10 most popular guns in Warzone 2.0: Weapon tier list

Warzone 2.0 Most Popular WeaponsActivision

Warzone 2.0 has launched Season 2 Reloaded, bringing huge meta changes and a series of instrumental weapon buffs and nerfs. But which are the best guns are players using? Here are the most popular weapons in WZ2, as of March 16, 2023, courtesy of WZRanked.

The weeks have passed and it’s already time for Warzone 2 Season 2 Reloaded. Players are lapping up new improvements such as auto-looting armor plates and fresh additions to DMZ mode.

Players have a ton of buffs and nerfs to investigate which they can use to tinker with loadouts and discover new metas. The new Tempus Torrent Rifle could be an example of Warzone 2’s future.

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Naturally, the best weapons become the most used, so be sure to regularly consult this list in order to stay ahead of the curve as Season Two’s meta works itself out. Using data from WZRanked, here are the 10 most popular guns in Warzone 2.0.

Warzone 2.0 top 10 best & most-used guns (pick-rate%)

10. PDSW 528 (1.9%)

PDSW 528 Warzone 2 loadoutActivision
The PDSW 528 is known as the P90 in previous Call of Duty games.

The PDSW climbed up in popularity with alongside other submachineguns like the Vel 46. But it seems a bit underwhelming compared to its buddies in the top 10. It’s still a great gun, and a unique SMG thanks to its high magazine capacity and medium range capabilities.

9. KV Broadside (3.8%)

Modern Warfare 2 KV BroadsideActivison
The Kastov 762 in MW2.

The KV Broadside was finally hit with a much-requested nerfs and it is very apparent as nearly overnight it dropped from a 14% pick rate to a below 4% pick rate. It remains to be seen if the community comes up with a tactic to save the shotgun, but for now, it’s expected to disappear from the top 10 completely.

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8. TAQ-56 (3.8%)

TAQ-56 Modern Warfare 2

The TAQ-56 is the Scar-H assault rifle and possesses the strengths and weaknesses the rifle has had in past Call of Duty games. Strong damage and range are balanced out by poor handling and mobility. The right attachments and a sensible play style make it eminently more powerful.

7. Signal 50 (3.9%)

The Signal 50 in MW2 gunsmithActivision
The Signal 50 is the Barrett 50. Cal of older CoDs.

The Signal 50 leave a lot to be desired in Modern Warfare 2 but, in Warzone 2, its semi-automatic fire rate and high damage make it an incredibly strong sniper. It still handles very slowly but, so long as snipers can’t one-hit, there’ll be a clamor for the Signal 50 and its unmatched fire rate.

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6. VEL 46 (5.0%)

vel-46 Warzone 2 SMGActivison
The VEL-46 was buffed in Warzone 2’s Season 2 Reloaded patch.

The Vel 46 was popular since the launch of Warzone 2 because of its high fire-rate, decent damage, and minimal recoil. It just never found its way into the top meta pick status until now. With the nerf of other close-range options, Vel is a great alternative to Lachmann Sub and Vaznev.

5. Tempus Torrent (5.9%)

Tempus Torrent gun in Warzone 2Activision
The Tempus Torrent is now available in both Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2.

The Tempus Torrent immediately became a smash hit with the community ever since its introduction. It has high damage, excellent range, and a very low TTK balanced out by poor handling and atrocious mobility.

4. Sakin MG38 (7.0%)

The Sakin MG38 in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.0Activision
The Sakin MG38 debuts on this list in Season Two.

While Season One saw the RPK as by far the most popular LMG, the Sakin MG38 has emerged as a popular pick in Season Two. It’s high damage and excellent range are balanced out by the typical LMG weaknesses; namely poor handling and mobility.

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3. Vaznev-9K (9.5%)

The Vaznev 9K in Modern Warfare 2 gunsmithActivision
The Vaznev 9K isn’t quite as good as it is in MW2, but it still packs a punch.

Since MW2 launched, the Vaznev 9K has been the pros’ SMG of choice. It’s not quite as strong in Warzone 2 but its damage, handling, and controllable recoil certainly translate. A slight nerf with Season Two has seen it fall in popularity but its definitely climbing back up.

2. Lachmann Sub (11.9%)

Lachmann Sub MW2 Warzone 2.0Activision
The Lachmann Sub in MW2.

Better known as the MP5, the Lachmann Sub is the final weapon players unlock in its weapon platform. It’s versatile, quick, and strong enough to keep players in mid-range gunfights.

Nerfs to the Fennec and Vaznev have undoubtedly opened the door to the Lachmann Sub but, for now, it’s taken the opportunity and sits as the best SMG in the battle royale.

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1. ISO Hemlock (19.5%)

ISO Hemlock in Modern Warfare 2Activision
ISO Hemlock in Warzone 2.

Season Two’s ISO Hemlock has dropped hot, to put it mildly. It’s flown up the battle royale’s rankings and, in Modern Warfare 2, has even been removed from Ranked Play as players adjust to its power.

There’s a fair bit of kick here but the right attachments and some practice make it eminently more accurate and deadly. If you can lay down accurate shots, you’ll tear through enemies rapidly.

There you have it! The 10 most used weapons in Warzone 2.0. We’ll be sure to update this list every week to keep you informed of the best and most viable guns in the CoD battle royale.

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