The Best 556 Icarus Loadout in Modern Warfare 2

Serving as the lightweight squad-support counterpart of the M4, the 556 Icarus is a light machine gun in Modern Warfare 2 that offers more ammo capacity than others of its type. While it provides solid stats in Range, Fire Rate, and Recoil Control, its Mobility suffers a substantial toll, which could hamper its performance in combat. Nevertheless, those who become accustomed to how the weapon "feels" in battle in Modern Warfare 2 will be able to utilize its large ammunition capacity to wreak havoc on their enemies.


The best loadout for the 556 Icarus in Modern Warfare 2 will depend on whether its users plan to play as stealthful soloists or supportive squad members. Those with hunting prowess and a need for stealth are encouraged to use Base Perks like Tracker and Scavenger, with Quick Fix and Ghost as the additional Perks and Dead Silence for the Field Upgrade. On the other hand, those in a party should consider taking Battle Hardened and Double Time, along with Fast Hands and Ghost. The Field Upgrade could also change to Trophy System for better defense. Secondary and Tactical will depend on preference, but the Semtex is a must-have Lethal.

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When considering a Class Setup for the 556 Icarus, it is not optimal to attempt a fix in Modern Warfare 2 for its poor Mobility. Instead, players are encouraged to improve the light machine gun's other strengths through various mods and attachments. YouTube content creator Hero recommends the following Modifications for the 556 Icarus.

Best Class Setup For 556 Icarus In Modern Warfare 2

Best Class Setup For 556 Icarus In Modern Warfare 2
Weapon SlotModificationIn-game Description
MuzzleEcholine GS-X Suppressor
  • Reduces the weapon's sound signature to maintain the user's position for covert operations
  • Pros: Sound Suppression Recoil Smoothness
  • Cons: Damage Range
BarrelFTAC Coldforge 16" Barrel
  • Increases Accuracy when firing at full automatic power
  • Pros: Damage Range Hip Fire Accuracy Bullet Velocity
  • Cons: Aim Down Sight Speed Hip Recoil Control
UnderbarrelFSS Sharkfin 90
  • Increases Accuracy while on the move
  • Pros: Aiming Idle Stability
StockDemo Precision Elite Factory
  • Pros: Recoil Control Aiming Stability
  • Cons: Aim Down Sight Speed Crouch Movement Speed Aim Walking Speed Sprint Speed
Rear GripXten Grip
  • Pros: Sprint to Fire Speed Aim Down Sight Speed
  • Cons: Recoil Control in Modern Warfare 2

With the setup above, 556 Icarus users can mow down their enemies easily from multiple ranges in Modern Warfare 2. However, the primary disadvantage is that reloading will take significantly longer due to the large ammo capacity. Therefore, players are recommended to find a safe area to hide or protective cover before attempting to reload during combat.

Source: Hero

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    Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2
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