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The Best Weapons and Loadouts for Call of Duty: Warzone

With frequent content updates every season, the best weapons and loadouts in Call of Duty: Warzone are always changing. If you’re looking for the best loadouts to currently use in Warzone, look no further. We’ve got you covered with the best weapons, perks and equipment to add to your custom loadout. Let’s dive right in!

Published on: 09-05-2022

The best weapons for your loadout in Warzone Pacific

Thanks to the full integration of all weapons from CoD: Modern Warfare, CoD: Black Ops Cold War and CoD: Vanguard, you can choose from a wide variety of weapons on the Warzone Pacific map “Caldera”. We’ll go over the best assault rifles, the best submachine guns (SMGs), the best sniper rifles and the best light machine guns (LMGs) that you can currently equip in Warzone.

The best assault rifle loadouts in Warzone

Assault rifles are the go-to weapons for many Warzone players as they’re a viable option from nearly every range. Assault rifles excel in medium to long range gunfights so we recommend combining an assault rifle with either an SMG for close-quarters combat or a sniper rifle to extend your lethal range even further. The following assault rifles are currently your best options in Warzone.

XM4 (Cold War)

XM4 weapon model

First up is the XM4. This assault rifle was introduced in Black Ops Cold War but is still a very reliable option in Warzone thanks to its high rate of fire and decent damage. The XM4 is also very accurate and fairly easy to control which makes it a good weapon for both beginners and veterans.

This is the best XM4 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 3:

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 13.5" Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: Stanag 60 Rnd

Automaton (Vanguard)

Automaton weapon model

The Automaton is another highly accurate assault rifle with a high rate of fire. Similar to the XM4, the Automaton is relatively easy to control, which makes it a very lethal weapon in anyone’s hands. The Automaton also has a 75 round drum magazine which is even bigger than the 60 round magazine on the XM4. Try out the Automaton and see for yourself!

This is the best Automaton loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 3:

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: ZAC 600MM BFA
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: ZAC Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 6.5mm Sakura 75 Round Drum
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk 1: Tight Grip
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

AK-47 (Cold War)

AK-47 weapon model

If you're looking for a bit more firepower, the Cold War AK-47 should be your preferred pick in the assault rifle category. The AK-47 has a higher damage output than the previously mentioned XM4 and Automaton. Unfortunately, this comes at the cost of increased recoil which can make the AK-47 difficult to control, especially at longer ranges. If you feel confident in your ability to control its recoil, the AK-47 can become one of the most lethal assault rifles in all of Warzone.

This is the best AK-47 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 3:

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: Spetsnaz RPK Barrel
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Ammunition: Bakelite 60 Rnd

The best SMG loadouts in Warzone

If you find yourself in a gunfight up close and personal, an SMG is your best friend. SMGs have always been a staple in Warzone with meta weapons such as the MAC-10 and the OTs 9, and they remain a very good choice for your loadout. We currently recommend the following SMGs in Warzone.

Owen Gun (Vanguard)

Owen Gun weapon model

The Owen Gun is probably the most versatile SMG in Warzone Pacific Season 3 and as a result, our current top pick in this slot. The Owen Gun is the second fastest killing SMG, only bested by the Type 100 which is generally not a good option because of its small 36 round magazine. On top of that, the Owen Gun performs great at both close to medium range and can be equipped with a whopping 72 round drum magazine. This makes the Owen Gun the best SMG for nearly any close quarters encounter.

This is the best Owen Gun loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 3:

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Gawain 188mm Shrouded
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 72 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Perk 1: Acrobatic
  • Perk 2: Quick

Welgun (Vanguard)

Welgun weapon model

The Welgun is another great SMG, originating from Vanguard. The Welgun has slightly less damage output than the Owen Gun, but it makes up for this with its pinpoint accuracy. The Welgun is very easy to control which makes it a great weapon for players at all skill levels. If you prefer accuracy over raw damage, the Welgun is your SMG pick.

This is the best Welgun loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 3:

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 120mm Gawain Short
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 40 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Perk 1: Acrobatic
  • Perk 2: Quick

MP40 (Vanguard)

MP40 weapon model

The MP40 has been one of the most dominant weapons in all of Warzone since its introduction in Warzone Pacific Season 1. Even now, the MP40 is still absolutely lethal at close range and it can even compete at medium range. It’s not the most original weapon to use, but if you’re looking for a solid SMG to add to your loadout, you can’t go wrong with the MP40.

