Modern Warfare 3 Gear-Based Perk System: Everything You Need to Know


Modern Warfare 3 Gear-Based Perk System: Everything You Need to Know

Dhruv Bhatnagar
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Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has completely transformed how Perks are used by introducing a Gear-based Perk system.
If you're wondering how the new Perk system works in MW3, here's everything you need to know.

The Call of Duty franchise is no stranger to innovations, and with the launch of Modern Warfare 3 (MW3), Perks have undergone drastic changes. Perks in MW3 can bolster your performance even further when loading into multiple game modes available in multiplayer. From faster aim-down sight speeds to increased exposed resistance, there are multiple benefits to utilize. 

In this article, we'll take a look at the Modern Warfare 3's Perk system and reveal everything you need to know about it.

Modern Warfare 3: How do Perks Work?

In Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, Perks are available through Gear. Each piece of Gear provides different functionality and attributes to the player's experience.

Each piece of Gear in the game is connected to a specific Perk. You can only include a limited amount of four Gear Pieces in a Loadout. Each Gear is categorized into tiers to make sure the system is balanced. You won't get immediate access to Perks if you're starting the game. Players need to unlock MW3 Perks by progressing through the game and completing multiple challenges.

Modern Warfare 3: What Perks Are Available?

Modern Warfare 3's Gear-based Perk system includes Vests, Gear, Gloves, and Boots. Equipping any of these gear categories will help players from the number bonuses they come with. Depending on a player’s playstyle, each bonus will offer different upgrades, which will help players in battles. 

Here's a complete list of all Perks available in Modern Warfare 3 –


  • Infantry - Increases Tactical Sprint Length

  • Demolition - Resupply Lethal and Tactical every 25 seconds.

  • Gunner - Increases Reload Speed and spawn with maximum ammo.

  • Engineer - Spot enemy’s equipment, Field Upgrades, and Killstreaks through walls. Faster Upgrade recharge.

  • CCT Comms Vest - Increases the duration enemies stay on the map and zooms the radar for you and your allies.

  • Overkill - Increases Weapon spawn speed and reloading while sprinting. 

Gunner Vest 


  • EOD Padding - Reduces all damage taken from non-killstreak explosives and fire.

  • Tac Mask - Reduces enemy flash, stun, and gas grenade strength. Grants increased immunity to EMP, shock, and snapshot grenades.

  • Mission Control Commlink - Reduces cost of killstreak by one kill and scorestreak cost by 125

  • Bone Conduction Headset - Increases footstep sounds and reduces combat noise.

  • L/R Detector - Warns players of hostile lasers and sources of radiation.

  • Ghost T/V Camo - Completely blocks detection from UAVs, heartbeat sensors, and enemy radar sources while moving.

  • Mag Holster - Improves Reload Speed.

  • Threat Identification System - While aiming-down sights, it will automatically ping enemy locations in crosshairs.

  • Data Jacker - Killed enemies will drop a smartphone, and collecting it will generate a radar ping from that location. 

  • Hijacked IFF Strobe - Thermal optics and AI Targeting systems will be unable to detect you.

  • Blacklight Flashlight - Shows you recent enemy footsteps.


  • Quick-Grip - Increases weapon swap speed.

  • Scavenger - Resupply ammo and throw knives from killed players.

  • Commando - Allows reloading while sprinting.

  • Marksman - Reduces sway and flinch while ADS.

  • Assault - Accuracy and time to ADS improved while jumping.

  • Ordnance - Allows throwing equipment farther and reset fuse timer on grenades thrown back.


  •  Lightweight - Increases movement and swim speed and reduces noise while swimming.

  • Climbing - Increases climbing and mantling speed and reduces fall damage.

  • Stalker - Increases ADS movement and strafe speed.

  • Tactical Pads - Improves slide distances and allows for full ADS while sliding. It also improves stance transition and crouch movement speed.

  • Covert Sneakers - Eliminates footstep sound.

  • Running Sneakers - Increases Tac Sprint duration and reduces refresh time.

It's important to note that equipping certain pieces will prevent duplicating the same effects that some pieces share. Although Perks rarely determine the outcome of a match, it's essential to have the right number of Perks, as they can amp up your chances of winning or just being alive long enough.

And that's everything you need to know about the Modern Warfare 3 Gear-Based Perk system. Be sure to follow us as we'll bring you the latest Modern Warfare 3 news and guides. 

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