Types of XP
After completing a Warzone match, take note of the Match Summary that details what you unlocked during your session. It also contains what XP – or in-game experience – you earned.
XP is split into two types: Weapon XP and regular XP:
Weapon XP: This is how you level up your Primary and Secondary Weapons while using them.
Regular XP (simply “XP”): This is how you level up your account to unlock new weapons for your Loadouts or Loadout Drops and other items that can be used within Warzone and the full version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
During a Warzone match after completing a certain action, such as killing an enemy, completing a Contract, or depositing Cash in Plunder mode, you may see a pop-up for a specific number of XP gained.
Earning XP: In-Game Actions
In-game Actions: This is the most obvious way of earning XP; the in-game actions that reward XP. These on-screen prompts at the time you complete an action even show you how much XP you earned from the task. This isn’t the only method of gaining XP, however. Here are the other two ways:
Match Bonus – After finishing a Warzone match regardless of placement, your squad earns some XP as a match bonus. The better your placement, the more XP in your match bonus. This bonus is then applied after the match concludes as part of your After Action Report.
Earning XP: Missions and Challenges
Missions & Challenges – This is your main source of serious gains for XP. Challenges and Missions can be found in the Barracks section of your Warzone menu, where it shows how much XP you’re able to earn upon completing tasks along with any other rewards that can come with it. There are the four types of Missions & Challenges you’ll find in this section of the Barracks.
Missions: These are objective sets that can be completed across all three game modes (Multiplayer, Warzone, and Special Ops), with some objectives taking place exclusively within Multiplayer or Special Ops. Each objective within a Mission set has an XP reward, and sometimes another cosmetic or weapon blueprint reward. Missions are manually activated (“marked” in the menu) first and are completed one at a time.
Example objectives include completing a Public Match, getting five kills with Equipment with Azur as your Allegiance Operator, and getting five wins in Gunfight mode.
Warzone Missions: Objective sets that are exclusive to Warzone. These are like ordinary Missions – they have to be activated manually (or “marked” in the menu) first and reward XP and other items – and involve objectives that only take place in Warzone.
Example objectives include opening 10 Supply Boxes, starting Contracts at a specific location, or placing within the Top percentage of teams in a match.
Daily Challenges: These are short single objectives that can be completed in Multiplayer and Warzone, as denoted by their label. Unlike Missions, Daily Challenges can be completed without activation. The XP (and even items) rewards granted after completion are only available within a 24-hour period that resets every day at 10 a.m. Pacific Time.
Example Daily Challenges include getting 20 kills with Light Machine Guns, winning a Search & Destroy match in Multiplayer, and getting a kill before the first circle collapses in Warzone.
Weekly Challenges – Think of these as the Daily Challenge’s older sibling: these are a set of objectives that are released every week and are supposed to take longer to finish but have greater rewards upon completion.
Example Weekly Challenges include getting a high number of kills with a Molotov Cocktail, getting multiple wins using a specific Operator, or completing numerous Contracts of a certain type.
Game Elements Related to XP
Weapon Camo Challenges
Each weapon that can be equipped in a Loadout comes with a set of Weapon Camo Challenges, which unlock as you gain levels with that weapon.
Head to the Gunsmith Menu, tab over to the Customize section, and select Camouflage to see what camos you can equip – including those you get in the Store – and what you can unlock. There are a ten basic styles of camo, each with ten different color variants, and each style requires a different challenge to be completed, with more color variants unlocked when challenge totals increase to a specific amount.
Example Weapon Camo Challenges could include getting a certain number of kills while mounted with a weapon or shooting down a number of vehicles with a launcher.
Basic Camo: The ten basic camo styles are Spray Paint, Woodland, Digital, Dragon, Splinter, Topo, Tiger, Stripes, Reptile, and Skulls. They are unlocked via a wide variety of challenges, each specific to the weapon type.
Gold Camo: Collecting every unlockable camo for a weapon grants you a Gold camo for it.
Platinum Camo: Collecting every unlockable camo for every base weapon (not including new weapons released during Seasons) for a specific weapon type – e.g. Shotguns – unlocks the Platinum camo for all weapons of that type. Worth showing off!
Damascus Camo: Completing every single weapon challenge with all base weapons unlocks the Damascus camo, a sign of completionist status and a camo well worth showing off!
Like camo challenges, the various Reticles – what appears within an Optic or in the Default Sniper Scope – also have their own set of challenges. This allows you to add even more flair to a weapon, or give you range-finding options that may be more comfortable to you.
Reticle challenges have similar objectives to camo challenges – e.g. getting a number of kills while mounted or killing three enemies without dying a number of times – but can be done across a variety of weapons as long as the relevant Optic or Scope is utilized.
In other words, no matter what weapon you use, a reticle challenge will count towards that reticle type so long as you are using it on that weapon. Try collecting them all as you journey towards Damascus camo!
Battle Pass Tiers and Seasons: XP also plays a role in Battle Pass Tier progression. While the system is also related to the amount of time you play, completing actions that would earn XP – i.e. kills and contracts – will factor into a faster Tier earning rate.
Given that Seasons last for only a few weeks, meaning that there is limited time to earn all Battle Pass Tiers, every bit of XP counts towards progression.
All the XP you earn goes towards increasing your Rank, which defines your experience level within Warzone and by extension, the full version of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.
