Hi Everybody. This is a Tips Guide to the online multiplayer portion of MW3 I hope everyone will be able to get some use out of it. One thing I will say is have fun playing the game and don't get too jumpy about you K/D. In this guide I will discuss tips to use in game and also some loadout classes which might be of some use to you. I will also talk a little bit about my opinion of each gun, and the equipment. Contents: Search using the characters in the brackets with the brackets from the contents section. Version History: (VH) Contact Info: (CI) Copyright Notice: (CN) Custom Loadout Tips: (CLT) Create-a-Class Loadouts: (CACL) Weapons Analysis: Weapon Proficiencies: (WAWP) Weapons Analysis: Primary Weapons: (WAPW) Assault Rifles: (AR) Sub Machine Guns: (SMG) Light Machine Guns: (LMG) Sniper Rifles: (SR) Shotguns: (SHOT) Riot Shield: (RS) Weapons Analysis: Secondary Weapons: (WASW) Machine Pistols: (MP) Pistols: (PIST) Launchers: (LAUN) Weapons Analysis: Equipment (WAE) Lethal Equipment: (LE) Tactical Equipment: (TE) Equipment Strategies: (ES) Weapons Analysis: Attachments: (WAA) Attachment Strategies: (AS) Weapons Analysis: Perks: (WAP) Tier 1: (Blue) Tier 2: (Red) Tier 3: (Yellow) Weapons Analysis: Deathstreaks: (WAD) Weapons Analysis: Pointstreaks: (WAPS) Assault Package: (AP) Support Package: (SP) Specialist Package(SPACK) Q and A Section (QA) Version History: (VH) 1.00: Created My FAQ with weapon tips, equipment tips and good create-a-class loadouts. Credited KOH13 on some of his stuff from his FAQ. 1.02: Corrected some punctuation and grammar mistakes to make the guide easier to understand and also added this version history section. I also added some extra words and removed others to make sentences make more sense. I also moved the last line from the M4A1 description and put it on the M16A4 description as it was meant to be there all along. 1.15: I have added a section for weapon attachments and I have also added a contents section so users can use the Ctrl and F function to search for particular areas. Since Patch 1:05 has been released, I have also updated some of my weapons analysis info to correspond with some changes I think have been made. These changes will be reflected in the M16A4 analysis, the Type 95 analysis and AA-12 analysis. I have also updated the copyright notice and contact info section. 1.30: I have added a perks section and also a pointstreaks and a deathstreaks section. I have also added the tactical knife and the akimbo attachments to the attachments section which I missed out last time. I also have a GameFAQs user contribution which I will add. This will relate to the stinger missile launcher when destroying strafe runs. So check out the Custom Loadout Tips, number 4 section for more detail. Also, I have again updated the copyright notice. I also added a weapon proficiencies analysis that I felt I should add as the guide feels kind of empty without. 1.32: Have updated some of the weapon opinions and added some user opinons in too. May also be minor grammatical changes. Also added some more Create-a-class loadouts and tweaked some other loadouts. 1.40: Added an questions and answers section to the end of the guide, made any minor spelling/grammar corrections i found and just generally updated any weapon descriptions and/or other descriptions that need tweaking since patches 1.06 through to 1.14 has been released. Also added an out-of 10 rating for all guns. Next Version (Don't know): Not sure if there will be another version as this version kind of covers everything I can think of. Possibly if I receive more user contributions or user suggestions for sections, I will update the guide again, but there shouldn't be any more major changes. Contact Info: (CI) My gamefaqs name is Master3203, if anyone wants to contact me about additions or false things about the guide then you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org In the subject line, please put MW3 Multiplayer Tips FAQ- Gamefaqs.com. Also, please add your gamefaqs.com username into the email somewhere that is clearly visible so that I may credit you. Any contribution emails with usernames not included will not be published. As I mentioned in my version history, I am think of creating an FAQ section for this guide, so if you guys and girls out there want any questions about the multiplayer part of the game answering, then please email me with those too. Copyright Notice: (CN): (Copyright 2011 James O'Brian, GameFAQs.com alias is Master3203) This guide is owned by me and may not be redistributed without my authorisation. Any violation of this will be deemed as an act of plagiarism Any sites wishing to feature this guide can contact me on my email address. Also, any use of the work from this document without permission from me will also be deemed as unlawful and severe action will be taken. You have been warned. I will also, if I wish to, retract this FAQ (any version) from any site without prior notice or make changes without prior notice. The sites who can use this guide are: http://www.gamefaqs.com http://www.supercheats.com http://www.neoseeker.com I am not accepting any more site requests at this time so stay tuned for other updates which don't have this sentence in the copyright notice. Now onto Business Custom Loadout Tips: (CLT) 1. If you’re using a stealth class, the perks I recommend would be Blind Eye, Assassin, and Dead Silence. Good silenced weapons include the UMP45, the ACR and Scar-L. For all these three guns, you should attach the focus proficiency to help you stay on target in fire-fights and also, of course, the silencer, throwing knife and EMP grenade are good ones to use. The pointsreaks should compliment this class. Use the support package and go for UAV, Counter UAV and the Advanced UAV to make sure the enemy can be found and hide you from them. 2. If using a sniper class, then you will want the same pointsreaks as your stealth class (see 1 for details). You will also want SoH or Scavenger and either Quickdraw (for quickscopers) or overkill to use an AR. The most needed one will be the Marksman perk as it is essentials for sniper classes both regular and pro versions. You will want either Claymores or Bouncing betties on this class to protect entrances to high snipe points that the enemy could use to sneak up on you. 3. If you are going for an explosive class, then I would recommend that you use a weapon like the ACR or CM901 (which has good iron sights) and attach a grenade launcher. Use the focus proficiency and have the javelin as your launcher. Your perks should consist of SoH, Any red perk and steady Aim or Sitrep. Your deathstreak should be martyrdom (when you unlock it). The best lethal equipment to have would be the Frag grenade whilst the best tactical equipment would be either the EMP grenade or the trophy system 4. If you wish to go with an aerial class, the perks are very similar to your stealth class. Bind Eye and Assassin are essential whereas the third perk can be up to you. when it is unlocked, the