Top Ten Meta Overwatch Heroes in Season 22
By Emily Barnes
UPDATED – 6/2/2020
More recent patches to the game Overwatch, developed by Blizzard Entertainment, have succeeded in frequently forcing a change in the meta. Blizzard introduced hero pools that ban two damage characters and one of the support and tank characters on a weekly rotation. In the past, metas have been known to stay for entire seasons, if not more. GOATS, a three tank and three support composition, was extremely powerful in both the competitive ladder of Overwatch and the Overwatch League for months in 2019.
Hero pools have introduced versatility and limitations to players since its implementation and certainly, some of the typically lower picked characters are getting more playtime. With the introduction of the damage hero Echo, released to the main game on April 14th, she has completely shifted Overwatch’s team fights and ultimate economy. Echo’s own ultimate ability is called Duplicate which allows her to transform into any of her enemy teammates with full access to that character’s ability. Keep reading to see what characters are your best bet to play into Season 22 and more!
Orisa is classified as a “main tank” character who is a staple in the cast of original Overwatch characters, but many may argue she is often overlooked by her fellow tank Reinhardt. She provides her team with ample protection and potential to deal serious damage with her ultimate ability called Supercharger. Orisa has another ability called Fortify which can protect her from significant damage and her enemy’s abilities as well. These combined with a barrier make her an amazingly defensive tank that will pair great with team compositions that focus on more defensive and sturdier characters with higher damage output. Another tank that combines well with Orisa is Roadhog as he can use his hook when Orisa uses her Halt Ability. Halt deploys a graviton charge that pulls enemies in any direction. Orisa also plays well with Sigma, Bastion, Mercy, and Baptiste.
Mercy has been more of a niche pick for many seasons now, but she should not be forgotten or overlooked. Mercy pairs extremely well with many damage characters, for example: Mccree, Pharah, Ashe, and most importantly Echo. Echo is a very mobile character thanks to her Flight ability and in turn, she enables Mercy by giving her ample opportunity to reposition herself above enemy’s heads. Mercy’s damage boost ability is often overlooked but Mercy has the potential to amplify thousands of damage per match if players are focusing on damage boosting when they can. Resurrect will always be a game-changing ability that can shift the direction of a team fight in a second.
To continue the discussion of characters in the support category, Baptiste is an amazing pick in Season 21 due to his high healing output, the potential to do damage, and his game-changing ability called the Immortality Field. The Immortality Field can counter both high enemy damage and even ultimate abilities as it tosses out a destroyable device that protects Baptiste’s allies from death. Immortality Field is very effective at protecting allies from enemy Graviton Surges, Biotic Grenades, Gravitic Fluxs, and even DVA’s Self Destruct. Baptiste pairs well with Mercy, Bastion, Orisa, and many more.
Ashe is one of the most recently added damage characters to Overwatch, and she stands out with a southern drawl and an ultimate ability that summons a giant mechanical butler who attacks enemies with his arm cannons. However, Ashe is not usually picked over other hit scan heroes such as McCree, but hero pools have really allowed her pick rate to go up across all Overwatch ranks. Ashe can throw dynamite that explodes and does consistent damage to her enemies. This combined with a powerful semi-automatic rifle allows her to have a significant output of damage. Ashe can potentially be effective at countering enemy Echoes and Pharahs in the air especially when Ashe can rely on a Mercy for damage boost.
Tracer is definitely more of a niche pick especially in lower ranks due to a higher than most skill cap with the potential to terrorize your enemy’s backline. You will find Tracer to be extremely powerful against characters who are especially vulnerable and immobile such as Ana, Mercy, and more. A good Tracer player can disrupt her enemies with her Blink abilities that allow her to teleport in the direction she is moving. Tracer also has an ability called Recall where she can travel back in time and regain any health she may have lost before using Recall. When these abilities are used correctly, they are great at getting Tracer out of bad positioning or situations with her enemies.
Moira was added to the game in 2018 and she presents a kit that is as easy to understand as it is impactful. Moira has a very high healing output with her Biotic Grasp and her Biotic Healing Orb. Moira’s Biotic Orbs can rebound and bounce off of walls. This allows healing orbs to heal teammates over periods of time, especially in enclosed spaces. Moira’s Biotic Damage Orb is a nuisance to many players due to the ability to decay enemies’ health and bounce off of walls. Moira’s fade ability makes her invulnerable and invisible to her enemies and Fade can be used to escape Graviton Surge and Graviton Flux. Moira is a must pick for her quickly generating ultimate ability Coalescence. Coalescence can heal entire teams and damage enemies at the same time and can also pierce through barriers.
