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FAL

Last edited on March 29, 2014
by Ultimate94ninja
For other variants, see FAL OSW and SC-2010.

The FN FAL is an assault rifle featured in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops II.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

FAL menu icon MW2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Console(s)

fnfal

Damage

110-90 (SP)
55-35 (MP standard), 55-40 (w/ Holographic Sight)

Damage Multipliers

Head: 3, Chest: 1, Limbs: .7 (SP), Head: 1.4, Neck: 1.1, Chest: 1, Limbs: 1 (MP)

Weapon Class

Assault Rifle

Magazine Size

30 (SP)
20 (MP, 30 with Extended Mags)

Unlocked at

Level 28 (Sergeant Major)

Starting Ammunition

20 + 40 (MP)

Maximum Ammunition

300 rounds (SP), 120 rounds (MP)

Reload Time

2.7s loaded, 3.46s unloaded

Rate of Fire

600 RPM (SP), 759 RPM (MP)

Range (explanation)

1000-1500 (500-1000 Suppressed) (MP)

Recoil

Moderate

Penetration

Moderate

Fire Mode

Semi-Automatic

Used by

Ultranationalists, OpFor, Brazilian Militia

HUD icon
FAL HUD MW2
Sound(s) Original sound

Campaign

The FAL is commonly used by the Brazilian Militia in "Takedown" and the OpFor in "Team Player". The FAL is also used by Russians in the early stages of the invasion, but the AK-47 is more commonplace later in the conflict. It is usually seen with a Red Dot Sight, ACOG Scope, or Shotgun. It can be found in many Special Ops missions, abundantly in the Favela missions, including Bomb Squad and O Cristo Redentor. It is the only semi-automatic assault rifle in game. What it lacks in rate of fire, it makes up in power, accuracy, and range.

Multiplayer

In multiplayer, the FAL is unlocked at Level 28. While this rifle's semi-automatic nature and its lower hip-fire accuracy reduces its effectiveness at close range, an experienced player with a fast trigger finger can easily unload a full magazine on an enemy in close-range, like a fully-automatic weapon. This same semi-automatic firing allows the player to control how much ammo is used and increases the FAL's effectiveness at long range, even though the player must pause briefly between shots to let the recoil settle. Because of this long-range prowess, the FAL bridges the gap between assault rifles and sniper rifles.

The FAL is the strongest assault rifle in the game with a damage range of 55-35, meaning that it kills in 2-3 bullets depending on the range. As such, Stopping Power has a minimal effect, opening up a second tier perk slot. Shots will always kill in two hits at close and medium range, but three are required for a long range kill, regardless of the use of Stopping Power. However, with Stopping Power, the FAL is able to achieve one-hit kills with a headshot up close. Moreover, like the UMP45, the FAL is one of the few non-sniper weapons in the game that can kill in a maximum of three shots regardless of range, perks, or attachments.

The Red Dot Sight is not properly aligned on the FAL, as shots land below and to the right of the dot. The Holographic Sight can fix this problem; interestingly, it also increases the FAL's minimum damage by five, for a total of 40, and when using Stopping Power, gives two-hit-kills at all ranges. This includes Bling combinations, in which a Holographic Sight would go well with a Suppressor or Grenade Launcher.

In Hardcore, due to the gun's minimum damage being five points higher than a player's normal health, when paired with a Thermal Scope it can become a viable sniper rifle. However, due to the fact that many players in Hardcore use Cold Blooded to hide from air support, the FAL is outperformed by the M14 EBR for easier penetration kills, higher zoom, higher movement speed, lower recoil, and a Ghillie suit in the player's model.

Attachments

For camouflage images, see FAL/Camouflage.
For attachment images, see FAL/Attachments.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops

FAL Menu BO
Call of Duty: Black Ops
Damage

50-40 (MP)

Damage Multipliers

Head: 1.4, Body: 1, Limbs: 1

Weapon Class

Assault Rifle

Magazine Size

20 rounds (30 w/ Extended Mags)

Unlocked at

Level 32

Cost (Black Ops) 2000
Cost (Zombies)

950 (Mystery Box)

Starting Ammunition

20 + 60 (MP)

Maximum Ammunition

300 (SP), 160 (MP)

Reload Time

2.5 loaded 3.1 unloaded

Rate of Fire

Capped at 625 RPM

Range (explanation) Multiplayer
AssaultRangeBlackOpsInfo

Zombies

FALRangeZInfo
Recoil

Moderate

Recoil center speed

1400

Penetration

Moderate

Fire Mode

· Semi-Automatic
· 3-round burst (ZM Pack-a-Punched)

Used by

Tropas, NVA

HUD icon
FN FAL HUD BO
Sound(s) Original sound

EPC WN Sound
The FAL returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops as the FN FAL, and looks much different from the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 version, having a wooden stock and handguard, the standard capacity of a 20-round magazine, and lacking a rail system for attachments.

