The best Warzone 2 loadouts so far

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Warzone 2 has barely left the barracks and touched its boots on the ground, but that hasn't stopped players, pros, and the wider internet from sharing strong opinions on what the best Warzone 2 loadouts and guns are the most powerful so far. 

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If you're coming into Call of Duty: Warzone 2 after a long hiatus, you should know upfront that the sequel has brought significant changes to the arsenal at large, as well as the way that loadouts work in Warzone. Sniper rifles aren't the one-shot-kill lasers they used to be and a new premium on armor vests is speeding up the average time-to-kill. But maybe more importantly, you don't purchase loadouts from Buy Stations anymore—only primary weapons can be picked up here, for a flat cost of $5000 (previously Warzone allowed you to grab an entire loadout for $10,000). This design change forces you to be more flexible in the field, fighting with what you've found in the environment rather than grabbing your best kit every single match. For that reason, keep an eye out for these guns that are being favored so far in Warzone 2.

The best Warzone 2 guns right now

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What is the Warzone 2 meta right now?

We're still in the early days of Warzone 2's meta, but players are already figuring out what does and doesn't work in the revamped battle royale mode on the new map, Al Mazrah. Right now, it looks like a reliable meta build includes an assault rifle like the TAQ-56, M4, or STB 556 ideally paired with a sniper or marksman rifle like the Signal 50 or SP-R 208 (opens in new tab) rifle. SMGs are also a good option for players who favor close-quarters locations, but having a backup effective at longer ranges is proving important for surviving an unpredictable circle.

Here are the early favorites for gun loadouts based on what we've seen so far:

The best Warzone 2 guns as of November 2022

  • STB 556
  • Kastov 762
  • TAQ-56
  • M4
  • EBR-14
  • Lachmann Sub
  • SP-R 208
  • RPK

Best Warzone 2 loadouts so far

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Optic: Schlager 3.4X
Magazine: 60 Round Mag
Muzzle: Echoline GS-X
Barrel: 17.5" Tundra Pro Barrel
Underbarrel: VX Pineapple


Optic: VLK 4.0
Muzzle: ZLR Talon 5
Stock: Heavy Support Stock
Barrel: TAC 597 Barrel
Underbarrel: VX Pineapple
Rear Grip: Demo-X2 Grip

Lachmann Sub

Magazine: 40 Round Mag
Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
Stock: LM Stockless MOD
Rear Grip: Lachmann TCG-10


Muzzle: Tempus GH50
Barrel: 22" Boremaster
Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56
Stock: SO R55 Adapter
Optic: Luca Bandera Scope
Ammunition: 7.62 Armor Piercing


Optic: Schlager 3.4X
Magazine: 45 Round Mag
Muzzle: Harbinger D20
Barrel: Hightower 20" Barrel
Underbarrel: VX Pineapple

For more options, check out our full best M4 loadouts (opens in new tab) guide.

STB 556

Barrel: 24.4″ Bruen S-620
Muzzle: SAKIN TREAD-40
Magazine: 42 Round Mag
Rear Grip: STIP-40 Grip
Underbarrel: VX Pineapple

Kastov 762

Muzzle: Kastovia DX90
Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot
Rear Grip: Ivanov ST-70 Grip
Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56
Ammunition: 7.62 High Velocity

SP-R 208

Barrel: 23.5″ Fluted R-67
Optic: Luca Bandera Scope
Bolt: FSS ST87 Bolt
Comb: Aim-Assist 406
Stock: ZRL T70 Pad Extension

For more options, check out our full SP-R 208 loadouts (opens in new tab) guide.

Evan Lahti
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Evan's a hardcore FPS enthusiast who joined PC Gamer in 2008. After an era spent publishing reviews, news, and cover features, he now oversees editorial operations for PC Gamer worldwide, including setting policy, training, and editing stories written by the wider team. His most-played FPSes are CS:GO, Team Fortress 2, Team Fortress Classic, Rainbow Six Siege, and Arma 2. His first multiplayer FPS was Quake 2, played on serial LAN in his uncle's basement, the ideal conditions for instilling a lifelong fondness for fragging. Evan also leads production of the PC Gaming Show, the annual E3 showcase event dedicated to PC gaming.

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