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Best Assault Rifle loadouts for Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta

Call of Duty: Vanguard has a great selection of top Assault Rifles, so here are the best loadouts to improve your chances of success.

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A mean and accurate Assault Rifle is always a good source of fun in Call of Duty. Sledgehammer Games has made sure that players have several incredible guns to choose from, so here are the best loadouts for every Assault Rifle in Vanguard.

It’s another year, which means another Call of Duty game jam-packed full of guns competing with each other to come out on top.

Black Ops Cold War has beasts such as the Krig 6 and EM2 vying for supremacy, but turning back the clock to World War II changes the dynamic of the weapons. The Vanguard Beta has allowed players a chance to try out its ARs and see which they like best.

We have gone through each of Vanguard’s Assult Rifles and decided to rank them from worst to best.

Best AR in Vanguard Ranked List

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Here is our complete list of every AR in Call of Duty: Vanguard, taking into account all of their vital statistics, and how they feel.

Here is every Vanguard Assault Rifle ranked:

  1. STG44
  2. Volk
  3. BAR
  4. Itra Burst
  5. NZ-41

Best Vanguard AR loadouts

For a more detailed look into every Call of Duty: Vanguard Assault Rifle, we’ve gone through each gun and explained the logic behind their positions.

These ARs all have a use, and depending on your preferences, you could find that one works better than another.

5. NZ-41

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Of all the Assault Rifles on this ranked list, the NZ-41 seems to be the one that gets lost in the shuffle.

  • Muzzle: Quicksilver SIlencer
  • Optic: State Reflector
  • Stock: LOR Reinforced
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 6.5MM Arisaka 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

In many Call of Duty games, you’ll get weapons that don’t necessarily perform badly, it’s just that there are few redeeming qualities about them that make them desirable. The NZ-41 carries that vibe, despite its decent accuracy and firepower, and it’s not helped by some erratic recoil that doesn’t hold up to later weapons on this ranked Assault Rifle list.

4. Itra Burst

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Defying normal conventions with burst weapons, the Itra Burst fires 4-round spurts of deadly potential.

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Botti 300MM CXII
  • Optic: MK 3 Sunfilter
  • Stock: Botti DII Grip
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 8MM Jaeger 32 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: On-Hand

As is usually the case with burst weapons, the Itra Burst is a very risk and reward weapon with accurate players able to benefit greatly from it. Its main fault sticks out like a sore thumb, and it’s that you’ll only get five bursts to take down an opponent or two.

Thankfully, attachments can improve this drastically, making the Itra Burst a must-try weapon to see if it’s for you.

3. BAR

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s selection of Assault Rifles begins to vary with the top 3, and the BAR is the epitome of this.

  • Muzzle: A2 Flash Hider
  • Barrel: Chariot 18″ Rapid
  • Optic: Zeiss G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Chariot WR
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: .50 BMG 30 Round Mag
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Hardscope
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

Of all the ARs, the BAR seems to have the most noticeable impact at mid-to-long-range fights, which is supposed to be offset by its 20 round mag. As we know, the BAR can hold 30 rounds quite easily, and this helps to keep the BAR firing its strong rounds for longer.

Don’t expect to win every close-range skirmish though, but have confidence that the BAR can the job done.

2. Volk

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The initial reaction to the Volk has been more of a muted one because players need to hit the max Level Cap of 30 to be able to use it.

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 428MM 05V
  • Optic: State Reflector
  • Stock: Reisdorf 22V Adjustable
  • Underbarrel: MK6 Para
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 45 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Defender

The reality is that the Volk is really good, and its undisputed feature is its fire rate. It has the essence of an SMG within it but is still very much a powerful Assault Rifle in Vanguard.

The recoil may deter players, but as usual, if the Volk has the right attachments on it, it immediately becomes a force to be reckoned with.

1. STG44

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In the Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta, the STG44 has risen above the rest and impressed as the best Assault Rifle in the game.

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B
  • Optic: Zeiss G16 2.5X
  • Stock: VDD 27 Precision
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

Its recoil pattern is extremely easy to learn and only gets better once you start slapping some goodies on it. It can perform in any length of engagement and has enough firepower to not require you to be the world’s leading marksmen to kill with it.


There’s always a chance that Sledgehammer Games will alter the stats of these guns before the game’s release, so it’s worth having one or two guns in mind when deciding on what your main loadouts will be.

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Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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First Perk in CoD: Vanguard Zombies revealed

A Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies screenshot has confirmed one of the Perks that will be in the game and the design they’re going for.

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The official reveal of CoD: Vanguard’s Zombies mode has shown off many elements that players can expect, including a first look at one of the Perks – Stamin-Up.

The fun part of pre-game hype for CoD Zombies is wondering what new enemies we’ll see, the new Wonder Weapons, abilities, and of course – Perks.

Treyarch’s October 14 reveal of Der Anfang showed off a litany of terrifying new Zombies, a darker approach to the Zombies world, and even managed to sneak in a look at one of the Perks and its dispenser.

