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Multiplayer Guide by Master3203

Version: 1.04 | Updated: 04/27/12

Hi Everybody. This is a Tips Guide to the online multiplayer portion of MW2
I hope everyone will be able to get some use out of it. One thing I will
say is have fun playing the game and don't get too jumpy about your K/D.

In this guide I will discuss tips to use in game and also some loadout
classes which might be of some use to you. I will also talk a little bit about
my opinion of each gun, and the equipment.

Contents: Search using the characters in the brackets with the brackets from
the contents section.

Version History: (VH)
Contact Info: (CI)
Copyright Notice: (CN)
Custom Loadout Tips: (CLT)
Create-a-Class Loadouts: (CACL)
Weapons Analysis: Primary Weapons: (WAPW)
Assault Rifles: (AR)
Sub Machine Guns: (SMG)
Light Machine Guns: (LMG)
Sniper Rifles: (SR)
Riot Shield: (RS)
Weapons Analysis: Secondary Weapons: (WASW)
Machine Pistols: (MP)
Shotguns: (SHOT)
Pistols: (PIST)
Launchers: (LAUN)
Weapons Analysis: Equipment (WAE)
Lethal Equipment: (LE)
Tactical Equipment: (TE)
Equipment Strategies: (ES)
Weapons Analysis: Attachments: (WAA)
Attachment Strategies: (AS)
Weapons Analysis: Perks: (WAP)
Tier 1: (Blue)
Tier 2: (Red)
Tier 3: (Yellow)
Weapons Analysis: Deathstreaks: (WAD)
Weapons Analysis: Killstreaks: (WAkS)
Q and A Section (QA)

Version History: (VH)

Created this MW2 multiplayer guide on the different weapons and perks e.t.c
in the game. This is going to be similar to my MW3 FAQ and include opinions
and analysis, but not specifics that the game will already tell you.

Minor grammatical and spelling error changes to make the document make a bit
more sense and avoid confusion on some weapons. I also removed the few words
relating to the riot shield that talks about the melee proficiency. That was
from my MW3 guide. Proficiencies don't exist in MW2. Also altered my Striker
description, changing infor that was written in past tense, to present
tense. Also removed Juggernaut fromt the killstreaks section.

1.02 and 1.03:
Minor Grammatical and Spelling changes

Revised most weapon derscriptions slightly. Added a questions and answers
section to the guide. and also made further grammar and Spelling corrections.

Contact Info: (CI)

My gamefaqs name is Master3203, if anyone wants to contact me about additions
or false things about the guide then you can reach me at
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under my own name if they are good tips. PSN and Gamertags will suffice if you
don't have a GameFAQS account however.. also if there are questions about the
multiplayer, please send these also. But do ch3eck the questions  area to see
if your questions is answered first there please.

Copyright Notice: (CN): 
(Copyright 2011 James O'Brian, GameFAQs.com alias is Master3203)

This guide is owned by me and may not be redistributed without my 
authorisation. Any violation of this will be deemed as an act of plagiarism
Any sites wishing to feature this guide can contact me on my email address.
Also, any use of the work from this document without permission from me will
also be deemed as unlawful and severe action will be taken. You have been
warned. I will also, if I wish to, retract this FAQ (any version)
from any site without prior notice or make changes without prior notice.
The sites who can use this guide are:

Now onto Business

Custom Loadout Tips: (CLT)

1. If you’re using a stealth class, the perks I recommend would be Cold
Blooded and Ninja pro. Put Marathon or Scavenger on this also for unlimited
sprint or extra ammo. A good weapon for this is the UMP45 equipped with the
silencer whilst the secondary should be the PP2000 with silencer as it has
good iron sights. For killstreaks, go with UAV, Counter UAV and Predator or
Sentry turret.
2. If using a sniper class, I'd recommend either the Intervention or the M21
EBR. Intervention is OHKO and is awesome with thermal sights. when it is
unlocked, go with the claymore if you are going to camp-snipe people to
protect your back. Use a semi-auto or full auto shotgun as your secondary
if you want a close range weapon. If you want to cover all the basics. Go
with the PP2000 and an RDS. Sniper for long range, PP2000 for short-medium.

3. If you are going for an explosive class, then I would recommend that you
use a weapon like the ACR or the M4A1 that has good iron sights so you can
attach a grenade launcher. For your secondary, go with the AT4 or the RPG.
For perks, you should definitely be using Danger Close along with steady aim
or sitrep for the 3rd tier and Scavenger for the 1st to replenish those
launcher grenades from dead bodies.

