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Call of Duty: Vanguard Campaign: Characters & storyline

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s campaign sees players fighting on all four fronts of WWII as part of an elite Special Forces team.

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Arthur Kingsley in CoD: Vanguard

Sledgehammer Games is bringing a new take to the WWII experience with Call of Duty: Vanguard’s campaign mode, which features the rise of Special Forces across all four fronts of the war.

The campaign of Vanguard is centered around the rise of Special Forces, groups of trained fighters, attacking against enemies together. This concept was something that was unheard of during the WWII era. 

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s campaign is not a sequel to Sledgehammer Games’ 2017 title, but rather a brand new title with a focus on all fronts of World War II.

Dave Swenson, Campaign Creative Director, says that the team spoke directly with historical advisors on the different stories of World War II. The team looked at “tide-turning battles” but also how the outcome of the war was determined by “critical moments.”

Player looking around a wall in Vanguard

Vanguard Overview & Story

Vanguard takes place across all four fronts of the war – Pacific Front, Western Front, Eastern Front, and North Africa. The team wanted to tell stories of the individuals who put their lives on the line during the war; a micro-focus on select stories that come to life in unique ways in the world of Vanguard.

World War II featured huge armies running into battle; there were no navy seals, no high-tech equipment; it was not always fought on the front lines. The war was fought everywhere – even in civilian places and destroyed homes.  

Sledgehammer Games wanted to focus on identifying the first rise of groups of trained individuals fighting together. And this led to the rise of the Special Forces.

In Vanguard, players will get to experience the four fronts of World War II through the eyes of four Special Forces characters. The story revolves around the four being sent to Berlin, Germany to identify Project Phoenix. This is a project that they believed was how the Nazis intended to prolong their rule beyond Hitler. 

The four Special Forces were sent to stop this advancement. During their attempt to stop, the four Forces get captured and taken into the Lion’s Den inside of Gestapo Headquarters. The Nazis interrogating them were scared because they had never seen small squads of allied forces fighting together that were highly trained.  

This sets the foundation for what Vanguard is about. Players will follow the four Special Forces characters through their journey during the War and how they came together to fight for their people. 

Player model in Call of Duty: Vanguard

Vanguard campaign characters

The four Special Forces characters of Call of Duty: Vanguard are based on real individuals that fought during World War II. 

Arthur Kinglsey is the leader of the Special Forces unit and is a British Paratrooper, part of the 9th Parachute Battalion, based on Sidney Cornell. Kingsley is the leader of the team, portrayed by Chiké Okonkwo and written by Tochi Oneybuchi.

Lt. Polina Petrova is from the Soviet Union, part of the 138th Rifle Division, and based on Lyudmila Pavlichenko, who was a Soviet Sniper in the Army. 

Petrova is described as an “inspiration” and a “hero” to the locals for her bravery in fighting off German forces. She helped local civilians with fending off German fighters during her time and became an integral part of the Special Forces unit.

Lt. Polina Petrova in CoD: Vanguard

The third member of the Special Forces Division is Captain Wade Jackson. Jackson is part of Scouting Squadron Six, a US Fighter Pilot based on Vernon “Mike” Micheel

Jackson experiences the growth of becoming a member of a team, after working and flying solo in his time, and becomes an expert pilot for the crew. 

The last of the Special Forces is 2nd Lt. Lucas Riggs. Riggs is part of the 20th Battalion, from Australia, which fights in North Africa. The character is based on Charles Upham, who was a New Zealand soldier that fought in North Africa in real life.

Sledgehammer Games says that the Australian Infantrymen set new standards in their regions for how to fight, and that will show in the North African front of the game’s campaign. 


More details on Call of Duty: Vanguard’s campaign will be announced as we get closer to launch on November 5.

While we didn’t hear any more information about the game’s story mode, Sledgehammer have confirmed a new map and anti-cheat for Warzone, 20 multiplayer maps, and that Treyarch are developing the game’s Zombies mode.

In the meantime, players will be able to get their hands on the game over the coming weeks and months, and we have everything you need to take part in the upcoming Vanguard Alpha and Open Beta tests.

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Vanguard Zombies players furious The Archon is just “green Terra Maledicta”

Fans of Vanguard’s Zombies mode are furious with Season 5’s content, claiming The Archon to be a green-tinted remaster of Terra Maledicta.

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Fans were eager to get a look at a new round-based Zombies map in Vanguard Season 5, but excitement turned to disappointment as a remaster of Terra Maledicta was revealed instead.

While Vanguard Zombies players will be getting a round-based experience in Season 5, The Archon isn’t exactly a new map. Zombies fans were under the impression that Season 5’s The Archon would deliver another brand-new Zombies map following Vanguard’s Shi No Numa.

Instead, the upcoming content is better defined as a new Zombies experience, since players will receive a round-based version of Season 2’s Terra Maledicta instead. It seems the announcement has caused unrest among Zombies fans, with several voicing their disbelief.

Vanguard Zombies Season 5 The Archon

Terra Maledicta was a new Zombies map that arrived with Season 2 of Vanguard. When it launched, players slammed it as a boring Zombies map that failed to change their initial poor opinion of Vanguard Zombies.

Given the poor reception, the devs claim that they were dedicated to using player feedback to improve the Terra Maledicta experience in Season 5.

