The AX-50 is an absolute classic. Back in the first few weeks and months of Warzone it was wildly popular, especially with the thermal optic. Everyone and their mum was using it, and then, slowly but surely, we all began to using the Kar instead.
In the most recent balance patch, the Kar (and really all the best snipers) received a terrible set of nerfs. So weapons like the AX-50 are once again rising into the meta. And as we know our readers love to chase the meta, here's the best loadout and attachment setup for the AX-50.
What Happened To The AX-50 In The Last Balance Patch?
The AX-50 has significantly improved against other weapons in their class, not because it was buffed, but because other snipers were nerfed into the ground in the Season 3 balancing patch. If you couldn't tell we're still a bit salty about the nerfs, but their explanation for why they reworked the sniper class makes a lot of sense: with one-hit-head shots there was no variation in sniping because it all came down to speed. Hence, the Kar and Swiss were dominating the sniper meta for almost two years.
Most sniper rifles can only one-hit-down within 60 m now, and some of them have no one-hit-potential at all. But let's cut to the chase. We need a sniper to be able to down a target with a single headshot at any range, otherwise snipers aren't worth using. Luckily there are a few blessed weapons that can still one-hit-down at any range:
- HDR (MW)
- AX-50 (MW)
- ZRG 20mm (BOCW)
- 3-Line Rifle (VG)
- Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle (VG)
Hence, the AX-50 is back in the meta, and business is booming!
The Best Attachment Setup For The AX-50
|Attachment Slot||Name||Unlock Level|
|Barrel||32.0" Factory Barrel||31|
|Optic||Variable Zoom Scope||24|
|Stock||Singuard Arms Assassin||34|
While the balance changes have been hugely impactful for snipers as a class, the attachments you want to put on them have remained the same. In short, we're trying to use every attachment we can to boost bullet velocity, range, and aim-down-sight speed. All the attachments we've chosen for the AX-50 are boosting those attributes, and the Monolithic Suppressor will not only increase range but also keep us off the minimap.
The Best Secondary, Grenades & Perks For An AX-50 Loadout
The Best Secondary Weapon For The AX-50
There's a reason the AK-47 is considered a meta sniper support. With the above build, the AK offers an almost perfect balance of range, recoil control, and damage. You might want higher-capacity mags, and even more recoil control, but the 60 round mags and RPK barrel will slow you down to a point that will you make vulnerable in close-range. Whereas, with 45 rounders and a Microflex LED, you'll be better prepared for more situations.
For a full breakdown of the AK-47, follow this link.
The Best Equipment For The AX-50
We've gone with a particularly campy set of equipment, but hell, we've taken a long-range sniper so let's lean into it. Claymores by the ladder and abseil points, and a baby monitor to check for hostiles when you hear any approaching footsteps.
The Best Perks For The AX-50
As this is a sniping loadout, Combat Scout will be even more effective than usual on Caldera, and will allow us to co-ordinate sniping with the rest of the team. Cold-Blooded is the direct counter to Combat Scout, and so we can prevent others trying to use this great (and very popular) perk against us. While Overkill is a necessity if we want two primary weapons.
That was your complete overview of the AX-50. If the AX is just too slow for you for though, then maybe it's time to ditch sniping entirely and take an AR/SMG style loadout. The Welgun is certainly looking strong right now, so it could be a good time to make the switch.