'Call of Duty Warzone' best guns: All 85 ranked for Season 5
Talk about spoiled for choice. Currently, there are 85 primary weapons available in Call of Duty: Warzone, each stemming from either Modern Warfare or Black Ops Cold War. While most Warzone weapons are viable and can function in many scenarios, there is a handful you’ll absolutely want to avoid, along with a small selection that is objectively better than the rest.
Following the Season 5 update, many of the weapons have been rebalanced, making some more or less useful than before. In this list, we’ll go through all 85 primary Warzone weapons, ranking them from F tier to S tier, with F-tier status accorded to those best avoided at all costs, and S being “meta.”
Meta weapons are those that are objectively the best at any given point in an evolving game’s life cycle. The word “meta” is sometimes used as an acronym for “most effective tactics available.” In short, meta weapons aren’t necessarily the most popular but instead are the most useful. For instance, when a new weapon is added, you might see lots of players using it, but that doesn’t make it meta.
Below, we’ll denote which game each weapon is from. CW is for Cold War and MW is for Modern Warfare. Here are all 85 primary Warzone weapons ranked from worst to best.
F-Tier Call of Duty Warzone weapons
725 (MW) -- Shotgun
While the 725 packs a serious punch, the fact that it can only fire two slugs before needing to reload makes it wholly impractical. Maybe if you’re playing Solos you can get away with it, but aside from that, we advise avoiding this weapon at all costs.
Crossbow (MW) -- Marksman Rifle
It’s a sad thing that the Crossbow is so terrible. The weapon looks cool and is fun to use, but in a practical sense, is not feasible. Its excruciatingly long reload time, incredibly slow rate of fire, and low bullet velocity make it practically unusable.
Dragunov (MW) -- Sniper Rifle
There’s no reason to use the Dragunov. It has a slow time to kill (TTK) and has high recoil, to the point where every other sniper rifle beats it. It’s a fun weapon to mess around with, but you aren’t going to win many gunfights with this one.
MK2 Carbine (MW) -- Marksman Rifle
It’s puzzling to think about why the MK2 Carbine is even in the game. You can’t use it up close and from afar, there are numerous options that overtake it in more ways than one. It has a slow rate of fire, low damage, low bullet velocity, and high recoil.
R1 Shadowhunter (CW) -- Marksman Rifle
The R1 Shadowhunter is the Cold War version of a Crossbow. Much like its counterpart, it’s awful. Its stats almost mirror the Modern Warfare Crossbow, but with even slower reload speeds.
Riot Shield (MW) -- Melee
The Riot Shield is barely a weapon in the eyes of many Warzone players. Sure, you can use it to hide in a corner and protect yourself, but if you’re against a decent player, you’re not going to stand a chance while using a Riot Shield.
D-Tier Call of Duty Warzone weapons
EBR-14 (MW) -- Marksman Rifle
You should avoid using the EBR-14, due to its high recoil and low damage. You’ll likely lose most gunfights at medium range with it because of its recoil and rate of fire, and you won’t have much luck at long range due to its low bullet velocity.
FN Scar 17 (MW) -- Assault Rifle
The FN Scar 17 has so much going against it. It has a low magazine size, a slow fire rate, and is hard to control. It’s like a worse version of the AK-47, so we recommend avoiding this one if you can.
Hauer 77 (CW) -- Shotgun
Once again, the Hauer 77 is a shotgun that is far too inconsistent to be useful in the heat of battle. It packs a punch, but you have to be within point-blank range to take advantage of that.
KSP 45 (CW) -- SMG
As with many of the low-tier SMGs, the KSP 45 doesn’t stand a chance against the likes of the MAC-10, PPSh-41, or MP5. Its other problem is that it’s a triple-burst weapon, which is awful when used up close. And at range, it won’t get you far since it has a low TTK.
M60 (CW) -- LMG
Unfortunately, the M60 is far too slow to compete with other LMGs or assault rifles in Warzone. When it hits, it deals high damage, but the M60 is just far too difficult to handle.
