Entire Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Unlock Progression

Let it be known right away that the following could very well be considered spoiler-filled to many.

Yes, it’s most likely possible to view upcoming unlocks while in-game regardless, but you may fall into the category of people who like to see what’s in store for them they day they open up the game and pop it in their Xbox 360, PS3 or PC this November 13. So, read at your own risk.

Below is the entire unlock progression of Call of Duty: Black Ops 2‘s multiplayer, provided by Reddit user FortRank.

You’ll notice right away that Black Ops 2 does away with the CoD Point system adopted in the original Black Ops, but instead follows a more traditional, set unlock pattern. Also, check out the very last perk/item you unlock. You may find itΒ intriguing.

While you’re at it, you can also check out all the Black Ops 2 multiplayer maps, including their loading screen and layouts for Domination, Demolition and CTF.

Make sure to leave your thoughts in the comments! How would you compare this unlock progression to past Call of Duty titles?

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 Multiplayer Unlock Progression

Level 4

  • MTAR (AR)
  • Type 25 (AR)
  • SWAT-556 (AR)
  • MP7 (SMG)
  • PDW-57 (SMG)
  • MK48 (LMG)
  • R870 MCS (Shotgun)
  • Saiga 12 (Shotgun)
  • SVU-AS (Sniper)
  • DSR-50 (Sniper)
  • Five-Seven (Pistol)
  • TAC-45 (Pistol)
  • SMAW (Launcher)
  • FHJ-18 AA (Launcher)
  • Lightweight (Perk 1)
  • Hardline (Perk 1)
  • Toughness (Perk 2)
  • Cold Blooded (Perk 2)
  • Dexterity (Perk 3)
  • Extreme Conditioning (Perk 3)
  • Perk 1 Greed (Wildcard)
  • Grenade (Lethal)
  • Semtex (Lethal)
  • Concussion Grenade (Tactical)
  • Smoke Grenade (Tactical)

Level 5

  • Blind Eye (Perk 1)

Level 6

  • Sensor Grenade (Tactical)

Level 7:

Scorestreaks unlocked, this entire tier is streaks

  • UAV
  • Hunter Killer
  • Care Package
  • Lightning Strike
  • Dragonfire
  • VTOL Warship

Level 8

  • Fast Hands (Perk 2)

Level 9

  • Sentry Gun (Streak)

Level 10

  • Perk 2 Greed (Wildcard)

Level 11

  • EMP Grenade (Tactical)

Level 12

  • Lodestar (Streak)

Level 13

  • LSAT (LMG)
  • Perk 3 Greed (Wildcard)

Level 14

  • Engineering (Perk 3)

Level 15

  • Guardian (Streak)

Level 16

  • Vector (SMG)

Level 17

  • Combat Axe (Lethal)

Level 18

  • Overkill (Wildcard)
  • RC-XD (Streak)

Level 19

  • B23R (Pistol)
  • Secondary Gunfighter (Wildcard)

Level 20

  • Tactical Mask (Perk 3)

Level 21

  • Stealth Chopper (Streak)

Level 22

  • FAL (AR)
  • Primary Gunfighter (Wildcard)

Level 23

  • Shock Charge (Tactical)

Level 24

  • Hellstorm Missile (Streak)

Level 25

  • Crossbow (Special)
  • Tactician (Wildcard)
  • Black Hat PDA (Tactical)

Level 26

  • Hard Wired (Perk 2)

Level 27

  • AGR Drone (Streak)

Level 28

  • MSMC (SMG)
  • Danger Close (Wildcard)
  • Bouncing Betty (Lethal)

Level 29

  • Flashbang Grenade (Tactical)

Level 30

  • Warthog (Streak)

Level 31

  • M27 (AR)
  • Executioner (Pistol)

Level 32

  • Flak Jacket (Perk 1)

Level 33

  • Counter-UAV (Streak)

Level 34

  • KSG (Shotgun)
  • Assault Shield (Special)

Level 35

  • Trophy System (Tactical)

Level 36

  • Death Machine (Streak)

Level 37

  • Chicom CQB (SMG)
  • HAMR (LMG)

