Call of Duty: Warzone has been updated and tweaked again after the start of a new season. Weapons and attachments are often adjusted to ensure they’re functioning correctly but they change as the game and players change. The game is living and constantly growing.

Sometimes states break somewhere else when something gets fixed too. Warzone is known for many things but consistency isn’t on the list. It’s important to revisit your loadouts to make sure they’re optimized for the current stats.

In this guide, I’ll go over some quick tips in case you’re a new or returning player and also cover some loadouts I recommend using. 

Call of Duty: Warzone - Best Loadouts for Season 3

Players may all start with the same old pistol when they first land but, in addition to the weapons scattered across the map, you can also use your own custom combinations of weapons, attachments, and perks that can be picked up from loadout drops that fall from the sky.

It’s anyone’s game when everyone is using the same default pistol but it can be your game if you play to your strengths and build a custom loadout that works for your playstyle and abilities. Loadouts are a crucial piece of the game’s strategy and let everyone play their way, so they’re highly sought after.

They aren’t single-use items either; anyone that interacts with a loadout drop can select one of their constructed loadouts, which is why these gifts from above are so sought after. It’s best to run toward the drops with armor plates equipped and a good enough gun to stay alive while making your way to it.

You can also just run like hell and take a chance. You usually won’t be the only player who decides to approach a loadout drop. Call of Duty: Warzone lets you choose your position on the risk/reward scale, which is part of what makes the experience such a thrill. 

The first loadout drop typically comes about twenty seconds before the first circle closes and the second one drops just before the fifth circle closes. You can buy loadout drops too but they’re rather expensive at $10,000 so it’s better to grab the free loadout drops if you can.

As long as you use the time provided to you after landing, you can be equipped with enough power and defense to successfully grab your loadout when it’s time. I personally recommend completing a few challenges when you first drop, like Supply Run or Recon.

These can provide you with stacks of armor, formidable weapons, piles of cash, and then you can hit up the loadout drop safely and with style. You can even use some cash at a Buy Station to purchase a UAV for your loadout drop approach to give you an extra edge.

It’s just best to be smart. It doesn’t do you any good to have powerful loadouts waiting for you if you can never reach them without dying. One last tip before we go over recommended loadouts is to know your limitations and play to your strengths.

If you’re still a little fresh or out of practice then just try to land further away from the helicopter’s path. This will most likely put you by yourself or at least around less players so it’ll be a little easier completing challenges and securing weapons and armor before grabbing your loadout. 

The start of Season 3 and the 5/10 mid-season update adjusted stats on weapons and attachments so it may be time to change your loadout to accommodate for the changes. My research and testing was conducted after the 5/10 update and things can and will change when the next update hits, which means another loadout guide may be necessary at that time. 

We’ll start with perks before jumping into a few loadouts I find myself using often because of fun they are to use and due to their effectiveness at most ranges. 

Perks

EOD is so essential and has saved me too many times to count. You’ll survive most explosives, unless they hit you directly, and can help you escape fire, get to cover and shield back up before returning fire on those who dared to attempt to blow you up. 

Overkill is crucial. It gives you the ability to use a primary weapon as a secondary weapon. Alternatively you can throw the primary weapon you’d like to use as your secondary into a different loadout. Then you can grab that loadout through another loadout drop to assemble your desired destruction for your enemies.

If you decide to do that then I’d recommend using the Ghost perk in place of Overkill. Ghost prevents you from showing up on enemy UAV’s, which can give you a pretty sharp edge against enemies. I personally prefer to just use Overkill because it’s easier to get one loadout drop than two and then I have my full arsenal sooner in the match. 

Amped gives you the ability to switch weapons faster, which can mean life or death. It’s always faster switching weapons instead of reloading. It also lets you use equipment faster so you can get back on your feet or aiming down your sights. 

Primary - RAM 7 with the following attachments: 

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: FSS Ranger or Forge TAC Eclipse

The FSS Ranger will give you better recoil control compared to the Forge TAC Eclipse but the latter will provide you with a faster movement speed. If you prefer the option of pushing people, by desire or necessity, then it’s better to go with the Forge TAC Eclipse.

This will just depend on your strengths and play style. I personally usually go with that last option because I like being able to push enemies if they discover my position. You might prefer taking them out at a distance, which is totally possible with this weapon’s build or with the secondary weapon, which we’ll get to shortly.

  • Laser: TAC Laser 
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip 
  • Ammunition: 50 Round Magazines

Secondary - Kar98k with the following attachments:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor  
  • Barrel: Singuard Custom 27.6”
  • Laser: TAC Laser
  • Optic: Sniper Scope
  • Stock: FTAC Sport Comb

This loadout is going to provide you with incredible and accurate combat results at long and mid range. The RAM 7 doesn’t have the best ADS (Aim Down Sights) Speed with the way this build is set up but you should be able to effectively take out other players before they get too close with these two weapons. 

Primary - AMAX with the following attachments:

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: XRK Zodiac S440
  • Optic: VLK 3.0x Optic
  • Underbarrel: Commando Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 45 Round Mags

Secondary - MP5 with the following attachments: 

  • Barrel: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Underbarrel: Merc Foregrip
  • Ammunition: 45 Round Mags
  • Stock: FTAC Collapsible

This is a powerful loadout that will give you intense TTK (Time to Kill) with the AMAX, which is still really good even after the update. The AMAX will work very well at range, especially with the XRK Zodiac S440 barrel, which provides tight recoil control and slick velocity.

The ADS and movement speed are hit a bit as a result but the secondary weapon in this suggested loadout works pretty well with hipfire. This combined with the Amped perk will allow you to quickly switch to it if you need to quickly fire back at someone approaching.

You should be able to address threats before they get too close with the AMAX’s attachment combination but the MP5 is there if you need it. 

This last loadout is one of my favorites and what I typically run with. It may not work best with how you play and can be adjusted to match your playstyle like the aforementioned loadouts. 

Primary - M16 with the following attachments:

  • Muzzle: Agency Silencer 
  • Barrel: 20.5" Task Force
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Field Agent Foregrip 
  • Ammunition: 45 Round Mags 

The M16 can be very effectively used as a long range sniper rifle with these attachments. The fire rate was reduced a little after the most recent update but it’s still a great rifle. This build gives it great velocity that will help you connect shots at a distance with the assistance of the Axial Arms 3x scope. 

For a secondary weapon I’d recommend running the AMAX with the previously listed attachments or an AK-47. The AMAX is just that unstoppable and still absolutely worth using. It compliments this M16 build really well. I’ve got a good build that works well for me when using the AK-47 below:

Secondary - AK-47 with the following attachments:

  • Muzzle: GRU Suppressor
  • Barrel: 20” Liberator
  • Optic: Axial Arms 3x
  • Underbarrel: Spetsnaz Grip
  • Ammunition: 60 Round Mags

The AK-47 is one of my favorite weapons to use. It’s fast, effective, and easy to use. It’s a fun weapon and can make quick work of enemies near and far. I’ve even used in long range in a pinch, despite having to wrestle a little recoil. The AK-47 gets the job done though and this build will make you effective at most ranges.

I can’t stress how amazing the M16 works as a long range weapon with this build too. This is one of my favorite loadouts to use. Call of Duty: Warzone may be an intense first-person shooter but it’s just as strategic as it is explosive.

Matches themselves are filled with split-second and long-term strategic decisions but the strategy starts on the Main Menu in the loadouts you create and equip. Your opponents will be planning accordingly and so it’s best that you’re prepared as well. 

Make sure to check Prima Games for all your Warzone needs, especially as the game continues, the weapons change, and the strategy transforms all along the way.