MG34 (MW) -- LMG
The MG34 is one of the worst LMGs in the game due to its slow reload times, slow ADS speeds, small mag size, and high recoil. Skip this one.
Model 680 (MW) -- Shotgun
When it comes to unreliable shotguns, it doesn’t get much worse than the Model 680. This thing is slow and has a low range. There’s no reason to use this weapon when others are so much better in every regard.
PP19 Bizon (MW) -- SMG
The PP19 Bizon is particularly misleading since it looks and feels similar to the Bullfrog, but it’s nowhere near as good as its counterpart. Its TTK is just far too low up close, and is worse than most other SMGs in Warzone, even if it has a high mag count.
Striker 45 (MW) -- SMG
The Striker 45 is just all-around bad compared to other SMGs (and really any automatic weapon in general). It has a low TTK and slow fire rate that make it practically unusable.
C-Tier Call of Duty Warzone weapons
AK-47 (MW) -- Assault Rifle
The Modern Warfare AK-47 is basically a mirror image of the Cold War version, only with a slower rate of fire. Pick this up if you need a secondary weapon, but we recommend swapping it as soon as you can.
AN-94 (MW) -- Assault Rifle
If not for its low TTK, the AN-94 would absolutely be a meta weapon. It’s laser-accurate, easy to use, and lightweight. Again, it just can’t compete with other automatic assault rifles due to its disappointingly low TTK.
Holger-26 (MW) -- LMG
We don’t recommend the Holger-26. You can deck it out to feel like an assault rifle, but with only 30 mags, it’s tough to win firefights. If you use it as an LMG, it’s just too slow to compete.
ISO (MW) -- SMG
A high rate of fire makes the ISO seem attractive, but at the end of the day, there isn’t much reason to use it when so many SMGs are better up close and at medium range. It also has a really low TTK.
M91 (MW) -- LMG
If the M91 had better handling and accuracy, it would be a top-tier LMG. Sadly, it’s difficult to control and is essentially a worse version of the PKM, so we’d advise skipping it.
Rytec AMR (MW) -- Sniper Rifle
Many players consider the Rytec AMR to be a niche weapon, and while we certainly think it's much more usable than players give it credit for, there’s no reason to use it when the HDR or Kar98k do what it can do but better.
SKS (MW) -- Marksman Rifle
The SKS is a single-fire rifle and is a lot like the FAL, only worse. Its biggest issues are its fire rate and low TTK, so if you want to use a single-fire weapon, just stick with the FAL.
Type 63 (CW) -- Tactical Rifle
It’s hard to recommend using the Type 63. While it does hit hard, its recoil is extremely tough to manage, and with it being a single-fire weapon, it’s already hard to use as it is. There are so many better choices.
VLK Rogue (MW) -- Shotgun
While the VLK Rogue does have decent range to make it seem worthwhile, it runs into the consistency problem of the other shotguns. You’ll likely lose more gunfights than you expect with this weapon.
B-Tier Call of Duty Warzone weapons
AUG (CW) -- Tactical Rifle
The Cold War AUG used to be one of the most used burst-fire weapons in the game. But following the Season 3 update, its fire rate was nerfed and its recoil was increased, making it tremendously difficult and impractical to use. It’s not terrible, but certainly nowhere near as good as the M16.
AUG (MW) -- SMG
If you want to use the Modern Warfare AUG, you have to use the 5.56 rounds for added damage, which takes up a precious attachment slot. Much like the AK74u, this weapon is fine, but so many other SMGs beat it.
AX-50 (MW) -- Sniper Rifle
You’ll see the trend with the B-tier weapons is that they’re all mostly great, but struggle to compete with others. That’s the case with the AX-50, a sniper that feels great to use, but doesn’t have the speed of the Kar98k or the bullet velocity of the HDR.
CARV .2 (CW) — Tactical Rifle
On paper, the CARV .2 Tactical Rifle seems like it should be great, but it just isn’t practical due to its three-round burst fire type. It’s not terrible and if you have a fast trigger finger, you might do well with it, but it’s only effective at mid-range. At that point, you might as well use one of the many better options.
