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The FG42 (Fallschirmjäger Gewehr 42[1], or "Paratrooper Rifle 42") is a German light support weapon featured in Call of Duty, Call of Duty: United Offensive, Call of Duty 3, Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: ZombiesCall of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: WWII.

Call of Duty and United OffensiveEdit

"The FG42 is a great multi-purpose weapon. It's one of the deadliest fully automatic weapons available and the single-fire mode is effective at all ranges. A 4x scope is standard issue."
Call of Duty manual description.


In Call of Duty, the FG42 is a "do everything" gun; it has a scope, the damage and accuracy of a rifle, and is selective-fire with a fast reload and a rapid rate of fire, making it useful at short ranges in full auto mode. Ammunition for it is fairly plentiful in the first three missions it appears in, though in the final appearance only one such weapon exists in the entire map. The weapon always has a low-power scope that settles extremely rapidly.

The FG42 features a semi-auto fire mode. The gun is unique in that when using this, hipfire accuracy is increased.

The FG42 is only encountered in four early levels: German Fallschirmjägers are equipped with it towards the end of "Ste. Mere-Eglise", and it is seen throughout "Ste. Mere-Eglise-Day". The player can start "Normandy Route N13" with one if they had one at the end of the previous mission and a few soldiers carry them during the level itself. A FG42 can be found resting on a box during the trench section of "Brecourt Manor", between the second and third FlaK 88s. Its final appearance is in the beginning of the final level in Berlin. There is a sniper using one in one of the buildings, where if the player shoots him and go inside the building the FG42 will have fallen to the bottom floor and one can pick it up; if it hasn't fallen, one can go on the scaffolding inside and get it.


In Multiplayer, the FG42 can be found in pre-determined locations if the server enables it. It comes with no extra magazines, but retains its ability to deal massive amounts of damage per shot; it is effectively treated as a "super weapon" in multiplayer maps.


Call of Duty 2Edit

Throwing Knife menu icon MW3 The subject matter of this article was cut from the final version of a Call of Duty game.
The FG42 was planned to appear in Call of Duty 2, but was later cut and replaced with the G43 from Call of Duty: United Offensive. However, the files for this weapon can be still found in game files (including sounds, images, models, textures and the pickup icon).


Call of Duty 3Edit

"Fallschirmjäger Gewehr 42. 7.92mm. Automatic rifle developed for German paratroopers after the invasion of Crete. 20 round side mounted detachable box magazine. 900 rounds cyclic rate. 500 meter effective range."
— In-game description


The FG42 (listed as FG-42 in the Bonus Materials) returns in Call of Duty 3. There are two versions of the FG42 in Call of Duty 3; a regular FG42 and a Scoped FG42. The FG42 has heavy recoil when fired whilst aiming down the sights, which can make it hard to control. This is especially a hindrance for the Scoped FG42. Unusually, it has very little recoil when fired from the hip. It is just as powerful as the Kar 98k, due to it firing the powerful 7.92mm round, making it highly effective when fired in bursts or single shots.

The FG42 can be commonly found on the level "The Island", both scoped and unscoped; they share ammunition if carried together. The Scoped FG42 also appears in the level "The Mace". Ammunition for the FG42 is plentiful on the levels it appears on. An unscoped FG42 can be found in the level Fuel Plant.


Call of Duty: Roads to VictoryEdit

"The FG-42 was a light machine gun originally developed for paratroopers."
— In-game description

In Call of Duty: Roads to Victory, the FG42 appears only in Survival mode, which is unlocked after beating the game on Veteran. It replaces the Thompson, and Allies using it tend to fire semi-automatically. It takes two melee hits to kill an enemy with an FG-42 instead of the usual one hit.

Call of Duty: World at WarEdit

"German fully automatic machine gun with a high rate of fire. Effective at medium to long range."
— Description


In Call of Duty: World at War, the FG42 is found only during the Soviet Red Army campaign missions; it is rare even in these. The FG42 has extraordinary power, making it effective as a one-shot-kill weapon.