4. If you wish to go with an aerial class, the perks are very similar to
your stealth class. Cold Blooded is a definite bet, whilst any blue and
yellow perk will be up to choice. When you have unlocked it, definitely
use the Stinger to destroy aerial vehicles as it has 2 missiles to
destroy either two killstreaks or one with one flare

Create-a-class Loadouts: (CACL)

These will be in the following format:
Class Number and Title
Primary Weapon + Secondary weapons
Primary Weapon Attachment(s)
Secondary Weapon Attachment(s)
Lethal Equipment
Tactical Equipment
Blue Perk
Red Perk
Yellow Perk

1. Aerial
ACR + Stinger
Silencer (Primary)
Cold Blooded

2. Stealth
UMP45 + PP2000
Silencer (Primary)
Silencer (Secondary)
Scavenger or Marathon
Cold Blooded
Ninja Pro

3. Sniper 1
Intervention + M1014
Thermal + FMJ (Primary)
Grip + Extended Mags (Secondary)
Bling Pro
Stopping Power
Steady Aim Pro

4. Sniper 2
M21 EBR + PP2000
FMJ (Primary)
RDS (Secondary)
Stopping Power
steady Aim Pro

5. Sniper 3
Intervention + AA-12
FMJ (Primary)
Grip (Secondary)
Scavenger Pro
Stopping Power
Steady Aim Pro

6. CQC
UMP45 + M1014
Silencer or Extended Mags (Primary)
Grip (Secondary)
Stopping Power
Steady Aim

7. Recoilless Stealth
ACR or UMP45 + TMP
Silencer (primary)
Silencer (Secondary)
Scavenger Pro
Cold-blooded Pro
Ninja Pro

8. Gun Runner
UMP45 + M1014
Silencer (Primary Weapon)
Grip or Extended Mags (Secondary)
Lightweight Pro
Steady Aim Pro or Ninja Pro.

Weapons Analysis: Primary Weapons: (WAPW)

Assault Rifles: (AR)

I personally really like this weapon. The recoil is quite low, it is very
accurate. The iron sights are mint whilst the damage is bitter
(for the oopponent). Good ADS times and fast reload means you don't need SoH.

Decent starting weapon to begin with. three round burst weapon. Takes 1-2
bursts to kill an enemy with stopping power. Can sometimes reach 3 bursts
without stopping power, but is quite rare. Very accurate and if all three
bullets should hit it should be an OHKO, but like I said, not always.
It really comes down to a choice of preference between this and the M16A4
when it is unlocked.

This weapon is good and has more damage than the M4A1 per bullet, but the RoF
is lower, this only holds 20 in a magazine whereas the M4A1 holds 30 and this
has more recoil than the M4A1. However, it has great ironsights leaving
you to give the weapon extended mags if you can unlock it and if you can
handle the recoil then in the hands of the right person, this can be better
than the M4A1. Has slow reload times however, so Sleight of Hand is a must
unless you can find a quiet area to reload.

This weapon has about the same damage as the M4A1, but it has even more recoil
than the Scar-H and its ironsights are "untidy". It has less fire rate than
the M4A1, but more than the Scar-H. It's kind of a medium I think between the
two, but definitely needs a sight attachment lpreferably an RDS, but will be
a Mars sight if you do.

The only semi-automatic AR in the whole game. Stopping power is redundant on
this weapon as two bullets should kill you anyway and you will still need a
two-bullet kill with stopping power However, it will make it a 2 hit kill at
all ranges if combined with the Holographic sight. This leaves room for
hardline, cold blooded or danger close. Very accurate, but the fire rate
depends on how fast your trigger finger is. Hasn't got too bad ironsights,
but because this is not automatic, it makes CQC very dangerous for you, I
would suggest using bling and attaching a holographic sight and a silencer.

The second of the two, three-round burst AR's in the game. The M16 has
alright ironsights, a bit more damage per bullet than the famas, but is
slightly less accurate. As I said before, it is a preference choice between
these two weapons, but it's uncommon for people to be good with them both.
Also has slightly slower ADS time thqn the famas.

Adaptable Combat Rifle (ACR):
Awesome! That's how I'm starting off this analysis. It is pretty much a
recoilless M4A1. Because it has no recoil, the accuracy is the best in it's
class, but I usually use it with a sight because the ironsights can sometimes
be messy to deal with particularly in CQC. I usually choose the ACOG over
RDS because it has a bit more zoom and is just as accurate. Definitely use
this in one or more classes as it helps you out a lot.

Has the damage of a Scar-H, but has the fastest RoF in it's class which only
adds to the bad recoil it already had. Some people I know have said this is
a really lame weapon and that it's difficult to use. I disagree. The high
RoF is easy to mange if you quickly tap the trigger and fire in small bursts.
I'm not saying build a class around it cause there are much better guns
out there. But if you run out of ammo and you can pick it up from a dead body,
remember, it's still a weapon.

The most inFamous weapon of FPS and pretty much every other shooter type. The
AK47 is common in a lot of games for its high damage and large kill count.
In MW2, the iron sights are manageable, but small and sometimes difficult to
use. Don't use a sight attachment on it as that only increases its high
recoil. Just use this for close-medium range targets and use a silencer
and scavenger.

Sub-Machine Guns: (SMG)

Decent starting weapon, second in the SMG class as far as I'm concerned
next to the UMP45. Decent all round stats make this a good gun. Has manageable
recoil and good damage rate. Use it if you want to, but i prefer the UMP45.


Best SMG in the game. No recoil, good ironsights and is pretty much the
automatic master in close range combat. Can also do medium range rather well
too. The silencer is the best attachment for this gun to make good stealth
classes, but the RDS does well too. Combine this gun with a shotgun secondary
and steady aim and you become a beast in CQC.

Extremely high RoF gives this weapon a lot of recoil. The ironsights are quite
bad too, requiring you to have a sight attachment on this gun. ACOG is actually
rather good on this gun, but I wouldn't use it unless you want the emblems and

The SMG with the big clip we all know and love. It has quite low recoil and
is a slightly better version of the MP5K as it has a bigger clip and more
damage. Has almost exactly the RoF of the vector.

really this should belong in the machine pistols section if you ask me. Its
ironsights are not too good and again you have a lot of recoil due to the high
RoF. Go carefully with this. It's also not too good at hip fire.

Light Machine Guns: (LMG)

For most LMG's I would recommend the Bling perk so you can attach a Grip and a
sight to these guns because they have a lot of recoil. That's if you can find
quiet areas to reload. If you can't then you need to have SoH on with Grip.

L86 LSW:
Decent default LMG. I feel it operates like the HK21 from black ops.
Manageable recoil and decent line of sight. Use this if you want to, but I
prefer the RPD in this class.

Awesome like it was in CoD4. Good ironsights means you can attach grip and
Extended mags. High damage and medium fire rate equals one big killing
machine. Has 100 in the magazine. This is the best LMG in the gamne if you ask
me. But LMG's are so under used and it's a shame. This can mow down enemies
without any problems.

An upgrade from the L86. Decent damage, good accuracy and the fire rate is
pretty good too. Use this, though, only if you want the emblems.

Aug Hbar:
Second best LMG in my opinion if you can manage to unlock the RDS and the
Grip. Manageable recoil and high damage make this a formidable opponent to
face in mid range combat.

Pretty much similar to the MG4 in most areas. Think it's probably another
companies version of the MG4 actually. Has slightly less recoil than the MG4,
but also slightly less damage to compensate.

Sniper Rifles: (SR)

Snipers are long range rifles. To ensure one hit kills, always use stopping
power if you can't always get the head. On the WA2000 and the M21, this becomes
very necessary.

The Bolt-action version of the Barrett. I used to think the Barrett was better
than this, but when I decided to try it out. I got a lot of thermal OHKO.
This sniper is mint. usually when I snipe, I use semi-auto snipers, but
this gun blew me away. Has slightly better accuracy than the Barrett. However
as I have said, the performance of the gun seems better. I would urge everyone
to try this before dismissing it.

Next best sniper in my opinion as it is usually a One Hit
Knockout (OHKO) above the groin. The recoil is quite high, requiring a few
seconds to recover breath and return the crosshairs to the centre of your aim.
But if you can manage that then I would recommend you use this as an
alternative to the Intervention for those of you who like semi-auto snipers.

Like the Barrett, but less range and less sway. There is a lot less recoil on
this than the Barrett, however. Use this version over the Barrett when you
unlock it but don't replace the Intervention for it. Tends to get more
hitmarkers than the Barrett.

M21 EBR:
Very little recoil, low sway and decent range means this can be used as a
sniper, or a FAL. Due to it having small recoil and sway, it also has the
lowest damage rating of the snipers, requiring stopping power for OHKO.

Riot Shield: (RS)
Not much to say. It's a two-three hit kill depending how long you take between
melee hits. The melee action for the shield is rather slow. Use this only for
defensive tactics in objective games to soak up enemy damage. Also, make sure
you crouch and tilt he shield down a bit so that it covers your feet.

Weapons Analysis: Secondary Weapons: (WASW)

Machine Pistols: (MP)

Second best machine pistol in my opinion next to the M93 raffica. Has a decent
RoF, decent damage  factor and low recoil. It also has alright ironsights
which make it good for silencing. This is the machine pistol of choice in some
maps for me and many other people on the field and all the good reasons above
justify this.

This, I feel should be in the pistol category because it looks very much like
a handgun and apart from it being full auto, it also seems to fire like a
pistol. Anyway, it has a lot of recoil this gun and a huge RoF. Has 
difficulty, sometimes, killing enemies, but anything further than close range
makes this ineffective.

M93 Raffica:
A three round burst machine pistol. What next. This baby is just as powerful
as the famas and if you choose this on a last stand class, you can actually
use this in last stand instead of an M9. Performs really well with RDS and has
low recoil making this a formidable alternative to an AR. Really should have
stopping power on to make sure it takes down enemies in one burst (sometimes
two if you shoot them below the waist)

Virtually recoilless, this is like a downsized ACR. Definitely use scavenger
with this weapon as you will run out of ammo for it quicker than you might
think, but definitely worth using in a recoilless class maybe.

Shotguns: (SHOT)

Shotguns are your close range beasts. However, sight attachments are
redundant on shotguns because they actually worsen the spread. Steady aim
doesn't just improve the shotguns accuracy, it increases the damage because
steady aim works by tightening the spread. Less spread = more pellets in
tighter space = more damage. The shotguns are awesome in this game.

