Best Warzone loadout for Season 3: best guns, perks, and equipment

Feast your eyes on some of the best loadouts to take into Verdansk for Warzone Season 3

A Warzone player under fire while getting their loadout

What do we all grind towards in the first few minutes of any Call of Duty: Warzone match? Cash for a glorious loadout drop, of course. There’s nothing better than being able to ditch that dusty old shotgun you found on the ground and take your favourite weapons, perks, and equipment into battle instead.

But what exactly is the best Warzone loadout right now? As updates come and go, new weapons are added and old ones are tweaked, so the answer to that question changes often. We’re currently in Season 3 of Black Ops Cold War and Warzone, and the meta is more open than ever. Even with several viable weapons, there are a few loadout combinations that really standout from the rest.

In this guide, we’ll take you through some of our favourites. Here on The Loadout we’ve got plenty of individual loadout guides for each weapon in the game, so this is a collection of some of the best, as well as a few spicy extras from some of the biggest streamers, YouTubers, and top pro players in Warzone right now.

Try these loadouts out in Verdansk, and the wins will be sure to come flooding in – you might even break a Warzone kill record

Best Warzone loadout in Season 3

Contenders for the best Warzone loadout in Season 3 are:

  • AMAX + MAC-10
  • AMAX + Bullfrog
  • Kar98k + FFAR 1
  • AK-47 + Bullfrog
  • M16 + MP5

These five are, in our view, the best Warzone loadouts in Season 3. They all include some of the best Warzone guns and give you coverage for any kind of gunfight. Let’s dive into each one specifically and go over the weapon builds.

A Warzone character shooting a MAC-10 into a building

AMAX + MAC-10 Warzone loadout

The AMAX, despite its recent nerf, is arguably the best assault rifle in Warzone right now. It is the perfect long-range beamer, and by pairing it with a MAC-10 built for cracked movement you have the perfect mix for aggressive, kill-hungry players.

Here are the best attachments for the AMAX:

  • Monolithic Suppressor
  • XRK Zodiac S440 Barrel
  • VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Commando Foregrip
  • 45 Round Mags

If you’ve read our best AMAX Warzone loadout guide in the past, this build will look familiar. It is the god setup for making the AMAX an absolute monster for mid to long-range battles, and it’s the most widely used build among the community.

However, if you’re in a tight spot or in the final stages of a match, you’ll need something a bit more suited to close-range encounters. Enter, the MAC-10.

Here are the best attachments for the MAC-10:

  • Agency Suppressor
  • 5.9” Task Force
  • Raider Stock
  • STANAG 53 Rnd Drum Mag
  • Speed Tape

This is a spicy little MAC-10 build, courtesy of YouTuber ‘JGOD’, that fills in all the gaps left by the AMAX. With best-in-class strafing speed and quick ADS times, this is the gun you’ll want in hand for those fast-paced, close quarters moments.

For this loadout’s perks, we recommend Double Time, Overkill, and Amped.

A Heartbeat Sensor is essential for your tactical equipment, while something like a Thermite Grenade would be useful for helping clear out rooms or stop enemies rushing you when you’ve taken a few hits.

AMAX + Bullfrog Warzone loadout

A very similar loadout to the previous one, but for players who prefer a slightly slower, more calculated playstyle that doesn’t involve rushing teams with a MAC-10. This is the same AMAX build as above, but the Bullfrog offers a more controlled close-range option, with more effectiveness at mid range than the MAC-10.

Previously, an FFAR or a FARA 83 would have been a great close-range partner for the AMAX here, but with a massive change to stock attachments for assault rifles, you can no longer get the awesome movement speed that saw these two guns replace SMGs for a long time in the meta.

Here are the best attachments for the AMAX:

  • Monolithic Suppressor
  • XRK Zodiac S440 Barrel
  • VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Commando Foregrip
  • 45 Round Mags

And here are the best attachments for the Bullfrog:

  • GRU Suppressor
  • 7.4” Task Force
  • KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Spetsnaz Grip
  • Serpent Wrap

The Bullfrog does a great job of filling the gap left behind by the now-nerfed FARA and FFAR. This build prioritises stability and range, so is suited for less aggressive playstyles. While not as good at super close-range as something like a MAC-10, it can still hold its own when you’re staring down the barrel of an enemy player.

The same lineup of perks as the loadout above (Double Time, Overkill, and Amped) will serve you well here.

A Heartbeat Sensor is again the tactical equipment of choice, but as there’ll be less aggressive pushing with this class, we’d advise Semtex over Thermite Grenades for your lethal.

If you don’t get along with the Bullfrog, the Cold War MP5 could be a suitable alternative. We have a great build for the SMG further down this guide.

A huge gunfight erupting in Call of Duty: Warzone

Kar98k + FFAR 1 Warzone loadout

We couldn’t write a best Warzone loadout guide without providing something for the sniping enthusiasts. While the new Swiss K31 came close, our best Kar98k Warzone loadout remains the strongest option for aggressive sniper players in Warzone. It’s mobility and quick ADS times, paired with decent damage numbers, make it the number one choice.