There are multiple hidden FG42s in the mission "Their Land, Their Blood". One is first found at the beginning of the level, inside the starting house. It is near the newly made "exit", laying on the wall to the right. More that can be picked up in the bunkers in the trench area, and hidden behind crates later on. There are also several FG42s in the mission "Heart of the Reich". One is found lying on boxes at the beginning of the level. A second FG42 is lying inside the building the player goes in before Sgt. Reznov gives his mini speech. Another is found near one of the MG42s in front of the Reichstag. The last one is found in a small building in front of the Reichstag.

In campaign, the FG42 is always equipped with a deployable bipod, which increases accuracy but limits the movement of the weapon when deployed, severely limiting its usefulness.


The FG42 is classified as a light machine gun and is unlocked at level 45. It has the same rate of fire as the MG42, but sacrifices a small amount of stopping power and a smaller magazine capacity for lower recoil, higher movement speed and higher hip fire accuracy. The FG42 is the only machine gun that can be equipped with a Telescopic Sight; however, it does have high sway, and is not used often due to the "pinpoint" iron sights. Its primary defect is its extremely small magazine, which means frequent reloading with this weapon. In Hardcore, when Stopping Power is equipped, it is always a one hit kill. In Core modes, Stopping Power and Bandolier are frequently used in order to conserve ammo. Sleight of Hand is popular as well. Some players put Double Tap on the FG42, but will find themselves reloading after every kill, and draining ammo after only a few bursts. Even if the player doesn't have Double Tap, it is recommended to reload after every shot or kill; the reloading is quick, but even without the Double Tap perk, the magazine is almost always empty. If one doesn't mind the lower damage, Sleight of Hand can be useful for speeding up the frequent reloads, helping to make sure one does not get caught off guard. 

When held, the player runs as fast as someone with a Submachine Gun or Shotgun. This, along with it having a scope as an attachment and its very fast rate of fire, makes the FG42 one of the most versatile weapons in Call of Duty: World at War. It is very much suited to medium ranges, where semi-automatic rifles will be outclassed by recoil and rate of fire and SMGs will suffer from lower damages values. 

In the Limited Edition, there is a code to access the FG42 early; however, it doesn't actually unlock the gun itself, but a class with the FG42 as its primary weapon. It replaces the Type 99 in the LMG pre-created class.

Nazi ZombiesEdit

In Nazi Zombies, it appears in Nacht der Untoten and Shi No Numa, available from the Mystery Box, and also in Der Riese, from the Mystery Box and off the wall for 1500 points, next to the Speed Cola. It has high power, ripping through zombies and Hellhounds alike. The recoil makes it a problem and is often overlooked because of this, although the recoil can actually be beneficial for getting headshots. The high rate of fire cancels out the need for Double Tap Root Beer and the frequent reloads give the need for Speed Cola. The FG42 is more effective against Hellhounds than pretty much all other wall purchasable weapons, not counting Shotguns. The pinpoint accuracy of the iron sights combined with the significant zoom during ADS makes the FG42 a great weapon for headshots from a distance, but it is probably a better idea to hip-fire in most cases as this huge zoom from ADS will restrict a player's peripheral vision, increasing the risk of being swarmed on either side. It is a regular spawn from the mystery box. Furthermore, unlike the other Machine Guns, the FG42 does not restrict movement speed, which is a major advantage in later rounds when players must sprint to outrun the zombies.

When it is Pack-a-Punched, it becomes the "420 Impeller", increasing firepower, magazine size, rate of fire, and held ammo. Recoil becomes an even bigger problem as it "climbs" while firing, so it is advisable to aim for the legs and let the recoil move it towards the head and chest. While this gun is surpassed in effectiveness by other weapons, it does have a distinct advantage of being purchasable off the wall, making managing its ammo capacity easier than weapons obtained from the Mystery Box.