Nice pump action, high damage and a bad attitude. Recoil can be high, so
attach the grip. If you like pump-action, then go with this. But don't
swap it for the Model 1887 later on because the model 1887 takes longer to
pump the shot and is less accurate.

In my opinion, has great damage and manageable recoil. Has an overall fast
reload system due to the clip being reloaded at once. This, however, is
only when compared to reloading a whole magazine. when you want to reload 1
pullet, it has a slower reload time than other shotguns. It can be used like
a semi-auto shotgun as well, but works perfectly in its native full auto
mode. The grip attachment is definitely a go for this gun and also using bling
pro to attach the extended mags will help you here. Because of it's low ammo
however, regular scavenger is a must at the least if not the pro version unless
you go with extended mags, but even then, scavenger is way better for it.

The only real semi-automatic shotgun. It can take 2-3 shots to kill someone
and the recoil is above average. The MW2 version, in my opinion, is way better
than the MW3 version. This kills more quickly and there is less recoil.
Definitely use this until you unlock the M1014

The sawn-off double-barrelled shotgun of the game. Restricts the ability to
ADS with this gun as you can shoot both barrels with both the aim button and
the fire button at the same time. If you have scavenger, steady aim and
stopping power on this, then making the weapon akimbo is an awesome choice.

Highest damage factor in its class, but has a small clip of 4. IW probably
did this to try and balance the weapon. Attaching the extended mags is really
useful for helping with the small magazine problem. Doesn't need grip, but
when you unlock it, use it until you unlock extended mags. Will help you get
to that 400 kill marker. This is the best shotty and will become your
favourite secondary companion.

Model 1887:
Quite a lot of power, but the pump is really slow, meaning if you don't get it
on target the first time or get the headshot, you will be enemy-chow.
Relatively okay in terms of overall reload speed. When akimbo'd, this has a
nice reload animation.

Pistols: (PIST)

Starting pistol of the game. requires three shots to kill someone with
stopping power on. decent accuracy and is awesome with the tactical knife
attachment and silencer attachment.

.44 Magnum Revolver:
Dirty harry's weapon of choice is of course the magnum. This weapon has
cropped up in several FPS games including Goldenye 007 for N64. Back then
however it was called the cougar magnum in Goldenye. Anyway, has a high
damage and recoil factor, but has less accuracy than the USP. Has medium
semi-auto RoF.

Basically a USP.45 but with more accuracy. Decent if you want to use it,
but as you have probably unlocked alot of USP attachments by now, it's
not worth exchanging for.

Desert Eagle:
Pretty much the same power and accuracy as a .44, but has a lot more recoil
than it and is actually a pistol and not a revolver.

Launchers: (LAUN)

Rocket launcher with good line of sight firing. Can also lock-on to enemy
air support, but will only destroy UAV and Counter UAV in one shot.
This is a good launcher to use for explosive classes. Use this over an RPG
for infantry as RPG's have a mind of their own. With this, where you aim, is
where it will go even though there is less ammo, but this can be overcome a
bit by using scavenger Pro on the class.

40mm grenade launcher that has to be reloaded every shot. has good range, but
has to be shot over a certain distance to explode. I'm not sure if a direct
impact from this weapon will net you the Ouch challenge.

Lock-on only, but is awesome for this purpose. Is ready with one chambered
missile and one missile ready to be reloaded. can take down either two aerial
vehicles without flares or can take out helicopters with one flare.

Location and aerial lock-on means you can't just free-fire this gun.
Has a minimum distance you must look past before lock-on can occur to avoid
killing yourself.

Has two free-fire rockets, but leaves a smoke trail in its wake and also,
once fired, it can then shoot of in any direction or swerve in any direction
at any given time. Not very accurate, but definitely powerful. Ironsights
should be redundant really and I have no clue why they are there for this gun. 
Doesn't do anything for the shot at all.

Weapons Analysis: Equipment: (WAE)

Lethal Equipment: (LE)

Frag: Cookable grenade with a good radius and damage factor. 5 sec fuse.
Semtex: Uncookable, but higher blast radius than frag. 3-4 sec fuse.
Throwing Knife: Kill an enemy, pick it back up. Hard to use. One hit kill.
Tactical Insertion: Deployable which lets you choose where to respawn next.
Blast Shield: Use this to decrease the amount of explosive damage taken.
Claymore: Motion sensitive landmine that explodes when movement is detected.
C4: A pair of explosives which can set off with a detonator.

Tactical Equipment: (TE)

Flashbang: Blinds enemies. Larger radius than Concussion.
Concussion: Blinds and slows enemies. Smaller radius than Flashbang.
Smoke Grenade: Used to conceal movement. Use thermal vision to counter it.

Equipment Strategies: (ES)

Use Smoke to get away from long range battles you start losing and to
shield your movements from the enemy in general if they haven't noticed you

Tactical Insertion is rather redundant on MW2 as there is so much action going
on, it will be barely any use. Unless you can find the scret spots that are
hard to find.

Use Blast Shield for maps that are high risk for noob tubers and claymores.

Claymores are great for protecting back entrances for sniper classes.

