How to Beat Phillip Graves in CoD Modern Warfare 2

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When you approach the end of the MW2 campaign, things escalate quickly.

After rescuing Alejandro, the main characters decide to retaliate against the Shadow Company.

However, to give Alejandro his base back, the Ghost Team must go through all sorts of enemies. After you survive Alone in Los Almas and deal with many armored enemies, it’s time to fight Phillip Graves.

If you follow our tips, Phillip Graves won’t stand a chance, and this boss fight will be much easier than you’d expect.

Here’s how to defeat Phillip Graves (and the tank) in CoD Modern Warfare 2.

How to Destroy the Tank in Modern Warfare 2

In order to defeat Phil Graves, you will have to use the C4 that you conveniently find around the boss battle area.

Run around and deal with the Shadows while looking for the red crates with the C4 you need.
This process might become annoying quickly. In all fairness, it is a bit repetitive. Stay alive, find C4, throw at the tank, detonate and repeat.

Make sure you get close enough to the tank. Soap won’t throw the C4 too far. Also, it doesn’t detonate automatically. You will have to press the Interact button in order to detonate it.
You will have to do it a few times to get the job done.

You won’t want to be standing still during this battle. Phillip will be chasing you with the tank. If you stand still at any moment, he will use the tank gun, and you will have to start over.

Be careful when you stay on a rooftop for too long since he will destroy the buildings with the tank, which can put you in a difficult position.

You don’t want to keep fighting the shadows, either. They are here to prevent the battle from being too easy. They won’t ever stop showing up until you finally put an end to graves.

How to Defeat Phillip Graves Easily in MW2

If you use a rocket launcher and a riot shield, you might have a much easier time when fighting Graves. However, you have to go through the rest of the mission with that in mind.

Right at the beginning of the mission, when you are fighting the tower, some Shadows will show up on the top of a building.

Wait for the one with a rocket launcher to show up, take that guy down, and wait until the next one shows up with the same weapon. Take that one out, too.

Once you get to the top of the building, you will find a rocket launcher. There will be one on the ground for each of the Shadows using an RPG that you took down. Use one to make your life a bit easier during the next section, and trade the other for your secondary weapon.

Now, with the rocket launcher in your possession, forget about it until you get to the boss battle. You must do your best not to use it since it will give you a significant advantage during the boss fight.

I made it to the boss fight with nothing but a riot shield. However, I do think that it was pretty easy to move forward while using a bulletproof tool. If you are as crazy as I am, give it a shot.

Once you get to the boss fight, you know what to do. Use the rocket launcher to damage the tank. Don’t waste ammo. Take your time and make sure you will have direct hits.

If you do this correctly, Rodolf will let you know by saying: “Tank is taking damage. Hit him again!”

When Rodolfo says that, it means that you have done it correctly and succesfully skipped more than half of the boss fight. You might need two C4s at most to take the tank down, but one well-placed explosion should do the trick.

Follow these steps and see how much easier the battle gets. Instead of dealing with armored enemies for a long time, you will only need to do a C4 run once.

Final Thoughts

When it comes to battles in CoD Modern Warfare 2, the fight against Phillip Graves is by far the one that I find the most annoying.

It has too many enemies and explosions going on, making it somewhat overwhelming at times. That said, this is why a guide to defeating Phillip Graves in MW2 is needed.

Using the method above made the battle much easier, and I don’t think I’d have the patience to throw several bombs on the tank one by one.

I’m sure there are other ways to make this boss fight much easier. However, it is somewhat interesting to see that there is a way to handle this situation without necessarily breaking the game.

I figured this one out by accident because I forgot I had the RPG-7 since I was having too much fun running around with the riot shield I found.

That said, I do appreciate that MW2 allows players to find their own solutions to certain problems they must face in the game.

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