Best Warzone Pacific loadout drop: top setups for Season 1

Don’t bother picking up any ground loot on Caldera - choose one of our customised Warzone Pacific loadout drops to destroy your enemies

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On the lookout for the best Warzone Pacific loadout? With the addition of Caldera, the new Warzone map, and Vanguard’s recent integration with Call of Duty’s popular battle royale game, Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 is off to a strong start. There are plenty of new loadouts to consider while you’re trekking across the tropical forests of the new Warzone map.

Despite the plentiful ground loot in Caldera’s hot zones, you’ll want a reliable build to help you take out the opposition as you try to outrun the encroaching gas cloud. Using create-a-class loadouts from Vanguard’s multiplayer mode in Warzone, you can customise your weapons with the best Warzone attachments, tactical equipment, and perks.

Our best Warzone Pacific setups differ from our favourite builds for Vanguard’s multiplayer mode as they’re optimised for Caldera’s vast environments. Not only do the weapons in Warzone Pacific feature tweaked stats, we also have to take into consideration Warzone’s armour plates and the additional player count. We’ve used our extensive knowledge of Warzone to pass on our victory prowess to you – use our best loadouts for Warzone Pacific to dominate the competition.

We haven’t included any information about perks and equipment because most players tend to use the same setup: EOD, Overkill, and Amped along with C4 and a Heartbeat Sensor. This could change as the Warzone Pacific meta develops, but right now the equipment hasn’t changed just yet.

Best Call of Duty Warzone PACIFIC loadout

Here are the best Warzone loadout drops with the best Warzone guns and attachments, equipment, and perks:

  • STG44 & PPSh-41
  • Kar98k & MP40
  • MG42 & Volk
  • Automaton & Type 100
  • 3-Line Rifle & PPSh-41

The STG44 on a black background in Call of Duty Warzone Pacific's preview menu

STG44 AND PPSH-41 WARZONE PACIFIC LOADOUT DROP

If you’ve had a chance to play Call of Duty Vanguard, it shouldn’t come as any surprise to you that the STG44 is one of the best assault rifles in Warzone. Though the damage values are slightly different in Warzone compared to Vanguard, the fully customised version of the best STG44 loadout manages to retain its incredible power. The STG44 is deadly up close thanks to its impressive time to kill speed, and it can handle itself at medium range when equipped with a 3.25x scope.

  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: VDD 760mm 05B
  • Optic: 1229/Slate 3.25x Custom
  • Stock: VDD 34S Weighted
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 45 Round
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Perk: Vital
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

The PPSh-41 was powerful back in Warzone and it’s even better in Warzone Pacific due to the lack of SMG competition. If you’re looking for an SMG with a fast firing rate, low recoil, and decent damage, there’s no better option than the best PPSh-41 loadout. We’ve picked attachments that reduce the recoil even further as the stock version of this weapon can be tricky to control.

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Kovalevskaya 230mm B03P
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Empress Custom
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62MM Gorenko 71 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Perk: Steady
  • Perk 2: Quick

This is the easiest loadout to get to grips with for both new and experienced players. The STG44 and PPSh-41 are powerful yet surprisingly accurate – for weapons as powerful as this, you might assume they’d suffer from harsh recoil. It’s early days so far, this loadout could get nerfed so it’s definitely worth using while it’s still strong.

The Kar98k in front of a black background in Call of Duty Warzone Pacific's preview menu

KAR98K AND MP40 WARZONE PACIFIC LOADOUT DROP

Like to get up close and personal when sniping? The Kar98k is a staple of the Call of Duty games due to its quick aim down sight speed and power, allowing you to quickscope with ease. You won’t be firing from great distances using this Kar98k loadout – instead, this loadout is perfect for destroying rival squads at medium range. If you have the aim to utilise this weapon effectively, as soon as you spot someone you should be able to knock them down with just one shot. Check out our best Kar98k loadout to understand why we selected the following attachments.

