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Best Shotguns in Warzone: Season 3 ranked list

If you’re looking for the most powerful close-range weapons Warzone Pacific has to offer, here are the best Shotguns for Season 3.

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If you’re looking to get up close and personal in Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific Season 3, here are the five best Shotguns you should be running.

With Warzone players having an arsenal of weapons from Black Ops Cold War, Modern Warfare, and Vanguard at their disposal, there are plenty of options for close-range engagements. SMGs such as the Owen Gun are extremely popular, but for a little more stopping power up close, you can’t go wrong with a trusty Shotgun.

With how many fights occur indoors in Warzone, a Shotgun is a perfect weapon for getting up in players’ faces. We’ve compiled the five best Shotguns that you should run in Warzone Pacific Season 3.

Best Shotgun in Warzone ranked list

Player using VLK Rogue Shotgun in Modern Warfare

Call of Duty: Warzone has 14 Shotguns in total, each suiting unique situations. However, as with all weapons, some are better than others.

We’ve placed every Shotgun from Modern Warfare, Cold War, and Vanguard into a ranked Warzone list.

  1. JAK-12
  2. Streetsweeper
  3. Gallo SA12
  4. Combat Shotgun
  5. Einhorn Revolving
  6. Origin 12
  7. Double Barrel
  8. Gracey Auto
  9. R-90
  10. VLK Rogue
  11. Hauer 77
  12. .410 Ironhide
  13. Model 680
  14. 725

Best Warzone Shotguns

5. Einhorn Revolving

Best Einhorn Revolving loadout warzone

When Warzone Pacific introduced Vanguard weapons to Warzone, the Einhorn Revolving was a truly terrifying sight. However, the powerful Incendiary ammo eventually got nerfed in Season 1 knocking its viability down.

It’s a shame that the Incendiary Ammunition attachment received a considerable nerf but the Shotgun is still powerful enough to crack the top 5 on its own merit.

4. Combat Shotgun

Combat Shotgun Warzone

While it looked like the Double Barrel would be Vanguard’s best Shotgun, a Season 1 nerf ended its chances of ranking on top. This opened the door for a different weapon and in Season 3 the Combat Shotgun is Vanguard’s best.

For starters, the damage output of this weapon is absolutely ridiculous and it will surely dominate in tight spaces. Whether you’re clearing Caldera’s various buildings or running across Rebirth Island, the Combat Shotgun is one of the best available.

The Combat Shotgun outclasses the Einhorn Revolving thanks to a faster reload time as well as the luxury of equipping 10 Round Drums.

3. Gallo SA12

Warzone Gallo SA12 shotgun

Reminiscent of the fan-favorite SPAS-12 from the original Black Ops, the Gallo SA12 packs a punch in all indoor situations.

The Gallo SA12 is so powerful that it was banned from Warzone tournaments. While this was way back in Season 5, it still packs a punch in Pacific Season 3.

It’s especially powerful in solos, as it’ll take out an individual player in only a couple of shots. Thanks to its excellent range it’s also a great option across Caldera.

2. Streetsweeper

Streetsweeper Warzone

Introduced in Black Ops Cold War Season 1, the Streetsweeper is an automatic Shotgun that’s deadly up close.

This weapon will allow you to take out whole teams at close range, and with how fast it expells bullets, you’ll get off several shots before they even know what’s happening. Just be careful of the Streetsweeper’s reload time, however, as it’s exceptionally slow.

1. JAK-12 – best Shotgun in Warzone

JAK-12 Warzone Shotgun

Although relatively unpopular, the JAK-12 is an excellent weapon for taking out full squads in the blink of an eye. It has one of the greatest disparities between a pick rate of 0.29% and a K/D of 1.20 in Season 3. This proves that it is massively underrated, and even top players are frustrated by how powerful it is.

Modern Warfare’s JAK-12 acts very similarly to Cold War’s Streetsweeper but has the advantage of a much faster reload. In addition, it was also proven to be the fastest-killing close-range weapon available in Warzone at the moment.

If you plan on pushing buildings with a whole squad camping inside, the JAK-12 could be the perfect Shotgun for you.


For more loadout guides check out the best Assault Rifles in Warzone Season 3.

