MW3 Perks Guide

In this Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Perks guide you will find not only a complete list of what all the perks do (both standard and pro), but you will also discover what the best perks are and what perks you should use with each weapon type. Perks affect the available equipment, effectiveness of that equipment, effectiveness of the enemy’s equipment, and the physical properties of the player’s character.

By learning the best strategies to use each perk for, you can select better perks. When you pick better perks than your opponents (and some are indeed better than others), you will have a strong advantage over the enemy, allowing you to get more kills and suffer less deaths.

There are three tiers of perks; you can select 1 perk from each tier. The descriptions below will tell you a bit about each one and help you pick the best ones according to your playstyle.

Notably missing from the MW3 list are Last Stand, One Man Army, and Commando from previous versions of the game.

  • Tier 1 Perks
  • Tier 2 Perks
  • Tier 3 Perks

Tier 1 Perks

  Perk Name Effect Pro Effect
  Sleight of Hand Fast reloading Fast weapons change 
  Recon Explosive damage shows target on mini-map  Bullet damage shows target on mini-map
  Blind Eye Undetectable to air support and sentries  Fast lock-on for rockets. Increased bullet damage to vehicles
  Extreme Conditioning Increased sprint time Climbing speed increased 
  Scavenger Get ammo from dead enemies Get more ammo

There are a lot of good perks here and I can see myself using all of these perks in different game situations. Tier 1 perks tend to all be pretty good, so you have to choose carefully.

First off there is Sleight of Hand. This is good if you are using a gun which runs out of ammo really quickly (SCAR-H from MW2, anyone?). The Pro effect, which lets you swap weapons faster, is good if you are using a Overkill and swapping between a Shotgun and long-ranged gun. It also works for Snipers who want to swap quickly between their Rifle and pistol.

Personally, my favorite of the Tier 1 MW3 perks is Recon, which makes players show up on radar more often. I think that anything which makes players show up on radar more often is practically an unbeatable perk.

Blind Eye is for advanced players; you need to stay alive if you are going to be using any number of Aircraft or Sentries. Taking down enemy planes and vehicles also is a bit of work. Definitely not for new players.

Extreme Conditioning is an okay perk, but really only useful for big maps. I don’t really like it for most maps. If you do use it, it needs to be combined with Steady Aim, so that you can recover quicker from sprinting. Otherwise, you will find yourself on the losing end of a sprint very often.

Finally, there is Scavenger. This is another perk which is reserved for really good players – newbies will not stay alive long enough or win enough battles to actually run out of ammo. If you are running out of ammo, you are wasting bullets a lot (and giving away your position in the process).

Tier 2 Perks

  Perk Name Effect Pro Effect
  Quickdraw Faster aiming Faster recovery from using grenade/equipment 
  Blast Shield Increased explosive resistance Resistance to flashbangs and stuns
  Hardline Killstreaks require 1 fewer kill Two assists count as kill towards killstreaks. Deathstreaks require 1 fewer death.
  Assassin Immunity to UAV, portable radar, thermal, and heartbeat Immunity to CUAV and EMP, no red crosshair or name over you
  Overkill Carry two primary weapons Second primary can have attachments


Like Tier 1, Tier 2 has some of the best perks on this Modern Warfare 3 perks list, and it is hard to choose between all these good perks.

Quickdraw is a good choice for Snipers, as aiming faster will net you more kills. I consider Blast Shield to be fairly worthless and I cannot see a reason for using it over some of the other MW3 perks on this list.

Hardline is an excellent perk. Killstreak rewards are very good, and this makes rolling together 3 low-hanging killstreaks very easy. This is simply one of the best perks in the game. Getting two kills means you get a UAV, which can then roll into a few more kills, and you can quickly go up the ladder. My favorite for any mid or long-ranged gun.

Assassin is the best Tier 2 Modern Warfare 3 perk for classes using submachine guns or shotguns. You need to get close to use these weapons effectively, so being able to stay off the radar helps a lot. I recommend combining these with a suppressor (no sound) to stay off the radar entirely. Add in Steady Aim and Sleight of Hand (small maps) or Extreme Conditioning (big maps) and you have a winner.

Overkill is an interesting combination, but I find it hard to justify using this over Hardline or Assassin. Should you be on a map with very small rooms and larger areas, it can be helpful. This way you can pull out your shotgun for close-quarters fighting and then switch to an Assault Rifle when you get out in the open area.

Overkill is also good for Snipers who want a better secondary weapon to defend themselves with for close-quarters combat. Combine with Sleight of Hand for best effect so you can switch between the two easily.

Tier 3 Perks

  Perk Name Effect Pro Effect
  Marksman Identify targets at more distant range Hold your breath for longer when sniping
  Stalker Increased movement speed while aiming down the sites Add delay to enemy claymores before exploding
  SitRep Detect enemy explosives and tac inserts Opposing team’s footsteps make more noise
  Steady Aim Increased accuracy while firing from hip Weapon ready more quickly after sprint
  Dead Silence Quieter movement, recon does not work as well against you Do not take any fall damage

Compared to the Tier 1 and Tier 2 Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Perks, I’ve always found Tier 3 to be particularly underwhelming. I think that there is a lot less competition between perks here and it is easier to pick the best ones.

Marksman is obviously a great perk for Snipers. However, the best Snipers do not need to aim for very long – so the pro effect is fairly useless. You should be able to aim and shoot your target very quickly if you want to be a good sniper.

For everyone else, I would consider Dead Silence and SitRep to be fairly useless. Footstep sounds are hard to detect, as footsteps can be a player in front of you, behind you, above you, or below you. It is not like in real life where you can easily hear the direction of the sound (perhaps this works on surround sound – I don’t have one so I can’t tell for sure).

