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CoD: Vanguard’s 10 most popular weapons

Here are the top ten most popular primary weapons in Call of Duty: Vanguard, including their kill share and why they’re so popular.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s pre-season is now in full swing, but some weapons have gained popularity much quicker than others. Here are the top 10 primary weapons in Vanguard, as of November 15.

Vanguard is finally here, and players have now had plenty of time to experience all of the almost 40 weapons available. But of course, some weapons are better than others and have become more popular because of it.

Popular Warzone stats site Warzone Ranked, which lists the most popular guns and which streamers you’ve played against, has built a similar service for Vanguard – COD Ranked. This displays your Vanguard stats and also reveals the most popular primary popular weapons, so we’re counting down the top ten.

Top 10 most popular primary weapons in Vanguard

Bear in mind that Vanguard doesn’t provide SMG data, so the top 10 weapons list doesn’t include any submachine guns yet. But COD Ranked confirmed that they’re going to contact Sledgehammer Games to try to get the data, so we’ll update this list accordingly.

Here are the top ten primary weapons listed on COD Ranked according to their kill share.

10. Double Barrel – 3.1%

Double barrel shotgun in cod vanguard

Vanguard has developed a Shotgun meta, and the Double Barrel Shotgun has proved to be a popular choice in Das Haus playlists.

Although it can only fire two shots before reloading, you can use an Akimbo attachment to double your firepower. You won’t need to ADS in the chaos of Das Haus, so even though it’s not the most popular Shotgun, the Double Barrel is still getting some love.

9. Einhorn Revolving / Gracey Auto – 3.4%

Gracey Auto Shotgun in CoD Vanguard

Even the least-used Shotguns are getting some love in the Das Haus Shotgun meta. These include the Einhorn Revolving and Gracey Auto, which have the same kill share.

These two semi-automatic Shotguns will make short work of enemies in close-range, and it’s absolutely possible to rack up the high killstreaks. If the Combat Shotgun gets a nerf, there’s a high chance one of these guns will take its place.

Be sure to check out the best Gracey Auto loadout for CoD Vanguard!

8. ITRA Burst – 3.5%

ITRA Burst in Call of Duty Vanguard

Unfortunately, with weapons being able to two-shot opponents, the ITRA Burst is the least used Assault Rifle in the game.

It fires four shots instead of three, which makes it unique for a burst-rifle. And if you manage to land all four of those bursts, you’ll drop the enemy immediately. But if only a couple of the bullets connect, the ITRA’s time to kill will significantly drop, and you might die before you can get another burst downrange.

To make sure it’s as strong as possible, check out the best ITRA Burst loadout you can use.

7. MG42 – 4.2%

MG42 in Call of Duty Vanguard

The classic MG42 has made it into the current top ten, being even more popular than the majority of Shotguns.

The MG42 is a surprisingly powerful pick, having a fast fire rate, a huge magazine size, and low recoil. And it’s quite mobile, so you’ll still be able to move around the map without the heavy MG weighing you down.

If you haven’t experimented with LMGs yet, you can’t go wrong with the MG42.

6. NZ-41 – 4.9%

NZ-41 in Call of Duty Vanguard

And the NZ-41 is a powerful, versatile Assault Rifle choice in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

It’s one of the more versatile weapons in the game, being suitable for any form of engagement. The only thing hampering its popularity is the STG44, which fills the same role but is unlocked first and arguably does it better.

As the weeks go on, we won’t be surprised to see the NZ-41 overtake other ARs, such as the AS44, in popularity.

5. BAR / AS44 – 5.0%

BAR assault rifle in cod vanguard

Both the AS44 and BAR come in as the fifth most popular weapons, both having the same kill share.

The BAR isn’t the best weapon for pushing up for close-range fights, but if you manage to mount up and hold down a position, there will be no stopping you. Each bullet deals massive damage, so it only takes a couple to down an opponent.