FG42 vs. 420 ImpellerEdit

FG42 420 Impeller
FG42 Bipod WaW 420 Impeller WaW
Damage 100-85 110-100
Fire mode Automatic Automatic
Rate of fire 937 1000
Magazine size 32 64
Max ammo 192+32 400+64
Reload 2.4, 3.5 empty 2.4, 3.5 empty
Mobility Medium Medium
Extras More ammo, larger magazine, slightly higher rate of fire, higher damage

Weapon AttachmentsEdit


For attachment images, see FG42/Attachments.

Call of Duty: ZombiesEdit

The FG42 appears in the iOS version of Zombies. It is available from the Mystery Box, or off the wall in Der Riese for 1500 points. It has a high rate of fire, but a longer reload time than most weapons, though it is faster than the other MGs. Like its prior appearance, it retains its exceptional power.


Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

The FG42 in Call of Duty: Black Ops can only be obtained from the wall in Der Riese, from the revised zombie maps from Call of Duty: World at War. It uses the same model as the Call of Duty: World at War FG42, but with the higher level of polish from the graphically superior game.

FG42 vs 420 ImpellerEdit

FG42 420 Impeller
FG42 BO 420 Impeller BO
Damage 100-85 110-100
Multiplier Head: x2.7
Chest: x2
Abdomen: x1
Head: x3
Chest: x2
Abdomen: x1
Fire mode Automatic Automatic
Rate of fire 937 RPM 1000 RPM
Magazine size 32 64
Max ammo 192+32 400+64
Reload 2.4, 3.5 empty 2.4, 3.5 empty
Mobility Medium Medium
Extras More ammo, larger magazine, slightly higher rate of fire, higher damage.

Gallery Edit

Call of Duty: OnlineEdit

While not available as a standalone weapon, the "FG42" exists as a skin for the MR23 assault rifle in Call of Duty Online.


Call of Duty: WWIIEdit

"Automatic rifle with high damage and modest fire rate."
— Description

The FG 42 returns in Call of Duty: WWII. It is a high damage rifle, powerful enough to net three-hit kills at close to medium-long range, but the lower rate of fire puts it at a disadvantage in close quarters where most other automatic rifles boast faster times-to-kill. The FG 42's competitiveness comes from its medium to long range combat ability, where its high damage and range can net quick kills without much competition from other automatic weapons, which are not as accurate and cannot compete with the FG 42 at such ranges. 

In order to most effectively cater to the FG 42's strengths, the rifle is best suited to a more conservative style of play. Staying back at longer ranges and burst firing the FG 42 to ensure accuracy is often the most effective way to use the weapon, as its slow time-to-kill is likely to get the player killed in close quarters. Staying back allows the player to eliminate most competition from automatic rifles, shotguns and SMGs, and can allow the player to engage snipers or LMG users at their leisure.

As far as attachments go, the Quickdraw Handle is an effective choice that allows players to acquire target aim faster, which can also somewhat mitigate its poorer close range performance. High Caliber has the potential to make most engagements 2 shot kills as long as one of the 2 are a head shot. Like most rifles, FMJ is useful for shooting through cover without worrying about damage dropping off. The Grip is also useful, as an earlier nerf to the weapon's recoil has made it more difficult to use at longer ranges. It's poor reload speed can be somewhat mitigated with Extended Mags. It also gains the greatest boost from Advanced Rifling compared to other rifles, normally dropping off at 37m without it. Optical attachments can be used, as the front post on the FG 42's iron sights is rather small and can be difficult to use for some players. The FG42 can also mount a bayonet allowing for a faster response melee strike.

In the November 9th, 2017 patch, the FG 42 was nerfed to have increased recoil and a wider hipfire spread.[2]

In the December 21, 2017 patch the FG42 was nerfed with a severly reduced fire rate, dropping 15% from the original to roughly 440 RPM.

In the January 18, 2018 patch the FG42 was buffed with lower recoil and a higher rate of fire.

Nazi Zombies Edit

The FG 42 can be obtained from a Weapon Locker in the map The Final Reich for 1600 Jolts, and can be obtained from the Mystery Box in all of the current maps.

