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Best STG44 loadout for CoD: Vanguard

The STG44 is already one of Call of Duty: Vanguard’s most popular guns, and our loadout reveals the best attachments and Perks.

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The STG44 has 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.

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 dominating the meta in the early going, none are as popular or powerful 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

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B
  • Optic: Zeiss G16 2.5X
  • Stock: VDD 27 Precision
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Handstop
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • 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 Zeiss G16 2.5X offers a generous amount of magnification that isn’t too intrusive and doesn’t take too long to ADS. Whilst the VDD 27 Precision aids recoil and recovers some of the ADS speed we’ve lost with other attachments.

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 faster and Stippled Grip is a no-brainer as it makes recoil and centering easier with no penalties.

Our final two attachments are Sleight of Hand for proficiency as that extra quickness in reloading will win you so many extra fights, and Fully Loaded should stop you running out of ammo.

Best Perks and equipment to run with Vanguard STG44

  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Overkill
  • Secondary: Machine Pistol
  • Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Field Upgrade: Armor

You should definitely have Ghost as Perk One 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 Radar Perk. Vanguard makes use of the 2019 Modern Warfare minimap system, meaning players can still remain undetected if they fire an unsuppressed weapon. Radar will make those players appear, and make fans consider slapping on Subsonic ammo.

Our Perk Three choice belongs to Overkill. There are some solid options for the third slot, but as Vanguard doesn’t allow players to have Shotguns as a secondary, we value having a second primary weapon.

As for the rest of your class, the Machine Pistol 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

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 always fun MP-40, which will take a few levels to unlock, while the MG42 and BAR have been popping up in early games as players get a feel for the weapons.


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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JGOD reveals Vanguard weapons you need to rank up before Warzone Pacific Caldera

Call of Duty expert JGOD has revealed the 10 weapons he think will make up Warzone’s meta when Pacific Caldera releases.

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Warzone’s new Pacific Caldera map will release in a matter of days, and players are already thinking about a possible weapon meta. Call of Duty expert JGOD has been doing the same thing and picked out 10 weapons players should rank up before December 8.

Vanguard has now been out for almost a month, and players have been unlocking and ranking up weapons ever since. We already know that Vanguard’s weapons will be added to Warzone, meaning players can use them on the new Pacific Caldera map.

Warzone’s meta regularly changes, and we expect Vanguard Season 1 to bring an enormous change. Now, CoD expert JGOD has picked out 10 guns he thinks players should rank up before the update.

The YouTuber has used a few key characteristics to come up with this list: fire rate, ease of use, recoil, and magazine capacity to determine damage-per-mag. While some weapons may have a great time-to-kill, they may fall short in one of the sections above.

JGOD mostly picked out SMGs as weapons to level up, as their fast rate of fire makes them extremely viable. Of course, some assault rifles also made the list, while he also picked out some LMGs to use too.

JGOD’s 10 Vanguard weapons to level up for Warzone

The 10 Vanguard weapons you need to level up are:

  • Automaton
  • Volk
  • PPSH-41
  • Sten
  • M1928 Tommy
  • Type 100
  • MG42
  • DP27
  • Type 11
  • G-43
  • 1911
  • Machine Pistol

In terms of weapons that JGOD would prioritize, the Automaton seems like a good shout to become a meta weapon, as it has a high rate of fire, low recoil, and the biggest magazine size in its class.

Of course, we’ve seen in the past that guns that do well in multiplayer don’t necessarily perform in Warzone, so be prepared to see a shock weapon dominate the meta.


In the meantime, check out our best Vanguard guns ranked list to make sure you’re using the most powerful weapons in the game.

Image Credits: YouTube – JGOD / Activision

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How to fix CoD: Vanguard Dev Error 5537

Vanguard players are frustrated with the Dev Error 5537 which is crashing the game, and here’s how you can fix this problem.

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Dev Error 5537 is a particularly frustrating glitch that is keeping Call of Duty: Vanguard players from enjoying the game, and here’s how you can get around this error code.