Weapons Analysis: Attachments: (WAA)

Attachments are an important factor when deciding what classes should be
customized and for what purpose. They can be used to extend the sight range,
reduce recoil and silence weapons.

Red Dot Sight: (RDS)
The most common attachment used throughout all the modern warfare games. It
is known to be a precision sight attachment, but doesn't offer much zoom.

ACOG Sight:
2x zoom feature, used by people as an upgrade from RDS. Offers good accuracy.
The best ACOG sights are in Black ops and MW2. Cod4 ACOG was a disgrace if
you ask me. Could barely hit anything. It is better in this game than COD4,
but I don't like the Red line on it. Up to preference really. I choose a
different reticule when I can for it.

Holographic Sight:
Same as RDS really except the frame of the sight is thicker and the reticule
is slightly bigger giving you, sometimes, a better aim.

Thermal Sight:
Used to show enemies in white. Can be countered with Cold-blooded. When using
this with snipers. I find it to be quite awesome. In MW2 you can do
quick shots by taking a breath and quickly shooting and killing your target.

Really good for stealth classes. Makes you invisible on radar when firing
and also reduces the amount of light that comes from the end of your gun
when you fire it. Also, this is a myth, it is still unproven with hard
evidence, but the silencer can also reduce the recoil on the gun.
Doesn't do it for weapons other than automatic weapons, but from my
experience, it does reduce recoil slightly.

Heartbeat Sensor:
Finds close-by enemies who are not shielded by Cold-blooded and displays them
in red on like a small radar that is attached to your gun. Friendlies are in

Grenade Launcher: (Noob Tube)
Overpowered in this game. A direct impact (hits enemy, but doesn't explode)
will always result in a OHKO. Attaches to the underside of you weapon.
Can be detonated 3 feet from the enemy and still kill them if they don't have
blast shield active.

Shotgun: (Masterkey)
A low powered shotgun attachment that is fitted to the underside of your
gun. It has more range than any of the primary shotguns, but isn't recommended
when you have better attachments out there.

Used by Shotguns and LMG's to reduce the recoil of the weapons by using your
left hand to hold a grip rather than resting it in your left hand. The stats
will show more accuracy being added to the weapon. This is because less
recoil = more accuracy.

Rapid Fire:
Increases the weapons RoF. Adds more recoil to the weapon, making already high
recoil weapons virtually rubbish.

Extended Mags:
This will increase the amount of ammo you have in your clip. and will, as
a result of that, also increase your spare ammo capacity slightly. LMG ammo
clip is doubled when using this attachment. Everything else adds half a
full clip. Example. The ACR holds 30 bullets. Now with extended mags,
it holds 45. LMG's will now have 200 in the clip. This removes the need
to reload as often with LMG's effectively.

Tactical Knife:
This is just an attachment for pistols, but it increases your knife melee
speed by 3-4 times the normal rate. The melee speed increase, however, is
only active when you have the pistol swapped out with this attachment on.

For pistols and machine pistols, SMG's along with the ranger and model 1887. 
You can now dual-wield your weapon. This, however, will lower the accuracy
rating, remove the ability to ADS, but will double the firepower of the held
weapon. Use only for point blank to very close range because the bullets will
go everywhere. Steady aim is a must with this attachment.

Full Metal Jacket (FMJ):
Increases the amount of damage bullets do when firing through weak materials.
Don't think this increases your overall damage because it doesn't. Just
through weak materials. Your guns bullets will now also be red instead of

Attachment Strategies: (AS)

Don't use ACOG on Snipers as the sway cannot be stopped by holding your breath
as you can't hold breath with ACOG. The M21 EBR can be used with the ACOG and
Silencer to become a semi-automatic short to medium range rifle.

Definitely use the grip on all LMG's and also definitely use this on the AA-12
shotgun as the recoil is very high here. The other shotguns can manage
without if you want to attach extended mags.

Use the Rapid Fire attachment on low recoil weapons with low RoF. Can be used
on the UMP45, but only if you can handle it.

When it is unlocked, use the thermal attachment for snipers. This
attachment is awesome on the Intervention and the Barrett.

The silencer is good for almost all maps except wasteland unless you are a
run and gun person. Don't use this on shotguns though if you can help it as
this will lower the already short range that they have.

If you want accuracy, go with RDS. If you want a bit more range, go with ACOG
and if you are having trouble finding enemies with other sights, use thermal
to see the enemy in white.

Grenades shot from launchers need to travel a minimum distance to explode,
but when they do, it results in a OHKO. The grenade doesn't even have to
explode at the enemies feet. It can explode within a 3 feet radius and
still kill someone without blast shield. The shotgun attachment is weaker
than this though and requires 2-3 shots to kill an enemy, but does have the
largest range of all the shotguns.

Don't use heartbeat sensors a lot. I don't. Reason being, most people use
Ninja anyway. So it doesn't work. Also the temptation is there to keep
looking at that rather than where you're targets might be coming from.
Can help get kills and warn you about campers, but can also get you killed.

