Warzone Season 3 is finally here! We have a whole new map, with some new weapons, and a bunch of weapon balance changes.
Many of the assault rifles that dominated in Season 2 like the FARA 1 and the M4A1 continue to be good in Season 3, but there are also some newcomers in the high tiers like the Groza and the XM4 that are set to explode this season. To help you navigate the assault rifle meta, we made a tier list where we ranked every assault rifle in Warzone Season 3!
- FARA 85
The FFAR 1 has maintained its spot at the top of the close-range AR meta for all of Season 2, and even after being nerfed at the start of Season 3, it looks like it's going to stay at the top. While the FFAR has a lot of recoil, if you can control that recoil it is one of the fastest killing weapons in the game. If you are looking for an AR that can absolutely shred up close and don’t mind unwieldy weapons, look no further than the FFAR.
A year after the release of Warzone, the M4A1 is still a top contender in the Warzone meta. This gun is reliable and effective at short, medium, and longer ranges. It has a fast time to kill and an easy-to-control recoil pattern. It’s the whole package for anyone looking for a versatile assault rifle. This gun has received a lot less attention as of late, because of a certain FFAR 1 that I could mention, but that doesn't mean the M4A1 has lost any of its fire. It's still got the fire.
The XM4 has really come into its own in the leadup to Warzone Season 3. Ever since Raven Software started to fix the Coldwar attachments, the XM4 has steadily made its case for S-Tier status. This gun excels in the same areas as the FFAR, but has slightly less recoil and deals slightly less damage. If you are looking for a versatile weapon that will be useful at all ranges but don’t want to deal with the FFAR 1's annoying horizontal recoil, the XM4 is a strong alternative.
After releasing with Season 2, the FARA 83 immediately forwarded itself as a strong weapon in Warzone. In the early part of Season 3, the FARA has rocketed to the top of the AR meta! The gun is tied with the AK-47 for the highest time-to-kill assault rifle at shorter ranges. The biggest drawback to the FARA 83 is its significant side-to-side recoil, but with a few attachments to reign in the recoil, you can consistently win Warzone gunfights with this weapon.
- CR-56 AMAX
- Kilo 141
- Grau 5.56
The Groza had a serious come up in the second half of Warzone Season 2. With the buff to the Mil-Spec Barrel attachment the Groza shot up through the ranks of weapons since its increased damage combined with its very high fire rate to create one of the scariest short-range ARs in the game. The Groza is one of the few Assault rifles in Warzone that can challenge the FFAR 1 at short range. It's not S-Tier, but it's definitely a gun that can do work.
The FAL is a great long-range weapon, especially for players who like high damage model weapons. The FAL can drop armored opponents in only a handful of bullets. So if you can master this gun’s recoil pattern, you can deal some serious damage with it. The FAL has actually been slipping out of the meta lately, but only due to the dominance of tactical rifles like the AUG and M16. Make no mistake, the FAL can still get the job done.
The M13 remains a very solid AR in Warzone Season 3. The only thing that keeps it out of S-tier really, is that its strengths are too redundant with the M4A1 and XM4, both weapons that generally can outperform an M13. That said, the M13 is a versatile weapon that excels in mid-range confrontations, and is a solid choice for players who enjoy medium-range combat and wants to switch up their gun pick.
CR-56 AMAX (Galil)
The CR-56 AMAX, otherwise known as the Galil, is an excellent heavy-duty rifle that features a large amount of recoil. If you can hit your shots with this weapon, it can deal a large amount of damage very quickly. If you like high recoil, high damage weapons like the AK-47, the Galil might be an enjoyable weapon for you to use, and it can hold its own against most other ARs in the game.
The Kilo 141 is a strong but unexciting rifle to use in Warzone. This weapon is best used at longer ranges, due to its high damage at range potential and its reliable accuracy. The Kilo 141 is a sleeping giant that definitely has a lot of potential in Warzone Season 3. If you do run this weapon, consider putting a magnifying scope on it to maximize its usefulness against snipers and burst rifles at range.
The Grau 5.56 is one of the best long-range fully automatic assault rifles for those who are looking for a long-range alternative to burst fire weapons. The Grau features very low first shot recoil, a fast reload, and is capable of dealing solid damage at range. There aren’t a lot of bells and whistles on this weapon, it’s just a reliable rifle that does its job well. While its quality was never in doubt, now that they nerfed the AUG's damage-at-range potential, this gun could see a resurgence in popularity during Warzone Season 3.
- Krig 6
- AS VAL
AK-47 (Cold War)
While the AK-47 is a great weapon in Cold War multiplayer, its effectiveness has never quite translated over to Warzone. The high recoil and visual bounce of this weapon can make it hard to use track targets at longer ranges, where many Warzone fights end up happening. If you are going to carry a slower fire rate AR, consider the M13 instead, since it is much better at sustaining damage on an enemy. But if you love the AK-47 specifically, it is a viable option for those who have mastered its recoil pattern.
On paper, the AN-94 is a solid rifle with a fast time-to-kill. However, it can’t keep up with guns like the Galil or the FAL at range, and it is basically useless in close-quarters combat. While the AN-94 shreds in the main game due to its high initial damage, it is much less effective in Warzone where armored players have over 200 health. The AN-94 is usable, sure, but it's not the best in the game.
The Krig-6 is an okay assault rifle in Season 3. In the Warzone Season 3 patch, this weapon received a buff to its headshot multiplier, but that came at the cost of a reduction to its base damage. If you use this gun in the new season, you are going to want to go for headshots. This is a great gun for beginners since it has a low level of recoil that is very easy to control, but it won’t outperform A-tier or S-tier guns in a straight duel.
The AS VAL is a shorter-range assault rifle with a high fire rate and a built-in suppressor. This unique weapon is most effective in close ranges and can be pretty fun to use. Unfortunately, the FARA 85 and the FFAR outperform the AS VAL at its only effective range while also being effective at medium ranges as well. So you should probably try out one of those options instead of the AS VAL.
- FN Scar 17
FN Scar 17
The FN Scar 17 has very little going for it in Warzone. While the Scar has been one of the most popular weapons in the Call of Duty franchise throughout the years, the Warzone Scar is just not good. It consistently loses duels at longer ranges, its fire rate leaves much to be desired, and its magazine size is disappointingly small. While it’s better than a pistol, or nothing, it is not a top rifle option.
The RAM-7 may not be your number one choice in Warzone, but it is a pretty good weapon nonetheless. This gun works best in similar ranges to the FFAR, but is worse in almost every category. It does have a much more controllable recoil pattern than the FFAR though, which can make it easier to land shots and take out multiple targets without reloading.
- FR 5.56
The QBZ-83 is a Tier D rifle because there are other rifles that do everything it can do, but better. Most of its stats are similar to the Krig, but the QBZ-83 features horizontal recoil instead of vertical recoil. As a result, it is more difficult to control the recoil and track targets than with the Krig, XM4, or M4A1.
The FR 5.56 is a burst rifle with a low time-to-kill and a difficult-to-control recoil pattern. As a result, it’s not a good option in Warzone, especially when the M16 and the AUG are already dominating the burst rifle meta. There is no reason to select this gun based on its stats or performance.
The Oden can be a powerful weapon in the hands of a skilled player, but it is not a very reliable gun. It is capable of very fast kills, but if you miss any shots then you are in deep trouble with this rifle, since its low rate of fire is already at a disadvantage against faster firing rifles. Unless you are an experienced player who prefers a low rate of fire gun, I would skip this one.
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Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.