Warzone 2 meta guns and weapons - What are the best to use?

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April 25, 2023: The Warzone 2 meta continues evolving. We've checked our intel so you know the very best weapons to use in Season 3.

Warzone 2 is here! Some are already on the hunt for the Warzone 2 meta. Meta stands for the most effective tactics available meaning the strongest weapons in the arsenal often fall under this particular phrase.

With so many weapons to select, determining which becomes the meta is an extremely tricky task as players drop into Call of Duty's next battle royale for the first time. Thanks to the game sharing the same engine as Modern Warfare 2, there's a chance there's no difference in weapon performance when loading into Warzone 2.

Before we take a closer look at the Warzone 2 meta, check out our guides showcasing the best Warzone 2 guns likely featured in the meta and intel on upcoming Warzone 2 double XP events.

What is the Warzone 2 meta?

As players continue to drop into Al Mazrah and Ashika Island, these are the guns standing out from the rest of the arsenal thanks to their incredible damage in close-quarters, mid-range, and long-distance combat.

In addition to the best Warzone 2 AR, we also expect a variety of SMGs, shotguns, and sniper rifles to appear. As we head towards Season Two Reloaded and a potential dose of weapon balancing, we'll update the list to reflect any major buffs and nerfs.

Best Warzone 2 meta loadout

The chances of a weapon from the Warzone 2 arsenal standing out from the crowd are high. Whether it's an AR or a more powerful LMG, players always manage to find one gun that's far superior to the others.

The Warzone 2 cycle is in its early stages and after some early testing, we've found a loadout that performs well in all kinds of scenarios.

Kastov 762

  • Muzzle: Polarfire-S
  • Barrel: KAS-10 584mm Barrel
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Pro
  • Rear Grip: Demo-X2 Grip
  • Stock: KSTV-RPK Factory
Warzone 2 players aiming down sights
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Warzone 2 meta perks

Alongside choosing a gun that's part of the Warzone 2 meta, selecting a combination of perks is just as important. You now have the ability to customise your perk package and after plenty of testing, this combination of four suits any loadout perfectly:

  • Base Perk: Double Time
  • Base Perk: Bomb Squad
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: High Alert

Warzone 2 meta SMGs

Ideal for dominating close-quarters combat, selecting an SMG is crucial when building a meta loadout.

Currently, the Vaznev 9K is the strongest option thanks to its lethal rate of fire and ability to shred through the armour of your opponents in a matter of seconds.

Warzone 2 season 3 reloaded release date

Although Season 3 is in its early stages, players are already looking for intel on Warzone 2 Season 3 Reloaded. With the second season of post-launch content launching in April, we expect the mid-season update to arrive in mid May.

That's all there is to know about the Warzone 2 meta so far. Ahead of the launch, don't forget to check out our other guides highlighting the best Warzone 2 SMG and all the intel about the Warzone 2 map.

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