And the AS44 is the opposite – extremely strong at close-range, but its high recoil and bloom mechanic cause it to fail at longer ranges. Similar to the Volk further down on this list, the AS44 will suit you well when pushing up to enemies but you don’t want to use it on bigger maps such as Oasis.

4. Volkssturmgewehr – 5.2%

Volk assault rifle in CoD Vanguard

Similar to the Automaton, the Volkssturmgewehr boasts a fantastic fire rate, making it especially effective for close-range fights.

You won’t be beaming enemies across the map with the Volk, but if you’re looking to get in the mix with an Assault Rifle, it’s a great choice. It’s likely not as popular as the missing SMGs from the list, but it’s deserving of its place as the third most popular AR.

You can check out our best Volk loadout to maximize its potential.

3. Automaton – 10.2%

automaton preview in cod vanguard

Once players moved away from the STG and tried out the Automaton, it was quickly recognized as an extremely powerful choice thanks to its exceptional accuracy and fast fire rate.

The Automaton can either be built to shred up close or be incredibly accurate at range – it can do it all. We called it the best weapon in the game, so it’s no surprise that it’s the second most popular Assault Rifle in Vanguard.

2. Combat Shotgun 14.1%

Combat Shotgun in CoD Vanguard

Ever since players have been achieving incredibly rapid V2 Rockets, the Combat Shotgun has become the go-to on Das Haus.

With this Shotgun loadout, you can tear through the enemy’s spawn without even thinking about it. Just hold the trigger and you’ll get killfeed after killfeed.

Players are both chasing those incredible nuke clips and ranking up Shotguns while they’re overpowered, making the Combat Shotgun the most popular Shotgun in Vanguard.

If you’re looking to be a menace on Das Haus, make sure you’re running the best Combat Shotgun loadout possible.

1. STG44 – 23.2%

STG44 Assault Rifle in CoD Vanguard

It will come as no surprise that the STG44 is the most popular weapon in Vanguard, being used by almost a quarter of players. It’s the first Assault Rifle you unlock, has almost no recoil, and can kill in two bullets.

While it’s perhaps not the best weapon in the game, this classic WW2 Assault Rifle is extremely easy to use and players of all skill levels can take advantage of it.

If the bugged two-shot attachments get nerfed, the STG44 will likely drop down the pecking order. But for now, it’s an extremely solid choice in Vanguard’s multiplayer, so make sure you’re using the best STG44 loadout.


And those are the top ten most popular weapons in Vanguard, not counting SMGs (yet). If you’re interested in the SMGs, you can check out Vanguard’s best SMG loadouts.

Image Credit: Sledgehammer Games

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Double weapon XP period begins as Vanguard players criticize slow weapon progression

Double weapon XP and Battle Pass XP is now live in Vanguard as players remain unhappy with limited weapon level progression.

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Since day one of Vanguard players have voiced their frustrations with weapon level progression being too slow. As a remedy, players get to enjoy another double XP weekend.

Just as frustration seemed to be reaching a boiling point, Vanguard players will benefit from 2X the weapon XP for a brief period. Throughout Call of Duty history, double XP events were often highly anticipated moments for players to progress at a quicker pace. With Vanguard this isn’t necessarily the case.

The frequency of double XP periods may have something to do with the widespread complaints concerning slow weapon level progression. Whether this is a deliberate tactic or not, players should still make the most of this event.

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Although double XP has pertained to battle pass, military rank, and weapon level in the past, this time is a little different. As of Friday, December 3 at 10 AM PT / 1 PM ET / 6 PM GMT / 8 PM CEST, double Battle Pass and weapon XP will be active.

These events usually begin on Friday and last until Monday. With that in mind make sure to grind some weapon levels in the upcoming days.

For over a month now the Vanguard community has been feeling shortchanged with how slow their weapon level progression is going. Despite their frustrations, the player base has been fortunate enough to benefit from several double weapon XP periods since launch. This is highly unusual for a new Call of Duty title.

