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For the new version of the weapon, see Wunderwaffe DG Scharfschütze.
"Good old fashioned lightning gun, sweet!"
"Tank" Dempsey

The Wunderwaffe DG-2 (pronounced: Vunder Vaffe; German for: "Wonder Weapon DG-2") is the second Wonder Weapon to make its appearance Treyarch's Zombies franchise, and it is widely considered to be the most powerful weapon in Zombies.

It debuted in the map Shi No Numa, and returned in the following map, Der Riese, in Call of Duty: World at War.

The Wunderwaffe DG-2 also appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops in the revamped Shi No Numa and Der Riese, and in Call of the Dead as a power-up after completion of the Stand-in/Ensemble Cast Easter Eggs, and after killing George Romero.

It is also available in Call of Duty Online's Cyborg Rising mode.

The weapon returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops III in the maps The Giant, a reimagining of Der Riese, and in the remastered versions of Verrückt and Shi No Numa available in Zombies Chronicles.


The Wunderwaffe DG-2 was Doctor Edward Richtofen's breakthrough in weapon development during the final stages of war in World War II. It was built at Der Riese factory, along with the teleporters, and was intended to be mass produced and supplied to front line troops to win the war. Packed with 200,000 amperes of devastating chained electrical current, in-game, it is incredibly powerful, sending a bolt of lightning at the targeted enemy, killing it instantly. The bolt then proceeds to hit up to nine nearby enemies with no diminished power for a maximum killing potential of 10 enemies. However, in order for the DG-2 to effectively work, the zombies should be nearby each other, as if the zombies are more than five yards away from each other, the bolt might not link to other zombies. The Wunderwaffe DG-2 has three cartridges on the side for ammunition, and 15 reserved, totaling 18. This gives it a maximum killing potential of 180 enemies. These unique attributes make it an ideal room-clearing weapon.

The Wunderwaffe DG-2 is powered by the powerful Element 115. The element generates electricity which is contained in three tesla power-tubes that resemble light bulbs, which the player reloads into the Wunderwaffe DG-2. These tubes increase the voltage of the gun so that it does infinite damage. Whenever the player reloads it, they have to eject the vacuum tubes and insert new ones before pulling on a lever, lighting up the power cells and putting the Wunderwaffe DG-2 back into a firing mode. The Wunderwaffe takes about six seconds to fully reload without Speed Cola, but the player can reload cancel after just three seconds to fully recharge it. This is very handy considering its small magazine size.

It can kill 10 zombies at a time. It also appears to not only instantly kill Hellhounds, but also extinguishes them if they are on fire, meaning that they do not explode after being killed. Because of its recoil, it is important to aim shots carefully, as even a single missed shot is a serious waste of enormous potential.

The Wunderwaffe DG-2 can damage the user if it's fired at a zombie or object too close to the player. In the World at War version of Der Riese, it can stun the player temporarily, slowly drain the user's health and leaving them weaker to incoming damage for long periods of time. This effect is increased with the Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ, where it can essentially remove Juggernog's effect, making upgrading the Wunderwaffe an unpopular choice among many players. However, in Black Ops, it merely damages the player with small amounts of splash damage akin to getting hit by a zombie.


Acquire Waffle Weapons (25 Gamerscore/ Silver Trophy Silver Trophy PS3 icon) - Obtain the Ray Gun, Wunderwaffe DG-2 and the Monkey Bomb at the same time in one game, in Der Riese.

Call of Duty: Zombies Edit

The Wunderwaffe also appears in the Call of Duty: Zombies app for the iOS with a few differences from the consoles version. In Shi No Numa, digging up Peter's grave after opening all the doors rewards the player with it. The user cannot damage him/herself from firing the Wunderwaffe DG-2, and it also holds much more ammo in reserve than on the consoles. Since there is a Wunderwaffe DG-2 in the Mystery Box and another in the grave, it is possible for two different players to simultaneously have the DG-2. Electrocuting eight zombies with one shot gives the player the "Face Melter" achievement. The Wunderwaffe DG-2 is also semi-automatic on the iOS version, which does not make much of a difference, as most players tend to treat it as a semi-automatic on the consoles anyway.