Sigma is one of the most recently added tanks to Overwatch. Sigma stands out for his interesting back story and eerie piano music that plays at the activation of his ultimate ability, Graviton Flux. Graviton Flux causes Sigma to fly into the air and lift his enemies in an area he aims for and slams them down. Sigma also possesses a barrier that he can place anywhere he wants, even in front of his enemy snipers. Sigma can swallow enemy ultimates and damage with his Kinetic Grasp ability, and Sigma can also knock down enemies with his Accretion ability. Sigma has become more popular in Season 21 and can be paired with Orisa or Roadhog for solid team composition.
Ana is arguably the most popular character in competitive Overwatch. She is just as challenging as she is fun to play and Ana has a high skill cap that once mastered can shoot any player to the highest ranks of Overwatch Players. Ana has a grenade ability that can anti heal her enemies. Once you are hit with Ana’s grenade, you cannot be healed until the effect wears off. This grenade can even impact Zenyatta’s ultimate Transcendence, making Ana’s grenade a game-changing ability every time it lands on her enemies. Ana’s also well known for her sleep ability that can even stop enemy ultimates. Finally. Ana’s ultimate ability is called Nano Boost. Nano Boost is extremely effective when paired with ally ultimates like Dragon Blade, Whole Hog, and Earth Shatter.
Lucio is a staple to almost every Overwatch composition. He was a must pick in GOATS, he’s essential to dive compositions, and Lucio’s defensive ultimate, Sound Barrier, can completely cancel out enemy damage and ultimate’s. Lucio can switch anytime between a healing aura and speed boost that can easily enable his teammates to do damage and push forward onto enemy teams. Lucio’s primary fire can also do some serious damage if you’re consistently hitting good headshots. Lucio pairs great with both Ana and Moira ideally, but he can play with relatively any team composition without many issues.
Echo is the most recent character to be introduced in Overwatch, and she is by far one of the most interesting characters who are extremely fun and rewarding to play. She’s a must in every game, and if you’re not snagging her when you enter a match I can almost guarantee your ally DPS will pick her instead. Echo has a very different and unique set of abilities. First, Echo has a projectile Sticky Bomb that can stick to enemies and detonate after a short delay. Furthermore, Echo has a Flight ability that pushes her forward very quickly and allows her to fly freely. She is very comparable to Pharah in her playstyle, except for her one of a kind ultimate ability called Duplicate. As stated at the beginning of this article, Duplicate is completely game-changing and we are very interested to see how it plays out in Overwatch League.
Finally, please understand that these characters may be considered meta by many, but that does not mean you need to play these characters in every game. It is important for serious players to keep up with what is meta in order to keep up with the rest of the player base. However, if you are especially skilled at one character or many, do not let the meta limit what you play in your own games. All in all, games are supposed to be fun, right?
The 10 Best Armor Sets in The Witcher 3
Which are the best armor sets in The Witcher 3?
Armor has always been an essential part of RPG games, and it’s not all about the visual look and aesthetic.
When you’re placed into a world full of enemies and battles to be fought, your normal body isn’t going to be enough to protect yourself from potentially massive amounts of damage. All attacks in-game do a specific amount of damage whether it’s 100, 200, or 5,00 damage.
There are also multiple types of damage including piercing damage, environmental damage, monster damage, and many more.
The Best Armor Sets in The Witcher 3
This is where armor can really save the day and enable you to succeed in your play.
Armor takes away some of the damage that attacks do, and each armor differs in just how much damage and what specific kind it will be most resistant to.
The different visual appeal makes them fun to collect and discover, so keep reading for the list of the top ten sets in The Witcher 3.
10. Kaer Morhen Armor
We are starting with one of the easiest armor sets to discover: the Kaer Morhen, your starting armor.
This armor can eventually be crafted into a much stronger version, the Warrior’s leather jacket. You will simply combine the Kaer Morhen, one cured leather, two pieces of wire, and two leather scraps.
The Warrior’s leather jacket is a medium type of armor and has some hefty stats.
This armor provides a 9% increase in resistance to piercing damage and bludgeoning damage.
On top of that, your resistance to slashing damage will increase by 18%, your resistance to damage from monsters by 12%, and finally, your resistance to elemental damage will increase by 15%.
This armor may be found at the beginning of the game, but its upgraded version is not to be overlooked.