  • Muzzle: Mk.2 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 560mm LWS03K
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Optic: MK 18 Sunfilter
  • Stock: VDD Thumbhole
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Perk 1: Quickscope
  • Perk 2: On-Hand

The MP40 may not have the best rate of fire, but it makes up for this with incredible recoil and large magazines. This weapon rewards accurate players with plenty of damage from headshots, but if you’re the type of player to primarily aim for the body, you may want to switch to the PPSh-41 instead.

  • Muzzle: M9 Flash Hider
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317mm 04B
  • Optic: Monocular Reflector
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 8mm Kurz 32 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Perk 1: Perfectionist
  • Perk 2: Quick

This loadout is perfect for players who consider themselves to be sharpshooters – the skill ceiling on the Kar98k and MP40 is high, so it may take some time to get used to this setup. Try to avoid loitering in areas where you can be spotted from great distances, you need to stick to close and medium range to get the most out of your weapons.

The MG42 in front of a black background in Call of Duty Warzone Pacific's preview menu

MG42 AND VOLK WARZONE PACIFIC LOADOUT DROP

Eliminate your enemies with a seemingly endless supply of bullets with the MG42 LMG. Caldera is the perfect location for close to medium range weapons as there aren’t too many empty spaces on the map. This LMG is fantastic when paired with teammates – hold down the fire button to provide suppression fire, giving your squad the perfect opportunity to surprise your enemies. Don’t be fooled by the horrible MG42 found in the ground loot; it’s nothing like the best MG42 loadout.

  • Muzzle: G28 Compensator
  • Barrel: Krausnick 355m Rapid
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Krausnick S91MG
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Rubber Grip
  • Perk 1: Steady
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

Though the Volk is listed as an assault rifle, it behaves similarly to an SMG thanks to its incredible mobility stats. Long time players may remember the FFAR – the Volk is very similar to that unstoppable weapon, though it’s fair to say the Volk isn’t completely unbalanced like the FFAR was. Check out our best Volk loadout to see why we’ve gone for the attachments listed below.

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: VDD 287mm
  • Optic: Nydar Model 47
  • Stock: Krausnick S10V Short
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 8mm Kurz 60 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Perk 1: Fleet
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

LMGs always come with a huge hit to your mobility and, unsurprisingly, the MG42 is no exception to this. Pairing the MG42 with the Volk enables you to fight off close range enemies without having to be anchored to the ground. As mentioned earlier, try to pair this loadout with squad mates as you can create some tricky situations for your opponents with the MG42.

The Automaton in front of a black background in Call of Duty Warzone Pacific's preview menu

AUTOMATON AND TYPE 100 WARZONE PACIFIC LOADOUT DROP

If you’re looking for power, the Automaton packs a powerful punch but suffers in the accuracy department. We’ve gone for attachments which alter the weapon’s recoil to keep it stable while firing from a distance. This weapon is excellent at medium range, though you can swap the scope out if you prefer to stick to close range combat.

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Anastasia Sniper
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Zac Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: M1942 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 6.5mm Sakura 75 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Rubber Grip
  • Perk 1: Frenzy
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

Another close range monster, the Type 100 is an excellent SMG which strikes the perfect balance between raw damage and accuracy. The stock Type 100 features great damage for an SMG, but the recoil can be difficult to control. Opt for our loadout to build a threatening gun capable of destroying enemies up close.

  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Anastasia Sniper
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Warubachi Grip Folding
  • Underbarrel: M1942 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 8mm Kurz 40 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Perk 1: Vital
  • Perk 2: Quick

Another beginner friendly loadout, the Automaton and Type 100 are fantastic weapons for close to medium range battles. The way Caldera is structured gives medium range guns an advantage as they’re used almost everywhere on the map. This loadout allows you to focus entirely on the combat as you can’t fault these weapons for anything.

The 3-Line Rifle in front of a black background in Call of Duty Warzone Pacific's preview menu

3-LINE RIFLE AND PPSh-41 WARZONE PACIFIC LOADOUT DROP

When set up correctly, the 3-Line Rifle combines the quickscoping strengths of the Kar98k with the long range capabilities of a traditional sniper rifle. The result is a sniper rifle that can perform medium range quickscopes, while being equipped with the attachments necessary for long range combat.

