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How Call of Duty: Warzone’s meta changed over 2021

Call of Duty: Warzone’s weapon meta changed dramatically over 2021, so here’s a breakdown of each seasons’ meta.

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Price and Woods in Verdansk 84

Call of Duty: Warzone has seen several metas come and go over 2021, with Cold War weapons such as the DMR, FFAR 1, and Krig 6 dominating certain seasons. Here’s how Warzone’s meta changed over the course of 2021.

Choosing the best weapon possible is extremely important to winning Call of Duty: Warzone, but what weapon is best never remains consistent. Warzone developers Raven Software have spent 2021 buffing and nerfing tons of weapons, which has shifted the meta every time.

Thanks to website WZ Ranked, we can what weapons entered and left the meta across 2021’s Black Ops Cold War Seasons.

Here’s a breakdown of the weapon meta from Black Ops Cold War’s first season to Warzone Pacific, based on their popularity.

Warzone x Cold War Season 1 meta

Warzone DMR 14

Black Ops Cold War Season 1 brought all of Cold War’s weapons over to Warzone, where the DMR 14 almost immediately took over. The DMR had almost a 30% pick rate in the first quarter of Season 1 before it was nerfed to the ground on January 13.

During this time, the MAC-10 was the most popular SMG, consistently staying between a 15-20% pick rate. The MAC-10 then became the most popular weapon in Season 1, with Modern Warfare’s Kar98k regaining popularity after the DMR nerf.

Warzone x Cold War Season 2 meta

CoD Warzone FFAR 1

Cold War Season 2 saw the MAC-10 nerfed and the dreaded FFAR 1 meta arrive in Warzone. With an incredibly fast time-to-kill and minimal recoil, the FFAR had over a 20% pick rate and remained incredibly popular until the end of Season 2.

During this time, the Kar98k remained consistently popular (and does every single season), while the M16 saw a huge jump during the burst meta.

Warzone x Cold War Season 3 meta

Warzone CR-56 AMAX

Cold War Season 3 saw the original Warzone map nuked and Verdansk ’84 take over. This huge update nerfed several extremely popular weapons including the M16, making it one of the more balanced seasons of 2021.

The CR-56 AMAX saw a huge rise in popularity during this time, briefly hitting the same pick rate as the ever-popular Kar98k.

Warzone x Cold War Season 4 meta

best warzone fara 83 loadout

Raven Software nerfed the CR-56 AMAX towards the end of Season 3, which was met with significant backlash. However, to make up for it, the FARA 83 received a huge buff which made it the most popular weapon by a longshot.

Then after the FARA was nerfed, it was the Krig 6’s time to shine. Its low recoil made it the most popular weapon by a country mile, and it remained that way well into Season 5.

Warzone x Cold War Season 5 meta

Call of Duty Warzone Kar98k

The Season 5 meta didn’t change much from Season 4, but weapons such as the Bullfrog and Cold War AK-47 became some of the most popular.

The Krig 6 received a strong nerf during Season 5, which brought Modern Warfare’s Kar98k back to the top spot.

Warzone x Cold War Season 6 meta

Best Warzone Swiss K31 loadout

Warzone Season 6, the final season before Warzone Pacific, had the most balanced meta of any Cold War season.

After a full year of buffs, nerfs, and changes, it appeared that Raven Software had finally found the balance they were hoping to strike. The Swiss K31 dethroned the Kar98k to be the most popular weapon, and the OTs 9 and Cold War AK-47 became the most popular non-sniper weapons.

But, no weapon surpassed a 15% pick rate, so almost any weapon was viable during this time.

Warzone Pacific Season 1 meta

Operators fighting in Warzone Pacific

The Warzone Pacific Season 1 update saw a huge shift in the meta, as all 40 weapons from Vanguard’s multiplayer arrived.

The early days of this season saw all of Modern Warfare and Cold War’s weapons drop in popularity as Vanguard’s guns began to rise. Now, it’s the MP-40 and STG44 dominating the meta, while the Modern Warfare Kar98k kept its place as the most popular Sniper Rifle.

With the Warzone Pacific Season 1 Reloaded update coming soon, we expect this meta to shift again.


2021 saw many different weapons enter and leave the meta, while some fan-favorite picks remained there all the way through. Warzone Pacific’s seasons’ metas are likely to be equally as diverse, and we’re looking forward to seeing what guns come out on top.

You can also check out everything we know about Call of Duty 2022, which is expected to be a sequel to Modern Warfare (2019) and bring even more modern-day weapons to Warzone.

