Call of Duty Modern Warfare Best Killstreaks

With Call of Duty Modern Warfare just around the corner, we think it was time to talk about one of the key features of the franchise: Killstreaks. For the uninitiated, killstreaks are rewards given to players who are able to get a certain number of kills uninterrupted (meaning you weren’t killed yourself). These rewards can be what give you the edge in a battle and that is why we are going to talk about the best killstreaks in Call of Duty Modern Warfare in this guide.

Modern Warfare Best Killstreaks

The Killstreak is part of your class setup – you can set three Killstreaks, meaning that you only have access to 3 (of your choosing). Seeing as each Killstreak requires a unique number of kills to actually attain, you have to wisely choose which one would work for you best.

If you’re confident in your abilities and think that you can get a large number of kills and unlock the high-level Killstreak, then equip it; but if you’re not so confident then it’s better to set up Killstreaks that require a smaller number of kills.

Regardless, this guide will help you give an idea of the best Killstreaks in the game. This list is based on the actual requirement to attain it, the way the ability actually assists you, and how much of a boost it gives to your chances of victory. However, before getting to the best Killstreaks, we will first go over all the Killstreaks available in the game – this includes the number of kills needed.

Personal Radar

  • 3 Kills.
  • Unlocked at Level 5.
  • Escort Drone that enables the radar for the owner, and pings nearby enemies.

Counter UAV

  • 4 Kills.
  • Unlocked at Level 22.
  • A drone that constantly emits a scrambling signal, disabling enemy mini-maps and incrementally disrupting their senses the closer they get to it.


  • 4 Kills.
  • Unlocked by default.
  • UAV recon ship that enables the minimap for all allies, and reveals enemy locations.

Care Package

  • 4 Kills.
  • Call in a random killstreak care package to your location.

Cluster Strike

  • 5 Kills.
  • Signal for a number of cluster mortars to hit the chosen target.

Cruise Missile

  • 6 Kills.
  • Unlocked by default.
  • Control a long-range cruise missile with boost capabilities.

Precision Airstrike

  • 5 Kills.
  • Unlocked at Level 15.
  • Call in twin jets for a precision strike along the best available path.


  • 7 Kills.
  • Unlocked at Level 23.
  • Remote-controlled UGV with a powerful airburst turret.

Infantry Assault Vehicle

  • 7 Kills.
  • A manned light infantry vehicle with a .50 cal machine gun on top.

Emergency Airdrop

  • 8 Kills.
  • Call in 3 random killstreak care packages to your location.


  • 8 Kills.
  • Unlocked at Level 20.
  • Releases an initial missile barrage before guarding the location of the player’s choice.

Chopper Gunner

  • 10 Kills.
  • Control an assault chopper armed with a turret and air to land missiles.

White Phosphorous

  • 10 Kills.
  • Unlocked at Level 27.
  • Cover the battlefield with white smoke incendiary canisters that will weaken the enemy, and burn any that wander too close.

Support Helo

  • 11 Kills.
  • Unlocked at Level 11.
  • Call in a heavy assault helo with twin turrets to patrol the map.


  • 12 Kills.
  • Unlocked at Level 29.
  • A heavy assault gunship with three types of armaments.

Advanced UAV

  • 12 Kills.
  • Orbital UAV that reveals the enemy’s direction on the mini-map.


  • 15 Kills.
  • Unlocked at Level 30.
  • Call in a care package that contains the Juggernaut assault gear. The minigun will drop when the Juggernaut dies.


  • 30 Kills.
  • A game-ending Nuke.

Those are the 18 Killstreaks available to you, and as I said earlier, you can equip 3 for your class setup.

Something to note: Once you’ve attained a killstreak in battle, you can activate it even after you’ve died and respawned; it carrier over even after you’ve died. So don’t get fidgety or impatient, you have access to it no matter what.

Now that you’re aware of every Killstreak available to you, let’s get down to business and talk about what we consider to be the best in Call of Duty!

Personal Radar

  • The Killstreak requiring number of kills, is the perfect device for practically anyone. By knowing exactly where you enemies are, you can either mount a defense or set up an offensive tactic. Either way, this easy to acquire killstreak makes it easy to know just where you, in relation to all your enemies, stand in the battlefield.

Care Package

  • The care package is almost like a loot box, you’re not exactly sure on what you’re gonna get but you can rest assured that it will be something worthwhile – it could even be a high-tier killstreak ability. Yes, this killstreak (requiring 4 Kills) can actually get you an ability that would otherwise take far more to attain. Even though it’s a bit of a gamble, the high risk/reward gambit leans more towards the latter than the former.


  • Now this one’s a bit more difficult to attain, so it’s only recommended for veteran players who are confident in their abilities. But for those who think themselves lucky, this killstreak has the power to wipe out entire squadrons. If you’re enemies happen to be close to one another, one hit from the Gunship could potentially wipe all of them out. And the best part is that a Gunship cannot be taken down by anything short of a few hits from the PILA launcher.

Infantry Assault Vehicle

  • This one has the benefit of assisting you and your team. Despite the fact that its own mounted weapon isn’t necessarily something to boast about, it has the added benefit of providing transportation and shelter to your teammates, and having enough fortitude to stand tall even after being hit multiple times. It’s the perfect item that’ll keep you and your team safe while having enough fire power to make your enemies take cover or run away. It also only takes 7 kills to attain, so there’s that.


  • Requiring the same number of kills as the Infantry Assault Vehicle, it differs in that it cannot carry any team members (is totally unmanned) and fires air turrets. This is the Killstreak recommended for snipers. Essentially, you can snipe from a distance and call Wheelson as your man on the ground; covering both close and long range combat, this is the perfect Killstreak for a sniper main.

And that’s that! Out of the 18 available killstreaks, these are, in our opinion, the 5 Killstreaks most any player would find useful. Of course, the Juggernaut has the potential to absolutely obliterate all opposition but requires a staggering 15 kills to attain, so it may be a bit too much for most players. Give these a whirl and find out for yourself if these are truly the best.