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What are the best perks to use in Call of Duty: Warzone?

by Andy Williams
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In Call of Duty: Warzone, cash is king. But the best and most efficient use of perks is an essential ingredient if you plan on being extracted from Verdansk in the endgame!

Call of Duty: Warzone has revolutionized the battle royale genre with its fresh take on respawning, in-game economy system and its use of custom loadouts.

It is the latter which has proved integral to player’s success, with plenty racking up stacks of cash to purchase their desired loadout in the shortest time frame possible.

Players defending Custom Loadout in Warzone.
Activision
Custom loadouts can be purchased via Buy Stations, which are dotted all around the map.

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While your weapon(s) of choice can be tweaked to suit your specific playstyle, perks provide an opportunity to get one step ahead of the competition.

Every time you invest $8,500 in a custom loadout, you equip your player with three perks — so why not make the most of each available perk? Here’s how each perk weights up against each other to help you decide which perk best suits your playstyle.

Perk 1 slot

6. Perk 1: Kill Chain

Kill Chain perk in Warzone.
Activision

While the regular use of Kill Chain doesn’t necessarily have a place in Verdansk, the Warzone-specific added bonus of increasing your chances of finding a killstreak could end up being the difference between life and death in the endgame.

Picture this… You’re in the endgame circle and another team has the high ground advantage. You have no way of taking them down, but then you remember that you have a Cluster Strike that you found in a Supply Box from earlier.

Without spending having to spend a dime, you can use the airstrike to give your team the upper-hand — all thanks to that trusty Kill Chain perk. The only caveat here is you don’t know just how much your chances are increased by.

5. Perk 1: Scavenger

Scavenger perk in Warzone.
Activision

There’s nothing worse than going on the hunt for ammo when you’re all out. Sneaking around and avoiding gunfights is a near impossible task when you’re in a 150 player lobby. If only you had the opportunity to eliminate an enemy and resupply your ammo reserve from their corpse… Then you wouldn’t run into that dilemma in the first place!

Well, Scavenger allows you to do just that. Regardless of the ammunition that your foe was carrying, you can replenish your stocks just by running near the scene of the crime. If you find yourself constantly running low, this could be an essential perk for you.

4. Perk 1: Double Time

Double Time perk in Warzone.
Activision

Ideal for close-quarters engagements and getting out of tight situations, Double Time would best suit an SMG class. If you prefer to dive into Verdansk gung-ho, then the ability to use your Tactical Sprint for twice as long is invaluable.

Also, if you’re looking to sneak up on players who are dominating the high ground, then boosting the speed at which you can move almost silently (crouch walking) is handy too.

3. Perk 1: Quick Fix

Quick Fix perk in Warzone.
Activision

One of Warzone’s unique aspects is the automatic health regeneration system, which provides a seamless transition from a traditional Call of Duty experience into the Battle Royale mode.

While there are Medical Syringes littered around the map, they take your valuable Tactical Equipment slot. If you often find yourself having to take down an entire enemy squad, Quick Fix will help you avoid getting taken down by the second or third member of the enemy party, who only killed you because you were already weak.

2. Perk 1: Cold-Blooded

Cold-Blooded perk in Warzone.
Activision

Ever been targeted by an enemy Recon Drone? Or shot down from afar by a thermal scope? Cold-Blooded helps put a stop to that, protecting detection by AI targeting systems (although Recon Drones will see you, you won’t be marked).

If you’re sporting a stealthy loadout, this is a must. Especially since Warzone’s meta revolves around players using thermal optics and taking the high ground.

1. Perk 1: E.O.D

E.O.D perk in Warzone.
Activision

Utility is a big part of Warzone’s meta. Unless you have Spotter equipped in your Perk 3 slot, you’ll be opening every door blind to what is on the other side. So if an enemy squad has taken control over a building you’re trying to breach, chances are their utility is scattered at major choke points (i.e., Claymores behind doors).

Having E.O.D. will mitigate the effects of explosives such as Claymores, C4 and Proximity Mines (which are dotted all over Warzone’s vast map). If you’re the first member of your squad into sticky situations, this will definitely come in handy.

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Perk 2 slot

6. Perk 2: Pointman

Pointman perk in Warzone.
Activision

An effective way to earn money in Warzone is through the in-game objectives known as ‘Contracts.’ Essentially, upon completing the set mission, they’ll reward XP, cash and loot. For very little work – such as holding down a designated area or looting some nearby Supply Boxes – players can easily boost their bank.

Pointman will provide a handy little bonus in cash for each mission that you complete. As with Kill Chain, the amount it provides as a bonus is not specified. Regardless, if you find yourself completing Contracts on the regular, Pointman will make each one more worthwhile.

5. Perk 2: Restock

Restock perk in Warzone.
Activision

The correct use of Tactical Equipment will greatly enhance your chances of winning an engagement with an enemy squad. Whether it be a well-timed Stun or the use of Snapshot Grenades for some intel on enemy movement, Restock will replenish your stocks over a 50-second period after one is used.

For example, Throwing Knives will be replenished with one extra knife, while Decoy Grenades and Stims will recharge twice as fast. So, if you tend to stick one piece of equipment throughout the duration of a game, this perk could take up that second slot.

4. Perk 2: Hardline

Hardline perk in Warzone.
Activision

Ever gone to snag an item from a Buy Station, only to find that you’re a couple of hundred dollars short? Well Hardline gives you a permanent 25% off the going rate for Killstreaks, Field Upgrades and Armor Plates.

