Best Sidewinder Warzone loadout: Class setup, attachments, Perks

Kurt Perry
Sidewinder battle rifle with Warzone logo.

It has been slammed as one of Warzone’s worst weapons but with the right loadout, the Sidewinder can be surprisingly viable and even competitive at times.

Not every gun is blessed in Warzone with some failing to attract much of a fan base at all. Urzikstan has its fair share of frustrating guns but perhaps none have been as poorly received as the Sidewinder.

Despite its heritage as an ACR, the Sidewinder bears no resemblance to the legendary MW2 AR or even this year’s MCW. It is a slow-firing, awkward battle rifle that has a lot of recoil. Not exactly the traditional recipe for a meta Warzone gun.

Yet if you can control that recoil with our optimized loadout and are comfortable with semi-auto weapons the Sidewinder is a surprisingly competent rifle that some Warzone players will enjoy using.


Best Sidewinder Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Tempus GH50
  • Barrel: Tempus Predator Precision Barrel
  • Optic: Aim OP-V4
  • Underbarrel: Bruen Heavy Support Grip
  • Magazine: 30 Round Drum

By far the biggest problem with the Sidewinder is its absurd recoil which makes it difficult to keep on target. Therefore it’s best to focus on building around this with the sole goal of making it more accurate.

To make the Sidewinder recoil significantly less it is recommended to combine all three of the Tempus GH50 muzzle, Bruen Heavy Support Grip underbarrel, and Tempus Predator Precision Barrel. As a bonus the barrel also increases Damage Range and Bullet Velocity which are both important stats in Warzone.

Furthermore, the Aim OP-V4 optic is fantastic for minimizing visual recoil making it much easier to keep targets in sight as the gun bounces around. The fifth and final attachment is the 30 Round Drum which lowers mobility but the 50% increase in magazine capacity provided is more than worth the trade-off.

Sidewinder battle rifle previewed in Warzone.
It has a lot of problems but the Sidewinder can be viable in Warzone with the right loadout.

Sidewinder Warzone Loadout: Perks and Equipment

  • Perk 1: Double Time
  • Perk 2: Strong Arm
  • Perk 3: Resupply
  • Perk 4: High Alert
  • Lethal: Drill Charge
  • Tactical: Smoke Grenade

Even though the Sidewinder isn’t a gun suited to aggression, Double Time remains the best Perk 1 with it having a greater impact than any other Perk. A less obvious option is Strong Arm which has great synergy with our chosen Perk 3, providing a trajectory line when using equipment and letting you throw them further.

Speaking of Perk 3, Resupply is what we opt for with it constantly recharging our equipment ensuring we never run out. This is great for supporting your team with utility that can easily tip a fight in your favor. This lets you provide value to your Warzone squad even when using an off-meta weapon like the Sidewinder.

Going back to a more traditional meta pick, for Perk 4 it’s recommended to use High Alert. This Perk warns you when an enemy aims in your direction from within 100 meters which will save your life more often than not, assuming they don’t have Cold Blooded equipped that is.

Since we’re using Resupply our choice of equipment is extremely important. Given the goal is to provide utility for teammates it makes sense to equip a Smoke Grenade to cross open areas easier. Finally, a Drill Charge is one of the few reliable ways of flushing out and punishing stationary teams holding down a power position.

How to unlock Sidewinder in Warzone

The Sidewinder is unlocked by accessing the Armory at level 25activating the Sidewinder, and then completing 8 Daily Challenges. Since that can take some time, some players may prefer extracting with one in Zombies which will also unlock the battle rifle.

Best alternative to Sidewinder in Warzone

Given that the Sidewinder performs best in semi-auto, it has the most in common with a marksman rifle like the KVD Enforcer. Both hit hard and offer competitive TTKs if you can control their recoil and keep shots on target.

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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.