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 Tank has other uses. Please see Tank (Disambiguation) for other meanings. 

Oh my god, it's a Panzer!

— Pavel


The Panzer is a heavily armored Nazi railcar used for advanced combat. In the game, it appears in the levels Front Line and Trolley Combat. Feared even by the Rangers, it is among the deadliest weapons used in the Metro.


During the game Artyom comes across two different Panzer tanks. The first is found in the middle of the Front Line bridge, but it has been destroyed by Communist soldiers and has the dead crew around it. Unfortunately the second one Artyom comes across is fully functional, and is after Artyom and his companion Pavel. It appears in the level Trolley Combat, halfway through after shooting through the wooden roadblock. It appears out of an opposite tunnel and chases the pair until an abandoned tunnel where it is destroyed by Artyom.

There are actually two different variants of the Panzer. The first is the variant seen in game mounted with an anti-tank cannon. There is also a second variant that has the canon replaced with a heavy machine gun which can only be seen in the launch trailer for Metro 2033 as well as in the PC Benchmark for Metro 2033.


Although it cannot be destroyed by machine gun fire directly, Artyom has to shoot the second set of bridge supports to collapse the bridge and bring an end to the tank by allowing it to plunge into the waste below the rails, in turn getting the Tank Buster achievement. The Panzer is easy to defeat as for most of the confrontation is it preoccupied by trying to clear its path on the rail, the only way it can kill Artyom is if the player takes too long to shoot the support pillars - this can be avoided by not shooting until the tank is either over the weakened supports or coming up to them as firing before this is a waste of time and can overheat the gun, which takes a while to cool down.

Related AchievementsEdit

Ach-Tank Buster Tank Buster 20 Game points
Destroy Facists' Panzer.


  • This is the only vehicle in game that uses a cannon as its main weapon instead of a machine gun, also meaning it's the only vehicle in the game to be able to fire explosive shells rather than just bullets.
  • The vehicle appears to be a crude imitation of Panzer IV, a medium tank mass produced and extensively used by Nazi Germany throughout World War II and has since become an iconic symbol of Nazi weaponry.
  • In Last Light in Seperation (Level), on the elevated tracks an armoured train has a Panzer turret on its roof.
  • Due to the size of the Panzers maingun, it is possible that it was stripped from a destroyed BMP-1, which is 73mm 2A28 "Grom" smoothbore cannon.
    • Aside from the main gun, the Panzer has no more armament, while the Red version of Panzer in Last Light has upgraded with DShK heavy machine gun.
  • In the launch trailer for Metro 2033, a quick clip showed the destroyed Panzer on the Front Line was partly operational.
  • In Metro 2033 Redux, Artyom does not get to destroy the Panzer while on the the railcar.
    • It also fires rockets similar to the Red Line's tank.

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