Best Warzone weapons: Ultimate tier list with meta loadouts

. 4 days ago
Warzone best weapons
Activision

With so many weapons to choose from in Warzone, it can be difficult to figure out which guns are the best to dominate your matches. So, let’s run through the best meta weapons in-game at the moment.

Warzone Season 4 is well underway and players are getting stuck into all the fresh content that arrived in the latest update.

Of course, this means it can be difficult to figure out which gun you should be using in your matches. Luckily, we’ve compiled five of the best Warzone guns based on their popularity in the meta using WZ Ranked, so you’ll always know which weapons to take into Caldera.

We’ve even included a meta loadout alongside all of them so you can make the most out of each of the guns. Without further ado, let’s check out the five best guns in Call of Duty: Warzone.

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Best meta Warzone weapons, ranked

5. Cooper Carbine

Cooper Carbine Warzone
Activision
The Cooper Carbine only recently broke into the top 5 most popular weapons.

Attachments

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: 22″ Cooper Custom
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Cooper 45RS
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 9mm 60 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

Perks

  • E.O.D
  • Overkill
  • Amped

Equipment

  • Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor
  • Lethal: Semtex

Currently sitting as the third most popular AR in Warzone, the Cooper Carbine is an effective AR that’s perfect for both Rebirth Island and Caldera.

The build above focuses on turning the gun into a medium to long-range laser beam that eliminates enemies in seconds. Not only that, the combination of attachments makes the AR incredibly easy to control, ensuring you land every single bullet.

Just be sure to run Overkill with this setup as you’ll need a close-quarter option at your disposal. Remember, if the build above doesn’t fit your playstyle, consider checking out our dedicated guide for the gun.

4. H4 Blixen

H4 Blixen weapon preview screen
Activision
The best H4 Blixen loadout dominates in Warzone.

Attachments

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Jonsson 9″ RMK
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Bergstrom MB
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 54 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Proficiency: Fleet
  • Kit: Quick

Added in the Season 3 Reloaded update, the H4 Blixen or Carl Gustaf has not been in Warzone for very long but it’s already second behind the MP40 in terms of popularity.

A hard-hitting SMG that has a solid damage range compared to its competition, the H4 Blixen is perfect when paired up with a meta AR like the Cooper Carbine or STG44.

Our loadout above focuses on maximizing the gun’s damage while also providing a solid amount of mobility.

If you’re looking for an alternative MP40 loadout, consider checking out our dedicated guide for the weapon.

3. MP40

MP40 Warzone preview screen
Activision
The MP40 is a great secondary option in Warzone.

Attachments

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317mm 04B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Quick

Perks

  • E.O.D
  • Overkill
  • Amped

Equipment

  • Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor
  • Lethal: Grenade

Falling to third after the May 4 patch but still sitting as the most popular SMG in Warzone, the MP40 is unmatched at close quarters.

This powerful SMG has a lethal TTK while also providing its user with a lot of mobility, making it ideal for players who prefer to play aggressively.

Just remember to run Overkill with the MP40 as it’s essential you have a longer-range weapon at your disposal.

If you’re looking for an alternative MP40 loadout, consider checking out our dedicated guide for the weapon.

2. STG44

STG 44 Warzone loadout
Activision
The STG44 is no slouch if you’d rather drop in with a more tactical AR.

Attachments

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: VDD 760mm 05B
  • Optic: ZF4 3.5x Rifle Scope
  • Stock: VDD 34S Weighted
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 50 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

Perks

  • E.O.D
  • Overkill
  • Amped

Equipment

  • Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor
  • Lethal: Semtex

The STG44 has risen in popularity since the May 4 update where it was buffed, making it one of the most powerful ARs in the game.

This deadly weapon packs a punch and deals lethal damage at medium to long-range, especially with the ZF4 3.5x Rifle Scope equipped.

With 10 attachments instead of five, this gun’s strengths can be amplified to the max making it a worthy contender with the likes of the NZ-41 and the Cooper Carbine.

On Caldera, you can’t go wrong with this STG44 build, but if you’re looking for an alternative setup, consider checking out our dedicated guide.

1. NZ-41

NZ-41 in Warzone
Activision
The NZ-41 has exploded in popularity in Season 3 Reloaded.

Attachments

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: LOR Mk1 Burst
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Stock: Orbweaver E Pack
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scop 3-6x
  • Magazine: 6.5mm Sakura 50 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Perk: Brace
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

After major adjustments to its recoil in the June 2 patch, the NZ-41’s popularity has exploded, becoming one of the strongest ARs in Warzone. The weapon has even managed to steal the top spot from the STG44. making it the most used gun in the game.

