While SMGs on the whole have seen a reduced pick ratio this season compared to ARs and Snipers, heading into Warzone Pacific Season 2 the MP-40 has outperformed its class significantly. The MP-40 is arguably in a class of its own on top of Tier-S, followed by the rest of the sub machine guns. That said, there are still some pretty great SMGs to select from, many of which came to the game along with the MP-40 last season.
Here is our Submachine gun tier list ranking the best SMGs in Warzone Pacific Season 2!
- OTs 9 SMG
- Owen Gun
One of the deadliest weapons in Vanguard became the most deadly gun in the game last season, boasting an impressive 16% pick rate. The MP40 is wicked powerful, especially after you equip it with its higher-level attachments. This weapon has long been a favorite for COD players, and it is looking like the top gun for Warzone Pacific Season 2.
OTs 9 SMG
The OTs 9 SMG slowly but surely climbed its way to the top of the SMG meta over the past three seasons. In Warzone Pacific Season 2, this gun is holding its own in the top 5 for the SMG category. It is great in close range, assuming you use the right build for it, and it can even be used in medium ranges in a pinch. You can’t go wrong with the OTs 9 SMG.
The Owen Gun is a unique-looking SMG that came to Warzone Pacific by way of Vanguard. While this gun has a slower fire rate than many of the SMGs on this list, it excels in being versatile, able to take on opponents at a wide variety of ranges. With the right attachments, you can turn the Owen gun into a flexible and fun SMG in Warzone Pacific Season 2.
Nothing can quite kill the MAC-10 in Warzone. This gun has been S-Tier for a couple years now, and will likely remain there with one of the fastest fire rates and fastest times to kill in the SMG category. It has fallen behind the OTs and MP-40 a bit, but don't be mistaken, this gun can still rock in Warzone Pacific.
- M1928 (Tommy Gun)
- Milano 821
The Bullfrog has been slaying over the past few seasons of Warzone. It has a huge magazine and a very high bullet velocity, allowing it to excel in both close-range and medium-range gun fights, as well as take on multiple opponents without needing to reload. This gun is meta-defining, and will remain near the top in Warzone Pacific Season 2.
M1912 (Tommy Gun)
The Tommy Gun is about as iconic as it gets when it comes to video game guns. This blowback-operated SMG is mid-tier in Vanguard, and will likely remain mid-tier in Warzone Pacific Season 2. The biggest advantage to this gun is that it has a pretty high fire rage, allowing you to kill enemies very quickly in close range. It's pretty limited in range, but up close this gun is a beast.
The MP5 saw its come up in the past year, and while it didn't quite make S-Tier this season, it remains one of the top picks in the SMG category. Both the Cold War and the Modern Warfare versions of this gun are more than capable and offer a similarly versatile experience to the Owen Gun. If the MP5 is your jam, rest assured that this gun slaps in Warzone Pacific.
The Milano 821 briefly sat at the very pinnacle of the SMG category due to a bug with one of the scopes that dramatically increased its ranged accuracy. That bug has since been fixed, but the gun remains a top SMG nonetheless. While you won't be shredding MP5 or MAC-10 users up close, once you are a middling range, that is where the Milano really excels. This is a great, low recoil short to medium range weapon that is sure to delight anyone who tries it out.
The MP7 is a great SMG choice in Warzone. Once equipped with the 60 round magazine and attachments to reduce its recoil, the MP7 transforms into a powerful laser that can quickly eliminate multiple foes at close range using a single clip. It's solidly Tier A as we take to Caldera in Warzone Pacific Season 2.
The Welgun has proven to be one of the best SMGs in Warzone over the past couple of months. This gun has a high rate of fire, resulting in a very fast time-to-kill. This weapon is great for players who value mobility and the ability to almost instantly down an enemy at point-blank range.
- Type 100
The LC10 has been a really strong weapon since its release. The LC10 has a slightly lower time-to-kill than the MAC-10, but it has very manageable vertical recoil that can reliably challenge enemies in short and medium-range fights. That said, this gun's slower time to kill has seen it fall off over the past season or so, in favor of some of the more impressive Vanguard guns. This gun sits right around the average these days.
In the base Vanguard game, the Type 100 is able to down an opponent at close range in only two bullets. With more base health, it will not be killing anyone quite that quickly in Warzone Pacific Season 2, but it is still a decent SMG. Just in comparison to the Mp-40, or even something like the Bullfrog, it isn't going to hold its own.