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How to win Titanium Trials in Warzone: Best weapons & top tips

Wondering how to win Titanium Trials in Warzone? Here are the best weapons, as well as some top tips to help you secure victory.

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Warzone’s Titanium Trials Endurance event is live, offering the best players unique rewards such as Terminator-themed weapon camos. You’ll need to win as many as 20 games to unlock all of the rewards, so here’s how to win Titanium Trials including the best weapons and some handy tips.

Despite Warzone being around since March 2020, it’s the only major battle royale game not to include some form of ranked mode. The developers confirmed they’re working on it, but instead, they include hardcore modes such as Iron Trials and the new Titanium Trials.

Titanium Trials went live on August 11 as part of the Season 4 Reloaded update, bringing Terminator-themed gameplay to Caldera. This mode is unique in that it rewards players for their skill rather than tedious challenges.

You’ll need to win four games if you want to complete the event challenges, and 20 in total to unlock the Ultra Skynet camo. Here’s everything you need to win in Warzone’s Titanium Trials.

Best weapons to use in Warzone Titanium Trials

Warzone Operator in Titanium Trials mode

To win Titanium Trials in Warzone, you should prioritize weapons that are easy to use and have a high damage-per-mag, and the UGM-8 and Armaguerra 43 are perfect options.

Here are the best UGM-8 and Armaguerra Warzone loadouts to help you win Titanium Trials.

Titanium Trials UGM-8 loadout

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Bernard XL214 736mm
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
  • Stock: Mercier WT Ancre
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62x5mmR 100 Round Extended
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Hatched Grip
  • Perk: Tight Grip
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

Titanium Trials Aramguerra 43 loadout

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Botti 315mm CII
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Mercier WT Ancre
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 9mm 60 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Taped Grip
  • Perk: Steady
  • Perk 2: Quick
Terminator on motorbike in Caldera

Tips & tricks to win Titanium Trials in Warzone

Get loadout as early as possible

Titanium Trials is unique in that there are no free loadout drops, so you’ll need to rack up as much cash as possible in the early game and buy your loadout as soon as possible. The ground loot weapons pale in comparison to the weapons listed above, so you’ll be giving yourself a huge advantage by buying the loadout early.

We recommend landing somewhere far away from the plane’s line where you’ll be uncontested and can get a loadout before playing out the rest of the match.

But, the loadout drop price will keep falling as the match progresses so don’t worry if you can’t grab one straight away.

Watch for Self-Revives

Self-Revive Kits are everywhere in Warzone’s Titanium Trials, as every player will spawn with one — even after coming back from the Gulag.

When fighting, just keep in mind that the player you have knocked most likely has a Self-Revive, so don’t count them out of the fight. Finish them off with your gun or a Throwing Knife if possible, but if you can’t, keep an eye on where you knocked them in case they re-peek the angle.

Keep plating up during fights

Warzone player fitting armor plate

With Titanium Trials being a Terminator-themed mode, armor plates count for much more of your total health. Your base health is only 100 HP and armor makes up a further 300 HP. With how important armor is, just putting on a single plate during a fight will offer a huge advantage.

If you’re fighting at range, take any second you can to re-fill your armor plates. This is especially useful if you find the Tempered Perk on the ground, as each plate gives 150 HP. Players won’t expect your health to be so full, and you may catch them out in the open as they push up.

Play with friends

Warzone’s Titanium Trials is Quads only, and playing with randoms is always a gamble. If possible, playing with friends will significantly raise your chances of winning.

Random players will often leave immediately after dying, or just want to do their own thing. Playing as a close-knit team is a sure-fire way of securing the victories needed to unlock all of the Ultra Camos.


You’ll only have until August 24 to get all of the Titanium Trials wins, and then Season 5 will kick off immediately after, bringing new weapons, and classic CoD villains if leaks are to be believed.

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How to complete Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance event challenges: All Terminator-themed rewards

Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance gives players plenty of Terminator-themed rewards to unlock, here’s how to earn them in Season 4 Reloaded.

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Warzone players can take part in the Terminator-themed Titanium Trials Endurance, a new mode that puts all of your skills to the test. There are free rewards such as Terminator-themed camos to earn, so here are all of the challenges and rewards.

Warzone Season 4 Reloaded wraps up soon, with Season 5 set to go live on August 24. On top of the Vargo-S Assault Rifle and weapon balancing changes, it brought a brand-new Terminator crossover to CoD’s battle royale.