9. Assassin’s Armor Set
The Assassin’s Armor Set is a moderately resistant set that makes up for what it lacks in being available early on.
This set is a great option towards the beginning of your playthrough but can be replaced with something better later on.
However, a pair of Assassin’s Gauntlets provide a significant critical hit boost, an increase of 10% to be exact. Your resistance to piercing damage and bludgeoning damage will both increase by 2%, slashing damage resistance will increase by 5%, and your chances of finding herbs will go up by 5%.
While this armor may not be especially defensive, the increase in critical hit chance will be very effective in battle.
8. Viper School Armor Set
This set becomes available with the Hearts of Stone expansion.
You will complete the “Open Sesame!” Quest and buy the armor diagram from Countless Mignole.
The items required to craft the Viper School Armor set include linen, leather straps, hardened leather, wire, and cured draconid leather. This set requires the player to be level 39, and this armor has very high defensive stats.
The player’s resistance to piercing and slashing damage will increase by 30%, resistance to monster and elemental damage will increase by 40%, and your resistance to poisoning will increase by a whopping 50%. With this armor on you are going to be a tough enemy to defeat!
7. Griffin School Armor Set
The Griffin School Gear includes a full armor set and weapons.
Each of these is upgradeable, and the Griffin armor can be used to craft the Enhanced Griffin Armor.
You will need one shirt, two hardened leather, a meteorite silver plate, five leather straps, and two monster eyes. When wearing this armor your sign intensity, resistance to piercing damage, and resistance to bludgeoning damage will all increase by 5%.
Your resistance to slashing damage will increase by 10%, and your resistance to monster damage will increase by 15%. This armor is best for players who will prioritize swift movements and attacks over defense.
6. Toussaint Knight’s Tourney Armor (Crafted)
The Toussaint Knight’s Tourney Armor is a heavy armor that is available in three versions: crafted, magic, and master.
For this list, I chose the crafted Toussaint Knight’s Tourney armor. When completing the Night of Long Fangs quest you must pick Syanna’s route.
Then the relic form on this armor can be found at the Land of Thousand Fables. First of all, this armor increases Geralt’s Vitality by 500.
On top of that, your resistance to piercing damage, bludgeoning damage, and slashing damage will all increase by 43%. This piece of armor provides a unique increase of chance to deflect projectiles with the Quen magical sign by 25%.
5. Hen Gaidth Armor Set
The Hen Gaidth Armor Set becomes available with the Blood and Wine expansion.
The set can be found while completing the “What Lies Unseen” quest while inside the Unseen Elder’s lair.
This set has a red and black visual look that resembles something Dracula would have worn, and it’s definitely a resistant heavy armor.
Your resistance to slashing and monster damage will both increase by 35%. Your resistance to piercing damage will go up by 40%, resistance to bludgeoning damage will increase by 30%, and finally, your resistance to bleeding will increase by 50%!
4. Manticore School Armor Set
Some sets of armor will include a bonus when wearing multiple pieces from the same set, and the fourth set on our list is a perfect example.
The Manticore School Armor Set is introduced with the Blood and Wine expansion. You can craft this powerful armor set with the following ingredients: two cured Draconid leather, two Dimeritium plates, two monster eyes, and two monster ears.
This armor provides the player with 240 points to their Vitality. Your resistance to toxicity increases by 10, your resistance to piercing damage increases by 19%, and your resistance to slashing damage by 24%. Furthermore, your resistance to damage from monsters increases by 31%. This armor has great defensive stats and a boost to critical hit damage as well at an increase of 25%.
3. Wolf School Armor Set
Scavenger Hunt: Wolf School Gear was added on as a DLC to the original Witcher 3 game, and the point of the mission is to obtain the diagrams for the Wolf School Gear.
South of the Kaer Morhen signpost is an old signal tower that contains the diagrams. The armor can be crafted with one shirt, two pieces of hardened leather, five leather straps, two monster eyes, and one meteorite silver plate. The Wolf School Armor Set gives the player a 105-point increase in Vitality.
Your adrenaline, resistance to piercing damage, and resistance to bludgeoning damage will all increase by 5%. Then your resistance to slashing damage will increase by 10%, and your resistance to monster damage will increase by 15%.
2. Ursine School Armor Set
The second set on this list is undoubtedly one of the most powerful pieces of armor available in The Witcher 3, rightfully earning its high placement.
The Ursine School Armor is found in Skellige at the peak of Yngvar’s Fang.
