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Vanguard players demand fix as Numa Numa makes enemies impossible to see

Vanguard players are frustrated with the low visibility in the Numa Numa map which camouflages enemy players.

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Many CoD: Vanguard players are reporting visibility issues when playing on the Numa Numa map and are calling for the developers to make some changes to the color palette.

CoD: Vanguard has several different maps to battle in, and Numa Numa is one of the best maps in the game. This muddy battlefield suits all the different Combat Pacing options, making battles more intense.

However, many Vanguard players have reported visibility issues when playing on this map, claiming that the color pallette for Numa Numa camouflages enemies. Now, they’re asking the developers to fix this issue.

Numa Numa trench in Vanguard

Redditor IchikoTatsumura highlighted this problem in the CoD: Vanguard subreddit. They claimed that the color palette in Numa Numa makes it extremely difficult to see other players.

“I’ve noticed Numa literally camouflage other people within its color palette,” the Redditor claimed. “Like I don’t have this issue whatsoever with any other map except Numa Numa.”

Many of the commenters agreed that there are severe visibility issues on this map. Features like smoke, trenches, and Mortar killstreaks make it difficult to spot enemy players until it’s too late.

“Everything is 50 shades of brown,” wrote one user. “I don’t go near the middle of the map because it’s just 100 lines of sight pointing at one spot.”

When you play on Numa Numa, you’ll spend most of your time navigating between hidey holes along with various slopes and hills. Since all of these fall under the same color palette, it can become a bit harder to spot enemies during fast-paced combat.

At the time of writing, it’s unclear whether or not the developers will implement some major changes to fix the visibility issues being faced by players on the map. If they announce something, we’ll be sure to update you.


For more Vanguard, check out the Akimbo Top Break loadout that is terrorizing Ship Haus playlist in CoD Vanguard and why players claim Vanguard snipers are the worst in CoD history.

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How to get the “new Roze” Night Terror Florence skin in Warzone & Vanguard

Here’s how to get the Night Terror Florence skin in Warzone & Vanguard following comparisons to the iconic Roze skin.

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Night Terror Skin Warzone Vanguard

It’s been some time since an Operator skin has shaken up Warzone but the Night Terror Florence skin, which many are calling the new Roze skin, has the potential to do so. Here’s how to get the Violet Stealth bundle in Warzone and Vanguard.

When the Roze skin was at the height of its power, it tormented Warzone lobbies one match after another. Due to the skin’s all-black outfit, it blended in easily with the surroundings and made it hard for enemies to spot before it received a decisive nerf.

In Season 4, a Warzone and Vanguard bundle highlights a similar skin that has made its way to Call of Duty with the Violet Stealth bundle. The Night Terror Florence skin shares many similarities to the Roze skin, so here’s everything you need to know about it.

How to get Night Terror Florence skin in Warzone & Vanguard

Violet Stealth bundle Warzone Vanguard

To get your hands on the Night Terror skin, you’ll have to purchase the Violet Stealth bundle. Following the Warzone update that nerfed the NZ-41 on June 30, the Violet Stealth bundle is available to purchase.

Despite the June 30 release, the bundle has yet to appear in the Vanguard and Warzone store in-game. Here’s where PC, Xbox, and PlayStation players can purchase the bundle.

Given the competitive advantage it might bring, you won’t want to miss the Violet Stealth bundle in Warzone and Vanguard Season 4.

Vanguard & Warzone Violet Stealth bundle content

Violet Stealth Warzone Vanguard bundle content

It seems you’ll have to dish out $19.99 / £16.79 for the Vanguard and Warzone bundle and here’s what you’ll receive in exchange:

  • Night Terror Florence skin
  • Violet Violence Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle blueprint
  • Dark Ambient MP40 blueprint
  • Midnight Malice calling card
  • Hooded Hell emblem
  • Neon Artistry sticker
  • Funeral Director watch
  • Inscribed reticle
  • 2,400 CoD Points

Not only is the Night Terror skin expected to be a powerful cosmetic in-game, but the MP40 is a meta weapon in both Warzone and Vanguard, which further sweetens the deal.

Both the Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle and MP40 blueprints will come equipped with neon purple tracer rounds that tie into the Violet Stealth aesthetic. The 2,400 CoD Points are a nice touch as a bonus you could use on another bundle.


