COD MW2: Best Perks [Base, Bonus, & Ultimate]

With a whole new Perk System in Call of Duty MW2, here is our list of the Best Perks for every slot.

Call of Duty MW2 is finally out. With the Multiplayer mode in full flow, it is essential to equip the Best Perks in order to don your opponents in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Yes, it is true that weapons and load-outs are the most important part of your multiplayer gaming experience. However, having the best perks equipped in your loadout will take your game to the next level.

In Modern Warfare 2, Infinity Ward has included a New Perk System, which is entirely different from what we’ve seen in the older COD titles. Now there are three different perk slots in MW2. The first one gets activated right when the game starts, whereas the other two slots are earned after a specific amount of time has passed. We will go through the Best Call of Duty MW2 Perks for Base, Bonus, and Ultimate slots.

Without further ado, here are all the Perks that you should put under serious consideration while setting up your Best Loadout in Call of Duty MW2.

Key Takeaways
  • There are three slots for perks in COD Modern Warfare 2 that are Base, Bonus and Ultimate respectively.
  • The base perk is activated right from the start of the game whereas the Bonus and Ultimate perks need to be achieved during a match.
  • The best perks for COD Modern Warfare are Overkill, Double Time and Battle Hardened.
  • Pick your own perks according to the slots during the customization of your loadout. 

Best Perks For Base Slot

While setting up your loadout, you will first come across the Base Perks slot in Call of Duty MW2. In this section, you get to choose 2 Perks that you will start the game with. These perks have no conditions whatsoever, you won’t need to wait for a specific time until they get activated. Of course, your choice of perks depends heavily on your style of play. Although, our list of the best base perks includes the ones that are suitable for all playstyles. 

Since these perks will accompany you from minute one in your Multiplayer match, it is utterly crucial to pick the best ones to get an upper hand against the opposing team. To help you out, we have picked out the 3 Best Base Slot Perks from MW2!

Double Time

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Double Time Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
When it comes to Multiplayer in Modern Warfare 2, movement is key to getting more kills in a match. Regardless of the mode you’re playing, having sleek movement from cover to cover will make it harder for your enemies to kill you. Former Call of Duty players would be well aware of what Double Time is. 

The Double Time Perk will double the duration of the Tactical Sprint. Not only that, but it will also increase your movement speed by 30% when crouched. Double Time will also prove to be crucial once Warzone 2.0 is out, it will allow you to navigate through open fields much more quickly.


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Overkill Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
Next up on the list of Best Perks for Base Slot in Call of Duty MW2 is the Overkill perk. This one is no surprise for the OG Call of Duty players. When it comes to Multiplayer mode, having Overkill equipped is a no-brainer, especially if you’re leveling up your guns (which is crucial to get a head start for Warzone 2.0).

The Overkill Perk allows the player two carry Two Primary Weapons. Without Overkill, you can only have one primary weapon and with it, you can equip Pistols, Melee weapons, and Launchers. Whereas, once you choose Overkill in your loadout you can carry 2 Primary weapons which will allow you to pair ARs, SMGs, and Snipers together.

Battle Hardened

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Battle Hardened Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
The Battle Hardened Perk completes our Best Base Perks list. We all know how much the Flashes, Stuns, and EMPs are used in the Multiplayer mode of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. They can be extremely annoying when you’re at the receiving end. Luckily, Infinity Ward has brought back the all-famous perk which works as a perfect counter.

The Battle Hardened Perk reduces the effect of enemy Flash, Stun, EMP, Shock Sticks, and Gas Grenades. On top of all that, your player will become immune to Snapshot Grenades. These buffs will allow you to blindside your enemies and easily take them down. Similar to the previous two perks, this will also help you out immensely in Warzone 2.0.

Best Perks For Bonus Slot

The Bonus Perks are earned during the game and will not be available right off the bat. In the Bonus Slot, you can only equip one perk, unlike the Base slot. There are a couple of good options you can pick for the Bonus Perk Slot in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

Bonus Perks get activated when you’re around 4-minutes into the game. Before that, you won’t have access to your Bonus Perk. So without further ado, here are our Top 3 picks for Bonus Perks in MW2.

Fast Hands

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Fast Hands Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
Our first pick for the Bonus perk slot is none other than Fast Hands. Players from the previous Call of Duty titles and Warzone would be well aware of the perk called ‘Amped’. The Fast Hands works exactly in the same way, it will allow you to maneuver quickly around the arena and works well with the Double Time perk.

