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Best Sniper Rifles in Warzone: Every Season 4 Sniper ranked

Almost every squad runs a sniper in Warzone, so we’ve ranked every Sniper Rifle from best to worst and counted down the top five.

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Best Warzone Pacific Sniper Rifle loadouts

Sniping is one of the most effective ways to win games of Call of Duty: Warzone, but Sniper Rifles received buffs and nerfs in Season 4. With these meta changes in mind, we’ve put together the best Warzone Pacific Sniper Rifles you need to dominate long-range engagements in Season 4.

With Warzone being out for over two years now, Call of Duty players are well-accustomed to battle royale games. Understanding that running at teams for close-range fights isn’t necessarily the best strategy to win, almost every squad has a sniper on their team. 

Sniper Rifles underwent massive changes in Warzone Pacific Season 3’s update, with the lightweight Snipers losing their ability to one-shot headshot at any distance. In addition, Season 4 buffs and nerfs have impacted Warzone’s meta, so we’ve ranked every Warzone Sniper Rifle and single-fire Marksman Rifle from best to worst, and counted down the top five. 

Best Sniper Rifles in Warzone Ranked list

warzone pacific vanguard sniper operator

Across Warzone’s bolt-action Marksman Rifles and Sniper Rifles, the traditional heavy snipers have continued to dominate the meta in Season 4.

Here’s every Sniper Rifle and single-fire Marksman Rifle in Warzone, ranked from best to worst:

  1. ZRG 20mm
  2. HDR
  3. 3-Line Rifle
  4. AX-50
  5. Pelington 703
  6. MW Kar98k
  7. Swiss K31
  8. Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle
  9. SPR-208
  10. LW3 – Tundra
  11. Vanguard Kar98k
  12. Type 99
  13. M82
  14. Rytec AMR
  15. Mk2 Carbine
  16. Dragunov

Best Sniper Rifles in Warzone Pacific Season 4

5. Pelington 703

Pelington 703 sniper rifle in warzone

You may be surprised to see the Pelington in the top five Warzone Sniper Rifles, but it has the longest one-shot headshot range of the lightweight snipers.

This lightweight Black Ops Cold War Sniper will feel extremely similar to the previously meta Modern Warfare Kar98k and Swiss K31. Although not as speedy as the Kar98k, it has a much higher bullet velocity and can one-shot headshot enemies up to around 70 meters, which is about 20 meters further than the Kar.

If you’re looking for a versatile Sniper Rifle to quickscope enemies in Rebirth Island, then the Pelington might just be the weapon for you, so make sure you’re running the best Pelington loadout possible.

4. AX-50

ax-50 sniper rifle in warzone

The AX-50 has always suffered from its lower bullet velocity and bullet drop, but if you prioritize ADS speed when building it, then it becomes a fantastic option for Rebirth Island or Fortune’s Keep.

While it can still deliver that all-important one-shot headshot at any range, its bullet velocity prevents it from being the best Sniper Rifle in Warzone Pacific Season 4. Hitting those far-off targets will be quite difficult with the AX-50 but its one-shot headshot keeps it in the top five, especially when you build it for quickscoping in Rebirth Island.

If you’re looking to try out this Modern Warfare Sniper Rifle again, make sure you’re running the best AX-50 loadout.

3. 3-Line Rifle

3-Line Rifle in Warzone

While Vanguard’s Sniper Rifles don’t receive as much love as the best Modern Warfare and Cold War snipers, the 3-Line Rifle is one of the best Sniper Rifles in Warzone Pacific Season 4.

The 3-Line suffers from a high amount of flinch and bounces around when you move, but you can limit this weakness with the proper attachments. Furthermore, the weapon’s ADS speed was buffed in the Season 4 update.

Don’t be surprised to see this weapon rise up the ranks to the top spot throughout Season 4. Simply aim for the head and you’ll be able to take down enemies in one shot from any distance.

Be sure to check out the best 3-Line Rifle loadout you can use in Warzone Pacific Season 4.

2. HDR

HDR Sniper Rifle in Warzone

The HDR was king back when Warzone first launched in March 2020 and it was propelled to the top of the pack again following the major changes made in Warzone Pacific Season 3. This has remained the case in Season 4, and the HDR claims the title of Warzone’s most popular Sniper.

As the HDR is a Modern Warfare Sniper Rifle, it’s one of the heavier weapons on this list. However, it still has a respectable ADS speed, strong rotational aim assist on controller, and of course, it’s capable of one-shot headshotting players from any distance. You won’t be quickscoping players up-close, but its high bullet velocity and high-zoom optics mean you’ll be unstoppable at range.

Make sure to check out the best Warzone HDR loadout so you can dominate Caldera and Fortune’s Keep at range.

1. ZRG 20mm – Best Sniper Rifle in Warzone right now

ZRG 20mm sniper rifle in Warzone

If you’re looking for a new Sniper Rifle to use across Caldera, Rebirth Island, and Fortune’s Keep in Warzone Season 4, look no further than the ZRG 20mm.

Comparing the ZRG and HDR, the ZRG has a faster ADS speed and higher bullet velocity — two extremely important factors when weighing up the best Sniper Rifle. Plus, it still one-shots to the head.

Some may prefer the feel of the HDR, but if you can get used to the ZRG, you’ll find it’s the best Sniper Rifle in Warzone right now. So, be sure to check out the best ZRG 20mm loadout in Warzone Pacific Season 4.


It’s not only the Sniper Rifles that receive weapon balancing updates in Warzone Season 4, as you can also check out which weapon experts are calling the best SMG loadout in Season 4.

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Warzone players slam “awful” Terminator camo challenges

Warzone Pacific players are extremely frustrated with the challenges to unlock Terminator camos in Season 4 Reloaded.

