How to make Warzone 2 Sniper Rifles one-shot kill in Season 3 Reloaded: Best loadouts

Warzone 2 player using Victus XMR Sniper RifleActivision

Sniper Rifles are ideal for long-range fights in Warzone 2, and with the right loadout, certain attachments can down an enemy in a single bullet. Here’s how to make your Sniper Rifles a one-shot kill in Warzone 2 Season 3 Reloaded.

Warzone 2 has dozens of weapons to choose from, all of which excel in various different situations, from versatile Assault Rifles to close-range SMGs. But the community had been growing frustrated with the state of Sniper Rifles in the sequel, as they could no longer down an enemy with a single headshot at launch.

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Warzone 2 Season 3 brought back their one-shot capabilities, but only in certain situations and with the right attachments, and the feature has carried over into Season 3 Reloaded.

Here’s everything you need to know about to make Sniper Rifles a one-shot down in Warzone 2 Season 3 Reloaded, as well as the best loadouts.

How to make Sniper Rifles one-shot in Warzone 2

In order to gain the ability to one-shot enemies with a Sniper Rifle in Warzone 2, you’ll need to equip Explosive Ammunition to your weapon and land a headshot.

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In the Season 3 blog, the devs explained: “After testing in our Saint Patrick’s Day Event, we are adding One-Hit-Down Snipers to create added variety in combat playstyles. Bolt-action snipers equipped with Explosive Ammunition will be able to down enemies with one skill shot.”

Explosive ammo gives each Sniper the damage buff required to rip through a fully-plated enemy and knock them with one headshot. However, it also comes with some drawbacks, including a loss of bullet velocity which makes shots less precise over long distances.

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Intervention in Warzone 2Activision
The Intervention has quickly become one of the best Sniper Rifles in Warzone 2.

Which Snipers can one-shot in Warzone 2?

As mentioned in the blog, one-shot capabilities have only been granted to heavier, bolt-action rifles. At the time of writing four Sniper Rifles have Explosive Ammunition as an option; the MCPR-300, the Victus XMR, the Signal 50, and the new Intervention, also known as the FJX Imperium.

This means that for the time being, lightweight Sniper Rifles or Marksman Rifles like the SP-X 80 or EBR-14, will still require at least two shots to fully down a player.

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Here are the best one-shot Sniper Rifle loadouts currently in Warzone 2:

Best one-shot Sniper Rifle loadouts in Warzone 2

Best Warzone 2 one-shot Victus XMR loadout

  • Barrel: Executor 546
  • Optic: SP-X 80 6.6x
  • Stock: XRX Rise 50
  • Ammunition: .50 Cal Explosive
  • Rear Grip: Bruen Q900 Grip

Best Warzone 2 one-shot Intervention loadout

  • Barrel: Ceros 29″
  • Muzzle: FTAC Reaper
  • Laser: VLK LZR 7MW
  • Optic: SPX-80 6.6x
  • Ammunition: .408 Explosive

Best Warzone 2 one-shot MCPR-300 loadout

  • Barrel: 22″ OMX-456
  • Laser: FSS Ole-V Laser
  • Magazine: 5 Round Mag
  • Ammunition: .300 Mag Explosive
  • Optic: Forge Tac Delta 4

We’ll be sure to update this page with any new Sniper Rifles that receive one-shot capabilities in Warzone 2. For now, be sure to check out our other Warzone 2 guides:

Best Warzone 2 controller settingsBest Warzone 2 PC settings | How to ping enemies in Warzone 2 | How to use Proximity Chat in Warzone 2 | How to get a nuke in Warzone 2 |  | Best Assault Rifles in Warzone 2 | Does Warzone 2 have crossplay?

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