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Best Warzone guns: the top weapons to use in Call of Duty battle royale

Want to make sure you're set up for victory? Here are the best Warzone guns

Best warzone guns

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 base your best Warzone loadout drop around? 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:

  • MGL-32 Grenade Launcher
  • FAL
  • MP5
  • Grau 5.56
  • Kar98k
  • AX-50
  • HDR
  • M4A1
  • PKM
  • ORIGIN-12
  • Kilo 141
  • Bruen MK9
  • CR-56 AMAX
  • M13
  • MP7
  • Fennec
  • SA87
  • RPG-7
  • RAM-7
  • AUG
  • MK2 Carbine
  • Crossbow
  • Bizon
  • Uzi
  • .357

MGL-32 grenade launcher

There’s a reason this launcher only has a minuscule drop rate and can only be found in chests – it’s legitimately OP. The MGL-3 Grenade Launcher uses the same ammo as rocket launchers – it carries six in the drum and six spare – so you’ll want your team to give you any and all rockets they pick up. Its range isn’t great and you’ll need to get used to arcing your shots if you want to drop players at mid-range, but it’s a one-hit kill to fully-armoured enemies and can be spammed.

The damage potential is unmatched – if a squad pushes up on you, then you can wipe them out in seconds. It’s also incredibly useful for taking down cars and trucks as it only takes two shots to completely blow up even a truck.

FAL

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 all ARs and SMGs, especially up close.

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 – try our best FAL Warzone build for a winning start.

MP5

Alternatively, you can check out our best MP5 Warzone setup if you want something to dominate with in close-quarters. The max magazine capacity of 45-rounds is practically the only drawback to this SMG as you won’t find many weapons that can match its time-to-kill stats.

Grau 5.56

This AR wouldn’t merit such a high spot in our list of the best Warzone guns if we only went by its DPS stats. However, if your aim isn’t perfect then you’ll find the Grau 5.56 is one of the easiest to use and most reliable weapons in its class for mid to long-range full-auto fire. There’s almost no recoil when using this AR, so you can rely on it to pick apart squads at distance. A recent nerf means it’s no longer the very best weapon in its class, but if you’re looking for ease of use and a very quick time to kill then you can’t go wrong with the Grau.

Check out our dedicated guide for the best Grau Warzone loadout. It’s not as good, but if you want to try something a little different then here’s our best Kilo 141 Warzone setup.

Kar98k

It’s taken a while (and a hefty buff) for the Warzone community to embrace this antique, but now the Kar98k is arguably the best long-range option in Warzone. Why? A recent damage, range, and velocity buff means it’s as lethal and effective over long ranges as the other top snipers, while also having superior handling. The caveat is you’ll need to hit heads as body shots are significantly weaker, but that’s true of sniping in Warzone anyway. Check out our build for the best Warzone Kar98k loadout.

ARX-50

These two are both essential Warzone 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 AX-50? Cycle rate and bullet velocity. The AX-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. Its aim down sight speed is also superior with the right attachments, so this is definitely a sniper for more aggressive, active players.

However, the AX-50’s muzzle velocity is a little lower, meaning you’ll need to learn its bullet drop and travel time to get the most out of it. Here’s our best Warzone AX-50 class setup.

HDR

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. Long range battles generally aren’t worth it in Warzone as you don’t get a chance to loot your victims and can lose a lot of armour and bullets in the process, but if that’s how you want to play then you’ll find this the best gun for the job. Here’s the best Warzone HDR class setup.

Best Warzone loadout - m4a1

M4A1

While the M4A1 has one of the fastest TTK stats for its class in Warzone, it’s not our top pick for the best assault rifle in Warzone. The reason is it has a lot of visual noise when firing, and with some pretty unpleasant iron sights, spotting and tracking targets in a fight is no mean feat. Sure, you can use an optic, but this means sacrificing some crucial aim down sight speed, muzzle velocity, or damage range depending on which attachment you replace it with. Check out our M4A1 Warzone loadout for the best setup.

PKM

We also have a lot of love for the MG34 in Warzone, but our best Warzone PKM loadout is the way to go if you want to use a proper LMG in battle royale. What makes this gun so much fun to use is its superb performance over long ranges.

Set it up with a heavy barrel and some attachments to minimise recoil and you’ll find you’re able to destroy enemies crossing open ground, even if they’re at sniper range.

ORIGIN-12

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 our best Warzone Origin 12 loadout for any room-clearing.

KILO 141

The Kilo has been overlooked and overshadowed since the game launched, but it’s gaining in popularity since the Grau was nerfed. The issue with the Kilo 141 is that it remains very mediocre while several other assault rifles offer either better time-to-kill stats, performance over range, or accuracy. It will definitely get you kills, but there are better options. For the best setup, here is our best Warzone Kilo 141 class.

