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Best CoD: Vanguard secondary weapons: Ranked list

Here are the best secondary weapons you can equip in Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 3, as well as a ranked list from worst to best.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 3 allows players to choose from fifteen specialized secondary weapons. We’ve sorted every secondary weapon into a ranked list, and revealed the best loadout for each one.

Call of Duty: Vanguard offers over 50 weapons to test and unlock. Players will have their hands full trying to figure out which weapons work best for them. If you’re hunting for the valuable Atomic mastery camo, chances are you’ll be testing each one of these weapons shortly. 

Vanguard Secondary weapons are split up into three categories: Handguns, Launchers, and Melee weapons. Depending on your playstyle, these categories will add distinct value to your game. Despite their unique uses, some of these weapons are better than others. We’ve ranked all fifteen of Vanguard’s secondary weapons from worst to best and included the best loadouts for each.  

Best Vanguard secondary weapon ranked list

Vanguard 1911 handgun secondary weapon

Thanks to Sledgehammer, almost all of the secondary weapons can be utilized successfully, but some are proving to be more useful than others. 

The following is a list of the best Call of Duty: Vanguard secondary weapons from worst to best.

  1. M1 Bazooka
  2. Klauser
  3. Panzerschreck
  4. Sawtooth
  5. MK11 Launcher
  6. Sledgehammer
  7. Top Break
  8. Panzerfaust
  9. FS Fighting Knife
  10. Ice Axe
  11. Skal Crusher
  12. Machine Pistol
  13. Katana
  14. 1911
  15. Ratt

Best Vanguard Launchers & Melee weapons 

10. M1 Bazooka

M1 Bazooka Vanguard

Each Launcher available in Vanguard can cause mass destruction, but subtle differences set them apart. The M1 Bazooka is the least forgiving and one of the heaviest of the bunch making it a subpar option.

9. Panzerschrek

Panzerschreck Vanguard

The Panzerschreck and M1 Bazooka are nearly identical. They both arm players with two rockets and force players to move slowly.

The Panzerschreck does slightly more damage thus making it more useful. 

8. Sawtooth

Sawtooth melee weapon Vanguard

The Sawtooth arrived via Tier 37 of the Season 1 Battle Pass but it failed to make its mark on Vanguard’s multiplayer.

Although the Melee weapon’s speed is fantastic, its accuracy is abysmal. If you miss your first swing you’ll certainly pay the price seeing as your next swing will not arrive in time to kill your enemy.

7. MK11 Launcher

MK11 Vanguard

The MK11 is without a doubt the most unique of the bunch thanks to its smaller size. Players can move around nicely with it and the trajectory of the rocket can be controlled at greater distances.

6. Sledgehammer

Junkyard Jet Sledgehammer in Warzone & Vanguard

The Sledgehammer was introduced in Season 3 as an unlockable melee weapon. The weapon is an ode to Vanguard developer Sledgehammer, and it definitely packs a punch in Vanguard.

It can truly erase players, but low mobility and range hold it back from being the best.

5. Panzerfaust

panzerfaust vanguard launcher

Although the Panzerfaust isn’t as efficient at taking down enemy Spy Planes as other weapons in its class, it certainly packs a punch against enemy players.

The Panzerfaust is more mobile than the M1 Bazooka, making it a great choice to clear out objectives such as Hardpoints or Domination flags. 

4. FS Fighting Knife

Vanguard Fighting Knife

The trusted FS Fighting Knife is a useful tool if used properly. Obviously, the major downside is the lack of range. However, if your playstyle encourages close engagements you’ll love this knife.

Not only does it dominate at close range but it gives a wonderful boost to movement speed when equipped. In game modes like Search & Destroy timing is everything, reaching a power position first by running with a knife in hand is a valuable trick.

3. Ice Axe

Ice Axe Vanguard

The Ice Axe melee weapon arrived later than anticipated after the weapon only appeared during the final week of Vanguard Season 2. You may have missed it due to the confusion, but it’s well worth your time to complete the Ice Axe unlock challenges.

What makes this weapon unique is the fact that it can chop down enemies up close and also be thrown to kill enemies at a distance as a throwing knife would.