best aerial launcher is the stinger. Note! when it comes to destroying enemy strafe runs, try to lock-on to the middle chopper and you will usually take down the one to the left and the one to the right of it as well giving you more exp with less ammo. shaundead77 from GameFAQS.com adds to this by saying If you aim for helicopters 2 or 4 instead you will then leave 1 and 2 or 4 and 5 to then destroy with your second stinger Meaning you get a 5 pointstreak just from 2 missiles. This is especially useful when using the specialist strike package with hardline as you will get all 3 of your extra perks then at once. Thanks shaundead77 for this contribution. Create-a-class Loadouts: (CACL) These will be in the following format: Class Number and Title Primary Weapon + Secondary weapons Primary Proficiency Secondary Primary Proficiency (Only if using Overkill perk) Primary Attachment(s) Secondary Attachment(s) Lethal Equipment Tactical Equipment Blue Perk Red Perk Yellow Perk Also, these classes are mostly for the Barebones playlist except for the first two classes which will be for other playlists. If you can use these classes well in other playlists then great, but I find that non-Barebones lobbies need Blind Eye and Assassin to work properly because of so many UAV's and helicopters. So yeah. Classes 3 and onwards are all for Barebones only. 1. Aerial ACR + Stinger Focus Silencer (Primary) N/A Semtex Concussion Blind Eye Assassin Sitrep 2. Stealth (For all playlists except Barebones) UMP45 + MP9 Focus Silencer (Primary) Silencer (Secondary) Semtex Concussion Blind Eye Assassin Pro Dead Silence 3. Stealth (For Barebones Playlist) ACR + MP9 Focus (Primary) Silencer (Primary) Silencer (Secondary) Semtex Flash Scavenger Quickdraw Pro Dead Silence Pro 4. Sniper Barrett .50cal + ACR Stability (Primary) Focus (Second Primary) Variable Zoom (Primary) Silencer (Second Primary) Bouncing Betty Portable Radar Sleight of Hand Pro Overkill Pro Marksman Pro 5. Precision AS50 + MK14 Attachments (Primary) Focus (Second Primary) Variable Zoom and Extended Mag (Primary) Red Dot Sight (Second Primary) Bouncing Betty Portable Radar Scavenger Pro OverKill Pro Marksman Pro 6. CQC Striker + UMP45 Focus (Primary) Focus (Second Primary) Grip (Primary) Semtex Trophy System or Flashbang Scavenger or SoH or EC Overkill Steady Aim 7. M16 or Type 95 (User Preference) 3-round burst weapon + Striker Focus (Primary) Focus or Damage (Second Primary) ACOG Delta Modifier (Primary) Grip (Second Primary) Semtex Concussion Recon Pro Overkill Pro Steady Aim 8. Explosive ACR + SMAW or RPG Focus (Primary) Grenade Launcher (Primary) Frag Concussion Recon Blast Shield Stalker Weapons Analysis: Weapon Proficiencies: (WAWP) weapon proficiencies are only used on primary weapons or second primary weapons if using Overkill. They are a type of upgrade for the gun you are using and offer a variety of different functions. To unlock each proficiency type per gun. you must reach particular weapon levels by killing enemies and completing the weapon challenges for that gun. Kick: Available for all primary weapon types, this a common proficiency for people to use. It reduces the recoil of the weapon when selected. By how much, I don't know. Does help a lot. Often used in combination with the silencer to reduce a guns recoil as much as possible. Impact: This is basically the FMJ attachment from MW2 allowing you to do more damage through weak materials like "wood, plaster and sheet metal" (Quote from CoD4 when Gaz is training you in the firing range). This is available for all primary weapon types. Attachments: Available for all primary weapons again and is basically the Bling perk from MW2. However, You can only use this proficiency with your main primary weapon. It cannot be used with your second primary when you have the Overkill perk on. Focus: Reduces how much you flinch when the enemy shoots you, "allowing you to stay accurate throughout the fight" (Quote from Marcus in Borderlands). Good alternative to kick for low recoil weapons like ACR and UMP45. Breath: Holds your breath when ADS'ing like a sniper rifle. I think this is only for AR's. if using Thermal Sight however, this will be made redundant as you can hold your breath with thermal anyway and it won't extend the hold breath time. Only Marksman Pro can extend the amount of time you can hold your breath. Stability: Available for all primary weapons, this proficiency reduces the sway on your gun. Doesn't reduce it by much, but I think it also reduces the sways speed. Does not reduce recoil on the gun. Recoil and sway are different. Range: Increases the weapons effective range and as a result will also increase the amount of damage you do over the weapons normal range. This proficiency is for SMG's and Shotguns only. Melee: Increases your melee speed. This is for SMGs, Shotguns and the Riot Shield. I don't think it is faster than the tactical knife attachment for pistols however. Speed: Increases your overall movement speed. This is for LMGs, Snipers and the Riot Shield. Will be a decent proficiency for LMG's and the Shield as they are the weapons that give you the lowest mobility. Damage: This a shotguns only proficiency. This will increase the amount of per-pellet damage your shotgun does. Don't think it's too much, but even if it's only 5 per pellet, that's possibly another 30 or 40 damage added on. (As shotguns fire either 6 or 8 pellets at once, 6x5 is 30 and 8x5 is 40) Strategy: Quick strategies here. Use kick for high recoil weapons such as the Shotguns and LMG's mostly, use the impact proficiency if you're in a lobby that has a lot of people who like to hide behind cover, use attachments to use what you like and one other item such as RDS and Silencer. Focus is probably one of the top 4 and should be used on low-recoil weapons to remain on target. I don't really use breath, but the only AR's that it would be good on is the MK14. Melee and Range I don't use a lot, but you should use them if you like knifing or can't seem to kill the idiots from far away. extra speed is unnecessary in my opinion, but go with it if you're the type who likes to run and gun. Finally, if you feel like your shotgun isn't doing enough damage, then put the damage proficiency on the shotguns. Weapons Analysis: Primary Weapons: (WAPW) Assault Rifles: (AR) M4A1: 9/10 I personally find this weapons has low damage. The weapon, however is very accurate and has low recoil. Adding an ACOG to this weapon improves its range and doesn't add too much extra recoil. Good starting weapon if you don't like three-round bursts. M16A4: 8.5/10 Decent starting weapon to begin with. Takes 1-3 bursts to kill someone and again has low recoil, decent fire rate and good accuracy. If you like three-round burst weapons, then you will like starting off with this. However it does seem to have slow ADS unless you put Quickdraw on it. Scar-L: 8.2/10 This weapon is better, in my opinion, than the MW2 Scar-H. It now has a bigger magazine of 30, it's ironsights are still