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Warzone Season 1’s 10 most popular weapon loadouts

The most popular Warzone weapons in Season 1 have been revealed, so here’s the top 10 and their most popular attachments.

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Warzone Season 1’s most popular weapons and their attachments have been revealed, so we’re counting down the top 10.

Since the DMR’s nerf in Warzone Season 1, there has been great variety in the viable weapons. There is no longer one weapon that clearly shines above the rest, so you can take your pick of almost any weapon and use it effectively.

WZRanked.com has revealed Warzone Season 1’s most popular weapons, so we’re counting down the top 10, along with the most popular attachments.

10 – HDR

Warzone HDR

Modern Warfare’s HDR Sniper Rifle is favored for its exceptional bullet velocity. Pairing this high-powered rifle with the variable zoom scope will allow you to see and hit targets from extreme long-distance while barely accounting for bullet drop.

The most popular HDR loadout in Warzone Season 1:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: 26.9″ HDR Pro
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Variable Zoom Scope
  • Stock: FTAC Champion

9 – M13

Warzone M13

The M13 is a fast-firing Assault Rifle that dominates at medium range. Whether following up sniper shots or melting players at close quarters, the M13 is a solid choice.

The only downside to this weapon is the fire rate, where you’ll need to reload a few times during a firefight.

The most popular M13 loadout in Warzone Season 1:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Tempus Marksman
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 6 Round Mags

8 – MP5 (MW)

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The MP5 has long been a fan-favorite Call of Duty weapon, and it remains the same in Warzone. Most players use this weapon as a secondary because it shines in close-range situations. Adding the 5mW laser vastly increases its hipfire, making it easy to use when fighting up close.

The most popular Modern Warfare MP5 loadout in Warzone Season 1:

  • Barrel: Monolithic Integral Suppressor
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Stock: FTAC Collapsible
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 45 Round Mags

7 – M4A1

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The M4A1 is an extremely powerful all-rounder Assault Rifle.

The most popular loadout has the VLK optic attached for better accuracy at range, but you can remove the scope and add an attachment such as Stippled Grip Tape to improve speed, and you’ll have a weapon effective for all engagements.

The most popular M4A1 loadout in Warzone Season 1:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Stock M16 Grenadier
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags

6 – CR-56 AMAX

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While the CR-56 AMAX is the most powerful Assault Rifle, it’s tricky to control. It’s capable of downing a full armored opponent in only a couple of shots, which makes this weapon lethal in the hands of skilled players.

With the right attachments and a little bit of practice, the AMAX is an excellent choice of primary weapon.

The most popular CR-56 AMAX loadout in Warzone Season 1:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: XRK Zodiac S440
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 45 Round Mags

5 – FFAR

Warzone FFAR

Reminiscent of the Famas from the original Black Ops, the FFAR is a fast-firing Assault Rifle that’s excellent when paired with a long-range weapon.

With an insanely fast time-to-kill but high recoil, the FFAR is best suited for close-medium range situations. You’ll dominate up close but struggle at long range, so it’s well worth pairing with a Sniper Rifle.

The most popular FFAR loadout in Warzone Season 1:

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 19.5″ Task Force
  • Stock: Raider Stock
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip
  • Ammunition: Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag

4 – Grau 5.56

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When Warzone first released in March 2020, the Grau 5.56 was king. With almost no recoil and the cleanest iron sight the game has to offer, almost every player ran the Grau. Now in Season 1, with the DMR nerfed, more and more players are discovering just how good this Assault Rifle can be.

The most popular Grau 5.56 loadout in Warzone Season 1:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Tempus 26.4″ Archangel
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags

3 – Kilo 141

Warzone Kilo 141

It’s no surprise that the Kilo 141 has remained one of the most popular weapons. Although being slightly nerfed in Warzone Season 1, it’s still an incredibly easy Assault Rifle to use. Minimal recoil and solid damage make the Kilo the best choice for players of any skill.

The most popular Kilo 141 loadout in Warzone Season 1:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Arms 19.8″ Prowler
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags

2 – Kar98k

Warzone Kar98k

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 Warzone’s best Sniper.

The Kar98k has a faster ADS speed than any other sniper, and with its bullet velocity, you’ll find it much easier to use than the HDR. You can effectively quick-scope in close-range situations, and by leading your targets, hit some nasty longshots.

The most popular Kar98k loadout in Warzone Season 1:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6″ Barrel
  • Laser: Tac Laser
  • Optic: Sniper Scope
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape

1 – MAC-10

Warzone MAC-10 gunsmith

The number one spot will come as no surprise to most Warzone players. Boasting an incredibly fast fire-rate, rapid TTK, and next to no recoil, the MAC-10 is the obvious choice.

