Warzone 2.0: Best LMGs [All Ranked 2024]

After playing Warzone 2 for more than 200 hours, I have listed down the Best LMG in Warzone 2.0 to Worst along with each LMG loadouts for a better victory chance.

Best LMG in Warzone 2.0
We have list down the best LMG in Warzone 2.0 to Worst in this detailed guide.

Currently, Warzone 2.0 holds six LMGs (Light Machine Guns) for players to choose from. Some of the LMGs are top picks whereas some fail to be the fan favorite. So, despite having a choice of six, make sure you educate yourself fully about each LMG in Warzone 2.0 so you can pick the best of them all. The LMGs you can find available in-game currently are:

  • Sakin MG38: It can be unlocked early in the game.
  • 556 Icarus: It can be unlocked after leveling up M4 to Level 13.
  • RAAL MG: It can be unlocked once MR reaches Level 25.
  • RAPP H: It can be unlocked once Lachmann-556 levels up to Level 16.
  • RPK: It can be unlocked once Kastov 762 reaches Level 16.
  • HCR 56: It can be unlocked once STB 556 reaches Level 20.
About The Author

Ehtishaam Tanveer has played 200+ hours of Call of Duty games. His love for COD is noticeable in his hours spent in the games. So, you can easily trust his hands-on experience and information related to Warzone 2.

Key Takeaways

  • In COD Warzone 2.0, LMGs are frequently picked due to their high fire rate and impressive damage.
  • Each LMG has some benefits and some drawbacks. But, some LMGs have lesser drawbacks, making them better than others.
  • If you are aware of which LMG is the best, you can gain more kills and victories.
  • Each LMG should be paired with the best loadout for better outcomes. 

All LMGs Comparison

Here is a comparison table of my best LMGs in Warzone 2.0. Each stat can be sorted to view the highest and lowest values, which has been done for your convenience:

No.WeaponAwarded forFire RateReload TimeDamageMagazine CapacitySTKTTKDPS
1RAAL MGBest TTK LMG.553 RPM6.88s
5.58s (50 Round Belts)
2556 IcarusHighest DPS LMG.789 RPM5.47s (Tac reload)
6.47s (Empty reload)
3Sakin MG38
Highest Magazine Size LMG.657 RPM6.3s (Tac reload)
7.5s (Empty reload)
4RPKBest Mid-Range LMG.750 RPM4s (Tac Reload)
5.5s (Empty Reload)
5HCR 56Fastest Reload Speed LMG.756 RPM3.82s (Tac Reload)
4.13s (Empty Reload)
6RAPP HHighest Fire Rate LMG.813 RPM6.93s (Tac Reload)
7.67s (Empty Reload)

Comparison Table. 

Each of the Light machine guns comes with its own perks and downsides but that does not make them all equal. Some LMGs already managed to make their way up the top 5 best guns not just in their respective category, but in the entire game. I have made a ranking list starting from the best LMGs in Warzone 2.0 to the worst ones yet.



Why did I choose RAAL MG?

RAAL MG offers low recoil and high bullet velocity, which makes it easy to control bullet spray at mid-long range battles.

Best LMGs In Warzone 2.0
RAAL MG – Image Credits: VeryAli Gaming
Weapon ClassLight Machine Gun
UnlockedGet 5 Kills in 7 different matches with LMGs equipped with a Scout Optic.
Fire Mode(s)Full-Auto/Semi-Auto (select-fire)
Caliber(s).338 Norma Mag
Magazine Size100 rounds
(50 and 150 with ammunition attachments)
Starting Ammunition100+100 (MP)
150+150 (Extended Mags)
50+100 (Small Mags)
Maximum Ammunition100+300 (MP)
150+400 (Extended Mags)
50+300 (Small Mags)
Damage MultipliersHead: 1.6x
Chest: 1.1x
Rate of Fire553 RPM
Reload Time6.88s
5.58s (50 Round Belts)
Ammo Type (Battle Royale)Heavy Ammo
Console Codename(s)lm_slima

RAAL MG Stats Table. 

RAAL MG is widely considered one of the strongest LMGs in Warzone 2.0 due to its massive damage, exceptional TTK (time to kill), and armor-penetrating capabilities.

