Call of Duty: Vanguard Beta players aren’t too happy with a particular Field Upgrade, feeling it is too strong to be in Multiplayer.
PlayStation players were lucky enough to experience Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Multiplayer Beta over the weekend, getting to grips with how the new Call of Duty will work.
As well as discovering some great weapons like the MP-40 and strong perks like Radar, players have also been giving the developers great feedback concerning the game’s visibility and general balancing.
Unfortunately, some players are not too happy with the Field Upgrades available in the Beta, not only feeling as if the Goliath should be a killstreak but also being unsure about the place of the Armor Field Upgrade in Multiplayer.
Call of Duty: Vanguard has introduced some cool new dynamics into the Call of Duty Multiplayer experience that players have been getting to grips with through the Beta. As well as a new mounting system, destructible maps, and atmospheric weather in maps like Gavutu, players have also been trying out some of the new Field Upgrades.
Field Upgrades are part of a player’s loadout that recharges every so often. They can provide unique gameplay opportunities depending on which one the player chooses to use.
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For example, Dead Silence works similarly to how it does in Warzone, providing players with a short period of silenced footsteps. Or, players could opt to use the Supply Box, which allows players to restock ammo and equipment for the player and their teammates.
Some of the Field Upgrades have been causing some controversy. Some players don’t believe Field Upgrades should be stronger than Killstreaks, especially if they provide huge advantages multiple times during a match.
Vanguard Armor Field Upgrade
Reddit user vol4lyfe123 posted their opinion on the Armor field upgrade, stating that: “Armor has no place in MP.”
The Armor Field Upgrade allows players to put on some extra protection and take more damage in their next encounter, similar to how Armor works in Warzone. Unfortunately, it seems this Field Upgrade may be too strong, and the community isn’t pleased about it.
Ultimately, the players feel Armor “creates incredibly inconsistent gunfights,” explaining that even if players get the first shot on someone with armor, they can still win the gunfight regardless of their reaction time.
Players feel as if gunfights in Call of Duty: Vanguard’s Multiplayer should be based on “skill, gunplay, and positioning, not whether they have extra health or not.” The player feels this Field Upgrade should not be in the game, especially when there are very powerful fast-killing weapons like the Bar and STG44.
Of course, this is only the Beta for Vanguard. The developers have been pretty on top of taking in feedback and providing changes like the recent September 11 patch, so we’ll have to see what changes are made once the full game releases on November 5.
If players continue to share this opinion, perhaps we will see a change in the Field Upgrades available. For more on Call of Duty: Vanguard, check out our article on players calling for major changes to visibility while firing.
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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.
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.
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 attachments
- Best Vanguard STG44 perks and equipment
- How to unlock the STG44 in Vanguard
- Best Vanguard STG44 alternatives
Best Vanguard STG44 Gunsmith loadout attachments
- 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.
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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.
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
- 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
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
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When is CoD: Vanguard Season 2? Season 1 end date, Zombies updates, more
Here’s everything we know about Vanguard’s Season 2 update, including the release date, content, and major Zombies updates.
Call of Duty: Vanguard’s next major content drop will arrive with Season 2, so so here’s everything about it including the start date, Zombies updates, and expected content.
Vanguard has carried on Call of Duty’s live service approach to content, bringing new maps, weapons, and Operators with seasonal updates. Season 1 has received its mid-season update, so players are looking forward to what’s arriving in Season 2.
Here’s everything we know about Vanguard Season 2, including its start date, expected content, and what Treyarch has in store for Zombies.
- Vanguard Season 1 end date
- Vanguard Season 2 release date & time
- What’s included in Vanguard Season 2?
- Vanguard Season 2 Zombies content
Vanguard Season 1 end date
Vanguard Season 1’s mid-season update is live, with the season set to end on February 1, 2022.
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This is when the Season 1 Battle Pass is set to end, so make sure you get through all the tiers ahead of February 1.
Vanguard Season 2 release date & time
Vanguard Season 2 is expected to begin immediately after Season 1 concludes on February 1.
Significant Call of Duty updates usually arrive at 9 PM PT / 12 AM ET / 5 AM GMT, but Sledgehammer Games should provide an exact time nearer the date.
What’s included in Vanguard Season 2?
Sledgehammer Games haven’t announced everything they have in store for Season 2 yet, but we can take an educated guess based on previous seasons’ content.
- New weapons
- New Operators
- New & remastered maps
- New & returning game modes
- Themed-event with challenges & rewards
- Balance tweaks & bug fixes
- Zombies updates
This is all just speculation, but previous seasons have included this content in one form or another, so we expect Vanguard Season 2 to be no different.
But stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, as Sledgehammer will release their roadmap in the coming weeks.
Vanguard Season 2 Zombies content
Vanguard’s Zombies mode has been slammed by the community for its lack of classic features, but developers Treyarch provided an update ahead of the mid-Season 1 update.
