With an extensive arsenal of weapons, variety is the spice of life in Call of Duty: Warzone. There are dozens of viable options for storming Verdansk ’84 and Rebirth Island, but only a handful can be labelled as one of the best Warzone guns.
From SMGs that shred at close range, to laser beam assault rifles, and head-popping sniper rifles, the battle royale is dominated by a handful of weapons. If you’re not using one of these guns in your loadout, then you’re seriously hampering your chances of a glorious victory.
Warzone Season 4 shakes up the meta once again, bringing five new weapons into the fray. However with developer Raven Software continuing on its quest to fine tune and balance all weapons to give players more freedom and choice, expect things to change over the coming weeks and months in regards to loadouts. The Season 4 Reloaded update in July was a big step towards this balance that Raven wants, buffing or nerfing 50% of the game’s primary weapons.
There has been a whole lot of change, but who were the winners and losers?
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These are the best Warzone guns in Season 4 Reloaded:
- CR-56 AMAX
- Krig 6
- FARA 83
- Swiss K31
- MP5 (Cold War + MW)
- OTs 9
In the long list of Season 4 buffs and nerfs, it was no surprise to see the AMAX put in check yet again. Despite this, though, it still continues to be one of the game’s top ARs.
Check out our best CR-56 AMAX Warzone loadout guide to see why it is still the go-to assault rifle for the game’s top streamers and tournament regulars.
Arguably the biggest winner of the Warzone Season 4 Reloaded update was the QBZ assault rifle. While it did get a nerf to its movement speed (which was already very high for an AR) it got some significant damage buffs at a time where many of its rivals got damage nerfs.
It’s also got a very easy to control recoil pattern, and with right attachments it can be an absolute laser beam. Check out our QBZ Warzone loadout guide for some class ideas.
Similarly to the QBZ, the Krig 6 was a big winner in the Season 4 Reloaded update by avoiding damage nerfs and getting a buff instead.
Couple this with it already being a popular pick in Season 4 thanks to it being easy to use, and you’ve got yourself one of the best Warzone guns.
For the best build, consult our Krig Warzone loadout guide.
In Warzone Season 4, there are plenty of top-level players raving about the FARA 83. After undergoing some stats changes recently to turn it into an AR that is more viable for long-range, many see it is a top-tier assault rifle. It also acts as a great support option for those running snipers.
We have two awesome builds in our best FARA Warzone loadout guide.
One of the new guns heading into Warzone Season 4 is the C58 assault rifle, and from the get-go the best C58 Warzone loadout is looking like an absolute monster.
Despite being billed as a close-range AR in the build up to Season 4, players are finding it to be deadly accurate with incredible bullet velocity, making it a great long-range option.
Kar98k + Swiss K31
If you love sniping in Warzone, there was only one weapon you could turn to – the Kar98k. With the ability to be built out as a traditional long-range sniper, but also a quick-scoping beast with fast ADS times and fire rate, it was the most popular, and best, sniper in the game. Fact.
However, recent updates and sniper scope changes have made the Swiss K31 the Black Ops Cold War equivalent to the Kar98k, and both of these snipers are very similar to play with. Both are absolute beasts.
The MAC-10 is widely regarded as one of the best Warzone guns for a simple reason: this fast-firing SMG is a complete monster and is shredding people at close range faster than pretty much anything else in the game.
The MAC-10’s lineup of attachments also means 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 accurate for a rapid-fire SMG. You can find the best MAC-10 Warzone loadout here.
MP5 (Cold War + MW)
The MP5 has long been the staple SMG in Warzone, both during the Modern Warfare era and the Cold War era. While there are two variants of the same gun, both play quite similarly and both are great to use in Verdansk.
They are also very versatile, and can be kitted out to be hip-fire shredders, have remarkable movement speed, or to be a perfectly balanced SMG for all occasions. Peruse our MP5 Warzone loadout guide for some top-notch class setups.
If you’d have told us the Milano would one day be one of the most feared weapons in Warzone, we would’ve eaten our metaphorical hats. The SMG received a very generous buff at the start of Season 4, causing its usage rate to spike – so generous in fact, it was nerfed in the Season 4 Reloaded update just a few weeks later.
Nevertheless, the Milano is still a top-tier SMG and one of the best Warzone guns, with a high pick rate despite its nerf.
If you haven’t already, dust the cobwebs off your Milano, consult our Milano Warzone loadout guide for the best attachments, and go rack up some kills.
The latest addition to the SMG family, the OTs 9, is already one of Warzone’s best guns. While its small magazine size does hold it back for Trios or Quads game modes, if you enjoy playing Solos or Duos this is arguably the best SMG for you to use.
With great damage output and fire rate, and decent range to go with it, you’ll want to start running an OTs 9 Warzone loadout ASAP.
That’s it for our rundown of the guns that are dominating the Warzone meta right now. Keep checking in with this list, as Raven Software is regularly pushing out weapon tuning updates that are nerfing popular guns and buffing long-forgotten ones.