Here’s the recommended loadout for maximizing RAAL MG’s potential:

  1. Muzzle: Cronen DM338
  • Reduces horizontal recoil, enhancing control during sustained fire.
  1. Optic: Cronen Mini Pro
  • Provides precise target view without significantly compromising ADS speed.
  1. Ammunition: .338 Mag High Velocity
  • Increases bullet velocity for faster hits on enemies. Unlock this attachment by reaching Level 7 with RAAL MG.
  1. Stock: Demo Nimble Stock
  • Improves mobility by increasing Sprint Speed and Aim Walking Speed, albeit with a slight decrease in Aim Stability.
  1. Magazine: 50 Round Belt Mag
  • Enhances ADS and overall mobility, at the cost of reduced bullets per mag. The improved sprint-to-fire speed makes it a worthwhile trade-off.

These attachments collectively address some of RAAL MG’s drawbacks, such as recoil control, slow mobility, and ADS speed, while capitalizing on its formidable damage and armor-penetrating abilities.

  • Low Recoil.
  • High Bullet Velocity.
  • Poor Mobility.
  • Long Reload Time.

2. 556 Icarus

Highest DPS LMG.

Why did I choose 556 Icarus?

The 556 Icarus gives one of the best Time to Kill (TTK) and a high fire rate to ensure domination in gun fights.

556 Icarus LMG Warzone 2
556 Icarus – Image Credits: VeryAli Gaming
Weapon ClassLight Machine Gun
ManufacturerForge Tac
UnlockedM4 Level 18
Fire Mode(s)Full-Auto/Semi-Auto (select-fire)
Caliber(s)5.56 NATO
Magazine Size75 rounds
Starting Ammunition75+150 (MP)
Damage MultipliersHead: 1.1x
Rate of Fire789rpm
Reload Time5.47s (Tac reload)
6.47s (Empty reload)
Console Codename(s)lm_foxtrot

556 Icarus Stats Table. 

The 556 Icarus is one of the early LMGs in the game and is unlocked at M4 level 13. It’s known for its lightweight design and high firing rate, offering mobility and fast TTK (time to kill).

It also comes with increased recoil due to its lightweight build. With the right attachments, you can make the 556 Icarus a competitive choice alongside the RAAL MG.

Here’s the recommended loadout for maximizing the 556 Icarus’s potential:

  1. Muzzle: Broadhead-3DP

    • Provides recoil control, making the weapon easier to handle. It helps mitigate the increased recoil caused by the lightweight design. Note that it slightly impacts Aim Down Speed and Damage Range.
  2. Barrel: FTAC Coldforge 16” Barrel

    • Increases Damage Range and improves other weapon qualities, such as Bullet Velocity and Hip Fire Accuracy. This helps compensate for the reduced Damage Range from the muzzle attachment.
  3. Rear Grip: XTEN Grip

    • Enhances Aim Down Speed and Sprint To Fire speed, making the 556 Icarus more mobile and responsive.
  4. Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot

    • Adds precise accuracy for long-range engagements without significantly affecting Aim Down Speed.
  5. Stock: Corio Precio Factory

    • Improves Aim Stability and Recoil Control, making it easier to secure kills, especially at longer ranges.

With this loadout, you can effectively manage the recoil of the 556 Icarus, improve its mobility, and increase its overall performance. It’s a great choice for players who prefer a more lightweight LMG with a high firing rate.

  • Quick Time-to-Kill.
  • Fast Fire Rate.
  • High ammo capacity. 
  • Slow Mobility.
  • High Recoil.

3. Sakin MG38 

Highest Magazine Size LMG.

Why did I choose Sakin MG38?

Sakin MG38 has a high damage-dealing capability, paired with a decent recoil ideal for short-mid-range combat with a 100 bullet mag.

Sakin MG38 LMG Warzone 2
Sakin MG38 – Image Credits: VeryAli Gaming
Weapon ClassLight Machine Gun
Weapon PlatformSAKIN MG Platform
ManufacturerSakin Arms
UnlockedAt start
Fire Mode(s)Automatic
Caliber(s)7.62 NATO
Magazine Size100 rounds (125 and 150 with magazine attachments)
Starting Ammunition100+200 (MP)
Maximum Ammunition100+300 (MP)
150+400 (Extended Mags)
50+300 (Small Mags)
Damage MultipliersHead: 1.3x
Rate of Fire657 RPM
Reload Time6.3s (Tac reload)
7.5s (Empty reload)
Console Codename(s)lm_ngolf7

Sakin MG38 Stats Table. 

The Sakin MG38 is a large LMG with a 100-round magazine for rapid firing, making it effective in mid to short-range combat. However, it has some drawbacks due to its weight and size, including poor TTK, recoil, and slow reload times. Mobility and ADS are also negatively affected by their weight.