CoD: Vanguard brought plenty of fun new content after its release on November 5, but players have also reported a few problems such as overpowered killstreaks and teleporting Attack Dogs.

There is also an error code that many fans have encountered known as dev error 5537, which is crashing the game and frustrating the Vanguard community. However, there are a few ways to get around this problem.

How to fix CoD: Vanguard dev error 5537

CoD: Vanguard players encounter the dev error 5537 while changing their Operator’s appearance in the multiplayer menu. When this happens, the game crashes without saving the changes to the outfit.

It’s unclear why this happens and Sledgehammer Games have yet to implement an official fix for this glitch. The good news is that there are different methods you can use when trying to fix this error.

Verify the CoD: Vanguard game files

If you encounter this error in Call of Duty: Vanguard on PC, then the problem could be that one of the game files is corrupted. You can figure out if this is the case by verifying the game files.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Launch the Battle.net client
  2. Select Vanguard, and head to Options
  3. Click Scan and Repair
  4. Wait for the scan to finish

If the game files are corrupted then you can implement the fixes recommended by the scan, although this could happen automatically. Once that’s done, restart the game and see if the error remains.

Update the graphics driver

You might be seeing this error message because the Operator skins menu is too much for your system’s graphics driver. In order to get around this problem, you should try updating it and then playing again.

Here’s how to update the graphics driver:

  1. Download and install Driver Easy
  2. Run the software, and select Scan Now
  3. Wait for the scan to complete
  4. Install the crommended updates
  5. Restart CoD: Vanguard

Avoid changing your Vanguard Operator’s outfit

If all else fails, you can just avoid altering your Operator’s outfit appearance and wait for Sledgehammer Games to implement a proper fix for the problem in a future update patch.

This isn’t the most convenient option so hopefully, the other methods will have resolved the issue for you. The developers will need to look into Dev Error 5537 and come up with a proper solution.


For more Vanguard, check out our guides on CoD Vanguard’s biggest post-match mystery finally answered and frustrated Vanguard players demanding the return of powerful Trophy System Field Upgrade.

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New Vanguard Zombies trick lets players rank up weapons incredibly fast

CoD: Vanguard players have discovered a neat trick that lets you earn a ton of weapon XP quickly in the game’s Zombies mode.

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CoD: Vanguard Zombies is a great place to earn weapon XP so that you can level up your weapons, and a few players have discovered a trick that lets them do this quickly.

When you hop into CoD: Vanguard, you can level up your weapons by earning XP as you play. Vanguard Zombies is a great place to earn a ton of weapon XP quickly by killing various undead foes.

However, leveling up your weapons can take a while and players are always looking for ways to speed this up. Now, a few fans have found a trick that lets them earn weapon XP quickly in Vanguard Zombies.

Vanguard Zombies trick to level up weapons fast

Reddit user justanotherguy_171 highlighted this trick in CoD: Vanguard subreddit. It involves loading into a game and playing for a couple of minutes before leaving. Then you can into Vanguard Zombies to repeat this.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Hop into a game of Vanguard Zombies
  2. Eliminatie all the zombies in starting spawn
  3. Enter a “Transmit” portal and take out all 21 zombies
  4. Leave the game and rejoin to repeat these .

This will let you earn approximately 2,000 weapon XP in just a couple of minutes of playing. You can keep repeating this process to earn about 60,000 an hour and even more during Double XP weekends.

Vanguard’s primary weapons have 70 levels and you take around 150,000 XP to complete. This can several hours and players have previously complained about the “ridiculous” slow weapon XP leveling in the game.

This neat trick will help speed up that process quite a bit. Call of Duty data expert JGOD JGOD, who has maxed out all his Vanguard weapons, has also made use of this strategy in Vanguard.

This tactic will be extremely useful when trying to unlock the Atomic camo, so be sure to try it out the next time you hop into the game to earn some serious weapon XP quickly.


For more Vanguard, check out our guides on CoD Vanguard’s biggest post-match mystery finally answered and frustrated Vanguard players demanding the return of powerful Trophy System Field Upgrade.

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