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How to unlock Gold, Diamond, and Atomic Mastery camos in CoD: Vanguard

Mastery Camos are back, and here’s how you can unlock the Gold, Diamond, and Atomic skins in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

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Unlocking weapon camos is always a fun and difficult challenge for Call of Duty fans, and Vanguard players will be able to get their hands on three multiplayer Mastery camos in Vanguard: Gold, Diamond, and Atomic.

For Call of Duty fans, unlocking Mastery camos is the best way to prove your dedication to the game, and show your opponents how talented and versatile you really are. Unlocking these weapon skins take an incredible amount of time, and require an ability to dominate opponents no matter the weapon.

Throughout Black Ops Cold War, players were grinding to unlock Dark Matter Ultra, the highest-tier Mastery camo available to players, and the good news is that this challenge will return in Sledhegammer’s Call of Duty: Vanguard.

As always, players will need to complete challenges to get their hands on them, but we’ve got everything you need to unlock them, plus a first look at what these Mastery camos look like in-game.

How to unlock Gold camo in CoD: Vanguard

  • Complete all 10 Weapon Camo Challenges for any CoD: Vanguard weapon

Unlocking the Gold camo for your weapon is relatively straightforward. At launch, each Vanguard gun comes with 10 camos available to be unlocked, either by racking up kills or using specific attachments.

Once you’ve completed all these challenges, you will be rewarded with a special Golden skin for your weapon, so you can show the world that you’ve mastered that gun.

How to unlock Diamond camo in CoD: Vanguard

  • Unlock the Gold Camo for every gun in a CoD: Vanguard weapon class

Getting your hands on the game’s Diamond camo is slightly more difficult. To unlock the sparkly weapon skin, you’ll need to unlock the Gold version for every gun in a weapon class.

For example, if you want to rock Diamonds on your STG-44, you’ll need to unlock the Gold camo for all seven Assault Rifles in Vanguard at launch.

How to unlock Atomic camo in CoD: Vanguard

  • Unlock the Diamond camo for all Vanguard weapon classes

The Atomic camouflage is by far the most difficult to unlock, but because of this, it’s also the rarest. Getting your hands on this skin will require willpower, determination, and skill, as you’ll need to unlock Diamond in every weapon class in the game.

That doesn’t just mean popular classes like SMGs or Sniper Rifles, but Shotguns, Launchers, and even Secondary weapons like Pistols. All the effort is worth it though, as the Atomic is definitely one of the most beautiful camos in the game.

All three camos are definitely going to take time to unlock, but players will already be racing to become the first to get their hands on the elusive Atomic camo.

Mastery camos are also back in Zombies, with Golden Viper, Plague Diamond, and Dark Aether all available for players to unlock.

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How to fix Vanguard’s “right stick not working” glitch

Here’s how you can quickly fix the CoD: Vanguard glitch that causes the right stick to stop working on your controller.

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A major Call of Duty: Vanguard glitch is causing the right stick to completely stop working mid-game for controller players, but thankfully, there is a way you can quickly fix it.

Vanguard players have had to deal with their fair share of bugs and glitches. These all have different effects on the game, such as making the High Alert perk stronger despite receiving a nerf, or letting players levitate.

Now, players that use controllers are encountering a new issue that causes the right stick to stop working. This leaves them with nothing to do but to keep running straight ahead, putting them at a serious disadvantage with no ability to aim.

Here’s how you can get around this Vanguard glitch.

Vanguard’s “right stick not working” glitch

The right stick glitch occurs when CoD: Vanguard automatically changes your input settings from controller to mouse and keyboard. This causes your controller to disconnect mid-game.

Once the controller reconnects, the right stick stops working entirely. This prevents you from looking around and aiming. Instead, all you’ll be able to do is keep running forward and shooting.

How to fix Vanguard’s “right stick not working” glitch

The first way to get around this glitch is to hit right on your controller’s D-pad. This button helps the game detect that the player is using a controller to play instead of a mouse and keyboard.

If this doesn’t work, then there are other methods that you can try out. Some players have reported that the right stick issue gets fixed after getting killed. This can ruin the match, but you’ll regain control of your Operator.

The final method that you can try out is to turn off the game altogether. Booting CoD: Vanguard back up will cause your controller to function properly again. You should also make sure that your controller is fully charged.


For more Vanguard, check out how to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific and how Vanguard players want a simple QoL change to improve the HUD.

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Vanguard players slam “pay-to-win” Double Barrel Shotgun Blueprint

One CoD: Vanguard Double Barrel Shotgun Blueprint is being criticized by players for having a “pay-to-win” buff.

