Modern Warfare 2 Prestige and Ranks explained

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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2's prestige and rank systems can be pretty confusing at first. Of course, now that Warzone 2 has arrived alongside the Season 1 MW2 update, there are plenty of new things to scope out and systems to get used to, such as the new map-shaped battle pass (opens in new tab).

Whether you’re a newcomer to the series or just want to know exactly how MW2 prestige works, this guide explains the system in detail. From Daily Challenges to what happens after you’ve hit Military Rank 55, there is quite a lot to cover. You may not be able to become as prestigious as the Amsterdam level in the campaign (opens in new tab), but you’ll get fairly close. Whenever you're ready, here's what you need to know about Modern Warfare 2's prestige and ranking system. 

Modern Warfare 2 prestige and ranks explained 

The Modern Warfare 2 prestige system is tied to seasons, much like it has been with past entries in the series, such as Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard. The Modern Warfare 2 prestige system unlocked with Season 1 on November 16, so you can start gaining prestige right now.

If you've already reached Military Rank 55 you can reset your rank level back to MR 1, and you'll gain a prestige level instead. You can then build up to MR 55 again, obtain the next prestige rank, and rinse and repeat.

Progressing through these levels will reward you with additional default loadouts in multiplayer, as well as the option to customize them alongside Warzone 2.0 weapons from Rank 4. In addition, you’ll also gain access to weapon platforms to tweak around in the Gunsmith, both lethal and tactical equipment for your multiplayer loadouts, and the perks, field upgrades, and killstreaks that you’ll need for online modes.

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Modern Warfare 2 Military Rank: How to get Player XP 

To increase your Modern Warfare 2 Military Rank, both before and after you’ve obtained any prestige ranks, you’re going to need player XP. While you can easily obtain it by performing the classic actions across multiplayer modes, such as kills or headshots, there are quite a few additional tasks that you can tackle to level up faster and more efficiently.

Here are the ways to level up your Modern Warfare 2 Military Rank:

  • Perform actions such as kills and headshots during multiplayer matches 
  • Complete Daily Challenges across multiplayer and Special Ops 
  • Complete Career Challenges across multiplayer and Special Ops 
  • Complete Bonus Challenges 

In multiplayer, there are three main categories of daily challenges: A general task such as getting 15 kills while aiming down sights or winning matches, a weapon challenge like getting five Sniper Rifle kills or five headshots with an SMG and a special objective that requires specific Loadout equipment, such as Field Upgrades or Perks.

Moreover, if you complete all three Daily Challenges, you’ll gain access to a Bonus objective. This gives you two possible tasks to tackle, but you only need to finish one to obtain the extra XP.

As for Special Ops, there are a few variations. The first challenge is generic and can be tackled in any mission. The second and third challenges can either follow a similar vein or be co-op specific. As for the Bonus challenge, this also grants you the choice of one of two Mission Challenges. Both the third and Bonus Challenges will also net you Special Ops Stars, which are needed to progress through the Special Ops Kits.

As for Career Challenges, these work a bit differently. You can expect to see similar tasks that involve kills and match wins, however, others involve using specific weapons or more arduous tasks such as getting Longshots. Unless you main snipers, then you're in for a bad time.

In multiplayer, some of these challenges can have multiple milestone steps. This means that you can start obtaining XP somewhat earlier as opposed to having to fully complete a challenge—although there is additional XP awaiting if you do so. Career Challenges are also a good way of obtaining Calling Cards on occasion.

Across Special Ops, the challenges are split into Intel Collection and Career Star Unlocks. In short, there is no shortage of activities to pursue. You can expect some additional challenges during each season as well, which will be unlocked at prestige-level milestones.

That is all you need to know about the Modern Warfare 2 prestige and ranks across multiplayer. Best of luck with the grind during Season 1—at least the launch might keep players busy so they can stop spending ludicrous amounts of money on Burger King skins (opens in new tab).