Best Warzone 2 Akimbo Pistols loadout: Attachments, Setup, Perks

Ryan Lemay

Warzone has seen dual-wielding handguns become meta so naturally players are interested in how to get the most out of them. To help you out we’ve put together this guide on the best Warzone 2 Akimbo Pistol loadouts including attachments, tuning, and perks.

The arrival of Season 4 and the massive health changes in Warzone also introduced Akimbo Pistols to the meta. The Basilisk revolvers– in particular – rose to prominence, largely replacing Overkill and the need to run two primary weapons.

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However, nerfs since have seen Akimbo Pistols weakened although they remain an excellent option. Even so, you won’t want to run the same loadouts anymore as the meta akimbo sidearms of choice have changed.

Here are the best Warzone 2 Akimbo Pistols with recommended loadouts included.

Best Warzone 2 Akimbo Pistol: X13 Auto loadout

  • Muzzle: FT Steel Fire (+1.40, +0.58)
  • Barrel: XRK Sidewinder-6 Slide (+0.24, +0.14)
  • Laser: 1mW Pistol Laser (-0.48, +51.00)
  • Magazine: 33 Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: Akimbo X13

To maximize the X13 Auto’s damage range and bullet velocity you’ll want to run both the FT Steel Fire muzzle and XRK Sidewinder-6 Slide barrel. These will make the X13 more consistent when shooting targets from further away.

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Speaking of consistency, the 1mW Pistol Laser is a must to narrow the hipfire spread and make the Akimbo X13 rear grip easier to keep on target. Finally, the 33 Round Mag is fantastic to ensure that you’ll have enough rounds to down and finish enemies without having to reload nearly as often.

X13 Auto handgun pistol from Warzone 2 Season 5.Activision
The X13 Auto is an easy-to-use yet effective pistol that embodies the spray-and-pray mentality.

Best Warzone 2 Akimbo Pistol: P890 loadout

  • Muzzle: FT Steel Fire (+1.40, +1.00)
  • Laser: 1mW Pistol Laser (-0.48, +51.00)
  • Trigger Action: Bruen Express (+0.17, -0.10)
  • Magazine: 12 Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: Akimbo P890

Kicking things off, the FT Steel Fire muzzle increases bullet velocity and damage range. This handgun’s hipfire accuracy can be a little inaccurate at times, so we recommend using the 1mW Pistol Laser to narrow the spread to compliment the Akimbo P890 rear grip.

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This weapon shines because of its fast TTK speed, so the Bruen Express is a must thanks to it improving the P890’s fire rate. Finally, having as large a magazine as possible is always useful in Warzone 2 so it’s best to equip the 12 Round Mag.

P890 Auto handgun pistol from Warzone 2 Season 5.Activision
Its smaller magazine size makes it somewhat unforgiving, but the P890’s time to kill is too good to resist.

Best Warzone 2 Akimbo Pistol class: Perks & equipment

  • Base Perk 1: Double Time
  • Base Perk 2: Tracker
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: High Alert
  • Lethal: Drill Charge
  • Tactical: Smoke Grenade

Since we’re using pistols Overkill isn’t required, freeing up a Base Perk slot. The best perks to use with these slots are Double Time and Tracker. The former double the duration of Tactical Sprint letting you traverse the map faster while the latter reveals enemy footsteps, perfect for hunting down hostiles.

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For Bonus Perk, Fast Hands is the best overall choice as it greatly reduces the reload time for both your akimbo pistols and primary weapon of choice. For your primary be sure to use a well-rounded gun like an assault rifle to cover the akimbo pistols’ inherent weaknesses.

Unsurprisingly, the most useful Ultimate Perk to run is High Alert. The additional intel High Alert provides by highlighting the direction that enemy players are aiming at you from is too valuable to pass on.

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Your preferred choice of equipment is largely personal preference and will depend on playstyle, but a Drill Charge is fantastic for pushing enemy teams and applying pressure. Meanwhile, a Smoke Grenade is great for rotating through open areas and creating impromptu cover.

How to unlock Akimbo Pistols in Warzone 2?

To use Akimbo pistols in Warzone 2, you’ll need to unlock the respective dual-wield rear grip attachment for each handgun. These are all the Akimbo compatible pistols and how to unlock the necessary attachment:

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  • .50 GS: Level up to Weapon Level 17
  • Basilisk: Level up to Weapon Level 28
  • GS Magna: Level up to Weapon Level 9
  • FTAC Siege: Get 25 Hip Fire Operator Kills with the FTAC Siege.
  • P890: Level up to Weapon Level 26
  • X12: Level up to Weapon Level 19
  • X13 Auto: Level up to Weapon Level 19

For more on Warzone 2, be sure to check out some of our other guides:

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Ryan is a former games writer for Dexerto. Ryan graduated from Ithaca College in 2021 with a sports media degree and a journalism minor. He gained experience as a writer for the Morning Times newspaper before joining Dexerto as a games writer. He mainly writes about first-person shooters, including Call of Duty and Battlefield, but he is also a big FIFA fan.