Level 38

  • Dead Silence (Perk 3)

Level 39

  • EMP Systems (Streak)

Level 40

  • SCAR (AR)
  • RPG-7 (Launcher)

Level 41

  • C4 (Lethal)

Level 42

  • Orbital VSAT (Streak)

Level 43

  • Ballista (Sniper)
  • KAP-40 (Pistol)

Level 44

  • Scavenger (Perk 2)

Level 45

  • War Machine (Streak)

Level 46

  • SMR (AR)
  • Skorpion EVO II (SMG)

Level 47

  • Tactical Insertion (Tactical)

Level 48

  • Escort Drone (Streak)

Level 49

  • M8A1 (AR)
  • Ballistic Knife (Special)

Level 50

  • Awareness (Perk 3)

Level 51

  • K-9 Unit (Streak)

Level 52

  • M1216 (Shotgun)
  • XPR-50 (Sniper)

Level 53

  • Claymore (Lethal)

Level 54

  • Swarm (Streak)

Level 55

  • AN-94 (AR)
  • Ghost (Perk 1)

Source: Reddit

  • steelcurtaingaming

    this is very interesting, especially seeing how having the tactical insertion that far out will stop boosters!

  • Ghost level 55? FUCK YES! First day on release is gonna be amazing! πŸ˜€

    • Joe

      Don’t get too excited. A lot of people already have the game, ranks aren’t getting reset, Vahn has already said that BO2 will be the easiest cod ever to level up in, & all the campers will use their 1st prestige token to bring Ghost with them to prestige 2, level1.

      Be more excited about Ghost’s being useless unless moving & snipers having tracers.

      • Was it stated that ranks/leaderboards weren’t being reset? If they’re not, then it’s kind of shitty they would allow the game to be released so early and already have a release date set for a month+ later.

        • Servers for online multiplay didn’t even go online till yesterday so they won’t be too far ahead. They will be way ahead in campaign, zombies, and possibly even combat training, but that’s about it. Multiplayer, not so much.

          • incorrect! xJawz is already a 1st prestige.

            • Cockjawz

              xJawz is pure sh!t and fake. I’m happy they’re planning on penalizing Dashboarders. You’ll see who are the real skilled gamers in CoD are.

        • Joe

          Ranks will not be reset, but leaderboards aren’t turned on yet.

      • Trevias Kapi

        Yeah umm, Vahn also stated that everything you choose to unlock carries on through the next prestige, if im incorrect then sorry :).

        • Joe

          It doesn’t carry over, it just doesn’t have to be unlocked again. Meaning, if you use an unlock token on Ghost at level 55, Ghost will already be unlocked for you when you reach level 55 again after you prestige; it does NOT mean Ghost will be available at level 1 or 4 (unless you use your prestige token on it).

          • add me on xbox II 51MON II

            wrong you can only reset rank or get a extra cac slot (class slot) or bring back the unlock tokens what you have used i think what you may be talking about is the “permenant unlock”


      It is going to be amazing for every noob that needs to rely on the minimap to survive…And before you start….YOU HAVE TO MOVE TO USE GHOST…SO YOU CANT CAMP WITH IT DUMBA@#ES!!!!

    • mapis4noobs

      It is going to be amazing for noobs that have to rely on the minimap to get all of their kills. And before you start…you have to move for Ghost to work…So you cant camp with it.

    • warthog

      The not so good side is that this will result into spamming of UAVs.

      • RyanReynoldss

        there was spamming of UAVs in the early cod’s WaW and cod 4 they were great fast paced games

      • Joe

        Don’t like UAVs? Shoot them down…

    • BlackBlade404

      82 likes man lol

    • It would appear that enough people hate Ghost that it could probably be removed from COD at this point.

      • F U A V s

        If Ghost goes so do i.

  • im so gonna rock the AN94 when i unlock it πŸ™‚

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  • DeadOrAlive

    Wonna try the MSMC!!


  • Atlas7O2

    Yes! I had a feeling Ghost would be the last perk to unlock. You’re awesome, Treyarch! Treyarch > IW

  • schwartzjesuz

    Ghost as the last unlockable perk. Nice thinking Treyarch πŸ™‚

  • Nemesis_96

    Ghost is last! Hahahahahhhhahahaa! That’s gonna take those campers ages to unlock it!

