The MW2 Spec Ops mode allows players to undertake challenging missions alone or with a friend while playing as any one of the three Kits: Assault, Medic, and Recon.

Each Kit can be leveled up, with multiple Tiers that when unlocked will offer significant bonuses and upgrades. Of course, you’ll need to level them up first, and fortunately, we’re here to tell you how.

But before jumping in, you should probably try out one of the Spec Ops missions to get a feel of things. Why not check out our walkthrough for Low Profile and get all three stars?

How to Level Up Your Spec Ops Kits in MW2

To level up your Spec Ops Kits in MW2, you will need to collect Stars during Spec Ops missions while using the Spec Ops Kit you want to level up.

Each Tier of a Spec Ops Kit requires a certain number of stars, and the maximum number of stars you can get from a Spec Ops mission is three. You can also earn stars by completing Daily Challenges.

Each mission requires you to complete a unique set of objectives to acquire three stars. So, it’s definitely worth checking out how to get three stars on all Spec Ops missions first.

the assault Spec Ops Kit in MW2

Infinity Ward has recommended that players be Tier 5 on at least one Kit before entering the upcoming raids. You’ll need to start grinding those Spec Ops missions now so you’ll stand a chance.

Every Tier in MW2 Spec Ops Kits


  • Tier 1
    • You can use 3 plates in your Plate Carrier instead of 2
    • Unlocks Armor Box Field Upgrade: provide armor plates to your team every 2 minutes
  • Tier 3
    • Unlocks Assault Suit: Once per mission, get full armor plates plus 60% extra health
  • Tier 5
    • Use grenades and equipment faster
    • Reload and switch weapons faster
  • Tier 7
    • Max armor inventory increased from 3 extra plates to 5
  • Tier 10
    • Begin missions with 2 Stims in your backpack

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  • Tier 1
    • Revive teammates twice as fast
    • Unlocks Revive Pistol Field Upgrade: instant ranged revive every 60 seconds
  • Tier 3
    • Begin mission with a Self-Revive
  • Tier 5
    • Unlocks Bomb Drone: once per mission, seek out and kill enemies with a deadly explosive
  • Tier 7
    • Tactical Sprint for twice as long
    • Move 30% faster while crouched
  • Tier 10
    • Begin missions with Claymores in your backpack
    • Begin missions with AT mines in your backpack
the medic Spec Ops kit in MW2


  • Tier 1
    • Unlocks Snapshot Pulse Field Upgrade: throw to highlight nearby enemies every 60 seconds
  • Tier 3
    • Begin missions with a Sentry Gun Killstreak
    • Begin missions with a Cluster Mine Killstreak
  • Tier 5
    • Recharge Lethal and Tactical equipment every 60 seconds
  • Tier 7
    • Carry 1 extra Lethal and one extra Tactical grenade
  • Tier 10
    • Begin missions with a Heartbeat Sensor in your backpack
    • Begin missions with a Spotter Scope in your backpack

How to Unlock Medic & Recon Spec Ops Kits in MW2

To unlock the Medic and Recon Spec Ops Kits in MW2, you will need to first collect a certain amount of stars from within a Spec Ops mission. The amount of stars you need for each Kit is as follows:

  • Medic – 1 Star
  • Recon – 3 Stars
the recon spec ops kit in mw2

You can unlock both kits by completing just one Spec Ops mission, so long as you complete the necessary objectives to receive all three stars.

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