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Best Warzone loadouts: Top class setups for all playstyles

Published: 15/Jan/2022 0:40 Updated: 15/Jan/2022 0:48

by James Busby


The best Warzone loadouts can give you a huge advantage, so we’ve put together a list of the 10 best that suit every playstyle.

Warzone Pacific Season 1 is well underway as Caldera has taken over as the CoD battle royale’s primary map. Alongside the new location came dozens of powerful WWII-era weapons from Vanguard.

As you would expect, the meta has been shaken up in a big way with this new chapter. From devastating Assault Rifles to new Sniper loadouts, there’s plenty to keep an eye out for in Warzone now.

To help you settle on the absolute best classes in Season 1, we’ve put together a list of the best Warzone loadouts for every playstyle.



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With Caldera now upon us, many of Warzone’s classic weapons are no longer the top dogs.

That begs the question – what makes a good custom class? Each one has a primary weapon, secondary, lethal, tactical, and three perks, so there are plenty of combinations you can choose from.

Below, we’ve listed 10 loadouts we feel can provide everything you need in Warzone Season 1. Keep in mind, some of the guns and attachments could still be locked for you. If that’s the case, substitute them with similar ones until you’ve played enough to unlock the rest.

Best Assault Rifle in Warzone Season 1: STG44

STG44 in Warzone
Activision/Sledgehammer Games
The STG44 is currently the best Assault Rifle in Warzone.


  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel:VDD 760MM 05B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock:VDD 27 Precision
  • Underbarrel:M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 9MM 24 Rnd Fast Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

It’s no secret why the STG44 ranks as the best Assault Rifle in Warzone Pacific Season 1. Ever since Warzone’s integration, players have been praising this weapon. From it well-rounded, balanced nature to its easy to control recoil, this weapon is a must-pick.


This particular loadout helps in improving accuracy and control, while boosting the damage output in the process. Despite the negative impact some of these attachments may have on speed and handling, ranged-effectiveness is the main goal of this loadout.

Be sure to brush up on our full STG44 Warzone loadout to ensure you have the best secondary, perks, and equipment too.

Best SMG in Warzone: MP40

MP40 Warzone preview screen
Soon after Warzone Pacific Season 1 released, the MP40 skyrocketed in popularity.


  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317mm 04B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 9mm 64 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Incendiary
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Rear Grip

SMGs, like most weapon types, went through a huge overhaul in Warzone Pacific Season 1. However, when it comes to SMG gameplay, you should always try to push the pace. With our best MP40 loadout, you’ll be in the best position to do just that.


Although it’s a more recent addition with the Vanguard update, this SMG has emerged as a frontrunner in Warzone Season 1. If you’re seeking the most powerful SMG build possible, the MP40 can definitely aid in helping you improve.

To track your stats and get more insight into your statistical improvement in Warzone, we recommend using stat-tracking website MyStats.

Best Shotgun in Warzone: Gallo SA12

Gallo SA12 Black Ops Cold War
Activision / Treyarch
The Gallo SA12’s high rate of fire makes it a great pick in Warzone Season 1.


  • Muzzle: Agency Choke
  • Barrel: 21.4 Reinforced Heavy
  • Laser: Ember Sighting Point
  • Ammo: STANAG 12-round tube
  • Stock: No Stock

Shotguns have certainly had their time in the spotlight, and while they might not be the most optimal pick in Caldera, certain loadouts are still viable. Leading the pack is none other than the Black Ops Cold War  Gallo SA12 Shotgun.


Alongside the Krig 6, this is a perfect setup for players who love to push aggressively and take on enemies at close range. This loadout focuses on making the Gallo SA12 as fast as possible, so you’re guaranteed to wipe out your opponents in no time.

Best Sniper in Warzone: Swiss K31

Swiss K31 setup
Activision / Treyarch
Make sure you pair the Swiss K31 with a meta AR to cover all scenarios.


  • Muzzle: Sound Moderator
  • Barrel: 24.9” Combat Recon
  • Laser: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Stock: SAS Combat Stock
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

This class is for those who like to quickly take down foes at range, while also having the fast scope in speed to catch closer targets. Our Swiss K31 loadout has been outfitted to maximize range, accuracy, and speed, making it a great choice no matter the scenario. 

With recent balance updates in Warzone Season 1, the Swiss K31 remains among the top picks. Based on community sentiment, it may even be the most popular sniper as well, potentially surpassing the likes of the Kar98k.


Best Marksman Rifle in Warzone: Kar98k

Kar98k WZ
Unlocking the Kar98k is a must for those that wish to increase their KDA.


  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6”
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Sniper Scope
  • Stock: FTAC Sport Comb

If you want to use a Sniper Rifle but plan on doing a little moving around, this class offers more of a balanced approach. Compared to the Swiss K31, the Kar98k has a faster ADS time making it the perfect choice for players who prefer to maintain mobility.

On top of this, the Kar98k is deadly at close range, meaning you’re prepared for all scenarios and can take out opponents at all distances. And even though this weapon has fallen in popularity with the release of Warzone Pacific Season 1, it still remains a solid pick for many.

For a detailed look into this weapon, check out our Kar98k loadout guide.

Best close-range AR in Warzone: Cooper Carbine

Cooper Carbine Warzone loadout screen
The best Cooper Carbine Warzone loadout boosts the gun’s fire rate.


  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 14” Gracey Rapid
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 9mm 60 Rnd Drums
  • Ammunition: Compressed Rounds
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Perk: Vital
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

If you’re looking for a fast-firing AR to help in closer fights, there’s no looking past the Cooper Carbine in Warzone Season 1.

Our optimal Cooper Carbine build improves not only the rate of fire, but ADS speed too. Making this gun just as agile as any SMG in the battle royale today.

Best LMG in Warzone: MG 82

MG 82 in Warzone
The MG 82 has gradually risen up Warzone meta loadout ranks.


  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 16.4” Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

Despite receiving a nerf to its damage in recent months, the MG 82 is still the best LMG option in Warzone Season 1. This beefy weapon shreds opponents in close to mid-range engagements and can be relatively easy to control with the right attachments.

As with most LMG’s, the MG 82 can be a little sluggish, so running an OTs 9 as your secondary will ensure you’re never caught off-guard.

Best Mid-range Warzone loadout: XM4

XM4 Warzone
The XM4 is still incredibly precise across all ranges.


  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 13.5” Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent  Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 60 Rnd

Our ideal XM4 loadout focuses on allowing you to make the most of the insane damage at close to mid-range distances. Like most Cold War ARs, the XM4 damage is through the roof, especially when you utilize the attachments above.

Consider pairing this loadout with either the Swiss K31 or OTs 9 to give you the best options in every firefight. 

So there you have it, our top picks of the best Warzone loadouts and attachment combos to use in Season 1.

Looking for more of the best Warzone loadouts? Check out our list of guides below:

C58 | Grau 5.56 | Kilo 141 | Krig 6 | CR-56 AMAX FFAR 1 | Mac 10 | MP5 | Kar98k | HDR | Best controller settings | Top 10 best class setups and loadouts | Highest-earning Warzone players