The player only has to be level 20 to find this armor and can craft the armor with these ingredients: one shirt, one dark steel plate, four pieces of linen, one monster bone, and two pieces of hardened leather. Geralt’s Vitality will increase by 135 points.
Your adrenaline grain, resistance to piercing damage, and resistance to bludgeoning damage will all increase by 5%. Slashing damage will decrease by 15% and your resistance to monster damage will go up by 20%.
1. Feline School Gear Set
The number one most valuable and resistant armor on this list is none other than the Feline School Gear Set.
The Feline set is from the Cat School, and this specific set can be crafted.
Follow a road around the western cliffside near Novigrad’s temple. You will end up walking behind the houses until you discover a path that goes behind the tower. You will need Keira Metz’s amulet in order to make it through this part of the quest.
Once you’ve equipped this armor Geralt’s Vitality will increase by 135 points and his attack power will increase by 10%. Your piercing damage will increase by 6%, your resistance to slashing damage and damage from monsters will increase by 8%, and finally, your resistance to elemental damage will increase by 30%.
There is a long list of available armor pieces in the Witcher 3, complicated even more by upgradeable options and customizations.
Even though the base game is plenty filled with discoverable and craftable items, the multiple expansions after the release have added even more options to the game. This can seem intimidating to anyone who has just begun their Witcher 3 journey.
However, exploring a world filled with valuable treasures is rewarding and exciting! You will fight your way through dark caves riddled with monsters, cross great distances, and fight many battles to find these armor sets.
Whether you are trying to find the best lightweight armor or simply collect them all, I hope this list made it easier to decide which specific set to look for. If you are interested in more descriptive guides on the best items in The Witcher 3, take a look at our Top Ten Silver Swords list! and our Top Ten Steel Swords List!
Here’s a quick recap of the 10 best armor sets in The Witcher 3:
- Feline School Gear Set
- Ursine School Armor Set
- Wolf School Armor Set
- Manticore School Armor Set
- Hen Gaidth Armor Set
- Toussaint Knight’s Tourney Armor (Crafted)
- Griffin School Armor Set
- Viper School Armor Set
- Assassin’s Armor Set
- Kaer Morhen Armor
What’s your favorite armor set in The Witcher 3? Leave a comment below.
Top 10 Best Bows in WoW Classic
By Samuel Riedeman
World of Warcraft (WoW) is one of the most famous video games ever. The time between WoW’s release in 2004 and its peak in 2010 is commonly known as “Vanilla”, or Classic, WoW. This time period is the source of many players’ nostalgia: the era the game became the most popular MMORPG in the world. Unfortunately, the hunter class became an infamous joke to some players. The meme continues today where hunters’ pets are blamed for bad pulls, or a hunter rolled need on something they couldn’t use, as the story goes. But don’t allow the negativity to keep you from playing a class you enjoy. So go out there, roll a hunter, and dream about the awesome weapons you will collect. In this list, we are looking at the top 10 best bows in WoW Classic.
10. Hoodoo Hunting Bow
When players entered the Zul’gurub raid, they had a chance to summon Wushoolay through a random event called Edge of Madness. Players would find the subregion of Zul’gurub just past Zanza’s Rise. Tablets in the area would allow alchemists to learn the formula for Gurubashi Mojo Madness, which required Blood of Heroes, Massive Mojo, Black Lotus, and 6 Powerful Mojo. This would be used to extinguish the brazier in the area and begin the event, randomly summoning either Gri’lek, Renataki, Hazza’rah, or Wushoolay.
Wushoolay is a troll ghost and elemental shaman who will use strong lightning attacks against your party. Upon defeat, the boss has a chance of dropping the Hoodoo Hunting Bow. This bow has a large tiki face on it and does decent damage. The bow does 35 damage per second (DPS) and adds +10 Agility and +4 Stamina. With the effort required to acquire this bow, the Hoodoo is a great badge of honor for your hunter in WoW Classic.
9. Mandokir’s Sting
Players can return to Zul’gurub for the chance of receiving Mandokir’s Sting, a bow in the shape of a cobra. This weapon drops from an early boss in the raid, Bloodlord Mandokir. Considered an optional boss, the Bloodlord is a difficult fight but with great rewards. Mandokir begins the fight on his raptor mount, Ohgan. Once he dismounts, both Ohgan and Mandokir will engage the raid. This encounter is tricky and features unique mechanics where Mandokir will even resurrect fallen raid members.
