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Best Warzone Season 5 loadouts: Guns, classes, attachments & perks

Warzone Season 5 has an extremely balanced meta, but these are the top 10 weapon loadouts, with perks & attachments, you should run.

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Running the best loadouts in Warzone Season 5 can be the difference between victory and defeat, so we’ve put together the best weapons and attachments to give you the edge in both Verdansk and Rebirth Island.

Call of Duty: Warzone’s meta changes often, with every new season bringing new weapons and balance updates to existing ones. Warzone Season 5’s update didn’t make many changes to individual weapons, but the brand-new EM2 is set to shake up the meta.

Still, Season 5 continues to have great weapon balance with many viable guns. However, some stand slightly above the rest, so we’re counting down the weapons you should be using this season.

Here are the top 10 weapons and their attachments, as well as the perks, you can run in Warzone Season 5.

10. Grau 5.56 – Best ‘Fully Loaded’ loadout in Season 5

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

Every Warzone player should have a ‘Fully Loaded’ class at the ready. After dropping in from the Gulag, you’ll be able to pick up a weapon with maximum ammo straight away so you’re instantly ready to go.

The Grau 5.56 doesn’t suffer from missing an attachment, making it the perfect choice for a Fully Loaded class. With the cleanest iron sights the game has to offer and minimal recoil, everyone should have a Fully Loaded Grau.

9. PKM – Best LMG in Warzone Season 5

Warzone PKM loadout
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 26.9″ Extended Barrel
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Snatch Grip

If you want a weapon that can wipe a whole squad with ease, the PKM is the weapon for you. With minimal recoil and a huge magazine, you can’t go wrong with this LMG.

We’ve built it to maximize its range, while also adding some attachments to increase its speed, keeping it competitive with Warzone’s Assault Rifles. Its huge magazine size also means you’ll be able to take down a four-man team without reloading.

8. OTs 9

Best Warzone OTs 9 loadout
  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 8.1″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: KGB Skeletal Stock
  • Ammunition: Spetsnaz 40 Rnd

Because of the OTs 9’s tough unlock challenge, not many players have got to experience its power. But if you’re looking for a fast-firing SMG with a rapid time to kill (TTK), the OTs 9 is well worth the grind.

However, its low magazine size means we recommend only using it in Solos and Duos, which prevents it from being the best SMG the game has to offer.

7. QBZ-83

Best Warzone QBZ-83 loadout
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 15.5″ Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 60 Rnd Drum

We called the QBZ-83 the most underrated weapon in Warzone Season 4, and this remains true in Season 5. In fact, a small nerf to the Krig 6 has only made the QBZ-83 better, so it’s well worth using in Season 5.

For a medium-range weapon, the QBZ-83 is perfect – especially in the confines of Rebirth Island. Fans of the FARA 83 in its prime will especially enjoy this rare, but powerful, Cold War Assault Rifle.

6. Swiss K31 – Best Sniper Rifle loadout in Season 5

best Warzone Swiss K31 loadout
  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 24.9″ Combat Recon
  • Laser: SWAT 5mW Laser Sight
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Rear Grip: Serpent Wrap

Raven Software has been working hard to bring Cold War’s Sniper Rifles in line with Modern Warfare’s, which has allowed the Swiss K31 to rise to the top. It’s just as powerful as any of the best Sniper or Marksman Rifles, offering great bullet velocity and a quick bolt speed.

The only thing that really separates the Swiss K31 and the Kar98k is player preference, but we feel the Kar just edges it out.

5. MAC-10 – Best SMG loadout in Season 5

Best Warzone MAC-10 loadout
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 5.9″ Task Force
  • Laser: Tiger Team Spotlight
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Ammunition: STANAG 53 Rnd Drum

The MAC-10 has long been a powerful SMG in Warzone, and it climbed back to the top of the pack ahead of Season 5.

This is the perfect SMG for an aggressive player, as with the right attachments it becomes extremely quick with an impressive TTK. We’ve built this MAC-10 to maximize its speed, while also having decent range for more versatility.

4. C58

Best Warzone C58 loadout
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 18.5″ Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 55 Rnd

The C58 is utterly dominant in the hands of a skilled player, only just missing out on the top spots because of its low fire rate and higher recoil.

However, its damage profile more than makes up for its low rate of fire. Once you’ve locked onto an enemy with the C58, there’s very little they can do to survive.

We’ve built this C58 to maximize its accuracy and power, meaning with a little bit of practice, you’ll have no issue beaming enemies over long distances.