  • Muzzle: G28 Compensator
  • Barrel: 270mm Voz Carbine
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: .30-06 20 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Perk 1: Shrouded
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

We’re going back to the PPSh-41 for this long range sniper rifle build. This SMG does everything the 3-Line Rifle isn’t capable of doing – you can handle enemies at close range and you have plenty of bullets at your disposal without needing to constantly reload.

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Kovalevskaya 230mm B03P
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Empress Custom
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62MM Gorenko 71 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Perk: Steady
  • Perk 2: Quick

Sniper rifles definitely aren’t as strong in Warzone Pacific as they were on Verdansk, so your options for long range combat are severely limited right now. On the plus side, at least the 3-Line Rifle gives traditional sniper rifle users something to use on Caldera. We fully expect the developers to buff sniper rifles in the future, or at least add a powerful one to the game at some stage.

BEST WARZONE LOADOUT

If you’re not a fan of the new Warzone Pacific modes which restricts your weapon loadouts, you always have the best Warzone loadouts to rely on. These loadouts include weapons from Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War, allowing you to go back in time and use your favourite guns. It looks like the Vanguard weapons aren’t as powerful as their modern counterparts, so our old loadouts work surprisingly well on Caldera.

Here are the best Warzone loadout drops for Caldera battle royale and Plunder:

  • CW AK47 & LC10
  • C58 & Mac-10
  • MG 82 & Tec-9
  • QBZ-83 & PPSh-41
  • EM2 & Tec-9

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

CW AK-47 AND LC10 WARZONE LOADOUT DROP

The Cold War AK-47 is without a doubt the best assault rifle in Warzone. Yes, this weapon does have some recoil when firing from a distance, but its fast time to kill speed more than makes up for this. Our best AK47 loadout reduces as much recoil as we can without reducing any of the damage the AK47 is known for.

  • Suppressor
  • 20″ Spetsnaz RPK Barrel
  • KGB Skeletal Stock
  • 45 Rnd
  • Axial Arms 3x

The LC10 also received a buff this season, improving the bullet velocity on this underutilised SMG. With the extra bullet velocity, the best LC10 loadout is transformed into one of the most accurate weapons in the game. When combined with 52 round magazines, you should have plenty of bullets to down several nearby enemies.

  • Agency Suppressor
  • 13.9” Task Force
  • Field Agent Grip
  • Salvo 52 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Raider Stock

We recommend this loadout to players who want the flexibility to attack enemies from great distances without having to resort to using a sniper rifle. The LC10 provides a bit of assurance if things start to get too close for comfort.

The C58 assault rifle in Call of Duty Warzone's preview menu

C58 AND MAC-10 WARZONE LOADOUT DROP

The C58 was introduced in Warzone Season 4 and it has quickly become the go-to assault rifle due to its simplicity. The weapon features great overall stats, including manageable recoil, impressive damage output, and a great effective damage range. The only downside to this weapon is the slow fire rate, but that’s a relatively minor quirk that most players will get used to. Check out our best C58 loadout to see why we’ve gone for this specific build.

  • Suppressor
  • 20″ Spetsnaz RPK Barrel
  • KGB Skeletal Stock
  • 45 Rnd
  • Microflex LED

Despite being on the receiving end of a number of nerfs, the Mac-10 continues to be a solid choice for anyone looking for a highly mobile weapon. With the best Mac-10 loadout, you can sprint past your opponents faster than they can shoot at you. Players that take advantage of this speed will typically dart around buildings, picking off unsuspecting players while they pick up nearby loot.

  • Agency Suppressor
  • 6.5” Cavalry Lancer
  • Field Agent Grip
  • STANAG 53 Rnd Drum
  • Raider Stock

We highly recommend using this loadout as a new player as the weapons are incredibly easy to use. These weapons have been setup perfectly to reduce as much recoil as possible while retaining their power.

