With so many items to get through the MW3 Armory Unlocks system, it can be difficult to choose what to unlock first. That’s why we’ve got a list of the best items you need to get for your custom loadouts!

Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 has introduced a new system to unlock weapons, equipment, killstreaks, and more in any order you want. Once you reach rank 25, you can gain new loadout items through Armory Unlcoks by completing a certain amount of Daily Challenges.

But which of the 58 Armory Unlock Items should you unlock first?

Don’t Waste Your Armory Unlocks on Weapons & Equipment

Before we get into what you should use Armory Unlocks to get in MW3, we need to issue a warning – don’t waste your time unlocking weapons and equipment with Armory Unlocks.

While it may seem like a good idea, it is actually a waste of time and effort. This is because you can easily get weapons and equipment by exfiling with them in the Zombies mode.

Find out more details about the fastest way to unlock weapons in MW3 here!

MW3 Gun Armory

Top 10 Best Armory Unlocks

The top 10 best Armory Unlocks you should get first in Modern Warfare 3 are:

  1. XRK IP-V2 Conversion Kit
  2. DDoS
  3. Hijacked IFF Strobe
  4. Marksman Gloves
  5. Mortar Strike
  6. Advanced UAV
  7. Trophy System
  8. Ghost T/V Camo
  9. VTOL Jet
  10. Covert Sneakers

All of these items are very powerful in Multiplayer, and you should get a lot of use from each of them!

Below, we’ve got a brief rundown of what each of these items does in MW3 Multiplayer, so you can decide which one you want to get with Armory Unlocks first!

10. XRK IP-V2 Conversion Kit

While it is certainly not essential, the XRK IP-V2 Conversion Kit is a great item to get with Armory Unlocks. It changes the COR-45 pistol into a Carbine, allowing you to have a secondary weapon that can compete with SMGs!

XRK IP-V2 Conversion Kit MW3

9. DDoS

The DDoS isn’t the most powerful Field Upgrade in MW3, but spamming it can help you earn Weapon XP very quickly. This makes it worth unlocking, just so you can level up weapons faster!

DDos MW3

8. Hijacked IFF Strobe

The Hijacked IFF Strobe is a very handy piece of Gear to have in your arsenal, and is certainly worth unlocking. It stops all enemy AI targeting systems from spotting you, keeping you safe from Killstreaks like Sentry guns, while also preventing you from being highlighted by thermal optics.

Hijacked IFF Strobe MW3

7. Marksman Gloves

The Marksman Gloves are a must-have for players who want to run a sniper class as they reduce sway and flinch while ADS. Definitely get this via Armory Unlocks if you want to use a sniper rifle in MW3!

Marksman Gloves MW3

6. Mortar Strike

The Mortar Strike is a great Killstreak, especially for modes that revolve around capture points like Domination and Hardpoint. You need to get 7 kills to call one in, so it is also attainable for most players.

Mortar Strike MW3

5. Advanced UAV

The Advanced UAV is a very powerful killstreak that not only reveals the exact location of enemies, but also what direction they are facing. If you think you can get 12 kills without dying, make sure to unlock this!

Advanced UAV MW3

4. Trophy System

The Trophy system is the best Field Upgrade to get with Armory Unlocks. It is especially handy for Hardpoint and Domination as it destroys equipment and projectiles, letting you hold a capture point more easily.

Trophy System MW3

3. Ghost T/V Camo

The Ghost T/V Camo is a very powerful Gear that stops UAVs, Radar and Heartbeat Sensors from pinging you on enemy minimaps. This makes it extremely useful for almost every game and, therefore, something you should use Armory Unlocks to get as soon as possible.

Ghost TV Camo MW3

2. VTOL Jet

The VTOL Jet is a deadly killstreak and attainable reasonably often for most players, as it requires 7 kills to get. This makes it a must-unlock!


1. Covert Sneakers

The item you’ll want to unlock first using your Armory Unlocks is the Covert Sneakers. These are extremely powerful Boots that entirely eliminate your footstep sounds, letting you sneak up on enemies!

Covert Sneakers MW3

Now that you know the best Armory Unlocks in MW3, what are you waiting for? Hop into a game and start grinding some Daily Challenges!

Senior Staff Writer
Django grew up with a PlayStation controller in his hands and loves all kinds of games, from Football Manager to Yakuza.
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