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Warzone Close Range meta for Season 4 reloaded!

Last updated Aug 3, 2022

As you probably know, the season 4 reloaded came with a set of nerfs and buffs, and this changed the long range meta, but also impacted the close range. This article is here to decrypt the best close range option you can have for Warzone season 4 reloaded.

We will go through all the criteria that are important to truly determine the short range best guns to use in Warzone. For that we will focus on the following guns: Marco 5, H4 Blixen, Armaguerra 43, Cold War MP5, Welgun, Type 100 and MP40. We could also have included some shotgun options as they received a relevant buff with season 4 reloaded, same as the Volk this is now a very relevant option for close range fights. And of course, we will end the article with all the loadouts for those guns.

Average Time To Kill

For this analysis, it’s very important that we look at the average time to kill provided by sym.gg. This is the most accurate and relevant tool for time to kill, mostly cause it’s taking real in game data and also because it’s combining all location damages (head, chests, limbs etc.) in order to generate an average time to kill. Some gun kill faster than other with headshots but not with chest for example, so the average time to kill is the only relevant comparison tool for this statistic.

As we already know, we have a clear winner when it comes to time to kill, and this is the Type-100. This gun is the fastest killing smg in the game and it’s not even close. We can also highlight the insane first damage drop at 20 meters where most of others SMG are around 10 meters. We’ll see in the next stats analysis that Time To Kill is not the only criteria, but Type 100 is a killing machine.

Then, if we look at the others, we have to say that the pack is very tight and depending on the interpretation any of those guns could be considered absolute meta. There is in my opinion one SMG that might be actually better than the Marco 5 and the others: the Armaguerra 43. Best time to kill until 16 meters (except for small range from 9 to 12)and then almost identical to the Marco 5.

Blixen is approximately the same as the Marco until 9 meters, but the the damage drop off is not that good on this gun!

Finally, the Cold War MP5 is also making a comeback thanks to a good buff for season 4 reloaded. MP5 is ok until 11 meters, but then the time to kill is one of the best! Pretty much the same idea for the Welgun.

Average Down Per Mag

In my opinion, this is probably the most important statistic to look at when it comes to comparing guns. Time to kill is important for 1v1 fights, but if you play Trio or Quads, then the average number of enemies that you can down with one mag is crucial. If you only play solos or duos, then this stat is less relevant for you.

This one is more straightforward than the Time To Kill and we see three clear winners: Marco 5 in first, Blixen in second and Armaguerra 43 in third place just behind.

I want to highlight the Type 100, as this is where we can really see that this gun is the absolute meta for solo or duo, but in game modes that require to kill more enemies like Trio or Quads you will struggle with the Type 100 despite the disgusting Time To Kill.

Mobility

Now let’s deep dive into the mobility of the studied SMGs. Mobility is extremely important in order to really be effective and outplay your opponents! The way you sprint, strafe or move can 100% save you from some fights or annoying situations.

Marco 5, Welgun, Blixen and MP40 have the best mobility when it comes to sprinting, you’ll feel like you are zooming across the map like Speedy Gonzales!

Now, let’s focus a little bit once again on the Armaguerra 43. Look at that incredible ADS Strafe Speed.. this is what makes you win your 1v1 if you are a skilled player. Even with strong Aim Assist, your opponent will not be able to track you thanks to this amazing strafe speed while ADSing.

Best Close Range meta loadouts for Warzone

Let’s close this extensive article by giving you my final ranking of the best SMGs in the game for Warzone season 4 reloaded. You’ll get multiple loadouts for each of the guns, but note that the stats you see above are always using the “Close Range” or “Aggressive” loadouts and not the sniper supports loadouts. The later are there just as a bonus for you to thank you for reading this article.

Best Marco 5 Warzone Loadout

Even if the Time To Kill is not obviously the best for the Marco 5, it’s the most consistent gun across the board. It’s latterly good in all situations and does not have any downside. Marco 5 is the absolute meta.

Close Range

Sniper Support

Akimbo

Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Perfetto Lesto 355MM
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Imerito FR
Underbarrel
Mark VI Skeletal
Magazine
8mm Nambu 64 Round Drums
RearGrip
Taped grip
Perk1
Momentum
AmmoType
Subsonic
Perk2
Quick
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Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Imerito 342mm 04P
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Perfetto Esatta
Underbarrel
Mark VI Skeletal
Magazine
8mm Nambu 64 Round Drums
RearGrip
Taped grip
Perk1
Momentum
AmmoType
Lengthened
Perk2
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Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Botti 285mm Custom
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Botti HF Folding
Magazine
9mm 48 Round Drums
RearGrip
Pine Tar Grip
Perk1
Akimbo
AmmoType
Subsonic
Perk2
Quick
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Best Armaguerra Warzone Loadout

In my opinion, the Armaguerra is really close to being the Absolute meta. Insane TTK, great downs per mag but lack mobility except while ADSing. We will monitor closely the situation, but i think the Armaguerra is the best contender of the Marco 5 and is more consistent than the H4 Blixen.

