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For similarly named weapons, see RPD, RPG and PKP Pecheneg.

The RPK is a light machine gun featured in Call of Duty: Black Ops and Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified.

Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit


RPK menu icon BO

40 (MP)

Damage Multipliers

Head: 1.4, Body: 1, Limbs: 1

Weapon Class

Light Machine Gun

Magazine Size

Standard: 40 rounds
Drum Mag: 75 (SP), 80 (MP)
Zombies: 100 (125 Pack-a-Punched)

Unlocked at

Level 6

Cost (Black Ops)

CoD Points logo BO2000

Cost (Zombies)

950 (Mystery Box)

Starting Ammunition

40 + 120 (MP)

Maximum Ammunition

400 (SP standard, 750 with Extended Mags)
320 (MP), 400 (Zombies)

Reload Time

4 loaded, 5.5 unloaded.

Rate of Fire

750 RPM

Range (explanation)




Recoil center speed




Fire Mode


Used by

Soviet Armed Forces, North Vietnamese Army, Viet Cong, Tropas, Op 40

HUD icon

Hud rpk

Sound(s) Original sound

RPK w/ Double Tap
R115 Resonator sound
R115 Resonator w/ Double Tap

The RPK is found in the missions "Operation 40", "S.O.G.", "The Defector", "Victor Charlie", "Crash Site", "Payback", "Rebirth" and "Redemption". It is quite accurate, and deals significant damage, enough to gib enemies. It can be found with an ACOG sight, Drum Mag, Dual Mags, and an Infrared Scope.


In multiplayer, the RPK is unlocked at level 6, and features good stats overall. The RPK has no damage drop off, achieving kills in three hits at any range (two if both are headshots). The RPK's main drawback is its high recoil. To combat this recoil, players using the RPK will have to fire in burst or in semi-auto at most ranges to remain effective.

The Extended Mags attachment is a good choice as the gun's 40-round magazine will empty quickly and the reload animation is quite slow. Using the Extended Mags attachment gives the player an 80-round drum magazine that reloads as fast as a normal box magazine. It should be noted that unlike other weapons, the Dual Mags attachment does not grant extra reserve ammo; because of this, Extended Mags is recommended over Dual Mags; as while Dual Mags gives a faster reload after 40 rounds, Extended Mags completely eliminates the need to reload after 40 shots altogether. The RPK, despite being a light machine gun, can hold its own in close quarters quite well due to having good hip-fire accuracy for its class and a reasonably fast rate of fire.

The usual assortment of sights and scopes are available for the RPK: while the Red Dot Sight and Reflex Sight behave no differently than the iron sights, the ACOG Scope and Infrared Scope are not recommended, as the high recoil is magnified to extreme levels; the weapon becomes much more difficult to handle with the Infrared Scope. Additionally, the iron sights of the RPK are clear and precise, making optical attachments unneeded.

Overall, the gun is comparable to the HK21; while both guns sport the same damage and rate of fire, the HK21 has a lower recoil and a smaller magazine.

When Drum Mag are used, the RPK can also be compared to the M60 as an effective suppressive fire weapon. While the M60 sports lower recoil (much lower with a Grip) and higher damage at close range, the RPK has a higher rate of fire and a smaller hip-fire spread, as well as a faster reload.



The RPK can only be found in the Mystery Box and has a 100-round magazine with 400 spare ammunition. For the most part, it is quite similar to the HK21, however it has a higher rate of fire in exchange for a slightly smaller magazine and slightly lower damage. Its recoil also has been reduced compared to its multiplayer counterpart.

Speed Cola is necessary if the player chooses to keep this gun due to the slow reload time. Juggernog can be quite helpful when stuck in a corner with RPK's slow reload. Double Tap Root Beer (if the player can control the gun) is helpful but will increase recoil, and must be burst-fired for accuracy. Stamin-Up is also useful, due to low mobility.

When Pack-a-Punched, the RPK becomes the R115 Resonator. Its magazine capacity is bolstered to 125 per magazine with 500 extra rounds and becomes more powerful. A worthwhile primary upgrade, though the HK21 makes a better alternative upgrade. Having a light side weapon is recommended for quick getaways.

RPK vs R115 ResonatorEdit

RPK R115 Resonator
Video of the weapon
RPK BO R115 Resonator BO
Damage 130-90 180-130
Fire mode Automatic Automatic
Rate of fire 750 750
Magazine size 100 125
Max ammo 400+100 500+125
Reload 4, 5.5 empty 4, 5.5 empty
Mobility Low Low
Extras Higher damage, slightly larger magazine, slightly more ammo


For Attachment images, see RPK/Attachments.
For camouflage images, see RPK/Camouflage.

Videos Edit

Call of Duty: Black Ops: DeclassifiedEdit

Weapon Class

Light Machine Gun

Magazine Size

45 rounds (MP)

Unlocked at

Level 4

Starting Ammunition

45 + 135 (MP)
45 + 225 (with Surplus)

Maximum Ammunition

45 + 320





Fire Mode


The RPK returns in Call of Duty: Black Ops: Declassified, using the same model as in Call of Duty: Black Ops. Two notable differences are that recoil has been reduced and magazine capacity has been increased to 45 rounds. The RPK acts as the middle power of the LMGs, as it has a higher magazine size than the Stoner63, but smaller than the M60. As well, it can fire faster than the M60, but slower than the Stoner63. A big advantage to the RPK is the early unlock of the weapon, allowing players to use this weapon at almost whatever time they desire.

Due to its low recoil, it is a good weapon to use at long range.

The RPK will also appear in Hostiles in some maps. It is recommended to use the weapon due to the large magazine size, the long range and rate of fire.


Black Ops Zombies - RPK Upgraded (R115 Resonator)00:33

Black Ops Zombies - RPK Upgraded (R115 Resonator)

R115 Resonator Overview


Call of Duty: Black OpsEdit

  • When a camouflage pattern is equipped on the RPK, the handguard does not change color, except when gold is applied, in which case the handguard turns black.
  • Although the RPK uses a magazine, when firing the gun empty casings as well as belt clips are ejected, similar to the M60.
  • On the Nintendo Wii version, the handguard is black unlike the usual wooden guard.
  • The RPK is the favorite weapon of Robert Englund.
  • The Call of Duty: Black Ops Prima Official Strategy Guide confused the RPK with the RPG-7 in some sections.
  • The Pack-a-Punched name, or "R115 Resonator", is a reference to Element 115.
  • In Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies, the post from the front iron sight is missing.

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