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

The Wunderwaffe DG-2 appears in Shi No Numa and Der Riese as part of the Hardened and Prestige editions, as well as in the Rezurrection versions of the maps. In Kino der Toten and Ascension the weapon is replaced by the Thundergun, and in "Five" it is replaced by the Winter's Howl.

When Pack-a-Punched in Der Riese, the appearance is gold plated, whereas in Call of Duty: World at War, it would obtain a pattern similar to any other upgraded gun. In Shi No Numa, a radio can be found, where Richtofen explains why the Wunderwaffe DG-2 did not appear in Kino der Toten, "Five" or Ascension. This radio can only be found in the Call of Duty: Black Ops version of the map.

There were several quotes that were cut from Kino der Toten, which implies that the Wunderwaffe DG-2 was originally going to appear in the map, but was cut before the game was released and replaced by the Thundergun. These quotes would eventually be used in the Zombies Chronicles version of Verruckt. There are also cut quotes for "Five" that hint that the Wunderwaffe DG-2 was going to be included.

The Wunderwaffe DG-2 also makes an appearance in Call of the Dead, after completing Original Characters Trapped Easter Egg, where the "original" Ultimis characters, Tank Dempsey, Nikolai Belinski, Takeo Masaki and Edward Richtofen, are trapped in a room and need help from the celebrities to escape. After completing the Easter Egg, a Death Machine power-up will drop, which is the Wunderwaffe DG-2 in power-up form. This Wunderwaffe DG-2 cannot be Pack-a-Punched and will disappear after it runs out of ammo (although the Max Ammo power-up refills it). After the player has completed this Easter Egg and kills George Romero, they will always obtain the Wunderwaffe DG-2 instead of the Death Machine. The player has to be very careful when using the Wunderwaffe DG-2 in Call of the Dead, as George will be hit by its chain effect if he is within range and will go berserk. Despite dealing infinite damage to regular zombies, it only deals 100 damage to George, making it very ineffective against him as he has hundreds of thousands of health.

Call of Duty OnlineEdit

The Wunderwaffe DG-2 makes an appearance in the Cyborg Rising mode of Call of Duty Online.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III Edit

The Wunderwaffe DG-2 returns in The Giant, and the remastered versions of Verrückt (replacing the Winter's Howl from the Black Ops version) and Shi No Numa in the Zombies Chronicles series.

The DG-2 has undergone major differences in detail appearances. It now features a vibrant green gold and black-bronze metal colour scheme, instead of is former flat white gold and brown iterations. The bulbs now are completely opaque, showing off now a neon yellow-orange glow instead of the transparent white light glow in World at War and Black Ops. Along with the appearance changes, the reload animation has been slightly altered, now having a more sharp and quick reload instead of a flowing and slow reload had in its previous incarnations.

Similar to its previous iterations, it continues to have the capability to kill up to 10 zombies with one shot, and still has infinite damage. However, there are two major differences with the BO3 version. First off, the DG-2 will no longer deal splash damage to the user, eliminating the fear of firing up close by mistake or trying to escape from being cornered by zombies. Second, shots will deal now extra splash damage to nearby zombies, which means, if one has Insta-Kill active, it is now possible to kill an entire horde of zombies with one shot (that is if all the zombies are close enough together).

Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZEdit

In Call of Duty: World at War, if the Wunderwaffe DG-2 is put into the Pack-a-Punch Machine, the DG-2 will be renamed to Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ, receive a black and sliver camo, bulbs that now emit a pinkish red glow instead of white light, and will now fire red electricity that turns blue after striking the first zombie. It will also receive an ammo boost; 30 charges and a magazine size of six. However, the splash damage is increased greatly, enough to down the user in two hits, even with Juggernog. If the player does not have Juggernog, and is hit with the splash damage, they will be downed instantly should a zombie or Hellhound attack them. Also, if the user recovers from the splash damage from the Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ, they will not only lose the effects of Juggernog, but they will be a one hit down. The only way to get back Juggernog's effects is for the player to down themself and be revived so they can buy it again.

In Call of Duty: Black Ops, the appearance of the Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ is greatly changed, as it will not feature the World at War red and silver circuitry PaP camo, where instead it gains a golden camouflage. Although the splash damage still deals slight damage to the user if they fire it too close to a zombie or object, it no longer affects the user's Juggernog, allowing the user to shock themselves and retain Juggernog's effects.

