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Best Battlefield 2042 guns: Every weapon ranked

Here’s every weapon in Battlefield 2042’s All-Out Warfare ranked from best to worst, and a countdown of the top 10.



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Battlefield 2042’s All-Out Warfare offers 22 weapons in a range of categories, but not every one of them can be considered one of Battlefield 2042’s best guns. So, we’ve ranked every gun from best to worst and counted down the top 10.

Battlefield 2042 has finally arrived, and DICE is working hard to fix the bugs and issues that have plagued the game since launch. The bloom mechanic stopped much of the weapons from being effective at range but now that’s fixed, there can be much more variety in their choices.

Any Specialist can use weapons from the SMG, Assault Rifle, LMG, Marksman, Sniper, Utility, and Secondary categories. But some weapons proved to be more effective than others, so we’re taking a look at the best of the best.

We’ve ranked every gun in Battlefield 2042’s All-Out Warfare and counted down the top five.

Battlefield 2042 weapons ranked list

M5A3 in Battlefield 2042 Orbital map

Before we count down the top 10 best weapons in Battlefield 2042, we’re taking a look at all 22 weapons in the game and ranking them from best to worst.

Here’s every weapon in Battlefield 2042 ranked from best to worst.

  1. LCMG
  2. SVK
  3. M5A3
  4. SWS-10
  5. K30
  6. MP9
  7. M44
  8. PBX-45
  9. NTW-50
  10. DM7
  11. DXR-1
  12. AK-24
  13. PP-29
  14. AC-42
  15. PKP-PB
  16. VCAR
  17. MCS-880
  18. 12M Auto
  19. SFAR-M
  20. G57
  21. MP28
  22. GVT 45-70

Best guns in Battlefield 2042 All-Out Warfare

10. DM7

Battlefield 2042 DM7 Marksman Rifle

The DM7 is the first Marksman Rifle you unlock in Battlefield 2042, yet it’s still an extremely solid choice. With a solid fire rate and very little recoil, you’ll be able to land multiple shots on your enemies in quick succession.

It used to struggle at range thanks to the “oppressive” bloom mechanic, but following the November 25 update, it’s a solid choice no matter the range. You’ll be able to batter opponents at close range and then use the Plus System to kit it to pick-off long-range targets.

9. NTW-50

NTW-50 Sniper Rifle in battlefield 2042

The NTW-50 is the heaviest Sniper Rifle in Battlefield 2042, but that means it packs a serious punch.

If you’re an infantry player you’ll know how difficult it is to come against vehicles, but the NTW-50 solves that problem. You’ll be able to make short work of any vehicle that crosses your path, whether that’s a Hovercraft, tank, or helicopter. Plus, it’s lethal to infantry players as well.

However, you should use the NTW-50 as much as you can, as DICE has confirmed that its vehicle damage will be nerfed in a future update.

8. PBX-45

PBX-45 SMG in Battlefield 2042

Although Battlefield 2042’s maps are massive, there are still plenty of opportunities for close-range combat. This is where the PBX-45 really shines, being a great weapon for pushing objectives and getting in enemies’ faces.

It will start to struggle at longer ranges, but keep to the confines of buildings and you’ll be able to tear through any enemy that gets in your way.

7. M44

M44 revolver in battlefield 2042

Perhaps a surprising choice, the M44 revolver is arguably the best secondary in the game.

Not only can it one-shot headshot foes, but packs a serious punch in its body damage too. You can even equip it with a 4x scope through the Plus System, making it effective at close-medium range. If you’re looking for a powerful hand cannon to run at your side, we recommend the M44.

6. MP9

Mp9 SMG in Battlefield 2042

Another SMG, the MP9 is also a great choice for getting in enemy’s faces. What makes it so effective is a fast fire rate which gives it an incredibly low TTK.

Now that bullet spread has been fixed, the MP9 is even a solid choice in mid-range fights, but you’ll need to be wary of burning through your ammo. Any SMG makes for a solid choice in Battlefield 2042, so the MP9 is well-worth your time.

5. K30

K30 SMG in Battlefield 2042

The K30, often called the KRISS Vector, is one of the best close-range options in the game. With an extremely low TTK, enemies unfortunate enough to come up against it don’t stand a chance.

Even if an objective is swarming with foes, you can use the Plus System to fit a Suppressor and run and gun without them figuring out where you’re going to strike from next. It does have a considerable kick, but stick to its ideal range and you’ll almost be unstoppable.

