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Warzone AR tier list - Every assault rifle ranked from best to worst for Season 5

Warzone Season 5 has arrived and the balance changes have shaken up the meta once again, spurring us on to rank all the assault rifles from best to worst with a brand-new tier list.

As is tradition, a new season in Call of Duty: Warzone means a tonne of new content, from new POIs to brand-new weapons (Tec-9 SMG and the EM2 AR), a shiny new battle pass, and much more. With so much to do, including unlocking new prestige levels and rewards, Warzone Season 5 is certainly packed with content.  

A new season shakes up the meta in Verdansk, and Season 5 is no different. This brings us to our Warzone Season 5 assault rifle tier list, where we rank all the ARs in the game from best to worst, taking the current meta into consideration. Yes, the brand-new EM2 assault rifle is on the list as well!

Please note: There are no balance changes at the start of Warzone Season 5. These are coming "in the near future". The meta, however, has shifted quite a lot.

Warzone Season 5 Assault Rifle tier list

Assault rifles are all-purpose guns and the most-used class in the game. Depending on the attachments and loadout used they can be designed for a multitude of playstyles. 

Description of the tiers

Warzone Season 5 assault ranked best worst AR tier list AMAX EM2 FARA 83 C58 AK 47
A visual representation of how our tier lists work. (Picture: Tiermaker)
  • S-Tier: The best of the best. Even with mediocre attachments, these guns are better than half of the other assault rifles on the list.
  • A-Tier: Using the best attachments for these ARs in Warzone Season 5 can pay off with great effect and even rival the S-Tier with the perfect loadout.
  • B-Tier: The middle of the pack ARs for Warzone Season 5. Using the perfect loadout allows you to compete with players boasting the A-Tier weapons. Can be great in certain situations or playstyles. 
  • C-Tier: These ARs shouldn't be your primary weapon but can work in combination with a sniper rifle.
  • D-Tier: Since there are 22 assault rifles in Warzone Season 5, these "trash" weapons should be thrown into the bin. Avoid at all costs.

AR tier list

There are 22 assault rifles in Warzone Season 5 with the addition of the EM2. Keep in mind that these tier lists aren't an exact science.

We endeavour to always have our tier lists as accurate as possible. The developer can, however, choose to either nerf or buff weapons throughout the season as well. When this occurs, we will update our assault rifle tier list.

Below, all 22 assault rifles in Warzone Season 5 are ranked from best to worst.

S-Tier

Warzone Season 5 assault ranked best worst AR tier list AMAX EM2 FARA 83 C58 AK 47
The Krig 6 is dominating Verdansk right now. (Picture: Activision)

Despite some nerfs just before the Warzone Season 5 update, the Krig 6 is still one of the top-tier meta weapons. It is joined by the C58 (introduced in Season 4) as well as the FARA 83 in the S-Tier.

A-Tier

Warzone Season 5 assault ranked best worst AR tier list AMAX EM2 FARA 83 C58 AK 47
Say hello to the new EM2 assault rifle. (Picture: Activision)

For the first time in what feels like forever, the CR-56 AMAX has dropped down from the S-Tier to join the likes of the XM4, Kilo and Grau 5.56. The new assault rifle in Warzone Season 5 joins the A-Tier. While this well-rounded British rifle is powerful, it does have a lower fire rate than most.

B-Tier

Warzone Season 5 assault ranked best worst AR tier list AMAX EM2 FARA 83 C58 AK 47
The AK-47 remains in the middle of the pack. (Picture: Activision)

These assault rifles for Warzone Season 5 remain solid choices in the right circumstances. Unfortunately for those who love the tried-and-tested AK-47, it barely didn't make it into the A-Tier and remains an average gun.

The AS VAL's Maximum Damage has been decreased from 30 to 27 in Season 5 update, making it a bit less reliable when outside of optimal range.

C-Tier

Warzone Season 5 assault ranked best worst AR tier list AMAX EM2 FARA 83 C58 AK 47
The AS VAL isn't very popular right now. (Picture: Activision)

While you would be better off going with another assault rifle in our tier list, you can still make these options work with the perfect loadout in Warzone Season 5.

D-Tier

Warzone Season 5 assault ranked best worst AR tier list AMAX EM2 FARA 83 C58 AK 47
Why would anyone pick the Oden? (Picture: Activision)

Truly the worst of the worst. With 20 other assault rifles to choose from, there's really no reason to bother with these weapons. 

So there you have it, our full tier list for all assault rifles at the start of Warzone Season 5. When balance changes or a hotfix update does occur, we will be sure to update our list, ranking all the ARs from best to worst.

Disagree with our list? We don't care. To be more disappointed, why not check out our SMG, shotgun, LMG, tactical rifle and sniper rifle tier lists.

For everything else Call of Duty players might desire, check out our dedicated section filled to the brim with gun guides, news, leaks and much more.