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Best guns in CoD Vanguard: Every weapon ranked

We have gone through every single weapon in Call of Duty: Vanguard and ranked them, as well as picking our top 10 best guns too.

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Sledgehammer Games has stacked Call of Duty: Vanguard with a ton of incredible weapons for players to use, and we’ve gone through and ranked every Vanguard gun, as well as ranked the top 10 weapons in the game.

At the end of the day, all guns in CoD Vanguard have one job, to take down opposition players as efficiently as possible. Sledgehammer Games have done their best to make this possible by giving players a wealth of options to choose from.

From devastating Assault Rifles to speedy SMGs, there is pretty much something for everyone in Call of Duty: Vanguard, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves to go through the game’s weaponry and rank every gun in the game.

Best guns in Call of Duty: Vanguard ranked list

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Before we deliver an in-depth look at our top 10 Vanguard weapons ranked list, we will first quickly assign a position to all of the game’s current guns. As always, some guns are going to be meta monsters used by everyone, and some will be left to gather heaps of dust.

Here’s every main weapon in Vanguard ranked:

  1. Automaton
  2. STG44
  3. MP-40
  4. Type 100
  5. Volkssturmgewehr
  6. Kar98k
  7. Combat Shotgun
  8. ITRA Burst
  9. G-43
  10. DP27
  11. M1928 Thompson
  12. BAR
  13. 3-Line Rifle
  14. MG42
  15. AS44
  16. NZ-41
  17. Bren
  18. PPSH-41
  19. SVT-40
  20. M1 Garand
  21. Type 11
  22. Sten
  23. Einhorn Revolving
  24. Type 99
  25. M1911
  26. Double Barrel
  27. Machine Pistol
  28. Gracey Auto
  29. Owen Gun
  30. Klauser
  31. Top Break
  32. Ratt
  33. Panzerfaust
  34. MK11 Launcher
  35. Panzerschrek
  36. FS Fighting Knife
  37. Bazooka
  38. Combat Shield

CoD: Vanguard best guns ranked

10. DP27 – Best LMG in CoD Vanguard

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The Pizza Gun or the UFO, or whatever you want to call it, is a unique-looking LMG that packs a lot in its frame. Whilst the MG42 has a better fire rate and a much bigger clip, the DP27 hits a lot harder, retains most of the same accuracy, and just feels like a better LMG.

9. G-43 – Best Marksman Rifle in CoD Vanguard

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Semi-Auto Rifles have always been a thing in the Call of Duty franchise with the G3 lighting up Call of Duty 4, and most recently the DMR becoming popular in Cold War and Warzone.

The G-43 takes the crown in Vanguard as it’s so accurate that you can’t help but love it. It’s one of those amazing weapons that excels in its default form, but once you start putting attachments on it, the G-43 really starts to take shape.

8. ITRA Burst

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A customary Call of Duty burst gun is up next and the ITRA Burst offers up an interesting dilemma compared to recent years – due to how many bullets it fires.

Traditionally, burst weapons in the series hammer out strings of 3 bullets in quick-fire spurts, but the ITRA Burst tears up the rule book and fires 4 bullets at a time with its standard 20-round mag. Basic maths shows that this is a very risk and reward weapon to use, but if you use it correctly, the ITRA Burst is very effective.

Check out our best ITRA Burst loadout.

7. Combat Shotgun – Best Shotgun in CoD vanguard

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You could argue that some of Vanguard’s maps were basically made for the Combat Shotgun, and you really should as you can have a lot of fun with it.

It boasts some admirable range, a decent fire rate for a pump-action Shotgun, and as with any Shotgun, it hits harder than a herd of stampeding bulls. If you’re not crazy about running the Combat Shotgun as a Primary weapon, then it would be a great Secondary with the Overkill Perk equipped.

6. Kar98k – Best Sniper Rifle in CoD Vanguard

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A weapon that will be familiar to many that have dabbled in Warzone at some point, the Kar98k is the go-to Sniper Rifle of choice for many, and the same will probably apply to Vanguard too.

The key to the Kar98k’s unbelievable success is its speed as its ADS time is terrific for such a long-range weapon, and it can near enough one-hit anybody. As long as you have an Ammo Box or extra ammo with you, then Vanguard offers a great deal more Sniper-friendly maps for you to go crazy.

Check out our best Kar98k loadout.

