CoD AW Crossbow Special Weapon Overview

The Crossbow in Advanced Warfare is a truly unique weapon. It’s not technically located in the special weapons category but it can still be considered one. Really the only difference is that the Crossbow is only able to be placed in the secondary weapon slot. Aside from that it is still very much in the same category.

CoD AW Crossbow
The Crossbow fires explosive bolts that blow up and deal high damage if stuck to an opponent or moderate damage against enemies within a short radius if stuck into a surface such as a wall or other object. Getting a kill using this weapon is best done by actually sticking your target with the explosive arrow. The explosion from an arrow stuck in a wall will often take 1/2 to 3/4 of the player’s health, but not fatally wound them.

Crossbow Weapon Stats

Knowing the exact amount of damage your weapon can do per shot, how much ammo you have to work with, and other statistics can help you have an edge over opponents in multiplayer. Below we’ve listed the details of the AW Crossbow.

Damage: 50-100 (stuck or area explosion), 40 (direct impact)

Clip Size: 1 bolt

Available Attachments:

  • Red Dot Sight
  • Hybrid Sight
  • Auto Focus Sight
  • Target Enhancer
  • Thermal
  • ACOG Sight
  • Crossbow Scope

Our favorite attachment for this is by far the Crossbow Scope. It makes sighting your enemies and placing your shots much easier.

Available Variants:

  • Righteous
  • Conqueror
  • Frosty
  • B2
  • Shredder

All of the Crossbow variants have only cosmetic differences, not changes in stats. The first 3 variants are obtained through Supply Drops. The B2 variant was only made available to players that purchased the Advanced Arsenal pre-order version of Advanced Warfare or bought the season pass. Finally, the Shredder variant is acquired by getting a total of 300 kills using the Crossbow.

Unique Characteristics

The Crossbow is a truly special weapon. Unlike other guns this weapon has special physics associated with it. The bolts, when fired at long distances, actually drop. If you attempt to hit a target at long range you’ll need to take the arrow drop into consideration. For targets that are off in the distance you’ll need to aim a bit high to make the arrow drop down onto the enemy player. Aiming directly at them will result in a short shot.

When aiming at moving enemies you’ll also have to consider the arrow speed and direction. If an enemy is running to one side or the other, for example, you’ll need to aim your shot to be a bit in front of them to allow the arrow to have time to reach its target. The same applies to opponents that are ascending or descending (boosting up or falling down) and so on.