Thanks to its steady recoil pattern, it’s incredibly easy to beam opponents down from a distance and that’s exactly what the build above is designed to do.

It’s hard to know how long it’ll be before Raven nerf this weapon so make the most of it while it lasts as changes could be coming soon.

If you’re looking for an alternative NZ-41 loadout, consider checking out our dedicated guide for the weapon.

What is the best gun in Warzone?

Identifying the best gun in Warzone is a difficult task as everyone has their preference when it comes to picking and customizing the perfect loadout.

However, as showcased above, the NZ-41 is currently the most popular weapon in the game and is considered by a lot of players as the strongest gun in the current meta.

With a lethal TTK and strong damage at long range, it’s a deadly choice if you want a versatile weapon that can beam down enemies from afar.

All guns in Call of Duty: Warzone

Now we’ve counted down the top five best Warzone weapons in the current meta, let’s check the other available options for players in-game.

Warzone Assault Rifles

Warzone Assault rifles
Treyarch/Activision
There are a wide range of assault rifles to choose from in Warzone.
Weapon Description Guide
FAL Semi-automatic assault rifle capable of taking out enemies effectively at medium range. Loadout/Class
Kilo 141 Fully automatic assault rifle with a steady rate of fire and a manageable recoil pattern. Loadout/Class
KG M40 Fully automatic workhorse assault rifle. Loadout/Class
M4A1 Fully automatic battle rifle, most effective at medium to long-range with the correct attachments. Loadout/Class
FR 5.56 A three-round burst assault rifle that’s most effective in medium-range gunfights. Loadout/Class
Oden Fully automatic hard-hitting battle rifle with a slow rate of fire. Loadout/Class
M13 Fully automatic assault rifle with a high rate of fire and a low recoil pattern. Loadout/Class
FN Scar 17 Large caliber automatic assault rifle that’s effective in long-range gunfights. Loadout/Class
AK-47 (Modern Warfare) High damage automatic assault rifle with a heavy recoil pattern. Loadout/Class
RAM-7 Fully automatic bullpup assault rifle that’s effective in close-quarter gunfights. Loadout/Class
Grau 5.56 Fully automatic lightweight assault rifle that allows players to stay constantly on the move. Loadout/Class
CR-56 AMAX Compact fully automatic assault rifle built for mid-range gunfights. Loadout/Class
FARA 83 Automatic assault rifle with a high rate of fire that’s effective at medium to long-range. Loadout/Class
FFAR 1 High fire rate assault rifle with fast reload speeds and deadly damage at medium range. Loadout/Class
AK-47 (Cold War) Fully automatic high damage assault rifle with a slower rate of fire that’s effective in short to medium range gunfights. Loadout/Class
Groza Automatic assault rifle with a fast fire rate that deals consistent damage at range. Loadout/Class
Krig 6 Fully automatic assault rifle with incredible accuracy and a fast reload speed. Loadout/Class
XM4 Automatic rifle with reliable damage and manageable recoil control when firing. Loadout/Class
AN-94 High damage assault rifle with a unique hyperburst feature that gives the user the upper hand in gunfights. Loadout/Class
AS VAl Integrally suppressed fully automatic assault rifle built for stealth and close quarter combat. Loadout/Class
QBZ-83 Fully automatic assault rifle with fast handling speed and increased mobility. Loadout/Class
C58 Full-auto assault rifle with high damage at close range with a slower fire rate. Loadout/Class
EM2 Well-rounded British rifle with good firing control. Loadout/Class
STG44 Versatile assault rifle adaptable to any situation. Loadout/Class
Automaton Automatic rifle with steady fire rate and is deadly at mid to long-range engagements. Loadout/Class
BAR High-caliber full-auto with accuracy for long-distance engagements. Loadout/Class
Cooper Carbine This short-range AR is easy to control with a fast fire rate. Loadout/Class
AS44 Fast firing full-auto assault rifle ideal for close to mid-range engagements. Loadout/Class
Vargo 52 Full-auto assault rifle with good damage at mid-range with a fast fire rate, improved muzzle velocity, and reliable handling for steady firing control. Loadout/Class
Nikita AVT Full-auto assault rifle with the best-in-class fire rate in Vanguard. Loadout/Class