This is the best MP40 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 3:

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317mm 04B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Krausnick 33m Folding
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Perk 1: Brace
  • Perk 2: Quick

PPSh-41 (Vanguard)

PPSh-41 weapon model

Tired of using the same old MP40 setup? The PPSh-41 is a fresh SMG that can definitely hold its own against any close-range weapon. This iconic Russian weapon excels at up-close gunfight thanks to its insanely high rate of fire and good damage output. The main drawback of the PPSh-41 is its recoil, which can be difficult to control at times, especially at longer ranges. Stick to where the PPSh-41 shines and you’ll definitely get to experience its true power.

This is the best PPSh-41 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 3:

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Kovalevskaya 230mm B03P
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 8mm Nambu 71 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Perk 1: Tight Grip
  • Perk 2: Quick

The best sniper rifles in Warzone

Sniper rifles are unique in Warzone because they are lethal at nearly any range and can drop players within the blink of an eye. If you want to contest other players outside of the regular assault rifle/LMG range, a sniper is a must-have. Combine one of the following snipers with a SMG or an assault rifle and you’ll have a very well-rounded Warzone loadout.

ZRG 20mm (Cold War)

ZRG 20mm weapon model

Our top pick in the sniper category is the Cold War ZRG 20mm. This sniper rifle is the best all-rounder thanks to its great Aim Down Sights (ADS) time, fire rate, range and bullet velocity. You simply can't go wrong with the ZRG 20mm in your sniper loadout.

This is the best ZRG 20mm loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 3:

  • Muzzle: Wrapped Suppressor
  • Barrel: 43.9" Combat Recon
  • Laser: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Magazine: 5 Rnd
  • Rear Grip: Aiborne Elastic Wrap

Kar98k (Modern Warfare)

Kar98k weapon model

The Kar98k has been in Warzone ever since its release back in 2020, but that doesn’t make it any less lethal. This sniper rifle is a great all-rounder with a fast ADS speed, great bullet velocity and a nice rate of fire. Odds are you’ve already unlocked some attachments for the Kar98k, so you can add it to your loadout right away.

This is the best Kar98k loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 3:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6"
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Sniper Scope
  • Stock: STVOL Precision Comb

Swiss K31 (Cold War)

Swiss K31 weapon model

Another option for your sniper rifle is the Swiss K31. This Black Ops Cold War sniper rifle is quite similar to the Kar98k as it also sports great ADS speed, bullet velocity and rate of fire. The key difference between the two is that the Kar98k aims slightly faster but has slightly slower bullet velocity. This means that the Swiss K31 will most likely be better suited to you if you like taking gunfights at extremely long ranges whereas the Kar98k is your preferred sniper if you want to play a tad bit faster. It’s also good to note that the Kar98k needs to reload each bullet separately whereas the Swiss K31 can reload an entire magazine at once. 

This is the best Swiss K31 loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 3:

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 24.9" Combat Recon
  • Laser: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

The best LMG loadouts in Warzone

Last but not least, the LMG category. Although LMGs are usually not the most desired weapons because of their slower mobility and reload times, LMGs can be very dangerous thanks to their high damage output and impeccable precision. If you know how to play around the drawbacks of an LMG, you can outdamage almost any player at nearly any range.

Bren (Vanguard)

Bren weapon model

If you’ve been playing Warzone Pacific, you’re probably already familiar with the Bren. This World War 2 LMG has taken Warzone by storm and not without reason. The Bren sports a high rate of fire, great damage and excellent precision, which makes this LMG play almost like an assault rifle. The main drawbacks of the Bren are its slower ADS speed and its lower mobility, which you’ll have to consider when equipping the Bren in your loadout.

This is the best Bren loadout for Warzone Pacific Season 3:

  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Queen’s 775mm Scepter
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
  • Stock: Queen’s Model 11 BH
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 6.5 Sakura 40 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk 1: Tight Grip
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

The best loadout perks for Warzone Pacific

Once you’ve picked your preferred weapons it’s time to add perks to your loadout. You’ve got lots of options here so we’ll quickly go over the best perks for each slot.

Perk 1 slot

These are the best perks in the Perk 1 slot:

  • E.O.D.
    E.O.D. is our first recommendation for the Perk 1 slot. This perk reduces the damage you take from explosives and fire. With the popularity of strong explosive equipment such as Semtex grenades, Thermites and C4, E.O.D. is always a good option for your loadout.
  • Double Time
    If you prefer a fast-paced playstyle, Double Time should be your go-to Perk 1. Double Time doubles the duration of your Tactical Sprint which means you’ll get around the map much faster. Perfect if you’re chasing a damaged opponent or trying to avoid the closing circle of gas.
  • Cold-Blooded
    Last but not least, we recommend Cold-Blooded. This perk makes you undetectable by AI targeting systems and thermal optics, but most importantly, it negates the effect of High Alert and Combat Scout. High Alert and Combat Scout are common perks in the third perk slot, so if you prefer to stay completely stealthy, Cold-Blooded is a must-have.

