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Every weapon, killstreak, perk, Field Upgrade & more in CoD: Vanguard open beta

CoD: Vanguard’s beta is officially here, and we’ve got every weapon, killstreak, Field Upgrade, and perk you can use in-game.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard is set to be one of the biggest entries into the legendary FPS franchise yet, and we’ve got every Field Upgrade, killstreak, perk, weapon, and equipment coming in the game’s open beta.

Call of Duty: Vanguard’s release date isn’t far away, and players will finally get their hands on the game’s multiplayer experience for the first time with the upcoming open betas.

We already have some major details about the new title, which takes inspiration from Modern Warfare with an identical minimap system while also including Dead Silence as a Field Upgrade, but other than the Champions Hill alpha, we haven’t been able to play it for ourselves.

Thankfully, some content creators got their hands on the game early, and CharlieINTEL were able to have a snoop through the game and discover everything included in the beta. So, we’ve compiled a list of every weapon, killstreak, Field Upgrade, grenade, and more.

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Every Call of Duty: Vanguard beta killsteak

Players will have 10 killstreaks to choose from in the Vanguard beta, with the Attack Dogs at 10 kills the highest available.

Glide Bomb returns from Sledgehammer‘s previous World War II title, while the Death Machine also reappears in this game. You can view the full list below.

  • Intel – 3 Kills: Reveals nearby enemies to the summoning player through repeated pings on the minimap over a short period of time. 
  • Care Package – 4 Kills: Drops a single care package which rewards a random killstreak on pickup.
  • Spy Plane – 4 Kills: Calls in a spy plane which reveals all enemy positions on the minimap to allies. Can be shot down.
  • Counter Spy Plane – 4 Kills: Calls in a counter spy plane which obscures the minimap for all enemies. Can be shot down.  
  • Glide Bomb – 5 Kills: Drops a bomb whose path can be guided toward enemies, killing them instantly. 
  • DeathMachine – 5 Kills: Equips a machine gun with explosive rounds and a fixed number of bullets. Persists through death until ammo is depleted. 
  • Mortar Barrage – 5 Kills: Toss a flare canister to mark an area for repeated mortar fire. 
  • War Machine – 7 Kills: Equips a semi-automatic grenade launcher with a fixed number of grenades. Persists through death until ammo is depleted. 
  • Flamenaut – 9 Kills: Receive a flamethrower with unlimited fuel and a protective suit. Both lost on death. 
  • Attack Dogs – 10 Kills: Summons a pack of attack dogs which target nearby enemies for a period of time.
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Every Call of Duty: Vanguard beta perk

As always, players will have three slots in which to select perks, with each one granting different abilities. Classics such as Ghost, High Alert, Double Time, and Overkill all return, with new inclusions like Forward Intel and Radar.

Perk 1

  • Ghost – Undetectable while moving by Spy Planes, enemy intel, and Field Mics. reduces effectiveness of Local Informants. 
  • Fortified – Reduce damage and health regen delay from explosives. Damage reduction increased while mounted, crouched, or prone.
  • Low Profile – Training in how to avoid detection by the enemy. Immune to the effects of Piercing Vision. 
  • Survival Training – Maximized resistance to stun effects. Immune to gas

Perk 2

  • High Alert – Your vision pulses when enemies outside of your view see you.
  • Radar – Enemies appear on your minimap when they fire an unsilenced weapon. 
  • Forward Intel – See indicators for enemy reinforcements on your minimap. Minimap shows a larger area.  
  • Tracker – Enemies leave behind a footprint trail. See markers at enemy death locations and hide the death markers of enemies you kill. 

Perk 3

  • Demolition – Extra lethal on spawn. Thrown lethals display an indicator showing the path of the lethal. 
  • Double Time – Double the duration of Tactical Sprint. Increase crouch movement speed by 30%. 
  • Tactician – Restock your tactical equipment every 30 seconds. 
  • Overkill – Carry two primary weapons. 
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Every Call of Duty: Vanguard beta Field Upgrade

Field Upgrades also return, with players able to equip body armor, drop a Field Mic, or use Dead Silence like in Modern Warfare. New Field Upgrade Goliath lets players detonate a “small remote-controlled bomb on tracks.”

  • Supply Box – Deploys a box of ammo and equipment for you and your teammates. Explodes when shot. 
  • Armor Plate – Equip body armor. 
  • Goliath – A small remote-controlled bomb on tracks. Controllable for 30 seconds, after which it self-destructs. Can be detonated early. 
  • Field Mic – Reveals nearby enemy movement on the minimap. 

Dead Silence – Temporarily makes your footsteps silent. Gun, melee, and throwing knife kills refresh duration.

