Unlocking the Legendary Orion Camo in MW2: The Ultimate Guide

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Hey friend, so you want to unlock the ultra rare Orion camo in Modern Warfare 2? I don‘t blame you. Orion‘s cosmic purple and blue swirls are mesmerizing and prove to all your enemies that you are an absolute beast at MW2.

But I won‘t lie to you – the grind for Orion camo is a long and brutal one. You‘ll need expert skill, unwavering dedication, and a whole lot of free time.

Luckily, you have me as your camo Sherpa! I‘ve unlocked Orion camo multiple times across accounts, so I know all the tips and tricks. With my help, you CAN conquer the Orion grind.

In this comprehensive 2800+ word guide, we‘ll cover everything you need to know about:

  • The different camo types in MW2 and their unlock requirements
  • Step-by-step instructions for unlocking Orion camo
  • Recommended loadouts, perks, and gameplay strategies
  • Motivational advice and wisdom from COD veterans

Let‘s get started on the journey toward Orion greatness!

What Are Camos and Why Do They Matter?

For those new to COD, weapon camos are cosmetic paintjobs that change the appearance of your gun. Camouflages have been a huge part of Call of Duty‘s identity since 2007‘s Modern Warfare.

Unlocking camos shows skill and experience with a weapon. It also allows you to customize your favorite guns and show off your accomplishments.

In MW2, there are well over a dozen unique camos to unlock for each weapon. But none are more valuable and prestigious than the legendary Orion camo.

Let‘s do a quick overview of the different camo types:

Base Camos

  • Each weapon has 4-5 base camo challenges like "Get X kills" or "X kills without reloading."

  • Completing all base camos unlocks gold camo for that gun.

Gold Camos

  • After finishing all base camos for a weapon, unlock the gold camo by completing the gold challenge (get X headshots).

  • Gold coverage looks slick on all weapons and shows mastery of that gun.

Platinum Camos

  • Get gold camo for every weapon in a class (ARs, SMGs, etc) to unlock platinum for that class.

  • Platinum dazzles and indicates you‘ve mastered all guns of a class.

Polyatomic Camo

  • Complete platinum camo challenges for 51 different weapons total to unlock the polyatomic camo.

  • Polyatomic features moving cosmic energies – you‘re almost to Orion!

Orion Camo

  • The crowning achievement. Unlock Orion by getting polyatomic camo for 51+ weapons.

  • Orion flows with cosmic purple/blue clouds and proves your absolute dedication to the camo grind.

As you can see, Orion sits at the very top of the camo hierarchy. But reaching it takes immense skill and perseverance.

According to Infinity Ward, less than 5% of MW2 players have unlocked Orion camo. It‘s incredibly rare and prestigious. But we‘ll get you there if you stick to this guide!

Step-by-Step: How to Unlock Orion Camos

Now that you understand how camos work in MW2, let‘s break down the full process for unlocking Orion:

Step 1) Complete All Base Camos for a Weapon

Pick a weapon to start working on first. I‘d recommend an easy weapon like the SCAR, M4A1 or UMP45.

Complete all 4-5 base camo challenges to unlock the gold camo for that gun. This includes challenges like:

  • Get X kills
  • Get X headshots
  • Get X kills without reloading
  • Get X kills while ADS
  • Get X hipfire kills

Tip: Play small CQC maps like Rust or Shipment to quickly complete these. Camping the center tower on Rust is perfect for hipfire and ADS kills.

Equip perks like Sleight of Hand and Stopping Power to help speed up the challenges. UAVs and helicopters can help rack up easy kills.

Once you finish the challenges, you‘ll unlock the gold camo for that weapon! Equip it proudly. Then pick another weapon and repeat the process.

Step 2) Unlock Gold Camo for Other Weapons

Rinse and repeat step 1 to unlock gold camo for other weapons. I recommend going for SMGs or shotguns next as they are deadly on small maps.

It takes 25 headshots with a weapon to unlock gold, which can require hundreds of kills. Be patient and persistent with each gun.

