Are you looking for the best AK47 loadout in Warzone? The AK47 has never been one of the best weapons in Call of Duty’s battle royale game, though it looks like things are finally changing in Warzone Season 3. Not only is the Cold War AK47 now viable in the current meta, the Modern Warfare AK47 is a threat when built to focus on long range encounters.
There are a couple of ways most people choose to spec the Modern Warfare AK47. You can either strip it down so it behaves like one of the best Warzone SMGs, but the recoil is too high to land many shots with, or you can build it into an RPK-like Warzone LMG, which will lead to hefty aim down sight times. We’ve gone for the latter approach for the Modern Warfare variant, but with a couple of caveats that we feel make it genuinely viable.
This guide contains loadouts for both the Modern Warfare and Cold War variants of the AK47. The Warzone Season 3 meta is going through an experimental phase right now, reintroducing the classic AK47 back into the fold.
BEST black ops Cold war AK47 WARZONE LOADOUT
The best Cold War AK47 Warzone loadout is:
- GRU Suppressor
- 18.2” VDV Reinforced
- Spetsnaz Grip
- Bakelite 60 Rnd
- Microflex LED
The recoil pattern on the Cold War AK-47 has been adjusted in Warzone Season 3, fixing the AK-47’s only drawback. The GRU Suppressor gives you sound suppression and increases your damage range – great for this high damage low recoil assault rifle. The barrel adds more effective damage range and bullet velocity. You may well be tempted by the extra damage from the Spetsnaz RPK barrel, but the recoil trade-off is too much for our tastes.
One area that’s a tad contentious is the ammunition. You could go with the VDV 60 Rnd Fast Mag, but the reduction in ADS time compared to the Bakelite 60 Rnd is more impactful than you might think, and the slightly increased reload speed is negligible at best, so you may not even notice. The Microflex LED is also a good option for the optics, since the ironsights make it quite difficult to aim at times since you can easily loose your target underneath your gun model.
The Spetsnaz Grip gives us additional vertical and horizontal recoil control, which is particularly crucial for the AK47 – and the KGB Skeletal stock is also perfect for the AK47 playstyle, with a buff to sprint to fire time and aim walking movement speed, so you can stay prepared – though if you like to play a little more aggressively, swap it out for the Serpent Wrap.
Compared to the highly popular CR-56 AMAX, the Cold War AK-47 can carry 15 more bullets and has a faster TTK speed. We wouldn’t be surprised to see the AK-47 become the next meta weapon as the awful recoil pattern was the only thing holding this powerful gun back.
BEST modern warfare AK47 WARZONE LOADOUT
The best Warzone AK47 loadout is:
- Monolithic Suppressor
- 23.0″ RPK Barrel
- Commando Foregrip
- Rubberized Grip Tape
- Tac Laser
This build turns the AK47 into a RPK, except without the giant drum magazine. While the standard 30-round mag is limiting when it comes to taking down more than one player at a time, it keeps the AK47’s mobility and handling stats in a healthy place. The RPK Barrel and Monolithic Suppressor improve the AK’s long-range effectiveness, while the combination of grip, laser, and grip tape will make landing consecutive shots much easier.
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Feel free to try a few different grips with the AK47 as each grip affects the recoil pattern significantly, so if you prefer to handle horizontal recoil yourself then you might prefer the Ranger Foregrip. Another potential swap is to sub in a close-quarters stock for the Tac Laser, but we feel the Tac Laser adds more to the build while only occupying a single attachment slot.
This Warzone AK47 loadout is still pretty sluggish, so you’ll want the Overkill perk and a secondary weapon like our best MP5 build. Your first perk should be EOD to save yourself from as much horrid mine, C4, and RPG damage as possible, while we’d suggest bringing Amped so you can switch to your MP5 rapidly, whether that’s to finish off an enemy or just to transition between close and mid range easily. When you get the chance to claim a second loadout, make sure you grab the Ghost perk to keep yourself off any UAVs.
We find that nothing beats the combination of C4 and Heartbeat Sensor for dealing with buildings. The Heartbeat Sensor won’t reveal everything, but catching a blip on it will give you a huge advantage – pair it with the C4 and it’s great for punishing enemies who haven’t got their Ghost perk equipped.