The best Warzone loadouts and class setups


Looking for the best Warzone loadout for Season 3? Classified Arms is here, and whether this is your first battle royale rodeo or you're a seasoned veteran strutting the streets and open fields of Caldera, you'll know there are few important things than your weapon, and it's complementary build.

Fortunately for you, I've put together this list which'll help you discover some of the best Warzone guns available, and how to set them up. So without further ado, let´s take a tour through some of the best Warzone Season 3 loadouts.

Best Warzone loadout: The meta setups for Pacific Season 3 

S-Tier

MP40

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317MM 04B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 9mm 64 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Perk 1: Brace
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

The MP40 continues to be one of the most-used weapons in the game right now. It combines reliability, speed, and mobility for run-and-gunners. 

This loadout reduces the recoil while boosting fire rate and maintaining decent firepower—a combination that will excel in smaller, more packed areas like Village or Peak, places where agile reflexes and trigger finger will pay dividends.

Bren

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Queen’s 705mm Royal
  • Optic: SVT-40 PU Scope 3-6x
  • Stock: Hockenson SP2B
  • Underbarrel: m1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: .50 BMG 50 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk: Tight Grip
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

This mid-to-long distance gun that will help you take a beat and scan your surroundings before moving onto the next area. The Bren offers us superb firepower and great recoil control that allows us to take down enemies quickly from at least 50 metres, which comes in handy when we find ourselves in wider, more open areas like Beachhead or Resort.

A-Tier

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PPSh-41 (VG)

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Empress 140mm Rapid
  • Optic: Nydar Model 47
  • Stock: Kovalevskaya Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: Mark VI Skeletal
  • Magazine: 7.62mm Gorenko 71 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: FMJ Rounds
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Rear Grip
  • Perk 1: Steady
  • Perk 2: Quick

The PPSh-41 was stuck in the mid-tiers last season, but definitely showed promise. Now after consistent performance throughout last season, it climbs to A-tier.

This extremely fast SMG is one of the most dominant weapons in short distances and has improved its reliability in the mid-range. Its fire rate continues to be a beaut to handle, too.

Cooper Carbine 

  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: 22″ Cooper Custom
  • Optic: M38/Slate 2.5x Custom
  • Stock: Cooper Custom Padded
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: .30 Carbine 45 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Perk: Vital
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

If mid-distance weaponry is your thing, go for a meta gun like the Cooper Carbine. It's really versatile compared to other ARs, but it's also strong at finishing off enemies at close quarters.

B-Tier

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Kar98k (VG)

  • Muzzle: L Brake
  • Barrel: Krausnick 560mm Rapid
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Short Stock
  • Underbarrel: GF-59 Flashlight
  • Magazine: Default
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Perk: Fleet
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

I'm personally hurt by the nerfs inflicted on the Kar98k: it was once one of the best weapons in Warzone, but the decrease to its max damage distance and ADS speed has undermined its fan-favourite attributes. We'll see how it performs throughout the season to see if it can reclaim its spot near the top of this list.

Nikita AVT

  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Empress 613mm BFA
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: ZAC MS
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 7.62x54MMR 45 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Perk 1: Perfectionist
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

At least on paper the Nikita AVT assault rifle has all the attributes to become a meta weapon in the near future, especially while carrying the best rate of fire of its class. I'll update this list again for Season 4 to confirm whether this will be one of the popular weapons in the game.

C-Tier

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KG M40 

  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: Reisdorf 720mm Shrouded
  • Optic: M38/Slate 2.5x Custom
  • Stock: VDD 22G Padded
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 8mm Klauser 60 Round Drums
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Rubber Grip
  • Perk 1: Brace
  • Perk 2: Fully Loaded

The KG M40 hit the ground running when it debuted in Season 2: it boasts the second-highest damage-per-shot in the assault rifle category. It's a great weapon for mid-to-long encounters, but it lacks the recoil management and trustworthiness to be the obvious first choice. Definitely give it a try, mind.

XM4

  • Muzzle: Agency Suppressor
  • Barrel: 13.5″ Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Grip
  • Ammunition: STANAG 60 Rnd

The biggest downside of the XM4 is its meagre five available attachments, since it's not a Vanguard gun. This severely limits its potential, but overall it's a great assault rifle.

The XM4 could work as a poor man’s Cooper Carbine, but it lacks some fire rate somewhat compensated for with an extra damage boost.

Perks

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Here are the best perks available in the game to give you an even better head start every match:

E.O.D
E.O.D reduces the damage you take from non-killstreak explosives and fire, making it a popular choice for most loadouts. There are other options, but for the most part you’ll have your life saved by this perk whenever you step on a Proximity Mine or come across a C4 explosive.

Double-Time
This perk allows you to move faster around the tropical island regardless if you are rushing to a spot or simply running for your life. 

Overkill
If you want to run two primary weapons in your loadout, you need the Overkill perk. All other Tier-2 perks should come after this one, unless you've got very lucky with ground loot.

Ghost
If you're happy to head into Caldera or Rebirth islands with a handgun or launcher, it's worth doing so for the Ghost perk. You'll find a Heartbeat Sensor in most players' Tactical slots, and this perk makes sure you're undetectable by Heartbeat Sensors, UAVs, and Radar Drones. 

Amped
Amped is useful in almost every single class in Warzone. If you're not using a pistol, that fast weapon swap speed is extremely important and can absolutely change gunfights in your favour. Getting that extra few frames to start shooting your secondary is often a life-and-death situation, and Amped has saved the skin of many a player.

Lethal & Tactical

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Lethal: Thermite/C4/Molotov
Thermite is currently the meta choice, and it's easy to understand why. It's perfect for finishing off injured opponents quickly. If you're not a fan, C4 is a good alternative. This explosive can also be tossed on roofs to take out multiple squad members at once. 

Equally, try Semtex. It's easier to throw it at moving targets, but there’s also the Molotov bomb which comes in handy as a distraction.

Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor/Stun Grenades/Stim Shot
Caldera is a large map, and even when you're skulking around it can be very difficult to locate your enemies. Sniffing out the competition is much easier with the help of the Heartbeat Sensor, the best Tactical in Warzone. Just remember: enemies with Ghost won’t show up, so keep an ear out for footsteps, too. 

Stun Grenades are amazing when you’re sure someone's lurking in a room. Just chuck a stunner and the enemy won't be able to land a shot before you've downed them. Just remember: you only get a maximum of two of them, so make it count.

Last, but definitely not least, the Stim shot is a great alternative for Vanguard-only playlists and it will give you a boost on your movement speed and health to rush a building with confidence or escape from the crossfire with a better chance of survival.