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10 most popular weapons in Warzone: Gun tier list

Published: 14/Mar/2021 13:09 Updated: 15/Mar/2021 10:51

by James Busby


Season 2 of Warzone in the Black Ops Cold War era continues to heat up, and as always the game’s meta is constantly evolving. But which guns are players actually using? Here are the ten most popular weapons in Warzone, as of March 14.

Despite the massive array of weapons on offer, there are only a few guns that see consistent play in Warzone as the meta shifts. The best Modern Warfare weapons are picked due to their high damage per shot, incredible accuracy, clean optics, and general ease of use. 

But, the addition of Black Ops Cold War weapons has also shifted the meta in many ways. First, we had DMRzone – when everyone used the DMR, but some nerfs have (finally) sorted that out. The rifle has dropped significantly in popularity, making way for new options to take its place.


With the help of WZRanked, we’ve gathered the ten most popular primary picks in Warzone. Whether you’re looking to increase your KDA or just want to know which guns will give you a competitive edge, be sure to check out our handy top ten gun tier list below.

Call of Duty Warzone Black Ops Cold War Operators
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Our helpful Warzone gun tier list will keep you informed on which weapons you should be taking into Verdansk.

Warzone weapon tier list: top 10

With the release of any new season, the meta is sure to change and weapons will join the list (or even drop off if they’re no longer viable). The first season of the Black Ops Cold War integration saw some major changes, and Season 2 has introduced its own share of shakeups as well.


Here are the best weapons you should be taking into Warzone during Season 2, and some helpful loadouts if you don’t already have your own.

10. M13

M13 Modern Warfare
While not as powerful as the Kilo, this assault rifle still gets the job done.

Best M13 loadout

The M13 may not be as powerful as the Kilo or Grau, but its high fire rate and minimal recoil keep it a consistent pick for many players. In fact, if the Kilo were to ever receive a nerf, it’s likely that the M13 would take its place in the rankings. The most notable feature of the M13 is its ability to remain competitive in close-quarters scenarios, giving players the chance to pick up some quick kills without needing to switch guns.


Due to the M13’s high rate of fire, missing shots can quickly lead to a rather frustrating death. Fortunately, the 60 Round Mags give you more than enough bullets to spray down your enemies. Lastly, don’t be afraid to hold down that trigger and let the bullets fly as the M13’s recoil is pretty much nonexistent.

9. MP5

Modern Warfare MP5
The MP5 continues to dominate the competition.

Best MP5 loadout

The MP5 has been tearing things up in Warzone from the start, but it’s dropped in the rankings since the release of Black Ops Cold War. This lethal SMG can shred through fully armored foes in no time thanks to its blisteringly fast fire rate, insane close-quarters damage, and high mobility.


Even better, the MP5 has plenty of attachments that greatly decrease the weapon’s ADS speed, giving you the freedom to aggressively push your enemies and secure those close-quarters kills. But, there’s a new SMG that is simply better (as you’ll see further down in the list).

8. M4A1

M4A1 in WarzoneWhile it’s not the most popular weapon, the M4A1 remains a viable choice.

Best M4A1 loadout

Another Modern Warfare weapon that’s been knocked down in the standings, this fast fire rate Assault Rifle can still hold its own in Verdansk.

But, despite having an impressive rate of fire, the bouncier recoil and subpar damage compared to some other ARs just doesn’t cut it, so it’s no longer a top pick. Unless you’re just really comfortable with the weapon, we suggest swapping it out for something higher on the list.


7. Grau 5.56

Grau Modern Warfare
The Grau may not be as strong as it once was, but it’s still a popular pick.

Best Grau 5.56 loadout

Those of you who have been playing Warzone since the early days will know just how dominant this assault rifle is. The Grau has one of the cleanest iron sights in the game, allowing players to forgo any optics in favor of DPS-increasing attachments. While it may not be as strong as it was a year ago, the Grau is still widely used to this day.

This is a weapon that’s very closely matched with the Kilo, and it really comes down to personal preference on which one you choose. The Grau favors a more run-and-gun play style, and absolutely shreds in close to mid-range firefights.