Campaign

In the campaign, the weapon is used heavily by the Tropas in "Operation 40" and is the primary assault rifle used by the NVA in "The Defector". It is powerful and effective, but is usually passed up for other weapons that can be found.

Multiplayer

Unlocked at level 32, the FN FAL has medium recoil and high damage, killing in two to three shots in Core game modes and always with one shot in Hardcore game modes.

The FAL is a powerful weapon in the game, killing opponents with less shots than most other automatic weapons in the game, but is semi-automatic, which somewhat limits its effectiveness in close-quarters. The FAL excels at mid to long range gunfights due to its superior damage and accuracy, as well as moderately low recoil.

The FAL is a versatile weapon that can work with many different attachments and perks to be effective. Optics are an extremely common choice, as the FAL's sights are reasonably good, but optics allow for more accuracy at range. The Red Dot and Reflex Sights are great choices, as they provide better peripheral vision than the iron sights. The ACOG and Infrared scopes are also useful, but further limits the FAL's close quarter abilities by slowing ADS time and increasing recoil. Dual Mags are useful as it shortens reload time and grants 2 extra starting magazines, lessoning the need for Scavenger and Sleight of Hand. Extended Mags can be helpful when facing multiple enemies at once, but for the most part, 20 rounds are enough, as the FAL's semi-automatic nature and high power conserves ammunition very well, and its reload is rather quick. The Suppressor is also useful, as its high minimum damage allows it to kill effectively with 3 shots or less at any range. Adding a Masterkey or Flamethrower can increase one's close-quarters ability, as the basic FAL has very wide hipfire crosshairs.

Warlord is a great perk to use, as Sleight of Hand and Steady Aim are not immediately necessary for the FAL, although they are effective. An optic paired with Dual Mags or the Suppressor would be a good choice for a silent, deadly marksman class. Hardened is also useful, as it will increase the player's chances of killing an enemy behind cover. Hardened Pro's effect is highly beneficial as well, as accuracy is vital to be successful with the FAL, and flinching in the middle of a firefight can be fatal.

The FN FAL has some advantages over the other single-shot assault rifle in the game, the M14. The FN FAL has much more open, less obstructed iron sights, easily stays on target in close to long range gunfights, can accept Dual Mags, and does not require a grip like the M14 to lower recoil. The FN FAL features arguably lower, but less predictable recoil, unlike the M14, which has a more powerful linear vertical recoil. However, one can argue that the linear recoil is much easier to control and is largely negated by the fact that enemies are taller than they are wide, but this choice is up to the player. Another notable fact is that the M14 has a tighter hipfire spread than the FN FAL, therefore increasing the performance of the latter in close quarter combat. Additionally, the M14 is the only assault rifle to feature high penetration, and can kill opponents behind cover more easily. Finally, the FN FAL lacks the 1.5x damage multiplier head that the M14 has and posseses no neck multiplier at all, meaning that the FN FAL needs two headshots for a two-hit-kill at long range, while the M14 only needs one of the two bullets to hit the head or neck in order to get a two-hit-kill at long range.

Attachments

Zombies

"The Falafel! Good for Eating and Shooting!"
— Nikolai Bellinski when obtaining the FN FAL on Ascension

The FN FAL appears in the Zombies maps Kino der Toten, Five, Ascension, Call of The Dead, Shangri-La, and Moon. It also appears in the updated Call of Duty: Black Ops versions of Nacht der Untoten, Verrückt, Shi No Numa, and Der Riese. In Zombies mode, the FN FAL can be only obtained from the Mystery Box. It comes with a 20-round magazine, moderate power (one-hit-headshot until round six) and high accuracy. Due to the larger magazine size and double the power on headshots, the FN FAL is considered superior to the M14.

When Pack-A-Punched, the FN FAL turns into the "EPC WN", which sports a Reflex Sight with a randomized reticle and switches to a three-round burst firing mode, with a one-hit-headshot capacity lasting until round 12. However, one will seldom see a player using the "EPC WN", due to the ineffectiveness of the normal variant. However, It can be effective until round 30 if aiming for headshots.

