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Warzone 2 Weapon Tier List: Best Meta Guns For Season 3

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Warzone 2 Weapon Tier List: Best Meta Guns For Season 3

Ashika Island or Al Mazrah, here is the ultimate WZ2 weapon tier list.

Warzone 2 Season 3 Reloaded is getting more distant in the past, meaning the battle royale’s meta has shifted again as we head towards Season 4. This is the ultimate Warzone 2 weapon tier list, letting you know the best meta guns for Season 3.

The May 10 Season 3 Reloaded patch nerfed the Vaznev-9K, Kastov 545 and ISO Hemlock, among others. It also buffed the BAS-P, M16 and M13B, meaning each has made their way up a tier or two as their improved profiles are felt. The update also introduced a new ‘Minimum Armor Damage’ mechanic, meaning some weapons will always do a set damage to armor, regardless of range.

Since then, more nerfs have come to the ISO Hemlock (Activision’s recent punching bag in terms of Warzone 2 weapons) and the Cronen Squall. It’s a blow to the Season 3 rifle, which emerged as more and more of a fan favorite as we approach Season 4.

We’ll begin by breaking down the tier list, before going in detail on our three favorite weapons and offering best class loadouts for each.

Warzone 2 Weapon Tier List in Season 3

There’s over 60 guns for players to choose from in Warzone 2. Some, like pistols and melee weapons, are naturally less usable and designed only for specific scenarios. Others, like ARs and SMGs, dominate most matches thanks to their inherent versatility and ease of use.

The M13B, STB 556 and Lachmann Sub stand out as some of the strongest weapons right now, while the ISO Hemlock drops to C-Tier after its significant nerfs in Season 3 were followed by another pummelling in Season 3 Reloaded. On that note, the Cronen Squall drops from A to B, a victim of the May 31 changes.

The M13B and BAS-P remain in S-Tier as both grow in popularity and viability, while the Kastov 762 stays in A-Tier because of recent nerfs to its damage.

Elsewhere, the Kastov 545 drops down, the M16 moves up to B-Tier and the FJX Imperium remains our favorite sniper – although the MCPR 300 isn’t far behind.

SBAS-P, FJX Imperium, Lachmann Sub, M13B, STB 556, Vaznev-9K
AChimera, FSS Hurricane, Kastov 762, MCPR 300, MX9, PDSW 528, Rapp H, Sakin MG38, VEL 46, Victus XMR
BCronen Squall, Fennec 45, FTAC Recon, 556 Icarus, KV Broadside, Lachmann 556, Lachmann 762, M4, M16, Minibak, RAAL LMG, RPK, SP-X 80, TAQ-56, Tempus Torrent, X13 Auto
CBasilisk, Bryson 890, EBR-14, HCR 56, ISO Hemlock, Kastov 545, Kastov-74u, LA-B 330, Lockwood MK2, Signal 50, SP-R 208, TAQ-M, TAQ-V
DBryson 800, Crossbow, Expedite 12, .50 GS, LM-S, Lockwood 300, P890, RPG-7, SA-B 50, SO-14, X12
ECombat Knife, Dual Kodachis, JOKR, PILA, Riot Shield, Strela-P

Naturally, this weapon tier list is subject to change, with future updates guaranteed to make some guns stronger and others weaker.

We’ve also taken into account relativity and context, meaning players need to use weapons as they were intended. If you try and snipe someone across the map with the X13 Auto you’ll be eliminated; the same as if you try and run-and-gun with the Victus XMR sniper.

MW2 character in gold skin with AR next to Warzone 2 logo
Image Credit: Activision via Twinfinite

Best Weapons in WZ2 Right Now

With the Warzone 2 weapon tier list in the books, we’re going to run through our picks for the best three weapons in WZ2 right now, offering a loadout for each.


The M13B is a classic CoD weapon but actually came to Warzone 2 back with Season One. It’s gradually improved since then, with its fast fire-rate and strong handling making it a great assault rifle, even if it does still struggle at long-ranges. Your best build is detailed below:

  • Optic: Aim OP-V4
  • Underbarrel: Lockgrip Precision-40
  • Rear Grip: D37 Grip
  • Magazine: 60 Round Mag
  • Stock: Bruen R90 Factory

STB 556

Exploding in popularity thanks to its Season 3 buffs, the STB 556 thrives off the back of its fire-rate. It wasn’t buffed in Season 3 Reloaded, but it still keeps its spot in the top three of this Warzone 2 weapon tier list as other ARs – like the TAQ-56 and ISO Hemlock – received nerfs. Make sure you’ve got the extended magazines equipped:

  • Underbarrel: Lockgrip Precision-40
  • Stock: Bruen HCR 56 Stock
  • Optic: Aim OP-V4
  • Rear Grip: Stip-40 Grip
  • Magazine: 42 Round Mag

Lachmann Sub

The Lachmann Sub (MP5) has now replaced the Vaznev-9K as our go-to SMG, mainly because the Vaznev has now received back to back nerfs. It’s still a close-run race between the two but we’re giving the edge to the Lachmann because of its fire-rate and pure damage output. The best attachments are detailed below:

  • Muzzle: XTEN RR-40
  • Magazine: 40 Round Mags
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW 
  • Underbarrel: Lockgrip Precision-40
  • Rear Grip: Lachmann TCG-10

That rounds off the ultimate Warzone 2 weapon tier list, as well as our picks for the best guns in Warzone 2 right now. Be sure to check out the related content below, which will guarantee even more success in MW2 and CoD’s battle royale! Otherwise, check out our guide on when we expect Season 4.

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