Best Rival-9 Warzone loadout: Class setup, attachments, Perks

Kurt Perry
Rival-9 SMG with Call of Duty: Warzone logo.

Harness the potency of the Rival-9 up close with the best Warzone loadout for Urzikstan. This setup includes recommended attachments and Perks to maximize its effectiveness.

The Skorpion Evo returns to Call of Duty as the Rival-9, yet again offering a deadly close-quarters weapon that excels thanks to its high fire rate and impressive TTK.

Its characteristics and strengths fit what players have come to expect from a top-tier SMG so it’s no surprise that the Rival-9 has emerged as an early meta contender.

To get the most out of the Rival-9 in Warzone you’ll need the best loadout possible, and we’ve got you covered.


Best Rival-9 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Sonic Suppressor S
  • Barrel: Rival-C Cleanshot Barrel
  • Stock: Bruen Flash V4 Stock
  • Magazine: 50 Round Drum
  • Rear Grip: Rival Vice Assault Grip

Maximizing effective range is key to getting the most out of the Rival-9 and this is done by equipping both the Sonic Suppressor S muzzle and Rival-C Cleanshot Barrel. Not only do these extend its damage ranges but also make the SMG more stable during sustained fire.

Speaking of sustained fire, using the 50 Round Drum magazine attachment is practically a must in Warzone to avoid having to constantly reload. However, this reduces mobility somewhat so to counteract that we recommend the Bruen Flash V4 Stock which boosts movement speed as well as handling.

One of the big downsides to the Rival-9 is that its recoil can be a little difficult to manage, especially in medium-range gunfights. The Rival Vice Assault Grip rear grip solves this by making the SMG’s recoil much more predictable.

Rival-9 SMG preview in Warzone.
The Rival-9 is a lethal close-quarters option in Warzone.

Rival-9 Warzone Loadout: Perks and Equipment

  • Perk 1: Tracker
  • Perk 2: Double Time
  • Perk 3: Fast Hands
  • Perk 4: Shrouded
  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Smoke Grenade

Tracker and Double Time are an effective combination with any SMG as they partner to not only double your Tactical Sprint Duration but also reveal enemy footsteps. This is fantastic for playing fast and pushing other teams.

Fast Hands makes a lot of sense with the Rival-9 as the SMG’s limited range forces you to run a heavier assault rifle, LMG, or sniper with it. All of these are slow to swap to which can cause problems. Fast Hands drastically improves weapon swapping speed and provides a nice boost to reload speed too.

Shrouded provides a great option for the fourth Perk slot, automatically deploying a smoke grenade after getting downed. This works well with a weapon suited to an aggressive playstyle like the Rival-9 as there will be times when you get caught off guard in a bad position and this will save you.

For equipment, the classic Frag Grenade is a solid choice as the ability to cook it and have it explode at just the right moment can leave enemies vulnerable. Meanwhile, a Smoke Grenade stands out as the best tactical as it can be used to obscure open areas and safely revive teammates not in cover.

How to unlock Rival-9 in Warzone

The Rival-9 is unlocked through the Armory, a unique mechanic introduced in MW3 that you can access from Level 25. After reaching this rank select the Rival-9 in the Armory and complete three daily challenges to obtain it.

Alternatively, successfully exfiling in Zombies with a Rival-9 will also unlock the fast-firing SMG.

Best alternative to Rival-9 in Warzone

Another similar weapon to the Rival-9 that also excels at close range is the Striker 9. It performs very similarly to the Rival-9 offering a comparable TTK, effective range, and handling.

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Kurt Perry is a British games writer who started at Dexerto in April 2023. He graduated from Staffordshire University in 2019 with a BA in Games Journalism and PR. Prior to joining Dexerto, Kurt contributed 900 articles for PC Invasion including over 350 guides. He's an all-rounder who is particularly knowledgeable about Call of Duty, Destiny, and Pokemon.