Best Guns in Warzone

Warzone is one of the biggest Battle Royale titles out there, so obviously everyone wants to know how to play and how to get the wins. One of the most important things on your way to victory is the right weapon. So, what are the best guns in Warzone?
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What are the best guns in Warzone? | © Activision

Call of Duty: Warzone is one of the most popular and biggest Battle Royale games in the world. It also has one of the biggest collection of guns. When Warzone first launched, it started out with all the weapons from Modern Warfare (2019). Soon after Black Ops Cold War was released, and the new CoD was integrated into Warzone as well, another huge wave of guns was brought into the game. Then, after Vanguard was released in November 2021, Vanguard weapons came into play in early December 2021.

With over 180 weapons and regular new additions with each new season, as well as constant balance changes, it is pretty hard to stay up to date with the current meta. Guns like the Grau or Bruen were once the most overpowered weapons and then suddenly vanished. So, what are the best guns in Warzone right now?

First of all, you should know that there are four main categories that meta weapons usually come from: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Sniper Rifles, and DMRs in rare cases there is also an LMG in the mix. So in this article, we will show you the current best two guns in each of those categories and will update them as soon as the meta changes. Since we are limited to only Vanguard weapons with the new Vanguard Royale mode, we will always show at least one Vanguard weapon per category.

Best Assault Rifles in Warzone

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What are the best assault rifles in Warzone? | © Activision

Assault Rifles are the most versatile guns for pretty much every shooter. They perform good on almost every range and are fairly easy to control. So it is no surprise at all that a lot of the best Warzone loadouts include an AR as the primary weapon or even as a sniper support. While Modern Warfare weapons like the Grau and AMAX ruled Warzone for a long time, BOCW and Vanguard guns quickly took over. This is why our top two assault rifles are Black Ops Cold War and Vanguard weapons. If you are interested in other ARs, check out our tier ranking, where we rank the best ARs in Warzone.

AK-47 (BOCW)

The Cold War AK-47 is probably the best assault rifle in Warzone right now. It managed to doge all the nerfs of the previous balance updates and quickly rose the ranks. While it needs some skill to contain the recoil, the damage makes up for that big time. With the right setup, it works great in a long-range-AR-Loadout, but it also is one of the strongest sniper support weapons out there. Just check out our Warzone AK-47 Setup and loadout.

STG44 (VG)

The STG44 is basically the M4A1 of Vanguard. It is incredibly versatile and can be used in pretty much any situation depending on which attachments and loadout you use. The STG44 is easy to control cause of its low recoil and can be a real beamer on long range as well as a viable sniper support on close to mid range. We already got a good Warzone STG44 Setup and loadout for you guys here.

Best SMGs in Warzone

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What are the best SMGs in Warzone? | © Activision

SMGs in Warzone are obviously meant to dominate the close range combat. They are the go-to weapons for CQC, are extremely agile, and in general boast a high rate of fire. SMGs are mainly used as a secondary weapon in AR loadouts, but can, in some cases, also be a good sniper support – only if they have the range, though. If you are interested in Warzone's SMGs in general, check out our tier ranking of the best SMGs in Warzone.

Welgun (VG)

For a long time, the MP-40 was the absolute best MP, both in Vanguard multiplayer and in Warzone. However, it has now been replaced by the somewhat newer Welgun. The Welgun is extremely accurate, has a great range and rate of fire, and most importantly, huge drum magazines. It can also be built as a fast run-and-gun weapon, as well as a steady, precise weapon for medium distances. The Welgun is good in almost every situation and the perfect secondary weapon to a huge LMG or a sniper. Here we have the best Welgun Warzone Loadout.

OTs 9 (BOCW)

The OTs 9 is one of the newer guns in Warzone – it was only introduced in Season 4 Reloaded. It features fantastic recoil control, accuracy, and power. The only drawback is the small magazine. Even with the biggest magazine attachment, it will still be hard to down more than one enemy without reloading. Still, it has a really short TTK and is an awesome weapon for aggressive players to whip out in 1v1-situations. Check out our Warzone OTs 9 Setup and loadout.