To optimize the Sakin MG38’s performance, here’s the recommended loadout:

  1. Muzzle: Lockshot KT85

    • This muzzle attachment focuses on recoil control, improving both vertical and horizontal recoil, which is crucial for the Sakin MG38.
  2. Barrel: 20” Bruen Silver Series Barrel

    • Enhances damage range, and bullet velocity, and further reduces recoil. Keep in mind that it slightly impacts mobility.
  3. Rear Grip: Bruen Q900 Grip Wrap

    • Improves Aim Down Speed and sprint-to-fire speed, helping offset some of the mobility drawbacks while providing recoil control.
  4. Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90

    • Focuses on Aim Stability, helping to stabilize the gun’s aim accuracy.
  5. Optic: Cronen Mini Pro

    • Provides a precise and clear sight, aiding accuracy in engagements.

With this loadout, you can significantly improve the Sakin MG38’s recoil control, damage range, and overall performance. While it may still have some mobility limitations, the combination of attachments helps address its weaknesses and makes it a formidable choice in mid-range combat.

  • High damage output.
  • Decent Recoil Control. 
  • Bad Mobility.
  • Poort Time-to-Kill.

4. RPK

Best Mid-Range LMG.

Why did I choose RPK?

RPK is excellent for mid-range combat, thanks to its accuracy, damage range, and handling.

RPK LMG Warzone 2
RPK – Image Credits: VeryAli Gaming
Weapon ClassLight Machine Gun
UnlockedLevel 6
Fire Mode(s)Automatic
Caliber(s)7.62 NATO
Magazine SizeStandard: 40 rounds
Drum Mag: 75 (SP), 80 (MP)
Zombies: 100 rounds (125 Pack-a-Punched)
Starting Ammunition40 + 120 (MP)
Maximum Ammunition400 (SP standard, 750 with Extended Mag)
320 (MP), 400 (Zombies)
Damage40 (MP)
Damage MultipliersHead: 1.4, Body: 1, Limbs: 1
Rate of Fire750 RPM
Reload Time4 loaded, 5.5 unloaded.
Console Codename(s)High
Recoil center speed1500
Cost (Black Ops)2000
Cost (Zombies)950 (Mystery Box)
Used bySoviet Armed Forces, North Vietnamese Army, Viet Cong, Tropas, Op 40

RPK Stats Table. 

The RPK, designed as an Assault Rifle despite being a Light machine gun, offers better handling than most LMGs. Unlocking it requires leveling up the Kastov 762 to Level 16.

While it has the worst TTK among LMGs in Warzone 2.0, the RPK’s precise accuracy, good handling, and damage range mitigate its shortcomings. It excels in medium-range combat but falls short at long distances.

For an optimized loadout:

  • Muzzle: Kastovia DX90 for improved TTK and bullet velocity, with sound suppression for mid-close range stealth.
  • Barrel: TAC 597 Barrel enhances bullet velocity and hip fire accuracy, along with increased movement speed.
  • Underbarrel: FTac Ripper 56 improves hip fire accuracy, recoil stabilization, and aiming stability for medium-range engagements.
  • Rear Grip: True-TAC Grip balances ADS speed and enhances overall mobility with improved Aim Down Sight Speed and Sprint to Fire Speed.
  • Optic: Cronen Mini Red Dot provides better sight for tracking enemies efficiently.
  • Quick Time-to-Kill.
  • Fast reload time.
  • Decent mobility as compared to other LMGs.
  • Good handling and accuracy.
  • Low Muzzle velocity.
  • Inefficient in long-range combat.

5. HCR 56

Fastest Reload Speed LMG.

Why did I choose HCR 56?

HCR 56 features fast time-to-kill along with good mobility and high damage. It also has an extra attachment slot for more customization.

HCR 56 LMG Warzone 2
HCR 56 – Image Credits: VeryAli Gaming
SlotAttachmentUnlock RequirementsAttachement Tuning
Muzzle XTEN Ported 290 STB 556 to Level 20 → HCR 56 to Level 16 Recoil Stabilization (+0.60 oz) / Gun Kick Control (+0.25 in)
LaserEXF Solarflare VEL 46 to Level 2 Default
OpticSlimline Pro Lachmann-762 to Level 13 → Lachmann-556 to Level 12 → Lachmann Sub to Level 11 Default
CombFTAC C11 Riser STB 556 to Level 13 → MX9 to Level 5 Recoil Stabilization (+0.25 oz) / Aim Down Sight Speed (-0.15 in)
Rear GripBruen Q900 Grip STB 556 to Level 13 → MX9 to Level 13 Recoil Steadiness (+0.70 oz) / Aiming Idle Stability (+0.30 in)

HCR 56 Stats Table. 

