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Best STG44 loadout for CoD: Vanguard Season 1

The STG44 has remained Call of Duty: Vanguard’s most popular gun, and our loadout reveals the best attachments and Perks.

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The STG44 quickly established itself as the go-to weapon in Call of Duty: Vanguard, and we’ve got the best attachments, Perks, Equipment, and more to help slay enemies with ease in Season 1.

Call of Duty has returned to its World War Two roots: brutal, bloody, dirty conflict. With every Vanguard gun having 10 attachment types each, making sure you have the right loadout is a vital key to success.

While Vanguard’s Assault Rifles are still dominating multiplayer, none are as popular as the STG44, the most well-rounded weapon in its class.

To make the most of this powerful gun, we’ve got the best Vanguard STG44 attachments, Perks, equipment, and even some alternatives if you don’t like it.

Best Vanguard STG44 Gunsmith loadout attachments

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  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: VDD 27 Precision
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

The F8 Stabilizer is the perfect way to kick things off as it reduces recoil and gives a much-needed damage range boost. Whereas the VDD 760MM 05B barrel sacrifices some ADS for a big recoil and range boost too.

We’re keeping the optic nice and simple as the Slate Reflector offers a clean, unobtrusive view. And the VDD 27 Precision aids recoil and recovers some of the ADS speed we’ve lost with other attachments.

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The M1941 Handstop is the perfect underbarrel attachment as we get a significant horizontal and vertical recoil increase at little cost. However, the .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags will immediately overrule this recoil boost, in exchange for a whopping damage boost, range, and more penetration.

The STG44 should have Lengthened ammo to make its bullet velocity higher, and with so many attachments to help with recoil and accuracy, you can afford to use the Fabric Grip to increase the weapon’s speed.

Our final two attachments are Vital to allow the STG to deal extra damage, and Fully Loaded should keep you from running out of ammo while playing the WW2 shooter.

Best Perks and Equipment to run with Vanguard STG44

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  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel
  • Perk 3: Lightweight
  • Secondary: 1911
  • Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Field Upgrade: Armor

You should definitely have Ghost as Perk 1 in Vanguard. It’s in the same vein as Cold War as it’s only active while you move, but is still a powerful choice when Spy Planes are above in the skies.

Next, we’ve opted for the Forward Intel Perk. This allows you to see exactly where the enemies are spawning, making controlling the map easy.

Our Perk 3 choice belongs to Lightweight. This STG build is fairly heavy, and Lightweight will counteract it by increasing your movement speed.

As for the rest of your class, the 1911 will be useful if you end up in close-quarters combat, while Armor will give you extra protection while holding lanes.

How to unlock the STG44 in Vanguard

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The good news is that the STG44 is available as soon as create-a-class unlocks at level 4, meaning you won’t have to grind to get your hands on it.

Best alternatives to Vanguard STG44

Some alternatives to the STG44 are the incredibly accurate Automaton or the Bren which is still dominating Warzone.


With your STG44 ready to take on any enemies, make sure your settings are giving you the best chance possible in-game, with our best Vanguard FOV and controller settings guides.

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Vanguard players slam utterly “boring” Operators

Call of Duty: Vanguard players are slamming the game’s current lineup of Operators and labeling them as “boring.”

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CoD: Vanguard players are expressing their frustration with the current lineup of Operators; labeling them as “boring” and calling for more exciting characters in the game.

There are 12 different Operators that you can play as in Call of Duty: Vanguard. Picking any of them doesn’t affect your gameplay, since they’re essentially cosmetic skins that you wear in the multiplayer.

While they all have their own unique backstories and designs, some players aren’t satisfied with these Operators. Some members of the Vanguard community feel that these characters just aren’t fun and exciting.

Vanguard Operators posing

Reddit user ‘Mibs007’ expressed their frustration with the game’s Operators in the CoD: Vanguard subreddit, labeling them as “boring.” The player also compared them to characters from older CoD titles.

They explained that older Operators were much more enticing: “It was hard to choose which one to use. You could barely resist giving in and buying one. Now they look like people you see eating a truck stop.”

Many of the commenters shared this sentiment and criticized Vanguard’s Operators. “Hate them all. Haven’t spent a penny on anything in the store since vanguard launched,” wrote one user.

Much of the criticism was directed towards the characters’ backstories. “I agree that they could be cooler characters though and their ‘lore’ feels like it was written by an intern in 5 minutes,” another commenter stated.

One user claimed that Vanguard’s Operators could be improved by having two factions: “All the operators are the good guys basically. If that had an Axis faction I think we would at least get some variety in character design.”

At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether or not the developers will implement a change like this in the game. We will probably see new Operators arrive in Vanguard Season 2, and those might be more to players’ liking.


For more Vanguard, check out 5 things that Vanguard’s Ranked Play should steal from Halo Infinite as well as Vanguard players demanding major changes to the game’s “unplayable” spawn system.

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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.

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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.

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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’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

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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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