Best Assault Rifle in Warzone Season 5

Looking to learn which is the very best Assault Rifle in Call Of Duty: Warzone? We’re not surprised: Assault Rifles are by far the most versatile and numerous weapons class in 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 and relative power of all the Assault Rifles in Warzone Season 5. Here’s all the assault rifles in Call Of Duty: Warzone, and how good each of them are in the current meta.

The best AR in Warzone

The best Assault Rifle in Warzone Season 5 is the C58. The massive balance update in Season 4 Reloaded made many top Assault Rifles require an extra bullet or two to kill in many situations. Raven Software seems to have forgotten this when releasing the EM2 in Season 5, but it was quickly nerfed to be more in line with other ARs. Many Assault Rifles are very good right now, but the C58 edges the rest out.

Here is the best Assault Rifle in Warzone:

  • C58
  • EM2
  • QBZ
  • AK-47 (Cold War)
  • Krig 6
  • XM4
  • FARA 83
  • CR-56 AMAX
  • Grau 5.56
  • M4A1
  • Groza
  • FFAR 1
  • RAM-7
  • M13
  • Kilo 141
  • AS VAL
  • FAL
  • Oden
  • FN Scar 17
  • AN-94
  • AK-47 (Modern Warfare)
  • FR 5.56

A Warzone C58 loadout

C58 – Best Assault Rifle in Warzone Season 5

The C58 had its body shot multipliers completely removed in Season 4, which knocked its body shot only time-to-kill down from best in class to fairly average. However, it still has decent range and a huge headshot multiplier. If you can land a headshot, the time-to-kill is great. If you hit two, it’s fantastic.

While the C58’s recoil is a bit high, it pulls almost straight up. That makes it fairly likely that you will hit at least one headshot in most gunfights. As long as you do that, the C58 is the best Assault Rifle in Warzone.

If you want to try this heavy-hitter out, take a look at our guide to the best C58 loadout.


The EM2 is Warzone’s newest Assault Rifle and, surprise surprise, it’s one of the best. This high-powered bullpup has some ugly handling and monstrous recoil, but you accept that on a gun that hits this hard. Seriously, the damage output is just massive.

The EM2 is a beast at long range, though the nerf on August hurt it up close. However, the built-in optic also has a lower ADS speed penalty, so you can use it to effectively gain an attachment slot. It may take some adjusting, but once you have a handle on it the EM2 is still one of the best Assault Rifles in Warzone Season 5.

Once you have this new rifle unlocked and leveled visit our guide to the best EM2 loadout in Warzone to put together the optimal setup.

A QBZ Warzone loadout


The QBZ has almost as little recoil as the Krig 6, but after nerfs to the Krig in late Season 4, the QBZ actually has superior DPS. A lot of people are sticking to the Krig because of comfort and consistency, but we’d argue the QBZ is the better gun once you adjust to it. If you’ve ever wanted to pick the QBZ up, now is definitely the time.

The QBZ really isn’t difficult to pick up either. The recoil difference is barely noticeable, especially on keyboard and mouse. It has better ADS and movement speeds than the Krig. If you try the QBZ and just don’t like it then stick with the Krig, but you really ought to give the QBZ a shot. On paper, it’s just better.

If you’re a first time QBZ user looking for build options, check out our guide to the best QBZ loadout here.

AK-47 (Cold War)

An AK-47 that’s actually good in Warzone. Rejoice! The Cold War AK has a great time-to-kill close up even after nerfs, and still has a manageable recoil pattern. You can use it as a mid- to long-range gun, but the close-range build makes the Cold War AK-47 the strongest sniper support in the game.

Mobility is such an important stat for close-range fights in Warzone, and the AK-47 will have no trouble getting it. With the right build, you will just barely be slower than SMG users. With a couple of headshots, your AK will crush those SMG users at any range. Just be prepared for a bumpier, higher-recoil ride.

We have a handy guide for each way to build this gun in our Warzone Cold War AK-47 loadout guide.

