Since its release in 2020, Call of Duty: Warzone has captured the attention of over 85 million players, making it one of the most successful battle royale games to date. If you’ve played, you’ve probably learned that gaining a victory can be tough, especially if you’re struggling to find a weapon that suits you. Warzone is played way differently than Modern Warfare‘s conventional multiplayer suite; the goal is to have a diverse loadout that is ideal for all situations in attempts to help you survive against over 100 other players.
You’ll probably find some decent weapons along the way, but ideally, you should use your custom loadouts, which can be acquired via a Loadout Drop. These can be obtained by purchasing them from a buy station or by finding one that spawns throughout the game, giving you full access to your arsenal of custom guns and attachments.
Now that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War has been integrated into Warzone, there’s certainly no shortage of weapons to choose from. This list will feature some of the game’s best, most versatile weapons and their recommended attachments, accounting for any and all types of scenarios you’ll encounter.
These are the best weapons in Call of Duty: Warzone.
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In Warzone, being able to take out enemies from afar quickly is ideal, and that’s where the Kar98k comes into play. This sniper is meant to be used much more aggressively than something like the HDR and works great in fast-paced engagements. The Kar doesn’t have the range of the slower, heavier snipers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t secure long-range eliminations from hundreds of meters away.
The main reason the Kar is so useful is that it features high damage and fast aim down sights (ADS) speeds, meaning you can quickly scope in, pull off the shot, and adjust if need be. It’s deadly accurate and can fired off quickly, making it one of the best snipers in the game — especially for aggressive players. It’s recommended to couple this weapon with a close-range firearm, like an SMG or shotgun.
Speaking of shotguns, the R9-0 is easily the best in the game. It has a high rate of fire and pretty much obliterates anyone up close, thanks to its high damage output. While the R9 doesn’t have the best range, its high rate of fire more than makes up for it. What’s great is that you don’t need to utilize ADS to get the most out of this weapon. Simply hip fire, and you’ll likely secure the elimination. This is a good weapon to combine with something that is effective at long range. That way, you’ll have most of your bases covered — up close and far away.
If you’re someone who likes to run with the Ghost perk instead of Overkill, you’ll have to make do with whichever secondary you have at your disposal. Not only is the RPG-7 one of the most effective secondary weapons, but it can be better than a lot of primary choices, depending on your playstyle. Shooting a rocket at a group of enemies is an excellent strategy that can help get you out of a bind. Or, perhaps an unlucky squad just so happens to be passing by in a jeep — either way, if you know how to use the RPG, you can decimate the competition.
The Groza is a top pick for those looking for an assault rifle that controls like an SMG. It has a high rate of fire, making it easy to secure eliminations from up close to medium-range distances. You can deck it out to perform well in longer-range engagements. The point is that the Groza is versatile and can be customized for many different playstyles.
Because of this, it eliminates the need for a second close-range weapon since this gets the job done. You will have to get used to its relatively high recoil, but thankfully, this can mostly be mitigated by utilizing a grip. Don’t forget to slap on a higher magazine size so you can ensure you’ve got enough ammo in your clip to secure one — or even more — eliminations.
LMGs are often overlooked in Warzone, mostly because they’re slow and take a while to reload. But if you overlook these powerful weapons — particularly the Stoner 63 — you’re missing out because they can be extremely effective. The Stoner is useful thanks to its high damage and large magazine size, meaning you can spend more time shooting and less time having to reload.
It has manageable recoil and can be customized to work well at long range. And once again, you can equip attachments that make the weapon more lightweight, which is great for those looking to run and gun instead of setting up shop. However you use it, you’ll likely fall in love with how easy it is to control.
Even after being nerfed, the Mac-10 is still one of the top-tier SMGs in all of Warzone. Sure, it might be tempting to use the MP7 or MP5, but when it comes to up-close engagements, it’s hard to beat the Mac-10 — in part due to its high rate of fire. This means you’ll likely outgun your opponents since bullets come out of it faster than other weapons.
When you deck it out with a Steady Aim Laser, you’ll find it much easier to hip fire, once again making it easier to take out your foes. Just make sure you know when to use the Mac-10 and when to swap to something else. It won’t do well in medium-range engagements, but up close, your enemies won’t stand a chance.
For those close- to medium-range encounters, you might enjoy using the MP5. It’s one of the (if not the) best SMGs in the entire game, with high accuracy, damage, and mobility. You can increase its effectiveness by adding the Monolithic Suppressor and the 10mm Auto 30-Round Mags, which increase range and damage, respectively. It’s important to switch to this weapon when you know you’ll be coming into close proximity of an enemy.
With that in mind, try to have an additional weapon for long-range shots since the MP5 is pretty much useless in those situations. It’s a great weapon to have in your back pocket, especially when you’re down to the last few teams.
What’s fantastic about the Grau 5.56 is that it’s so versatile. You can effectively turn it into a close-range SMG or a long-range assault rifle, thanks to a plethora of attachments. Unlike a lot of weapons in the game, its iron sights are completely usable, which frees up one of your precious attachment slots. However you intend on using it, be sure to add a Monolithic Suppressor, along with anything else to enhance your playstyle.
If you’re using it as a close-range SMG, you should remove its stock and add the ZLR Drifter A-08 barrel to make it as compact as possible. Alternatively, you can add attachments to turn it into a long-range, pinpoint-accurate machine. To do this, attach the Tempus 26.4-inch Archangel barrel, the Ranger Foregrip, and the FTAC R-89 Rubber rear grip.
Arguably the most beloved gun in the game, the M4A1 is excellent in almost any situation. Its high rate of fire is effective up close, while its range and damage make it a powerhouse from afar. Its consistency gives it a leg up against other weapons, and depending on the attachments you add to it, it can help you dominate the playing field.
Much like the Grau, the M4A1 can be condensed to an SMG-like firearm or can be used for more slow and deliberate shots across long distances. As always, it’s best to come equipped with a Monolithic Suppressor and any other attachments to fit how you play. You probably already love and use this weapon, but it’s worth mentioning, nonetheless.
And, of course, what loadout is complete without a long-range sniper? The HDR is practically essential for coming out on top in Warzone. More often than not, you’ll encounter enemies across large distances, so picking them off with a sniper is usually the way to go. There are some attachments you should not overlook with this weapon. For one, the Monolithic Suppressor is a must, along with the 26.9-inch barrel for increased range and recoil control.
Many players opt-in for the Thermal Dual Power Scope, which can go up to 12× magnification, letting you see enemies much more clearly. The thermal scope itself will help you spot enemies more easily, especially those who aren’t using the Cold-Blooded perk. As for other attachments, we recommend anything that increases your ADS speed. For example, the Tac Laser and FTAC Stalker-Scout stock will help you get kills quicker.
It’s recommended to have Overkill in your loadout so you can use the HDR and another weapon of your choice. The most versatile loadout is one that covers all situations, so having the HDR coupled with the Grau 5.56, M4A1, or Holger-26 will tremendously improve your experience.