For more Warzone and Vanguard content, check out all of the cosmetics and rewards available in the Season 4 Battle Pass.

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Best Ranked Play loadouts for Vanguard Season 4

Here are the best Ranked Play loadouts to use in Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded including weapons, equipment, Perks, and Field Upgrades.

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Ranked Play underwent some minor changes with the Vanguard Season 4 update and we’ve got the best loadouts to help you dominate like Call of Duty League pros.

After much anticipation, Ranked Play arrived in Vanguard to offer players a competitive Call of Duty experience. In Season 3, Ranked Play finally left its Beta as ranks reset and with Season 4 new rewards are up for grabs.

If you’re looking to jump straight into Ranked Play you’ll need to know which loadouts to use and we’ve got just the guide to get you shooting like a CDL pro.

Ranked Play is a highly-competitive mode, so you’ll need the best weapons, Perks, Field Upgrades, and more to succeed. Here’s everything you need to dominate Vanguard’s Ranked Play after the Season 4 update.

Vanguard Ranked Play skills divisions

Best Ranked Play primary weapons

The primary weapon you decide to equip will likely dictate the role you play in a Ranked Play match. If you’re looking to hold down a lane then the Automaton AR is your best bet, while the MP40 will allow you to get up close and personal with your opponents.

Regardless of which role you prefer, here are the best primary weapons in Vanguard Ranked Play.

Automaton Assault Rifle Ranked Play class

Vanguard Automaton AR
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Anastasia Sniper
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Zac Skeletal
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: –
  • Ammo Type: FMJ
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Tight Grip
  • Kit: On-hand

The ideal Automaton class has seen a ton of changes since the beginning of Vanguard. The attachments listed above are a combination of what the majority of CDL Assault Rifle players use.

There are variations that you could experiment with in order to find your ideal combination. On-hand, Quick, and Fully Loaded are the three most popular Kit attachments. Meanwhile, the Granular Grip is another viable Rear Grip attachment. Some pros also prefer Sleight of Hand over Tight Grip.

MP40 Submachine Gun Ranked Play class

MP40 in CoD Vanguard
  • Muzzle: No. 3 Rifle Break
  • Barrel: Krausnick 317mm 04B
  • Optic: Krausnick IS01M
  • Stock: Krausnick 33m Folding
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: –
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Brace
  • Kit: Quick

The best MP40 loadout attachments for Ranked Play are way less open to interpretation than the Automaton. These attachments are used by most of the league’s players including Shotzzy and Scump.

The one attachment that could come down to preference is the inclusion of On-hand instead of Quick.

M1928 Submachine Gun Ranked Play class

Vanguard M1928 Thompson SMG

Muzzle: Marauder Flash Hider
Barrel: CGC 12″ Cooling
Optic: Large Iron Sights
Stock: CGC Wire Grip
Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
Magazine: –
Ammo Type: Lengthened
Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
Proficiency: Fleet
Kit: Quick

The M1928 has emerged as an alternative to the MP40 in Vanguard Ranked Play. CDL players have taken to the weapon and although it hasn’t featured heavily in matches, the weapon does appear in scrims and could possibly make its way into the meta eventually.

The weapon boasts a massive drum magazine that will allow you to reload less frequently. The M1928 has excellent accuracy and handling but it doesn’t kill as quickly as the MP40.

Kar98k Sniper Rifle Ranked Play class

  • Muzzle: L Brake
  • Barrel: VDD660mm 05HE
  • Optic: –
  • Stock: VDD 98
  • Underbarrel: Heavy Foregrip
  • Magazine: –
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Granular Grip
  • Proficiency: Driller
  • Kit: Deep Breath

Snipers are back in competitive Call of Duty and they’re looking better than ever. As of now, these are the optimal attachments for the best Kar98k loadout for Ranked Play. The Sniper will be an excellent choice for the Search & Destroy game mode, and having one ready if needed is a great idea.

The Kar98k received a buff with the Season 2 Reloaded update that improved the quality of all Vanguard Sniper Rifles.

Unfortunately, the once viable Volk has been restricted in Ranked Play following the Season 3 update, which means players will shift back to a two-weapon meta unless the M1928 can establish itself as an option moving forward.


