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XDefiant meta - top weapons and Factions for preseason

Knowing what's hot and what's not in the XDefiant meta is crucial to securing wins for your team and a healthy K/D ratio for yourself, too!

XDefiant meta: a split image showing a patterned assault rifle and two men wearing black stealth suits and night vision goggles

The XDefiant meta will forever be evolving, with weapons and Factions receiving buffs and nerfs as time goes on. New additions to the game can also shake things up considerably, whether that be fresh guns, attachments, classes, or even certain maps and modes should they become important or popular.

So, what is the XDefiant meta right now? Here we’ll use both our own in-game experience and the testimony of some of the top XDefiant players to distill everything down for you. Here’s your overview of the best XDefiant loadouts and XDefiant classes that are considered ‘meta’ picks in the game for preseason.

What is the XDefiant meta?

The current XDefiant meta is:

  • ACR, MP7, AK-47 – meta guns
  • Libertad BioVida Boost, Echelon Intel Suit – meta classes
  • Frag Grenade, EMP grenade – meta equipment

These are the top weapons, classes, and equipment currently in the FPS game which can be used to make great class setups and loadouts. While these will undoubtedly change as more items are added and old ones are updated, these are the ones you want to be using right now.

XDefiant meta guns

Weapons are at the forefront of the gameplay in XDefiant, so using meta guns in your loadout puts you in the best spot to destroy the opposition.

Assault rifles are always strong in first-person shooters, and that’s no different in XDefiant. Right now, the ACR assault rifle is arguably the best of the bunch, boasting laser beam accuracy and incredibly fast time-to-kill. With the right class setup, the power of the ACR is taken even further. We’ve got the best XDefiant ACR loadout already prepared for you too, so you can quickly try out this meta weapon.

XDefiant meta: an ACR assault rifle with a green blue and yellow pattern

Another assault rifle, the AK-47, also offers strong competition, so long as you have the best attachments to control the rather intense recoil. This weapon has a slower rate of fire but boasts very high damage, so once you’ve got the accuracy under control all you need is a few shots on target to quickly drop your opponent. Take a look at our best XDefiant AK-47 loadout to find out how to equip yourself for success with this meta weapon.

Don’t worry though – there’s more to XDefiant than just ARs. For those that love being aggressive and agile, the MP7 is a deadly SMG that is absolutely a meta pick right now. While it’s weak at long range, the MP7 will destroy anyone in your near vicinity thanks to a high fire rate and time-to-kill. With the right attachments, you can even improve its damage range so that it can become more viable at longer distances, if you prefer. Or, you can simply enhance its mobility, fire rate, and reload speeds to turn yourself into a devastating close-range threat. Check out our pick for the best XDefiant MP7 loadout if that sounds like a bit of you.

XDefiant meta: An MP7 submachine gun with a vibrant, cartoon-style camo

While these three weapons are top dogs right now, we’ll also very quickly give you some honorable mentions.

For those that love popping heads with precision shots, the TAC-50 sniper and SVD marksman rifle are both great picks. For an interesting middle ground between an assault rifle and a close-range SMG, the P90 is also worth checking out. It’s very versatile and with its big magazine it is excellent at picking up multi-kills.

XDefiant meta classes and abilities

Straight out the gate, XDefiant has actually done a pretty great job at balancing its five launch Factions – however, we think there are two classes that are stronger than the rest.

The meta class in XDefiant’s beta was undoubtedly the Libertad Faction with the BioVida Boost ability, and while it got significantly nerfed for the full launch of the game, it’s still very strong. Libertad’s focus on healing, healing, and more healing makes it super valuable to any team. If you’re fighting alongside teammates in a spawn trap situation or on a chaotic objective in a mode like Occupy, all it takes is one BioVida Boost to instantly improve the survivability of your nearby squad members.

Your ultimate ability is also excellent at providing sustained heals and bonus health to teammates, especially when you’re all gathered around a specific objective (again, it works great in Occupy, and can be great for a final push of the payload in Escort as well).

XDefiant meta: Two XDefiant characters, one wearing a bright green and black stealth suit and the other wearing a tropical shirt

Everyone loves stealth classes, so it’s no surprise that the Echelon Intel Suit is our second meta pick when it comes to Factions. The Echelon passive, Low Profile, hides you from enemy mini maps, making flanking opponents a much easier prospect. This goes great with the Intel Suit which marks the location of enemies for your whole team, giving you a tactical edge for a short duration. While we’d always recommend the Intel Suit as your optional ability, the Ghillie Suit – which grants you near-invisibility – is also excellent, but is a bit more of a selfish pick.

Echelon also comes equipped with probably the best ultimate ability in the game, which gives you wall hacks and a lethal, one-shot pistol.

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XDefiant meta equipment

The current reigning champions of the XDefiant meta equipment is the standard Frag Grenade and the more tactical EMP Grenade. The Frag is great for flushing enemies out of cover, destroying Phantom barricades, or for simply doing damage to a cluster of enemies.

Similarly, the EMP can shut down whole groups of enemies by temporarily disabling devices and abilities. This is great if your team is having a hard time pushing an objective as enemies will have a harder time fighting back.

So, that’s an overview of the current XDefiant meta. Now you know all the best weapons, classes, and equipment to take with you into the various XDefiant game modes and XDefiant maps. Get out there and destroy the enemy with these meta options, and keep your eyes out for updates that change the meta of one of the best multiplayer games of 2024.