Warzone Pacific Season 2 is here and that means a new pistol tier list! We learned a lot about the new Vanguard handguns last season, and have seen the rise of the Diamatti to S-Tier, among other changes. Here is our tier list power ranking every pistol in Warzone Pacific Season 2!
- M1911 (Vanguard + MW)
- Machine Pistol
The Diamatti is a Cold War weapon that has really come into its own over the past couple of seasons. This burst pistol excels in Akimbo form. Up Close, the Akimbo Diamatti setup can delete enemies from the game in an instant. With a base damage of 45 per shot and three shots per burst, in theory, you can kill a fully armored enemy in only two bursts. Definitely try this one out.
M1911 (Vanguard + MW)
While the M1911 from Vanguard is similar to the versions from other games, it is unique because of how quickly you can switch to it from your primary weapon. So it makes a great gun to finish off an enemy. It won't be replacing your primary, but it is a solid weapon in Warzone Pacific Season 2 for sure. Similarly, the 1911 MW version, while not quite as popular as the VG version, is also popping off, so you can't go wrong with the M1911.
The Sykov pistol by default is nothing special, but once you put the right loadout on it, this pistol becomes the best in the game by a significant margin. By equipping the Sorokin 140 mm Automatic barrel attachment, the Akimbo perk, and the 80 Rnd Drum magazine, you can create a deadly akimbo pistol loadout that tears through anyone nearby. Even after the damage nerf to this setup, it still dominates all other pistols in Warzone Pacific Season 1.
The Machine Pistol from Vanguard is a great weapon for short-range encounters. It has a high fire rate, and when run in the akimbo form it can absolutely shred enemies in an instant, much like the other pistols in S-Tier. This is the best pistol to come out of Vanguard so far, other than maybe the M1911 which is better at middle ranges, so its situationally different.
- Desert Eagle (.50 GS)
- Top Break
.50 GS (Desert Eagle)
The .50 GS is a hard-hitting pistol in Warzone Pacific Season 2. When equipped with the lightweight trigger, 10 round magazine, and fully loaded attachments, this weapon is capable of downing a fully armored opponent in four shots to the chest at close-range and maxes out at six shots at any range.
Considering its low fire rate and terrible hip-fire accuracy, this weapon is best at longer range and is particularly useful to snipers who are looking for a high damage sidearm, or anyone who is running an SMG in their primary slot and needs a long-range threat to round out their loadout.
The Top Break is a pretty standard revolver from Vanguard that is similar in use and function to the Magnum. It is best used in medium ranges, and it has a surprisingly decent fire rate for a revolver, but, of course, will also have limited ammo. If you like revolvers give it a shot.
The Renetti is the best all-around pistol in Warzone for those who are looking for a more traditional pistol experience. While the .357 can dominate in close range, the Renetti is capable of holding its own in close and middle-range fights, especially when it is equipped with the proper attachments.
At short range, you can use the burst fire mode on this gun to quickly down enemies. For longer-range engagements, you can use the single fire mode to pick off targets. If you are looking for a reliable pistol that can be used in a variety of contexts, this is one is a good bet in Warzone.
While the Ratt is technically semiautomatic, this gun can fire as fast as you can pull the trigger. As a result, you can in theory kill someone very quickly. It is highly recommended that you use the extended magazine on this pistol, otherwise you will find yourself reloading at quite unindeal times.
- 1911 (Cold War and Modern Warfare)
The Magnum was added to the Warzone after the release of Cold War. This gun can be set up to perform at long range, or it can be used in its Akimbo form to deal devastating damage up close.
The Akimbo set up on the Magnum has been rising in popularity in Warzone. The dual-wielding Magnums aren’t quite as strong as the Akimbo version of the Diamatti, but the setup is still more than viable and looks really cool. Anyone who is a fan of the Magnum in past COD titles is sure to enjoy using them in either the standard or the Akimbo form in Warzone Pacific Season 2.
1911 (Cold War
The 1911 Cold War version is significantly less popular than the other versions. The CW M1911 feels like a very standard pistol in Warzone Pacific Season 2. It features middle-of-the-road stats for its fire rate, damage model, and damage drop-off at range. Just use the VG or MW version if you want to run an M1911.
The 357 pistol was the go-to sidearm in Warzone Season 2 last year, and it though it has fallen off a bit, it remains a very good pick in Warzone Pacific Season 2. What makes this pistol so dominant is its extremely high close-range damage capabilities when equipped with the Snake Shot ammo and the Akimbo option that lets you run around with two pistols instead of one. It's kind of like the shotgun version of Sykov's akimbo setup!
This Vanguard pistol's claim to fame is that it is better at longer ranges than most pistols. While this could be useful in some Warzone loadouts, there are definitely better pistols to invest in that will end up being more useful, since generally if you are using your pistol at long-range, you are doing it wrong.
While the X16 isn’t totally useless in Warzone, it is still one of the worst pistols in the game. This weapon has an okay fire rate and features an easy-to-control recoil pattern, but the damage drop off is significant, making this gun only useful in close range. You can try the Akimbo option for this weapon, which is a slight improvement to its usefulness, but there are just better pistol options out there whether you want to use it in standard or Akimbo form.
The Marshal pistol is a short-range, 12 gauge shotgun that can kill enemies in a single blast at point-blank range, but is otherwise highly limited. When set up with the right Akimbo loadout, you can have some fun with this gun, but it's not the most competitive pistol of the bunch in Warzone Pacific.
Amp63 is a fully automatic pistol that isn't quite up to snuff in today's meta. While it does have a high fire rate, its low damage makes it frustrating, since you have to hit just so many shots to secure the kill.
D - Tier
The M19 is the worst pistol in the game. While it has the same damage model as the X-16 and 1911, it features a longer reload time and a harder-to-control recoil. You can help make up for the limitations by adding an extended mag and suppressor, but even with those improvements, this weapon is outclassed by the other pistols. So unless you have a specific affinity for the look and feel of this gun, consider using any other gun instead.
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