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How to Gain XP Quickly – Call of Duty MW2

How to Gain XP Quickly

by Wandeag on December 27, 2009

Gain xp experience points cod mw2

If you’re anything like me, you love getting the extras that CoD MW2 awards you when you break a certain XP level. Be it FMJ’s, Perks or the beloved Model 1887 you get at lvl 67. However, there’s nothing more boring then waiting till you get there which is why when this guy asked how to get XP quickly on a server the other day, I decided to have a look too.

Search & Destroy (Gamemode)

The multiplayer game mode Search and Destroy is officially the big daddy of Experience. 1 Headshot here is worth 20 regular kills in other gamemodes. I just played a couple rounds this morning and came out with 11’500 XP (sure, doesn’t happen everyday, but even if I had the deathmatch game of my life I wouldn’t have gotten to that). If you’re not convinced, check this out:

  • 500 XP per kill
  • 200 XP per assist
  • 1000 XP for defusing the bomb
  • 1000 XP for planting the bomb
  • 1000 XP for a headshot
  • 500 XP per kill from bomb blast
  • 1000 XP for being the Last Man Standing

Here’s some gameplay showing you much one round can yield (and that’s not even a great one):

I think the reason for this big difference is simple, as soon as you become an “experienced” player and have the 15-17 levels needed to unlock other gamemodes you’ve become too good for the regular deathmatch crowd. By having this dynamic, Infinity Ward can thus guarantee (on average) less frustration for the newbie that installs the game today. . The no-spawn rule and headshot extra will come easy to anyone who’s played CS for a while (as that’s just the norm to us).


Sticking with a single weapon can get you a sweet load of experience over time. The reason being, is that every gun rewards you with XP when you attain a certain kill-count with it, for example:

M4A1 Headshots

  • 5 Kills = 500 XP
  • 15 Kills = 1000 XP
  • 30 Kills = 2500 XP
  • 75 Kills = 5000 XP
  • 150 Kills = 10000 XP
  • 250 Kills = 10000 XP
  • 350 Kills = 10000 XP
  • 500 Kills = 10000 XP

In other words, once you get to 500 headshots, you’ve accumulated 49,000 XP, damn! Or in another instance, once you kill 15 people with your Riot Shield you’ve gotten 4,000 XP

There are many other challenges which relate to Perks (maration, sleight of hand, bling, etc.) or Operations (planting/defusing bomb, top scorer, etc.) but they are not really challenges you want to works towards as many of them will come naturally in-game.

Being Aggressive

At the end of the day, playing hard is what’s key. In most gamemodes Call of Duty doesn’t penalize you for dying, you just respawn instantly. Use this to your advantage and play hard every round, always use up your nades, empty your mags and lay down the law. I end up getting xp from the wackiest challenges and I love it. K:D ratio doesn’t matter in these instances, only K-Volume does.

XP Chart / Experience Chart

What would this small guide be without xp tables and charts.

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