Warzone guns are, unsurprisingly, pretty key to victory. Even if you win your Warzone Gulag fight right at the end of the match and parachute in, you’ll still need to scrounge together some weapons to stand a chance at winning the match. Warzone guns behave very differently than they do in core multiplayer modes, so the knowledge base doesn’t transfer. Besides, with the largest map in Call of Duty history, 149 other players to outlast, and new mechanics like an armour plate system, your needs are very different than in a match on Rust or Crash.
So, what are the best Warzone guns and weapons to pickup and fight with, or to put into your best Warzone Loadouts? We’ve secured several wins in Warzone, watched even more streamer wins, and lost many more matches on top of that, so we’re confident we can present you with a list of the best Warzone guns to use in Call of Duty’s sophomore battle royale experience.
Naturally, personal preference does play a huge role here, so if you disagree with some of our picks then there’s nothing wrong with you racking up headshots and team wipes with a different gun in Warzone – we’re just trying to help out.
Best Warzone guns
Here are the best Warzone guns:
ARX-50 and HDR
These two are both essential sniper rifles and are among the best Warzone guns for one key reason: they are both capable of downing with a single headshot.
So, what’s the difference between the HDR and the ARX-50? Cycle rate and bullet velocity. The ARX-50 fires much faster for a bolt-action sniper rifle, meaning you can take ambitious shots, safe in the knowledge that you can land the second shot at least as fast as your opponent. However, the HDR has faster bullet velocity, especially with the right barrel, so you can treat it almost like a hitscan gun during long-range battles. It’s totally up to you which of those options you prefer. But you should try and include one in your Warzone build.
This shotgun deals marginally less damage than the R9-0, but it comes with a more forgiving magazine size and better pellet spread. Either way, in close-quarters, you should be able to secure the down in 2-3 shots on a fully-armoured enemy.
With a drum mag attached you can easily wipe a whole squad if you’re fighting in a large building, particularly around staircases. If you know you can hit your shots then the R9-0 will definitely drop an opponent a little faster, but mistakes are easy to make in this-fast-paced mode, so we advise taking the ORIGIN-12.
SMGs don’t see a huge amount of use in Warzone, but the MP7 is a standout and is essential in the final circle. It’s rate of fire and recoil mean you won’t struggle to meet its potential DPS, plus it can be equipped with a 60-round magazine, allowing you to take fights with multiple enemies without needing to reload several times. On top of all of this, it’s highly mobile, so if you’re a big fan of flanking then you should definitely consider equipping this for your next drop.
While the M4A1 dominates in core multiplayer, the RAM-7 is the best 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. The M4A1 does have the edge if you’re planning on poking long-range enemies with your AR, but in middle distance battles, the RAM-7 gets our vote.
This LMG excels at sheer DPS and mag size. While it’s not as good as the MG34 on paper, the potential to strap a 200-round mag on this LMG makes it the far superior option. Amazingly, it’s a lot easier to handle and control than the MG34, too, so you should be able to track moving targets with ease.
Really though, there’s no substitute for a 200-round mag, especially in trios, where one player can keep a fight ticking over with sustained pressure while the others flank, reload, or re-armour. It’s a bit of a monster to try and swap between or ADS with, so bear that in mind when using this.
The FAL might be awful in standard multiplayer, but the extended time to kill of Warzone means it’s a DPS powerhouse, capable of breaking down armour faster than most ARs and SMGs. On top of this, the FAL is also very handy for dishing out damage at long-range, making it a very versatile Warzone gun. If you can handle the recoil after ditching the stock then absolutely do so as it drastically increases you aim down sight speed and makes you much more competitive.
This comes with the caveat that you must equip this with the .556 NATO 60-round mag. With these rounds, the AUG dishes out more damage per second than any other assault rifle or SMG in the game. Best of all, you get to keep using SMG, so if you want to use an assault rifle as well you’ve got some ammo diversity.