amazingly good and I think it does slightly less damage than before as but makes up for it with a slightly better RoF. The recoil is also very manageable, even without the kick proficiency which makes room for Focus or Attachments. The reload speed has also improved since MW2. Smokeyninja1620 of Xbox live actually thinks that this weapon is poor and he said upon entering first prestige, he left it behind. I really disagree with him about the Scar-L. CM901: 9/10 As KOH13 said in his FAQ, the CM901 is a very commonly used piece of hardware. For good reason. Damage is high, accuracy is good and iron sights are "uncluttered". The recoil on this gun is noticeable in my opinion but I use kick on it and it pretty much makes the recoil unnoticeable for me. A great weapon to silence or for attaching the Hybrid Sight to. Does have a medim reload however. Type 95: 9.5/10 Similar to the M16, but it fires a bit faster and kills in 1-2 bursts. Slightly more recoil however means you may want to attach the kick proficiency. Good weapon to silence and has, I think, better iron sights than the M16. This is the best three-round burst weapon in my opinion. With this, I joined a barebones lobby and got 19 kills in a row. Unfortunately, due to lobby restrictions, I couldn't use any pointstreaks, but I still got a massive K/D of 9.5. When using this gun, use the ACOG with the delta sight (the triangle) and the silencer. Woks wonders. Apply Scavenger Pro, Quixkdraw and Stalker and you will take down the big boys easily. G36C: 8/10 I haven't used this weapon too much in multiplayer because I think there are better guns out there unlocked before it. It does have quite a bit of recoil so kick is recommended again. It also has a medium relaod, requiring SoH in busy areas but stick to RDS and/or silencer for this gun. Smokeyninja1620. of xbox live says that a using an RDS and a silencer with this gun can really help. To manage the recoil, he usually goes single shot with the weapon. Thanks Smokey for this. ACR 6.8: 9/10 Awesome just like the ACR in MW2. They've added a bit more recoil this time, but the recoil rating is still the lowest in its class. Tidy ironsights and strong accuracy compensate for its smaller firepower. Doesn't need kick, so get using something else like Focus, or Impact for taking out other AR enemies or people hiding behind cover. (They're just hiding there because they're scared of your gun). Definitely make a class around this weapon because it will really help you out when you need it. MK14: 8.5/10 The only semi-automatic AR in the game. Capable of two-3 hit kills at med-long range. In my opinion, the FAL in MW2 was way better than this. In MW2 I would pull out the FAL and kill enemies with ease. It has gotten alot better since patch 1.05 and I have seen more people using it too since then. Putting an RDS and a silencer on this makes it a fascinating, but deadly stealth weapon. It is alo good as a Sniping weapon when used with ACOG and also is great as a Second Primary on sniper classes. AK47: 8/10 In KOH13's analysis of this weapon, he said the kills he was getting with it were not good, the recoil is very bad and that goes for both ADS and hip-fire I disagree slightly. I agree it has high recoil, but as long as you leave kick on and silencer, it's a beast. Don't use sight attachments though as you will hardly kill anybody because the recoil increase. Best used for close-to medium range. FAD: 7/10 Not used this weapon properly as I haven't unlocked it yet, but I picked up what looked like a FAD with no attachments on from a dead enemy and it worked fairly well, but the problem was that the RoF is so high, I was going through magazines (even with scavenger pro) like a hot knife through butter. Unless you can burst fire with this weapon, I would say to stick to other AR's Smokeyninja1620 from xbox live had this to say about the weapon: The fad is amazing. The high recoil is easily countered by rapid single shots. Has a large mag for multiple quick firefights. I prefer the silencer and extended mag or silencer with focus with this. Full auto at mid range is very possible once you have adjusted to the gun. Sub-Machine Guns: (SMG) MP5: 8.5/10 Decent starting weapon, second in the SMG class as far as I'm concerned next to the UMP45. Decent all round stats make this a good gun. Use it if you want to, but if you want a better k/d, go with the UMP45. UMP45: 8.5/10 Low recoil, good ironsights and being very good at Close Quarters Combat (CQC) is the proof. Use the focus proficiency when you get this to stay on target when being shot at and use silencers to bring the enemy down stealthily. If you wanted, you could make a CQC class with a shotgun as your Main Primary, UMP45 as your Second Primary, have steady aim on and you would be a beast in close range combat. PP9OM: 7.5/10 Fast firing, but not as accurate and damaging as the UMP45 I'm afraid. Recoil is quite high but if you're protecting objectives from multiple enemies at once, this would be a good gun to keep them at bay till the P90 is unlocked. P90: 8/10 The SMG with the big clip we all know and love. It has quite low recoil and is a slightly better version of the PP9OM as it has a bigger clip and less fire rate, so you don't use as many bullets as quick. Also slightly more damaging, but not as good as it was in CoD4 and MW2. PM9: 6/10 Amazingly high recoil coupled with an unbelievable fire rate makes this gun just a spray and pray SMG. If you do use it, get kick on it, silencer and keep it for point-blank range only. I died within 3 seconds of starting to fire the weapon because the magazine emptied and the guy in front killed me with a quickscope whilst reloading. MP7: 7.5/10 Supposedly an upgrade from the MP5. Tried it last week and it's slightly less damage than the MP5, bit more fire rate and more recoil, but pretty much like its predecessor. Light Machine Guns: (LMG) For most LMG's I would recommend Grip and kick. The MK46 needs Grip and Rapid fire because of it's weird iron sights and slow RoF. The M60E4 need Grip and a sight atachment. L86 LSW: 7/10 Decent default LMG. I feel it operates more like the HK21 from black ops than the it did in MW2. Manageable recoil and decent line of sight. Use this until something better comes along. MG36: 7.8/10 Kind of operates and feels like the RPD in previous MW titles. Behaves in the same way as the RPD, but a bit more recoil and different iron sights. PKP Pecheng: 8/10 An upgrade from the L86. Decent damage, good accuracy and the fire rate is pretty good too. Use this until you unlock the MK46. MK46: 9/10 Best LMG in my opinion if you can manage to unlock the Attachments proficiency with it and use a rapid fire and the Grip to compensate for the recoil and slower fire rate. Manageable recoil and high damage make this a formidable opponent to face in mid range combat. Does come with funny looking ironsights however taht takes some getting use to. M60E4: 7.5/10 Operates more like the M60 in black ops. Attach the Grip and a sight