Best Warzone loadouts: Top class setups for all playstyles

James Busby
Warzone class loadouts

The best Warzone loadouts can give you a huge advantage when using weapons with optimal attachments and perks. So, we’ve put together a list of the best guns that suit every playstyle.

Warzone Season 3 is well underway, with both Caldera and Rebirth Island thriving with new weapons, balance changes, and features

Just like with every update, the game’s meta is constantly shifting as new balance patches and guns are added. Whether it be Assault Rifles, SMGs, LMGs, or Shotguns and 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 3, we’ve put together a list of the best Warzone loadouts for every playstyle.


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With the Season 3 weapon balance changes, many of Warzone’s 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 3. Keep in mind, that 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 3: STG44

STG44 in Warzone
The STG44 is currently the best Assault Rifle in Warzone.


  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: VDD 760mm 05B
  • Optic: G16 2.5x scope
  • Stock: VDD 34S Weighted
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 60 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk 1: Vital
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

It’s no secret why the STG44 ranks as the best Assault Rifle in Warzone Season 3. Ever since Vanguard’s weapon integration into Warzone, players have been praising this weapon. While its recoil may be a little higher than most AR’s, the fast TTK more than makes up for this.

This particular loadout helps in improving accuracy and control, while also raising its damage in the process. Mid-range effectiveness is the main goal of this loadout, and it’s a reliable choice that fits perfectly into the meta.

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

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: VDD 189mm Short
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Brace
  • Perk 2: Quick

When it comes to SMG gameplay, you should always try to push the pace. This is where our best MP40 loadout truly shines, taking both mobility and close-quarters damage to the very limit in Season 3.

Since its addition to Warzone with the Vanguard integration, this SMG has consistently ranked at the top of Warzone’s SMG meta. If you’re seeking the most powerful SMG build possible, then MP40 will definitely net you plenty of kills.

Best Shotgun in Warzone: JAK 12

JAK-12 loadout Warzone
The JAK-12 absolutely shreds opponents at close range.


  • Muzzle: FORGE TAC Marauder
  • Barrel: ZLR J03699 Torrent
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Magazine: 20 Round Drum Mags
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

Shotguns have certainly had their time in the spotlight, and while they might not be the most optimal pick in Caldera/Rebirth Island, certain loadouts are still viable. Leading the pack is none other than the JAK 12 shotgun.

Alongside the STG44, 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 JAK 12 as fast as possible, so you’re guaranteed to wipe out your opponents in no time.

Best Sniper in Warzone: HDR

hdr sniper rifle in cod warzone
The HDR can kill a fully armored enemy with one headshot.


  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 26.9″ HDR Pro
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Variable Zoom Scope
  • Stock: FTAC Champion

This class is for those who like to quickly take down fully armored foes at long range. Our HDR loadout has been outfitted to maximize range, accuracy, and speed, making it a great choice no matter the scenario. 

With recent Sniper Rifle balance updates in Warzone Season 3, the HDR remains among the top picks. Based on community sentiment, it has even become the most popular sniper as well, surpassing the likes of the Kar98k.

Best Marksman Rifle in Warzone: Kar98k (MW)

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


  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 26.9″ HDR Pro
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Variable Zoom Scope
  • Stock: FTAC Champion

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 HDR, 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. Even though this weapon has fallen in popularity with the recent Season 3 balance changes, it still remains a solid pick for many players.

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

Best close-range AR in Warzone: Cooper Carbine

Cooper Carbine Warzone preview screen
The Cooper Carbine is still a powerful pick in Warzone.


  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: 22″ Cooper Custom
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Cooper 45RS
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 9mm 60 Rnd Drums
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Tight Grip
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

While SMGs are often king when it comes to close-range firefights, the Cooper Carbine is a fantastic choice for those that prefer the AR playstyle. Not only does it come packed with a fast rate of fire, but it also does great damage in both close and mid-range scenarios.

Because of this, the Cooper Carbine has a lot more versatility, which means you’ll be able to utilize this loadout in both Caldera and Rebirth Island.

Best LMG in Warzone: Bren

Bren Loadout Warzone
The Bren is an incredibly popular pick in Warzone.


  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Queen’s 775m Scepter
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6X
  • Stock: Queen’s Model 11 BH
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 6.5 Sakura 40 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Tight Grip
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

As it stands, the best Bren loadout is the go-to meta LMG option in Warzone Season 3. This beefy weapon shreds opponents in close to mid-range engagements and can be very easy to control with the right attachments.

As with most LMGs, the Bren can be a little sluggish (though not as much as others in its class), so running an SMG as your secondary will ensure you’re never caught off-guard.

Best Mid-range Warzone loadout: XM4

XM4 in Cold War Gunsmith with WZ Pacific logo
The XM4 absolutely shreds in close-range firefights.


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

If you’re looking for a decent AR to help in mid-range fights, there’s no looking past the XM4 in Warzone Season 3.

Our optimal XM4 build improves not only the rate of fire but also enhances the AR’s handling. This makes this gun just as agile as any SMG in the battle royale and ideal for close-range engagements.

So, there you have it, our top picks of the best loadouts and attachment combos to use in Warzone Season 3.

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

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