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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, as well as a ranked list from worst to best.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard allows players to choose from ten 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 nearly 40 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 ten 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. MK11 Launcher
  5. Top Break
  6. Panzerfaust
  7. Machine Pistol
  8. FS Fighting Knife
  9. 1911
  10. Ratt

Best Vanguard Launchers & Melee weapons 

5. 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.

4. 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. 

3. 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.

2. 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. 

1. 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.

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’s pre-season. Preferred weapons are always changing, so we’ll keep this list updated when new patches hit. Players can expect some weapon balancing to hit Vanguard in Season 1.

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

Image Credit: Sledgehammer Games

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Vanguard’s Double Barrel meta is over and players couldn’t be happier

Vanguard players are delighted following a recent nerf to the Double Barrel Shotgun that has limited “toxic players”.

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After weeks of torment, the Akimbo Double Barrel meta is finally over in Vanguard following a recent nerf and players are overjoyed with the change.

After Vanguard players requested a change to the overpowered Akimbo Double Barrel Shotgun for almost a month, their prayers were finally answered on January 20 as the weapons received a significant nerf.

Due to absurd range and damage output, players gravitated to the Shotguns resulting in a vicious circle of frustrated players. It hasn’t taken long for the community to notice drastic differences with Vanguard’s Multiplayer.

Double barrel shotgun in cod vanguard

Depending on your stance in the debate, the Akimbo Double Barrel Shotgun either helped improve your K/D ratio or completely ruined it. Even players who didn’t necessarily want to use this broken weapon were forced to do so in order to keep up with enemy players.

However, now that the Double Barrel is no longer as dominant, it seems some players are having a hard time adjusting to the nerf.

After weeks of prospering and abusing the Double Barrel shotgun, Reddit user Kalashcocknov expresses the joy that comes from watching “toxic” players revert to their old selves.

The post expresses how the noob-friendly Akimbo Shotgun catered to less experienced players and that these players are struggling to adapt to traditional CoD weapons.

The nerf to the Akimbo Double Barrel Shotgun has made it so the weapon is bound to be a less frequent option.

However, players are worried that those who loved the overpowered weapon will move to the Combat Shotgun, which has reemerged as the most dominant close-range weapon in the game.

Only time will tell if Shotguns will once again infuriate Vanguard players but for now, you can rest easy knowing the most broken weapon in the game has been dealt with.


For more Vanguard news check out a ranked list of the best Assault Rifles and SMGs in Vanguard.

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Vanguard players furious with “broken” Attack on Titan bundle

The highly-anticipated Attack on Titan bundle is leaving Vanguard players feeling frustrated with the unfinished product they purchased.

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Just one day after the release of the highly-anticipated crossover and Vanguard players are already frustrated with the “broken” Attack on Titan bundle.

There’s a ton of overlap between fans of both franchises therefore a crossover between brands checked a lot of conceptual boxes. However, early feedback from Vanguard players has been incredibly disappointing as they’ve highlighted major flaws with the cosmetics.

The Attack on Titan bundle already received its fair share of negative feedback prior to release due to the poor design of the Survey Corps Operator skin but some new flaws are leading players to claim the bundle as “broken”.

Attack on Titan bundle CoD

It didn’t take long for things to go sour with the Vanguard Attack on Titan bundle and given the fact that the bundle costs around $20 it’s easy to understand why players feel shortchanged. Paying customers expect a finished product and the bundle is clearly failing to deliver on this promise.

The bundle consists of one Operator skin, three weapon blueprints, three in-game animations, one emblem, one sticker, and one charm. Players have already called out the skin for its poor design and now it seems like two of the weapon blueprints and some animations are not working as advertised.

As you can see in the clip posted to the Vanguard subreddit, the weapon blueprints that advertise Orange Tracers actually boast lackluster “cartoonish muzzle flash.” Without the Tracers working as intended the weapon blueprints look and feel like half-finished products.

A separate post detailing issues with the bundle’s animations is additional proof that the bundle is broken “Dunno if it’s just me but the MVP highlight is broken, just shows every character beating someone with an invisible gun.”

Once again, the most significant selling point fails to work as intended. Without the iconic AoT blades, the MVP highlight animation is meaningless.

Ideally, the bundle would work as intended from the getgo instead of presenting an unfinished product to paying customers.

As this bundle isn’t cheap, costing players $20, hopefully Sledgehammer Games will look into these issues and ensure that they work as intended moving forward.


For more Vanguard news check out our guide to the best Assault Rifles in Vanguard as well as a ranked list of the best SMGs in Vanguard.

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Vanguard graphics glitch makes CoD Zombies “unplayable”

A new Vanguard graphics glitch appeared after the January 20 update, and it’s making CoD: Zombies “unplayable.”

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CoD: Vanguard’s January 20 update brought a new graphics glitch to the game, and players are frustrated as it has made the game’s Zombies mode “unplayable.”

Sledgehammer Games released a major Vanguard update on January 20 to address the game’s problems. This patch finally nerfed the Double Barrel Shotgun and fixed some frustrating glitches.

However, this update also brought some frustrating new issues for players to deal with. A new visual glitch has been ruining the graphics in Vanguard’s Zombies mode and making the game unplayable.

Vanguard Operator holding flamethrower in Zombies mode

Reddit user ‘SecretlyHiddenSelf’ showcased this glitch in the CoD: Vanguard subreddit. The image they posted showed missing textures in the game’s Zombies mode, with large polygons taking up most of the screen.

This isn’t the first time that Vanguard players have had to deal with frustrating graphics issues. The Redditor called these new graphical glitches “insane,” claiming that they’re making Zombies “unplayable.”

The commenters were equally frustrated with these texture issues and some of them came to the conclusion that this glitch is a result of the NVIDIA Drivers update on PC. So, they began looking for ways to fix it.

How to fix Vanguard Zombies graphics glitch

A few of the commenters in this thread stated that reverting the NVIDIA Drivers update on your PC will fix this graphics glitch. “If you’re on PC roll your NVIDIA Driver back to 497.29,” suggested one user.

You can get this done by going on NVIDIA’s website and manually choosing a specific driver version to download and install. If you already have the latest driver installed then you can simply uninstall it.

Ultimately, this is a game-breaking glitch that the developers will need to address soon. At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether or not they’re aware of the issue, but we’ll be sure to update you if they announce a fix.


For more Vanguard content, check out this Ranked mode that’s been confirmed for Vanguard Season 2 as well as the best SMGs to use in Vanguard’s multiplayer.

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