Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops Achievements

Unconventional Warfare

Use the explosive bolts to kill 30 enemies in the campaign.  

During the mission "Executive Order", you will be given the crossbow with explosive bolts to kill off enemies attacking you from below. Aim at the vehicles. Once you have eliminated these enemies, you zip line down to the building and you will start facing even more enemies. To use the explosive bolts you must press . There are plenty of enemies to kill during the level, so you shouldn't have any trouble doing this in one go. You don't directly have to stick each enemy. If an enemy dies from the explosion, it counts as a kill.

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User Comments
Comment #1 by jahaziel
Tuesday, November 09, 2010 @ 11:40:45 PM

where would be some good levels to do this??

Comment #2 by jahaziel
Wednesday, November 10, 2010 @ 12:22:24 AM

i figured it out,i just kept repeated the executive orders mission and i got it, make sure to get the cars as they pull up to get the most kills and it shouldn't take you more than 2 tries ;)

Comment #3 by bba11zero6
Friday, November 12, 2010 @ 02:17:04 PM

I thought once you died, your kill count restarts (ex: 10 k/os then death = 0 k/os)
I thought you had to get all 30 without dying, maybe not, but I know Ive killed more than 30 over the course of the campaign, Ive already beaten it once, and now I am almost half way through again on veteran.

Comment #4 by cod3wax
Monday, November 15, 2010 @ 07:38:50 AM

executive orders mission

use ur explosive arrow tips. you only get 20 shoot the trucks to gain more kills go threw the level only using this weapon take ur time make the shoot count and u will have ur achievement before you u reach the the planting of the c4

Comment #5 by anton_bp
Friday, November 19, 2010 @ 07:07:25 AM

U can do this on "WMD" as well, dont use any arrows in the begining, (others than u need for the "Mr Black Op" achievment).

Comment #6 by cosmicsemone
Tuesday, November 23, 2010 @ 08:22:44 PM

got it in one try on the snow mission where u go undetected i shot an arrow into a russian and others got killed by it and then i got it

Comment #7 by DeadEnd64
Thursday, November 25, 2010 @ 02:26:39 PM

I missed this one during my run through.. do i need to redo the whole campaign or can i just go mission select and do it through that? I dont really want to do a whole run through for one achievement

Comment #8 by DeadEnd64
Thursday, November 25, 2010 @ 10:03:36 PM

Okay, confirmed for going through the levels in mission select. Just got it then.
I believe you may need to do 30 on the one level though.

Comment #9 by cod legendz
Saturday, November 27, 2010 @ 11:49:08 AM

It is easy achievement but I went through the level twice.
And I still didn't get the achievement.
Would changing the difficulty affect it? because I did it on easy and medium.

Comment #10 by bung3D
Thursday, December 09, 2010 @ 11:25:28 PM

This one is a cumulative achievement. You can do it in more than one run through
and you can die and still get this achievement.I got about 20 kills on my first
go round on Executive Orders and it clicked on after saving when I ran out of
bolts and restarted the mission after killing the first three vehicles
(and men within)that spawn after you are given the crossbow.

Comment #11 by Ragnarok1013
Tuesday, December 14, 2010 @ 11:49:39 AM

Can be done on WMD mission. After you parachute down just use the explosive tips on the parked truck by the enemies and you'll get about 5 there. After that another two trucks will come to attack full with soldiers, explode those two and that should put you easel at about 15 with only 3 arrows used. Then use the rest of the arrows to carefully take out in groups. Easy one if you are careful and don't waste them

Comment #12 by Shoffy15
Wednesday, December 15, 2010 @ 10:49:09 PM

Pretty easy just go through the campaign a few times on different levels of difficulty or replay executive orders a few times until it unlocks

Comment #13 by IceBlox
Thursday, December 16, 2010 @ 10:33:20 PM

Im pretty sure this is NOT cumulative. I have done WMD and Executive Order like 15 times each and I still do not have the achievement. I cant figure out why it isnt unlocking for me.

Comment #14 by s1llve bullet
Monday, December 20, 2010 @ 12:47:40 AM


Comment #15 by zomotion
Thursday, December 23, 2010 @ 10:01:09 PM

It can be cumulative. Best on Exec orders

Comment #16 by Krashski
Wednesday, December 29, 2010 @ 10:34:46 PM

i did WMD and then EXECUTIVE ORDERS and got the appears that you can accumulate between the two missions.

Comment #17 by saintmica
Saturday, January 01, 2011 @ 06:20:42 AM

you don't even need to play a second mission for this one to pop. after getting the crossbow and killing as many as you can from a distance simply cook a grenade and die. when you respawn you'll go back to the previous checkpoint with more ammo.

and to the guys that aren't getting this to unlock, are you sure you have hit the left d-pad and are indeed using the "explosive" bolts and not just regular bolts? maybe it could be something simple like that.

