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NICKMERCS reveals his dominant FFAR Warzone loadout

The FFAR has become one of Warzone’s most powerful weapons. Here’s NICKMERCS complete loadout for the Assault Rifle.

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The FFAR is undergoing a resurgence in Warzone thanks to recent nerfs to the DMR. Nick ‘NICKMERCS’ Kolcheff has created a new, overpowered loadout to dominate Warzone.

The Warzone landscape has officially changed with the DMR no longer being a dominating force that puts other weapons to shame. It’s eligibility as a bonafide Warzone winner has gone. This means that other weapons are now in the running as the main meta weapon.

An old Black Ops Cold War favorite is very much popular at the moment. So much so that NICKMERCS is running the FFAR in Warzone and he’s found the perfect way to utilize it.

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NICKMERCS FFAR Warzone loadout

There’s been a lot of discussion since the Warzone Jan 13 update as to what could become the new king of Call of Duty. The Kilo 141, the M4, and AMAX have all been discussed as heir apparent.

But many people, NICKMERCS included, have taken to the FFAR. The weapon is essentially the FAMAS, which has been present in multiple CoD games over the years, and it ruled BOCW’s early days.

Here are all the setting that NICKMERCS uses for his FFAR in Warzone.

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 21.2” Ranger
  • Underbarrel: Bruiser Grip
  • Ammunition: Salvo 50 round fast mag
  • Stock: Raider Stock

The loadout does take a hit on the FFAR’s accuracy somewhat. But it also greatly increases its range and damage. For someone like NICKMERCS, a drop-off in accuracy isn’t the end of the world as it’s far more manageable for a pro like him.

So many guns, integrated from Treyarch‘s Black Ops Cold War, have been dropping like flies recently. Along with the DMR, we’ve also seen the demise of the MAC-10 and the Diamattis.

Even though he thinks that the FFAR could “replace a lot of the SMGs”, NICKMERCS also says: “Are you going to see me or anyone else for that matter with this in a tournament? Er, nah.”

It remains to be seen how long the FFAR will be a go-to weapon for Warzone players. But in any event, it’s definitely an option to consider for the foreseeable future.

Image credits: NICKMERCS, Activision Blizzard

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Best Cold War AK-47 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 5

Here are the right Perks and attachments to create the best Black Ops Cold War AK-47 loadout in Warzone Season 5.

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The Cold War AK-47 is one of the most iconic weapons to arrive in Warzone, and following changes in Season 5, it’s quickly risen to the top of the pack. Here are the best attachments and Perks to run with Cold War’s AK-47.

Assault Rifles are a staple in Call of Duty, and the AK-47 is one of the most iconic weapons in Black Ops Cold War. You can use it to dish out some serious pain to your opponents at close and medium range.

With Warzone Season 5 well underway, and its Reloaded update live, you can use this weapon to cause some severe damage to foes. We’ll go over the attachments and Perks you should use to create the best Warzone Cold War AK-47 loadout.

Best Warzone Cold War AK-47 loadout

Best Cold War Ak-47 loadout attachments

Best Warzone Cold War AK-47 loadout attachments

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

We’ll start off with the GRU Suppressor because of the sound suppression it offers in Warzone. Aside from keeping you hidden from foes, it will also boost the weapon’s damage range, vertical recoil range, and bullet velocity.

Next, we’ll equip the 20” Spetsnaz RPK Barrel to further improve the AK-47’s damage range and bullet velocity. Plus, it actually helps with recoil control, so is arguably the best barrel choice for fighting at range.

Using the Ak-47 in Warzone

Then, the Spetsnaz Grip gives a solid extra boost to your horizontal and vertical recoil control. The Axial Arms 3x Optic will go well with the gun’s new precision. But, if you plan on using it at more medium-range too, the Microflex LED is a solid choice.

Finally, we’ll cap off the loadout with the 45 Rnd to give the AK-47 plenty of ammo to take down multiple enemies. If you’re playing Quads, you could also use the Bakelite 60 Rnd, at the cost of ADS speed.

Best Perks & equipment to use with Warzone AK-47 class

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  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill / Ghost
  • Perk 3: Amped

Your killstreaks can easily be ruined by enemy players that chuck grenades and other explosives at you. For that reason, we recommend equipping E.O.D to make you more resistant to explosive damage.

For your first loadout drop, you should select Overkill so that you can pair this formidable Assault Rifle with a Sniper Rifle. Then, collect the Ghost perk from your second loadout drop to hide from enemy UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors.

Finally, this AK-47 build is quite heavy so you should use Amped to increase your weapon swap speed and make sure that you have the right gun for each situation. These are some of the best perks in Warzone Season 5.

Most recent buffs and nerfs to Cold War AK-47 in Warzone

Cold War AK-47 barrel in CoD Warzone

Cold War’s AK-47 was last tweaked in the Warzone’s September 15 update. However, nerfs to other weapons such as the Krig 6 and FARA 83 are what has catapulted it to being one of the best.

AK-47 (BOCW)

  • Gun kick adjusted

How to unlock the Cold War AK-47

Warzone Cold War AK-47

To unlock this AK-47 for Warzone use, you’ll need to reach Level 7 in Call of Duty’s battle royale or Black Ops Cold War, which can be done in no time at all.

Just hop into a few games and start grinding out your skillset until you get your hands on this powerful Assault Rifle.

Best alternatives

If you’re looking for a great alternative to the AK-47, then we recommend going with the Grau 5.56 which has always been a powerful choice in Warzone. Or, the PKM has remained a reliable long-range choice to melt the competition.

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 | SP-R 208

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Best MAC-10 loadout for CoD: Warzone Season 5

The MAC-10 is one of Warzone’s best SMGs in Season 5, here are its best attachments and Perks to make the best Warzone MAC-10 loadout.

