The Bastard or (Russian: Ублюдок) is a carbine that was created from scrap by the Metro dwellers at some point after the Great War of 2013.
|“||Submachinegun, 5.45 caliber-It's got poor accuracy and overheats like hell-That's why they call it a "Bastard gun" hahah.||„|
— Pavel in Exhibition, before giving the Bastard to Artyom.
The name comes from a combination of its tendency to spray on automatic, propensity for overheating, and finicky reloading system; these shortcomings combine to give the weapon its name: It's a real bastard to use. Humorously, the name could quite conceivably have originated from the fact that it's a hybridization of 2 or 3 different guns; the gun has a clear nod towards the Degtyarov PPD-34, but uses modern rounds (5.45mm or .44 Magnum). In real life, a gun like this would have problems with cycling bullets since the bullets would become dirty or moisturised from being exposed to the elements.
The Bastard is the first automatic weapon Artyom will receive on his adventure and is surprisingly ubiquitous and effective in spite of the gun having considerable shortcomings. Many players make it a point of personal pride to beat the game with their only automatic weapon being the Bastard.
As the Bastard is a primary weapon it can use both dirty and MGR 5.45x39mm cartridges. However, in general, other primary weapons in the game are more effective and useful; The VSV, Kalash, and Kalash 2012 are all more accurate, generally making them more effective in a given situation, though the Bastard can do more damage per second than the VSV or Kalash with a full magazine when at close range.
It has a design similar to the American M3 Grease Gun (especially the barrel design in Metro: Last Light), British Sten, and the Japanese Type 100, but it mainly draws (in terms of design) from the Soviet PPD-40 and PPSh-41; WWII-era submachine guns that were some of the first guns to be used in Russia's doctrine of providing its rank-and-file with automatic weapons. The feed system seems to be inspired from the feed strips used in the M1909 Benét-Mercié and its derivative the Type 92 machine gun.
It also appears to feature the rear sight of an AKS-74U carbine. Instead of a conventional magazine the Bastard uses a clip which lacks a spring and merely holds the bullets in place while the gun's mechanism feeds the entire ammunition container through the receiver from left to right while firing. The magazine port moves up and down consecutively to align each row of cartridges with the bolt.
While in Metro 2033, it has a dirtier more barbaric look with a wooden grip, in Metro: Last Light the weapon has a slightly cleaner, less ramshackle appearance and has a much wider array of attachments to increase its utility including but not limited to: an AK-74 style polymer stock, an extended barrel, heat sink (keeps weapon from overheating as often), laser sight, optical sights (red dot, two times scope, IR viewing device), and, as in Metro 2033, the silencer.
Universe of Metro 2033Edit
In some novels of the Universe series people in other parts of Russia and the rest of post-apocalyptic Eastern Europe have also managed to start production of their own homemade weaponry. Most of these firearms are similarly primitive (or even more than) the Bastard. As we find out in The Promised Human, the denizens of Kraków - in Southern Poland - have crafted some musket-like creations, as well as carbines similar in description to the Bastard. The best post-war firearms are said to be made by survivors inhabiting the Polish Aviation Museum, in the eastern section of the city. However, much like in the Moscow Metro, the most experienced stalkers prefer to stick to pre war weapons, as they consider these crude firearms to be ineffective and taking too long to reload and prep for firing.
Tactics and UseEdit
Despite being widely considered a low-grade piece of kit, the Bastard is far from being a bad piece of weaponry; quite the contrary, it's remarkably effective when used correctly.
Doing so takes a bit more finesse than other guns, though your skills will be well-spent honing your technique. Using the Bastard carries several advantages; it's the first automatic gun you get that can be silenced, it's the first gun you get that can use military-grade rounds, and with patience and practice, the gun can easily carry you through the entire game.
The first and foremost task is to identify the Bastard's strengths and weaknesses. It has very poor accuracy when firing on full-auto, and is the only weapon which has noticeable inaccuracy when aiming down the sights. When fired on full auto, the iron sights are almost useless, even at close range. The best place to view the weapon's spread is in the firing range in Exhibition. The Bastard overheats quickly during continuous fire (roughly two magazines), causing the gun to jam and forcing Artyom to pull out the spring on the back (one can notice the steam coming out of the water-cooling jacket). Reloading the Bastard takes more time than other primary weapons. Unlike other primary weapons, Artyom will reload the Bastard faster if the magazine is empty. This is due to the Bastard's unique feed mechanism, which pops up slightly when the box magazine is empty, allowing easier removal. If reloaded mid-magazine, it does not pop up, so the shooter has to pull all unspent cartridges through the rifle before a new magazine can be loaded. In early Metro 2033, if you need to reload and there are still mutants around, it's best to switch to another weapon. The Bastard makes a useful backup when fighting mutants and you don't have time to reload your Duplet. Against human opponents, you can take cover and get your Bastard ready for action.
