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Warzone pioneer reveals best assault rifle after NZ-41 and KG M40 nerfs

Call of Duty: Warzone Pacific features nearly 200 weapons, and the most popular have been revealed, so we’re counting down the ten best of Season 4 Reloaded firearms as of August 3, 2022.

As is the norm for Warzone, the meta is constantly changing. The Warzone Pacific update brought over 40 new weapons to Call of Duty: Vanguard, with more continuing to arrive. The Season 4 Reloaded update brought the new Vargo-S Assault Rifle and included a ton of weapon buffs and nerfs, then the August 3 update changed the meta again.

With this major meta change, thanks to WZRanked.com, we can see the most popular weapons in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded. So we’re counting down the top ten weapons players use in Season 4 Reloaded.

10. STG44 – 2.9%

The STG44 was by far the most popular weapon before the NZ-41 received its major buffs. Another low recoil weapon, it still clings to the top 10, but may drop lower in the ranks as Season 5 rolls around.

With a solid TTK, fast ball speed, and minimal recoil, it’s an effective choice for players of all skill levels. Even the smallest of buffs would catapult this classic WWII rifle into the meta.

9. M13 – 3.17%

M13 in Warzone

The M13 is a fan-favorite assault rifle thanks to early Verdansk nostalgia, modern aesthetics, and smooth animations.

Although already a popular choice, this Modern Warfare weapon only got more powerful with the Season 4 Reloaded update. Now dealing more damage to the neck, you’ll find the M13 to be a powerful and reliable choice on the Isle of Rebirth and Fortune’s Keep.

8. MP-40 – 3.58%

Loading MP40 Warzone Pacific

If you’re looking for a Vanguard SMG to use on Rebirth Island or Caldera, the MP40 remained an excellent choice.

While it may not be the best on paper, the MP40 has long been one of the most popular SMGs in the game. Its minimal recoil and high damage output make it a standout choice for close combat, so you will never feel disadvantaged when using it.

It’s no wonder the MP40 has always remained in the top 10 most popular guns in the game as it completes any possible loadout.

7. Armaguerra 43 – 4.38%

Warzone Armaguerra 43

Even though Warzone’s Armaguerra 43 received a small nerf in the Season 4 Reloaded update, it’s still a solid choice.

While some of the other SMGs will beat the Armaguerra at close range, you’ll find it’s slightly more effective at these longer ranges. If you’re planning on doing some aggressive shooting in Rebirth or Fortune’s Keep, it’s worth giving Armaguerra another shot.

6. Cooper Carbine – 4.61%

Cooper Carbine in Call of Duty Warzone

Many low-recoil builds have made their way onto this list, and the Cooper Carbine’s rate of fire and mobility have made it a popular choice for Fortune’s Keep.

Again, it’s not the most powerful weapon in the game, but its almost non-existent recoil and decent damage has kept it in the top 10 most popular.

5. Kilo 141 – 6.15%

best warzone kilo loadout

Kilo 141 is no longer popular since Verdansk, but returned to the top 10 most popular with the Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded update.

Although extremely accurate, the Kilo 141 has always been let down by its high damage loss. This deposit was removed with Season 4 Reloaded, but the developers nerfed its damage again with the August 3 update.

We’ll have to wait and see how much of an impact this has on the Kilo’s effectiveness and popularity.

4. Marco 5 – 7.09%

Marco 5 SMG in CoD Warzone

The Marco 5 is the brand new SMG for Season 4, offering a fast kill time and the ability to be dual-wield.

Although his Akimbo Perk gives him the fastest TTK in the game, players prefer to use him like a traditional SMG. With the classic build, it has great mobility and is the perfect SMG to use with your favorite Assault Rifle on Caldera or Fortune’s Keep.

3. NZ-41 – 7.43%

NZ-41 Assault Rifle in Warzone

The NZ-41 made its way into the Warzone meta with the Season 3 Reloaded update, firmly establishing itself as the most popular weapon. It eventually fell from the top spot with the Season 4 Reloaded and August 3 updates nerfing the weapon.

Low recoil weapons are still among the ten most popular in Warzone, and the NZ-41 is one of the easiest to control weapons in the game. Although it’s been hit with a few extra nerfs, the NZ should remain a powerful and popular choice.

2. H4 Blixen – 7.57%

Best Warzone H4 Blixen Loadout

The H4 Blixen is one of the best SMGs in the game, and its popularity skyrocketed after all the buffs and nerfs in Season 4 Reloaded.

Whether the Blixen will remain as popular remains to be seen, as the August 3 update nerfed almost every aspect of the weapon.

1. KG M40 – 8.06% – The most popular weapon in Warzone

KG M40 in Warzone Pacific

Warzone players still gravitate towards low recoil weapons, so the KG M40 took the place of the NZ-41 after being nerfed in Season 4 Reloaded.

With almost no recoil, teleporting enemies across the map has never been easier than with the KG M40. But again, it saw some nerve damage in the August 3 update, so it might not stay ahead of the pack for long, but it’s still going to be incredibly easy to use.

If you haven’t used any of these weapons yet in Warzone Pacific Season 4 Reloaded, they’re great choices no matter which map you prefer.

Although the Whitley does not appear on this list, that could all change as it also received a buff on August 3.

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