So you want to learn how to eliminate your opponents in the most humiliating way possible? I rate it. I’ve done it plenty of times and it’s pretty fun. Your opponent can do nothing but stare at their screen while you prepare to execute them in the most brutal manner.

If you’ve happened to accidentally do it, you know what I am talking about.

But if you’ve landed on this post, chances are that you want to learn how to do finishing moves – or how to assassinate – in Vanguard.

In this article, I’ll go over everything there is to know about finishing moves in CoD: Vanguard including how to execute them properly, as well as common mistakes that some people make while attempting to execute their finishing move.

Let’s get into it.

How to Assassinate in Call of Duty: Vanguard

To perform the finishing move (whether the one from the video above or a different one), all you need to do is stand behind your opponent and hold down the melee button. As a mouse and keyboard player, my melee button is on the “E” key, and on controller the default button for melee is to click in the right stick.

You must be relatively close to your opponent in order for the finishing move to carry through. It’s also worth mentioning that the finishing move can be performed on enemies that are running, standing still, crouching, or laying down.

All you need to make sure is that you’re standing behind them (not to the side) before pressing your melee button on your keyboard or controller. Then, the camera will automatically shift to 3rd person, and you can enjoy the humiliation.

To minimize your chances of getting eliminated, it’s best if you camp out your enemy and wait for them to go past you. That gives you a few valuable seconds to execute the move successfully. Chasing behind your opponent in the attempt of catching up to them is simply not practical and way too risky.

Saying that, let’s take a closer look at some of the most common mistakes players (including myself) make when executing finishing moves.

Mistakes People Make When Executing the Finishing Move

In order to successfully assassinate your opponent in Call of Duty: Vanguard, it all comes to timing and sneakiness. Here’re some of the most common assassination mistakes people make.

Attempt to Execute From Distance

As you could see in the video from above, I didn’t particularly execute the finishing move as well. My first attempt failed, which could have been enough for the enemy to turn around and put a bullet in my head. Luckily, I caught up to him relatively quickly and managed to assassinate him without much trouble.

The lesson from here? Don’t try to assassinate your enemy too early. You need to be directly behind them, otherwise, it’s not going to work – they will hear you, and you’ll end up getting eliminated like a complete noob. You don’t want that. Be sneaky, time everything right, and once you know you can do it, execute the finishing move.

Chase an Enemy Faster Than Them

If you’re about to perform a finishing move on one of your opponents, you need to get it right the first time. If you mess up, you’ll end up getting yourself eliminated instead. One great example of that would be chasing and trying to catch up to an enemy that is faster than yourself.

If that’s the case, you should quickly back out and shoot them as opposed to trying to perform the execution. Remember that the longer you take to perform the finishing move, the higher your chances are of getting yourself eliminated.

Final Thougths

Now that you know how to execute finishing moves and assassinate your enemies in a fine fashion, all there is left for you to do is get into a game and try it for yourself.

Remember that to safely execute your enemy, you need perfect positioning, reaction time, and timing. If an enemy goes past, don’t chase them with your LMG as that is too slow. Rather, pull out the best pistol in Vanguard, and run with that. You’ll be almost guaranteed to be faster than your opponent who will most likely be running around with their quickscoping sniper or assault rifles.