Black Ops Cold War Knife Camo Challenges: Tips, Tricks and Helpful Hints

There’s a special sort of satisfaction that comes with racking up knife kills in Black Ops Cold War Zombies. Maybe it’s the pleasure of living out a more bare-bones, zombie apocalypse fantasy with some The Walking Dead style head-stabs. Maybe it’s watching zombie-noggins go boom! up close and personal. Or maybe it’s something simpler than that. Maybe it’s a mixture of the wonderful sense of impunity that comes with overpowered, one-hit kills juxtaposed with the ever-present danger that comes with wading chest-deep into a zombie horde.

Whatever the reason, you’re going to be experiencing all of those feelings while chasing after the Black Ops Cold War Zombies knife camo challenges. For those who love the combat knife, these camo challenges will be a joy. For those just doing to get their hands on that Dark Aether mastery camo, it’ll be one hell of a chore. Either way, Nerds Chalk is here to help!

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies Knife Camo Challenges

Black Ops Cold War Zombies Knife Camos - Golden Viper Combat Knife camo shown in-game

Those looking to unlock the Gold Combat Knife in Black Ops Cold War Zombies will have to complete a total of 35 Knife camo challenges grouped into the same 5 categories as the other Zombies camo challenges.

The only difference is that the knife, like the Launcher, gets its own set of unique challenges oriented for its unique gameplay mechanics. Below is each set of challenges and the requirements to complete the entire category and obtain the five camos within each.

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Rack up a total of 750 zombie kills.


50 kills against zombies disoriented by a stun grenade, monkey bomb or decoy.


750 kills with the knife Pack-a-Punched.


Get 15 kills with the knife against zombies affected by Frost Blast or Ring of Fire or while using Aether Shroud (Go for Aether Shroud).


10 Elite Zombie kills with the Knife.


Get 10 kills rapidly a total of 10 times.


Get 20 or more consecutive kills with the knife without getting hit 10 times in Zombies.

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Black Ops Cold War Zombies Knife Camo Challenges: Tips and Tricks

Black Ops Cold War Zombies Knife Camo Challenges - Elite Zombie splitting and then being knifed

Upgrade Speed-Cola to the Max

We can’t stress this one enough — speed is your number one attribute when knifing zombies by the dozen. The ability to close distance and get out before the mob swallows you is priceless. Upgrade Speed-Cola to the max to get the most out of it.

Become good friends with your Aether Shroud

The Black Ops Cold War knife camos are the least socially-distant achievements to chase and, especially as you move into the higher rounds, you’re going to need a solid disengage to get you out of hairy situations. Not to mention the fact that you’ll be using it to complete the Vintage camo challenge set.

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Increase your FOV

It’s also good to head into settings and increase your FOV to keep better track of the horde as it closes in on you from all sides. Shifting it to somewhere around 100 seems the most optimal way to gauge distance effectively while improving your situational awareness.

Keep a Gun for the Dogs

Seriously, don’t even bother trying to knife dogs — they jump, they explode, they do a lot of damage. When you’re dealing with dogs, it’s best to turn them into Old Yeller rather than letting them chunk your health and making the rest of your job harder. Take ’em out and return to your knife-athon.

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What’s your favorite Knife camo? Having any trouble getting the head-stabs you’re looking for? If so, throw a question at us down below — we’d love to help — or check out our Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War archives for more tips, tricks, guides and walkthroughs!