Best Warzone guns: the top weapons in Caldera

Want to make sure you're set up for victory in Warzone? We’ve tested every weapon in the game to determine what the best guns are on Caldera

A solider crouching wearing the Automaton, one of the best Warzone Pacific guns

Want to know what the best Warzone guns are? Warzone Season 2 Reloaded completely changed the battle royale game by unifying the Vanguard Royale and Battle Royale playlists together. This means players no longer have to use Vanguard weapons if they own any of the guns from Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War.

You might be looking for the best Warzone 2 guns instead –  give that guide a read if you’ve moved on to the sequel. Picking out the best Call of Duty Warzone weapons can be difficult, especially with over 100 different options to pick from across three games. If you’re completely new to the battle royale game, you may struggle against players with every weapon as there’s currently no way to unlock any of the guns in Warzone Caldera.

The best Call of Duty Warzone guns

Here are the best Warzone guns:

  • UGM-8
  • Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle
  • EM2
  • XM4
  • Armaguerra 43
  • H4 Blixen
  • 3-Line Rifle
  • Owen Gun
  • STG44
  • ZRG 20mm
  • Grau 5.56
  • Cooper Carbine
  • PPSh-41
  • Vargo S
  • Volk
  • Marco 5
  • NZ-41
  • HDR
  • UGR
  • CR-56 AMAX
  • Welgun
  • MP40
  • AK-47 (Cold War)
  • Type 100
  • Swiss K31
  • BAR
  • MG 82
  • C58
  • Automaton
  • Kar98k (Modern Warfare)
  • Bren
  • RAM 7
  • Bullfrog
  • Mac-10
  • OTs 9
  • FARA 83
  • MG42

The UGM-8 LMG introduced in Call of Duty Warzone Season 4 on a black background


The UGM-8 has been slowly establishing itself in the Warzone meta ever since it was introduced back in Season 4. LMGs typically struggle to break into the best Warzone guns list, let alone top the entire list, but the best UGM loadout is truly special. This lightweight LMG has it all: lightning-fast rate of fire, incredible mobility, and plenty of bullets to wipe out entire squads if need be.

Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle

There have been plenty of sniper options in Warzone this year, but the Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle is probably the most surprising weapon of the lot. This sniper rifle was ignored for months on end, but the devs have made an effort to enhance the long-range options on Caldera which has seen the Gorenko become a monster from a distance.


Introduced at the beginning of Cold War Season 5, the base EM2 has impressive damage output, and if you follow our best EM2 loadout guide, you should be able to counteract its painfully slow ADS speed. The EM2 is built primarily for long range shootouts thanks to its naturally high accuracy, and it pairs extremely well with one of the new Warzone perks: Combat Recon. Once you hit an enemy, it automatically shows their location on the minimap, alerting your teammates to the enemy’s position.

The stock XM4 assault rifle from Black Ops Cold War in Warzone


When it comes to sniper support, you won’t find many better options compared to the XM4. The best XM4 loadout utilises the assault rifle’s high mobility stats and great damage output to crush any flanking enemies. The XM4 can be built in a variety of ways which is why it’s so prominent on Caldera.

Armaguerra 43

The Armaguerra 43 is a deadly SMG in the right hands, especially when paired up alongside our best Armaguerra 43 loadout. By reducing the recoil on this weapon, we can utilise the SMG’s high rate of fire stats to blast enemies away at close range. Our loadout is built for 1v1 encounters to ensure you’re always the player left standing.

H4 Blixen

The best H4 Blixen loadout utilises the right set of attachments to curb the weapon’s heavy recoil, leaving you with a powerhouse SMG that can rip through enemies up close.

The 3-Line Rifle in Warzone Pacific

3-Line Rifle

The 3-Line Rifle was bestowed with a number of important buffs, increasing the damage multiplier in key areas, and reducing the aim down sight idle sway using multiple scopes. Use our best 3-Line Rifle loadout to get the most out of this fantastic sniper rifle.

Owen Gun

The Owen Gun has been one of the most popular SMGs In Warzone for some time now, sporting high accuracy and a plenty of bullets to burn through. Utilise the best Owen Gun loadout to ensure you’re always equipped with a stocked SMG whenever you need to fight against opponents at close range.


