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The Karabiner 98 Kurz (English: Carbine 1898 Short), commonly abbreviated to Kar98k, K98k or K98, is a bolt-action rifle created and designed in 1934 by Mauser arms manufacturers. Its predecessor, the Gewehr 98, was designed in 1898, hence its name. The Kurz model was developed to be more versatile as it has a shorter barrel. In 1935, it was adopted by the Wehrmacht as their standard-issue rifle until their defeat in 1945.

Battlefield 1942[]

The K 98 is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1942. It is the standard issue rifle of the Axis Engineer kit, with the exception of the Imperial Japanese Navy who are issued the Type 5. It has high damage, but can only guarantee a one-shot kill against a target with over 20hp (eight pips of health in the HUD) if it is a headshot - otherwise the K 98 kills in two body shots or three leg shots. The weapon is not affected by damage drop-off at range and has high accuracy, factors which bolster capabilities at distance. Recoil is significant, but is a non-issue due to the weapon's low rate of fire. The bolt must be cocked after each shot which takes around three seconds, potentially disrupting aim. This inability to quickly land follow-up shots, combined with its body-shot damage profile, means the K 98 is a particularly poor choice for close range combat. Additionally, the K 98 has a switch delay of 0.25 seconds.

The K98Sniper is a variant of the K 98, issued to the Scout kit of the Axis with the exception of the German Elite Forces, who use the Gewehr 43 ZF4. It features a usable 6X zoom scope. It has similar properties as the K98K, but with a slightly lower rate of fire and spread penalties when moving, double the bullet velocity and a larger amount of zoom. When firing scoped in, the player must unscope to work the bolt.

Its Allies equivalent is the No 4 and No 4 Sniper. Both weapons are identical in stats.

In Battlefield 1942: The Road to Rome, a bayonet is mounted on the non-scoped K 98, replacing the combat knife. In Battlefield 1942: Secret Weapons of WWII, the K 98 issued to the German Elite Forces Engineer kit can be with the Mauser K98 Rifle Grenade, replacing the ExpPacks.


Battlefield Vietnam[]

K 98 Sniper[]

The K 98 Sniper is the sniper rifle for the Japanese Imperial Army's Scout. It has identical stats to its Battlefield 1942 counterpart. However, this time it reloads one round at a time, allowing it to be reloaded in the middle of a magazine without loss of ammunition, at the cost of a longer reload time.

K 98[]

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The unscoped K 98 also exists in the files, and its localization string can also be found in lexiconAll.dat. However, it does not appear in the game. If the kit files are edited to include the unscoped K 98, the weapon's model will not appear, and its HUD icon will be identical to that of the scoped version.


Battlefield 1943[]

The Type 98 is a weapon featured in Battlefield 1943 and is the primary weapon issued to the Imperial Japanese Navy Scout kit. It is statistically identical to the United States Marine Corps M1903.

It is able to kill from extremely long ranges and in 2 body shots or in a single headshot. The main disadvantage to the weapon is its rate of fire, taking nearly 2 seconds to pull the bolt between shots, and its long reload. Due to the fact that a headshot is relatively difficult to achieve and a body shot will not one-shot kill along with the slow fire rate, it can be difficult to achieve kills. A common and effective strategy is the One Two tactic, where a player hits a target with the Type 98 and switches to the Type 14 Nambu to finish off the enemy.


Battlefield V[]

"The Kar-98k was the most common bolt-action rifle in the German army. Millions were produced before and during World War II. Many of them still in use today."

— In-game description

The Kar98k is a weapon featured in Battlefield V, first appearing in the Battlefield 5 Official Multiplayer Trailer.


In the 1942 section of the prologue My Country Calling, the player takes control of a Free French Senegalese Tirailleur sniper, using a Kar98k with a scope. Throughout the other war stories, the Kar98k is also the standard weapon of German scouts, with the exception of elite scouts, who are issued Gewehr M95/30 instead. If dropped it is always found with iron sights.


The Kar98K is the final unlock for the Recon kit, granted at rank 20 of the respective class. The Kar98k performs best at range, with both the second highest muzzle velocity (tied with the Krag-Jørgensen) and damage in class. However it has the lowest default rate of fire in its weapon category and a mediocre magazine capacity of five rounds, which can be reloaded using a stripper clip unless the Medium or Long Range Scope are equipped.

Its two Specialization pathways are left side upgrades which promote a more aggressive, mobile posture, namely Quick Aim, Custom Stock, Machined Bolt and the Bayonet, or assistance with long range precision through use of Slings and Swivels, Variable Zeroing, Low Drag Rounds and Bipod. It should be noted that even with an upgraded fire rate, the weapon still cycles slower than its next slowest counterpart, the Krag-Jørgensen.


Battlefield 2042[]

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"The Axis K98 bolt-action rifle was the German service rifle of choice. It utilized a 7.92x57mm cartridge, loaded by a stripper clips containing 5 rounds each. This was the main infantry rifle of German forces throughout the war."

— In-game description

"Those K98k rifles that proved highly accurate at the factory were designated as "sniper" variants and fitted with the best telescoping optics available. With an effective range nearing 1000m and a crystal clear sight picture, the K98 Sniper was even more deadly with a scope."

— In-game description

Two variants of the K98 are featured in Battlefield 2042, available exclusively in the Battlefield Portal. The K98 is available for the BF1942 Engineer kit while the K98 Sniper is available for the BF1942 Scout kit.

Both variants are virtually identical to one another except that the K98 Sniper features the Sniper Scope attachment which increases range. This scope can be removed though Plus menu, turning the K98 Sniper into the normal K98.

It should be noted that although the description mentions "stripper clips", in actual games, regardless of the variant or whether it is equipped with a scope, K98 does not use stripper clips when reloading, but instead loads single bullets one by one.

Compared to its allied counterpart No.4 and its sniper variant, the K98 Sniper can provide a higher zoom level scope, but together with its infantry variant, it lags behind in terms of RoF and possible ammunition capacity (depending on CLASSIC SOLDIER WEAPON TUNING). Portal weapons do not have faction limitations, but these two are the only bolt-action rifles available for the 1942 Portal.



K98 Sniper[]


Battlefield 1942[]

  • The Grenade launcher attachment is erroneously called "Mauser K98" in the killfeed.

Battlefield 1943[]

  • DICE developers explained that they originally planned to make an Arisaka rifle for the Imperial Japanese Navy Scout, but they did not have a real life model for the Arisaka and used a German K98 that they happened to have.[3] The name was changed to "Type 98" most likely to give it a Japanese counterpart.


  1. Hey, A Message Board - Older Battlefield Games - retrieved October 25, 2010
  2. Giant Grid O' Death - retrieved October 25, 2010
  3. Battlefield 1943: Q. Do the IJN snipers carry an Arisaka or a German Kar 98? A. The IJN are using a German K98 instead of an Arisaka. This choice was made not out of ignorance but rather because of budget constraints and we could not afford to build the correct rifle. We had a German rifle and had to go with it. - retrieved October 9, 2010