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Best Welgun loadout for CoD: Vanguard Season 1

Vanguard’s Welgun SMG is proving to be an incredibly poweful choice, so here are the best attachments and Perks to run with it.

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Welgun in CoD Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 1’s mid-season update has brought the brand-new Welgun SMG. This is already proving to be an incredibly powerful choice, so here are all of the attachments, Perks, and equipment you need to make the best Welgun loadout.

SMGs quickly became one of the most powerful weapon categories in Call of Duty: Vanguard and the new Welgun is set to become the best yet.

Arriving in Vanguard Season 1’s mid-season update, the Welgun is a “Heavy full-auto SMG with lethality and range for short to medium-range engagements.” With the right attachments, it can tear through enemies in only a couple of shots, so will be the perfect addition to many loadouts.

Here’s everything you need to create the best Welgun loadout in Vanguard.

Best Vanguard Welgun loadout attachments

Vanguard Wellgun loadout attachments
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 320MM SA Shrouded
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Gawain Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: .45 58 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Frenzy
  • Kit: On-Hand / Surplus

What makes the Welgun so powerful in Vanguard is its unique 320MM SA Shrouded Barrel. Not only does this make it laser-accurate, but it also gives a “Larger One-Hit-Kill Area.”

Next, you want attachments that both boost the Welgun’s mobility and range. First, we’ve added the Recoil Booster to increase the fire rate, the .45 58 Round Mags and Lengethened Ammo increase its accuracy, range, and damage, and the M1941 Hand Stop to keep it under control.

Welgun weapon inspect in CoD Vanguard

To then make sure you’re speedy enough to finesse opponents, the Gawain Skeletal Stock and Fabric Grip are perfect. The Optic is down to personal preference but we’re fans of the Slate Reflector.

And finally, the Frenzy Proficiency ensures you start healing immediately after each kill, and the On-Hand Kit allows you to throw equipment incredibly fast.

We also recommend you use the Surplus Kit until you fully level the Welgun, as this gives you an incredible XP boost.

Best Perks & equipment to use with Vanguard Welgun

Forward Intel Perk in CoD Vanguard
  • Perk 1: Dauntless
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel
  • Perk 3: Scavenger
  • Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: No 69 Stun Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence

The Dauntless Perk was buffed in Vanguard’s mid-season update, with it now giving immunity to fire and burning effects from “Incendiary Rounds, Flamenaut, and lingering fire on the ground.” With how frustrating fire can be in Vanguard, it’s become a standout choice.

Next, Forward Intel tells you exactly where the enemy team is spawning, and Scavenger allows you to pick up ammo from dead bodies.

For equipment, the MK2 Frag Grenade is perfect for clearing out small rooms, and the No 69 Stun Grenade gives you a huge advantage over your opponents. And finally, Dead Silence allows you to silently flank the enemy, which is where the Welgun will truly shine.

How to unlock Welgun in Vanguard

Welgun in CoD Vanguard

Vanguard players need to complete an in-game challenge to unlock the Welgun, but you shouldn’t have much trouble.

Here’s how to unlock the Welgun in Vanguard multiplayer and Zombies:

  • Get 10 Kills with an SMG while Aiming Down Sights in a single match 15 times.
  • In Zombies, get 5 rapid Critical Kills with an SMG during 50 different Portal Objectives.

We recommend you play the full match out, as leaving early can cause the challenge progress to not track properly.

Best alternatives to Vanguard’s Welgun

There are plenty of other viable SMGs in Call of Duty: Vanguard, with the classic MP-40 still being an excellent all-rounder. Or, you could opt for the Type 100 which takes advantage of a much higher fire rate.


Also, be sure to check out the best weapons in Vanguard, as well as the best controller settings.

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How to fix Vanguard’s “right stick not working” glitch

Here’s how you can quickly fix the CoD: Vanguard glitch that causes the right stick to stop working on your controller.

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A major Call of Duty: Vanguard glitch is causing the right stick to completely stop working mid-game for controller players, but thankfully, there is a way you can quickly fix it.

Vanguard players have had to deal with their fair share of bugs and glitches. These all have different effects on the game, such as making the High Alert perk stronger despite receiving a nerf, or letting players levitate.

Now, players that use controllers are encountering a new issue that causes the right stick to stop working. This leaves them with nothing to do but to keep running straight ahead, putting them at a serious disadvantage with no ability to aim.

Here’s how you can get around this Vanguard glitch.

Vanguard player aiming down sights

Vanguard’s “right stick not working” glitch

The right stick glitch occurs when CoD: Vanguard automatically changes your input settings from controller to mouse and keyboard. This causes your controller to disconnect mid-game.

Once the controller reconnects, the right stick stops working entirely. This prevents you from looking around and aiming. Instead, all you’ll be able to do is keep running forward and shooting.

How to fix Vanguard’s “right stick not working” glitch

The first way to get around this glitch is to hit right on your controller’s D-pad. This button helps the game detect that the player is using a controller to play instead of a mouse and keyboard.

Vanguard Operator aiming a sniper rifle

If this doesn’t work, then there are other methods that you can try out. Some players have reported that the right stick issue gets fixed after getting killed. This can ruin the match, but you’ll regain control of your Operator.

The final method that you can try out is to turn off the game altogether. Booting CoD: Vanguard back up will cause your controller to function properly again. You should also make sure that your controller is fully charged.


For more Vanguard, check out how to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific and how Vanguard players want a simple QoL change to improve the HUD.

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Vanguard players slam “pay-to-win” Double Barrel Shotgun Blueprint

One CoD: Vanguard Double Barrel Shotgun Blueprint is being criticized by players for having a “pay-to-win” buff.

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CoD Vanguard players are calling for the developers to make some major changes to one “pay-to-win” Double Barrel Shotgun Blueprint that’s giving users an unfair advantage in combat.

Call of Duty: Vanguard features almost 40 weapons for you to choose from. There have also been weapon Blueprints that provide players with a “pay-to-win” buff, giving them an unfair advantage.

While the devs have been working to fix these, certain Blueprints continue to break the game’s rules. Now, players are criticizing one bundle in the store that lets you get around Vanguard’s restrictions.

CoD Vanguard Shotgun

The Double Barrel Shotgun is a powerful weapon in CoD: Vanguard. If you choose to dual-wield this gun then you’ll encounter a major tradeoff: the underbarrel attachment will be disabled.

This was implemented by Sledgehammer Games to keep things fair in the game. However, CoD Vanguard’s Scavenger Hunt bundle is letting players get past this restriction and equip an underbarrel.

This bundle contains the Wild Marble Shotgun Blueprint which features the Akimbo Perk along with an SMLE Pistol Grip Underbarrel. So, players with access to this bundle can exclusively use this Double Barrel build.

Reddit user ‘M4GIX’ brought this up in the CoD: Vanguard subreddit, criticizing the “pay-to-win” bundle. “If you wanted to build this gun without the Blueprint, you wouldn’t be able to,”

Being able to dual-wield this weapon makes it overpowered. Many of the commenters slammed the developers for this rule-breaking bundle. “I think it’s incompetence more than malice,” wrote one user.

There have also been previous instances of “pay-to-win” blueprints in CoD: Vanguard, such as the STG44’s Debt Collector variant. These have been heavily criticized by players as they make the game unbalanced.

At the time of writing, the developers have yet to respond to the issue with CoD: Vanguard’s Wild Marble Shotgun Blueprint. If they implement a fix for this problem, we’ll be sure to update you.


For more Vanguard, check out how to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific and how Microsoft is set to acquire Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard.

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How to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific

Here’s what you need to do in order to turn off Call of Duty’s Crossplay functionality in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 1.

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While playing Call of Duty with your friends on different platforms can be fun, there is a risk of you encountering hackers and cheaters even after the launch of RICOCHET. You can avoid that by using our guide to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Season 1.

Crossplay in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific is a feature that connects players across all platforms through an “Activision Account.” Players who do not opt-in to this system will be unable to play cross-platform across PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

If you do have an Activision Account, you will be automatically entered into the crossplay player pool by default. If you feel like this isn’t for you, and you want the option to disable this, then follow our quick and easy guide.

How to turn off crossplay for Vanguard

Vanguard Crossplay setting
  1. Log into Vanguard Multiplayer
  2. Navigate to ‘Settings’
  3. Go to the ‘Account & Network’ tab
  4. Change Crossplay from ‘On’ to ‘Off’

How To Turn off Warzone Pacific Crossplay

turning off crossplay in cod
  1. Log into Warzone
  2. Go to the ‘Options’ section
  3. Navigate to the ‘Account’ tab
  4. Change Crossplay from ‘Enabled’ to ‘Disabled’

Once crossplay is disabled, you’ll only matchmake against players on your native platform. You can toggle crossplay back on at any time. We especially recommend having it on while queuing for Warzone.

Why turn off crossplay for Vangaurd & Warzone Pacific ?

Simply put, cheaters and hackers. If you’re a console-only player, you might run into a few from the PC platform. While RICOCHET has helped significantly reduce the number of hackers, running into a cheater can still occur with some cheat providers refusing to back down.

We strongly recommend keeping crossplay on to ensure the queue times stay short, we also understand that running into cheaters is not fun.

Unfortunately, if you’re on PC, turning off crossplay will significantly increase your matchmaking times. We do not recommend turning off crossplay unless you are on a console.

Why should I keep crossplay on?

If you’re wondering why you should keep crossplay on – first and foremost, interconnectivity. With crossplay enabled, you can play with Call of Duty friends on other platforms. If this is off, players on other platforms won’t be able to join your sessions and you won’t be able to join them.

Secondly, matchmaking times will be impacted if you turn off crossplay. More so on PC than other platforms, but the matchmaking pool you enter into on console will be against players with no Activision ID and other players who have turned off crossplay.

Lastly, connections. You’ll be entered into a more narrow pool of players, so this could also have a negative impact on your ping. Overall though, you should still be thrown into the best available games.


For more Call of Duty news, check out how Microsoft is set to acquire Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard.

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