DMR 14 (CW) -- Tactical Rifle
The DMR used to be a meta weapon in Warzone, but after a nerf that increased its recoil, has dropped substantially. It’s still good and if you like to take slower, more deliberate shots, you’ll feel right at home with this weapon. You’ll just have a harder time keeping your crosshairs on your target, especially at over 200 meters away.
FAL (MW) -- Assault Rifle
While the FAL hits hard, its single-fire shots keep it from standing toe-to-toe against other long-range options. You can equip the triple burst shot on it to give it a boost, though.
Fennec (MW) -- SMG
The Fennec is excellent up close thanks to its fast rate of fire, but -- much like the M13, you’ll blow through ammo quickly while using it. Its downside is its low bullet velocity, meaning you have to be within 13 meters or so to make it worthwhile.
FiNN LMG (MW) -- LMG
With the FiNN, you’ll find a weapon that is mostly fine in many regards, but not remarkable in any way. Its biggest fault is that it’s slow and has a long ADS time, so we can’t recommend this one over any of the faster assault rifles or LMGs.
FR 5.56 (MW) -- Assault Rifle
The FR 5.56 frankly doesn’t get enough love. Sure, it’s not the best weapon in the game, but it has a high rate of fire and is a blast to use — especially if you switch it to single-fire mode. But even by default, the FR 5.56 is a great weapon, particularly at mid-range.
JAK-12 (MW) -- Shotgun
The JAK-12 is rough because it’s inconsistent. Sometimes, it can eliminate enemies quickly, and other times it seems like you can’t win a gunfight with it. It’s not the worst shotgun in the game, but we’d advise sticking to the FFAR up close.
Kilo 141 (MW) -- Assault Rifle
If you look at the Kilo 141 in a vacuum, it’s great in nearly every regard. The problem is that a lot of weapons do what it does, but better. Thankfully, its low recoil makes up for some of its shortcomings, allowing it to be a viable weapon that is easy to use, especially at medium- to long-range.
M82 (CW) -- Sniper Rifle
The M82 gets a bad rap from the community because it isn’t as good as the HDR or Kar98k. That’s true, but it’s a good sniper to practice with since it does deal high damage and has a fast rate of fire.
M13 (MW) -- Assault Rifle
The main thing to know about the M13 is that it has a fast rate of fire, which results in a relatively high TTK. This is a blessing and a curse, as it blows through ammo quickly. With that in mind, you’ll want to keep lots of ammo handy when using it.
Nail Gun (CW) -- SMG
The Nail Gun is the new SMG added with Season 4 and it used to be overpowered. It still has a solid TTK, but given its low ammo count of 20, there isn’t much of a reason to use this weapon over some of the better options.
Oden (MW) -- Assault Rifle
To be frank, the Oden has a lot going against it. It’s not terrible but is much harder to use than you might hope. It packs a serious punch but has a low magazine size, high recoil, and a slow rate of fire. It deals the highest base damage of any assault rifle, so if you can keep up with your target, you’ll be in good shape.
Origin 12 Shotgun (MW) -- Shotgun
Like many of the shotguns we’ve covered thus far, the Origin 12 is just too inconsistent to recommend against the MAC-10 or others. It’s certainly viable, but you’ll likely lose more gunfights than you’d hope with it.
P90 (MW) -- SMG
We wish we could rank the P90 higher, but other SMGs are better in nearly every way. The nice thing is that it has a high magazine size and a high rate of fire, so if you’re accurate with your shots, it’s possible you could come out on top. But it’s much harder to use than some of its counterparts. Still, the P90 isn’t bad and is quite fun to use.
Pelington 703 (CW) -- Sniper Rifle
It’s hard to recommend the Pelington 703 over something like the Kar98k or Tundra, but that doesn’t mean it’s not a great weapon. It has high damage and fast ADS speeds that place it at the top of the sniper list, even if it isn’t the absolute best.
