Call of Duty Warzone: What Are Special Weapons?

What counts as a special weapon in Warzone?

by Diego Perez
Call of Duty Warzone Nail Gun Special Weapons

The Nail Gun is one of the new weapons in Call of Duty: Warzone Season 4, and the challenge to unlock it requires players to get eliminations with special weapons. What exactly are special weapons though? Warzone guns are split into several categories, and there isn’t a page for special weapons anywhere. This is because the category only exists in Black Ops Cold War and the Nail Gun is technically a Cold War weapon. There are a lot of people who only play Warzone though, so this is an unfortunate oversight. There’s no need to worry, however, because we’ve got your back with a list of all the special weapons in Warzone.

What Are Special Weapons in Warzone?

Special weapons are a category of secondary weapons in Black Ops Cold War. This category doesn’t exist in Warzone, so special weapons are spread throughout the other categories. There are four special weapons in Call of Duty: Warzone and each of them is listed below.

  • M79 Grenade Launcher
  • R1 Shadowhunter Crossbow
  • Ballistic Knife
  • Nail Gun


If you want to unlock the Nail Gun, then you need to get 5 eliminations with special weapons in 15 different completed matches. This challenge was clearly designed for Cold War multiplayer because getting that many kills in that many matches using these weapons in particular is a tough feat. Still, you shouldn’t have too hard of a time getting this challenge done if you play Plunder since that mode features respawns. If you do own Cold War though, then you can just jump into a few multiplayer matches or play a few rounds of Zombies to quickly unlock this new weapon.

Call of Duty: Warzone is available now on PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

- This article was updated on July 9th, 2021

About The Author

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Currently serving as an Associate Editor at Attack of the Fanboy, Diego Perez has been writing about video games since 2018, specializing in live service games like Destiny and Final Fantasy XIV. His work is featured at publications like Game Rant and The Outerhaven, but Attack of the Fanboy is home to his best work. When he's not editing or writing guides, he's yelling about Ape Escape or grinding Lost Sectors in Destiny. Plus, he has a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Media Studies for Texas A&M University.