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Best Automaton loadout for CoD: Vanguard

Here’s everything you need to dominate with Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Automaton Assault Rifle, including loadout attachments and Perks.

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The Automaton has already proved itself to be one of the best Assault Rifles in CoD: Vanguard, so here are the best loadout attachments and Perks to maximize its potential.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is here, offering players seven Second World War Assault Rifles to master. The Automaton has already been considered one of the best ARs in the game thanks to its incredible accuracy and fire rate.

We’ve got the best attachments and Perks to use with the Automaton, as well as how to unlock it so you can start effortlessly beaming enemies across the multiplayer maps.

Best Vanguard Automaton loadout attachments

Best Vanguard automaton loadout
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Anastasia Sniper
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: ZAC Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 8MM Klauser Rifle 50 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Leather Grip
  • Proficiency: Frenzy
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

To start, the F8 Stabilizer muzzle and M1941 Hand Stop combined will offer a great boost to your accuracy, reducing the bloom mechanic. Next, we’ve added the Anastasia Sniper barrel and Lengthened ammo to greatly improve the weapon’s bullet velocity and range.

The optic choice is down to preference, but we like the precision accuracy of the G16 2.5x. But if you’re looking for something for closer range, the Slate Reflector is perfect.

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For ammunition, we recommend the 8MM Klauser Rifle 50 Round Mags. These have a lot of positives and negatives, but the boost to magazine size, damage range, and velocity makes the Automaton even more powerful. If you struggle with the negatives, we recommend sticking with the 6.5MM Sakura 45 Round Mags.

All of these attachments significantly slow down the Automaton, so we’ve added the ZAC Skeletal and Leather Grip to combat this. You’ll have a super-fast strafe speed, and you’ll still have a competitive ADS speed.

And for the Proficiency and Kit, we’re opting for Frenzy and Fully Loaded, respectively. Frenzy is an incredibly effective tool, as you’ll immediately start recovering health after getting a kill. And you’ll run out of ammo quickly with the Automaton, so Fully Loaded is a solid choice.

Best Perks to use with the Automaton

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  • Perk 1: Ninja
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel
  • Perk 3: Demolition

Ninja is an excellent choice for Perk 1. After feedback from the Beta, Sledgehammer Games reintroduced the classic Perk which reduces your footstep audio. You’ll be able to dart around the map almost silently, getting the drop on unsuspecting enemies.

For Perk 2, Forward Intel is absolutely the best option. YouTuber JGOD called it “completely broken” because it shows you exactly where an enemy has spawned. Controlling the map has never been easier, as you’ll know exactly where enemies are coming from.

And finally, Perk 3 is a little bit more open. We’re fans of Demolition, which gives you an extra Grenade and shows you exactly where it’s going to go. If you’re pushing an objective or Hardpoint, you’ll be able to perfectly bank shot the ‘nade into the room.

How to unlock the Automaton in Vanguard

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The Automaton is unlocked at Rank 8, so you’ll get your hands on it soon after unlocking Custom Loadouts.

To unlock and level up the Automaton as fast as possible, you can check out our guide on how to rank up fast in Vanguard.

Best alternatives to Vanguard’s Automaton

If the Automaton isn’t your cup of tea, we recommend using the STG44. It’s the first Assault Rifle you’ll unlock and is an incredibly powerful choice. But if you want something for close-range fights, the MP40 is also super versatile.


And that’s everything you need to dominate with the Automaton in Call of Duty: Vanguard!

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JGOD reveals Vanguard weapons you need to rank up before Warzone Pacific Caldera

Call of Duty expert JGOD has revealed the 10 weapons he think will make up Warzone’s meta when Pacific Caldera releases.

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Warzone’s new Pacific Caldera map will release in a matter of days, and players are already thinking about a possible weapon meta. Call of Duty expert JGOD has been doing the same thing and picked out 10 weapons players should rank up before December 8.

Vanguard has now been out for almost a month, and players have been unlocking and ranking up weapons ever since. We already know that Vanguard’s weapons will be added to Warzone, meaning players can use them on the new Pacific Caldera map.

Warzone’s meta regularly changes, and we expect Vanguard Season 1 to bring an enormous change. Now, CoD expert JGOD has picked out 10 guns he thinks players should rank up before the update.

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The YouTuber has used a few key characteristics to come up with this list: fire rate, ease of use, recoil, and magazine capacity to determine damage-per-mag. While some weapons may have a great time-to-kill, they may fall short in one of the sections above.

JGOD mostly picked out SMGs as weapons to level up, as their fast rate of fire makes them extremely viable. Of course, some assault rifles also made the list, while he also picked out some LMGs to use too.

JGOD’s 10 Vanguard weapons to level up for Warzone

The 10 Vanguard weapons you need to level up are:

  • Automaton
  • Volk
  • PPSH-41
  • Sten
  • M1928 Tommy
  • Type 100
  • MG42
  • DP27
  • Type 11
  • G-43
  • 1911
  • Machine Pistol

In terms of weapons that JGOD would prioritize, the Automaton seems like a good shout to become a meta weapon, as it has a high rate of fire, low recoil, and the biggest magazine size in its class.

