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The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Zombies The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Mobile
For similarly named weapons, see Ballista and EPM3.

The Ballista EM3 is a heavy weapon in Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and an Operator Skill in Call of Duty: Mobile.

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare[]

"Highly accurate electromagnetic projectile launcher with increased penetration capability."
— In-game description


The Ballista EM3 is a unique weapon that can only be found inside an additional, hidden armory room in Operation D-Con. This unmarked armory is found shortly after entering SDS Hellas, in the hallway leading to the infirmary. The Ballista is not in the main armory with the chemical weapons. Once scanned into the player's loadout system, it will be available for use as a secondary heavy weapon.

Due to its one-shot/one kill nature and high penetration power, the Ballista EM3 is highly useful against lined-up groups of enemies, both humans and robots. Along with the P-LAW and the F-SpAr Torch, the Ballista EM3 is one of the few weapons in the campaign capable of completely gibbing human enemies.


  • Weapon Type - Launcher
  • Bullet Type - Ballistics
  • Special Features - Rounds Penetrate Thick Walls


The Ballista EM3 is available as a Payload for Phantom. It is a powerful four-shot bolt-action rifle, yielding an instant one-hit kill against most opponents. The weapon's iron sights form a centered outline of the target, similar to the Smart Shot optical sight.


The Ballista EM3 is obtained by activating the Getting Railed Fate Card. It works the same way and can kill several zombies with one shot as well as easily slaying round bosses with almost no effort.


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Call of Duty: Mobile[]

"An electromagnetic projectile launcher with high penetration capability. After equipped, the enemy will be outlined in red. Estimate the enemy's movement pattern and hold the fire button to build up power to deal fatal damage."
— Description

The Ballista EM3 returns in Call of Duty: Mobile as an Operator Skill. It was added in November 2022 as part of the Season 10: World Class update.

It behaves much differently from its Infinite Warfare counterpart. When activated, any enemies within a certain range of the player are shown in red, similarly to drone-scanned enemy, for the duration of the weapon, regardless of walls or other obstructions. Any enemies highlighted are then viable to be killed with the weapon. When fired, it will briefly charge up and then release a bolt of red energy, instantly killing any enemies relatively close to the reticle, apparently disregarding all forms of obstruction, including walls, the Ballistic Shield, Transform Shield, and etc. As a consequence, multiple players can be killed with a single shot. This allows the user to situate themselves in a safe position (such as behind a wall) and pick off enemies from range.

This has great mileage within objective modes, where enemies are often limited to a single location, and can be great when defending an objective. In other modes, it is excellent for eliminating sedentary players without having to get within their line of sight or go through their defenses.