2. Skal Crusher

Vanguard Skal Crusher

The Skal Crusher and Ice Axe are essentially the same weapons in Vanguard’s multiplayer. It also arrived at the very end of Season 2, and it can be used both as a traditional melee and a throwable object.

Having that versatility makes it one of the best melee weapons in the game as you can hit players from a distance given you’re accurate with the weapon. We’ve ranked it ahead of the Ice Axe for aesthetic purposes as the Norse look is rather unique.

1. Katana

Katana Vanguard weapon

The Katana has wreaked havoc since joining the fold in Season 1. This beautiful yet deadly sword offers the best range of any Melee weapon in Vanguard. In close quarters the Japanese longsword is one of the deadliest Secondary weapons available.

Vanguard players must get five kills with a Melee weapon in a single match 15 times to unlock the Katana.

Best Vanguard Handgun Loadouts

5. Klauser

Klauser handgun vanguard

Due to underwhelming movement speed, the Klauser is the worst Vanguard Handgun. The Klauser’s best feature is that it operates well at range. Although, players usually don’t use Handguns for long-range engagements. 

  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Fitzherbert 200MM BL
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Trigger Action: Rapid Action
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 12 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Quick

4. Top Break

Top break handgun vanguard

With the right loadout, the Top Break can be devastating, but it boasts the same frustrating rate of fire as the iconic Magnum it is modeled after.

You’ll have to be smart in judging when to use your shots as one miss can cost your life. 

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer 
  • Barrel: Wilkie W-4 Stub
  • Optic: Slate Reflector or None
  • Trigger Action: Rapid Action
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Proficiency: Quickscopre
  • Kit: Quick

3. Machine Pistol

Machine pistol handgun vanguard

The Machine Pistol is a great choice for extremely close-range encounters. It isn’t powerful but its rate of fire means it can eviscerate enemies up close. Distant targets should be avoided at all costs due to the high recoil and limited range of the Machine Pistol. 

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 140MM HE
  • Trigger Action: Steady Trigger
  • Magazine: 9mm 20 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Proficiency: Tight Grip
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

2. 1911

1911 handgun vanguard

The 1911 is a very well-rounded Handgun. The weapon is accurate and it can kill at most distances.

It doesn’t have any outstanding features but with no weaknesses to bring it down, it rises above the competition. If you’re looking for a steady Handgun, the 1911 will not let you down. 

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Cooper 6.5
  • Trigger Action: Rapid Action
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 18 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Taped Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Quick

1. Ratt

Ratt handgun vanguard

The Ratt is the top choice of secondary weapon in Vanguard. It checks all of the boxes by delivering hefty damage, being great at long-range and close-range, as well as offering little to no recoil when firing.

This weapon is devastating in the hands of an expert but it also lends itself well to new players. 

  • Muzzle: No. 3 Rifle Brake
  • Barrel: Empress 129MM B03TT
  • Trigger Action: Rapid Action
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 9 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Fleet
  • Kit: Quick

And those are the best secondary weapons and their loadouts for Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 3. Preferred weapons are always changing, so we’ll keep this list updated when new patches hit.

You can also check out our ranked list of the best SMG loadouts in Vanguard.

Image Credit: Sledgehammer Games / Activision

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How to unlock Valois Revolver in Warzone and Vanguard Season 5

Here’s how to unlock the new Valois Revolver in Warzone and Vanguard Season 5, which acts as both a knife and pistol.

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Vanguard operator using Valois revolver in Season 5

Call of Duty: Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 5 brings a brand-new revolver that doubles up as a knife, so here’s how to unlock the Valois Revolver.

Season 5 arrives on August 24, wrapping up the Vanguard and Warzone storyline ahead of Modern Warfare 2’s launch. Classic villains have returned, setting off Caldera’s volcano which teases a fiery end for the Pacific Warzone map.

Alongside the classic weapons from both the original Modern Warfare 2 and Advanced Warfare, players can unlock the new Valois Revolver. This “combination knife and revolver that acts as both a lethal melee weapon and a pistol,” will be a powerful choice alongside Warzone’s new Rage Serum Field Upgrade, so here’s how to unlock it.

How to unlock the Valois Revolver in Warzone & Vanguard

Warzone and Vanguard’s Valois Revolver arrives shortly after Season 5’s launch and can be unlocked through either a challenge or by purchasing the Store Bundle.

