The M16A4 is a burst-fire assault rifle that is one of the most deadly weapons in XDefiant, with its best loadout equipped.

Burst-fire weapons are hit and miss when it comes to first-person shooters. They're either incredible or lackluster. The M16A4 is definitely on the incredible side of things, especially when you set up its best loadout in XDefiant.

Let's go over everything you need, from attachments to the Factions, to make this burst-fire assault rifle as deadly as can be.

The best loadout for the M16A4 in XDefiant

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We put this XDefiant M16A4 loadout, like all the others we've shared, to the test ourselves. It's a powerful weapon that we think you'll enjoy if you want to put up high kill or even high objective scoring games.


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Just like all other weapons in XDefiant, you can only assign five attachments. You don't even have to level it too far to make this loadout possible. Reach level 19 and you can start assembling it:

  • Muzzle: Barrel Extender
  • Front Rail: Angled
  • Optics: Reflex
  • Rear Grip: Leather-Wrapped Grip
  • Stock: Padded

The M16A4 already does solid damage. You can take out enemies with two bursts to just about anywhere on their person. This one, however, makes a full burst to the head an instant kill up to 15m. Anything further than that or in the body will require additional shots.

You'll also notice a buff to the accuracy. Mobility gets a nice increase, too, so you can take on enemies quickly and from any range. There is hardly any recoil unless you're firing from a super long distance across the map.

Secondary weapon

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We recommended something snappy and powerful for your secondary weapon. To help out with the best M16A4 loadout in XDefiant, you should go with the D50.

This Desert Eagle has a surprisingly fast rate of fire, along with big damage output. If you're caught in a bind, swap to your sidearm and take your last stand.


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This loadout for the M16A4 in XDefiant is all about damage output. You're going to rack up a ton of kills, so pair it with a Device to help accomplish that goal.

The Sticky Grenade allows for precision placement without bouncing around or being cooked like a Frag. If you're anything like us, you can stick it to an enemy and watch as they try to run away right into their own teammate. That's a double kill.

Best Factions to use with this XDefiant M16A4 loadout

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With our of our loadouts for XDefiant, we've given you three Factions that work best. The same goes for the M16A4 here. Go with the following to maximize the burst rifle's power:

  • Cleaners: Fire damage is always a plus in XDefiant. You're looking at the Incinerator Drone here to put fire on the ground and the Passive Trait to deal burn damage with the shots you land. Chipping away at enemy health is a surefire way to get kills with the M16.
  • Libertad: High kill games mean you probably should avoid dying a ton. That kind of defeats the purpose. There's no better way to stay alive in XDefiant than with the Libertad Faction's abilities. You can heal yourself and those around you to keep on fighting and gaining eliminations.
  • Phantoms: The Phantoms defensive capabilities cannot be understated. They get a base health increase as their Passive Trait, and their Mag Barrier is perfect for objective modes. Place it down in the direction of the enemy team and you're guaranteed a few kills and some OBJ points.

Utilize this M16A4 loadout in XDefiant and you'll see your Average Skill Rating skyrocket.

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