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Best Warzone SMG loadouts for Season 5 Reloaded: Ranked list

An SMG is a vital tool in any Warzone loadout, so we’ve put together the top five and their best attachments in Season 5 Reloaded.

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Submachine Guns are powerful tools in any Call of Duty: Warzone player’s arsenal, so we’ve ranked every SMG and put together the top five and their best attachments for Season 5 Reloaded’s best close-range loadouts.

Since Warzone’s launch in March 2020, the consistent meta is to run a long-range weapon like an Assault Rifle alongside something for up-close. SMGs are an excellent choice for these engagements as they’re much more versatile than Shotguns, being effective at medium range with the right attachments.

Cold War’s SMGs burst on the scene in Season 1, but as the seasons have gone on, many Modern Warfare submachine guns have remained viable.

We’ve ranked every SMG from Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War and counted down the top five SMG loadouts you should be running in Warzone Season 5.

Best Warzone SMGs ranked list

Raven Software has spent a lot of time balancing SMGs in the last few updates, but now a clear meta has emerged.

Before we take a look at each of the game’s best SMG loadouts, we’re first going to rank every sub in Warzone Season 5 so you can see how each weapon compares to the rest.

Here’s our official ranked list for the SMGs in Warzone Season 5:

  1. MAC-10
  2. Bullfrog
  3. OTs 9
  4. MP7
  5. PPSH-41
  6. TEC-9
  7. Modern Warfare MP5
  8. Milano
  9. Cold War MP5
  10. Fennec
  11. CX-9
  12. AK-74u
  13. Nail Gun
  14. Bizon
  15. P90
  16. AUG (MW)
  17. ISO
  18. Uzi
  19. Striker
  20. LC10
  21. KSP 45

Best Warzone SMG loadouts for Season 5 meta

Here are the top five SMGs you should be running in Verdansk ’84 and Rebirth Island in Warzone Season 5.

SMGs are extremely balanced in Season 5, and the five on this list cover various playstyles and engagement ranges.

5. Best PPSH-41 Warzone loadout

The PPSH-41 appears to have come and gone from players’ favor, but other SMGs receiving nerfs over the course of Season 5 have placed it in a great spot.

It has great mobility and a large drum mag, which are excellent for finessing and taking on full squads at once. Its range is also commendable, so you could pair it with a Sniper Rifle if you’re looking for an aggressive sniper loadout.

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 15.7″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Ammunition: 55 Rnd Drum

4. Best MP7 Warzone loadout

Before Black Ops Cold War’s integration in December 2020, the MP7 and Modern Warfare MP5 fought it out for the top spot. Now that some of Cold War’s SMGs have been nerfed, the MP7 has returned to the meta.

Our favorite features of the MP7 are the easy-to-control recoil pattern and 60 Round Mag. These elevate it above many of the close-range options, allowing you to strike a great middle-ground between SMGs and Assault Rifles, adding more versatility to your loadout.

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: FFS Recon
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mag

3. Best OTs 9 Warzone loadout

The Season 4 Reloaded update added a new SMG to the world of Warzone in the form of the OTs 9. This new SMG quickly made a name for itself as one of the best close-quarters weapons players can use in their battles. YouTuber JGOD even said it was up there with Shotguns for close-range.

The agile mobility and powerful punch the OTs 9 provides made it a favorite amongst the best players in the world. It did receive a small nerf in the September 15 update which has slightly knocked its effectiveness, but it’s still extremely powerful up-close.

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 8.1″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Ammunition: Spetsnaz 40 Rnd
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock

2. Best Bullfrog Warzone loadout

The Bullfrog has long been a powerful choice in Warzone, but it’s climbed to popularity in Season 5. Its large magazine size, decent range, and impressive headshot multiplier make it an SMG worthy of any loadout.

The best Bullfrog build increases the weapon’s mobility, making sure that you can aggressively push opponents without any hindrance to your speed. Luckily, its magazine size is already large enough that you can add extra mobility attachments.

This large magazine is also very useful for the new, and very well-received, Iron Trials mode. With this mode’s much higher TTK, the extra bullets at your disposal are extremely important when building a loadout.

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 7.4″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Spetsnaz PKM Stock
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip

1. Best MAC-10 Warzone loadout

Since it arrived in Warzone, the MAC-10 has been the undisputed go-to SMG. With a fast-fire rate, minimal recoil, and extremely fast time-to-kill, it’s almost impossible to go wrong with the MAC-10. Whether using it alongside a Sniper Rifle or a long-range Assault Rifle, it’s the perfect accompaniment.

The MAC-10 somehow survived the latest round of balance updates, allowing it to remain the best of the bunch. If you don’t have the MAC-10 in your loadout already, we seriously recommend giving it a try.

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

Although these SMGs are the top five loadouts you should run, the meta is extremely open in Season 5 and you’ll likely find success with almost any weapon.

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 

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Warzone player comes up with genius HUD change to improve teamwork

One player’s simple alteration to the Warzone HUD could make the world of difference in Duos, Trios, and Quads.

