Modern Warfare 2 Tactical Nuke: How to Get it Easy and Fast

Modern Warfare 2 Tactical Nuke: How to Get it Easy and Fast
Page content

Introduction - Modern Warfare 2 Tactical Nuke

The Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Tactical Nuke is the ultimate Killstreak Reward. Once you reach 25 kills in a single life (24 with the Hardline Perk equipped), you have the ability to bring instant death and destruction to everyone alike on the map. It is the last word in Game Over. Of course, obtaining the 25 kills necessary to get the Tactical Nuke in Modern Warfare 2 is the hard part, but this guide will show you the best maps and game-modes in which to attempt to go for the ultimate prize, and which weapons, Perks and Killstreak Rewards to equip to get there as rapidly as possible. Want to become the multiplayer equivalent of Death, Destroyer of Worlds? Follow me as we delve into the toxic world of the Modern Warfare 2 Tactical Nuke, and show you the best Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 tips and tricks to obtain one.

Best Maps and Game-Modes for the Tactical Nuke in Modern Warfare 2

To boost your chances of unleashing armageddon with the Tactical Nuke, the three things you need are wide-open space, plenty of opponents and time. Maps such as Afghan and Wasteland are the perfect breeding ground for nukes, due to their large spaces and open-air spawning areas. In terms of game-modes, always go for Ground War, as this ups the number of potential victims available for your Killstreak at any one time. The Deathmatch games in Ground War may still be a little short for your needs, so look for games of Domination and Sabotage which tend to last significantly longer, giving you the leeway you need to really start to rack up the kills. Domination also encourages the opposition out into the unprotected open, which is right where you want them.

Best Custom Class for Getting the Tactical Nuke

Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Map Wasteland

In setting up a Custom Class designed to give you the maximum chance of obtaining the Modern Warfare 2 Tactical Nuke fast, there are a few things to keep in mind. You want a combination of an accurate and lethal primary weapon, a secondary weapon that is as close to a one-shot kill as you can get for when situations get tight, as well as the ability to trigger kills remotely. You also want Perks that combine to make you a quick and efficient killing machine - even ammo is too precious to waste on your mission to singlehandedly rain fire down upon all around you.

Here is my suggestion for a strong, Nuke-orientated Custom Class:


Primary Weapon: The ACR is a great all-rounder, especially when combined with the Perks below. Equip a Holographic Sight.

Secondary Weapon: Akimbo Shotguns. They’re not to everyone’s taste, but they are lethal for taking out unsuspecting enemies with one shot.

Equipment: Clever use and placement of Claymores can add significantly to your ongoing Killstreak as well as keep you protected while you’re operating your Killstreak Rewards.


Perk 1: Sleight of Hand Pro will not only give you faster reloading but speed up your aiming - vital for the early stages of your Killstreak.

Perk 2: Stopping Power Pro means that you can drop your opponents with the minimum expenditure of time and ammo, and combines well with the ACR.

Perk 3: There are a few choices for this Perk. Some prefer Steady Aim for maximum accuracy, while claymore experts swear by Ninja Pro. Ultimately, go with whatever you are happiest with in this slot.

Best Killstreak Rewards for the Modern Warfare 2 Tactical Nuke

Modern Warfare 2 Chopper Gunner

If you’re going to reach that Holy Grail of nuclear power in Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer, you’re probably not going to get there through direct kills. The two Killstreak Rewards you select before Tactical Nuke are your ladder to that 25 kill mark. You want Killstreak Rewards that give you the maximum bang for your buck, especially if you’re engineering a Killstreak on the open areas of Wasteland or Afghan. For that reason my recommendation is to select the Harrier Strike as your first Reward, followed by the Chopper Gunner. On maps such as Wasteland, the Harrier Strike gives you two bites of the cherry: a bombing run on the enemy spawnpoint, as well as then an airborne ally picking off individual enemies dotted around the map. Stay alive during this period and the Harrier Strike is almost certain to get you to the four kills you require to open up your second Reward, but make sure you don’t call it in until the Harrier has flown off or been destroyed - you want to chain the two Killstreak Rewards together, not have them competing over victims. Use this time to find one of the safe secret spots on the Modern Warfare 2 maps, and deploy a barrier of claymores to protect you while you’re controlling the Gunner position in the Chopper. Once the Harrier is gone, unleash the helicopter. The Chopper Gunner’s rapid firing and reloading as well as its longer deployment time mean that it is a more effective route to the 25 kill mark than the AC-130 that some swear by. Yes, it is more vulnerable to missile fire, but you should be confident on Afghan and Wasteland of taking out clumps of enemies, especially around the spawn points before anyone gets into the position to take you down. Hopefully, you should now have obtained the 14 kills you required to bring the Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 Tactical Nuke into your armory. Now what are you waiting for? Blow the place sky high!

Conclusion - How to Get the Tactical Nuke in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 Tactical Nuke

There’s no use pretending that getting the Modern Warfare 2 Tactical Nuke in a multiplayer game doesn’t take some basic skills - you have to use your Custom Class well to get to the 7 kill mark initially to start your Killstreak Reward chain, and then ensure you remain alive long enough to fully benefit from the Harrier and the Chopper Gunner. With the advice in this guide to the Tactical Nuke in Modern Warfare 2 (and some practise), the ultimate multiplayer weapon should soon be within grasp.

This post is part of the series: Modern Warfare 2 Weapons

Your guide to the weapons of Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2.

  1. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 Weapon Guide
  2. Modern Warfare 2 Tactical Nuke: How to Get it Fast