All MW3 Ranked Play restricted weapons & bans

Luca Di Marzo
MW3 operators in battleActivision

MW3 Ranked Play in Season 2 gives players a chance to play Call of Duty like the pros, but there are loadout limitations. Here’s a list of all the restricted weapons and banned attachments, Perks, Equipment, and Killstreaks in Modern Warfare 3 Ranked Play.

Modern Warfare 3 Season 2 brought a refresh to the Ranked Play mode. The competitive mode allows fans of Call of Duty to play like the pros, but that also means following the CDL ruleset.

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As well as a change to maps and modes, you’ll also need to be aware of any restricted and banned weapons. This will get you ready to climb the MW3 Ranked Play Skill Divisions and earn rewards.

Here’s a full list of all of the banned weapons, attachments, Perks, Equipment, and Killstreaks that you won’t have access to when building your loadout in MW3 Season 2’s Ranked Play mode.

MW3 Ranked Play banned weapons

When creating your loadout in MW3 Ranked Play, certain weapons will be restricted based on the rules in the CDL. If you’re familiar with Ranked Play, you’ll know that Shotguns and LMGs are usually restricted, but check out the full list of restricted MW3 Ranked Play weapons below:

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  • All MW2 weapons
  • Assault Rifle
    • SVA-545
    • RAM-7
    • BP50
    • Holger 556
    • DG-58
    • FR 5.56
    • MTZ 556
  • SMG
    • HRM-9
    • RAM-9
  • Battle Rifle
    • All
  • Shotgun
    • All
  • Marksman Rifle
    • All
  • LMG
    • All
  • Sniper Rifle
    • All
  • Melee
    • Riot Shield
  • Pistol
    • WSP Stinger
    • COR-45
    • TYR
  • Launcher
    • All
MW3 Ranked Play players with Iridescent skinsActivision
MW3 Ranked Play arrived in Season 1 Reloaded.

While the Gutter Knife and Karambit have not been restricted despite being GA’d by pro players, the devs have implemented a nerf to Melee weapons as a response to player complaints. Melee weapons in Ranked Play require two hits to kill an enemy.

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A MW3 update on February 13 added all Snipers to the list of banned weapons in Ranked Play. Previously, players were able to access the XRK Stalker and KATT-AMR, but all Snipers are now restricted as of Season 2.

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In addition to the list of MW3 weapons above, keep in mind that all MW2 weapons are restricted in Ranked Play despite being available in the latest title.

Modern Warfare 3 Ranked Play restricted attachments

The CDL rules also dictate which attachments players can equip in MW3 Ranked Play. While most are fair game, the following attachments are restricted in Modern Warfare 3 Ranked Play:

  • Muzzle
    • All Suppressors
    • All Melee Damage Muzzles
    • JAK BFB
    • JAK Bullseye
  • Barrel
    • All Silencers
  • Lasers
    • All
  • Optics
    • All Thermal
    • All Night Vision
  • Ammunition
    • All
  • Underbarrel
    • All Launcher and Shotgun Underbarrels
  • Trigger Action
    • All Fire Rate Triggers
  • Grip
    • All Akimbo Grips
  • Aftermarket Parts
    • All
  • MW2 attachments
    • All

MW3 Ranked Play Equipment, Perk & Killstreak restrictions

MW3 Ranked Play players on TerminalActivision
Ranked Play uses the same maps, modes, and rules as the CDL.

With the revamped system in place, there are plenty of Perks to choose from in MW3, but not all of them are available in Ranked Play. The same goes for Equipment and Killstreaks when building your loadout, so here’s a list of all the restricted items:

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  • Lethal
    • Proximity Mine
    • Molotov Cocktail
    • C4
    • Claymore
    • Thermite
    • Throwing Knife
    • Drill Charge
    • Thermobaric Grenade
    • Throwing Star
    • Breacher Drone
  • Tactical
    • Shock Stick
    • Decoy Grenade
    • Stim
    • Snapshot Grenade
    • Tear Gas
    • Flash Grenade
    • EMD Grenade
    • Battle Rage
    • Scatter Mine
    • Smoke Grenade (Hardpoint & Control only)
  • Field Upgrade
    • Tactical Camera
    • Inflatable Decoy
    • DDOS
    • Deployable Cover
    • Munitions Box
    • Loadout Drop
    • Portable Radar
    • Tactical Insertion
    • Recon Drone
    • Smoke Airdrop
    • Suppression Mine
    • Anti-Armor Rounds
    • Heartbeat Sensor
    • Comm Scrambler
    • Med Box
    • A.C.S
  • Boots
    • Tactical Pads
  • Vests
    • Engineer Vest
    • Demolition Vest
    • CCT Comms Vest
    • Overkill Vest
    • Gunner Vest
    • Ninja Vest
  • Gloves
    • Scavenger Gloves
  • Gear
    • Control Comlink
    • Bone Conduction
    • Blacklight Flashlight
    • L/R Detector
    • Threat Identification System
    • Data Jacker
    • Signal Jammer
    • Hijacked IFF Strobe
    • Ghost T/V Camo
  • Streaks
    • UAV
    • Mosquito Drone
    • Sam Turret
    • Bomb Drone
    • Care Package
    • Guardian-SC
    • Counter UAV
    • Cluster Mine
    • Precision Airstrike
    • SAE
    • Mortar Strike
    • Overwatch Helo
    • Juggernaut Recon
    • Wheelson-HS
    • VTOL Jet
    • Emergency Airdrop
    • Advanced UAV
    • Chopper Gunner
    • Gunship
    • Carpet Bomb
    • Remote Turret
    • SAE

As new weapons are added to the game in each season, we’ll be sure to keep this list updated with any additional bans and restrictions.

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About The Author

Luca is a Senior Writer at CharlieIntel. An accomplished, writer with interests in sports and gaming alike, Luca is focused on Call of Duty and FIFA as a content creator. After earning his BA in English Literature at Concordia University, he began writing for Gamelevate, OddsShark, and H4X. Luca joined CharlieIntel in 2021. You can reach Luca at [email protected], or via his Twitter @TheLucaDiMarzo.