Warzone 2: Best SMGs & Their Loadouts [2023]

The SMGs in COD Warzone 2.0 Ranked from Worst to Best.

Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 has a huge arsenal of all kinds of Weapons. And when you head toward the SMGs, it becomes confusing to know which one you should use. They all are good on their own, but in COD Warzone 2.0 only one of these could be the Best SMG. So, We’ll rank all of these SMGs with their loadouts to show which one is the best in Call of Duty Warzone 2.0.

Key Takeaways
  • The Best SMGs listed here can help you out in a variety of situations as they are primarily focused on close to mid-range combat.
  • In my opinion, the best SMGs to use are the Lachmann Sub and FSS Hurricane because they are both just so good in their loadouts and stats.
  • The advantage of using SMGs is their powerful rate of fire which can easily help you net kills in tight situations in Warzone 2.

Warzone 2 Best SMGs

SMGMax levelhow to unlockFire RateAmmo CountTactical Sprint to fireMuzzle Velocity
Vel 4629.0Unlocked by default952 rpm40.0212 ms540 m/s
MX917.0Unlocked by leveling the STB 556 to Level 13.741 rpm25.0210 ms300 m/s
Minibak15.0Unlocked by leveling the Kastov-74u to Level 18.652 rpm64.0210 ms300 m/s
Vaznev 9K14.0Unlocked by leveling the Kastov-74u to Level 13779 rpm30.0210 ms540 m/s
PDSW 52830.0Unlocked at Level 5.909 rpm50.0210 ms540 m/s
BAS-P24.0Free Weapon that can be unlocked by reaching the A6 Tier870 rpm30.0210 ms540 m/s
Fennec 4527.0Unlocked at Level 38.1019 rpm30.0210 ms300 m/s
FSS Hurricane75.0Unlocked by leveling the FTac Recon to Level 16.698 rpm50.0210 ms680 m/s
Lachmann Sub19.0Unlocked by leveling the Lachmann-556 to Level 12.800 rpm30.0210 ms540 m/s

9. Vel 46

Fire RateAmmo CountADS time Tactical Sprint Sprint to fireStrafe
952 rpm40217 ms7.78 m/s111 ms3.5 m/s

The Vel 46 is a good SMG in the game. The Gun itself is useful in close quarters. But if the opponent is even at mid-range, the gun fails to deal high damage to them. The heavily armored operators won’t get hit by its bullets as much as you’d expect them to be. Well, that is understandable as it is an SMG, but even for an SMG, that is a relatively low range.

Vel 46 Loadout in Warzone 2.0 COD.
The Vel 46 in the game. [Image by eXputer]
As the map of Al Mazrah is big, the Vel 46 fails to make a significant impact in the game. It is only great if you are using it as a secondary weapon. Other than that, it’s better just to leave it, than use it or get adjusted to it.

Vel 46 Loadout

  • Muzzle: XTEN RR-40
  • Stock: VEL A-568 Collapsed
  • Magazine: 50-Round Mag
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90
  • Rear Grip: Schlager Soldier Grip

The XTEN RR-40 Muzzle suppresses bullet sound while enhancing Damage Range, Bullet Velocity, and Recoil Control. The VEL A-568 Collapsed improves Aim Down Sight and Sprint speeds. The 50-round mag ensures prolonged firing before reloading.

For stability, the FFS Sharkfin 90 is crucial, while the Schlager Soldier Grip boosts Sprint Fire and Aim Down Sight speeds, functioning like the gun’s stock.

  • Secondary Weapon: LA-B 330
  • Tactical: Flash Grenade
  • Lethal: Proximity Mine
  • 1st Perk: Weapon Specialist
  • 2nd Perk: Overkill
  • Bonus Perk: Spotter
  • Ultimate Perk: Survivor

8. MX9

Fire RateAmmo CountADS time Tactical Sprint Sprint to fireStrafe
741 rpm25220 ms7.75 m/s110 ms 3.52 m/s

One of the good SMGs in the game is MX9. The gun has good damage and fire rate. Not as good as the usual AUG, which it is based on. There is one big reason why it fails in that aspect, and that is the Range of the MX9. It is not designed to take out opponents at a long range. So you’ll have to rely on other weapons to take out the opponents.

MX9 Warzone 2.0
The MX9. {Image Captured by eXputer]

But where it excels is its high Recoil Control, Mobility, and Handling. If you’re in a part of the map where there are tons of houses or buildings, it will work best. You’ll have more than enough mobility to chase enemy operators and kill them. But remember, if you go out on a map as big as that of Warzone 2.0, the MX9 will fail.

