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Best weapons & top tips to master Der Anfang in CoD Vanguard Zombies

Find out the best weapons and tips to ensure you survive as long as possible in Treyarch’s Der Anfang Zombies in CoD Vanguard.



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Treyarch has returned in Call of Duty: Vanguard to carry on their Zombies story, and we’ve put together a complete guide covering the best weapons and tips to ensure your survival in Der Anfang.

Treyarch delivered some of the franchise’s best-ever Zombies content in Black Ops Cold War with memorable experiences to be had playing Die Maschine, Firebase Z, Mauer der Toten, and Forsaken. Not only that, but they revolutionized the Zombies formula with the new variation – Outbreak.

Whereas Sledgehammer Games have developed Vanguard’s campaign and multiplayer, Treyarch has carried on with Zombies, and their newest creation – Der Anfang – is a curious combination of Outbreak and round-based Zombies.

This is why we’ve put together a handy guide that should assist you in your survival as you ascend to Der Anfang’s later rounds in Vanguard Zombies.

1. Best weapons to use in Vanguard’s Der Anfang Zombies

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As usual, whilst most weapons are quite viable in one way or the other, certain ones are better suited to your purpose.

Here are the best weapons you should use in Der Anfang Zombies in CoD Vanguard.


A familiar weapon to most players we’re sure, the MP40 really came to prominence in Call of Duty: World at War, and the gun is still very powerful in Vanguard. As a consistent SMG, you can slap on bigger ammo clips and lay into an oncoming siege of Zombies with ease.

Take a look at our best MP40 loadout to use in Vanguard.


Accuracy is less of an issue in CoD Zombies, as is reload speed to an extent, meaning that a beastly LMG like the MG42 is a great option to use.

It comes with a hefty ammo belt as it is, and if you can make sure you upgrade your Demonic Frenzy Perk ASAP, then you should have no problem with hordes or Elite enemies.

Combat Shotgun

The Hauer 77 and Gallo absolutely dominated in Cold War Zombies, and it looks like the Combat Shotgun is here to take the crown for Vanguard. It’s incredibly powerful and can one-hit early on before being Pack-A-Punched, plus, its fire rate is fairly decent as well.

2. Mystery Box

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With Treyarch opting to remove wall buys from Call of Duty: Vanguard, this means there’s a greater emphasis on players making use of the Mystery Box to get new guns.

Sadly, there’s no Ray Gun or any Wonder Weapons to obtain at launch, but the game’s full arsenal of weapons is available in the random generator to select from.

The further you progress into the rounds, the better your chances of getting a high-rarity weapon to go with, or replace, your main weapon.

3. Upgrade key Perks first

Diabolical Damage perk in cod zombies

Der Anfang has five different fountains for you to drink from, with each representing a different Perk that Zombies fans will be familiar with.

We feel that some are more important than others in Der Anfang, and it’s vital that you focus on them first. Each Perk can be obtained for free the first time round, but then you’ll have to cough up some Essence to upgrade it a further three more times.

We would personally concentrate on Diabolical Damage, Demonic Frenzy, and Fiendish Fortitude above all else. This will increase your Critical Hit Damage, vital if you love headshots, increase your reload speed, good for an LMG, and give you more health.

4. Keep moving – don’t get crowded!

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Due to the nature of Der Anfang’s objective-based gameplay, you can end up in some tight areas in some of Vanguard’s multiplayer maps.

So quite simply, keep moving! Stay in one corner or one spot too long and you’ll eventually be crowded by Zombies, especially in later levels, as you try to collect runestones or guide the floating head.

5. Look out for chests and crystals

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Every little helps and that’s why Treyarch has dropped some chests and crystals in the hub area for you to collect.

They won’t offer a life-changing amount of Essence, but they might drop you just enough to afford your next Pack-A-Punch upgrade or even drop a handy item like a Monkey Bomb for you to unleash on the undead.

These top tips and guns are great foundations to build a healthy run in Vanguard’s Der Anfang Zombies game mode.

For more Vanguard guides and content, check out how to remove the green dots from Vanguard’s menus and how to open, close & peek doors in Vanguard & Warzone.

Image Credits: Activision / Treyarch

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Strange Vanguard glitch is teleporting players through walls

CoD: Vanguard players are encountering a new teleportation glitch that is causing them to clip through solid walls.



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A bizarre new teleportation glitch is plaguing Call of Duty: Vanguard, causing players to suddenly clip through solid walls.

Vanguard players are no strangers to glitches, as they’ve encountered quite a few since the game launched. These all have different effects on gameplay, such as letting you levitate above the map.

While Sledgehammer Games try to fix these problems, new ones tend to pop up in the game. Now, Vanguard players are reporting a bizarre glitch that is causing them to teleport through solid walls.

