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The Desert Eagle is a handgun featured in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance, Call of Duty Online, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare RemasteredCall of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign Remastered.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare & Modern Warfare RemasteredEdit

"Semi-automatic with high power. Effective at close range."
— Sidearm description


The Desert Eagle appears as one of the four side arms available in game, It is the most powerful and also the most rare sidearm in the game. The only level in which the Desert Eagle is available is "Crew Expendable". The Desert Eagle can only be obtained during the campaign if the player runs ahead of the other S.A.S. members in the first cargo hold of "Crew Expendable", at which point an Ultranationalist leaps out of a storage container, armed with a Desert Eagle, and he will drop a second one when killed; it is possible to use both of them interchangeably. It is also seen being given to Khaled Al-Asad by Imran Zakhaev, who then used it to execute President Al-Fulani in "The Coup". A Desert Eagle is also seen being wielded by Imran Zakhaev himself during "Game Over" where he uses it to execute a number of injured S.A.S members, including Gaz. It can also be obtained by using the "give all" console command on PC during the levels "Safehouse" and "Game Over". A two-tone Desert Eagle can be seen in the armory in the mission "F.N.G."

The Desert Eagle is very powerful and will always kill the target with a single shot if it hits, but its high recoil makes it a relatively slow firing weapon.


The Desert Eagle is unlocked at level 43. It is the most powerful pistol in terms of per-shot damage, and can kill in 2-4 shots depending on the range; Stopping Power reduces this to a 2-3 shot kill. Enemies using Juggernaut or Last Stand increase the number of bullets needed to kill. While Stopping Power does not make a difference at closer ranges, it greatly expands the distance at which the Desert Eagle can kill in two shots.

Although other pistols can also achieve two hit kills with Stopping Power, the Desert Eagle is unique in that it does not require Stopping Power to achieve two-hit kills, making it the most powerful side arm for players using Perks other than Stopping Power. The Desert Eagle also has the highest hipfire accuracy of any weapon in the game. Unlike most of the other pistols, it cannot be fitted with a silencer. It is the only secondary in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare which can have camouflage applied to it, specifically the Gold Desert Eagle unlocked at Rank 55. This exclusivity is removed in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered however, as all pistols are able to accept. As a result, instead of the Gold Desert Eagle being unlocked at level 55, the Commander Desert Eagle is unlocked instead.

The Desert Eagle is one of the loudest weapons in the game, making it unsuitable for stealth in Hardcore. It has high visual recoil, though actual recoil is quite low.

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered, the Desert Eagle replaces the G18 on the Last Stand perk icon. It also appears as the 22nd weapon in Gun GameModern Warfare Remastered introduces new guns that have similar damage profiles to the Desert Eagle: the .44 Magnum and the BR9. The former has only a six round capacity to the Desert Eagle's 7, but can equip the Silencer with no penalties; the latter has a superior 8 round capacity, but has even higher visual recoil, a lower fire cap of 600 RPM instead of 625, and a much longer initial draw speed.

Old School Mode Edit

The Desert Eagle appears in Old School Mode with 7 rounds in the magazine and 14 rounds of reserve ammunition. It is available with the standard chrome-plated finish.

  • Ambush - Found on the north-western street in front of the two story house at the OpFor spawn side of the main street, near Last Stand.
  • Broadcast - Found in the bathrooms on the bottom floor, near the G36C.
  • Chinatown - Found in the small alleyway near the market, near the G36C.
  • Creek - Found in the trench located to the eastern edge of the map, near a bulldozer.
  • Downpour/Daybreak - Found next to two sheds near the giant gas tank in the middle of the map.
  • Overgrown - Found on the ground floor of the building south of the river bed with the mounted M249 SAW, near the G36C.
  • Pipeline - Found at the gas station, near Juggernaut.
  • Showdown - Found at the eastern edge of the map.
  • Vacant - Found towards the north-eastern corner of map.


For camouflage images, see Desert Eagle/Camouflage.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit

The Desert Eagle returns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Although similar to its past version, filling a very similar role, many changes to appearance and performance were made. The Desert Eagle now has a two-tone appearance (similar to the unavailable two-toned Desert Eagle found in the first Modern Warfare and a nonfunctioning underbarrel laser aiming device. Its visual recoil has also increased further from the first Modern Warfare. 


