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What’s the best map in CoD: Vanguard? Every map ranked from worst to best

Call of Duty: Vanguard currently has 17 multiplayer maps to select from, and we’ve decided to rank them all from worst to best.



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Call of Duty: Vanguard already has a staggering selection of 17, quality maps to choose from, and we’re going to rank every single one of them from worst to best.

Maps are a vital component of a Call of Duty game and can determine how successful it is. Campaign missions and guns are fun, but it’s the best Call of Duty maps that players remember the most fondly.

Crash, Terminal, Nuketown, Raid, Highrise, and so many others evoke memories for players and even create new ones as their popularity leads to map remasters.

Call of Duty: Vanguard looks to carry on this trend by offering prospective buyers and fans another year of compelling gameplay on interesting and varied maps.

All maps in Call of Duty: Vanguard ranked list

Before we deliver an in-depth look at all of the Vanguard maps created by Sledgehammer Games, we will first quickly assign a position to all of the game’s maps. More are going to be added during its cycle, and we will continue to update this list.

Here’s every map in Vanguard ranked.

All Call of Duty: Vanguard maps ranked from worst to best

  1. Eagle’s Nest
  2. Hotel Royal
  3. Castle
  4. Berlin
  5. Numa Numa
  6. Das Haus
  7. Sub Pens
  8. Decoy
  9. Gavutu
  10. Shipment
  11. Demyansk
  12. Tuscan
  13. Desert Siege
  14. Dome
  15. Bocage
  16. Red Star
  17. Oasis

17. Oasis

Possibly the only slightly underwhelming map in all of Call of Duty: Vanguard, and that’s saying something. There’s just not too much truly special about Oasis apart from its scorching setting.

It’s mainly open ground with two or three buildings that players can use to control the game and it can become very campy.

16. Red Star

A frosty hello awaits anyone who crosses your path in this open square covered in snow. The desolation is apparent throughout each of the map’s buildings with large chunks missing, making for more devious gunfights and sniping and flanking opportunities.

Stalingrad can become problematic if it’s only a 6v6 match though, running into the middle of the map is just pure suicide, and games end up contesting the same two or three buildings.

We will argue that it’s pretty, plentiful, and feels more like what Cold War’s troublesome Miami map should’ve been like.

15. Bocage

Bocage is a fine example of having nice features that make it fun to play, such as the barn that can help to control flags and other objectives.

A criticism would be that its side channels aren’t too memorable as one is a bit disjointed, but does connect back to the middle lane buildings nicely. However, the long side channel feels rather isolated and exposed.

14. Dome

One of Vanguard’s remastered maps, Dome is very reminiscent of smaller maps like Shoot House, Dust, and Shipment, and guarantees endless, frequent bloodshed.

Effects such as Combat Fog make Dome feel more alive than ever, and Combat Pacing is out of the window with Dome as every game is uncontrollable bedlam. This won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but you’re guaranteed action and XP at least.

13. Desert Siege

Desert Siege has a hint of Cold War’s Collateral map in terms of its aesthetic but definitely doesn’t share its campy and slower-paced gameplay.

Vanguard simply excels at creating long and bloated channels filled with cover and cleverly placed walls. Desert Siege is a beneficiary of this focus, and it has lots of mini-lanes for you to transition from section to section. It also makes for quality objective-based game modes like Search & Destroy and Patrol.

12. Tuscan

Its classic Roman architecture gives Tuscan a personal vibe and Sledgehammer hasn’t made Tuscan as accessible as other maps in this list.

This doesn’t hinder the map though, and battling your way through the church or the highly-volatile side channel that inevitably meets in one room becomes strategic and explosive! Aside from some open windows up above that can be used to lock down the middle of the map, you have different ways to approach your attack.

Tuscan’s long, eye-catching channel is shrouded with smoke and ash and the reduced visibility makes for some remarkably tense, ranged firefights.

11. Demyansk

It wouldn’t be a Call of Duty game without some kind of snowy-themed map, and Demyansk is the first of its kind to appear on this list.

