When you pick up a Call of Duty game, it's usually because you woke up one morning and said, "I feel like shooting a bunch of guns at people who also have guns, and it's probably a good idea to sate this urge in a harmless video game." But the series' celebration of firearms hasn't stopped one Call of Duty: WWII player from entirely eschewing bullets in favor of knives.
The player, TheseKnivesOnly, recently achieved WW II's Master Prestige rank without firing a single bullet. To do that, TheseKnivesOnly needed to achieve 55 levels in multiplayer—then he did it again, eleven times over. Without resorting to lead and gunpowder even once.
TheseKnivesOnly talked to Kotaku about his achievement. "The main reason I was inspired to knife only was during a Search and Destroy match on WMD a random guy in the lobby hit a straight up tomahawk bomb defend," he said during an email interview published today. (A "tomahawk bomb defend" is an impressive kill utilizing a tomahawk that's performed to keep an enemy player off the Bomb Plant site so they won't muck around with it). "I thought it was the coolest thing ever and it sparked my interest for using knives."
TheseKnivesOnly didn't restrict himself to knives, though. He also armed himself with shovels, ice picks, and utilized WWII's bayonet charge. He racked up over 32,000 kills by the time all was said and done, and even Sledgehammer Games was impressed (or intimidated) enough to offer its congratulations.
TheseKnivesOnly has been doing perfect "blade runs" of Call of Duty games since 2010's Black Ops. His favorite "game for knifing" to date is Black Ops III.
He's not done yet, either.
"I always set a goal of hitting max rank in every COD game by only using my knives so my main goal right now is hitting level 1000 in WWII," he tells Kotaku. "I have great expectations for COD 2018 because I'm quite the Treyarch fanboy and have loved the whole Black Ops series."