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The subject of this article appears in the Metro 2033 video game. The subject of this article appears in the Metro Last Light video game. The subject of this article appears in the Metro Exodus video game.

The DShK 12.7mm Machinegun (Дегтярёва-Шпагина Крупнокалиберный or Degtyaryov-Shpagin Large-Calibre) was a Soviet heavy machine gun developed in the middle of the 20th century. It's seen as an emplacement weapon throughout the Metro.

DShK is seen in all three Metro Games, but it's only directly usable in Metro 2033.


The DShK machine gun is normally employed at checkpoints or heavy defensive positions as a way of dissuading attackers and dealing with mutants, infantry and vehicles alike. It's the single heaviest weapon in Metro 2033 in terms of damage, exceeding that of the Abzats.

Tactics and Use[]

The DShK machine gun is an incredibly powerful, albeit situational, weapon. It is capable of killing any human opponent and almost any mutant with a single shot.

Its strengths, however, are offset by a few limitations. The machine gun is immobile and cannot be moved from its original location. It has a limited amount of ammunition on most occasions and overheats fairly quickly during continuous firing, though its temperature can be monitored by the thermometer attached to the right side of the weapon. The DShK in game has average rate of fire but with a large cone of fire, which can cause a lot of misses. To control the recoil, firing it in bursts or in single shot is advised; this also keeps the gun from overheating. Only fire in full-auto when attacking vehicles or strong enemies.

The weapon is used at various times during the Metro 2033 campaign and is used by Artyom to great effect against both humans and mutants. There are DShKs seen in Metro: Last Light, however none are useable or used - this is likely because the role of a heavy machine gun was replaced by the Gatling.

Variants and Obtaining[]

DShK sideview M2033.png DShK: A standard DShK with iron sights.
  • Several can be found at the Market checkpoints, but none are usable.
  • One can be found at the fortification during the "Cursed" level, near Khan and the last of the station's defenders. It is very effective at taking out the nosalises. It is not available in the Redux version. 
  • Several can be found at the fortifications on both sides of the "Front Line" level, but both are not very effective at combating the troops there.
  • One can be found mounted on the railcar during "Trolley Combat" level and is the only weapon available to Artyom at this point.
  • One can be found at the fortifications during the "Defense" level, but is unusable by Artyom.
  • One can be seen at the Hansa side of Oktyabrskaya in Metro: Last Light, though it isn't used.

Related Achievements/Trophies[]

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Kill 15 enemies using a stationary machine gun.



  • Several of the machine guns seen in the games have mounted searchlights, including the ones mounted on railcars.
  • Its nickname is "Dushka", which means "baby" or "sweetie" in Russian.

Metro 2033[]

  • On average, there are 50 rounds in each ammo box.
  • The flamethrower on the level "Dark Star" was originally intended to be a machine gun, and Miller refers to it as one in the original Russian dub.
  • In practical terms, the temperature gauge measures the temperature of the barrel. Overheating the barrel can cause the weapon to accidentally discharge, the barrel to warp, and even cause it to melt. Given current conditions in the Metro, these gauges are most likely meant to remind operators to fire in bursts so as to preserve the overall lifespan of the weapon, and the valuable 12.7x108mm ammo.
  • The DShK in "Trolley Combat" has a unique heat meter, like the one found on the flamethrower.

Metro: Last Light[]

  • The DShK uses the same ammo box as the Gatling.
  • In Metro: Last Light, two mounted DShKs can be seen in the "Revolution" level, like many others the Reds seem to use them to defend their base station.
  • In Metro: Last Light, instead of the DShK, the Gatling is used by numerous factions. The reason they are rarely used is due to a lack of ammunition, not the weapon itself. Therefore, if the need to use the valuable rounds does arise (such as the Battle of D6), it seems like it would be better to use the pre-war manufactured weapon, as opposed to the Metro made Gatling.
    • The DShK is still in use in Metro: Last Light however, but only found on vehicles. It's possible that the soldiers on the frontline prefer an automatic weapon that uses the powerful 12.7x108mm round, but with better mobility, like the Gatling.

Metro Exodus[]

  • The weapon can be seen multiple times in Metro Exodus, but is not usable and is not seen used outside of the Hanza's patrol train.
  • One can be found in the abandoned station inside the metro train early during the Moscow level, some can be seen inside exhibition both mounted for defense and on tables next to belts of ammo. Dozens can be seen outside the Yamantau Bunker mounted on vehicles ranging from buses to rail carts and a few can be found in Novosibirsk including one that Miller will remark on when passing.