Demyansk is quite big, and such requires some more thought than just aimlessly running around in the open. It may not be as exciting as other maps, but it makes sure to give you options and vantage points – particularly the Watch Tower.

There are sniping opportunities aplenty in Demyansk and its versatility allows you to use any class of weapon really.

10. Shipment

An all-time Call of Duty map, in terms of its history, is back to attack the K/D of many Vanguard players.

Now, similarly to Dome, Shipment isn’t everyone’s ideal vision of a great map, but its history and prestige cannot be denied, it made the “small map” what we know today. The map shape is a simple square with cover in each corner and an accessible cross-section in the middle.

If you’re careful enough, you can earn some top-tier Killstreaks in no time and it’s a very risk and reward map, especially the modern version with open crates above to diversify the gameplay. But, its spawning will forever be a constant torment to every player on the map, especially if you get stuck in an endless death loop.

9. Gavutu

A location that truly makes use of the capabilities of state-of-the-art, modern-day hardware. Gavutu is a stunning war-torn island that pelts the player with rain and various weather effects, whilst also offering several different ways of fighting.

There’s the classic beachfront complete with cover and means to flank the opposition, there are several pathways that link the three main channels together (even providing sniping lanes), and the matter of a giant ship situated on land that provides widely unique battles in and around it.

Gavutu is a contender for one of the most gorgeous maps in the series’ portfolio, and it has more than enough interesting POIs to keep you coming back.

8. Decoy

Decoy is remarkably unremarkable. It’s a few houses in close proximity of one another, but its destruction possibilities turn it into something out of Battlefield – cue chaos.

It feels very connected, meaning the action never lets up, even if you’re playing it with Tactical Pacing enabled. It might be a bit too dangerous running straight across the courtyard, but the buildings are close enough to allow you to move around without too much fear.

Decoy is a lesson in game design as the houses and barns have different layouts within, proving that something basic on the outside can be wonderfully crafted from within.

7. Sub Pens

Sub Pens might be one of the most ambitious maps that Call of Duty has ever had. Technically, you can pretty much see from one end of this gigantic map to the other, but it’s best to go exploring.

All three channels are massively different and the levels of verticality on Sub Pens are unmatched. You can fight in small pockets below the subs, engage in combat on the subs, or battle your way through tunnels and corridors to eventually congregate in the main control room that guarantees Grenades, gunfights, and great action.

Players generally become magnetized toward the main control room above, but with some creative liberty, you’ll find that there’s so much more to love here.

6. Das Haus

We’re going to keep this short and sweet, just like Das Haus itself. This map is unbelievably fun and will keep you coming back time and time again.

Not everyone is a fan of spawn, die, spawn, die. But forget that, equip a close-range weapon and just go and let loose amid a sea of Thermite, Killstreaks, and multi-kills.

5. Numa Numa

Inevitably, all battles lead to the middle of Numa Numa, but where you approach from is up to you. You’re quite literally fighting in a muddy battlefield with sneaky hidey holes and enough slopes and hills to make you consider how aggressive you are.

There’s no sniping here, it’s a true test of Assault Rifle and SMG skill with very little room for camping. It suits all the different Combat Pacing options, with more numbers only adding to the war-feel that Numa Numa carries.

It may not have the character of Gavutu, Castle, or several other maps that Vanguard provides, but at its core, Numa Numa is made for out-and-out gunplay.

4. Berlin

A large-sized urban map that takes place in Berlin, Germany, it has a little bit of everything and it makes for a rewarding combination.

Aside from the map feeling like a perfect example of World War 2, its gritty and well-designed nature ticks all the boxes for pretty much every game mode.

You can snipe, you can use smaller channels for SMGs, and it’s almost as if it’s two maps in one. In lots of other CoD games, Berlin would be one of the game’s best.

3. Castle

Castle is another map from 2008’s Call of Duty: World at War and has never been seen in a CoD game since, until now. Its primarily situated in and around a Japanese castle, which is evident because of the iconic rooftops and shoji screens – which are now fully destructible.

It’s positively striking and is a testament to Sledgehammer Games for making it pop and capture the magic of Castle. Not only that, but the winning formula of Castle has translated very nicely to modern CoD gameplay with a variety of sightlines and routes to maneuver through.

