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Best Assault Rifle loadouts for Call of Duty: Warzone Season 5

Assault Rifles are great all-rounders in CoD: Warzone Season 5, so here’s every AR ranked and listed, and the best loadouts to run with them.

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Best Warzone assault rifle loadouts

We’ve placed every Call of Duty: Warzone Assault Rifle into a ranked list and counted down the top AR loadouts you can run in Season 5.

Assault Rifles are a staple in Call of Duty. Capable of dealing high damage at almost any range, they’re the go-to for the majority of players. They’re especially prominent in Warzone for their versatility, and through the Gunsmith system, you can build them any way you like.

With every season and update, Warzone’s meta shifts. The Season 4 Reloaded update nerfed the majority of Cold War’s ARs but buffed some surprising choices. Devs were happy with the balance in Season 5 so didn’t make any more changes. Even with these updates, Assault Rifles have remained the go-to weapon for fighting at medium-long range.

Best AR in Warzone Ranked List

Warzone FARA 83 in-game

This is our comprehensive list of every AR in Call of Duty: Warzone, and we’ve ranked them in ascending order to let you know which ones are worth using.

Here is every Warzone Assault Rifle in Season 5 ranked:

  1. Krig 6
  2. C58
  3. EM2
  4. QBZ-83
  5. FARA 83
  6. CR-56 AMAX
  7. Cold War AK-47
  8. AS VAL
  9. Grau 5.56
  10. M4A1
  11. XM4
  12. RAM-7
  13. M13
  14. Kilo 141
  15. FFAR 1
  16. Groza
  17. Oden
  18. AN-94
  19. FN-SCAR
  20. FAL
  21. FR 5.56
  22. Modern Warfare AK-47

Best Warzone AR loadouts

Here are the best Assault Rifles to use in Verdansk ’84 and Rebirth Island in Warzone Season 5.

These AR loadouts suit a range of different playstyles, whether you’re using it as a long-range beamer on Verdansk or for taking on any fight Rebirth Island throws at you.

5. QBZ-83

QBZ-83 Warzone

You may be surprised to see the QBZ-83 on this list, the changes made in the Season 4 Reloaded update have catapulted it to be one of the best Assault Rifles in the game.

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 15.5″ Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 60 Rnd Drum

The QBZ had long been considered one of Warzone’s worst Assault Rifles, but that all changed. Its minimum damage was increased, as well as its torso damage multipliers which made it the most underrated weapon.

With these attachments, it’s extremely easy to control and has a competitive TTK to boot. We don’t think it feels as nice as the weapons above it on this list, but you may have a ton of success while using it in Season 5 – particularly in Rebirth Island.

4. FARA 83

Warzone FARA 83

The FARA 83 dominated Warzone up until the Season 4 Reloaded update where a nerf to its recoil control has just edged it out from the top spot. It hasn’t been touched since, but it’s still a powerful choice for all playstyles.

  • Muzzle: Suppressor
  • Barrel: 16.7″ Spetsnaz RPK Barrel
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: Spetsnaz 60 Rnd

With almost no recoil and solid damage, the FARA 83 is an extremely easy weapon to use. Fans of the Grau 5.56 and Kilo 141 metas will enjoy using this build as it can simply laser enemies at range with a competitive TTK up-close.

Unfortunately, it no longer has the recoil control of the Krig, nor the damage of the C58 and EM2, which is why it sits in fourth place.

3. EM2

Best Warzone EM2 loadout

The EM2 Assault Rifle arrived in Warzone Season 5, and it didn’t take long for players to realize it’s among the best.

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 27.4″ Ranger
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: 40 Rnd

The EM2 is an early version of the British bullpup rifle but is just as powerful as any weapon from Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War. It’s very similar to the CR-56 AMAX and the C58, having a slow fire rate, high recoil, but packing a lot of punch. Although it’s a weapon best suited for skilled players, the recoil pattern isn’t too difficult to learn.

It’s not quite as powerful as the top two spots, but take this weapon to Rebirth Island and you’ll be rocking a devastating Assault Rifle.

2. C58

Warzone C58 loadout

Warzone Season 4’s C58 quickly became recognized as an absolute powerhouse. It was one of the best ground loot options Warzone has seen, and it’s even better with a custom loadout.

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 18.5″ Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 55 Rnd

Unlike some of the other weapons on this list, the C58’s close-range power is held back by its low fire rate, but its high damage and accuracy make it one of the best long-range options. If you spend some time learning how to use this beast, it’ll serve you extremely well when fighting in both Rebirth Island and Verdansk ’84.

1. Krig 6

Krig 6 Warzone

Unlike most weapons on this list, the Krig 6 actually received a buff in the Season 4 Reloaded update, which has kept it the best choice well into Season 5.

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 19.7″ Ranger
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 60 Rnd

It’s not the strongest weapon on this list, but its recoil control gives it the edge over many of the other weapons. JGOD called it last season’s meta weapon, in large part due to how easy it is to use, and no Season 5 weapon has been able to beat it.