Of course, we’ve seen in the past that guns that do well in multiplayer don’t necessarily perform in Warzone, so be prepared to see a shock weapon dominate the meta.


In the meantime, check out our best Vanguard guns ranked list to make sure you’re using the most powerful weapons in the game.

Image Credits: YouTube – JGOD / Activision

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How to fix CoD: Vanguard Dev Error 5537

Vanguard players are frustrated with the Dev Error 5537 which is crashing the game, and here’s how you can fix this problem.

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Dev Error 5537 is a particularly frustrating glitch that is keeping Call of Duty: Vanguard players from enjoying the game, and here’s how you can get around this error code.

CoD: Vanguard brought plenty of fun new content after its release on November 5, but players have also reported a few problems such as overpowered killstreaks and teleporting Attack Dogs.

There is also an error code that many fans have encountered known as dev error 5537, which is crashing the game and frustrating the Vanguard community. However, there are a few ways to get around this problem.

How to fix CoD: Vanguard dev error 5537

Polina Petrova in Vanguard

CoD: Vanguard players encounter the dev error 5537 while changing their Operator’s appearance in the multiplayer menu. When this happens, the game crashes without saving the changes to the outfit.

It’s unclear why this happens and Sledgehammer Games have yet to implement an official fix for this glitch. The good news is that there are different methods you can use when trying to fix this error.

Verify the CoD: Vanguard game files

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If you encounter this error in Call of Duty: Vanguard on PC, then the problem could be that one of the game files is corrupted. You can figure out if this is the case by verifying the game files.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch the Battle.net client
  2. Select Vanguard, and head to Options
  3. Click Scan and Repair
  4. Wait for the scan to finish

If the game files are corrupted then you can implement the fixes recommended by the scan, although this could happen automatically. Once that’s done, restart the game and see if the error remains.

Update the graphics driver

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You might be seeing this error message because the Operator skins menu is too much for your system’s graphics driver. In order to get around this problem, you should try updating it and then playing again.

Here’s how to update the graphics driver:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy
  2. Run the software, and select Scan Now
  3. Wait for the scan to complete
  4. Install the crommended updates
  5. Restart CoD: Vanguard

Avoid changing your Vanguard Operator’s outfit

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If all else fails, you can just avoid altering your Operator’s outfit appearance and wait for Sledgehammer Games to implement a proper fix for the problem in a future update patch.

This isn’t the most convenient option so hopefully, the other methods will have resolved the issue for you. The developers will need to look into Dev Error 5537 and come up with a proper solution.


For more Vanguard, check out our guides on CoD Vanguard’s biggest post-match mystery finally answered and frustrated Vanguard players demanding the return of powerful Trophy System Field Upgrade.

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New Vanguard Zombies trick lets players rank up weapons incredibly fast

CoD: Vanguard players have discovered a neat trick that lets you earn a ton of weapon XP quickly in the game’s Zombies mode.

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CoD: Vanguard Zombies is a great place to earn weapon XP so that you can level up your weapons, and a few players have discovered a trick that lets them do this quickly.

When you hop into CoD: Vanguard, you can level up your weapons by earning XP as you play. Vanguard Zombies is a great place to earn a ton of weapon XP quickly by killing various undead foes.

However, leveling up your weapons can take a while and players are always looking for ways to speed this up. Now, a few fans have found a trick that lets them earn weapon XP quickly in Vanguard Zombies.

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Vanguard Zombies trick to level up weapons fast

Reddit user justanotherguy_171 highlighted this trick in CoD: Vanguard subreddit. It involves loading into a game and playing for a couple of minutes before leaving. Then you can into Vanguard Zombies to repeat this.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Hop into a game of Vanguard Zombies
  2. Eliminatie all the zombies in starting spawn
  3. Enter a “Transmit” portal and take out all 21 zombies
  4. Leave the game and rejoin to repeat these .

This will let you earn approximately 2,000 weapon XP in just a couple of minutes of playing. You can keep repeating this process to earn about 60,000 an hour and even more during Double XP weekends.

Vanguard’s primary weapons have 70 levels and you take around 150,000 XP to complete. This can several hours and players have previously complained about the “ridiculous” slow weapon XP leveling in the game.

This neat trick will help speed up that process quite a bit. Call of Duty data expert JGOD JGOD, who has maxed out all his Vanguard weapons, has also made use of this strategy in Vanguard.

This tactic will be extremely useful when trying to unlock the Atomic camo, so be sure to try it out the next time you hop into the game to earn some serious weapon XP quickly.


For more Vanguard, check out our guides on CoD Vanguard’s biggest post-match mystery finally answered and frustrated Vanguard players demanding the return of powerful Trophy System Field Upgrade.

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammmer Games

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