2. Hotel Royal

Centered around a giant hotel complete with a full kitchen, bar, lounge areas, and other facilities, Hotel Royal might be one of Call of Duty’s most expansive and insane maps ever made.

If you’re not eager to throw yourself into the inevitable carnage within the building, you can opt to flank all around the outside of it, contesting tight 1v1s on ledges and rooftops.

But the real fun is on the inside of the premises, as the game’s new emphasis on destruction leads to explosives blowing doors open and bullets puncturing holes in the walls. You’ll need to wade through shattered glass into tight rooms filled with multiple players – thanks to the game’s Combat Pacing options.

The new element of destructibility allows Hotel Royal to realize its full potential and every game genuinely feels different from the rest.

1. Eagle’s Nest

It was a close one, but Eagle’s Nest aptly reaches the top of the mountain thanks to its flawless map design that we can find no fault with.

Spawn areas are defined, each side channel is the polar opposite to each other, with the added suspense of windows allowing players to peek through and spy each side. By themselves, the channels are intriguing enough, but, like Hotel Royal, even more, destruction awaits on the inside.

Only, Eagle’s Nest feels far more controlled and doesn’t feel the urge to throw you all into one big room with tons of sightlines and dangers. No, Eagle’s nest has a million breakable walls and doors, but more than enough cover to shelter you if needed.

Sledgehammer Games truly struck gold with Eagle’s Nest, and with many more maps to come, it’s a genuine wonder if anything will be able to top it before the game’s content ends.

Those are all of the CoD: Vanguard maps that players can dive into and enjoy right now. The selection of online multiplayer maps feels like one of the best in years and should keep players entertained for months a long time.

For some more Vanguard content, why not check out our ranking of every Vanguard weapon, or even our reviews of the Multiplayer and Zombies.

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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Best Cooper Carbine loadout for Vanguard Season 1

Vanguard’s Cooper Carbine is the ultimate Assault Rifle for aggressive players, and we have the best loadout, class, attachments, and perks.



The Cooper Carbine Assault Rifle was added to Vanguard with the Season 1 patch, and we’ve got the best attachments and Perks to create the best Cooper Carbine loadout.

Vanguard Season 1 brings a host of fresh content to the game, with new operators, multiplayer maps, and Warzone’s Pacific Caldera map.

As always, a new season also means new weapons, and players will receive five new ways to kill enemies over the course of the first season. One of the most interesting of these is the Cooper Carbine, an Assault Rifle with the characteristics of an SMG.

Whether this gun will completely change the meta remains to be seen, but we’ve got the best attachments and perks to create the ultimate Cooper Carbine loadout.

Best Vanguard Cooper Carbine class

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 22″ Cooper Custom
  • Stock: Cooper 54RS
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: .30 Carbine 45 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

This loadout is perfect for aggressive players. The Recoil Booster will give your gun an improved fire rate, while the 22″ Cooper Custom barrel and Cooper 45RS stock improves accuracy and controllability. The Carver Foregrip is great for recoil control, while we picked the .30 Carbine 45 Round Mags but feel you can choose whichever you prefer.

The Hollow Point ammo type increases damage to limbs, which is lethal when combine with the Vital proficiency for increased critical hits. Pine Tar Grip helps with recoil control and hip-fire accuracy, while we always prefer the Fully Loaded kit to start with max ammo.

Best Perks to use with Vanguard Cooper Carbine

  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel
  • Perk 3: Lightweight

For Perks, Ghost is always a great option, keeping you hidden from enemy Spy Planes. Forward Intel is also useful, as it lets you know where the enemy is spawning and can help you create traps for enemies.

Finally, the Cooper Carbine is great for aggressive players, so teaming it with Lightweight will help you get around the map quickly.

How to unlock Cooper Carbine in Vanguard

Unlocking the Cooper Carbine is pretty straightforward. Players just need to reach Tier 15 of the Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass.

This can be accomplished by playing matches, or by purchasing the Premium Battle Pass, which unlocks the first 20 Tiers immediately.

