Call of Duty

'Krampus Anti-Cheat' Takes Down Hacker, Spreads Good Will to Honest Players

A video displaying Krampus taking down a Call of Duty: Warzone hacker has garnered praise for the community after controversy over his appearance...
A video displaying Krampus taking down a Call of Duty: Warzone hacker has garnered praise for the community after controversy over his appearance... / Activision

A video displaying Krampus taking down a Call of Duty: Warzone hacker has garnered praise for the community after controversy over his appearance in-game.

The post, published to the CODWarzone subreddit board on Monday, Dec. 20, has received a 95% upvote rate with players praising the Christmas beast for his handiwork. Several have joked that Krampus is the physical manifestation of the new Ricochet anti-cheat software in-game. Now, this is backing those claims—serious or not. Either way, as poster TylerMaillet wrote, this is one of the "most satisfying" kills Krampus has made to date.

Could Krampus be the New Anti-Cheat at Work?

In the clip, viewers are already spectating the hacker who likely took down the poster moments before. Krampus appears, easily noticeable due to his distinct roar and sheer terror it inspires, and takes down the hacker who manages to crawl away. After a moment, the hacker self-revives. They attempt to line up a shot on unsuspecting opponents when Krampus appears again with a vengeance. He takes the hacker down again—this time for good.

Commenters have turned from hating Krampus in previous posts to praising his actions here. Several jumped on the "Krampus Anti-Cheat" bandwagon with replies like "the new anti-cheat looks great" and "wow, this anti-cheat is amazing!" One even called for "more Krampuses" specifically programmed to kill hackers in Warzone.

FutureVoodoo wrote, "Maybe campus should be kept around all year long as part of anti cheat."

"Could you imagine that? That Krampus was in fact the Anticheat? That the game analyzed your kills, accuracy and shots missed and just send a Juggernaut just to kill you?" User Vreminik wrote.

Crdcrt replied, "Merry Christmas ya filthy animal."

Whether Krampus was intended to be part of the anti-cheat efforts or not, there's no denying that he's certainly effective at it.