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Best LMG in Warzone: a guide to LMGs in Call Of Duty: Warzone

Which LMG is king in Warzone Season 5?

Want to know the best LMG in Warzone? LMGs in Warzone fill an interesting role. Their time-to-kill often competes with Assault Rifles, but LMGs will almost always have slower ADS and movement speed. If you take advantage of their larger magazines and excellent range, however, LMGs can be among the best guns in Warzone. Our best LMG in Warzone guide will walk you through each LMG's place in the Season 5 meta.

The best LMG in Warzone

Let's cut to the chase: we think the PKM is the best LMG in Warzone Season 5. For a long time, the PKM has been a sleeper meta pick, but the pile of nerfs back in Season 4 Reloaded left it as the best all-around LMG. That still holds true in Season 5.

Here's the best LMG in Warzone Season 5

  • PKM
  • Stoner 63
  • MG82
  • Bruen
  • RAAL
  • RPD
  • FiNN
  • SA87
  • M91
  • Holger-26
  • MG34
  • M60

A PKM Warzone Loadout

PKM - Best LMG in Warzone

The PKM has been a pretty good weapon for almost all of Warzone’s lifespan but hasn’t often cracked the top of the charts. It has low recoil, a nice 100 round default magazine, and solid damage. With so many other LMGs nerfed, the PKM now has great time-to-kill for the class at close, mid and long-range. This is the easiest to use, best all-around LMG in Season 5.

The only real limitation on the PKM is the Modern Warfare attachment pool. Cold War attachments like the Raider Stock give Cold War LMGs a little bit more build flexibility. Getting a bit more mobility is very nice for comfort. Still, in terms of consistent damage output across all ranges and bodyparts, the PKM is just better.

If you need a PKM build we have you covered with this handy guide to the best PKM loadout in Warzone.


Stoner 63

The Stoner has great damage output. The recoil is bouncy but manageable, and it really excels with headshots. Really, the only problem with the Stoner right now is that the PKM exists and can do the Stoner’s job just a little bit better. The extra mobility some Cold War attachments can provide might make for some interesting builds though if you’re willing to experiment.

Of course, the Stoner does have that Cold War flexibility we mentioned above. You can play around with your builds to get things like better strafe speed, but there is always a cost. Usually, that cost is paid in recoil control, and that's tough to swallow with the Stoner.

If you want to take advantage of this powerful LMG, check out our guide to the best Stoner 63 loadout in Warzone.


MG82

The MG82 was wildly overpowered when it was first released, but a couple of nerfs have put it in its place. This weapon has great handling and movement stats for an LMG, along with excellent time-to-kill at all ranges. It also has some serious, serious recoil. If you can handle this beast though, it’s a very powerful LMG in Warzone.

Really, the only thing holding the MG82 out of the number one spot is headshot damage. If you only hit bodyshots, the MG82 drops enemies faster than the PKM and Stoner at most ranges. However, you're almost always going to hit at least one headshot when full-autoing an opponent down. Assuming you do, the higher headshot multipliers of the MG82's peers give them an edge.

Once you've unlocked the MG82, check out our guide to the best MG82 loadouts in Warzone.


Bruen Mk9

Once upon a time, the Bruen dominated the Warzone landscape. Now after a long stretch out of the meta, the Bruen is back. At close to mid-range, the Bruen’s time-to-kill is unexceptional. At long range, however, it’s one of the best LMGs and overall weapons in Warzone. The high headshot damage common to the LMG class can help it outcompete many Assault Rifles at distance, and the recoil is controllable enough to make that very realistic. If you like full-auto beaming over extreme ranges, the Bruen is the LMG for you.

Make sure you check out our Bruen loadout guide first though! A lot has changed in the last year, and the old 60 Round Magazine, psuedo-AR build is no longer the best option. Give the full guide a look for the up-to-date build.


The RAAL MG in Warzone

RAAL

At long last, the RAAL is available to unlock and use in Warzone. It once appeared as ground loot due to a bug, but now it’s here to stay. The RAAL is rather unusual and has a few off-beat attachments. Once kitted out though, it has great accuracy and excellent bullet velocity. The rate of fire is pretty low, but you won’t have much trouble staying on target at range.

Unfortunately, the RAAL is just very headshot dependant. The headshot multiplier is huge, but with that low rate of fire, it really takes a while to drop players without a headshot. That also makes every missed bullet more punishing. If you do get those headshots though, the RAAL has great time-to-kill.

As we mentioned, the RAAL has an unusual selection of attachments. Make sure you pick the right ones with our RAAL loadout guide.


RPD

The RPD has subpar damage but makes up for it with laserbeam recoil. You won’t exactly be melting players, but you should be able to stay on target. The biggest DPS increase is hitting your shots. If the RPD helps you do that, it’s a fine choice of LMG. Pair it with one of our best SMGs in Warzone for a really solid loadout.

