All powerups & weapon pickups in MW3's Arcade Playlist

All powerups & weapon pickups in MW3's Arcade Playlist
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Written by 

Coleman Hamstead


30th Apr 2024 17:29


One of the highlights of Season 3 Reloaded is a brand-new Arcade Playlist available in Modern Warfare 3. This playlist introduces powerups and weapon pickups to MW3 Multiplayer, sacrificing realism for some good ol' fun.

This primer explains the basics of the game's latest playlist, including all the powerups and weapon pickups you can discover in the Arcade Playlist.

Dates, times & other details

Operators fighting to control an objective in MW3 Multiplayer
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The Arcade Playlist goes live with Season 3 Reloaded on May 1, 2024, at 5pm BST. Activision has yet to announce if the Arcade Playlist is a limited-time offering, so give it a try, and maybe it'll be around longer than you originally thought!

For the most part, the Arcade Playlist plays like regular Multiplayer but with a few special powerups and augmented weapons to fight over. Like Mosh Pit, the Arcade Playlist supports a variety of maps and modes, spicing up the gameplay further.

All powerups

Powerups appear when you eliminate enemy Operators, and you can retrieve them to gain temporary abilities. To start, the Arcade Playlist features just two powerups: 

  • Unlimited Ammo
  • Unlimited Grenades

All weapon pickups

In the Arcade Playlist exists powerful weapon pickups dispersed throughout the maps, which you can identify by their floating animation and glowing effects. Available weapon pickups include:

  • Punch Knife with a dramatically increased lunge distance
  • MORS Sniper Rifle loaded with explosive projectile rounds
  • Riveter Shotgun loaded with explosive projectile rounds
  • Minigun that provides a constant Battle Rage effect

In all honesty, the selection of powerups and weapon pickups is lacking. However, some players might prefer it that way, as too many powerups and weapon pickups would make things extremely hectic. Still, I'd wager they'll expand on the Arcade Playlist with new additions, as long as it's not a complete failure.

If MW3 Multiplayer is starting to feel stale, why not check out the Arcade Playlist when it arrives on May 1, 2024, at 5pm BST?

The Arcade Playlist is the perfect environment for completing challenges, but if you want to take it more seriously, consider using one of the top meta loadouts. For more news and guides on MW3 Multiplayer, check out our Modern Warfare 3 homepage at GGRecon.

Coleman Hamstead
About the author
Coleman Hamstead
Coleman is a freelance journalist at GGRecon. While gaming has always been his passion, it wasn’t until he worked as a Sports Journalist at the Community College of Baltimore County that he found his enthusiasm for writing. In the time since Coleman has had his work featured in publications such as The Washington Post/Launcher and ESTNN. Coleman is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration.
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