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For similarly named weapons, see RPK and RPG.

The RPD machine gun is a light machine gun featured in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, Call of Duty: Black Ops (Nintendo DS), Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance, Call of Duty: Black Ops II, Call of Duty Online and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered. It was cut from Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3. It serves as the main light machine gun used by the Russian forces.

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare & Modern Warfare RemasteredEdit

"Fully automatic with good power and quick fire rate. Effective at medium to long range."
— Weapon description

RPD menu icon CoD4

RPD Menu Icon MWR

Damage 130-90 (SP), 40 (MP)
Damage Multipliers Head: 3, Chest: 1, Limbs: 1 (SP),

Head: 1.4, Chest: 1, Limbs: 1 (MP)

Magazine Size 100 rounds (SP, MP)
200 rounds (Old School)
Unlocked Level 4
Starting Ammunition 100+300 (SP), 100+100 (MP)
200+0 (Old School)
Maximum Ammunition 100+400 (SP), 100+300 (MP)
200+300 (Old School)
Reload Time 9.7s (7.13s add time)
(6s add time in MW Remastered)
Rate of Fire 759 RPM (SP), 705 RPM (MP)
Range (explanation) LMG Stats MW
Recoil Medium (without grip), Moderately low (with grip)
Penetration High
Fire Mode Automatic
Used by OpFor, Ultranationalists, Loyalists
HUD icon RPD Pickup CoD4RPD HUD Icon MWR
Console codename(s) rpd


In the campaign, the RPD is frequently used by the Loyalists, Ultranationalists, and OpFor. To this end, it can be more useful than the M249 SAW in some stages, as ammunition is frequently available. A mounted form of the RPD can be found in the mission "Shock and Awe" in the building after rescuing the stranded platoon, as well as the mission "Safehouse" in two of the houses.


The RPD is unlocked at level 4.

The weapon is very powerful, even without any attachments. It deals 40 damage at all range, with no dropoff, killing three hits anywhere to the body. Stopping Power increases damage to 56, making it a two hit kill at any range. Head shots are only useful when not using Stopping Power, reducing the three hit kill to two hits. Complementing the high damage is a medium rate of fire of 700 rounds per minute, giving the RPD the fastest time to kill among all light machine guns in most situations with Stopping Power. Even more, it has rather low recoil. However, it does have some drawbacks, such as having the longest reload time of all guns and poor hip fire accuracy, which can be mitigated somewhat by Sleight of Hand and Steady Aim respectively.

The RPD can be modified with a Red Dot Sight, ACOG Scope, or a Grip. It is primarily used for medium to long distances and is particularly liked for its magazine's high capacity as well as high power. It is capable of getting long distance kills as the recoil is less than the AK-47's visual recoil and it has no idle sway. Also, in terms of damage per second, the RPD is better than both the M249 SAW and M60E4 when using the Stopping Power perk. The M249 SAW does significantly less damage per second than the RPD or M60E4, and the RPD and M60E4 take the same number of bullets to kill (except in close quarters or mid-range, where the M60E4 can kill in two shots without Stopping Power). Using the Grip increases the RPD's already excellent long range capabilities.

The RPD's iron sights are large and unobstructed, so the Red Dot Sight and the ACOG Scope are less beneficial. The front sight is not removed when using the Red Dot Sight so it is more obstructive than on most other weapons, and the ACOG Scope adds sway. However, the RPD features slightly misaligned iron sights. This can be seen when equipped with an optical attachment, as the reticle will lie slightly to the right of the front post.

The RPD has fairly low recoil when fired automatically, so it is very helpful for keeping enemies at bay and spraying large groups of enemies down.

In Modern Warfare Remastered, the reloading animation has been altered to have the charging handle pulled after changing the belt drum rather than before.

Weapon AttachmentsEdit

Old School Mode Edit

The RPD appears in Old School Mode with 100 rounds in the magazine and 100 rounds of reserve ammunition.