In Call of Duty: Black Ops III, the Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ will receive the The Giant Pack-a-Punch camo, aka the Etching Camouflage. Unlike the WAW and BO versions, the camo will now only cover parts of the DG-3 instead of the full weapon, leaving some of the metal, like on the barrel and charge cage, untouched. The bulbs will now feature a bright neon black and purple colour scheme instead of the old WAW and BO1 red and pink colour schemes. Like its previous iterations, the DG-3 retains the same upgrades as before, which include a larger magazine size and reserve ammo count, and a slightly faster reload animation.

Wunderwaffe DG-2 vs Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ (Call of Duty: World at War) Edit

Wunderwaffe DG-2 Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ
Wunderwaffe DG-2 WaW Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ WaW
Damage Infinite with a maximum of 10 zombie kills per shot Infinite with a maximum of 10 zombie kills per shot
Fire mode Automatic Automatic
Rate of fire 60 RPM 60 RPM
Magazine size 3 6
Max ammo 15+3 30+6
Reload 6 4.7
Mobility High High
Extras Larger magazine, more ammo, reloads slightly faster, and increased splash damage

Wunderwaffe DG-2 vs Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ (Call of Duty: Black Ops) Edit

Wunderwaffe DG-2 Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ
Wunderwaffe DG-2 BO Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ BO
Damage Infinite with a maximum of 10 zombie kills per shot Infinite with a maximum of 10 zombie kills per shot
Fire mode Automatic Automatic
Rate of fire 60 RPM 60 RPM
Magazine size 3 6
Max ammo 15+3 30+6
Reload 6 4.7
Mobility High High
Extras Larger magazine, more ammo, reloads slightly faster, and is golden-plated.

Wunderwaffe DG-2 vs Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ (Call of Duty: Black Ops III) Edit

Wunderwaffe DG-2 Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ
Wunderwaffe-DG-2 BO3 Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ BO3
Damage Infinite with a maximum of 10 zombie kills per shot Infinite with a maximum of 10 zombie kills per shot
Fire mode Automatic Automatic
Rate of fire 60 RPM 60 RPM
Magazine size 3 6
Max ammo 15+3 30+6
Reload 6 4.7
Mobility High High
Extras Larger magazine, more ammo, reloads slightly faster



  • On the iOS version of Shi No Numa, if the player gets a Wunderwaffe DG-2 from the Mystery Box and then digs Peter's grave, the Wunderwaffe's ammo will be replenished.
  • One of the most popular nicknames for the Wunderwaffe DG-2 is the "Wonder Waffle" given by Tank Dempsey.
  • Zombies killed by the Wunderwaffe DG-2 will not drop power-ups, except in Shi No Numa.[1]
  • In Call of Duty: World at War, the Wunderwaffe DG-2 will produce a distorted electricity sound after killing more than five zombies with one bolt.
  • If third-person mode is activated, it is impossible to aim correctly with the Wunderwaffe DG-2. The bolts will fire out through the side of the player and simply go through zombies.
  • Despite not being able to Pack-a-Punch the Wunderwaffe DG-2, the Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ is scripted into Call of the Dead and can be obtained via console commands, although the gun is white due to it lacking a texture.
    • A Wunderwaffe DG-2 obtained through console commands in Call of the Dead cannot be Pack-a-Punched.
  • In the Ascension poster, Dempsey is seen holding the Wunderwaffe. Normally, however, it cannot be obtained in Ascension outside of console commands.
  • The "JZ" in the Wunderwaffe DG-3 JZ's name is a reference to Treyarch's former Creative Lead and Design Director of Zombies, Jimmy Zielinski.
  • According to a cut quote by Robert McNamara, the Wunderwaffe DG-2 shoots at 130,000 mph and 54,000 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • In the World at War version of Shi No Numa, the Wunderwaffe appears to have a speed reloader holding the bulbs together while reloading. This device flies off the bulbs when the handle is pulled back. This speed reloader is also present in the iOS/Android version of Call of the Dead in Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, as well as in The Giant[2].

References Edit

  1. at 4:15 - 4:20 a zombie killed with DG-2 drops an Insta-Kill.


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