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For the similar gamemode, see Arms Race.
"Each player starts with the same basic pistol. Every time you kill an enemy with your gun, you're upgraded to the next weapon. Anyone killed with a melee attack is demoted to the previous weapon, so watch your flank. Suicides also set you back to the previous tier, most often occurring when using explosive weapons. The match ends when someone cycles through all twenty weapons. Success in Gun Game requires aggressive tactics and familiarity with each weapon in the rotation. Don't worry about dying - just go for a lot of successive kills. "
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Gun Game is a Wager Match game mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops, a private match custom game mode, and as part of FFA Gunplay in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 as well as a game mode in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance, a party game mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops II, and a standard playlist in Call of Duty: Ghosts. The game consists of six players competing in a free-for-all-style game. As players get more kills, the player will receive different weapons. However, knife kills do not advance the killer to a new weapon, but demote players to their previous weapon tier instead. The first person to achieve a kill with all twenty (or 18 in MW3 and Ghosts) weapon tiers wins. However, if the match ends without anyone getting a kill with all the weapons, the player on the highest weapon tier wins the match. Due to the fact that only 20 or 18 kills are needed to win, and the game is a Free For All, games are usually fairly short.

Weapon TiersEdit

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

  1. Python Speed Reloader
  2. Makarov Dual Wield (formerly ASP Dual Wield)
  3. SPAS-12
  4. Stakeout
  5. MP5K
  6. Skorpion Dual Wield
  7. AK74u
  8. M14
  9. M16
  10. Famas
  11. AUG
  12. HK21
  13. M60
  14. L96A1
  15. WA2000
  16. Grim Reaper (formerly RPG)
  17. M72 LAW
  18. China Lake
  19. Crossbow
  20. Ballistic Knife

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Edit

  1. M4A1 Red Dot Sight
  2. ACR 6.8 Red Dot Sight
  3. PP90M1 Red Dot Sight
  4. Type 95 Red Dot Sight
  5. MK46 Foregrip
  6. UMP45 Red Dot Sight
  7. MP7 Red Dot Sight
  8. Striker Foregrip
  9. Barrett .50cal
  10. L86 LSW Foregrip
  11. P90 Red Dot Sight
  12. AK-47 Red Dot Sight
  13. RSASS
  14. SPAS-12 Foregrip
  15. MP9 Red Dot Sight
  16. G18 Red Dot Sight
  17. .44 Magnum Tactical Knife
  18. P99

Private Matches (Default Setup)Edit

This is the default setup for Gun Game on private matches. The weapons and order they are used can be changed, but the attachments are randomly assigned in a fashion similar to how the defaults are.

  1. Desert Eagle Tactical Knife
  2. G18 Red Dot Sight
  3. MP9 Red Dot Sight
  4. MP5 Red Dot Sight
  5. P90 Red Dot Sight
  6. MP7 Red Dot Sight
  7. AK-47 Red Dot Sight
  8. SCAR-L Red Dot Sight
  9. PKP Pecheneg Foregrip
  10. MG36 Foregrip
  11. SPAS-12 Foregrip
  12. Model 1887
  13. Type 95 Red Dot Sight
  14. MK14 Red Dot Sight
  15. Barrett .50cal
  16. MSR
  17. XM25
  18. Javelin

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: DefianceEdit

  1. M9
  2. Desert Eagle
  3. M4
  4. SPAS-12
  5. SKS
  6. M10
  7. Scoped M4
  8. RPD
  9. MP7
  10. M4 Red Dot Sight
  11. AA-12
  12. M249 SAW
  13. M14 Scoped
  14. P90
  15. M79
  16. G36C
  17. Skorpion
  18. MG4
  19. SCAR-L
  20. M72 LAW

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIEdit

  1. B23R Tactical Knife
  2. KAP-40 Dual Wield
  3. Executioner Laser
  4. KSG Quickdraw Handle
  5. M1216 Extended Clip
  6. MSMC Grip
  7. Skorpion EVO Laser
  8. Chicom CQB Reflex
  9. M27 MMS
  10. M8A1 EOTech
  11. SMR ACOG Scope
  12. QBB LSW Target Finder
  13. MK 48 Hybrid Optic
  14. SVU-AS Dual Band
  15. DSR 50 Variable Zoom
  16. Ballista Iron Sight
  17. SMAW
  18. RPG
  19. Crossbow
  20. Ballistic Knife

