How to unlock the ice ax weapon in CoD: Warzone and Vanguard

Call of Duty Season 2 Reloaded is quickly coming to an end for Vanguard and Warzone, and the final weapon of the season has been quietly added to Vanguard. The Ice Ax melee weapon is now available to unlock, and there are different ways to unlock it.

How to unlock the ice ax

Skal Crusher ice ax plan

The Season 2 Ice Ax is a throwable melee weapon added to Call of Duty: Vanguard. This is described as a weapon that can be used in combat as both a melee weapon and a throwable weapon.

The ice ax can be unlocked for free with an in-game challenge in Vanguard or Zombies multiplayer. A Warzone unlock challenge is not currently available, but will likely be added to the game with a future update.

Like all other seasonal weapons, it should also be available for purchase with a cosmetic bundle, but no bundle is currently available for the ice axe. A locked variant of the ice ax currently appears in menus as the Skal Crusher, which appears to be a fancy Norse version of the new weapon. The Skal Crusher will likely appear as part of a cosmetic set for purchase in the near future.

Multiplayer challenge

Ice Ax MP Unlock Challenge
Ice Ax MP Unlock Challenge

In Vanguard Multiplayer, the Ice Ax can be unlocked by getting 3 kills with the Throwing Knife 15 times in a single match. The Throwing Knife is a deadly collectible gear that can be added to your custom loadout, and overall the unlock challenge shouldn’t be very difficult for multiplayer. Attempting this challenge in small map playlists like Shipment 24/7 should help you reach your goal much faster.

Note: Vanguard multiplayer weapon unlocks require you to complete matches to earn credits for your challenge progress. You can’t just get all three knife attacks and quit the match.

Zombie Challenge

Ice Ax Zombies unlock challenge
Ice Ax Zombies unlock challenge

In Zombies, use melee weapons to kill 50 Sturmkriegers. This is going to be harder than the multiplayer challenge. Sturmkriegers are the heavily armored zombie type of Vanguard, who are armed with the Deathmachine minigun. This type of enemy does not appear in abundance, so it will take some time to eliminate 50 of them.

In order to best take down heavily armored Sturmkriegers, I recommend upgrading your favorite melee weapon with the Pack-a-Punch machine as soon as you have enough money. Also, the Bloodlust Covenant can be very useful to equip. Unfortunately, the alliances offered to you for each match are random, but Bloodlust causes melee attacks to do more damage and also heal you, so be sure to check your alliance options each round. If you’re new to Vanguard Zombies, here’s our complete guide to the Covenant feature.

Warzone Challenge

The ice ax is not currently available in Warzone, but like all old Vanguard DLC weapons, it is expected to arrive in battle royale. We will update the guide once the unlock challenge is available for Warzone.

How you choose to complete this challenge mostly depends on your game mode preference, but the fastest way to unlock the ice ax for free will be the Vanguard Multiplayer Challenge.

Season 2 Reloaded recently added the Armaguerra 43 submachine gun, and here’s our guide to unlocking the Armaguerra 43 for use in Vanguard and Warzone. We also recommend powerful weapon loadouts to try out in your next Warzone match.

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