Here’s how to unlock the Valois Revolver in both multiplayer and Zombies:

  • In Multiplayer, get 15 Melee Kills
  • In Zombies, get 1,000 Eliminations using Pistols that have been Pack-a-Punched

Sledgehammer recommends that players take a Melee weapon into Season 5’s new Beheaded map, as it’s “a great map for closing the gap to your opponent.”

warzone and vanguard season 5 roadmap

Similarly, they suggest jumping into the new The Archon Zombies map, as you can “hit that Pack-a-Punch early.”

The devs describe the Valois as “a villain’s dream,” as it’s capable of Meleeing opponents in only one hit “while also holding six rounds in the chamber for extra versatility.” They admit the “damage isn’t remarkable” though, “but it’ll do the job against a fleeing or damaged opponent.”


For more on Vanguard and Warzone Season 5, be sure to check out how to play Modern Warfare 2’s beta, which arrives during the season.

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Vanguard Season 5 Zombies: The Archon map, Main Quest, gameplay improvements

Here’s everything coming to Vanguard Zombies in Season 5, including The Archon map, Main Quest, boss fight, and gameplay improvements.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 5, the last season before Modern Warfare 2, brings the final round-based Zombies map to the game. Here’s everything we know about The Archon map, as well as the new Main Quest and improvements coming to Vanguard Zombies in Season 5.

After the huge success of Black Ops Cold War Zombies, players were less-than-impressed with Vanguard’s Zombies offering due to its lack of classic features and divergence from the round-based format.

Season 5 arrives on August 24, and will be Vanguard’s final season ahead of Modern Warfare 2. This final update brings one more round-based Zombies map to the game with a new Main Quest and boss fight.

Here’s everything we know about the Vanguard Season 5 Zombies update, including the upcoming gameplay improvements.

The Archon map arrives in Vanguard Season 5 Zombies

menendez using EX1 in Vanguard Zombies

Vanguard Season 5 Zombies brings The Archon, a round-based reimagining of Season 2’s Terra Maledicta map.

Although the same play space we’ve seen before, Treyarch have upgraded the map with “the full suite of round-based Zombies mechanics, an updated visual style, new Dark Aether intel, and a slew of new secrets to uncover.”

It will have all of the gameplay mechanics you’d expect in a round-based Vanguard map such as “Perk Fountains, Altar of Covenants, Tome of Rituals, and the Pack-a-Punch machine.”

The Rampage Inducer, which appeared in Cold War Zombies and Vanguard’s Shi No Numa, will also return for players who want to crank up the pace.

Vanguard Zombies Main Quest easter egg & boss fight

Vanguard Zombies players fighting boss in The Archon

Treyarch have called The Archon’s boss fight at the end of the Main Quest the “crown jewel” of the Zombies map.

After completing a series of trials and objectives around The Archon, Zombies players will be tasked with fighting Kortifex, the Big Bad of Vanguard’s storyline. Treyarch said that “Rather than devoting valuable development time to additional features or more Covenants,” they prioritized the Kortifex boss fight which is “on a scale rarely seen in Zombies.”

The Main Quest will go live with The Archon’s launch on August 24th at 9 AM PT / 12 PM ET / 5 PM BST.

Is there a new Wonder Weapon in Vanguard Season 5?

No, there isn’t a new Zombies Wonder Weapon arriving with Vanguard Season 5’s The Archon.

Instead, Treyarch have added all three previous Wonder Weapons (Ray Gun, Wunderwaffe DG-2, and Decimator Shield) to the map. This is so they could devote more time to creating the “truly memorable boss fight.”

The Decimator Shield has seen some tweaks though, which are detailed in the gameplay improvements section below.

Vanguard Season 5 Zombies gameplay improvements

Vanguard Zombies player using EX1 in The Archon

Although the full Vanguard Season 5 patch notes aren’t out yet, Treyarch released a couple of the Zombies changes coming to the Decimator Shield and Covenants:

  • After reducing the Decimator Blast’s cooldown from 90 seconds to 60 seconds, we’re cutting the remaining timer in half, allowing players to deploy the Decimator Blast every 30 seconds.
  • Decimator Blast damage has been buffed against Sturmkriegers and Zaballa the Deceiver, making Egypt’s legendary Wonder Weapon even more formidable.
  • In response to player feedback, the full selection of all three Covenants will now refresh with each round at the Altar of Covenants, instead of every three rounds.