Best Ranked Play secondary weapons

The list of Ranked Play secondary weapons is a short one seeing as Launchers are banned as secondary weapons for the competitive mode. Most players opt for the Ratt but using the FS Fighting Knife on a few loadouts is a great way to get around quicker.

Ratt Ranked Play class

Ratt pistol Vanguard
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: –
  • Optic: –
  • Trigger Action: Heavy Trigger
  • Magazine: –
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Fleet
  • Kit: Quick

You may notice that a few attachments are left blank and that’s because Magazine attachments and Trigger attachments that increase fire rate are on the banned list. Nonetheless, the Ratt is still a lethal weapon to have at your disposal if you aren’t opting for a Knife.


Best Ranked Play Lethals and Tacticals

There is currently one viable Lethal option in the CDL at the moment and that would be the MK2 Frag Grenade. Season 2’s Sticky Bomb is banned both in Ranked Play and the CDL.

MK2 Frag Grenade

Frag Grenade Vanguard

If used properly or in coordination with your teammates the Frag Grenade can be tough to deal with, even with Trophy Systems now in the game.

NO 69 Stun Grenade

Along the same lines, Stun Grenades are troublesome to deal with. Your first taste of sitting on a Hardpoint in Ranked Play will likely result in a parade of Frag and Stun Grenades.

While it’s true that most players will utilize Fortified or Survival Training to combat the frequent use of equipment, getting tags with your Grenades can provide vital information in all three game modes.


Best Ranked Play Perks

The best Ranked Play weapons are nothing without the optimal Perks to accompany them. Ranked Play offers a decent list of Perks to choose from but here are the ones you’ll want to equip.

Fortified

Fortified Perk Vanguard

Fortified is a great counter to MK2 Grenades in Ranked Play. Not only will Fortified reduce the damage of explosives but it will allow you to regenerate health caused by explosives at a faster rate. With Ninja moving out of the Perk 1 slot and into the Perk 3 slot following the Season 3 Reloaded update, Fortified is the top option even in Search & Destroy.

Survival Training

Survival Training is another option in the Perk 1 slot and works in a similar fashion to Fortified. The Perk will maximize resistance to Stun Grenades which will allow you to keep zooming around the map.

Radar

Radar Perk Vanguard

With High Alert, Tracker, and Forward Intel all banned in Vanguard Ranked Play, Radar is one of the only options remaining in the Perk 2 slot. The Perk will allow enemies who fire unsilenced weapons to appear on your minimap.

Reading your minimap is an integral part of Ranked Play success therefore Radar is a no-brainer.

Ninja

Ninja is a unique selection in that it should only be equipped when playing Search & Destroy. The last thing you want is to be stomping around for your enemies to hear so make sure you always have Ninja equipped for S&D matches. In Season 3 it was moved to the third Perk slot.

Double Time

Double Time Vanguard Perk

Movement is extremely important in competitive Call of Duty. Making your way around the map and constantly moving in respawn game modes will be a key factor of your Ranked Play experience therefore Double Time should be locked in as your Perk 3 when playing Hardpoint and Control. The Perk will increase the duration of your Tactical Sprint.


Best Ranked Play Field Upgrades

Trophy System

Vanguard Trophy System

Players can finally equip the Trophy System after the Field Upgrade was added to Vanguard in Season 3. Players were relentless in their pursuit of the item and the devs delivered in Season 3.

The Trophy System is a vital tool in Ranked Play as it “destroys up to three nearby pieces of equipment and projectiles.” Placing one near a Hardpoint hill is a great strategy as it should keep you safe from a few Grenades.

What’s more, this valuable Field Upgrade has one of the fastest recharge times in the game, which should assist players attempting to play the objective.

Dead Silence

Dead Silence Field Upgrade Vanguard

Despite the addition of a Trophy System, Dead Silence still brings a ton of value to the table, especially in Search & Destroy.

The Field Upgrade will make your footsteps silent for a short period of time allowing players to make some truly stunning plays when it is active. Dead Silence is great for making sneaky plays and the Field Upgrade will also allow players to open doors and windows silently when it is activated.