The best STG 44 loadout is the perfect beginner weapon in Warzone due to the flexibility of the gunsmith system, allowing you to create builds using ten attachments. Depending on how you build the STG44, the skill ceiling can be surprisingly high if you opt for a long range setup. As far as assault rifles go, our STG44 build truly has it all – great damage output, impressive range, and stable recoil control.

A close up of the ZRG 20mm sniper rifle in Call of Duty Warzone

ZRG 20mm

Our best ZRG loadout focuses on improving the aim down sight speed to bring it closer to the Swiss K31, making this sniper rifle a real threat when used correctly.

Grau 5.56

By increasing the AR’s overall damage output and damage range, the Grau has become a great option for medium to long-range combat. Check out our best Grau loadout to see what makes this weapon so powerful.

Cooper Carbine

The Cooper Carbine is one of the first weapons added to the game through the Season 1 battle pass, and this assault rifle does a lot to impress. Our best Cooper Carbine loadout has been designed as a sniper support weapon, giving you the perfect gun to take down enemies at close to medium range. What makes this gun so deadly is its accuracy – as long as your aim is reliable, this weapon doesn’t miss shots from mid-range.


After numerous balance changes, the PPSh-41 has finally been dethroned in Season 5 Reloaded. Featuring large magazines and extremely low recoil, you can decimate players at close range if you use the PPSh-41 as a secondary weapon. Check out our best PPSh loadout to create the best weapon to pair alongside an assault rifle or sniper rifle.

Vargo S

This weapon is perfect for players who want to commit to a long-range build without needing to opt for a sniper rifle. Check out our best Vargo S loadout to see which attachments you need to create this incredible AR.


The best Volk loadout has the power of an assault rifle combined with the mobility of an SMG, making it a deadly secondary weapon. If you focus on close-range encounters, the Volk gives the MP40 and the PPSh a run for their money.

Marco 5

This lightweight SMG is extremely deadly, especially when customised to fight enemies up close. The stock version of the Marco 5 features incredible mobility stats, and you can take this further with our best Marco loadout which uses an akimbo setup to delete rival squads.

The Warzone NZ-41 assault rifle


The stock version of the AR is extremely powerful, and the balance changes introduced in Season 4 have made the NZ-41 much easier to use. Use the best NZ-41 loadout to get your hands on the game’s best assault rifle.


Compared to the other sniper rifles in Warzone, the best HDR setup has the highest bullet velocity, meaning your bullets go exactly where you want them to. If you hate accounting for bullet drop when firing from a distance, the HDR is going to become your new best friend.


If you’re searching for the perfect SMG for taking down enemies at close to medium range, the UGR from Black Ops Cold War might be for you. Check out our best UGR loadout to see how this weapon has been changed.

The stock CR-56 AMAX assault rifle in Call of Duty: Warzone's preview menu


This weapon handles like a combination of the AK-47 and Scar – the CR-56 AMAX can be transformed with the right attachments to create a heavy-hitting, relatively manageable AR. Our CR-56 AMAX Warzone setup massively improves its long-range effectiveness without making it unusable in close-range skirmishes.


Introduced in Warzone Season 1 Reloaded, the Welgun features one of the highest time to kill speeds in the game. At close range, the best Welgun loadout has little to no competition in terms of being a highly mobile, yet deadly option. Stick to medium range to get the most out of this gun.


The best MP40 loadout is a great alternative to the PPSh-41 if you want to go for a fast time to kill speed above everything else. You do have to make some sacrifices to the weapon’s recoil control in order to increase the fire rate – this allows you to take down enemies much faster than before.

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

AK-47 (Cold War)

The Cold War AK-47 has emerged as one of the best assault rifles thanks to its versatility. Whether you’re looking to dominate enemies up close or at long range, the CW AK47 can compete at almost any distance. This weapon is extremely popular right now as it currently leads the pack in terms of its time to kill speed. Equip yourself with the best AK47 loadout which focuses on close range encounter to blast away rival squads.

Type 100

The Type 100 was already one of the better SMGs in Warzone, but it recently received a buff to take it to another level. To bring the best Type 100 loadout in line with the MP40 and PPSh-41, the devs made an effort to increase its minimum and maximum damage, thereby improving the weapon’s time to kill speed. If you’re looking for a strong SMG to take into battle, the Type 100 is your best bet.