Yes, your overall progression and rank are transferrable between the Warzone experience and Modern Warfare. If you decide to upgrade – or try Warzone as a Modern Warfare owner already – your progression is kept (and always combined) between these two experiences, just like how progression is shared between Multiplayer and Special Ops in Modern Warfare.
The amount of XP needed to increase your rank is a fixed number that can be seen either on the Rank Progression screen or in a After Action Report after you finish a match.
Ranks are split into a two-stage progression system:
Enlisted Ranks: These are fixed, and take an Operator through Ranks 1-55, unlocking all base game items along the way. Your Enlisted Rank never resets.
Officer Ranks: These are seasonal and take you from Rank 56 to the Max Rank (155). Officer Ranks reset at the end of each Season and offer additional rewards through Officer Challenges.
Whether you start the journey to Max Rank in Warzone or Modern Warfare, you must first go through the Enlisted Ranks and start as Private (Rank 1). At this rank, you have a limited choice of Default Loadouts. Ranking up two more times unlocks the full suite of Default Loadouts.
Most likely, you’ll knock these first few ranks out within a Tutorial or in a Warzone match.
Reaching Enlisted Rank: Private (Rank 4) gives you the ability to create your own custom Loadouts. As you continue to gain XP and advance up the Enlisted Ranks to the end of this initial progression path – Command Sergeant Major V at Rank 55 – you’ll unlock new weapons, equipment, and perks for your Loadouts, as well as Field Upgrades and Killstreaks in the full game.
For example: reaching Rank 11 will grant you access to the HDR Sniper Rifle and the High Alert Perk for your Loadouts, while at Rank 55, you gain access to the Juggernaut Killstreak and the Weapon Drop Field Upgrade in the full game.
From season to season, a player’s Enlisted Ranks of 1-55 are never reset and they will never have their functional items re-locked.
After completing Rank 55 of the Enlisted Ranks, you are promoted to the Officer Rank progression track.
This Seasonal ranking system includes rewards such as weapon blueprints – one at the start of the progression track and one at the end – as well as Officer Challenges. Each time you level up within the Officer Ranks – from Rank 56 to Max Rank (above Rank 155) - you unlock a special Officer Challenge. Similar to Daily Challenges, these objectives are done without being activated and reward plenty of XP upon completion. In addition, you are granted a special Seasonal Ribbon.
Earning 10 ribbons gives you a special Season Emblem, with each additional 10 ribbons evolving that emblem. Collecting all 100 ribbons unlocks an animated emblem, which serves as proof of getting the ultimate achievement for that season. You can pick any of these unlocked Emblems and display one next to your Calling Card.
At the end of a season, your Officer Rank will reset back to Rank 55, but your progress will be memorialized on the Rank Progression screen in the Barracks. Here, you can see the ranks you earned for each season, as well as your Career Level – a total rank that’s calculated by your Enlisted Rank (55) and every Officer Rank you achieved in every season.
Naturally, gaining XP quickly boils down to playing Warzone, staying in Warzone matches long enough to qualify for the match bonus, and completing as many Challenges and Missions as possible.
Grouping together Challenges and Missions – e.g. going for a Daily Challenge involving revives while also activating a Mission with a revive-based objective – can be the most efficient way to maximize XP earning potential, as you may be able to knock out multiple objectives while performing roughly the same task.
Example: Stacking Missions and Challenges
Molotov Madness: Let’s say you are a master of the Molotov Cocktail, and there is a Daily Challenge that involves getting three kills with it for (hypothetically) 2,000 XP. It’s also Week 1 of the Season, which means there is Weekly Challenge to get seven Molotov Cocktail kills with a reward of 7,000 XP.
That’s already a lot of XP… But if you are far ahead in your Missions – specifically the one called “Well Equipped” – you may notice this specific part of the multi-stage mission gives you yet another Molotov-related objective: To get 25 Molotov Kills that rewards another 3,000 XP.
Plus, a Warzone Mission wants you to kill three downed enemies, and the way a Molotov spreads fire on the ground basically spells trouble for those who can’t move quickly.
And we’re not done yet – in this dream scenario, you also have two Officer Challenges to complete: Snack Attack, which rewards 3,000 XP for killing two or more enemies with a single piece of lethal equipment three times, and Sticky Bomber, which is another 3,000 XP challenge for sticking two enemies with a lethal grenade, a category that includes Molotovs.
Let’s recap: Because certain Missions and Challenges are “stackable”, as long as they are active (and tagged manually if required) at the same time, you can complete them all at once!
In total, that theoretical grouping of objectives would reward you over 15,000 XP, not including the normal XP you’d earn from getting Molotov Cocktail kills. Plus, if you have a Double XP token active, that would be boosted up to 30,000 XP, a serious amount that could take you up a full rank!
While stacking objectives is a great way to get XP, one of the biggest XP boosts that some players miss out on is the Match Bonus. If you forfeit a Warzone match by quitting the game when any of your squad members are alive, you will lose out on your Match Bonus XP. Fortunately, the game will warn you that you’ll lose this bonus if you try to back out in a situation where you would forfeit it.
In summary, the Warzone Operators who level up the fastest, finish their matches, combine challenges and mission objectives together while playing, and even dip their toes into Multiplayer and Special Ops to get every single opportunity at earning XP.