  • Alpine Maffu

    Ghost last just means fewer people will prestige.

    But I think mw3 will look so backward after this

    • Bazorg

      nope ppl need to prestige or they cant unlock everything

      • Bradley Griffiths

        I would agree except that a lot of the people that would abuse ghost will also use the same 1 or 2 weapons all the time anyway so they won’t need to have everything.

      • Cynnik

        What isn’t unlocked if you don’t prestige? Are there more weapons/items etc. if you prestige?

  • Madam Cleo

    UAV’s will be OP now.

    • Atlas7O2

      Then shoot them down. Quit your whining.

      • tyler314

        you can bring back parks

  • David

    Thats a lot of unlocks for rank 4, glad they spaced the more over used perks out though

    • Well, it’s at rank 4 that you can unlock create-a-class, most likely. Like previous CoD title. So they’ll naturally give you a lot to play with.

  • EcHo84

    UAV spam too much hand holding and crutches via mini-map and recon in the air…

  • Mr master

    Great get ready for UAV spam. UAV is so op. -.-

    • Atlas7O2

      Then shoot them down. Quit your whining. If no one shoots them down – it’s your fault and your team’s fault.

    • they should eliminate uav and the map period!

  • Ghost last unluck at level 55. Just blew a wad on the screen. In treyarch we trust.

    • Jesus

      “Just blew a wad on the screen” Now that’s just goofy πŸ˜›

  • Oerba

    If you don’t like UAVs, shoot them down. If you don’t shoot them down you have only yourself to blame. It looks like you unlock an Anti-Air launcher right away, so people should have no problems shooting them down.

    • DanDustEmOff

      Thats ok when the whole team are not spaming them

  • Noel

    I dont care about ghost xD

    • MWsRAGE_5

      me nether i never relied on ghost.

    • Scavenger is my best perk.

  • VolG

    Iwould have preferred the ability to choose which scorestreaks unlock, and Scavenger unlocked at level 44 is a little too late for my playstyle πŸ™

  • ohTHATguy

    Hope you guys like the game as much I as I liked the first BLOPS.

    Unfortunately (IMO) they’ve decided to embrace the quickscopers so I’ll be passing and sticking with BF3 and Halo 4. Hope it doesn’t turn out to be a cluster fuck like MW3.

    • ohTHATguy

      Someone down voted me for wanting this to be a good game for everyone? Fuck people are stupid.

      • Killasapo

        Lmao ^^^

  • Oh BO2? I got that already πŸ™‚
    Got released in Denmark this Saturday the 10th

  • Outlawz

    Great! Now all of you noobs will spam the UAV. And I’m not the player who uses Ghost all the time. FUUUUUUUU

  • morrison1020

    This is by far the most interesting unlock progression I have ever seen. Love it. Terrefic work Treyarc.

  • Anonymous

    This has its cons and pros; Cons: You will have to waste some tokens before you can get some good weapons Pro: ghost is last, some of the higher and more powerful kills streaks arnt unlocked until later into the gam (no swarms and death machines on the first day) and o many more tot list

  • jahladagaming

    If there’s one thing I want from Treyarch, it is a full stat reset on release day. Not fair that people have already prestiged before the honest customers get the game.

  • Bugsy

    Its all about Level 28 MSMC

  • Level 53
    Claymore πŸ™

    • DanDustEmOff

      Calymores suck C4 FTW

  • MyBodyIsReady

    Yeah having ghost locked last is great for people who hate campers, but what about the people like me who use it without camping? And like to stay off the radar & flank the enemy?

    • Learn how to flank without the need to use Ghost. I do it and it’s easy. Plus, if the team has an Orbitial VSAT up, you’ll show up on the radar even if you have Ghost. It only hides you from UAV.

      • Nick

        Ok, but the whole point of using ghost to flank is so when someone gets an easy UAV you dont ruin your whole position and element of surprise when running behind them. Thats Why I use it, so no one will no that im coming.