All Call of Duty: Vanguard beta weapons

With Vanguard set during World War II, the game’s weapons are unsurprisingly similar to those found in Sledgehammer’s last Call of Duty offering. Six primary weapon classes are included, however, there are only two Sniper Rifles to choose from at the moment.

Primary

ARs

  • STG44
  • ITRA Burst 
  • BAR
  • NZ-41
  • Volk 
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SMGs

  • M1928 
  • STEN
  • MP-40

Shotguns

  • Revolving Shotgun 
  • Auto-Loading Shotgun 

LMGs

  • MG42
  • DP27
  • BREN

Marksman Rifles

  • M1 Garand 

Sniper Files

  • 3-Line Rifle 
  • KAR 98K

Secondary 

Handguns 

  • Machine Pistol
  • RATT
  • 1911

Launchers 

  • M1 Bazooka 
  • Panzerschreck 

Melee

  • FS Fighting Knife 

Lethal

  • MK2 Frag Grenade 
  • Gammon Bomb
  • Molotov Cocktail
  • Demolition Charge 
  • Thermite 
  • Throwing Knife 

Tactical

  • M18 Smoke Grenade 
  • N0 69 Stun Grenade 
  • MK V Gas
  • Stim 
  • S-Mine 44 

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games

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Best Automaton loadout for CoD: Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded

Here’s are the right attachments, Perks, and equipment that you can use to make the best Automaton loadout for Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded.

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The Automaton is widely regarded as the top gun in Vanguard. Make sure you’ve got the perfect attachments, perks, and equipment to build the best Vanguard Automaton loadout.

Vanguard‘s lifespan is rapidly coming to a close, but with Sledgehammer dropping the Season 4 Reloaded patch and Season 5 on the horizon, there are still plenty of reasons to jump into the game.

If you’re planning on jumping into some multiplayer, you’ll want to be using the best gun in the game, and it’s hard to look past the Automaton.

The current king of assault rifles, the Automaton has a good damage range, easy recoil control, and the stopping power to wipe out enemies.

If that sounds like your kind of gun, then we’ve got everything you need to create the best Vanguard Automaton loadout.

Best Vanguard Automaton loadout attachments

Vanguard Automaton loadout attachments
  • Muzzle: MX Silencer
  • Barrel: ZAC 600mm BFA
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Anastasia Padded
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 6.5MM Sakura 75 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Proficiency: Tight Grip
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

We’ll start off this Vanguard loadout by bringing the weapon’s recoil under control with the help of the MX Silencer muzzle, Polymer Grip rear grip, M1941 Hand Stop underbarrel, and Anastasia Padded stock.

You can take advantage of the improved precision by equipping the G16 2.5x optic to pick off enemies from a distance. The ZAC 600mm BFA barrel will provide a boost to the Automaton’s damage range, priming it for medium-range combat.

The 6.5MM Sakura 45 Round Mags will provide you with plenty of ammunition to take out multiple foes, and the Lengthened ammo type will greatly improve the weapon’s bullet velocity so that it can shred through enemies.

For the Proficiency, we’re opting for Tight Grip to bring the recoil further under control, and we picked Fully Loaded as our kit to ensure that we start off with the maximum reserve ammo.

Best Perks and equipment to use with Vanguard Automaton

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  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Lightweight
  • Lethal: Mk2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Field Upgrade: Trophy System

Ghost is an excellent choice for Perk 1 as it keeps you hidden from enemy radars and Spy Planes while you’re on the move. For Perk 2, we recommend Radar so that you can use the classic minimap to find out where your enemy is.

And finally, for Perk 3 we went with Lightweight to boost your movement speed. The Mk2 Frag Grenade is perfect for clearing out rooms, using Stim for your tactical will grant you a health boost, and the new Trophy System Field Upgrade will protect you from enemy Lethal Equipment.

How to unlock the Automaton in Vanguard

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The Automaton is unlocked at Rank 8, so you’ll get your hands on it soon after unlocking Custom Loadouts.

To unlock and level up the Automaton as fast as possible, you can check out our guide on how to rank up fast in Vanguard.

Best alternatives to Vanguard’s Automaton

If the Automaton isn’t your cup of tea, we recommend using the STG44. It’s the first Assault Rifle you’ll unlock and is an incredibly powerful choice.

The MP-40 is still the go-to SMG in Vanguard, so if you fancy some close-quarters combat, we recommend grabbing it.

If neither of these guns tickle your fancy, make sure to check out our full guide to the best Vanguard guns, where we’ve ranked every single weapon in the game.

Image Credit: Sledgehammer Games

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Best STG44 loadout for CoD: Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded

Here are the right attachments, Perks, and equipment that you can use to make the best STG44 loadout in Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded.

