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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 Season 1 is nearing its halfway point which makes it the perfect time to look at which weapons have increased in popularity. Here are the top 10 primary weapons in Vanguard, as of January 7.

Vanguard Season 1 Reloaded is arriving on January 11, and players have 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. ITRA Burst – 3.0%

Unfortunately, with weapons being able to two-shot opponents, the ITRA Burst is the least used Assault Rifle (available at launch) 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.

9. DP27 – 3.5%

The DP27 is the first of two weapons to break into the top ten list since our previous ranking and the LMG has definitely earned its stripes.

This iconic CoD weapon boasts incredible range and power as most LMGs do. The DP27 sets itself apart from weapons in its class with a surprisingly quick fire rate. It truly does feel like more of an Assault Rifle than LMG at times with how versatile it is.

8. Kar98k – 3.7 %

The Kar98k makes the list this time around alongside the DP27 and it just edges out the LMG to grab the eighth spot. This is the first time a Sniper makes the list which proves that the Kar98k is the top choice for a marksman.

Although it does boast noticeable differences from previous CoD titles including a unique ADS mechanic, the Kar98k will still provide a sense of comfort for longtime snipers.

7. Volkssturmgewehr / AS44 – 5.0%

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.

The AS44 shares the fifth spot as an extremely strong close-range weapon, but its high recoil and bloom mechanic cause it to fail at longer ranges. Similar to the Volk, 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.

6. MG42 – 5.1%

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.

5. BAR – 5.9%

The BAR maintains its spot as the fifth most popular weapon, missing out on the fourth spot by 0.1%.

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.

4. NZ-41 – 6.0%

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.

In our first ranking, we said the NZ-41 would rise as the weeks went on and the weapon has gone from sixth to fourth.

3. Combat Shotgun 9.3%

Since the beginning of Vanguard, players have been achieving incredibly rapid V2 Rockets and the Combat Shotgun has become popular thanks to the Ship Haus playlist.

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

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 Ship Haus, make sure you’re running the best Combat Shotgun loadout possible.

2. Automaton – 13.2%

Once players tired of 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.

1. STG44 – 22.4%

It will come as no surprise that the STG44 is the most popular weapon in Vanguard, making up almost a quarter of the game’s kill share. It’s the first Assault Rifle you unlock, has almost no recoil, and has an excellent TTK.

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.

The bugged two-shot attachments got nerfed and the STG44 still remained atop the pecking order. It remains 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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When is Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded? New SMG & Sphere map

The next major update for Vanguard is Season 3 Reloaded, so here’s everything we know including the new SMG, map, and expected release date.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard’s next major update will be Season 3 Reloaded, bringing a brand-new SMG to both multiplayer and Warzone, as well as the new Sphere map. Here’s everything we know about Vanguard’s mid-season update, including its expected release date.

Vanguard Season 3 is approaching its halfway point, with the majority of players having had time to unlock the new Nikita AVT Assault Rifle and M1916 Marksman Rifle, and earn a few of the new Ranked Play rewards.

Season 4 is next-up, but before that update, Season 3 Reloaded arrives. This update is set to bring a new SMG and a new multiplayer map, so here’s everything we know including its expected release date.

When is Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded?

Vanguard’s Season 3 Reloaded update is its mid-season update, so we expect it to release around Wednesday, May 25, which is exactly halfway between the Battle Pass‘ start and end dates.

There’s no guarantee that the Season 3 Reloaded update will drop on the 25, so stay tuned for any updates from Sledgehammer Games.

H4 Blixen SMG arrives in Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded

Three of the four Warzone and Vanguard Season 3 weapons are here, which leaves only the H4 Blixen SMG for the Season 3 Reloaded update.

Not much is known about this brand-new SMG yet, except that it “seems to use a 9 x 19 mm cartridge and shares some design techniques with the Sten and PPSh-41.” Sledgehammer Games haven’t even revealed what it looks like yet, but we can expect to hear more about it ahead of the Reloaded update.

Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded brings Sphere map

Vanguard’s Season 3 update brought the chaotic Mayhem map, styled after a Godzilla-themed movie set, and the Season 3 Reloaded update is set to bring the Sphere map.

