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Best controller settings for CoD: Vanguard Beta

Here are the best controller settings for Call of Duty: Vanguard to help you maximize your accuracy, movement, and aim assist.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard offers controller players a ton of customization to perfect their aim and movement, so we’ve got the best settings you can use on Xbox, PlayStation, and PC in the Beta and full release.

The first weekend of Vanguard’s Beta has concluded, with the second weekend launching for Xbox and PC players on September 16. As Vanguard is on the same engine as Warzone, many of the controls will carry over. Aiming, movement, and more will all feel similar, so it should be a smooth transition to the latest title.

Here are the best settings to maximize your aim and movement while playing in Vanguard’s Beta and the game’s full launch on November 5.

Best Vanguard controller settings

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Basic Controls

  • Horizontal Stick Sensitivity: 7
  • Vertical Stick Sensitivity: 7
  • ADS Sensitivity Multiplier: 0.9
  • Button Layout Preset: Tactical
  • Flip L1/R1 with L2/R2: If you play with claw grip or want faster button press time, you should turn this On
  • Invert Vertical Look (On Foot): Off
  • Aim Response Curve Type: Dynamic
  • Controller Vibration: Off

Getting the best sensitivity is really up to you and your preferences. We recommend starting around 7, and messing around with it until you find the perfect sensitivity.

And we highly recommend the Tactical Button Layout Preset as it binds your crouch/slide button to the right thumbstick. This allows you to slide-cancel, crouch, and go prone without taking your thumb off the stick.

Gameplay

  • Target Aim Assist: On
    • Target Aim Assist Mode: Default (Vanguard)
  • Airborne Mantle: Manual
    • Grounded Mantle: Off
    • Automatic Ground Mantle: Off
  • Automatic Sprint: Automatic Tactical Sprint
  • Sprint Cancels Reload: Off
  • Weapon Mount Activation: ADS + Melee
  • Weapon Mount Movement Exit: On
    • Weapon Mount Exit Delay: Short
  • Depleted Ammo Weapon Switch: On

For Target Aim Assist, setting it to ‘On’ will have the same feeling as Warzone and Modern Warfare, which is a huge benefit if you’re coming from those games.

Tactical Sprint returns in Vanguard, and unfortunately, repeatedly pressing it will quickly wear out your controller. To counter this, we recommend using Automatic Tactical Sprint to preserve both your controller and thumb.

And there’s nothing worse than accidentally mantling an object or wall, so we’ve set Airborne Mantle to Manual, so you’ll only do so when intending to.

Action Behavior

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  • Slide Behavior: Tap
  • Aim Down Sight Behavior: Hold
  • Equipment Behavior: Hold
  • Steady Aim Behavior: Hold
  • Interact/Reload Behavior: Prioritize Reload
  • Automatic Fire Behavior: Hold

Advanced Controls

  • ADS Sens. Multiplier (Steady Aim): 0.90
  • Stick Layout Preset (Default):
  • ADS Stick Swap: Off
  • L2 Button Deadzone: 0
  • R2 Button Deadzone: 0
  • Left Stick Min Input Deadzone: 0 (then increase as required)
  • Right Stick Min Input Deadzone: 0 (then increase as required)
  • Left Stick Max Input Deadzone: 99
  • Right Stick Max Input Deadzone: 99

Deadzones are entirely dependent on your controller. Depending on how old it is, you may have some stick drift. You should set your Deadzone to 0, then incrementally increase it until the stick drift is gone.

Advanced Gameplay

  • Auto Move Forward: Off
  • Door Bash Interaction: Automatic
  • Quick Satchel Charge Detonation: Off

Best Vanguard Aim Response Curve

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Like Warzone, Vanguard has separate Aim Response Curves so you can fine-tune your aim. Here’s a breakdown of the three types of Aim Response so you can make an informed decision:

  • Standard: Simple power curve map from aim stick to aim rate. When you initially aim, there will be a slight delay in speed when the stick is pressed all the way in a specific direction.
  • Linear: Removes initial speed delay when the stick is pressed all the way in a direction. More for aggressive, fast movements at the cost of precision.
  • Dynamic: Hybrid system between linear and standard for fine aim rate control. Your aim will speed up slightly when initially moving the stick.

Standard will suit the majority of players as it has the classic Call of Duty feel, suiting both long-time or new players well.

However, Dynamic allows for finer control over your aim, making those micro-adjustments for long-range fighting much easier. If you’re a confident player, we highly recommend learning Dynamic.

Best Vanguard Aim Assist Type

Call of Duty: Vanguard characters fighting in battle

Aim Assist is vital for controller players, and Vanguard allows you to choose from four different types.

