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Best CoD: Vanguard MP-40 loadout for Season 1

The MP-40 has already proven to be a standout loadout choice in CoD: Vanguard, so here are the best attachments and perks to run with it.

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Arthur Kingsley using MP40 in CoD Vanguard

Vanguard took the Call of Duty franchise back to its WW2 roots, and the classic MP-40 SMG has already set itself apart as one of the game’s top weapons. Here’s everything you need to dominate opponents, including attachments, perks, and more.

Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 1 brings brand new content to the game, including the Cooper Carbine and a fresh Battle Pass.

Despite the new content and weapons, the MP-40 remains one of, if not the strongest SMG in the game. With the right attachments, you can take down enemies at both short and long-range. Luckily, we’ve got everything you need to create the best MP-40 class, with attachments, perks, and alternatives if you don’t like it.

Best Vanguard MP-40 Gunsmith loadout attachments

MP40 in Call of Duty Vanguard's gunsmith
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317MM 04B
  • Optic: Krausnick ISO1M or Slate Reflector (preference)
  • Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 9MM 24 Round Fast Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Quick

The Gunsmith returned to Call of Duty: Vanguard, this time allowing you to add a whopping ten attachments to your weapon. These include Ammo Types, Proficiencies, and Kits – which essentially act as Weapon Perks.

First, you should add the Recoil Booster and Krausnick 317MM 04B barrel. Together, these will be a major help in recoil control, weapon handling, and also accuracy, while a massive boost to fire rate will make the MP40 as deadly as possible.

For Optics, it’s entirely down to your own personal preference. Some players prefer the classic MP40 iron sights, but others would rather the precision of an optic. The Krausnick ISO1M is a solid choice as it increases ADS speed.

MP40 in Call of Duty Vanguard's campaign

Then, we’re going for the Carver Foregrip underbarrel as it will help players control the weapon seeing as it boasts considerable kick when firing.

For Ammunition, the 9MM 24 Round Fast Mags are a solid choice. Despite reducing magazine capacity the increase to reload speed is much needed as you’ll encounter waves of enemies. For Ammo Type, Lengthened increases bullet velocity, making far-off targets easier to hit and reducing its time to kill.

In order to make the MP-40 fire as accurately as possible, we’ll opt for the Stippled Grip which increases recoil recovery and initial accuracy, making targets of all distances easy to hit.

The Brace Proficiency provides improved initial accuracy which will make your first few shots all the more impactful. Finally, the Quick Kit increases your sprint speed, which is perfect for an SMG loadout.

Best Vanguard MP-40 Perks & Equipment

Perks in Call of Duty Vanguard
  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Tactician
  • Secondary: 1911
  • Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Field Upgrade: Armor

Ghost returns in Vanguard but does not follow the Cold War model. It’s only active while you move, but it remains a powerful choice when Spy Planes are overhead.

Next, we’ve opted for the Radar Perk. Vanguard includes Modern Warfare’s minimap which doesn’t show enemy gunfire on the minimap. However, Radar gives you the classic minimap, revealing enemies when they fire an unsuppressed weapon.

And finally, Tactician is a great choice for Perk 3. Anyone who played Modern Warfare or Warzone will be familiar with this as it acts the same as Restock, continuously resupplying your Lethal and Tactical equipment.

In terms of equipment, we suggest the Stim as your Tactical, as it will allow you to replenish your health and Tactical Sprint in an instant while you fly around the map. Field Upgrade is a little more tricky, but we think Armor is a good shout, as it will let you absorb a few more bullets when charging at enemies.

How to unlock the MP-40 in Vanguard

Player using MP40 in Call of Duty Vanguard

The good news is that it doesn’t take long to get your hands on the MP-40, as it unlocks straight away, ready to start customizing when you unlock Custom Loadouts at Level 4.

Players can gain XP towards unlocking the SMG by completing matches and earning kills. We suggest using any Double XP tokens you have early on so you can add weapons to your inventory quickly.

You can also use the MP-40 straight away in Warzone Pacific, meaning you won’t need to level up before making a custom class with it.

Best alternatives to Vanguard MP-40

If you’re looking to stick within the SMG class, we suggest trying the Welgun or PPSH-41. These are both viable, but still aren’t quite as good as the MP-40, so keep that in mind.

If you’re looking for something with a little more range, grab the STG-44, which is proving to be the most versatile weapon in Vanguard.


Now that you have the best MP-40 class in the game, make sure to maximize your game and give yourself an advantage over your enemies with the best FOV and controller settings.