MX9 Loadout

  • Barrel: 16.5” STB Factory
  • Muzzle: SA Schalldampfer 99
  • Magazine: 32 Round Mag
  • Comb: FTAC C11 Riser
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW

The loadout centers around the 16.5” STB Factory barrel, enhancing the MX9’s range akin to anAssault Rifle. The SA Schalldampfer 99 suppresses bullet sounds, aiding Recoil Control and Bullet Velocity. The 32-Round Mag ensures prolonged battle presence.

To balance the heavy attachments, enhance MX9’s mobility with the FTAC C11 Riser Comb and VLK LZR 7MW laser. These decrease Aim Down Sight time while increasing Sprint to Fire Speed.

  • Secondary Weapon: M16
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade
  • Lethal: Semtex
  • 1st Perk: Overkill
  • 2nd Perk: Tracker
  • Bonus Perk: High Alert
  • Ultimate Perk: Quick Fix

7. Minibak

Fire RateAmmo CountADS time Tactical Sprint Sprint to fireStrafe
652 rpm64275 ms7.68 m/s110 ms3.37 m/s

The Minibak is what every player should be using if they plan on fighting heads-on with an enemy squad. The biggest reason for that is its huge magazine that can hold 64 bullets, which is more than enough for a squad.

Minibak Warzone 2.0 Loadout Call of Duty.
The Minibak. [Image by eXputer]
To be honest, apart from that and a few use cases, the Minibak isn’t that useful. Yes, it has superb Recoil Control, more than any other weapon we’ve just talked about, but it isn’t useful if the damage isn’t higher than the other guns. The gun has a large magazine, but it takes that away due to its relatively lower damage and a much lower range.

Minibak Loadout

  • Barrel: BAK-9 279MM
  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Stock: Ortezat Stock
  • Rear Grip: True-Tac Grip
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Pro

The main purpose of the BAK-9 279MM barrel is to increase the Bullet Velocity and Damage Range of the Minibak. The same is true for the FTAC Castle Comp muzzle. It does that all while simultaneously increasing its Recoil Control. As for the Cronen Mini Pro, it provides clear visuals of your opponent and ensures that you’ll be easily able to aim at their head.

Otrezat Stock is great for enhancing Minibak’s Aim Down Sight while slightly increasing your Sprint Speed. Whereas the True-Tac Grip decreases the Aim Down Sight speed while increasing the Sprint to Fire Speed.

  • Secondary Weapon: EBR-14
  • Tactical: Flash Grenade
  • Lethal: Claymore
  • 1st Perk: Overkill
  • 2nd Perk: Strong Arm
  • Bonus Perk: Spotter
  • Ultimate Perk: Survivor

6. Vaznev 9K

Fire RateAmmo CountADS time Tactical Sprint Sprint to fireStrafe
779 rpm30210 ms7.62 m/s110 ms3.47 m/s

As for the Vaznev 9K, it can be considered the best SMG when it comes to dealing damage in close range. As it is a Modern version of the AK platform, you can expect it to deal the high damage that it has. But, it doesn’t take away the mobility that you’d expect it does with other AK guns. It keeps its high mobility with the superb damage that it has.

Vaznev 9K Warzone 2.0.
The Vaznev-9K. {Image Captured by eXputer]

It, like other SMGs in COD Warzone 2.0, falls short in range. Although slightly better than other SMGs, it becomes less effective beyond 50m, reducing bullet impact. Despite its power, the SMG’s accuracy and handling are notably low. If you choose to use it, pair it with longer-range guns for distant skirmishes. For close combat, switch to the SMG, Vaznev 9K, to effectively deal with opponents.

Vaznev 9K loadout

  • Muzzle: Lockshot KT85
  • Stock: Ortezat Stock
  • Laser: Schlager Peq Box IV
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot
  • Rear Grip: True-Tac Grip

The Lockshot KT85 Muzzle boosts both horizontal and vertical recoil control, enabling continuous firing while tracking enemies. The Ortezat Stock enhances Sprint Speed, allowing seamless pursuit of running opponents. The Schlager Peq Box IV improves Aim Down Sight speed, ensuring you fire first.

Opt for the Cronen Mini Red Dot for a clear view of opponents seeking cover, facilitating precise headshots. The True-Tac Grip increases Minibak’s Sprint to Fire speed, albeit with a slight reduction in Aim Down Sight duration.