On the bright side, the Bastard has a high rate of fire, and it's quite accurate when firing in single shots or short bursts. The addition of a silencer does a lot to improve the Bastard. It is slightly more accurate with this attachment, with less recoil, and without reducing the Bastard's damage. Obviously, it also makes the Bastard a silenced weapon, which is useful in the early game when more effective stealth weapons are unavailable or use hard-to-find ammo. In Redux version of 2033, the silencer and other attachment can be customized at the weapon vendor, as long as you have enough MGR. Therefore its recommended to get a silencer and aiming optic for clearer sight picture if you wish to use this weapon for a while.
In both Metro 2033 and Metro: Last Light it is recommended to avoid using the Bastard unless in a tight spot, thus conserving your ammo for the better guns later on. Unless you don't want to replace the Bastard for other primary, you will want to conserve ammo.
Metro: Last LightEdit
Bastard variants in Metro: Last LightEdit
The Bastard makes a return in Metro: Last Light, becoming a somewhat uncommon choice for players to use due to the early introduction of more powerful weapons like AK-74M and the RPK-74, in non-ranger difficulty, the bastard is the first automatic weapon Artyom finds shortly after his capture by Reich. In some DLC levels like Kshatriya however, player might have to rely on the Bastard for a while, because heavier weapons are not available at the beginning. The Bastard itself comes with mostly a few changes to its model and animation, yet has newfound excellence in its customisability with weapon mods, that can turn it into a weapon for various ranges and combat situations. Due to the design of the magazine, it is very easy to tell at a glance how much ammo remains and what type of ammo the player is using - making it a wise choice for those playing on the ranger difficulties. For non-ranger difficulty players, this feature is also beneficial because they are less likely to use the MGR by accident.
As with all primary weapons, the Bastard loaded with MGRs is capable of killing almost anything with a single shot on higher difficulties.
The Bastard stays largely the same as the Last Light version. In Metro 2033 Redux, arms dealers only sell the standard Bastard, the players have to customize the weapon with attachments themselves. Bastard carbines found in the environment tends to have more than one attachment, unlike the original version.
Metro Exodus Edit
The Bastard Gun now shares the .44 magnum ammunition with the Revolver, so it's probably best to choose one or the other rather than carrying both, due to the fact that the Bastard has a very high rate of fire and Artyom can only carry 60 rounds of .44 magnum ammo or 120 with the ammo pouch vest upgrade. It has been re-classed as a Handgun for this game, and in its default, unmodified state, it's actually held like a pistol rather than a rifle or carbine. In this respect, it acts as a stand-in for the Lolife in some of its lighter configurations.
The Bastard is far less useful than in previous games due to the aforementioned ammo cap, high rate of fire, extremely low damage, and propensity to overheat very quickly (with no heat-sink attachment being available).
Despite this, the use of certain upgrades can make the Bastard one of, if not, the highest damage per second weapons in the game. The heavy barrel effectively doubles the damage output of each bullet fired. Combine this with the heavy stock for stability and the extreme rate of fire, and you have a very quick killer. A fully cleaned Bastard will also be able nearly empty a full 50 round magazine before overheating. Though holding the trigger down is usually a bad idea anyway, and quick bursts of 3-4 rounds will kill most regular enemies. This basically leaves getting the weapon dirty from traversing muddy areas (leading to lower rate of fire and frequent jamming) and the low total ammunition capacity as the Bastard's major downfalls. It can also function as a highly effective stealth weapon when combined with the suppressor, heavy stock, and small magazine for stability, almost becoming an ersatz VSV of sorts. At close range, quick bursts can eliminate enemies with minimal noise.
The Bastard shares it's stocks and barrels with the Revolver, with the exception of the long barrel, which the Bastard cannot equip, however the bastard can equip the heavy barrel instead.
- The heavy barrel attachment along with the standard stock can be found to the south-west of the Aurora in the Volga level. It is in a boat wreckage that is bridging the gap between the main south-west island and a small islet near the western edge of the map.
- The 30 round magazine can be found underneath a corpse you have to roll over, next to a half buried flat bed truck in the Volga. It is just south-east of Duke's hideout near the banks of the river next to the half submerged railway bridge that leads to the main south-east island. Be careful, as it's in the middle of a lurker nest.
- The 50 round drum magazine can be found in the terminal building in the Volga. It is next to a corpse just after the first rotary railcar dumper you must activate and cross over.
- The closed reflex sight can be found in the service station near the terminal. In the same room is the throwing weapon capacity upgrade.