R9-0 Shotgun (MW) -- Shotgun
You might find that the R9-0 is slightly more reliable than the shotguns we’ve discussed so far in the B tier. It still isn’t recommended when taking on someone with the MAC-10, but it’s a decent option.
SA87 (MW) -- LMG
We really love the SA87, even if it struggles to compete with other automatic weapons. The benefit is that it’s one of the lighter LMGs, making it easy to move around with. It also deals lots of damage, but that’s sadly offset by a slower fire rate.
TEC-9 (CW) — SMG
While the TEC-9 is decent in many regards and holds its own against other SMGs, there isn’t much of a reason to use it. The fact that you must use an attachment specifically to convert the weapon to full-auto — along with the inability to properly silence it — are huge downsides.
Uzi (MW) -- SMG
The Uzi is an alright choice and has one of the higher bullet velocities compared to most SMGs. It has a decent damage profile and is mostly easy to control. Again, there are just so many better choices in this case.
A-Tier Call of Duty Warzone weapons
AK-47 (CW) -- Assault Rifle
One of the biggest surprises of the Season 3 update was the buff to the Cold War AK-47. Raven improved its recoil, making it highly usable for players of all skill levels. It has a slower fire rate than you might expect, but this allows you to stay on your target easier.
AK-74u (CW) -- SMG
Thanks to a recent buff, the AK74u is a fantastic choice now. It’s super consistent, has competitive TTKs, and has great iron sights that make it easy to use. It isn’t amazing compared to some of the other close-range SMGs but is sort of a jack of all trades.
Bruen Mk9 (MW) -- LMG
The main reason the Bruen Mk9 is so good is that it’s very mobile and light, rivaling even the best assault rifles. It’s not quite as effective as the AMAX in terms of TTK, but some may find it’s easier to use.
Bullfrog (CW) -- SMG
The Bullfrog has a lot going for it. It’s got high bullet velocity, a fast rate of fire, and is easy to use, making it one of the best SMGs in Warzone. It was recently nerfed a bit, so it’s not as good as it once was, but it’s still a great SMG.
C58 (CW) — Assault Rifle
This is the newest weapon recently added during Season 4. The biggest draw of the C58 is just how accurate it is. And unlike many accurate weapons in Warzone, the C58 hits hard, too. This is offset by its low magazine size, but you can increase it to a more manageable amount.
CR-56 AMAX (MW) -- Assault Rifle
Next up, let’s touch on one of the best fully automatic assault rifles, the CR-56 AMAX. This weapon has a competitive time to kill (TTK) and is great for medium to long-range scenarios. There is a bit of a learning curve when using this weapon, as it does have moderately high recoil. But its TTK is high enough that it’s relatively forgiving.
CX-9 (MW) — SMG
The CX-9 is a top choice and is only beaten by a few SMGs. This weapon has a high rate of fire and is easy to use, but you’ll have a hard time competing against the MP5 and OTs9. Still, it’s a solid option.
FFAR 1 (CW) -- Assault Rifle
Although Raven nerfed the FFAR 1, it’s still a viable weapon. This is due to its fast TTK, high rate of fire, and lightweight form that allows it to function as an SMG. The weapon is a lot more balanced now, with slower movement speeds, and slower ADS times, while still offering competitive TTKs across many ranges.
Gallo SA12 (CW) -- Shotgun
We normally wouldn’t advise using a shotgun in Warzone, but the Gallo SA12 deals enough damage and is consistent enough to recommend, especially to combat the MAC-10 or FFAR up close.
Grau 5.56 (MW) -- Assault Rifle
While the Grau 5.56 doesn’t hit as hard as you might like, it’s laser-accurate, making it easy to use, especially at medium-range. Its recoil is almost non-existent, so if you’re looking for a weapon that feels good to control, we recommend the Grau.
Groza (CW) -- Assault Rifle
The Groza is yet another underappreciated assault rifle, but thanks to the recent FFAR nerf, it will likely get more love. But if you want something that is easy to control with a competitive TTK and rate of fire, try the Groza.