Krig 6

This highly accurate rifle has never had great damage output, but boy is it easy to use. The Krig’s recoil is practically nonexistent, which makes it more reliable and consistent than many of the other Assault Rifles that now have similar times-to-kill. This will remain a very powerful, popular choice in the new meta.

Just keep in mind, ease of use is basically the Krig’s only advantage. Its damage is really subpar, especially after a couple of nerfs. Ease of use has a lot of value though. There’s a reason the Krig has been the most used AR in Warzone for months now. The average player will likely have more success with the Krig 6 than with many other Assault Rifles. If you’re a skilled player and willing to put some time in with a different Assault Rifle though, you might find better results elsewhere.

If you want to deck out the Krig 6 properly, check out our Krig 6 Warzone loadout guide here.

A Warzone XM4 loadout


The XM4 has really been through the wringer over the past month. A pair of buffs briefly made it a strong option both up-close and at long range, but subsequent damage nerfs hurt its time-to-kill. It also caught a noticeable recoil nerf.

However, the nerfs to the old long-range kings in early Season 5 have helped the XM4 catch up. Its recoil is still high but it is closer to other options now. Its time-to-kill is also back to being competitive. If you’re an XM4 fan, rejoice. This is a great Assault Rifle in Warzone again.

If you still want to give it a shot, check out the best Warzone XM4 loadout guide.


The FARA 83 is still good, despite a decline in popularity. Its time-to-kill is very good, but there are other, easier-to-use options like the QBZ. You can definitely make the FARA work at any range though. All it really lacks is consistency. If you can manage the bouncy recoil, the FARA is one of the best Assault Rifles in Warzone. Its high fire rate gives the FARA a lot of flexibility too. If you are a FARA fan, it will work great as a close-range sniper support or long-range beam.

Check our FARA 83 Warzone loadout guide for more info on it.


The CR-56 AMAX has seen nerf after nerf over the past year, yet it remains a solid long-range Assault Rifle in Warzone. Like many other Assault Rifles, the Season 4 Reloaded patch made it take roughly an extra bullet to kill in most situations. That hurts on a slow-firing weapon, but the time-to-kill is still good if you can land a headshot. The AMAX is finally out of the top two or three rifles, but it’s still a good long-range option. Unfortunately though, the Modern Warfare guns just can’t match the mobility of Cold War options. Stick to the long-range AMAX builds for now.

If you’re wondering how to kit this gun out, check out our guide for the best CR-56 AMAX loadout in Warzone.

A Warzone Grau loadout

Grau 5.56

This weapon has been an absolute laserbeam since it released. The damage is low, but the gap between the Grau and the top dogs has become significantly smaller with recent patches. With how easy the Grau is to keep on target even at extreme ranges, it should perform well relative to its nerfed competition. It also isn’t very attachment-hungry, so it does well as a Fully Loaded weapon to help restock after a death. This is another very easy to use weapon. On paper at least, it should be keeping up with the Krig.

Check out exactly how to kit this gun out with our Warzone Grau 5.56 loadout guide!


The classic M4A1 has been slowly gaining ground in recent months. With hefty nerfs bringing many other weapons down to the M4’s level, I think this old standard will start to creep back into the Warzone meta. It’s flexible too, and works great both at range and as a sniper support. You won’t quite achieve the same movement speed as Cold War weapons, but you can get a lot closer than many other Modern Warfare guns. Like the Grau, you can drop an M4A1 attachment to get Fully Loaded too. We like it as half of a Fully Loaded Sniper loadout. For more on that, see our best Warzone loadout guide.

For more standard loadouts, why not use our M4A1 Warzone loadout guide to help you out?


The Groza has had its damage reduced in line with the other Assault Rifles back in Season 4 Reloaded, but it also had an early horizontal hitch removed from its recoil pattern. The time-to-kill on the Groza has always been solid, and now it’s a bit easier to use. There are still better options at long range, but I think the Groza can be a really good sniper support right now. The recoil pattern is still a little tricky at long-range, but when you’re on target the Groza hits hard and fast.