The Desert Eagle is more common in the campaign than it was in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, appearing as the first sidearm used in the game, in the level "S.S.D.D." In the mission "Takedown", Rojas's assistant uses a Desert Eagle to kill two Militia members who approached him, and another who tries to ambush him. It is sometimes used in the hands of the Militia. It can also be found in the makeshift hospital in "Of Their Own Accord", right next to Cpl. Keating's computer, and in one of the rooms with the resting soldiers on a small table next to one of the beds. In "Just Like Old Times", it can be found on a green barrel just before the riot shield ambush and in the control room just before Shepherd destroys it. In "The Hornet's Nest" it can be found in the lower scrapyard behind a blue overturned refrigerator. It is also in the armory in "Loose Ends," and Akimbo Desert Eagles can be found twice in the level, "Takedown".

The Desert Eagle is a one shot kill weapon, and is available in more missions than in the first Modern Warfare. However, it's fire rate seems to have been slowed down, and accuracy seems to suffer if fired repeatedly, making precise aiming a must.


The Desert Eagle is unlocked at level 62. In multi-player it appears alongside another very powerful handgun: the .44 Magnum. Since the .44 Magnum is unlocked before the Desert Eagle, has more minimum damage, less recoil and no idle sway, it is much more popular. Although the Desert Eagle's minimum damage is slightly lower than the .44 Magnum, if the player combines it with Stopping Power both guns will kill in the same amount of hits. The .44 Magnum does, however, have a six-round capacity as opposed to the Desert Eagle's seven-rounds. The Desert Eagle also has a faster reload time than the .44 Magnum.

The Desert Eagle, with its high power, significant visual recoil, and distinctive report, retains similarities to the one from Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. One new addition is that it now accepts attachments. However, its recoil has been increased considerably by greatly reducing its center-speed. The weapon now sports a darker, two-tone finish. The Desert Eagle is now seen with tactical rails on both the top of the weapon and the underside of the barrel, and it also has a tactical laser mounted underneath. However, this is purely aesthetic, as the Desert Eagle cannot equip any attachments on the rails and players cannot utilize the laser. Another new feature is the addition of a white three-dot-sight setup; however, the sights are misaligned; the front post is to the right of the true impact point. However, the Desert Eagle's sights become centered while using the Tactical Knife attachment. It is one of the two handguns in-game that cannot attach a Suppressor, the other being the .44 Magnum.

The Desert Eagle goes fairly unused online due to its high unlock level and high recoil. However, players that take the time to unlock the Akimbo attachment are rewarded with a powerful and easy-to-use close-quarters weapon. Some players prefer a single Desert Eagle over Akimbo, however, as the single Desert Eagle's hipfire accuracy is higher.

The Tactical Knife attachment, unlocked at 100 kills with the Desert Eagle, actually correctly aligns the iron sights on the Desert Eagle. Also, it is very useful if the user misses a few too many shots and has to reload or is faced with more than one opponent with the Desert Eagle.

Despite the Desert Eagle's ability to kill in one shot at any range in Hardcore, it is usually passed up for more accurate weapons with the same ability, such as the M93 Raffica.

Special Ops Edit

The Desert Eagle is a starting weapon in "Sniper Fi" and "Big Brother". It is an alternate weapon in "The Pit", "O Cristo Redentor", and "Terminal; in the latter two missions, it is possible to find this weapon with Akimbo.

The Desert Eagle is a very effective weapon in missions with Juggernauts, since its high-caliber round can cause them to stagger if used properly and can cause high damage to them.

Weapon AttachmentsEdit


For attachment images, see Desert Eagle/Attachments.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Edit

The Desert Eagle returns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It now appears to have a darker metallic finish and has tritium iron sights. Additionally, it lacks the top rail and underbarrel flashlight from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, looking more like the Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare variant with night sights.


The Desert Eagle is seen in use by Captain Price, Soap and Sandman when they finish off wounded enemies. It is also seen in the hands of Price when he threatens Yuri shortly after Soap's death. In Yuri's flashback, Yuri recalls Makarov shooting him, non-fatally, in the torso. The Desert Eagle is used by Yuri in the missions "Persona Non Grata", "Return to Sender", and "Blood Brothers". At the end of the campaign, Makarov uses a Desert Eagle to kill Yuri, and in an attempt to kill Captain Price

Once again, the Desert Eagle in the campaign eliminates targets in one shot. It is not nearly as useful as it is in multi-player, and is best reserved for wounded enemies, given its low fire-cap in single-player and low ammunition.


