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The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 for the Nintendo DS. The subject of this article appeared in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty Online The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War The subject of this article appeared in Zombies mode The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Warzone The subject of this article appears in Call of Duty: Mobile
For a similar scorestreak, see Shock RC.
"Remote controlled car strapped with explosives"
— RC-XD Killstreaks Description

The RC-XD (Remote Controlled-Explosive Device) is a controllable killstreak in the multiplayer of Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty Online and a Scorestreak in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4, Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Call of Duty: Mobile. It is also featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance.

The HC-XD (Hover Capable-Explosive Device), which appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops III, is nearly identical in function to the classic RC-XD, though is also capable of climbing obstacles/walls, temporarily boosting speed, and double-jumping.

Call of Duty: Black Ops[]

The RC-XD is a remote-controlled car rigged with an explosive charge, and is unlocked after a three killstreak (two kills with Hardline). The player can be killed while controlling it. Controls are the left analog stick for all directions of movement, and one temporary speed boost can be done by pressing L2 on PS3, LB on Xbox 360 or 4 on PC. The RC-XD can be detonated by the player at any time by pressing R1/RT/LMB, but has a time limit after which it will automatically detonate. When the time limit approaches, the RC-XD will beep repeatedly at a faster and faster rate until it explodes. The 1.06 patch brought a nerf to the RC-XD, where it had its damage and blast radius reduced in order to balance it against other killstreaks.

Because of the limited timer, the user should try to find a target quickly. Users should be sure to use the RC-XD's speed boost properly, as it can be easy to hit an undulation or a corpose on the ground and fling the RC-XD airborne and off-course. The speed boost should only be used on straight lines where the user has no worry of obstructions. Friendly players will also be capable of blocking the RC-XD physically, so try to avoid teammates when possible. The limited timer also means that the RC-XD's effectiveness fluctuates depending on the map size. On smaller maps like Nuketown, Firing Range, and Summit, the RC-XD can be very effective and targets can be found quickly. On larger maps such as Cracked and Jungle, the RC-XD user can find it much harder to find targets in time.

The RC-XD moves initially faster than a player, even with Lightweight. It makes a distinctive sound when it's on the move, and can be shot by perceptive enemies and destroyed before it can kill, as it has ten health (giving the medal 'Road Rage'). Throwing a flashbang or Nova Gas can slow or prevent movement of an enemy RC-XD. One of the best counters to an RC-XD is the Jammer. When the RC-XD is in the radius of a Jammer, the RC-XD will periodically stall, increasing in frequency when closer to the Jammer. Being very close to the Jammer makes the RC-XD border on immobile and easy to destroy by enemies. The RC-XD will also trip enemy claymores and will be destroyed in the subsequent explosion, even when driving past the Claymore to the point where the laser diodes are facing the other way. Because of how devastating Jammers and Claymores can be to an RC-XD's success, it is highly recommended to use Hacker when using the RC-XD, as said pieces of equipment will be highlighted while driving, and users can more easily avoid them.

Some maps also feature small passageways, designed specifically for RC-XDs, which a shrewd player could use to catch the enemy by surprise.

The RC-XD is a good choice over the Spy Plane - another three killstreak - if the user plans to play against a lot of enemies using Ghost or if the user is playing deathmatch game modes. Spy Planes prove ineffective against Ghost users, but said Ghost users will be highly vulnerable to the RC-XD. In addition, the RC-XD can provide kills directly, whereas the Spy Plane doesn't directly contribute to progressing the score in a deathmatch game mode.

Even after the RC-XD got nerfed, it remains a viable killstreak option. Competent players can get multiple RC-XDs per game or per round, especially when using Hardline. In Deathmatch game modes, one can simply hide in the back of a spawn and roll out the RC-XDs accumulated over the course of the match to quickly close out the game. The RC-XD still remains perfectly capable of getting multi-kills, and doesn't require much precision to kill an opponent without Flak Jacket, although users should try to make sure the RC-XD is close enough to leave no doubt about securing a kill. Like with other player-controlled killstreaks, the player should ensure that they use the RC-XD in a safe, concealed spot, as the user will be vulnerable to being hurt and/or killed while the RC-XD is in use. The user's screen will flash red quickly when being shot at, and the game will notify the user of the person who killed them at the bottom. The user can continue using the RC-XD until detonation, at which point the user will respawn.

