Considering it only takes about five or six hours to go from the invasion of Normandy to rolling across the Rhine and conquering Germany, the main draw for Call Of Duty WW2 has got to be the multiplayer experience over the single-player campaign.
If fighting waves of Nazi zombies in co-op aren’t your thing, there’s the player versus player mode to dive into. What keeps people coming back for match after match of run and gun action? Besides the frantic trench warfare and ability to unlock awesome streak kill weapons, its the ability to level up and gain prestige.
You can gain prestige for your personal character, for your specific division, and even for your individual weapons. Prestige is added by leveling up that particular element (character, division, or weapon) to the maximum rank.
CoD WW2 Prestige Weapons
You can prestige your individual weapons in two locations — either at the gunsmith in Headquarters, or on the main soldier screen when you are picking your loadoutt.
So what does weapon prestige even do? Basically, it lets you add a clan tag the first time you prestige the weapon at level 1, then put on a kill counter the second time you gain weapon prestige for level 2. They aren’t exactly game changing features, but if you want to unlock everything, weapon prestige is worth working towards.
The player kill counter shows up physically on a section of the gun during a match (kudos for this being something to unlock and not a pre-order exclusive!), and it varies in location from weapon to weapon. Usually you can see it best while zooming in. You also again earn XP awards for each weapon level after adding prestige at either rank 1 or rank 2.
Those are some cool perks, but there’s actually a pretty big downside to adding prestige: gaining weapon prestige resets that weapon. Any attachments you earned along the way? Gone, and permanently (until you unlock them again).
Since you have to gain weapon prestige twice to get to the kill counter, this means those attachments will be reset both times. If you play a lot and quickly level up a gun that won’t be a big deal, but for the more casual player, prestiging a weapon might not actually be worth the effort.
CoD WW2 Division Prestige Weapon List
Beyond prestiging an individual weapon, you can also earn special prestige weapons by gaining division prestige at Headquarters when you hit level 5 for your division.
Gaining division prestige unlocks the Divisional Commander achievement and nabs you one of these unique and special weapons:
- Rifle: SVT-40 (Infantry Division Prestige Weapon)
- Light Machine Gun: MG 42 (Armored Division Prestige Weapon)
- Sub Machine Gun: MP-40 (Airborne Division Prestige Weapon)
- Sniper Rifle: KAR-98k (Expeditionary Division Prestige Weapon)
- Shotgun: Sawed Off Shotgun (Mountain Division Prestige Weapon)
Obviously, each unlockable gun is slightly more powerful than their standard counterparts for the division, giving you an edge in combat, and of course you can level them up like any other gun.
You can even add weapon prestige to each of these division prestige weapons, eventually unlocking the clan tag and kill count tracker.
That’s everything you need to know about earning weapon prestige and unlock the special division prestige armory! Still need help with any other aspect of Call Of Duty WW2’s multiplayer experience? Be sure to check out our full list of CoD WW2 walkthrough content here:
- COD WW2 Nazi Zombies Survival Guide
- Nazi Zombies Pack-A-Punch Guide
- Zombie Mode Easter Egg Hunt
- Call Of Duty WW2 Multiplayer Weapons Guide