Call of Duty Wiki
Call of Duty Wiki
The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The subject of this article appeared in Zombies mode The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Strike Team The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Mobile
For a similarly named pistol, see PDW.

The PDW-57 is a submachine gun featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty: Strike Team and Call of Duty: Mobile.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

"Fully automatic personal defense weapon. Increased range and largest ammo capacity in its class."
Create-a-Class Description.


The PDW-57 is often seen being wielded by the Mercs and the SDC, and is the recommended primary weapon in "Karma".


The PDW-57 has a large 50-round magazine and is fully automatic. It is unlocked at Level 4. It takes three bullets to kill at close range (excluding headshot multipliers) and is tied with the MSMC in this regard, though handling characteristics are in favor of the MSMC which has lower recoil, higher movement speed, and a faster reload time. Given that it has the highest magazine capacity, high damage, and an early unlock, it is a highly effective weapon in multiplayer which is reflected in its popularity amongst players.

It has a lower rate of fire than most of the other submachine guns' in exchange for generally higher damage. This makes it more versatile, but less forgiving at close range, greatly increasing the time to kill if the player misses any bullets. Submachine guns like the MP7 and Vector K10 are therefore much easier for inexperienced players to use at short ranges. This is due to their higher rate of fire which allows for more shots to miss, even if their theoretical times to kill are slightly longer.

March 12's patch increased the recoil of the PDW-57 and also increased its hip fire spread slightly. The same occurred with the MSMC.



The PDW-57 appears as a wall weapon in Die Rise (located next to the elevator shaft) and Buried (placed in six predetermined locations from the Gunsmith shop). It also appears in Mob of the Dead, Cell Block, and Origins in the Mystery Box. The gun costs 1000 points. The PDW-57 has a reduced ammo capacity from 350 reserved rounds to 200 reserved rounds. Although it has a good rate of fire and a large magazine, it runs out of ammo quickly. Speed Cola can mitigate the reload time, as does Electric Cherry perk as it momentarily protect players during the reloading process. Double Tap Root Beer is optional as it will benefit from double damage, but can burn through ammo and raise recoil two-fold.

When Pack-a-Punched via the Pack-a-Punch Machine, it becomes the Predictive Death Wish 57000. It has a 50-round magazine with 350 reserved rounds and can be Pack-a-Punched multiple times to cycle through different attachments such as the Reflex Sight, MMS, and Target Finder. It still runs out of ammo quickly, however. This problem is mitigated slightly in Die Rise and Buried, as upgraded ammo can still be bought off the wall; in Mob of the Dead and Origins however, the weapon's restriction to the Mystery Box makes its short ammo supply more of a hindrance.

PDW-57 vs Predictive Death Wish 57000

PDW-57 Predictive Death Wish 57000
PDW-57 BOII.png Predictive Death Wish 57000 Zombies BO2.png
Damage 90 175-100
Fire mode Automatic Automatic
Rate of fire 750 RPM 750 RPM
Magazine size 50 50
Max ammo 200+50 350+50
Mobility High High
Extras More ammo, higher damage
Possible Attachments Reflex Sight, Millimeter Scanner, Target Finder


For camouflage images, see PDW-57/Camouflage.
For attachment images, see PDW-57/Attachments.

Call of Duty: Mobile

"Fully automatic personal defense weapon. Increased range and large ammo capacity."
— Description

The PDW-57 returns in Call of Duty: Mobile.


The PDW-57 deals low damage with high rate of fire. However, it also has rather hard-to-control recoil pattern and obtrusive iron sights. What differs the gun from its peers is the large magazine capacity that cannot be extended, and the increased range it has, making the gun a rather dangerous SMG at mid range.

Battle Royale

It deals low damage, but is compensated by the insane rate of fire it has. It also features tight hip fire spread as an SMG, allowing close-quarter gunfights more flexible. The gun was removed from Battle Royale as a floor weapon, but can still be used as a customized weapon found inside Airdrops.






Rear Grip






  • Medieval
  • Royal Crimson
  • Heatstroke
  • Hot Spot
  • Narcissist
  • Beekeeper
  • Airspace
  • Desktopper
  • Murder
  • Gag
  • Stalker
  • Ooze
  • Hive Motor


  • Toxic Waste


For variants images, see PDW-57/Variants.


Call of Duty: Black Ops II

  • While reloading, it is possible to see "CAL 5.7x28MM" on the side of the gun. This is very similar to the writing visible on the Peacekeeper.
  • Its serial number is "20032012". This is possibly a reference to the year of release for the first Call of Duty title in 2003, combined with the release year of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, 2012.
  • As the PDW-57 has an integral grip, adding the Foregrip causes no cosmetic change, although it does change the behavior appropriately.
  • The Fast Mag attachment will simply cause the magazine to "unclip," put in the new magazine, and clicks the chamber bolt. Yet, when the player clicks the chamber bolt, the sound for it won't be heard, as if it was already chambered.

Call of Duty: Mobile

  • Like in previous games, it is possible to see "CAL 5.7x29MM" on the side of the gun, which is different from the older versions.