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The China Lake is a pump-action Grenade Launcher featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops, Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies and Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified.

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

China Lake menu icon BO
China Lake

800-120, 256 Impact (SP)
155-25, 135 Impact (MP)
600-75, 600 Impact (Zombies)

Weapon Class


Magazine Size

4 grenades (SP)
2 grenades (MP & Zombies)



Unlocked at


Cost (Black Ops)

CoD Points logo BO2000

Cost (Zombies)

950 (Mystery Box)

Starting Ammunition

2 + 0 (MP)

Maximum Ammunition

4 + 10 (SP), 2 + 2 (MP)
2 + 20 (Zombies)

Reload Time

1.25 for first grenade, 0.75 for each following grenade (SP)
2 for first grenade, 1 for each following grenade (MP & Zombies)

Rate of Fire

16 RPM
(150 RPM in DOA)


300 inches (7.62 meters)

Fire Mode


Used by


HUD icon

China Lake HUD BO


Firing the China Lake


The China Lake is first used in "S.O.G." in a tunnel area near the part with the mortared out forest and is later used on a jeep while destroying tanks. It can be found in all three weapon caches in "Numbers". It is also seen in the mission "Crash Site" when in the crashed plane fuselage, with Woods questioning why the Russians would be using American weapons. The China Lake in singleplayer has a four round capacity, unlike in multiplayer and zombies where it only has two rounds.


The China Lake is a secondary weapon, and the last weapon unlocked for Create-a-Class, unlocked at Level 48. The China Lake has a two round capacity, and is pump-action. The pumping action is very slow, thus lowering the rate of fire when compared to the Stakeout.

When the player hip fires the China Lake, the sights will be brought up before firing, similar to the Thumper in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, as well all other launchers in Call of Duty: Black Ops. The player will have to lead the shot due to the gun's delay between pulling the trigger and it actually firing. When using Scavenger Pro the player will start with two extra grenades in reserve. With this extra ammo, it is important to note that reloading the gun after each shot is actually faster than pumping it, especially when using Sleight of Hand. Using this technique significantly increases the China Lake's rate of fire.

The China Lake does 155 to 25 damage with a 7.62m blast radius. It drops about 17 damage per every meter, meaning the lethal blast radius is about 3.22m. It is rare to find this online due to the very high level the weapon is unlocked at, and that the grenade launcher attachment performs the same function and has identical damage, yet does not take up the secondary, reloads slightly faster, has easier accessibility, and does not require the user to aim down the sights to use it. However, the grenade launcher can only be used with assault rifles, meaning that a player who is not using an assault rifle can use the China Lake as a substitute.


The China Lake is available in all Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies maps, through the Mystery Box for 950 points. It is very effective for clearing out large waves but disorients the user after firing too close, due to shellshock. This drawback can be mitigated by using PhD Flopper.

When Pack-a-Punched, the China Lake becomes the China Beach. The China Beach holds five grenades and cycles faster, does not need to aim down sights to fire a shot, and reduces explosive shellshock to the player. While it is still an effective weapon, it is still considered inferior compared to the M72 Anarchy in terms of ammo, utility and damage. Overall, it is a poor choice for close quarters engagements.

The China Lake is also available as a power-up in Dead Ops Arcade. Here it seems to be automatic, but it is still pump action as the player can see the character model pumping the weapon before firing, but much faster. The China Lake only goes a small distance before exploding, which allows zombies to get close if the player is not aiming in the right direction. The China Lake is effective when firing into large masses of zombies on lower waves. According to the opening cutscene of "Five" it is John F. Kennedy's weapon of choice.

China Lake vs. China BeachEdit

China Lake China Beach
China Lake BO China Beach BO
Damage 600 (direct hit), 600-75 (explosion) 1000 (direct hit), 1200-75 (explosion)
Fire mode Pump-action Pump-action
Rate of fire 16 RPM 25 RPM
Magazine size 2 5
Max ammo 20+2 40+5
Reload 2 for first grenade, 1 for following grenades 3.1 for all grenades
Mobility 80% 100%
Extras More damage, larger magazine, more ammo, reloads all grenades at once, higher mobility, does not need to ADS when firing, faster Pump-action


Videos Edit

Call of Duty: Black Ops ZombiesEdit

The China Lake appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, acting like it does in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Call of Duty: Black Ops: DeclassifiedEdit

China Lake
Weapon Class


Magazine Size

2 grenades

Fire Mode


The China Lake returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified, and now it can be hipfired, unlike its Black Ops counterpart.


Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

  • When it is out of ammo, the China Lake switches to another weapon faster than normal.
  • Reloading one grenade takes less time than pumping.
  • John F. Kennedy is seen with a China Lake in the opening cutscene of "Five".
  • The China Lake is absent from the Nintendo Wii version of Zombies.
  • The China Lake's reload and pumping speeds are much faster in the campaign than in multiplayer and Zombies.
  • It is possible to shoot twice without pumping. After the first shot, just before it pumps, the player needs to sprint forward and stop and they will be able to fire a second shot.

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