Swimming is a brand-new mechanic to MW2 and Warzone 2.0 – here is everything you need to know about it.

One of the biggest additions to Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0 is the ability to swim. Not only does it make movement in those games more dynamic, but it allows for a whole new type of map design.

Fortunately, while swimming is a core component of the games, it is really easy to do. Let’s just say you won’t need to be an Olympic swimmer to make the most out of this new mechanic.

While fans have been critical of Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2, it’s hard to fault the introduction of swimming.

How to Swim in Modern Warfare 2 & Warzone 2

In order to swim in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0, you simply need to head into the water. By running, walking, or even diving into any body of water in either of these games, you’ll start swimming.

To dive into the water, you’ll need to find water deep enough and then simply sprint and look down at it. You can toggle this in your settings to allow you to dive without needing to sprint.

a group of soldiers swimming through a water-filled tunnel underground

You can also alter your stance while underwater, meaning you can switch to a crouching position or even prone while swimming.

Can You Shoot While Under Water?

Aquatic combat in MW2 and Warzone 2.0 is absolutely a thing, meaning you can shoot while underwater. However, there is a catch.

While underwater, you’ll only be able to use your sidearm and certain equipment, so it is worth considering what you’re taking into battle with you. If you prefer to stick to the waters, then bring equipment and weapons that work well in those conditions.

a hand holding a pistol under murky water while another soldier dives down to meet them

Water in MW2 and Warzone 2.0 also behaves realistically, and will greatly affect your aim and projectiles. You’ll have to be careful trying to take someone out from beneath the murky water, as it could throw your aim off and result in a missed shot.

Tips For Swimming in MW2 & Warzone 2.0

There are a few tips worth keeping in mind while swimming in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0:

  • You run out of air while underwater, so be careful
  • You can use water to covertly get around
  • Certain caches may be found underwater
  • Vehicles can be driven into the water

If you do want to stay underwater for a long time, it is possible, but you’ll likely start taking damage. The moment your air runs out, you’ll begin to lose health and will eventually drown, so be especially careful while swimming.

Moving underwater is a great way to escape from incoming fire, as well as for getting around covertly. The deeper you go, the darker it gets, which might make it harder to see your surroundings, but it also makes it harder to spot you from above.

Of course, if you’re going to be doing a lot of swimming, why not check out which of the new multiplayer maps in MW2 have water in them?

Also, explore the brand-new MW2 Gunsmith system to help you choose which guns to bring with you underwater.

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