Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Killstreaks list and how to unlock them

Learn how to unlock Killstreaks in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and what each one does before you deploy it online.

If you want to call in air support or strikes, you’ll first need to know how to unlock Killstreaks in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. There are 20 Killstreaks in total, though you can only pick from 19 and bring three into a game at a time. You also have the choice to pick between using Killstreaks or Scorestreaks as a system, with the latter offering a slower method but also rewarding points for playing the objective and performing actions like destroying enemy UAVs.

In this guide, we’ll offer a full Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Killstreaks list, and include the level you need to reach before each Killstreak is unlocked and available to equip. Remember to change up your Killstreaks with each map, as some are more effective out in the open than others.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Killstreaks list and unlock levels

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 killstreaks list and unlock levels
 
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As noted above, there are 20 Killstreaks in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 at launch. They range from requiring 4 kills (or 500 points) all the way up to 15 kills (or 1875 points). Here are the Killstreak unlock levels and the number of kills/points you’ll need to unlock them per match.

  • UAV
    • 4 kills/500 points
    • Unlocked at start 
    • Send a wave across the minimap, revealing enemies (without Ghost equipped) as red dots. Can be shot down.
  • Bomb Drone
    • 4 kills/500 points
    • Unlocked at Level 9
    • A remote-controlled drone with attached C4 charge.
  • Counter UAV
    • 5 kills/625 points
    • Unlocked at Level 6
    • A drone that scrambled enemy minimaps. Limited range on larger maps and can be shot down.
  • Care Package
    • 5 kills/625 points
    • Unlocked at start
    • Call in a random killstreak package to your location.
  • Cluster Mine
    • 5 kills/625 points
    • Unlocked at Level 18
    • A thrown device that launches a cluster of mines into the surrounding area.
  • Precision Airstrike
    • 6 kills/750 points
    • Unlocked at Level 22
    • Call in two jets to strike along the best available path.
  • Cruise Missile
    • 6 kills/750 points
    • Unlocked at Level 
    • Call in a remote-controlled missile which is directed fown from the skies above.
  • Mortar Strike
    • 6 kills/750 points
    • Unlocked at Level 
    • Laser designate a location for a series of spaced-out mortar strikes.
  • Sentry Gun
    • 7 kills/875 points
    • Unlocked at Level 26
    • Deploy an automatic turret which engages any enemies (without Cold-Blooded
  • S.A.E.
    • 7 kills/875 points
    • Unlocked at start
    • Calls in three jets to bomb marked targets.
  • VTOL Jet
    • 7 kills/875 points
    • Unlocked at Level 35
    • Calls in a jet which drops two precision bombs before guarding a marked location on the map.
  • Overwatch Helo
    • 8 kills/1000 points
    • Unlocked at Level 40
    • Call in an escort helo which watches over your position, pinging enemies before engaging them.
  • Wheelson-HS
    • 8 kills/1000 points
    • Unlocked at Level 32
    • Deploys a remote-controlled amphibious vehicle with an auto-sentry function.
  • Stealth Bomber
    • 10 kills/1250 points
    • Unlocked at Level 53
    • Call in a bomber that releases a large line of explosives in its path.
  • Chopper Gunner
    • 10 kills/1250 points
    • Unlocked at Level 27
    • Control an assault chopper which attacks with a turret and air-to-land missiles.
  • Emergency Airdrop
    • 10 kills/1250 points
    • Unlocked at Level 42
    • Call in three random killstreak care packages to your location.
  • Gunship
    • 12 kills/1500 points
    • Unlocked at Level 48
    • Calls a heavy assault gunship which can be used to fire missiles and cannons.
  • Advanced UAV
    • 12 kills/1500 points
    • Unlocked at Level 51
    • An untargetable UAV that reveals location and direction in real time.
  • Juggernaut
    • 15 kills/1875 points
    • Unlocked at Level 55
    • Drops juggernaut assault gear in a care package, offering heavy armor and a minigun.
  • MGB Nuke (secret Killstreak)
    • 30 kills

As noted above, the MGB Nuke is a secret Killstreak in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. It it’s unlockable or selectable in your Killstreak equipment page. Instead, it can only be earned by earning 30 kills in a single life. Pull that heroic feat off an you can call in a bomb to instantly end the game and give your side the win.

Those are all the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Killstreaks with unlock levels and details. Be sure to also look at all weapon unlocks in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and our list of all perks in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 as well.

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