Call of Duty’s Warzone boasts a staggering amount of weapons and modifications that you can use in your fight to reach the top spot. While you’ll end up finding a lot of guns on the ground, most players will attempt to earn a loadout. This is because you can bring customized weapons into Warzone along with Perks that will give you quite an advantage against foes. However, not all guns are created equal and some loadout weapons are simply better than others.
A lot of this is because some of the firearms lack the utility or raw stopping power needed to break through layers of armor. Below we break down each weapon archetype and what the best choices are to bring into Warzone. This doesn’t mean that you can’t use or be successful with other guns, just that some are simply better than others in this mode. We still suggest you try experimenting to find the right weapon for your specific playstyle. Additionally, we will not be including the Riot Shield or secondary weapons, since most don’t hold onto their pistols unless they Akimbo. If you need a good starting point and want to know what to work on, here are our picks for the best Call of Duty: Warzone loadout weapons.
Best Assault Rifles
Perhaps one of the easiest assault rifles to use in the game, the M4A1 is quickly gained popularity after Modern Warfare’s initial release. Boasting solid range, stability, and base damage, the M4A1 is great for all skill levels. As for modifications, we suggest a Monolithic Suppressor, Stock M6 Grenadier Barrel, Canted Hybrid Sights, Stippled Grip Tape, and a 60 Round Magazine. This will give you more than enough power to bring down multiple foes from a safe range. For a more in-depth look at this gun and why we picked these attachments you can read our guide.
While this gun lacks the range of the M4A1, it makes up for it with little to no recoil. Great for medium and even close-range engagements, the M13 is for those who don’t like to fight at a distance. Similar to the M4A1, you will want to run the same modifications as the Monolithic Suppressor and a larger magazine. Just make sure to not lower your ADS (Aim Down Sights) speeds too much, otherwise, you will have a hard time winning 1v1 engagements.
A weapon that I feel a lot of people are sleeping on, the Grau 5.56 is a superb assault rifle that boasts quite a lot of stopping power and even has a better base range stat than the M4A1. The trick with this gun is finding the right attachments that won’t weigh you down. With the Stippled Grip Tape not available for this gun, you’ll need to be careful about severely lowering your ADS. Because of this, we suggest trying this gun without a stock to give you more speed.
For those that prefer single-shot weapons, the FAL is the best choice if you don’t want to rely on finding sniper ammo. Boasting the highest base damage in the assault rifle archetype, the FAL can rapidly dispatch enemies from a considerable distance. You’ll want to build this weapon as a hybrid between an assault and a sniper rifle to make use of its fantastic range and stopping power. Also compliment this weapon with either Akimbo pistols or an SMG, as the FAL is just okay at close-quarters fighting.
Origin 12 Shotgun
While I don’t recommend using a shotgun in Warzone, if you need to pick one than the Origin 12 is a solid choice. It has a good fire rate and can quickly rip apart any unsuspecting enemy. The problem is shotguns simply lack the versatility of submachine guns and assault rifles. Sure, it can take down enemies in your path, but as your only primary weapon it will prove to be detrimental. But, if you are running Overkill and need a second option, then give the Origin 12 a try once you level it up.
Best Submachine Guns
There’s a good chance you’ve been killed by the MP7 if you play Warzone. This rapid-firing submachine gun is far and wide one of the best in this archetype. Supremely easy to control, the MP7 is a monster at close range fighting. Slapping on an FFS Recon barrel and 60 Round Magazine helps balance out the weapon’s two major negatives. Just remember, this is an SMG so don’t expect to win any big ranged battles. You should be relying on this solely for close to medium range fights.
The AUG is a unique submachine gun that can essentially become an assault rifle with the right modifications. Even though it doesn’t have a ton of range, the AUG can easily out-muscle foes in a medium-range fight. Adding on the 407mm Extended Barrel, Monolithic Suppressor, and Commando Foregrip transforms the AUG into an assault rifle. If you constantly find yourself in close-quarters fighting, but don’t want to sacrifice a lot of range then make sure to give the AUG a try.
A strong middle ground between the AUG and MP7, the MP5 is a generally easy to control submachine gun. While you can use thermal optics with this weapon, I recommend either the iron sights or a red dot so you can quickly acquire targets. Focus on adding modifications to boost the range and slap on a suppressor so others won’t be able to track you on the mini-map.
Light Machine Guns
The newest LMG to be introduced in Call of Duty is also one of the best for Warzone. The low time to kill combined with its impressive stability makes it a suppression machine. Perfect for keeping targets pinned in cover, the Bruen should be not underestimated just because it’s a light machine gun. While it has a base 100 round magazine, I actually recommend bumping that down and using the 60 round magazine. It makes the Bruen far less unwieldy at times, allowing you to still put a lot of lead downrange while being able to use it in confined spaces.
If you don’t have the Bruen unlocked then consider using the PKM. With great accuracy, damage, and control the PKM is the best base LMG for Warzone in Modern Warfare. This one of the few guns that you’ll want to consider using a Muzzle Break on to help control the recoil. The beauty of the PKM is it will not only melt anyone with full armor, but the gun is superb at suppressing enemies behind cover. Make sure to also add Stippled Grip Tape and the Snatch Grip for better recoil control.
Best Marksman Rifles
When it comes to marksman rifles, the ERB-14 is one of the best options available. This highly accurate rifle acts as a nice middle ground between a sniper and assault rifle, which makes it ideal for most long-range engagements. With the second-highest base damage in this archetype, the ERB is terrific for taking down moving targets.
The only major downside is the recoil, which is pretty substantial compared to other marksman rifles. Because of that, I like to add a Ranger Foregrip and FTAC Precision Comb stock. For scopes, I prefer the Sniper Scope, but you can always slap a 3x on this. Just don’t make this your primary weapon, since you can’t hold a ton of sniper ammo.
My personal favorite weapon for Warzone, the SKS is a new marksman rifle that was introduced this season. Despite having slightly less damage than the ERB, it makes up for this deficit with a faster fire rate and slightly better control. Similar to the ERB, you’ll want to add modifications that reduced the recoil, so you can track moving targets easier. Pair this with either Akimbo pistols or an SMG because the SKS will typically lose most close-quarters battles.
HDR or AX-50
We’re going to cheat with this last entry and just include both the HDR and AX-50. Both are superb options that have very minuscule differences that won’t dramatically impact your performance in Warzone. So long as you’re not using the Draganov, both snipers do a fantastic job of filling the long-distance roll. For those wanting more damage pick up the AX-50, while the HDR has slightly better range and accuracy. Thermal Scopes are the most popular choice, but these can be a little tricky to use at longer distances. Make sure to add a suppressor so you can remain off the radar while you try to harass an unsuspecting enemy team!