Since their debut, the Call of Dutygames have been a consistently popular franchise when it comes to first-person shooters. With 16 games currently, they’ve covered several major wars and created fictional ones that were just as gripping.

Now with last year’s Call of Duty: Modern Warfaregame, they released a spinoff in March of this year that’s free-to-play titled Call of Duty: Warzone. Like other battle royale-style games, it involves players eliminating each other in a shrinking arena until one is left. Fortunately, there are plenty of primary weapons available that are ranked down below from worst to best.

7 Melee

Though the Call of Duty games typically offer firearms, that doesn’t mean they can be useful in any given situation. For instance, when an enemy is less than arm’s reach from a player it can be difficult to fire a gun in such a confined space. So starting with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, weapons suited for melee-style combat were added. With that said, not many have appeared in Warzone as far as primary weapons are concerned.

  • Riot Shield
  • Axe (?)

It also doesn’t help that they aren’t great, particularly the Riot Shield. Because while the Riot Shield can be useful for blocking bullets, it makes a player less mobile. As for the Axe, it isn’t an official weapon but was discovered via a glitch so it could be one in the near future.

6 Assault Rifles

In general, assault rifles are the most common and easy-to-use weapons in the Call of Duty games and Warzone is no exception. The main reason for this is that they combine the long range of a rifle but with the same rapid fire rate as a machine gun. But depending on a player’s game-style and experience, not every assault rifle is good to use as a primary weapon.

  • FN Scar 17s
  • AK-47
  • FAL
  • M13
  • FR 5.56
  • RAM-7 (Season 1)
  • Kilo 141
  • GRAU 5.56 (Season 2)
  • Oden
  • M4A1

For instance, the FN Scar 17s AK-47 and FAL can deal a lot of damage which causes some players to give them high ratings but they’re tricky to use because of significant recoil. Meanwhile, the M13 FR 5.56 RAM-7 Kilo 141 and GRAU 5.56 are decent overall but nothing special. By contrast, the Oden and M4A1 are not only easier but more versatile in terms of use. As a result, they are arguably the best assault rifles to use in a battle royale situation.


5 Submachine Guns

Also known as SMGs, submachine guns are also pretty common easy-to-use weapons in all the Call of Duty games. But what separates them from assault rifles is their intense fire rate that’s akin to bigger machine guns except with greater mobility. Like an assault rifle, though, they have decent range which makes them just as useful in any combat-related scenario in Warzone.

  • Uzi
  • Striker 45 (Season 2)
  • PP19 Bizon
  • P90
  • AUG
  • MP7
  • MP5

Still, their usefulness can range from okay to good. The Uzi P90 and AUG, for example, aren’t bad guns but not particularly great either. Meanwhile, the Striker 45 and PP19 Bizon have significant pros and cons that don’t make them particular favorites. As for the best, though, it’s a close tie between the MP7 and MP5 since they both deal a lot of damage with little recoil.

4 Shotguns

As cool as a shotgun may look in movies and video games, it’s not very practical. Sure, it can be devastating and fire more than one bullet at a time. However, its range is limited making it better for close combat than killing from a distance. Thus, shotguns are a good weapon to have in Call of Duty: Warzone given its battle royale-oriented premise.

  • Model 680
  • 725
  • R9-0
  • VLK Rogue
  • Origin 12

But not every shotgun that’s available in Warzone has consistent stats. For instance, the Model 680 and 725 were initially too powerful which caused them to be nerfed. Now the R9-0 and newer VLK Rogue are more consistent in their stats by comparison and good to use. Though they don’t compare with the Origin 12, which can fire multiple rounds at an incredibly rapid rate.

3 Light Machine Guns

With more firepower than assault rifles, light machine guns or LMGs may seem like an improvement though they do have their drawbacks. First off, while they can deal as much damage as a submachine gun they are heavier in weight and take a little long to reload. Also, they have a limited range like shotguns, and how they perform isn’t constant in the Call of Duty games.

  • Holger-26 (Season 1)
  • M91
  • MG34
  • PKM
  • SA87

In Warzone, for example, the Holger-26 is okay but not great for competing with other players. Similarly, the M9 MG34 and PKM excel at dealing damage but they’re clunky and make the player move slower than usual which can be problematic. Fortunately, SA87 is easier to use by comparison while still being able to deal with high enough damage for competitive use.

2 Marksmen Rifles

When it comes to first-person shooters, there are generally two kinds of players: those who charge right into the thick of the action and those that stay in one place for as long as possible. So naturally, assault rifles are good for the former type of player and sniper rifles for the latter. But in an effort to marry the two guns, the marksmen rifle was invented for Call of Duty: Ghosts.

  • Crossbow
  • MK2 Carbine
  • EBR-14
  • Kar98k

Now on paper, this seems like a good idea though it has mixed results. Take the Crossbow in Warzone, which generally isn’t the best weapon to use even with the buffs it recently got. As for the MK2 Carbine and EBR-14, they are fairly solid as far as dealing damage though it’s harder to pull off one-shot kills compared to sniper rifles. Same goes with the Kar98k, but it’s arguably better than the other two because it can be almost as good as a sniper rifle in combat.

1 Sniper Rifles

If an assault rifle is known for its commonality in the Call of Duty games, then the sniper rifle represents a certain eliteness among gamers. After all, getting one-shot kills from a long distance is no easy task especially when the arena of combat steadily shrinks like in Warzone.

  • Dragunov
  • HDR
  • AX-50

Even then, not all the sniper rifles that can be found are the best to use for such purposes. The Dragunov, for instance, deals a low amount of damage per shot despite the high fire rate. As for the HDR and AX-50, they have the same high damage rate though the latter gun is slightly faster.

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