  • Secondary Weapon: SP-X 89
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade
  • Lethal: Proximity Mine
  • 1st Perk: Overkill
  • 2nd Perk: Double Time
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Overclock

5. PDSW 528

Fire RateAmmo CountADS time Tactical Sprint Sprint to fireStrafe
909 rpm50260 ms7.62 m/s110 ms3.44 m/s

The PDSW 528 is probably one of the safest options with SMGs. It has a large magazine that can hold 50 bullets. The magazine, as we’ve already explained with the Minibak, is perfect for taking out multiple enemy operators at once. But still, you need to remember that it isn’t the best SMG in the game.

PDSW 528 in game
The PDSW 528. [Image by eXputer]
The Aim Down Sight speed on the gun is quite low. Not only that, it has relatively lower Mobility and Handling compared to other SMGs. But that is not the end of it all. It is a rather weaker SMG on the list. The Gun has lower Damage even for SMGs, and its accuracy of bullets is even lower than that. The range of the weapon becomes somewhat unusable if the enemy is more than 50m away from you.

PDSW 528 Loadout

  • Barrel: 17” Corvus Prorange
  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Comb: TV Taccomb
  • Rear Grip: Stip-40 Grip
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Pro

Now, the 17” Corvus Pro range is perfect for the PDSW 528. That is because it increases the Damage Range and bullet Velocity. Not only that, it further increases the Recoil Control of the SMG too. With that, we decided to get the FTAC Castle Comp muzzle, as it will significantly reduce the recoil. These both will affect the mobility of the SMG, so we went with the TV Taccomb to enhance the Aim Down Sight and Speed-to-Fire speed.

The Stip-40 Grip enhances the recoil control, helping make the SMG much more accurate with its bullets. And the Cronen Mini Pro ensures that you’ll have good aim at your opponent.

  • Secondary Weapon: SP-R 208
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade
  • Lethal: Throwing Knife
  • 1st Perk: Double Time
  • 2nd Perk: Overkill
  • Bonus Perk: Spotter
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost

4. BAS-P

Fire RateAmmo CountADS time Tactical Sprint Sprint to fireStrafe
870 rpm30210 ms7.67 m/s110 ms3.47 m/s

With one of the highest Fire-Rate in SMGs, the BAS-P is worthy enough to be called the 4th best SMG in the game. But that isn’t the only selling point of the gun; it has higher Damage than other SMGs. But when it comes to loadouts, the gun is designed to be modular. You can add attachments to it that seem fit for you, and if you feel like it, you can completely change the demographics of the weapon too.

BAS-P SMG
The BAS-P. {Image Captured by eXputer]

With that being said, if you go with the weapon, the BAS-P in itself is a complete package. It has great Recoil Control that will ensure you won’t have to worry much about your aim.

BAS-P Loadout

  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90 
  • Barrel: 10.5” Bruen Typhon 
  • Magazine: 50-Round Drum
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Rear Grip: D37 Grip

First of all, the 10.5” Bruen Typhon is the best Barrel for the gun. It slightly increases the Damage Range by increasing the Bullet Velocity. Not only that it provides Sound Suppression to keep you off the radar.

As for the Underbarrel, the FSS Sharkfin 90 gives it the much-needed stability to ensure that your bullets hit opponents at mid-range. Whereas the 50-Round Drum gives the extra bullets so that you can stay in battle for a longer duration.

  • Secondary Weapon: Victus XMR
  • Tactical: Snapshot Grenade
  • Lethal: Claymore
  • 1st Perk: Overkill
  • 2nd Perk: Tracker
  • Bonus Perk: Hardline
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost

3. Fennec 45

Fire RateAmmo CountADS time Tactical Sprint Sprint to fireStrafe
1019 rpm30200 ms7.65 m/s110 ms3.47 m/s

The Best SMG in close-range combat has to be Fennec 45. It has the highest Fire Rate of all SMGs. In our tests of the gun, the Run Rate was so high that we ended up finishing our Mag before we knew it. And with further testing in COD Warzone 2.0, we have concluded that it is one of the best SMGs when you want to kill your enemies without ‘playing’ with them.

Fennec 45 ranked in game.
The Fennec 45. [Image by eXputer]
But that’s all that it is good at. When the gap between you and the enemy operator increases, Fennec 45 becomes somewhat useless. And if you want an SMG that is good with range, the next two are the best options for you. Fennec 45 has relatively lower Recoil Control and a much lower Accuracy. Using it even more than 30m is questionable.