FN FAL vs. EPC WN

FN FAL EPC WN
Video of the weapon EPC WN in Action
FN FAL BO
EPC WN BO
Damage 160-130 240-180
Fire mode Semi-automatic 3-round burst
Rate of fire 625 max 625 per burst, 369 per minute
Magazine size 20 30
Max ammo 180+20 360+30
Reload 2.5, 3.1 empty 2.5, 3.1 empty
Mobility Medium Medium
Sounds
Video
Black Ops Zombies - FAL Demonstration (00:09, 945 views)
Black Ops Zombies - EPC WN Demonstration (00:12, 2507 views)
Extras Higher damage, larger magazine, more ammo, becomes 3-round burst, Reflex Sight


For camouflage images, see FAL/Camouflage.
For attachment images, see FAL/Attachments.
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Call of Duty: Black Ops II

FAL menu icon BOII
Call of Duty: Black Ops II
Weapon Class

Assault Rifle

Magazine Size

20 rounds (27 w/ Extended Clip)

Unlocked at

Default (SP)

Starting Ammunition

20+120 (SP)

Maximum Ammunition

20+260 (SP)
20+180 (Zombies)

Rate of Fire

· Automatic: 535 RPM
· Semi-automatic: 625 RPM
· Pack-a-Punched: 535 RPM per burst (335 RPM overall)

Fire Mode

· Automatic (SP standard)
· Semi-Automatic (SP select fire & ZM standard)
· 3-round burst (ZM Pack-a-Punched)

Used by

Alex Mason, Jason Hudson, Jonas Savimbi, UNITA, MPLA, PDF

HUD icon
FN FAL Side View BOII

The FAL appears in the 1980s arc of the campaign of Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and Zombies.

Campaign

The FAL is available at the start of the campaign. It is equipped with an ACOG Scope, and is the primary weapon in the recommended loadout for "Pyrrhic Victory". It is also seen in "Time and Fate" and "Suffer with Me" used by the MPLA, PDF, Menendez Cartel, and Batallón Dignidad. Unlike previous appearances, here in campaign mode the FAL is fully-automatic by default.

Zombies

"Only the addition of suction cups would render this weapon less effective."
Marlton Johnson

The FAL can be bought from the Mystery Box for 950 points. When Pack-a-Punched, the FAL will become the WN and is equipped with a Reflex Sight. It retains the same three-round burst fire mode, magazine size, and similar damage as its Call of Duty: Black Ops counterpart, with the only main difference being its name.

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Trivia

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

  • The FAL's rear sight sways unless equipped with the Shotgun attachment.
  • The FAL made its appearance under the name "FN FAL" in one of the pictures in the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Official Strategy Guide, under the 'Multiplayer' section.[1]
    • On the right side of the gun, it says "FN FAL" and indiscernible text but backwards. This backwards lettering is also present in the letters R and S on the fire selector.
  • The FAL's handguard appears to have a discoloration or a stain on it.
  • The FAL has a unique way of reloading. The player flicks the magazine release with the new magazine and inserts it. Also, when the player reloads, the magazine appears to go through the trigger-guard to flick the old magazine out.
  • The FAL appears to have scratches and marks on the barrel.
    FAL grenade Laucher
  • The pick-up icon for the FAL with a grenade launcher says "FAL Grenade Laucher" instead of "FAL Grenade Launcher"
  • When equipped with a Heartbeat Sensor, and reloaded with an empty magazine, the player's hand will clip through the monitor.
  • Enemies firing from behind cover, particularly doors, fire the FAL as if it were fully automatic.
  • The magazine removed when empty reloading still appears to be full.

Call of Duty: Black Ops

  • Emblems on the FN FAL appear "backwards" or as a mirror image of the emblem.
  • Like the M14, the FN FAL has a wooden stock and handguard, but when a camouflage pattern is applied, the stock and hand guard turn into a synthetic material. This only occurs in multiplayer.
  • On the Nintendo Wii, the camouflage does not change the wooden stock.
  • With a Grenade Launcher, Flamethrower, or Masterkey attached, the player character releases the magazine slightly differently due to the trigger guard obstructing the magazine well.
  • When Pack-a-Punched, the name changes, EPC WN, which is a short variation of "Epic Win", while the FN FAL sounds like "Effin' Fail".
  • The FN FAL's serial number is "723750402".
  • By viewing the FN FAL in third-person, the player can see the word B3AN1ES, which translates to "beanies".
  • Nikolai Belinski calls this weapon the "Falafel", similar to how Tank Dempsey calls the Wunderwaffe DG-2 the "Wonder Waffle" and Edward Richtofen calling the P.E.S. "pies".
  • If the player uses the "give all" cheat on "Operation 40", they will obtain a FN FAL with ACOG and Silencer, but it fires as if it is unsilenced.
  • It is Nikolai Belinski's favorite weapon in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

Call of Duty: Black Ops II

  • Jason Hudson uses the FAL as his main weapon throughout the campaign.
  • This is the first game in which the FAL is fully automatic by default, though it only applies to campaign. In Zombies, it retains the semi-automatic fire mode.
  • If equipped with Fast Mag, then the FAL will reuse the reload animation from the one in the first Black Ops (for both the normal reload and the one with Dual Mags).
  • In the official BradyGames Guidebook for Black Ops II, the image for the FAL in the single player arsenal section is shown as a FAL OSW instead of a regular FAL.

Videos

FN FAL Assault Rifle - All Attachments Weapon Guide Series (Call of Duty® Black Ops) (03:04, 1290 views)
Attachment Overview

References

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