9 Best COD Warzone 2 SMGs [200+ Hours Tested]

After investing 200+ hours in Call of duty games, even Warzone 2! Here are the SMGS I consider best in the game!

The best SMGs in Warzone 2.0 ranked.
Here are the best SMGs in Warzone 2.0

Warzone 2.0 has brought back several of my favorite SMGs as well as added some new ones. Of the 9 SMGs available, there is no doubt that the FSS Hurricane is the best choice among players. It has the highest versatility out of any weapon in the game and can even be used as an assault rifle.

But what about the others? How do the other SMGs, such as the Fennec 45 and the Lachmann Sub, fare against the FSS Hurricane? In this guide, I’ll take a look at the best SMG and what load-outs you should equip.

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

  • The best SMG is the FSS Hurricane due to its versatility and accuracy.
  • Closely following that are the Fennec 45 and Lachmann Sub, both exceptional mid-range weapons.
  • The worst SMG is MX9, with the Vel 46 and Minibak closely following.
  • I’ll also look at the best loadout for each SMG.

Best LMGs Stat Comparisons

Here is a comparison table of my 9 best SMGs in COD Warzone 2. Each stat can be sorted to view the highest and lowest values, which has been done for your convenience:

No.WeaponsBest forFire RateDamageReload TimeSTKTTKAmmo CountADS
1FSS HurricaneBest Damage SMG708 rpm48-34-34-313.27s (Tac Reload)
3.68s (Empty Reload)
3-5-6-8169ms50 rounds250ms
2Fennec 45
Best Early Game SMG1126 rpm42-27-25-232.8s (Tac Reload)
2.93s (Empty Reload)
4-6-8-10160ms30 rounds220ms
3Lachmann Sub (MP5)Best SMG for XP Farm824 rpm47-34-34-323.12s (Tac Reload)
3.3s (Empty Reload)
3-5-6-8146ms30 rounds200ms
Best SMG For Beginners900 rpm40-25-25-232.48s (Tac Reload)
2.73s (Empty Reload)
4-6-8-10200ms30 rounds233ms
5VEL 46
Best Hip Fire SMG979 rpm40-25-25-231.95s (Tac Reload)
1.95s (Empty Reload)
40-25-25-23184ms40 rounds200ms
Best Low Recoil SMG806 rpm47-34-34-312.27s (Tac Reload)
3.38s (Empty Reload)
149ms30 rounds180ms
7PDSW 528
Best Quickscope SMG927 rpm40-25-25-232.78s (Tac Reload)
3.17s (Empty Reload)
4-6-8-10194ms50 rounds280ms
8MinibakBest SMG To Level Up660 rpm49-36-36-332.05s (Tac Reload)
2.45s (Empty Reload)
3-5-6-7182ms64 rounds250ms
9MX9Best SMG For Zombies769 rpm49-34-34-322.28s (Tac Reload)
2.45s (Empty Reload)
3-5-6-8156ms25 rounds200ms

Comparison Table for SMGs.

Here are the 9 SMGs ranked from best to worst.

1. FSS Hurricane

Best Damage SMG
FSS Hurricane in Warzone 2.0.
The FSS Hurricane is highly revered for its accuracy and precision.
Full Reload3.68s
Tac Reload3.27s
Move Speed88%
Mag Size50

Why did I Choose FSS Hurricane?

It is my best SMG, as the weapon is very stable and easy to use in a run-and-gun situation.

The FSS Hurricane is considered one of the best SMGs due to its versatility, accuracy, and high damage output. To optimize its performance, you can use this loadout:

  • Scope: Cronen Mini Pro
  • Muzzle: AVR-T90 Comp
  • Stock: Assault-60 Stock Factory
  • Barrel: FSS Cannonade 16″
  • Underbarrel: FTAC Ripper 56

The Cronen Mini Pro optic enhances your aiming capabilities, while the AVR-T90 Comp muzzle reduces horizontal recoil and stabilizes the gun. The FTAC Ripper 56 under barrel further improves stability and recoil control.

The FSS Cannonade 16″ barrel significantly extends the weapon’s range, making it more effective in mid-range engagements. The Assault-60 Stock Factory stock enhances your aiming and ensures consistent accuracy. This loadout maximizes the FSS Hurricane’s strengths in accuracy, damage, and range.

  • High fire rate of 698 rounds per minute.
  • Enhanced Stability.
  • Good for Close Combat.

  • Bad Recoil Management.
  • Range Limitations.

