Best Warzone 2 HCR 56 loadout

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Warzone 2 HCR 56 in firing range
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February 28, 2023: The HCR 56 isn't featuring in the current meta as Season Two Reloaded moves into view.

The best Warzone 2 HCR 56 loadout is a question on the minds of players looking to gain the upper hand in Call of Duty's latest battle royale offering. Just like its predecessor, there's a wide range of LMGs to use in Al Mazrah and despite their sluggish mobility, impressive firepower often shines through.

Heavily resembling the AUG HBAR from 2009's Modern Warfare 2, the HCR 56 features an impressive rate of fire and accuracy that guarantees high performance in mid-range and long-distance engagements.

Elsewhere in the world of Warzone 2, check out our guides containing all the intel on the best Warzone 2 AR and the best Warzone 2 landing spots to visit at the start of a match.

What is the best Warzone 2 HCR 56 loadout?

Attachment Name
BarrelFTAC Hornet 20" Barrel
OpticVLK 4.0x
Ammunition5.56 High Velocity
Rear GripStip-40 Grip

With no need to enhance the already high damage levels of the HCR 56, this build extends range in addition to improving accuracy and recoil making it much easier to control the LMG in mid-range battles.

Alongside the improvements, the inclusion of a scope provides a clear view of anyone in the crosshairs.

Best Warzone 2 HCR 56 attachments

The Warzone 2 gunsmith contains a huge range of attachments which makes finding the very best combination a tricky task. After some testing, we've found five that provide much-needed improvements to various characteristics of the HCR 56:

  • Muzzle: Echoless-80
  • Barrel: FTAC Hornet 20" Barrel
  • Optic: VLK 4.0 Optic
  • Ammunition: 5.56 High Velocity
  • Rear Grip: STIP-40 Grup

This set of attachments is a surefire way to improve the performance of the HCR 56. The combination of the Echoless-80 muzzle and the FTAC Hornet barrel provides increases in bullet velocity alongside the High-Velocity ammunition loaded into the chamber.

To guarantee the bullets hit the target, the STIP-40 grip comes with crucial recoil control which greatly improves accuracy.

Warzone 2 HCR 56 in gunsmith
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How to unlock HCR 56 in Warzone 2

With the HCR 56 being part of the Bruen weapon platform, you'll need to use another weapon to get your hands on the SMG.

To unlock, reach level 20 with the STB 556 assault rifle. In order to do this quickly, we recommend using a double weapon XP token.

Best Warzone 2 HCR 56 perk package and equipment

Once the best HCR 56 attachments are ready to go, selecting a perk package and equipment combination that provides further advantages is the next step to building the best loadout. Here are our recommendations.

Perk package


  • Double Time (Base)
  • Tracker (Base)
  • Spotter (Bonus)
  • Ghost (Ultimate)

Instead of going for a perk package containing Overkill, we've gone with Specter thanks to the increase in movement speed from Double Time and Ghost concealing your location from enemy UAVs.


  • Semtex (Lethal)
  • Heartbeat Sensor (Tactical)

Is the HCR 56 good in Warzone 2?

After using it in several matches, the HCR 56 is definitely powerful but in comparison to other offerings in the LMG category, there are better options to use. However, if weapon balancing affects the current crop of guns dominating the meta, there's a possibility of the HCR 56 rising in popularity.

That's all there is to know about the best Warzone 2 HCR 56 loadout. For more, check out our guides containing intel on Warzone 2 double XP events and the best Warzone 2 SMG.

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