Upon defeat, the Bloodlord has the chance of dropping a bow, Mandokir’s Sting. While this weapon doesn’t have any unique effects, the damage is decent at 37.5 DPS while also adding +11 Agility and +8 Stamina. Even if the stats don’t impress, the appearance is awesome and shows you are a skilled raider as well.
8. Bow of Taut Sinew
Located in southern Silithus, players can obtain the Bow of Taut Sinew within the Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj raid. This 20-person outdoor raid takes players to the home of the Qiraji, a bug-like race that were sealed within their ruins behind the scarab wall following the “War of the Shifting Sands”. After some Qiraji escaped their prison, Anachronos, the bronze dragon, helped the adventurers of Azeroth open the Scarab Wall to prevent further invasion. Within this raid, players would encounter Ayamiss the Hunter, the second to last boss. Ayamiss is a wasp beast who attacks from above and utilizes wasp minions as well as her poisonous stinger.
The Bow of Taut Sinew appears bug-like as if it was crafted from a limb of the Qiraji. The appearance is unique and the bow has good stats. The bow has 38.64 DPS and gives the user a bonus +22 Attack Power as well as +8 Nature Resistance.
7. Striker’s Mark
One of the most well-known raids of Vanilla WoW is Molten Core, full of many iconic bosses. Within Blackrock Mountain, the Molten Core raid is home to Ragnaros the Firelord. The favorite among Ragnaros’s pets, Magmadar is a two-headed core hound and the second boss of the raid. Among the loot drop from the core hound is the bow, Striker’s Mark. The epic weapon appears to be made from bone and features a skull above the purple grip. Striker’s mark has 39.6 DPS as well as +22 Attack Power and improves your chance to hit by 1%.
6. Rhok’delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers
To begin the quest to obtain this legendary bow, players must receive an Ancient Petrified Leaf by defeating Majordomo in the Molten Core raid. Players learn that this leaf belonged to Vartrus the Ancient in Felwood. Vartrus offers the two quests required to craft this bow. “A Proper String” tasks players to collect a Mature Black Dragon Sinew from Onyxia. Found in the Onyxia’s Lair raid, Onyxia is the daughter of Deathwing and sister of Nefarian, as well as the broodmother of the Black Dragonflight in Azeroth. “Stave of the Ancients” requires hunters to defeat four demonic corrupters in Felwood and forced players to complete this quest alone. Once a hunter collected the heads of the four demons, Vartrus would reward them with an Ancient Rune Etched Stave. Together, these items were used to create Rhok’delar, Longbow of the Ancient Keepers as well as Lok’delar, Stave of the Ancient Keepers.
Rok’delar would improve your chance to get a critical strike by 1% and +17 ranged Attack Power while Lok’delar improved your chance to get a critical strike by 2% and added +45 Attack Power when fighting Demons. Not only would hunters receive a fantastic weapon upon completing this quest, but also great bragging rights. This weapon remains one of the most iconic weapons in WoW Classic because of how challenging it is to obtain!
Another iconic raid from the early days of World of Warcraft was Blackwing Layer. This was the home of Nefarian, the black dragon also known as Deathwing. This was an important point in the Cataclysm story where the player could confront the infamous Nefarian and attempt to defeat him themselves. The third boss in this raid was Broodlord Lashlayer, who guards the Halls of Strife, blocking the way into Nefarian’s inner sanctum. The Broodlord is a Drakonid and players must traverse two “suppression rooms” full of traps and minions before they can reach him. Once he is defeated, players have a chance to receive the Heartstriker, a bow ornated with two black and red dragons. The Heartstriker has 44 DPS and adds +24 Attack Power when equipped.
4. High Warlord’s Recurve
This is the first of two PvP bows on this list, both of which are incredibly difficult to obtain. In World of Warcraft Classic, the Honor System is used to track PvP progress. Honor is collected through Honorable Kills (HKs) when a player kills another player of the opposite faction in the open world or battlegrounds. Not all HKs are counted equally, however, so a player’s Honor rating is tracked with Honor Contribution Points (CPs). This is so objectives in battlegrounds like capturing flags or bases will also reward Honor. CPs calculate your rating and reward you with a rank. In the Horde, these range from a Rank 1 Scout to Rank 6 Stone Guard, etc.