If competitive Call of Duty isn’t your thing you can always check out our guide to the best weapons for Vanguard multiplayer and Warzone.

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Best PC settings for CoD: Vanguard Season 4

Here are the best settings you can run in CoD Vanguard for PC, allowing you to get the best visuals and FPS no matter your hardware.

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To get the best Call of Duty: Vanguard experience possible, you’ll need to apply the best settings. Here are the best PC settings for Vanguard in Season 4, no matter your hardware.

Since crossplay has become the standard in Call of Duty, more and more players are switching over to the PC version. It offers improved visuals, higher frame rates, and much more options for you to tweak.

By applying the correct settings, you can find the perfect balance between visuals and frame rate. To get the most from Vanguard on PC, here are the settings you should run, no matter the power of your hardware.

CoD: Vanguard system requirements

MinimumRecommended
OSWindows 10 64 Bit (1909 or later)Windows 10 64 Bit (latest Service Pack)
CPUIntel Core i5-2500k or AMD Ryzen 5 1600XIntel Core i7-4770k or AMD Ryzen 7 1800X
RAM8 GB16 GB
GPUNVIDIA GeForce GTX 960 2GB / GTX 1050Ti 4GB or AMD Radeon R9 380NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1070 8GB / GTX 1660 6GB or AMD Radeon RX Vega 56
HDD45GB HD Space45GB HD Space

Here are the minimum and recommended system requirements you’ll need to run Call of Duty Vanguard. For the minimum requirements, you only need a slightly more powerful rig than if you were to play Warzone.

You’ll need a fairly beefy PC to meet the recommended requirements, with you needing a GTX 1070 8GB to get a solid balance of frame rate and visuals.

How to update graphics drivers

Vanguard player using the Marco 5

Before diving into Vanguard on PC, we recommend you check that your graphics drivers are up to date to make sure your rig is reaching its optimal performance.

Here’s how to 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

How to use NVIDIA DLSS in Vanguard Season 4

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NVIDIA DLSS (Deep Learning Super Sampling) allows players with NVIDIA RTX graphics cards to get much more frames at higher resolutions. DLSS sets your game to a lower resolution, increasing performance, but giving the appearance of a high resolution.

Turning on DLSS in Vanguard is simple, as it’s included in the Post Processing Effects tab in the Quality Settings. From here, you can set DLSS to Ultra Performance, Performance, Balanced, or Quality.

Ultra Performance will give you the most frames but won’t be as visually appealing, and Quality will retain the impressive picture.

Best Vanguard graphics settings for low-end hardware

Vanguard Season 4 weapons

If you are somewhere between the minimum and recommended settings for Call of Duty Vanguard, you want to be prioritizing reaching at least a steady 60 FPS.

Vanguard still looks great on low settings, and you’ll have a much smoother and more enjoyable time when hitting a decent frame rate.

Here are the settings we recommend using if you’re on lower-end hardware.

Display

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen
  • Monitor: Your primary gaming monitor
  • Refresh Rate: Your monitor’s refresh rate (e.g 144)
  • Sync Every Frame (V-Sync): Off
  • Framerate Limit: Custom
    • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Your monitor’s refresh rate (e.g 144)
    • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
    • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 15
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Display Resolution: Your monitor’s resolution (e.g 1920×1080)
  • Display Gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Focused Mode: Off
  • Focused Mode Opacity: 0
  • Display Adapter: Your graphics card
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off

You want to make sure that your Framerate limit matches your monitor’s refresh rate. If you’re reaching frames well above what your monitor can display, you may see screen tearing.

Quality

Global Quality

  • Render Resolution: 100
  • VRAM Usage Target: 80%

If you have your VRAM Usage Target too high, you could see stuttering and hitching. If this is happening to you, keep lowering the target until you’re seeing smooth gameplay.