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Vanguard players demand major changes to “unplayable” spawn system

Vanguard players are frustrated with the game’s spawn system and are urging the devs to make some major changes.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard fans are claiming that the squad spawn system makes the game “unplayable” and they want Sledgehammer Games to get rid of it altogether.

Vanguard players have their fair share of complaints with the game’s spawn system. The unpredictable nature of this mechanic has led to it being labeled as the “worst” in Call of Duty history.

Squad spawns are a major target of criticism. They cause players to respawn close to a teammate even if there are enemies nearby. Now, Vanguard fans are asking the devs to make some major changes.

CoD: Vanguard operator firing an SMG

Reddit user ‘Qwayze_’ expressed their frustration with squad spawns in the CoD: Vanguard subreddit. They claimed that this system has made game modes such as Domination “unplayable.”

The Redditor explained that they respawned by a doorway that was being blocked by a teammate, preventing them from being able to move. This made them an easy target for nearby enemies.

So, respawning near an ally during combat isn’t always ideal as it can leave you at a serious disadvantage. The player then argued that other CoD titles like Black Ops Cold War have better spawning.

“Yeah it wasn’t perfect and sometimes you got spawn killed, but it is better than me spawning on someone who is getting shot, dying, and then still spawning in that location due to people dying and spawning at different times,” wrote the Redditor.

Many of the commenters shared the Redditor’s sentiment regarding Vanguard’s squad spawns. One of them brought up how prominent the problem was during the CDL Kickoff Classic:

“Yeah, I was watching the CDL event, and the amount of teams that got 4 pieces only to spawn right near the point was crazy. So many community members were talking about how unacceptable it is. The teams weren’t punished at all.”

It’s understandable why players are frustrated with this issue as spawns can determine the outcome of a Vanguard match. The unpredictable respawning makes most game modes more difficult.

Vanguard gunfight

Players have asked for spawn improvements before and the devs noticed. The Vanguard Trello board shows that Sledgehammer are refining the spawn system in matches with higher player counts.


For more Vanguard, check out 5 things that Vanguard’s Ranked Play should steal from Halo Infinite as well as the recent news that Activision executives are reportedly discussing ending annual CoD releases.

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5 things Vanguard’s Ranked Play should steal from Halo Infinite

Here are five things Call of Duty: Vanguard’s upcoming Ranked Play should steal from Halo Infinite’s Ranked Arena.

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Vanguard ranked play compared to halo

Vanguard’s highly-anticipated Ranked Play arrives in February, allowing players to climb the competitive ranks. Halo Infinite launched with a fantastic Ranked mode, so we’re counting down five things Vanguard’s Ranked Play should steal from Halo Infinite.

The Call of Duty League 2022 season has officially kicked off, and Vanguard players are desperate for a place to test their skill in a competitive environment and earn cosmetic bragging rights while doing so.

Ranked Play is confirmed to finally arrive alongside Season 2 in February, with Treyarch and Sledgehammer Games working together on the system. We were impressed by Halo Infinite’s Ranked Arena and its simple ELO system, so we’re counting down five lessons that Vanguard should learn from Halo.

Visible ELO system

Halo Infinite ranked arena menu

Almost every game’s Ranked mode comes with a visible ELO system where players can see exactly how many points they have accrued, and where that puts them in the ranked ladder – but not Black Ops Cold War.

League Play in Black Ops 4 and Cold War included a confusing ‘Skill Divisions’ system where you’d be placed in Competitor, Advanced, Expert, Elite, and Master. But, it was almost impossible to tell where you were in that ranking or how close you were to moving up. Instead, Cold War’s League Play rewarded the time you put in, rather than performance.

Halo Infinite opted for the classic ELO system, where you’d earn points for wins and lose them for losses. It’s easy to see how close you are to the next rank, so there’s clear and rewarding progression there, and it would be a tragic mistake if Vanguard doesn’t include it.

Treyarch confirmed that Ranked Play would include “visible Skill Ratings,” and there would be no better way to please fans than to copy Halo Infinite’s.

Option to Solo/Duo queue

Vanguard player on Radar map

Ranked Play is tough, especially when you’re going against a sweaty four-stack who are strategizing and giving callouts.

Halo Infinite gives the option to queue in a Solos/Duos playlist, where you’re only playing against solos and duos such as yourself. This is something Vanguard should steal from Halo, allowing Ranked play to be as fair and equal as possible.

And of course, the teams of four would get their Open playlist too, where they could come across teams of any size.