attachment to this using the Attachments proficiency to compensate for the recoil and difficult ironsights. This is better for close to medium range. Sniper Rifles: (SR) Barrett.50Cal: 8.2/10 Best sniper in my opinion as it is a One Hit Knockout (OHKO) above the groin. The recoil is quite high, requiring a few seconds to recover breath and return the crosshairs to the centre of your aim. But if you can manage that then I would recommend you use kick for most of the time until you unlock Stability to reduce the sway. Also, use Variable Zoom instead of thermal as thermal sight is more difficult to use than it was in MW2 L118A: 8/10 The Bolt-action version of the Barrett. Same advice here, but I would recommend you use the Barrett over this unless you are sure you will get the OHKO. I usually go with Semi-auto Snipers anyway, In MW2 I used the Intervention, but this weapon isn't as good. Dragunov: 7/10 Bigger clip size than the other 2, but also less damage and accuracy. Headshots are a OHKO, but anything else is 2-3 shots. Recoil isn't bad though on this making successive shots easier. AS50: 9/10 Like the Barrett, but less range, less sway and less recoil in my opinion. Stick with this over the Barrett if your not bothered about the sight range decrease. When going prone with this sniper. There is hardly any recoil at all and can do semi-auto fire muich better than the Barrett. Has a small of only 5 however, but has more damage per bullet. than the RSASS. RSASS: 8/10 Double the clip size of a Barrett, less recoil on each shot, less sway, but possible OHKO's only to the head and neck. This is an upgraded Dragunov and has faster reload than the Dragunov too. Go with this if you have a fast trigger finger and you're too impatient to wait for the Barrett's aim to return to its centre. This is one of the best snipers in my opinion. MSR: 8.5/10 Similar to the L118A, but with less recoil. Still bolt-action and also the sway is slightly less. Reload is also a tad faster. This is another favoruite of mine. Shotguns: (SHOT) Shotguns are your close range beasts. However, sight attachments are redundant on shotguns because they actually worsen the spread. Steady aim doesn't just improve the shotguns accuracy, it increases the damage because steady aim works by tightening the spread. Less spread = more pellets in tighter space = more damage. But I think IW and Sledgehammer should patch the shotguns to make them more powerful as they no longer feel like shotguns. They just feel like a hip fire AR with more than half a dozen pellets coming out at once. USAS-12: 8.5/10 This shotgun is a good weapon to have as a starting shotgun. The reason for this is because it is fully automatic, but it's nowhere near as ammo hungry as the AA-12 and starts out with more ammo than the AA-12 too. With this Shotgun, you can semi-auto fire faster than the auto fire sometimes. This makes the gun diverse and is also slightly more accurate than the Striker, making this a top user. Reloads faster overall due to the mag being reloaded and not individual pellets, but slower when compared to one or two pellets being reloaded. KSG-12: 7/10 Haven't really used this much except in offline multiplayer, but from what I can tell of it, it's like a downgraded version of the stakeout in black ops. Fair damage still means you could get an OHKO, but you may have to be prepared to fire another 1 or 2 shots to be sure. Overall, it's a decent weapon. Spas-12: 8/10 This works just like the MW2 version. Nice pump action, high damage and a bad attitude. Recoil can be high, so attach the grip. If you like pump-action, then go with this. But don't swap it for the Model 1887 later on because the model 1887 takes longer to pump the shot and is less accurate. AA-12: 8/10 In my opinion, the AA-12 is pretty similar to the MW2 version. There is more recoil here and slightly less power however. It has an overall fast reload system due to the clip being reloaded at once. This, however, is only when compared to reloading a whole magazine. when you want to reload 1 pullet. It has a slower reload time than other shotguns. It can be used like a semi-auto shotgun as the RoF seems to have been lowered. Use the Grip and and the Focus proficiency as when you get shot, this gun goes everywhere except your target. Striker: 9/10 The only real semi-automatic shotgun. It can take 2-3 shots to kill someone and the recoil is above average. The MW2 version, in my opinion was better. It killed more quickly and there was less recoil. Model 1887: 7.5/10 Highest damage factor in its class, but the pump is really slow, meaning if you don't get it on target the first time or get the headshot, you will be enemy-chow. Relatively okay in terms of overall reload speed, but the MW2 version was way better than this. In MW2, the pump was shorter, damage was better. Here, It's just a highly powerful, pellet-shooting disaster. Riot Shield: (RS) 5/10 attack, 9/10 defence No much to say. It's a two-three hit kill depending how long you take between melee hits. The melee action for the shield is rather low, even with the melee proficiency. Use this only for defensive tactics in objective games to soak up enemy damage. Also, make sure you crouch and tilt he shield down a bit so that it covers your feet. Weapons Analysis: Secondary Weapons: (WASW) For the Secondary Weapons section, I will not give a gun by gun opinion. In each class, the weapons are pretty much similar and as such don't require a detailed analysis. Machine Pistols: (MP) 7/10 Machine Pistols aren't as good as in MW2. The recoil on them is way higher and the damage seems to be less and so is the range. Because they are only short range anyway, I would say to use silencers on them as sight attachments add a lot of recoil. The best overall one is the MP9 which is a really good balance of damage, ironsights and accuracy. The best damage one is the Skorpion and the best RoF is the FMG9 Pistols: (PIST) 6/10 The pistols in this class are pretty much all, the same damage and accuracy. Clip size varies. The two magnums are similar, but the MP412 has the more damage whilst the .44 has more accuracy. The Desert Eagle is basically just a high recoil .44 magnum. Launchers: (LAUN) 8/10 The SMAW is only good at taking out UAV, Counter UAV and Advanced UAV. Firing at infantry doesn't always kill except with a direct hit. Javelin is the best long range infantry launcher and a good aerial Launcher able to take out the hind and strafe runs as well as all the UAV's. The stinger is the best aerial launcher with 2 missiles waiting for the air support with a flare. RPG good for infantry, but still has unpredictable aiming. RPG also has the highest infantry damage factor, but the weird off-course trajectory has been improved alot since MW2. Weapons Analysis: Equipment: (WAE) Lethal Equipment: (LE) Frag: Cookable grenade with a good radius and damage factor. 