Trouble Bruen (Mk9) with Platinum LMGs

Operation: Rank Up Report #0026

Day 182 – 10:03:58 PST

Somewhere in California

AGB – Lead Writer

Welcome to the Season Three Reloaded edition of the Rank Up Report.

Just like Season Three, this personal Rank Up Report is getting an overhaul to showcase more badass weapons – thanks to the new Gunsmith Customs feature – and Activision Games Blog articles you may have missed during the week.

Let’s get to ranking up:

Operators of the Week

This week, I’m showing off Firebreak Kreuger for the Allegiance, and Mighty Arsenal Thorne from the Coalition.

You can find Thorne’s skin within the Battle Pass and unlock it by completing his Operator Challenge, which is a four objective set that mixes together Multiplayer and Warzone-based missions.

As for Kreuger, his Firebreak skin is found in the new Pyromaniac Bundle that came out this week. Also included in this bundle is the Caldera, a Shotgun Echo blueprint that comes with Dragon’s Breath Rounds, and the new ‘Heat Treat’ flaming Throwing Knife.

Yes, lethal equipment is getting the taste of blueprint variants, and I couldn’t be more thrilled. Thanks to this new knife, not only can I attempt to land an epic cross-map Throwing Knife, but I can also let that enemy feel the burn of that death with some flaming effects.

And by the way: as long as you have a Throwing Knife – flaming or otherwise – as a lethal equipment piece, your melee attacks are one hit kills in Multiplayer or knockdowns in Warzone.

Top Rank Up Tip

So, what weapon are those Operators holding? None other than the Bruen Mk9, which is decked out in shiny Platinum camo above.

The Bruen Mk9 is an open-bolt LMG that packs a serious punch, and is yours to unlock either through a simple challenge, or the new Encryption bundle. You can read all about unlocking this LMG here.

To earn Platinum camo on all of your LMGs, here are the requirements in order to earn Gold on every LMG, which unlocks Platinum. For tips to get Platinum camos for your SMGS, read this Rank Up Report.

Spray Paint – Kill Enemies (525) 

A super simple objective that you’ll complete as you do other camo challenges.

Yes, you have to earn 25 more kills to earn all Spray Paint camos compared to the 500 for SMGs… It just goes to show that LMGs are literally the bigger brothers to SMGs.

Woodland – Kill Enemies with Headshots (75)

Only needing to earn 75 headshots isn’t so bad, especially with how accurate LMGs can be and their headshot damage multipliers.

Focus on aiming stability, recoil control, recoil stability, and high-powered optics to make aiming for heads – and staying on target – easier.

Digital – Get kills while Crouching (65)

Fun fact: crouching reduces your hipfire spread slightly, so it may be wise to chase this camo while also going for the Dragon camo challenge.

You may naturally crouch with an LMG to reduce recoil, since these beasts can, and will, kick if you fire from a standing position.

Dragon – Get Hipfire Kills (45)

The expression “spray and pray” is basically built for LMGs, which come with a high hipfire spread even if you throw on a Merc Foregrip and 5mW Laser.

Along with equipping those two attachments, try to be as close to the enemy as possible when going for hipfire kills, lest you spray all over the place down range.

Splinter – Get Longshot Kills (45)

This might be unlocked naturally as you chase this camo in Ground War or out in Warzone, but due to an LMG’s naturally high kick, I like to pair this challenge chase with the next camo challenge.

Topo – Get kills while Mounted (45)

I cannot recommend mounting an LMG – no matter what it is – enough, as it significantly counteracts the weapon class’ high recoil.

As you noticed, you only need 45 Mounted kills AND 45 Longshots. How can you do this easily? Go ahead and find a ledge or wall in a Ground War map with a long sightline – or bring your own mounting point with a Deployable Cover – and kit an LMG for maximum aiming stability with a sniper scope or other high-powered optic.

Then, go for longshots; aim at targets that are around a couple dozen meters away, and move if that “longshot” alert isn’t popping up after kills.

Tiger – Get kills while your gun is using all attachment slots (180)

Want to experiment with your LMGs? Do this challenge when testing out Legendary blueprint versions of them. They come pre-built with five attachments, and that combo might just become your new favorite as you complete this challenge.