Vanguard players fighting on Radar map

Reddit user ‘Wrap-Lazy’ showcased this glitch in a clip posted to the CoD: Vanguard subreddit. The player was on top of the balconies during a match on Dome when they suddenly clipped through the solid surface. to the floor below

This teleportation glitch left many commenters as stunned as the original player, leading some of them to speculate about what caused it.

Some users came stated that this was “lag-related” since the Redditor got a bad packet burst at the same time that they teleported. Connection issues can often cause these kinds of things to occur in the game.

Others were amused by the glitch and began joking about it. “This was actually added for realism. My grandfather was in WWII and he told me he would routinely clip through solid surfaces to confuse the enemy,” wrote one commenter.

“It’s a feature, you just don’t know how to use it properly,” another user jokingly stated. Instantly clipping through the wall can be disorienting for both you and your enemy. If this becomes a widespread issue then the developers will need to fix it.

For more Vanguard content, check out the classic CoD game modes that Vanguard players are begging the devs to add as well as this bizarre Stim bug that’s throwing players into the shadow realm.

Image credits: Sledgehammer Games

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Vanguard’s Gold Mastery Camo has been “ruined” in Warzone

Warzone players claim Raven Software “ruined” Vanguard weapons’ Gold Mastery Camo by changing the design in a recent update.



Gold MP40 in Warzone

Warzone players were delighted with Vanguard weapons’ white and gold Mastery Camo design, but the devs changed the design in the mid-Season 1 update and players claim they “ruined” it.

Gold Camo has long been the way for Call of Duty players to prove they’ve mastered a weapon, and Warzone is no different. Players were racing to get as many Vanguard weapons Gold and Diamond as possible ahead of the Warzone integration, and many were delighted with the battle royale’s unique take on the Gold Camo.

Rather than Vanguard’s black and gold design, Warzone featured gold with a swirling white overlay. However, the mid-Season 1 update changed it to Vanguard’s Gold, and players claim it “ruined” the camo.

It’s likely that Vanguard weapons’ white and gold design was an unintended texture bug that was fixed with Warzone’s mid-Season 1 update, yet it has split the community.

Popular Warzone YouTuber JGOD shared a side-by-side view of the new and old camo, saying “they really ruined the way the Vanguard Gold Camo looks in Warzone.”

YouTuber KRNG Hero revealed when the change happened: “they changed it since the mid season update and I’m like, why?”

The post was met with a ton of disappointed replies, with CoD content creator LoochyTV asking: “Why are they even changing this stuff? I just don’t understand why any manpower is being put towards working on THIS instead of the bugs.”

“Why do they change things that don’t need to be touched,” echoed LensEffect. “Like all these problems and they’re worried about the gold camo appearance.”

Not everyone preferred the old design though, with one player saying they prefer the new design because “it looks more like gold in Vanguard.” Another said that “the black and gold looks so much better, that white just looked cheap.”

Raven Software have plenty of major issues listed in their Trello board such as Xbox players being unable to play and the dreaded Buy Station freeze glitch, so it’s unlikely they’ll change the camo back any time soon. But, you can never truly know what Raven have in store.

Also, be sure to check out the bizarre Stim bug that’s throwing players into the shadow realm.

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Vanguard players beg devs to add classic CoD game modes

Vanguard players want to see these fan-favorite game modes from previous CoDs return with the upcoming Season 2 update.



Vanguard game modes gun game

As frustration with Vanguard’s current Multiplayer experience continues to grow, players are calling for the inclusion of classic Call of Duty game modes to make a triumphant return.

It seems each new day brings about a new issue that Vanguard players are left to deal with. Overpowered shotguns, broken map rotation, and texture glitches have impacted players’ ability to enjoy the game as intended.

Vanguard players have been patient thus far and the recent community update from the devs stating they are committed to improving performance is a step in the right direction. In addition to performance improvements, Vanguard players are calling for the return of classic CoD game modes.

Gun Game mode in CoD WWII

Vanguard’s core game modes at launch had players feeling shortchanged with several popular game modes omitted. Past titles including Modern Warfare and Black Ops Cold War had certain game modes that accompanied the core options such as Gun Game, Infected, and Prop Hunt.

Some of these game modes were added to CoD games post-launch which has led to players hoping that the same could be said for Vanguard with Gun Game at the top of the list of highly-requested modes. MetalingusMike’s post on the Vanguard subreddit calls for Gun Game to return with the upcoming Season 2 update.

With the current map rotation issues, it’s no wonder players feel the game is getting stale quickly. Playing the same four to five maps on repeat would turn most players toward feelings of resentment.

Adding new game modes post-launch would be a great way to keep Vanguard feeling fresh and community members seem to agree in the comments of the post “Gun game, infected, prop hunt… even sticks and stones. These modes are the most fun! Funniest, most memorable times.”

Very few details concerning Vanguard Season 2 are currently available but fans will be hoping to see some of these nostalgic game modes return to Call of Duty.

Fore more Vanguard check out this “Scam” Vanguard MP40 Blueprint that gives players a completely different gun.

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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