Best Crossbow Zombies Build in Modern Warfare 3

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by J.R. Waugh

If you want to channel your inner Daryl Dixon while playing Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 Zombies, odds are you’ve already considered the Crossbow. Players will need to optimize this deadly marksman weapon, so here is the best Crossbow build for MW3 Zombies!

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Best Crossbow Zombies Build

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This Crossbow build is intended to empower quick movement and aiming speed while capitalizing on some amazing crowd control potential in MW3 Zombies. You’ll get the most out of every shot while fending off zombies with this weapon.

  • Arms: Carbon Elite v3
  • Underbarrel: DR-6 Handstop
  • Bolts: Blastcap 20″ Bolts
  • Wire: 16-Strand Cable
  • Stock: Speedtrak Echo

The Carbon Elite v3 trades minor drops in accuracy and recoil control for increased movement speed, which you’ll desperately want before you get Perk-a-Colas to bring this build to life. The DR-6 Handstop is also meant to empower movement speed even while aiming, allowing you to fire on the fly and hit where it counts.

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I was cagey at first about using the explosive rounds, but the Blastcap 20″ Bolts make up for it when you kite swarms together. Plus, any ammo spent will be all but guaranteed after taking out groups of zombies. As for the wire, I picked the 16-Strand Cable because it helps mitigate some of the accuracy drops by trading some bolt velocity, something that matters very little on an explosive bolt.


Finally, the Speedtrak Echo stock was yet another attachment that lets you move quickly from sprinting to shooting when in a jam. Altogether, these attachments make for a killer Crossbow build in MW3 Zombies, and once you find yourself a Speed Cola or craft one from your recipe, the one lethal drawback to this weapon is gone.

The best Crossbow builds capitalize on this weapon’s strengths and uniquely lethal potential against hordes without firing too many shots. A Crossbow where you’re slowed down and less efficient is a death sentence, but this enables you to take down hordes while farming Tier 3 with a few Pack-a-Punches applied or punish mercs who dare to cluster together while fighting you.

- This article was updated on December 6th, 2023

About The Author

J.R. is a Staff Writer with AOTF and has been covering gaming and entertainment in the industry since 2022. Along with a B.A. in History from the University of Cincinnati, he has studied at the University of Birmingham, UK, and part of his M.A. at the University of Waterloo. You'll find J.R. particularly at home writing about the hottest manga and anime. He is highly passionate about horror, strategy, and RPGs, and anything about Star Trek or LOTR. When not ranting about fan theories or writing guides, J.R. is streaming his favorite RPGs and other forgotten gems.