Perhaps this is Sledgehammer taking player input into consideration. There’s no denying that the devs have been generous when it comes to handing out double XP events. However, some players have noted that double XP may be slightly misleading.

Reddit user Red_Gaming_Community is convinced that players are not actually receiving 2X the XP during these events. In a video, they go on to detail how weapon XP values perform during these events. They believe that players are earning less than 2X the XP.

Ultimately, your weapons are going to progress at a faster pace when these events are active. Playing Vanguard from Friday to Monday should alleviate some frustration relating to your slow weapon level progression.

For more Vanguard content, check out our ranked list of the best secondary weapons in the game.


Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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Season 1 Vanguard update set to sync progression from Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War

Treyarch’s latest announcement has detailed how Black Ops Cold War progression will sync to Vanguard with upcoming update.

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As season 6 of Black Ops Cold War comes to a close, the devs have announced that an update will allow progress earned in last year’s title to sync to Vanguard.

Call of Duty players have just received confirmation that playing previous Call of Duty titles will work toward progressing in Vanguard. A new update is set to hit Black Ops Cold War on December 6th in preparation for the massive launch of Vanguard Season 1 on December 8.

The patch notes detail synchronized progression with Vanguard as well as new Prestige Levels and rewards, Season Challenge unlocks for the past six seasons, new Prestige Shop content, and weapon balancing.

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Black Ops Cold War fans will be happy to hear that the game is going to continue to receive updates alongside Call of Duty: Vanguard. The latest announcement from Treyarch shares plenty of info concerning shared progression across Call of Duty titles.

Players will enjoy synced progression from each of Modern Warfare, Black Ops Cold War, and Warzone toward Vanguard. This may seem complicated but it just means that playing any of the three titles mentioned above will earn progression for Vanguard.

Synced progression entails unlocking Military Rank, weapons, Equipment, and Killstreaks. In addition, there will be a ton of interesting details such as allowing players to showcase their lifetime Prestige number earned across past titles.

Some changes will go live on December 6 while the rest will occur on December 8.

Patch Notes

Progression

  • Synchronized Military Ranks and Prestige Levels
    • Military Rank and Prestige Level progression will be synchronized with Vanguard at the launch of Season One.
    • All players will begin the season at the Military Rank or Prestige Level they have currently reached in Vanguard, or Military Rank 1 if they have not played Vanguard yet.
    • Players can progress Vanguard Military Ranks in Black Ops Cold WarWarzone, and Modern Warfare to unlock weapons, Equipment, Killstreaks, and other content for use in Vanguard and Warzone.
  • Prestige Rewards
    • Complete Military Ranks 1-55 to start a new Prestige journey, with new Prestige Levels to unlock across Black Ops Cold WarVanguardWarzone, and Modern Warfare.
    • In Season One, players can earn up to Prestige 7 as they progress their Season Level. Four additional Prestige Levels will be added per season.
    • Each Prestige Level awards a Prestige Key, Tier Skip, Emblem, and Sticker in Black Ops Cold War.
    • Reach Season Level 50 in Season One to unlock the exclusive “Duck Hunt” Weapon Blueprint for use in Vanguard and Warzone.
  • Lifetime Prestige
    • Lifetime Prestige display added to Black Ops Cold War and Warzone at the start of Vanguard Season One that display the total number of Prestige Levels earned across previous seasons and in Vanguard.
  • Prestige Master Ribbons
    • Players can now continue their Black Ops Cold War Prestige Master Ribbon progression. Each season, a new Prestige Master Ribbon will be added to the current six Black Ops Cold War Prestige Master Ribbons.
    • Players can progress their Prestige Master Ribbons in Black Ops Cold WarVanguardWarzone, and Modern Warfare by reaching Prestige Master at Season Level 200.
    • Players can now catch up on missed Prestige Master Ribbons each time they earn 200 Season Levels in a season. For example, reaching Season Level 400 will award two Prestige Master Ribbons, if available.

