Difference Between Secure, Scavenger and Large Backpack – Which One to Choose?

Call of Duty MW2 DMZ Backpacks Explained

To make the most out of your looting experience in Modern Warfare 2 DMZ, you need to have a good backpack with you. Season 3 of DMZ introduces two new types of backpacks to the game: the Secure Backpack and Scavenger Backpack. In addition to them, the Large Backpack from the previous seasons remains in the game.

Difference Between Secure and Scavenger Backpack in MW2 DMZ
Difference Between Secure and Scavenger Backpack in MW2 DMZ

Each type of backpack comes with its own pros and cons, so it can be tricky for inexperienced players to choose the best one for themselves. To help you with this decision, this guide will walk you through the differences between the Secure Backpack, Scavenger Backpack, and Large Backpack, and which one you should choose among them.

Secure Backpack

Out of the three different kinds of backpacks in DMZ, the Secure Backpack does the best job of securing the items inside it.

The most significant feature of the Secure Backpack is that it preserves your items between deployments. This applies to all items in your inventory that are not contraband and not “on-soldier.

What makes the Secure Backpack extremely useful is that you get to keep these items not only if you exfiltrate from the DMZ, but also if you are killed during the deployment; you’ll still get to keep the items.

But of course, the Secure Backpack has some limitations, as it does not save contraband and on-soldier items. This means that if you exfiltrate or get eliminated with contraband weapons or any item that can be equipped on your character (such as a UAV), it will not be saved in your backpack.

However, all other items, such as valuables that you can sell at Buy Stations, will be saved in your inventory when you exfiltrate or get eliminated, instead of being converted into XP as they usually are. You can then bring these items into your next deployment.

One downside of the Secure Backpack is that it only has five slots for storing loot and doesn’t offer an extra weapon slot. This means that you can’t store a large number of items in this bag. Therefore, when you’re looting with the Secure Backpack equipped, you’ll have to pick your loot very strategically.

How to Obtain a Secure Backpack in MW2 DMZ

The Secure Backpack can be obtained in two different ways in MW2 DMZ. For starters, you can simply find this backpack while looting the map. It is usually found in orange caches. However, since the backpack is quite valuable, its spawn chances are really low. Therefore, merely running to different areas on the map and hoping to find the backpack as loot is not the best use of your time.

The next way to obtain the Secure Backpack is by using the Barter system, which has just been introduced. Make your way over to any Buy Station on the map and navigate to the Barter Menu after interacting with it.

Purchasing a Secure Backpack from a Buy Station
Purchasing a Secure Backpack from a Buy Station

To acquire the Secure Backpack this way, you will need the items listed below:

  1. 1x Electric Drill.
  2. 1x Gas Can.
  3. 1x Gold Skull.

The electric drill can be found in any workshop or warehouse around the map, typically located inside a toolbox. The gas can spawns at gas stations, while the gold skull can be quite challenging to locate. It commonly spawns in the most active locations on the map, such as supply drops, bank buildings, and police stations.

Scavenger Backpack

The concept of the new Scavenger Backpack is much simpler than that of the Secure Backpack. The Scavenger Backpack simply offers more storage to the player, but at the cost of having only two weapon slots instead of three. It does not secure the player’s items in any way, unlike the Secure Backpack.

This backpack allows you to carry 11 unique items at once in your inventory, making it much better for storing items than the Large Backpack (9 slots) and Secure Backpack (5 slots). However, since it has one fewer weapon slot, it may not be suitable for everyone’s playstyle.

How to Get a Scavenger Backpack in MW2 DMZ

The Scavenger Backpack can be found in the same ways as the Secure Backpack. Players can either choose to find it by simply looting the DMZ map (usually found in Orange Caches), or they can use the much superior method of acquiring this backpack through the Barter system.

Purchasing a Scavenger Backpack from a Buy Station
Purchasing a Scavenger Backpack from a Buy Station

To obtain the Scavenger Backpack using the barter system, you will need the items listed below:

  1. 2x Battery.
  2. 1x Canned Food.
  3. 2x Gun Cleaning Oil.

All three of these items are relatively easy to find. The batteries can be found in workshops and warehouses, usually sitting inside toolboxes, computers, or on shelves. The canned food can be found in any fridge on the map, and the gun cleaning oil can also be found in toolboxes.

Another way to find the Scavenger Backpack is by killing the Scavenger. This is a very dangerous way to obtain the backpack; however, the Scavenger has a 100% chance to drop it.

Large Backpack

Finally, the Large Backpack provides the player with nine slots for storing unique items and includes three weapon slots. It does not offer any other distinctive features like the Secure Backpack.

Finding the Large Backpack can be very tedious, as you cannot get it using a Buy Station. The only way to find the Large Backpack is to look for it as loot on the map.

Finding a Large Backpack in DMZ
Finding a Large Backpack in DMZ

Which One Should You Choose?

The backpack you should choose depends primarily on your current objective in the game. For example, if you are trying to complete a mission in which you have to store several unique items in your inventory and exfiltrate with them, then the Large or Scavenger Backpack is the best option for you.

However, if you are looking to find an item that you want to save, no matter what happens, then the Secure Backpack is your best bet.

Furthermore, it also depends on your playstyle. If you are a slow and methodical player who carefully loots the map, then the Secure Backpack will work wonders for you. However, if you are a fast-paced player who loves to loot everything in sight, then the superior storage of the Large or Scavenger Backpack will be much better suited for your playstyle.

Overall, the most balanced backpack is the Scavenger Backpack, as it offers an enormous amount of storage and can easily be obtained using a Buy Station. That said, the backpack you should choose is a decision you should make yourself.


Muhammad Zubyan

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