Modern Warfare 2 Update Today | Patch Notes

Here are the latest patch notes for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2. We keep this article regularly updated, and we condense the patch notes to focus primarily on balance changes. Because we know that you guys care a lot more about buffs and nerfs than minor bug fixes.

MW2 Patch Notes
Call of Duty: Here are the patch notes for today's MW2 update. | © Activision

Modern Warfare 2 gets regular updates, primarily to resolve bugs but also to adjust weapon balancing. They want to avoid any weapon being too strong for too long, and so we often see them nerf things that are overused and buff things that are unpopular.

You can expect updates fairly regularly, but the downloads are usually quite small. Although, the bi-monthly seasonal updates, which contain new content, are a bit larger.

Note: This page displays the latest patch notes for Modern Warfare 2's multiplayer, not Warzone. The mainline Call of Duty game each year is balanced separately from the Battle Royale, so none of these changes might be implemented in Warzone.

When Is Modern Warfare 2 Updated?

If Modern Warfare 2 is getting a minor update for the week then it's typically going to be deployed on Tuesdays at 10:00 PT (13:00 ET / 18:00 GMT / 19:00 CET), with a pre-download available between 12-6 hours before. That was the date and time when we could expect updates for Vanguard and BOCW, and it seems to have become CoDs routine. They do updates for multiplayer at that time on Tuesdays because it's exactly 24 hours before the regular Warzone updates on Wednesdays.

Sometimes we get very small "hot-patches" which are deployed to fix things in an emergency, and these can occur at any time. We also get larger updates for new seasons and big events, and these can similarly be deployed at any time.

Modern Warfare 2 Update Today (November 22, 2022) | At A Glance

We like to condense the patch notes into what's most relevant for our users, which is basically the weapon balancing. For new information on content rather than balancing, you can check out these hub pages on every weapon in Modern Warfare 2, every map in Modern Warfare 2, and all details regarding the new season.

But if you don't even have time for the condensed patch notes, and you just want the most essential information, here's a brief overview of the biggest changes coming in today's update:

  • Armor Piercing Ammunition is no longer armor piercing (yes, they did that)
  • A ton of smaller Bug Fixes

Happy with those changes? Or still too just p*ssed off about the lack of a minimap?

Modern Warfare 2 Update Today (November 22, 2022) | Patch Notes


  • Improvements made to help better navigate Camos:
    • Added controller bumper navigation to jump between categories
    • Added a toggle option to show/hide locked Camos
  • Increased audio notification for when The Jailer enters the Gulag.


  • Armor Piercing Ammunition
    • Removed damage multiplier against armored opponents


  • Fixed collision issues with various elements across the game that allowed players to exploit/peek/shoot through them.
  • Fixed an issue with audio occlusion and directional audio.
  • Fixed an issue causing some unlocks in the Gunsmith to not track Weapon progression
  • Fixed an issue causing Overkill to allow players to equip the same Weapon as both a Primary and a Secondary.
  • Fixed an issue that was preventing the correct number of Battle Pass Tokens from appearing on the Battle Pass Menu.
  • Fixed an issue causing the Season Countdown Timer on the Battle Pass Menu to not indicate the correct amount of time remaining.
  • Fixed various incorrect texts in the in-game interface.
  • Fixed various issues resulting in incorrect controller input while navigating menus.
  • Fixed an issue that caused players looking down to appear erratic to others.
  • Fixed an issue that prevented some players from launching the game due to GPU compatibility.
  • Fixed an issue that was causing Focused Mode to crash the client while the Display Mode was set to Windowed.
  • Fixed an issue on PlayStation that caused the PlayStation Store icon to remain stuck on screen after experiencing a network error.
  • Fixed an issue causing progression for the “Dragon in Downtown” Calling Card to not track.
  • Fixed an issue causing the incorrect Operator icon to appear while navigating to select a custom skin for Kleo.
  • Fixed an issue causing players to get kicked back to the main menu when navigating to select the PDSW 528 Armory while customizing a Loadout.
  • Fixed an issue causing an incorrect progression requirement to appear in the Prestige menu.
  • Fixed various audio related issues causing players to hear notifications at times when they should not.
  • Fixed an issue causing Platinum Camo unlock requirements to display incorrectly after having unlocked it.
  • Fixed various issues causing the camera to shake while spectating another player.
  • Fixed an issue causing Operator model hands to appear invisible while ledge hanging.
  • Fixed an issue causing the incorrect Weapon to appear in the player Showcase.