Here are the best attachments for the Kar98k:

  • Monolithic Suppressor
  • Singuard Custom 27.6”
  • Tac Laser
  • Sniper Scope
  • FTAC Sport Comb

It’s worth noting that this kind of build is for fast-paced sniping, and may not be the best choice for you ‘sit in the hills and pick people off from 300 metres’ kind of folks. If you’re playing fast, you’ll likely run into some teams where you least expect them. For those scenarios, you need an all-rounder that can bail you out when popping heads with the Kar is off the table.

The FFAR fits the bill perfectly. Although it’s previously incredible movement speed has been massively nerfed, the AR’s damage numbers and range mean it has great coverage.

Here are the best attachments for the FFAR:

  • Agency Suppressor
  • Raider Stock
  • Field Agent Grip
  • STANAG 50 Round
  • Serpent Wrap

This is the build featured in our best FFAR Warzone loadout guide, and it makes the gun the perfect all-rounder and a great accompaniment to the Kar98k. While the movement speed boosts you receive with the Raider Stock have been significantly nerfed, they still help boost your mobility a fair amount.

For your perks, take E.O.D., Overkill, and Amped. A Heartbeat Sensor is usually the top choice for tactical equipment, but stuns could also be beneficial to stop teams aggressively pushing you. Semtex is probably the best choice for your lethal equipment.

If for whatever reason you don’t get on with the FFAR, you could try the close-range build in our best AK-47 Warzone loadout guide. Speaking of which….

A single operator looks down at Verdansk from the open cargo bay door of a plane

AK-47 + Bullfrog Warzone loadout

While the AMAX as arguably the most well-rounded and popular long-range AR in Warzone right now, don’t sleep on the Cold War AK-47. While it does require a bit more skill than the AMAX due to its higher recoil, the damage numbers on this gun are nuts.

Pair it with the Bullfrog, which has become an increasingly popular SMG in Season 3, and you’re on to a winner. This loadout is based on the one created by ‘JGOD’ in the video below, with just a few tweaks.

Here are the attachments for the AK-47:

  • GRU Suppressor
  • 20” Liberator
  • Axial Arms 3x
  • Spetsnaz Grip
  • 45 Rnd Mag

One quick thing to note here is that if you’re comfortable with a hit to your ADS speed, you could swap the 45 Rnd Mag out for the Bakelite 60 Rnd for a few extra bullets. This is particularly helpful in Quads.

Here are the attachments for the Bullfrog:

  • GRU Suppressor
  • 7.4” Task Force
  • KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Spetsnaz Grip
  • Serpent Wrap

The Bullfrog is catered towards accuracy and effectiveness at mid-range, rather than cracked movement speed and an aggressive playstyle like the MAC-10.

The one change we’ve made to JGOD’s build here is removing the ammunition attachment and opting for the Spetsnaz Grip. The Bullfrog has generous ammo capacity as standard, so the 65 Rnd Mag doesn’t add all that much in our humble opinion. If you really want a lot of bullets though, there is an 85 round magazine on offer for those who have a phobia of reloading.

Double Time, Overkill, and Amped is the best lineup of perks for this loadout.

We suggest taking a Heartbeat Sensor and Semtex as your equipment.

M16 + MP5 Warzone loadout

Yes, tactical rifles got a nerf recently – but that doesn’t mean the M16 doesn’t still shred in Warzone. While it’s not quite as overpowered as it once was, the M16 is the perfect choice for sharpshooters who want to delete enemies in no time at all.

Then as its partner, we’ve gone for the Black Ops Cold War version of the MP5. While the Bullfrog would also work well, we want to bring you an alternative close-range weapon.

Here are the attachments for the M16:

  • SOCOM Eliminator
  • 20.5” Task Force
  • Axial Arms 3x
  • Field Agent Foregrip
  • STANAG 50 Rnd

We’ve taken this build from our best M16 Warzone loadout guide because, well, it’s the best.

While the Bullfrog is comfortable in the hands of most players, the MP5 in this loadout requires a bit more skill and confidence to get the most out of it due to its higher recoil.

Here are the attachments for the MP5:

  • Agency Suppressor
  • 9.5″ Task Force
  • Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Raider Stock
  • STANAG 50 Rnd Drum Mag

If you do find yourself struggling with the recoil, swap out the Task Force barrel for the Field Agent Foregrip. However, if your skill level is quite high, then you should be able to manage without it.

E.O.D., Overkill, and Amped are the best perks for this loadout, and a Heartbeat Sensor and Semtex will serve you well in the equipment department.

So there we have it, five of the best Warzone loadouts for Season 3. As new guns are added, and buffs and nerfs arrive with future updates, we’ll be sure to add in any new OP loadouts.

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