One serious aspect of the nerf is that the RC-XD can no longer kill Flak Jacket users reliably. Before the nerf, the RC-XD was capable of killing Flak Jacket users at full health, but needed to be extremely close to the enemy to do so. Now, a Flak Jacket opponent needs to be damaged or the RC-XD needs to basically be physically touching the Flak Jacket user in order to die from an RC-XD. Thankfully, the RC-XD does severe damage to a Flak Jacket user if the enemy doesn't die outright, so the enemy only needs to have taken a slight bit of damage to be vulnerable.

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance[]

The RC-XD is used in campaign during various missions, mainly involving a Russian tank and or transport.

During the missions it is used on, it can be 'killed' resulting in a mission failure. It is depicted as a small white car as shown when the ally who gives it to the player pulls it out. The remote control seems to be a blue touch screen, unlike the simpler control used in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II[]

The RC-XD returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops II. It requires a scorestreak of 450 points. While it functions the same as the one used in Call of Duty: Black Ops, it handles much better than in the previous game and is noticeably slower.

A recommended tactic for the RC-XD is to deploy a UAV (or an Orbital VSAT if possible) before using this scorestreak, as this allows for enemy locations to be revealed on the map and maximizes the chances of locating a target in time.

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Call of Duty Online[]

The RC-XD appears in the Call of Duty Online multiplayer. Like previous games it was featured in, it requires a three killstreak to obtain. It is also available in Cyborg Rising, where players can use multiple RC-XDs while evacuating in the helicopter. They must be at least the second person in to the helicopter to use the RC-XDs, otherwise they will instead use the Minigun.

Call of Duty: Black Ops 4[]

"Remote-controlled car strapped with explosives."
— In-game description

The RC-XD returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4 as a Scorestreak.

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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War[]

"Remote-controlled car strapped with explosives."
— In-game description

The RC-XD returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War as a Scorestreak.

Campaign[]

The RC-XD appears in "Nowhere Left to Run", being used by Alex Mason to destroy Arash Kadivar's plane.

Zombies[]

The RC-XD was added as the ARC-XD in the Zombies mode with the release of Season Six. It functions similarly to a Decoy where the Zombies will be attracted to it. The ARC-XD is able to then send out shocks that kill the zombies. If the ARC-XD hits any zombies however, it will automatically be destroyed.

Warzone[]

RC-XD Promo CODWZ

The RC-XD was added to Call of Duty: Warzone as a Killstreak added as part of the Season Three update for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. It functions the same as in previous iterations where the player can call it in for a limited amount of time to damage players.

The RC-XD can kill enemies when they only have two sets of Armor Plates equipped, but if they have three, it will only make them have a small amount of health dependent on the distance the RC-XD and the enemy are.

Call of Duty: Mobile[]

"Remote-controlled car strapped with explosives."
— In-game description

The RC-XD returns in Call of Duty: Mobile as a Scorestreak. It was added in April 2024 as part of the Season 4: Fool's Gold update and functions similarly to previous counterparts.

Trivia[]

  • In Call of Duty: Black Ops II, various car sounds can be heard upon earning the RC-XD or acquiring it from a care package.
  • The player can control the RC-XD through the "No-Man's Land" in Berlin Wall without it being destroyed by the turrets.
  • If an enemy C4 is placed on top of the RC-XD, it will immediately explode. This does not apply to friendly RC-XD's.
  • If the player controlling the RC-XD is affected by a Flashbang or concussion grenade, or if the RC-XD enters the range of an enemy's Jammer, the RC-XD will become slow, stop sporadically, shoot sparks and overall becomes less tractable.
  • In Private Matches, it is possible to remove the timer that RC-XDs have before they have to explode. This results in unlimited RC Time.
  • There is some writing on the RC Controller. It reads: "RADIO CONTROL AND TRANSMITTER RC-611"
  • When using an RC-XD during host migration, the camera will be warped back to first person and the player can see the RC-XD remote itself.
  • The boost function is hidden and unlisted in the Wii version of the game. It can only be used by host or in Combat Training by pressing the C button (default Wii remote and Nunchuk layout) or L (default Wii U Pro Controller layout).
  • In the multiplayer teaser trailer, the RC-XD is referred to as the "RC Bomb" by the Black Ops announcer.
  • If the player is holding a China Lake when they use the RC-XD, the crosshairs on it will be that of the China Lake's instead of the regular one.

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