The Desert Eagle is unlocked at Level 76. It is very much like it was with the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 version. It has high damage killing in two shots if one bullet hits the chest (three shots to the limbs, however) and a very high firecap, but has high recoil. This tends to make tracking targets at long range difficult.

It is noteworthy that the Desert Eagle does have a very predictable recoil pattern, with the shots going up before hitting a "ceiling" where the bullets will stop climbing vertically and instead slide slightly to the right. With this knowledge in mind, the player can effectively engage targets at long range by pulling the gun down slightly when it starts to overshoot. Otherwise, it is advised to "pace" the shots and let the recoil settle before firing again.

Despite the extreme recoil, the Desert Eagle has several advantage over all the other weapons in its class - its damage has the two-hit kill capability of the MP412 and .44 Magnum, but the Desert Eagle also requires only four shots to kill at range compared the six required by all other handguns. Since both the recoil and damage are very high, the Desert Eagle is very effective with Akimbo; said attachment eliminates the visual recoil of ADS and doubles the capacity. The recoil with Akimbo is still very noticeable, but easier to manage thanks to the more open line of sight. The Akimbo attachment also takes advantage of the two-hit-kill capability by allowing the Desert Eagles to be fired at the same time and kill instantly at close-range. On the other hand, a single Desert Eagle may be preferred due to the ability to land shots consistently. This will also make the handgun more useful at range. Additionally, the Desert Eagle has two more rounds than the revolvers with a significantly shorter reload time but carries a smaller supply of ammunition.

It is also noteworthy that the Desert Eagle can potentially kill in one shot at any distance in hardcore, if the player hits a headshot at long range.

Despite these advantages, the Desert Eagle is only particularly effective up close due to the high recoil (even with Akimbo) and flat iron sights.

The Desert Eagle is seen in the game mode Money in the Denk, where it is the only weapon available to the Juggernaut carrying the bomb. After dying or planting the bomb, the Desert Eagle will be lost.

Special OpsEdit

The Desert Eagle is available for both Survival and Mission modes.

Mission ModeEdit

The Desert Eagle is an alternate weapon in the Mission Mode challenges "Stay Sharp" and "Charges Set".

Survival ModeEdit

The Desert Eagle is available in Survival Mode at level 11 and costs $250. The Desert Eagle is often favored over other sidearms because of its sheer power, but the Desert Eagle has a small magazine, high recoil, and just slightly higher damage than the other pistols. Like all other handguns, the Desert Eagle is decent for the first few waves but should be exchanged for another weapon after the early waves.



For attachment images, see Desert Eagle/Attachments.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: DefianceEdit

The Desert Eagle makes its first appearance on the DS in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance. It has a capacity of 8 rounds. The Desert Eagle in this game has a similar firing sound to the Desert Eagle in the other games, and has less visual recoil.


The Desert Eagle appears throughout the campaign as both a starting sidearm and a weapon found on top of ammo crates. It has the lowest ammunition capacity out of the handguns and highest recoil, but makes up for this with its power.


The Desert Eagle appears as a locked weapon and requires 500 kills with any pistol to unlock. The Desert Eagle can be used early in multiplayer should the player play One in the Chamber, Sharpshooter, or Gun Game. Retaining all of its qualities from singleplayer, the Desert Eagle can down opponents with one shot. (More than one if they're equipped with the Body Armor Perk and/or damage multiplier has been set to low).

Call of Duty OnlineEdit

The Desert Eagle reappears in Call of Duty Online.



Call of Duty: Modern WarfareEdit

"The most powerful semi-automatic handgun available, deals heavy damage up to intermediate ranges."
— Description

The Desert Eagle returns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare as the .50 GS. It is manufactured by FORGE TAC.