Best Snipers in Warzone

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What are the best sniper rifles in Warzone? | © Activision

Snipers have long been the meta in Warzone. Skilled players with good aim will pick a sniper rifle over anything. Why? Simple, there is no other weapon category that can down players with a single shot. Most sniper rifles could down a full HP player with one upper torso hit, and all of them were able to do so with a headshot. However, things have changed with the huge Sniper nerfs of Vanguard Season 3. We also made a tier ranking of the best sniper rifles in Warzone for you.

3-Line Rifle (VG)

Yes, since the big sniper nerf with Vanguard Season 3, the Kar98k and the Swiss are no longer in the sniper meta. Thanks to the nerf, many snipers can no longer down with just one headshot, so the slower, heavier snipers finally get a chance to shine. The 3-Line Rifle has tremendous damage and, most importantly, crazy bullet velocity, making it the best vanguard sniper in Warzone right now. Here is a 3-Line Rifle setup guide.

AX-50 (MW)

Since the heavy nerf, the old Modern Warfare snipers are back inthe meta. The HDR and AX-50 have been dominating the meta for a long time. Since the AX-50 is a bit more mobile than the HDR, it's our first choice, but you can't go wrong with the HDR either. Both snipers have tremendous range and damage, and can actually still one-shot people at any range. Here is our AX-50 setup guide.

Best DMRs in Warzone

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What are the best DMRs in Warzone? | © Activision

We are putting Modern Warfare's DMRs and Black Ops Cold War's Tactical Rifles into one category, since it basically is the same weapon class. These weapons are set somewhere between the assault rifles and the sniper rifles – they are single shot or burst fire guns that can't down with only one shot. They are more accurate and have higher damage than assault rifles, but don't have the range or one-shot potential of a sniper rifle. While in most cases an AR or sniper will do better, DMRs can still shine in the right hands. Here is our complete Warzone DMR tier list.


The DMR 14 is another one of those BOCW weapons that was completely broken and op when it was introduced to Warzone. After some nerfs, it quickly dropped in the rankings, but is still one of the best DMRs. It has a good rate of fire and basically shoots as fast as you can click. The good accuracy and high damage output make it especially strong on mid to long ranges. Just make sure to aim for the head, but even with body shots, your enemies will go down incredibly fast. Here is our recommended Warzone DMR 14 setup and loadout.

G-43 (VG)

The G-43 is a DMR that came into play with Vanguard and stands out for one special feature - it can be played fully automatic. It also has excellent range, accuracy and damage, and can take out players incredibly quickly. Like any DMR or tactical rifle, it's best used at medium to long ranges, and you should always go for headshots, of course. If you want to try something different and DMRs don't scare you off, you should give the G-43 a try. With our G-43 setup and loadout you will have a lot of fun.

Best LMGs in Warzone

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What are the best LMGs in Warzone? | © Activision

LMGs are a special weapon class, sometimes working really well and sometimes not at all. However, with Vanguard and the Bren, LMGs have become more popular again, which is why we have compiled a list of the current best LMGs in Warzone.

Bren (VG)

The Bren was completely broken in Warzone for a long time, as it has the range and damage of an LMG, but still has the mobility and accuracy of an assault rifle. With the right setup, the Bren had almost no recoil and destroyed everything in a fraction of a second. It's since been nerfed and thus toned down a bit, but it's still an extremely powerful LMG that plays more like a heavy, long-range assault rifle. Follow our Bren Warzone Loadout Guide if you want to dominate your opponents.

MG 82 (BOCW)

The MG 82 was also pretty broken when it was first introduced in Warzone. This weapon has also been better balanced in the meantime, but it is still very effective. The special thing about the MG 82 is the extremely high rate of fire, which makes it hard to control, but also gives it a really fast TTK. With the right attachments and a bit of practice, you'll get a heavy shredder with the MG 82. Grab it, practice a bit to get used to the recoil, and have fun shredding your opponents. Here is our MG 82 setup guide.

These are the currently best guns in Warzone. If you want to know the best guns and loadouts for CoD: Vanguard make sure to check out our article. We will of course update this article as soon as the meta changes, and maybe we will see some new Vanguard guns making it to our list soon. If you want to be up-to-date in Warzone, make sure to come back for more setup guides, loadouts and tier rankings.