  • Bac Sun

    If you can’t the stand campers, stay out of the game. It’s your own dang fault for dying 8 times in a row if you keep running into the room where they’re sitting expecting to be able to best them after you lost the first 7 times. I don’t camp, but I can definitely appreciate it as a valid strategy. Not everyone wants to run straight at the enemy with a dinky little SMG. Seriously, grow a pair; you’re alienating a whole style of gaming. Imagine if Infinity Ward were to take out SMG’s and any “Marathon” like perk so rushers wouldn’t be able to play the way they like! It won’t be the same type of game anymore! Again I say, If you can’t stand the campers, stay out of the game

    • You retarded? Biggest fail statement ever.

      • Ol1VI3R

        lol did you read what he said… you’re retarded what he said was legit

    • Guest

      I hate campers, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t exist. There is a difference.

    • Dtoxz

      Damn Bac Sun, well said. i can’t stand when people call others campers. It makes no sense. If this was a real situation, I bet EVERYONE would camp. It’s a strategy and is being hindered by whiny players and Activisions hunger for money. What about the people that buy the game and LIKE to camp? Is their money not as good? i’m not talking about sitting in the same corner the whole game either. I mean defending a position, getting a few kills and moving on. Or cutting off an entry way to force the enemy to go a different route. That’s TECHNICALLY camping, which goes along with my 2nd statement. People whine about camping so much that it almost FORCES everyone to run around. Bottom line, if I camp, and the game says I won, but you call me a noob, the game is right. I still won, and still figured out a way around your strategy. Is it my fault people don’t check their corners? Who is the real noob? The guy calling the camper a noob, or the guy camper? But Treyarch hears camping this and camper that, and they change the game to get the sales. Bottom line is that camping is a strategy to some, and lost in the whining and greedy devs, this game has lost most of its tactical strategy.

    • Terrel

      Really growing a pair is sitting in a little room hiding from everyone else? You are an idiot and dont even know what you are talking about. Growing a pair is actually going after people and not being a pussy ass bitch. Jus refrain from every commenting on something like this again.

      • they should make it so u cant run see how you like that!

    • i agree totally

  • One thing they have said is that since weapons have their own progresson and prestige system, once you prestige and re-unlock a weapon (as long as you havent weapon prestiged) you re-unlock all you attachments right when you get a gun back

  • Can you carry guns across prestiges like mw3?

    • No you can not. Although when you unlock it another prestige it will be same level
      gun lvl 20-non prestige. gun lvl 20 still- after prestige

      • Bradley Griffiths

        This is not true. The weapons do carry levels unless you prestige them like he said but there are tokens to carry things over to another prestige that work like the MW3 prestige tokens. It has been reported several times in articles on the site.

  • sad times

    i been playing black ops 2 since i go it early and all i have to say is the future is not black it is camp! like never before the amount of campers and head glitchers already in the game left me very frustrated

  • Phil

    Ghost before level 55? I’m camping. Ghost after my first prestige? I’m rushing. Let the down vote begin.

  • FThis

    Ghost at 55….I think i am going to kill myself….

  • Jayjay

    I have the game early it is amazing. its not like black ops 1 or mw3 completely different. Best cod ever . F u haters πŸ˜‰

    • That’s what CoD fans say every year. “Best CoD ever” just think it’s only the first week. Wait for a little while you’ll hate it.

      • Jayjay

        Why u on a cod article? No life?

      • cheeseburger eddy

        I didn’t say that when mw3 came out, I think you’re jelly that cod is successful and you do not want them to be.

  • thissucks

    What is the point of going to the trouble of putting anti-camping measures on the ghost perk (like requiring the player to move while using it), If you are just going to stick it at level 55?

    It is like they want to punish players that camp AND players that rush.

    • Even if it’s unlocked early, the orbitial VSAT also punishes everybody. Orbitial VSAT = Blackbird (not Advanced UAV)

      • uavIsOP

        Atleast they have to get like 1100 score to unlock that (VSAT); all they have to do to get a UAV is (IRONICALLY!!!!!!!!!!!!!) hide in a corner and get like 3 or 4 kills.