Those of you looking to try it out and shred enemies, give our Groza Warzone loadout guide a read.


The FFAR finally had its reign of terror ended after a series of nerfs earlier in 2021. However, it’s still no slouch, continuing to boast a really strong time-to-kill if you’re okay with its recoil pattern and reduced mobility. It actually has some of the best long range damage output in Warzone right now – it’s just harder to keep on target than the competition. If you loved the old FFAR though, I’d give it another shot. You may find it’s due for a comeback.

If you need a refresher, have a look at our Warzone FFAR 1 loadout for more.

A RAM-7 in Warzone


While the RAM-7 lacks the mobility to compete with the Cold War sniper support Assault Rifle builds, it’s still one of the better Modern Warfare options. The time-to-kill is solid at most ranges, though it doesn’t currently stand out. Still, if you can manage the recoil and stick to more mid-range engagements, the RAM-7 is a decent choice.

Like the Groza, the RAM-7’s range is only really limited by recoil. If you’ve got the skill though, it’s actually very good at long-range too. This is a higher skill weapon than its MW 5.56mm siblings, namely the Grau, M4A1, and Kilo 141. If you’re hitting your shots though, it has the highest potential ceiling.

If you’re interested in running another Modern Warfare classic, check out our RAM-7 Warzone loadout guide.


The M13 has always felt like a bit of a squirt gun at long range, but a slight buff to its minimum damage may help. Its recoil is low and its rate of fire is excellent. Even with the poor damage per shot, the M13 should be able to put enough rounds on target to compete with some of the nerfed options. If you want the accuracy of the Krig and Grau on something that can put more rounds down range, the M13 is a respectable choice.

Kilo 141

With the Kilo 141, you’re getting a similar amount of utility as the Grau and M4A1, but with lower damage at the longest ranges and a different recoil pattern. With its long time-to-kill, the Kilo isn’t a good choice right now. It does have one advantage, however; a 100-round magazine option. The attachment isn’t good, but it looks ridiculous. If you are trying to build a silly, goof-around loadout, a 100-round Kilo is a good option.

If, however, you are looking to build a good version of this gun, our Kilo 141 Warzone loadout guide is here to help.

An AS VAL in Warzone


Historically, the AS VAL had ludicrous time-to-kill but fell short of meta guns due to magazine size and limited mobility. However, a damage nerf in early Season 5 really buried it. The TTK will still be good, but the AS VAL has gotten even harder to justify in an already limited role. It will probably take a major overhaul to Modern Warfare weapon mobility to really bring this thing back. You can still get something out of it in Solos, but in team modes you’re going to get killed while reloading far too much.

The AS VAL is a personal favorite despite its shortcomings, so we still recommend you check out our AS VAL Warzone loadout guide and give it a try.


Though its time in the sun is long over, the FAL remained a decent choice if you could hit a couple of headshots due to an enormous headshot multiplier. Now that multiplier has been significantly reduced. We don’t think the FAL is bad necessarily, but it feels hard to justify over a DMR-14 right now.


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.


The Scar hits like a truck but continues to struggle to find a niche in the Warzone meta. High recoil holds it back over long-range, mobility holds it back up close, and a 30-round maximum magazine size cripples it everywhere. Even inside its best effective range, a Cold War AK-47 will kill faster with a bigger magazine and better mobility. There just isn’t much reason to run the SCAR.

An AN-94 in Warzone


If you wanted a standard assault rifle, look elsewhere. The AN-94’s ‘hyperburst’ feature is its pièce de résistance, firing off its first two shots at an outrageous rate. If you can consistently land the hyperburst, the AN-94 does alright at close-to-mid-range. If you can’t, it falls well behind the competition. The AN-94 has one of the shortest ranges before its damage drops off among all Assault Rifles. This isn’t exactly the worst gun in Warzone, but it’s not particularly good.

We have a best AN-94 loadout, so have a look and see if this gun is the off-beat pick to help you break the meta.

