Black Ops Cold War R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow Now Available: How to Unlock

by in Call of Duty | Mar, 24th 2021

Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War Season 2 is raging on right now. As the season continues, more content is dropping for players. One of the newest pieces of content in the second season is the Black Ops Cold War R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow, one of the most unique weapons to date. 

Black Ops Cold War Season 2 Includes New Weapons

Cold War Season 2 is introducing tons of new content to the game. The latest one is a new weapon that joins the roster of already existing new weapons. At the start of the new season, Treyarch blessed us with some new guns and other artillery to use in the title. 

In total, six new weapons are coming to the game in Season 2, many of which are already here. The FARA 83 assault rifle and LC10 SMG both were given as part of the usual battle pass that you can progress through in Season 2. 

The machete and e-tool have been released or are about to be, offering players a new melee weapon to run around with crazily in multiplayer matches to try and take someone out with. 

Then, the ZRG 20mm sniper rifle will bring the latest long-range rifle for sniper fans in the Black Ops Cold War community. This one will be one of the best in class, but it is far from the final weapon released during this season. 

The final weapon is none other than the Black Ops Cold War R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow. Yes, that’s right, Cold War is finally getting a crossbow of its own in the game. Players will be able to run around the matches and take out foes with this unique weapon. 

You can do that right now as the Black Ops Cold War R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow has been officially released in the game. But you might not know how to get it or what it is all about, so that is where we come in with this full guide to the unique weapon. 

Black Ops Cold War R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow Explained

For starters, what is the Black Ops Cold War R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow? Well, it is a special type of weapon that is available in the game right now. It wasn’t originally available at the launch of the new season of content, but it is here now for players to go ahead and unlock. 

It is a simple and lightweight crossbow that is pretty much your standard issue weapon of this type. It has really good handling so that players will have some solid accuracy and management of the weapon when trying to use it to fight enemies online. 

Furthermore, it also has a rather quiet style to it, taking out enemies swiftly and silently. It is a powerful weapon that is capable of taking out enemies in potentially just one shot. In many ways, it is like a more refined and traditional sniper rifle. 

The Shadowhunter comes with the standard iron sights that you can use by default to zoom in and take out targets that are unfortunate enough to cross your crosshairs. Alternatively, you can fire from the hip, which is there for those still accurate and quick shots. 

Simultaneously, though, the Black Ops Cold War R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow is capable of leveling up like other weapons. You can unlock various optic attachments for it in the process. You can equip any one of these for your crossbow once you have it so that your aiming is suited to your playstyle and preferences. 

How to Unlock the Shadowhunter Crossbow

However, there is something really important that players must keep in mind when it comes to the Black Ops Cold War R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow. You can’t automatically play in matches using this weapon right now as you have to unlock it. 

As with most of the new weapons that come out in Black Ops Cold War, this new crossbow is going to be one that you are going to need to unlock before you can add it to your updated loadout. This means that you will need to go through some hoops to start sniping your foes with bolts. 

But it is done in a couple of different ways when it comes to how you unlock the R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow. For one, it is worth noting that it isn’t unlocked like most assault rifles and SMGs found in the battle pass for the season. 

Instead, you are going to have to go through a specific task to unlock it. Thankfully, there is a benefit in all of this. There is the fact that you will be able to get the crossbow special weapon for free without having to spend any extra money if you don’t want to. 

That is the purpose of this guide to let you know what challenge you need to do right now to get the new Black Ops Cold War R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow. Here’s everything that you need to know about how to unlock this special Season 2 weapon for free while it is still available for this time. 

How to Complete the Free Challenge

Interestingly, the R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow is a single challenge that players must do to unlock the special weapon for free. In the past and for other Call of Duty games, there have been multiple missions that you must complete to get the new weapon

But that isn’t the case here as players need to complete one mission, and they are good to go with this new special weapon. The problem with this, though, is that Treyarch has made this pretty difficult with a mission that will potentially take you a while and challenge you. 

Here is the single challenge that you must complete in Black Ops Cold War multiplayer to get the R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow:

  • Use a weapon with no attachments equipped on it at all to get three One Shot, One Kill medals in 15 different matches

There is a lot to unpack in this single task for the crossbow so let’s look at this rather jam-packed challenge. Essentially, at the very least, you will need to do at least 15 matches to unlock the crossbow but assuming that you have some rather perfect matches. 

In each of the 15 matches you need for this mission, you need to earn the One Shot, One Kill medal. This is a performance medal given to you in the match for eliminating someone with, well, a single shot. 

You have to take someone out with only one shot. Overall, you are looking at having to use something like a sniper rifle to do it. Maybe a tactical rifle would do here, but you would need to be pretty skilled with that weapon to get those classic one-shot eliminations. 

But here’s the kicker: you don’t just need to get this one shot kills once per match in the 15 required matches. You have to get them three times per match for a total of 45 one-shot eliminations. So, in 15 matches, you need to get three kills that are all one shot each. 

But if that wasn’t enough, there is still one more stipulation to this mission: every single one of those 45 one shot, one kills across the 15 matches must be with a weapon that has no attachments on it. This means that you won’t be able to make it more accurate or have nice scope for sniping.

As such, we highly recommend that you are a very good sniper for this challenge, or else you will need to get up close and personal for some risky close-range one shots on other players. This is going to be a challenging task that may take you quite a while to do. But if you can, you will be able to unlock the crossbow for free. 

Keep in mind that both Cold War multiplayer matches will work here and Call of Duty Warzone battle royale matches for this mission. The latter might be great for those long matches that can give you plenty of time and opponents to get those one-shot kills possibly. 

How to Get the Crossbow Without the Challenge

But here’s the reality: maybe you are like me and some other players who aren’t the best snipers around or don’t like it but want to have the crossbow for whatever reason (coolness, completion, etc.). It can be tough and time-consuming trying to get all of those one-shot kills. 

Fortunately, there is another solution for those who aren’t as inclined to get sniper kills in the Cold War. This is a much quicker method, especially for those who don’t have a lot of time on their hands, but it means that you will need to give something up instead. 

The only other way that you will be able to unlock the crossbow is by heading to the in-game store and purchasing the bundle that is available with it inside. The Archaic Range bundle is going to be available around the launch of the R1 Shadowhunter that comes with a legendary weapon blueprint for it. 

That blueprint won’t only give you a potentially better loadout version of the gun that is unique in design, but it will also hook you up with the base weapon at the same time. Unfortunately, this will cost some credits, though, so players without credits or unwilling to spend real-world currency will need to stick to the main path with the challenge. 

Best Maps and Modes for Using the R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow

Once you finally have the Black Ops Cold War R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow unlocked through either of the two methods mentioned here in this guide, you will be able to add it to your loadout. The crossbow is unique and won’t work for everyone and every game mode, but there are some you might want it in. 

If you are someone who likes the crossbow style, you might want to have it in your loadout as your secondary weapon or even your primary one. It could be great for mid to long-range fights, so it could be great in various maps and modes like the Combined Arms, Fireteam, and more. 

At the same time, we think one mode might be good in, and that is Zombies. You could choose to take it into Zombies on one of the three main modes there, but we especially think that the latest Outbreak mode would be well suited to the crossbow. 

Not only would you be able to pay some nice homages to some of the finest undead-related media in the past, but it would be a great addition for the more open world-like and long-range maps that you can encounter in the Outbreak Zombies mode in Season 2. 


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