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Tier Ranking: What's The Best Submachine Gun In Warzone Season 4?

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Time for a showdown between the small–bois | © Activision Blizzard

Call of Duty: Warzone Season 4 is now well underway, and after a lot of balance patches last Season, we wanted to put together a complete tier ranking of all the Warzone Submachine Guns. Here are the best Submachine Guns in Warzone.

Submachine Guns have had a hard time finding their feet in Warzone, especially when compared to the relative dominance they enjoy in multiplayer. Of course, their problem is a lack of range, but that being said, they can make fantastic support secondaries to longer-range weapons. And when you can pull for one in a CQC environment like Superstore, you'll be working with a strong advantage. So sit back and enjoy our complete tier–ranking.

Note: We'll update this article as and when new weapons become available and nerfs/buffs change the current standings. The Milano in particular I've found difficult to place given the bizarre position it's in right now. 


Warzone Submachine Guns - Tier Ranking

Best Warzone Submachine Guns: S-Tier Submachine Guns In Warzone

These are the best submachine guns in the game, if you haven't already, get one leveled. 


The LC10 deserves this position because of how easy it is to use. Its stats are very strong and it has good range, but it isn't a 'shredder'. What it is is reliable and accurate. And with up to 55 rounds in the magazine, it's one of the very few SMGs that can be relied upon in more situations and against more enemies. 

LC10 | © Activision Blizzard


The BOCW MP5 is slightly less mobile than its 2019 counterpart but it has a lower TTK and higher range potential to make up for that. Much like the LC10, it's the ease of use that's so appealing with this weapon, given how accurate it is and how forgiving the rate of fire is. There's also a bunch of blueprints for the BOCW MP5, so you might already have a good head start on this weapon if you're looking to start leveling. 

MP5 (BOCW) | © Activision Blizzard

MP5 (MW)

What can I say about this legend? This is one of the very, very few Modern Warfare weapons that was able to compete with the poorly balanced BOCW weapons on release. And it continues to be one of the most popular options, for good reason. The 2019 MP5 has great iron sights, so you can effectively take an extra slot for attachments. And what attachments, from the integrally suppressed barrel to the .45 rounds, the MP5 can be spec'd every way. For this reason, it's one of the most versatile of all the SMGs, and it'll do a great job being pressed into a multitude of roles. 

MP5 (MW)
MP5 (MW) | © Activision Blizzard


The Bullfrog is the weapon the Bizon should have been. It has the in-built advantage of high-capacity magazines, so it can excel particularly in squads, and it can couple that firepower with a fantastic TTK in close range. The one 'issue' of the Bullfrog: it is more restrictive in how you can use it, but that's hardly an issue, it's just built for CQC rather than the generalist stats you might want for a sniper support weapon. Still very much deserving of its place in S-tier. 

Bullfrog | © Activision Blizzard

Best Warzone Submachine Guns: A-Tier Submachine Guns In Warzone

A–Tier is still very strong, these weapons can compete with the S–Tier, but they might be limited to more situations, or reliant on a more specific attachment setup. 


I really wanted to place the MP7 higher; it's a real joy to use, and one of the few SMGs that can be effective out to longer ranges. For this reason, I'd say the MP7 is actually one of the most versatile on the list, and like the 2019 MP5, it can be set up in so many ways, from a hip-fire monster to a high-mag, long-range, generalist. It's also worth mentioning that it has perhaps the nicest irons in the game after the Grau's beloved Archangel barrel. The MP7 just misses out on S-tier because since the release of BOCW SMGs, it hasn't been able to keep up with the TTK. 

MP7 | © Activision Blizzard


If you were reading this a few weeks ago, or you're reading this at some point in the future, you might think I've gone mad, and rightly so. The Milano would easily have been F-tier if it wasn't for the recent buffs to its damage. Since then, something bizarre has happened, and the Milano has jumped up into the mid-range meta. Yes, that's right. The Milano still isn't optimal at normal, shorter, SMG range, but somehow at longer ranges, this thing is a beast. Perhaps my favorite nonsense build in all this has been JGOD's 3x Milano setup. Try that loadout and tell us this doesn't belong in the A-tier. 

Milano 821
Milano 821 | © Activision Blizzard


The MAC-10 is not what it once was. We'll admit that upfront, but even after all those nerfs it still deserves a place in A-tier (which should tell you how broken it was if you weren't there to experience it). The MAC-10 has a fair kick to it, and we wouldn't advise it at any range, but within its comfort zone, the MAC-10 still has too high a TTK to be denied a place up in A-tier. 

MAC-10 | © Activision Blizzard

Like keeping up to speed with all things Season 4? So do we, here's a few of the new additions in case you missed anything:

Best Warzone Submachine Guns: B-Tier Submachine Guns In Warzone

At this level, the weapons are going to begin feeling a little sub-par, though they still might have the ability to excel in certain circumstances. 


