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Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Prestige and Hidden Challenges

by: Nighthand ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 5/2/2012 • Leave a comment

So you've made it this far. You hit level 70 and hit that "prestige" button, and now you've entered a whole new world. You know all about the challenges that came before; what still lies ahead? Check out this guide to find out.

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    Introduction

    Prestige is one thing Call of Duty is known for. Once you progress through the ranks in multiplayer, unlocking everything as you go, you're given the option: do you stay at the top and reign supreme, or do you give it all away to start over again? In Modern Warfare 2, you prestige after level 70. Once you hit 70, you must then gain enough experience to hit level 71, at which point you are given the option to prestige.

    Prestige does many things. First, the negative: It resets almost everything. You get a new icon by your level, but your level resets to 1. All weapons are locked again, as are all perks and everything you have to play to unlock. You can't even use custom classes. Only your titles and emblems are spared; no need to unlock them again. However, your challenges are completely reset.

    You are given a new level icon every prestige, from 1 to 10. You cannot prestige again after the 10th prestige. Every second prestige (1, 3, 5, 7, and 9) you are given an additional custom class slot. On top of that, each prestige nets you a new title. They are as follows:

    Prestige 1: The Prestige

    Prestige 2: Round 2

    Prestige 3: Third Time Charm

    Prestige 4: 4 the Record

    Prestige 5: Five Sided Fistagon

    Prestige 6: 6 Feet Under

    Prestige 7: Lucky 7

    Prestige 8: Hard Eight

    Prestige 9: 9 Lives

    Prestige 10: Prestige 10

    Once you prestige, an additional selection of challenges is open for you. Each weapon other than the Riot Shield has a pair of challenges, and an additional "Prestige" section of challenges opens up. Those are described in detail below.

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    Prestige Challenges - Weapons

    Once you hit level 70 in Modern Warfare 2 online play, you're given the option to prestige. This resets your progress completely, leaving only your titles and emblems. It gives you a new class slot every second prestige, and a new level icon every prestige. You can do this up to ten times, though most people stop after their first.Modern warfare 2 prestige symbols  

    Every weapon in the game has a pair of prestige challenges. These challenges are the Veteran and Master challenges. They are identical for nearly every weapon. The Riot Shield has no prestige challenges. The Stinger has only Veteran challenges. Aside from that, they are identical.

    Every single one of these challenges, I, II, and III, gives you 10,000 EXP. In addition, if you are to prestige a second time, your progress towards these challenges is NOT reset. The exception is, if you have completed them, they do reset.

    Veteran I: 500 kills with the weapon. (Helicopters shot down for the stinger.) Unlocks the plain silver title for the weapon.

    Veteran II: 1,000 kills with the weapon. (Helicopters shot down for the stinger.) Unlocks the silver weapon emblem.

    Veteran III: 2,500 kills with the weapon. (Helicopters shot down for the stinger.) Unlocks the silver prestige skulls title for the weapon.

    Master I: 250 headshots with the weapon. (Multi-kills with the launchers.) Unlocks the plain silver title with headshot icon for the weapon.

    Master II: 500 headshots with the weapon. (Multi-kills with the launchers.) Unlocks the gold weapon emblem.

    Master III: 1,000 headshots with the weapon. (Multi-kills with the lauchers.) Unlocks the gold prestige skulls title for the weapon.

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    Prestige Section - Killstreak Challenges

    The following challenges are for killstreaks. The strategy is easy; get the killstreaks and call them in. By now you should know how to use most of them, since you've gone through all 70 levels.

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    Look! No Hands! I, II, III, and IV - Kill 50, 250, 500, and 1,000 enemies with Sentry Guns. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 10,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the Look! No Hands! and The Automator titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Sentry Gun title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold Sentry Gun title and the CoD4 Prestige 2 emblem.

    Predator I, II, III, and IV - Kill 50, 250, 500, and 1,000 enemies with Predator Missiles. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 10,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the Predator and the Patriot titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Predator Missile title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold Predator Missile title and the CoD4 Prestige 3 emblem.

    Carpet Bomber I, II, III, and IV - Kill 50, 250, 500, and 1,000 enemies with Precision Airstrikes. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 10,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the Carpet Bomber and the Continental titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Precision Airstrike title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold Precision Airstrike title and the CoD4 Prestige 4 emblem.

    Predator Missile   You're Fired I, II, III, and IV - Kill 50, 250, 500, and 1,000 enemies with Harriers. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 10,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the Fired and the Exterminator titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Harrier Strike title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold Harrier Strike title and the CoD4 Prestige 5 emblem.

