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How to unlock the Crossbow in Call of Duty: Warzone

You’ve got to bring your best if you want to win matches in Call of Duty: Warzone. Not only does that mean bringing the right loadout, it also means using powerful weapons such as the crossbow. That’s why so many players are trying to unlock the crossbow in Warzone. It’s silent, it’s lethal, and it can’t be detected by trophy systems. But if you want to start using the crossbow, you have your work cut out for you.

Call of Duty: Warzone | How to unlock the Crossbow

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It’s not easy to unlock the crossbow in Call of Duty: Warzone. You’ll need to get five kills using a Marksman rifle equipped with a Reflex optic in 25 different matches. Only matches where you earn at least five Marksman rifle kills will count toward the unlock criteria.

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As difficult as this requirement sounds, it may be even harder than that. A lot of players seem to be having trouble unlocking the crossbow for a variety of reasons. The cause is unclear, but the result is largely the same: What seem like valid kills do not count toward the unlock criteria.

In order to unlock the crossbow successfully, you should remember a few things: First, many players say you can’t leave the Warzone match after getting five kills. If you do, the kills for that match may not count toward overall progress. To make matters worse, some users report that you’ll have to wait up to three matches before the kills start counting again. To play it safe, your best bet is to earn at least five kills, then see the match through to the end.

Otherwise, you can unlock the crossbow in any Warzone mode, including Plunder. And no, you don’t need to purchase Modern Warfare to get the crossbow. Beyond that, if you’re sure your Marksman rifle kills are valid but the progress isn’t being displayed, try restarting the game. For whatever reason, there seems to be a bug that prevents legitimate kills from appearing in the unlock criteria.

Otherwise, simply stick it out. It will take a grand total of 125 Marksman rifle kills across 25 Warzone matches to unlock the crossbow. You’ll need to get five kills in a single match in order to earn one point toward the unlock. With patience and persistence, you’ll soon have access to one of the most lethal weapons in the game.