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.
(Author’s Note: We have updated this list following the last round of nerfs and buffs.)
Last Updated: September 8, 2020
Best Assault Rifles
With the AN-94 ending up as essentially useless in Warzone, the Kilo 141 is now the most dominant assault rifle in the game. Boasting a solid time to kill, comically high stability, and decent range, the Kilo is capable of decimating targets between 10-40ish meters. The Kilo’s easily controllable recoil makes it perfect for Warzone, as you can stay on target with very little effort. While it may not boast the damage range of the Grau pre-nerf, the Kilo is still a superb midrange choice. I strongly recommend anyone who hasn’t touched this gun, go into the regular multiplayer, and start ranking it up. This is going to be one of the best meta weapons in the game, especially when paired with an MP5 or sniper rifle.
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 long-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. Many believe this is the Grau’s successor, as it’s diagonal recoil is remarkably easy to control. The M13 is also effective at considerable distances, just remember that this is not a great weapon for close-range fighting. Always pair it with a weapon such as a shotgun or SMG.
Another weapon many believe will end up being the successor to the Grau 5.56. the RAM-7 is terrific for those who like to fight at closer to medium ranges. At under 50ish meters, the RAM-7 has the fastest time to kill of any assault rifle, allowing you to win most duels against opponents. The catch is, this rifle has some serious recoil that might be hard to control at first. Yet, if you master keeping the RAM-7 steady, it’s actually extremely useful at around 70-80 meters. Even though this is reliant on specific attachments, this is still a weapon worth considering, especially if you’re confident in your aim and ability to keep the gun’s kick under control.
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
Currently, one of the top meta weapons in the entire game the MP5 is a powerhouse at short-range. 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. It’s a solid weapon for close-quarters engagements, just don’t expect to do any distance fighting with this gun. After about 30-40 meters the MP5’s isn’t really accurate or powerful.
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.
Yes, I know the P90 is a better option, I just really like this gun, alright?
Also known as the Vector, the Fennec is a rapid-fire SMG that is an absolute monster at close range. Quickly gaining popularity following the MP5 nerf, the Fennec is a terrific weapon for finishing off enemies or breaching confined spaces like apartment buildings. Similar to other guns in this archetype, the Fennec is very reliant on other attachments like the Monolithic Suppressor and a bigger ammo magazine. Once you get these, the Fennec transforms into a devastating firearm that’s a perfect complement to any long-range weapon or assault rifle.
Light Machine Guns
Despite receiving multiple nerfs, the Bruen is still a very good gun – it’s just not broken. Boasting a low time to kill combined with its impressive stability makes it a killing machine. Perfect for keeping targets pinned in cover, the Bruen should be not underestimated despite the damage range reduction 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. However, you will want to run a long-range weapon to ensure that you can engage enemies beyond the 20-30 meter range.
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 EBR-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 EBR 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 Kar98k is in a perfect sweet spot between a sniper and a marksman rifle. It’s terrifyingly strong if you can hit your shots, allowing you to quickly break a foe’s armor and down them. Perfect for long-range engagements, the Kar98k is a high skill weapon that demands practice and patience. If you’re unable to consistently land headshots then I recommend the EBR-14, as it’s a little more forgiving despite not hitting nearly as hard. Just make sure to run a sniper scope with this weapon, otherwise, you’re going to be at a pretty noticeable disadvantage.
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!