Stripes – Get Double Kills (30)

Thankfully, Infinity Ward made this a reload challenge, since LMGs are notorious for long reload cycles.

If you have trouble getting Double Kills, LMGs have magazine-increasing attachments, with some going up to 200 rounds of ammo per mag!

Reptile – Get kills while your gun is using no attachment slots. (75)

This challenge will throw you off your progression track, as you’ll be forced to use the weapon without any attachments.

In Season Three another Zero Tolerance Officer Challenge, unlocked at Rank 61, requires you to get 300 kills using a Weapon with 0 attachments for a 15,000 XP reward.

So, do the math: the four original LMGs (Light Machine Guns Alpha through Delta) multiplied by 75 kills per LMG equals… 300 kills with 0 attachments.

That, my friends, is called maximum efficiency.

Skulls – Kill 3 enemies without dying (25)

Getting a three killstreak with an LMG doesn’t have to be hard.

Play to strengths (high magazine count, high damage output) and overcome those weaknesses with mounting the weapon, repositioning often, and limiting reloads whenever possible.

Once you complete all the weapon challenges for an LMG, you unlock the Gold camo. And, once you unlock that for all four original LMGs, you unlock Platinum for all of them.

Completing the Holger-26 and Bruen Mk9 camo challenges unlocks Gold for them and, if you had already unlocked Platinum for the other four LMGs, that shiny Platinum Camo is now yours for the Holger and Bruen. 

Although I don’t like to pick favorites, you should seriously check out the Obsidian Camo article if you’re itching for more camo-related challenge tips or a few other articles that appeared on the Games Blog this week:

Gunsmith Custom Creation of the Week

Last, but certainly not least, I’ve decided to showcase an awesome Gunsmith Creation and sharing the part list for you to recreate. These weapons not only look badass, but are great ways to configure a weapon… Or at least, in my personal opinion and playstyle. Needless to say, results may vary, but these creations are cool and nobody can tell me otherwise.

Anyways, we’re showing off the Chupacabra LMG, a Season 3 Battle Pass reward that is rather accurate with a great suppressor to boot. (Look forward to a bigger breakdown of this gun next week!)

Now, how can we make this look more badass? Why not put a little bit more black to go with the Chupacabra’s red finish?

Here, we took the optic from the Warhead blueprint, the reward for those who reached Max Rank in Season One. We also mixed in the Flash Guard and 150 Belt from another LMG blueprint straight from the Season Three Battle Pass: the Mighty Moe. Finishing off our creation is the FORGE TAC Stalker Stock and the Bipod from the Old Wounds blueprint, which is earned by completing the Expert Gunsmith Mission.

This alternate way to build the Chupacabra trades off a little speed, but makes it a more accurate weapon, allowing an optimal sight picture thanks to the Flash Guard and alternate Holographic Sight. I’ll also get better stability from the Stock, and more recoil control while crouched and prone due to the Bipod. In general, this weapon is great for laying down accurate fire, no matter the distance.

That’s it for this week’s Rank Up Report. I’ll be seeing you online.

Stay frosty.

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Modern Warfare® Weapon Detail: Bruen Mk9

The LMG arsenal is a half dozen strong thanks to the Bruen Mk9, the latest weapon in Modern Warfare, including Warzone, introduced as a part of Season Three.

In order to unlock the family, you can either complete a challenge, or purchase the Encryption bundle to get a blueprint version in the Light Machine Gun Foxtrot family before you have full access to it. Here’s what you’ll be adding to your Primary Weapon collection:

“This air-cooled open bolt 5.56 light machine gun features a competitive rate of fire and excellent stability that will dominate the mid to long range battlefield.”

Bruen Mk9 Overview

The Bruen Mk9 is a high fire rate LMG that trades off a low damage profile with the best accuracy in its class. With a slow and reasonable idle sway, placing an accurate first shot should not be a problem, and with enough manual vertical recoil control – or recoil control reducing attachments – downing an enemy will only take a fraction of a second.

Expect this weapon to take down an enemy in three shots at close range in Multiplayer, or in Warzone if that Operator doesn’t have any armor plates. That damage profile is especially true if one of those bullets is a headshot.

However, this weapon will ask for a maximum of five shots to down an enemy at extreme ranges. 

