Dive to Prone, commonly known as Dolphin Diving, is an ability featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, triggered by pressing and holding the stance or prone button while sprinting.
In Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II, the player is able to dive to prone; this ability allows the player to get low quickly. The player makes a somewhat loud 'grunt' noise when diving which can be heard by others, which can be dangerous when trying to be stealthy.
While diving, the player cannot use a weapon, and there is a small recovery time during which the player cannot use his weapon. The player also needs to wait a few seconds to be able to get back up.
In Zombies mode, acquiring the perk PhD Flopper will change any dive that would normally damage the player into an explosive type attack. The resulting explosion caused by this will inflict colossal damage to any zombies caught within its large blast radius and also neglect any damage done to the player.
To initiate the Dive to Prone on the PS3 and Xbox 360, the player must simply press and hold the stance button while sprinting.
On the PC, however, the player must hit the "Toggle Prone" button while sprinting. This button must specifically be bound to "Toggle Prone", "Prone" or "Go To Prone" in the current version of the game.
On the Nintendo Wii, the player must hold A to sprint and then hold C to dive to prone.
- In Zombies, players can be downed if they dive to prone on one another. Interestingly, when this happens the Demonic Announcer laugh can be heard.
- The player can break glass by diving through it and can complete challenges by doing so.
- The challenges for diving through glass are not available on the Wii, as all of the glass on multiplayer maps has been removed.
- The C4 detonator has two different animations for diving to prone. In "WMD", the player actually moves his arms, but in "Victor Charlie", it will just show the player holding the detonator, as if prone.
- Diving towards a Headquarters objective or a Demolition bomb site can sometimes land the player on top of the box if timed and aimed carefully.
- In Call of Duty: Black Ops, there is no weapon animation when players dive with any Call of Duty: World at War weapons, including the Ray Gun and Wunderwaffe-DG2. The gun simply looks like a regular prone animation while diving.
- The dive can be used to jump over RPG rockets and other explosives.
- There are a series of challenges entitled "Action Hero" that involve getting kills within a few seconds of diving prone.
- Diving causes players to take more falling damage.
- If the player dives to prone from a high altitude and falls in water, they won't take falling damage. Also, one will recover from the dive much quicker than usual. This is due to the fact that the player cannot go prone in water.
- It is possible for one to throw a Tomahawk while diving.
- It's not possible to dive in Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, making PhD Flopper less useful, only giving the player immunity to splash damage.
- Dive to Prone is exclusive to Treyarch games, while a similar technique, sliding, was introduced in Call of Duty: Ghosts.
- The term dolphin diving or swan diving has become a naming trend for dive to prone in the gaming community.
- The "Action Hero" challenge in Call of Duty: Black Ops II awards the player a emblem of a dolphin diving.