The M79 "Thumper" is a single-shot grenade launcher featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops (Nintendo DS), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance, Call of Duty Online, Call of Duty: Mobile and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Unlike the undermounted grenade launchers, the Thumper has iron sights the player can aim with. Like the undermounted grenade launchers, the Thumper also starts with two grenades without the Scavenger perk. When hip firing, the iron sights are brought up for the shot, much like the RPG-7, though it can be hip-fired in the campaign. Even if firing while already aiming with the ironsights, there is a noticeable delay between pressing the fire button and when the grenade is actually launched. This delay makes firing accurately more difficult, as the player must compensate for this while moving. As with the other grenade launchers, grenades that impact a solid object before they reach a certain distance from the user will not explode, but will still inflict damage and kill an enemy in one shot, unless the enemy is using Painkiller.
Although Scavenger and Danger Close are both extremely effective with the Thumper, some people consider using Sleight of Hand Pro if they are using it with a "Run and Gun" class, due to the weapon's inability to Reload Cancel. This also allows the Thumper to be fired more quickly as Sleight of Hand Pro lets the player aim down the sights faster, which is required to fire the Thumper.
The Thumper is a starting weapon in High Explosive and Armor Piercing. It is an alternate weapon in Bomb Squad, Wreckage, and Wardriving. It is also an enemy weapon in Bomb Squad. It is a very effective weapon in this mode, since it can one-hit-kill Juggernauts provided the round explodes against said enemy's head; a direct impact will not work.
As with the PKP Pecheneg in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, the player is automatically programmed to reload this weapon with Sleight of Hand.
Behind the scenes
Hidden in the games code is the ability to have Akimbo on the Thumper. Since it was never finished, the reloading animation is coded the same as that on the normal Thumper, and so it shows the player with four hands. There are two right hands holding each Thumper, even though the player's left hand should be holding the Thumper on the left. As well as this, pressing the shoot button will fire both regardless of which button was pressed, emptying the gun.
This makes the Akimbo feature useless unless one explosion takes half or more of the target's health but doesn't kill them leaving them to be killed by the second Thumper. Unlike most Akimbo guns, each Thumper is only allocated one grenade, which would mean that the player couldn't have access to extra grenades versus a Thumper without attachments. Akimbo Thumper can be acquired through code "bg_forcedualwield 1".
Call of Duty: Black Ops
While physically absent from Call of Duty: Black Ops, the Thumper can sometimes be seen in footage on the main menu's TV screens.
Call of Duty: Black Ops (Nintendo DS)
The Thumper appears in Black Ops (DS) as the M79, and it is one of the four launchers available in-game. The M79 has a decent reload time, but suffers from an extremely short range, as the grenade will descend to the ground almost instantly after exiting the barrel.
The explosion of the grenade is strong enough to kill more than one enemy at a time, but it is advisable to not shoot somebody too close to the player, as there is no arming distance, so the explosion could kill the player. In multiplayer, it is unlocked for the allied faction after 150 kills with the M72 LAW. In Zombie mode, it can be found in the Mystery Box or purchase from the wall in the third room for 3500 points.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance
The M79 returns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance. It is exactly the same as the M79 from Call of Duty: Black Ops DS.
Call of Duty Online
The Thumper returns in Call of Duty Online as the M79 "Thumper".
Call of Duty: Mobile
- "Rear mounted grenade launcher with medium damage and low ammunition."
- — Description
The Thumper returns in Call of Duty: Mobile. It was added in October 2021 as part of the Season 9: Nightmare update.
The Thumper is the third launcher available, and features lower damage compared to other launchers. It also has the smallest blast radius of all explosives, and splash damage can be as low as 25, requiring much more precision compared to other launchers. Its projectile also has an arc, making precision shots even harder to pull off. Even with Demo Expert, which increases explosive damage by 25%, players can be met with hitmarkers when the projectiles lands at only a meter or so away from targets. It does much less damage compared to the dedicated launchers to streaks on the ground, as it requires two grenades compared to the one rocket with other launchers, and requires even more grenades to destroy aerial streaks.
The Thumper is not as effective at directly killing enemies compared to other launchers, and does a mediocre job at destroying ground-based streaks, while it cannot destroy any aerial streaks. Overall, the Thumper is somewhat mediocre as an actual launcher, but it does have some potential for killing enemies, though it is at a severe disadvantage compared to other secondaries in terms of killing potential.
The Thumper, like the FHJ and SMRS, are available in red supply boxes, and is not available as ground loot.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- "Grenade launcher. Fires a grenade projectile that explodes on impact. High damage with a significant blast radius."
- — In-game designation
The Thumper returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War as the M79.
The M79 also appears in Dead Ops Arcade 3: Rise of the Mamaback, where it takes up the grenade launcher role previously held by the China Lake and the War Machine from previous Dead Ops Arcade installments. In Dead Ops Arcade 3, the M79 shoots explosive pineapples instead of grenades
If the player pushes the button on the right side of the Bubby statue multiple times during the "Redlight, Greenlight" campaign mission, the M79 will be ejected. It's also found in the mission "End of the Line", and is used in "Break on Through" at the beginning of the fallback scenario.
Within Dead Ops Arcade 3: Rise of the Mamaback, the M79 has taken the role of the Grenade Launcher, formerly held by the China Lake in Dead Ops Arcade and the War Machine in Dead Ops Arcade II. Whilst in active use, it does not require reloading and uniquely will fire literal pineapple shaped projectiles.
While in the standard Zombies mode the M79 can be brought into any map via Create-A-Class, at Loadout rarity and can be found at any rarity via the Mystery Box for 950 Essence. When upgraded by the Pack-a-Punch Machine it becomes the Matter Dismantler, garnering an increased magazine size of 3, increased reload amount and increased damage. The Matter Dismatler's grenades have a damage range of 7.5 meters from the center of the impact.
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- In the mobile games, the iron sights are misaligned.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Thumper can be fired without aiming down the sights in campaign and Special Ops, but not in multiplayer. It also reloads faster in the former game modes.
- The ammo counter in singleplayer and Special Ops shows a rocket icon, while in multiplayer it shows shotgun shell icons.
- When seen in third person and Create-A-Class, the leaf sights are flipped down.
- In Special Ops, the Thumper can kill a Juggernaut in one shot with a headshot (unless firing within the safety distance) but the player must make sure the round explodes against the enemy's head.
- The leaf sights are slightly asymmetric in design. This can be seen when aiming down the sights.
- There is a hidden Thumper in the Campaign level "The Hornet's Nest" in the ice cream shop.
- The Thumper's sights are set up for firing at a range of 225 meters. However, the grenades actually hit their mark at the tip of the sight at approximately 30–40 meters.
- In certain lighting, the Thumper will appear to be gold. An example is at the beginning of "High Explosive". By moving slowly forward, the lighting effect will appear.
Call of Duty: Black Ops
- Although the Thumper is absent from Call of Duty: Black Ops, some of the television screens on the main menu and stock footage during cutscenes will show an American soldier firing a Thumper.
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
- Oddly, the master calling card for both Multiplayer and Zombies shows a China Lake instead of a M79.