The PPSh-41 in Warzone, like other submachine guns, is a perfect way to make your way through firefights in short and powerful bursts.
Arriving to the roster on April 22nd, 2021 alongside the Swiss K31, the PPSh-41 first debuted in Warzone and Black Ops: Cold War at the start of Season 3 - and requires to reach a specific battle pass level to unlock.
This weapon packs a punch thanks to its low time to kill in short to mid distances, daunting fire rate, and overall lightweight nature.
As you travel back in time to 1984, this page will cover how to unlock the PPSh-41, and our the best PPSh-41 loadout and PPSh-41 class recommendations once you have it.
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How to unlock the PPSh-41 in Warzone
Debuting at the start of Season 3, to unlock the PPSh-51 you must reach level 15 of the Battle Pass.
This can be done entirely for free by just playing the game, by purchasing the Battle Pass that includes the booster pack - which will automatically take you to level 20 - or by spending COD Points to buy tiers.
How to reach level 15 is up to you, really. Warzone, Zombies, and regular Black Ops Cold War multiplayer modes will give you experience for your Battle Pass. That being said, this makes for a great opportunity to kickstart the Hunt for Adler event, which requires you to play and complete 7 games on Yamantau in Cold War's 24/7 mode.
Once you've reached level 15, the game will let you know of your new weapon in the rewards page after the match. From there, just head to the loadout tab and equip the weapon in the primary slot.
Best Warzone PPSh-41 loadout and attachments
As a submachine gun, you can expect the usual plethora of available attachments for the PPSh-41. This is certainly welcome considering some of the weapon's weakest aspects, from the recoil to the rather short range.
Below are our recommendations for an optimal PPSh-41 loadout, as well as the corresponding levels for each:
- Muzzle: GRU Suppressor (unlocked at level 46)
- Barrel: 14.9 Rifled (unlocked at level 39)
- Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip (unlocked at level 41)
- Ammunition: 55 Rnd Drum (unlocked at level 8)
- Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap (unlocked at level 44)
Level 46 might be a bit steep for the GRU Suppressor, but it's worth the time and effort. Both aiming stability and aim down sight speed are hit by this slightly, but don't fret. In exchange you'll have more sound suppression and vertical recoil control, as well as a longer range with both increased effective damage and bullet velocity. This makes for a vital attachment that covers several aspects at once, which is always nice to have in a loadout.
Next is the barrel, for which we went for the 14.9 Rifled. You lose a tiny bit of sprinting move speed in exchange for complimenting the suppressor with even more effective damage range.
The Spetsnaz Grip is another attachment with a hefty level requirement, but there's a good reason for it. The PPSh-41 has a recoil problem, and this attachment compensates exactly that by increasing the vertical and horizontal recoil control. Your overall mobility (specifically when firing) will be affected, but only slightly, so it won't make that much of a difference in that regard.
A submachine gun is always best paired with the biggest ammo magazine possible, and that's where the 55 Rnd Drum comes in. The increased ammo capacity comes with a caveat, and it's a hit on reload quickness. But you end up compensating this by having far more chances to take down your enemy before you even have to start thinking about reloading.
Lastly, the Serpent Wrap is perfect to mitigate the slow aim down sight time. You will lose a bit of sprint to fire time, but this attachment is a must for this particular SMG.
Learn our recommendations for the best weapons in Season 3, including popular choices such as the CARV.2, FARA 83, Stoner 63, AK-47 and Bullfrog, as well as new additions PPSh-41 and Swiss K31. For a limited time you can also collect Adler intel locations. Finally, read up on how to master last season's weapons, including the Sykov, ZRG 20mm, R1 Shadowhunter, LC10 and FARA 83.
Best Warzone PPSh-41 class setup, perks and equipment
While the PPSh-41 is a fun and interesting weapon to use, it's still a submachine gun, so the class setup is in range to what you would expect from this category.
Here's our choices for the best items - such as equipment and Perks - to make the best PPSh-41 class setup in Warzone:
- Perk 1: Quick Fix (Unlocks at level 42)
- Perk 2: Overkill (Unlocks at level 38)
- Perk 3: Amped (Unlocks at level 1)
- Secondary: Swiss K31 (Unlocks at level 31 of the Season 3 Battle Pass)
- Tactical: Stun Grenade (Unlocks at level 1)
- Lethal: Frag Grenade (Unlocks at level 1)
Given that it doesn't take long for the PPSh-41 to take down an enemy, starting health regeneration immediately after with Quick Fix makes for a great combo. If you're unsure about what to use if you haven't reached level 41, E.O.D. will help to mitigate damage from non-killstreak explosives and fire until then.
As per usual we recommend opting for Overkill as the second perk. On this occasion we chose the Swiss K31 sniper rifle for it, since it not only makes sense given they're both from 1984, but also to compensate the short to mid range nature of the submachine gun.
Of course, there's a chance that you might be spotted during sniping or fail to deal a lethal shot, requiring you to either guard yourself up in position or sprint towards the enemy. Switching to the PPSh-41 quickly is key, and Amped will make sure the action is as fast as possible.
Lastly, we went for rather traditional choices for both the Tactical and Lethal equipment with the Frag and Stun grenades. As we have mentioned, the submachine isn't that powerful in long distances, so throwing explosives or stunning enemies before you storm in with an attack is a strategy you should consider.