I wouldn't recommend that you use the akimbo attachment on pistols because
pistols are inaccurate  unless ADS'ing. So further reducing the hip-fire
accuracy and remove the ability to ADS, isn't good. For pistols, using the
tactical knife attachment would be better as this guarantees you'll win in
a knife-to-knife situation or very close range situation. I still wouldn't
recommend that machine pistols are akimbo'd, but because of their RoF and
decent starting accuracy, then they may be ok. Definitely use steady aim to
help out if you do.

Weapons Analysis: Perks: (WAP)

Perks are special abilities that soldiers in CoD multiplayer can use to boost
they're performance. There are 3 tiers of perk and you can choose one from
each tier to utilize. I have chosen to call these perks, weapons because they
are a type of weapon and the name fits better into my FAQ. When you unlock the
pro version of a perk, it will give you an added feature. It does not replace
the regular features. The format for perks will be:
Name of perk:
Regular: Description
Pro: Description

Tier 1: (Blue):

Regular: Unlimited sprint duration.
Pro: Lets you climb obstacles and ladders quicker
Use this on close range weapons to be able to shift quickly from one place to
another. The perk is great on any map. Whether it be a big map where you want
to get to the other side quickly or whether it be a small map where you have
just killed an enemy and want to escape or get in a better position before
reinforcements arrive.

Sleight of Hand:
Regular: Increase weapon Reload speed by about 50%
Pro: Increase ADS speed by about 50%
Use for weapons which have slow reload times like the striker
(which has a 12 round mag) and is also a good perk to use, when you get the
pro version, for weapons with slow ADS times or for quickscoping with snipers.

Regular: Acquire ammunition by walking over dead bodies. Friend or foe.
Pro: Start with full ammunition.
Good for low ammo weapons. Definitely use this with the AA-12 shotgun. It is
also very handy for machine pistols and other high RoF weapons. But is a is
also good for the high killcount folk so they don't run out of ammo as most
primary weapons, without scavenger, will do 5-6 kills and then empty.
Secondary shotguns can get about 20 kills if you are accurate enough and
machine pistols will get about 3-4 kills. So scavenger is necessary for
the high killstreak guys.

Regular: Have two attachments on your primary.
Pro: Have two attachments on your secondary
This perk allows you to have the attachment you want and another attachment
to help you out. when you unlock the pro version, your secondaries are also
given the same treatment. Very good for snipers who want thermal and FMJ
or good for shotgunners using the AA-12 to have grip and extended mags and is
also common with LMGs

One Man Army (OMA):
Regular: Replaces secondary and allows you to change class at anytime.
Pro: Speeds up how fast you change classes
Good perk to have if you're a primary weapon devil, but it does deprive you
of a secondary weapon. The regular version takes 5 seconds to change classes
and the pro version takes 3. With this, it can also be used to resupply
yourself with ammo for the same class. If you die and don't change your class
in the menu, the class you used with OMA will come back regardless of what
you're carrying before you die.

Tier 2: (Red)

Stopping Power:
Regular: Bullets do more damage against enemies
Pro: Do more bullet damage against aircraft.
Good for weapons with low damage and even most weapons with high damage. The
multiplier for stopping power is x1.4 whatever your current weapon damage is.
E.g. The ACR does 30 damage per bullet requiring 4 bullets to kill. With
stopping power, the ACR now does 42 damage, requiring 3 bullets to kill.
To calculate what 1.4x is on weapond damage. Do the following:

Find 10% of the weapons damage by taking away the zero

Then times the number by 4. E.g. 10% of 30 is 3. So its 3 x 4 = 12

Then add the total of 40% to the current damage. E.g. 30 + 12 = 42

Then Count how many of the new damage it will take to reach 100

Thats how many bulletes it will take to kill the target at normal range if all
bullets hit.

Regular: Move faster
Pro Weapons are ready-to-fire faster after sprinting.
Most common to us e this perk in conjunction with Marathon and Ninja or steady
aim. Most commonly, shotgunners will use this to move faster around the map
and to aim quicker after sprinting with shotguns and SMGs. Really nice perk
to have with the UMP45 and M1014.

Regular: Killstreaks require 1 less kill to complete.
Pro: Deathstreaks require 1 less death to complete.
If you're having trouble
getting the killstreaks you want or if you want to go for slightly better
options then choose this perk. Most people I've seen don't use this anyway.
The assault package people can usually get their required kills without this.

Regular: Undetectable by UAV, thermal sentries and air support.
Pro: No red crosshairs or name when targeted.
Really good perk for stealth classes and aerial Classes. The pro version
comes in useful for snipers trying to target you from long range and also
for hardcore game modes where there is restricted HUD. If your going
stealthy or shooting down planes, then this is a must perk.

Danger Close:
Regular: Increases explosive damage that you deal.
Pro: Increases air support damage.
Gives you a boost to all explosives you carry including grenades, claymores,
noob tubes and rockets. A must if using explosive classes to take out the
enemy. Works well with weapons like the ACR and the M4A1 which have good
ironsights. You could use bling and a attach a grenade launcher and a silencer.
The pro version only makes already overpowered air support even more deadly.
A predator missiles explosive force will almost double and the ash cloud it
creates is huge.

