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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 the FFAR 1. Previously taken up by laser-beam choices like the Grau and M4A1, the FFAR 1 with its ludicrous time-to-kill at close range is an extremely popular option. For your ranged engagements, the CR-56 AMAX has become super powerful too. 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.

FFAR 1 - Best Assault Rifle in Warzone

If you haven’t tried it yet, the FFAR 1 is a monster at close range. Deck this thing out with all the strafe speed attachments and you’ll be outmaneuvering all the SMG-toting baddies, ducking in and out of buildings and taking them down with surprising ease. With a ridiculous time-to-kill and some lovely, clean iron sights, a lot of the community is calling for a nerf to this gun. Give it a go while you have the chance!

Check out our FFAR 1 Warzone loadout guide here!


The CR-56 AMAX has had a surprising resurgence in Verdansk. Players have begun to realise that this thing absolutely pops off at long range. With its slightly slower fire rate you might not get quite as many close-up kills, but deck this thing out right and you’ll be beaming enemies from miles away.

I really like the AMAX at the moment, and it actually pairs really well with the FFAR 1 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!


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.

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You know how the FFAR 1 is one of the fastest-killing guns in the game? Well, the AS VAL tops that list. Why isn’t it all the way at the top of this list 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 with an FFAR nerf likely incoming, the AS VAL may just be the gun to pick up the slack. Check out our AS VAL Warzone loadout guide for more help on kitting it out!


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 page to help you out with this gun too.


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 (both versions)

Choosing between the Cold War and Modern Warfare iterations of the AK-47 is splitting hairs in my opinion. With either one, you’ll hit extremely hard but have a pretty bouncy recoil pattern to contend with. I’d say the Cold War one is slightly easier to use, but it’s all very subjective. Regardless, try them out to see if you’re the next big thing wielding an AK.


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.


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.

Krig 6

The Krig 6 is often considered the gold standard when it comes to ARs from Black Ops Cold War. It’s accurate, reliable, and there’s nothing really wrong with it. That’s the problem though - there’s nothing wrong with it but the Krig 6 doesn’t excel outrageously in any way like the top-tier guns in Warzone do, putting it down here on the list.

It’s worth a try though - you can make it work and it won’t let you down with our Warzone Krig 6 loadout.


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.


The Season 2 addition to the AR category is the FARA 83. Unfortunately, most players haven’t fallen in love with it, and its recoil patterns just don’t feel great. Damage numbers don’t make up for it either, making the FARA 83 a less than meta-defining weapon to use.

I’d always recommend trying it out first though! Check our FARA 83 Warzone loadout guide to see if this gun is the off-beat pick to help you break the meta.

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.

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