6. Kilo 141

Kilo Modern Warfare
A series of Grau nerfs have led many players to pick up the Kilo instead.

Best Kilo loadout

This reliable assault rifle has been wreaking havoc in Verdansk for a while now, and nerfs to the Grau have led to its increased popularity. But, since the addition of the FFAR and the resurgence of the AMAX, the Kilo is no longer the top dog of ARs. Still, having a gun that has little-to-no recoil is a huge bonus.

The Kilo can quickly wipe out entire squads thanks to its 60 Round Mags, while the VLK 3.x Optic will keep your shots incredibly accurate. No recoil control attachments are needed with this gun, so simply hold down that trigger and you’ll be rewarded with those satisfying squad wipes.

5. CR-56 Amax

CR56 Amax in WarzoneThe Amax bounces more than other rifles, but has high ROF and damage.

Best CR-56 Amax loadout

Once a very underused option in Warzone, the Amax has steadily grown in popularity. It can tear through opponents quickly, and with the right loadout can be very easy to control.

Having said that, it’s still got a touch more recoil than rifles like the Kilo, so you’ll need to ensure you can control it to unlock its full potential – which might take a bit of practice.

4. AUG

Call of Duty Warzone AUG Nickmercs Loadout
Many top Warzone players have added to AUG to their arsenal in Season 2.

Best AUG loadout

The AUG quickly found it’s place as a top-five weapon in Warzone with the Season 2 update. With a solid fire rate and some insane range when using the right attachments and scope, you might not even need to pair a sniper rifle with this weapon if you max out its long-range potential.

This is the Black Ops Cold War version of the AUG – not the Modern Warfare SMG variant. So make sure you’re picking out the right version.

3. MAC-10

Activision / Treyarch
The MAC-10 continues to dominate Warzone lobbies.

Best Mac-10 loadout

The MAC-10 is unquestionably the best SMG in Warzone right now – so powerful in fact, that many players argue it needs a nerf.

Very little recoil, high damage output, and a ridiculous fire rate make it undeniably better than any other ‘secondary’ (when taken as your backup) weapon in the game. It’s an absolute monster – and probably the weapon most due for some balancing tweaks.

2. Kar98k

Kar98k Modern Warfare
The Kar98k may not be a modern gun, but it still packs a mighty punch.

Best Kar98k loadout

Sometimes you’ve got to go old school when claiming kills in Warzone and this WWII rifle certainly packs a mean punch. Despite being a bolt-action rifle, the Kar98k is one of the fastest marksman rifles in the game. Being able to break armor and maintain constant pressure on your opponents is incredibly important in Warzone, especially if you want to finish downed enemies before they get revived.

Even if you miss a few shots, the Kar98k is incredibly forgiving. This makes it the perfect replacement for those that struggle with HDR or AX-50 loadouts. The only downside to this German rifle is its bullet drop, so make sure you compensate for the travel time before taking those cross-map shots.

1. FFAR 1

FFAR 1 in WarzoneThe FFAR shoots incredibly fast – but this makes it trickier to use at long range.

Best FFAR 1 loadout

The FFAR now stands as not only the most popular Assault Rifle in Warzone, but the most popular weapon overall. Reminiscent of the very overpowered Famas in Black Ops 1, the FFAR boasts a blisteringly fast rate of fire.

Once you kit it out with attachments, it will put enemies down in a flash, and is just as good up close as it is at longer distances. However, its high recoil can cause issues at longer ranges, so consider pairing it with a sniper — as has become mightily popular. Most players are now pairing their FFAR with a Kar98k, enjoying a really fun loadout that rewards long-distance precision while also offering incredible damage potential in up-close engagements.

Most popular Warzone loadout guns (%)

  1. FFAR 1 (17.1%)
  2. Kar98 (13.6%)
  3. MAC-10 (10.7%)
  4. AUG (8.7%)
  5. CR-56 Amax (6.1%)
  6. Kilo 141 (5.5%)
  7. Grau 5.56 (5%)
  8. M4A1 (3.9%)
  9. MP5 (2.5%)
  10. M13 (2.4%)

If you want to try out some different weapons in Warzone or even Multiplayer, check out our full list of best loadouts for every gun.