Input-based matchmaking

CoD Vanguard with Xbox Series and PS5 controllers

Crossplay has become the norm for multiplayer games, where PC and console can battle against each other on the input of their choice. However, many controller players don’t want to play against mouse and keyboard players, and vice versa.

Halo Infinite solved this matter once and for all by allowing for input-based matchmaking. Here, players can decide whether they want to play against only controller players, only mouse and keyboard, or a mix of both in the Open Queue.

A controller’s thumbstick simply can’t replicate the accuracy of a mouse, but MKB players often claim aim assist is like an aimbot. Vanguard stealing this feature would appease both sides of the argument and give players the choice of who they match against.

Stick to the basics

Vanguard players running in-game

There’s a lot going on in Vanguard’s multiplayer. Each weapon has around 70 attachments to choose from, as well as there being a ton of Scorestreaks, Perks, and Field Upgrades.

Halo Infinite’s Ranked Play is a streamlined version of the multiplayer, stripping the game to its basics where skill and teamwork become the most important aspects.

Vanguard’s Ranked Play should do something similar, only offering a handful of the weapons, attachments, and Equipment. Not only should Vanguard’s Ranked Play follow the CDL’s restrictions, but Treyarch and Sledgehammer should also take into account some of the CDL’s GAs (Gentleman’s Agreements) to make the mode as simple and skill-based as possible.

Worthwhile cosmetic rewards

Black Ops Cold War League Play rewards

Rather than being something Vanguard should steal from Halo Infinite, this is something that Treyarch and Sledgehammer Games could best them at.

A major part of a Ranked mode’s appeal is the unique cosmetics you can earn to show off your gaming prowess. Cold War’s League Play got there eventually, but Vanguard should come right out the gate with unique Operator skins, flashy weapon Blueprints, and Calling Cards that prove you’re one of the best there is.

Halo Infinite is sorely lacking in this department, and Treyarch and Sledgehammer could show 343 Industries how it’s done with some great cosmetic rewards.


And those are the five things we believe Vanguard’s Ranked Play should steal from Halo Infinite’s Ranked Arena.

You can also check out the recent news that Activision executives are reportedly discussing ending annual CoD releases.

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When is Ranked Play coming to Vanguard? Release date, Skill Divisions & Ratings, rewards, more

Vanguard’s Ranked Play mode is just weeks from launch, and we’ve got all news, including possible release date, ranks, and rewards.

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Ranked Play is officially back in Vanguard, with Sledgehammer Games confirming that the competitive playlist is on its way. Here’s everything we know about the mode, including the likely release date, Skill Divisions, and more.

Call of Duty has always had a large competitive community, with fans jumping into League Play to test their skills, and compete in matches just like those seen in the Call of Duty League.

While frustration has been rampant surrounding the esports side of the game, including the decision not to include a ranked playlist in Vanguard at launch, excitement for League Play is at an all-time high following January’s CDL Kickoff Classic tournament.

Thankfully, we already know for sure that League Play is on the way, and we’ve got all the details.

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CoD: Vanguard Ranked Play release date

While we don’t have a definite release date for Vanguard’s ranked playlist, we do know League Play is definitely releasing in February 2022.

In a post on the official Call of Duty League website, General Manager Daniel Tsay confirmed that it would “roll out alongside new Call of Duty: Vanguard,” and said the team were “excited about the future of Ranked Play.”

In terms of exact dates, there’s a good chance that February 14th is a date to look out for, as that’s when Vanguard Season 2 begins.

Ranked Play statement from the CDL website

CoD: Vanguard Ranked Play Skill Divisions and Ratings

In a tweet in October 2021, Treyarch confirmed that they had been working in partnership with the Call of Duty League to bring a “new level of Ranked Play” to the franchise, starting in 2022 with Vanguard.

Vanguard’s Ranked Play will include “competitive modes, Ranked Skill Divisions, and visible Skill Ratings,” which will allow players to see how they stack up against their friends and other players.

How this mode will be implemented is still yet to be confirmed, but we’ll be sure to update this post with any new information.

Vanguard Ranked Play Rewards

Players will also be able to earn various kinds of rewards for their efforts in Vanguard’s Ranked game mode. In Black Ops Cold War, players were able to earn special weapon charms based on their ladder placements and Skill Divisions.

How these will look in Vanguard remains unclear, but it’s likely that we will see a similar system implemented in the Sledgehammer title.

Black Ops Cold War League Play rewards

With Ranked Play just around the corner, make sure you’ve got the right settings with our best PC and audio settings guide.

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