The devs are also keeping this map classified for the most part, but teased that “Beneath the façade of a coal mine is a hidden weapons lab brimming with secrets.”

“This small-sized map features dual layers that use plenty of interior space to facilitate fast-paced close-quarter-combat opportunities,” they revealed. Again, we’ll know more about Sphere later in Season 3.


And that’s everything we know about Vanguard Season 3 Reloaded so far! More information will be released next week but in the meantime, you can check out everything we know about Warzone’s Season 3 Reloaded update.

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How to get Warzone & Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards

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.

How to get Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming rewards

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”

Warzone and Vanguard Prime Gaming Rewards (May 2022)

Safari Shock Bundle

The May 2022 content drop through Prime Gaming brings a total of seven exclusive items for Warzone and Vanguard players to claim, including weapon blueprints and Calling Cards.

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

  • Legendary ‘Elysium’ Blueprint
  • Legendary ‘Serenity’ Blueprint
  • Rare ‘Lawful’ Reticle
  • Legendary ‘Call of Doggie’ Sticker
  • Common ‘V For Vanguard’ Charm
  • Epic ‘Buddy System’ Calling Card
  • Rare ‘Braids and Bullets’ Emblem

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 on weapon blueprints, check out how to get the Apex Phase Rifle Owen Gun Blueprint in Warzone & 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 Season 3, as well as a ranked list from worst to best.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard Season 3 allows players to choose from fifteen 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 over 50 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 fifteen of Vanguard’s secondary weapons from worst to best and included the best loadouts for each.  

Best Vanguard secondary weapon ranked list

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. Sawtooth
  5. MK11 Launcher
  6. Sledgehammer
  7. Top Break
  8. Panzerfaust
  9. FS Fighting Knife
  10. Ice Axe
  11. Skal Crusher
  12. Machine Pistol
  13. Katana
  14. 1911
  15. Ratt

Best Vanguard Launchers & Melee weapons 

10. M1 Bazooka

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.

9. Panzerschrek

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. 

8. Sawtooth

The Sawtooth arrived via Tier 37 of the Season 1 Battle Pass but it failed to make its mark on Vanguard’s multiplayer.

Although the Melee weapon’s speed is fantastic, its accuracy is abysmal. If you miss your first swing you’ll certainly pay the price seeing as your next swing will not arrive in time to kill your enemy.

7. MK11 Launcher

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.

6. Sledgehammer

The Sledgehammer was introduced in Season 3 as an unlockable melee weapon. The weapon is an ode to Vanguard developer Sledgehammer, and it definitely packs a punch in Vanguard.

It can truly erase players, but low mobility and range hold it back from being the best.

5. Panzerfaust

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. 

4. FS 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.

3. Ice Axe

The Ice Axe melee weapon arrived later than anticipated after the weapon only appeared during the final week of Vanguard Season 2. You may have missed it due to the confusion, but it’s well worth your time to complete the Ice Axe unlock challenges.

What makes this weapon unique is the fact that it can chop down enemies up close and also be thrown to kill enemies at a distance as a throwing knife would.

2. Skal Crusher

The Skal Crusher and Ice Axe are essentially the same weapons in Vanguard’s multiplayer. It also arrived at the very end of Season 2, and it can be used both as a traditional melee and a throwable object.

Having that versatility makes it one of the best melee weapons in the game as you can hit players from a distance given you’re accurate with the weapon. We’ve ranked it ahead of the Ice Axe for aesthetic purposes as the Norse look is rather unique.

1. Katana

The Katana has wreaked havoc since joining the fold in Season 1. This beautiful yet deadly sword offers the best range of any Melee weapon in Vanguard. In close quarters the Japanese longsword is one of the deadliest Secondary weapons available.

Vanguard players must get five kills with a Melee weapon in a single match 15 times to unlock the Katana.

Best Vanguard Handgun Loadouts

5. Klauser

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

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

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

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

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 Season 3. Preferred weapons are always changing, so we’ll keep this list updated when new patches hit.

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

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