  • Bog - Found in the grassy area behind the shipping containers, near Double Tap.
  • Broadcast - Found with a Red Dot Sight in the middle of the office area.
  • Crash/Winter Crash - Found in between the two parts of the crashed helicopter.
  • Pipeline - Found in the building between the power building and train tracks.
  • Strike - Found outside the front of the cafe across the road from the statue, near Stopping Power.
  • Vacant - Found with a Grip in the room to the southeast of the center of the map, near the M1014.
  • Wet Work - Found with a Grip to the west of the southern bridge.


For camouflage images, see RPD/Camouflage.
For attachment images, see RPD/Attachments.

Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareEdit

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare RemasteredEdit

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit

RPD menu icon MW2
Damage 130-90 (SP), 40 (MP), 30 (MP Silenced)
Magazine Size 100 rounds (200 w/ extended mags)
Unlocked Level 4 (Private First Class)
Starting Ammunition 100+300 (SP), 100+100 (MP)
Maximum Ammunition 100+400 (SP), 100+300 (MP)
Reload Time 9.7s (Empty and Normal), 7.13s (Add Time)
Rate of Fire 705 RPM
Range (explanation) LMG Stats MW2 1
Recoil Medium (without grip), Low (with grip)
Penetration High
Fire Mode Automatic
Used by OpFor, Brazilian Militia, Ultranationalists, Shadow Company, Task Force 141
Sound(s) Original sound


The RPD is occasionally found on Russian soldiers throughout the campaign, as well as in the hands of the Brazilian MilitiaOpfor, and Shadow Company soldiers.

It is one of two starting weapons in "Endgame" if the player does not play the level through the previous mission, along with the Mini-Uzi. It sees very little use however, as it is unusable as soon the player enters the Zodiac.

It is usually found with a Red Dot Sight, ACOG Scope, or no attachments at all.


The RPD in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 handles very similarly to how it does in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. A notable difference, like with most firearms in the game, is that the ACOG Scope no longer sways. A rail has also been added which is not seen in Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare. The RPD benefits greatly from the Bling perk, which allows players some flexibility in their attachment choices. Bling is useful for all light machine guns due to their large ammo capacity and magazines, making Sleight of Hand and Scavenger redundant, and the RPD is no exception to this. ACOG and Thermal Scope have their obvious benefits, allowing players to perform an "overwatch" role and provide longer range fire support in most situations.

Stopping Power and FMJ are advised for a player going for a loud and all out attack class with a similarly powerful secondary weapon. Attaching FMJ with the RPD can yield multi-kills as increasing the penetration can also increase the penetration through enemy players, though it does not increase the base damage. Unsilenced with Stopping Power, the RPD delivers two-hit kills anywhere to the body, unless shooting through a surface or against an opponent with Painkiller. The gun can be a surprisingly good stealthy light machine gun with a Silencer, especially in Hardcore game modes where it can deliver one-shot kills at any distance without Stopping Power, while carrying 100 rounds of ammunition; this makes it very difficult for the player to run out of ammunition before the player dies, or the game ends. However, the effectiveness of a Silencer in Hardcore is limited, due to the lack of radar. The RPD also has very high bullet penetration, just like the AK-47 in this game; this makes it much easier for the RPD to get penetration kills quickly due to the high damage even without Stopping Power or FMJ. An experienced player can unlock Extended Mags in a few days, or even a few hours of consistent use. Using Extended Magazines with One Man Army Pro can be very effective, as it allows for 18 seconds of continuous firing, followed by a 3 second class swap, which is very useful when suppression is needed.

