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How to fix CoD: Vanguard crashing & freezing issues

If you’re having trouble with Call of Duty: Vanguard freezing and crashing, here are some tips that should fix the problem.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard players have reported that their game has been constantly crashing, so here are some potential fixes to get you back into the WW2 action.

Vanguard has been hailed as one of the “smoothest” Call of Duty launches yet, but there have been a few bugs niggling away beneath the surface. One of the most prominent is PC players who have been plagued by crashing and freezing issues, but there are a few solutions you can try.

After applying the best PC settings, thanks to YouTuber ComputerSluggish Tutorials, here are some solutions you can try to stop Vanguard from freezing and stuttering.

Check Windows is up-to-date

The reason Call of Duty: Vanguard is crashing could be something as simple as Windows not being up-to-date.

Here’s how to ensure Windows is up-to-date:

  1. Open up ‘Settings’ on Windows 10
  2. Click on ‘Update & Security’
  3. Select ‘Check for updates’
  4. If you have an update available, you can now install it

Check your graphics drivers are up-to-date

The reason why Vanguard is consistently crashing could be something as simple as your graphics drivers being out of date. NVIDIA and AMD regularly release new drivers tailored to specific new releases, so you want to make sure they’re as up-to-date as possible.

Here’s how to check and update your graphics drivers:

How to update NVIDIA graphics driver

If you have an NVIDIA graphics card, the GeForce experience app will handle this for you.

  1. Download GeForce experience through NVIDIA.com
  2. Open GeForce experience
  3. Select the ‘Drivers’ tab
  4. Click ‘check for updates’ in the upper right corner
  5. If an update is available, follow the steps

How to update AMD graphics driver

If you have an AMD GPU, you can use the Radeon Settings to update your drivers.

  1. Right-click on your desktop
  2. Select AMD Radeon Settings
  3. Click on the Home icon
  4. Click ‘New Updates’ on the bottom left
  5. Select ‘check for update’
  6. If an update is available, follow the steps

Make sure your graphics card isn’t overclocked

Many gamers overclock their graphics card to squeeze out more performance, but this can cause issues with Vanguard.

ComputerSluggish Tutorials recommends that, if you can, you remove any overclocking settings from your graphics card and then try launching Call of Duty: Vanguard. This involves getting into the guts of your PC, so we only recommend doing this if you’re confident in your tech skills.

Close other applications

Having other applications or programs open while playing Vanguard could be causing issues, so make sure that everything is closed down while you play.

Run Vanguard as an administrator

Some players have experienced issues with Call of Duty: Vanguard when the game and Battle.net aren’t set to run as an administrator.

This is a quick fix, so here’s how to do it:

  1. Right click on the CoD: Vanguard shortcut on your desktop
  2. Select ‘Properties’
  3. Select the ‘Compatibility’ tab
  4. Tick the ‘Run this program as an administrator’ box
  5. Select ‘Apply’
  6. Do the exact same for the Battle.net shortcut

Unplug external devices

Vanguard’s crashes could be caused by something plugged into your computer, such as a faulty USB device. You should unplug all devices (except for your mouse and keyboard) and see if the crashing issues are fixed. If they are, trial and error each device to see what the issue is.

Disable NVIDIA in-game overlay

The NVIDIA overlay could be causing further issues for Vanguard, so it’s worth disabling it.

Here’s how to disable the NVIDIA overlay:

  1. Launch the GeForce Experience app
  2. Click the ‘Settings’ cog
  3. Look for the ‘In-Game Overlay’ box under ‘General’
  4. Toggle the in-game overlay to ‘Off’
  5. Do the same for any other applications such as Discord

Restart Vanguard’s Shader Compilation

Vanguard will download shaders after a major update or graphics driver update, but this can go wrong. You can re-download the shaders compilation from inside Vanguard, which should correct any issues with shaders.

Here’s how to reinstall shaders in Vanguard:

  1. Launch Call of Duty: Vanguard
  2. Go the the ‘Settings’ tab
  3. Select ‘Reinstall Shaders Compliation’ under display
  4. Wait for the shaders to install
  5. Restart Vanguard
  6. Launch into a match to see if the issues are fixed

Scan and Repair Vanguard

If none of these fixes work, you should try running a Scan and Repair on Vanguard. This will find and fix any missing or corrupt files.

Here’s how to do this:

  1. Open Battle.net
  2. Click on ‘Call of Duty: Vanguard’
  3. Hit ‘Options’ beside the ‘Play’ button
  4. Select ‘Scan and Repair’
  5. When done, launch Vanguard

Hopefully one of these solutions will solve your crashing and stuttering issues in Call of Duty: Vanguard!