Tier 3: (Yellow)

Regular: Increased melee distance.
Pro: No fall damage
This is one of those perks designed for clumsy people who fall out of
buildings a lot and also for people who love to run and knife people.
Commando is so over used in MW2 its unbelievable. No wonder people
don't die when jumping off 60 ft cliffs to get to enemies at the bottom.

Steady Aim:
Regular: Increase hip-fire accuracy
Pro: Hold breath longer
Both the pro and regular versions are just as useful as the other. Shotguns
and SMG's will greatly benefit from the regular version as they are CQC
weapons. When you unlock the pro version however, you can then use this on
snipers to hold breath longer and get that important shot im.

Regular: jams enemy radar in short range
Pro: Delay claymores if you are quick enough to escape the blast radius.
As usual, the pro version is sometimes better than the regular version as
you can sneak up on sniper points, delay their trip explosives and kill
that far range no-gooder. Using the regular version has its uses too though
as it comes in handy for jamming enemy radar. However, this will make
players frantically search that small area for you. so laying your own
claymore to protect your back will work great here.

Regular: Invisible to heartbeat sensors.
Pro: Footsteps are silent
Use this in your stealth class too as your footseps will be silent to anyone
not using sitrep pro. The regular version is okay, making you invisible to
heartbeat sensors. Use this on non stealth classes too and sneak up onb the
enemy and knife the goon in the back.

Regular: See enemy explosives and tactical insertions in red through walls.
Pro: Hear enemy footsteps louder.
The regular version here is actually more useful than the pro version. It is
rather useful in this game for detecting all thoose claymores, but is difficult
to unlock the pro version. Use this in a class definitely to shoot and destroy
enemy equipment and trip-activated explosives. The pro version works really
well and cancels out enemy Ninja Pro within close distance.

Last Stand:
Regular: Pull out pistol before dying whilst lying on your back.
Pro: Use your primary weapon and equipment.
I don't use this often. I fell that the only time you should use it, is if you
are the type who wants to cling onto life with everything you have and don't
wanna let go. This perk serves no logical purpose in a fast-paced MMO and
should not be used.

Weapons Analysis: Deathstreaks: (WAD)

I kind of find the concept of this very lame, because your rewarding players
for dying here. However, as this is a part of the game, I have included it
in my guide. For Deathstreaks to become active. You must get the amount of
deaths in a row indicated. You will also get the deathstreaks everytime,
until you get a kill, after it has become activated.

4D: Copycat: Steal the class of the last person that killed you during killcam.
3D: Painkiller: You have double health for 10 seconds after respawn.
4D: Martyrdom: Drop a live frag grenade with a 2.5 second timer when you die.
4D: Final stand: Lay on your back when shot and get back up if you recover.

Copycat lets you steal the weapon class of the enemy that killed you last
until you die. This includes everything in the class. Painkiller gives your
health a boost when you first start off to give you some extra time to mind
your surroundings, martyrdom is self explanatory and final stand is like last
chance only you can get back up if you recover 100% health and you can also
use your primary and secondary weapons.

Weapons Analysis: Killstreaks: (WAKS)

Killstreeaks are when you get kills in a row. When you reach a certain number
of kills in a row, you can use a reward. You must have selected to use te
desired killstreak in order to activate it however. You can slect up to 3
killstreaks to have set up so when you reach their desired killstreak level,
you canactivate it via the right D-pad button.

A spy drone designed to seek out enemy locations and mark those locations
with red dots on your mini-radar.

Counter UAV:
Opposite of UAV. This will jam your radar with static even if a UAV is up.
Is more strategic to use it just as an enemy UAV goes up to negate its

Care Package:
A fast helicopter delivers a crate containing a random reward or an ammo
refill. I found the following list on a site, but I don't know if these
rates are accurate or not, but they look legitimate. You can't recieve
another care package, emergency airdrop or tactical nuke from a care package.
14.78% - Ammo
14.78% - UAV
13.04% - Counter-UAV
10.43% - Sentry Gun
10.43% - Predator Missile
9.57% - Precision Airstrike
6.09% - Harrier Strike
6.09% - Attack Helicopter
4.35% - Pave Low
4.35% - Stealth Bomber
2.61% - Chopper Gunner
2.61% - AC-130
0.87% - EMP

This is the site that had the above rates:

Sentry Gun:
Automated sentry turret that will detect ank fire at any enemies in its line of
sight. Cold-blooded will stop the sentry from firing at an enemy.

Predator Missile:
remotely guide an air-to-surface missile towards enemies. Enemies will have
red markers around them so you can spot them unless they're using

Precision Airstrike:
Choose the direction and location you want an overhead carpet bombing to
obliterate. Will make 3 passes.

Harrier Airstrioke:
A two-pass carpet bombing accompanied by an overhead harrier. Does not have a
flare, but only a stiinger missile or RPG rocket will destroy it in one hit.
AT4 rocket will just damage it by about 50-60%

Attack Helicopter:
Send in a helicopter to shoot at enemy ground targets.