The RPD has the second highest damage output per second due to the high capacity magazines, but falls short to the L86 LSW due to the lower rate of fire. One major disadvantage of the RPD is its reload time. It takes approximately 10 seconds to reload the RPD, the same reload time as the MG4

To compensate for its slow reload, there are a few options available. Sleight of Hand is a great option to counteract the slow reload, not only due to speeding up the reload but also halving the sighting time with the Pro version. One Man Army Pro is actually faster than reloading the RPD while replenishing both ammo and equipment. The Extended Mags attachment places all of the ammunition into a single drum, and makes One Man Army or Scavenger needed if the player wishes to reload (One Man Army is faster, making Scavenger less useful), however this is usually not necessary. When using Extended Mags, Sleight of Hand is superfluous unless the player wants the faster sight speed of the Pro version. The player could instead consider using One Man Army, Bling or Marathon for the long run. A Grip is an optional attachment that also works well with an optic and Bling (for example, Red Dot Sight w/ Grip). The grip is also effective on its own, allowing for a perk other than Bling to be used. This combination is also unlocked very early, the weapon at Level 4 and the grip at the first Marksman challenge.

Weapon AttachmentsEdit


For camouflage images, see RPD/Camouflage.
For attachment images, see RPD/Attachments.

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

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The RPD is cut from final version of the game, but it is possible to find it in weapon files, and it is most likely replaced by the RPK. Although the RPD does not appear in the final version of Call of Duty: Black Ops, occasionally on the main menu, footage on the TV screens will show Viet Cong using RPDs. It does appear in the sequel, Black Ops II.

Call of Duty: Black Ops (Nintendo DS)Edit

Damage Medium-low
Magazine Size 100 rounds
Cost (Zombies) 950 (Mystery Box)
Starting Ammunition 100+200
Maximum Ammunition 100+200
Reload Time Medium-slow, but relatively fast for an LMG
Rate of Fire High
Range (explanation) Infinite
Recoil Low
Penetration High
Fire Mode Automatic

The RPD appears in the Nintendo DS version of Call of Duty: Black Ops, first spotted in the game's launch trailer. It can be seen with its original iron sights. It has a 100 rounds magazine, decent rate of fire and relatively fast reload time, however suffers from poor damage, (Stopping Power is recommended), though the almost non-existent recoil helps placing all shots on target. It is pre-unlocked for the enemy faction in multiplayer and 150 kills with it will unlock the PPSh-41. It is also possible to find the RPD in Zombie mode, in the Mystery Box. It can be found very frequently in the campaign and is extremely useful overall. It retains its original look from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 despite the fact that no attachments can be used. Overall, compared to the other LMGs, the M60 and XM22, the RPD has lower damage and slow reload, that are however compensated by much clearer ironsights and minimum recoil, which is almost the opposite, as the M60 and XM22 have both high recoil but high damage.


Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3Edit

Throwing Knife menu icon MW3 The subject matter of this article was cut from the final version of a Call of Duty game.

The RPD has appeared on the first two trailers of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3, however it was cut later in development and most likely replaced with PKP Pecheneg.[1] Also, in a cutscene in "Return to Sender", one of the militiamen is holding the RPD.


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: DefianceEdit

The RPD returns in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3: Defiance with the same stats as in Call of Duty: Black Ops DS.


Call of Duty: Black Ops IIEdit

RPD Menu Icon BOII
Weapon Class Light Machine Gun
Magazine Size 100 rounds (135 w/ Extended Clip)
Unlocked Default (SP)
Starting Ammunition 100+500 (SP)
Maximum Ammunition 100+600 (SP), 100+400 (ZM)
Rate of Fire 750 RPM
Recoil Medium (SP)
Very High (Zombies)
Fire Mode Automatic
Used by MPLA, Tropas, Mujahideen, Soviet Armed Forces (Spetsnaz), Panamanian Defense Forces, Menendez Cartel, Green Run Group, CDC, CIA
"Fully automatic with good power and quick fire rate. Effective at medium to long range."
— Description

The RPD appears in Call of Duty: Black Ops II in campaign and Zombies. It has a high rate of fire, low recoil, clean iron sights and a 100-round magazine. Its appearance is very similar to its Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 counterpart, but has a different firing sound. In the campaign, it is used by many enemy forces (occasionally mounted), and is also available in the customized loadout from the beginning.