Warzone SMGs

Warzone SMGs
Activision
There are 24 SMG’s total in Warzone.
Weapon Description Guide
AK74u Fully automatic SMG that offers consistent damage and reliable weapon control. Loadout/Class
KSP 45 3 round burst SMG that provides high damage at moderate range and was released with Black Ops Cold War.  –
H4 Blixen Favored by Special Operations Forces, this hard-hitting SMG offers mobility and accuracy in medium-range engagements. Loadout/Class
Marco 5 A high mobility submachine gun, accurate from the hip with excellent close-range stopping power. Loadout/Class
UGR Full-auto underwater submachine gun modified for improved land performance. Fire 5.66mm steel darts with moderate bullet velocity. Loadout/Class
LAPA Full-auto lightweight submachine gun prototype with reliable damage and good firing control Loadout/Class
Striker 45 Hard-hitting SMG that is capable of shredding enemies at long distances with great aim. Loadout/Class
MP5 (Cold War) Fully automatic SMG with a fast fire rate and low recoil. Loadout/Class
Milano 821 Fully automatic SMG with a slow rate of fire that offers a manageable recoil pattern. Loadout/Class
P90 Automatic SMG with an incredibly high rate of fire that thrives at close quarters. Loadout/Class
Uzi Fully automatic open bolt SMG that’s both lightweight and mobile. Loadout/Class
MP7 Compact fully automatic SMG with a high rate of fire and minimal recoil. Loadout/Class
LC10 Well-rounded fully automatic SMG with great accuracy and impressive muzzle velocity. Loadout/Class
Bizon Fully automatic SMG with reliable damage and a large ammo pool. Loadout/Class
AUG (Modern Warfare) Modular fully automatic SMG designed for mobility and control. Loadout/Class
MP5 (Modern Warfare) A balanced fully automatic SMG with consistent damage and manageable recoil. Loadout/Class
Bullfrog Fully automatic SMG with improved range and a less accurate hip-fire spread. Loadout/Class
Fennec Fully automatic SMG with an insanely high fire rate and a smooth recoil pattern. Loadout/Class
MAC-10 High damage fully automatic SMG with a fast fire rate and heavy vertical recoil. Loadout/Class
ISO Precise SMG with a fast rate of fire that thrives in close-quarter engagements. Loadout/Class
PPSh-41 Full auto SMG with a fast rate of fire and a large bullet spread. Loadout/Class
CX-9 High fire rate SMG with excellent maneuverability. Loadout/Class
TEC-9 Semi-automatic SMG with high accuracy and minimal recoil. Loadout/Class
MP40 Workhorse SMG is suited to all short to medium-range engagements. Loadout/Class
Owen Gun High-caliber full-auto SMG with accuracy for medium ranges. Loadout/Class
STEN High-mobility full-auto SMG ideal for flanking enemy positions. Loadout/Class
Welgun Heavy full-auto SMG with lethality and range for short- to medium-range engagements. Loadout/Class
Armaguerra 43 Very high rate-of-fire SMG. Effective at short to medium range engagements. Loadout/Class

Warzone Sniper Rifles

Warzone Sniper
Treyarch/Activision
Running a sniper rifle in a loadout is a perfect way to pick off enemies at a distance.
Weapon Description Guide
ZRG 20MM Newly released bolt action sniper rifle with deadly damage at long-range. Loadout/Class
Rytec AMR High damage semi-automatic sniper rifle that’s dominant at long range. Loadout/Class
Dragunov Semi-automatic sniper rifle that thrives at medium to long-range and has featured in countless Call of Duty titles.  –
HDR Anti-material bolt action sniper rifle that’s devastating at long-range. Loadout/Class
AX-50 Hard-hitting bolt action sniper rifle that requires a precise aim at long distances. Loadout/Class
Pelington 703 Bolt action sniper rifle that offers mobility and a fast re-chamber speed. Loadout/Class
LW3 Tundra Bolt Action sniper rifle with high damage output and moderate sway. Loadout/Class
M82 Harding hitting Sniper Rifle with heavy recoil and slow handling. Loadout/Class
Swiss K31 Straight pull bolt action sniper rifle that does high damage at long-range. Loadout/Class

Warzone Marksmen Rifles

Marksmen rifle Warzone
Treyarch/Activision
Marksmen rifles can be fitted with scopes and utilized from a distance.
Weapon Description Guide
EBR-14 Semi-automatic long-range battle rifle that’s lethal if the user can land multiple shots on their opponent.  –
R1 Shadowhunter Black Ops Cold War Crossbow that launches lethal bolt projectiles that rewards a player with great aim.  –
Kar98k High damage bolt action rifle that remains one of the most popular weapons in Warzone. Loadout/Class
MK2 Carbine Accurate lever-action rifle that’s capable of taking out an enemy with a well-aimed shot.  –
Crossbow Silent and deadly crossbow capable of one-shotting enemies if players have a good enough aim.  –
SKS Lightweight semi-automatic Carbine rifle that focuses on utility over accuracy.  –
SP-R 208 Hard-hitting bolt action rifle that’s precise and deadly at long-range with a scope. Loadout/Class