5 sec fuse. Semtex: Uncookable, but higher blast radius than frag. 4 sec fuse. Throwing Knife: Kill an enemy, pick it back up. Hard to use. One hit kill. Bouncing Betty: Landmine that jumps in the air and explodes. Claymore: Motion sensitive landmine that explodes when movement is detected. C4: A pair of explosives which can set off with a detonator. Tactical Equipment: (TE) Flashbang: Blinds enemies. Larger radius than Concussion. Concussion: Blinds and slows enemies. Smaller radius than Flashbang. Scrambler: Deployable device used to mess up nearby enemy equipment and radar. EMP Grenade: Disable enemy equipment and enemy radar if it hits a foe. Smoke Grenade: Used to conceal movement. Use thermal vision to counter it. Trophy System: Deployable that stops two enemy projectiles. Tactical Insertion: Deployable which lets you choose where to respawn next. Portable Radar: Deployable that shows non-assassin enemies in a small radius. Equipment Strategies: (ES) I find using Bouncing betties on sniper classes works better as they are harder to spot than Claymores. Use EMP Grenades if the enemy has a lot of deployables, turrets, low flying recon drones and assault drones or u just wanna take out their radar/ RDS temporarily. Use Smoke to get away from long range battles you start losing and to shield your movements from the enemy in general if they haven't noticed you Use portable radar in a position where you are sniping to alert you to enemies trying to flank or ambush you. Using SoH Pro on a class with this will enable you to quickly switch to your second weapon and take down those flankers and ambushers. Tactical Insertion is rather redundant on MW3 as there is so much action going on, it will be barely any use. Using a scrambler can be more tactical than you may think. When most enemies start losing radar in one area, they will frantically search the surrounding area for you. If you position this in a spot and train your sniper on that area, this tactic can net you a good few kills extra. The trophy System can be used to destroy two enemy projectiles. Projectiles meaning rockets and throwable lethal/tactical grenades. Good for using on the Dome level and positioning it in the area with cars/ 2 underground entrances at the start of the match as grenades usually get chucked here often. Weapons Analysis: Attachments: (WAA) Attachments are an important factor when deciding what classes should be customized and for what purpose. They can be used to extend the sight range, reduce recoil and silence weapons. Red Dot Sight: (RDS) The most common attachment used throughout all the modern warfare games. It is known to be a precision sight attachment, but doesn't offer much zoom. ACOG Sight: 2x zoom feature, used by people as an upgrade from RDS. Offers good accuracy. The best ACOG sights were in Black ops and MW2. Cod4 ACOG was a disgrace if you ask me. Could barely hit anything. It is better in this game than COD4, but I don't like the Red line on it. Up to preference really. I choose a different reticule when I can for it. Holographic Sight: Same as RDS really except the frame of the sight is thicker and the reticule is slightly bigger giving you, sometimes, a better aim. Hybrid Sight: A Holographic sight accompanied by a 4x zoom magnifying glass. You can turn or off the zoom section of the sight in a match, by pressing the left directional button. Hamr Scope: For the SMG class only. this is a 3x zoom magnifying glass accompanied by a precision aim sight. Thermal Sight: Used to show enemies in white. Can be countered with Assassin. When using this with snipers. I find it to be quite inaccurate. In MW2 you could do quick shots by taking a breath an quickly shooting and killing your target. On this game, It can take sometimes 4 shots with Thermal to hit an enemy. Variable Zoom. An attachment for snipers only. Has three zoom settings. Normal, double and triple. Best attachment for snipers in my opinion. Silencer: Really good for stealth classes. Makes you invisible on radar when firing and also reduces the amount of light that comes from the end of your gun when you fire it. Also, this is a myth, it is still unproven with hard evidence, but the silencer can also reduce the recoil on the gun. Doesn't do it for weapons other than automatic weapons, but from my experience. It does reduce recoil slightly. So don't use this in replacement for the kick proficiency as, like I said, it is still not proven with hard facts. Heartbeat Sensor: Finds close-by enemies who are not shielded by the scrambler or by Assassin and displays them in red on like a small radar that is attached to your gun. Friendlies are in Green. Grenade Launcher: (Noob Tube) The grenade launcher has been powered down since all the other COD's when it comes to multiplayer. It will take to indirect shots or 1 direct shot kill someone without them having Blast Shield. A direct impact (hits enemy, but doesn't explode) will always result in a OHKO. Attaches to the underside of you weapon. Shotgun: (Masterkey) A low powered shotgun attachment that is fitted to the underside of your gun. It has more range than any of the primary shotguns, but isn't recommended when you have better attachments out there. Grip: Used by Shotguns and LMG's to reduce the recoil of the weapons by using your left hand to hold a grip rather than resting it in your left hand. The stats will show more accuracy being added to the weapon. This is because lees recoil = more accuracy. Rapid Fire: Increases the weapons RoF. Adds more recoil to the weapon, making already high recoil weapons virtually rubbish. Extended Mags: This will increase the amount of ammo you have in your clip. and will, as a result of that, also increase your spare ammo capacity slightly. LMG ammo clip is doubled when using this attachment. Everything else adds half a full clip. Example. The ACR holds 30 bullets. Now with extended mags, it holds 45. LMG's will now have 200 in the clip. Tactical Knife: This is just an attachment for pistols, but it increases your knife melee speed by 3-4 times the normal rate. The melee speed increase, however, is only active when you have the pistol swapped out with this attachment on. Akimbo: For pistols and machine pistols only. You can now dual-wield your weapon. This, however, will lower the accuracy rating, remove the ability to ADS, but will double the firepower of the held weapon. Use only for point blank to very close range because the bullets will go everywhere. Attachment Strategies: (AS) The Type 95 works best with ACOG sight. Don't, however use ACOG on Snipers. The only exception here is the RSASS. Which can be used with the ACOG and Silencer to become a semi-automatic short to medium range rifle. Definitely use the grip on all LMG's and also definitely use this on the AA-12 shotgun as the recoil is very high here. The other shotguns can manage without if you want to attach extended mags or silencer. Use the Rapid Fire attachment on the M60E4 and the M16 to gain better results from these weapons. Can be used on the UMP45, but only if you can handle it. When it is unlocked, use the variable zoom for snipers to increase