It’s currently the most popular weapon in Season 5 by a long shot, being used by over 19% of players.


Bring any of these ARs into Verdansk ’84 in Warzone Season 5, and you’ll find yourself using some of the best weapons in Call of Duty’s battle royale.

If you’re looking for the best weapon loadouts overall, you can check out or top 10 Warzone loadouts for Season 5.

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Best MAC-10 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 5

The MAC-10 is one of Warzone’s best SMGs in Season 5, here are its best attachments and Perks to make the best Warzone MAC-10 loadout.

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Even in Warzone Season 5, the MAC-10 is still one of the best SMG loadout choices in the game. See how you can make the best MAC-10 CoD loadout possible with our complete guide.

Call of Duty: Warzone is now well into its fifth season, and after all this time, the MAC-10 continues to reign supreme as an elite killer.

The lack of significant changes has allowed the MAC-10 to remain at the top of the best SMGs in Call of Duty’s primary battle royale game.

We’ve gathered the most useful attachments and Perks you can run to dominate Season 5 with our best Warzone MAC-10 loadout.

Best Warzone MAC-10 loadout

Best Warzone MAC-10 loadout

Best Warzone MAC-10 loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 5.9″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Ammunition: STANAG 53 Rnd Drum

To keep yourself hidden from the minimap in Warzone while increasing your bullet velocity, aim down sight speed, and sprint to fire speed, there’s no better option than the Agency Suppressor. It will transform the MAC-10 into an entirely new, insanely dominant weapon for close-quarter battles.

A larger MAC-10 magazine allows for a longer burst of fire if needed, and given that the Warzone can throw a whole squad at you, the STANAG 53 Rnd Drum will justify itself in these situations.

operator firing mac-10 in warzone

There are a few barrels that you can go for, but the 5.9″ Task Force is the best option in our eyes. At the minor cost of some recoil control, you can greatly increase the weapon’s range, damage, and mobility.

The Tiger Team Spotlight will help make you even more agile when using the best Warzone MAC-10 loadout, as it provides a big boost to your movement speed and aim walking speed.

These attachments will weigh the MAC-10 down considerably, so you should add the Raider Stock for extra mobility. You’ll have increased sprint-to-fire time and be able to strafe shoot with ease.

Best Perks to use with Warzone MAC-10 class

E.O.D Perk in Call of Duty Warzone
  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill / Ghost
  • Perk 3: Combat Scout

The MAC-10 is a weapon you want to use up-close, so the E.O.D Perk is necessary. You’ll be able to tank an onslaught of explosives, keeping you in the fight.

Overkill will allow you to have an Assault Rifle, LMG, or Sniper Rifle as your primary weapon for far distance battles when using the best Warzone MAC-10 loadout.

You can then get the Ghost perk from a second loadout to hide from UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors. And for Perk 3, Combat Scout is a solid choice. Make sure you land even a single shot, and it will light up your opponent with a live ping marker for five seconds – game-changer.

Most recent buffs and nerfs to MAC-10 in Warzone

mac-10 smg in cod warzone

Raven Software has tinkered with the MAC-10 here and there since the gun came into Warzone with the Cold War integration.

The latest update for MAC-10 was back in the Season 4 Reloaded update, and here’s the full extent of those changes:

  • MAC-10 (BOCW)
    • Maximum Damage decreased from 24 to 23
    • Minimum Damage decreased from 20 to 19

How to unlock the MAC-10

BOCW MAC-10 SMG unlock challenge

The MAC-10 was released as part of Warzone and Cold War Season 1’s Battle Pass. If you never unlocked the weapon during Season 1, you can now unlock it through a challenge.

  • Warzone: You must kill 2 or more players rapidly, using SMGs, in 15 different matches.

The quickest and easiest way to unlock the MAC-10 is to play Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer and queue into small maps like Nuketown ’84. Remember to complete each match, too, as leaving early causes issues with progress tracking.

For Warzone, you can either queue into Plunder with an SMG equipped and aggressively push teams or, if you get an SMG in the battle royale warm-up, quickly take out two players waiting for the round to begin.

Best alternatives

MAC-10's Gallantry blueprint in Warzone Season 4

The best Warzone MAC-10 loadout excels up close, so if you’re looking for another weapon to fill its spot, there are a few options.

If you’re looking for a weapon with a ton of bullets in the magazine and can take out multiple enemies quickly in close quarters, the Bullfrog is a solid alternative to the best Warzone MAC-10 loadout.


If you’re looking for more great weapons, then you can check out some of this season’s best Warzone loadouts below:


C58 | Groza | M4A1 | Milano | AK-47 | SP-R 208

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Warzone players believe “free kill” Stun Grenades need a major nerf

Stun Grenades are too powerful according to Warzone players and need to be nerfed to make 1v1s more competitive.