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Raven Software might consider taking onboard one Warzone player’s suggestion regarding a visual improvement that could make team games like Duo, Trios, and Quads easier to communicate.

During a team game of Warzone, a lot is going on and there is a lot of information to keep up with. This is why a simple idea could dramatically improve teamwork and cohesion during multi-man matches such as Duos, Trios, and Quads.

Misinformation can be the downfall of a team as they approach endgame conditions, as someone thinks one of their teammates has more armor than they do, etc. To remedy this, one Warzone player believes they have come up with a simple solution to fix the game’s HUD.

“Have you got any plates?” is a sentence that has probably been uttered countless times since Call of Duty: Warzone’s launch.

If you’re unsure of what this means, plates are Armor Plates, the game’s method of applying shields to protect your main health bar from taking damage. The question is regularly posed, along with questions about other aspects of a teammates inventory, and Reddit user BurterSpeed has revealed their idea to amend this issue.

“A small quality of life improvement,” was the name of the title, and it was accompanied by a photoshopped graphic of a traditional multi-man Warzone HUD. As well as the usual details such as the player’s name, money total, and self-revive status, they’ve added even more information.

The improved version now shows how many plates each user has, the condition of any equipped Gas Masks, their ammo count, Killstreaks, and Field Upgrades.

One user said that this incarnation of the idea is “Wayy too busy. I like the plates one. But the AR one is pointless, thats not the only ammo type.” However, the general consensus is that the armor plates aspect is very useful and “is a really good idea.”

AlkkyTheBest suggested that if there’s too much information present then “make a settings option to turn on/off each piece of info. Best of both worlds.”

Regardless of which side of the fence you reside on, there definitely feels like an idea or two here that could be used to enhance the Warzone teammate experience, especially for those without headsets.


Also, check out Warzone Season 6’s 10 most popular weapon loadouts.

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Aydan shows off “overpowered” Warzone Gulag jump spot

Warzone pro Aydan has found a useful jump spot in the Season 6 Gulag that you can use to get the drop on your enemies.

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Call of Duty superstar Aydan ‘Aydan’ Conrad likes to make use of different strategies, and he has shown off an “overpowered” Warzone Gulag spot that players can take advantage of for better shots.

Warzone Season 6 introduced plenty of new content and brought back the OG Gulag to Verdansk. Players often struggle in the Gulag because it’s challenging, so they have to strategize.

Warzone star Aydan made use of a specific jump spot in the Showers Gulag that grants players a tactical advantage over their opponents and lets them take the enemy by surprise.

Aydan was battling his opponent in the Gulag for the chance to jump back into Verdansk. In his stream, he was able to secure victory by employing a brilliant tactic that’s become possible in the new Warzone season.

Players can now climb on top of a Shower and nobody in the Gulag will expect you to be up there. This seems to be a new addition in Season 6, and the verticality gave Aydan a huge advantage.

He was able to shoot his opponent through the bars after heading to the jump spot on top of the Showers and come out of the Gulag victorious.

Since this is a fairly new change, many players are probably not aware that it’s possible to try out this tactic. However, Aydan has a fairly huge following, so we expect this to change soon.

In fact, a few other players have already started sharing their own experiences with this trick among the rest of the community. One player posted a similar clip to Aydan’s in the Warzone subreddit.

After jumping on the showers, they were able to shoot down their enemy from above and win the Gulag. Many of the commenters were shocked to see this new change but welcomed it.

You can easily try out this trick to take your enemies by surprise the next time you’re in the Gulag. There are also some other top tips that you can remember to win Season 6 Gulag every time.


For more Warzone, check out how to fix Packet Loss & Packet Burst in Warzone Season 6, and stay tuned to Charlie INTEL.

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Warzone Season 6’s 10 most popular weapon loadouts

The most popular Warzone weapon loadouts in Season 6 have been revealed, so here’s the top 10, and their most popular attachments.

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Call of Duty: Warzone Season 6’s most popular weapons and their attachments have been revealed, so we’re counting down the top ten loadouts as of October 18, 2021.

As is standard for Warzone, the meta is constantly changing. Updates in Season 6 hit some of the most powerful and popular weapons hard, so a new, open meta has formed.

Warzone’s devs have explained how they’re trying to lower time to kill across the board to increase the skill gap and did so by decreasing the damage of some of the most powerful weapons.

This has caused a major change in certain weapon’s popularity, and thanks to WZRanked.com, we can see Warzone Season 6’s most popular weapons: so we’re counting down the top ten, along with the most popular attachments.

Warzone’s most popular guns & loadouts

10. FARA 83 – 4.04%

The FARA 83 has come and gone from the meta as the seasons go on, but its place in the meta is currently up in the air. It climbed to popularity after the Krig was nerfed in Season 5 Reloaded, but also took a hit in the September 15 update.

Even though it’s not the absolute laserbeam it once was, it’s still one of the best Assault Rifles in Season 6. It’s an excellent combination of accuracy and damage, being a great middle-ground between the AK-47 and XM4.