AK-47 (Modern Warfare)

The Modern Warfare AK has always struggled with a really bouncy recoil pattern. Sure, it feels great when you can get kills with it, but the reliability just isn’t there. The damage drop-off over range is also absolutely brutal. This one isn’t good for much other than a change of pace.

FR 5.56

“Maybe burst guns are good now”, I hear you say with regards to former the dominance of the AUG and M16 in Warzone. Alas, this is unfortunately not the case with the FR 5.56 assault rifle. This gun just feels left behind in the current Warzone meta. Personally, I suggest you avoid it.

Warzone Assault Rifle Stats

Below is a stat table for every Assault Rifle in Warzone. All of the basic damage and handling stats are covered, plus best and worst-case shots-to-kill for each bodypart. Use this as a helpful reference to compare the stats you want to prioritize in your Assault Rifle loadout.

Name Damage Shots To Kill RPM Mag Reload ADS Move %
Kilo 141 42 | 28 | 28 | 28 3-6 | 4-9 | 5-12 | 6-14 750 30 2.36s 238ms 93%
FAL 79 | 54 | 49 | 49 2-3 | 2-5 | 3-6 | 4-8 470 20 2.5s 254ms 93%
M4A1 41 | 27 | 27 | 27 3-6 | 4-9 | 5-12 | 6-14 800 30 2.23s 233ms 94%
FR 5.56 64 | 40 | 40 | 40 2-4 | 3-5 | 4-7 | 4-8 560 30 2.37s 296ms 92%
Oden 77 | 58 | 48 | 48 2-3 | 2-5 | 3-6 | 4-7 410 20 2.57s 346ms 92%
M13 36 | 24 | 24 | 24 3-5 | 5-8 | 6-10 | 7-13 900 30 2.37s 238ms 93%
FN Scar 56 | 38.5 | 35 | 35 2-4 | 3-5 | 4-7 | 5-8 570 20 2.33s 296ms 93%
AK-47 56 | 39 | 35 | 35 2-4 | 3-5 | 4-7 | 5-8 560 30 2.15s 271ms 93%
RAM-7 39 | 26 | 26 | 26 3-6 | 4-9 | 6-12 | 7-14 860 30 2.4s 217ms 94%
Grau 5.56 42 | 28 | 28 | 28 3-6 | 4-9 | 5-12 | 6-14 730 30 2.15s 221ms 96%
CR-56 54 | 35 | 35 | 35 2-4 | 3-6 | 4-8 | 5-9 620 30 2.25s 279ms 93%
AN-94 46 | 34 | 31 | 31 3-5 | 4-7 | 5-9 | 6-11 560 30 2.25s 254ms 93%
AS VAL 47 | 37 | 30 | 30 3-5 | 4-7 | 5-9 | 6-11 900 20 2.18s 225ms 94%
XM4 45 | 30 | 30 | 30 3-5 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-9 721 30 2.36s 238ms 95%
AK-47 (Cold War) 54 | 36 | 36 | 36 2-4 | 3-5 | 4-7 | 5-8 660 30 2.24s 267ms 95%
Krig 6 45 | 33 | 33 | 30 3-4 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-10 655 30 2.19s 263ms 96%
QBZ-83 42 | 34 | 31 | 28 3-5 | 4-7 | 5-10 | 6-12 720 30 2.15s 221ms 97%
FFAR 1 35 | 25 | 25 | 25 3-5 | 4-7 | 5-9 | 6-11 900 25 2.48s 300ms 94%
Groza 41 | 30 | 27 | 27 3-5 | 4-7 | 5-9 | 6-11 755 30 2.12s 221ms 96%
C58 58 | 37 | 37 | 37 2-3 | 3-5 | 4-6 | 5-8 533 25 2.00s 302ms 96%
FARA 37 | 29 | 29 | 29 3-4 | 4-6 | 5-8 | 6-10 790 30 3.17s 296ms 93%
EM2 61 | 41 | 41 | 41 2-3 | 3-5 | 4-6 | 5-7 533 20 2.04s 375ms 94%

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

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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