    Chopper Veteran I, II, III, and IV - Kill 50, 250, 500, and 1,000 enemies with Attack Helicopters. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 10,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the Direct Connect and Shot Over titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Attack Helicopter title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold Attack Helicopter title and the CoD4 Prestige 6 emblem.

    Jolly Green Giant I, II, III, and IV - Kill 50, 250, 500, and 1,000 enemies with Pave Lows. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 10,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the The Dragon and the Rising Sun titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Pave Low title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold Pave Low title and the CoD4 Prestige 7 emblem.

    The Spirit I, II, III, and IV - Kill 50, 250, 500, and 1,000 enemies with Stealth Bombers. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 10,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the Pyrotechnical and the 3xt4 cr1zby titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Stealth Bomber title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold Stealth Bomber title and the CoD4 Prestige 8 emblem.

    Cobra Commander I, II, III, and IV - Kill 50, 250, 500, and 1,000 enemies with Chopper Gunners. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 10,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the Sky Commander and the My Name Is... titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Chopper Gunner title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold Chopper Gunner title and the CoD4 Prestige 9 emblem.

    The Spectre I, II, III, and IV - Kill 50, 250, 500, and 1,000 enemies with AC-130s. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 10,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the Spectre and the Conqueror titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver AC130 title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold AC130 title and the CoD4 Prestige 10 emblem.

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    Prestige Section - Non-Killstreak Challenges

    The rest of these challenges involve more specific methods of killing players, but are not tied to any specific weapon or killstreak.

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    Heads Up! - Kill an enemy by dropping a crate on the. Worth 2,500 EXP and unlocks the Heads Up! title and the CoD4 Prestige 1 emblem. This is identical, but easier to get, than the game-winning killcam challenge Droppin' Crates, found here.

    Knife Veteran I, II, III, and IV - Kill 10, 50, 125, and 250 enemies with your Knife melee attack. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 10,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the The Inciser title. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Blade Veteran title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold Blademaster title and the Pepsi Knife Logo emblem.

    Last Stand Veteran I, II, III, and IV - Kill 5, 15, 50, and 100 enemies while on Last Stand (Not Final Stand). Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 10,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the Phoenix Rising and The Redeemer titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Stand Veteran title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold The Stand title and the Badger emblem.

    Stealth I, II, III, and IV - Kill 50, 250, 500, and 1,000 enemies with a silenced weapon. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 5,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the Suppressor and My Lil Pwny titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Silent Veteran title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold The Silent title and the Skull Mic emblem.Winter Camo Screenshot  

    Stun Veteran I, II, III, and IV - Kill 20, 75, 150, and 300 enemies who are dazed by stun grenades. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 5,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the Shock and Awe and Neutral titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Stunner Veteran title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold The Stunner title and the Silver Grenade emblem.

    Flashbang Veteran I, II, III, and IV - Kill 20, 75, 150, and 300 enemies who are dazed by flash grenades. Worth 2,500, 5,000, 10,000, and 5,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the The Flasher and Great White North titles. Challenge II unlocks the Silver Flash Veteran title. Challenge IV unlocks the Gold The Flash title and the Pirate Flag emblem.

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    Hidden Challenges

    These challenges are called "Hidden" because they don't appear on any in-game list of challenges. Some of them are common through regular play, and you may not even know you got them when you got them. Others are rare things you're unlikely to even think of to do. Some have titles, some have emblems, some have just EXP. Some are so rare we don't even know what they give.

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    6fears7 - Set your killstreak rewards to one that costs 7, one that costs 8, and one that costs 9, then earn them all. Worth 1,500 EXP and unlocks the 6fears7 title. This one is relatively easy to get in Ground War Domination, where people tend to storm points without caring about their lives.

    Click Click Boom - Kill an enemy with a C4 pack while in Last Stand. Worth 3,000 EXP and unlocks the Click Click Boom title and the crazy pig emblem. With Last Stand Pro you can throw your equipment while in Last Stand. Someone kills you from close range, you can throw your C4 pack and detonate it quickly to earn this challenge.

    Hard To Kill - Get 2 kills while in either Last or Final Stand. Worth 1,000 EXP and unlocks the Hard to Kill title. This one isn't too hard, if you're throwing yourself kamikaze into the enemy. If you're ambushed while camping, chances are you'll only have one opponent around to kill.

