Performing finishing moves is one of the finest ways to eliminate enemies in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3.

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These lethal melee animations offer a stylish and often gruesome method to dispatch opponents, adding a touch of theatricality to your takedowns.

In this guide, you will learn how to do a finishing move in Modern Warfare 3, and some of the things that you need to consider when executing it.

Here’s how to do a finishing move in MW3

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Carrying out a finishing move in Modern Warfare 3 is pretty simple.

First, you need to check the control settings, and know which button your melee weapon is assigned to.

In a match, approach your target from behind, then press and hold down your melee button. You’ll know you’ve executed it correctly when an animation is triggered.

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Each finishing move has different variations when used on either standing, prone, or downed enemies.

Keep in mind that for a stylish takedown, position yourself directly behind your opponent and hold the melee button for the necessary duration. Otherwise, you’ll simply execute a regular melee attack on your target.

Moreover, while executing a finishing move, you remain vulnerable to being shot and killed by other enemies, allowing your initial target to survive.

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Therefore, ensure there are no additional opponents in the vicinity when you plan to execute your finishing move.

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