You can also check out the life-saving Bombing Run tip every Vanguard player needs to know.

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Vanguard January 20 update patch notes: Shotgun nerf, Perk tuning & bug fixes

Here are the full patch notes for Vanguard’s January 20 update, which nerfed the Double Barrel Shotgun and adjusted the Fortified Perk.

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Vanguard’s developers Sledgehammer Games released a patch on January 20 that’s sought to nerf shotguns, adjust the Fortified Perk, and fixed a bug involving Killstreaks.

Vanguard players have been frustrated with the state of the game for some time now with various bugs and glitches hampering the Multiplayer fun. Thankfully, Sledgehammer Games has released a significant update on January 20 addressing widespread issues.

The January 20 update has finally nerfed the Double Barrel Shotguns and tuned the Fortified Perk in addition to a number of fixes that could be found in the patch notes below.

Here’s everything you need to know about Vanguard’s January 20 update.

Vanguard’s Double Barrel Shotgun nerf

Vanguard players will be pleased to hear that the Double Barrel Shotgun has finally received a much-needed nerf. Thanks to the Akimbo attachment, the Double Barrel Shotgun has been a nightmare to deal with, especially on small maps.

For months, these Shotguns have tormented Vanguard players with their incredible damage output and incredible damage range. The update has nerfed the damage from the Akimbo Double Barrel Shotgun and the range from the Buck and Slug attachment.

Vanguard January 20 update patch notes

Bug Fixes

  • Weapons
    • Longshots now count when achieved through Incendiary Round’s damage over time
    • When previewing the Welgun after unlocking Challenges in Multiplayer, the Welgun is no longer missing challenge details
    • Corrected unintended behavior with Buck and Slug, which resulted in players getting headshot bonuses when shooting limbs
  • Perks
    • Players with the Fortified Perk are no longer immune to any fire damage including Flamenaut and Incendiary Grenade
  • Killstreaks
    • Fixed an issue where some players would not retain their Killstreaks in between rounds
    • Users can no longer gain infinite ammo with a Killstreak bug exploit

Weapon Balancing

  • ShotgunsAkimbo Double Barrel Shotgun
    • Damage has been reduced
  • Attachments
    • Buck and Slug range has been reduced

Adjusted CDL Recipes with the following:

  • Match start timer is now 30 seconds
  • Removed FMJ from Restricted List
  • Respawn Delay Timer set to 3.5 seconds
  • Suicide Respawn Delay Timer set to 4.5 seconds
  • Added Incendiary Grenades to Restricted List
  • Added Bombing Run to Restricted List
  • All Killstreaks, except Artillery Strike and Cruise Missile, are restricted and not able to be used while in Ranked matches

Zombies

  • Addressed an issue that could occasionally prevent the player’s Artifact from working properly after using a Self-Revive.
  • Addressed an issue where Support weapons could provide infinite ammo.

The next major Vanguard update will be Season 2, which has now been delayed to February 14 while the developers continue to fix various issues that continue to plague the game.

Source: Sledgehammer Games

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Best CoD: Vanguard SMG loadouts: Ranked list

Here are the best SMG loadouts you can run in Call of Duty: Vanguard, as well as every Submachine Gun ranked from best to worst.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard offers players seven powerful and unique WW2-era SMGs to rank up and master. We’ve sorted every SMG into a ranked list, and revealed the best loadout for each one.

Call of Duty: Vanguard offers over 40 weapons to level up and unlock the elusive Atomic Mastery camo for. Submachine Guns, or SMGs, allow you to be a speedy menace on the map, getting in the enemy’s face and dealing serious damage.

However, not all SMGs are created equal, and some are much better than others. We’ve ranked all six Vanguard SMGs from best to worst, and counted down the best loadouts you can use.

Best Vanguard SMGs ranked list

Every Call of Duty: Vanguard SMG is viable, but some are much better than others thanks to their mobility, fire rate, and time to kill.

Here are all seven Call of Duty: Vanguard SMGs ranked from best to worst.

  1. MP-40
  2. Welgun
  3. Type 100
  4. M1928
  5. PPSH-41
  6. Owen Gun
  7. Sten

Best SMG loadouts in CoD: Vanguard

7. Best Sten loadout

While it will still serve you well in Vanguard’s multiplayer, we believe the Sten is the least effective SMG.

The Sten suffers from the bloom mechanic discovered by TrueGameData, which means that your shots aren’t always going to go where you aim. This means that you need to use attachments to counter this, sacrificing attachments that could otherwise be used on mobility.

It’s not unusable by any means, but any other SMG on this list will serve you infinitely better.

