The Karabiner 98k (often abbreviated Kar-98k or K98k) is a German bolt-action rifle featured in every World War Two game in the Medal of Honor series with the exception of Medal of Honor: Rising Sun and Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault. The K stands for short in German. The Kar-98k is developed from the Gewehr 98 rifle and it was widely used by all branches of the armed forces of Germany during World War II. The Kar-98k is often converted into a sniper rifle by installing a telescopic sight. The Kar-98k is considered to be one of the best bolt-action rifle in World War 2 along with the British Lee-Enfield.Sneak Into the Rail Station, Escape the Wolfram, Dive! and whole mission Escape the V2 Rocket Plant. In total, Mauser is absent in 6 Medal of Honor levels. In Underground, it's not found in Burning Sands, whole mission Undercover in Crete, Prisoners of War, Mayhem in the Monastery.
The K98 rifle once again makes a return to the Medal of Honor series. It comes in two forms; standard and scoped. The standard form is usable only in the D-Day mission, if the player doesn't pick up the Springfield in the bomb crater, though it is seen in all missions. The sniper variant is available to the player once, in the level where the player must retrieve vital intelligence for a new tank. The K98 sniper is highly powerful, more so than its American counterpart, being a 1-hit kill to the torso and head and sound of its gunshot is not the same as its non-scoped brethren. A development oversight resulted in the K98k's appearance to have a rounded front sight (similar to the Russian Mosin-Nagant rifle) as opposed to a U-Shaped hood and the reloading animation for the non-scoped version shows Powell inserting the entire 5-round stripper clip into the rifle all the time, regardless of the remaining capacity of the chamber. In Spearhead during the Ardennes mission 101st Airborne soldiers can be seen equipped with german weaponary including the Kar98k.
It is used in multiplayer for those who choose the rifleman class on the Axis team. It is highly powerful, being a 2-hit kill to the chest and 1-hit kill to the head. It is reloaded via a stripper clip, and the reloading time is around 2.5 seconds. Also is used sniper version, but since Spearhead it is replaced by a more convenient rifle Gewehr 43 with a sniper scope. However, the sniper version K98 remained with the Italians in Breakthrough.
The K98k returns in both games as one of the main weapons of the German forces. In Heroes it can be found throughout the game and sharing everything from European Assault. It can be choosen as a starting weapon in Skirmish/Multiplayer.In Heroes 2 the K98k is a rare weapon to find, only appearing in the Sewers level where it's overpowered by the M1 Garand's higher ammo capacity and rate of fire. It can be seen used by Wehrmacht soldiers along with the unscoped Gewehr as one of their main weapons. In both games the K98k is a very powerful weapon capable of one-shot kills in single-player. Like in Heroes it can be choosen as a starting weapon in Multiplayer.
This gun is a selectable rifle in Medal of Honor: Airborne.
In single player, the Kar98k is a favored pick for the Wehrmacht forces. It is only seen in the hands of Italian Blackshirts, later on in the game it is replaced by the Gewehr 43 as the main Axis Infantry rifle. It has low rate of fire and reload, but high power, high accuracy, and the ability to launch grenades.
The K98 rifle is one of 2 rifles the player can select for the Axis side. It is very powerful, almost always a one-shot kill, but is bolt-action, with a slower bolt cycling time than the past 2 Medal of Honors, and initially reloads one bullet at a time. The following are possible upgrades for the rifle:
- Polished Match-Grade Bolt: Increased rate of fire
- Stripper-clip: Faster reload
- Rifle Grenade Launcher: Equips a grenade launcher
These upgrades make it a good choice for mid to long-range, but an automatic or close range weapon is needed should an enemy attack or forced into a close quarters area.
- The K98 in incorrectly spelled "Kurtz" instead of "Kurz" in Medal of Honor: Airborne.