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Call of Duty: Warzone allows users to hurl Stun Grenades at their opponents to give them a temporary advantage, but players feel they need to be nerfed.

When people talk about meta equipment and loadouts for Warzone, players default to the game’s best guns and Perks. Season 5 has seen the likes of the Krig 6, FARA 83, and MAC-10 ruin opponents regularly, and beasts like the Combat Scout Perk drastically change combat.

Yet, smaller details are continually overlooked, such as thrown equipment. An OP Assault Rifle loadout is one thing, but if you get stunned before you get a chance to use it properly, then it can be game over straightaway.

This is why players feel they need to have their powers lessened as “The effect lasts way too long and the effects are way too brutal.”

warzone stun grenade

The argument was put forward on the Call of Duty: Warzone subreddit by a user called JCglitchmaster, and they argued their case against Stun Grenades.

“When you are stunned in MW or WZ, you’re dead 99/100 times. It doesn’t matter if you are running the perk to counter it, it doesn’t matter if your enemy is miles away. The effect lasts way too long and the effects are way too brutal.”

The user places most of the blame on Infinity Ward, as the problem started with the release of 2019’s Modern Warfare.

But, they’ve now shifted a lot of the responsibility onto Raven’s shoulders saying: “you’ve had nearly 2 years to address this and you just haven’t. What blows my mind even more is this issue was also present in Blackout.”

In the grand scheme of things, we could easily see Raven not prioritizing an issue like this as, generally, most players will opt to run a Heartbeat Sensor in that slot.

Warzone is getting ready to integrate into Call of Duty: Vanguard, so it’s likely that we could see a complete overhaul of the game’s mechanics and systems anyway with the new map.

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How to complete Warzone Season 5 Reloaded Red Door Easter Egg

Here’s how to complete Warzone Season 5 Reloaded’s new Red Door Easter Egg and earn an exclusive Calling Card.

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Warzone Red Door and Verdansk Graveyard

YouTuber Geeky Pastimes has solved a brand-new Warzone Red Door Easter Egg that was added after Season 5 Reloaded, so here’s how to complete it and earn an exclusive Calling Card.

Warzone has had several Easter Eggs and mysteries to solve over its lifetime, including the mysterious bunkers and Rebirth Island’s Yellow Door. Now, YouTuber and professional video game puzzle solver Geeky Pastimes has discovered a new Warzone Easter Egg that was added after the Season 5 Reloaded update.

This Easter Egg went relatively under the radar until Raven Software was forced to fix errors with the puzzle and its Calling Card reward in the September 15 update. The Easter Egg is straightforward when you know how, so here’s how to complete it in Warzone Season 5.

How to complete Warzone Red Door Easter Egg

Red Doors in Call of Duty Warzone

YouTuber Geeky Pastimes was the first person to solve this Easter Egg after the Red Doors began behaving erratically following the Season 5 Reloaded update.

Geeky Pastimes realized that after the Reloaded update, codes started appearing when you go through Red Doors. He figured out that each number of the code was assigned to the letters of the alphabet, forming words.

Getting the codes from every single Red Door Room and arranging them in the order of the stations created the sentence: “Lay The King To Final Rest Above The Bones Of Six Feet Depth.”

Geeky Pastimes figured out that “The King” was the Cane Blueprint you get from these Red Door Loot Rooms, and “Bones” are buried in the graveyard.

So, they took the Cane to Verdansk Graveyard near Superstore and discovered that you can interact with the ground near one of the queen-shaped headstones with dirt in front of it. This one can be found at the northwest end of the graveyard, in front of a large tree.

Warzone Easter Egg Queen Statue location

Getting the Cane is the most important step, so you can check out our full Red Door guide to get your hands on it.

Your Operator digs in the ground, and the game will tell you “Challenge Completed” and you’ll unlock an exclusive Calling Card.

To summarize how to complete the Season 5 Reloaded Easter Egg:

  1. Travel through a Red Door in Verdansk ’84
  2. Once inside the loot room, open chests until you find the ‘Lost Lion/The King’ Cane
  3. Take the Cane to Verdansk Graveyard near Superstore
  4. Head to the queen-shaped gravestone in front of a big tree, at the northwest end of the Graveyard
  5. Look at the floor until you get a “???” prompt, and press the interact button
  6. After your Operator digs, you’ll get a prompt telling you “Challenge Complete” and you’ll get the exclusive Calling Card

Warzone Season 5 Reloaded Easter Egg reward

Warzone Blessed Excrement Calling Card

For completing this Easter Egg, you’ll get the Blessed Excrement Calling Card. This Rare cosmetic item depicts an Operator shouting “Holy Sh*t!” and you can only get it for doing this challenge, so you can flex your Easter Egg solving skills.

Also, it’s worth noting that the Calling Card isn’t censored in-game.


For more Call of Duty Easter Eggs, check out how to beat the Mauer Der Toten main Easter Egg, and how to get the Zombies Ronald Raygun.

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