The Stoner 63 LMG in Call of Duty Warzone

STONER AND TEC-9 WARZONE LOADOUT DROP

If you hate reloading your weapon, the Stoner LMG is the perfect gun for you. Sporting large magazines which stock 120 bullets per clip, the Stoner gives you more than enough firepower to crush entire squads. After the range nerf to the Krig 6 in Warzone Season 5 Reloaded, the Stoner remains the best long ranged LMG option. Typically a weapon like this has problems with recoil, however our Stoner loadout has been designed to minimise this.

  • Agency Suppressor
  • 21.8″ Task Force
  • 120 Rnd
  • Field Agent Grip
  • Axial Arms 3x

The Tec-9 pairs extremely well with the Stoner LMG, providing you with a highly mobile secondary weapon to run around Verdansk with. You don’t always have to aim down sights with this SMG, giving you the freedom to blast enemies as soon as you spot them.

  • Full Auto Repeater
  • Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Microflex LED
  • Field Agent Grip
  • Salvo 48 Rnd Fast Mag

The Stoner 63 is in a great place in the current meta, and this loadout makes the most out of this powerful LMG.

The QBZ-83 in Call of Duty Warzone's preview menu

QBZ-83 AND PPSH-41 WARZONE LOADOUT DROP

Players looking for an alternative option to the recently nerfed Krig 6 may find a lifeline in the QBZ-83. The QBZ rivals the Krig 6 in terms of its accuracy and lack of recoil, making it an obvious choice for players who want the closest thing to a laser beam in Warzone. This accuracy comes at the cost of power, especially at long range which seems to be a problem area for a lot of popular assault rifles at the moment. Our best QBZ loadout focuses on medium range to utilise the weapon’s incredible accuracy.

  • Agency Suppressor
  • 15.5″ Reinforced Heavy
  • Field Agent Grip
  • 45 Rnd Drum
  • Microflex LED

We’ve paired the QBZ with the PPSh-41 to blast enemies away in close quarters combat. There aren’t many SMGs that can match the power and precision of the best PPSh-41 loadout. Our loadout sports the Spetsnaz 71 Rnd Drum magazines, ensuring you always have plenty of bullets to take on groups of enemies.

  • GRU Suppressor
  • 15.7” Task Force
  • Serpent Wrap
  • Spetsnaz 71 Rnd Drum
  • Raider Stock

This loadout uses the mid range version of the QBZ-83, paired with the PPSh-41 to create a great close range build. As long as you try to avoid popular sniper hangout spots, you should have a great chance of winning the game.

The EM2 assault rifle displayed in Call of Duty Warzone's preview menu

EM2 AND TEC-9 LOADOUT DROP

Although the EM2 does have a slow aim down sight speed, attachments can vastly improve this weapon and bring it up to the same calibre as its impressive damage output. Fans of medium-long distance assault rifles will love the weight and accuracy of the EM2. It’s also complemented by Combat Recon, one of the new Warzone perks, to help you and your teammates detect enemies. For a thorough look at how to build the EM2, take a look at the best EM2 loadout in Warzone.

  • Agency Suppressor
  • 27.4” Ranger
  • Field Agent Grip
  • 40 Rnd
  • Axial Arms 3x

We’re pairing the EM2 with another new gun in Warzone Season 5, the Tec-9. This SMG is a close-range weapon, combating the EM2’s long distance range. It can take down swathes of enemies and can inflict a lot of damage in contained bursts, while being highly mobile. For a deeper dive into attachments, check out the best Tec-9 loadout in Warzone.

  • Full Auto Repeater
  • 4.9” Task Force
  • Steady Aim Laser
  • STANAG 48 Rnd
  • Duster Stock

We recommend getting in quick with these guns, before they receive their inevitable mid-season nerf. Players who like controlled long-range assault rifles and chaotic close-range combat should opt for this killer loadout.

And there you have it, the best Warzone loadout drops. Warzone Pacific has only just begun, so we’ll be watching the meta to see how it pans out. We’re always tinkering with more builds, so we’ll be sure to update this if we come across any more set-ups that are worth your while.

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