Best SMG Warzone: which submachine gun to use in battle royale
When it comes to picking the best SMG in Warzone, there are so many candidates to pick from since the Cold War guns made their way to the battle royale game. The recent changes to the Warzone meta with nerfs to the FFAR 1 and AUG have made SMGs a viable pick once more.
Not only have the nerfs had a big impact on the meta, the changes made to attachments in Season 2 Reloaded have given SMGs a huge boost in damage and mobility. The main factors you need to consider in Warzone when picking an SMG are mag capacity, DPS, and the amount of time it takes to aim down sights or transition from sprinting to firing.
SMGs aren’t used that much in Warzone where the extremely long lines of sight favour assault rifles and the best Warzone guns like the AX-50. If you’re looking for a long-range option to compliment some of your best Warzone loadouts then here’s our guide to the best sniper in Warzone. However, when you reach the final circle or need to cross some close-quarters streets to reach the next zone you’ll be grateful you have the best SMG in Warzone.
Best SMG in Warzone
Here is the best SMG in Warzone:
- Cold War MP5
- Modern Warfare MP5
- Striker 45
The Mac-10 has managed to establish itself as one of the best SMGs in Warzone despite going through two rounds of nerfs. What makes the Mac-10 such a lethal weapon is its high rate of fire along with the manageable recoil. With the right attachments, you can slap on a large magazine which will ensure you have enough bullets to take down multiple enemies at any given time. Give our best Mac-10 loadout a read to discover how to customise this powerful SMG.
Cold War MP5
Compared to Modern Warfare’s MP5, Cold War’s MP5 slightly edges out its predecessor by improving on a number of key details. The TTK is higher, as is the ADS speed, and the recoil is easier to control. Again, there isn’t a huge difference between the two weapons, but if you want the competitive edge, the CW MP5 is the obvious pick. Be sure to check out our best MP5 Warzone setup to find the correct attachments for both weapons.
The Fennec has the fastest rate of fire of any SMG in Warzone, making it a very strong weapon for clearing out buildings and 1v1 battles. It’s theoretical time-to-kill is only matched by the MP5, but due to the low recoil and high rate of fire of the Fennec, you’ll find that converting on that TTK is easier. Aim for centre mass and enemies will drop in no time.
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The max mag size of 40 rounds will seem limiting at first, but this SMG is so efficient at coping with close-range targets that you’ll often be able to down two enemies and scarper for a safe reload before anyone knows what’s happened. One thing to note: the Fennec’s bullet velocity and damage range are atrocious so make sure you’ve got the best assault rifle in Warzone for mid-range battles. Check out our Fennec Warzone setup for a powerful spec.
Modern Warfare MP5
The MP5 has the superior time to kill when compared to the MP7, but it falls ever so slightly short because it’s harder to land those shots and you can only upgrade it to a maximum mag capacity of 40 rounds. The 10mm conversion kit doesn’t increase your TTK on paper, but it will extend your effective range considerably. We’ve got a best MP5 Warzone setup if you’re looking for the best attachments. If you’re confident in your ability to win gunfights then you should always take this as your Warzone SMG.
If you want a gun that features almost as many bullets as an LMG, you won’t find anything better than the Bullfrog. Most SMGs suffer the same problem after killing an enemy, no matter how accurate you are, you will most likely have to reload your weapon. Our best Bullfrog loadout equips magazines that can hold 85 bullets, and we’ve increased the damage range on this SMG to allow this weapon to dominate at short to medium distances.
This comes with the hefty caveat that the AUG is only worth running if you can equip it with the 5.56 NATO 60-round conversion mag – although recently we’ve had a lot of success with this more mobile AUG Warzone setup. Ordinarily it’s actually quite subpar, but with 60 of these more damaging rounds in a single mag the AUG becomes one of the best SMGs in Warzone – despite the fact that it’s basically an assault rifle. It’s easy to control, downs fast, and has enough ammo to theoretically wipe a whole team without needing to reload.
This SMG is tragically overlooked in Warzone and multiplayer. Like the Bizon, it boasts a high-capacity magazine by default, but interestingly you can extend the range and improve the accuracy of the P90 drastically. The P90’s basic iron sights are also crisp and clean, ensuring you never need to spend an attachment slot on an optic.
The MP7 is actually worse than the MP5 on paper, but when you factor in its potential mag size upgrades, almost non-existent recoil, and superb hip-fire accuracy you have one of best close-quarters weapons in the game.
Sure, it’s not got the best DPS for a Warzone SMG, but it spits out rounds at an eye-watering rate and can equip a 60-round mag – in Warzone this means you can enter fights with confidence and put plenty of pressure on the opponent. If you want the ultimate build then check out our best MP7 Warzone setup for a blueprint to copy. It’s also much, much easier to use than the MP5.
Anyone who has used this in multiplayer should be aware of its issues: slow rate of fire, middling damage per shot, and some bizarre recoil patterns. However, with a particular conversion kit this becomes a surprisingly effective SMG, especially between short and mid range. Highly skilled Warzone players could justify putting this into their top five SMGs, but as it’s so tricky to use, we’ve put it closer to the bottom of the pile. For the best spec, check out our best Warzone Uzi loadout.
The high-capacity starting mag seems like the biggest perk, but it’s actually the almost non-existent recoil that makes this SMG so good. The Bizon makes up for its subpar damage with accuracy and consistency – you will have no problem landing shots, although it might take a little longer than you’d like to secure the down.
Our best Warzone Bizon loadout will help you make this off-meta weapon feel powerful.
Unfortunately the return of the UMP to Modern Warfare is not a triumphant one. It’s outclassed in practically every area, although it’s reasonably easy to control and is one of the better options over medium range.
Introduced in Cold War, this SMG may be highly effective in the multiplayer mode but the same can’t be said for Warzone. Players in the battle royale mode can stack armour plates to effectively double their health, making the AK74u ineffective compared to its rivals in the same bracket. Unlike the other guns in this list, the rate of fire on the AK74u is on the slower end which increases the TTK drastically.
For a slightly different close-range option, we also rate Akimbo pistols in Warzone very highly – unfortunately the 357 Snake Shot Warzone setup has just been nerfed, so stick to the Renetti. Alternatively, our best Warzone Origin 12 loadout is now becoming very popular for clearing out rooms.