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

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

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Our COD: Mobile submachine gun tier list breaks down the best SMGs in Season 8. | © Activision Blizzard

Submachine guns (SMG) have been dominating the Call of Duty: Mobile meta in recent months, with the CBR4, MAC-10, and the PPSh-41 proving too hot to handle.

And as we head into Season 8: Train to Nowhere, that doesn't look like changing, with the PPSh-41, once again, receiving a buff, with the gun's horizontal recoil being reduced.

Other SMGs under the microscope include the MX9 and HG40, meaning the weapon class's power rankings are in flux. But who comes out on top, and what SMGs are best left on the ground? Our SMG tier list for COD: Mobile Season 8 aims to answer that.

COD: Mobile Season 8 - SMG Tier List

In a broad sense, SMGs are great for close-quarters combat, excelling up to, and including, medium range. With low-calibers and light bodies, SMGs offer little recoil and an extremely quick time-to-kill (TTK). Most also have plenty of available attachments that allow you to buff their weaknesses or 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.

In total, there are 20 SMGs in COD: Mobile Season 8, up one with the inclusion of the Switchblade X9, which was introduced this season.

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.


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There is a "new" SMG in town. | © Activision Blizzard
  • CBR4
  • PPSh-41
  • MAC-10

The subject of yet another buff, the PPSh-41 can definitely mix it with the two guns that currently dominate the COD: Mobile meta: the CBR4 and MAC-10.

All three of these SMGs possess fast fire rates and minimum recoil, and picking between them will come down to preference, though the CBR4 is probably still the most well-rounded of the bunch.

The MAC-10 is for those that really do like to get up close, while the PPSh-41 can be equipped with attachments that make it handy at longer ranges. The CBR4 offers a sweet spot between the both of them.


  • KSP 45
  • MSMC
  • Switchblade X9
  • GKS

Two of the newest SMGs find themselves in the A-tier, though they perform very differently from each other.

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

On the other hand, the Switchblade X9 is from the MAC-10 school; small, lightweight, and fast-firing, though it doesn't quite pack the same punch as the latter.

The GKS is 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. A buff heading into Season 8 makes it even more powerful.


  • RUS-79U
  • HG40
  • Cordite
  • QQ9
  • Fennec
  • ARG .556
  • PP19 Bizon
  • MX9

Plenty to choose from in the B-tier and a few new entries because of some recent buffs, including the HG 40 and MX9.

The MX9 looks particularly powerful, with increased damage offering up 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 and one which has qualities across the board. If you are wanting 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


  • Razorback
  • PDW
  • QXR
  • Pharo

The interesting one here is the Pharo. This fast-firing SMG has many fans, though, in early tests, it looks like it is quite a different gun come Season 8.

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The Pharo was an impressive weapon, but that is in question in Season 8. | © Activision Blizzard

Its damage range has been noticeably reduced, though it does have improved recoil control. Hard to judge at the moment, but at the moment, it drops down a tier.


  • Chicom

Buffed heading into 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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