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When is Warzone Pacific Season 5? Season 4 end date, leaked weapons & Operators, more

Here’s everything we know about Warzone Pacific’s Season 5 update including its expected release date and content.

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Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded is in full swing, but players are looking forward to what’s to come in Season 5. Here’s when Season 4 is set to end, as well as Season 5’s expected content.

Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are now in their fourth season, with each update bringing major changes to multiplayer, Zombies, and battle royale. Warzone Season 4 and its Fortune’s Keep map have been extremely well received, but players are always looking toward what’s next.

Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded, the mid-season update, then came along to introduce even more content. Season 5 will be up after, so here’s everything we know about Warzone Season 5, including its release date and expected content.

Warzone player sprinting in Caldera

Expected Warzone Pacific Season 5 release date

Warzone Pacific Season 4 is set to end on Wednesday, August 24, and we expect Season 5 to arrive immediately after.

The date hasn’t been officially revealed by Raven Software but, assuming there are no delays, the season should begin on August 24. Stay tuned, as we’ll update this piece when a date has been officially confirmed.

Warzone player using minigun in Fortune's Keep

Warzone Pacific Season 5 expected content

Although none of Warzone Pacific Season 5’s content has been revealed, we can use previous seasons to hazard a pretty accurate guess of what to expect.

Warzone Season 4, like previous seasons, has brought new weapons such as the Marco 5 and UGM-8, as well as major quality of life changes and Caldera map updates.

Using Vanguard’s seasons as a guide, here’s everything we expect to see in Warzone Season 5:

  • Season 5 Battle Pass
  • New Operators
  • New weapons
  • Seasonal event with challenges and free rewards
  • New and returning game modes
  • Map updates (Caldera, Rebirth Island, and/or Fortune’s Keep)
  • Major weapon buffs and nerfs
  • Quality of life updates
  • More

While Season 4 brought the new Fortune’s Keep map, we wouldn’t expect another new one until Warzone 2’s which arrives after Modern Warfare 2 later in 2022.

Fortune's Keep map in Warzone Pacific Season 4

Warzone Pacific Season 5 leaked weapons

Although Raven still hasn’t offered any clues as to what is coming in Warzone Season 5, leakers may have revealed the new weapons set to debut ahead of time.

Known CoD leaker Reality tweeted on July 27 claiming that two new weapons called the “EX1 (EM1) and RA 225” will be added, along with an unnamed melee weapon.

Unfortunately, they couldn’t find any more information on what types of guns these will be. Based on the name EX1, many players felt this could be Advanced Warfare’s EM1 or Black Ops Cold War’s EM2.

We’ll have to wait and see if this leak turns out to be accurate and if the developers are bringing an old favorite into Warzone Season 5.

Warzone Pacific Season 5 Umbrella Academy crossover leaked

Following the Terminator crossover in Season 4 Reloaded, dataminers have found details in the game’s files that suggest that Netflix’s Umbrella Academy could be the next major crossover in Season 5.

According to Reality, there will be two Umbrella Academy bundles for players to purchase, named after two assassins that feature in the series; the “Hazel Bundle,” and the “Cha-Cha Bundle.”

Both are expected to be stacked with weapon Blueprints, as well as skins of both time-travelers, most likely with their signature bunny masks. They also claimed that anyone who buys both of the bundles before September 30 will also receive “an exclusive Legendary KG M40 Blueprint, a Legendary Weapon Charm, and a Legendary Calling Card.”

Based on this leak, it doesn’t appear that main characters like Number 5 or Luther will feature, but more will likely be revealed in the run-up to Warzone Season 5.

Classic CoD villains coming to Warzone Pacific Season 5?

Another leak that has circulated in recent weeks is that, since Season 5 is likely the last before Warzone 2, a number of classic villains from CoD history will arrive as Operators.

Again, Reality discovered the names of the old foes in the files of the Season 4 Reloaded update, indicating that there are plans to bring the characters back.

The leaked villains expected to return in Warzone Season 5 are:

  • Raul Menendez (Black Ops 2)
  • Gabriel Rorke (Ghosts)
  • Khaled Al Asad (CoD 4 and Modern Warfare 2019)
  • Seraph (Black Ops 3 and 4)

And that’s everything we know about Warzone Pacific Season 5 so far! We’ll be sure to keep this piece updated as more about the next season gets revealed.