Close Range

Sniper Support

Strafe Speed

Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Botti 570mm Precisione
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Imerito SA Folding
Underbarrel
Mark VI Skeletal
Magazine
8mm Kurz 64 Round Mags
RearGrip
Taped grip
Perk1
Hardscope
AmmoType
Hollow Point
Perk2
Quick
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Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Imerito 550mm 03P
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Imerito SA Folding
Underbarrel
Mark VI Skeletal
Magazine
9mm 55 Round Mags
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Perk1
Hardscope
AmmoType
Lengthened
Perk2
Quick
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Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Imerito 180mm Short
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Imerito TA Skeletal
Underbarrel
SG98 Compact
Magazine
9mm 55 Round Mags
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Perk1
Hardscope
AmmoType
Subsonic
Perk2
Quick
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Best H4 Blixen Warzone Loadout

The Blixen is dominating the meta for few weeks now, even though on paper it’s behind the Marco or even the Armaguerra 43 since the season 4 reloaded update. I would not be surprised if in the coming weeks we witness a down in the pick rate of the Blixen and a rise in the Armaguerra one. However let’s be very clear here, the H4 Blixen is a beast and the top 3 best SMG in the game right now!

Aggressive

Versatile

Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Bergström 17" F3
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Removed Stock
Underbarrel
SG98 Compact
Magazine
7.62 Gorenko 54 Round Mags
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Perk1
Steady
AmmoType
Subsonic
Perk2
Quick
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Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Bergström 17" F3
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Jönsson Skeletal CR-10
Underbarrel
m1930 Strife Angled
Magazine
7.62 Gorenko 54 Round Mags
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Perk1
Perfectionist
AmmoType
Subsonic
Perk2
Quick
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Best Type 100 Warzone Loadout

Give the Type 100 a bigger mag, and this gun is the absolute meta. It’s amazing for solo or duo, and is my favorite gun when i’m playing those game modes.

Aggressive

Versatile

Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Warubachi 134MM Rapid
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Warubachi Grip Folding
Underbarrel
m1930 Strife Angled
Magazine
.30 Russian Short 36 Round Mags
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Perk1
Vital
AmmoType
Subsonic
Perk2
Quick
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Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Shiraishi 374mm
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Shiraishi T100
Underbarrel
m1930 Strife Angled
Magazine
.30 Russian Short 36 Round Mags
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Perk1
Acrobatic
AmmoType
Subsonic
Perk2
Quick
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Best Welgun Warzone Loadout

Welgun is consistent and has incredible mobility. The recoil is not the easiest to manage but it’s honestly a very fun gun to use!

Close Range

Sniper Support

Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
120mm Gawain Short
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
SA 43 Folding
Underbarrel
Mark VI Skeletal
Magazine
7.62 Gorenko 40 Round Mags
RearGrip
Taped grip
Perk1
Acrobatic
AmmoType
Subsonic
Perk2
Quick
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Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
320mm SA Shrouded
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
SA 43 Folding
Underbarrel
M1941 Hand Stop
Magazine
7.62 Gorenko 40 Round Mags
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Perk1
Acrobatic
AmmoType
Lengthened
Perk2
Quick
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Best Cold War MP5 Warzone Loadout

It’s good to see a Cold War gun coming back into the meta. After a recent buff, the Cold War MP5 is now more than viable in Warzone!

Close Range

Hip Fire

Muzzle
Agency Suppressor
Stock
Raider Stock
Underbarrel
Bruiser Grip
Magazine
STANAG 50 Rnd Drum
RearGrip
Serpent Wrap
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Muzzle
Agency Suppressor
Barrel
9.1" Task Force
Laser
SWAT 5mw Laser Sight
Underbarrel
Bruiser Grip
Magazine
STANAG 50 Rnd Drum
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Best MP40 Warzone Loadout

Final SMG of this ranking is the Mp40, it’s super easy to use and is very consistent across the board. The MP40 is an amazing gun in Warzone season 4 reloaded!

Close Range

Sniper Support

Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Krausnick 317mm 04B
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Krausnick 33M Folding
Underbarrel
Mark VI Skeletal
Magazine
7.62 Gorenko 45 Round Mags
RearGrip
Taped grip
Perk1
Momentum
AmmoType
Subsonic
Perk2
Quick
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Muzzle
Recoil Booster
Barrel
Krausnick 317MM 04B
Optic
Slate Reflector
Stock
Krausnick 33M Folding
Underbarrel
m1930 Strife Angled
Magazine
9mm 64 Round Drums
RearGrip
Grooved Grip
Perk1
Perfectionist
AmmoType
Lengthened
Perk2
Quick
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