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 are very strong.
Our Best LMG in Warzone guide will not only walk you through the stats of each LMG, but also discuss their place in the current Warzone meta.
The best LMG in Warzone
Let's cut to the chase: we think the PKM is the best LMG in Warzone Season 4 Reloaded. For a long time, the PKM has been a sleeper meta pick, but the pile of nerfs in Season 4 Reloaded have left it as the best all-around LMG.
Before we dive into the full breakdown, check out the table below for the base stats of every Warzone LMG.
|Name||Damage||Shots To Kill||RPM||Mag||Reload||ADS||Move %|
|PKM||48 | 32 | 32 | 32||3-4 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-9||750||100||8.85s||413ms||88%|
|SA87||51 | 37 | 37 | 34||2-4 | 3-6 | 4-7 | 5-9||600||30||3.35s||413ms||92%|
|M91||48 | 35 | 32 | 32||3-4 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-9||666||100||6.97s||417ms||87%|
|MG34||40 | 29 | 29 | 29||3-4 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-9||878||50||8.75s||467ms||82%|
|Holger-26||42 | 28 | 28 | 28||3-6 | 4-9 | 5-12 | 6-14||704||100||3.44s||354ms||92%|
|Bruen Mk9||46 | 31 | 31 | 31||3-5 | 4-7 | 5-10 | 6-12||752||100||5.27s||446ms||89%|
|FiNN||36 | 36 | 28 | 28||3-5 | 5-8 | 6-10 | 7-12||630||75||5.83s||346ms||92%|
|Stoner 63||49 | 33 | 33 | 33||2-4 | 3-6 | 4-8 | 5-9||719||75||6.00s||400ms||90%|
|RPD||48 | 35 | 32 | 32||3-4 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-9||652||75||7.00s||340ms||95%|
|M60||59 | 40 | 37 | 37||2-4 | 3-5 | 4-7 | 5-8||515||100||7.40s||400ms||85%|
|MG82||35 | 29 | 29 | 26||3-5 | 5-7 | 6-9 | 8-11||530||75||7.40s||300ms||93%|
Now let's delve into this potent class of Warzone weapon and talk through each LMG from best to worst.
PKM - Best LMG in Warzone
The PKM has been a pretty good weapon for almost all of Warzone’s lifespan but hasn’t ever 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 4 Reloaded.
The Stoner was nerfed slightly in Season 4 Reloaded, but still 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.
If you want to take advantage of this powerful LMG, check out our guide to the best Stoner 63 loadout in Warzone.
Once upon a time, the Bruen dominated the Warzone landscape. Now after a long stretch out of the meta, the Bruen looks like it’s 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.
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.
Once you've unlocked the MG82 in the Season 4 Battle Pass, check out our guide to the best MG82 loadouts in Warzone.
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 though, and if you can find fights that mitigate the FiNN’s limitations, it can be one of the best LMGs in Warzone.
Check out our in-depth best FiNN loadout in Warzone guide page for more ideas.
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 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.
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.
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. It has all right time-to-kill at close range, but it drops off fast. There isn’t much reason to use the Holger right now, which is a shame for such a cool-looking gun.
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, holding down Mouse 2 until someone walks into your sights, avoid the MG34.
The M60 is just a bad gun. It actually received buffs 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.
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 guides to the best Warzone loadouts and all the War Tracks you can play in your Warzone vehicle.