If you click on a link and make a purchase we may receive a small commission. Learn more.

Best AR in Warzone: a guide to Assault Rifles in Call Of Duty: Warzone

How do the Cold War ARs fare in Warzone?

Assault rifles are by far the most versatile and numerous weapons class in Call of Duty: Warzone. They are reliable, effective at any range, and the backbone of the vast majority of Warzone loadouts out there. Our guide to the best AR in Warzone will walk you through the stats, attachments, and relative power of all the Assault Rifles in the current season of Warzone. Here’s all the assault rifles in Call Of Duty: Warzone, and how good each of them are.


The best AR in Warzone

The best Assault Rifle in Warzone is now the Krig 6. Previously, the FFAR 1 dominated at close range and the CR-56 AMAX at long, but with the buffs to the Krig, you have a hell of a laser-beam rifle at your disposal here. Here’s a handy stats list for Warzone’s assault rifles:

NameDamageShots To KillRPMMagReloadADSMove %
Kilo 141 42 | 28 | 28 | 283-6 | 4-9 | 5-12 | 6-14750302.61s267ms93.5%
FAL 100 | 58 | 49 | 491-3 | 2-5 | 2-6 | 3-8470203.57s228ms94%
M4A1 42 | 28 | 28 | 283-6 | 4-9 | 5-12 | 6-14800302.36s250ms95%
FR 5.56 64 | 40 | 40 | 402-4 | 3-5 | 4-7 | 4-8560*302.88s317ms93%
Oden 77 | 62 | 48 | 482-3 | 2-5 | 3-6 | 4-7410203.31s367ms93%
M13 36 | 24 | 24 | 243-6 | 5-8 | 6-11 | 7-14900302.65s250ms94%
FN Scar 56 | 35 | 35 | 352-4 | 3-5 | 4-7 | 5-8570202.60s266ms93%
AK-47 56 | 42 | 35 | 352-4 | 3-5 | 4-7 | 5-8560302.61s267ms93%
RAM-7 42 | 28 | 28 | 283-6 | 4-9 | 5-12 | 6-14860302.92s234ms95%
Grau 5.56 42 | 28 | 28 | 283-6 | 4-9 | 5-12 | 6-14730302.71s234ms97%
CR-5656 | 42 | 35 | 352-4 | 3-6 | 4-8 | 5-9620302.82s260ms93.5%
AN-9446 | 34 | 34 | 293-6 | 4-9 | 5-12 | 6-14560*302.58s260ms94.5%
AS VAL47 | 37 | 30 | 303-5 | 4-7 | 5-9 | 6-11900202.40s225ms94%
XM448 | 32 | 32 | 323-5 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-9709302.30s300ms95%
AK-47 (Cold War)58 | 43 | 36 | 362-5 | 4-7 | 5-9 | 6-11660302.50s300ms95%
Krig 642 | 30 | 30 | 303-4 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-10655302.20s300ms94%
QBZ-8342 | 28 | 28 | 283-5 | 4-7 | 5-10 | 6-12720302.30s283ms98%
FFAR 145 | 33 | 30 | 303-4 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-10900252.49s265ms97%
Groza45 | 36 | 28 | 283-5 | 4-7 | 5-9 | 6-11755302.12s209ms95%

Now, why don’t we go through each AR in Warzone from best to worst? We’ve got plenty to explore here, so let’s get to it.


Krig 6 - Best Assault Rifle in Warzone

There’s been nerfs on nerfs on nerfs lately in Warzone, and it’s refreshing to see how the meta is constantly being shifted to be more dynamic and exciting. However, the Krig 6 has come out on top for the moment, offering a boosted time-to-kill along with a ridiculous amount of accuracy.

If you want to deck out the Krig 6 properly, check out our Krig 6 Warzone loadout guide here!


CR-56 AMAX

The CR-56 AMAX absolutely pops off at longer ranges. The damage is ridiculous, and if you’re able to hit your shots (recoil is a bit tricky), this gun dominates its current rivals. You’ll somewhat struggle close-up against SMGs and fast-TTK ARs, but at its best, the CR-56 AMAX is a monster in the Warzone.

