How to unlock Skal Crusher melee weapon in CoD: Warzone and Vanguard

Call of Duty season three is officially live on Vanguard, bringing a new battle pass, multiplayer map, operators, and new weapons to unlock. The big update also adds a surprisingly sophisticated melee weapon as a free weapon unlock. See how you can unlock Season 3 Skal Crusher.

How to unlock Skal Crusher

Season 3’s Skal Crusher is a Nordic-themed ax with Nordic runes etched into the wooden handle and a bright blue pattern on the blade. The weapon works much like the Ice Ax from Season 2 Reloaded, as the weapon can be swung like a traditional melee weapon, or it can be thrown and retrieved.

This weapon can be unlocked for free through in-game challenges. Typically, new weapons arrive as a simple base model, and weapon blueprints can be purchased as an additional way to unlock the weapon. However, the Skal Crusher appears to be designed solely as a weapon blueprint, and it is uncertain if other ax variants will be available in store packs.

Warzone Unlock Challenge

Warzone Unlock Challenge for Skal Crusher
Warzone Unlock Challenge for Skal Crusher

To unlock Skal Crusher playing Warzone, you must kill five times with a melee weapon in a single match 15 times. This can best be completed on a respawn playlist like Caldera Clash, which is more of a large-scale Team Deathmatch mode in Warzone. Rebirth Resurgence is another good respawn playlist choice.

Note: Warzone weapon unlocks require you to complete matches to earn credit towards your challenge progression.

Vanguard multiplayer challenge

Vanguard multiplayer unlock challenge for Skal Crusher
Vanguard multiplayer unlock challenge for Skal Crusher

Vanguard’s multiplayer unlock is the same as the Warzone challenge, you must get five kills with a melee weapon in a single match 15 times. This is a fairly simple challenge for multiplayer, but it can be best attempted on small maps like Shipment, which offer frequent engagements.

Note: Vanguard’s multiplayer weapon unlocks require you to complete matches to earn credit towards your challenge progression.

zombie challenge

Zombies Unlock Challenge for Skal Crusher
Zombies Unlock Challenge for Skal Crusher

For Zombies, you will need to kill 200 Boom-Schreiers using a throwing knife or thrown melee weapons.

Boom-Schreiers are the suicidal enemy types in Vanguard Zombies. This is a tedious challenge that will likely take several Zombies matches to complete, but Boom-Schreiers appear more heavily in later rounds. You’ll need to be quick enough to throw the throwing knives or the Ice Ax melee weapon at the Boom-Schreiers before they can run and explode near you.

How you choose to complete this challenge will depend on your game mode preference, but the overall fastest and easiest way to unlock Skal Crusher will be through the Vanguard multiplayer challenge.

If you still need to pick up last season’s weapons, we’ve got a guide to help you unlock the Season 2 Reloaded Ice Ax melee weapon and Armaguerra 43 submachine gun.

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