Stay tuned, as we’ll drop every Zombies gameplay change and bug fix here when the full patch notes drop ahead of the update.


Vanguard Season 5 also brings classic weapons from both MW2 and Advanced Warfare, as well as classic Call of Duty villains.

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All Vanguard & Warzone weapons arriving in Season 5

Here are all of the weapons coming to both Call of Duty: Vanguard & Warzone Pacific in the Season 5 update.

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Vanguard and Warzone Season 5 weapons

Vanguard and Warzone Season 5 Last Stand will bring five new weapons to both games as players get set to experience the end of a Call of Duty era.

Anticipation for Vanguard and Warzone Season 5 is on the rise after Activision confirmed that it would be the final season for both games. A new season’s roadmap always reveals the exciting new content that will be available to players once the update goes live and Season 5 is no different.

Thanks to the Season 5 roadmap we know that Last Stand will see the return of classic Call of Duty villains as well as new weapons to unlock. Here’s a look at the new weapons that will be making their way to Warzone and Vanguard Season 5.

Every new weapon in Warzone and Vanguard Season 5

Vanguard and Warzone Season 5 will see the devs stick to a similar formula while also trying out some unique concepts. Players won’t be surprised to discover that a brand-new post-launch SMG will enter the fold during Season 5.

Warzone Vanguard Season 5 EX1 and RA 225

Despite this expected discovery, the devs have decided to break the mold by delivering the EX1 Energy Rifle. There currently isn’t a weapon in either game quite like it, so it will be interesting to see how it fits in.

The EX1 and RA 255 will be available at the start of Season 5 on August 24, while the Valois Revolver is expected shortly after. Meanwhile, the BP50 and Lienna 57 will arrive with the midseason update.

EX1 Energy Rifle

This new Season 5 weapon is unique in that it leaves ballistics behind in favor of a battery system that powers its energy beams. The EX1 is a prototype weapon that shoots red beams and it is said to be effective at long-range.

While you’ll never run out of ammo, the weapon does exhibit a cooling-off period after a charge is depleted. This cool-down essentially acts as the EX1’s reload mechanism.

It’s going to be interesting to see the weapon’s attachments and how they improve the EX1’s attributes. According to the devs, “its Gunsmith potential is impressive, with options for every scenario.”

Menendez and Al-Asad in Warzone Season 5

RA 225 SMG

If the RA 225 is anything like the Vanguard SMGs that came before it, then it is destined to rise to the top of Warzone’s close-range meta. The Welgun, Armaguerra 43, H4 Blixen, and Marco 5, all had their time in the Warzone spotlight.

While little is known about the weapon, the devs have emphasized its lightweight design, mobility, and fast fire rate. Usually, when an SMG is lightning quick, it doesn’t pack the hardest punch, but we’ll have to wait and see if this is the case for the RA 225.

It does have some upward kick that players are going to have to get used to, but with the right attachments, this shouldn’t be an issue.

Valois Revolver Vanguard Warzone Season 5

Valois Revolver

The Valois Revolver is yet another unique addition in Season 5 thanks to its ability to act as a melee weapon and a pistol. This hybrid weapon is sure to take many enemies by surprise.

The six bullets it could hold and low damage output should prevent it from dominating either game but the ability to eliminate players with a one-shot melee attack will be a clever tactic to exploit.

BP50 & Lienna 57 Assault Rifles

While Season 5 is the final major content release for Warzone and Vanguard, players can still expect a midseason update to arrive. Warzone and Vanguard Season 5 Reloaded are set to deliver two new weapons to the games.

The weapons arriving with the midseason update are the BP50 and Lienna 57. Interestingly enough, it seems the BP50 is modeled after Modern Warfare 2’s F2000. Both weapons are Assault Rifles, which means Warzone’s long-range meta could be in for some drastic changes.

There you have it, those are the five new weapons coming to Vanguard and Warzone Season 5 Last Stand.


For more, check out how Warzone players were shocked to discover a game-changing Redeploy Balloon trick or our guide to turning off crossplay in Vanguard and Warzone.

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