I do however consider Steady Aim to be an amazing perk for anyone using a submachine gun. This way you can strafe side to side very quickly while shooting from the hip. It significantly increases your accuracy in this regard. If there are too many players using ranged classes and camping out, I like to use a Submachine Gun with a suppressor, Assassin, and Steady Aim. It is a great class for taking out long-ranged players. No need to aim – just shoot from the hip and take people out while you strafe. It is hard to keep up with a Sniper Rifle on a console when you do this.

For everyone else, Stalker is your best bet. You can strafe faster this way when aiming, which can make it harder for your opponent to take you out if you meet in head to head combat, but are too far away to actually shoot from the hip.


By using the information and strategies on this list, you now know the best Modern Warfare 3 perks and the top ways you can combine them to have a winning class. By picking these perks, you can win more fights, level up faster, and have a lot more fun in CoD MW3!

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MW3 Multiplayer Guide

MW3 Multiplayer Guide

If you are anything like me, the only reason you pick up new Call of Duty titles is so you can play multiplayer with friends and strangers like. If that’s the case, then you are in luck – in this guide to Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer Guide, I will be giving you 6 fast strategies that you can use to improve your kill death ratio!

In this quick guide to Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 Multiplayer mode, I will be giving you 6 easy strategies that you can use to start boosting your kill:death ratio. This will help you level up faster so you can unlock more weapons and access prestige mode sooner, which is never a bad thing.

1. Select the Right Weapon for the Map

One of the biggest mistakes people make is using only a single weapon no matter what map they play on. In concept, this is a good theory. The more you use a gun, the more familiar you get with how it works and the better you will be able to use it.

However, I think it is best off if you stick to a few guns. At the very least, you need to master two weapons: a close-range (submachine gun or shotgun) and long-range (anything else) weapon. This way, on bigger maps you can select your long-range weapon, and on small maps with a lot of buildings you can use your close-combat weapon.

If you are fighting through small rooms and buildings with an Assault Rifle and everyone else has a submachine gun, you might find yourself in a bit of trouble!

2. Never Sprint Near Enemies

Bad players are constantly sprinting all over the map in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer. These players are easy targets for anyone who is not sprinting. When you sprint, there is a small delay before you can use your weapon again. If you try to go from sprinting directly into aiming, it is around a full second in time before you can actually shoot. This is enough time for the enemy to take you out!

You only sprint when you are trying to avoid being seen and moving across a dangerous area. You never sprint on offense when you are looking for your enemy. You need to be ready to pull the trigger at a moment’s notice should you run into someone.

3. Always Keep an Eye on Radar

Radar is everything in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer. You should always be looking at it. If you have a UAV, you should watch for the direction the dots on the map are moving. Generally, if you come up on someone in the same direction they are moving, you will be behind them, which makes them an easy kill. Players like to travel together too, so if you see someone run by on radar, there is likely another player that will follow them within 5 seconds.

This goes both ways. If you just fired a shot or the enemy has a UAV up, you need to be really careful about pushing out. It is best to take up a defensive position at this time, as the enemy is likely to come to you.

Finally, if you have the Assassin perk, when the enemy has a UAV up it is your time to shine. This is actually to your advantage. Your enemy will be chasing after people who are on radar, and they will not be prepared when you come across them. They will likely be sprinting or not ready to aim, so keep this in mind. An assassin should always be deep in enemy territory when they have a UAV active.

4. Base Killstreaks On Your Skill Level

This is a simple one, but a lot of players never figure this out. If you are not very good at CoD MW3 multiplayer, it makes no sense to pick the highest killstreak rewards. Instead, you should pick the lower ones which you will actually get to access regularly.

When you access these rewards, they might earn you and your team a few extra kills. This will help you level up faster so you can get better guns and perks, which will make your overall game life easier. As you get better and start racking up bigger killstreaks in Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer, you can change to bigger killstreak rewards.

5. Match Up Your Perks to Your Gun

Another thing a lot of players struggle with in MW3 multiplayer is picking the right perks and attachments for their weapon. Some perks are clearly designed for certain weapons and do not mix at all with others, yet some players find themselves unable to make this distinction.

For example, let’s take a look at Tier 2 perks. Let’s say you are figuring out on whether you want to use quickdraw (faster aiming) or assassin (immunity to UAV and other such things). Quickdraw is clearly for long-ranged classes while Assassin is clearly for short-ranged classes.

If you are engaging in face to face combat, you are usually better off shooting from the hip – you have no time to aim regardless. Close-combat classes will always have more success sneaking up on people, so the Assassin trait is very good. You are also very vulnerable if you are close to enemies when they have a UAV up.

Now compare that to Quickdraw. If you are using an Assault Rifle or Sniper Rifle, often you will not be close enough to enemy territory to even worry about many of the sensors. However, if you are using a Sniper Rifle, you need to be able to aim very quickly to take down someone sprinting across an open area before they disappear. Good players can really get good use out of the Quickdraw feature because of this.

Think about your playstyle and match your perks and gun accordingly, and you will have a really good Modern Warfare 3 multiplayer combo.

6. Vote for the Same Map

I think this is one of the best strategies for any Call of Duty game. You need to vote for the same map constantly. If you are always in new spaces, it is hard to master the basics (such as the different guns, perks, and killstreaks). Familiar surroundings use less brain resources, which allow you to focus on things like where the enemy is.

Once you learn a map really well, you will find that you are a much better player. This is simply because your brain has less new information to take in and can better focus on locating and shooting enemy players. Once you have a map mastered, move on to the next one, and keep playing that one repeatedly to. Do this until you master all the maps in Call of Duty.


By applying these 6 strategies in multiplayer, you will find yourself winning a lot more games of CoD MW3. There are always exceptions to the rules, but these are timeless strategies that apply to any Call of Duty title.

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