Fennec 45 Loadout

  • Muzzle: XTEN RR-40
  • Barrel: ZLR 16.5” Ignition Barrel
  • Laser: 1MW Quick Fire Laser
  • Stock: Agile Assault-7 Stock
  • Magazine: Fennec Mag 45

The XTEN RR-40 enhances Fennec 45’s range and bullet velocity, making it compatible with Snipers or Marksman Rifles. The ZLR 16.5” Ignition Barrel improves Hip Fire Accuracy, Recoil control, Damage Range, and Bullet Velocity. The 1MW Quick Fire Laser boosts the SMG’s Aim Down Sight for constant readiness in battle.

The Agile Assault-7 Stock increases overall speed, including Sprint, Aim Walking, Crouch, and Aim Down Sight Speed. Ensure sustained ammo with the Fennec Mag 45 while eliminating multiple enemy operators.

  • Secondary Weapon: STB 556
  • Tactical: Medical Syringe
  • Lethal: Semtex
  • 1st Perk: Overkill
  • 2nd Perk: Battle Hardened
  • Bonus Perk: Hardline
  • Ultimate Perk: Quick Fix

2. FSS Hurricane

Fire RateAmmo CountADS time Tactical Sprint Sprint to fireStrafe
698 rpm50240 ms7.6 m/s110 m/s3.37 m/s

Picking up the best out of our Top 2 Best SMG Rifles with Loadout in Call of Duty Warzone 2.0 is a tough choice. Both of these SMGs are superb on their own. They have everything you’d expect from a solid SMG. The ability to fight at close to Mid-range has a relatively higher Fire Rate.

FSS Hurricane in the game.
The FSS Hurricane. {Image Captured by eXputer]

The FFS Hurricane, as we’ve already mentioned, has everything. It has one of the highest ranges of SMGs in the game. If you put on a few attachments, you won’t even need to use an Assault Rifle. Not only that, its large magazine makes it perfect for pushing at enemies long enough for them to give up.

FSS Hurricane Loadout

  • Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56
  • Barrel: FSS Cannonade 16”
  • Muzzle: AVR-790 Comp
  • Stock: Assault-60 Stock Factory
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Pro

The Underbarrel for the loadout, the FTAC Ripper 56, stabilizes the SMG and increases its recoil control. You can now use the gun with the hip fire mode with great accuracy. That means you won’t always have to wait to get the gun in ADS mode. As for the FSS Cannonade 16”, it is the longest barrel that you can fit into the FSS Hurricane, and we’re going to use it. It greatly increases the range of the gun while also improving the hip fire accuracy.

  • Secondary Weapon: MCPR-300
  • Tactical: Heartbeat Sensor
  • Lethal: Drill Charge
  • 1st Perk: Overkill
  • 2nd Perk: Bomb Squad
  • Bonus Perk: Fast Hands
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost

1. Lachmann Sub

Fire RateAmmo CountADS time Tactical Sprint Sprint to fireStrafe
800 rpm30200 ms7.68 m/s110 ms3.5 m/s

The Lachmann Sub is better than the FSS Hurricane in a lot of ways. It has better Mobility, Recoil control, Damage, and Fire Rate.

Lachmann Sub the Best SMG in Warzone 2.0.
The Lachmann Sub is worthy to be called the Best SMG. [Image by eXputer]
It has a similar usage to that of FSS Hurricane. You can use it with almost every other mid-to-long-range gun, and it will work great. Preferably, we’d suggest using it with a Sniper, as the Lachmann Sub can hold on its own. You won’t need another mid-to-long-range weapon for yourself if you’re using the Lachmann.

Lachmann Sub Loadout

For the loadout of the Best SMG in Call of Duty Warzone 2.0, we’ll be pairing it with a Sniper Rifle. So, we need to get attachments that will make it the best in Close and short-distance combat. For that, we’ll be using these attachments.

  • Muzzle: SA Schalldampfer 99
  • Barrel: FTAC M-SUB 12”
  • Magazine: 50-Round Drum
  • RearGrip: LM Cronus Grip
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90

For the Secondary weapon, we went with the Signal 50. It is the Best Sniper in Warzone 2.0, and we wanted to pair it with the Best SMG. That makes it the perfect combo to have. With the combo, you’ll be the monster in mid-range combat and in long-range combat. If you miss the shot, then the high Fire Rate of the gun will ensure that you can fire another bullet before the enemy can react.

  • Secondary Weapon: Signal 50
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade
  • Lethal: Claymore/Proximity Mine
  • 1st Perk: Overkill
  • 2nd Perk: Double Time
  • Bonus Perk: Spotter
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost

As for the others, we suggest that you consider our ranking of the Best SMG with their Loadouts in Call of Duty Warzone 2.0. But if you want to give it a shot, all of these can be improved if you use our suggested loadouts in the game.

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