COD Mobile SMG Tier List Season 8 (2023): All Submachine Guns Ranked From Best To Worst

What is the best SMG in Call of Duty: Mobile Season 8 (2023)? Our tier list reveals all.

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Here are the best SMGs in COD Mobile that you can use in Season 7. | © Activision Blizzard

Submachine guns (SMGs) have dominated the Call of Duty: Mobile meta for the best part of a year, with the CBR4, MAC-10, and the PPSh-41 proving too hot to handle.

And while the CBR4 and MAC-10 have been nerfed several times in recent months, with CBR4 getting nerfed even in Season 8 - they have stubbornly remained the best SMGs in the game.

Will that be the case in Season 8: Error 404? To help answer that, we have created an SMG tier list, ranking each from best to worst.

COD: Mobile Season 8 - SMG Tier List

In a broad sense, SMGs are great for close-quarters combat, excelling up to medium range. With low calibers and light bodies, SMGs usually offer little recoil and an extremely quick time-to-kill (TTK).

Most also have many available attachments that allow you to tailor them to your play style.

For several seasons now, SMGs have been the subject of weapon balance changes, with many underperforming guns getting buffs to give greater parity across the weapon class. That means in Season 8, there are plenty of viable SMGs to choose from.

Update: We made changes on September 18, 2023.

In total, there are 23 SMGs in COD: Mobile Season 8. The most recent addition is Stiker 45, which was introduced in Season 7: Heat Wave.

Our SMG tier list will rank the guns from S (the best) to D (the worst) and explain why they've found themselves where they are.


  • CBR4
  • PPSh-41
  • MAC-10
  • GKS

The CBR4 never really came out of the S-tier because, despite its recent nerfs, it's still one of the best SMGs in the game. A high fire rate coupled with little recoil makes it the proto-typical SMG.

In Season 2, its reload time has increased, while the movement speed boost when using the YKM Light Stock has been reduced. Not enough to truly dent its incredible power.

Coming in second is the recently buffed MAC-10, which saw its damage range increased heading into Season 11. This fast-firing SMG is perfect if your play style is to duck and dive out of cover and get as close as possible to your opponent.

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The PPSh-41 is a top-tier SMG. | © Activision Blizzard

Coming in third is the PPSh-41, which was buffed in the Season 8 weapon balance changes and has proven a top-tier SMG since. Accurate up to the medium range, with low recoil and a high base magazine capacity, the Soviet-era weapon can dominate any lobby.

A newer addition in the S-tier is the GKS, which was buffed in Season 2. A favorite of pro players because of its low TTK, though your ability to get the same utility out of it will depend on your skill level.


  • Striker 45
  • OTs 9
  • KSP 45
  • MSMC
  • Switchblade X9
  • Fennec
  • ARG .556
  • HG40

The A-tier is particularly populated after the Season 11 weapon balance changes, which buffed a number of SMGs.

The KSP 45 is unlike most other SMGs; its burst fire mode and impressive range make it a great gun for mid-range gun fights - you just have to make sure you land those shots.

KSP 45 loadout
The KSP 45, with its burst-firing action, is a good SMG for those that like to play at medium range. | © Activision Blizzard

On the other hand, the Switchblade X9 is from the MAC-10 school of SMGs, small, lightweight, and fast-firing. However, it doesn't pack the same punch as the MAC-10, relegating it to the A-tier.

The MSMC was tweaked back in Season 9 with its first range damage increased, but its first range decreased. This means that you will want to close the gap between you and your opponent, certainly more than you previously would have - a good SMG, especially with the right attachments.

The RUS-79U, Fennec, HG40, and ARG .556 all retain their place in the A-tier.


  • LAPA
  • Cordite
  • QQ9
  • PP19 Bizon
  • MX9
  • Razorback
  • PDW-57

Plenty to choose from in the B-tier, including the recently buffed HG 40 and MX9 and the weapon class's latest addition, the LAPA.

The MX9 is particularly powerful, with increased damage offering more consistent four- and five-shot kills.

The HG40 also received big buffs to its damage range, and it now excels in medium-range duels, offering up a different profile of weapon than is usual in the class.

It is worth mentioning the PP19 Bizon, a very easy-to-use gun with qualities across the board. If you want a jack-of-all-trades, this is the one for you.

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The PP19 Bizon is a jack-of-all-trades SMG and very easy to use. | © Activision Blizzard

Also buffed back in Season 11, the Razorback and PDW-57 keep their place in the B-tier.


  • QXR
  • Pharo

The most interesting SMG here is the Pharo, which was given a rework heading into Season 8.

Pharo 3
The Pharo has its fans, but you need to know how to use it. | © Activision Blizzard

Its damage range has been noticeably reduced, though it does have improved recoil control. It's now much more like a MAC-10, and again, if you like to get up real close, this is a decent option.


  • Chicom

Buffed back in Season 8, there is still little reason to pick up the much-derided Chicom. Drop it the first chance you get.

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