As a player collects Rank Points and ranks up, a PvP vendor will have items for sale depending on the rank. The Horde vendor is Sergeant Thunderhorn, located in the Hall of Legends of Orgrimmar. Each new rank unlocks armor, mounts, and a weapon at the highest rank. Horde players must collect 60000 Rating Points to reach Rank 14, High Warlord, and unlock epic-quality weapons. Only then would a Horde hunter be able to obtain the High Warlord’s Recurve bow. This weapon has 46.1 DPS and +36 ranged Attack Power when equipped.
3. Grand Marshal’s Bullseye
In the same fashion as the Highwarlord’s Recurve, the Grand Marshal’s Bullseye is unlocked through PvP ranks. In the Alliance, ranks range from a Rank 1 Private to Rank 6 Knight, and so on. As a player collects Rank Points and ranks up, a PvP vendor will have items for sale depending on the rank. The Alliance vendor is Captain O’Neal, located in the Champions’ Hall in Stormwind. Each new rank unlocks armor, mounts, and a weapon at the highest rank. Alliance players must collect 60000 Rating Points to reach Rank 14, Grand Marshal, and unlock epic-quality weapons. Only then would an Alliance hunter be able to obtain the Grand Marshal’s Bullseye bow. This weapon has 46.1 DPS and +36 ranged Attack Power when equipped.
2. Huhuran’s Stinger
Very similar to the Bow of Taut Sinew, this weapon drops from a Qiraji wasp in an Ahn’Qiraj raid. This time players must enter the Temple of Ahn’Qiraj raid, different from the Ruins of Ahn’Qiraj. Players learn that the disturbance in the Ruins and Temple of Ahn’Qiraaj were caused by the old god, C’thun. Now heroes must enter Temple of Ahn’Qiraj, challenge C’thun’s most wicked servants, and slay the god. The fourth boss of the raid, Princess Huhuran is a large wasp who also uses poison against the raiding party. Upon her defeat, hunters have a chance to receive Huhuran’s Stinger, seemingly crafted from the Princess’s corpse. The bow has 46.3 DPS and adds +18 Agility to the player.
The Naxxramas raid has introduced some of the most iconic bosses and the strongest weapons in the game at the time. This included the Epic bow, Soulstring. In order to obtain this weapon, players must defeat the Four Horsemen and loot it from their chest. The four members were all former Paladins who were turned into undead. Located in the Military Quarter of Naxxramas, the Four Horsemen were powerful Death Knights who guarded Kel’Thuzad, the final boss of Naxxramas. This encounter was known to be very difficult as raid groups must face all four bosses at once. Upon defeat, their chest could contain many rare items, including the Soulstring. This bow had 50 DPS, the highest at the time. Additionally, the weapon would improve your chance to get a critical strike by 1% and add +16 Attack Power.
While these bows may be forgotten on the live servers, every weapon on this list is a great option if you’re playing Classic as a hunter. Nostalgic players of the Vanilla era have rejoiced as World of Warcraft Classic has come to give these players a taste of the past. Whether you’re returning or it’s your first time in the world, maybe you, too, can enter an era of Azeroth before the time of Cataclysm. If the warrior class is more your thing, Check out our guide best weapons for the warrior class!
Top 10 Call of Duty Warzone Weapons That Fry
By Erika Lentz
In order to annihilate your enemies, you need to obtain the best weapons and in-game accessories. For instance, certain Black Ops Cold War guns are perfect for Warzone. You should also check out the blueprint weapons released in Season 5 of Warzone. Not only can you get a slick appearance for your weapon, but there are a ton of operator skins available as well. With the right setup, you can slaughter enemies and look great doing it. There are a ton of ways to blaze through Warzone like it’s nothing but remember that we’re here to talk about some killer weapons. So, check out our list of the top 10 Call of Duty Warzone weapons that fry.
10. Grau 5.56
The Grau 5.56 is an assault rifle and one of the most popular weapons of any type in Call of Duty: Warzone. It can be unlocked as part of the Season 2 Battle Pass (Tier 15). In order to obtain the Grau 5.56, you will need to get 5 kills in one minute with an assault rifle (any specific assault rifle) 25 times. This seems daunting but it is simple to achieve when you play in multiple different game modes. There are currently 22 different blueprints that you can unlock for the Grau. These don’t change weapon stats or gameplay but they do look pretty awesome.
This fully automatic assault rifle has an overall rating of right around 70. Its highest stats are accuracy (70), damage (72), fire rate (72), and control (70). More specifically, it has damage stats of 42 for the head and 28 for the chest, stomach, and limbs.