BRUEN MK9

The Bruen MK9 handles like an assault rifle but has a lot more versatility when it comes to the potential Warzone Bruen MK9 builds you can create. It’s damage profile is superb, too, so if you’re looking to extend your AR range then try this instead.

The Bruen has recently been nerfed in Warzone, edging it out of the meta a little. However, rapid reloads, decent mobility, superior ranged performances, and easy recoil mean it remains one of the best Warzone guns around.

CR-56 AMAX

Season 4’s addition to Warzone’s assault rifle roster seems off-meta, but it’s much better than many would have you believe. Although it handles like the AK-47 and Scar (and fires pretty slowly, too), 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.

M13

The best M13 Warzone build has been increasingly popular as players look for alternatives to the Grau and M4A1 meta, but while it has its strengths, it remains the weaker option for long distance fights. What we will say in the M13’s favour is that its TTK stats, rate of fire, and minimal recoil make it feel like fighting with a laser beam and if you’re an aggressive player then you’ll love it.

MP7

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. The MP7 is the best SMG for Warzone – and it’s even better if you use the best MP7 Warzone setup.

Fennec

The Season 4 SMG is already an extremely popular pick in multiplayer and Warzone, and it’s easy to see why: with the fastest rate of fire in the game this Vector-like gun can eliminate an enemy in the blink of an eye. It definitely has its drawbacks, like awful bullet velocity and small mags, hence why it’s not our number one pick. However, if you’re an extremely close-quarters fight then you really can’t beat the Fennec.

Check out our Fennec Warzone build for a 40-round, highly mobile SMG that’s ideal for clearing out buildings.

RPG-7

If you don’t mind getting your kills the cheap and easy way then the RPG-7 is the way to go – if you’re playing trios or squads then you should have at least two players running the RPG-7 at any given time. Why? The RPG-7 is oddly accurate over long distances in Warzone, and landing a shot close to an enemy will either knock them of scrap their armour. A direct hit on a trio can even result in an instant team wipe.

All you need to do with the RPG-7 is fire it, spot the armour cracked hit marker, then rush your enemies as they’re plating up again.

Best Warzone SA87 loadout

SA87

This LMG is picking up where the Bruen left off, offering really strong damage over long distances, but with the mobility of and assault rifle. It’s got some tricky recoil, but there’s a mighty weapon if you adopt our Warzone SA87 loadout.

RAM-7

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. Here’s our full Ram-7 Warzone loadout if you fancy taking this AR for a spin.

AUG

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. Here’s our best AUG Warzone setup.

MK2 Carbine

The majority of the the Warzone player base is sleeping on this marksman rifle, despite it being available as floor loot. This is a great pick if you want to be able to deal with snipers, but don’t want to actually sniper. The mix of accuracy, damage, and range means you can often get a very damaging snapshot onto an enemy sniper that will keep them pinned back.

In mid-range fights you can knock armor off with a single shot and the mobility makes doing so while moving around easy. You’ll want a reflex sight, monolithic suppressor, FSS 24.0” Factory barrel, and a laser that improves ADS time to get the most out of this.

Crossbow

If you get good with the Crossbow and are confident that you can land your first shot, then this is easily one of the best Warzone guns around. While the HDR and AX-50 both possess the ability to down an enemy with a single headshot, the Crossbow can achieve the same result with a body shot. Better still, if you’re using explosive or Thermite bolts, the resulting explosion or fire will usually finish off the player you downed.

It’s definitely a flair pick, but if you can get the bolt drop right then this is a ruthlessly efficient killer. Check out our Warzone Crossbow class here.

Bizon

This SMG is very weak in terms of its time-to-kill stats, but a big magazine as standard means you get a free attachment slot to tune the weapon’s weaker stats. However, if you’re like us, and just want more rounds at hand, then you’ll follow our Warzone Bizon loadout and attach 84-round mags to this SMG.

Uzi

If you follow our Warzone Uzi loadout then you’ll find this deals some impressive damage for its class, but we still find the kick and slow rate of fire too much to cope with and can’t recommend it for the average player.

.357

This entry comes with the caveat that you play the .357 with Akimbo and Snake Shot, which turns this ordinarily mediocre sidearm into a close-range destroyer. With the rest of your attachments set up to increase sprint to fire speed you’ll find these pistols are pretty much unstoppable in close-quarters. For more Akimbo pistols in Warzone, we’ve got a rundown of several builds.

Snake Shot turns the .357 into a shotgun, combine that with Akimbo and you have a shottie in each hand, granting you the fastest time-to-kill with body shots of any gun in the game. If you don’t like the damage drop-off these offer then removing Snake Shot still leaves you with some serious stopping power. Here’s our guide on getting the 357 Warzone Snake Shot setup for yourself.

Alternatively – seeing as these have just been nerfed a little – we suggest you try out our Akimbo Renetti Warzone class.

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