Now that Call of Duty: Warzone 2.0 Season 2 has been out for a little while, we’ve got a better sense of the game’s weapon meta. There are some clear winners that carry over from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II, but there are other top-tier weapons that might surprise you in battle royale. Of course, the weapon meta constantly shifts as Activision updates the way firearms perform, so we’ll make sure to keep this up to date with each new patch.
These are the best Warzone 2.0 weapons for Season 2, categorized by weapon type. Keep in mind, some categories will be skipped, as they don’t have any viable — let alone meta — options at the moment.
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Even after a slight meta shift, the TAQ-56 is still one of the best assault rifles in the game. It’s easy to use, has very little recoil and kick, offers a fast time to kill (TTK), and includes very clean iron sights, saving you a weapon attachment slot. This weapon has a lot going for it, as it’s a versatile, practical choice in the Assault Rifle category.
Introduced during Season 2, the new ISO Hemlock Assault Rifle is a top choice, particularly as a sniper support weapon. Though, you can excel with it as a long-range build if you can control its recoil, which can be difficult for newcomers. The ISO Hemlock will likely work best for you at mid-range, especially on Ashika Island, as it features an incredibly fast rate of fire and decent mobility, making it feel almost like an SMG.
Even after a slight nerf, the Fennec 45 is a top choice in terms of TTKs up close, thanks to its ridiculous rate of fire of around 1091 RPM. So, at least on paper, it’s a meta weapon that you should absolutely use, especially since you’ll likely win most of your 1v1 gunfights with it. The catch is that this weapon has a low mag size that caps at 45, meaning you’ll blow through ammo very quickly. With that in mind, it’s not as practical in Trios or Quads, as you’ll likely need to reload after each elimination. Still, for Solos, Duos, and 1v1 situations, this thing is untouchable.
For a more practical option, we recommend the Lachmann Sub (essentially the MP5). This weapon has comparable TTKs to the Fennec and a slower rate of fire, meaning it’s a little less forgiving, but it won’t blow through ammo as quickly. The Lachmann has plenty of power and even works well at midrange, making it a versatile option. It’s a little harder to use than the Fennec, but if you plan on playing Trios or Quads, the Lachmann is the way to go. This will likely be a much more practical choice for most players.
As much as it pains us to include this Shotgun on our list, we cannot overlook the sheer power of the KV Broadside — particularly with the Dragon’s Breath rounds. Full-stop, it needs to be nerfed, but until then, you might as well give it a try. This weapon is devastating up close, and is capable of downing an enemy in just a couple of shots, depending on how close you are. But with the Dragon’s Breath rounds, you’ll deal fire damage for a short period afterward, making you practically unstoppable up close. Enjoy this while it lasts, because it will no doubt get nerfed.
When it comes to range, practicality, and ease of use, few weapons even come close to the RPK. This LMG is easily one of the best in the game, excelling the most between 45 and 60 meters. Since it’s an LMG, it’s a slower option for sure, but as long as you’re already aiming at someone before they see you, you’ll likely win the gunfight. This weapon did get a slight nerf, but even still, it’s a top choice in the Warzone 2.0 meta.
The RAAL MG is technically more powerful than the RPK, offering better TTKs in most situations. It’s dominant up close, at midrange, and even from afar, with faster bullet velocity than the RPK. However, this weapon feels much slower in nearly every way, which could make the difference between winning and losing a gunfight. It has sluggish ADS speed, reload times, sprint-to-fire speed, and overall mobility, so it definitely has its downsides. However, once you actually connect with your shots, this weapon is absurdly good.
It seems LMGs are much more utilized in Warzone 2.0 than in the original game, as evidenced by the number of viable options. As part of Season 2, the Sakin MG38 has climbed to the top, offering better TTKs than the RPK, pretty much across the board. It’s also easier to control than the RPK, making it a top contender. The Sakin does have slower reload speeds, and ADS times, which can matter in certain situations, so you’ll need to ensure you play according to the weapon’s strengths.
Since snipers do not earn a one-hit elimination (even to the head), many of them are not as viable in Warzone 2.0. However, the Signal 50 is still highly usable, specifically because of its fire rate. Thanks to its high power and fire rate, you can quickly pull off follow-up shots to secure fast eliminations. By default, the Signal 50 deals around 234 damage to the head (according to TrueGameData), meaning it’ll take two shots to down a fully-plated enemy.
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