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Warzone 2.0 loadout guide: The best guns, perks and tuning tips

(Washington Post illustration; Activision)

“What’s the best gun in ‘Warzone 2.0?’ ”

While that query has been a popular Google search since the debut of “Warzone 2.0” and the Al Mazrah map in November, players of Call of Duty’s battle royale mode are asking the wrong question. The universal “best gun” doesn’t exist, if the developers are doing their jobs well and balancing the different weapons.

What players should be seeking is the best weapon combo for their particular playstyle. If a player struggles controlling recoil, they may benefit from building a gun that trades damage for accuracy. If a player prefers to play fast and push enemies, a sub-machine gun is probably the way to go, even if other players rave about light machine guns like the RPK.

This guide isn’t so much about pinpointing the definitive best gun, but rather narrowing down “Warzone 2.0′s” arsenal of 55 weapons and suggesting primary weapons and loadouts for particular player types and situations. And given that loadouts have taken a slightly different role in “Warzone 2.0” compared to the original “Warzone,” we’ll also provide some tips on securing your preferred kit as fast as possible.

Keep this in mind as well: The “best” guns and loadouts will change based on weapon tuning and changes to the way the game is currently playing (AKA, the meta), so understanding the “why” behind each recommendation is as important as “what” the recommendation is. If you understand what changed, you’ll be able to pivot even before guide writers and content creators get a chance to do the research.