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Best MP-40 loadout for CoD: Vanguard Beta

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 takes the Call of Duty franchise back to its WW2 roots, and the classic MP-40 is already proving to be one of the best weapons in the game. Here are the best attachments and Perks to dominate with the MP-40.

Call of Duty: Vanguard returns to the classic World War II setting, taking players to conflicts from all around the world. This brings an arsenal of classic weaponry to the game, and the MP-40 has already proved to be a standout choice.

The MP-40 is one of the SMGs featured in Vanguard’s Beta which kicks off on September 10 for PlayStation players, and content creators have already been dominating with it.

It’s well worth unlocking and leveling up the MP-40, so here are the attachments and Perks you should use with it in CoD: Vanguard!

Best Vanguard MP-40 Gunsmith loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317MM 04B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: VDD 34M
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: 9MM Para 24 Round Fast Mag
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Granular Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Quick

The Gunsmith returns in 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 F8 Stabilizer and Krausnick 317MM 04B barrel. Together, these will be a major help in recoil control and weapon handling, making the MP-40 a much more versatile weapon.

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 State Reflector is a solid choice as it has no downsides.

Then, we’re going for the M1941 Handstop underbarrel as it gives a welcome boost to mobility. You want to be darting around the map with the MP-40 SMG, and this underbarrel increases your sprint-to-fire speed.

For Ammunition, the 9MM Para 24 Round Fast Mag is a solid choice. It doesn’t come with any downsides, allowing you to remain speedy around the map. And for Ammo Type, Lengthed increases bullet velocity, making far-off targets easier to hit and reducing its time to kill.

You also want your SMG to be versatile so you’re not defenseless at medium to long range. The Granular Grip Rear Grip increases flinch resistance so you can stay on target while trading shots.

The Vital Proficiency is an excellent choice for any playstyle, as it allows you to deal headshot damage when hitting the upper chest – majorly reducing the MP-40’s TTK. And finally, the Quick Kit increases your sprint speed, which is perfect for an SMG loadout.

Best Perks to run with Vanguard MP-40

  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Tactician

Ghost returns in Vanguard but follows the Cold War’s model. It’s only active while you move, but is still 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 enemies’ 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.

How to unlock the MP-40 in Vanguard

The MP-40 is the third SMG unlocked in Vanguard’s Beta. However, the progress won’t carry over into the full release, where you’ll need to unlock it again while ranking up.

Once the Vanguard releases, we’ll update you with the exact level you need to unlock the MP-40.

Best alternatives to Vanguard MP-40

In Vanguard’s Beta, you’ll also get access to the STEN and M1928. These other SMGs are powerful choices and will serve you well in Vanguard’s Beta maps which feature weather effects.


And that’s the best MP-40 loadout you can run in Call of Duty: Vanguard! Be sure to check out all of the other weapons, Perks, and Killstreaks coming in the Beta.

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First Perk in CoD: Vanguard Zombies revealed

A Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies screenshot has confirmed one of the Perks that will be in the game and the design they’re going for.

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The official reveal of CoD: Vanguard’s Zombies mode has shown off many elements that players can expect, including a first look at one of the Perks – Stamin-Up.

The fun part of pre-game hype for CoD Zombies is wondering what new enemies we’ll see, the new Wonder Weapons, abilities, and of course – Perks.

Treyarch’s October 14 reveal of Der Anfang showed off a litany of terrifying new Zombies, a darker approach to the Zombies world, and even managed to sneak in a look at one of the Perks and its dispenser.

When you think of Call of Duty Zombies Perks, you think of Juggernog, Speed Cola, Quick Revive, and Double Tap Root Beer. They are the original four Perks that introduced the concept to Zombies.

Since then, there have been many Perks that have had reoccurring roles in subsequent games, and one of these is the legendary Stamin-Up Perk.

It’s gone on to become one of the most important and critical Perks for long runs as the ability to sprinter faster and for longer is vital to escaping perilous situations.

Here is a sneaky glimpse of it in one of the official screenshots.

The striking thing about the Perk is the absence of any discernible vending machines to purchase a can or bottle from.

It seems very much like a magical drink fountain that players will be able to gulp down a few mouthfuls of secret formula to get their sprint on.