"Ah, the Soviet RPD light machine gun with a 100-round 7.62mm drum magazine...I will not be changing clips very often."
Marlton Johnson, when acquiring the RPD from the Mystery Box in Green Run.

The RPD can be acquired from the Mystery Box for 950 points in Green Run, Nuketown Zombies and Die Rise. It only does decent damage, but has a high rate of fire, large magazine and ammo reserve, making it good for earning points. However, it has extremely high visual recoil, which may disturb prolonged fire, making burst fire essential and limiting the advantages of the high rate of fire. It is inferior in almost every way to the HAMR, notably magazine size and reload speed. It falls short in its extremely slow reload time, therefore, Speed Cola is important. Double Tap II Root Beer is also a good fit, doubling damage and adding 33% increase to rate of fire, although this makes the recoil almost unmanageable under constant fire as well as emptying the magazine even faster.

When Pack-a-Punched via the Pack-a-Punch machine, it becomes the Relativistic Punishment Device, and gains a magazine of 125 rounds and increased damage. It can only be Pack-a-Punched once, like all other non-2025 weapons. Pack-a-Punching this gun gives the player the same style of shooting with more rounds and more power. Its overall effectiveness when Pack-a-Punched surpasses that of the HAMR; it has less recoil, and a good rate of fire. Compared to the SLDG-HAMR, the Relativistic Punishment Device has significantly less recoil and has cleaner iron sights, but the SLDG-HAMR has a higher rate of fire, much faster reload time, and has the ability to support attachments. It is mostly up to personal preference and playstyle as to which is better.

The RPD was nerfed in a patch, the same one that increased the recoil of many 2025 weapons (including the HAMR) by 30%. It too had a recoil increase of 30%. The Relativistic Punishment Device is not affected by this, and retains its low recoil.

RPD vs. Relativistic Punishment DeviceEdit

RPD Relativistic Punishment Device
RPD Zombies BO2 Relativistic Punishment Device BOII
Damage 140-100 180-140
Fire mode Automatic Automatic
Rate of fire 750 RPM 750 RPM
Magazine size 100 125
Max ammo 400+100 750+125
Mobility Low Low
Extras More ammo, larger magazine, higher damage, slightly better accuracy


For attachment images, see RPD/Attachments.
For camouflage images, see RPD/Camouflage.

Call of Duty OnlineEdit

RPD menu icon CoDO
Damage 40-24
Weapon Class Light Machine Gun
Magazine Size 100 rounds (150 w/ Extended Mag)
Maximum Ammunition 100+400
Rate of Fire 760 RPM
Fire Mode Automatic

The RPD appears in Call of Duty Online with a modernized model and black furniture.


Customized Variant Edit


For attachment images, see RPD/Attachments.


Call of Duty 4: Modern WarfareEdit

  • The RPD has increased zoom in the campaign than its multiplayer counterpart. The same is true with the AK-47 and the AK-74u.
  • The RPD's bipod will be removed if the Grip is attached.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2Edit

  • In multiplayer, the RPD is always reloaded as if there was an optical attachment (the casing is simply closed instead of being slammed with the player's fist).
  • The Create-a-Class image shows the RPD with a grip attachment, mostly obscured by the drum.

Call of Duty: Black Ops IIEdit

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered Edit

  • Upon the left side of the weapon near the buttstock, the number "38469" can be seen. This is easily noticeable without a camouflage applied.
  • The bipod of the RPD is folded in the world model, HUD icon and Create-a-Class icon.
  • The number 100 can be seen written on the belt drum. It is not visible on the world model, but can be seen whilst inspecting the weapon.
  • The RPD has a serial number of "220846" and the Chinese Factory 46 logo with a number 46 inside a triangle can both be seen engraved behind the belt feed mechanism.


  1. A screenshot of the Reveal Trailer at 0:52 where the Russian soldiers are holding what appear to be RPDs, judging by the barrel, magazine and stock.