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The best Warzone loadouts and class setups

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Looking for the best Warzone loadouts? It's worth taking the time to equip Warzone's finest firearms when defending yourself in Verdansk and Rebirth Island. We're truly spoilt for choice thanks to Warzone's integration with Cold War, but this certainly makes it harder to pick out the best builds. I'm here to point you in the right direction, so you can find the perfect setup for your playstyle.

Warzone Season 2 is already upon us, and we have a couple of new loadouts to try, including the new FARA 83 assault rifle and LC10 submachine gun. Remember, you can always find weapons on the floor, but calling in a personalised loadout drop will give you a huge advantage over others. Here are the best Warzone loadouts for Season 2, including specific attachments, grenades, and perks.

The best Warzone loadouts

FARA 83 & LC10

FARA 83

  • Barrel: 16.5" Ultralight
  • Laser: Ember Sighting Point
  • Stock: Spetsnaz PKM Stock
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 60 Rnd

The FARA 83 is Warzone's newest assault rifle, and we're already experimenting with its choice of attachments. You can unlock this weapon for free by reaching tier 15 of the Season 2 battle pass, so you can begin levelling it up quickly. 

In its base form, the FARA 83 works best at short and mid ranges, but this setup noticeably increases the gun's range, while steadying your shots. It also features an extended magazine, so you won't have to reload too often in firefights.

LC10

  • Muzzle: Flashguard .45 APC
  • Barrel: 12.5 Extended
  • Underbarrel: Foregrip
  • Stock: Wire Stock
  • Ammunition: 42 Round Speed Mag

Just like the FARA 83, you can grab the LC10 for free in the Season 2 battle pass, but this gun requires a little more work as it's unlocked at tier 31. Call of Duty Youtuber NICKMERCS has been using this exact loadout, and it's the best build I've seen so far. It's a little too early to determine whether this weapon is potent enough to stick around, but all of these attachments buff this fully automatic SMG enough that you won't regret taking a chance on it.

FFAR 1 & Kar98k

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FFAR 1

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 21.2" Ranger 
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip 
  • Optic: Quickdot LED
  • Ammunition: Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag

The FFAR 1's quick fire rate and snappy reload speeds make it feel closer to an SMG than an assault rifle. This loadout prioritises bullet velocity and range, while extending your magazine to ensure you have enough bullets to take down an enemy squad before you need to reload. For a more detailed breakdown, check out my best FFAR 1 loadouts recommendations.

Kar98k

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6″ Barrel
  • Stock: FTAC Sport Comb
  • Optic: Sniper Scope/Cronen C480 Pro
  • Laser: Tac Laser

The Kar98k is the best Warzone Marksman rifle, as it's very reliable when you need to pick off enemies in the distance. This particular setup increases your ADS speed, so if you spot an opponent, you can take them down instantly. The Sniper Scope is a good choice, but consider using the Cronen C480 Pro instead, if you want to avoid the glint giving your position away.

DMR 14 & Diamatti

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DMR 14

  • Muzzle: Agency Silencer
  • Barrel: 16.3" Titanium
  • Optic: Visiontech 2x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 30 Rnd 

It may have suffered a couple of rounds of nerfs, but it's still worth saving a loadout slot for the DMR 14. You need a build that increases your fire rate and ammo capacity to make the most of this tactical rifle in Verdansk. I've got you covered with my best DMR 14 loadouts guide.

Diamatti

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 6.5" Takedown
  • Laser: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Stock: Dual Wield
  • Ammunition: Salvo 30 Rnd Fast Mag

There's a reason this appears in our best Diamatti loadouts list. Switch from your slower, more accurate primary to dual wield these quick-firing pistols, and finish off injured opponents. Another reason to opt for a handgun in your secondary slot is so you can choose the Ghost perk, instead. 