Here are the best attachments to run with the Sten, increasing its accuracy and mobility:

  • Muzzle: M1929 Silencer
  • Barrel: Hockensen 174MM B11S
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Hockensen S33S Padded
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 20 Round Fast Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengethed
  • Rear Grip: Grooved Grip
  • Proficiency: Gung-Ho
  • Kit: Quick

6. Best Owen Gun loadout

The Owen Gun is a unique SMG designed for medium-range fights, but you’d be better off running an Assault Rifle such as the Automaton instead.

While each bullet deals significant damage, its low fire rate and obtrusive magazine hold it back from being up there with the best. But it does perform well at medium range, so if you’re a player who doesn’t like to take fights up-close, the Owen Gun could be the weapon for you.

Here are the best Owen Gun attachments, taking advantage of its medium-range damage:

  • Muzzle: M1929 Silencer
  • Barrel: Gawaun 188MM Shrouded
  • Optic: Nydar Model 47
  • Stock: Gawain H4 Folding
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strifle Angled
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 72 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Leather Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

5. Best PPSH-41 loadout

The fan-favorite PPSH-41 is also available in Cold War, but Vanguard’s is a much more unique offering. It has a rapid-fire rate, which allows it to shred enemies at close-range.

You might not be a huge fan of the PPSH-41 when you first unlock it thanks to the fast fire rate and high recoil, but once you start picking up attachments to reign it in, you’ll be melting enemies in no time. It doesn’t really excel in any one area but makes for a powerful all-rounder.

Here’s the best loadout for Vanguard’s PPSH-41, taking advantage of its high fire rate:

  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: ZAC 30MM
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: 
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: Nambu 71 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Leather Grip
  • Proficiency: Tight Grip
  • Kit: Quick

4. Best M1928 loadout

As you start to level up the M1928, or Thompson, you’ll probably start to notice that it’s extremely underrated.

It has a very competitive TTK, a large magazine, and minimal recoil, making it a standout choice in Vanguard’s pre-season. The key to unlocking its fast TTK is using the 8MM Kurz 50 Round Drums magazine, and combining it with Hollow Point ammo. The Thompson doesn’t have the Vital Proficiency, so the extra limb damage from Hollow Point rounds is the next best thing.

Here are the best attachments for Vanguard’s M1928, boosting its damage and recoil control:

  • Muzzle: M1929 Silencer
  • Barrel: Chariot 5.5″
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Ragdoll T2 Support
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 8MM Kurz 50 Round Drums
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Frenzy
  • Kit: Quick

3. Best Type 100 loadout

The Type 100 comes in second place, but only just. If you’re looking for a weapon with an incredibly fast TTK, we wholeheartedly recommend the Type 100.

As soon as you pair the Vital Proficiency with the .30 Round Short 30 Round Mags, you’ll be killing enemies in only two shots. Mix this high damage with a fast fire rate, and enemies will die before they know what’s hit them. Although a rapid killer, it just isn’t quite as versatile as the number one spot.

Here’s the best Vanguard Type 100 loadout, boasting that rapid TTK:

  • Muzzle: M1929 Silencer
  • Barrel: Sakura 282MM Wrap
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Warubachi Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

2. Best Welgun loadout

The Vanguard mi-Season 1 update introduced players to a new SMG called the Welgun. As is the case with most new weapons, the SMG is an incredibly viable choice and just barely misses out on dethroning the MP40 as the top SMG in the game.

The Welgun’s high fire rate and rapid time-to-kill make it an obvious choice. But with the right attachments, it can also shred at greater distances improving its versatility.

Here are the best Welgun loadout attachments, that boost its potential damage range and TTK:

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: 320MM SA Shrouded
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Gawain Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: .45 58 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Frenzy
  • Kit: On-Hand

1. Best MP-40 loadout – Best SMG in Vanguard

The MP-40 kills fast, has almost no recoil, and can contend with some of the best Assault Rifles at range. If you’re looking for an SMG to suit any situation, you simply can’t go wrong with the classic MP-40.

The only thing holding slightly holding the MP-40 back is that it doesn’t have the powerful Vital Proficiency, but its low recoil and fire rate makes it much more versatile than the Type 100, allowing it to be the best SMG in Vanguard.

Here are the best MP-40 loadout attachments, maximizing its accuracy and damage:

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317MM 04B
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Krausnick 33MM Folding
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 9MM Para 24 Round Fast Mag
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Quick

And those are the best SMG loadouts for Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 1! Metas change and another SMG may arrive in Season 2, so we’ll keep this list updated throughout the year.

You can also check out how all of these SMGs compare to the rest of Vanguard’s weapons.

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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.

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.

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