Fast Hands Perk will allow you to reload, swap weapons, and use equipment considerably faster. Having these enhancements on your player will allow you to quickly adapt to different situations in a match. Slow weapon switching can be lethal for your player, hence, Fast Hands is one of the Best Perks in MW2. 


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Hardline Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
When it comes to the Multiplayer mode, Hardline is another great perk to have in Call of Duty MW2. It is to be noted that this perk will be not a viable option for Warzone 2.0. However, since we’re covering multiplayer, it was necessary to include Hardline.

Gaining killstreaks as quickly as possible is crucial, and the Hardline Perk helps you do so. Having the Hardline Perk in MW2 will allow you to Reduce the Killstreak Cost by one kill. It will also reduce Scoretreak Cost by 125 points. Hence, you will have an upper hand throughout the battle and will be able to access the killstreaks much faster than your opponents.


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Focus Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
Even though there are some other top picks for the Bonus Perk like Resupply and Cold Blooded but in our opinion, we had to include the Focus Perk. Earlier we mentioned that we wanted to cater to every playstyle in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, and we know there are a lot of people who like to snipe in the Multiplayer mode.

Thus, having the Focus Perk will make life easier for the snipers in MW2. Some of you may be already aware of what it does. However, for the ones who do not know; the Focus Perk increases the hold-breath time, and it also reduces the flinch and sways when ADS. With the reduction in sway, it gets a whole lot easier to take down enemies quickly, especially in fast-paced modes. With the Focus Perk, you can quickly pull quick scope shots and polish your sniping skill further.

Best Perks For Ultimate Slot

Last but not least, we have the new Ultimate Perk Slot in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. The Ultimate Perks, just like the Bonus perk, is earned during the game which means you won’t have access to this perk from the beginning. It comes into action when you’re about 8-minutes into a match in multiplayer mode. On top of that, you can only equip one Ultimate Perk per Loadout.

In Call of Duty MW2, there are 6 amazing perks available at the Ultimate Slot. All of these are effective in their own departments. However, we had to make the hard choice to choose only 3 of these perks. With that said, here are our Best 3 Ultimate Perks.

High Alert

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High Alert Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
For some time now, the High Alert perk has been a quite popular pick in Call of Duty games. The perk is highly useful in Multiplayer modes, especially in maps that have a lot of covers. It grants a greater awareness of surroundings to the player and can be life-saving if an enemy tries to blindside you.

The High Alert Perk will be accessible much later in a match. Keeping that in mind here is what the perk does; It will make your vision pulse when enemies outside your view see/aim at you. Hence, if you’re aiming down somewhere else and an enemy sneaks behind you or flanks you. Your screen will pulse on the relevant side from where the enemy is looking at you, this will give you a huge advantage to quickly face them or find cover before you get killed in MW2.


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Ghost Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
This pick won’t be a surprise for OG Call of Duty players. Ghost is probably one of the most used perks in the game (also in Warzone). It is great for stealth and staying undetected on the field, which automatically grants the player an edge over their opponents.

In Multiplayer mode, Ghost will allow you to run around the map with ease because most of the enemy’s killstreaks wont be able to detect your location. To be exact the Ghost Perk will make you undetectable by UAVs, Heartbeat Sensors, and Portable Radars.

When enemies have their UAVs activated, they will be clueless about your location. You will see them chase down the non-ghosted players. This creates the perfect opportunity for you to surprise them and add some kills to the leaderboard.

Quick Fix

Call of Duty MW2 Quick Fix perk
Quick Fix Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
Finally, to conclude the Ultimate Slot list as well as the whole Best Perks list for MW2, we have Quick Fix. Without Quick Fix, your multiplayer experience will never get fulfilled in Call of Duty MW2. If you’re a fast-paced aggressive player then the Quick Fix Perk is a no-brainer pick for you.

For those of you who don’t know, Quick Fix Perk immediately triggers health regeneration whenever you kill an enemy player. Similarly, capturing and holding objectives also increases the health regeneration rate in Call of Duty MW2. In Multiplayer mode you hardly get any breathing space, especially in Free-for-all/Team Deathmatch modes. Therefore, it is important to have considerable health every time you face an enemy.


With that, we reach the end of our Definitive guide about the Best Perks in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. Perks are mostly dependent on personal preference but we can all agree that a handful of perks stand out amongst the rest. We covered the perks which are potentially the best in their respective slot (Base, Bonus, and Ultimate).

You can make multiple load-outs in Call of Duty MW2 and equip different perks in each loadout. This will give you a chance to experience the perks during games and narrow down what suits you the best. We hope you enjoyed reading through our guide, stick around at eXputer to learn more informative stuff about Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

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