When paired with a long-range Assault Rifle such as the Kilo, or a Sniper like the Kar98k, the MAC-10 is a perfect choice. It’s unlikely any other gun will win at close range, and with accuracy, the MAC is known to outgun ARs at medium range.

The most popular MAC-10 loadout in Warzone Season 1:

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 5.9″ Task Force
  • Stock: SAS Combat Stock
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 53 Rnd Drum

If you’re yet to use any of these weapons in Verdansk and Rebirth Island, give them a try with these attachments. And don’t forget to pair them with the best perks Warzone has to offer.

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When is Warzone’s nuke event? How to watch

Warzone’s rumored Season 2 nuke event is almost upon us, so here’s how to watch it, as well as the location and time – welcoming Season 3.

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The nuclear destruction of Verdansk is almost here, so here’s everything we know about Warzone Season 2’s nuclear event, including the time, location, and what is set to happen as we get ready for Season 3 in the battle royale.

Call of Duty: Warzone Season 2 has been gearing towards an explosive finale for some time. Zombies have slowly been taking over Verdansk, and missile silos have appeared, seemingly, with the goal to destroy the undead.

Due to leaks and rumors, many believe that Verdansk will be nuked at the end of Season 2, and new details from Activision have confirmed a time and date for this devastating event.

Here’s everything we know about the imminent destruction of Verdansk heading into Warzone Season 3.

What is the Warzone Season 2 nuke event?

It’s been long leaked and theorized that a nuke will destroy Verdansk. After a nuclear bomb was discovered inside one of Verdansk’s bunkers, it’s long been expected that Verdansk will end in complete devastation.

Warzone Season 2 nuke event

Then, at the beginning of Season 2, missile silos appeared beneath memorials around Verdansk and Zombies landed on the shore. Warzone streamer NICKMERCS believed this would be the beginning of the nuke event, and that now appears to be correct.

Audio files were then leaked for a ‘Plague’ game mode that is believed to be the season-ending nuke event. From the audio, we can tell that Zombies have overrun Verdansk and it’s the players’ job to clear them out. The mode is set to end with the announcer stating: “Extraction canceled, nuke inbound for Verdansk.”

How to watch Warzone’s nuke event

Similar to Black Ops Cold War’s reveal in-game, players experience the event in-game. As Cold War’s reveal was the only live event we’ve had in Warzone to date, the nuke event will follow this format.

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If you’re not able to play the nuke event yourself, Warzone’s top streamers such as NICKMERCS, Aydan, and Dr Disrespect will likely be streaming the event.

When is Warzone’s nuke event?

In a teaser trailer released to their Twitter page, Call of Duty gave us a time and date for the nuke event. They revealed that the event will officially begin starting on April 21 at 12 PM PT.

For the rest of the world, here are the times:

  • 12 PM PT
  • 3 PM ET
  • 8 PM BST
  • 5 AM AEST (April 22)

Make sure you log in to Call of Duty: Warzone ahead of time just in case there are server issues.

The Warzone Nuke event will be a multi-part event, starting at the above times and ending over 24 hours later on April 22 at 12PM Pacific.

Here’s a graphic showcasing the different times for each step, with more information on what each step is to be revealed as we get closer.

What are Warzone’s Nuclear Radiation Zones?

As we draw closer and closer to Verdansk’s nuke event, April 15 appears to have brought the beginning of the end.

Zombies arrived on Verdansk’s shore at the beginning of Season 2 when the Vodianoy cargo ship crash-landed on the coast by Prison. This started a Zombie outbreak, which has now reached the other side of the map.

That’s not all, however. The Zombies’ takeover of Verdansk has reached 100% and new Nuclear Radiation Zones have formed around Shipwreck and Prison. Red circles with a nuclear symbol grow outwards from these locations at the beginning of matches.

These are the first two zones that the Zombies took over, so we expect them to engulf Hospital, Downtown, Superstore, and TV Station as the week progresses.

Going into these zones will slowly kill you, similar to the ring of gas, but with a twist. If you die from the radiation, you will come back as a Zombie. Bear in mind, you will only become one of the undead in squads modes – not solos.

As the season draws to a close and more of the map is covered in Nuclear Radiation, it appears we truly have hit the beginning of the end.

Where in Verdansk is Warzone’s nuke event?

Teasers from Activision have confirmed that the Zombies’ invasion of Verdansk will culminate at Dam. They have been sending influencers teasers ahead of each Zombie location shift, and the latest revealed Dam was the next Zombie location.