Call of Duty: GhostsEdit

  1. Random Handgun
  2. Random Shotgun
  3. Random Submachine Gun
  4. Random Assault Rifle
  5. Minigun or Random Light Machine Gun
  6. Random Marksman Rifle
  7. Random Submachine Gun
  8. Random Assault Rifle
  9. Minigun or Random Light Machine Gun
  10. Random Launcher
  11. Random Sniper Rifle
  12. Random Submachine Gun
  13. Random Assault Rifle
  14. Random Shotgun /w Slug Rounds & Red Dot Sight
  15. Random Marksman Rifle
  16. Random Sniper Rifle
  17. .44 Magnum Akimbo ACOG
  18. Combat Knife + Throwing Knife (Kill must be with Throwing Knife to end game)


Trivia Edit


  • In Call of Duty: World at War, it is possible to play a game of Gun Game in a modded lobby, if the host chooses to.
  • Like all other Wager game modes, killstreak rewards are disabled.
  • Direct suicides with a weapon will result in a demotion. By definition, this means being caught in the blast of an explosive weapon's splash damage. Suicides by car bombs or red barrels will also demote the player, but suicide by fall damage will not.
  • If the player kills someone else by blowing up a car with a launcher, they don't advance to the next tier.
  • Double kills with a weapon don't advance the player two tiers.
  • If the player kills someone with a launcher and then kills themselves, they will go back one tier. However, if the enemy damaged the player before he/she killed themselves, the other player will get an "Assisted Suicide" kill, but will not advance.
  • Kills from the grave (afterlife kills) will advance the player a tier. This frequently happens when using the Crossbow.
  • The console codename for Gun Game is gun.
    • If the player wants to play a "fake" Gun Game, then all that has to be done is that the player needs to have a map loaded followed by opening the console (PC version only) and type in \g_gametype gun followed by \map_restart. Then the game will change to a "fake" Gun Game (a regular Gun Game that isn't related to CODpoints in any way).
    • In Call of Duty: Black Ops, the player can also play a fake Gun Game in Private Match by finding it in the list of custom game modes in Theater Mode.
  • David Vonderhaar, the design director for Treyarch, states that the idea for this game mode came "straight from the community," which was a thread created on their own Community Forums. Gun Game had an overwhelming demand from the majority of the community.
  • Gun Game was originally a modded game type for Counter-Strike, an immensely popular PC game.

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

  • The Grim Reaper was removed from Gun Game in late December 2010 and was replaced with the RPG, due to it being glitched. It was not changed on the Wii, which did not have the glitched Grim Reaper. Due to a patch in late April 2011, the glitch on PS3, PC and Xbox was removed and the Grim Reaper is used again as Tier 16 on every system.
  • Even though the icon for Gun Game is a Commando, it is not featured in the game mode.
  • In Black Ops, the only guns with attachments are the Python with Speed Reloader, the Dual Wield Makarovs and the Dual Wield Skorpions. This is the opposite in Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops II, where almost all of the weapons have attachments.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3Edit

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: DefianceEdit

  • In Defiance there is an in-game glitch that occurs when the player kills an opponent with their gun, then knifes them. The player will go a tier up, but they will retain the current gun they had in their previous tier. This is probably due to the fact that the successful kill is acknowledged as a gun kill, but since the knife also deals a blow, the gun that is to be given is cancelled out.

Call of Duty: GhostsEdit

  • In Ghosts, the first sixteen weapons are randomized within their class, with random attachments. The player can view their current weapon and attachments by selecting Change Class in the menu. However, the assault rifle at thirteen will always have no attachments and the shotgun at fourteen will always have the Slug Rounds attachment in conjunction with a Red Dot Sight. It is also possible to obtain a gun with 4 attachments. (ex. a Remington R5 with Thermal Hybrid, Semi-automatic, and Muzzle Brake, and Grip .)
  • In Ghosts, the player has two perks, Marathon and Reflex.
    • However, Reflex is almost useless in this game mode, as weapon swaps are not faster when players advance to the next gun. It is only useful when in the final tier, as it affects the Throwing Knife.


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