3. Kar98k – Best Marksman Rifle loadout in Season 5

Best Kar98k Warzone Loadout
  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6″
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Sniper Scope
  • Stock: FTAC Sport Comb

The Kar98k has been a popular choice throughout the entirety of Warzone’s life because it can be used in any situation. Whether going for insane long-shots or quickscoping up-close, you can’t go wrong with this Marksman Rifle.

It has a near-instant aim down sight time, great range, and very little idle sway. No matter if you’re going for high kill games or tactical wins, the Kar98k is the perfect weapon.

2. EM2

Best Warzone EM2 loadout
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 27.4″ Ranger
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: 40 Rnd

The EM2 arrived as part of the Warzone Season 5 update, offering players a brand-new Assault Rifle to use in the expanse of Verdansk.

We’ve built this EM2 to combine power and range with speed, so you’re never caught out by a slow ADS time. It acts very similarly to the C58, offering the same max bullet velocity but a much faster TTK. It has slightly more recoil than the C58, but with this loadout, you won’t have much trouble after you get some practice.

There’s very little reason not to use the EM2 in Warzone Season 5. Not only is it extremely powerful, but it’s also a nice change from Season 4’s meta. We highly recommend running the EM2 as your primary weapon in Season 5.

1. Krig 6 – Best Assault Rifle loadout in Season 5

Best Warzone Krig 6 loadout
  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 15″ CMV Mil-Spec
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 60 Rnd

Although it received a small nerf in the Season 4 Reloaded update, the Krig 6 has kept almost all of its power going into Season 5.

With high damage and low recoil, this loadout makes the Krig is extremely easy to use. The Axial Arms 3x scope takes away any challenge you’ll have in hitting far-off targets and the STANAG 60 Rnd magazine is enough rounds to take out a whole team. Then the Agency Suppressor offers a boost to almost every aspect of the weapon and keeps you off the minimap.

For a powerful yet easy to control Assault Rifle, there’s still no better option than the Krig 6 in Season 5.

Best Perks for CoD: Warzone Season 5

Warzone Combat Scout Perk
  • Perk 1: E.O.D. / Cold Blooded
  • Perk 2: Overkil / Ghost / Restock
  • Perk 3: Amped / Combat Scout

Surviving explosives is a necessity, so E.O.D is usually the best for Perk 1. However, Cold Blooded has become more effective in Season 5 because it counters the new Combat Scout Perk.

To optimize your perks and weapons, we’re going to recommend the two-loadout strategy for any game. On the first loadout, your Perk 2 should be Overkill to grab your two preferred weapons, e.g the EM2 and OTs 9.

On the second loadout, you can either pick up a loadout with Ghost to hide from UAVs and Heartbeat Sensors or Tempered to make your armor plates more effective and last longer.

And for Perk 3, Amped will allow you to rapidly switch weapons, which stops you from feeling sluggish. But, Combat Scout is now another powerful choice, as it gives you temporary wallhacks and automatically pings enemies for your team.


Warzone Season 5 continues with the most balanced meta we’ve seen in a long time. While these are our top 10 weapons, there are plenty of other viable options you can have fun while using in Verdansk ’84.

If you’re also a fan of Black Ops Cold War’s multiplayer, you can check out our list of the 10 best weapons in Black Ops Cold War.

What’s your favorite weapon in Warzone Season 5? Be sure to let us know on our Charlie INTEL Facebook Page and Charlie INTEL Twitter Page!

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How to unlock RA 225 SMG in Warzone & Vanguard Season 5

Warzone and Vanguard’s new Season 5 SMG is set to deliver incredible mobility and a fast fire rate, so here’s how to unlock the RA 225.

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The RA 225 SMG is making its way to Vanguard and Warzone during Season 5, and the weapon’s speed in tight spaces should be a valuable addition to both games.

With Season 5 set to act as the final chapter of Vanguard and Warzone before players move on to Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, the RA 225 will be one of the last weapons to enter the fold.

We’ve seen a ton of post-launch Vanguard SMGs join the pool of weapons over the seasons, and it’s only right that players receive one final SMG before saying goodbye.

The new SMG will rely on a high fire rate and excellent mobility to dominate Season 5 of Warzone and Vanguard, so here’s how to unlock the RA 225.

How to unlock the RA 225 SMG in Warzone & Vanguard

Warzone and Vanguard’s RA 225 SMG will arrive at the start of Season 5 on August 24, and it will be available through the Battle Pass. At the moment, we don’t know the exact tier that the weapon will become available, but it should be either 15 or 31 according to previous seasons.

The RA 225 SMG will be one of two weapons arriving via the Season 5 Battle Pass, with the EX1 being the other. These two weapons should be free unlocks that occupy tiers 15 and 31 of the Battle Pass.