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When you think of Call of Duty Zombies Perks, you think of Juggernog, Speed Cola, Quick Revive, and Double Tap Root Beer. They are the original four Perks that introduced the concept to Zombies.

Since then, there have been many Perks that have had reoccurring roles in subsequent games, and one of these is the legendary Stamin-Up Perk.

It’s gone on to become one of the most important and critical Perks for long runs as the ability to sprinter faster and for longer is vital to escaping perilous situations.

Here is a sneaky glimpse of it in one of the official screenshots.

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The striking thing about the Perk is the absence of any discernible vending machines to purchase a can or bottle from.

It seems very much like a magical drink fountain that players will be able to gulp down a few mouthfuls of secret formula to get their sprint on.

As we get closer to Call of Duty: Vanguard’s release, more screenshots, and footage will be sure to uncover another Perk or two.


Also, make sure to check out all the hot information on Call of Duty’s RICHOCHET anti-cheat system.

Image Credit: Activision / Treyarch

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CoD Zombies players furious over no round-based Vanguard map at launch

Zombies fans have voiced their displeasure about Vanguard’s lack of a round-based Zombies map at the game’s launch.

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Despite Der Anfang shaping up to be one of the most intense and unique Zombies experiences ever, fans are unhappy that Vanguard will feature no round-based map at launch.

The Call of Duty Zombies experience is continuing as Treyarch develops the Dark Aether story in Vanguard. However, the debut map – Der Anfang – isn’t a traditional round-based map, and potential players aren’t happy.

Every CoD game that has had Zombies has always launched with round-based Zombies content, and this will mark the first time that a Call of Duty game hasn’t done this.

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Black Ops Cold War’s starting map – Die Maschine – was the perfect example of classic CoD, start in a confined space, slowly accumulate points from early rounds, buy doors, Perks, eventually Pack-A-Punch, and you’re off.

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Zombies portion of the game was revealed on October 14 with a tasty reveal trailer. But once Treyarch began to filter information through about Der Anfang, players became concerned.

“Why do they think we don’t want round based maps?” was the question posed by Reddit user Dreww_115, in response to Der Anfang not being a classic-style map.

They said: “With the vanguard map seemingly being like outbreak 2.0 and not a round based map I am left wondering why the developers think we don’t want a classic round based map.”

The question was counter-pointed by an articulate response pointing out the potential developing schedule of Treyarch: “You have misunderstood everything mate. It’s not a matter of what we want but a matter of what they can deliver with the hell of a schedule they have.”

He continued: “Activision made Treyarch release Cold War one year earlier and also made them make this year’s zombies mode too. They literally didn’t have the time to release a round-based map for launch.

This comment generated nearly 300 upvotes and it’s clear that this response has had some impact on players concerned for the future of Zombies.

It’s highly unlikely that Treyarch will ignore purely round-based Zombies content, and given that Vanguard will probably have a full-year cycle, we’d expect to see several of them.

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch

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CoD: Vanguard Zombies will feature fan-favorite World at War Zombies map

Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies’ latest reveal trailer may have hinted at a fan-favorite World at War map returning to the mode.

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The latest news on Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies revealed some exciting developments for a fan-favorite World at War map potentially returning.

Call of Duty: Vanguard isn’t too far away now, and players are beginning to get more information about its release, such as the new anti-cheat system and map when it is integrated into Warzone.

As we edge closer, it seems the developers have decided the time was right to release a new trailer for Vanguard’s Zombies mode in the spirit of Halloween.

The trailer didn’t just reveal information and details about the story direction, it also hinted at a fan-favorite map returning.

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Vanguard Zombies will launch with a new mode called “Der Anfang,” which is said to combine the classic round-based format with features seen in Black Ops Cold War‘s Zombies and some new innovative mechanics that haven’t been seen before in Zombies.

As we know, the mode will be created by Treyarch, but in the Vanguard/Modern Warfare engine, and it will carry on the Dark Aether storyline introduced in Cold War.

During the trailer, it’s clear that players will be going through rifts and traveling across various maps to complete challenges.

One of the maps the players in the trailer travel to is a classic from World at War, Shi No Numa.

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In Der Anfang, not only will players be battling hoards of Zombies in areas exclusive to Vanguard, but also the swamps of Shi No Numa, and who knows, maybe even more classic Zombies maps.

Shi No Numa is a great Zombies map to bring back into the Zombies mode for Call of Duty, allowing those new players to experience a classic map and giving those dedicated fans a nostalgia trip.

This particular map was one of the first that helped put Call of Duty Zombies on the map and become the global success it has been over the years, with Vanguard taking the franchise back to World War II and Treyarch leading the development of the game’s Zombies mode. Shi No Numa is a perfect choice for incorporating classic areas into the franchise’s latest game.

For more on Call of Duty: Vanguard, make sure you check out our piece on Warzone players being mad about the STG44’s visual recoil in Warzone Season 6.

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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