The RPD's damage really is not that far behind the competition, so don't let it dissuade you. Put together the best RPD for Warzone with our RPD loadout guide!


FiNN

The FiNN has always been one of the most interesting weapons in Warzone, and it has a similarly interesting place in the meta right now. It has a series of “Adverse” barrel attachments that push the rate of fire through the roof. With an Adverse barrel, the FiNN has fantastic time-to-kill. However, the recoil pattern has a quick initial jump, and the gas flare from the Adverse barrels can obscure your sight picture. That puts the FiNN in a bit of a tricky spot at long range. Up close it will be easier to manage, but the low mobility of LMGs will have faster players running circles around you. If you can manage the recoil, and if you can find fights that mitigate the FiNN’s limitations, it can be a great LMG.

Check out our in-depth best FiNN loadout in Warzone guide page for more ideas.


An SA87 in Warzone

SA87

The SA87 actually has great time-to-kill at mid-range, but has limitations in attachments. This gun is built more like a slow-handling Assault Rifle, with a 30 round default magazine. Giving up an attachment slot just to get to 60 rounds takes away one of the prime benefits of the LMG class. A big damage dropoff over range is the nail in the coffin. The SA87 is by no means a bad weapon, but it doesn’t really have a niche right now.


M91

The M91 has never been particularly relevant in the Warzone meta but nerfs elsewhere have helped it out somewhat. It actually performs very similarly to the Bruen in a lot of situations but lacks the flexibility afforded by the Bruen’s 60 round magazine option. A lower rate of fire also harms consistency a bit. If you want a change of pace though, the M91 is no longer a bad choice.


Holger-26

The Holger’s biggest limitation is range. Its barrel attachments are geared more towards handling than range, and that isn’t helpful on an LMG. Sure, handling is a common problem on the class, but it's meaningless without range. LMGs just don't have the mobility to duel SMGs up close.

The Holger does have alright time-to-kill at close range, but it drops off fast. That's just not something you want on an LMG. There isn’t much reason to use the Holger right now, which is a shame for such a cool-looking gun.

If you want some Holger style points though, visit our Holger loadout guide for the best build.


MG34

The MG34 actually has excellent time-to-kill at every range. Unfortunately, its handling is just atrocious. This hunk of metal has among the worst movement, ADS, and reload speeds in the game. Unless you just really love sitting perfectly still and holding down Mouse 2 until someone walks into your sights, avoid the MG34.


An M60 in Warzone

M60

The M60 is just a bad gun. It actually received buffs back in Season 4 Reloaded, but they weren’t nearly enough. With such a low rate of fire, you have to be nailing headshots to have an even remotely competitive time-to-kill on the M60, and that won’t be easy with so much horizontal recoil. Unless you’re trying to complete your in-game Rambo cosplay, avoid the M60 in Warzone.

If you do want to give the M60 a shot, check out our full M60 loadout guide.


Finally, we've got a full LMG stat table for you to peruse. Refernce these numbers to contexualize our rankings, and get an idea of how to use each weapon.

NameDamageShots To KillRPMMagReloadADSMove %
PKM 48 | 32 | 32 | 323-4 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-97501008.85s413ms88%
SA87 51 | 37 | 37 | 342-4 | 3-6 | 4-7 | 5-9600303.35s413ms92%
M91 48 | 35 | 32 | 323-4 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-96661006.97s417ms87%
MG34 40 | 29 | 29 | 293-4 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-9878508.75s467ms82%
Holger-26 42 | 28 | 28 | 283-6 | 4-9 | 5-12 | 6-147041003.44s354ms92%
Bruen Mk946 | 31 | 31 | 313-5 | 4-7 | 5-10 | 6-127521005.27s446ms89%
FiNN36 | 36 | 28 | 283-5 | 5-8 | 6-10 | 7-12630755.83s346ms92%
Stoner 6349 | 33 | 33 | 332-4 | 3-6 | 4-8 | 5-9719756.00s400ms90%
RPD48 | 35 | 32 | 323-4 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-9652757.00s340ms95%
M6059 | 40 | 37 | 372-4 | 3-5 | 4-7 | 5-85151007.40s400ms85%
MG8235 | 29 | 29 | 263-5 | 5-7 | 6-9 | 8-119301006.77s346ms92%
RAAL59 | 40 | 37 | 372-3 | 3-5 | 4-6 | 5-85531007.67s454ms79%

If you're looking for stats on other weapon classes, visit our full Warzone weapon stats page for more!

Best LMG in Warzone

And there you have it! Hopefully now you're a master of the Warzone LMG 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 our Warzone weapons tier list. We have guides for both the EM2 and Tec-9 too for your Sesaon 5 loadouts.

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