When upgraded via the Ubersprengen, it becomes the Device 450.


Attachment Unlock level Stats Upgraded Stats
Quickdraw menu icon WWII
Weapon Level 2
Zombies level 4
Faster aim down sights time.
Grip menu icon WWII
Weapon Level 3
Zombies level 4
Reduced recoil while aiming down sight.
Reflex Sight menu icon WWII
Reflex Sight
Weapon Level 4
Zombies level 11
Sight changed to a Reflex Sight.
High Caliber menu icon WWII
High Caliber
Weapon Level 5
Zombies level 39
Increased headshot damage.
Steady Aim menu icon WWII
Steady Aim
Weapon Level 6
Zombies level 15
Reduced hipfire cone size.
FMJ menu icon WWII
Full Metal Jacket
Weapon Level 7
Zombies level 18
Increased surface penetration and increased damage done to Scorestreaks.
Increased penetration power against zombies.
4x Optic menu icon WWII
4x Optic
Weapon Level 8
Zombies level 22
Optic changed to a 4x Optic.
Rapid Fire menu icon WWII
Rapid Fire
Weapon Level 9
Zombies level 25
Rate of fire increase to 451 RPM
Extended Mag menu icon WWII
Extended Mags
Weapon Level 10
Zombies level 29
Magazine increased to 30
Reserve ammo increased to
Magazine increased to
Reserve ammo increased to
Advanced Rifling menu icon WWII
Advanced Rifling
Weapon Level 11
Zombies level 32
Increased damage falloff range.
Bayonet menu icon WWII
Weapon Level 12 Bayonet added to weapon, giving ability to one hit melee and charge by holding the melee button. N/A
Rifle Grenade menu icon WWII
Rifle Grenade
Weapon Level 13 Gives two grenades that can be fired from rifle, must be equipped first to fire. N/A


Name Rarity Perk Operation Notes
Kampfflugzeug Epic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII 10% Bonus Soldier XP
Kampfflugzeug II Heroic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII 15% Bonus Soldier XP
Revised Epic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII 10% Bonus Soldier XP
Revised II Heroic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII 15% Bonus Soldier XP
Stripe-Happy Epic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII 10% Bonus Soldier XP
Stripe-Happy II Heroic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII 15% Bonus Soldier XP
Zombies Mode Perk Icon WWII Close Quarters
Stinkeroo Epic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII 10% Bonus Soldier XP
Stinkeroo II Heroic Soldier Exp Bonus Items WWII 15% Bonus Soldier XP



Call of Duty 3Edit

  • Unlike other weapons with attachments, the scoped FG42 doesn't have its own entry and description in the bonus material, only the standard FG42 does.

Call of Duty: Roads to VictoryEdit

  • In the bonus material section, a picture of the Chatellerault incorrectly accompanies the FG-42's description.

Call of Duty: World at WarEdit

  • The Barracks incorrectly states that the FG42 will unlock a Sniper Scope instead of a Telescopic Sight after achieving 75 kills in Call of Duty: World at War.
  • Strangely, although the FG42 is available in a few levels, German soldiers are never seen using it during Call of Duty: World at War's campaign mode.
  • When aiming down the iron sight, a number and a fingerprint can be seen.
  • On the World at War and Black Ops variants, The FG42 has four numbers seen only when aiming down the sight. The numbers are 5, 6, 7 and 8 with small lines above and between them. This suggests that they are numbers to set the zoom of a certain sight.
  • According to the strategy guide for Call of Duty: World at War, the FG42 is considered an assault rifle instead of a LMG.
  • The Pack-a-Punched name, the 420 Impeller, is a reference to the gun's designation (FG42), and the 420 in the name also references marijuana.
  • It has FZS marked in front of the rear sight, this means it is a Krieghoff produced weapon.

​Call of Duty: WWIIEdit

  • The player's view does not move around when reloading the FG 42 with extended mag, while with the normal FG 42 it does.


  1. Call of Duty 3 Bonus Materials
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