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    The Throwing Knife
    Version 1
    July 21st, 2010
    Table of Contents
    The Introduction
    The Throwing Knife
    Great Strategies for Maximum Use
    Conclusion, Credits, and Copyright
    The Introduction
    Hi there! Thanks for opening up this guide. Please don’t 
    think that this is short because of the small Table of 
    Contents. There is plenty of info on the Throwing Knife 
    Modern Warfare 2 is one of the most popular shooter games 
    of all time. It has a cool campaign, awesome special ops 
    missions, and the multiplayer that Infinity Ward has been 
    known for. The multiplayer is much like its predecessors. 
    This time Infinity Ward were even more creative and added 
    much more content to the multiplayer. This content ranged 
    from new guns, maps, game modes, and items. My personal 
    favorite is the new addition of the Throwing Knife. Since 
    this Throwing Knife is so amazing and strategic, I am 
    making a guide to teach people how to use it so they can 
    enjoy it as much as me. 
    The Throwing Knife
    On August 28th 2009, Infinity Ward unveiled the addition of 
    throwing knives. It is basically another knife but unlike 
    the tactical knife (your melee attack) this knife can be 
    The Throwing Knife is available for the create-a-class once 
    the player reaches level 7 and falls under the equipment 
    category. Since you can only hold one piece of equipment, 
    you will need to decide between a Frag, Semtex, ect. Out of 
    the entire equipment branch, the throwing knife is the most 
    difficult to use. It makes you wonder then, “Why would I 
    want to choose this Throwing Knife over a good semtex 
    grenade”. That will be explained below.
    The Purpose of The Throwing Knife
    No matter how much health an enemy has, the throwing knife 
    is always a OHK (One Hit Kill or One Hit Knock-Out). It 
    does not matter if the enemy is using the painkiller 
    deathstreak, the throwing knife can cut right through that. 
    (the only exception is a private match with custom 
    At first the throwing knife may seem like an extremely 
    underrated equipment piece so it would be normal to pass it 
    up. However, throwing knives make the greatest, most 
    humiliating kills. Throwing Knife montages are outstanding 
    and very entertaining to watch. Not only are the kills epic 
    for you, but also for the person you just killed because 
    they will get to see the knife hit them through the knife’s 
    point of view.
    Besides the kill being very stylish, you get bonus title 
    (much like Buzzkills and Double Kills) for a throwing knife 
    kill. This little bonus is titled “Bullseye!”. Just like 
    mostly every other piece of equipment in this game, there 
    are challenges that can be met and awarded with Experience 
    and new Titles and emblems. The Challenges that involve the 
    throwing knife are as followed…
    Carnie I – Kill 5 players with a Throwing Knife – Awarded 
    500 exp and the Cloak and Dagger Title
    Carnie II – Kill 15 player with a Throwing Knife – Awarded 
    2500 exp and awarded the Take A Stab title.
    Carnie III – Kill 30 players with a Throwing Knife – 
    awarded 5000 exp and the Throwing Knife emblem.
    Did You See That? - Kill someone with a Throwing Knife 
    while flashed or stunned – awarded 1000 exp, the Silence 
    title, and the gas mask emblem
    It’s Personal! - Hurt an enemy and then finish them with a 
    Throwing Knife – awarded 1000 exp, the It’s Personal title, 
    and the helmet with throwing knife emblem.
    Unbelievable - Get a game winning Killcam with a Throwing 
    Knife kill – awarded 2500 exp, the Unbelievable title, and 
    the Throwing Knife emblem (different from the other one)
    ATM - Get a payback with a throwing knife – awarded 3500 
    exp, the New Jack title, and the Talon emblem.
    So these are the specific challenges that specifically need 
    the throwing knife (all challenge data came from 
    callofduty.wiki.com). Perfectionists will need to learn how 
    to use these. 
    Throwing Knives Only makes a very fun private match game 
    mode as well. 
    Great Strategies for Maximum Use
    -How to Use The Throwing Knife
    So throwing the throwing knife couldn’t be any easier, all 
    you do is press the right bumper/R1. However, it is more 
    difficult than just tossing a frag grenade. The Throwing 
    Knife travels very fast and is almost invisible to during 
    gameplay. This makes hitting a target much easier or much 
    more difficult. It would be wise to get the feel of how 
    fast the knife travels. Also, if the knife is thrown 
    through the air, it will fall at an arch. This makes 
    hitting targets from a far/higher area, much more difficult 
    as well. Players should also get the feel on how much the 
    knife will arch (althougth it is kind of difficult). 
