Black Ops 2: Official perks & gun list revealed, new Create-a-class explained

Tuesday, 14th August 2012 07:38 GMT By Dave Cook

Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 multiplayer was playable in Cologne at a pre-show event hosted by Activision. VG247 was at the scene to play a full two hours, and to make note of the games exhaustive new create-a-class system, as well as perks, attachments, gadgets and more.

Before the carnage began, Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia took to the stage to talk us through Black Ops 2′s overhauled create-a-class system, which the developer dubbed internally as ‘Pick 10′.

Why ‘Pick 10′? Because you are free to choose any ten items from a Black Ops 2 arsenal of over 100 separate pieces of kit, rewards, modifiers and perks. You can choose anything – even sacrifice your primary weapon in favour of another perk if you wish.

Fancy three perks and three score streak rewards in your class? That’ll be six of you ten points. Want a shotgun with reduced recoil and a sight? That’ll be three points. It’s entirely up to you how you tailor your load-out.

You can even spend one of your ten points on a ‘Wildcard’ – a modifer that allows you to bent the ten point rule slightly, such as taking a third attachment for your gun, or a second perk from one of the three perk tiers.

Another Wildcard lets you set your weapon’s fire mode, so you can turn your fully automatic Type 25 rifle into a burst or single shot if you fancy some more control. It’s a massive system with a hue number of possibilities.

Bets of all this doesn’t let people break the rules, because your ten points are spend quicker than you realise. You can then swap items in and out to get some of your allowance back, and to really hone your custom class.

You can’t unlock everything in one playthrough either. Each time you level up by gaining experience, you get one unlock token and a choice of seven new pieces of kit. You can only pick one. The only way to get everything is to Prestige.

So, here is a complete rundown of every ‘Pick 10′ item in the Black Ops 2 build we played. This isn’t everything the game has to offer, but it’s a decent-sized wedge.


Assault rifles

  • Type 25
  • M8A1
  • SA-58
  • SIG556
  • SCAR-H
  • AN-94
  • SMR


  • M1216
  • Saiga-12
  • R-870 MCS


  • LSAT
  • Mk 48

Sniper Rifles

  • DSR 50
  • SVU-AS
  • Ballista


  • MP7
  • Chicom CQB
  • PDW-57
  • Skorpio EVO III
  • MSMC


  • Assault Shield (Metal riot shield that can be planted into the ground as makeshift cover)



  • FHJ-18 AA (Vehicle lock-on, two rockets)
  • RPG
  • SMAW


  • KAP-40
  • Tac-45
  • Executioner
  • B23R

Lethal Slot

  • Grenade
  • Semtex
  • Combat axe
  • Claymore
  • C4
  • Bouncing Betty


  • Reflex sight
  • ACOG sight
  • Target Finder (Paints red squares around hostiles)
  • Hybrid Optic
  • Suppressor
  • Fast Mag
  • Fore Grip
  • Laser Sight
  • Adjustable Stock
  • Quickdraw
  • Millimetre Scanner
  • Grenade Launcher
  • Select Fire Mode
  • FMJ Rounds
  • Extended Clip

Tactical slot

  • Black Hat PDA (Get close to enemy equipment and point this data pad at it to hack it and turn it against enemies. Takes ages to hack though!)
  • Smoke grenade
  • Sensor grenade
  • Flashbang
  • Concussion grenade
  • Shock charge (a throwable stick that emits an electric shock across a surface, rooting targets to the spot)
  • Tactical Insertion

Wildcards (Bend the rules of the ‘Pick 10′ system slightly)

  • Perk 1 Greed (Lets you choose a second perk from tier 1)
  • Perk 2 Greed
  • Perk 3 Greed
  • Primary Gunfighter
  • Secondary Gunfighter
  • Overkill
  • Danger Close
  • Tactician

Perks (Note: Perks can no longer go pro)

Tier 1

  • Ghost (Now only hides you from UAVs when you are moving)
  • Lightweight
  • Flak Jacket
  • Blind Eye
  • Hardline
  • Lightweight

Tier 2

  • Cold Blooded
  • Hard Wired
  • Scavenger
  • Toughness
  • Fast Hands

Tier 3

  • Dead Silence
  • Engineer
  • Tactical Mask
  • Extreme Conditioning
  • Awareness
  • Dexterity



  1. freedoms_stain

    If they’re going to force a choice system like that they better make damned sure everything is balanced or they’re going to see a fuck load of whining.

    #1 2 years ago
  2. DrDamn

    I quite like it – obviously there are balance concerns, but with CoD there is usually a counter to any build. You just have to adapt.

    #2 2 years ago
  3. ejams

    Honestly, after a couple weeks of this being available, I see someone coming up with a total ass-wrecking build and then everyone will copy it. Only time will tell though…

    #3 2 years ago
  4. freedoms_stain

    @2, indeed, but what if the counter was in the 7 choices you had 2 levels back and you didn’t pick it?

    #4 2 years ago
  5. MATT909

    witch is gonna be slight of hand. and did anyone else notice that there was two lightweights

    #5 2 years ago

    At least there’s an MP7 there…

    Nice to see that not all of the weapons are fake.

    #6 2 years ago
  7. Fin

    Looks good!!

    #7 2 years ago
  8. CoDGetsWorseeveryyear

    This is bullshit, so you’re telling me that everytime I level up I can only get 1 weapon or 1 attachment and not both??? And I’ll be forced to prestige and level up again for just the same old bullshit? When we prestige we better be able to keep all the guns we unlocked and all the attachments.Cause you’re going to get a hell of alot of bitching and complaing over this bullshit.

    #8 2 years ago
  9. Fakelawyer

    @G1GAHUTZ you don’t know much about gun’s do you? most of the weapons in this game aren’t “fake” most are actually weapons being used in current wars around the world for example the AN-94 is a russian weapon that uses 5.45x39mm rounds and same goes for most of these guns. very few were made up for the futuristic part if any at all some may even be experimental weapons.

    #9 2 years ago
  10. bubbuhh_12

    It needs more guns please add more guns more guns more fun more better

    #10 2 years ago
  11. ApocSmash

    This isnt the “official list” as you claim. There are weapons missing that have been confirmed. Tar21 and the M27 in the Assault rifles, HAMR in the LMGs, SPR50 in Snipers, KSG in shotguns, Vector K10 in SMGs, the Crossbow in Specials, and the Five-Seven in pistols.

    #11 2 years ago
  12. Dave Cook

    @11 It’s not the full list but it’s still official.

    #12 2 years ago
  13. ManuOtaku

    It doesnt matter which weapons are on it, they aren´t going to have the witch doctor, what a wicked fun weapon.

    #13 2 years ago

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