  • Default (Vanguard): Traditional aim slowdown near the target. A wider area where your aim will slow around an opponent. This is the same Aim Assist used in Warzone too, so will feel familiar.
  • Precision: Strong aim assist slowdown that only kicks in when close to an enemy player. Only use this option if you’re a skilled and accurate player. The slowdown area is minimal and casual players will not like this.
  • Focusing: Strong aim slowdown that kicks in when narrowly missing targets. If you’re new to Call of Duty, this is your best bet to improve on a controller.
  • Legacy (Black Ops): Alternate aim slowdown near target. If you play more Cold War than Warzone, Legacy will feel more familiar to you.

For the Aim Assist Type, we only really recommend using Default or Legacy. No matter if you’ve been playing more Cold War or Warzone, one of these options will feel natural to you.

Best Aim Assist for sniping & quickscoping in Vanguard

Polina sniping in Call of Duty Vanguard

Call of Duty’s sniping is one of the many aspects that made the franchise what it is today, and quickscoping is just as powerful in Vanguard. With these settings, you’ll be able to hit faraway targets and quickscope up close.

For Aim Response Curve, we recommend Dynamic. This allows you to make the fine adjustments needed to nail those headshots and quickly transition between targets when quickscoping.

And for Aim Assist Type, there’s not much reason to deviate from Default or Legacy. However, if you feel you could do with some extra control, it’s worth trying out Precision.

Does FOV affect Aim Assist in Vanguard?

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Although not included in the console Beta, Sledgehammer has confirmed that Vanguard will include a field of view (FOV) slider on consoles.

Increasing your FOV gives a huge advantage in allowing you to see much more of what’s in front of you, but also shrinks everything to fit more into your view. This can make hitting far-off targets much more difficult.

Warzone has settings to combat this, and Vanguard should follow suit. By having Scale Aim Assist with FOV set to Enabled, your Aim Assist will feel consistent, no matter your field of view.

How to find the best Vanguard controller settings

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As you’ll be playing Vanguard in its Beta, this provides a stress-free environment to mess around with your settings and find the best for you. Just hop into a game and spend some time finding your preferred sensitivity.

In the full release, we recommend jumping into a Private Match and battling bots to find the perfect settings. Once the game releases, we’ll include the best map, mode, and settings for you to practice and experiment with.


Also, be sure to check out the best controller settings for both Black Ops Cold War and Warzone!

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Best Kar98k loadout for CoD: Vanguard Beta

The Kar98k is a lightning-quick Sniper Rifle in Call of Duty: Vanguard, so here’s the best loadout with Perks and attachments to fit.

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Call of Duty: Warzone players will be instantly familiar with the Kar98k Sniper Rifle, and it’s now back in its natural habitat in World War II. So we’ve assembled an excellent class for you to gear up and dominate with, so here’s our best Kar98k Vanguard loadout.

With the level of variation and accessibility in CoD: Vanguard’s maps, there will be plenty of opportunities for players to snipe.

If the 3-Line doesn’t take your fancy, or you want to default to a recognizable gun, then the Kar98k should do the trick nicely. It’s a rapid rifle with plenty of firepower, so here’s how you can make it a formidable beast in Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Beta.

Best Vanguard Kar98k loadout

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Best Vanguard Kar98k Gunsmith loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: MK. 2 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 560MM LWS03K
  • Optic: M1913 Variable 4-8x
  • Stock: Short Stock
  • Underbarrel: Heavy Foregrip
  • Magazine: 8MM Jaeger 3 Round Mag
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Shrouded
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

For the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout, we will slap on the MK. 2 Stabilizer as it peps up the weapon’s range. To complement the muzzle, the Krausnick 560MM LWS03K gives us what we’re looking for with a healthy ADs boost while not sacrificing other stats too much.

Our ideal optic is available early on in the M1913 Variable 4-8x as it gives us two valuable options to switch between with ease, and given that we want a lot of speed for the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout, the Short Stock negates a lot of that ADS time while boosting movement speed.

The Heavy Foregrip is perfect for quickening spring-to-fire time to get your eye down that sight faster when using the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout. The 8MM Jaeger 3 Round Mag reduces the ammo capacity slightly but boosts ADs and reload quickness. The Subsonic rounds keep you mostly minimap-free when firing.

Attaching the Fabric Grip boosts our vital speed stats more so. Shrouded is an OP proficiency that can reduce sniper glint, and to finish off, Fully Loaded gets us one starting bullet back per mag.

Best Perks to run with Kar98k class

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  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: High Alert
  • Perk 3: Overkill

Ghost will possibly be the most selected Perk in all of Call of Duty: Vanguard as it can effectively shield you from Spy Planes, Field Mics, and Enemy Intel.

We’ve opted for High Alert for the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout as sniping is fun and a sneaky practice, but if you’re taking enemy players out, they’ll be hunting you. High Alert will inform you that you’ve been seen and perhaps give you a second or two to retreat before your Killstreak is ended.

Finally, Overkill is a necessity for a Sniper Class such as this one. No matter how good the Kar98k is, you’re going to get into some sketchy situations out on the battlefield, so you’ll need a solid AR or SMG to swap to quickly.

