Vodnik in Uncharted 2

Vodnik is the 'Ski Mask soldier" and the name of the playable shotgun soldier in Uncharted 2: Among Thieves. His model is used for the shotgun soldiers archetype in the singleplayer campaign (known as Vodniks).


These soldiers come in both light and standard varieties. They can use any form of shotgun: Moss-12 SAS-12 or Pistole. They're distinguishable by dark-colored hoods they wear as well as the red shotgun shell straps.They are ruthless at close range and should be taken out before they have the opportunity to rush you and inflict too much damage.
— Official description of the shotgun soldiers archetype

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves


Vodnik, the "Ski-mask soldier," is a shotgun soldier who wears a grey ski mask unlike the other ''Vodniks'' (AKA: Shotgun soldiers) who wear black ski masks. In earlier chapters, his weapon of choice is the Moss-12, and in later chapters, the Pistole. In the last few chapters of the game, he replaces his Moss-12 with a SAS-12.

Combat strategy

  • Always remember to keep a wide distance from Vodniks; they can easily drop players in one to two shots from a fair distance away.
  • Vodniks often likes to sneak up on fellow players, and from there, they will deliver a fatal 3-hit combo that consist of striking the player twice, then shooting them while they are in a downed state.
  • On Survival Co-op, Vodniks will appear towards the end of the rounds, usually in large groups, and will attempt to overwhelm players.
  • When taking cover, Vodniks would usually come and flank you. You'd need a grenade for this task. When they are flaking you, throw a grenade or roll a grenade in that direction.


Vodnik appear in Uncharted 2 multiplayer. Vodnik is free and available to be equipped anytime.

Vodniks also appears in the co-op missions.

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception


Vodnik is available in as a DLC skin (as part of the Classic Skin DLC pack) for Uncharted 3. Vodnik's voice was changed, and (for unknown reasons) he no longer wears his signature ski mask. Instead, he wears a helmet that makes him look similar to the standard soldiers found in Uncharted 2.

Appears in

Uncharted 2: Among Thieves

Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception


  • Vodnik is available as a singleplayer skin once you have purchased Sark.
  • In Keep Moving, Vodnik can be seen without his ski mask.
  • "Vodnik" means Sergeant in Slavic languages. This could be a reference to the Sergeant of Doom franchise, a shotgun-wielding enemy popularly known as the "shotgun guy."