Best Modern Warfare 2 melee weapons 2022

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A man holding a knife with a riot shield on his back in Modern Warfare 2
October 26, 2022: Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer goes live soon! Check the best melee weapons to use in this handy guide.

Picking out the best Modern Warfare 2 melee weapons can be pretty tough. Given they are the best way to kill your enemies within touching distance, you may want to know if you should be prioritising speed to get a knife up close, or gear to hold off a location with a riot shield.


In this guide, we'll go over what we think the best melee weapons are, how many are in the game and how you should leverage them to get the best performance. Melee weapons can be great if you put a little thought into your class first. Modern Warfare 2 is sure to have tonnes of ways of playing around with your weapons.

Luckily, melee weapons aren't the only way to kill enemies. If you want to know more, check out our Modern Warfare 2 gun list, the best Modern Warfare 2 loadouts, and more. As well as this, get yourself familiar with the game's attachments and maps.

What is the best Modern Warfare 2 melee weapon?

Being such a fast-paced game, we recommend throwing the combat knife into your regular rotation. It is a one-shot kill and can be deployed incredibly quickly. When you are close up, it has the quickest TTK (time to kill) in the entire game.


Though it can leave you vulnerable if you are at a distance, combine this with map knowledge and you should be able to mow down enemies without them even noticing. Put it into a quick class and you can sprint around the map with ease.

A golden knife in Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 melee weapon tier list

Tier Weapon
SCombat Knife
ARiot Shield

The Combat Knife sits at the top of our list because it is both a legendary weapon in the Call of Duty franchise and it's also just a really effective choice for a quick class. Being silent and efficient, you can move behind groups of enemies, both disrupting and kill them.


The riot shield is only slightly below this as it is a little more situational, and its huge size often makes you a target. In a good team setup, you can leverage its abilities to get kills and assists but can be easily countered when you're alone. This works particularly well when paired with defensive perks and equipment.

How to use melee weapons in Modern Warfare 2

Due to their limited range, melee weapons should predominantly be used indoors or in tight corridors and lanes. They can kill enemies incredibly quickly, but also make you vulnerable to long and medium-range weapons.


For this reason, you should try and learn the maps as much as possible, to take the routes with the most close-up encounters. Your sprint speed is your biggest asset with melee weapons, so don't be afraid of running away from an encounter you aren't prepared for. It is equally effective to go out on your own or tag up with a teammate and flank around the enemies.

How many melee weapons are in Modern Warfare 2?

There are two melee weapons in Modern Warfare 2: the Combat Knife and Riot Shield. Though we don't have many yet, we do have a versatile range of ways to play.

It seems likely that, as the game continues to grow, so will the number of melee weapons. Stay tuned for more!


If you want to get the most out of those weapons, it may be worth looking into the best graphics settings. If you're finally playing through the campaign, you should check out the Modern Warfare 2 trophy list. As well as this, have a look at the best 2 STB 556 loadout, and best Chimera loadout.