Best Weapons In Call of Duty Mobile Season 1 (2023)

Season 1: Reawakening is nearing release and comes with several weapon balance changes that look to mix up the Call of Duty: Mobile meta. Thankfully, you can check out the best guns here.

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Check out the best guns in Call of Duty: Mobile Season 11: Ultimate Frontier. | © Activision Blizzard

In Call of Duty: Mobile, a new year means a reset of the season counter, with players readying themselves for the release of Season 1: Reawakening.

A new season means a lot of things, and in the case of Season 1, we can expect a brand-new light machine gun in the shape of the Dingo, a new battle pass and ranked series, and perhaps most importantly, a round of weapon balance changes.

These weapon balance changes are quite unlike anything we have seen before. All-in-all, nineteen weapons are being buffed, with very few nerfs to speak of, a situation that is sure to make a huge impact on the COD: Mobile meta.

With all these changes, it can be difficult to know which guns are the best of the bunch, but thankfully, help is at hand. Below we list the best gun in each weapon class, also giving our reasons for why this is the top-tier pick heading into Season 1.

Best Weapons In COD: Mobile Season 1

There are nine categories of weapons in COD Mobile, they are:

  • Secondaries (pistols, melees, rocket launchers)
  • Shotguns
  • Submachine guns (SMGs)
  • Assault rifles (ARs)
  • Light machine guns (LMGs)
  • Marksman rifles
  • Sniper rifles

Below, we look at each category and decide the best in each - giving you a great idea of what guns to specialize in and what ones are best left on the ground.

Many of the guns listed below will be great out the gate, but others may perform best when certain attachments are available to you.

To get access to all the attachments, you will need to level up the guns. Check out our guide on leveling up weapons fast in COD: Mobile to speed up this process.

Best Secondary In COD: Mobile Season 1

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The MW11 was buffed in Season 9 and is now a great secondary. | © Activision Blizzard

Since its debut in Season 6, the L-CAR 9 was our choice of secondary, but that changed with the release of Season 9.

That is when the MW11 came to the fore; always a solid choice, the weapon balance changes introduced in Season 9 saw its accuracy greatly increase, and it has become our most trusted sidearm.

As a semi-automatic, its fire rate is as fast as you can click, and with a wealth of attachments available, you can customize the gun to your heart's content.

Heading into Season 1, it is still the secondary we will be running with.

Honorable mentions: L-CAR 9, .50GS, Katana.

Best Shotgun In COD: Mobile Season 1

A Call of Duty: Mobile screenshot featuring the R9-0 shotgun.
The R9-0 can drop opponents quickly and with a minimum of fuss. | © Activision Blizzard

The R9-0 is a mix between a semi-auto and pump-action shotgun, which gives it the ability to fire more than one shot before it has to be rechambered.

This quick firing mechanism makes it extremely deadly; if you don't land a perfect first shot, you can quickly back it up with a more dialed-in second.

Its high round magazine and myriad attachments make it versatile in a way few other shotguns can compete, with the KRM-262, which is very similar to the R9-0, the only true competitor in the COD: Mobile Season 1 meta.

Honorable mentions: KRM-262, BY-15, HS0405.

Best SMG In COD: Mobile Season 1

A Call of Duty: Mobile screenshot featuring the CBR4 sub-machine gun.
The CBR4 retains the top spot in the SMG class. | © Activision Blizzard

Let's get it out of the way; the best submachine gun in Season 1 is still the CBR4 - despite buffs to some other contenders.

This gun has been dominating the COD: Mobile meta for the past year, and in Season 1,

it's as good as ever, boasting an extremely fast fire rate, huge magazine, and little-to-no recoil.

If your playstyle is about closing the gap and reigning down lead, the CBR 4 is the way to go.

Honorable mentions: PPSh-41, MAC-10.

Best AR In COD: Mobile Season 1

A Call of Duty: Mobile screenshot featuring the M13 assault rifle.
The M13 takes the top spot in the battle of the ARs in Season 1. | © Activision Blizzard

There have been several changes in the assault rifle class heading into Season 1, with the KN44 and HVK-30 receiving huge buffs.

However, they won't be enough to dislodge the M13 from the top of the assault rifle tier list, especially when - to our utter disbelief - the gun has received some buffs of its own.

Heading into Season 1, the M13 has an improved reload and ADS time, as well as reduced flinch, which, coupled with its already stellar performance, makes it an even more formidable weapon.

Honorable mentions: AK117, Peacekeeper MK2, Kilo 141.

Best LMG In COD: Mobile Season 1

A Call of Duty: Mobile screenshot featuring the Holger 26 light machine gun
The Holger 26 LMG is the best one currently in COD: Mobile. | © Activision Blizzard

When it comes to the light machine gun class, it is hard to look past the Holger 26.

Buffed heading into Season 9, the Hades saw its damage output, effective range, and bullet spread improved. At its base level, it also sports a huge 100-round LMG, making it an absolute monster in the right hands.

With few changes to other LMGs heading into Season 1, we expect the Holger 26 to continue as the LMG of choice.

Honorable mentions: Hades, Chopper, S36.

Best Marksman Rifle In COD: Mobile Season 1

No real changes to the marksman class heading into Season 11, which means the SKS continues to dominate this class.

A Call of Duty: Mobile screenshot featuring the SKS marksman rifle.
The SKS continues to be the best marksman rifle in COD: Mobile. | © Activision Blizzard

The SKS has long been a popular weapon in Call of Duty, and in COD: Mobile, it is no different.

This marksman rifle is capable of one-shot kills when hitting headshots and two-shots when hitting the upper body, so if you like to keep your opponents at arm's length, there are few better options.

Honorable mentions: SVD.

Best Sniper Rifle In COD Mobile Season 1

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The DL Q33 takes its place back at the top of the sniper class. | © Activision Blizzard

Has there been a gun in COD: Mobile as dominant across a longer period of time than the DL Q33 sniper rifle? The CBR 4 may take issue with that, and the other notable sniper rifle, the ZRG 20mm, did arrive with a bang, but neither of them has had quite the longevity of the DL Q33 - a favorite of casuals and pros alike.

One of few guns in the game that can one-shot opponents, the DL Q33 is the sniper's sniper. Deadly accurate and with a relatively high fire rate, if you can consistently land your shots, there are few equals.

With very few changes to the sniper class heading into Season 1, the DL Q33 remains the top choice.

Honorable mentions: ZRG 20mm, XPR-50.

That's it for our best guns in COD: Mobile Season 1. For more from everyone's favorite mobile shooter, check out: