Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific has been out for about a week, so the meta is still forming. However, players have already settled on a few favorite guns that stand above the rest in this beachside battlefield. Here’s a quick overview of how the weapons work in the latest season of Call of Duty: Warzone, as well as some notes on what the are the best weapons you should consider for your loadout.
Best Weapons in Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific
Players can access weapons from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War if they own these games for the same platform they use for Call of Duty: Warzone. However, you won’t be able to use them in the Call of Duty: Vanguard-only modes.
Warzone Pacific has an all-in-one Battle Royale mode in its current playlist, which lets players use the weapons from the past two games. However, it’s quads only. Meanwhile, the Vanguard Battle Royale mode allows solos, duos, trios, and quads. As a result, the meta is currently focused on Vanguard weapons.
These are only some of the weapons driving the current meta in Warzone Pacific, which should overlap with some of the popular picks for Vanguard multiplayer.
Assault Rifles: STG44 and Automaton
When in doubt, go for an assault rifle. These crowd-pleasing guns deal more damage per second than SMGs and have better long-range accuracy shotguns, which is important because of how vast the Caldera is.
Thankfully, two of the early unlockable assault rifles are top tier guns in the current meta. The STG-44 offers high damage and a fast fire rate without much recoil, making it perfect for mid-to-long range combat if you have a steady hand. The Automaton has an even higher damage-per-second fire rate, but it needs the proper attachments to even out the recoil. Either of these have the damage and range to work as one of the best all-purpose guns for any loadout.
SMGs: MP-40 and PPSh-41
The MP-40 is a popular pick among those running Overkill so that they have an option for close-quarter combat — one with a faster fire rate than most rifles. The PPSh-41, a later unlockable SMG, is another favorite among Vanguard players. Like most SMGs, the PPSh-41 works best in close-quarters combat but is also good enough in long range gunfights for those with steadier aim.
LMGs: MG42 and DP27
LMGs, or light machine guns, are especially fun for those who appreciate high damage and fire rate with longer range than an assault rifle. Unfortunately, these don’t work as well for those who don’t know how to balance attachments in their favor.
The MG42 is a bit divisive because of its high recoil. However, if you stack it with enough attachments to limit the kickback and still work with your playstyle, it deals killer damage at a high fire rate. It’s enough to mow down players at a distance for patient, long range players — an alternative to fast-paced, in-your-face combat. If you want more mobility at the cost of accuracy, you can also try the DP27.
Warzone Pacific will likely add its popular snipers from past games back into the standard rotation in the future. However, for now, the Vanguard version of the Kar98k is your best bet if you want to play solos, duos, or trios. The Kar98k excels at mid-to-long-range and drastically improves the chances of killing enemies at a distance. It especially works well with attachments to limit recoil and amp reload speed. Most veterans probably already know, but snipers are generally terrible for close-quarter combat unless you’re a master quickscoper.