How to unlock the Kar98k

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Like other weapons in the Call of Duty: Vanguard beta, most players have not had the chance to line up some headshots with the Kar98k as it’s not unlocked straight away.

With the knowledge that most Warzone players main a Kar as their Sniper Rifle, Sledgehammer Games decided to make the Kar98k a Level 26 unlock for Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Best alternatives

If sniping and long-range gameplay isn’t your style, or you need a great gun to make Overkill worth it, then we have some options besides the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout.

The Volk is another fast and furious choice weapon selection for players to choose, or if you want something quite solid overall, the MG42 slays as well.

And that’s the best Vanguard Kar98k loadout you can run! Be sure to check out all of the other weapons, Perks, and Killstreaks in the Beta.

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CoD: Vanguard Field Upgrades list: Dead Silence, Armor & more

Here are all of the CoD: Vanguard Field Upgrades currently in the game, including new pieces of equipment and some fan favorites.

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CoD: Vanguard will continue the tradition of field upgrades, and here is a list of the ones available for players to dominate their enemies with in-game.

As far as loadouts go in Call of Duty, players can take an awful lot with them onto the battlefield. In addition to two firearms, players can mix and match three perks and two pieces of equipment.

On top of that, CoD: Vanguard is once again allowing the use of Field Upgrades. These are a unique third piece of equipment that operates on a cooldown. Where players have a limited number of lethal and tactical equipment, Field Upgrades are limitless and give players various bonuses.

Here are all of the CoD: Vanguard Field Upgrades currently known.

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CoD: Vanguard Field Upgrade List

As of right now, there are only five known Field Upgrades in CoD: Vanguard. More upgrades could be added later or when the game releases. For comparison, Warzone and Cold War currently have seven Field Upgrades.

Supply Box

The classic Field Upgrade, Supply Box, returns in Vanguard. The player throws down a box of Ammo and Equipment for themselves and their teammates to stock up. The box explodes when shot. This Field Upgrade has a fast recharge rate.

Armor Plates

Armor Plates function exactly as they do in Warzone. Using this Field Upgrade allows players to take a few more hits before going down. Armor Plates have a fast recharge rate.

Goliath

A new Field Upgrade, Goliath, is a small remote-control bomb that players can drive like the RCXD. Players can drive this tank-like bomb for 30 seconds before it explodes, or they can detonate it early. The Goliath has a slow recharge rate.

Field Mic

The Field Mic operates as a stationary UAV that covers a minimal area. Players who pass through this area will be marked on the map briefly. The Field Mic has a slow recharge rate.

Dead Silence

Another classic Field Upgrade, Dead Silence, allows you to move without making any noise. This buff only lasts for a few seconds but should be long enough for you to flank your enemies without being detected. Dead Silence has a fast recharge rate.

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Those are all of the CoD: Vanguard Field Upgrades that are in the game currently. However, there will likely be more to come in the future. Although, players aren’t too happy with some of the ones we have now.

For more Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out these leaked details about the new Zombies map, and stay tuned for more news and guides.

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CoD: Vanguard leak reveals insane number of camos for each weapon

a Call of Duty: Vanguard leak has revealed the type of challenges and amount of camos available for each weapon, and it’s pretty impressive.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard will introduce various changes to the franchise’s beloved Multiplayer, one of which seems to be a crazy amount of weapon camos.

Call of Duty: Vanguard has enjoyed its final weekend of the Multiplayer Beta, which officially ends September 21. Not only have players be able to get to grips with the new gameplay, but players have also been able to provide the developers with feedback.

Having said that, players weren’t able to explore the weapon camos on the Beta, but recent leaks have revealed some pretty exciting details.

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Although the game is set to release on November 5, players already have a decent idea of what to expect on launch, thanks to the Multiplayer Beta and the recent leaks surrounding the game’s Zombies mode.

Now, thanks to renowned Call of Duty leaker ZestyCODLeaks, some pretty interesting details surrounding camos in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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The leak claims that Vanguard will have “an ASTOUNDING 245 camos PER GUN.” This is an unprecedented number when it comes to Call of Duty Camos, and it’s by far the most seen in the Multiplayer experience, if it’s true.

Using the STG-44 and MG42‘s code in the Vanguard files, Zesty has worked out that each gun will have around 245 camos.

The leak also suggests that there will be Mastery, CDL, and perhaps even Zombies camos for every weapon in Vanguard.

Lastly, Zesty also revealed the type of challenges players can expect to be doing when trying to unlock this insane amount of camos.

Like previous Call of Duty games, players will be doing challenges like crouch kills, assists, and kills with no attachments. However, some new challenges in the mix will take advantage of the Point Blank mechanic, which allows players to shoot out of cover.

That’s all for this CoD: Vanguard camos leak. For more, check out all of the Vanguard Ammo Types players can use to dominate their enemies.

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