Best Spots to Get Penetration Kills in Modern Warfare 3 on Shipment, Rust, and Other Maps

Use these spots to get penetration kills for your MW3 camo challenges.

by Diego Perez , Davi Braid
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Getting penetration kills is one of the most annoying parts of the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 camo grind, but there are a few spots you can utilize to get this challenge out of the way fast.

While camo challenges have been streamlined in MW3 (goodbye pistol longshots, you won’t be missed), there are still a few frustrating challenges left. Getting camos for LMGs and Sniper Rifles will require you to get a ton of bullet penetration kills, but you can get them done in a match or two with the right equipment and setup.

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How to Get Penetration Kills in MW3

Getting a penetration kill requires you to shoot an enemy through cover or a solid object. You can’t shoot through everything in Modern Warfare 3, but you’d be surprised how many options you have. The best maps for you to farm penetration kills are Rust, Terminal, Shipment, and Highrise.

We’ve all been there, farming kills in the most specific way. It can be a frustrating experience, which is why we decided to make things easier for you. Not only do you now know the best maps to get penetration kills, but we’re also going to prevent you from having a headache by providing the exact way to complete the challenge in the easiest way possible.

Make sure you’re using armor-piercing rounds on your weapons. You can equip these in the Ammunition section of the Gunsmith when customizing your guns. Also, Hardcore mode makes this challenge much easier since things like glass windows count for penetration kills and it’s quite easy to get one-shot kills in Hardcore.

Related: What Are Recommended Weapons in Modern Warfare 3?

Rust Penetration Kill Spot

Rust has a great spot for farming penetration kills. If there’s a 24/7 playlist featuring the map (there usually is), then hop in and make your way to the truck in the corner of the map.

There’s a chainlink fence that runs around the edge of the map, and a bit of it sticks out just enough to where you can shoot through it while aiming through the nearby shipping container and at a frequent spawn location.

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Since Rust is so small, enemies will continue to spawn in this lane even if you have your sights on it. You only need to get 10 penetration kills for the camo challenge, and you can easily get this done in a single match on Rust.

Terminal Penetration Kill Spot

There’s a cheeky spot on Terminal where you can camp and farm penetration kills, too. If you crouch under the plane, you can find a chainlink fence near one of its wheels. This spot has a perfect view of the tarmac where the B flag usually resides in Domination.

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Shooting through that fence will net you penetration kills. Make sure you’re not too close to it (and that you don’t mount on it) since the game might not register those kills as penetration kills since the barrel of your gun will clip through it. For the most part, however, any enemy that you kill through this fence will net you a penetration kill and bring you one step closer to unlocking a new camo.

Shipment Penetration Kill Spot

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If you get lucky on Shipment, you can knock out all of your required penetration kills in a single match with a well-timed spawn trap. The diagonal crates along the map’s edges can be shot through. Just spray through the metal crates into the corner of the map where enemies spawn and you’re bound to snag a few penetration kills.

Highrise Penetration Kill Spot

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There isn’t a dedicated spot for penetration kills on Highrise, but you can get them from almost anywhere on this map. Multiple chain link fences throughout Highrise are perfect for penetration kills. The best strategy for getting penetration kills on Highrise is to look through the fences at the lowered areas near the center of the map and shoot any enemies that try to flank.

Best Equipment For Penetration Kills in MW3

  • LMGs
  • Armor-Piercing Rounds
  • Snapshot Grenades

If you’re aiming for penetration kills in MW3, certain equipment can give you an edge. Light machine guns, for instance, are a great choice. They have high bullet penetration, which is exactly what you need for this task. Also, consider trying out the best LMG in MW3.

In addition to choosing the right weapon, you’ll also want to equip armor-piercing rounds. These rounds ensure that your bullets can penetrate through walls or other structures. This is particularly useful when playing on the recommended maps for penetration kills.

Lastly, an invaluable piece of equipment for achieving penetration kills is the Snapshot Grenade. This tactical equipment can reveal enemies behind walls by providing a brief outline of their position. This allows you to accurately aim and shoot through walls before your enemies have even spotted you, increasing your chances of securing a penetration kill.

- This article was updated on January 10th, 2024

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Currently serving as an Associate Editor at Attack of the Fanboy, Diego Perez has been writing about video games since 2018, specializing in live service games like Destiny and Final Fantasy XIV. His work is featured at publications like Game Rant and The Outerhaven, but Attack of the Fanboy is home to his best work. When he's not editing or writing guides, he's yelling about Ape Escape or grinding Lost Sectors in Destiny. Plus, he has a Bachelor of Science in Telecommunication Media Studies for Texas A&M University.