Warzone meta: what is the meta for Season 5 Reloaded?

Which guns, perks, equipment, and loadouts define the current Warzone meta?

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The Call of Duty: Warzone meta is always changing. As buffs and nerfs come and go, players are always discovering new attachments, weapon combinations, or strategies that can topple pretty much anything else they come up against.

While the days of having one or two completely broken weapons dominating the battle royale are now (hopefully) behind us, there are still some individual guns or entire loadouts that one would certainly describe as “meta”. The recent Warzone Season 5 Reloaded update certainly looked to stir the pot, buffing and nerfing 15 weapons, including some previously popular picks for players’ loadouts.

Predicting the Warzone meta is pretty tricky, but we’re going to give it a shot. Here at The Loadout, we already have lists dedicated to the best Warzone guns and the best Warzone loadout, but we’re going to bring both together, along with some usage stats, to try and break down the current Warzone meta.

Here’s what the Warzone meta for Season 5 Reloaded is shaping up to look like.

Warzone meta Season 5 Reloaded

In Season 5 Reloaded of Warzone, the meta is ruled by handful of very popular guns.

These usage stats are still a bit of a hangover from Season 5 right now, but the most popular weapons are the Bullfrog, the Kar98k, the MAC-10, the Swiss K31, and the Cold War AK-47, according to WZ Ranked.

If you look at each weapon by the average K/D they achieve in Warzone, then the best performing guns from the last week or so (with more than a 0.5 usage rate) are the MG82 (1.46), the OTs 9 (1.42), and the EM2 (1.27).

As you can see, the meta guns in terms of usage stats don’t always line up with the ones with the best K/D stats. That’s because popular weapons cater to players of all skill levels, while high K/D weapons are often only viable in the hands of top players.

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Warzone meta perks in Season 5 Reloaded

In Warzone Season 5, each perk slot has one or two perks that are run by the majority of players, and play a significant role in the meta. However, the meta was given a shakeup with the addition of two new Warzone perks – Combat Scout and Tempered.

For Perk 1, the best and most popular perk is Double Time. Close behind is Cold-Blooded, which can be a useful perk as it counters the effects of Combat Scout.

For Perk 2, you will need Overkill if you are running two primary weapons or Ghost if you are happy using a secondary weapon in your loadout. These are the most used Perk 2 perks in the current meta by a considerable margin.

For Perk 3, Amped – which gives you faster weapon swapping – is still the most popular choice in Warzone. However, the new Combat Scout perk also boasts a decent pick rate and is definitely making an impression in the Season 5 meta.

Warzone meta equipment in Season 5 Reloaded

When it comes to usage stats, the most popular equipment combo is the Heartbeat Sensor and Semtex. However, you may want to consider running Stun Grenades instead of a Heartbeat Sensor, as players using them in their loadouts are seeing much higher K/D ratios, according to WZ Ranked.

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Warzone meta loadouts in Season 5 Reloaded

Obviously the perfect loadout revolves a lot around a player’s preferences and skill level, but based on what we’ve highlighted in this guide so far, here’s a handful of loadouts that certainly top the Warzone meta right now.

Note that these could change soon, but we’re still evaluating the effects of the Season 5 Reloaded update.

Balanced class

  • Krig 6 
  • Bullfrog
  • Double Time, Overkill, Amped
  • Heartbeat Sensor
  • Semtex

Sniper class

  • Kar98k/ Swiss K31
  • Bullfrog
  • Double Time, Overkill, Combat Scout
  • Stun Grenades
  • Semtex

LMG Class

  • MG 82
  • MAC-10
  • Double Time, Overkill, Amped
  • Heartbeat Sensor
  • Throwing Knife

Shotgun class

  • Krig 6
  • Gallo SA12
  • Double Time, Overkill, Combat Scout
  • Stun Grenades
  • Thermite Grenades

High-Skill meta class

  • C58
  • OTs 9
  • Double Time, Overkill, Amped
  • Stun Grenades
  • Semtex

Check out our individual loadout guides to find the very best attachments for these weapons:

So that’s a pretty comprehensive look at the current Warzone meta in Season 5 Reloaded. Hopefully this roundup of usage stats, K/D stats, and loadout suggestions will prove fruitful for you out there in Verdansk.

With more weapon balancing in the pipeline for Season 5, expect regular updates to this Warzone meta guide.

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