I really like the AMAX at the moment, and it actually pairs really well with the Cold War AK-47 as an Overkill class. Get used to its recoil pattern and the AMAX won’t ever do you wrong.

If you’re wondering how to kit this gun out, check out our guide for the best CR-56 AMAX loadout in Warzone.


Grau 5.56

The Grau is my favourite laserbeam in Warzone. With the Archangel barrel and the cleanest iron sights in the game, this weapon’s recoil honestly feels non-existent. Just hold your aim on the enemy and no matter the range you’ll be getting those hits in. It’s unfortunately not the highest-damaging weapon out there, but when you’re hitting all your shots like the Grau 5.56 allows you to, there’s not much reason to worry about that.

Check out exactly how to kit this gun out with our Warzone Grau 5.56 loadout guide!


AK-47 (Cold War)

An AK-47 is actually good in Warzone! Rejoice! The Cold War AK has an incredibly strong time-to-kill close up, and with Season 3 it was buffed to make its recoil pattern way easier to manage. You can use it as a mid- to long-range gun, or deck it out in my favourite way - as an alternative to an SMG.

We have a handy guide for each way to build this gun in our Warzone Cold War AK-47 loadout guide.


FARA 83

The Season 2 addition to the AR category is the FARA 83. It’s got a nerf incoming, so don’t fall too deeply in love with it just yet, but I hope the FARA 83 is going to stick around in the meta. It’s such a fun weapon to use and you have all kinds of utility in various kinds of loadout.

Definitely give it a go to see if you like it! Check our FARA 83 Warzone loadout guide for full info on it.


M4A1

Old reliable is still here, and the M4A1 remains a wonderful choice for those of you hitting up the Warzone. You can kit it out with anything from a slick, speedy build to a long-ranged beam, and it works both ways around. If you haven’t picked up an M4A1 in a while, I heartily recommend you do it.

Why not use our M4A1 Warzone loadout guide to help you out too?


Kilo 141

There’s not a huge amount to say about the Kilo 141. With it, you’re getting a similar amount of utility as the Grau and M4A1, but with slightly lower damage at the longest ranges and a different recoil pattern.

I’d recommend trying each of these weapons out and seeing where you end up gravitating towards - some people really love the Kilo’s recoil pattern and I don’t blame them!

If you are looking to build the perfect version of this gun, our Kilo 141 Warzone loadout guide is here to help.


FFAR 1

The FFAR has finally had its reign of terror ended, after a series of nerfs finally took effect. However, it’s still no slouch, continuing to boast a really strong time-to-kill at close range if you’re okay with its recoil pattern and less-powerful mobility.

It’s still well worth using as an SMG replacement, and you can have a look at our Warzone FFAR 1 loadout for more.


AS VAL

You know how the FFAR 1 used to be one of the fastest-killing guns in the game? Well, the AS VAL has always topped that list. Why isn’t it the best gun in the game then? Well, this gun has just one fatal drawback: its ammunition capacity. Even with attachments, your maximum number of bullets per mag is 30, so you’ll often struggle to deal with entire squads without having to reload.

I’d still absolutely give it a go though, and since the FFAR has been nerfed a few times, it’s well worth trying out if you fancy. Check out our AS VAL Warzone loadout guide for more help on kitting it out!


RAM-7

The RAM-7 is a fantastic sniper support weapon, giving you solid stopping power at close and medium ranges with some rather nice looking iron sights. You can even use it at longer ranges if you find yourself able to control the horizontal recoil, which can get a little bit nasty. Regardless, it’s a decent choice and a lot of people have a soft spot for the RAM-7.


M13

If you hate the Oden (see below), maybe the M13 is for you. It’s the complete opposite. Sometimes this’ll feel like a pea shooter, but with accuracy like this, that doesn’t even matter. Kit this out with a long barrel and Monolithic Suppressor and you can stay accurate on enemies who are absolutely miles away, letting you secure the kills by hitting as many of your shots as possible.