“Earlier this year, the Vanguard Zombies team received a mountain of constructive feedback around the launch of Terra Maledicta. As we digested everything we heard from the community, one request kept coming up over and over: the map’s Egyptian and Dark Aether settings would make for a killer round-based experience. We agreed!”

This explains their decision to remaster or update Terra Maledicta by giving it a round-based makeover in Season 5. Unfortunately, the initial reaction from Vanguard players has been just as poor as that of the original Terra Maledicta.

It seems players were under the impression they’d be getting a new round-based map, which increased the disappointment they felt when a “green Terra Maledicta remaster” was revealed instead.

Zombies fans are obsessing over the green-tinted overhaul that Terra Maledicta seems to have received. Comments from the above post found on the CODZombies subreddit reveal that players believe this Season 5 content to be lazy: “This is next level lazy if they actually have used terra maledicta.”

Another player questioned if there would be any new sections around the map: “The fun part about it is the fact that on the official treyarch blog there’s NOTHING that says that there will be new areas, this is literally a s*** show.”

It’s certainly too early to pass final judgment on Season 5’s Zombies content, but it’s safe to say that The Archon will have to be a phenomenal experience to change players’ strong opinions.


For more, check out how to unlock Vanguard and Warzone’s new RA 225 SMG and Valois Revolver in Season 5.

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How to get Warzone & Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards (August 2022)

There are new Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards available for players to claim. Here’s how you can get your hands on them.

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Prime Gaming is an exciting way for developers to reward players with various in-game items. Here’s how you can claim your Prime Gaming rewards in Warzone and Vanguard.

Both Warzone Pacific and Vanguard feature fun cosmetic items that players can equip to customize their playing experience, and these can be acquired through several different means.

One easy way to get them is through the popular Prime Gaming service, which allows Amazon Prime subscribers to get free in-game rewards for their favorite games.

With this in mind, here is how you can get the Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards for August.

How to get Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards

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If you’re interested in claiming Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards, you’ll need an Amazon Prime subscription. If you don’t already have one, you can sign up for a free 30-day trial to redeem the rewards.

Then you must link your Warzone and Vanguard account to your Amazon Prime account with the membership active.

Here’s how you can link your accounts for free Prime Gaming rewards:

  1. Navigate to the Call of Duty Offer Detail Page
  2. Click ‘Claim Now’ on the active content drop
  3. Log in with your Prime-enabled account or sign up for Prime
  4. Click ‘Continue’ to begin the account-linking process
  5. Click ‘Go to Activision’ to be redirected to Activision’s account-linking page
  6. Log in with your Activision account and authorize Prime Gaming to fulfill content
  7. Click ‘Complete Claim’
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Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming Rewards – August 2022

Full Defense Bundle

The August 2022 content drop through Prime Gaming brings a total of five exclusive items for Warzone and Vanguard players to claim, including an Operator skin, a weapon Blueprint, and a Calling Card.

Below is a full list of everything available throughout the month of August:

  • Legendary Desert Pinstripes Skin
  • Epic Counterinsurgency Blueprint
  • Legendary Golden Grenadier Emblem
  • Legendary No Oasis Killcam Theme
  • Epic Heat of Battle Calling Card
Full Defense Bundle in Warzone and Vanguard

That covers everything you need to know about this month’s Prime Gaming rewards for Warzone Pacific and Vanguard.

There are new rewards available each month, so be sure to check back with this guide!


For more Call of Duty, check out how to unlock the RA 225 SMG in Season 5 as well as our guide on the Heroes vs Villains event.

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How to unlock RA 225 SMG in Warzone & Vanguard Season 5

Warzone and Vanguard’s new Season 5 SMG is set to deliver incredible mobility and a fast fire rate, so here’s how to unlock the RA 225.

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RA 255 SMG Warzone Vanguard Season 5

The RA 225 SMG is making its way to Vanguard and Warzone during Season 5, and the weapon’s speed in tight spaces should be a valuable addition to both games.

With Season 5 set to act as the final chapter of Vanguard and Warzone before players move on to Modern Warfare 2 and Warzone 2, the RA 225 will be one of the last weapons to enter the fold.

We’ve seen a ton of post-launch Vanguard SMGs join the pool of weapons over the seasons, and it’s only right that players receive one final SMG before saying goodbye.

The new SMG will rely on a high fire rate and excellent mobility to dominate Season 5 of Warzone and Vanguard, so here’s how to unlock the RA 225.

How to unlock the RA 225 SMG in Warzone & Vanguard

Warzone and Vanguard’s RA 225 SMG will arrive at the start of Season 5 on August 24, and it will be available at tier 31 of the Battle Pass.

The RA 225 SMG will be one of two weapons arriving via the Season 5 Battle Pass, with the EX1 being the other. These two weapons will be free unlocks that occupy tiers 15 and 31 of the Battle Pass.

Menendez and Al-Asad in Warzone Season 5

The Call of Duty blog for the Season 5 roadmap explains that “this SMG has a high fire rate and a very mobile compact frame.” The RA 225 is a lightweight SMG, which means it should provide excellent mobility for those looking to finesse opponents in Warzone Season 5.

Although it does come with quick handling, its fast fire rate means that while it will be devastating in close-range gunfights, you will have to manage some upward recoil kick that the RA 225 displays.

Its base form doesn’t boast the highest firepower possible, but with the right attachments, you should be able to increase its damage and recoil control to your liking.


For more, check out our guide to all of the Vanguard & Warzone weapons arriving in Season 5, as well as how to unlock the Valois Revolver.

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