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Even in Warzone Season 5, the MAC-10 is still one of the best SMG loadout choices in the game. See how you can make the best MAC-10 CoD loadout possible with our complete guide.

Call of Duty: Warzone is now well into its fifth season, and after all this time, the MAC-10 continues to reign supreme as an elite killer.

The lack of significant changes has allowed the MAC-10 to remain at the top of the best SMGs in Call of Duty’s primary battle royale game.

We’ve gathered the most useful attachments and Perks you can run to dominate Season 5 with our best Warzone MAC-10 loadout.

Best Warzone MAC-10 loadout

Best Warzone MAC-10 loadout

Best Warzone MAC-10 loadout attachments

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

To keep yourself hidden from the minimap in Warzone while increasing your bullet velocity, aim down sight speed, and sprint to fire speed, there’s no better option than the Agency Suppressor. It will transform the MAC-10 into an entirely new, insanely dominant weapon for close-quarter battles.

A larger MAC-10 magazine allows for a longer burst of fire if needed, and given that the Warzone can throw a whole squad at you, the STANAG 53 Rnd Drum will justify itself in these situations.

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There are a few barrels that you can go for, but the 5.9″ Task Force is the best option in our eyes. At the minor cost of some recoil control, you can greatly increase the weapon’s range, damage, and mobility.

The Tiger Team Spotlight will help make you even more agile when using the best Warzone MAC-10 loadout, as it provides a big boost to your movement speed and aim walking speed.

These attachments will weigh the MAC-10 down considerably, so you should add the Raider Stock for extra mobility. You’ll have increased sprint-to-fire time and be able to strafe shoot with ease.

Best Perks to use with Warzone MAC-10 class

E.O.D Perk in Call of Duty Warzone
  • Perk 1: E.O.D
  • Perk 2: Overkill / Ghost
  • Perk 3: Combat Scout

The MAC-10 is a weapon you want to use up-close, so the E.O.D Perk is necessary. You’ll be able to tank an onslaught of explosives, keeping you in the fight.

Overkill will allow you to have an Assault Rifle, LMG, or Sniper Rifle as your primary weapon for far distance battles when using the best Warzone MAC-10 loadout.

You can then get the Ghost perk from a second loadout to hide from UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors. And for Perk 3, Combat Scout is a solid choice. Make sure you land even a single shot, and it will light up your opponent with a live ping marker for five seconds – game-changer.

Most recent buffs and nerfs to MAC-10 in Warzone

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Raven Software has tinkered with the MAC-10 here and there since the gun came into Warzone with the Cold War integration.

The latest update for MAC-10 was back in the Season 4 Reloaded update, and here’s the full extent of those changes:

  • MAC-10 (BOCW)
    • Maximum Damage decreased from 24 to 23
    • Minimum Damage decreased from 20 to 19

How to unlock the MAC-10

BOCW MAC-10 SMG unlock challenge

The MAC-10 was released as part of Warzone and Cold War Season 1’s Battle Pass. If you never unlocked the weapon during Season 1, you can now unlock it through a challenge.

  • Warzone: You must kill 2 or more players rapidly, using SMGs, in 15 different matches.

The quickest and easiest way to unlock the MAC-10 is to play Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer and queue into small maps like Nuketown ’84. Remember to complete each match, too, as leaving early causes issues with progress tracking.

For Warzone, you can either queue into Plunder with an SMG equipped and aggressively push teams or, if you get an SMG in the battle royale warm-up, quickly take out two players waiting for the round to begin.

Best alternatives

MAC-10's Gallantry blueprint in Warzone Season 4

The best Warzone MAC-10 loadout excels up close, so if you’re looking for another weapon to fill its spot, there are a few options.

If you’re looking for a weapon with a ton of bullets in the magazine and can take out multiple enemies quickly in close quarters, the Bullfrog is a solid alternative to the best Warzone MAC-10 loadout.


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 | SP-R 208

Image Credit: Activision / Raven Software

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Warzone players believe “free kill” Stun Grenades need a major nerf

Stun Grenades are too powerful according to Warzone players and need to be nerfed to make 1v1s more competitive.

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Call of Duty: Warzone allows users to hurl Stun Grenades at their opponents to give them a temporary advantage, but players feel they need to be nerfed.

When people talk about meta equipment and loadouts for Warzone, players default to the game’s best guns and Perks. Season 5 has seen the likes of the Krig 6, FARA 83, and MAC-10 ruin opponents regularly, and beasts like the Combat Scout Perk drastically change combat.

Yet, smaller details are continually overlooked, such as thrown equipment. An OP Assault Rifle loadout is one thing, but if you get stunned before you get a chance to use it properly, then it can be game over straightaway.

This is why players feel they need to have their powers lessened as “The effect lasts way too long and the effects are way too brutal.”

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The argument was put forward on the Call of Duty: Warzone subreddit by a user called JCglitchmaster, and they argued their case against Stun Grenades.

“When you are stunned in MW or WZ, you’re dead 99/100 times. It doesn’t matter if you are running the perk to counter it, it doesn’t matter if your enemy is miles away. The effect lasts way too long and the effects are way too brutal.”

The user places most of the blame on Infinity Ward, as the problem started with the release of 2019’s Modern Warfare.

But, they’ve now shifted a lot of the responsibility onto Raven’s shoulders saying: “you’ve had nearly 2 years to address this and you just haven’t. What blows my mind even more is this issue was also present in Blackout.”

In the grand scheme of things, we could easily see Raven not prioritizing an issue like this as, generally, most players will opt to run a Heartbeat Sensor in that slot.

Warzone is getting ready to integrate into Call of Duty: Vanguard, so it’s likely that we could see a complete overhaul of the game’s mechanics and systems anyway with the new map.

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