They revealed that they’ll finally bring the Main Quest Easter Egg in Season 2, add “multiple Wonder Weapons,” and bring players to “the Dark Aether itself in a completely original location crafted for Vanguard Zombies.”
Here’s everything Treyarch teased for Vanguard Zombies Season 2:
- New hub map
- Dark Aether-themed map
- Multiple Wonder Weapons
- New Dark Aether entity
- New enemy type
- New Objective gameplay
Also, Treyarch announced that the highly sought-after Pause Feature would arrive “soon,” perhaps in the Season 2 update.
Also, if you prefer battle royale to classic multiplayer, you can check out everything we know about Warzone’s Season 2 update.
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Best CoD: Vanguard MP-40 loadout for Season 1
The MP-40 has already proven to be a standout loadout choice in CoD: Vanguard, so here are the best attachments and perks to run with it.
Vanguard took the Call of Duty franchise back to its WW2 roots, and the classic MP-40 SMG has already set itself apart as one of the game’s top weapons. Here’s everything you need to dominate opponents, including attachments, perks, and more.
Despite the new content and weapons, the MP-40 remains one of, if not the strongest SMG in the game. With the right attachments, you can take down enemies at both short and long-range. Luckily, we’ve got everything you need to create the best MP-40 class, with attachments, perks, and alternatives if you don’t like it.
- Best Vanguard MP-40 attachments
- Best perks to run with Vanguard’s MP-40
- How to unlock the MP-40 in Vanguard
- Best Vanguard MP-40 alternatives
Best Vanguard MP-40 Gunsmith loadout attachments
- Muzzle: Recoil Booster
- Barrel: Krausnick 317MM 04B
- Optic: Krausnick ISO1M or Slate Reflector (preference)
- Stock: Krausnick 33M Folding
- Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
- Magazine: 9MM 24 Round Fast Mags
- Ammo Type: Lengthened
- Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
- Proficiency: Brace
- Kit: Quick
The Gunsmith returned to Call of Duty: Vanguard, this time allowing you to add a whopping ten attachments to your weapon. These include Ammo Types, Proficiencies, and Kits – which essentially act as Weapon Perks.
First, you should add the Recoil Booster and Krausnick 317MM 04B barrel. Together, these will be a major help in recoil control, weapon handling, and also accuracy, while a massive boost to fire rate will make the MP40 as deadly as possible.
For Optics, it’s entirely down to your own personal preference. Some players prefer the classic MP40 iron sights, but others would rather the precision of an optic. The Krausnick ISO1M is a solid choice as it increases ADS speed.
Then, we’re going for the Carver Foregrip underbarrel as it will help players control the weapon seeing as it boasts considerable kick when firing.
For Ammunition, the 9MM 24 Round Fast Mags are a solid choice. Despite reducing magazine capacity the increase to reload speed is much needed as you’ll encounter waves of enemies. For Ammo Type, Lengthened increases bullet velocity, making far-off targets easier to hit and reducing its time to kill.
In order to make the MP-40 fire as accurately as possible, we’ll opt for the Stippled Grip which increases recoil recovery and initial accuracy, making targets of all distances easy to hit.
The Brace Proficiency provides improved initial accuracy which will make your first few shots all the more impactful. Finally, the Quick Kit increases your sprint speed, which is perfect for an SMG loadout.
Best Vanguard MP-40 Perks & Equipment
- Perk 1: Ghost
- Perk 2: Radar
- Perk 3: Tactician
- Secondary: 1911
- Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
- Tactical: Stim
- Field Upgrade: Armor
Ghost returns in Vanguard but does not follow the Cold War model. It’s only active while you move, but it remains a powerful choice when Spy Planes are overhead.
Next, we’ve opted for the Radar Perk. Vanguard includes Modern Warfare’s minimap which doesn’t show enemy gunfire on the minimap. However, Radar gives you the classic minimap, revealing enemies when they fire an unsuppressed weapon.
And finally, Tactician is a great choice for Perk 3. Anyone who played Modern Warfare or Warzone will be familiar with this as it acts the same as Restock, continuously resupplying your Lethal and Tactical equipment.
In terms of equipment, we suggest the Stim as your Tactical, as it will allow you to replenish your health and Tactical Sprint in an instant while you fly around the map. Field Upgrade is a little more tricky, but we think Armor is a good shout, as it will let you absorb a few more bullets when charging at enemies.
How to unlock the MP-40 in Vanguard
The good news is that it doesn’t take long to get your hands on the MP-40, as it unlocks straight away, ready to start customizing when you unlock Custom Loadouts at Level 4.
Players can gain XP towards unlocking the SMG by completing matches and earning kills. We suggest using any Double XP tokens you have early on so you can add weapons to your inventory quickly.
You can also use the MP-40 straight away in Warzone Pacific, meaning you won’t need to level up before making a custom class with it.
Best alternatives to Vanguard MP-40
If you’re looking for something with a little more range, grab the STG-44, which is proving to be the most versatile weapon in Vanguard.
Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games
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