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Best guns in Warzone: Every Season 3 weapon ranked

Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific has over 150 weapons to choose from, so we’ve ranked every primary gun and counted down the top ten.



Best weapons in Call of Duty Warzone Pacific

Using the best Call of Duty: Warzone weapons is key to picking up victories in the popular battle royale, and we’ve put together a list of the most powerful guns in Warzone Pacific Season 3 and ranked the weapons from best to worst.

In Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific Season 3, there are well over 150 weapons to choose from. Guns, knives, and explosives from Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, and Vanguard are available to take into Caldera and Rebirth Island, offering a ton of choice.

Warzone Pacific Season 3 brought two new weapons, the Nikita AVT and the M1916, so there’s even more choice across Caldera and Rebirth Island. Plus, the Sniper Rifle meta changed considerably following all of the buffs and nerfs.

While you want to optimize your graphics settings and controller settings in Warzone, everyone wants to know the best weapon to use. We’ve ranked all 126 primary weapons in the game and counted down the top 10.

Best guns in Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific ranked list

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Before we count down the top 10 weapons in Warzone, we’re ranking every single primary weapon available in the game. Some weapons clearly shine above the rest and some should be avoided at all costs.

Here’s every primary weapon in Warzone Pacific Season 3 ranked from best to worst.

  1. AK-47 (Cold War)
  2. Owen Gun
  3. XM4
  4. Vargo 52
  5. ZRG 20mm
  6. HDR
  7. MP40
  8. STG44
  9. CR-56 AMAX
  10. JAK-12
  11. FARA 83
  12. Welgun
  13. LAPA
  14. Armaguerra 43
  15. Cooper Carbine
  16. 3-Line Rifle
  17. AX-50
  18. Automaton
  19. Grau 5.56
  20. Milano 821
  21. Pelington 703
  22. EM2
  23. PP19 Bizon
  24. PPSh-41 (Cold War)
  25. MAC-10
  26. OTs 9
  27. Type 100
  28. Bullfrog
  29. RAM-7
  30. Grav
  31. Bren
  32. Kar98k (Modern Warfare)
  33. Swiss K31
  34. FFAR 1
  35. PPSh-41 (Vanguard)
  36. MP5 (MW)
  37. M4A1
  38. M13
  39. MP7
  40. SPR-208
  41. MP5 (Cold War)
  42. Bruen Mk9
  43. Krig 6
  44. Nikita AVT
  45. MG42
  46. KG M40
  47. M1928 Thompson
  48. AS44
  49. NZ-41
  50. BAR
  51. Kar98k (Vanguard)
  52. Whitley
  53. LC10
  54. DP27
  55. MG 82
  56. QBZ-83
  57. ITRA Burst
  58. Sten
  59. AS VAL
  60. Oden
  61. Stoner 63
  62. AUG (MW)
  63. Fennec
  64. Volkssturmgewehr
  65. Gallo SA12
  66. PKM
  67. Type 11
  68. Kilo 141
  69. Type 99
  70. RAAL MG
  71. TEC-9
  72. Nail Gun
  73. CX-9
  74. M1916
  75. DMR 14
  76. LW3 – Tundra
  77. Einhorn Revolving
  78. Combat Shotgun
  79. M16
  80. AK-74u
  81. Gracey Auto
  82. Origin 12
  83. Groza
  84. Streetsweeper
  85. Riot Shield
  86. SA87
  87. M1 Garand
  88. SVT-40
  89. FN SCAR 17
  90. M82
  91. AUG (Cold War)
  92. FiNN LMG
  93. G-43
  94. Uzi
  95. P90
  96. RPD
  97. Holger-26
  98. AN-94
  99. CARV.2
  100. R-90
  101. Combat Shield
  102. Crossbow
  103. Double Barrel
  104. VLK Rogue
  105. Marshal
  106. M60
  107. MG34
  108. Hauer 77
  109. ISO
  110. Striker 45
  111. FAL
  112. 410 Ironhide
  113. M91
  114. Type 63
  115. FR 5.56
  116. Dragunov
  117. Rytec AMR
  118. EBR-14
  119. KSP 45
  120. SKS
  121. Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle
  122. MK2 Carbine
  123. R1 Shadowhunter 
  124. AK-47 (MW)
  125. Model 680
  126. 725

Best guns in Warzone Pacific Season 3

10. JAK-12 – Best Shotgun in Warzone

jak-12 in warzone pacific

If you’re looking to absolutely obliterate your opponents at close-range, then Warzone’s JAK-12 is the Shotgun for you.

This fully automatic Shotgun boasts the fastest time to kill in the game, meaning any enemies you face at close-range simply don’t stand a chance. Its only downside is that its damage falls off quickly, so it’s not as versatile as a trusty SMG.

However, if you enjoy finessing opponents in the confines of Rebirth Island, then you should give the JAK-12 another shot.

9. CR-56 AMAX

CR-56 AMAX in Warzone

Modern Warfare’s CR-56 AMAX has come and gone from the meta, but changes in Warzone Season 3 mean that it’s back.