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Vanguard’s STG44 has been one of the most powerful and popular weapons since the game launched. Make sure you’re running the strongest class possible with our best Vanguard STG44 loadout, including attachments, perks, equipment, and more.

Vanguard may be coming towards the end of its life cycle, but plenty of players are still dropping into the game for a taste of World War II-style combat.

July’s Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded patch didn’t shift the meta much, meaning the weapons that dominated the early part of the season are still powerful today.

Since the game’s launch back in 2021, the STG44 has been a go-to choice for many Vanguard players. With good damage statistics and controllable recoil, the STG44 has proved to be a great all-rounder.

If you fancy using this strong Assault Rifle, make sure you’re running the top attachments possible with our guide to Vanguard’s best STG44 loadout.

Best Vanguard STG44 loadout attachments

STG44 in Vanguard
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: VDD 27 Precision
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: 9MM 24 Rnd Fast Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

We’ll start off this Vanguard loadout with the F8 Stabilizer, VDD 760MM 05B barrel, and VDD 27 Precision to bring the STG44’s recoil under control while providing it with a major boost to its damage range.

The Slate Reflector offers a clean and unobtrusive view when aiming at enemies from a distance, while the M1941 Handstop underbarrel and Stippled Grip will provide greater recoil control.

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The 9MM 24 Rnd Fast Mags will ensure that the STG44 has enough ammo to take out multiple enemies, and the Lengthened ammo type will increase the bullet velocity so that your rounds shred through targets.

We’ll cap off this Vanguard loadout by equipping Sleight of Hand to boost the reload speed while Fully Loaded will keep you from running out of ammo in battle.

Best Perks and Equipment to run with Vanguard STG44

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  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Lightweight
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Field Upgrade: Armor

You should definitely have Ghost as Perk 1 in Vanguard. While this Perk is only active while you move, it is still a powerful choice when Spy Planes are above in the skies.

Next, you should equip the Radar Perk as it will let you use the classic minimap that reveals an enemy’s position when they fire an unsuppressed weapon.

Our Perk 3 choice belongs to Lightweight. This STG build is fairly heavy, and Lightweight will counteract it by increasing your movement speed. Using a Stim will get you a health boost while Armor will provide extra protection while holding lanes.

How to unlock the STG44 in Vanguard

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The good news is that the STG44 is available at level 1, meaning you won’t have to grind to get your hands on it. The weapon will be added to your inventory as soon as you launch the game.

Best alternatives to Vanguard STG44

If you’re not feeling the STG44, there are a few other assault rifles that can do an equally good job. The Automaton has been popular in Season 4, while the Cooper Carbine and new Vargo-S are both strong options too.

If you fancy getting up close and personal with your enemies, it’s hard to go wrong with the MP-40. For more, check out our guide to Vanguard’s best guns, with every weapon ranked.

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DEADROP dev responds as fans accuse CoD of stealing skin from Dr Disrespect game

Dr Disrespect fans are convinced Activision copied a Variant his game for their latest Warzone skin, and a DEADROP dev has responded.

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Activision dropped Warzone and Vanguard’s Tracer Pack Malware Ultra Skin but players immediately noticed a striking similarity with Dr Disrespect’s DEADROP, and it looks like it’s even prompted a response from a Midnight Society developer.

Not long after Activision had to apologize for copying artwork from an independent artist, plagiarism accusations are flying once again. This time concerning Vanguard and Warzone’s new Doomslayer skin which Dr Disrespect fans immediately recognized.

Dr Disrespect’s ‘vertical extraction shooter’ DEADROP is currently in development, and there have already been plenty of comparisons with Call of Duty — mostly from Doc himself. He’s previously said that Modern Warfare 2 can’t “match” DEADROP.

Those who have bought a DEADROP Founders Pass have received one of 10,000 “Variants,” which are unique in-game characters. Senior developers have shown off their Variants, and many think they are the inspiration for Call of Duty’s latest bundle.

The Tracer Pack Malware Ultra skin dropped in Warzone and Vanguard on August 15, featuring a hooded sci-fi character with a skull-faced digital visor. Those words could also be used to describe DEADROP founder Robert Bowling’s Variant, and players were quick to make the comparison.

“Damn, they had to scrap the Dog they ripped off then went straight for a DEADROP variant,” replied one Twitter user. “Looks like whoever created this skin TRIED to copy the Variant of one of the leaders of [Midnight Society],” commented another.

While not a direct response, Bowling, who’s an ex-Infinity Ward dev, tweeted: “At least name it after me.”

Not everyone was convinced that the skin was a straight copy though, as some said that it’s a classic sci-fi design that’s been around longer than DEADROP.

We’ll need to wait and see whether Activision respond to the accusations, but Doc fans are convinced. In the meantime, check out how NICKMERCS will be “brutally honest” if he thinks DEADROP is trash.

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