2. Fennec 45

Best Early Game SMG
Fennec 45 in Warzone 2.0.
The Fennec 45 is one of the fastest guns in Warzone 2.
Full Reload2.93s
Tac Reload2.8s
Move Speed99%
Mag Size30

Why did I Choose Fennec 45?

Fennec 45 is one of the fastest fire rate SMGs that come with high accuracy stats that can laser enemies.

If you need a faster SMG, then there could be no better option than the Fennec 45. With the fastest fire rate among other SMGs in Warzone 2, Fennec 45 is great for rapidly shooting down enemies.

This SMG is best used in close combat situations. It has a lower TTK, meaning you can take down enemies within just seconds. It has power that rivals that of larger assault rifles and can land fatal blows within the blink of an eye.

However, the Fennec 45 isn’t completely devoid of flaws. It has a very small magazine that, given its high speed, is a severe let-down. The magazine will run out before you can land more shots. And with the frequency of reloading, you won’t be able to use the gun at its full potential.

Additionally, the Fennec 45 has a lot of recoil that will hinder your ability to fire in rapid succession. Hence, you’ll need a strong stock and barrel to maintain the stability of the gun. However, it’s still a viable option when you control for the hindering factors.

  • Scope: Cronen Mini Pro
  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Barrel: ZLR 16.5″ Ignition Barrel
  • Magazine: Fennec Mag 45

This is one of the best loadouts for the Fennec 45 which improves its recoil and stability when in battle. The loadout features a ZLR 16.5″ Ignition Barrel, perfect for keeping the Fennec 45 in a stable position when firing.

Then there’s the FTAC Castle Comp which, when combined with the barrel, improves the gun’s recoil. Additionally, these two attachments improve the hip fire accuracy of the Fennec 45.

Moreover, there is the VLK LZR 7MW laser paired with the Cronen Mini Pro. These two help you improve your accuracy as well as your ADS speed. They let you hit your enemies without any hesitation right before they move out of the way.

Lastly, there’s the Fennec Mag 45. The magazine is quite capacious and will make up for the smaller default magazine. Still, you’ll be needing to reload quite frequently, which can be frustrating considering this is supposed to be the fastest SMG in the game.

  • High Fire Rate.
  • Balanced Accuracy.
  • Good Recoil Control.
  • High Mobility. 
  • Smooth Weapon Handling.

  • Limited Range.
  • High Accuracy Dependency.

3. Lachmann Sub (MP5)

Best SMG for XP Farm
Lachmann Sub in Warzone 2.0.
The MP5 is an exceptional gun with decent stability and range.
Full Reload3.3s
Tac Reload3.12s
Move Speed90%
Mag Size30

Why did I Choose Lachmann Sub (MP5)?

It supports a large magazine, so I prefer it because you can attack the enemy spawn points and get a lot of kills.

The Lachmann Sub (MP5) is a versatile and beloved weapon in Warzone 2.0. It excels in close-to-mid-range combat, making it suitable for both beginners and experienced players. To maximize its performance, consider this loadout:

  • Scope: SZ Mini
  • Muzzle: SA Schalldampfer 99
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Barrel: FTAC M-Sub 12″
  • Rear Grip: Lachmann TCG-10

The SZ Mini optic provides clear vision for precise targeting. Coupled with the VLK LZR 7MW laser, it enhances accuracy and aiming speed.

The SA Schalldampfer 99 muzzle effectively controls recoil, allowing for more accurate and controlled shots. It also suppresses gun noise, aiding in stealthy engagements.

The FTAC M-Sub 12″ barrel, combined with the Lachmann TCG-10 grip, stabilizes your aim and significantly reduces recoil, making the Lachmann Sub more user-friendly, especially for beginners.

  • High Rate of Fire.
  • High Mobility.
  • Versatile Loadout.

  • Accuracy reduces at mid-range combat or far.
  • Mediocre Recoil Control.

4. BAS-P

Best SMG For Beginners
BAS-P in Warzone 2.0.
The BAS-P is highly regarded for its accuracy.
Full Reload2.73s
Tac Reload2.48s
Move Speed92%
Mag Size30

Why did I Choose BAS-P?

BAS-P is capable of getting the difficult kills through extra ordinary weapon handling stats.

