What are Operator kills in Modern Warfare 3 (MW3)?

4 Operator Players Shooting At Each Other In Mw3
Image: Activision

Completing challenges is one of the most fun things to do in Modern Warfare 3 but they can often have some very confusing verbiage. One common theme across multiple challenges is in regards to Operator kills, but just what are Operators in MW3, and how do you kill them?

MW3: What are Operator kills?

Whenever you kill any other online player in a multiplayer match, that counts as an Operator kill. This is in contrast to when you kill an AI bot, zombies, or an NPC. Simply put, if a real person is holding the controller on the other side, then it’s an Operator. The reason Call of Duty calls them Operators is just their arbitrary way of naming things, no matter whether it’s clear or not.

You can see how something this simple turned out to be confusing for many people. When you take a look at the daily challenges, it’s easy to assume that an Operator is probably an enemy class or maybe a mini-boss. This wouldn’t have been a problem if enemy players were called exactly that: enemy players, just like what every other game calls them. But I guess me and Activision don’t exactly see eye to eye on some things.

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How to get Operator kills in Modern Warfare 3 (MW3)

Side Shot Of 2 Operators On A Battlefield With A Broken Tank In The Background
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You can only get Operator kills in multiplayer matches. Keep in mind that there are some issues with daily challenges not tracking, so you may not see your kills tally up in the challenge progress menu. If your challenges are not getting completed even after many kills then you’re probably facing the daily challenges bug like many others.

If you’re not, then you’re good to go. My favorite modes for racking up Operator kills are Team Deathmatch and Domination. You can easily get a load of kills by the sheer density of enemy players. Team Deathmatch is a staple game mode in Modern Warfare for me while Domination is very fun to play. They make collecting Operator kills more of a fun challenge than a grindy task that needs to be done.

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