Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Military & Prestige ranks guide

The seasonal prestige ranks are back for the completionists.


The seasonal prestige system returns with Season 1 of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2, and Warzone 2. While many of the returning players from 2019's Modern Warfare might be familiar with the system, newer players can get confused.

We've covered everything you need to know about the military ranks as well as the prestige ranks. We've also covered the various methods that you can use to rank up fast in Modern Warfare 2.

Military Ranks

Military ranks are the standard pre-season ranks you must achieve before hitting the first prestige. The military ranks unlock several default loadouts, gunsmith options, and default weapons for you to run in multiplayer and Warzone 2.

You start with rank 1 and progress all the way up to rank 55 before you can hit prestige one. The military ranking is important and pretty much essential if you want to jump into any mode of the game, as it gives you access to your tactical and lethal equipment, field upgrades, killstreaks, and the perks. All of these are essential components in Multiplayer and Warzone 2.

Prestige Ranks

Once you've hit the max military rank of 55, you can continue to earn XP and rank up, earning prestige status at certain milestones. Each prestige rank rewards players with an animated emblem, allowing them to brag about their hard work.

You can earn up to four prestige ranks in each season. Fret not if you cannot earn all the prestige ranks within a season though. You will be able to continue your progress in the following season to catch up with other players.

As mentioned earlier, you earn prestige ranks at certain milestone levels. The prestige rank milestones are as follows:

  • Prestige Rank 1: Reach rank 56.
  • Prestige Rank 2: Reach rank 100.
  • Prestige Rank 3: Reach rank 150.
  • Prestige Rank 4: Reach rank 200.
  • Prestige Rank 5: Reach rank 250.

Rank 250 is the level cap for each season. Once the new season is released, your seasonal prestige rank is reset back to 1. You need to grind your way back to 250, essentially from rank 56, to earn the new prestige ranks and get new emblems representing the new seasonal prestige ranks.

Note that if you haven't completed all prestige ranks in the previous season, you will continue from the previously acquired prestige rank.

How To Rank Up?

You can use various methods to rank up in Modern Warfare 2 to hit those big milestones.

Do Objectives

This is one of the most underrated methods that not many players talk about. Many players tend to go for higher kills in each game. While that may give you a good XP boost, most of it will come from playing the objectives.

Play objective-based game modes like Domination and Hardpoint. Try to play the objectives as much as possible to gain a lot of XP.

Daily Challenges

Complete your daily challenges across both Multiplayer and Special Ops. The challenges are fairly easy, and you earn up to 2,500 XP points for just one challenge completion. You can complete three daily challenges for 7,500 XP points.

You also have daily challenges specific to the Special Ops mode. Go to the mode, and check the challenges. The challenges are quite easy and mostly mission-related.

Bonus Challenges

Once you've completed your three daily challenges, you get two optional bonus challenges. You can only do one of these two challenges and earn 10,000 XP. These challenges are also extremely easy and do not take much time.

The same applies to Special Ops. Once you've gone through the three daily challenges, you will get a set of two optional bonus challenges. You can complete any one of the challenges to earn 10,000 XP.

If you combine daily and bonus challenges across Multiplayer and Special Ops, you get a lot of XP in a single day. If you have double XP tokens, utilize them to get even more XP.

Career Challenges

You can go for career challenges that are split into different milestones. Each milestone nets you a tremendous amount of XP points. Career challenges are always available for you to complete, and there are plenty of them.

In addition to the XP, you also unlock unique calling cards to complete the challenges.

Spec Ops Intel

Special Ops mode has plenty of Intel scattered around the map in all of its missions. Collect the Intel and do weekly star challenges to earn XP and other rewards.

Feel free to check out our Spec Ops Intel guides and how to collect them.

DMZ Mode

DMZ mode is the new talk of the town and rewards players with a lot of XP if played right. There is a full chain of rewards associated specifically with the DMZ mode.

You can earn not only a ton of XP points but also unique weapon blueprints, calling cards, and emblems. If you're lost in navigating the new mode, check out our DMZ guide.

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