Best Warzone SMG loadouts: Attachments & setups ranked

Joe Craven
Warzone best SMGS artworkActivision

Every Warzone class needs to have an SMG as a secondary, as the class boasts the best close-quarters combat potential. We’ve assembled a list of the best submachine guns in Warzone, including recommended loadouts so you can dominate close quarters.

While assault rifles are some of the best weapons in Warzone, SMGs are probably a close second due to their absurd close-quarter capability. Having a reliable secondary to melt up close is a must, especially if you’re an aggressive player.

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With that said Call of Duty provides plenty of SMGs to play with, although it’s a bit overwhelming trying to figure out what stands out from the rest.

We’ve got you covered with the ultimate SMG guide for Warzone.

Best Warzone SMGs, ranked

There are currently 20 SMGs in Warzone, courtesy of the Carry Forward system uniting MW2 and MW3’s armories. Season 2 of the latter title saw the introduction of the RAM-9 SMG, which is quickly rising the ranks due to its devastating power.

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Here are all 20 of Warzone’s SMGs ranked from best to worst:

  1. RAM-9
  2. HRM-9
  3. WSP Swarm
  4. Striker 9
  5. Rival-9
  6. ISO 9MM
  7. Striker
  8. Fennec 45
  9. AMR9
  10. WSP-9
  11. Vel 46
  12. ISO 45
  13. Lachmann Sub
  14. Vaznev-9K
  15. PDSW 528
  16. BAS-P
  17. FSS Hurricane
  18. Minibak
  19. MX9
  20. Lachmann Shroud

Best Warzone SMGs

These are the five best SMGs to use in Warzone Season 2:

5. Rival-9

Rival-9 SMG preview in Warzone.Activision

Best Rival-9 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Sonic Suppressor S
  • Barrel: Rival-C Cleanshot Barrel
  • Stock: EXF Close Quarters Assault Stock
  • Magazine: 50 Round Drum
  • Rear Grip: Rival Vice Assault Grip

The Skorpion Evo’s return has been lauded by fans, with the Rival-9 working quite well across CoD’s variety of modes. Its recoil leaves room for improvement, but its high rate of fire combined with the above attachments make it manageable and a clear favorite to dominate with.

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4. Striker 9

Striker 9Activision

Best Striker 9 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Shadowstrike Suppressor
  • Barrel: Striker Elite Long
  • Stock: Lachmann Recon Series
  • Magazine: 40 Round
  • Underbarrel: XTEN Phantom-5 Handstop

The UMP’s return, aka the Striker 9, is an interesting weapon. While it doesn’t boast the highest fire rate of the class, its low recoil and versatility make this a surprisingly dominant choice. The above setup renders it a near laser, meaning your secondary slot is in good hands.

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3. WSP Swarm


Best WSP Swarm Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Shadowstrike Suppressor
  • Barrel: WSP Reckless-90 Long Barrel
  • Optic: MK. 3 Reflector
  • Magazine: 50 Round Mag
  • Underbarrel: FTAC SP-10 Angled Grip

While the WSP Swarm isn’t the easiest gun to control, it certainly demolishes foes up close due to its high fire rate. As more players unlocked it, it dominated the Warzone meta, sending countless players to the Gulag in seconds. Given the return of Fortune’s Keep, having this one in your back pocket will work wonders.

2. HRM-9

HRM-9 SMG previewed in Warzone.Activision

Best HRM-9 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Shadowstrike Suppressor
  • Stock: Folding Stock
  • Rear Grip: PCS-90 Assault Grip
  • Magazine: 50 Round Drum
  • Underbarrel: DR-6 Handstop

Much like the first overall pick, Season 1’s new SMG quickly rose to the top of the Warzone charts. Veteran players loved it for its iron sights reminiscent of the Grau from MW 2019, and while its accuracy leaves much to be desired, it’s still a fearsome weapon for run-and-gun players.

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1. RAM-9

RAM-9 previewed in Call of Duty: Warzone and MW3 multiplayer.Activision

Best RAM-9 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: JAK BFB
  • Stock: HVS 3.4 Pad
  • Underbarrel: DR-6 Handstop
  • Magazine: 50 Round Mag
  • Rear Grip: Retort 90 Grip Tape

The newcomer has quickly become the king of Warzone, as the RAM-9‘s damage profile and high TTK outrank nearly everything but the HRM-9. Its low accuracy makes it a tough SMG to use, but with this setup, it’ll make your job so much easier.

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Joe is a former writer for Dexerto, who focused on Call of Duty, FIFA, Apex Legends and Rainbow Six Siege.