With UAVs being essential during the endgame, this could be a deciding factor if you constantly find yourself strapped for cash. Failing that, you could always pool your cash together with your teammates.

3. Perk 2: High Alert

High Alert perk in Warzone.
Activision

With up to 149 other players in Verdansk at any given moment, Warzone is all about gaining an advantage by any means necessary. Equipping High Alert will make your HUD pulse when enemies are looking at you, but aren’t directly in your line of sight.

In a mode where intel means everything, the ability to have what is essentially a ‘Spidey-sense’ could be the difference between carrying on or being eliminated. While High Alert may be on the radar for some, others prefer a different kind of advantage.

2. Perk 2: Overkill

Overkill perk in Warzone.
Activision

What better way to get a leg up on the competition than to have two Primary Weapons at your disposal? The ability to gun down an enemy squad at any range will prove invaluable on certain portions of the map.

That’s why some of Warzone’s elite (current world record holders for most squad kills in a single match) run Overkill as their go-to Perk 2. Heck, you can even equip a Riot Shield for the ultimate defense without having to sacrifice your Primary Weapon of choice.

1. Perk 2: Ghost

Ghost perk in Warzone.
Activision

As we covered earlier, you can’t put a price on intel in Warzone. If you’ve ever been ransacked by an enemy squad completely out of the blue, chances are they’ve spotted you on a UAV, Snapshot Grenade or Heartbeat Sensor – again, knowledge is everything – and you can avoid that entirely.

Most players will utilize a UAV and/or Heartbeat Sensor during the final circle, so they can pinpoint exactly where those without Ghost are. Equipping Ghost will render you undetectable by the above tools — meaning that you can fly under the enemies’ radar and use their lack of knowledge to your strength. Besides, you can always loot around for a second Primary Weapon.

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Perk 3 slot

6. Perk 3: Amped

Amped perk in Warzone.
Activision

Amped gives players the ability to swap their weapons faster (excluding pistols and knives), which perfectly compliments Overkill when rocking two Primary Weapons. Also, most equipment can be used faster while your Operator is Amped.

While this perk sounds handy on paper, its practicality is limited in a Warzone, where the threats generally outweigh your ability to whip out your Sniper Rifle a little faster or place a Claymore down a fraction quicker…

5. Perk 3: Shrapnel

Shrapnel perk in Warzone.
Activision

If you love to use explosives, then this is the perk for you. With vehicles slowly becoming the new meta in Warzone, players need an easy way of taking them down. Well how about spawning with an extra lethal, just for good measure? Shrapnel does just that.

When taking an RPG into battle, you have an extra projectile to throw an enemy’s way. Or if you rock a Claymore to safeguard key choke points on your favorite spot, then you’ll have an extra one for good measure.

4. Perk 3: Battle Hardened

Battle Hardened perk in Warzone.
Activision

In regular multiplayer, Flash and Stun Grenades are tossed around the map left, right and center.

But in Warzone, the story is pretty different. With Stims and Heartbeat Sensors regarded as the essential pieces of Tactical Equipment, Flashes/Stuns are pushed down the list — meaning the chances of you being hit by them are significantly reduced compared with multiplayer.

That said, if you often find yourself being flashed or stunned mid-gunfight, then using Battle Hardened will significantly reduce the strength of those, which allows you to keep your wits about you a split second longer. As an extra benefit, your Operator will be totally immune to Snapshot Grenades.

3. Perk 3: Spotter

Spotter perk in Warzone.
Activision

Lethal Equipment plays a big part in Warzone. Whether it be a well-placed Claymore or Proximity Mine (or even if it’s just an enemy Trophy System), the ability to scout out enemy equipment could give you and your team the tactical advantage before choosing to engage.

You wouldn’t go into a room all guns blazing if you knew it was trip wired to the high heavens, would you? The perk can essentially be shared among your squad too, as you can highlight enemy equipment for your teammates simply by aiming at them.

2. Perk 3: Tune Up

Tune Up perk in Warzone.
Activision

If you are often the last alive in your squad or are the designated medic, then Tune Up is a must-have perk. While it won’t do you much good in a solos match, it is almost essential to those who are constantly picking up their squadmates.

Tune Up allows you to get your teammates back into the thick of the action 25% faster than the standard time. If you manage to make it past Gulag closure, then Tune Up might be the difference between taking on your enemies as a pack as opposed to being a lone wolf.

1. Perk 3: Tracker

Tracker perk in Warzone.
Activision

Arguably the most overpowered perk of them all, Tracker effectively gives you a permanent UAV. When this is equipped, enemies will leave temporary footprint trails behind them which glow red. So if there’s enemies nearby, you’ll know about it.

Not only that, but Tracker will conceal death markers of enemies that you kill, alongside revealing markers of recent enemy death locations. When you’re on the hunt for as many kills as possible, or  just looking to lurk in the shadows, this will give the ultimate intel on your foes.

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So there you have it, all of Warzone’s perks ranked in descending order. It’s important to understand that all of these perks will suit individual play styles in a different way.

If you’re an aggressive player you might be more inclined to use E.O.D, Overkill and Tracker as your go-to rig of choice. Whereas a more conservative playstyle might benefit most from Cold-Blooded, Ghost and Spotter to prevent the enemies from getting the jump on you!