Warzone Shotguns

Warzone shotgun list
Raven Software
For close-quarter gunfights, there’s no better choice than a shotgun.
Weapon Description Guide
Jak-12 Fully automatic open bolt shotgun that’s incredibly effective in close engagements. Loadout/Class
Gallo SA12 Semi-automatic shotgun with reliable damage and pellet spread. Loadout/Class
Streetsweeper Burst fire high damage tactical rifle with a built-in optic that provides 1.5x magnification. Loadout/Class
Origin 12 Semi-automatic shotgun with large ammo capacity for nonstop fire. Loadout/Class
R9-0 Double barrel shotgun that fires two rapid shots before each re-chamber Loadout/Class
VLK Rogue Agile 12-gauge shotgun with incredible mobility and range capabilities. Loadout/Class
725 Break action shotgun with a two-round capacity that’s lethal at extended ranges.  –
Model 680 Pump-action shotgun that’s reliable and effective in close-quarter gunfights.  –
Hauer 77 High damage pump-action shotgun that’s capable of one-shotting enemies at close range.  –

Warzone LMGs

Warzone LMG's
Raven Software
Warzone’s LMGs may come at the cost of some mobility, but they certainly pack a punch.
Weapon Description Guide
PKM Fully automatic high-power LMG that’s effective at medium to long-range. Loadout/Class
SA87 Fully automatic bullpup light machine gun with a lower rate of fire that keeps the recoil low. Loadout/Class
UGM-8 High fire rate, mobile LMG that excels at creating suppressing fire and pushing enemy positions. Loadout/Class
M91 Heavy LMG that’s stable and effective in long-range engagements but lacks mobility. Loadout/Class
MG34 Fully automatic LMG with a high rate of fire and a heavy recoil pattern.  –
Holger-26 Versatile LMG that’s designed for a broad range of engagements and effective at all ranges.  –
Bruen Open bolt fully automatic LMG that provides a fast rate of fire and great stability. Loadout/Class
FiNN Ultra-light automatic LMG with a low fire rate and advanced recoil control. Loadout/Class
Stoner 63 Fully automatic LMG with a solid fire rate and a large ammo capacity. Loadout/Class
RPD High-damage LMG with great handling speed and a heavy recoil pattern that’s featured in countless Call of Duty titles. Loadout/Class
M60 Fully automatic LMG with solid ammo capacity and a slower rate of fire for excellent stability.  –
MG 82 Fully automatic LMG with a manageable recoil pattern and high damage at medium range. Loadout/Class
RAAL MG The Reconnaissance Auxiliary Assault Lightweight Machine Gun uses a low fire rate and a reciprocating barrel. Loadout/Class
Bren Full-auto LMG with accurate initial fire, recoil becomes difficult to control with sustained fire. Loadout/Class
Type 11 Lighter LMG offers additional maneuverability to reposition during battle. Loadout/Class
Whitley Heavy long-range machine gun, cumbersome but consistent. Loadout/Class

Warzone Tactical Rifles

WZ Tactical rifle
Raven Software
Warzone’s Tactical Rifles are perfect for taking out enemies from range.
Weapon Description Guide
M16 Burst fire tactical rifle and deadly accurate while a player is aiming down sight. Loadout/Class
DMR-14 Semi-automatic tactical rifle with a high fire rate and low recoil. Loadout/Class
AUG (Cold War) Burst fire high damage tactical rifle with a built-in optic that provides 1.5x magnification. Loadout/Class
Type 63 Semi-automatic tactical rifle with a low rate of fire and improved stability at long-range Loadout/Class
M1916 Semi-automatic Vanguard rifle that’s deadly accurate and deals reliable damage. Loadout/Class

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Hopefully, this list should help you find the best gun in Warzone that suits your playstyle and allows you to dominate your opponents.

Although choosing meta weapons is key if you’re looking for every possible advantage, your primary focus should be finding a gun you enjoy using.

Don’t forget to try a bunch of the loadouts above and see which ones help you pick up the most kills. If you’re looking to stay on top of all the latest Warzone news and leaks, check out our dedicated Call of Duty home page.

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