The Best Perks in Modern Warfare 2, Ranked

Go stealthy or hit them like a firetruck! The choice is yours.

by Amitesh Dhar


Perks are some of the most useful elements that you can come across in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. Now, almost all of the perks that you’ll be seeing in the game are returning perks in Modern Warfare 2. Your choice of perks will heavily affect your overall playstyle, so knowing which one to choose from a huge list is very important.

There are a few things you need to remember while selecting your perks in the game. There are three basic perk types that you will come across. The first type is known as a base perk, the second is a bonus perk, and the third is known as the ultimate perk. You will be able to select a total of four perks for your loadout, but only your base perks will be active from the beginning of the game.

As you progress through the match, you will be able to unlock your bonus and ultimate perks by scoring points and eliminating your enemies. These feel a lot like abilities that you would come across in games like Valorant, or even Destiny 2.

All perks in Modern Warfare 2

As mentioned above, the overall perk pool in the game is broken down into three types. Here is a list of all the perks that fall under each type along with what they do:

Base Perks

  • Overkill: Carry two primary weapons at the same time.
  • Double Time: Double the duration of Tactical Sprint. Increases crouch movement speed by 30%.
  • Battle Hardened: Reduces the effect of enemy flash, stun, EMP, and shock sticks. You are immune to snapshot grenades as well.
  • Scavenger: Pick up ammo and reusable knives from dead enemies.
  • E.O.D: Reduces the damage you take from non-killstreak explosives. Whenever you pick up a live grenade, the fuze timer on it resets.
  • Tracker: Enemies leave behind a footprint trail. Enemy kills are marked and your kill markers are hidden from the enemy.
  • Strong Arm: You’re now able to throw your tactical and lethal equipment further, and get a preview of the trajectory.
  • Extra Tactical: Start every match with an extra piece of tactical equipment.

Bonus Perks

  • Resupply: You start every game with a bonus lethal equipment. And your equipment will recharge over 25 seconds.
  • Spotter: You can now spot enemy equipment, killstreaks, and field upgrades through walls. If you look at them while aiming down the sights, you will highlight them for the entire team. You can also hack enemy claymores and proximity mines.
  • Cold-Blooded: You are invisible to thermal optics and AI targetting systems. You do not show up on the enemy radar and don’t highlight on tactical cameras.
  • Fast Hands: Reload equipment and swap weapons faster.
  • Quick Fix: Killing enemies induces health regeneration. Your health regeneration rate improves the longer you hold down objectives.
  • Focus: Reduces flinch when you’re aiming down the sights, and extends the Hold Breath duration.

Ultimate Perks

  • High Alert: Your vision pulses if you’re spotted by an enemy player.
  • Ghost: You’re invisible to enemy UAVs, portable radars, and heartbeat sensors.
  • Hardline: Reduce Killstreak cost by one and Scorestreak score by 125.
  • Overclock: Store an additional field upgrade charge. Your field upgrade charge rate is increased by 40% and when you get this perk in the game, you immediately get a field upgrade charge.
  • Survivor: When you die, you enter the Last Stand mode with the ability to self-revive once a life. Your teammates can revive downed enemies quicker.
  • Bird’s-Eye: The minimap is zoomed out, and your UAV and radar show you the enemy’s direction. When you get this perk in the game every enemy location on the map gets pinged.

These are all the perks that you will find in Modern Warfare 2. When it comes to picking the best perks, it will highly depend on your playstyle. For example, if you like being sneaky like a ninja, your go-to perks would be Tracker, Scavenger, Spotter, and Ghost. Alternatively, if you like playing the role of a tank, Battle Hardened, E.O.D, Focus and Survivor would be some of the perks worth looking at.

Feel free to try out multiple perk combinations and see what you come up with. Given that all of them have such diverse usage in the game, you might be surprised with the results you see!

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is set to be released on October 28, 2022, for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC.

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