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

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

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. I will go through the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Best Perks for Base, Bonus, and Ultimate slots.

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. 

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, I have picked out the 3 Best Base Slot Perks from MW2!

Double Time

The Base Perk for increased Mobility
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Double Time Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose it: It helps me maintain my mobility on the battlefield.

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 in Warzone doubles the duration of Tactical Sprint.
  • It also boosts movement speed by 30% when crouched.
  • This perk will be valuable in Warzone 2.0, aiding quick navigation through open fields.

Overkill

The Base Perk for Offensive gameplay
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Overkill Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose it: Allows me to carry two Primary Weapons.

Next up on the list of best perks for base slots in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Best Perks is the Overkill. 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 to 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

The Base Perk for increased focus
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Battle Hardened Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose this: Ensure a strategic advantage and improve survivability

The Battle Hardened Perk completes the Best Base Perks list. The Flashes, Stuns, and EMPs are used widely 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 in Warzone reduces the impact of enemy Flash, Stun, EMP, Shock Sticks, and Gas Grenades.
  • It provides immunity to Snapshot Grenades.
  • These benefits help you surprise enemies and take them down effectively, especially 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 my Top 3 picks for Bonus Perks in MW2.

Fast Hands

The Bonus Perk for Fast Switching
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Fast Hands Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose this: Increases hand movement and allows one to switch/reload weapons faster.

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. 

Hardline

The Bonus Perk for reducing Killstreak cost
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Hardline Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose this: Allows me to get Killstreak more quickly.

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 not be a viable option for Warzone 2.0. However, since we’re covering multiplayer, it was necessary to include Hardline.

  • The Hardline Perk is essential for quickly gaining killstreaks.
  • It reduces the Killstreak Cost by one kill and the Scorestreak Cost by 125 points.
  • This advantage allows you to access killstreaks faster than your opponents, giving you an edge in battle.

Focus

The Bonus Perk for better Aim and Precision
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Focus Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose this: It reduces the bullet flinch and allows me to take accurate shots.

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

  • The Focus Perk is a valuable asset for snipers.
  • It increases hold-breath time and reduces flinch and sways when aiming down sights (ADS).
  • Reduced sway makes it easier to take down enemies swiftly, particularly in fast-paced game modes.
  • With the Focus Perk, you can perform quick scope shots more effectively and improve your sniping skills.

Best Perks For Ultimate Slot

Last but not least, you 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, I had to make the hard choice of choosing only 3 of these perks.

With that said, here are the Best 3 Ultimate Perks.

High Alert

The Ultimate Perk to stay Cautious
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High Alert Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose this: Gives a vision pulse when spotted by an enemy.

For some time now, the High Alert perk has been quite a 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 becomes available later in a match.
  • This perk causes your vision to pulse when enemies outside your view notice or aim at you.
  • It’s a valuable tool to detect and respond to enemies who attempt to flank or sneak up on you.
  • When an enemy is in your blind spot, the screen will pulse in the direction they are looking, providing a significant advantage to react and either face them or seek cover before being eliminated.

Ghost

The Ultimate Perk to stay Undetected
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Ghost Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose this: Keep me off the enemy’s radars.

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.

  • Ghost in Multiplayer mode offers map freedom by avoiding enemy killstreak detection.
  • Ghost Perk hides you from UAVs, Heartbeat Sensors, and Portable Radars.
  • With Ghost, enemies can’t find your location when using UAVs, diverting their attention to non-Ghosted players.
  • Exploit this advantage to surprise and score kills.

Quick Fix

The Ultimate Perk to regenerate Health faster
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Quick Fix Perk [Image Credit: eXputer]
  • Why I chose this: Health regeneration boosting abilities.

Finally, to conclude the Ultimate Slot list as well as the whole Best Perks list for MW2, you have Quick Fix. Without Quick Fix, your multiplayer experience will never be 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.

  • Quick Fix Perk triggers health regen upon enemy player kills.
  • Capturing and holding objectives boosts health regen in Call of Duty MW2.
  • Multiplayer modes like Free-for-all/Team Deathmatch offer little breathing room.
  • Maintaining good health is crucial when facing enemies.

My Take On Best Perks

Choosing the right set of Perks is crucial to make a perfect weapon loadout. Personally, I like to use these perks in almost all my loadouts as they are pretty versatile and enhance the performance of any class setup. Perks are mostly dependent on personal preference, but it a fact that a handful of perks stand out amongst the rest. I covered the perks that are potentially the best in their respective slot (Base, Bonus, and Ultimate).

With that, I reach the end of the Definitive guide about the Best Perks in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2. 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.

Additionally, I suggest taking a look at Huzaifah Durrai’s comprehensive review of Modern Warfare 2 for an in-depth analysis.


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