Best Assault Rifle In Warzone | Top 10 Ranking

If you are looking for the best AR in Warzone, you have come to the right place. Assault rifles are the most popular weapons in Warzone. But there's a lot of them – to help you choose the right weapon, we've ranked the 10 best assault rifles in Warzone for you.

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The best AR in Warzone. | © EarlyGame

With every week that passes in Warzone, we see balance changes shifting the meta. Many of the best weapons of the past, such as the AMAX, the FFAR 1 or the FARA, have had to take a beating. In order for you to always know which is the best AR in Warzone, or which guns you should avoid in the current meta, we've created this ranking. And we update it whenever the meta shifts.

But please always remember that a short TTK is only good if you hit all your shots! An assault rifle can have an extremely good TTK and therefore be high on our list, but if you can't handle recoil, another weapon might be a better choice. When compiling this list, we ranked the weapons from the perspective of an average player, not professionals and not absolute beginners.

If you are more into snipers or submachine guns, we already have tier lists for you here.

Best AR in Warzone | Top 10 Ranking

10. Nikita AVT (VG)

The last weapon in our Top 10 is the Nikita AVT. For an assault rifle, the Nikita has a good rate of fire and mobility – it's sort of a transitional weapon between an SMG and an assault rifle. Although it is relatively easy to use, we wouldn't recommend it as a long-range AR, but it makes a perfect sniper support.

Here is our best Nikita AVT setup guide.

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A really good gun. | © Activision

9. XM4 (BOCW)

The XM4 was the M4A1 of Black Ops Cold War. Available right out of the box, easy to play and extremely solid. It's a very versatile, jack-of-all-trades style AR. And luckily, the XM4 managed to avoid most of the worst nerfs, so it hasn't changed that much over time. If you're looking for a reliable secondary weapon for your sniper loadout, you should definitely take a look at the XM4, but it can also deliver as a long-range AR. It just can't get higher on the list because it's not the best in any one role, it's just good at a number of them.

Here is our best XM4 setup for Warzone for you.

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The XM4 is still viable. | © Activision

8. M13 (MW)

The M13 is quite similar to the Kilo further down in this article and was also recently buffed. Since the buffs, the M13 is pretty good again, but still has comparatively low damage. It is still considered a perfect entry-level weapon with good mobility, high rate of fire and almost no recoil – an absolute laser.

Here is our best M13 loadout.

The M13 is back! | © Activision

7. CR-56 AMAX

Yes, the AMAX is back! The weapon was the undisputed king in Warzone for a long time, but then it was nerfed into the ground. Thanks to the latest patch, the AMAX is now damn strong again and very playable. Unpack your old loadouts and indulge in a bit of MW2019 nostalgia.

Here is our best AMAX loadout.

The king is back. | © Activision

6. Kilo 141 (MW)

Among the recently re-buffed Modern Warfare classics, we also find the Kilo 141. Like the M13, it's a really good entry-level weapon, but it does a bit more damage, which is why it makes it higher on our list. If you are looking for an easy-to-play weapon that is well-suited for longer distances, this is the one for you.

Here is our best Kilo 141 loadout.

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The Kilo also makes it into the top 10 again. | © Activision

5. Automaton (VG)

The Automaton is probably the best assault rifle in Vanguard. In Warzone, it was one of the best long-range ARs for a long time, as it has extremely low recoil, huge magazines and a fairly high rate of fire. In the meantime, it was replaced by heavily overpowered guns like the NZ-41 and since Season 4: Reloaded, the old Modern Warfare weapons are back in the meta, but the Automaton still makes it into the top 5 easily.

Here is our best Automaton setup for Warzone.

One of the most reliable guns in Warzone. | © Activision

4. STG44 (VG)

The STG44 is one of the most iconic weapons of WWII and one of the best Vanguard assault rifles. It's available from the start (like the M4A1 or XM4) and it's extremely versatile. The STG44 is easy to control, has good damage and a decent rate of fire. Depending on the attachments, it can be played at any distance, making it both a good long-range assault rifle, but also a weapon that can excel at medium and even short ranges. But thanks to the recent nerf, it's fallen down from the number one position.

Try our STG44 setup if you're looking for the right build.

The STG44 will never slip too far. | © Activision

3. KG-M40 (VG)

The KG-M40 doesn't have the strongest TTK, it's actually pretty average. So what makes it so high on the list? No recoil. None at all. This gun just doesn't move. For anyone who only owns Vanguard, definitely the best beginner weapon. Good range, rate of fire, and accuracy make the KG M40 one of the best long range weapons in Warzone, but it's barely usable in close combat.

You should check out our complete loadout guide for the KG-M40.

Welcome to the world of zero-recoil. | © Activision

2. Cooper Carbine (VG)

The Cooper Carbine just feels right. It has a ridiculous rate of fire for an AR, it's extremely mobile and yet very precise. Overall, it plays like a hybrid between an Assault Rifle and an SMG, and with the right attachments, it can be used effectively by players of any skill. What's more, the range is surprisingly good, allowing the Cooper to be competitive as a primary weapon in a regular assault rifle loadout or as an excellent sniper support.

Here we have our best Cooper Carbine loadout for you.

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A wonderful feeling weapon. | © Activision

1. Grau 5.56 (MW)

The Grau proves why handling and easily controlled recoil are so important. While it doesn't have the ridiculous TTK it once had, it's maintained that unique ability to be strong over so many ranges, with the same build. Do you remember the first year of Warzone? Back then, the Grau was the absolute top weapon and dominated the meta for a long time. The Archangel barrel in particular took the Grau to a whole other level, and thanks to the recent buffs it is back at the top.

Check out our best Grau 5.56 setup for Warzone.

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The Grau 5.56 is the best Modern Warfare weapon still in regular use. | © Activision

Which Assault Rifle Is Best For Short-Range?

At close range, mobility, and a high rate of fire are most important. Assault rifles are typically designed for medium to long range, but there are some guns from this class that excel in those areas. Currently, the best assault rifle for short to medium ranges is the Cooper Carbine. With the right setup, this is also currently one of the best sniper supports. Just be careful not to sacrifice too much mobility for range or recoil control, you can easily overdo it with the Cooper and end up with too much recoil.

Which Assault Rifle Is Best For Long-Range?

We would currently recommend the KG M40 as the best long-range AR. Especially at 100+ m, this weapon really shines. In your setup, make sure to increase the range, recoil control and bullet velocity, mobility can be sacrificed with a long-range assault rifle. If you decide to go for a long-range AR loadout, you definitely need a good second weapon for close combat, though. Luckily, we got you; here are the best SMGs.

If you want to know, what weapons were the absolute most broken ever in Warzone, check out this video:

These are the top 10 ARs in Warzone right now. We will of course update the list should new weapons or updates change the meta. Until then, make sure you have the guns on this list leveled!

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