Prestige Shop

  • Black Ops Cold War Prestige Icons will be unlocked and available in the Prestige Shop for anyone who earned them in previous seasons.
  • Players can now equip any acquired Prestige Icon (1-27) as long as they’ve reached Prestige Master at least once in a current or previous season.
  • Players do not need to currently be Prestige Master to access Custom Prestige Icons in the Prestige Shop.
  • Equipped Prestige Icons will no longer be reset at the start of each season.

Season Challenges

  • All previous Black Ops Cold War Season Challenges will be revealed and can be progressed by players who hadn’t revealed them over the course of previous seasons. Legacy Season Challenges can continue to be progressed in Black Ops Cold War.
  • Starting with Season One, players can access and progress new Multiplayer Season Challenges in Vanguard and Warzone, as well as Zombies Season Challenges in Vanguard.

Weapon Unlock Challenges

  • .410 Ironhide
    • Weapon unlock challenge added to Multiplayer and Zombies for the .410 Ironhide Shotgun.
  • Grav
    • Weapon unlock challenge added to Multiplayer and Zombies for the Grav Assault Rifle.

Weapon Tuning (Dec. 6)

  • Marshal
    • Damage
      • Reduced Damage Range from 3.81m to 3.68m.
      • Increased Damage drop-off when fired beyond 3.68m.
    • Dragon’s Breath Attachment
      • Now has a -5% effect on Fire Rate.
      • Increased Damage Range penalty from -25% to -35%.
      • Reduced Damage bonus from +17% to +16%.
    • 12.1″ Extended Barrel
      • Reduced Damage Range bonus from +20% to +15%.

Lobby

  • Updated Lobby theming in Multiplayer and Zombies.

Zombies (Dec 6)

Forsaken

  • Closed an exploit during the Main Quest boss fight.
  • Added “Not Enough Essence” prompt to the Arcade Token dispenser when the player does not have enough Essence to purchase a token.

Mauer der Toten

  • Addressed an issue where a texture was not appearing correctly after melting the door during the Main Quest.

Outbreak

  • Enemies killed by Brain Rot zombies will now contribute toward the Dragon Relic World Event.

Onslaught

  • Added Onslaught Containment and Onslaught Deprogram to offline Local play.

Stability

  • Fixed stability issues related to the Arsenal.

That covers everything from the upcoming Black Ops Cold War update. If you’re enjoying Vanguard, be sure to check out how this update impacts your gaming experience on December 8.

For more Vanguard content, check out why Zombies players are disappointed with Vanguard.

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Best CoD: Vanguard secondary weapons: Ranked list

Here are the best secondary weapons you can equip in Call of Duty: Vanguard, as well as a ranked list from worst to best.

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Vanguard secondary weapons

Call of Duty: Vanguard allows players to choose from ten specialized secondary weapons. We’ve sorted every secondary weapon into a ranked list, and revealed the best loadout for each one.

Call of Duty: Vanguard offers nearly 40 weapons to test and unlock. Players will have their hands full trying to figure out which weapons work best for them. If you’re hunting for the valuable Atomic mastery camo, chances are you’ll be testing each one of these weapons shortly. 

Vanguard Secondary weapons are split up into three categories: Handguns, Launchers, and Melee weapons. Depending on your playstyle, these categories will add distinct value to your game. Despite their unique uses, some of these weapons are better than others. We’ve ranked all ten of Vanguard’s secondary weapons from worst to best and included the best loadouts for each.  

Best Vanguard secondary weapon ranked list

Vanguard 1911 handgun secondary weapon

Thanks to Sledgehammer, almost all of the secondary weapons can be utilized successfully, but some are proving to be more useful than others. 

The following is a list of the best Call of Duty: Vanguard secondary weapons from worst to best.

  1. M1 Bazooka
  2. Klauser
  3. Panzerschreck
  4. MK11 Launcher
  5. Top Break
  6. Panzerfaust
  7. Machine Pistol
  8. FS Fighting Knife
  9. 1911
  10. Ratt

Best Vanguard Launchers & Melee weapons 

5. M1 Bazooka

M1 Bazooka Vanguard

Each Launcher available in Vanguard can cause mass destruction, but subtle differences set them apart. The M1 Bazooka is the least forgiving and one of the heaviest of the bunch making it a subpar option.