Perk 2 slot

The second perk slot is a lot more competitive, these are the best perks in the Perk 2 slot:

  • Overkill
    Overkill is one of the most popular perks in this category and that’s because it allows you to equip two primary weapons. With Overkill, you can easily create a well-rounded loadout by combining an SMG with an assault rifle or an SMG with a sniper rifle. Overkill is always a viable option for your loadout.
  • Ghost
    If you want to prioritize stealth over firepower, Ghost is your Perk 2 pick. Ghost makes you undetectable by UAVs, Radar Drones, and Heartbeat Sensors, which means it's a vital perk if you don’t want to give away your location. UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors are fairly common in Warzone so Ghost can definitely come in handy quite often, but do keep in mind that even with Ghost equipped, you’re still detectable by Advanced UAVs.
  • Tempered
    Tempered is one of the newer perks in Warzone and it allows you to refill your armor with only two plates instead of three. This means you’ll be able to plate up quicker while using less plates overall, which is a huge benefit in many gunfights so don’t overlook this perk.
  • High Alert
    Our last recommended perk for the second slot is High Alert. With High Alert equipped, your vision pulses when enemies outside of your view see you. The use of High Alert is quite situational but when it’s active, High Alert can definitely be a life-saver, especially in solo games.

Tip for Perk 2 slot: you can get your hands on both Overkill and another Perk 2 if you find or buy two loadouts in the same game. Simply pick a loadout with Overkill at your first loadout drop, this will equip you with two primary weapons. Then, once you’ve found or bought a second loadout drop, pick a loadout with a different Perk 2 such as Ghost. This will drop your Overkill weapons on the ground and equip you with a brand new loadout, after which you can simply pick your Overkill weapons back up. This way you can have the best of both worlds!

Perk 3 slot

These are the best Perk 3 perks for your loadout:

  • Combat Scout
    Combat Scout should probably be your go-to for most loadouts. This perk allows you to briefly highlight and mark enemy players that you’ve damaged. Knowing where a player is moving once you’ve damaged them is crucial and will definitely help you close out your gunfights, so this one’s a no-brainer.
  • Amped
    Although Combat Scout is an incredible Perk 3 option, Amped may be a better choice in certain scenarios. If you like running Overkill with a sniper rifle or an LMG, you’ll find that swapping weapons takes quite a lot of time. Amped gives you faster weapon swaps, which is key for many Overkill players. For those players, we recommend Amped over Combat Scout.

The best tactical & lethal equipment for your Warzone loadout

With your weapons and perks all set, it’s time to finish off your loadout with a piece of lethal and tactical equipment.

Tactical equipment

These are the best tactical equipment options:

  • Stim
    Stims will give you a temporary speed boost and immediately start your health regeneration, making it one of the best tacticals for players with an aggressive playstyle.
  • Heartbeat Sensor
    If you prefer a tactical playstyle, the Heartbeat Sensor is your best friend. This piece of equipment displays the rough location of nearby enemies on a small display, allowing you to pinpoint enemies before engaging.
  • Stun Grenade
    If you want to win more one-on-one gunfights, we recommend the Stun Grenade. Hitting an enemy with a Stun Grenade slows their movement and aiming, setting you up for an easy kill against even the best players in your lobby.

Lethal equipment

These are the best lethals for your Warzone loadout:

  • Throwing Knife
    Throwing knives allow you to quickly finish off downed players, stopping any possible Revives or Self-Revives and immediately giving you access to their loot.
  • Semtex
    The Semtex is a timed sticky grenade that’s useful in many different scenarios such as clearing a building or securing the kill on a damaged enemy. You can’t go wrong with the Semtex in any loadout.
  • Thermite
    Thermites are great tools for controlling spaces. You can stick them to all surfaces and they will burn fiercely for a short duration, allowing you to burn out players in a room or lock off certain pathways.
  • C4
    This large explosive sticks to surfaces and can be detonated remotely, making it the perfect counter to many vehicles in Warzone.

Create your ultimate Warzone loadout

Now that we’ve gone over all the best weapons, perks and equipment in Warzone, it’s time to create your ultimate loadout for Caldera. Choose a combination of weapons and perks that fits your playstyle and secure that Warzone Victory!

Don’t have any attachments unlocked on the weapons we mentioned in this article? Get yourself a head start and pick up some Call of Duty Points to obtain Weapon Blueprints that come fully equipped with attachments. Oh and remember that even the best loadout can’t save you in the Gulag, so good luck out there!

 


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