  • WTF?

    So they put Ghost dead last even though they took out the ability to camp with it but put the Sensor Grenade at level 6 and the UAV at level 7….that is SO stupid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • EcHo84

      Along with Pushing Flak Jacket so late in the game, I think Treyarch wants people to die left and right…or just hop right into League Play and never return to core, as everything will be unlocked to a player participating in League Play….

  • Considering the AK variants have been my favorite guns in every CoD game that had them, I’m kind of sad that the gun most similar to the AK is unlocked last πŸ™

  • HBK

    I thought you had to prestige to unlock everything? Or did I misread

    • cheeseburger eddy

      I think they mean’t when you prestige for example you unlock the ability to put stuff on your guns. Also maybe challenges will be unlocked, and all attachments won’t be available for you as well.

  • Joel Santana

    Happy to see the Ghost perk is one of the last unlocks. But disappointed that two of the guns I was really looking forward to using (AN-94 and SMR) are such late unlocks.

  • DanDustEmOff

    Ghost is now a pointless perk I would rather spend the point on a launcher and roll with blind eye in that slot

  • DanDustEmOff

    By the way to reduce camping they should have dead silence unlock early and have no counter ie awareness it makes people scared to move therefore people will camp

  • jonchr2

    which of the unlocks will come with you when u prestige?

  • dsf

    This is a shit leveling system, someone who’s higher level can (possibly) dominate the lower level players.

    They should’ve seperated the perks from the guns.

    Black Ops 1 buying system for perks was better.

  • Futuristic game my ass !!! %90 percent of those weapons and equipments were already exist in the previous titles… Many of those weapons are from decade ago !!! you see ?! saying all about futuristic game and blah blah … these are BS to pretend that’ve brought some worthy changes to the game… Tell me except the modern bit or weird looking building what has changed in this game ?! still the same shit, but this time, they sayin ITS FUTURE !!!! THIS IS TOTALLY a NEW game and please buy it!!!

    • unknown

      its not supposed to be futuristic its just some technology’s have evolved its only in 2025 and in the campaign there is somewhat futuristic stuff like interactive camo, a wrist pad that launches grenades and lets you command drones and claw tanks and more

    • cheeseburger eddy

      Go away troll. Stop hatn on the success of cod. Your a battlefield fanbitch so go away. Doesn’t it suck to know that battlefield 3 is still behind mw2 on xbox? Man thats gotta hurt your pride.

      • simon fairclough

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    • masada157

      “Many of those weapons are from decade ago”? Alright, let’s see…

      Assault Rifles in Black Ops 2:
      M8A1: Futurized version of HK XM8. Clearly not from a decade ago
      SCAR-H: Finalized testing in 2009. Not from a decade ago
      AN-94: Entered service back in 1994. So that WAS from a decade ago.
      Sig-556: Entered service in 2006. Not from a decade ago
      Type 25: Futurized version of QBZ-95. Clearly not from a decade ago.
      SA-58 OSW: Entered service in 2003. Not from a decade ago.
      SMR Saritch 308: Still under development. Clearly not from a decade ago.
      M27 IAR: Entered service from 2011. Clearly not from a decade ago.
      MTAR X95 Flattop: Still under development. Clearly not from a decade ago.

      Shotguns in Black Ops 2:
      R-870 MCS: Entered service in 1950’s. So that WAS from a decade ago.
      Saiga 12: Entered service in early 2000’s. So that was MAYBE a decade ago.
      SR-M1216: Entered production in 2011. Not from a decade ago.
      KSG-12: Entered production in 2011. Not from a decade ago.

      Submachine Guns in Black Ops 2
      MP7: Entered service in 2001. Barely a decade ago.
      Skorpion EVO III: Entered production in 2010. Not from a decade ago.
      PDW-57: Cutdown variant of AR-57 (under testing) Clearly not from a decade ago.
      Chicom QCB: Entered production in 2005. Not from a decade ago.
      MSMC: Entered service in 2007. Not from a decade ago.
      Vector K10: Designed in 2006. Not from a decade ago.