As we get closer to Call of Duty: Vanguard’s release, more screenshots, and footage will be sure to uncover another Perk or two.


Also, make sure to check out all the hot information on Call of Duty’s RICHOCHET anti-cheat system.

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CoD Zombies players furious over no round-based Vanguard map at launch

Zombies fans have voiced their displeasure about Vanguard’s lack of a round-based Zombies map at the game’s launch.

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Despite Der Anfang shaping up to be one of the most intense and unique Zombies experiences ever, fans are unhappy that Vanguard will feature no round-based map at launch.

The Call of Duty Zombies experience is continuing as Treyarch develops the Dark Aether story in Vanguard. However, the debut map – Der Anfang – isn’t a traditional round-based map, and potential players aren’t happy.

Every CoD game that has had Zombies has always launched with round-based Zombies content, and this will mark the first time that a Call of Duty game hasn’t done this.

Black Ops Cold War’s starting map – Die Maschine – was the perfect example of classic CoD, start in a confined space, slowly accumulate points from early rounds, buy doors, Perks, eventually Pack-A-Punch, and you’re off.

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Zombies portion of the game was revealed on October 14 with a tasty reveal trailer. But once Treyarch began to filter information through about Der Anfang, players became concerned.

“Why do they think we don’t want round based maps?” was the question posed by Reddit user Dreww_115, in response to Der Anfang not being a classic-style map.

They said: “With the vanguard map seemingly being like outbreak 2.0 and not a round based map I am left wondering why the developers think we don’t want a classic round based map.”

The question was counter-pointed by an articulate response pointing out the potential developing schedule of Treyarch: “You have misunderstood everything mate. It’s not a matter of what we want but a matter of what they can deliver with the hell of a schedule they have.”

He continued: “Activision made Treyarch release Cold War one year earlier and also made them make this year’s zombies mode too. They literally didn’t have the time to release a round-based map for launch.

This comment generated nearly 300 upvotes and it’s clear that this response has had some impact on players concerned for the future of Zombies.

It’s highly unlikely that Treyarch will ignore purely round-based Zombies content, and given that Vanguard will probably have a full-year cycle, we’d expect to see several of them.

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CoD: Vanguard Zombies will feature fan-favorite World at War Zombies map

Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies’ latest reveal trailer may have hinted at a fan-favorite World at War map returning to the mode.

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The latest news on Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies revealed some exciting developments for a fan-favorite World at War map potentially returning.

Call of Duty: Vanguard isn’t too far away now, and players are beginning to get more information about its release, such as the new anti-cheat system and map when it is integrated into Warzone.

As we edge closer, it seems the developers have decided the time was right to release a new trailer for Vanguard’s Zombies mode in the spirit of Halloween.

The trailer didn’t just reveal information and details about the story direction, it also hinted at a fan-favorite map returning.

Vanguard Zombies will launch with a new mode called “Der Anfang,” which is said to combine the classic round-based format with features seen in Black Ops Cold War‘s Zombies and some new innovative mechanics that haven’t been seen before in Zombies.

As we know, the mode will be created by Treyarch, but in the Vanguard/Modern Warfare engine, and it will carry on the Dark Aether storyline introduced in Cold War.

During the trailer, it’s clear that players will be going through rifts and traveling across various maps to complete challenges.

One of the maps the players in the trailer travel to is a classic from World at War, Shi No Numa.

In Der Anfang, not only will players be battling hoards of Zombies in areas exclusive to Vanguard, but also the swamps of Shi No Numa, and who knows, maybe even more classic Zombies maps.

Shi No Numa is a great Zombies map to bring back into the Zombies mode for Call of Duty, allowing those new players to experience a classic map and giving those dedicated fans a nostalgia trip.

This particular map was one of the first that helped put Call of Duty Zombies on the map and become the global success it has been over the years, with Vanguard taking the franchise back to World War II and Treyarch leading the development of the game’s Zombies mode. Shi No Numa is a perfect choice for incorporating classic areas into the franchise’s latest game.

For more on Call of Duty: Vanguard, make sure you check out our piece on Warzone players being mad about the STG44’s visual recoil in Warzone Season 6.

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