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
- Best Vangaurd Aim Response Curve
- Best Vanguard Aim Assist Type
- Best Aim Assist for sniping & quickscoping in Vanguard
- Does FOV affect Aim Assist in Vanguard
- How to find the best Vanguard controller settings
Best Vanguard controller settings
- 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.
- 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.
- Slide Behavior: Tap
- Aim Down Sight Behavior: Hold
- Equipment Behavior: Hold
- Steady Aim Behavior: Hold
- Interact/Reload Behavior: Prioritize Reload
- Automatic Fire Behavior: Hold
- 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.
- Auto Move Forward: Off
- Door Bash Interaction: Automatic
- Quick Satchel Charge Detonation: Off
Best Vanguard Aim Response Curve
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
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
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.
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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?
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
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.
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Best BAR loadout for CoD: Vanguard Beta
With manageable recoil, underrated firepower, and tremendous accuracy, here’s how to get even more out of the BAR in CoD: Vanguard.
The BAR is another classic World War II gun that has featured in multiple Call of Duty. It returns in stunning fashion in the Vanguard Beta, and our best loadout will apply the ideal Perks and attachments to increase its viability.
The Browning Automatic Rifle, or BAR for short, is an iconic weapon in FPS games as the gun is an interesting hybrid of Assault Rifle and LMG. It only holds 20 rounds, but its power and precision can allow it to take aim at several people at once.
Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Beta has several weapons all competing to be the main meta weapon, and the qualities of the BAR ensure that it’s in the conversation.
- Best Vanguard BAR attachments
- Best Perks for BAR in Vanguard
- Unlocking the BAR in Vanguard
- Best alternatives to the BAR in Vanguard
Best Vanguard BAR Gunsmith loadout attachments
- 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
The A2 Flash Hider is great for reducing vertical and horizontal recoil and won’t take too long to unlock. There are several different ways you can go with the barrel, but we’ve opted for the Chariot 18″ Rapid to increase its fire rate by 25%.
A solid optic is the Zeiss G16 2.5x as the BAR has awesome range, and this will help you make the most of its capabilities. Whereas the Chariot WR recovers a lot of the lost recoil from equipping the Chariot 18″ Rapid.
Attaching the M1941 Handstop works wonders for the BAR’s recoil, the .50 BMG 30 Round Mag lets you hold 10 more bullets and massively increases firepower, and Lengthened ammo will give a huge buff to bullet velocity and effectively increase the weapon’s speed.
The favorite Stippled Grip returns to boost the gun’s vertical and horizontal recoil, Fully Loaded is good in case your ammo supplies run low, and Hardscope is great for concentrated fire, especially with 30 rounds in a mag.
Best Perks to run with Vanguard BAR
- Perk 1: Ghost
- Perk 2: Radar
- Perk 3: Overkill
Ghost will be selected by many in Call of Duty: Vanguard as it can effectively shield you from Spy Planes, Field Mics, and Enemy Intel, and is too valuable to pass up.
How to unlock the BAR in Vanguard
The BAR is a weapon that all players so try out to see if they can get the most out of it in Call of Duty: Vanguard.
With several hours or so of the Beta under your belt, you should be able to reach Level 18 that is required to use it.
Best alternatives to Vanguard BAR
And that’s the best BAR loadout you can run in Call of Duty: Vanguard! Be sure to check out all of the other weapons, Perks, and Killstreaks in the Beta.
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CoD: Vanguard Killstreaks list: V2 Rocket, Attack Dogs & more
Call of Duty: Vanguard has taken Multiplayer back to Killstreaks, bringing back some fan-favorites, as well as introducing some new ones.
Call of Duty: Vanguard has some great Killstreaks to obtain for those good enough to be rewarded for their effort. Let’s take a look at all of the Killstreaks that players will be earning.
The Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta was officially extended to September 22, allowing those on all consoles to get more time with the Beta and ultimately express their opinion and give feedback to the developers.
With that being said, many players were happy with the return of killstreaks, giving players that classic Call of Duty Multiplayer feel to the game.
Let’s take a look at all of the killstreaks currently available in Call of Duty: Vanguard.
Although some players weren’t too happy with certain Field Upgrades, overall, the feedback for the Vanguard killstreaks has been primarily positive.
