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The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. The subject of this article appeared in Zombies mode
For a similarly named rocket launcher, see MAAWS.
For a similar vehicle, see Manticore (Black Ops III).
For the song from the Black Ops III soundtrack, see P.A.W.W.S. (Black Ops III Official Soundtrack).

The P.A.W.W.S. (Pilotable/Autonomous Walking Weapons System) is a large autonomous bipedal combat robot, or mech, that appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops III. Several P.A.W.W.S. are encountered as enemies in both the campaign and combat immersion modes.


The P.A.W.W.S. is a bipedal heavy weapons platformed for use in urban combat operations. It was originally designed to be operated by a human pilot but following the deployment of fully autonomous Grunts in 2048, a software upgrade gave the P.A.W.W.S. the ability to operate without need of a pilot or remote supervision. It has been in service for over two decades and is utilised by both the Winslow Accord and Common Defense Pact, as well as other military, criminal and corporate forces.

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  • Weight: 1.6 tons
  • Length: 1.5 meters
  • Width: 2.75 meters
  • Height: 2.62 meters
  • Primary armament: 20mm triple barreled Gatling gun
  • Secondary armament: Anti-personnel rocket battery


P.A.W.W.S. are used in service by the majority of military and corporate forces encountered in Black Ops III, including the Nile River Coalition, 54 Immortals, and Coalescence Corporation. They are typically deployed with some combination of human infantry, robot infantry, and drones to act as support.

As an autonomous robot, the P.A.W.W.S. is vulnerable to being hacked using Enhanced Remote Hijack, although its large size renders it invulnerable to certain disruption abilities such as Adaptive Immolation or Mass Paralysis


The P.A.W.W.S. are also available in the Salvation DLC map Rupture. In the map are four spawn points for the mechs. Using one allows the player to pilot it themselves, acting as both a tank and as a pseudo-Juggernaut suit. The P.A.W.W.S. holds two weapons, a chaingun with unlimited ammo, and three rockets which reload when used. The chaingun takes six shots to kill an opponent, making it a low damage weapon, however its infinite ammo and rate of fire compensate for this. The rockets deal high explosive damage, enough to kill a Flak Jacket user in one hit with a direct impact, but it has a low splash radius.

Defensively, the P.A.W.W.S. is extremely tough, taking a lot of damage before going down. It has ~3600 health, making it one of the strongest pilotable vehicles in the game.

It is not available in the Safeguard gametype.


  • On the map Gauntlet, a non-accessible P.A.W.W.S. can be seen that is much smaller in size, apparently less than a foot taller than a player character.