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CoD Vanguard players are calling for the developers to make some major changes to one “pay-to-win” Double Barrel Shotgun Blueprint that’s giving users an unfair advantage in combat.

Call of Duty: Vanguard features almost 40 weapons for you to choose from. There have also been weapon Blueprints that provide players with a “pay-to-win” buff, giving them an unfair advantage.

While the devs have been working to fix these, certain Blueprints continue to break the game’s rules. Now, players are criticizing one bundle in the store that lets you get around Vanguard’s restrictions.

The Double Barrel Shotgun is a powerful weapon in CoD: Vanguard. If you choose to dual-wield this gun then you’ll encounter a major tradeoff: the underbarrel attachment will be disabled.

This was implemented by Sledgehammer Games to keep things fair in the game. However, CoD Vanguard’s Scavenger Hunt bundle is letting players get past this restriction and equip an underbarrel.

This bundle contains the Wild Marble Shotgun Blueprint which features the Akimbo Perk along with an SMLE Pistol Grip Underbarrel. So, players with access to this bundle can exclusively use this Double Barrel build.

Reddit user ‘M4GIX’ brought this up in the CoD: Vanguard subreddit, criticizing the “pay-to-win” bundle. “If you wanted to build this gun without the Blueprint, you wouldn’t be able to,”

Being able to dual-wield this weapon makes it overpowered. Many of the commenters slammed the developers for this rule-breaking bundle. “I think it’s incompetence more than malice,” wrote one user.

There have also been previous instances of “pay-to-win” blueprints in CoD: Vanguard, such as the STG44’s Debt Collector variant. These have been heavily criticized by players as they make the game unbalanced.

At the time of writing, the developers have yet to respond to the issue with CoD: Vanguard’s Wild Marble Shotgun Blueprint. If they implement a fix for this problem, we’ll be sure to update you.


For more Vanguard, check out how to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific and how Microsoft is set to acquire Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard.

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How to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific

Here’s what you need to do in order to turn off Call of Duty’s Crossplay functionality in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific Season 1.

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While playing Call of Duty with your friends on different platforms can be fun, there is a risk of you encountering hackers and cheaters even after the launch of RICOCHET. You can avoid that by using our guide to turn off crossplay in Vanguard & Warzone Pacific Season 1.

Crossplay in Vanguard and Warzone Pacific is a feature that connects players across all platforms through an “Activision Account.” Players who do not opt-in to this system will be unable to play cross-platform across PlayStation, Xbox, and PC.

If you do have an Activision Account, you will be automatically entered into the crossplay player pool by default. If you feel like this isn’t for you, and you want the option to disable this, then follow our quick and easy guide.

How to turn off crossplay for Vanguard

  1. Log into Vanguard Multiplayer
  2. Navigate to ‘Settings’
  3. Go to the ‘Account & Network’ tab
  4. Change Crossplay from ‘On’ to ‘Off’

How To Turn off Warzone Pacific Crossplay

  1. Log into Warzone
  2. Go to the ‘Options’ section
  3. Navigate to the ‘Account’ tab
  4. Change Crossplay from ‘Enabled’ to ‘Disabled’

Once crossplay is disabled, you’ll only matchmake against players on your native platform. You can toggle crossplay back on at any time. We especially recommend having it on while queuing for Warzone.

Why turn off crossplay for Vangaurd & Warzone Pacific ?

Simply put, cheaters and hackers. If you’re a console-only player, you might run into a few from the PC platform. While RICOCHET has helped significantly reduce the number of hackers, running into a cheater can still occur with some cheat providers refusing to back down.

We strongly recommend keeping crossplay on to ensure the queue times stay short, we also understand that running into cheaters is not fun.

Unfortunately, if you’re on PC, turning off crossplay will significantly increase your matchmaking times. We do not recommend turning off crossplay unless you are on a console.

Why should I keep crossplay on?

If you’re wondering why you should keep crossplay on – first and foremost, interconnectivity. With crossplay enabled, you can play with Call of Duty friends on other platforms. If this is off, players on other platforms won’t be able to join your sessions and you won’t be able to join them.

Secondly, matchmaking times will be impacted if you turn off crossplay. More so on PC than other platforms, but the matchmaking pool you enter into on console will be against players with no Activision ID and other players who have turned off crossplay.

Lastly, connections. You’ll be entered into a more narrow pool of players, so this could also have a negative impact on your ping. Overall though, you should still be thrown into the best available games.


For more Call of Duty news, check out how Microsoft is set to acquire Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard.

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