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ZLaner reveals why the EM2 is Warzone’s best Assault Rifle

Top Warzone player ZLaner has revealed why the EM2 is the new meta Assault Rifle in Call of Duty: Warzone Season 6.

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The Warzone EM2 Assault Rifle is a powerful weapon that first appeared in Season 5, and top player ZLaner has revealed why it’s the best Assault Rifle in Warzone Season 6.

When Warzone Season 5 arrived, it brought various new additions to the battle royale, including the powerful EM2 Assault Rifle. This weapon boasts reliable damage at range and a built-in low-zoom optic which improves accuracy.

Now, Warzone star Zack ‘ZLaner’ Lane has shared his thoughts on the weapon. The player revealed that he considers the EM2 to be the “new AR main meta” in Warzone Season 6.

Warzone EM2

ZLaner uploaded a new video to his YouTube channel, showcasing his Warzone gameplay when using the EM2 Assault Rifle in a match with fellow player StoneMountain64.

Right at the start of the video, ZLaner talked about the EM2 and praised the weapon’s performance in combat. He was able to use this weapon to secure various kills in the game, and it has also become popular with other professional players.

“I’ve been seeing a lot of pro players using this Assault Rifle as their main AR, and it is not a joke,” ZLaner stated.

The Warzone star was able to use the EM2 Assault Rifle to secure 34 kills in the game with some “insane clutches.” He was impressed with its capabilities and called it the best Assault Rifle in Warzone Season 6.

ZLaner is considered to be one of the best Warzone streamers in the world, and he regularly competes in top-tier Warzone tournaments. So, the EM2 receiving high praise from him says a lot about the weapon’s performance.


For more Warzone, check out this loadout inspired by Squid Game, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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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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