Best Warzone guns: the top weapons to use in Call of Duty battle royale

Best warzone guns

Warzone guns are, unsurprisingly, pretty key to victory. Even if you win your Warzone Gulag fight right at the end of the match and parachute in, you’ll still need to scrounge together some weapons to stand a chance at winning the match. Warzone guns behave very differently than they do in core multiplayer modes, so the knowledge base doesn’t transfer. Besides, with the largest map in Call of Duty history, 149 other players to outlast, and new mechanics like an armour plate system, your needs are very different than in a match on Rust or Crash.

So, what are the best Warzone guns and weapons to pickup and fight with, or to put into your best Warzone Loadouts? We’ve secured several wins in Warzone, watched even more streamer wins, and lost many more matches on top of that, so we’re confident we can present you with a list of the best Warzone guns to use in Call of Duty’s sophomore battle royale experience.

Naturally, personal preference does play a huge role here, so if you disagree with some of our picks then there’s nothing wrong with you racking up headshots and team wipes with a different gun in Warzone – we’re just trying to help out.

Best Warzone guns

Here are the best Warzone guns:

MGL-32 Grenade Launcher
.357
Grau 5.56
ARX-50
HDR
ORIGIN-12
MP7
RAM-7
PKM
FAL
AUG

MGL-32 grenade launcher

There’s a reason this launcher only has a minuscule drop rate and can only be found in chests – it’s legitimately OP. The MGL-3 Grenade Launcher uses the same ammo as rocket launchers – it carries six in the drum and six spare – so you’ll want your team to give you any and all rockets they pick up. Its range isn’t great and you’ll need to get used to arcing your shots if you want to drop players at mid-range, but it’s a one-hit kill to fully-armoured enemies and can be spammed.

The damage potential is unmatched – if a squad pushed up on you you can wipe them out in seconds. It’s also incredibly useful for taking down cars and trucks as it only takes two shots to completely blow up even a truck.

.357

This entry comes with the caveat that you play the .357 with Akimbo and Snake Shot, which turns this ordinarily mediocre sidearm into a close-range destroyer. With the rest of your attachments set up to increase sprint to fire speed you’ll find these pistols are pretty much unstoppable in close-quarters.

Snake Shot turns the .357 into a shotgun, combine that with Akimbo and you have a shottie in each hand, granting you the fastest time-to-kill with body shots of any gun in the game. If you don’t like the damage drop-off these offer then removing Snake Shot still leaves you with some serious stopping power.

Grau 5.56

This AR wouldn’t merit such a high spot in our list of the best Warzone guns if we only went by its DPS stats. However, if your aim isn’t perfect then you’ll find the Grau 5.56 is one of the easiest to use and most reliable weapons in its class for mid to long-range full-auto fire. There’s almost no recoil when using this AR, so you can rely on it to pick apart squads at distance, while its rate of fire is high enough that it’s still deadly up close.

ARX-50 and HDR

These two are both essential Warzone sniper rifles and are among the best Warzone guns for one key reason: they are both capable of downing with a single headshot.

So, what’s the difference between the HDR and the ARX-50? Cycle rate and bullet velocity. The ARX-50 fires much faster for a bolt-action sniper rifle, meaning you can take ambitious shots, safe in the knowledge that you can land the second shot at least as fast as your opponent. However, the HDR has faster bullet velocity, especially with the right barrel, so you can treat it almost like a hitscan gun during long-range battles. It’s totally up to you which of those options you prefer. But you should try and include one in your Warzone build.

ORIGIN-12

This shotgun deals marginally less damage than the R9-0, but it comes with a more forgiving magazine size and better pellet spread. Either way, in close-quarters, you should be able to secure the down in 2-3 shots on a fully-armoured enemy.

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With a drum mag attached you can easily wipe a whole squad if you’re fighting in a large building, particularly around staircases. If you know you can hit your shots then the R9-0 will definitely drop an opponent a little faster, but mistakes are easy to make in this-fast-paced mode, so we advise taking the ORIGIN-12.

MP7

SMGs don’t see a huge amount of use in Warzone, but the MP7 is a standout and is essential in the final circle. It’s rate of fire and recoil mean you won’t struggle to meet its potential DPS, plus it can be equipped with a 60-round magazine, allowing you to take fights with multiple enemies without needing to reload several times. On top of all of this, it’s highly mobile, so if you’re a big fan of flanking then you should definitely consider equipping this for your next drop. The MP7 is the best SMG for Warzone.

RAM-7

While the M4A1 dominates in core multiplayer, the RAM-7 is the best option in Warzone for a fast-firing, accurate, and versatile assault rifle. You can equip it with a 50-round mag, which is solid, and in close to mid-range fights it’s an absolute laser beam. The M4A1 does have the edge if you’re planning on poking long-range enemies with your AR, but in middle distance battles, the RAM-7 gets our vote. This is one of our picks for the best assault rifle in Warzone.

PKM

This LMG excels at sheer DPS and mag size. While it’s not as good as the MG34 on paper, the potential to strap a 200-round mag on this LMG makes it the far superior option. Amazingly, it’s a lot easier to handle and control than the MG34, too, so you should be able to track moving targets with ease.

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Really though, there’s no substitute for a 200-round mag, especially in trios, where one player can keep a fight ticking over with sustained pressure while the others flank, reload, or re-armour. It’s a bit of a monster to try and swap between or ADS with, so bear that in mind when using this.

FAL

The FAL might be awful in standard multiplayer, but the extended time to kill of Warzone means it’s a DPS powerhouse, capable of breaking down armour faster than most ARs and SMGs. On top of this, the FAL is also very handy for dishing out damage at long-range, making it a very versatile Warzone gun. If you can handle the recoil after ditching the stock then absolutely do so as it drastically increases you aim down sight speed and makes you much more competitive.

AUG

This comes with the caveat that you must equip this with the .556 NATO 60-round mag. With these rounds, the AUG dishes out more damage per second than any other assault rifle or SMG in the game. Best of all, you get to keep using SMG, so if you want to use an assault rifle as well you’ve got some ammo diversity.

MK2 Carbine

The majority of the the Warzone player base is sleeping on this marksman rifle, despite it being available as floor loot. This is a great pick if you want to be able to deal with snipers, but don’t want to actually sniper. The mix of accuracy, damage, and range means you can often get a very damaging snapshot onto an enemy sniper that will keep them pinned back.

In mid-range fights you can knock armor off with a single shot and the mobility makes doing so while moving around easy. You’ll want a reflex sight, monolithic suppressor, FSS 24.0” Factory barrel, and a laser that improves ADS time to get the most out of this.