You also want to think about the best attachments for each of the weapons that you use. For the Grau 5.56, we recommend the Monolithic Suppressor, Tempus 26.4” Archangel, Commando Foregrip, Tac Laser, and 60 Round Mags. The Monolithic Suppressor increases your range and suppresses noise, helping you stay concealed from enemies. The Tempus 26.4” Archangel also increases your range as well as bullet velocity. The Commando Foregrip improves recoil stabilization and aiming stability. The Tac Laser improves your aim down sights accuracy. Finally, the 60 Round Mag attachment increases your magazine to 60 rather than 30.
9. Bruen MK9
The Bruen MK9 is a type of fully automatic light machine gun (LMG) that can add some serious firepower to your arsenal. It was released as part of Season 3. In order to get a Bruen MK9, you will need to get 3 kills with an LMG (any type) on enemies near smoke in 15 different matches. Currently, there are 9 blueprints available for the Bruen MK9.
The Bruen MK9 is rated slightly higher overall than the Grau 5.56 but is still just under 70. Its best stats are accuracy (78), damage (73), range (74), and fire rate (73). Its specific damage output is 46 for the head and 31 for the chest, stomach, and limbs.
This LMG can also benefit from a good attachment selection. We recommend the Monolithic Suppressor, XRK Summit 26.8”, Commando Foregrip, Tac Laser, and VLK 3.0x Optic. The XRK Summit 26.8” improves damage range, bullet velocity, and recoil control. The VLK 3.0x Optic increases the level of zoom.
The M4A1 is a fully automatic assault rifle that is described as a great all-purpose battle rifle. It is good for both close- and long-range combat. You can unlock it at Rank 1. It has more available blueprints than many other weapons, with 37 currently being available.
The M4A1’s is rated just between our previous two entries, about 70 overall. Its highest stats are accuracy (71), damage (72), fire rate (75), and control (71). Regarding specific damage output, it has a damage of 42 for the head and 28 for the chest, stomach, and limbs.
The best attachments you can get for the M4A1 are the Monolithic Suppressor, Corvus Custom Marksman, Commando Foregrip, 60 Round Mags, and VLK 3.0x Optic. The Corvus Custom Marksman increases your long-range damage and improves recoil control, making you quite deadly even at a distance.
7. Stoner 63
The Stoner 63 is a fully automatic LMG released with the Cold War integration, and is unlocked at level 4. Right now, there are two blueprints available for the Stoner 63 (Blue Lightning and Queen’s Guard).
The Stoner 63 has an exceptionally large magazine size (75) compared to many other weapons throughout the game. It has decent stats overall, but it really shines when it comes to damage output. It has a damage of 51 for the head, 37 for the chest, and 34 for the stomach and limbs.
For the Stoner 63, the best attachments are the Agency Suppressor, 17.8” Calvary Lancer, Field Agent Grip, 120 Rnd Speed Mag, and Axial Arms 3x. The Agency Suppressor gives you better vertical recoil control and fully conceals the muzzle flash. The 17.8” Calvary Lancer provides a significant damage boost to this already powerful weapon. The Field Agent Grip improves recoil control. The 120 Rnd Speed Mag increases ammo capacity to 120. The Axial Arms 3x improves optic sight.
6. MP5 (Cold War Version)
The Cold War MP5 is a fully automatic sub-machine gun (SMG), released with the Cold War integration and it unlocks at level 4. There are currently 6 blueprints available for the Cold War MP5.
This gun provides a fast rate of fire as well as good control and visibility. This gives you the ability to use it at various combat distances, though close to mid-range is ideal. The MP5 Cold War has a damage output of 47 to the head, 33 to the chest and stomach, and 28 to the limbs.
For the Cold War MP5, the best attachments available are the Agency Suppressor, 9.5” Task Force, Field Agent Grip, Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag, and Raider Stock. The 9.5” Task Force drastically improves the effective damage range and bullet velocity and slightly improves damage output. So, this lets you use this gun effectively at even further distances. The Salvo 50 Rnd Fast Mag increases magazine capacity to 50. The Raider Stock improves sprint recovery and aiming movement speed.
5. FFAR 1
The FFAR 1 is a type of bullpup, fully automatic assault rifle released with the Cold War integration. You can unlock this gun at level 40. Currently, there are 9 blueprints available for the FFAR 1.
The FFAR 1 has slightly lower ammo capacity and moderate damage output, but it makes up for it with a fast fire rate and reload speed. Regarding damage output, this weapon provides 45 damage points to the head, 33 to the chest, and 30 to the stomach and limbs.