Menendez and Al-Asad in Warzone Season 5

The Call of Duty blog for the Season 5 roadmap explains that “this SMG has a high fire rate and a very mobile compact frame.” The RA 225 is a lightweight SMG, which means it should provide excellent mobility for those looking to finesse opponents in Warzone Season 5.

Although it does come with quick handling, its fast fire rate means that while it will be devastating in close-range gunfights, you will have to manage some upward recoil kick that the RA 225 displays.

Its base form doesn’t boast the highest firepower possible, but with the right attachments, you should be able to increase its damage and recoil control to your liking.


For more, check out our guide to all of the Vanguard & Warzone weapons arriving in Season 5, as well as how to unlock the Valois Revolver.

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Warzone Heroes vs Villains event: Gameplay, Faction Tokens & free rewards

Warzone Pacific Season 5 brings the Heroes vs Villains event, so here’s everything you need to know including the gameplay and free rewards.

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Warzone Pacific Season 5 brings the Heroes vs Villains event to celebrate the arrival of classic Call of Duty baddies. Here’s everything you need to know about the event, including the Faction Tokens, gameplay, and free rewards.

Modern Warfare 2 is almost here, and Warzone Pacific is going out with a fiery bang in Season 5. Classic villains have brought weapons from the original Modern Warfare 2 and Advanced Warfare, setting up the new Heroes vs Villains Community Event.

Here’s everything we know about Warzone Season 5’s Heroes vs Villains event so far, including its gameplay, Faction Tokens, Faction Bundles, and free rewards.

Warzone Season 5 last stand artwork

Warzone Heroes vs Villains event gameplay

The Heroes vs Villains event will take over all of Warzone Season 5, where players must pick whether they want to support the Heroes or Villains.

Faction Tokens appear in every mode, and it sounds like players must use these to help decide which team will come out on top. During this event, players can earn free rewards such as Calling Cards and Blueprints.

Warzone Faction Tokens explained

When playing any Warzone game mode during the Heroes vs Villains event, players can collect either Villain or Hero Tokens by “eliminating opponents and scavenging Supply Boxes.”

These Tokens will offer a discount on Faction Bundles at Buy Stations, and purchasing them will offer a discount on any other item from the Buy Station.

Details are sparse at the moment, but it sounds like these Faction Bundles will act like Donation Boards in Fortnite, where players spend cash to vote on an item they want to return. In Warzone, it sounds like players will be voting for whether they want the Heroes or Villains to win by the end of the event.

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Warzone Heroes vs Villains event free rewards

At the end of the Heroes vs Villains Warzone event, every player will be awarded a unique Weapon Blueprint based on the winning team — Heroes or Villains.

That’s not all though, as like any other Warzone event there are free cosmetics to earn by completing challenges. Here’s every reward confirmed so far:

  • Legendary animated “One vs. One” Calling Card
  • Hero’s or Villain’s Weapon Charm
  • “Conflict Spike” Melee Weapon Blueprint
  • “Time Duality” Watch
  • More

You can also check out how to unlock the new Valois Revolver in Warzone and Vanguard, as well as how the new Supply Box UAV Killstreak works.

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How to unlock EX1 Energy Weapon in Warzone & Vanguard Season 5

For those interested in unlocking the new Vanguard and Warzone Season 5 EM1 weapon, here’s all the details you need to know.

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Warzone and Vanguard Season 5 will introduce five new weapons to the game and here’s how you can get your hands on the EX1.

Both Warzone and Vanguard are heading into their final season ahead of Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2.

The Season 5 update is looking to bring an end to the seasonal updates with a bang, introducing a new Rage Serum Field Upgrade, classic characters as Operators, and an Umbrella Academy crossover.

As well as this, players will be getting five new weapons, one of which is the EM1 from Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, which has been renamed the EX1. For this interested in unlocking this “prototype Energy Rifle,” here’s everything you need to know.

How to unlock the EX1 in Warzone & Vanguard

The EX1 will be available for players upon launch of Warzone and Vanguard Season 5 as part of the Battle Pass.

Although it is not yet confirmed, we are expecting the EX1 to be the Warzone and Vanguard Season 5 Battle Pass tier 15 or 31 unlock.

For those familiar with EM1 from Advanced Warfare, the EX1 will be an energy Assault Rifle with unlimited ammo and an overheat mechanic which acts as a reload. It will also have an extremely fast fire rate with mediocre damage output.

According to the Call of Duty blog, the EX1 is “effective at long range,” and will also have “options for every scenario.” There are various attachments for the EX1 that can alter its behavior, turning it into a burst weapon with the “Burst Barrel,” or a sniper with the “Charge Sniper Barrel.”


For more on Warzone and Vanguard, be sure to check out how to unlock the Valois Revolver in Season 5.

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