Call of Duty Warzone sniper rifles are some of the most-played weapons in the game, and for good reason. No other weapon guarantees the power and versatility sniper rifles do, though of course, not every rifle is worth playing.
Any rifle should offer good range and high power, but the best rifles give you speed as well. Our Warzone sniper rifles list breaks down the best ones to aim for based on power, speed, and how easy they are to obtain.
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Best Warzone sniper rifle for power
The best Warzone sniper rifle purely from a power standpoint is still the Kar98k, unless you prefer picking opponents off from a distance. The Kar98k can down an opponent in one shot at close and mid range. It also has some of the fastest ADS speeds in its class, the closest you’ll get to accurate hip fire with a sniper rifle.
What the Kar98k can’t do is kill enemies at long range. Even if you augment its long-range accuracy, its effective damage range decreases dramatically the further out you aim.
How to get Kar98k in Warzone
You’ll need to be level 33 or higher in Warzone or Modern Warfare to unlock the Kar98k.
Best Kar98k Attachments
Our Kar98k loadout fixes the rifle's range issue, and while it slows the ADS some, the stock rectifies that to an extent. Using a laser with the Monolithic Suppressor might seem counterintuitive, since you'll give your position away. However, the extra accuracy can make all the difference in hitting your target quickly so you can move on.
|Best Kar98k Attachments|
|Barrel||Singuard Custom 27.6”|
|Stock||FTAC Sport Comb|
Best Warzone sniper rifle that isn't Kar98k
If you want a sniper rifle that isn’t the Kar98k, try the SP-R 208. It’s also deadly at close and mid-range, though has slower ADS speeds and worse flinch resistance thanks to the October 2020 nerf.
How to get SP-R 208 in Warzone
Getting the SP-R in Warzone requires you to land two long-distance headshots in five different matches. It might take a while to do that depending on your loadout, but the next sniper rifles on our list should be able to help.
Best SP-R 208 Attachments
You can technically use the .300 Norma Mag 5-R Mags for SP-R 208 ammunition, but the Lapua mag lets you deal heavier damage with torso shots, even after 2020's nerf.
|Best SP-R 208 Attachments|
|Optic||Solozero SP-R 28mm|
|Ammunition||.338 Lapua Mag 5-R Mag|
Best Warzone long-range sniper rifle
Warzone’s best long-range sniper rifle is a toss-up between the ZRG 20mm and the HDR. The ZRG is Warzone’s gun with the highest bullet velocity, which means your bullets travel faster and hit harder. That’s exactly what you want from a sniper rifle, and it also makes the ZRG handy even for mid-range shots. Better still, the ZRG bullet drop is almost zero, making long-distance accuracy much easier.
How to get ZRG 20mm in Warzone
You’ll need to put in some work to get the ZRG in Warzone. Unlocking it requires you to get two longshot kills in 10 separate matches.
Best ZRG 20mm Attachments
The variable zoom scope slows your ADS a fair bit, but the added visibility and accuracy complements the ZRG's main strengths perfectly.
|Best ZRG 20mm Attachments|
|Ammo||5 RND magazine|
|Optic||Variable Zoom Scope|
|Barrel||43.9″ Combat Recon|
|Rear grip||Serpent Wrap|
The second best choice is the HDR, and it’s the one you’ll likely grab first if you’re new to Warzone. Its long-range damage and ADS speed are high and the HDR bullet drop is low. However, you’ll need a good loadout to increase its bullet velocity.
How to get HDR in Warzone
You’ll unlock the HDR at level 11, though, giving you plenty of time to work on loadouts and bag longshot kills for better weapons.
Best HDR Attachments
The HDR's high ADS means it can withstand the zoom scope's speed penalty, but the stock helps ameliorate the slowdown too.
|Best HDR Attachments|
|Barrel||26.9″ HDR Pro|
|Optic||Variable Zoom Scope|
|Ammo||9 Round Mags|
Best Warzone sniper rifle for new players
If you’re just starting out and want a Warzone sniper rifle for new players, we recommend the Pelington. True, its base damage output is rather low compared to the other rifles on our list. However, you can make up for that with a good loadout, and the Pelington has fast reload speed and ADS speed to make up for low damage.
How to get Pelington in Warzone
The Pelington unlocks at level four, so it’s probably one of the first sniper rifles you’ll be using anyway.
Best Pelington Attachments
The Pelington is a flexible rifle, but this loadout maximizes your speed and fire capacity.
|Best Pelington Attachments|
|Optic||Royal & Kross 4x|
|Magazine||Vandal Speed Loader|
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