their sight range as far as you can. Pick this over Thermal. The silencer is good for a lot of maps including, but not limited to, Arkaden, Seatown, Underground, Resistance and Dome. Use this in combination with Dead silence and Assassin to become one with the shadows and get behind enemy lines. I find the Hybrid and Hamr sights too time consuming and it gets very boring keep switching between zoom and zoom. If you want accuracy, go with RDS. If you want a bit more range, go with ACOG and if you are having trouble finding enemies with other sights, use thermal to see the enemy in white. Don't bother with the noob tube and the shotgun attachments as by the time you get your second shot away you will probably be dead, or won't have caused much damage. Don't use heartbeat sensors a lot. I don't. Reason being, most people use Assassin anyway. So it doesn't work. Also the temptation is there to keep looking at that rather than where you're targets might be coming from. Can help get kills and warn you about campers, but can also get you killed. I wouldn't recommend that you use the akimbo attachment on pistols because pistols are inaccurate unless ADS'ing. So further reducing the hip-fire accuracy and remove the ability to ADS, isn't good. For pistols, using the tactical knife attachment would be better as this guarantees you'll win in a knife-to-knife situation or very close range situation. I still wouldn't recommend that machine pistols are akimbo'd, but because of their RoF and decent starting accuracy, then they may be ok. Definitely use steady aim to help out if you do. Weapons Analysis: Perks: (WAP) Perks are special abilities that soldiers in CoD multiplayer can use to boost they're performance. There are 3 tiers of perk and you can choose one from each tier to utilize. I have chosen to call these perks, weapons because they are a type of weapon and the name fits better into my FAQ. When you unlock the pro version of a perk, it will give you an added feature. It does not replace the regular features. The format for perks will be: Name of perk: Regular: Description Pro: Description Strategy/Opinion: Tier 1: (Blue): Recon: Regular: Paint the enemy on the radar for a few seconds via explosive damage. Pro: Paint the enemy on the radar for a few seconds via bullet damage. Strategy: I don't use this at all. The amount of time the enemy shows up on the radar after you have "painted" them is very small. So if they kill you, you won't be able to find them again via the radar. It is useful however in situations where your team is defending an objective from an ambush and you paint the enemy so when he hides behind cover, your teammates know where he is hiding even though you may die. But getting pro version is quite easy as explosivs count as tactical grenades, lethal grenades, noob tubes and launchers. Sleight of Hand: Regular: Increase weapon Reload speed by about 50% Pro: Increase weapon swap speed by about 50% Strategy: Use for weapons which have slow reload times like the striker (which as a 12 round mag) and is also a good perk to use, when you get the pro version, for sniper rifle classes, to quickly change to your secondary when you know an enemy is near you. Blind Eye: Regular: Invisible to enemy air support and auto sentries except UAV types. Pro: Launchers lock-on quicker. Extra bullet damage against air support and sentries Strategy: If you like to shoot down air support, then this is the perk for you. The pro version lets you take down air support quicker as well. Use this in combination with the stinger missile and you're going to be one hell-of-a air-dominator. You definitely need a class with this perk when playing anything other than Barebones playlists. Extreme Conditioning: Regular: Lets you sprint further Pro: Lets you climb obstacles and ladders quicker. Strategy: Use this on close range weapons to be able to shift quickly from one place to another. The perk is great on any map. Whether it be a big map where you want to get to the other side quickly or whether it be a small map where you have just killed an enemy and want to escape or get in a better position before reinforcements arrive. Scavenger: Regular: Acquire ammunition by walking over dead bodies. Friend or foe. Pro: Start with full ammunition. Strategy: Good for low ammo weapons. Definitely use this with the AA-12 shotgun. It is also very handy for machine pistols and other high RoF weapons. However, this perk has been changed since MW2. This change means that noob tubes can no longer be replenished and launchers cannot be replenished. However, when using scavenger, it will start noob tubers out with three launchable grenades instead of two. Not sure if this is just from having scavenger on, or if it has to be the pro version first. Tier 2: (Red) Quickdraw: Regular: ADS quicker Pro: Recover from grenade and equipment use quicker Strategy: Good for weapons with slow ADS times like the M16A4. The pro version is better though. Don't use this unless you want to for the XP you will get from its challenges as the challenges for it are quite easy, so you will get easy XP and level up faster. But things like Assassin and Blast Shield are better though. Blast Shield: Regular: Reduces enemy explosive damage Pro Reduces effects from enemy flash and concussion grenades. Strategy: If you want to reduce the explosive damage and then later on, when you unlock the pro version, want to reduce flash and concussion effects, then this is the perk for you. It becomes more useful in a Barebones playlist however as you haven't got UAV's spotting you all the time. But people still use it in all the other playlist types too. Good starting perk. Choose this over Quickdraw when using any other starting weapon than the M16A4. Hardline: Regular: Pointstreaks require 1 less point to complete. Pro: 2 assists = 1 point. Deathstreaks also require 1 less death. Strategy: I would only recommend you use this on the assault and specialist packages as the support package doesn't reset on death. Use this if you're having trouble getting the pointstreaks you want or if you want to go for slightly better options. Most people I've seen don't use this anyway. The assault package people can usually get their required points without this and so can the specialist package players. Assassin: Regular: Undetectable by UAV, portable radar, thermal and heartbeat sensors. Pro: Immune to Counter UAV and EMP. No red crosshairs when targeted. Strategy: The regular version is quite self-explanatory. With the pro version, when it says "immune to counter UAV and EMP" it means that your radar will stay onscreen with both, but with counter UAV, the UAV still won't be able to spot enemies for you. It just means you can see enemies firing and can use other pointsreaks like precision airstrike accurately. With EMP. you still won't be able to use pointstreaks for 60 seconds after enemy EMP activation. This is a commonly used perk in MW3. I think it is overused actually. As the pointstreaks are more frequently for