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The best Warzone loadouts and class setups

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Looking for the best Warzone loadouts? Season 3 feels refreshing as there isn't just one dominant weapon this time around. There's a long list of the best Warzone guns to try. Some of the Cold War weapons that we've slept on in the past have emerged as viable options, and a few Modern Warfare favourites have also returned. Warzone's mid-season update may be just around the corner, but these firearms will keep you busy on each map in the meantime.

The current Warzone meta leaves a lot of room for creativity, which means that you have the flexibility to swap your favourite assault rifles and submachine guns into these builds without being punished for it. That said, if you're looking for setups that are optimised and ready to go, you've come to the right place. Here are ten of the best Warzone loadouts to try right now, from the attachments you should equip, to the perks and throwables that round off each build.

The best Warzone loadouts

The best Warzone loadouts are:

Warzone Season 3 meta loadouts

Grau 5.56 & MP5 (MW)

Grau 5.56

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Tempus 26.4" Archangel
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags
  • Perk: Fully Loaded

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.

MP5 (Modern Warfare)

  • Barrel: Monolithic Integral Suppressor
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Stock: FTAC Collapsible
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 45 Round Mags

The Modern Warfare edition of the MP5 is still powerful enough that it can outshine Cold War's newer selection of SMGs. It has great mobility, feels easy to control, and can down squads in seconds. You have full permission to run and gun with this one.

CR-56 AMAX & MP5 (CW)

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CR-56 AMAX

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

Unsurprisingly, the CR-56 AMAX is still worth using its the nerfs. If you prefer engaging in mid-ranged firefights, try this firearm in your next match. 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: Raider Stock
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 50 Rnd Drum

The MP5 is often the go-to SMG, courtesy of its low recoil and impressive fire rate. It's managed to outlive the MAC-10 and AK-74u, and remains as a reliable constant in Warzone's meta. This setup has the best of both stats when it comes to hip-fire accuracy and aiming-down-sights.

AK-47 (CW) & Kar98k

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AK-47 (Cold War)

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 20" Spetsnaz RPK Barrel
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Ammunition: 45 Rnd

The AK-47 is effective at most ranges, but you'd be surprised how well it performs at range. It's recent buff has encouraged lots of people to make space for it in their loadouts, and we're no exception. It works best when it's accompanying a sniper or marksman rifle, so the Kar98k combo is a no-brainer.

Kar98k

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6"
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Sniper Scope
  • Stock: FTAC Sport Comb

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.

Krig 6 & Bullfrog

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Krig 6

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 19.7" Ranger
  • Optic: SUSAT Multizoom
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 60 Rnd

If you're on the hunt for an AR with high accuracy and low recoil the Krig 6 won't let you down. You'll often find blueprints for this weapon on the floor, but it's worth calling in your personal loadout drop to benefit from the range buffs in this setup. Unfortunately this all comes at the cost of mobility, so be sure to find some cover before engaging with another squad.

Bullfrog

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 7.4" Task Force
  • Optic: Millstop Reflex
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Ammunition: 65 Rnd

The Bullfrog feels like a strange choice, but over the last couple of seasons its proved to be a valuable companion for snipers and assault rifles. You may be surprised to hear that it offers higher accuracy, mobility, and damage than the MP5.

RAM-7 & LC10

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RAM-7

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: FSS Ranger
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 50 Round Mags

The RAM-7 may be an assault rifle from Modern Warfare, but it has no trouble holding its own in Warzone Season 3. To this day it offers respectable range and accuracy compared to others in its class, making it the perfect companion for SMGs and other ARs like the FARA and FFAR.

LC10

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 13.9" Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Ammunition: STANAG 55 Rnd
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

Just like the FARA 83, the LC10 was available for free in the Season 2 battle pass, but you can still add it to your arsenal via a weapon unlock challenge. I was unsure about its abilities at first, but it's managed to stick around long enough for us to find a super setup for it.

Top Warzone Season 2 builds

M4A1 & FFAR 1

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M4A1

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Stock M16 Grenadier
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • 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.

FFAR 1

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 19.5" Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Ammunition: Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag
  • Rear Grip: Speed Tape

The FFAR 1's quick fire rate and snappy reload speeds make it feel closer to an SMG than an assault rifle. This loadout supports the M4A1, 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.

Stoner 63 & MP5 (CW)

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Stoner 63

  • Muzzle: Agency Silencer
  • Barrel: 21.8" Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: Fast Mag

The Bruen Mk9 has been Warzone's favourite LMG for some time, but the Stoner 63 undoubtedly has what it takes to steal the show this season. It can down an entire squad without the need to reload, and these attachments have seen it perform surprisingly well at longer ranges.

MP5 (Cold War)

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 9.5" Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag

HDR & Sykov

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HDR

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 26.9" HDR Pro
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Variable Zoom Scope
  • Stock: FTAC Stalker-Scout

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.

Sykov (Single)

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Sorokin 140mm Auto
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Ammunition: 80 Round Drums
  • Rear Grip: VLK Prizrak

The Sykov pistol isn't quite as potent as it was when it first released, but it's still worth saving a spot for it. Now that we're over dual-wielding it using the Akimbo perk, we can focus on its single build. It's an aggressive little firearm that deals impressive damage. You'll want to equip its whopping 80 Round Drums to take full advantage of its stellar fire rate. These are the best Sykov loadouts, if you want to explore alternative setups.

LW3 - Tundra & FARA 83

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LW3 - Tundra

  • Muzzle: Wrapped Suppressor
  • Barrel: 29.1" Combat Recon 
  • Stock: Raider Pad
  • Ammunition: 7 Rnd
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

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.

FARA-83

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 19.5" Liberator
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Ammunition: Spetsnaz 50 Rnd

Just like the FFAR 1, the FARA 83 works exceptionally well as a sniper support. It's best used to get up close and personal with enemy squads, but it can be customised for medium-long ranges, which I cover in more detail in my best FARA 83 loadouts guide. Feel free to swap the Axial Arms 3x for a different scope if you want something simpler. You'll really feel the benefit of having the Spetsnaz 50 Rnd extended magazine when you're out on the field.

CARV. 2 & XM4

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CARV.2

  • Muzzle: Agency Silencer
  • Barrel: 20.8" Strike Team
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 45 Rnd Speed Mag

The CARV.2 is the newest Tactical Rifle to join Warzone and Cold War. It's fun to run alongside a capable rifle, and performs well at medium ranges. You'll have to unlock this weapon by scoring rapid kills, or you can get your hands on it straight away if you buy the blueprint in the store. Either way, once it's in your inventory, pop it into a loadout with your favourite assault rifle and try it out in Verdansk '84. For more builds, take a look at my best CARV.2 loadouts guide. 

XM4

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 13.5" Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Raider Pad
  • Ammunition: 45 Rnd

The XM4 hasn't garnered much attention in previous seasons, but it's doing just fine in Season 3, particularly if you opt for more of a close combat setup. The best thing about it is that it's already a well-rounded weapon with good mobility. If you own Cold War, you'll likely have already levelled it up, and you don't have to unlock it either.

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: Thermite/C4/Semtex
Thermite is currently the meta choice, and it's easy to understand why. It's perfect for finishing off injured opponents quickly. If you're not a fan, C4 is a good alternative. This explosive 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.