Here is a little guide on how to get the M13B in DMZ:

Modern Warfare 2 Update Today (November 16, 2022) | Patch Notes

Weapon Balancing

Assault Rifles

  • Increase to long distance flinch on all Assault Rifles

Kastov 545

  • ADS speed increase

  • Improved ironsight ADS sight picture


  • ADS speed decrease

  • Hip spread increase


  • Hip spread reduction


  • Rate of fire increase

  • Hip spread reduction

  • Recoil recenter speed increase

  • Shot grouping improvement

  • Increase ADS movement speed

  • Increase strafing movement speed

  • Semi auto recoil reduction

  • Semi auto damage reduction

STB 556

  • Close range damage reduction

  • Reduced sprint to fire speed

Battle Rifles

FTac Recon

  • ADS speed improvement

  • 5 round magazine - speed and handling improvement

  • Increased flinch caused by bullets

  • Hip spread decrease


  • Increased hip fire when full auto


  • Increase to close range flinch on all Handguns.

Light Machine Guns

  • Increase to long distance flinch on all Light Machine Guns

Marksman Rifles

Lockwood 300

  • Damage range reduction

SA-B 50

  • Minor increase to flinch when hit

SP-R 208

  • Large increase to flinch when hit


  • Increase to close range flinch on all Shotguns

Bryson 800

  • Close range damage increase

  • Hip spread increase

Submachine Guns

  • Increase to long distance flinch on all Submachine Guns

FFS Hurricane

  • ADS move speed increase

  • Increased headshot damage

  • Increased far damage range


  • Movement speed decrease

  • Damage range decrease

  • ADS speed decrease

  • Hip spread increase

PDSW 528

  • Movement speed increase

  • Damage range increase

  • ADS speed increase

  • Hip spread decrease

  • Adding Laser and Flashlight Attachments

    • 1mW Artemis Laser

    • 1mW Quick Fire Laser

    • Accu-Shot 5mW Laser

    • VLK LZR 7mW

    • 7mW Canted Laser

    • Schlager ULO-66 Laser

VEL 46

  • Damage range increase

Sniper Rifles

Signal .50

  • Fixed attributes on the Signal .50 barrels

    • 21.5" Fluted Fifty

    • 23.5" SA Fifty-H7

Weapon Bug Fixes

  • Fixed an issue with the Schlager TTF3 Riser ammo comb on the STB 556 Assault Rifle

  • Dropshot exploit fix

  • Fixed exploit with bipod mount launching, re-enabled bipod use.

  • Fixed incendiary damage over time to not flinch the player

Modern Warfare 2 Multiplayer Meta, Post-Patch

So, by way of conclusion, let's answer your last question: what's the meta after this most recent patch? You can find a brief overview of the short and mid-range meta beneath.

Short-Range Meta

You can find the current ranking of SMGs in MW2 here, but we think the most competitive option is the Vaznev 9k with the following loadout:

Vaznev 9k Meta
We've seen Shotzzy looking different with the Vaznev. | © Activision

Alongside this weapon we recommend using the knife in your secondary slot, and then taking a drill charge and a flash grenade. For field upgrades, Dead Silence is very strong, and for perks, we prefer Double Time, Bomb Squad, Hardline, and Birdseye.

Mid-Range Meta

You can find the current rundown of the best AR's in MW2 here, but at the moment we recommend the M4 with the following build:

M4 Meta
if you want an optic, then drop the underbarrel. | © Activision

In a mid-range loadout like this we suggest taking the X13 as your secondary weapon, alongside a drill charge and a flash grenade. For field upgrades we recommend the Portable UAV, and for perks, we go for Bomb Squad, Battle Hardened, Hardline, and Ghost.

Those were the patch notes, and our recommendation for post-patch loadouts. We'll see you next week for more!

The loadouts described above are just a suggestion, but for a broader understanding of the best weapons in the game, check out this vid: