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The Sykov pistol is one of the latest additions to the Call of Duty: Warzone weapon pool. Released just before Season 3, it nearly broke the battle royale for a brief spell. Thanks to its overpowered attachments and submachine gun-like stats, players abused the Sykov heavily in its first week of release.

Raven Software acted quickly, however, nerfing the pistol within a week. Instead of nerfing its stats though, the developers chose to nerf the popular attachments that players were running on it. In Season 3 of Warzone, the recommended loadout takes these nerfs into account but overall, not much has changed for the Sykov.

Best Sykov loadout in Warzone

Raven Software mainly nerfed the Sorokin 140mm Auto barrel and the Akimbo perk for the Skykov. Prior to the nerf, these attachments were the focal point of the Sykov’s top loadout. Players could run around Verdansk with two, 80 Round magazine pistols and mow down pretty much anyone.

While the Sykov is still capable of being a powerful weapon, it’s been slowed down a tad. The 80 Round Drum mags now feature 5% less movement speed, which also goes for the Akimbo attachment. The real kicker is when pairing Auto barrel with the Akimbo perk, damage is reduced by 25%. However, we still think it’s worth pairing these attachments together.

Best Sykov loadout in Warzone
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As such, the top loadout for the Sykov has been changed slightly as Season 3 launches.

  • Muzzle: Monolithic Suppressor
  • Barrel: Sorokin 140mm Auto
  • Laser: 5mW Laser
  • Ammunition: 80 Round Mags
  • Perk: Akimbo

There’s no huge changes in the loadout from Season 2 then. Making the Sykov fully auto with the Sorokin 140mm barrel is still imperative to the pistol’s success. While the damage loss from the Akimbo and Sorokin barrel combination is substantial, the time-to-kill of the Sykov is still great.

This loadout should still serve players well in Warzone Season 3.


Joey Carr is a full-time writer for multiple esports and gaming websites. He has 6+ years of experience covering esports and traditional sporting events, including DreamHack Atlanta, Call of Duty Championships 2017, and Super Bowl 53.


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