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10 most popular weapons in Warzone

Published: 31/Aug/2020 16:42 Updated: 1/Sep/2020 10:43

by James Busby


Call of Duty: Modern Warfare is home to plenty of deadly guns, but some have proven more popular in the game’s Warzone mode. Find out which weapons are the current competitive kings. 

Despite featuring over 35 primary weapons and numerous attachments, there are only a few guns that see play in Warzone. The best Modern Warfare weapons are picked due to their high damage per shot, incredible accuracy, clean optics, and general ease of use. 

With the help of Lootshare, we’ve gathered 10 of the most popular loadout picks In Warzone Season 5. Whether you’re looking to increase your KDA or just wanting to know which guns will give you a competitive edge, then be sure to check out our handy popularity guide below.

1. MP5

Modern Warfare MP5
The MP5 continues to dominate the competition.

The MP5 has been tearing things up in Warzone since Season 1 and no SMG has come close to dethroning its dominant reign. This lethal SMG can shred through fully armored foes in no time thanks to its blisteringly fast fire rate, insane close-quarters damage, and high mobility. 

To make matters even better, the MP5 has plenty of attachments that greatly decrease the weapon’s ADS speed, giving you the tools needed to aggressively push your enemies and secure those close-quarters kills. We recommend running the MP5 with any of the assault riffles listed below, particularly if you’re aiming to be competitive across multiple engagement ranges.

2. Kilo 141

Kilo Modern Warfare
Grau nerfs have led players to pick up the Kilo.

This reliable assault rifle has been wreaking havoc in Verdansk for a while now, but the recent Grau nerfs have led to its increased popularity. In fact, the Kilo is now the gold standard when it comes to picking an assault rifle. Having a gun that has little to no recoil is absolutely huge, especially when you’re playing on Verdansk. 

The Kilo can quickly wipe out entire squads thanks to its 60 Round Mags, while the VLK 3.x Optic will keep your shots incredibly accurate. No recoil control is needed at all with this gun, so simply hold down that trigger and get securing those satisfying squad wipes.

3. Bruen MK9

Bruen Modern Warfare
Despite receiving multiple nerfs, the Bruen remains a staple pick.

While Activision’s two-hit nerf combo has knocked the Bruen off its top spot ranking, it still remains an extremely popular pick. Before the Bruen came along, it was rare to see LMGs in the current meta. After all, the colossal size and slow reload of these guns makes them somewhat unwieldy when compared to the game’s ARs and SMGs. 

However, the Bruen proved that there was space for LMGs in Warzone. Despite the nerf to its damage range, this almighty LMG still has decent kill potential. Both the Monolithic Suppressor and XRK Summit 26.8” barrel increase its range potential, keeping the Bruen competitive in ranged engagements. If you like the idea of blasting squads with a hail of bullets, then the Bruen is still one of the best LMGs for the job.

4. Grau 5.56

Grau Modern Warfare
The Grau may not be as strong as it once was, but it’s still a popular pick.

Those of you have been playing Warzone since Season 2 will know just how dominant this assault rifle is. The Grau has one of the cleanest iron sights in the game, allowing players to forgo any optics in favor of DPS increasing attachments. While it may not be as strong as it’s Season 2 predecessor, the Grau is still widely used to this day. 

If you don’t have a leveled-up Kilo or simply don’t wish to use a 3.x optic, then the Grau is the next best thing. This assault rifle favors the run and gun play style and absolutely shreds in close to mid-range firefights.

5. HDR

HDR Modern Warfare
The HDR makes hitting those long-range headshots a breeze.

It appears the HDR has finally overthrown the AX-50 as the go-to sniper rifle in Warzone. While the HDR might be a little more weighty than the AX-50, its absolutely absurd damage range and minor bullet drop make it the current king. Being able to easily land those all-important headshots is massive, particularly when you’re able to safely do so from a well-fortified position. 

However, to make full use of the HDR’s colossal range 52% of players equip the Variable Zoom Scope. Not only does this give you greater long-range kill potential, it also keeps your bullets highly accurate. The longer ADS time can prove to be frustrating at first, but the overall precision this gun offers is unparalleled.

6. M13

M13 Modern Warfare
While not as powerful as the Kilo, this assault rifle still gets the job done.

The M13 may not be as powerful as the Kilo or Grau, but its high fire rate and minimal recoil make it a favored pick. In fact, if the Kilo were to ever receive a nerf, it’s likely that the M13 would take its place in the popularity rankings. The most notable feature of the M13 is its ability to remain competitive in close-quarters scenarios, giving players the chance to pick up some quick kills without needing to switch guns. 

Due to the M13’s high rate of fire, missing rounds can quickly lead to a rather frustrating death. Fortunately, the 60 Round Mags give you more than enough bullets to pepper your enemies with. Lastly, don’t be afraid to hold down that trigger and let the bullets fly as the M13’s recoil is pretty much nonexistent.

7. Kar98k

Kar98k Modern Warfare
The Kar98k may not be a modern gun, but it still packs a mighty punch.

Sometimes you’ve got to go old school when claiming kills in Warzone and this WWII rifle certainly packs a mean punch. Despite being a bolt-action rifle, the Kar98k is one of the fastest marksman rifles in the game. Being able to break armor and maintain constant pressure is incredibly important in Warzone, especially if you wish to kill downed enemies before they get revived. 

Even if you miss a few shots, the Kar98k is incredibly forgiving. This makes it the perfect replacement for those that struggle with the HDR or AX-50 loadouts. The only downside to this German rifle is its bullet drop, so make sure you compensate for the travel time before taking those cross-map shots.

