How to Level Up Quickly in Black Ops 2: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

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How to Level Up Quickly in Black Ops 2: 14 Steps (with Pictures)
How to Level Up Quickly in Black Ops 2: 14 Steps (with Pictures)

Raising your status in Black Ops 2 will give you access to more material, customization options and much more. If you want to reach the top ranks quickly and experience all the content Black Ops 2 has to offer, check out this guide to get started.


Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 1

Step 1. Unlock new firearms and switch weapons often

Each weapon has unlockable abilities and challenges associated with it, which give you XP. When you reach a point where you can no longer gain additional experience with your weapon, you must switch to a new weapon. This ensures that you constantly earn XP as you use new weapons, and it also has the advantage of making you a more versatile player.

If there's a weapon that you're having trouble getting kills with, consider not using it at all. While getting XP from various weapons will speed up your progress in the ranks, you will nullify this progress by spending too much time with a weapon that doesn't yield any results

Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 2

Step 2. Play the correct game modes

Each game mode will give you XP, but some game modes do this faster than others. Two of the most popular modes for getting as much XP as possible are Kill Confirmed and Hardpoint. These not only give you points for killing people, but also for completing tasks.

  • Kill Confirmed gives you an extra 100 XP for every “dog tag” you pick up from the enemy, essentially doubling the XP you can get per kill. You also get a bigger bonus for preventing the enemy from getting your hands on your own dog tags.
  • Black Ops 2 rewards achievement of objectives more than any previous Call of Duty. This means that in order to move up the ranks the fastest, you will have to help your team.
  • If it's a Double XP Weekend, kills in Search and Destroy are worth 1000 XP.
Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 3

Step 3. Play small “maps”

Smaller maps like Nuketown, Standoff or Grind will constantly throw you into battle. This means more chances to score kills, which in turn means every match is more productive. Prepare yourself for quick reflexes and use your short-range weapons such as submachine guns and shotguns.

Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 4

Step 4. Use “score streaks” effectively

Each score streak has a challenge associated with it and you will get bonus XP if you complete that challenge (5/15/25/50 kills). Only use the scores streak as long as you progress with it. For example, if you maximized your score streak by completing all the challenges, or if the last challenge is difficult and takes some time, you'll need to switch to a new one so you can start accumulating XP again.

Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 5

Step 5. Use “support streaks” to easily earn “assist XP”

Once you've maxed out most of your score streak challenges, you should switch to using support streaks like the UAV, VSAT, or EMP. While the support streak is active, every time another player on your team gets a kill, you will receive a small XP bonus. Although the bonuses are small, they can add up quickly. Support streaks are also easier to obtain than score streaks, which means you can use them quite often during a match.

Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 6

Step 6. Use the objective

There are multiple modes that allow you to “harvest” XP with objectives, if you play smart enough. Essentially you allow the enemy to achieve an objective, after which you immediately claim that objective for yourself. To do this effectively you will need to be in contact with your team so that no one messes up the harvest. Some examples:

  • Domination: You will gain an extra 100 XP if you kill an enemy while capturing the objective. Use this to your advantage by being in a capture point, killing a few enemies and then exiting the capture point before claiming it.
  • Hardpoint: Conquer the hardpoint as normal and earn 200 XP. Then allow the enemy team to recapture it and recapture it immediately. This will give you another 200 XP. Repeat this as often as possible.
  • Demolition: Plant the bomb and then allow the enemy to defuse it. Once the bomb is defused, kill the defuser and replant the bomb. When you defend, have the opponent plant the bomb, then kill and defuse. In either case, allowing the enemy to reach their target first will earn you more points.
Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 7

Step 7. Capture the flag

You will get double XP for every kill you make while holding the flag. As you return to base, take some time to get as many kills as possible. Have teammates use support streaks like EMP to help you, as you will appear on the enemy's minimap while holding the flag.

Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 8

Step 8. Play all game modes

Each game mode individually has challenges and medals that you can earn. Frequently using different modes will increase the amount of XP you can earn with each match.

Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 9

Step 9. Customize your gear to maximize potential XP for your challenges

Since every weapon, accessory, perk, and technique has challenges associated with it, you can optimize your gear to complete multiple challenges at the same time.

For example, the Stock accessory has a challenge for 50/100/200/300/500 kills while using the Stock. While this won't give you much XP on its own, when you combine it with the Quickdraw and Reflex Sight challenges, you can complete 3 challenges at the same time while aiming with the sight

Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 10

Step 10. Earn in-match medals for quick XP boosts

There is a variety of medals you can earn in each match for completing specific objectives. While some of these are based on luck, getting them often can make a big difference.

  • First Blood: If you get the first kill in the game you will earn 500 XP. You can maximize your chances of this by starting with gear that allows you to move quickly so that you can run ahead of your teammates to the bottlenecks.
  • Wipeout: Dispel two or more enemies from an objective and earn 250 XP. Use a weapon with a silencer to avoid alerting the enemy to your presence.
  • Long Shot: A deadly long-range shot will give you an extra 250 XP. While this is especially beneficial for snipers, you can take shots across the map with any weapon in the hopes of getting this medal.
  • Opening Move: You get 500 XP for capturing the neutral flag in Domination, potentially giving you 1000 XP per session. Use a lightweight class, along with a Tactical Insertion, to keep aiming for the flag until you capture it.
  • Blackout: You can earn 100 XP for destroying an enemy UAV. Using a launcher, you can earn a few hundred XP per spawn, simply by destroying UAVs.
Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 11

Step 11. Win matches

This may seem logical, but you get significant bonuses for winning matches. Try to find a group of friends who all get along well. Simple teamwork will win your team more often than not and can really speed up the process of raising your status.

You get a 250 XP medal every time your team wins and this can, in the long run, add up to a hefty amount. The winning team also gets a bigger end-of-match bonus than the losing team

Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 12

Step 12. Practice, Practice, Practice

From improving aiming to learning map layout, playing often and learning from your mistakes will improve your efficiency and increase the rate at which you rise in rank. Watch videos of pros online and incorporate their tactics into your next match. Find good spots on maps to score easy kills. Work on improving your aiming skills. All of this will lead to higher scores and faster XP accumulation.

Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 13

Step 13. Go for Headshots

Try aiming a little too high to have a better chance of a “headshot” to unlock new cameos. This will give you more XP the closer you get to gold and don't just keep using a firearm while trying to get the next camo if you have trouble inflicting headshots. Also have a goal for a certain amount of headshots you want at the end of the match. You'll want to play something like Domination or Team Death Match, which are longer game modes. You would also have to play hardcore to have a better sight to take the headshot with, with the first few bullets.

Level Up Fast in Black Ops 2 Step 14

Step 14. Blood Thirsty Medals

When you're trying to get blood thirsty medals, you're going to want to play hardcore. You will also probably find it easier if you use the following things: “extended clip”, “quick draw” and “fore grip”; with the following perks: “ghost”, “scavenger” and “dexterity”; or use both scavenger and “fast hands”.


  • Get enough sleep. If you are up all night, chances are you will become fatigued and less and less productive.
  • Try to get the best firearm from each firearm type. As an example, choose your best sniper rifle, best shotgun, assault rifle, SMG, LMG. Also try the specials like the shield, combat knife, crossbow and ballistic knife.
  • Watching pro gamers is a good way to get better.
  • Vary your sessions. Don't just play one game mode or it will get boring.
  • You get an extra 100 XP (from One Shot One Kill Medals) when using snipers, which adds up quite a bit over time.
  • One of the easiest ways to level up as quickly as possible is to play hardcore game modes.
  • If you have trouble with recoil, you can try the M27, as it has virtually no recoil.

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