Best Warzone guns: which new Black Ops Cold War weapons should you be using?

Which guns are defining the meta in Verdansk and the new location of Rebirth Island?

The world of Call of Duty: Warzone just got a whole lot bigger. With its recent integration into Black Ops Cold War, the battle royale has got a brand new map in Rebirth Island, and an extended arsenal with the addition of the game’s weapon pool.

This means that there are well over 60 primary weapons for you to choose from in the battle royale mode, and even more when you bring secondaries like launchers, pistols, and melee weapons into consideration. With so much choice now on offer, how will Warzone’s meta be affected and which Modern Warfare era weapons have been outdone by their Cold War counterparts?

We’ve got the full list of all the Cold War Warzone weapons here, but in this guide we’re just talking about the best of the bunch. Expect to see top streamers like Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff or Kristopher ‘Swagg’ Lamberson adding these new Cold War guns to their loadouts for those big-money tournaments.

So here we go then, here are the best Call of Duty: Warzone guns for Black Ops Cold War Season One.

Call of Duty: Warzone best guns

  • R9-0 Shotgun
  • Kilo
  • M16
  • DMR 14
  • Stoner 63
  • MP5 (Cold War)
  • MP5 (Modern Warfare)
  • MAC-10

Following the integration of Modern Warfare’s Warzone and Black Ops Cold War, these are the guns that will define the meta in Verdansk and Rebirth Island this season.

With the right attachments (see NICKMERCS’ Warzone loadouts for some inspiration) these weapons are either great all-rounders, like the MP5, or are the best at certain roles, such as the MAC-10 for close-quarters combat.

The Kilo and the R9-0 have been top tier guns for a while now in Warzone and keep their places there, for now, despite the influx of new weapons.

A Warzone character shooting a MAC-10 into a building

The best new Warzone guns from Black Ops Cold War

After keeping an eye on streamers’ loadouts and getting in some play time ourselves on both Verdansk and Rebirth Island, we think there are a few Cold War weapons that could thrust themselves onto the top of anyone’s Warzone tier list.

First up, there’s the MAC-10 SMG, which dropped as part of the Season One Battle Pass. This fast-firing SMG is a complete monster, and is shredding people at close range faster than the SMG favoured by most Warzone players, the MP5.

The MAC-10’s lineup of attachments also mean it can be customised to be the ultimate close-range, hip fire, spray and pray gun for clearing out rooms, or can be built to be surprisingly precise for a rapid-fire SMG. You can find the best MAC-10 Warzone loadout here.

The M16, is proving a particularly menacing weapon in Warzone too. While burst weapons have typically struggled to cement their place in the Warzone meta, that may be about to change. For those with a steady hand, the M16 is capable of two-bursting fully armoured enemies, so long as they aren’t too far away and you land every bullet. You can find the best M16 Warzone loadout here.

Similarly to the M16, if you’re all about accuracy and can hit your shots, the DMR 14 tactical rifle is one of the best guns to use in Warzone right now. It’s quick fire rate and low damage drop off means you can two or three shot enemies from pretty much any distance.

While it has been “nerfed” by developer Raven Software, the DMR is still ridiculously overpowered and is arguably the best gun in the entire game. Check out our best DMR Warzone loadout for the optimum setup.

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And finally, it wouldn’t be Warzone without an LMG slapping you about. Black Ops Cold War’s Stoner 63 has shot right to the top of our list, beating the likes of the PKM and Bruen, as it has all the benefits of an LMG (heavy-hitting, lots of ammo) but with great maneuverability and reload times. You can find the best Stoner Warzone loadout right here.

Some honourable Cold War mentions include the MP5 – simply because it is very similar to the Modern Warfare version of the gun – the XM4 – again, because it is like the very effective M4A1 – and the FFAR 1 assault rifle, which is arguably the strongest gun you can find as common or uncommon loot in Warzone right now.

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