If you are a close-range combat person, HCR 56, one of the lightest LMGs in the bunch is perfect for you. It won’t only give you built-in mobility, but also a good ADS along with the fastest reload speed out of all LMGs.

Despite having all these pros you wonder, why is it in the least pickable LMGs this meta? The answer is simple, the more the range, the less damage, and accuracy HCR 56 will give off. 

For an optimized loadout:

  • Barrel: Bruen Turaco 686mm for increased damage range, recoil control, and bullet velocity, making it viable for medium-range engagements.
  • Muzzle: Sakin Tread-40 reduces horizontal and vertical recoil for better close-range performance.
  • Underbarrel: FTac Ripper improves aim accuracy, recoil stabilization, and hip fire accuracy for faster kills in short-range encounters.
  • Rear Grip: STIP-40 Grip sacrifices a small amount of aim stability for improved recoil control, crucial for the HCR 56.
  • Optic: VLK 4.0 Optic provides 4.0x magnification for better targeting at longer ranges, enhancing versatility in various combat scenarios.
  • High damage output.
  • Low recoil.
  • Good mobility.
  • Fast reload speed.
  • Least picked LMG.
  • Slow Handling.
  • Better options.


Highest Fire Rate LMG.

Why did I choose RAPP H?

RAPP H offers a high fire rate, TTK, and handling at the cost of mobility and reload time.

RAPP H Warzone 2
RAPP H – Image Credits: VeryAli Gaming
Muzzle Polar fire-S⇕ : +1.40
⇔: +1.00
UnderbarrelFTAC Ripper 56⇕ : +0.80
⇔ : +0.40
OpticAim OP-V4⇕ : -3.00
⇔ : +1.10
Rear GripLachmann TCG-10⇕ : +1.00
⇔: +0.45
Ammunition7.62 High Velocity⇕ : +0.70
⇔ : +9.00

RAPP H Stats Table. 

The heaviest LMG, opposite of what HCR 56 was, is called RAPP H. The gun is bad at handling, has terrible accuracy even with attachments, and slows down players immensely due to its heavy weight.

So, if the opponent has a mobility advantage and a better accuracy weapon, the chances of winning that combat are slim. RAPP H does have a high fire rate that assists in quick TTKs, but overall gameplay with RAPP H is sluggish or snail-paced. 

RAPP H might be the last on my list, but if you want to try it out regardless, I have the best loadout for it which will improve the gun’s qualities in some areas. 

Best Loadout For RAPP H

  • Muzzle: Polarfire-S 
  • Underbarrel: VX Pineapple Underbarrel
  • Stock: FT Mobile Stock
  • Rear Grip: Lachmann TCG-10 Grip
  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser

One of the few plus points of RAPP H is its high fire rate, so pair it with Polarfire-S for Bullet Velocity to reach its full potential and improve TTK. The muzzle will also increase the Damage Range and improve Recoil Smoothness for its terrible built-in accuracy. For more accuracy and steadiness while shooting opponents, equip a VX Pineapple under the barrel.

As already mentioned, RAPP H fails to provide movement speed due to its heavy weight. To overcome this negative aspect of the gun, equip FT Mobile Stock attachment. Aim Walking, Crouch Movement Speed, Sprint Speed, and ADS are boosted up all from this Stock attachment.

To further work on the Recoil of the RAPP H, attach a Lachmann TCG-10 Rear Grip. To get a better aim and precise sight, make sure to attach an FSS OLE-V Laser. Hopefully, the suggested loadout will guide you to victory with the worst LMG in Warzone 2 currently.

  • High Fire Rate.
  • High bullet velocity.
  • Fast TTK.
  • High Magazine size. 
  • Slow reload speed.
  • Mobility is low.

Why Others Were Not Choosen?

  • DG-58 LSW: It’s weak in close-range combat, with high recoil and low mobility that makes it difficult to handle.
  • TAQ Evolvere: Slow fire rate and high recoil make it hard to take fights in close range.
  • Bruen MK9: High horizontal recoil, sluggish handling, and high reload time give a tough time to players in certain situations.

What Would I Recommend?

All six LMGs are frequent picks, making players wonder which one of them is the best LMGs. I have mentioned why some LMGs are better than others and what loadout can improve each LMG further on. 

The best LMG and possibly the best weapon in Warzone 2 right now is RAAL MG but that doesn’t mean you don’t try out other fun LMGs available. Even the sluggish RAPP H is fun to play with the right attachments. 

Similar Read: Best Warzone 2 Kastov-762 Loadout.

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