The best RPK loadout in Modern Warfare 2
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A weapon class in Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 that’s starting to gain more attention in multiplayer is the light machine guns.

While players were mainly focused on assault rifles, submachine guns, and snipers early on in multiplayer, it’s time for the LMGs to have their time in the spotlight. The LMGs have had a light shined on them simply because players are predicting they will be dominant when Warzone 2 arrives on Nov. 16. The RAAL MG has received the most attention in Modern Warfare 2, but the RPK and its best loadout can match the RAAL step for step.

The RPK is unlocked in MW2 via the Kastovia Weapon Platform. Players must use the Kastov 762 and Kastov 545 before they can unlock the RPK in multiplayer. Once players accomplish this, they can begin using the RPK through its Receiver. Though the LMG will take some time to fully level up, it could be entirely worth the time when Warzone 2 comes out.

The RPK has the potential to be a terrific Warzone 2 weapon, but, for now, players can focus on its multiplayer loadout.

Best RPK loadout in Modern Warfare 2

As with any LMG, the RPK’s main weakness is its mobility. Luckily, with an attachment or two, we can increase that stat while also improving the RPK’s other stats, such as recoil control and damage range.

  • Barrel: TAC 596 Barrel
  • Laser: Corio LAZ-44 V3
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Ammunition: .762 High Velocity

The TAC 596 Barrel kicks off this loadout by increasing mobility, damage range, and bullet velocity. However, this comes at a cost of some aim down sights, but that shouldn’t be a problem because players gain that loss back by using the Corio LAZ-44 V3 laser. The FSS Sharkin 90 improves aiming stability and the .762 High Velocity ammo further improves bullet velocity. This loadout could change by the time Warzone 2 comes out, but it’s the best the RPK has to offer for now.

Best RPK class setup in Modern Warfare 2

If you’re looking to go beyond a mere loadout, we will also offer a full class setup for the RPK in MW2. This will include everything from perks to equipment to a secondary weapon.


  • Base Perks – Double Time, Bomb Squad
  • Bonus Perk – Focus
  • Ultimate Perk – Quick Fix

Secondary Weapon

  • X12


  • Lethal – Frag or Semtex Grenade
  • Tactical – Stim

We chose Double Time and Bomb Squad as the base perks to allow players to survive grenades while also keeping their movement quick, as it’s already slowed down by using an LMG. Focus is great for long-range weapons while Quick Fix is the best all-around Ultimate Perk. The X12 is a terrific secondary for the RPK, as it provides terrific close-range support. Finally, the basic Frag or Semtex Grenades are always a solid choice and the Stim allows players to fully heal if they get hit by a long-range gun while using the RPK.

As a final note, you can use the RPK in the new Modern Warfare 3 and use this same loadout to great effect. However, you will need to change most of the rest of the class, as the perks have been entirely changed in the new multiplayer title. You can still use the same lethal or tactical as well as a similar secondary weapon. Of course, I suggest using some of the new content first so you can experience some of the fresh items in MW3.

Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 7+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.