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The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops III.
For similar scorestreaks, see EMP Systems and System Hack.

"Deployable device that temporarily disables enemy electronics and reduces effectiveness of enemy thruster-assisted movements. Can be destroyed."
— In-game description

The Power Core is a Scorestreak featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops III.

The Power Core is a placed scorestreak, similar to the Hardened Sentry and Guardian. The Power Core will apply a constant EMP effect to all people in the match. This will completely disable the enemy HUD, including the minimap. It will reduce the effectiveness of enemy thrusters, will disable all electronic sights (ELO, Reflex,etc...), and noise will emit from the player similar to Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare's System Hack. The Power Core will also instantly destroy all enemy scorestreaks on the map.

Like the UAV, CUAV, and H.A.T.R., the player who deployed the Power Core grant a score bonus whenever a teammate eliminates an affected enemy player. The Power Core can be destroyed by the enemy team, and is often located by sheer luck, following the faint buzzing noise, or searching the area affected or with the Engineer perk.

The Power Core is useful defensively, but because it does not apply an EMP effect when it is picked up, and will destroy itself if the user is killed while it is being carried after initial placement, the Power Core serves little to no offensive purpose.

EMP Grenades have no effect against the Power Core, so conventionially, only bullet and explosive weapons can damage and destroy it. Thus, it is important that the player hides the Power Core in a safe or out-of-sight location (such as in some bushes, a building or a corner at the edges of the map), increasing the time it can affect the enemy team.


  • It is not possible to hack the Power Core with a Black Hat without assistance from another player, as the scorestreak will self destruct before the hacking process is complete, no matter how close to the center that player is aiming.