The best Warzone AK47 loadout

Try out unique loadouts for both the Cold War and Modern Warfare versions of the AK-47

The Cold War AK-47 in Call of Duty: Warzone's preview menu

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:

  • Suppressor
  • 20″ Spetsnaz RPK Barrel
  • KGB Skeletal Stock
  • 45 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 improved Suppressor gives you sound suppression and increases your aim down sight speed – very useful stats for this high damage low recoil assault rifle. The barrel also increases bullet velocity and speeds up the sprint to fire speed. This does come at the cost of the AK’s effective damage range, but the impact is negligible.

We’ve gone for the 20″ Spetsnaz RPK Barrel which does impact the weapon’s vertical and horizontal recoil, but provides buffs in three key areas: effective damage range, bullet velocity, and strafe speed. Out of the three areas, strafe speed is arguably the most important as the AK is incredibly powerful with improved mobility.

Due to the downsides of the other magazines, you’re almost forced into picking the 45 Rnd magazine as this only affects reload quickness. The Microflex LED is 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 KGB Skeletal Stock is 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
  • Ranger 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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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.

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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.

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