Comment #18 by DocRevolt
Saturday, January 08, 2011 @ 01:50:18 PM

I literally can't get this. I've tried so many times. Fuck.

Comment #19 by kirkymax5
Saturday, January 22, 2011 @ 04:34:04 AM

i counted the kills i got and apart from the car ones i couldn't keep track of i got 20 so im sure the ones in cars added up to more then ten so i think this one is another glitched one

Comment #20 by Jjcharter
Wednesday, February 09, 2011 @ 08:19:05 PM

so this is cumulative?

Comment #21 by Techno Flood
Monday, February 21, 2011 @ 06:39:00 PM

i kept dying on the mission SOG in the tunnels and got the achievement after about 8 respawns

Comment #22 by Disast3rp1ece
Sunday, March 13, 2011 @ 08:22:41 PM

This achievement is accumulative. Just kill all the soldiers when you first get the crossbow, then once you've made the repel kill yourself with a grenade. Got it in attempts (2 self kills.)

Comment #23 by Zepaw
Saturday, March 19, 2011 @ 12:41:27 PM

I can pretty much guarantee it is cumulative. I did the roof top in Exec Order and instead of deploying the zipline I saved and quit. Got the cheevo on the third time clearing out the trucks/soldiers from the roof.

Comment #24 by bronson23
Saturday, April 02, 2011 @ 06:16:11 AM

Yeah for this one you can let the timer run out and die. Then when you come back to life keep killing more people with the exploding bolts and then the acheivement will unlock. This was pretty easy.

Comment #25 by ThatZes5tyDude
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 @ 08:25:32 PM

Excutive order

Comment #26 by rubbercarp
Sunday, April 17, 2011 @ 02:12:32 PM

Got this on Recruit. Level: Executive Order.
When you repel down after getting the crossbow, don't kill any of the soldiers in the room and let them kill you.
You'll then respawn at the beginning of the crossbow section.

I did this twice and the achievement popped on my third time through.

Comment #27 by Ectocop
Monday, April 25, 2011 @ 09:00:14 PM

JA I did the same Zepaw worked like a charm.

Comment #28 by rprice06
Friday, May 13, 2011 @ 12:19:24 PM

hats off to zepaw comment #23 worked perfect and easy. Thank you.

Comment #29 by Doctor D 111
Wednesday, July 06, 2011 @ 07:19:01 PM

how do you get this?

Comment #30 by TheAchievmentHunter
Thursday, August 11, 2011 @ 05:12:36 AM

executive order or wmd are the best levels, dont bother repeating the missions because the count continues between missions. Make sure you get at least one kill with every bolt though.

Comment #31 by p1ay my f1ute
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 @ 01:47:44 AM

executive order is the easiest,after you get the crossbow kill as many as possible and after you rapell down you can switch back to your explosive bolts, once you get to a checkpoint use all your bolts to kill people then grenade yourself and do it all over again shouldnt take long to unlock this one

Comment #32 by dominationdade3
Sunday, October 09, 2011 @ 03:37:23 PM

Replay the mission 'Executive Orders' and Basically just kill 30 Enemies with your Crossbow Explosive Tip.

Comment #33 by UN SUB 1001
Tuesday, October 18, 2011 @ 05:14:12 PM

Just done this achievement on Executive Orders, destroy the 3 trucks and blow up any men still about, then after you go down the zip line, don't kill anyone in the room be killed then you start at top with crossbow again do this once more and the achievement should pop up on the screen job done kill all in sight.thank to everyone before for all your help.

Comment #34 by irritatie
Sunday, November 06, 2011 @ 07:20:17 AM

Got this on executive order right away by shooting vehicles and changing back to the crossbow after the slide down the rope

Comment #35 by lriboldi
Sunday, February 26, 2012 @ 05:11:53 AM

That achievement IS acumulative, you can do this in Executive Order and WMD

Comment #36 by KevinatorGT
Sunday, March 10, 2013 @ 08:01:42 PM

I'm having trouble getting this one. I've ran through executive order a few times already and it won't pop. I'm certain i've killed 30 enemy's with the explosive bolts.

Comment #37 by Gilbert Prime
Sunday, January 24, 2016 @ 09:49:34 PM

Since the total is cumulative, I got to a checkpoint with 5 explosive bolts, used all 5, and then cooked off a grenade to kill myself. The achievement popped after a few repetitions.

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Game Info


US November 09, 2010

HDD Space Required : 6.82 GB
Backward compatible on Xbox One: Yes
Price: $39.99USD
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