- "Fully automatic. TRENSYS Hyper-Velocity Rounds provide devastating damage at close range. Moderate stability and fire rate."
- — Description.
The Maverick, known within the game files as the RM-22, is an assault rifle that appears in Call of Duty: Ghosts. The weapon can be accessed by purchasing the Onslaught DLC for $14.99, or paired with the Maverick-A2 in a separate pack for $3.99.
The Maverick has the potential to kill in two hits to the head and body in close quarters, much like the MSBS. However, if even one shot hits any part of the limbs, it will require three shots to kill. The two-hit kill ability makes the Maverick the only automatic weapon in Ghosts, aside from the Ameli, that can kill in two shots without headshots or the use of Deadeye. However, to balance this high damage, the two shot kill range extends to only 7 meters (this can be slightly increased with Muzzle Brake and is decreased when using a Silencer). The Maverick has a slow rate of fire with moderate kick and reduced recoil for the first three shots making firing in bursts at longer ranges beneficial to staying on target. The iron sights are very clear and allow accuracy at all ranges, making the need for an optical attachment not as high as on other weapons.
The iron sights may come off as very bizarre, but are clear and popular amongst more skilled players. If the player wanted to, they can use optics, and they can work well due to its good power at longer ranges, which isn't perfect, but far from terrible. The Foregrip can be considered if one wants less recoil altogether, and goes in hand with the 15% recoil reduction on the first 3 bullets.
The Burst Fire and Semi-Automatic attachments are interesting on this weapon because of its very high damage at short range. Due to this, when using either attachment, only two shots are needed to kill at close range anywhere on the body, whereas with all other assault rifles two shot kills are only possible to the head, neck, and center mass area. The recoil compensation of this weapon will practically negate the extra recoil received when using Burst fire. This makes both attachments viable on the Maverick, though its slower rate of fire and noticeable recoil at long distances may be drawbacks.
The Maverick is a spiritual successor to the AK-12, serving the same role as a powerful, slow-firing assault rifle with large forty round magazines. Compared to the AK-12, the Maverick has much heavier recoil, but makes up for it with a faster rate of fire and a much faster reload speed. The inaccuracy of the Maverick can be a problem on Awakening and Exodus which feature much more long range combat than Nightfall and forces players into firing full auto at long ranges. A Grip will reduce the Maverick's per shot recoil greatly to assist with its recoil problems. The Maverick's cheapness and versatility, in addition to it being accessible very quickly on the maps it's available in, makes the Maverick a very popular choice.
- Nightfall: Dropped by the soldier who gets impaled by the Breeder. This specific Maverick buy has a hard limit on how many times the Maverick can be bought from here. A Maverick is also located in the back end of the compound where players fight the Breeder for the final time.
- Awakening: Located at the end of the tunnel in the starting area.
- Exodus: Located outside the west side of the base on the road to the gas station. Also located inside the front end of the car garage, and another Maverick is located in the back end of the car garage.
- "TREN SYS" can be seen on the back of the iron sight.
- "RM-22" is engraved on the side of the receiver. This can also be seen on the Maverick-A2.
- On the Activision Support FAQ page for the weapon, it is referred to as the 'Maverick RM-22'.
- When the Maverick is equipped with a camouflage, the stock and handguard are not camouflaged, however with the Gold Camouflage it covers it completely except the iron sights.
- It is possible to obtain the Maverick on private matches with bots, even if the player hasn't purchased the Onslaught DLC. It can be picked-up from a bot using it or even obtained from one of the Care Packages dropped in Hunted.
- ￼The Maverick does not have a strap in third person mode.
- The Kit Bag blueprint for the AK117 in Call of Duty: Mobile is based off the Maverick.