Best TAQ 56 loadout in Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2

Taq-56 Mw2 loadouts
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The best Warzone 2 TAQ 56 loadout makes it a strong Modern Warfare 2 assault rifle with a higher range and damage compared to the M4. It can be a little less versatile; with a tricky recoil to master that works best with precise firing over longer ranges, but it can still be deadly in any situation and definitely worth testing to see if it's 'the one' for you. 

It's basically a solid contender in both Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2. There's a reason the TAQ 56 appears in both our best Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 guns and best Modern Warfare 2 loadouts. While it might take some learning it's a devastating weapon to have in your collection. 

How to unlock the TAQ 56 in Modern Warfare 2 ans Waezone 2

Unlike a lot of the Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 assault rifles, the TAQ 56 can be acquired quickly. You just need to get to Level 19 to unlock it, which will come easily enough if you jump into objective-based game modes like Domination or Hardpoint, and make smart use of your Modern Warfare 2 Double XP tokens. Remember, attachments are shared universally with weapon classes, so you may need to use some other Warzone 2 or Modern Warfare 2 guns before you get access to the best options for this gun.  

Best Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2 TAQ 56 loadout

Modern Warfare 2 loadouts

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  • Muzzle: Komodo Heavy
  • Barrel: 17.5" Tundra Pro Barrel
  • Underbarrel: FTAC Tiger Grip
  • Stock: TV Cardinal Stock
  • Rear Grip: Demo Cleanshot Grip

The TAQ 56 has a manageable recoil, good range, and relatively high-damage output. Your TAQ 56 attachments should lean into its main strengths, namely accuracy and range. So the Komodo Heavy muzzle helps with some of that horizontal recoil, but if you feel like you need help on the vertical then swap in the FTAC Castle Comp barrel instead. We're running this build without an optic as it comes with a clear default iron sights, but if an optic is essential, consider swapping out the FTAC Tiger Grip Underbarrel attachment. Last of all the Demo Cleanshot Rear Grip will massively improve your sprint-to-fire and ADS speed. 

With the right build the TAQ 56 can easily rival the best M4 loadout in Modern Warfare 2 once you spend some time with it. In Warzone 2, where the big open spaces and longer sightlines suit an assault rifle with longer ranges, this powerful weapon is great for pushing positions and holding down locations and a force of nature in Al Mazrah.

Best Warzone 2 and Modern Warfare 2 TAQ 56 class build

  • Field Upgrade: Deployable cover 
  • Lethal: Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Flash Grenade
  • Base Perk 1: Battle Hardened
  • Base Perk 2: Scavenger
  • Bonus Perk: Resupply
  • Ultimate Perk: Ghost

You can be more flexible with a TAQ 56 class build depending on what you're hoping to achieve. For example, taking the Deployable Cover will give you space to breathe in a firefight, but could leave you short of ammunition.

For Perks, we're using Scavenger to help us avoid running out of ammo mid-fight and Ghost (which unlocks at MR 52) to help give additional viability in the late stage of a game. You don't need Overkill, as your secondary weapon should be our best P890 loadout in Modern Warfare 2. So we suggest taking the Scout Package of Perks in Warzone 2, as it grants Scavenger and Ghost while also providing Focus, which should help lay down accurate fire at longer ranges in the face of incoming bullets.

Given the aggressive nature of this class build, take whatever lethal you're most comfortable with. We like the Hand Grenade, although Semtex or Drill Charge will really help you push fixed targets and control the map. You could take Stim as your tactical to help refresh that Tactical Sprint, but the Flash Grenade is proving to be essential right now.  

Josh West
UK Managing Editor, GamesRadar+

Josh West is the UK Managing Editor of GamesRadar+. He has over 10 years experience in online and print journalism, and holds a BA (Hons) in Journalism and Feature Writing. Prior to starting his current position, Josh has served as GR+'s Features Editor and Deputy Editor of games™ magazine, and has freelanced for numerous publications including 3D Artist, Edge magazine, iCreate, Metal Hammer, Play, Retro Gamer, and SFX. Additionally, he has appeared on the BBC and ITV to provide expert comment, written for Scholastic books, edited a book for Hachette, and worked as the Assistant Producer of the Future Games Show. In his spare time, Josh likes to play bass guitar and video games. Years ago, he was in a few movies and TV shows that you've definitely seen but will never be able to spot him in.

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