The BAS-P is an easy-to-handle SMG with excellent accuracy, making it ideal for close and medium-range combat. It boasts minimal recoil and is best suited for beginners due to its user-friendly nature. However, its slow firing rate and low damage output limit its effectiveness in team fights and longer ranges. To optimize its performance, consider this loadout:

  • Barrel: 10.5″ Bruen Typhon
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Rear Grip: D37 Grip
  • Magazine: 50-Round Drum
  • Underbarrel: FSS Sharkfin 90

The 10.5″ Bruen Typhon barrel significantly increases bullet velocity and damage output, transforming the BAS-P into a powerful weapon.

The VLK LZR 7MW laser enhances stability, allowing for precise aiming and target acquisition.

Equipping the D37 Grip further reduces recoil, ensuring steady and accurate shots.

The FSS Sharkfin 90 underbarrel adds stability to your gun, complementing the barrel and laser improvements for a reliable and efficient weapon.

Lastly, the 50-Round Drum magazine increases your firing capacity, making it suitable for the BAS-P’s slower rate of fire.

  • High Mobility.
  • Fast Fire Rate.
  • Subsonic Ammo prevents revealing player’s location.

  • Poor Range.
  • Moderate Accuracy.
  • No Built-in Scope.

5. VEL 46

Best Hip Fire SMG
Vel 46 in Warzone 2.0.
Use the Vel 46 for close to mid-range combat.
Full Reload1.95s
Tac Reload1.95s
Move Speed90%
Mag Size40

Why did I Choose VEL-46?

With appropriate attachments, the extended magazine VEL-46 can melt enemies through high accuracy and mobility stats.

The Vel 46 is a versatile SMG suitable for medium-range combat and offers exceptional mobility and a high firing rate. However, its default magazine capacity is low, and it’s not ideal for close-range battles. To optimize its performance, use the following loadout:

  • Stock: Vel A-568 Collapsed
  • Muzzle: Singuard MKV
  • Underbarrel: VX Pineapple
  • Barrel: Lach-DX 203mm
  • Magazine: 50-Round Mag

The Vel A-568 Collapsed stock reduces recoil and enhances weapon stability. It helps you maintain accuracy during firefights.

The Singuard MKV muzzle and Lach-DX 203mm barrel further improve stability and aim control while keeping shots silent for stealth advantages.

Adding the VX Pineapple under barrel reduces recoil bounce and enhances overall weapon stability, making it easier to stay on target.

Lastly, the 50-round mag significantly increases your firing capacity, improving your combat effectiveness with the Vel 46.

Combined with the high firing rate, you can see why this is the best attachment choice for this gun.

  • Close-Range Effectiveness.
  • Agility and Handling.
  • Rate of Fire.
  • Range Limitations.
  • Middling Accuracy.

6. Vaznev-9k

Best Low Recoil SMG
Vaznev-9k in Warzone 2.0.
The Vaznev-9k is powerful but with lots of recoil.
Full Reload3.38s
Tac Reload2.77s
Move Speed88%
Mag Size30

Why did I Choose Vaznev-9K?

If you are skilled at recoil Control, Vaznev-9K can be a great pick that is a heavy-hitting SMG with exceptional bullet velocity.

The Vaznev-9k is a high-damage SMG in Warzone 2.0, but it comes with significant recoil challenges. It excels in close to mid-range combat but struggles at longer distances due to recoil. To make the most of this powerful weapon, you need a recoil-reducing loadout that enhances accuracy.

Here’s a recommended Vaznev-9k loadout for optimal performance:

  • Laser: FSS OLE-V Laser
  • Muzzle: FTAC Castle Comp
  • Stock: OTRERZAT Stock
  • Rear Grip: DEMO-X2 Grip
  • Underbarrel: VX Pineapple

The FSS OLE-V Laser improves aiming stability and enhances your vision. The FTAC Castle Comp muzzle attachment effectively reduces horizontal recoil, making it a suitable choice for this high-damage weapon.

The DEMO-X2 Grip minimizes recoil to nearly zero, ensuring your shots land accurately. To further control recoil, use the VX Pineapple underbarrel attachment, reducing bounce and maintaining weapon stability.

Lastly, equip the OTRERZAT Stock, which boosts your speed and allows for rapid follow-up shots, increasing your overall effectiveness with the Vaznev-9k.

  • High Damage Output.
  • Rapid Fire Rate.
  • Low Armor Penetration.
  • Short Range.

7. PDSW 528

Best Quickscope SMG
PDSW 528 in Warzone 2.0.
The PDSW 528 has poor TTK but great bullet velocity.
Full Reload3.17s
Tac Reload2.78s
Move Speed89%
Mag Size50

Why did I Choose PDSW 528?

For aggressive plays and spawn hunting, PDSW 528 must be your go-to gun.