Rear GripEdit


Trigger ActionEdit



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Gold Desert Eagle and Commander Desert EagleEdit

"Gold plated semi-automatic with high power. Effective at close range."
— Sidearm description
Golden Desert Eagle Create-a-Class
Commander Desert Eagle Menu Icon MWR

Gold Camouflage can be used in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare upon reaching level 55 and in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer via modding. The gold Desert Eagle has exactly the same stats as the normal Desert Eagle, with the only difference being the color and the removed TacLight in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. The golden color makes the Gold Desert Eagle generally preferred over the regular Desert Eagle by players. The Gold Desert Eagle is the only golden weapon which does not require any expert challenges to be completed.

The files for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and Modern Warfare 3 contain all the data for the Gold Desert Eagle, though it is inaccessible in those games. Its implementation is almost entirely complete, and it can be used normally in game with a hack such as a Class Editor. This near-complete implementation suggests it was going to be a last-level reward like it was in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, but it was displaced by the AK-47 fairly late in development.

The Gold Desert Eagle also appears in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. Unlike in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, the gold camouflage is acquired by performing expert challenges rather than ranking up. The Gold Desert Eagle is instead replaced by the Commander Desert Eagle, unlocked at level 55. Unlike the normal Desert Eagle, the Commander Desert Eagle is unable to be equipped with a camouflage or a weapon kit.



Gold Desert Eagle Demonstration - Call of Duty 4

Gold Desert Eagle Demonstration - Call of Duty 4


Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareEdit

  • On Infinity Ward's website, the Desert Eagle was voted favorite handgun of the game.
  • The ammo name for the Desert Eagle in the game files is .357 Magnum.
  • Should the player prestige in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, when the last decision about prestiging is made and the player goes to prestige, the firing sound of the Desert Eagle is heard.
  • In the mission "Crew Expendable", it's possible to pick up two Desert Eagles and use them interchangeably without sharing ammo between them.
  • Gunshots from the Desert Eagle can be heard three times in the song "Deep and Hard".

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit

  • In "Exodus", a Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare single-tone Desert Eagle can be found next to the dead High Value Individual, but it cannot be picked up.
  • Dunn has the Call of Duty 4 modeled Desert Eagle as a sidearm. It can be seen in his holster in various missions, and he is seen checking it during the first mission of the game.
  • In campaign and Special Ops, the Desert Eagle's maximum ammunition is doubled when equipped with Akimbo. While in multiplayer this is the case for all Akimbo-capable weapons, in singleplayer this characteristic is apparently unique to the Desert Eagle.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Edit

  • The Desert Eagle's rear iron sights were originally green, but in the final release of the game they are orange. This can be seen in a pre-release screenshot for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.
    • Also, when looking at the Desert Eagle in the Create-a-Class, it's possible to see that the sights are green instead of orange.
  • All variations of the Desert Eagle are seen in this game. The original variation, in a two-tone finish akin to Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is seen, but cannot be used in "Down the Rabbit Hole"; the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 version is used by Captain Price to kill Waraabe, but is also not usable.
  • On the multiplayer map Lockdown, it is possible to see a teddy bear with two golden Desert Eagles in a window sill. It can only be seen through spectating, through Theater, or by using the Recon Drone killstreak reward.
  • On the side of the pistol, it reads "©Desert Hawk Pistol Magnus Research Inc. Minneapolis MN."

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: DefianceEdit

  • When reloading the Desert Eagle, the player inserts an extremely short magazine into the gun, about one third of the size of the Desert Eagle's handle.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Edit

Desert Eagle Commander Camo MWR

Woodland Camouflage on the Commander Desert Eagle

  • Bots have the ability to put camouflages on the Commander Desert Eagle.
  • Bots won't and can't use the Commander Desert Eagle if the player hasn't unlocked it in public match.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Campaign RemasteredEdit

  • A gold-plated desert eagle, using the same model from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered​​​​​​ can be found being held by a teddy bear at the start of the mission "Of Their Own Accord". It has two magazines in reserve when picked up, and it is a one-shot kill against all enemies. It has the same inspect animation as the regular Desert Eagle as well. The teddy bear is hiding behind some crates and boxes inside the bunker where the mission starts, inside of a dimly lit room. Ammo for it can be refilled using the ammo crates dotted around the mission, but it's still best used as a backup. However, due to its unique ability to one shot kill enemies at all ranges, it can be very powerful in the right hands.
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