Best SMG Warzone Pacific: the top SMGs in Season 3

Looking for the best SMGs in Warzone Pacific? Caldera, the new Warzone map, has completely changed the way the battle royale game is played. Compared to Verdansk’s large open spaces spread throughout the map, Caldera is much tighter overall, packing each area with unique points of interest to keep things interesting. As a result, long range battles aren’t as prevalent, causing weapons like the best assault rifles and SMGs to dominate the meta.

If you’re still trying to pick off enemies from a distance using the best snipers, you need to have a reliable secondary weapon like the best SMGs in Warzone Pacific to immediately blast any flankers away. Don’t forget to check out our best Warzone loadout guide to see which attachments you need to build these game-breaking setups.

Call of Duty Warzone Pacific Season 2 introduced one of the biggest changes we’ve seen in the game for some time: merging the Vanguard Royale and Battle Royale playlists into one playlist that includes weapons from Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, and Vanguard. Compared to other weapons that saw updates though, Season 3 only makes a handful of minor tweaks to a handful of Warzone Pacific SMGs.


Here’s the best SMGs in Call of Duty Warzone Pacific:

  • Welgun
  • MP40
  • Owen Gun
  • LAPA
  • Milano 821
  • Armaguerra 43
  • PPSh-41
  • Mac-10
  • MP5
  • OTs 9
  • Type 100
  • Bullfrog
  • PPSh-41
  • Sten
  • M1912
  • LC10

The Welgun in Call of Duty Vanguard's preview menu


The Welgun was already an impressive SMG when it launched, but the balance changes in Season 2 have solidified it as the best SMG in Warzone Pacific. The best Welgun loadout makes use of attachments which drastically increase the weapon’s rate of fire and overall damage output. The result is an SMG with one of the best time to kill speeds in the entire game.


The MP40 is a staple weapon in Warzone Pacific thanks to its consistency across multiple key areas. It may be tempting to equip several long range attachments to the MP40, but you should focus entirely on close range combat. We highly recommend picking attachments that improve the MP40’s mobility while maintaining its impressive recoil control. Use our best MP40 loadout to get the most out of this weapon. Despite the changes in Warzone Pacific Season 2, the MP40 is still viable, though its effectiveness at mid to long range has been toned down.

Owen Gun

This is technically the fastest killing SMG in Warzone. That obviously ranks it very highly on this list, but it does have a major drawback – as it’s a top-mounted SMG the magazine takes up a lot of your screen real estate, making it hard to track targets. Despites several nerfs in Season 3, the Owen Gun is still unbeatable up close.


This SMG doesn’t have the best time-to-kill, but it’s very close, and it more than makes up for this technicality with its effectiveness over longer ranges. The moment your CQC fight strays beyond a dozen or so metres, this SMG comes into a league of its own. It’s also very easy to control. Combine both of these and the LAPA also becomes one of the strongest sniper-support guns in the game.

The Milano in a small SMG that resembles an Uzi.


Don’t let this weapon’s miniature size fool you, this SMG is dangerous at both close and long range. Our close range build works perfectly as a sniper support weapon, and our long range build can effectively use an Axial Arms 3x scope without having to deal with obscene amounts of recoil. Use our best Milano loadout to try out two different loadouts to match your favourite setups.


The Armaguerra 43 is an extremely powerful SMG for 1v1 situations thanks to its incredible rate of fire, but this does mean you’ll be burning through magazines fast. With each standard clip featuring just 34 bullets, you only have enough shots to take down just two enemies before you’re forced to reload. As long as you avoid being overwhelmed in combat, the best Armaguerra 43 loadout is a great option in solos and duos.


Our best PPSh-41 loadout used to be the perfect Warzone Pacific SMG until it received a heavy nerf in Season 2. The nerf knocked down the PPSh’s best attributes, including its accuracy, mobility, and power. There’s still plenty to love about this weapon, but it has seen far better days.


The Mac-10 is a lethal weapon thanks to its high rate of fire along with the manageable recoil. With the right attachments, you can slap on a large magazine which will ensure you have enough bullets to take down multiple enemies at any given time. Despite going through numerous nerfs since the weapon made its debut in Warzone, the Mac-10 is still undeniably one of the best SMGs in the game. Give our best Mac-10 loadout a read to discover how to customise this powerful SMG.

The Cold War MP5 in Call of Duty Warzone's preview menu

Cold War MP5

Compared to Modern Warfare’s MP5, Cold War’s MP5 slightly edges out its predecessor by improving on a number of key details. The TTK is higher, as is the ADS speed, and the recoil is easier to control. Again, there isn’t a huge difference between the two weapons, but if you want the competitive edge, the CW MP5 is the obvious pick. Be sure to check out our best MP5 Warzone setup to find the correct attachments for both weapons.

OTs 9

The biggest selling point of the best OTs 9 loadout has to be the extremely low recoil, making it easy for accurate players to score numerous headshots within seconds. This weapon isn’t perfect as you have to manage with magazines filled with just 40 bullets – a far cry from the Bullfrog’s whopping 65 round clips. That being said, if you’re looking for a highly accurate SMG, the OTs 9 is a great pick.

Type 100

If you’re looking for an SMG with great mobility stats, the Type 100 could be the weapon for you. You can slide around corners with ease using this SMG, but be warned, the Type 100 specialises in close range combat only. The damage drop off when firing the Type 100 from range is really high – avoid shooting from a distance as you won’t be able to significantly hurt your opponent.

The Bullfrog SMG in Warzone's preview menu


If you want a gun that features almost as many bullets as an LMG, you won’t find anything better than the Bullfrog. Our best Bullfrog loadout features large magazines capable of holding 65 bullets in each clip, and we’ve increased the damage range on this SMG to allow this weapon to dominate at short to medium distances.


The most recent balance update adjusted the Sten’s stats, reducing the gun’s recoil and improving its mobility while aiming down sights. Though this wasn’t enough to introduce the weapon into the Warzone Pacific meta, it’s a step in the right direction. As we saw with plenty of Warzone weapons last year, incremental buffs like this can go a long way when it comes to creating viable guns.


The M1912, also known as the Tommy Gun, can be customised with massive magazines containing 100 bullets in each clip. This can be extremely helpful in Warzone Pacific as you don’t want to be caught reloading in the middle of a fight. If you want the ammo capacity of an LMG without having to commit to a heavy and slow firing weapon, the M1912 definitely fits the bill. Be warned that the M1912 has a fast fire rate – while you have 100 bullets in each clip, they won’t last long if you aren’t careful.


The LC10 was added to the game with the Season 2 Reloaded update, but the SMG had a difficult time against some of the meta weapons in the game. It has since become a staple of the long range meta. The LC10 has established itself as the best close range option for anyone with a sniper rifle in their loadout. Our best LC10 loadout highlights the exact attachments you’ll need to take this SMG to another level.

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Those are all of the best SMGs in Warzone Pacific. If you want to know what weapons could possibly be better than these SMGs, give our best Warzone guns guide a read to learn more.

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