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How to perform a Finishing Move in Call of Duty Vanguard

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Call of Duty Vanguard is out now, and has several multiplayer challenges relating to something called a Finishing Move. This guide will explain what that is and how to do it.

Essentially, a Finishing Move is like an Assassination within the Halo franchise and is a flourish move that can be used after sneaking up on an opponent.

To active a Finsihing Move, you must hold your melee button while facing an opponent’s back. The key here is “hold” and not just “press”. If you tap the melee button (usually the right-stick on Xbox or PlayStation controllers or the E or 4 key on PC), you’ll simply perform a punch. If you’re like me and mash the melee button in panic mode, you’ll simply punch repeatedly.

It’s also important to note that you won’t get a prompt to perform the finishing move like you do with takedowns in Vanguard‘s campaign.

If you work better off of a video, no worries — ShawnJ Gaming shows you how it’s done below.

Call of Duty Vanguard is available now on Windows PC, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X, PS4 and PS5.

Call of Duty Vanguard

5 November 2021
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