete the required Challenges to get the Santa’s Right Hand finisher.

Thankfully, you only need to complete one challenge from either Multiplayer, Warzone, or Zombies to get it!

Here are the Challenges for the Santa’s Right Hand in MW3:

Multiplayer ChallengeWarzone ChallengeZombies Challenge
Get 5 Operator Kills while Sliding or CrouchingIn Slay Ride Resurgence, place in the top 5 15 timesGet 50 kills with Stamin-Up Active
Santa's Right Hand event unlock in Santa's Playground event in MW3

After completing one of the above Challenges, you’ll be able to summon your very own little elf buddy to take down your foes!

What is the Santa’s Right Hand Finisher?

Santa’s Right Hand is a finisher animation that spawns a tiny elf to eliminate your enemies in Warzone, Zombies, and MW3 multiplayer. It’s a free reward for completing Challenges in the Santa’s Slayground Event in MW3.

Here it is in all its glory:

There are three outrageous variations of Santa’s Right Hand, depending on your approach:

  • Normal finisher:
    • When approaching a standing enemy from behind, a tiny elf will appear and deal a devastating right-handed punch to the crotch of your enemy
Santa's Right Hand normal finisher MW3
Credit: Battlehub Zone
  • Prone finisher:
    • For a prone enemy, the elf will spawn right next to their face and dole out a punishing combo
Santa's Right Hand prone finisher MW3
Credit: Battlehub Zone
  • Warzone downed finisher:
    • When an enemy is downed in Warzone, this finisher has your elf companion jump on top of them and deal a thunderous stomp on their head. Lights out!
Santa's Right Hand Warzone finisher MW3
Credit: Battlehub Zone

Check out all variations of Santa’s Right Hand in action here:

Players Love Santa’s Right Hand

MW3 fans love Santa’s Right Hand finisher and have been quick to post about it online since its release on December 19.

The finisher is such a hit that some fans want to stay away from it, as they are too tempted to overuse it:

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Others have compared it to the popular “pimp slap” finisher, as it is equally hilarious and ridiculous:

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Overall, Santa’s Right Hand finisher has gone down extremely well with the community. So much so, that players are questioning if it can ever be topped:

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Make sure you head on to MW3 before the event ends on January 3, to see Santa’s Right Hand for yourself!

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