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Raven Software added new Terminator cosmetics at the start of Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded, and players have expressed their frustration with the crossover’s challenges.

Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded features a plethora of fun content for players to enjoy, including the Terminator crossover which brought new Operator skins and challenges to the game.

Successfully completing these in-game challenges will grant you access to numerous Terminator-themed rewards, but they are being heavily criticized by the Warzone community.

Reddit user ‘AceOfSpades90000000’ slammed these challenges in the Warzone Pacific subreddit, describing them as “awful” because of the abundance of lag and enemies using aimbots.

The Redditor claimed that these problems make it “practically impossible” to win 4 games and then expressed their admiration for those players that were able to successfully complete the Terminator challenges.

Many of the commenters agreed that the challenges are too difficult and frustrating to complete. However, not everyone agreed about aimbots being an issue, as users offered their own criticisms of the challenges.

A few players felt that the rewards being offered aren’t worth the effort required to unlock them. One user wrote: “The rewards are terrible. Am I seeing things or is the same calling card there 4 times with slightly different colors?”

The rewards also include new weapon camos that are inspired by the looks of different Terminators such as the T-800 and liquid metal T-1000 from the movies, but unlocking them is proving to be challenging.

One of the commenters claimed to have played all day without much success: “All I need is 2 wins for liquid metal but it’s impossible because everywhere I go, I get rolled and I’m not even bad at the game.”

Despite these criticisms, a few users in the thread defended the Terminator crossover and provided their fellow players with advice on how to get these challenges done quickly.

One player suggested trying the first challenges since they’re easy to complete in just a few games. You’ll have a better chance of winning 4 games if you hop into the challenges with a squad that’s comprised of your friends.

While some players have expressed their disappointment with Warzone’s Terminator crossover for being a huge missed opportunity, there are those that are able to have a good time and get these challenges done.


For more Warzone content, check out our piece on players roasting the “terrible” new Bitrate Banger anime bundle as well as this “broken” Sniper Rifle loadout with insane one-shot power.

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Warzone expert claims forgotten Vanguard sniper is “broken” with insane one-shot power

One broken Sniper Rifle is now able to one-shot players to the chest after its nerfs were reverted in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded.

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Warzone Operator using Sniper Rifle

Warzone expert Isaac ‘IceManIsaac’ Hamilton has revealed which Sniper Rifle is now capable of one-shotting enemies to the chest after the developers reverted its nerfs.

When you hop into a game of Warzone Pacific, you’ll face tough competition from opposing players and will need to select the best weapon loadouts for different combat situations in order to come out on top.

If you prefer to pick off your enemies from a distance then Sniper Rifles are the best choice, and Call of Duty expert IceManIsaac has showcased an extremely broken one that can instantly take out enemies in Season 4 Reloaded.

The Type 99 Sniper Rifle previously received a massive nerf in Warzone Pacific Season 3 and this was meant to prevent players from securing one-shot kills outside of the weapon’s max damage range.

However, this nerf was reverted in the July 28 update which increased the maximum damage range to 50 meters, up from 37 Meters. As a result, the weapon is able to eliminate enemies extremely quickly.

IceManIsaac described the weapon as “jarring and super satisfying to use.” You can use it to take out your opponents instantly with a single shot to the chest. The Warzone expert then revealed his loadout for the powerful Sniper Rifle.

IceManIsaac’s Type 99 Loadout

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Shiraishi 712mm Sniper
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x / ZF4 3.5x Rifle Scope
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: 8mm Klauser 5 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Taped Grip
  • Perk 1: Vital
  • Perk 2: On-Hand

IceManIsaac uses many of the same attachments as the best Type 99 Warzone loadout, but he went with the Taped Grip for the faster weapon swap speed that it provides. Even if you hit a shoulder shot, you can switch to an SMG quickly to finish off your opponent.

The SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x optic is an ideal choice for Caldera but its biggest drawback is the glint that enemies can spot, giving away your position and putting you at a disadvantage. If you want to avoid the glint, you can try out the ZF4 3.5x Rifle Scope instead

The Vital perk is a key part of this loadout as it increases the size of the critical-hit area on enemies. Finally, the Removed Stock and the SMLE Pistol Grip let you aim down sights faster.


For more Warzone content, check out the devs explaining why they use weapon codenames in patch notes and how NICKMERCS broke his Warzone kill record with this deadly loadout.

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Call of Duty devs explain why they use weapon codenames in patch notes

In the Warzone patch notes the devs use codenames for weapons instead of their in-game name, and they have finally revealed why.

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Call of Duty developers have officially revealed the reason why they use codenames for weapons in the patch notes.

Warzone is in its fourth season, and the devs have been giving weapon codenames since the very beginning. This has always baffled players as they are unaware as to why the developers don’t just use their in-game names.

Luckily, two devs have revealed why they use codenames for weapons, and the answer may not be much of a surprise.

In response to a player’s tweets regarding the use of “Asault Rifle Charlie” and “Assault Rifle Hotel” in the patch notes, two developers provided insight into the question.

According to the Sledgehammer Games Communication Manager and Treyarch’s Associate Director, the reason Activision uses codenames for weapons in Warzone is for “legal reasons.”

The devs actually can’t use the official names, and it seems they actually feel the same as players when it comes to the codenames, with Sam Leichtamer saying that it’s “very confusing for (the devs) too.”

In another tweet, developer Matt Scronce agrees, saying that he doesn’t like it any more than players do, but for “legal/licensing reasons,” it is necessary.

Well there you have it, that’s why your favorite weapons in Warzone have codenames in the patch notes. For more, check out what loadout NICKMERCS beat his Warzone kill record with.

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