Oden

This is a personal favourite. The Oden is a big time Marmite gun, and some people absolutely despise it. However, with its slow fire rate and ridiculous damage per shot comes a gun that can completely ruin enemies when you catch them trying to run somewhere. As long as you’re aimed already, the Oden chunks them down like no other, and it’s so satisfying to pull off once you master it.


FAL

Remember the FAL meta? Seems like centuries ago. I bet you haven’t picked up the gun since. Why not?

Of course, its glory days are behind it, but with a fast trigger finger the FAL still absolutely wrecks your enemies. Seriously, give it another go and you’ll remember how fun it is to zap tangos with that ever-satisfying semi-automatic pop.


AN-94

If you wanted a standard assault rifle, look elsewhere. The AN-94’s ‘hyperburst’ feature is its pièce de résistance, firing off its first few shots at an outrageous rate. After this it slows down, but if you consistently hit those first three bullets you’ll be taking enemies down at a ridiculous speed. This is why it’s best used at medium ranges where you can actually pull off a decent level of accuracy.

We have a best AN-94 loadout, so have a look and see if this gun is the off-beat pick to help you break the meta.


XM4

The XM4 is here! And it’s surprisingly decent, despite how underrepresented it is in Warzone’s meta today! I really enjoy using this thing and it looks like more and more people are seeing the XM4’s viability as a sniper support weapon.

I’d like to see it in the meta a little bit more, specifically so you check out the best Warzone XM4 loadout guide.


AK-47 (Modern Warfare)

The Modern Warfare AK didn’t receive the buffs the Cold War iteration did, so it’s still one that struggles with a really bouncy recoil pattern. Sure, it feels great when you can get kills with it, but the reliability just isn’t there unfortunately.


Groza

Groza, huh. What are you like? I really thought it was the next big thing, but on further testing it just doesn’t do it for me. Alas. This gun’s horizontal recoil just stops it from being any higher on this list. If you can handle it, absolutely give the Groza a go though!

Those of you looking to try it out and shred enemies, give our Groza Warzone loadout guide a read.


FN SCAR 17

The Scar is a really nice choice to have with you when you’re looking to power someone down in solos. It’s super-clean with some lovely looking iron sights, and it honestly feels brilliant to use. It’d be much higher if it would only have larger magazines - you’ll be reloading non-stop with the FN SCAR 17, making it much less viable in squad-based modes.


QBZ-83

The QBZ has some sound recoil properties, and a lot of people find it really nice to use in Warzone. For me though, and for a lot of top players, it just doesn’t feel powerful enough. Sure, the Grau feels slightly weak too, but it still lets you crush enemies if you stay on target. The QBZ just feels like it’s shooting pumpkin seeds.


FR 5.56

’Maybe burst guns are good now’, I hear you say with regards to the dominance of the AUG and M16 in Warzone. Alas, this is unfortunately not the case with the FR 5.56 assault rifle. I’ve heard some people say it’s usable in single-fire mode, but I cannot tell you how bad a time I have when bringing one of these things into Verdansk. Personally, I suggest you avoid it.

Best Assault Rifle in Warzone

And there you have it! Hopefully now you're a master of the Warzone Assault Rifles arsenal, and you're ready to put your newfound knowledge to the test. But in case you're still hungering for tips and stats, be sure to check out our other Warzone guides! We have tips on all sorts, from the best sniper rifles to all the war tracks in Warzone to play in your truck.

Join the Rock Paper Shotgun supporter program

Sign up today and get access to more articles like these, an ad-free reading experience, free gifts, and help us create more great writing about PC games.

See more information

Comments

We love having a friendly, positive and constructive community - you lot are great - and we want to keep it like that. Our main commenting rule is "be excellent to each other". Please see our code of conduct, where you can find out what "be excellent" means. TL;DR? Respect others, think before you post, and be prepared for puns.

More Guides

Latest Articles

We've been talking, and we think that you should wear clothes

Total coincidence, but we sell some clothes

Rock Paper Shotgun Merch