In most cases, the Bruen excels at medium range, allowing it to compete with assault rifles and marksman rifles, and its long reload time can be combated with a 60 Round Mag attachment, a feature the Glitch blueprint includes.

Blueprint Review and Loadout

The Glitch

Available in the Encryption Bundle, The Glitch Legendary blueprint showcases this new high-tech LMG with state-of-the-art attachments to go along with its sleek and futuristic design.

This combination of attachments also gears the weapon towards its strengths in mid-range engagements, quickening an Operator’s mobility while using it to put the weapon on par with assault and marksman rifles. Specifically, the Skeleton Stock, Para Barrel, and 60 Round detachable magazines come together to significantly increase movement speed and ADS speed.

The Granulated Grip Tape comes in handy while you’re on the move with this weapon, reducing the weapon’s sway if you choose to walk while aiming down sights. And, while you aim down sights, you’ll have the benefit of a precision sight picture with the help of the Mini Reflex sight, which only adds negligible weight to this LMG.

Here’s a loadout you could use with this blueprint for Warzone and Multiplayer:

Primary: The Glitch

Bruen 18.0” Para, Cronen LP945 Mini Reflex, 60 Round Mags, Granulated Grip Tape, Skeleton Stock

Secondary: Good Company blueprint

Perks: Kill Chain, Hardline, Battle Hardened

Equipment: Frag Grenade, Stim

The Glitch has more than enough rounds to deal with enemies at any range, but if that clip runs dry, the Good Company is a solid handgun that can blast enemies back. The Long Barrel included with this secondary also helps it fight beyond its normal effective range, which is great when in those situations when you’re just one bullet short in your Glitch from taking down an enemy.

For perks, Kill Chain and Hardline are phenomenal complementary perks in Multiplayer, as they let you stack Killstreaks via kills earned through them, and those Killstreaks also come at a reduced cost. In Warzone, you’ll reap the rewards of increased Killstreak spawns out of Supply Boxes (Kill Chain), and discounts at Buy Stations (Hardline). No matter what game mode you play, Battle Hardened, the third Perk, is great all-around, as it reduces the effects of multiple tactical equipment pieces on your Operator.

Speaking of equipment, the bread-and-butter Frag Grenade is always a solid choice for lethal equipment. Stim will help you regain health quickly – or actually regain health in Hardcore, where health regeneration is turned off – which will help after intense firefights.

Two Warzone Loadout Suggestions

1. Smoke ‘Em if You Got ‘Em

Primary: Bruen Mk9

Lightweight Suppressor, Bruen 18.0” Para, 200 Round Belt, Thermal Hybrid, No Stock

Secondary: The Smoke Show Blueprint (Available in the Blunt Force Bundle)

Perks: Cold-Blooded, Overkill, Tracker

Equipment: Thermite, Smoke Grenade

If you can handle the high recoil, this configuration of the Bruen Mk9 can move fast and deliver plenty of smoke with a 200 Round Belt. Pair that with The Smoke Show, an SMG with the largest starting ammo capacity in its class, and you have more than enough hot lead to light up the competition.

As the name suggests, Smoke Grenades are a huge part of this loadout; pop those smokes to obstruct sightlines, then use the Thermal Hybrid scope to pick off enemy players within the smoke or past it. When the smoke subsides, finish the job by swapping to side-mounted reflex sight or the SMG.

Cold-Blooded will help you maintain a low-profile, as your heat signature won’t be outlined by Thermal scopes within smoke, and Tracker will help you hunt down players to ultimately smoke them out. If those vehicles show up, don’t fret: use your Thermite and burn that metal down.

2. Ante Up 

Primary: Bruen Mk9

Commando Foregrip, Tac Laser, Sniper Scope, Rubberized Grip Tape, FMJ

Secondary: Strela-P

Perks: Cold-Blooded, Pointman, Amped

Equipment: C4, Heartbeat Sensor

Built for taking down Operators who rely on vehicles, this loadout shreds through metal and Operators who lose their wheels (or blades) to your LMG and Launcher combo.