AUG & MAC-10

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AUG (Cold War)

  • Muzzle: Agency Silencer
  • Barrel: 17" Titanium  
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Optic: Visiontech 2x/Axial Arms 3x 
  • Ammunition: 45 Rnd Speed Mag

Keep your feet firmly planted on the spot, and you can't go wrong with this build. The Cold War variant of the AUG has a tendency to kick back, but this setup does a great job of maintaining its ability to deal lots of damage, while minimising recoil. To shake things up with this tactical burst-fire weapon, check out the best AUG loadouts for some helpful tips.

MAC-10

  • Barrel: 5.9" Task Force
  • Stock: SAS Combat Stock
  • Underbarrel: Striker Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 53 Rnd Drum
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

The MAC-10 quickly earned its reputation when it was added to Warzone. Even nerfs can't keep it out of our best loadouts, though. Use this to shred through opponents at close ranges. If you're yet to try it, Morgan has a selection of the best MAC-10 loadouts to help you get started.

Pelington 703 & AK-74u

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  • Muzzle: Wrapped Suppressor
  • Barrel: 27.2" Combat Recon
  • Optic: Royal & Kross 4x
  • Underbarrel: Bipod
  • Ammunition: Fast Loader

This bolt-action sniper is a one-shot kill, if you manage to land a chest or headshot. The attachments in this loadout improve the weapon's handling, rewarding sensible shots with clean kills. It's also a lot of fun to try out in the Cold War Multiplayer modes, where you'll find that these Pelington 703 loadouts are often the best. 

AK-74u

  • Muzzle: Spetsnaz Compensator
  • Stock: No Stock
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Ammunition: 50 Round VDV Fast Mags
  • Rear Grip: Spetsnaz Field Grip

It's a good idea to balance a ranged killer with a powerful secondary, and it's difficult to find another SMG that tops the AK-74u's damage. While the MP5 can beat this gun on fire rate and control, it offers slightly better range, which is more important when it's paired with a sniper rifle.

M16 & Diamatti

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M16

  • Muzzle: Agency Silencer
  • Barrel: 16.3" Titanium 
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 45 Rnd Speed Mag

There are so many dominant tactical rifles that the M16 is often overlooked. Don't let this burst-fire build scare you away, the M16 is surprisingly accurate and the best fire rate in its class. An extended mag and suppressor are all you need to tear through the server.

Diamatti

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 7.2" Task Force
  • Laser: Ember Sighting Point
  • Ammunition: Salvo 30 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

This Diamatti loadout uses a single pistol, rather than the dual wield stock. This version has improved hip-fire accuracy and better ADS time. If you prefer accuracy over speed, try this build in your next match.

CR-56 AMAX & MP5

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CR-56 AMAX

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: XRK Zodiac S440
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Ranger Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 45 Round Mags

If you prefer engaging in mid-ranged firefights, try the CR-56 AMAX. This AR is fully automatic and it manages to deal even more damage than the standard M4A1. You need to unlock it by getting 3 gunbutt kills while using an assault rifle in 10 different matches, but it's worth the grind.

MP5 (Cold War)

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 9.5" Task Force
  • Stock: SAS Combat Stock
  • Ammunition: Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Rear Grip: Speed Tape

The MP5 is often the go-to SMG, courtesy of its low recoil and impressive fire rate. While the Modern Warfare version of the gun is still in Warzone, choose the Cold War variant. This setup has the best of both stats when it comes to hip-fire accuracy and aiming-down-sights.

Grau 5.56 & Bullfrog

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Grau 5.56

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Tempus 26.3" Archangel
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags

The beauty of the Grau 5.56 is its ability to maintain pinpoint accuracy, while being lightweight. It's a popular primary, performing well even if you need to fire off some shots into the distance. It's also one of the more versatile ARs, as you'll see in my list of the best Grau 5.56 loadouts.

Bullfrog

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 7.4 Task Force
  • Laser: GRU 5mW Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Ammunition: 65 Rnd

The Bullfrog feels like a bit of a wild card, but it's proof that sometimes it pays to pick off-meta guns. You may be surprised to hear that it offers higher accuracy, mobility, and damage than the MP5.