4. SWS-10

SWS-10 Sniper in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield has always been known for its incredibly satisfying sniping, and the SWS-10 allows for just that. Being the first Sniper Rifle you unlock, it’s become the go-to for many players – not only because it’s powerful, but because it’s fun to use.

Whether taking long-range shots or pushing onto objectives, the Plus System allows you to tailor the SWS to your preference. This allows for several sniping playstyles in one life, which is especially useful for 2042’s massive maps.

If you’re looking for some classic Battlefield sniping with an excellent all-rounder, the SWS-10 will be the Sniper Rifle for you.

3. M5A3

M5A3 assault rifle in battlefield 2042 beta

Assault Rifles are powerful tools in every FPS game, and Battlefield 2042’s M5A3 is no different. With a solid TTK and incredibly straightforward recoil, it’s the perfect all-rounder.

Fitted with a Red Dot Sight, you can easily use it for close-range engagements. Then, you can use the Plus System to attach the 4x scope and laser enemies at range.

While the other weapons on this list are powerful, the M5A3 will be an excellent choice for beginners and long-time Battlefield fans alike.

2. SVK

Battlefield 2042 SVK Marksman Rifle

The SVK Marksman Rifle is a deadly choice in Battlefield 2042, with it able to down a player in only two shots to the body and one to the head.

We’ve ranked the SVK above the SWS-10 because it’s extremely easy to use. It has incredibly fast bullet velocity so you won’t have much trouble landing those far away shots, and its semi-automatic fire rate makes it much more forgiving.

No matter your playstyle, the Plus System allows the SVK to be a dominant weapon in any situation.


LCMG LMG in battlefield 2042

In the large-scale chaos of Battlefield 2042, having a huge magazine at your disposal is a powerful tool. The LCMG has proved itself to be the best weapon for Battlefield 2042’s massive battles, with its low recoil and huge ammo belt allowing players to rip through multiple enemies without ever having to worry about reloading.

It’s slightly slower than some of the other weapons on this list, but once you’ve mastered it, you’ll have no issue mowing down enemy after enemy.

Take any weapon on this list into Battlefield 2042 and you’ll be one of the most powerful forces on the battlefield.

For more Battlefield 2042, you can check out the best keybinds and settings for mouse and keyboard.

Image Credit: DICE / EA


Battlefield 2042 dev apologizes & removes “slap in the face” Portal mode

Battlefield 2042 added a ‘bot farm’ mode to Portal’s featured experiences, and a dev apologized before removing it.



Caspian border in Battlefield 2042 portal

Battlefield 2042 devs added a new zombies mode to Portal, but it quickly became clear that it could be used as an XP farm. Players called it a “slap in the face” and a Battlefield Portal dev has since apologized and the mode has been removed.

Battlefield Portal gives players an incredible amount of tools to create their own modes using assets from previous Battlefield games and 2042. After assuring players that it couldn’t be used to farm XP, the devs almost completely removed Portal XP after the browser was full of XP farms.

The devs made changes to Portal XP in January 20’s Update 3.2, increasing the XP cap for unofficial servers. Then, they released the Zombie Survival mode that acted exactly like an XP farm and quickly removed it following backlash.

Battlefield 2042 player using wingsuit

Battlefield 2042 players have been desperate for Portal XP to be reenabled after it was removed from custom modes to prevent XP farms. Developers Ripple Effect increased the Portal XP cap in the January 20 update, but it’s still not as much as players would like.

Then, later on January 20, the devs added the Zombie Survival mode which players called an “official bot farm.” In this mode, players would battle waves of AI enemies who would be extremely easy to kill, earning a ton of XP and Mastery rewards in the process.

Twitter user 235Nuke said the Zombie Survival mode is “a slap in the face to gaming communities and others whom [sic] want to run experiences in portal. This zombie mode is an official bot farm which is why XP was restricted in portal.”

This tweet prompted a response from Ripple Effect’s Senior Design Director Justin Wiebe, who apologized.

“I’m not going to lie, this one shouldn’t have gotten through our review process,” said Wiebe. “I think our desire to create a fun zombies mode clouded our ability to see such a simple thing like the impact it would have on progression. I’m very sorry for the hardship this has caused.”

More and more players had the same complaint as 235Nuke and the developers removed the mode on January 21, replacing it with Gun Master 2042.