Swiss K31

Looking for a new sniper rifle? The Swiss K31 has been buffed a number of times to make it a true competitor to the Kar98k. Unlike the Kar98k, the Swiss can be built for both close and long range encounters, making it highly versatile for Caldera. Head on over to our best Swiss loadout to see which attachments take this sniper rifle to another level.


Unlike most of the assault rifles in Warzone, the Bar can be customised to create a marksman rifle capable of taking enemies out from great distances. The Bar is fully automatic, giving you the freedom to hold down the trigger when fighting against multiple enemies. You do have to be careful when firing up close as it’s very easy to get flanked while using this weapon.

A side shot of the MG 82, one of the best Warzone LMGs

MG 82

When it comes to LMGs, the MG 82 appears to be an anomaly. Using the best MG 82 loadout, you can equip the right set of attachments to drastically reduce the weapon’s recoil. We cannot stress how low the recoil is on this weapon, it’s so good that we wouldn’t be surprised if the MG 82 receives a nerf in the next week or so.


If you’re looking for a long range assault rifle with great overall stats, there’s no better weapon to use than the C58. The only real downside to the best C58 loadout is the recoil, but this can be managed after using the gun for several rounds. The damage output from this weapon shouldn’t be ignored, it really does pack a punch.


All good things must come to an end, though that doesn’t appear to be the case for the Automaton just yet. This assault rifle has been one of the go-to picks in Warzone, however, it did receive a nerf its recoil control because it was far too accurate. This nerf made no impact to the weapon’s pick rate as the extra recoil is negligible using the best Automaton loadout.

Kar98k (Modern Warfare)

The Kar98k and the Swiss K31 are no longer the undisputed best snipers in Warzone, even with their one shot kill potential. That being said, they’re still worthy snipers and can be devastating in the right hands. Check out our build for the best Warzone Kar98k loadout.


LMGs usually have huge downsides which make them difficult for most players to opt for, but the Bren is completely different. The best Bren loadout is easily one of the best Warzone LMGs thanks to its impressive damage range and low recoil.

The RAM-7 in Call of Duty Warzone's preview weapon menu


While the M4A1 dominates in core multiplayer, the RAM-7 is also a top option in Warzone for a fast-firing, accurate, and versatile assault rifle. You can equip it with a 50-round mag, which is solid, and in close to mid-range fights it’s an absolute laser beam. Here’s our full Ram-7 Warzone loadout if you fancy taking this AR for a spin.


SMGs have always been part of the Warzone meta because of their close to medium range dominance, and there’s nothing better than the Bullfrog. When customised with the correct attachments, the best Bullfrog loadout can be built to take down enemies at all ranges. You can equip this weapon with attachments to make it deadly from a distance, but it truly excels up close thanks to its high mobility and bullet velocity stats.


If you’re looking for a weapon with high mobility coupled with a fast time to kill, there aren’t many SMGs better than the Mac-10. This SMG really shines when fighting at a close range – enemies will struggle to win 1v1 encounters against the Mac-10 thanks to its lightning fast aim down sight speed. When paired with the correct attachments, the Mac-10 becomes an instant pick for anyone looking to rack up loads of kills. Be sure to check out the best Mac-10 loadout to understand how to get the best out of this weapon.

The best OTs 9 loadout SMG in Call of Duty: Warzone's preview menu introduced in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded


If you’re a fan of high risk, high reward weapons, the OTs 9 might be your next SMG. The OTs 9 features fantastic recoil control, accuracy, and power, but what’s the catch? The magazines are so small, even if you use the best OTS 9 loadout. As long as you aren’t trying to take down multiple enemies at the same time, the OTs 9 is a great option for 1v1 encounters.

Fara 83

If you’re looking for a weapon with the mobility of an SMG without having to sacrifice the damage output of an assault rifle, the Fara 83 is your best bet. Give our best Fara 83 loadout a read to see how to get the most out of this deadly assault rifle.


The MG42 is Vanguard’s standout LMG, but not for the reasons you might expect. While most LMGs focus on close to mid range combat, the customised the best MG42 loadout excels at medium to long range.

And that’s everything you need to know about the best Warzone guns. Want to know what the best Warzone loadouts are? We’ve paired together the best weapons in the free PC game to create meta-defining loadouts. Once you manage to call in a loadout drop, the rest of the game should be a piece of cake. While you’re here, you may want to catch up on the latest updates on the Activision Blizzard lawsuit and its aftermath with our roundup.