10 most popular weapons in Warzone: Gun tier list

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Warzone Pacific Season 5 Reloaded has dropped and we’ve got the updated list of the 10 most-picked weapons as of October 5.

Despite the massive array of weapons on offer, only a few guns see consistent play in Warzone as the meta changes. We’ve seen various weapons rise and fall, like the Grau, Bruen, FFAR, MP40, and more.

Warzone Season 5 Reloaded has dropped and brought with it the standard heap of weapon changes. The PPSh-41 received a hefty nerf while some forgotten weapons – like the AMAX – were buffed significantly. As the changes bed in, we can expect the list to reflect the meta.

Regardless of weapon trajectories and meta shifts, WZRanked’s primary weapon tracker means we’ve gathered the ten most popular weapon picks in Warzone. You can also track your progress over on MyStats, the place for all of your Warzone stats.

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Warzone weapon tier list: top 10

10. HDR

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The HDR benefitted from nerfs to the Kar98k and Swiss K31.

Best HDR Loadout

The HDR has been steadily popular ever since Season 3 massively nerfed the sniper rifle category. It was one of the few weapons to retain a one-hit-knock ability and, despite its cumbersome handling and recoil, its power and damage have got it a place on this list in Season 5 Reloaded.

9. STG-44

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The STG has held strong for much of Warzone Pacific.

Best STG-44 Loadout

The STG has been eternally popular since Vanguard’s weapons made the leap into the CoD BR. However, consistent nerfs as its rivals were strengthened resulted in the fan favorite AR falling off this list altogether.

It returns in place of the similarly weakened H4 Blixen, but remains far from as strong as it once was.

8. M4A1

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The M4A1 was massively popular in the first few months after Warzone’s launch.

Best M4A1 Loadout

The M4A1 was immensely popular in Modern Warfare 2019 and Warzone’s earliest months. It has been in and out of the list since then, though, but has found its way back as player realize its strong damage and excellent fire-rate translates to wiping enemy teams quickly and efficiently.

7. 3-Line Rifle

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The 3-Line Rifle is currently Warzone’s most popular sniper.

Best 3-Line Rifle Loadout

Warzone players have been scratching around for a go-to sniper rifle following the major nerfs that accompanied Season 3. Some have settled on the HDR but a much faster and more forgiving option is the 3-Line Rifle.

It doesn’t hit quite as hard as some of its slower alternatives, but it represents a middle ground that many players are clearly keen on.

6. PPSh-41 (VG)

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The Vanguard PPSh-41 is also amongst the top 10 weapons.

Best PPSh-41 Loadout

The Vanguard iteration of the classic WW2 SMG roared up to first place with Season 5. Players quickly recognized that its hip-fire and fire rate made it one of the strongest close-range weapons in the entire game, perfect for run-and-gun playstyles. 

However, it was significantly nerfed with Season 5 Reloaded, knocking it off top spot and all the way down to sixth. It could yet fall further as the nerfs take hold.

5. Grau 5.56

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The Grau is still a great AR pick in Warzone.

Best Grau 5.56 Loadout

The Grau was one of the earliest meta weapons in Warzone, dominating the Modern Warfare life-cycle of the battle royale. Since its earliest nerfs it has proved solid if unspectacular but, following surprise buffs in the Season 5 Reloaded patch, it is back in a big way. 

Easy-to-use iron sights combine with negligible recoil and decent range to make a medium range behemoth. Its damage and handling aren’t the best, but there’s few better all-round options in Warzone right now.

4. UGM-8

Warzone Operator using UGM-8The UGM-8 drops enemies incredibly quickly.

Best UGM-8 LoadoutWhile still a LMG, the UGM-8 boasts better handling and fire-rate than players will have come to expect from the weapon class. The result is a mid-range monster, capable of challenging the majority of ARs and coming out on top. Needless to say, there’s some recoil here and a slightly slower ADS but, as far as LMGs go, there’s no better option currently.

3. MP-40

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The MP40 is one of the most popular guns in all of Warzone.

Best MP-40 Loadout

The MP-40 established dominance very few weapons have when Vanguard’s content first came to Warzone, at one point sitting at a pick-rate near 20%.

It has been nerfed multiple times since then and, in Warzone Season 5, actually fell off this list altogether. It is back now and, thanks to some major nerfs to SMGs like the H4 Blixen and Marco 5, is back in the top three.

2. Cooper Carbine

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The Cooper Carbine is still a powerful pick in Warzone.

Best Cooper Carbine loadout

The Cooper Carbine has been a decent choice for most of Warzone’s Vanguard-era, but Season 2 was certainly its peak.

A set of nerfs limited the fast-firing AR more severely than most of its competition, but it remains eminently usable.

The Cooper Carbine’s real strength lies in its fire rate, dispensing with bullets at a jaw-dropping rate. Even a recoil-based nerf in the original Season 4 update couldn’t hold it back from cracking the top three, and staying there into Season 5 Reloaded.

1. Armaguerra 43

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The Armaguerra 43 is one of the best SMGs in Warzone.

Best Armaguerra 43 Loadout

The Armaguerra 43 has taken some time to make its debut on this list, but has done now following Season 4 Reloaded’s balancing changes.

Nerfs to the H4 Blixen and Marco 5, for a long-time the most popular close-range weapons in the game, mean the door has opened for this Vanguard pocket-rocket. It’s been on a rapid upward trajectory, rising to 1st place at the end of Season 4 and back there again after Season 5 Reloaded.

Most popular Warzone loadout guns (%)

  1. Armaguerra 43 (8.89%)
  2. Cooper Carbine (6.67%)
  3. MP-40 (VG) (6.58%)
  4. UGM-8 (4.67%) 
  5. Grau 5.56 (4.52%) 
  6. PPSh-41 (VG) (3.99%) 
  7. 3-Line Rifle (3.79%)
  8. M4A1 (3.28%)
  9. STG44 (3.26%)
  10. HDR (2.85%)

If you want to try out some different weapons in Warzone or even Multiplayer, check out our full list of every best Warzone loadout.