A portion of CoD players seem to feel that Vanguard killstreaks mean players will play less of the objective. However, many others love that Killstreaks reward those with enough skill to take enemies down without dying, rather than getting killstreaks from simply capturing a flag.
In theory, Vanguard killstreaks will be less prevalent than scorestreaks, as scorestreaks were more common due to the ease of playing the objective rather than going on a meaningful killstreak.
With that being said, let’s take a look at all the Vanguard killstreaks, as well as what it will take to get them.
List of Call of Duty: Vanguard killstreaks
- Intel – 3 Kills
- A personal radar for the player, allowing them to see enemies closeby.
- Care Package – 4 Kills
- A classic, randomly drops a Killstreak into the map.
- Spy Plane – 4 Kills
- Otherwise known as a UAV, allow you and your team to see enemy red dots on the mini-map.
- Counter Spy Plane – 4 Kills
- This will prevent the enemy team from using their mini-map
- Glide Bomb – 5 Kills
- A remote controlled bomb that players can drop on unsuspecting enemies.
- Deathmachine – 5 Kills
- A huge minigun that does serious damage.
- Mortar Barrage – 5 Kills
- Set bombs to drop on a marked location.
- Warmachine – 7 Kills
- An explosive grenade launcher.
- Flamenaut – 9 Kills
- Similar to a Juggernaut, but this time with a Flamethrower.
- Attack Dogs – 10 Kills
- Release dogs into the map to terrorize and rip the enemy to shreds for a period of time.
- V2 Rocket – 25 Kills
- Not available for selection, but awarded to anyone who can achieve a 25 killstreak.
Players can select three Vanguard killstreaks before a match and will need to level up to unlock them all.
Often players will select killstreaks that they will not obtain every game, so depending on your playstyle, make sure you are choosing Vanguard killstreaks you will be able to earn consistently unless you’re going for a high killstreak, of course.
Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games / Activision
Call of Duty: Vanguard Ammo types and what they do
Players will be able to utilize various kinds of ammo types in Call of Duty: Vanguard to give them different bonuses to dominate their enemies.
Call of Duty: Vanguard players will have an assortment of different ammo types they can equip to their weapons to make them even more powerful.
We’ve received a lot of information on Call of Duty: Vanguard recently, especially the Multiplayer mode. As well as details on what weapons to expect and how the Create-a-Class system will work, players finally have information on the different ammo types.
Just like the suppressors working slightly differently in Vanguard, Call of Duty’s next installment will also host a variety of Ammo types for weapons, which alter the nature of the weapon’s projectiles.
Here is the latest information on the Call of Duty: Vanguard ammo types.
Call of Duty: Vanguard ammo types
A Call of Duty blog revealed some details ahead of the Vanguard Beta to give players a head start and an idea of what to expect. As well as details on the maps and modes available, we also got information on attachments for weapons.
One of the most exciting attachments is the Vanguard Ammo types, as they can completely change a player’s playstyle and the nature of their weapon’s bullets.
Ammo is one of the core areas of weapons that players can customize to a great degree in Call of Duty: Vanguard. This customization includes “How large a weapon’s magazine is, how fast an Operator can reload with it” and more. There are also sub-statistics like penetration and concealment that allow Vanguard ammo types to give players different bonuses.
You can find all of the Call of Duty: Vanguard ammo types currently known below:
- FMJ – increases bullet penetration through surfaces
- Lengthened – increases bullet velocity
- Subsonic – keeps players off of enemy minimaps when they fire
- Frangible – increases flinch dealt, delays enemy healing, and hitting enemy legs slows movement
- Armor Piercing – increased damage against vehicles and killstreaks
- Incendiary – adds incendiary damage
- Hollow Point – removes damage penalty when hitting limbs
Players were able to upgrade weapons in the Champion Hill Alpha, and some did notice how their bullets seemed to take on an explosive lighting effect.
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There was also a Deathmachine with explosive rounds, so perhaps we will see a similar attachment for weapons in the Beta. We will continue to update this hub with more Vanguard ammo types as they are revealed.
We’ll have to wait and see precisely how these attachments will shape up when the game releases on November 5. For now, check out our article on players being unhappy about the killstreaks.
Image Credits & Source: Sledgehammer Games / Activision / Call of Duty
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