8. AX-50

AX-50 Modern Warfare
Target acquisition is fast thanks when using this sniper’s most popular attachments.

The AX-50 may no longer be the most popular sniper rifle in Warzone, but it still has a great TTK no matter if you aim for headshots or body shots. The only downfall with this gun is that it doesn’t have the massive range of the HDR. However, the AX-50 makes up for this thanks to its overall mobility and quicker ADS time. Not only does the AX-50 allow you to be more mobile, it also makes target acquisition much quicker. 

The majority of players equip the Singuard stock, Tac Laser, and Stippled Grip Tape to reduce the ADS time. After all, being able to quickly snap onto a player’s head and avoid lengthy scope glint can be the difference between life and death. It’s not hard to see why the AX-50 remains such a staple pick.

9. MP7

MP7 Modern Warfare
The MP7 is great for those hyper-aggressive, close-quarter plays.

The MP7 is one of the best SMGs in Warzone thanks to its lightning-fast fire rate and high mobility. Being able to beam enemies without the need to ADS is huge, especially in the early game where squads don’t have their loadouts. While not as statistically strong as the MP5, this pintsize SMG punches well above its weight. 

Currently, the most popular meta build is tailored around decreasing the MP7’s recoil and enhancing its damage range. Of course, you’ll mainly want to use one of the above assault rifles when gunning for any ranged targets, but if you run out of ammo, this MP7 build can get the job done.

10. PKM

PKM Modern Warfare
Expect to see a lot more from the PKM in the future.

The PKM is currently climbing its way up the popularity rankings after the Bruen nerf. In fact, we won’t be surprised if more players begin to utilize this LMG in the coming months. While it may be the first LMG you unlock, it still absolutely dominates squads in Warzone. The majority of Modern Warfare’s LMG’s suffer from low fire rates and poor accuracy, but the PKM is a great jack of all trades gun. 

It may get outclassed by the MP5 and MP7 in close-quarters engages, but during medium-range firefights, the PKM really shines. This LMG is incredibly accurate and requires very little recoil management, particularly when it’s equipped with the 26.9” Extended Barrel and Snatch Grip. Locking down chokepoints and barraging squads with hard-hitting rounds is what this gun is all about. 

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

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Best Fennec loadouts for Warzone and Modern Warfare

Published: 27/Oct/2020 16:15 Updated: 27/Oct/2020 16:31

by James Busby


The Fennec has now been out for a few months, but you’ll still need to equip the right attachments if you truly wish to master this lightening fast SMG. Here, we break down two of the strongest Fennec loadouts you can use.

The Vector, now known as the Fennec, has been a popular SMG ever since it first graced our screens back in Modern Warfare 2. Packed with a buttery smooth recoil pattern, excellent hip-fire, lightweight, and insanely fast rate of fire –  the Fennec is an absolute beast of a gun. In fact, this deadly machine gun is so lethal that it can tear through multiple enemies in just a blink of an eye. 

This zippy SMG hasn’t taken the crown away from the MP5, but the Fennec is still a popular choice. For many, this weapon is still a go-to, particularly in close-quarters where hyper-aggressive play is rewarded. In order to help you get the most out of the Fennec, we’ve put together two loadouts that you can use to dominate the competition in both Modern Warfare and Warzone. 

Best Fennec loadout for Warzone

Infinity Ward/DexertoBoost the Fennec’s damage range with this deadly loadout.
  • ZLR18” Deadfall 
  • Merc Foregrip
  • Stippled Grip Tape
  • Sleight of Hand
  • 40 Round Drum Mags

While Warzone’s large scale map may favor long to medium range engagements, you’ll still want to equip a weapon that can give you the edge in those close-quarter firefights. This loadout increases the Fennec’s hip fire, while also giving it a little extra range for when you need that added distance. 

First up is the ZLR18” Deadfall. This attachment not only drastically increases your effective damage range, it also ups your recoil control and bullet velocity, helping with the precision it needs when going for those all-important body shots and headshots. While this attachment increases your ADS speed, we think this loss is worth it, especially when you consider how woeful the Fennec’s mid-range damage is. 

The next two attachments are the Merc Foregrip and Stippled Grip Tape, along with the Sleight of Hand perk. Not only will these additions keep the Fennec stable while aiming and hip firing, they will also increase the ADS & sprint to fire speed, improving your reload speed and giving you even greater control when you need to react quickly.

Taking down fully armored players in Warzone can often prove frustrating, but the 40 Round Drum Mags will give you more than enough bullets to shred through many an armored enemy. This attachment is a must for those that want to secure those game-winning squad wipes.

Best Fennec loadout for Modern Warfare multiplayer

Infinity Ward/DexertoThis loadout absolutely obliterates players in close-quarter firefights.
  • ZLR 18″ Deadfall
  • Tac Laser
  • No Stock
  • Merc Foregrip
  • 40 Round Drum Mags

This build is all about melting your opponents in close-quarters combat. The Tac Laser drastically lowers the Fennec’s ADS speed and increases overall stability, while also allowing you to maintain a steady walk while aiming. 

Being able to quickly take care of enemy threats without needing to ADS is a godsend, particularly on smaller maps like Shipment and Rust, where you’ll constantly find yourself running into enemy players. 

Lastly, the Merc Foregrip will also increase your recoil control and hip-fire accuracy, allowing you to quickly fire off the Fennec’s blisteringly fast rounds with deadly precision. Foregoing the stock for this build will give you a slight boost in movement speed for quicker reaction to get away from players, while The ZLR 18” Deadfall and 40 Round Drum Mags should always be a top priority for any Fennec players looking to increase their kill potential, so always try to build your loadout around these core attachments. 

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