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The best SMG in Warzone season 3

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Every good Call of Duty player knows that your loadout needs a strong close-range gun, and that’s why we’ve got your back with the best SMG in Warzone.

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Submachine guns are perfect for the final few circles, or for when you’re forced into a building and must fight enemies in close quarters. Assault rifles are meant for mid-range or longer, so the best SMG is what you need when it’s time to fight someone right up in your face or finish off a downed enemy.

Here’s what we think is the best SMG in Warzone, along with some others that work almost as well.

Best SMG in Warzone

A snap from 2020 Warzone's official trailer
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Right now, the best SMG in Warzone is the HRM-9. Its fast fire rate dominates enemies up close, which is what SMGs are made for. Pair it up with a good long-range gun like the SOA Subverter or RAM-7 and get ready to dominate games.

But there are plenty of solid SMGs that will suit you just fine in Warzone right now. Here’s our list of favorites.

Warzone SMG meta

HRM-9

Screenshot of HRM-9 with attachments in Warzone.
The best close-range gun in Season 3 after the Renetti nerf. Screenshot by Dot Esports

Best HRM-9 attachments in Warzone

  • Muzzle: Zehmn35 Compensated Flash Hider
  • Barrel: Thorn-90 Barrel
  • Stock: Hatchet Light Stock
  • Underbarrel: DR-6 Handstop
  • Magazine: 50 Round Drum

Striker 9

Screenshot of Striker 9 with attachments in Warzone.
The right attachments for close-quarters combat. Screenshot by Dot Esports

Best Striker 9 attachments in Warzone

  • Muzzle: Zehmn35 Compensated Flash Hider
  • Optic: Nydar Model 2023
  • Stock: No Stock
  • Underbarrel: DR-6 Handstop
  • Magazine: 40 Round Drum

WSP Swarm

A screenshot of the best WSP Swarm loadout in Warzone.
Fast fire rate, fast TTK. Screenshot by Dot Esports

Best WSP Swarm attachments in Warzone

  • Muzzle: Purifier Muzzle Brake S
  • Optic: Mk. 3 Reflector
  • Stock: FSS Fortress Heavy Stock
  • Underbarrel: Bruen Pivot Vertical Grip
  • Rear Grip: Marauder Grip

WSP-9

WSP-9
Have you tried out this SMG yet? Screenshot by Dot Esports

Best WSP-9 attachments in Warzone

  • Muzzle: Shadowstrike Suppressor
  • Barrel: HISS Short Light Barrel
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Underbarrel: XRK Edge BW-4 Handstop
  • Magazine: 40 Round Mag

Striker

Screenshot of Striker with attachments in Warzone.
Big mag, big damage. Screenshot by Dot Esports

Best Striker attachments in Warzone

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor S
  • Barrel: Striker Recon Long Barrel
  • Stock: Lachmann Mk2 Light Stock
  • Underbarrel: DR-6 Handstop
  • Magazine: 48 Round Mag

This article will be updated throughout Warzone’s updates and patches as weapons are nerfed or buffed.


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