Learning the best guns in Warzone is difficult with an ever-shifting meta and the introduction of weapons from new Call of Duty games - such as Cold War: Black Ops in late 2020 - shaking up the roster.
There's a huge number of Warzone weapons now available, and though every has their favourites, there are definitely winners and losers among the list.
Choosing the right weapon can give you a huge advantage over other players, and if you then learn to control their recoil and offset their idiosyncrasies, then you'll be unstoppable.
We've been out there in Verdansk messing around with everything we could get our hands on, allowing us to present the best weapons in Warzone, category by category.
On this page:
- What are the best new guns in Warzone after the Season 5 update?
- Best AR in Warzone recommendation
- Best Sniper Rifle in Warzone recommendation
- Best Marksman Rifle in Warzone recommendation
- Best Tactical Rifle in Warzone recommendation
- Best Shotgun in Warzone recommendation
- Best SMG in Warzone recommendation
- Best LMG in Warzone recommendation
- Best Launcher in Warzone recommendation
- Best Melee weapon in Warzone recommendation
What are the best new guns in Warzone after the Season 5 update?
It used to be that you could just visit our list of the best guns in Modern Warfare to also learn what's the best in Warzone, but times have changed. Warzone has become its own beast at this point, and Season 3 even went ahead and ditched the presence of Modern Warfare weapons entirely as loot (don't worry, your loadouts still count!).
The update in December 2020, which reset the Season count in Warzone back to 1, marked a new foundation for Warzone with an array of additions and new weapon classes from the latest Call of Duty game, Black Ops: Cold War.
Season 2 Reloaded was present all the way from late February to April. Then, Season 3 officially kicked things off with several balance updates and new weapons, following with a 80s focused mid-season update with Season 3 Reloaded, bringing new updates to both old and new favourites.
The regular Verdansk map got nuked at the end of Season 2, and players were teleported back to 1984. This brought a new gulag as well as several new points of interest. With Season 4 the map remains fairly similar, although some strange appearances have started taking place, such as satellites falling from the sky.
As players continue unraveling everything that has changed post this new season update, there have been some interesting changes already. The Dead Silence field upgrade is under consideration for changes soon, while the controversial Roze skin has been nerfed. Oh, and there is also a deadly door, just FYI.
In terms of weapons we have seen interesting changes around barrels, as well as the addition of a strangely powerful Nail Gun and a new LMG called MG 82 that immediately jumped to the meta. As expected, developer Raven went ahead and nerfed it a couple days after launch. The C58 also appeared during the first half of the season.
Jumping into Season 4 Reloaded, tonnes of weapons received changes in what was called "the biggest balance update in the history of Warzone" by the developer. In addition, the OTs 9 introduced itself as the latest SMG to join the roster. The Blueprint Blitz event also took place during the week before the new season launch.
Speaking of which, Season 5 showed up after the myriad of changes that took place in Season 4 Reloaded with a few more additions, including the EM2, TEC-9, Marshal and RAAL MG. In addition, events like the Battle of Verdansk were also present.
As Call of Duty: Vanguard draws near, Season 5 Reloaded didn't make for a big of an impact. The main focus is on Mobile Broadcast Stations and the conclusion of The Numbers event, which includes the Sai melee weapon as a reward. That being said, there were significant tweaks and updates to the weapons roster, affecting popular choices like the Krig 6.
Best AR in Warzone recommendation
Best weapon recommendation: C58
How to unlock the C58: Using assault rifles, you must get a Long Shot kill in 15 different completed matches
After undergoing several changes across Season 3 and Season 4, the CR-56 AMAX was finally pushed down the ladder. It remains as a decent option still, mind you, but others have finally gained more popularity.
During Season 4 reloaded, the C58 was the popular choice and our personal favourite. This assault rifle didn't cause much stride during the first week or so of the season, but had found itself in the top place ever since.
The Krig 6 regained popularity during Season 5, but recent nerfs have pushed back its potential, now having a recoil that's much harder to control. In turn, the C58 is back on the list thanks to its versatility and far more easier to control recoil.
Best Sniper Rifle in Warzone recommendation
Best weapon recommendation: Swiss K31
How to unlock the Swiss K31: Get two Headshot kills in 15 different completed matches using any sniper rifle (in Black Ops: Cold War or Warzone)
Sniper Rifles have slowly but surely been receiving a better treatment overall from Raven, all the way from bullet velocity to the way attachments work. Past favourites such as the ZRG 20mm or the LW3 Tundra are still good options, but a particular top choice of ours, the Swiss K31, continues to be on the spotlight.
With the right attachments, this is as fast as you can get with a sniper rifle in Warzone at the moment. ADS speed, rate of fire, and just overall specs make this an excellent option to consider for your loadouts.
If you want to get the most out of this sniper rifle, see our best Swiss K31 loadout recommendation.
