With MW3 finally here, you’re likely eager to get your hands on the best weapons as soon as possible. Traditionally, you could just Grind XP to level up fast and unlock higher tier guns. We will have a guide on that (and more) soon. For now, we have an even faster method that can be used to unlock late-game weapons in minutes. 

Extract to Unlock

Similar to Modern Warfare 2‘s DMZ mode, Modern Warfare Zombies allows players to unlock a weapon by completing a Successful Exfil with it in their inventory. This is helpful to skip ahead in the weapon roster so you don’t have to grind for hours to earn weapons like the MCW Assault Rifle, which is unlocked at Level 44. It will also help you bypass completing the challenges needed to acquire weapons from the Armory Unlock system. This can also be used to unlock weapons that carried froward from MW2 into MW3, so you can access the full suite of weapons from that game in no time if you missed out on it.

Do note that MWZ often requires some RNG luck to get the exact weapon you want. If the weapon you’re gunning for isn’t a Wall Buy, you’ll need to try your luck with the Mystery Box, or just look for it by looting and completing contracts around Urzikstan.

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Which Weapon Should I Unlock First?

The aforementioned MCW is a great first weapon to Exfil with in MWZ. The first time you play MWZ, you’ll have a kitted out build for the MCW in your contraband stash. I would recommend just going right to Exfil in your first match so you can unlock this immediately. The MCW is probably the best AR in the game right now, and tons of weekly challenges revolve around it. Getting it early will be a huge advantage. Plus, you can use it in the Gunsmith to make some nostalgic weapon builds from Modern Warfare‘s past, like the ACR and Kilo 141.

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is available now on PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S.

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