Tier Ranking: What's The Best Sniper Rifle In Warzone?

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We all love a clean one-hit headshot down - the moment snipers live for. But what rifle should you take for the job? Here's a complete tier-ranking of every sniper rifle in Warzone.
Best snipers in Warzone
"Fifteen years ago, I was in Chernobyl under the lead of Captain MacMillan for some wetwork. The target: Imran Zakhaev." | © Activision Blizzard

Surely one of the greatest joys in Warzone is making a clean headshot from 200m out. A high that can only be bested by the thrill of Precision Airstriking your victim's squadmates, as they desperately try to get the revive on. But what weapon do you take for the task? Conventional logic would dictate the Kar98k, with the Monolithic Suppressor, Custom Barrel, Tac Laser, FTAC, and Sniper Scope setup that we've come to know and love. Perhaps we're starting to take this knowledge for granted though, there are so many other options out there, and they're getting buffed day by day — here's how they stack up in a complete tier ranking.

Warzone Sniper Rifles - Tier Ranking

Best Warzone Sniper Rifles: S-Tier Sniper Rifles In Warzone

These are the best sniper rifles in the game, you should level one even if you're only going to use it as a counter-sniper option.

Kar98k

I mean, yeah, obviously. Have you played Warzone? Then you've been killed by one of these. The Kar98k isn't the easiest sniper to use, especially at longer ranges, but it's incredibly mobile for a sniper. This means you can use it in more situations than you can with almost any other weapon in the class. The damage might be lower, but it's enough to down someone fully–plated with a headshot, so it doesn't matter. And we would be remiss not to mention the Sniper Scope optic for the Kar, which is one of the cleanest in the whole game.

Kar98k - Warzone
I mean, it's the Kar – obviously, it was going in S–tier | © Activision Blizzard

Swiss K31

If you've been keeping up to speed with Warzone, then you'll have seen this increasingly replace the Kar. Not that everyone would choose to, it's largely personal preference, but the Swiss is definitely becoming more popular. It can match or beat the Kar in almost every stat besides ADS potential, in which the Kar is ever so slightly faster at 367ms compared to the Swiss K31's 417ms. The Swiss also lacks an optic as nice as the Kar's, but it's absolutely still an S–tier rifle - offering the mobile aggressiveness you want but with less damage drop off over range. For a complete breakdown of the Kar vs. Swiss debate, check out our article on the subject.

Kar98k
The Swiss K31 is an upstart from Season 2, and its been challenging the Kar in a big way | © Activision Blizzard

Best Warzone Sniper Rifles: A–Tier Sniper Rifles In Warzone

These can compete with the S–tier rifles, but they come with one or two more disadvantages that hold them back from being truly meta.

SPR–208

The SPR is the most close-range weapon that could still fill a sniper's role. It has a little more drop off than most other rifles on this list, but with the right ammunition, you can do a lot to counteract that and improve the velocity. The problem is that its best possible ADS is 450ms. That's not strictly a problem, it's still very quick. But it forces you to begin wondering why you wouldn't take the Kar for that, especially as the Kar can down someone within 100m with two chest shots, compared to the SPR's three.

SPR 208
The SPR 208 has always been a great pick for the final few circles | © Activision Blizzard

HDR

The HDR has been popular since Warzone's launch, and while the meta shifted to more aggressive options, the HDR remains an absolute go-to for true long-range sniping. The bullet dropoff is almost non–existent and the velocity is fantastic, so even leading shots shouldn't be too difficult.

HDR
The HDR has been a solid long-range option since launch | © Activision Blizzard

LW3–Tundra

I have a personal soft spot for the LW3–Tundra, as it reminds me of the L115, a rifle featured in many games, and often a solid pick for snipers. It's also been buffed a ton, so the developers must have a little love for it too. It's a good gun, the generalist's go–to, and surprisingly faster than you might think. But it's not S–tier because it needs to be a touch snappier for that, but it'll certainly serve you well.