UAV's and EMP's, it is only logical that people would look to countering them. Use this in a stealth-type class or in your aerial class so that enemies can't spot you destroying their air support. Overkill: Regular: Replaces secondary weapon slot with a second primary weapon slot. Pro: Allows an attachment and camo on your second primary weapon. Strategy: Use this on your sniper classes so you have a strong close to medium range second weapons as snipers don't have the accuracy or the speed for close or medium range effectiveness. Also, you could use this on a CQB-style class with an SMG as your first primary and a shotgun as your second primary. I use this perk a lot because I play the barebones playlist a lot and it's a good perk to use for this playlist and it gives me more options for KILLTIME! Tier 3: (Yellow) Marksman: Regular: Identify targets from further away Pro: Hold breath longer Strategy: This is really designed to be a sniper perk. You could use it with the MK14 rifle too, but it won't have as good an effect. You can also use this if, using the thermal attachment on any gun or if you are using the breath proficiency. Stalker: Regular: Move quicker whilst aiming Pro: Delay trip-activated explosives Strategy: Use this on any gun other than sniper rifles as a good starting perk. As usual, the pro version is sometimes better than the regular version as you can sneak up on sniper points, delay their trip explosives and kill that far range no-gooder. Using the regular version has its uses too though as it comes in handy for aim-strafing the enemy. Sitrep: Regular: See enemy explosives and equipment in red and also through walls. Pro: Hear enemy footsteps louder. Strategy: The regular version here is actually more useful than the pro version. In MW2, I didn't use this a lot and neither did most other people as there was steady aim, commando and ninja that most people used. It is more useful in this game, however and is easier to get the pro version. Use this in a class definitely to shoot and destroy enemy equipment and trip-activated explosives through walls. Steady Aim: Regular: Increase hip-fire accuracy Pro: Weapons are ready-to-fire faster after sprinting. Strategy: Both the pro and regular versions are just as useful as the other. Shotguns and SMG's will greatly benefit from both versions as they are CQC weapons. When you unlock the pro version however, you can then use this on other weapons to ambush enemies around corners quicker after sprinting. Dead Silence: Regular: Move quietly and reduces the effects of Recon. Pro: No fall damage strategy: Use this in your stealth class too and this is actually a more powerful perk than you think. As the Recon perk is one of the only two ways to counter Assassin and this perk reduces Recons effectiveness, this is pretty much eliminating the counters. So definitely use this in combo with Assassin. Weapons Analysis: Deathstreaks: (WAD) I kind of find the concept of this very lame, because your rewarding players for dying here. However, as this is a part of the game, I have included it in my guide. For Deathstreaks to become active. You must get the amount of deaths in a row indicated. You will also get the deathstreaks everytime, until you get a kill, after it has become activated. 4D: Juiced: Run faster for a few seconds after respawning 5D: Revenge: See the enemy who killed you last. 4D: Final stand: Lay on your back when shot and get back up if you recover. 4D: Martyrdom: Drop a live frag grenade with a 2.5 second timer when you die. 6D: Dead Mans Hand: Explode C4 from ground level 5D: Hollow Points: Stopping Power for one kill Pretty self explanatory. juiced increases your sprint speed for 10 seconds by about 80%. Revenge shows a red flashing marker onscreen to alert you to where the enemy is that last killed you. Final stand is just like in MW2 and so is Martyrdom. Dead Mans Hand is for ground-level suicide bombers. Hollow points is as I said. Stopping power for one kill. Weapons Analysis: Pointstreaks: (WAPS) The killstreak system that has appeared since COD4 has now ben replaced by a pointstreak system. The guys at IW and Sledgehammer decided that the only players being rewarded via the traditional method were the high-scoring players and not the objective players. With pointstreaks, you now, not only get points for killing enemies, but you also get points for destroying enemy air support, destroying SAM turrets, and completing objectives. Needless to say, this has created an epic air battle between enemies. There are three types of strike package that bundle rewards into categories. With all these strike packages, you don't need to die to reset your rewards. As soon as you have earned your final reward, you start earning your first again. Also you can select the order you use your rewards by using the directional up/down buttons before pressing the left directional button. The Assault package is the classic one that are kill-based.. The Support package delivers rewards that are team-based. The Specialist package earns yourself extra perks Assault Package: (AP) UAV: A spy drone designed to seek out enemy locations and mark those locations with red dots on your mini-radar. Care Package: A fast helicopter delivers a crate containing a random reward or an ammo refill. Intelligent Munitions System: (IMS) It is a device that has four bouncing betties in it and it release one when it detects close-by enemy movement. It is really fast and gives you only about a second to find cover before it explodes and kills you. Not sure if Blast shield can negate the effect of this or not. Predator Missile: remotely guide a air-to-surface missile towards enemies. Enemies will have red markers around them so you can spot them. Sentry Gun: Automated sentry turret that will detect ank fire at any enemies in its line of sight. Blind Eye will stop the sentry from firing at an enemy. Precision Airstrike: Choose the direction and location you want an overhead carpet bombing to obliterate. Attack Helicopter: Send in a helicopter to shoot at enemy ground targets. Strafe Run: 5 attack helicopters in delta formation will fly overhead and attack enemies. Passes once over an area, then turns around and comes back for a second pass. AH-6 Overwatch: A helicopter will fly low around the person who activated it protecting them from harm. Easily shot down with about 20 bullets or 1 missile. Reaper: Fire and Guide multiple predator missiles. Can only guide them via the right analogue stick. Cannot be guided like a normal predator missile. Assault Drone: A small tank with "2 centimetre armour plating" (Quote by price in the first TF 141 disavowed campaign mission). Like campaign mode, it has a minigun, but instead of a grenade launcher, it is now a rocket launcher that must be reloaded after each shot and the minigun has limited, although large, ammo. AC-130: Fire 105mm rockets, 40mm grenades and a 25mm cannon at enemies. Can be shot down in MW3, but it has 2-3 flares. Pavelow: A heavily armoured