    Heroic - Capture a Domination point while in Last Stand. Worth 1,000 EXP. This one you obviously have to be playing domination or ground war domination to complete. You could try to kill yourself with a grenade to set yourself into Last Stand, or you could just capture points while running it and hope you die halfway through once.

    Hijacker I, II, and III - Steal 10, 50, and 200 enemy crates (care package, sentry gun, and emergency airdrop.) Worth 1,000, 3,000, and 5,000 EXP respectively. Challenge I unlocks the Hijacker title, Challenge II unlocks the Bounty Hunter title, and challenge III unlocks the treasure chest emblem.

    Infected - Be knifed by an enemy wearing the Infected title. Worth 1,000 EXP and unlocks the Infected title. This challenge is really fun. The title itself is viral, in that you can only get it from someone who has it.Missiles  

    Living Dead - Survive in Final Stand long enough to stand back up. Worth 1,000 EXP and unlocks the Living Dead title and the Final Stand emblem.

    Martyrdoh! - Kill an enemy who is cooking a grenade. Worth 1,000 EXP. Unlocks the No. Title.

    Martyr - Kill a player with a Martyrdom grenade. Worth 1,000 EXP and unlocks the Martyr title and the Martyrdom Emblem.

    Never Forget - Get hurt by an enemy and, while still flashing red from their damage, stab them in the back. Worth 3,500 EXP.

    Radiation Sickness - Get nuked by the enemy. Worth 1,000 EXP and unlocks the Toxic title.

    Sidekick - Get three kills with your secondary weapon in one life. Worth 1,000 EXP and unlocks the Sidekick title and pistol emblem.

    STD - Knife someone who has the STD title equipped in their callsign. Worth 1,000 EXP and unlocks the STD title.

    The Avenger - Avenge three teammates in one life. Unlocks the Avenger title and the Grigsby emblem.

    Renaissance Man - Kill 3 enemies with 3 different weapons in one life. Unlocks the army task force emblem.

    The Edge I, II, and III - Get 5, 10, and 20 game-winning killcams. Worth 1,000, 5,000, and 10,000 EXP respectively. Challenge III unlocks the skull and crossbones pirate emblem.

    The Loner - Get a 10 killstreak with no killstreaks equipped. Worth 2,500 EXP and unlocks the Behind Enemy Lines title and the Mario Price emblem. This challenge is one of the more sought-after hidden challenges. You cannot have any killstreaks equipped, meaning all checkboxes are cleared.

    Completely Numb - With Painkiller active, take enough damage that would normally kill you, and survive. Worth 1,000 EXP and unlocks the Completely Numb title and the painkiller emblem.

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    So you've read through all five articles, you've completed every challenge, hit prestige 10, and done everything. Yet there are still a few holes. There are titles that don't have challenges, and emblems too. What goes where? Well, read on, and find out. Straying from the usual format, this page will list the title or the emblem, and then how to get it.

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    Titles

    FNG - Have when you start

    S.S.D.D. - Reach level 2

    SGT. - Reach level 20

    1st. Sgt. - Reach level 30

    1st. Lt. - Reach level 40

    Maj. - Reach level 50

    Gen. - Reach level 60

    Commander - Reach level 70

    MW2 - Reach Prestige 2 Level 69

    Dish The Rock - Most assists in a game

    Cluster Bomb - Kill 5 enemies with a single airstrike

    Sarge - Reach Prestige 1 Level 25Grasses  

    Cold Steel - Kill 5 enemies with your knife.

    a Major Pain - Reach Prestige 1 Level 55

    High Command - Reach Prestige 1 Level 45

    30 Something - Reach Prestige 1 Level 35

    Kleptomaniac - Steal an enemy care package

    Schooled - Reach Prestige 1 Level 65

    All of the Nation Flags - Reach level 7 on your first play.

    The Specialist - Reach level 9.

    Emblems

    Dog Tags - Have when you start.

    A series of army rank emblems - Unlocked at levels 2, 4, 7, 10, 13, 16, 19, 22, 25, 28, 31, 34, 37, 40, 43, 46, 50, 54, 58, 62, 66, and 70.

    Bloody Hand - Obtain a 10 kill streak

    Modern Warfare 2 Prestige Rank emblems - Reach Prestige 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10, level 2, for that Prestige level's icon.

    Spinning Golden Skull Coin - No one quite knows for sure how to get this emblem just yet, so you can be assured that anyone who currently has it probably didn't get it legitimately. It is theorized that one must either complete every single challenge and unlock every other title and emblem first.