What's The Meta In Warzone Season 4?

Warzone Pacific's fourth season has just begun. What are the best weapons to use?
Ranking All Weapons In Vanguard
Polina is keeping a keen eye on the patch notes for us. | © Activision

Warzone Pacific Season 4 has introduced a whole new meta, naturally. So we've put together a guide on the best weapon to use for the following categories:

  • Long-Range
  • SMG
  • Sniper
  • Sniper Support

A lot has shifted since Season 3, and we'll get into that, but now you need to adapt your loadouts and make some changes if you want to stay on top.

The Warzone Pacific Season 4 Meta

The Season 4 Long-Range Meta: Cooper Carbine

  • What was the previous meta weapon for this role?
  • What happened in the Season 4 balance patch?
    • The STG was significantly nerfed in the Season 4 balance patch, and then a week later the NZ-41 took a hit. That was long overdue, so no complaints.
  • Do you need to change your build for the current meta weapon?
    • Yes, if you were running the Cooper Carbine build, consider changing from a Polymer grip to a Hatched grip, as the Polymer Grip was nerfed recently. You can see the meta Cooper Carbine build below:
Cooper July 1
This is such a tasty little gun. | © Activision

We expect this weapon to remain strong. Raven seem happy to allow the Cooper to maintain its status as a great and easy AR, although other contenders will surely arise.

The Season 4 SMG Meta: H4 Blixen

  • What was the previous meta weapon for this role?
  • What happened in the Season 4 balance patch?
    • The Blixen took a slight nerf but the Owen Gun took a massive one, and it's now significantly worse than it was. Whilst the Blixen is still wildly strong.
  • Do you need to change your build for the current meta weapon?
    • The 54 round mags and the Bergstrom 17" barrel were both nerfed, and now provide 7% less headshot damage and 7% less horizontal recoil control. But these changes are so minor that we still believe this build is going to be the best for the most players:
H4 Blixen Class
This could be overtaken by the Marco soon. | © Activision

This is a great build and the weapon still slaps, but don't expect it to last forever. As the devs recently described, the Blixen is becoming an issue due to its overwhelming popularity:

The H4 Blixen (VG) made a pretty impressive statement when it first launched and we’ve seen its adoption rate higher than any midseason weapon in Warzone’s history.

You should expect another nerf to come for this weapon soon, but for now we can vouch for it.

The Season 4 Sniper Meta: ZRG 20mm

  • What was the previous meta weapon for this role?
  • What happened in the Season 4 balance patch?
    • The ZRG wasn't touched. In fact, it's rival the 3-Line-Rifle received a few buffs. But these buffs weren't enough to make it a more effective weapon than the ZRG. And given the war on snipers that the devs are waging, we don't expect the 3-Line to receive too many more buffs.
  • Do you need to change your build for the current meta weapon?
    • No. This build is still the best option for a sniper:
ZRG 20 MM
It's still the best Sniper. | © Activision

Raven have been nerfing older weapons and buffing Vanguard ones, for obvious reasons. The sniper department is no different. And while we don't expect them to make the 3-Line much better, they might nerf the ZRG enough to have it slip into second place. We'll keep an eye out for you.

The Season 4 Sniper Support Meta: Volk

  • What was the previous meta weapon for this role?
  • What happened in the Season 4 balance patch?
    • The AK was holding out as one of the last viable BOCW weapons in Warzone. It wasn't nerfed recently, but the Volk was buffed to the point of being the clear winner. The Volk now has substantially more recoil control.
  • Do you need to change your build for the current meta weapon?
    • No, this was the previous Volk sniper support build, and it's still the one:
Volk ss
Gung-ho is a fantastic perk. | © Activision

They have a lot of bundles out for the Volk, but it's never been popular, so we expect it to remain in the same state for a good long while. Well, unless we see it's pick rate spike.


One tip for the season to end on: make sure you're taking advantage of the Easter Eggs on the new Fortune's Keep map to get good equipment off the rip.