How to unlock new Sykov pistol in Warzone + best 80-round class loadout


The leaked Sykov pistol has finally been officially released in Call of Duty: Warzone and Modern Warfare and we’ve got everything you need to know about the new weapon and how to unlock it.

The Sykov may have the most unusual path to release we’ve seen for a Warzone weapon so far; after initially being leaked several months ago, the pistol was then unceremoniously added to both Warzone and MW without any sort of official announcement.

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While actually getting it and using it involved a bit of a process, those who were able to get their hands on it demonstrated how powerful the gun can be when equipped with the dual wield and 80-round mag attachments.

Finally, on April 15, the Sykov’s release was made final and official after it was added to the list of handguns that players can add to their loadouts.

How to unlock the Sykov in Warzone fast

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You can unlock the Sykov pistol in Warzone and Modern Warfare by completing a new in-game challenge.

As with every non-Battle Pass gun in Warzone, unlocking the Sykov involves completing a specific in-game challenge: Get four (4) kills while using Pistols in five (5) different matches.

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Needless to say, as far as Warzone goes, the best approach to doing this challenge is to hop in Plunder with a pistol-based loadout and getting your four kills in five different matches.

However, this process becomes a lot easier if you own Modern Warfare – just hop into Shoot the Ship to get the best close-quarter maps and take care of business; it shouldn’t take too long to finish it this way.

Best Sykov build for Warzone

Sykov pistol Activision
This Sykov loadout absolutely shreds in close-quarter firefights.


  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Sorokin 140mm Auto
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Ammunition: 80 Round Drums
  • Perk: Akimbo

If you want to get ahead of the curve when it comes to this pistol, then these powerful attachments will do just that. First up is the Monolithic Suppressor. This mighty muzzle increases the Sykov’s damage range and also keeps your shots suppressed, allowing you to remain hidden when firing.

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While the Sykov’s fire rate is already fairly high, the addition of the Sorokin 140mm Auto increases it even further. Not only does this mean you can tear through the gun’s 80 Round Drum without a care in the world, but it also bolsters your overall DPS.

Rounding things off at the bottom of the list are the 5mW Laser and Akimbo perk. Due to the close-quarters nature of this gun, you’ll likely want to hip-fire instead of aiming down sights. After all, being able to quickly melt through multiple targets is incredibly easy with this setup.

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*You can replace the 5mW Laser with the VLK Elita you prefer more recoil control.

Best Sykov setup

Sykov loadout and perksActivision
Pair the Sykov with the AUG and you have an unstoppable loadout.
  • Perk 1: E.O.D.
  • Perk 2: Ghost
  • Perk 3: Amped
  • Primary: AUG
  • Lethal: Semtex
  • Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor

Just like most meta Warzone loadouts, our Sykov class utilizes EOD and Amped. Not only do these perks keep you safe from any explosives, but they also enable you to quickly switch to your AUG when you need to deliver some long-range punishment. 

The Sykov’s pistol classification also enables us to drop Overkill and switch it out for Ghost. This means you’ll be able to stay hidden from enemy UAVs and Heartbeat sensors – an area that is hugely important in late-game rounds. 

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Lastly, both the Semtex and Heartbeat Sensor help to counter any campers. If you find an enemy squad hiding in a nearby building, simply toss in your Semtex and switch to your akimbo Sykov pistols and get blasting. 

Alternative Sykov loadout

MAC-10 Warzone gunsmithActivision / Treyarch
The MAC-10 is still one of the best close-quarter guns in the game.

If you’re looking for an alternative loadout to the Sykov, then be sure to check out our MAC-10 guide. This deadly submachine gun continues to sit comfortably at the top of the SMG rankings, thanks to its high damage and incredible fire rate.

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So, there you have it, everything you need to know about the Sykov pistol and the best loadout you can use for it. Make sure you check out our Warzone hub for all the latest Call of Duty news and updates.

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