If you’re more into the multiplayer side of Call of Duty, be sure to check out everything we know about Vanguard Season 5.

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NICKMERCS dominates enemies with the “fastest killing Warzone loadout ever”

NICKMERCS has revealed the “fastest killing” weapon loadout to dominate enemies in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

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Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has revealed the “fastest killing Warzone loadout” that allows him to annihilate his opponents quickly in Season 4 Reloaded.

If you want to come out on top in a Warzone Pacific match then you’ll need a weapon that can take out enemies extremely fast, and there are plenty of high TTK choices available in Season 4 Reloaded.

Now, popular streamer Warzone streamer NICKMERCS has revealed a weapon loadout so powerful that it allowed him to score quick eliminations and dominate the opposition throughout the match.

After hopping into a game, NICKMERCS picked up the KG M40 Assault Rifle, and he was able to use it to secure kills insanely fast in medium and long-range engagements. He described it as the “fastest killing Warzone loadout ever.”

By the end of the match, he had secured 23 kills with the weapon and gave it high praise, claiming that it’s “so much better than the NZ ever was.” He also revealed the attachments he used in his KG M40 loadout.

NICKMERCS Warzone KG M40 loadout

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Reisdorf 720mm Shrouded
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
  • Stock: VDD 22G Padded
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 8mm Klauser 60 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Hatched Grip
  • Perk 1: Brace
  • Perk 2: On-Hand

NICKMERCS utilizes the VDD 22G Padded stock to give a boost to movement speed in his KG M40 Warzone loadout. This is extremely helpful for getting around the map or away from overwhelming gunfire.

The Krausnick 12V Stock, Hatched Grip, and M1941 Hand Stop brought the weapon’s recoil under control. NICKMERCS then used the magnification of the SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x optic to pick off enemies in long-range combat.

To cap off this Warzone Pacific loadout, NICKMERCS equipped Brace to improve the accuracy of those initial shots when firing and On-Hand to reduce the downtime after using Equipment.

Using this KG M40 loadout will allow you to secure quick kills on Caldera, Rebirth Island, and Fortune’s Keep. So, be sure to try it out the next time you hop into Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.


For more Warzone content, check out JGOD revealing a secret attachment to drastically reduce recoil as well as these new Warzone 2 Sniper Rifles that were spotted in the trailer and screenshots.

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JGOD reveals secret Warzone attachment to drastically reduce recoil

JGOD has shared an underused attachment that can significantly improve your recoil control with weapons in Warzone.

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Warzone expert JGOD has discovered a secret Warzone attachment that can dramatically reduce the recoil on weapons.

Warzone content creator and stats expert JGOD is often the man to go to when you are looking for meta builds and tips when it comes to creating a class in Warzone.

Just recently, JGOD shared his best meta loadouts for Warzone Season 4 Reloaded, and with Season 5 on the horizon, it’s definitely worth keeping an eye out for his experienced advice.

Reducing a weapon’s recoil is certainly something to consider when creating a loadout and JGOD has shared details about a secret Warzone attachment that can reduce your recoil by “30%,” so let’s get into the details.

First off, the attachment in question is the Bipod, which may seem like a surprise to many, as it has been in the game since the start but is severely underused.

Using the Cooper Carbine, JGOD claims that the Bipod works “effectively,” demonstrating the recoil difference in the video.

Using the Bipod on your weapon will allow you to “shoot straighter,” which is ultimately what JGOD believes allows players to win gunfights in Warzone. Keep in mind that the attachment only reduces recoil when crouched, mounted, or prone.

Hitting your shots will give you a “faster TTK than somebody who just misses a bunch of bullets,” and so the Bipod helps greatly in that department.

JGOD does highlight the main con to using the Bipod, as he explains that you move “way slower” when crouched. That said when using the Bipod, as long as you focus on long-range engagements and positioning it shouldn’t be a problem. That’s certainly not a bad trade-off for “30% less recoil.”

JGOD says you can “pretty much use it (the Bipod) on any long-range meta build” by replacing the Underbarrel attachment you’re currently using, he also doesn’t recommend using it on SMGs as it reduces the sprint to fire time.


For more, check out which weapon JGOD believes is the best for close range in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded.

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