The best attachments to add to the FFAR 1 are the Agency Suppressor, 19.5” Task Force, Field Agent Grip, Salvo 50 Rnd Mag, and Raider Stock. The 19.5” Task Force is almost identical to the 9.5” Task Force. It is simply designed for a different weapon.
The DMR 14 is a semi-automatic tactical rifle that was released with the Cold War integration. It can take a while to obtain, but it is definitely worth the wait. You can unlock this weapon at level 49. There are only 2 blueprints (Solid Core and Totemic) available, but they both provide a super slick appearance.
Though it is not a sniper rifle, the DMR 14 has the longest range for a tactical rifle in Warzone. It has an overall damage rating of 58. You’ll also see that it has a good fire rate and minimal amount of recoil, making it a great weapon for long range combat.
For the DMR 14, we recommend the Agency Silencer, 16.3” Titanium, Field Agent Foregrip, 30 Rnd Mags, and Axial Arms 3x. The Agency Silencer fully conceals muzzle flash and also provides decent vertical recoil control improvement. The 16.3” Titanium increase your fire rate. The Field Agent Foregrip improves both the horizontal and the vertical recoil control.
Another Cold War integration release, the M16 is a classic in the Call of Duty series. It has been a popular choice since the original Call of Duty: Black Ops. The M16 is a 3-round burst tactical rifle that you can unlock at level 10. There are currently 11 blueprints available for this weapon.
The M16 has great control and accuracy and well as a decently quick rate of fire. It is one of the best options for close range combat. It has an overall damage output of 50. For the best improvement, we recommend the Agency Silencer, 16.3” Titanium, Field Agent Foregrip, Salvo 60 Rnd Fast Mag, and Axial Arms 3x.
Our final SMG on this list, the MAC-10, is fully automatic. It was released in Season 1 and you can unlock it by getting to Tier 15 of the Season 1 Battle Pass. It has 2 blueprints available (Blood Dozer and Gallantry) that make it look absolutely brutal.
The MAC-10 has a fairly low damage output compared to other weapons on this list. That said, it has a seriously fast rate of fire which completely makes up for it. It has a damage output of 30 to the head, 25 to the chest and stomach, and 22 to the limbs.
To get the most out of the MAC-10, we recommend using the Agency Suppressor, 5.9” Task Force, Field Agent Grip, STANAG 53 Rnd Drum, and SAS Combat Stock. The 5.9” Task Force will slightly increase damage and significantly increase the effective damage range and bullet velocity. The STANAG 53 Rnd Drum increases magazine size to 53. The SAS Combat Stock provides a small increase to your shooting movement speed and aim walking movement speed.
1. CR-56 AMAX
Our final selection, the CR-56 AMAX, is another fully automatic assault rifle that came as part of Season 4. In order to unlock it, you must reach Tier 31 of Season 4 Battle Pass. Currently, there are 8 blueprints for you to choose from.
The CR-56 AMAX has an overall rating of about 68. Though this is a bit lower than some of the other weapons on this list, it is still your best choice because of its versatility. It is great for mid-range combat, but it can also be configured for a variety of situations. Damage is its highest stat (76). More specifically, it does 56 damage points to the head, 42 to the chest, and 35 to the stomach and limbs.
The best attachments for the CR-56 AMAX are the Monolithic Suppressor, XRK Zodiac S440, Commando Foregrip, 45 Rnd Mag, and VLK 3.0x Optic. The XRK Zodiac S440 makes this weapon even more deadly than it already is by improving damage range, bullet velocity, and recoil control.
As you can see, no matter what style of combat you prefer, there is a weapon and attachment setup for you. The list we have here are your best choices but be sure to check out all of the available weapons and attachments for yourself.
And don’t forget that you need access to the best equipment just as much as your in-game persona does. For starters, you need a good system to support your gameplay. PC gamers can look to either desktop or laptop computers for this. Then, you’ll need to think about the gameplay, itself. There’s nothing worse than a low-quality keyboard that can’t handle your skills. So, make sure you invest in a good gaming keyboard.
Those of you who are impressed by visuals will benefit from a good gaming TV or gaming monitor to display the battle in vibrant color and detail. Audiophiles need a high quality gaming headset to get the full experience of surround sound, base, and all other audio elements that the game has to offer. These are just some of the core components of a good gaming setup, though. There are so many other accessories out there for you to choose from. Try them out and see what works best for you.
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