The AK74U was added with the Cold War weapons at the start of Warzone Season 1. Since then, its place in the meta has consistently risen due to its hard-hitting damage model and solid headshot damage. When paired with extended mags and attachments designed to further limit recoil, the AK74U will absolutely dominate in close ranges. This weapon will not, however, handle well outside 20 meters, so keep that in mind.
The PPSh was added to Warzone back in Season 3, and over time it's grown on the Warzone community. It has a great fire rate, which is balanced with high recoil. With the right loadout, this Cold War weapon can definitely drop some bombs, but it remains a mid-tier weapon as we kick off Warzone Pacific Season 2.
The LAPA was added to Warzone in Season 6, and it has proven to be decent. This gun features very low recoil and a pretty low fire rate. When this combines with a slow bullet velocity, the gun is left in a weird place. You want to use it at longer ranges because of its low recoil, but it isn't super great at those ranges. This gun can get kills, but its odd design limits it, keeping it B-Tier.
The CX-9 unexpectedly dropped near the end of season 4, and it has proven to be a pretty solid weapon. However, interest in this gun has declined steadily, with it settling down in the B-tier. The CX-9 is capable of very fast kill times in close range if you can control the recoil, but the recoil is pretty significant. It may not be the very best SMG in the game, but it can definitely hold its own in a fight.
The Fennec offers players the fastest fire rate in the game, in exchange for extremely limited range. In spite of that fire rate, however, most other weapons will outperform it in Warzone Pacific due to those severe range limitations and its relatively low damage model. You can strap this on for jungle warfare, but there are better guns.
- PP19 Bizon
The P90 is a solid SMG with a large magazine and low levels of recoil. Unfortunately, the weapon suffers at range due to its sub-par accuracy and fast damage dropoff. While the P90 is still a viable weapon in Warzone Pacific for fans of the gun, SMGs like the LC10, MP5, and MAC-10 all outperform it at both close and long-range fights.
The PP19 Bizon has never been a top-tier weapon in Warzone, and that won't change in Warzone Pacific, at least not in Season 1. This off-meta SMG suffers due to its low time-to-kill, terrible damage at range stats, and abysmal iron sights. While a skilled player can make it work in a pinch, you should get rid of it as soon as you can, because the PP19 Bizon is truly mediocre.
The Uzi is capable of high damage and has a surprisingly versatile effective range, making it a very usable gun. However, in Warzone Pacific, the Uzi is just outclassed by many of the other SMG, and will ultimately underperform on Caldera. While it’s a viable weapon to pick up off the ground, it isn’t a weapon that you will want to be putting in your loadout drops.
Brand new in Warzone Season 5, the TEC-9 looked really strong out of the gate, but it has lost steam heading into Warzone Season 6, with its pick rate plummeting. When outfitted with the right fully automatic build, this gun can hold its own but overall it's pretty average compared to the higher tier guns on this list. The TEC-9 is honestly a bit of a letdown.
The AUG in Warzone is mediocre in every way. While there is nothing that is particularly bad about it, there is also nothing that helps it stand out in the crowded marketplace of SMGs. As a result, it sports one of the lowest selection rates in the game. It isn't quite the worst tier of weapons, but it is also below average and should be avoided in Warzone Pacific Season 2.
The Sten is another World War 2 inspired gun that came over from Vanguard. It's not amazing in Warzone, but it's also not terrible. You can really only make this gun viable at very close range, and even that you will need a ton of attachments to counteract its high recoil. It is better to just grab the MP40, Type 100, or Tommy gun instead if you want to play with a Vanguard gun.
- KSP 45
- Striker 45
- Nail Gun
The ISO is well out of the SMG gun meta as we kick off Warzone Pacific. It has a decent fire rate, but it sports a very short effective distance. It is outperformed by pretty much every gun on this list, even at its best. There is no reason why you would ever run the ISO over the MP5, Bullfrog, or MAC-10.
The KSP 45 is a 3-round-burst SMG that is ineffective at pretty much all ranges, making it generally a bad idea to run it. The gaps between the bursts make this weapon both hard to use and less effective at close range than just about any high-fire rate SMG on this list. You could try to take advantage of the low levels of recoil and use this at medium ranges, but like the Striker 45, it makes little sense to build out a mid to long-range SMG when there are AR’s that would do that job better.
The Striker 45 SMG is an SMG designed to be ineffective at close-range, only working in mid to long-range encounters. But why though? Why would you use this SMG in Warzone, when you could use an assault rifle or the OTs9 or MP-40 instead? While the Striker 45 is not bad within its effective range, an assault rifle will work better in most situations. Don't use this gun in Warzone Pacific, please.
Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.