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- "Hudson, we need to keep this stealthy - use your crossbow. If we get heat, switch to explosives."
- — Brooks to Hudson in the level WMD.
Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit
In single-player, it is used interchangeably with normal bolts, but in multiplayer, it is the only form of ammo available for the Crossbow.
It does 50 damage impact and has a 1.5 second fuse but doesn't start until it hits an object. It does 200-75 damage with a four meter blast radius.
If a player is hit by an explosive bolt, an indicator on the screen saying, "Stuck!" will appear, and the bolt will explode after 1.5 seconds, killing the player. However, in splitscreen, the screen just starts blinking red.
If the Explosive Tip is shot into a wall or other object, player will get a warning on-screen similar to the Grenade danger indicator, showing the rough direction of the ensuing explosion.
It is also possible to kill a player by simply hitting them with the bolt, if their health is low enough.
The Explosive Tip is available for the Crossbow in Zombies regularly. It does about the same amount of damage to a zombie as it does to a player online. When Pack-A-Punched, its arrows will act similarly to Monkey Bombs, although they don't have quite as long a timer as Monkey Bombs do.
Call of Duty: Black Ops IIEdit
The Explosive Tip reappears in Black Ops II. Unlike the first Black Ops, this is the only ammo type available to the Crossbow and Manual Crossbow. It functions very similar to the Black Ops variant, however, it does less damage
Sacrificial Lamb (25 / Bronze Trophy ) - With a Pack-a-Punched Crossbow, stick an arrow to your friends or be stuck by your friends and kill six zombies with the explosion.
- The world model for the actual bolt once launched is not the same model as the Explosive Bolt. It is rather a normal crossbow bolt with a red/green light on it depending on who fired it. The green light is friendly and the red light is hostile.