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Black Ops 4 adds some new weapons into the mix this year alongside some tried and tested fan favorites. There’s a fair few to pick from, with shotguns, tactical rifles and LMGs all in the mix. To help you make sure you’re running with the best possible loadout, we’ve put together this Black Ops 4 Best Weapons Guide. It’s got a full list of all of the guns in Black Ops 4, as well as our picks for the best weapons in Black Ops 4. We’ll pick the best Black Ops 4 assault rifle, the best submachine gun, and take a look at which weapons are worth levelling up for.
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By completing certain challenges or redeeming pre-order bonuses, players can get Signature Weapon versions of their favorite guns. It's also possible to earn Signature Weapons via the new Black Market feature. To read more about the Black Ops 4 Black Market, read our Call of Duty Black Market Guide.
There are a ton of awesome weapons to choose from in Call of Duty Black Ops 4, from powerful assault rifles to laser-precise sniper rifles. We’ve listed them all below, broken up by category, alongside the required unlock level.
Even though Black Ops 4 doubles down on the lightning fast twitch gameplay that has dominated first-person shooters over the last few years, assault rifles are still a viable choice. You’ll get more stability and range than you will with an SMG, and running with an assault rifle will ensure you’re up for all kinds of engagements. Let’s take a look at all of the Black Ops 4 Assault Rifles.
|ICR-7||Improved accuracy with low recoil||Default|
|KN-57||Well balanced with moderate recoil||10|
|Rampart 17||Strong damage with slow fire-rate||22|
|Vapr-XKG||Superior mobility and reliable damage||28|
|Maddox RFB||High fire rate with more ammo||40|
Black Ops 4 Best Assault Rifle - the best assault rifle in Black Ops 4 is the Vapr-XKG. It has incredibly good mobility, something you'll need in a game as fast-paced as Black Ops 4.
In Black Ops 4, SMGs are kinda king. The fast-paced nature of the matches, and the relatively small size of the maps really lend to having a fast-firing weapon. There are a few different types that you can choose from, so be sure to take a look at the info below.
|MX9||Fast firing with moderate recoil||Default|
|GKS||Low recoil, accurate at range||13|
|Spitfire||Fastest fire rate||25|
|Cordite||Good fire rate and large ammo pool||31|
|Saug 9mm||Fastest handling and movement||40|
Black Ops 4 Best Submachine Gun - in our opinion, the best submachine gun in Black Ops 4 is the Spitfire. It's Operator Mod gives it the fastest fire rate in the game, making it incredibly deadly.
Tactical Rifles can be amazing when paired with the right attachments. They require a bit more care when aiming, but if you manage to land shots at the chest or above, it’s game over for your opponent. Take a look at the Black Ops 4 Tactical Rifles below:
|Auger DMR||Semi-auto with high damage||6|
|ABR 223||Powerful 3-round bursts with mid range accuracy||19|
|Swordfish||4-round burst for long range precision||34|
Black Ops 4 Best Tactical Rifle - the best Tactical Rifle in Call of Duty Black Ops 4 is the ABR 223. The Burst Accelerator Operator turns it into an OP killing machine, capable of dominating firefights of all types.
LMGs are extremely powerful, but have dangerously high recoil. You can ease this with the right attachments and technique, making them really deadly in the right hands. Here’s all of the Black Ops 4 LMGs:
|Titan||Reliable firepower with the largest ammo pool||Default|
|Hades||Full-auto light machine gun. Highest fire rate in class with moderate recoil.||N/A|
|VKM 750||Full-auto lightmachine gun. Highest damage in class with low mobility.||N/A|
Black Ops 4 Best LMG - the best LMG in Call of Black Ops 4 is the Titan. It is surprisingly effective despite its weight, and you'll likely see a fair few players using it more like an assault rifle than anything else.
Sniper Rifles seem to be becoming less and less useful as more CoD games release. There’s still some fun to be had though in Black Ops 4, especially if you’ve got an eye for precision. We’ve listed all of the Black Ops 4 Snipers below:
|Paladin HB50||High damage bolt-action. 1-shot kill to head, chest, and shoulders||Default|
|Outlaw||Bolt-action sniper rifle. Fast rechamber, 1-shot kill to head and upper chest||N/A|
|SDM||Semi-auto sniper rifle. Fast firing with larger ammo pool. Reliably eliminates enemies with 2 shots||N/A|
|Koshka||Fast handling bolt-action. 1-shot kill from the chest up||16|
Black Ops 4 Sniper Rifles - for our money, the best sniper rifle in Call of Duty Black Ops 4 is the Koshka. If your accuracy is good, you'll one-shot kill other players extremely easy. It doesn't have as much ammo as the others, so it's a good idea to have the Scavenger Perk equipped.
A lot of players will neglect their secondary weapon slot, after all, why would you need a pistol when you have a machine gun? Well, there are plenty of reasons why it is good to have a plan B, but the main one is to offer you more choices with how to engage your opponents. We’ve listed all of the Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Secondary Weapons below:
|Strife||Semi-auto, standard-issue sidearm||Default|
|RK 7 Garrison||3-round burst pistol. Fast cyclic rate of fire with moderate recoil||N/A|
|Mozu||High damage revolver with manual reload||25|
|MOG 12||Pump-action buckshot for reliable 2-shot kill||Default|
|SG12||Semi-auto with good damage and high recoil||34|
|Hellion Salvo||Rocket launcher that features either lock-on or free-fire||Default|
Black Ops 4 Best Secondary Weapon - the best choice for secondary weapon is likely the RK7. You won't get much out of a shotgun unless you want to spend attachments and slots beefing it up, and the Hellion Salvo is incredibly difficult to use.
Now that we’ve spent some time with Black Ops 4, we’ve got some thoughts on what the best weapons are. While we will concede that a lot of it comes down to personal preference and playstyle, there are some weapons that are simply better than others. You’ll find our picks for the Black Ops 4 Best Weapons below:
If you're looking for more on Call of Duty Black Ops 4, you can head over to our Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Guides Hub . For more specific help check out our Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Specialists - All Specialist Abilities, Equipment and Weapons guide, our Call of Duty Black Ops 4 Zombies Guide, our look at Black Ops 4 Operator Mods, CoD BLOPS 4 Killstreaks, the Best Attachments, Best Perks in Black Ops 4, and Black Ops 4 Best Weapons. We've also got detailed guides to the IX Zombies Easter Eggs and the Voyage of Despair Easter Eggs.
For info on Call of Duty Black Ops 4's Battle Royale Mode, you can head over to our Call of Duty Blackout Guides Hub . For more specific help with the game check out our Call of Duty Blackout Map Guide, Blackout best Weapons guide, how to unlock Blackout characters guide, and our look at the Best Blackout Perks.
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