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Best Warzone 2 TAQ-56 loadout: The best TAQ-56 build and attachments

Our TAQ-56 loadout is ideal for Warzone 2's long sightlines

The player in Warzone 2.0 inspects their weapon, the TAQ-56.
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Looking for the best TAQ-56 loadout in Warzone 2? The TAQ-56 might not top our list of the best Assault Rifles in Warzone 2, but it's still a formidable weapon that we can shape into something special. To do so, we've done a bunch of testing to find the best TAQ-56 attachments, and we've put them together to create the best TAQ-56 loadout in Warzone 2.

Below, we'll break down the best TAQ-56 build in Warzone 2, so that you can turn this AR into a smooth and powerful killing machine. We'll also cover the best secondary weapon, perks, and equipment that you should use to fill out your TAQ-56 class setup.

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Best TAQ-56 loadout build in Warzone 2

The TAQ-56 enjoys greater damage-per-shot than its near rival the M4, which means despite its lower fire rate it can be very effective if you focus on range and recoil control to make sure those crucial first shots fly true. This TAQ-56 build beats out the competition by making the recoil much more controllable, without adding unnecessary weight to the rifle.

Here are the best TAQ-56 loadout attachments in Warzone 2:

  • Muzzle: Harbinger D20 (Unlock at STB 556 lvl 18)
  • Underbarrel: Phase-3 Grip (Unlock at Vaznev-9K lvl 9)
  • Ammunition: 5.56 High Velocity (Unlock at TAQ-M lvl 6)
  • Magazine: 40 Round Mag (Unlock at TAQ-56 lvl 7)
  • Optic: SZ Holotherm (Unlock at PDSW 528 lvl 12)

You won't get all of these attachments just by levelling up the TAQ-56. Instead you'll need to play with various guns such as the STB 556, Vaznev-9K, and more, ranking them up to the appropriate level to unlock each attachment for use with any weapon. We've labelled the required guns and ranks above, next to each attachment.

The TAQ-56 in the Warzone 2 Gunsmith screen, with all the attachments in our best TAQ-56 loadout applied.
Our best TAQ-56 loadout build opts for increased range and decreased recoil, without resorting to adding a heavy Barrel that slows the rifle down.

The Harbinger D20 silencer is among the heaviest on offer for the TAQ-56, but seeing as we won't be adding a Barrel attachment we can afford it. The D20 is unmatched when it comes to extending the range and bullet velocity of the TAQ-56, and it also smooths the side-to-side bounce of the gun's recoil.

The main recoil-dampening attachment, however, is the Phase-3 Grip. It's rather late on in the Underbarrel attachments list, but the combination of improvements to aiming idle stability (which affects recoil as well as idle sway) and more general recoil stabilization makes it well worth the tiny nerf to ADS and walking speed.

The 5.56 High Velocity rounds are fantastic for any rifle in Warzone 2 that you wish to perform better at its maximum range, and the tiny reduction in damage dropoff values is an easy price to pay for the greatly increased bullet velocity you receive.

Overall the biggest difference you can make with the remaining attachment is to expand the magazine with the 40 Round Mag. Adding 10 bullets to each magazine makes a world of difference when you're facing down a whole squad of armoured enemy players.

Finally, we've added the SZ Holotherm, which is fast becoming a contender for our favourite sight among all the close-range Warzone 2 Optics. The clear and unobtrusive sight helps you land shots at mid-range with far greater confidence and precision than if you were using the default ironsights.

Overall this combination of attachments adds a bit of weight to the gun but drastically improves its effectiveness at its maximum range. The low recoil combines with the gun's naturally low rate of fire to make this TAQ-56 build extremely controllable and reliable over range.

Best TAQ-56 loadout secondary weapon

The player in Warzone 2.0 aims at a training dummy using the SZ Holotherm optic attachment.

The TAQ-56 is versatile even by Assault Rifle standards, so you can slot it into just about any type of loadout you wish. We're particularly fond of using it alongside the best Sniper Rifle in Warzone 2, the extremely powerful Victus XMR. If you're having trouble unlocking the Victus, then the MCPR-300 is nearly identical. Or, for something faster-firing and better suited for follow-up shots, the Signal 50 is another great Sniper Rifle to use alongside the TAQ-56.

Alternatively, if you want some close-range options, then we'd recommend either the Expedite 12 with its reliable one-shot-kills in extreme close quarters; or the Lachmann Sub (more commonly known as the MP5), which with its fast speed and high damage-per-second is definitely one of the best SMGs in Warzone 2 at the moment.

Best TAQ-56 class setup: Perks and Equipment

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When it comes to the Perk choices for your TAQ-56 class, we'd highly recommend the Specter Perk Package (Double Time, Tracker, Spotter, Ghost). Spotter is a bit of a nothing Perk, but the others are all very useful for any Warzone 2 match.

Double Time is a great choice for Assault Rifle classes, because it affords you some extra mobility, making you more competitive with enemy loadouts containing SMGs and other lighterweight weapons.

Ghost is probably the most useful Perk to have in the late-game of a Warzone 2 match, as the ability to stay off UAV and Heartbeat Sensor radars gives you a real advantage over players who don't realise that you're nearby.

Tracker allows you to see the recent footprints of enemies, which combined with your Double Time Perk allows you to quicky track down enemy players and beam them with your new TAQ-56 loadout.

Equipment is more flexible; you can more or less pick whatever you're most comfortable with for your TAQ-56 build. Personally I'm fond of using a Stun Grenade for indoor areas, and a good old-fashioned Frag Grenade for dealing with threats in any situation.

That brings our TAQ-56 loadout and class setup walkthrough to an end. If you want a greater idea of the TAQ-56's abilities and limitations, check out our Warzone 2 weapon stats guide, as well as our Warzone 2 best guns tier list to see where it ranks in the current meta.

You can also read up on our other guides to learn handy tips and tricks such as how to get loadout drops in Warzone 2, how to get more XP Tokens, and the best Warzone 2 contracts to take in different situations.

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