Not only can players get their hands on T-800 and T-1000 skins from Terminator 2, but the brand-new Titanium Trials Endurance mode went live on August 11. This playlist dials up the difficulty with a higher TTK and health regeneration, making it a high-skill mode not for the fainthearted.

What makes the challenge worthwhile, however, is the boatload of free rewards that can be unlocked just by playing. Here are all of the challenges and rewards in Warzone Titanium Trials.

Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance challenges & rewards

There are 13 rewards in total that can be unlocked by anyone playing Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance such as Calling Cards, Double XP Tokens, and Ultra Weapon Camos.

Check out all of the rewards in Titanium Trials Endurance, and how to earn them, below:

Titanium Trials Endurance ChallengeTitanium Trials Endurance Rewards
Complete 1 execution in Titanium TrialsBattle Pass 2XP Token
Revive 10 Players in Titanium TrialsWeapon 2XP Token
Win a Gulag 5 times in Titanium TrialsEpic “Titanium Chrome” Vanguard Weapon Camo
Achieve a Top 10 finish in Titanium TrialsUncommon “I’ll Be Back” Progression Calling Card #1
Win 1 time in Titanium TrialsEpic “I Sense Injuries” Progression Calling Card #2
Win 2 times in Titanium TrialsEpic “I Sense Injuries” Progression Calling Card #3
Win 3 times in Titanium TrialsEpic “I Sense Injuries” Progression Calling Card #4
Win 4 times in Titanium TrialsBattle Pass Tier Skip
Complete all Titanium Trials challengesUltra “Liquid Metal” Vanguard Weapon Camo (Animated)
Win 5 times in Titanium TrialsLegendary “I’ll Be Back” Player Title.
Win 10 times in Titanium Trials.Legendary “Hasta La Vista, Baby” Player Title.
Win 15 times in Titanium Trials.Ultra “The Terminator” Progression Calling Card #5 (Animated)
Win 20 times in Titanium Trials.Ultra “Skynet” Vanguard Weapon Camo

Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance T-800 and T-1000 challenges & rewards

Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance challenge screen

In addition to the rewards listed above, players who have purchased either the T-800 or T-1000 Operator skins can earn bonus rewards by keeping them equipped when playing the mode.

Check out these extra rewards and challenges below:

Titanium Trials Endurance ChallengeTitanium Trials Endurance Rewards
Win a Titanium Trials victory while dressed as the T-800 Operator.Legendary “Thumbs Up” Animated Calling Card.
Win a Titanium Trials victory while dressed as the T-1000 Operator.Legendary “Cyberdyne Systems” Calling Card.
Killing a Terminator Operator, while dressed as a Terminator Operator.Legendary “Terminated” Calling Card.

Warzone Titanium Trials Endurance will be live until the end of Season 4, and then Season 5 kicks off, reportedly bringing an Umbrella Academy crossover and classic CoD villains.

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JGOD believes there’s no reason to use KBM instead of controller in Warzone

Warzone YouTuber JGOD has explained why there’s no reason to use mouse and keyboard instead of a controller.

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Warzone YouTuber JGOD

With Call of Duty: Warzone using crossplay, the community is split between controller and mouse and keyboard. While a mouse typically offers more precision, YouTuber JGOD explained why he thinks controller is the better option.

Like almost any triple-A shooter on the market, Warzone pits both controller and mouse and keyboard players against each other. There’s long been a debate about which input is better, with each having its unique pros and cons.

Mouse and keyboard offers much more precision and fine-aim control, but a controller’s aim assist does a ton of the work for you, allowing you to snap on and track players with ease — especially at close-range.

In an August 10 stream, YouTuber JGOD explained why he feels controller players will always have the edge, and why there’s no reason to use a keyboard and mouse.

“I think it’s easy for any controller player to kill any keyboard and mouse player,” explained JGOD. “It’s literally what aim assist is for.”

“I don’t understand why people play on keyboard and mouse on CoD, it’s just asking for frustrations with the game,” he continued. “I would say even if you’re really good on keyboard and mouse, you probably feel really good, but you watch your killcam and you always feel cheated.”

JGOD is so confident in controller and aim assist’s power that he believes that if he put 100 controller and 100 keyboard and mouse players against each other at random, “the controller players would dominate the keyboard and mouse players on average.”

He did say that this probably wouldn’t be the case in Apex Legends, but in Warzone, “the controller players would dominate them.”

Whether aim assist will be tweaked in Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 remains to be seen, but JGOD believes that nerfing aim assist wouldn’t work because the high-skilled players would continue to dominate and lower-skilled players would struggle even more.

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