      Sniper Rifles in Black Ops 2:
      DSR-50: Entered service in late 2000’s. Not from a decade ago.
      SVU-AS: Entered service late 1990’s. So that WAS from a decade ago.
      FN Ballista: Undergoing testing. Clearly not from a decade ago.
      XPR-50: Futurized sniper rifle. Clearly not from a decade ago.

      LMG’s in Black Ops 2:
      QBB LSW: Entered production in 1995. So that WAS from a decade ago.
      LSAT: Undergoing testing. Clearly not from a decade ago.
      FN HAMR: Entered production in 2008. Not from a decade ago.
      MK.48: Entered production in 2003. Not from a decade ago.

      So, out of the 23 guns I listed, only 6 are from at least a decade ago. That’s not even a third. I fail to see how that’s “most of the guns”. Nice try, though.

  • BigNiles007

    how many prestiges is there?

  • Trevias

    Ive never ever used a uav in my cod life. Said no one ever

  • Milan

    man, scavanger is a lit bit too far to unlock, dont you think? and treyarck did very well on leaving ghost as the last perk.

  • cheeseburger eddy

    Finally ghost is last! This will provide faster and better gameplay! Great work Treyarch

  • cheeseburger eddy

    I also love that you get something every single level, even if it’s not the best gun or scorestreak at least you get somthing!

  • Joe

    Cold blooded level 4. This is what prevents sensor grenades and specialized scopes and target systems from seeing you, not ghost. I think it’s a fair tradeoff.


    ghost at 55 finally but you still have those ppl that stay @ 55 and will have ghost on @ all times

  • Dope

    Lol what the fuck are u guys talking about I just saw an interview with david vonderhaar and he said it takes longer to get to lv55 in bops2 than to get to lv80 in mw3

  • Everyone is going to be doing every bullshit thing they can do to level as quickly as possible to level 55. It’s going to be challenge and achievement hunting for a week. Here comes some punk with the wall hack scope on a shotgun.
    And Hardline + Lightweight + Perk 1 Wildcard at level 4? Everyone will be playing solely to earn killstreaks by level 7.

  • Josh

    Thank you Jesus that dogs aren’t available until you hit the 50s!!!!

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  • John

    Try the SMR with the adjusted fire rate. Easily becomes the best gun in the game

  • SwitchSquad – YouTube

    Ghost is level 55 and useless awesome!!!!

  • grumpy old gamer

    makes me laugh all this camper talk GHOST is for campers, think of a tac insert. isnt that the biggest camper tool ever, i say ghost as normal but you cant use ghost and tac insert. some people who “camp” is forced to when the matchmaking and host fucks them over. like the searching for best connection which matches you with a lobby full of yanks when your in the uk. that says my internet isp is better than there own country if i get thrown into them or our ping times are so crap to each other in the uk but by magic ping to usa is fantasic so it balances out.
    Did you notice on launch day you played with your own locality and not somebody thousands of miles away

  • the war panther

    all u whining kids complaining bout ghost dont realise tht plyrs lik me n other ppl i no will still gun u down n utterly destroy ppl lik u evn if there was no ghost at all evn if u had uav hacks so dnt get excited bout ghost being @ lv55 skill matters not the perks

  • ayrtonsenna94

    Prestige hacks….lol. gay.

  • Jay Smalls

    im a level 22 on my first prestige and my extreme conditioning is not ullocked ho do i get it i press y but it wont unlock what do i do and what is a token ? do i need to wait to get a nother token ? lost

  • robbie

    I can only prestige my FAL twice… Can u do it more than that? I havent prestiged myself yet but is that whats stopping me?

  • Doodledude40

    I need some help here, I have been doing my challanges for the msmc and started with no attachments, And all this time it is not registering, so I tried with the vector also same result. I had no problem with doing the challanges with the mtar, Thankyou.

  • Chachie

    Why I cannot pass the level 49 evry time I play and get into level 50 then I turn off my ps3 when I get back I’m on level 49 again plz help me this is my 5fth time

  • Blake Watson

    ive got a problem with guns and every perk on level 52 . Would somebody be able to guide me in the right direction on on the right gun and perks?
    thanks heaps πŸ™‚