How to Prestige in Modern Warfare 2

Andrew Highton
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Modern Warfare 2 has reverted back to an old-school Prestige system, so let’s take a quick dive into how the Prestige system works, and how to change to a Prestige Emblem.

Long-time fans of the iconic FPS franchise will be pleased to see that Modern Warfare 2 has reverted back to the Prestige system of yesteryear, replacing the recent seasonal reset that players have come to expect.

The OG days of Call of Duty saw players reach a max rank before the game would present them with the option of prestiging and starting again from Level 1, but with unlocked weapons and Perks that had been made permanent.

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Modern Warfare 2 hasn’t completely embraced all of these ideas, but the majority of them have returned. So let’s go through the new Prestige system in Modern Warfare 2 and look at how it works.

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Modern Warfare 2 Prestige system explained

In Modern Warfare 2, once you reach Rank 56, the game will pop up to say that you’ve Prestiged, and you will officially enter Prestige Level 1, but you will retain your overall level.

This is known as Persistent Prestige and will allow players to carry over their rank from season to season, with the level cap increasing beyond Season 1.

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If you manage to Prestige, you will be rewarded with cool goodies such as a new Prestige Emblem, new challenges, and the chance to unlock a special Calling Card.

How to equip Prestige Emblems in MW2

As we mentioned above, hitting the sacred Prestige mark will earn you a new Prestige Emblem for you to equip in the game menus, and doing it is very straightforward.

Here’s how to select an unlocked Prestige Emblem:

  1. Boot up Modern Warfare 2.
  2. Head to the game’s online multiplayer screen.
  3. Scroll across to the Customize tab.
  4. Now select Emblem.
  5. On this page, you should see all the available Emblems that you have at your disposal.
  6. Select the Prestige 1 Emblem and it will now be your default Emblem.

That sums up everything to do with the Prestige system in Modern Warfare 2 and the concept of Persistent Prestige.

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