attack helicopter with an armour-piecing machine gun. Juggernaut: There are two versions of the Juggernaut. One for Assault, one for Support. This juggernaut has an LMG and Scavenger only. Osprey Gunner: like the chopper gunner, but also delivers four care packages to the enemy you control the gunner. Support Package: (SP) UAV; A spy drone designed to seek out enemy locations and mark those locations with red dots on your mini-radar. Counter UAV: scrambles enemy radar. Assassin Pro reduce the effects of this. see the perk analysis section for more info on this. Ballistic Vests: Armour that can be thrown down by the player and then be picked up by you and other teammates to give them so extra protection in battle. Airdrop Trap: A care package that looks ordinary to enemies and even tells them what's in it, but looks black with skulls to teammates and yourself. when "opened" it explodes, killing the person who opened it and sometimes nearby foes too. Can only be opened by the enemy and the explosion will not damage your team mates if they get close when it sets off, but will hurt or kill the player who delivered it. SAM Turret: Different from black ops in that it release 4 missiles. However these missiles are weaker than the Bops missiles meaning it will take all four missiles to destroy an UAV and more to destroy helicopters even without flares. Recon Drone: Activate a min helicopter and remotely guide it around the map. When you find an enemy. place the targeting box around the enemy and press R1 to tag them. When tagged, an enemy will be flashed for one second, stopping their sprint and giving nearby teammates a chance to kill them. You will receive points for tagging enemies with this and will also then receive assist points if a teammate kills the tagged enemy. Advanced UAV: Like the UAV, only this will also show the direction the enemy are facing and doesn't need to refresh the radar images. Not sure if this is also countered by Assassin like the UAV is, but it is probable. Remote Sentry: Like the sentry gun only this is remotely controlled and can turn in 360 degree circles. Seems enemies ion thermal mode. Stealth Bomber: Carpet bomb that drops more bombs than the precision airstrike and is invisible on enemy radar and to enemy SAM turrets. Launchers also cannot lock onto this. EMP: Disables active enemy pointstreaks, equipment and mini-radar for 60 seconds. Inactivated pointstreaks can also not be used in this window of time. Assassin pro reduces its effects (see perks section for more details) Juggernaut Recon: The second Juggernaut type. This one carries a Riot Shield, USP.45 pistol and Portable Radar. Escort Airdrop: Like the osprey gunner, except you don't control the gunner. Still delivers 4 care packages. Specialist Package (SPACK) The specialist strike package offers something different. Instead of rewarding you with air support, it rewards you with extra perks at fixed 2,4, 6 and 8 points unless you're using Hardline. At point 8, you acquire all the perks in the game for yourself. Go to the perks section for more info on what perks do what. You can designate (in the specialist package menu) what perks u earn at 2, 4 and 6 kills in a row. Q and A section (QA): 1. What are the best weapons to use throught the game? A. Depends on your playstyle really. But you shouldn't go wrong with: M4A1 G36c Type 95 ACR MK14 MP5 UMP45 MK46 Barret.50cal MSR USAS-12 Striker 2. UMP45 Vs ACR A. Difficult one. They both have their uses and both do really well at close to medium range. UMP45 is lighter however and has a bit more recoil than the ACR. However I thyey both have rather low (but still noticeable) recoil. 3. USAS-12 vs AA-12 A. Again, really great both weapons. AA-12 has less ammo and much higher RoF however. so AA-12 is usually or point blank range only, whereas the USAS-12 can be used in close range. The USAS-12 also has the ability to extend the amount of time you sprint with Extreme Conditioning when the USAS-12 is switched out. Scavenger is a deinite must with AA-12. Whilst you can use EC or SoH with the USAS. 4. L118A vs MSR A. They are both bolt-action snipers, but I find the MSR to have more hitmarkers than the L118A. The MSR has slightly slower sway as well and a faster reload. The MSR has a tad faster pump as well for the next shot than the L118A. So I say MSR, but it's really a preference choice between them. The differences are minor to the point where either gun will do the job really well. 5. MP5 Vs. UMP45 A. The Mp5 is mistakenly misunderstood. I find if u attach kick and a silencer on it with the EC, QD and DS perks, it is a stealthy beast. It can alos be used with scavenger to a great degree too. The UMP45 advantage is that it has 2 more bullets in the mag than the MP5 and also has less starting recoil. Both are useful in different situations however. but you need to learn thos situations youself. 6. SPAS-12 vs KSG-12 A. Both have their uses. the KSG has slightly slower relaodthan the spas-12, but the pump is faster on it. The Spas-12 does a bit more damage than the KSG, resulting in a few more OHKO's. but this is barely noticeable when SA is applied to both weapons. 7. AS50 vs RSASS A. The best thing about these two snipers is their low kick back and minimum sway. The advantage the AS50 has is it results in more OHKO's. The advantage of the RSASS is that it it holds 5 times more ammo in the magazine and has a slightly faster reload speed than its opponent. Also with the RSASS, it is usually used best as a semi-auto ridle by attaching an ACOG sight because of its lack of power it usually has to have 2-3 shots to kill below the neck. 8. This guy won't die and I shot like 30 bullets into him.... A> Sometimes it happens. Factors for this include you connectivity status to the servers, Treyarch's connectivity issues, the opponent maybe cheating, might just be a glitched character who left the game and hasn't dissapeared of the map yet or it could just be the simplest one that your not hitting him. 9 (continued from 8). You dissing my shooting? A. I was merely pointing out that the simplest solutions are usually right undr our noses and we cant see it. 10. What do you think about the (Specify Weapon) A. Check the weapon descriptions for a brief opinion and also check questions above this one for some common comparisons which also include opinions. 11 (Continued from 10). But I can't be bothered... A. Then why are you looking at game guides if you can't be bothered reading them. Go to a game forum, post a question, check the replies and then take it or leave it. 12. Who are you to be saying what is good and what is not good hey? I think your guide is lousy. A. A few things there that I will comment on. For a start, dont read it then. Next, I happen to be a 15th Prestige on Black Ops and have played CoD since CoD 4 was released. So thats at least 5 years experience behind me. Next if you are commenting on bad opinions or information, please email me with your alterations or suggestions and I will look into them.