The Warzone Season 4 Reloaded update released in the early hours of the morning on 15th July 2021. Without a shadow of a doubt, it holds a plethora of weapon balance changes, and according to Raven Software, it's the biggest balance update in the history of Warzone. With every big update, players fighting for victory in Verdansk will need to know what the best weapons are in each class. The Warzone Season 4 Reloaded update is no different, which is why we endeavour to inform you which the best and most broken, overpowered weapons are right now.
Best weapons in each class for Warzone Season 4 Reloaded
To bring you the best weapons for the start of Warzone Season 4 Reloaded, we took the massive balance changes, current meta, and comments from top Call of Duty content creators into consideration.
Before we get started, it is important to look at what developer Raven Software said in the patch notes about "best weapons" following their balance changes.
The massive weapon balance changes in the Warzone Season 4 Reloaded update is the developer's "first major step towards increasing the average Time-to-Kill within Warzone." which means there are a lot of nerfs, and several buffs to take into consideration.
With that in mind, let's look at the best and most overpowered guns at the start of Warzone Season 4 Reloaded, in each of the main classes.
Best Assault Rifle (AR): CR-56 AMAX
The CR-56 AMAX returns to its dominant form which it held in Season 3. This is largely due to several rather huge nerfs to other top Assault Rifles via the Warzone Season 4 Reloaded update, which means the XM4 is no longer the strongest AR around.
The CR-56 AMAX received the following changes:
- Headshot Multiplier increased from 1.5 to 1.55
- Upper Torso Multiplier decreased from 1.1 to 1
As you can see, there's both a small buff and a slight nerf to the CR-56 AMAX. However, considering the nerfs to multiple other top ARs, the CR-56 AMAX is our pick.
- Read more: Warzone AR tier list - Every assault rifle ranked from best to worst for Season 4 Reloaded
The CR-56 AMAX shines as the best Assault Rifle at the start of Warzone Season 4 Reloaded, especially if you have the best possible loadout.
As one of the most-buffed ARs, you can also check out the QBZ-83 to see if it has become more viable.
Best Submachine Gun (SMG): Bullfrog
Both the MAC-10 and the Milano received heavy nerfs in the Warzone Season 4 Reloaded update. In fact, most top SMGs received various nerfs, which will leave many players to wonder what the best SMG is right now.
For our pick, it has to be the Bullfrog. While the gun did receive some nerfs, it also received quite a nice set of buffs.
- Maximum Damage decreased from 32 to 31
- Headshot Multiplier decreased from 1.62 to 1.5
- Left Upper Arm Multiplier increased from .9 to 1
- Right Upper Arm Multiplier increased from .9 to 1
- Left Upper Leg Multiplier increased from .9 to 1
- Right Upper Leg Multiplier increased from .9 to 1
Effectively, what this means is you don't have to get lucky with headshots anymore to use the Bullfrog effectively, as the buffs do help with its TTK.
- Read more: Warzone SMG tier list - Every sub-machine gun ranked from best to worst for Season 4 Reloaded
Using the best Bullfrog loadout for Warzone Season 4 Reloaded makes it arguably the strongest SMG in the game right now.
Best light-machine gun (LMG): PKM
Taking the crown from the MG 82 is the PKM. While the PKM was already a force to be reckoned with, it is one of the only light-machine guns in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded to receive a buff.
It also received a couple of nerfs but considering the balance changes to other top LMGs, we consider the PKM to be the best weapon in its class to use right now.
- Maximum Damage increased from 31 to 32
- Maximum Damage Range decreased by 7%
- Upper Torso Multiplier decreased from 1.1 to 1
The PKM is arguably the best LMG to use at the start of Warzone Season 4 Reloaded. We also recommend taking another look at the Stoner 63.
- Read more: Warzone LMG tier list - every light machine gun ranked from best to worst for Season 4 Reloaded
With the best PKM loadout for Warzone Season 4, this LMG can mow down your foes with ease, especially in close-range situations.
Best Sniper/Marksman rifle: Kar98k
The best Sniper/Marksman rifle is undoubtedly the Kar98k following the Warzone Season 4 Reloaded.
The Kar98k received no balance changes, and it is by far the most-picked marksman rifle in the entire fourth season so far.
- Read more: Warzone Sniper tier list - Every Sniper and Marksmen Rifle ranked from best to worst for Season 4 Reloaded
Use the best loadout for the Kar98k to get the most out of the strongest long-range weapon in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded.
Best shotgun: Gallo SA12
If you want to blow enemies away at close range in Verdansk, then the Gallo SA12 should be your shotgun of choice.
It is the most-picked shotgun at the start of Warzone Season 4 Reloaded, as the Streetsweeper has fallen off a bit in the current meta.
- Read more: Warzone Shotgun tier list - Every Shotgun ranked from best to worst for Season 4 Reloaded
No changes have been made to the shotguns in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded but there's always a chance Treyarch could release another update later in the season to make other shotguns more viable. For now, you can't go wrong with the Gallo SA12.
Best tactical rifle: DMR-14
While three tactical rifles, in the form of the Aug, Carv and M16 got nerfs, the DMR-14 escaped unscathed.
With various nerfs to assault rifles and SMGs, we might just see the tactical rifle class make a comeback, and if you want to pick up the strongest one right now, the DMR-14 is your best bet.
Use the best DMR-14 loadout to make it shine brightly in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded.
So there you have it, the best weapons in each class for the start of Warzone Season 4 Reloaded. Keep in mind that the meta constantly shifts, as players discover new loadouts to bolster a gun's capabilities.
While these picks were done thanks to hours of research, it's not an exact science. Saying that, however, you can't really go wrong by picking up one of these best weapons as you enjoy all the new content in the Warzone Season 4 Reloaded update.
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