    Despite these drawbacks, the knife has great advantages to 
    it as well. Once it is thrown, it does not matter if it was 
    a hit or a miss, you can go and recover the knife the same 
    way you would pick up a weapon up off the ground. This 
    means that you can use your knife over and over again, be 
    warned though. Sometimes it will be difficult to get it 
    back. If retrieving the knife is too much of a hassle, you 
    can use the tier 1/blue/first perks Scavenger or One Man 
    Army to replenish the equipment. Another cool thing is that 
    if someone else is throwing knives as well, you can pick 
    theirs up.
    -Throwing Knives Combined with Riot Shields
    A common strategy is to use the Throwing Knife with a Riot 
    Shield class. The too of them can make a killer (literally) 
    combination. If you have used both of these weapons, you 
    will know that the riot shield is very slow and the 
    throwing knife is very fast. The riot shield is used mostly 
    for protection and defending a flag or bomb site. While 
    using the riot shield, back up into a corner so your rear 
    is not exposed to bullets. That way you are fully protected 
    and enemies have no choice but to stand their and stare at 
    you. In the exact moment that the enemy stops wonders how 
    they can get rid of you, use the throwing knife. The knife 
    comes out so sudden and fast that it is impossible to 
    dodge. After that, walk out, retrieve your knife, and do it 
    again. This strategy is great for defending bombs and such.
    -Another Great Strategy with Riot Shields and Throwing 
    Due to its speed, the throwing knife can be used to speed 
    weapon switches. This strategy would go well with the riot 
    shield again. If the first method doesn’t float your boat 
    and you would rather smash the enemy with the riot shield 
    like a barbarian, than that is great! However though, the 
    riot shield takes two hits (three at times) to fully kill 
    an enemy. Both of these hits are slow and can leave you 
    very exposed and easy to attack. The good news is, is that 
    the throwing knife can make the melee process go by much 
    quicker. What you do is first melee the enemy (this should 
    be easy because they won’t normally see it coming), then 
    switch to your throwing knife, then press the Y/Triangle 
    button to change weapons (it will go back to the riot 
    shield), and then quickly melee him again.
    -Deadly Reflexes
    This next strategy is more of a complicated yet simple one. 
    If you have been using the throwing knife (like the guide 
    states) then you would see that it has an extremely thin 
    cross-hair. The small cross-hair does make it difficult to 
    aim the knife (especially in Close Quarters Combat). If a 
    player does enter CQC and needs to get the kill, the 
    throwing knife is an excellent choice due to OHK. However, 
    the tiny cross-hair does make this more difficult (as 
    stated above). The smart idea is to memorize and visualize 
    where that cross hair is going to be. In a CQC situation, 
    the throwing knife will always go straight (unless you 
    throw it in the air for some reason). The straight throw 
    and fast speed of the throwing knife will always guarantee 
    the knife will hit where the cross-hair is pointed. Make 
    sure to point is at the enemy (obviously). With that cross-
    hair knowledge in mind, try to visualize where the cross-
    hair will appear and than throw the knife when the enemy 
    lines up with the imaginary cross-hair. A very VERY good 
    tip is to find some tape and take a thin strip of it and 
    put it on your screen where the throwing knife marker 
    appears. Now it is easier for you to see when an enemy 
    lines up with it.
    -The Most Stylish Ways To Take Out Campers
    Much like grenade launchers, the throwing knife can 
    ricochet of surfaces. Unlike grenade launchers, the 
    throwing knife can still kill. Throwing Knives can bounce 
    of surfaces when thrown at angles. This makes killing 
    someone around the corner a lot more stealthy, safer, and 
    stylish. However, if you miss, it is a good chance that 
    your cover will be blown. The throwing knife does make 
    banging noises and leaves a fast trail of light behind it 
    so despite being very fast and sneaky, it can also be semi-
    Whether this guide has helped or enlightened you in anyway, 
    I would like to thank you for reading it. I have had so 
    much fun with the throwing knife and hope you do as well. 
    Callofduty.wikia.com – seriously, these guys are awesome.
    Infinity Ward – this game is awesome!
    Activision – uhh…thanks for publishing it
    GameFAQS – my favorite gaming website
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