DICE is committed to getting Battlefield 2042 back on track, revealing that the next major patch will be Update 3.3 in February.

Then, Season 1 is expected to launch in March bringing new content such as the Exposure map.

Image Credit: DICE

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How to fix Battlefield 2042 Error Code 3:9001

Battlefield 2042 players have been unable to launch the game after the Error Code 3:9001 popped up, but we have a simple fix.



Battlefield 2042 player dropping into Renewal map

Battlefield 2042 devs have released the first update of 2022, but Update 3.2 has caused the frustrating Error Code 3:9001 which prevents Steam players from launching the game. But, we’ve got a simple fix for the issue.

Battlefield 2042 has been suffering from numerous bugs, glitches, and crashes, and DICE attempted to solve some of the worst offenders with January 20’s Update 3.2.

Unfortunately, this has caused the ‘Error Code 3:9001’ to pop up, preventing Steam users from launching the game.

Luckily, there’s a simple fix for the issue, so you can get back to playing Battlefield 2042 in no time.

How to fix Error Code 3:9001 in Battlefield 2042

Battlefield 2042 Specialists in Hazard Zone mode

While Battlefield 2042’s Error Code 3:9001 is frustrating, there’s an easy way to get around it by changing some settings within Steam.

Here’s how to get rid of Battlefield 2042’s 3:9001 Error Code:

  1. Open your Steam Library
  2. Right-click on Battlefield 2042
  3. Select Properties
  4. Select Updates
  5. Hit the drop down arrow underneath ‘Automatic Updates
  6. Select ‘Only update this game when I launch it
  7. Launch Battlefield 2042 through Steam
Battlefield 2042 Steam update settings menu

What appears to have gone wrong here was Steam didn’t automatically download the update for players, so the error code has popped up when players tried to launch an out-of-date version of Battlefield 2042.

However, setting the game to only ‘only update when I launch it’ will force the game to recognize and begin installing the update. Then, hopefully, you’ll be able to resume playing Battlefield 2042 as soon as the update’s over.

Battlefield 2042’s next update is scheduled for February, which finally brings a proper Scoreboard to the game. Then, Season 1 is expected to begin in March, bringing a new map.

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Battlefield 2042 could go free-to-play after EA “very disappointed” with release

EA are reportedly considering a free-to-play model for Battlefield 2042 after its poor release and low player count.



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According to reliable leaker Tom Henderson, EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with Battlefield 2042’s launch and are considering making the game free-to-play in some capacity.

The free-to-play model has been adopted by almost every publisher in the games industry, pulling in as many players as possible and then selling in-game cosmetics to rake in an incredible amount of money.

Microsoft made the incredible decision to make Halo Infinite’s multiplayer free-to-play, and Warzone, Fortnite, and Apex continue to dominate the shooter market.

Many expected Battlefield 2042’s Hazard Zone to be the free-to-play offering, but this wasn’t the case. However, it’s been reported that EA are considering adding a free-to-play element to the game after its disappointing launch.

Battlefield 2042 helicopters fighting

Battlefield 2042 was one of the most anticipated shooters of 2021 but issues such as poor performance, the disappearance of the classic class system, and the controversial bullet spread mechanic turned away both new and returning players.

A declining player count has meant that 2018’s Battlefield V has had more players on Steam, and EA are reportedly “very disappointed” with how it has performed.

Industry insider Tom Henderson reported the news on January 20, claiming that EA are “looking at all options” with Battlefield 2042, which includes looking at free-to-play “in some capacity.”

It remains to be seen what this free-to-play model may look like, but Henderson said that he’ll reveal more information on January 21.

The community wasn’t convinced that going free would help Battlefield 2042, as the issues are rooted in the game itself. “Making it F2P will only give them another 10k players for like 2 weeks and then those players will leave,” said one player. “This game is gonna get ditched.”

“Sadly, I’m happy that they’ve admitted being very disappointed with it,” explained another popular leaker, TheMW2Ghost. “Hopefully that’ll shift the game in the right direction, and adding a **scoreboard** to the game isn’t seen as an incredible act of legacy feature implementation.”

DICE recently unveiled plans to add a proper Scoreboard to Battlefield 2042, and while fans were happy to see it return, they were shocked it was never there in the first place.

We’ll be sure to keep you updated with more information surrounding EA’s future plans for Battlefield 2042.

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