Groza & LW3 Tundra

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Groza

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 16.2" GRU Composite
  • Optic: Microflex LED
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
  • Ammunition: VDV 60 Rnd Fast Mag

You may have missed the Groza when the Cold War weapons were added to Warzone, but it's worth trying if you're happy to guzzle through bullets at breakneck speed. A simple optic, combined with a very large extended magazine can lead to some cheeky team wipes.

LW3 Tundra

  • Muzzle: Wrapped Suppressor
  • Barrel: 29.1" Combat Recon
  • Optic: Royal & Kross 4x
  • Underbarrel: Bipod
  • Ammunition: 7 Rnd

The LW3 Tundra is a nice substitute for the Pelington 703. This is also a bolt-action sniper, but it'll also kill an enemy in a single shot, even if you tag their shoulders. Don't forget to hold Left Shift to steady your aim: the Tundra sways wildly out of control if you don't.

Kilo 141 & MP5

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Kilo 141

  • Barrel: Singuard Arms 16.6” SOCOM
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Optic: Integral Hybrid
  • Rear Grip: Granulated Grip Tape
  • Stock: Singuard Arms Sniper Pro

The Kilo had its time in the spotlight late last year, and it continues to impress. Similar to the FFAR 1, you'll feel right at home using it similarly to an SMG with our best Kilo 141 loadouts. Stabilise your shots using the attachments above for the smoothest experience.

MP5 (Cold War)

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 9.5" Task Force
  • Stock: SAS Combat Stock
  • Ammunition: Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Rear Grip: Speed Tape

M4A1 & HDR

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M4A1

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Stock M16 Grenadier
  • Optic: Corp Combat Holo Sight
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags

The M4A1 was the best all-rounder when Warzone released, and it's still a competitive assault rifle when it's decked out with the best attachments. If stealth is your style, this build has excellent stability while remaining silent. There's room to customise it to support more aggressive builds, just take a look at my best M4A1 loadouts for more choices.

HDR

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 26.9" HDR Pro
  • Stock: FTAC Champion
  • Optic: Thermal Sniper Scope/Thermal Dual Power Scope
  • Ammunition: 7 Round Mags

The HDR is one of the more forgiving sniper rifles, making it a top pick for beginners. Find some cover and hunt down foes from afar using one of the thermal scopes for best results.

Perks

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E.O.D/Cold-Blooded
E.O.D reduces the damage you take from non-killstreak explosives and fire, making it a popular choice for most loadouts. If you're concerned about showing up on enemy thermal optics, consider swapping to Cold-Blooded instead.  

Overkill/Ghost
If you want to run two primary weapons in your loadout, you need the Overkill perk. Alternatively, if you're happy to head into Verdansk with a handgun or launcher, it's worth doing so for the Ghost perk. You'll find a Heartbeat Sensor in most players' Tactical slots, and this perk makes sure you're undetectable by Heartbeat Sensors, UAVs, and Radar Drones.  

Amped/ Tune Up
Amped is the best option for your final slot as it allows you to swap between weapons faster. If you're dropping in with your pals, Tune Up is also a helpful perk as it reduces your revive time by 25 percent.

Lethal & Tactical

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Lethal: C4/Semtex
C4 is the meta choice, and it's easy to understand why. This explosive is reliable for finishing off enemies after a heated firefight, and it can also be tossed on roofs to take out multiple squad members at once. That said, I prefer using a Semtex as it's easier to throw it at moving targets.

Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor
Verdansk is a large map, and even when you're skulking around indoors it can be very difficult to locate your enemies. Sniffing out the competition is much easier with the help of the Heartbeat Sensor, which also happens to be the best Tactical in Warzone.

As PC Gamer's guides writer, Emma is usually juggling several games at once. She loves competitive first-person shooters like CS:GO and Call of Duty, but she always has time for a few rounds of Hearthstone. She's happiest when she's rescuing pugs in Spelunky 2.