The note accompanying a hard hat labeled with Dam said, “Once the hostiles reach here, we levee a guess that Verdansk is all but gone to the damned. April 21st 12PM.”

With Verdansk being “all but gone to the damned,” it’s safe to assume this is the beginning of the nuke event. From this, it’s likely that the nuke event will begin at Verdansk’s Dam.

What happens after Warzone’s nuke event?

The nuke’s devastation remains to be seen. Players may have to take shelter in one of the various bunkers around Verdansk and we’ll emerge to nuclear fallout. Or, Verdansk will be wiped off the face of the earth, forcing the game to head to a different area or time period, perhaps the leaked 1980s Verdansk.

Warzone Prison Bunker

Warzone could also do something similar to Fortnite’s season-ending live events. After the event has concluded, there is often a downtime before the next season begins. With the Warzone map expected to have such a big overhaul, it’s possible that the game will be offline for a while before the next season begins.

Will Warzone move to a new map?

As other battle royale games such as Fortnite, Apex Legends, and PUBG have several maps that evolve over time, it’s long been predicted that Warzone will be receiving another main map.

Cold War's Ural Mountains Alpine map

It was first predicted that Modern Warfare’s fictional setting, Urzikstan, would arrive in Warzone and bring with it classic Middle-East maps such as Crash, Afgan, and Invasion – but it never arrived.

Then, with the release of Black Ops Cold War, it was expected that the Ural Mountains would be the next location for Call of Duty’s Battle Royale. This theory was recently made less likely after a leak revealed the Ural Mountains map was designed for a scrapped “Blackout 2.0.”

Now, we understand that Warzone is set to give Verdansk a 1980s overhaul for Season 3. A celebrity commercial was leaked that showcased Verdansk in the 1980s. Stadium was still under construction and Dam was replaced by a viaduct. A poster for Moscow’s 1980 Olympics was found inside Superstore which has given more authenticity to this leak.

Although new Warzone maps will likely arrive down the line, it’s unlikely that the nuke event will usher in a brand new map. It’s more likely that Verdansk will receive its 1980s overhaul going into Season 3.

When is Warzone Season 3?

It’s expected that Warzone and Black Ops Cold War Season 3 will take place directly after the nuke event. From the Battle Pass’ end date, Season 2 is set to end on April 22. New seasons usually arrive right after the Battle Pass concludes, so we understand that Warzone Season 3 will begin on April 22, the day after the nuke event.

Aside from whatever happens with Warzone next, Black Ops should also be receiving new content such as weapons, maps, and Operators, although nothing has been revealed by Activision or Treyarch.

The Season will need to fix a couple of niggles that are currently causing some trouble in Warzone at the moment too. The controversial Sykov Pistols are a recent addition to Warzone Season 2 and have already been confirmed to be receiving a nerf.

Once its overpowered nature and incredible exploit are fixed, Raven Software will also need to focus on the frustrating glitch that is causing Warzone Victories to not count towards players’ overall total.


That’s everything we know about Verdansk’s nuke event! As more information is teased and released closer to the time, we’ll continue to update this article.

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Warzone Season 3 Update 1.36 preview: Roze Skin change, FFAR & Sykov nerf, more

Warzone’s Season 3 update is set to include big weapon changes, cosmetic updates, and more as the game’s evolution continues.

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Raven Software has dropped a preview of some changes coming to Call of Duty: Warzone with the Season 3 update.

The studio responded to a big Twitter thread by YouTuber CourageJD. Courage dropped a list of changes he wants to see for Warzone, especially with a lot of the fan complaints.

The new update for Warzone for Season 3, version 1.36, will go live at 9PM PT on April 21.

Warzone Season 3 Update File Size

  • PlayStation 5: 25.6 GB
  • PlayStation 4: 25.6 GB
  • Xbox Series X / Xbox Series S: 25.9 GB
  • Xbox One: 25.9 GB
  • PC: 25.2 GB

Raven replied to CourageJD’s thread with a preview of some of the changes the studio is making to Warzone, including many coming with Season 3 update on April 22.

Warzone Season 3 Patch Notes

  • An adjustment to Roze
  • A significant balance pass to weapons such as the Tac Rifle Charlie, M16, FFAR 1, and Sykov
  • Fix for MW weapon perks + sniper glint (already live)
  • Change to how you acquire the RC-XD (already live)

The changes listed above are some of the big complaints players have had over the last few months in Warzone. Roze skin having an invisibility look in the dark has been big for players, and Raven has finally acknowledged that.

The newest addition for Warzone, the Sykov Pistol from Modern Warfare, was added on April 15 and was overpowered.