Emergency Airdrop:
A big aeroplane comes in and drops care packages to the team.
http://www.themodernwarfare2.com/mw2/multiplayer/killstreaks/ also gave rate
for this airdrop. The emergency airdrop will drop 4 crates. EMP's also cannot
be collected from this airdrop.
12% - Ammo
12% - UAV
16% - Counter-UAV
16% - Sentry Gun
14% - Predator Missile
10% - Precision Airstrike
5% - Harrier Strike
5% - Attack Helicopter
3% - Pave Low
3% - Stealth Bomber
2% - Chopper Gunner
2% - AC-130 

A heavily armoured attack helicopter with an armour-piecing machine gun will
be sent it to protect and serve your country against enemy forces. Fires at
more targets than attack helicopter does and does more damage too.

Stealth Bomber:
A slow Carpet bomb that drops more bombs than the precision airstrike and is
invisible on enemy radar. Launchers also cannot lock onto this.

Chopper Gunner:
Control the gunner of a helicopter to shoot ground targets for 40 seconds.
Comes with one flare

Fire 105mm rockets, 40mm grenades and a 25mm cannon at enemies. Can be shot
down, but it has 2-3 flares and requires you to have a fast reload (SoH)
in order to get a missile in there before it releases its next flare. Better
way is to have two people shooting missiles. The first shot goes up, then
half a second after the flares have been fired,t he second one shoots their

Disables mini-radar and HUD, RDS, Holographic, Thermal and Heartbeat sensors
for 60 seconds and destroys sentries and active enemy air support. will also
disable any other helicopters you personally have put up before releasing EMP.

Tactical Nuke:
Nuke the entire land after getting a massive 25 kills in a row. Ends the game
at the point when it explodes and kills everybody. If you explode it when your
team is losing, you will complete a challenge and get an extra callsign.

Q and A section (QA):

1. What are the best weapons to use throught the game?
A. Depends on your playstyle really. But you shouldn't go wrong with:
ACR (Definitely reccommend)
UMP45 (Definitely reccomend)
Intervention or Barrett .50cal
M93 Raffica

2. ACR Vs. UMP45
A. Difficult one compare, but alot of people do so I put this one here. They
both are recoless weapons in this game. The UMP45 offers more speed because
it is an SMG. But both weapons, I would say, belong in a players arsenal.
Don't make yourself badly because you are trying to decide between the two.
The UMp45 comes in more handy for the shorter maps whilst the ACR becomes
more adept at the medium-far range maps as you can AR snipe very well with
then ACR and very quickly too. However, they are both suitable for all maps.
Also, neither of them require SoH so that frees them up for something like

3. Intervention Vs. Barrett .50cal
A. It does depend what you feel more cofortable with. Semi-auto or Bolt-action.
However, i will say this, the intervention appears to get more hitmarkers and
OHKO shots than the Barrett when i have used both. Now. Thermal sight on these
guns is a win/lose situations. Intervention being win and Barret being lose.
Thermal is really good with the Intervention and is the reccomended No 1
attachment choice for it. Howver on the Barrett, thermal seems to do terrible,
but that might just have been the way I was shooting them. They are both
unlocked at Level 4, so pick one and stick with it is what i say.

4. M16 Vs. Famas
A. This is a common dilema for a lot of players. So I am am gonna make the
comparison simple. M16 is just as accurate as the Famas abut has a slightly
slower ADS speed than the Famas, but also less recoil (although there is
very little between them both). The M16 does really require a RDS or ACOG,
but becomes alot better for it as well. The Famas doesn't need a sight
attachment and is very good at silenced kills.

5. This guy won't die and I shot like 30 bullets into him....
A. Sometimes it happens. Factors for this include your connectivity status
to the servers, Treyarch's connectivity issues, the opponent maybe cheating,
might just be a glitched character who left the game and hasn't dissapeared
off the map yet or it could just be the simplest one that your not hitting him.

6 (continued from 8). You dissing my shooting?
A. I was merely pointing out that the simplest solutions are suually right undr
our noses and we cant see it.

7. What do you think about the (Specify Weapon)
A. Check the weapon descriptions for a brief opinion and also check questions
above this one for some common comparisons which also include opinions.

8 (Continued from 10). But I can't be bothered...
A. Then why are you looking at game guides if you can't be bothered reading
them. Go to a game forum, post a question, check the replies and then take
it or leave it.

9. Who are you to be saying what is good and what is not good hey? I think
your guide is lousy.
A. A few things there that I will comment on. For a start, dont read it then.
Next, I happen to be a 5th Prestige player with about 30 months experience
behind me. Next if you are commenting on bad opinions or information, please
email me with your alterations or suggestions and I will look into them.

10. What is the difference between recoil and sway?
A. Recoil is the amont of kick that your weapon gives after firing. Sway is
basically the way your weapons sways from side to side. Sway will usually
occur on Snipers in this game when ADS'ing, but there are some other weapons
that also have it, but have les than snipers. On the other hand, alot of
weapons have recoil to some degree. Although their are some weapons with
neither recoil or sway. Finally. Most people refer to sway when ADS'ing but
for shotguns, hipfire sway is very important for obvious reasons.

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