- The 100 round belt-fed box magazine can be found in The Caspian. It is to the east of the lighthouse, not far from the road you drive down after leaving the bunker. You will have to reach the other side of the large rocks so that the sea is in view. Look for two chairs overlooking the sea, one of them has the magazine resting on it.
- Silencer (-25% range, +25% accuracy, +50% stealth)
- Reflex Sight (+25% range, +25% accuracy)
- 2x Optical Sight (+50% range, +25% accuracy)
- Infrared Sight (+50% range, +25% accuracy)
- Heat Sink (-25% overheating)*
- Kalash Stock (-25% recoil)
- Laser Sight (+25% accuracy)
The heat sink attachment cannot be purchased by Artyom in the Metro: Last Light campaign. It can only be found already equipped on weapons in the following levels:
- Facility - After passing through the room with the brutalized Nazi, there is a room of plants before the next group of enemies. To the right of the doorway is a locker that contains the first Bastard with a heat sink (and butt).
- Regina - Three such examples of the weapon are available here, the first two in optional locations: the second room on the left, where you can activate the lights to kill the spiders within, as you enter the room it is on the floor, and the second is further along the tunnel in the next, partially flooded room, again on a corpse. The final version is it the room you must enter in order to restore power to the hermetic door, again as you enter.
- Undercity - Several more examples of the weapon fitted with multiple attachments are available throughout the level, although it is unlikely that a player would not already have their own fully customized bastard by this stage.
Variants and ObtainingEdit
| Bastard: A standard Bastard with iron sights.
| Bastard with Silencer: A Bastard equipped with a suppressor that cuts down the noise, reduces recoil and eliminates muzzle flash.
|Weaponsmith (Metro 2033)||40|
|Kill at least 1 enemy with each weapon available in the game.|
|Gunslinger||Bronze Trophy - 15|
|Kill at least one Enemy with each Weapon available in the game.|
- The term ублюдок (ubliudok) means "bastard" or "mongrel".
- This is the only weapon in the game that has two idle animations.
- The Metro 2033 Redux version of Bastard is very similar to the one found in Last Light version, also it accepts a wider variety of attachments.
- The reload animation in Metro: Last Light and the Redux versions is slightly different from the one in Metro 2033, in that an incomplete magazine will roll back into the position of the nearest round upon the magazine guide/well being slammed on by Artyom's fist, instead of fitting immediately into place upon being shoved into the weapon.
- In Metro 2033, the English dub refers to the Bastard as a submachine gun. This is incorrect as the gun fires rifle cartridges which at the least makes it a carbine. Russian dub refers to it as "автомат", which is a catch-all term for any automatic intermediate cartridge weapon.
- The iron sights are likened on Imfdb to a crude attempt at a Partridge sight similar to those used on Glock pistols. The crudeness is rather visible considering how impractically far apart the rear sights are.
- For a personal weapon, it is odd that the Bastard would have features such as a water-cooling jacket and a semi-disintegrating magazine as these features are commonly seen on machine guns. It's possible that the Bastard was initially designed as a cheap replacement for machine guns, seeing as how weapons like the DShK are no longer being produced.
- In Last Light and Last Light Redux, Artyom will quietly mutter "shit", or "Черт" (damn in Russian), when the gun overheats.
- So far, this is the only weapon that the player can keep in their inventory in the Metro series that will overheat after sustained use.
- In Metro 2033, both versions of Bastard have a trade-in value of 53 MGRs.
- Like many of the weapons in Metro, the Bastard is made out of parts, some of which can be identified.
- The standard barrel shroud is a flashlight.
- The magazine slot appears to be an electrical box.
- The vent port for when the bastard overheats is made out of what appears to be a pinball plunger, nut, and electrical knob.
- The pistol grip is made from an AK-74 or AK-74M. The receiver appears to be made from either a blank or broken AK-74 receiver, judging by the numbers clearly edged into it.
- The forward handgrip appears to be the handle of a kitchen knife or machete.
- There is a special stockless version only found in Dry Station in Metro 2033 Redux.
- The Bastard can be used to help destroy the Red Tank's wheels and drive system for the D6 battle in Metro: Last Light. Its weakness for spraying on full automatic seems to help destroy it easier than using the Preved.
- If the player cheats and buys a silenced Bastard in the shop on Exhibition station before receiving one in the armory (Which is impossible under normal conditions), he or she will be indefinitely locked out of using any other primary weapons and will not receive ammo, gas mask, filters, universal charger and a medkit from Pavel. It is still possible to finish the game, but the player is severely crippled in the long run. This bug can only be fixed by restarting the game and visiting the armory first.