The MAAWS (Multi-role Anti-Armor Weapon System) is a free-fire laser-guided rocket launcher featured in Call of Duty: Ghosts and Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. In Ghosts it is also a 9-point (8 with Hardline) Support strike chain reward.
Call of Duty: Ghosts
- "Lase targets to guide missiles from a free-fire shoulder-mounted rocket launcher."
- — Menu description.
The MAAWS appears in the campaign once, in Brave New World, where it is used to shoot down an Mi-24 Hind and an EC-635 assaulting the Liberty Wall. Unlike its multiplayer and Extinction counterpart, each fired rocket remains intact instead of splitting into two others.
The MAAWS can be reloaded in campaign, but unlike other weapons, it is not automatically reloaded when empty. Thus, the reload button must be used.
The MAAWS appears in multiplayer. When fired, the rocket splits into two other rockets and can lock onto enemy aircraft and aerial pointsreaks (as well as the user's killstreaks). There is a Laser Sight attached to the weapon, allowing the user to manually guide the rockets to a designated target. When aiming with this weapon, instead of using sights, the player's view will zoom in slightly. The MAAWS can kill any juggernaut, even at full health, but it has to be a direct hit, or it won't do much damage.
The MAAWS is a spiritual successor to the Trinity Rocket as a cheap explosive strike package that can launch multiple explosives in quick fashion. By default, the MAAWS will fire a rocket that splits into two projectiles, just like it functions in Multiplayer.
Upgrades to the MAAWS will increase the number of split projectiles, give the projectiles homing capability, as well as increase the number of rockets the MAAWS can fire. When fully upgraded, each fired rocket will split into five projectiles, and the user will have three rockets per every MAAWS purchase.
The MAAWS is a very situational strike package. The smart projectiles need quite a bit of travelled distance for their homing effect to really be noticeable, and being explosive, the MAAWS' per-shot effectiveness depends on how many Cryptids are bunched together. On Mayday, the MAAWS is tough to utilize due to the close quarters nature of the map often forces the player to fire the MAAWS in such a fashion that the smart projectile function may as well not exist. The MAAWS is also ineffective against Rhinos, as three rockets typically fails to kill the Rhino.
Upgrading the MAAWS is highly recommended for anyone who wants to make extensive use out of it, as like with the Trinity Rocket, the MAAWS' increased payload with upgrades will make the MAAWS as a whole more worthwhile relative to its price.
The MAAWS is at its best against medium-heavy targets such as Hunters, Seeders, and Phantoms, which have a moderate amount of health, and will die more easily to MAAWS explosions than a Rhino. The MAAWS is a solid choice for those that want an inexpensive strike package that can be used numerously, similarly to the I.M.S., as the MAAWS only costs $1300, making it among the cheapest strike packages available, and because the MAAWS is immediately discarded after the last shot is fired, the user can quickly purchase one again should they so choose.
The MAAWS compares best to the War Machine, another portable explosive launcher. The War Machine is significantly more expensive, can only fire one explosive per shot, and if upgraded, needs to go through a painfully slow reload. The MAAWS is a lot more disposable and provides more burst damage than the War Machine. However, the MAAWS pays for increased portability, reduced price, and higher burst damage by having significantly less sustained combat capability than the War Machine, which comes with twelve explosives total when fully upgraded, whereas the MAAWS can carry only a quarter of that amount with a full set of upgrades.
- MAAWS fires a rocket that splites into multiple projectiles.
- +1 (Cost: 1): MAAWS gets a second shot.
- +2 (Cost: 1): Side missiles are smart drone projectiles.
- +3 (Cost: 2): Rockets split into five projectiles.
- +4 (Cost: 3): MAAWS gets a third shot.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
The MAAWS returns in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, and is available in multiplayer. Once again it is laser-guided, but now it holds only one rocket, and must be aimed by using a reflex sight present on the launcher's left side.
The MAAWS rocket moves the slowest out of all launchers, and will only be guided while aiming down the sights. The rocket can be guided by any sights, meaning the player may switch to their primary and continue to guide the rocket. The guiding does not need to be continuous; the player may put down the sights, and then bring them back up to guide the rocket again. A rocket can still be guided after dying and respawning, so long as it is still in range. The rocket does not actually move in the direction that the user is pointing it in, but rather finds the most direct path to the target, even if it means turning around completely. One method is to fire the rocket into the air, letting it hang, then aiming at a target. The rocket will then redirect and strike from an unsuspecting angle, similar to the Javelin.
To destroy moving aircraft such as a UAV or a Paladin, fire the MAAWS well ahead of the target, let it hang for a few seconds, then aim at the aircraft. The rocket will will swing around from the front of the vehicle and strike from behind; the rocket moves only slightly faster than UAVs, so guiding it from behind takes much longer and is riskier. Using a primary weapon's sights to guide the rocket for distant targets may be beneficial for some players, as the MAAWS's sights lack a reticule, and may accidentally slip off target without the user noticing.
Since Scavenger does not give extra starting ammo for the MAAWS nor does it resupply it, the only way to get reserve ammunition for it is to pick up another MAAWS from the ground. Like in the campaign of Call of Duty: Ghosts, the reload button must be manually used.
The MAAWS was added to Exo Survival in an update. It is unlocked at round 6.
The MAAWS is a decent weapon for taking on enemy Warbirds due to it being laser-guided, but is not as good at taking on infrantry and drones. By the time it is unlocked, it usually takes at least two shots to kill one soldier (except in earlier rounds when the map is flipped). This, combined with its low magazine size, reserve ammo, and slow rocket propulsion speed, make it a bad weapon to use as a primary weapon. As well, it isn't as good as the Stinger M7 against Warbirds because the Stinger can lock on to the Warbirds. Plus, the Stinger M7 can lock on to enemy drones, while trying to guide the missiles towards drones with the MAAWS is extremely hard due to the small size of the drones. Overall though, it is a decent weapon to use against Warbirds until the player unlocks the Stinger M7, in which it may be a good idea to switch over to that.
Supply Drop Variants
- Oppressor [Elite]
- Ignition [Elite]
- Royalty [Elite]
- Tornado [Enlisted]
- Thunder [from Marksman challenge]
Call of Duty: Ghosts
- The number "64" is inscribed in various spots.
- A multiplayer patch, requiring 25 aircraft shot down with the weapon, has a picture of a shark, referencing the movie Jaws. The terms "Maws" and "Jaws" have a similar contextual meaning.
- The MAAWS used to require a 10 pointstreak instead of 9.