HDR (MW) -- Sniper Rifle
When it comes to long-range snipers with high bullet velocity, it’s tough to beat the HDR. This is the sniper you’ll want to use for long distances of over 400 meters and beyond. It’s slow and heavy, but its bullet velocity makes up for it.
LC10 (CW) -- SMG
The LC10 received a slight buff during Season 3, but the real reason it’s so much more effective now is because of the FFAR nerf. You’ll find the LC10 to be useful at medium range, making it a great sniper compliment that still works well up close.
LW3 - Tundra (CW) -- Sniper Rifle
A less-used sniper rifle, the LW3 - Tundra is one of the absolute best in the game, due in part to its high damage and bullet velocity. It’s pretty much the only thing that can even rival the HDR in terms of range. What’s even more ideal about this is that you can use the Royal & Cross 4x scope to negate sniper glint.
M4A1 (MW) -- Assault Rifle
In Warzone, you need lots of versatility in your loadout. That’s where the M4A1 shines. It’s not the best in any particular category, but works well up close, at medium range, or even at long range, and is one of the most well-rounded weapons in the game.
M16 (CW) -- Tactical Rifle
Previously, players gravitated towards the AUG as the go-to burst rifle, but now that it has been nerfed, the M16 has taken its place. The great thing about this triple burst rifle is that its recoil pattern goes in one direction: Up. This makes it easy to manage, allowing you to take down opponents in three bursts if you land your shots.
MG82 (CW) -- LMG
This is the newest LMG added with Season 4, and it’s grossly overpowered. Raven has already addressed the concerns of the MG82 and will be nerfing it shortly. But until then, you’ll want to take advantage of its high rate of fire, fast TTK, and ease of use. Typically, weapons with high rates of fire are hard to control, but that is not the case with the MG82.
Milano 821 (CW) -- SMG
The Milano 821’s slow rate of fire is the main thing that holds it back, but thanks to a recent buff, it’s way more viable now. Raven Software pretty much bumped all of the weapon’s damage multipliers, as well as its overall power. It can now compete with the rest of the SMGs.
MP5 (CW) -- SMG
Few weapons can compete with the MP5 up close. It deals high damage and has a fast rate of fire. The Cold War version has a slightly faster rate of fire, with lower damage than the Modern Warfare counterpart, so the difference between the two is hardly noticeable — though we actually recommend the Modern Warfare version more since its TTK is faster.
MP7 (MW) -- SMG
The MP7 has taken a backseat to the likes of the OTs 9 and MAC-10, but it’s still a great weapon, due in part to its high rate of fire and mobility. It’s also one of the most accurate SMGs in the entire game.
PKM (MW) -- LMG
The PKM is a great weapon, especially at longer distances. If you mount it, you’ll feel unstoppable. It’s just unfortunate that it’s so slow, seeing as how it’s an LMG, which could cost you a gunfight.
QBZ-83 (CW) -- Assault Rifle
The QBZ used to be terrible, but following a buff in 2021, it competes with the likes of the FARA 83 and Krig 6. This is one of the most accurate weapons in the game and is excellent for mid to long-range engagements.
RAM-7 (MW) -- Assault Rifle
You’ll want to use the RAM-7 during medium- to long-range engagements, which is where it shines the most, thanks to its fast rate of fire and respectable TTK. Plus, it’s relatively easy to use.
RPD (CW) -- LMG
As with many of the LMGs, the RPD is very slow but is competitive compared to other top-tier ranged weapons. It has a great TTK and is relatively accurate, offset by its slow mobility and long reload times.
SP-R 208 (MW) -- Marksman Rifle
The SP-R 208 is slightly worse than the Kar98k in a couple of categories but is still a top-tier sniper. You might like the way it handles, and it technically does deal marginally more damage than the Kar98k, so it’s not a bad choice at all.
Stoner 63 (CW) -- LMG
The Stoner 63 is an excellent choice for those who want to use an automatic weapon at medium to long-range. It’s slow since it’s an LMG, but due to its high TTK, we recommend giving this a try.