The PDSW 528 is a powerful weapon in Warzone 2.0, but it requires the right loadout and may not be the best choice for beginners. It has a slow TTK (Time to Kill) and low ADS (Aim Down Sight) speed, making it less ideal for fast-paced combat. However, it boasts some strengths, such as a fast bullet velocity and a generous 50-round magazine.

For those who can harness its potential, here’s a recommended loadout that enhances the gun’s range, damage, and speed:

  • Optics: Cronen Mini Red Dot
  • Muzzle: XTEN RR-40
  • Stock: TV TacComb
  • Barrel: FTAC Series IX 14.5″
  • Laser: STOVL Tac Laser

The Cronen Mini Red Dot scope improves target acquisition, while the STOVL Tac Laser aids in accuracy and maneuverability. The TV TacComb stock and FTAC Series IX 14.5″ barrel work together to mitigate recoil, making it easier to control the weapon. Additionally, the XTEN muzzle reduces recoil further and suppresses your shots.

  • Good Accuracy.
  • High Damage.
  • Effective at Distance.
  • No-Recoil Build.
  • Decreased Mobility.
  • Recoil Control.

8. Minibak

Best SMG To Level Up
Minibak in Warzone 2.0.
The Minibak is only good with certain loadouts.
Full Reload2.45s
Tac Reload2.05s
Move Speed89%
Mag Size64

Why did I Choose Minibak?

Although it supports a handful of loadouts, its slow fire rate can be beneficial if you land accurate shots.

The Minibak is a slow-firing SMG with a sluggish TTK (Time to Kill). However, its strengths lie in its precision and accuracy, making it a suitable choice for medium-range combat. It boasts a generous 64-round magazine, the largest among SMGs in Warzone 2, reducing the need for frequent reloads. Here’s a recommended Minibak loadout:

  • Scope: Cronen Mini Red Dot
  • Muzzle: XTEN Razor Comp
  • Laser: Schlager PEQ Box IV
  • Stock: VLK Stockless

This loadout enhances accuracy, reduces recoil, and increases firing rate, improving the Minibak’s overall performance. The Cronen Mini Red Dot optic provides better vision, while the XTEN Razor Comp muzzle silences shots and enhances mobility in combat.

  • Large Magazine.
  • More effective for Close Combat.
  • Versatile Tool.
  • Too much recoil.
  • Less accurate at larger ranges.
  • Aim is shaky.
  • Only good with certain loadouts.

9. MX9

Best SMG For Zombies
MX9 in Warzone 2.0.
The MX9 is a very conditional SMG in Warzone 2.
Full Reload2.45s
Tac Reload2.28s
Move Speed95%
Mag Size25

Why did I Choose MX9?

MX9 has quickest reload animation, hence it reduces the delay and it feels like you have an infinite SMG magazine.

The MX9 is a less powerful gun in the game due to its low range, bullet velocity, and recoil control. Its saving grace is its higher damage output, which may appeal to newer players. However, experienced players tend to prioritize other factors like speed, recoil control, and range, making the MX9 a secondary weapon choice at best.

If you decide to use it, consider this loadout:

  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Muzzle: SA Schalldampfer 99
  • Comb: FTAC C11 Riser
  • Barrel: 16.5″ STB Factory
  • Magazine: 32 Round Mag
  • Very Accurate.
  • Good Recoil Control.
  • Maintains reasonable mobility.
  • Small Magazine.
  • Poor Control.
  • Low Bullet Velocity.

Why Others Were Not Chosen?

  1. HRM-9: It has very high ammo consumption which leads to quick ammo drainage, I do not prefer that in aggressive SMG plays.
  2. Striker 9: Very Limited Range, as Striker 9 struggles at eliminating mid-range enemies.
  3. WSP Swarm: Very Low Damage Output, hence it takes more bullets to take out an opponent.
  4. AMR-9: Very High recoil which I find hard to control. Recoil can be a big problem, as it hinders your accuracy.
  5. ISO 9MM: Magazine Size is much less. Combining this with a fast fire rate, the SMG reloads frequently, which is a big drawback.

Personal Opinion About The Best SMGs

Warzone 2.0 has come with yet another set of powerful SMGs, some old and some new. As the stats of the guns change with each update, it’s crucial to stay up to date on the best SMG.

Of these, the FSS Hurricane has got to be the best for its versatility and ease of use. It’s followed by the Fennec 45 and the Lachmann Sub (MP5) for a prominent fire rate and accuracy in the heat of battle. 

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