Historical accuracy and continuity have been far down the list of priorities for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War and Warzone. So few were surprised to see the PPSh-41 submachine gun, a World War 2-era weapon, announced as part of Season 3’s Battle Pass.
Admittedly, we are being slightly unfair there, as the PPSh has been used in battles throughout the 20th century and even the early 2000’s, but regardless of its actual history it’s going to be added to the already stacked roster of SMGs in Warzone this season.
With close-range slayers like the MP5 and the MAC-10 being top picks in Season 2, Season 3 could see the new PPSh enter the SMG meta. Boasting a very high rate of fire, it should shred opponents just as effectively as the rest of the SMG lineup. The PPSh also has “high-capacity capabilities” – which is the more refined way of saying “a massive magazine to unload into your enemies.”
With a high fire rate and the ability to take down multiple players without reloading, the PPSh looks set to be a popular pick. As it is quite easy to unlock at just tier 15 on the Season 3 Battle Pass, it will quickly become available for the vast majority of players.
While it’s still early days and YouTubers, streamers, and the general player base are still tinkering with their perfect PPSh build, here’s what we think is the strongest loadout so far:
best PPSh Warzone loadout
This is the best no recoil PPSh Warzone loadout:
- GRU Suppressor
- 14.9″ Reinforced Heavy Barrel
- 55 Rnd Drum
- Spetsnaz Grip
- Spetsnaz PKM Stock
Two main issues with the base PPSh are recoil and damage – this build fixes all of that. While there are more agile PPSh builds out there, this one focuses on stability and damage output to get you something that feels a lot like a similarly-built MAC-10 or an MP7.
While you can also equip a 71-round magazine to this thing, there are fewer penalties to using the 55 Rnd Mag. That’s more than enough ammo to wipe out a trio at least.
With that increased stability and damage, this gun is actually decent at mid-range too.
You’ll want to pair it with something that can deal with targets further away. Check out our best M16 Warzone loadout if you want a long-range beamer, or our best Kar98k Warzone loadout if you want to ping some heads with a well-placed snipe.
For perks, you’ll want Double Time, Overkill, and Amped, and in the equipment department Thermite Grenades and a Heartbeat Sensor are a popular and effective combination.
We’ll be sure to update this guide should any other nasty PPSh builds emerge.