Best P890 loadout in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2

Modern Warfare 2 P890
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The best P890 loadout in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 makes this sidearm really pack a punch thanks to the low recoil and relatively high damage. This semi-automatic pistol is quickly becoming a mainstay of 6v6 core multiplayer lobbies thanks to its ability to two-shot enemy players if you can hit them above the shoulders, meaning it can outclass a lot of assault rifles and SMGs in the right hands.

Our picks for the best Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 P890 loadout will require a decent amount of grinding, with many of the vital Gunsmith attachments locked behind the weapon's higher levels. So make good use of your Modern Warfare 2 Double XP tokens, and check our guide for how to earn more XP fast in MW2, to make getting the P890 up to competitive standard easier than it otherwise would be. Here's what we've put on our best P890 loadout for Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.

How to unlock the P890 in Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2

The P890 pistol is unlocked as standard for all Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 players. Unlike most of the weapons in the game, the P890's Bruen 890 Platform is entirely self-contained – it shares no attachments with any other guns within its class. That's both a blessing and a curse, as it means you'll need to level this thing up to 21 (of a possible 27) to get access to all of our suggested Gunsmith attachments. 

Best P890 loadout for Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2

Modern Warfare 2 loadouts

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  • Muzzle: Forge DX90-F
  • Barrel: XRX Tacops Barrel
  • Magazine: 10-Round Mag
  • Trigger Action: Bruen Express
  • Grip: FJX DVF60 Grip

With this best P890 loadout in Modern Warfare 2, you'll find a surprisingly versatile weapon in close-quarters combat. While we would typically advise you to take an SMG out with you for this job, the P890 pistol is devastating at close range. It's a two-tap to kill, so long as you can nail your shots to the upper-torso or head. Success with this build requires fast reaction times, and necessitates that you have the presence to press enemy positions aggressively. But thanks to the P890's impressive handling and mobility, it does a lot of the heavy lifting once you're within firing distance. 

Sidearm-focused builds are never going to be superb in Warzone 2, but the P890 still makes for a very reliable secondary to have in Al Mazrah. Right now, the P890 is one of the best Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 guns, and that's unlikely to change anytime soon – unless Infinity Ward rebalances the weapon as part of an update, so you'll want to keep a close eye on the Modern Warfare 2 patch notes over the coming weeks. 

Best Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone P890 class build

  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence 
  • Lethal: Drill Charge
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Base Perk 1: Battle Hardened
  • Base Perk 2: Bomb Squad
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Quick Fix

The Best Modern Warfare 2 P890 loadout is all about speed, and you'll want that reflected in your class build too. Let's start with equipment: Dead Silence unlocks at Military Rank 51 and will temporarily make your footsteps silent; the Drill Charge will help you lock down areas or otherwise cause distractions; and for tactical you'll either want Stim (which refreshes Tactical Sprint) or Flash Grenades, which will temporarily leave an enemy blinded.

As for the Perks, you have two options here. Modern Warfare 2 allows you to build your own Perk Packages, although you'll need to reach Military Rank 44 to get access to everything we need here. Battle Hardened and Bomb Squad will reduce the effect of enemy tacticals, while Fast Hands will allow you to quickly switch between the P890 and whatever you have equipped in the Primary weapon slot (we'd recommend our best Modern Warfare 2 M4 loadout for that). Quick Fix is also essential, as it'll start health regeneration as soon as you kill an enemy, which is great for recovery if they get a few shots off before you double tap 'em. If you're still working your way through the Military Rank levels, you could also try the Support Perk Package while you're leveling up.

When it comes to Warzone, pair your P890 with a solid primary and run the Warden Perk Package for a mobile run-and-gun loadout. Double Time will let you get around quicker while Fast Hands allows you to switch weapons faster, facilitating quick finishers with your backup pistol.

While there's no way to check your Modern Warfare 2 KD in-game just yet, we do hope that the functionality will come soon. Season 01, with its new MW2 Battle Pass has arrived with the launch of Warzone 2.

Josh West
UK Managing Editor, GamesRadar+

Josh West is the UK Managing Editor of GamesRadar+. He has over 10 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing. Prior to starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+'s Features Editor and Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, and has freelanced for numerous publications including 3D Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in a few movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.