Best Warzone 2 marksman rifle

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Warzone 2 marksman rifle
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November 24, 2022: Some marksman rifles are proving popular in Warzone 2. Scroll down to find the best one to use.

The best Warzone 2 marksman rifle is already a hot topic of conversation as players prepare to drop into Call of Duty's latest battle royale offering. The weapon category first introduced in 2019's Modern Warfare makes a return and acts as a hybrid between an assault rifle and a sniper.

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Some feature incredible damage and mobility while others score hitmarkers on a regular basis preventing them from making an impact on the ever-changing metagame. Effective in the majority of scenarios, it's tricky to determine which is the best to use.

Before we take a closer look at the best Warzone 2 marksman rifle, check out our guides containing early information on the Warzone 2 meta and all there is to know about the Warzone 2 season 1 update.

What is the best Warzone 2 marksman rifle?

S Tier SP-R 208 SA-B 50

Although the battle royale isn't out for another few days, we've already seen gameplay from a variety of content creators getting their hands on the game ahead of time. While may opt for ARs and SMGs, the most popular marksman rifles are the SP-R 208 and the SA-B 50.

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The bolt-action rifles feature incredible power capable of eliminating an opponent with a single bullet along with impressive mobility that creates plenty of versatility. As Season One progresses, we'll continue to update our list.

Warzone 2 marksman rifle tier list

S Tier SA-B 50 SP-R 208
A TierLockwood MK2
B TierEBR-14 LM-S
Z TierTAQ-M

While the SP-R and the SA-B sit at the top of the list, they're closely followed by the Lockwood MK2 which shares several similarities to the top tier. However, the lack of damage sees it slip into A tier.

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The next tier contains the EBR-14. The semi-automatic rifle packs a deadly punch but the high levels of recoil are extremely difficult to control in long-distance combat. The same applies to the LM-S.

Sitting at the bottom of the list is the TAQ-M. Despite its incredible damage, it's almost impossible to control.

Warzone 2 player holding SP-R 208 marksman rifle
Credit: Activision

How many marksman rifles are in Warzone 2?

There are a total of six marksman rifles to use in Warzone 2. Each possesses a range of qualities and drawbacks but the two in our top tier are the only viable options to use as part of a loadout.

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We expect the number of marksman rifles to increase as Infinity Ward adds new weapons to the arsenal. Once they appear, we'll compare and contrast them against the current crop and reveal if they're worth using.

When does Warzone 2 season 1 start?

Season One of Warzone 2 kicks off on November 16, coinciding with the launch of the battle royale. Alongside the marksman rifles, there are plenty of weapons to master alongside a map packed with new areas to explore.

That's everything there is to know about the best Warzone 2 marksman rifles. For more on the battle royale, check out our guides showcasing the best Warzone 2 SMG and the latest intel on Warzone 2 double XP events.