The AK74u appears in the levels "Crash Site", "Rebirth" and "Redemption." It is used commonly by Viet Cong and Spetsnaz forces.
The AK74u is made available for purchase upon reaching level 17, and costs 2000. It has the third highest damage for a submachine gun, behind the MP5K and Skorpion. It has a predictable upwards recoil pattern which is relatively easy to control. It performs exceptionally well at close to mid ranges, though its recoil and damage drop-off make it harder to use at long distances. The Grip attachment mitigates this problem by greatly reducing recoil, which helps to ensure more shots stay on target. The AK74u has a slower rate of fire compared to most submachine guns, however this can help with conservation of ammunition, if the player is accurate with his shots. This, too, can be mitigated with the Rapid Fire attachment, however, doing so greatly increases the recoil. The AK74u is the only submachine gun for which the Grenade Launcher attachment is available. It is also one of only two submachine guns which accept the Dual Mag attachment (the other one being the MPL). One setup that is frowned upon by many players is using Warlord to have both the rapid fire attachment with the grip attachment, however this does eliminate the player's ability to use Steady Aim and Sleight of Hand.
Many of its traits make it play like an assault rifle with submachine gun ADS and movement speed, making it one of the most popular weapons in multiplayer. The reload time, iron sights, and assault rifle-like traits of this weapon make it one of the best options for new and experienced players alike. It is important to note that the AK74u has lower bullet penetration than the AK-47 or other assault rifles. It is unable to penetrate through medium and high surfaces such as building structures and concrete slabs, although it is reasonable when shooting through light material. This problem can be remedied by using the Hardened perk.
- Red Dot Sight
- Dual Mags
- Extended Mags
- Rapid Fire
- Grenade Launcher
- After patch 1.06, the grip's effectiveness was reduced to decrease ease of use at range.
The AK74u is available off the wall for 1200 points on every Black Ops Zombies map, excluding Dead Ops Arcade. It has low recoil, a moderate rate of fire, a 20 round magazine with 160 reserve rounds and low damage. It is an effective weapon for the early rounds. It is not advised to use it after Round 8, as it becomes too weak