4. Panzerschrek

Panzerschreck Vanguard

The Panzerschreck and M1 Bazooka are nearly identical. They both arm players with two rockets and force players to move slowly.

The Panzerschreck does slightly more damage thus making it more useful. 

3. MK11 Launcher

MK11 Vanguard

The MK11 is without a doubt the most unique of the bunch thanks to its smaller size. Players can move around nicely with it and the trajectory of the rocket can be controlled at greater distances.

2. Panzerfaust

panzerfaust vanguard launcher

Although the Panzerfaust isn’t as efficient at taking down enemy Spy Planes as other weapons in its class, it certainly packs a punch against enemy players.

The Panzerfaust is more mobile than the M1 Bazooka, making it a great choice to clear out objectives such as Hardpoints or Domination flags. 

1. FS Fighting Knife

Vanguard Fighting Knife

The trusted FS Fighting Knife is a useful tool if used properly. Obviously, the major downside is the lack of range. However, if your playstyle encourages close engagements you’ll love this knife.

Not only does it dominate at close range but it gives a wonderful boost to movement speed when equipped. In game modes like Search & Destroy timing is everything, reaching a power position first by running with a knife in hand is a valuable trick.

Best Vanguard Handgun Loadouts

5. Klauser

Klauser handgun vanguard

Due to underwhelming movement speed, the Klauser is the worst Vanguard Handgun. The Klauser’s best feature is that it operates well at range. Although, players usually don’t use Handguns for long-range engagements. 

  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Fitzherbert 200MM BL
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Trigger Action: Rapid Action
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 12 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Quick

4. Top Break

Top break handgun vanguard

With the right loadout, the Top Break can be devastating, but it boasts the same frustrating rate of fire as the iconic Magnum it is modeled after.

You’ll have to be smart in judging when to use your shots as one miss can cost your life. 

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer 
  • Barrel: Wilkie W-4 Stub
  • Optic: Slate Reflector or None
  • Trigger Action: Rapid Action
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Rear Grip: Polymer Grip
  • Proficiency: Quickscopre
  • Kit: Quick

3. Machine Pistol

Machine pistol handgun vanguard

The Machine Pistol is a great choice for extremely close-range encounters. It isn’t powerful but its rate of fire means it can eviscerate enemies up close. Distant targets should be avoided at all costs due to the high recoil and limited range of the Machine Pistol. 

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 140MM HE
  • Trigger Action: Steady Trigger
  • Magazine: 9mm 20 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Proficiency: Tight Grip
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

2. 1911

1911 handgun vanguard

The 1911 is a very well-rounded Handgun. The weapon is accurate and it can kill at most distances.

It doesn’t have any outstanding features but with no weaknesses to bring it down, it rises above the competition. If you’re looking for a steady Handgun, the 1911 will not let you down. 

  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Cooper 6.5
  • Trigger Action: Rapid Action
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 18 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Taped Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Quick

1. Ratt

Ratt handgun vanguard

The Ratt is the top choice of secondary weapon in Vanguard. It checks all of the boxes by delivering hefty damage, being great at long-range and close-range, as well as offering little to no recoil when firing.

This weapon is devastating in the hands of an expert but it also lends itself well to new players. 

  • Muzzle: No. 3 Rifle Brake
  • Barrel: Empress 129MM B03TT
  • Trigger Action: Rapid Action
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 9 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Fleet
  • Kit: Quick

And those are the best secondary weapons and their loadouts for Call of Duty: Vanguard’s pre-season. Preferred weapons are always changing, so we’ll keep this list updated when new patches hit. Players can expect some weapon balancing to hit Vanguard in Season 1.

You can also check out our ranked list of the best SMG loadouts in Vanguard.

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