The studio actually released some of the updates mentioned in a patch on April 19, including a balance pass on the Sykov, a fix for MW weapon perks, sniper glint, and changes to the RC-XD.

The other changes mentioned, including Roze Skin and FFAR and Tac Rifle Charlie updates are coming with the Season 3 update on April 21 at 9PM PT.

The studio mentioned that they want to “reassure” fans that all feedback is being read around Warzone.

More Surprises To Come

Raven has promised in another tweet that there are more “surprises” in store for Season 3 that will be announced with the update.

Other changes to come with Season 3 update include the expected revamp of Verdansk map, which will see the map be transported and rebuilt for the 1980s Black Ops Cold War era.

Season 3 of Call of Duty: Warzone begin on April 22, with an initial event teased for April 21 starting at 12PM PT. Exact launch times for the new content will be announced soon.

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Warzone development started in late 2017, built to match Modern Warfare feel

An interview with Infinity Ward reveals the difficulty of making Warzone, and how it was always supposed to play like Modern Warfare.

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An interview with Infinity Ward’s co-studio heads describes the process involved with making Warzone, the pressure of pitching it to Activision, and how it was never meant to “step on Treyarch’s toes.”

The idea of Warzone seems like such a basic concept and you wonder why it took so long to fashion it. Fortnite launched in July 2017, and it would be nearly three years until Call of Duty followed suit with its own fully-realized version of battle royale.

Black Ops IIII’s Blackout mode certainly captured some of this vision, but Warzone is an all-encompassing experience that truly captures the magic of the last man standing format and is heading for Season 3.

Yet the 2017 vision for Warzone almost proved too much as it required a massive undertaking – casting doubt in Activision minds.

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In the interview with Washington Post, Infinity Ward’s Co-Studio Heads, Patrick Kelly & Dave Stohl, described how Call of Duty: Warzone was created and pitched to Activision executives.

Kelly states as part of the interview that Call of Duty: Warzone’s development pitch occurred in early 2018 when Infinity Ward leads convened with Activision executives to pitch this idea.

Warzone’s code name at the time was Magma.

Kelly re-called some parts of his pitch for the interview. “Okay, so here’s the thing,” Kelly said, reenacting his pitch to the Activision executives. “We want to have the same fidelity [in ‘Warzone’] as the rest of the game. And we want [players] to be able to go in every one of the buildings. And we want to have these [mission] contracts and we want to have really unique geography all over the world.”

The ambition behind Warzone was big at the time.

“And, by the way, this is going to be a massive art undertaking. And, by the way, this would be a massive technical undertaking. And, by the way, we don’t have the gameplay entirely figured out yet. And by the way …”

“Some people were concerned, like, have you gone too far with this? You know, is this too big a bite to take?”

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He notes that the building of Warzone was not meant to “step on Treyarch’s toes,” but rather, the focus of Warzone was to become a battle royale to better fit and match Modern Warfare’s world.

Blackout was focused on Black Ops 4, and it’s world, and Kelly believed the Modern Warfare experience needed a different take.

“[Blackout] was never the concern,” Kelly said. “The concern was like, ‘So, let me get this straight. You don’t have the tech sorted yet. You don’t have the bandwidth to do the art for the thing yet, and you don’t have gameplay entirely sorted yet.’” He told Activision executives: “But we will!”

The actual development of Warzone started in very early stages in late 2017, Kelly says, with the idea of having a fictional city of Verdansk. The popularity of PUBG and Fortnite during that time period ignited the entire industry to bring out versions of battle royale experiences to compete and match up.

The Washington Post story describes how Infinity Ward started its development. They wanted to take a real environment and city and bring it to life at a massive scale never done before in Call of Duty.

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The game kept getting new buildings, locations, and they expanded the map to the point where it got too big.

“It’s funny, because it was starting to get out of control,” Kelly said. “What happened was there are some builders working on this and they just kept building, building, building. We were going to end up with this space that was going to be miles and miles and miles of city. It was like, whoa this is getting away from us here. We’ve got to rein this in a bit. And part of the reason was that we knew we were going to have certain physical limitations, you know, like how many players can you actually support in the world?”

“So we started building the space,” Kelly said. “And we still didn’t know precisely what we were going to do with it.”

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Kelly did not mention if the original pitch included the game being free to play or if that came with how the industry changed and Activision’s need to adapt.

Call of Duty: Warzone officially released on March 10, 2020 and now has over 100 million players.

We’re over one year into Warzone’s release, and the game is integrated with Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Infinity Ward handed off a lot of the development of the title to Raven Software, who has been supporting the project since its initial development stages.

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