The Fennec never captured our attention quite like other Vectors that came before, and its punishingly low magazine capacity is a big part of that. So why is it even in B-Tier? Well, the Fennec is still capable of an incredibly impressive TTK at 498ms to the stomach. So while the low bullet count is unforgiving and forces you to be more accurate to get the most out of the gun, the Fennec has some real potential... for those with strong aim.

Fennec | © Activision Blizzard


The AK-74u is slow for an SMG, and that's an issue, because we look to our SMGs for something quick. It makes up for that by being closest to an assault rifle of all the SMGs though; good range, and strong damage. There's actually great potential to run it as sniper support, and in the current Battlepass, there's a great blueprint to get you started. The problem is, that the AK-74u begs the question: if it's going to be slow anyway, why not take an AR? And that's really what holds it back from placing higher. 

AK-74u | © Activision Blizzard


The PPSh is stronger on paper than B-tier suggests, but even with a buff, those irons aren't going to be comfortable for most people to use. That and the attachments you do need are quite exact, which prevents the PPSh from being as versatile as other weapons on the list. The TTK is strong to be fair and the fire rate, in particular, makes this a forgiving piece of hardware, so B-tier seems about right. 

PPSh–41 | © Activision Blizzard

Nail Gun 

The Nail Gun is ridiculous, and annoyingly, you'll notice that the in-game model is clearly not cordless, otherwise, there would be no nozzle beneath the grip for a hose. Questions of taste and decency aside, it's a very high damage weapon that can be lethal in the right hands, but it's also got such a low rate of fire, that you cannot afford to miss a single shot. The range hampers the weapon's ability too; the nail gun is really more of a shotgun than it is an SMG, at least in what role it serves.

Nail Gun
Nail Gun | © Activision Blizzard

Best Warzone Submachine Guns: C-Tier Submachine Guns In Warzone

You shouldn't be using these weapons if you're trying to chase meta and play competitively, but if you find one in-ground loot, there's no harm in taking it alongside perhaps an LMG or a Sniper.  


The Striker-45 has a terrible TTK at almost 700ms to the stomach, and almost nothing to make up for that. It's not strictly unusable, but there's really no reason to pick one to level over anything else. It just escapes F-tier because of the Hollow Point ammunition attachment, which opens up some rewarding, but high-risk builds. But for most average players, it's not worth using. 

Striker 45
Striker-45 | © Activision Blizzard


The P90 has some great unique attachments, and a high-capacity magazine by default. Its problem is that the damage and range were too low to keep up with the pack last year, and since then, the current devs haven't tried a buff. This could be a weapon that we see getting an experimental buff though, like the SCAR recently got. 

P90 | © Activision Blizzard


The .556 ammunition attachment for the AUG turned it into one of the strongest assault rifles in the game, but after that was corrected, the AUG has been left to wither much like the P90. It's now too slow with the .556 attachment, but with ordinary 9mm rounds not damaging enough to compensate for having only 30 round magazines. This is another weapon that was buffed recently, in a surprising move from Raven, but it hasn't been enough to help bring this weapon up to B-tier. 

AUG | © Activision Blizzard

PP19 Bizon

These poor Modern Warfare weapons, they never quite got the TTK they needed to compete when BOCW was released. The PP19 Bizon seems particularly pathetic down here when you consider that its younger brother the Bulldog is enjoying the heady highs of S-tier. The Bizon can be optimized to become a half-decent close-range option, but the recoil is not as low as it ought to be and at any range. The TTK falls off a cliff. 

PP19 Bizon
PP19 Bizon | © Activision Blizzard

Best Warzone Submachine Guns: F-Tier Submachine Guns In Warzone

Nope, don't use these. Not now, not ever (unless they bring out more buffs as mad as the Milano). These are pure garb, and can't be justified. 


Also, probably the least memorable of any weapon in Warzone, the ISO SMG is just okay at best in every category. In fact, it's really sub-par at best in every category. And unlike certain other weapons, it doesn't have a very specific circumstance to excel in. I don't hate the ISO like I do some weapons, but there's no reason I can think of why someone should spend time on this gun unless they're still on the long quest for Damascus. 

ISO SMG | © Activision Blizzard


The Uzi was the Milano of MW 2019. Only it hasn't just been buffed into the heavens. No, the sweet ol' timer that is the Uzi is here to remain trash. It's not hard to understand why either - the fire rate and the damage are just too low. In other respects, it's a half-decent weapon, and it's certainly iconic. But you'll be going into every fight at a disadvantage if you take the Uzi. 

Uzi | © Activision Blizzard

KSP 45

It was buffed in Season 4, but it needs a lot more. The problem is that it's a three-round burst weapon, and there's no attachment that can change that. For this reason, and this reason alone, the stats are almost irrelevant. The KSP will always be unviable in close-range, where full auto is king. 

KSP 45
KSP 45 | © Activision Blizzard

...and luckily, there was nothing worse than these F-tier weapons to rate. SMGs might have a niche role in Warzone, but some of these are fantastic, so head back to the top of the list and pick a good'en to head out there with!

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