Best Marksman Rifle in Warzone recommendation
Best weapon recommendation: KAR98K
How to unlock the KAR98K: Reach Player Level 33 (in Modern Warfare or Warzone)
The Marksman Rifles can often end up feeling a bit like a diet Sniper Rifle, but thanks to constant tweaks throughout Warzone's existence the KAR87K can almost rival them. Even now in Season 2, the weapon hasn't received any nerfs, so it still retains the same range, damage, and accuracy from the first Season, as well as its mobility.
We highly recommend opting for this if you're used to Sniper Rifles, since this weapon works best when you're aiming for headshots. Its biggest advantage comes down to its ADS speed (aim down sight), which is unparalleled compared to Snipers.
Best Tactical Rifle in Warzone recommendation
Best weapon recommendation: M16
How to unlock the M16: Reach Player Level 10 (in Black Ops: Cold War or Warzone)
The AUG withheld its place throughout most of the duration of Season 2, but the Season 3 balance patch increased its time between bursts by 33 per cent, as well as lowering its neck damage multiplier. The M16, whilst also affected by similar changes, doesn't see a drastic change in the battlefield.
The time between bursts was only increased by 10 per cent in comparison, and it remains super fast still. Paired with its short time to kill, the M16 is the best tactical rifle during the start of the season. Just make sure to increase its magazine capacity and focus on attachments that decrease its overall ADS time and sprint speed to further enhance its qualities.
If you want to get the most out of the weapon, our best M16 loadout recommendation can help.
Best Shotgun in Warzone recommendation
Best weapon recommendation: JAK-12
How to unlock the JAK-12: Get three Hipfire Kills using Shotguns in seven different matches
Shotguns have been all over the place in terms of preference for Warzone. The Gallo was a reliable option in the previous season, but it can't quite compare to the Streetsweeper and the JAK-12. Amongst these two, we always opt for the lethal Hipfire of the JAK.
If you ask us, shotguns in Warzone are at their best when you don't have to worry about aiming down the sight to land a headshot, especially when you have to stop mid-sprint to defend yourself.
But when it comes to close quarter encounters, this is the one for you.
Best SMG in Warzone recommendation
Best weapon recommendation: Bullfrog
How to unlock the Bullfrog: Reach Player Level 43
The PPSh-41 introduced itself as a daunting SMG from the get-go, mixing rapid fire with the possibility to have a huge ammo mag that supported its nature. With not too much to worry about reloading and a decent hip fire as a cool bonus, it had a promising prospect, and retained its spot for a while.
While it was surpassed by the MAC-10 during the vast majority of Season 4 and the first half of Season 5, the Bullfrog has regained its spot. When paired up with the right attachments, the significant firepower in both close to mid ranges and decent mag size by default make for a powerhouse of a weapon.
If you want to get the most out of this SMG, see our best Bullfrog loadout recommendation.
Best LMG in Warzone recommendation
Best weapon recommendation: MG 82
How to unlock the MG 82: Kill 3 or more enemies without reloading across 15 different completed matches using LMGs
While the Stoner 63 used to be our primary choice during most of Season 4, the MG 82 still can't be beaten.
This first introduced as an absolute powerhouse with a massive mag, quick fire rate and moderate recoil for a weapon of its category, but got nerfed in the span of days.
While it has been a target for tweaks during more occasions, it still maintains most of what makes it a powerhouse. Recoil has been the most affected aspect, but overall, you will continue to see the MG 82 fairly often during Season 5.
If you want to get the most out of the weapon, our best MG 82 loadout recommendation can help.
Best Launcher in Warzone recommendation
Best weapon recommendation: Strela-P (Modern Warfare)
How to unlock the Strela-P: Reach Player Level 17 (in Black Ops: Cold War or Warzone)
We know launchers might be a bit much for Warzone, especially when you could be using that loadout room for literally any other weapon. But if you end up in a situation where you have to choose one, we recommend the Strela-P.
The Strela is great at firing vehicles (or any unfortunate enemy who happens to be in the way of that rocket), and it has a particular high velocity that you don't usually find in other launchers. Amidst the other options from this category, the Strela is certainly the best one.
Warzone Reloaded is here! Recent additions include the EM2 and TEC-9. Elsewhere, learn our recommendations for the best weapons across the game, including assault rifles and popular choices such as the AMAX, C58, MG 82, OTs 9, FARA 83, Stoner 63, AK-47, Bullfrog, PPSh-41 and Swiss K31.
Best Melee weapon in Warzone recommendation
Best weapon recommendation: Kali Sticks (Modern Warfare)
How to unlock the Kali Sticks: Using the Knife, get 3 kills while sliding in 15 different matches (in Modern Warfare or Warzone)
Melee weapons wouldn't usually be our first choice when it comes to Warzone weaponry, but we aren't here to judge. If you want to see how far you can go with this category, we highly recommend carrying the Kali Sticks with you as a secondary option for your loadout.
You will most likely need two hits instead of one to take down an enemy, but the Kali Sticks provide a fast and reliable way to do so thanks to the range they have. Just don't blame us if your squadmates get mad at you for choosing this over a fire weapon. At the very least, you'll be bringing the best sticks available to a gunfight.