Although it has more recoil than some of the other weapons on this list, the AMAX packs a serious punch. If your shots land, you’ll find it absolutely shreds enemies’ armor and health, having a better TTK than Cold War’s AK-47.

8. STG44

STG44 Warzone

The STG44 has always been an extremely easy Vanguard Assault Rifle to use in Warzone, and it became top-tier with Season 3.

Although Black Ops Cold War Assault Rifles are dominating the meta right now, it’s hard to go wrong with the STG44. Its VDD 760mm 05B barrel, its most popular one, received a substantial buff in Season 3, with its damage range and velocity seeing a major increase.

This has made the STG one of the best guns in the game again, and it’s also perfect for a ‘regain’ loadout as you can take Fully Loaded without sacrificing any other important attachments.

7. MP40

MP40 Warzone Pacific loadout

It’s hard to go wrong with the MP40 in Warzone Season 3, even though its most popular barrel received a slight nerf.

The MP40 has been one of the most popular weapons in Warzone since it arrived thanks to its low recoil and competitive time to kill. You’ll find that it’s still an excellent choice in Season 3, and it will likely remain one of the best options until it’s nerfed again.

6. HDR

warzone pacific HDR

The HDR has always been the go-to Sniper Rifle for players looking to snipe players from extremely long-range, and it’s returned to the meta with Season 3.

Warzone Pacific Season 3 nerfed some of the more lightweight Sniper Rifles such as the Kar98k and Swiss K31, removing their ability to one-shot headshot enemies at any range. Now, it’s only the heavy rifles such as the HDR that have this ability.

Although you won’t be quickscoping players with the HDR, you’ll be unstoppable over range.

5. ZRG 20mm – Best Sniper Rifle in Warzone

Best Warzone ZRG Loadout

Warzone weapon experts like JGOD and TrueGameData have long been singing the ZRG‘s praises, and Season 3’s major Sniper Rifle changes have brought it into the meta.

The ZRG is dominant in almost every way, boasting a fast ADS speed and high bullet velocity. It has also retained that all-important one-shot headshot at any range, which has catapulted it ahead of the now-nerfed Kar98k and Swiss K31.

4. Vargo 52

Vargo 52 in Warzone

The Vargo 52 was a surprise drop for Black Ops Cold War in 2022, and it immediately joined the meta.

The Vargo is almost exactly the same as the XM4, but loses out thanks to the XM4 having a slightly faster TTK. However, it’s still one of the top Assault Rifles in the game, and you might actually prefer it since its recoil pattern was adjusted in the Season 3 update.

3. XM4

Best XM4 loadout for Warzone Pacific

The XM4 dominated Verdansk back during Cold War seasons, and it has barely lost any of that power since, dominating both Caldera and Rebirth Island Reinforced.

Black Ops Cold War’s Assault Rifles have remained consistently powerful choices thanks to their range, mobility, and low recoil. The XM4 is almost a perfect example of this, where it can be fitted to be both a long-range beamer and a versatile sniper support weapon.

The XM4’s damage got nerfed slightly in Season 3, but it’s a barely noticeable change.

2. Owen Gun – Best SMG in Warzone

Owen Gun in Warzone Pacific

Previously underrated, almost every player now knows about the Owen Gun‘s exceptional power in Warzone Pacific Season 3.

Boasting the highest K/D in the game, Raven Software nerfed the Owen Gun slightly in the Season 3 update, but it barely made a difference. What makes the Owen so powerful is its high damage-per-mag, which is an extremely important stat to consider since Raven Software have given Caldera players an extra 50 HP.

1. Cold War AK-47 – Best Warzone gun right now

Warzone Pacific Cold War AK-47 loadout

It took some time for Cold War’s AK-47 to join Warzone’s meta but once it did, it secured its place. Remaining untouched in the Warzone Pacific Season 3 update, the AK-47 has become the best weapon in the game again.

With extremely fast TTK, Cold War’s AK-47 has remained the perfect choice for either a long-range or sniper support build. It may take some time to get used to the relatively high recoil, but there are few weapons capable of outgunning it.

Those are the top 10 weapons you should be using in Warzone Pacific Caldera. Expect this list to keep on changing as weapons are buffed and nerfed.

And if classic multiplayer is more your cup of tea, you can check out the top 10 Vanguard weapons.

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software / Sledgehammer Games

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Incredible Warzone 2 art uses leaks to reveal what new map could look like

With the help of leaks, one Call of Duty fan has developed an image of what believe the Warzone 2 map could look like.



warzone 2 verdansk map

After various leaks and even the reveal of Modern Warfare 2, one creative fan in the community has developed fan art of what the Warzone 2 map could look like.

Call of Duty fans have received a lot of new information on both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 over the last month. As well as leaks surrounding Modern Warfare 2, we also got new details on the Warzone 2 map, including leaks surrounding the potential POIs.

One CoD fan took these leaks and created some incredible art for what the Warzone 2 map could look like if the leaks are accurate.

call of duty blackout map

Reddit user EMADALDEN221 made their own Warzone 2 map based on the POI leaks that suggested some classic MW2 maps such as Quarry and Highrise could be included.