LW3 Tundra
The LW3 Is a reliable bolt–action worth giving a try | © Activision Blizzard

Best Warzone Sniper Rifles: B–Tier Sniper Rifles In Warzone

These are just on the border of viable, they can make kills, but they will be more difficult to use than rifles higher on the list.

AX–50

It's not terrible, hence B–tier, but it's essentially a slightly worse version of the HDR, so it's hard to know why someone would even use one. It has slightly more bullet dropoff and slightly less velocity, so getting those shots in over distance will be tough. There's also no advantage gained in exchange for those areas where it's weaker than the HDR.

AX–50
The AX–50 is almost as strong over range as an HDR, but not quite, and that's the problem | © Activision Blizzard

M82

The M82 once had a terrible bullet velocity so would have been lower in this list, but recent barrel buffs have allowed us to counteract that. The M82 is a lot more viable now and might be preferable to those who prefer semi-automatic fire. Indeed, there's real spam potential with the M82's impressive 180rpm. The only reason the M82 is in B–tier is that you take too long to recenter your aim, and this makes fighting other snipers lethal.

M82
There's a little spam potential here to be enjoyed | © Activision Blizzard

Best Warzone Sniper Rifles: C–Tier Sniper Rifles In Warzone

At this point in the list, I would suggest actively avoiding the weapons, unless there's a kooky build you want to try.

ZRG–20mm

The ZRG is weird. It's nowhere near as slow as it should be, but it's also nowhere near as strong as it should be. The weapon should just have more character, and a specific purpose in Warzone. Given that it has 3 round magazines by default, one would expect a proper anti-material rifle. But no, it's still not going to down someone with an upper–chest shot who are fully plated; you still need the headshot, so for all intents and purposes, it has the same damage as every other sniper. At present, there's just not a single situation that I can imagine the ZRG excelling in. But it's not unusable, so it just escapes F–tier. We would like to see it being given a damage buff to be able to down with upper–chest shots, they would need to balance that out by making it even more sluggish, but then it would have a unique role.

ZRG 20mm
With only three rounds this is not a practical rifle, but it's not unusable | © Activision Blizzard

Rytec AMR

The Rytec is a weapon I wish I could place higher on the list. They tried something different here with explosive ammunition. Without that customization, it's just a worse M82 though, and unfortunately, the explosive ammunition isn't effective enough to justify using the gun. It was a great idea, and I really hope Raven tries to design more weapons like this for the future of Warzone. Until then, use something from higher up the list.

Rytek
The Rytek came with a ton of wacky options, it's shame they aren't very good | © Activision Blizzard

Pelington 703

It's hard for me to express exactly why I despise the 703 so much. I'm trying to be objective, so it's not going in F–tier, because it's not unusable to be fair. In fact, it has some snappiness and landing those headshots will still down. But it's hard not to think of this as the poor man's Kar, if Raven continue to buff the weapon though, then it's definitely worth us returning to this list.

Pelington
Maybe this is personal, but the Pelington never worked well for me – it's just bottom feeder ground loot with poor bullet velocity | © Activision Blizzard

Best Warzone Sniper Rifles: F–Tier Sniper Rifles In Warzone

Never use this weapon.

Dragunov

The Dragunov was predictably last place, I don't know who hates this weapon on the dev team and why it never got a buff, but… just never use this weapon. It has such a hideous recoil that you'll get killed before recentering your aim. Honestly, just try to put a few shots on the same target with this and that's all the explanation you'll need for why it's down here in F–tier.

Dragunov
Probably one of the worst proper weapons in the game – absolute trash | © Activision Blizzard


You've made it to the bottom of the barrel! Congratulations, you win a Hauer–77 and a smoke grenade. Seriously though, challenge yourself to try and make a kill with this trash, and report back. Alternatively, you could take a sniper from the top of the list and start winning games.