Best Vanguard Cooper Carbine alternatives

While the Cooper Carbine does feel like an SMG, some players will prefer the MP-40 or Type 100, which are the best guns in the class.

If you feel like you are not able to kill enemies at range, the Automaton or STG-44 are the best Assault Rifles in Vanguard.

The Cooper Carbine is new to the game, so we’re not sure how it stacks up against other weapons. If you want to see how your favorites perform, check out our full Vanguard best weapons ranked list.

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games

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How to unlock Sawtooth Melee Weapon in Warzone & Vanguard Season 1

Vanguard and Warzone Season 1 features the Sawtooth Melee Weapon and here’s how you can get your hands on it.



Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 will bring a new Melee Weapon known as the Sawtooth, and here’s everything you need to know about unlocking it in both games.

Vanguard Season 1 is almost here, and it features a plethora of new content, like a new Warzone map, the Season 1 Battle Pass, and some cool new weapons for players to try out.

One of these new additions is the Sawtooth Melee Weapon which you will be able to get your hands on in the Vanguard and Warzone integration. In case you’re wondering how to unlock it, this guide has you covered.

Here’s how to get the Sawtooth in Vanguard and Warzone Season 1.

How to unlock the Sawtooth Melee Weapon in Warzone & Vanguard

You can unlock the Sawtooth Melee Weapon in Vanguard and Warzone by reaching Tier 37 in the Season 1 Battle Pass. This is fairly simple and there are two ways for you to get this done.

The first method is the most straightforward and it involves you playing through multiple matches as you gradually progress through the Battle Pass. You can check out our guide on how to level up fast in Vanguard.

Alternatively, you can pay for a Tier-Skip bundle on day one to immediately progress through the first 20 Tiers of the Battle Pass. This will speed up the process and you’ll be able to get the Sawtooth much quicker.

The Sawtooth is the first Melee Weapon in the Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass. Sewn with shark’s teeth along the club’s perimeter, the Sawtooth is capable of slicing up foes with great efficiency.

Season 1 will also bring other fun additions like new maps, perks, and Zombies content. You can check out all of these changes in the full Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 1 patch notes.

For more Vanguard, check out our guide on how to unlock the Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 Gorenko Anti-Tank Sniper Rifle.

Image credits: Sledgehammer Games

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How to unlock Cooper Carbine in Warzone & Vanguard Season 1

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1’s Cooper Carbine AR excels in close-quarters combat. Here’s how you can unlock it.



Warzone & Vanguard Season 1 has introduced the new Cooper Carbine, an Assault Rifle that excels in close-range combat. Here’s how you can unlock this weapon.

Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 brings a ton of new content for both games, with new weapons, multiplayer maps, operators, and the highly-anticipated Pacific Caldera battle royale map.

Season 1 will introduce five new weapons in total, with two guns and two melee weapons dropping straight away. Alongside the Gorenko Anti-Tank Sniper Rifle, players will also get their hands on the Cooper Carbine Assault Rifle.

While ARs usually work best at long range, the Cooper Carbine excels in close-quarters combat. Here’s how you can unlock the gun in Vanguard & Warzone Season 1.

How to unlock Cooper Carbine Assault Rifle

Getting your hands on this assault rifle is extremely easy, as all you need to do is reach Tier 15 of the Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass to unlock the Cooper Carbine.

That means you don’t need to complete any specific challenges, and can just play matches in either game to earn XP and level up your Battle Pass.

If you don’t want to wait, you can purchase the Premium Battle Pass and receive 20 Tiers immediately, but you can still choose not to and grab the Cooper Carbine for free.

As soon as you hit Tier 15 of the Battle Pass, the Cooper Carbine will immediately be added to your inventory. You’ll then be able to create loadouts with it in both Vanguard and Warzone.

The Cooper Carbine is a very interesting weapon. Despite being classed as an Assault Rifle, it functions best at short range, meaning it feels more like an SMG than anything else.

For more Call of Duty, check out everything coming in the game’s major patch with the Vanguard Season 1 patch notes.

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games / Activision

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