Details & Textures

CoD Vanguard low-end PC settings
  • Texture Resolution: Low
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Medium
  • Particle Quality Level: Medium
  • Particle Resolution: Low
  • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: Off
  • Tesselation: Off
  • Level of Detail: Low
  • Level of Detail Distance Quality: Low
  • Volumetric Quality Level: Low

Shadow and Lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: Low
  • Sun Shadow Cascades: Low
  • Cache Spot Shadows: Off
  • Spot Cache Size: Off
  • Cache Sun Shadows: Off
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Particle Lighting: Medium
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • GTAO: Low
  • Screen Space Reflection: Low

Post Processing Effects

  • Anti-Aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Filmic Strength: 0

Normally, we’d recommend having Anti-Aliasing set to either off or the lowest setting, but Vanguard forces you to use either SMAA T2X or Filmic SMAA T2X. Filmic can make your game look blurry, so we recommend using the regular T2X.

And for Filmic Strength, you should always have this set to 0. It adds unnecessary visual noise to your game, making it look worse for no reason.

Gameplay

  • Field of View: 95-105
    • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Camera Movement: Least (50%)
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: Off

If you’re on lower-end hardware, you should have your FOV set somewhere between 95 and 105. You’ll still take advantage of seeing more of the world in front of you but won’t suffer from the performance hit.

And for the other options such as Motion Blur and Depth of Field, you always want to have them set to off.

Best Vanguard graphics settings for high-end hardware

Lucas Riggs fighting in Call of Duty Vanguard

There’s no point in forking out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on the best hardware if you’re not going to take advantage of it. NVIDIA 20 and 30 Series GPUs will be able to easily display high-quality graphics and reach high frame rates.

Here are the settings we recommend you use if you’re on high-end hardware.

Display

  • Display Mode: Fullscreen
  • Monitor: Your primary gaming monitor
  • Refresh Rate: Your monitor’s refresh rate (e.g 165)
  • Sync Every Frame (V-Sync): Off
  • Framerate Limit: Custom
    • Gameplay Custom Framerate Limit: Your monitor’s refresh rate (e.g 165)
    • Menu Custom Framerate Limit: 60
    • Minimized Game Custom Framerate Limit: 15
  • NVIDIA Reflex Low Latency: Enabled
  • Display Resolution: Your monitor’s resolution (e.g 2560×1440)
  • Display Gamma: 2.2 (sRGB)
  • Focused Mode: Off
  • Focused Mode Opacity: 0
  • Display Adapter: Your graphics card
  • On-Demand Texture Streaming: Off

You want to make sure that your Framerate limit matches your monitor’s refresh rate. If you’re reaching frames well above what your monitor can display, you may see screen tearing.

Quality

Global Quality

  • Render Resolution: 100
  • VRAM Usage Target: 90%

High-end hardware should manage a VRAM Usage Target of 90%, but make sure to lower it if you begin experiencing stuttering or hitching.

Details & Textures

Call of Duty Vanguard best High end PC settings
  • Texture Resolution: Medium
  • Texture Filter Anisotropic: Medium
  • Particle Quality Level: Medium
  • Particle Resolution: Low
  • Bullet Impacts & Sprays: On
  • Tesselation: Nearby Only
  • Level of Detail: High
  • Level of Detail Distance Quality: High
  • Volumetric Quality Level: Low

Shadow and Lighting

  • Shadow Map Resolution: High
  • Sun Shadow Cascades: Medium
  • Cache Spot Shadows: On
  • Spot Cache Size: Medium
  • Cache Sun Shadows: On
  • Spot Shadow Quality: Low
  • Particle Lighting: High
  • Ambient Occlusion: Off
  • GTAO: Medium
  • Screen Space Reflection: Medium

Post Processing Effects

  • Anti-Aliasing: SMAA T2X
  • Filmic Strength: 0

Although Filmic SMAA T2X is the higher option, it will make the game appear blurry, so it should be avoided. And again, Filmic Strength should always be set to 0.

Gameplay

Vanguard Season 4 Operator with Marco SMG
  • Field of View: 105-120
    • ADS Field of View: Affected
  • Camera Movement: Least (50%)
  • World Motion Blur: Off
  • Weapon Motion Blur: Off
  • Depth of Field: Off

If you’re on higher-end hardware, you can likely crank your FOV all the way up to 120 without suffering from a significant performance hit. But, some players dislike how it distorts and shrinks the screen, so you may want it slightly lower.

And for the other options such as Motion Blur and Depth of Field, you always want to have them set to off.


And that’s the best PC settings for Call of Duty: Vanguard! You can also check out the best PC settings for Warzone Pacific Season 4.

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