Most popular FARA 83 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 18.7″ Spetsnaz RPK Barrel
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Ammunition: Spetsnaz 60 Rnd

9. Cold War MP5 – 4.05%

Black Ops Cold War’s MP5 has never really cemented its place in the meta, with a plethora of buffs and nerfs allowing other weapons to take its place.

However, the OTs 9 and Bullfrog have undergone slight nerfs, opening up the meta. Cold War’s MP5 still hasn’t replaced these two SMGs but has re-entered the top ten most popular thanks to its close-range slaying potential and manageable recoil.

Most popular Cold War MP5 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 50 Rnd Drum

8. Bullfrog – 4.40%

The Bullfrog was previously the most popular SMG but after Raven Software nerfed its mobility, its fallen down the pecking order slightly.

Still, with a large magazine size and high headshot damage multiplier, the Bullfrog suits a wide range of skill levels and playstyles. If you’re an aggressive sniper, the Bullfrog is an excellent option for Sniper Support.

Most popular Bullfrog Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 7.4″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip

7. Grau 5.56 – 4.76%

When Warzone was first released in March 2020, the Grau 5.56 was king. With almost no recoil and the cleanest Iron Sight the game had to offer, almost every player ran the Grau. Now in Season 6, it has avoided the nerfs that have hit other ARs, so has remained a popular choice.

The majority of players now use the Grau as their ‘Fully Loaded’ weapon, which they can take to get full ammo when grabbing a loadout after returning from the Gulag.

Most popular Bullfrog Warzone loadout

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

6. XM4 – 5.10%

After some of the most popular weapons such as the Stoner 63 and EM2 were brought down, the XM4 has climbed back into the meta.

The XM4 has always been a solid choice thanks to its decent TTK and low recoil. It’s much easier to use than the AK-47, so maybe a better choice for the majority of players. And with only a few attachment changes, the XM4 can become a great close-range weapon too.

  • Muzzle: Agency Supressor
  • Barrel: 13.5″ Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 60 Rnd

5. MAC-10 – 5.12%

Boasting an incredibly fast fire rate, rapid TTK, and next to no recoil, the MAC-10 is the obvious choice for a secondary weapon in Warzone Season 6.

When paired with a long-range Assault Rifle such as the AK-47, or a Sniper like the Kar98k, the MAC-10 is the perfect pocket weapon. Even though the MAC-10 was nerfed months ago via Season 4’s Reloaded update, it has barely dropped in popularity.

Most popular MAC-10 Warzone loadout

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

4. OTs 9 – 6.03%

Although previously underrated, many players have now learned of the OTs 9’s power. Both JGOD and NICKMERCS have sung its praises in the past, and Raven has nerfed it several times.

The OTs 9’s kill-to-death ratio is a testament to its power, with the most popular loadout boasting almost a 2 K/D. The nerfs don’t appear to have tamed the beast, and the OTs 9 is Warzone Season 6’s most popular SMG.

Most popular OTs 9 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 8.1″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Ammunition: VDV 40 Rnd Fast Mag

3. Cold War AK-47 – 8.32%

With all of the weapons that got nerfed in the most recent update, Cold War’s AK-47 has returned to the meta. It has always been a powerful choice but the damage profile and recoil control of some of the other Assault Rifles pushed it back from the top spot.

Now, however, the AK-47 is one of the best weapons in the game. With controllable recoil and solid damage, it’s well worth giving the AK another chance. Plus, it’s especially effective in the Iron Trials 84 mode, where players have even more health.

Most popular Cold War AK-47 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 20″ Spetsnaz RPK Barrel
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Ammunition: 45 Rnd

2. Swiss K31 – 8.79%

Raven Software has been hard at work fine-tuning Cold War’s Sniper Rifles in Warzone and now, they seem to have got the Swiss K31 into a great spot.

Its direct counterpart is the Kar98k, as they’re both quick and highly versatile snipers. Not much sets the two apart now, and some even prefer the Swiss. Its high bullet velocity means that you hardly need to lead shots, and its magazine gives it a solid reload time compared to the Kar98k.

Most popular Swiss K31 Warzone loadout

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 24.9″ Combat Recon
  • Laser: SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Grip

1. Kar98k – 9.41%

If you’re looking for a fast Sniper Rifle that’s easy to use, the Kar98k is the weapon for you. Although technically a Marksman Rifle, this bolt-action WW2 rifle is arguably Warzone’s best sniper.

The Kar98k has a solid ADS speed, and with its high bullet velocity, you’ll find it much easier to use than most other Sniper Rifles. You can effectively quickscope in close-range situations, and by leading your targets, hit some nasty longshots.

The Kar98k is the better choice for controller players, as TrueGameData discovered that it has more aim assist than the Swiss.

Most popular Kar98k Warzone loadout

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

If you’re yet to use any of these weapons in Verdansk ’84 and Rebirth Island, give them a try with these attachments.

To see the best primary weapon loadouts overall in Warzone Season 6, check out all of the best loadouts and Perks.

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