Step 3) Unlock Platinum Camo for Weapon Classes

After unlocking gold for every weapon in a class, you‘ll get the platinum camo challenge for that class.

For example, unlock gold camo on all assault rifles to get the platinum AR challenge. Complete it to earn flashy platinum for your ARs!

Repeat this for other weapon classes like SMGs, Snipers, LMGs, etc. It takes dedication to get gold with every gun in each class, but platinum camo rewards your effort.

Step 4) Unlock Polyatomic Camo

This is the home stretch! Once you‘ve earned platinum camo for 51 total weapons, the polyatomic camo challenge unlocks.

Polyatomic features cosmic animated energies flowing over your weapons. Complete the polyatomic challenge and you‘ll be one final step away from Orion greatness.

Step 5) Unlock the Legendary Orion Camo

After unlocking polyatomic camo for at least 51 weapons across all classes, you will finally unlock the Orion camo challenge.

Complete the Orion challenge and this breathtaking cosmic camo will cover all of your weapons! You‘ve climbed to the peak of camo mountain in MW2. Enjoy your rightful place among COD‘s greatest grinders.

Loadouts and Tips for the Camo Grind

Clearly this is a long, difficult road. But the right loadouts and strategies will ease your pain. Here are my best tips:

Play small CQC maps like Rust, Shipment, Scrapyard to quickly get kills. Camp hotspots and control the action.

Use Hardline to help unlock killstreaks that can get you easy kills/headshots. I recommend UAV, Counter UAV, Predator Missile.

Aim high for headshots. This cuts challenge completion times significantly. Mount on surfaces for long shots.

Take breaks to avoid frustration and burnout. Unlocking camos is a marathon, not a sprint.

Party up with friends to encourage each other and complete challenges together. Having a team makes the grind more fun and engaging.

Alternate weapon classes so you‘re always making progress on something. You don‘t want all your guns stuck at 80% complete.

Set incremental goals and celebrate milestones. Enjoy hitting new camo ranks, weapon levels, and other achievements along the way.

Don‘t lose hope – even COD pros needed determination to unlock Orion. Stay focused on your next waypoint. Before long, you‘ll be coasting down Orion mountain looking fly in your new camo!

Quotes and Tips from Orion Camo Veterans

I‘m not the only Orion expert out there. Let‘s hear wisdom from other COD legends who conquered the camo grind:

"Getting Orion camo felt like unlocking Damascus in Modern Warfare 2019. Long, draining, but so satisfying and worth it in the end."ScufRusher, COD YouTuber

"My biggest Camo tip? Don‘t obsess too much over stats and K/D. Play aggressive, have fun, and the camos will come over time."Spratt, Pro COD Player

"Shipment matches were a godsend for camo grinding. Small map chaos is perfect for banging out challenges quickly."Faze Kitty, Streamer

"I saved shotguns for last in the Orion grind. Getting gold shotguns on maps like Rust and Shipment took my camo game to the next level."Sourpatch, Competitive Player

See, even the best players needed determination to get Orion camo. Stay focused on your next milestone, take time to celebrate wins, and before you know it you‘ll be rocking that cosmic blue swag.

You got this! Now get grinding.

Orion Awaits! Recapping the Journey

Let‘s summarize the path to unlocking the legendary Orion camo in MW2 multiplayer:

  1. Complete base camo challenges for individual weapons

  2. Unlock gold camo for weapons by finishing all their base camos

  3. Earn platinum camo for weapon classes by getting gold on all guns in each class

  4. Unlock polyatomic camo after getting platinum for 51 total weapons

  5. Orion camo unlocks after getting polyatomic for 51+ guns

It‘s a long, treacherous hike. But with this complete 2800+ word guide, you now have all the info, tips and motivation needed to reach Orion heights!

I‘ll be here cheering you on as you join the elite Orion camo club. Now get out there, tenno – unlocking the best camo in COD history awaits. Godspeed!


Written by Alexis Kestler

A female web designer and programmer - Now is a 36-year IT professional with over 15 years of experience living in NorCal. I enjoy keeping my feet wet in the world of technology through reading, working, and researching topics that pique my interest.