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Winter's Howl model BO
Winter's Howl
Damage 1700 (2400 when Pack-a-Punched)
Magazine Size 6 blasts (9 when Pack-a-Punched)
Cost (Zombies) 950 (Mystery Box)
Starting Ammunition 24 extra blasts

(36 Pack-a-Punched)

Reload Time 3.8 seconds
Rate of Fire 181 max
Fire Mode Semi-automatic
Used by Ultimis
American and Cuban Governments
HUD icon M1911 HUD icon MW2
Console codename(s) freezegun_zm

Winter's Howl is a Wonder Weapon introduced in Call of Duty: Black Ops. It is found on the zombie map "Five" and the Call of Duty: Black Ops version of Verrückt.

It fires a blizzard of ice that affects Zombies. After a predetermined amount of hits (it takes more on later rounds, and it takes less with the Pack-a-Punched version), a zombie begins to show signs of freezing such as water vapor in the air and slowing down. The shot also causes some damage to the zombie. If the zombie is hit again while slowed, it is stopped in its tracks and is encased in an ice cube. The zombie is immediately dead when it's been frozen. If left for a few seconds, shot, or walked into, the "ice cube" will shatter. The normal version holds six rounds and has 24 spare rounds. It is possible for two players to have a Winter's Howl through a Fire Sale. Also, neither the Winter's Howl nor its Pack-a-Punched counterpart will freeze the Pentagon Thief; he will only be slowed down and take damage.

Winter's FuryEdit

When Pack-a-Punched, it becomes Winter's Fury, and gains nine rounds per magazine with 36 spare rounds, with a longer freeze time and more power.

The Winter's Howl, and the Winter's Fury are best used as support or emergency weapons. The range is very long, but there is a small delay before the shot reaches its target, similar to the Ray Gun and explosive weapons. The effect is also vision-blocking, and can be detrimental to the aim of teammates. As rounds progress it takes more shots to freeze zombies. By round 50, it can take up to two magazines to completely freeze one zombie.

Winter's Howl vs. Winter's FuryEdit

Winter's Howl Winter's Fury
Winter's Howl BO Winter's Fury
Damage 1700 2400
Fire mode Semi-automatic Semi-automatic
Rate of fire 181 max 181 max
Magazine size 6 9
Max ammo 24+6 36+9
Reload 3.8 3.8
Mobility High High
Extras Higher damage, larger magazine, freezes more zombies, first shot slows affected zombies' movement speed, second shot encases affected zombies in a block of ice.



  • There is an unusable Winter's Howl sitting on one of the desks in the basement of "Five".
  • The Winter's Howl has enough recoil to push the player back when fired.
  • On the left side of the gun, the casing is removed, exposing circuitry. This implies that it is still in development.
  • Zombies frozen solid are technically dead even before they shatter.
  • Takeo Masaki is seen wielding the Winter's Howl in the poster for Ascension even though it is never seen in that map.
  • It can be fired through the glass windows in "Five" without shattering the windows but still damaging the zombies.
  • The crosshairs expand as the player turns.