The recreated map images we’ve seen so far haven’t been as detailed as this one, and although this is just a creation by someone in the community, it’s based on leaks from reliable sources.

The design created by the Reddit user shares similarities to Verdansk, and those who aren’t fans of Caldera may be happy about this. For starters, the map is not an island, but rather a part of a much bigger bit of land.

The fan-made map definitely has more of a Blackout vibe, with bright colors and a focus on greenery, which wasn’t seen too much on Verdansk.

We’ll have to wait and see how accurate this depiction is when Warzone 2’s map is officially revealed.

For more on Call of Duty, check out the full cast list so far for Modern Warfare 2.

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JGOD explains why his H4 Blixen loadout is meta in Warzone Season 3 Reloaded

Top Warzone YouTuber JGOD explained how the new H4 Blixen fits right in the SMG meta and gave his recommended loadout.



JGOD and H4 Blixen SMG in Warzone

The H4 Blixen SMG is brand-new to Warzone Pacific Season 3 Reloaded, and it’s already set to shake up the meta. Top Warzone YouTuber JGOD has explained why his loadout is a meta pick.

On top of all Warzone Season 3 Reloaded‘s major weapon balance changes, new squad HUD, and Underground Transit System, it introduced the H4 Blixen SMG, also referred to as the Carl Gustaf M/45.

Although the H4 Blixen currently has a frustrating glitch where it has a fire delay after sprinting, reloading, using equipment, and plating, the devs have confirmed a fix is in the works. YouTuber JGOD believes that after it’s fixed, the Blixen has the time to kill stats to join the SMG meta.

Warzone player using H4 Blixen SMG

JGOD revealed how the Blixen has the TTK stats to compete with all of the meta SMGs such as the Armaguerra, Owen Gun, Welgun, and the Type 100. Describing it as a “high damage weapon,” he compared its TTK to these meta builds and discovered that it fits right in.

JGOD explained how it’s right in the middle of the SMG meta, where there are some weapons that kill faster but are harder to control, and others that are easier to control but don’t kill quite as fast.

If you’re bored of the other Vanguard SMGs or can’t quite find one that suits your playstyle, unlocking the H4 Blixen will be worth your time.

JGOD meta H4 Blixen loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Jonsson 9″ RMK
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 54 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk 1: Fleet
  • Perk 2: Quick

For the most part, JGOD’s H4 Blixen loadout is the standard build for Vanguard SMGs. Combining the Recoil Booster with the Jonsson 9″ RMK damage barrel vastly increases its time-to-kill, and the other attachments are for recoil control and mobility.

You do have a couple of options, though. He explained that you might be better off with the 7.62 Gorenko 36 Round Mags when playing Solos and Duos, as you’ll only be taking on one or two players at a time.

Ammunition choice is also flexible, where Lengthened, Hollow Point, or Subsonic are all viable options. These ammo types will make the Blixen’s range either a little bit better or a little bit worse, and Subsonic will hide your shots from the minimap.

For more on Warzone, be sure to check out why players are desperate for Raven to nerf the game’s most popular weapon — the STG44.

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Warzone’s AX-50 no longer hitscan after May 27 fix

Warzone accidentally turned the AX-50 into a hitscan Sniper, and this caught the attention of the devs who have now fixed the issue.



Ghost using AX-50 Sniper Rifle in Warzone

Although the Warzone Season 3 Reloaded update nerfed some of the most popular Sniper Rifles, it accidentally made the AX-50 completely hitscan. This caught the attention of the devs, who fixed the issue on May 27.

Warzone’s IW8 engine uses projectile-based weapons, meaning that a bullet is a physical object affected by travel time and bullet drop. Weapons with top bullet velocity are often described as hitscan because it feels like the bullet lands instantly.

However, there are no truly hitscan weapons in the game — at least, there weren’t meant to be. Following all of the major weapon buffs and nerfs in Warzone’s Season 3 Reloaded update, the AX-50 became truly a hitscan weapon but the issue has now been fixed.

AX-50 Sniper Rifle in Warzone

‘Hitscan’ means that a bullet isn’t a physical object and will hit as soon as the trigger is pulled, regardless of distance or whether the target is moving. Modern Warfare’s SP-R was accidentally hitscan when it was first released back in September 2020, and the AX-50 had the same issue following Season 3 Reloaded.

The website, which datamines weapon stats, discovered that the AX-50 became hitscan with the Season 3 Reloaded update. The AX-50 usually suffers from low bullet velocity and a bullet drop but we can see how its bullets registered immediately, where they simply needed to click on the target for the bullet to hit.

YouTuber JGOD, known for his expertise in weapon stats and game mechanics, tested out the AX-50 and confirmed that it was hitscan, and it quickly became one of the most popular guns in the game.

On May 26, Warzone’s devs marked it under “investigating” on their Trello board. This card has now been moved to the “resolved” list and Raven Software have confirmed to us that the AX-50’s hitscan issue has been patched out.

For more Warzone, be sure to check out Warzone 2’s map reportedly leaking, showing all of the POIs.

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