Streetsweeper (CW) -- Shotgun
Because of the way the Warzone meta has shifted, the Streetsweeper is a practical option now. It’s only slightly held back due to its slow reload time, but you’ll find it to be useful for taking out enemies at close range. You don’t even need to continuously tap the trigger, since it’s an auto shotgun.
XM4 (CW) -- Assault Rifle
With the XM4, you’ll find another great all-around weapon. Like the M4A1, it doesn’t particularly shine brightly in any area but works well in a lot of situations. Its TTK is decent, it has good bullet velocity and a competitive rate of fire against other assault rifles.
S-Tier Call of Duty Warzone weapons
AS VAL (MW) -- Assault Rifle
It’s easy to overlook the AS VAL due to its low ammo cap of 30, but it’s still one of the best weapons in the game, especially in solos and duos. If you equip the Sleight of Hand perk to the AS VAL, it will help offset the low magazine size. Aside from that, it has one of the best TTKs in the game with an insanely fast rate of fire. The AS VAL is underused, and we highly recommend giving it a shot.
EM2 (MW) — Assault Rifle
The newest assault rifle added alongside Season 5 is the EM2 and it’s one that is very much worth your time. It has a fast TTK that stomps out nearly every other long-range option in the game. Though, it’s a little harder to use and is a lot slower than other assault rifles, balancing it out.
FARA 83 (CW) -- Assault Rifle
Once again, the FARA 83 was buffed during the Season 3 update. Now, it’s easier to use and has reduced recoil. In fact, this weapon has one of the best TTKs in the game, especially if you mix in a headshot or two. Couple that with its fast rate of fire, and you’ll find this weapon to be highly effective in many situations.
Kar98k (MW) -- Marksman Rifle
Serving as sort of the antithesis to the HDR, the Kar98k is a much lighter rifle, meant for fast-paced engagements. It’s primarily used at long range, but you’ll want to stick within 200 meters to use this weapon effectively.
Krig 6 (CW) -- Assault Rifle
The Krig 6 received a major buff as part of the Season 3 update. It went from a C-tier weapon to entering the meta, thanks to its recoil reduction and slight damage boost. While using this weapon, you’ll easily be able to keep your crosshairs lined up, due to its reduced recoil. It’ll feel like a laser beam.
MAC-10 (CW) -- SMG
If you’re looking for an effective close-range option, the MAC-10 should be at the top of your list. This is due to its high rate of fire, lightweight form, and ease of use. Its fire rate is high and thanks to the MAC-10’s mobility, you can aim down sights (ADS) faster with it, which makes it a competitive choice up close.
MP5 (MW) -- SMG
The Modern Warfare MP5 is a classic Warzone weapon and is one of the best in close-quarters engagements. Use this weapon if you want something that packs a punch with manageable recoil within 10 meters or so.
OTs 9 (CW) — SMG
Once again, our recommendation for the OTs 9 is due to its insanely fast TTK. It beats nearly every other weapon up close — though it’s held back by its small ammo count of 40. Use this weapon in Solos and Duos for best results.
PPSh-41 (CW) -- SMG
This was one of the new weapons added with the Season 3 update. It’s an appealing choice thanks to its high ammo count and accuracy and has a competitive TTK. Its fast ADS speed is a huge plus, as is its high ammo count and lightweight design.
Swiss K31 (CW) -- Sniper rifle
The other weapon added during Season 3 is the Swiss K31, a lightweight sniper rifle that feels a lot like the Kar98k. Statistically, the K31 is on par with the Kar98k in nearly every way, so you should absolutely try it out. In fact, it does slightly more damage than the Kar, with a slower ADS time.
ZRG 20MM (CW) -- Sniper Rifle
The newest sniper in Warzone is the ZRG 20mm, and it’s highly competitive against the best in the game. It has a fast rate of fire, great bullet velocity, and high damage. The only thing holding it back is slow ADS speeds, but this is a small price to pay for the best bullet velocity in the game.
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