The Foregrip, Tac Laser, and Rubberized Grip Tape all help reduce and stabilize recoil giving you ridiculous accuracy after the first shot, and they pair well with the 4.4x magnification that the Sniper Scope provides. As for FMJ, it makes the 5.56 NATO rounds even more penetrable to vehicles and equipment, which is what you’d want in an anti-vehicle class.

No Launcher compares to the Strela-P in taking out vehicles, although its lack of lock-on makes it a high risk, high reward weapon. The C4, meanwhile, is better for planting on vehicles you think the enemy will take, so that you can blow them sky high when they try to escape. And, if they run out of the vehicle as you destroy it, the Heartbeat Sensor will aid you in tracking them down.

The perk combo is great for avoiding AI targeting systems and thermal optics (Cold-Blooded), boosts the rewards from completed Contracts (Pointman), and allows for faster weapon swaps (Amped) especially for launchers.

This loadout is great for taking out Killstreaks and vehicles in Multiplayer, too, making this a phenomenal loadout to always keep as one of your standard 10 Custom Loadouts.

Two Multiplayer Loadout Suggestions

1. When There’s Smoke…

Primary: Bruen Mk9

XRK Summit 26.8”, Tactical Foregrip, 200 Round Belt, Solozero NVG Enhanced, FORGE TAC Stalker

Secondary: Caldera Blueprint (Available in the Pyromaniac Bundle)

Perks: E.O.D., Overkill, Battle Hardened

Equipment: Flaming Throwing Knife, Smoke Grenade

Burn down your enemy’s defenses with this set-up that makes use of the LMG category’s typical support role with Smoke Grenades and Thermal sights.

The Summit barrel boosts range and mitigates recoil, while the underbarrel and stock attachments assist with keeping a steady aim. If an enemy pushes up close, you can switch to the Caldera Shotgun to really light them up with those Dragon’s Breath Rounds.

Firestarter Bundle owners who have the Caldera will also have the Flaming Throwing Knife, a great last resort weapon in a pinch that gives you one-hit melee swipes or crazy cross-map takedowns. Outside of the obviously necessary overkill, E.O.D. and Battle Hardened round out this class to give your Operator resistance to non-Killstreak explosives and some Tactical Equipment pieces.

2. Ursidae Americanus

Primary: Bruen Mk9

Compensator, XRK Horizon 23.0”, 60 Round Mags, Stippled Grip Tape, No Stock

Secondary: Guard One Blueprint (Available at Tier 85 in the Season Three Battle Pass)

Perks: Quick Fix, Ghost, Tune Up

Equipment: Frag Grenade, Stun Grenade

Without equipping a Tac Laser and the shorter Barrel, this is the closest way to kit the Bruen Mk9 to act like a fast-moving Assault Rifle.

The XRK Horizon 23.0” Barrel gives this weapon a sizable range increase without bogging down movement speed, while the Compensator helps with recoil control, which this weapon needs thanks to a lack of stock. The rest of the attachments are all based around moving quick and aiming even quicker, which helps an Operator better compete with snappy assault rifles at mid-range.

The secondary weapon is a Season Three Battle Pass gem, a reliable sidearm to swap to when that (slightly) smaller magazine runs dry, or if the fight devolves into near-fisticuffs. Everything else in this class is standard issue for a run-and-gunner: Quick Fix to bounce between engagements quicker thanks to how it effects Health Regeneration, Ghost to avoid those nasty UAVs and the like, and Tune Up to speed up Field Upgrade earn rates such as Dead Silence, which we recommend for this loadout.

Just like the perks, the equipment is also standard issue, as you’d be hard-pressed to find any typical soldier without Frag and Stun – or Flash, your preference – Grenades handy. When playing with this class, focus on the increased speed and agility to outgun bulkier LMG users, or go toe-to-toe with foes wielding those dangerous rifles.

This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to tinkering with the Bruen Mk9 in Gunsmith and in-game. Have fun with it once you’ve completed its challenges – or unlocked it via the Encryption Bundle – and keep levelling it up to see the near-infinite possibilities it provides for your loadouts.

We’ll see you online. Stay frosty.


For more information and the latest intel on Warzone, visit and follow @CallofDuty on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. 

For more information and the latest intel on Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare®, check out: and follow @InfinityWard and @CallofDuty on Twitter and Instagram and Facebook.

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