5. Volkssturmgewehr

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The Volkssturmgewehr, or Volk for short, is one of a few guns that sacrifices accuracy for speed – a lot of it.

Its base stats already have the gun’s fire rate at a high level, especially in comparison to some battering-ram Assault Rifles. But the gun positively flourished in the Vanguard Beta and Sledgehammer Games have seen no reason to tinker with this finely balanced firearm.

Check out our best Volk loadout.

4. Type 100

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The Type 100 is a ton of fun to use as it’s a very solid weapon, and also has the potential to become even better than it already is.

As shown by Call of Duty streamers, the Type 100 can become a two-shot beast, and some players already feel it’s the best SMG in Vanguard. Unless you’re using the game’s best attachments, we don’t feel it quite boasts the firepower that our best SMG does, we’ll come onto it shortly, but if you use it enough, then it might well be the best for you.

3. MP-40 – Best SMG in CoD Vanguard

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No, you are reading this correctly, the MP-40 is not in our top two, and we’ll come onto that shortly. But the MP-40 is well-deserving of its third-place spot as it has all the necessary characteristics to make it the best SMG in the game.

It’s had a reputation for being unstoppable in previous Call of Duty games – looking at you World at War – and it retains this identity with ease in Vanguard. Very accurate, even over long distances, and if you manage to unlock and equip the extended magazine, then it can go fire for even longer in crucial fights.

Check out our best MP-40 loadout.

2. STG44

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The STG44 only makes it to number two on our ranked list, and it’s very worthy of its spot, as most Call of Duty: Vanguard players will attest to.

Most lobbies will usually have at least half the players using some form of STG44 loadout as it’s an incredible Assault Rifle. It has everything you need from an AR: superb damage range, awesome recoil control, and enough stopping power to make the enemy team cry. It’s a pretty much flawless gun. But why isn’t it first on our list?

Check out our best STG44 loadout.

1. Automaton – Best Assault Rifle in CoD Vanguard

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Because the Automaton AR has all of the STG’s qualities with the extra quality of being a tiny bit faster. Sleep on this gun at your own peril, the Automaton is so vastly underrated and isn’t given a chance by many.

One of its redeeming traits is its easy-to-learn recoil pattern as even without attachments it basically goes up a tiny bit in a straight line. It’s very easy to use, very easy to score a ton of kills with, and for our money is the best weapon to use in Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Check out our best Automaton loadout.


That covers our extensive look at every weapon in Vanguard with a full ranking of them all. Even though there are nearly 40 guns in the game already, we expect Sledgehammer Games to keep adding more as the seasons go by.

For more guides and content on Call of Duty: Vanguard, either check out our multiplayer review, or our complete guide to Der Anfang Zombies.

Image Credit: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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Vanguard players want simple QoL change to improve HUD

Vanguard players are asking for a quality of life change to help better understand what weapon they are picking up and using.

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Vanguard players are calling for the devs to make one simple change to the way the HUD works in order to make it easier to know which weapon they are holding.

Since the mid-season update, players have been asking the devs for a lot of changes and fixes for Vanguard. As well as fixes for bugs, such as the scam MP40 blueprint and demon gun glitch, players have also been asking for smaller, quality of life changes.

In general, these changes are small and don’t really impact gameplay. However, they do make the experience much smoother for players. The latest QoL change players want is to do with Vanguard’s HUD.

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Reddit user masterchiefs put a post up on the Vanguard subreddit mentioning the QoL change they want to see in Vanguard, which players in the community clearly agree with as the post has over 300 upvotes at the time of writing this article.

The post is titled: “Show the gun’s name on the HUD, not blueprint name!” Clearly, this player would prefer to see the gun’s name on the bottom right of the HUD rather than its blueprint name, which can no doubt be confusing if you aren’t familiar with all the weapons and their blueprints.

Sometimes you may find yourself picking up a weapon that you have no idea about, as the blueprint has made the weapon look different. With no clear indication for what the weapon is, some players would prefer to see the gun’s original name.

As stated in the post, the player feels as if Vanguard should follow the format Black Ops Cold War set out, the one “that shows the name of the gun all the time, not a white sketch, not the blueprint’s name that disappears after 1 second, just the name of the gun, that’s it.”

Some of the comments under the post also agree, as well as bringing up another issue about the alphabetical code-names for the game’s weapons: “This s*** is annoying, along with naming guns after the phonetic alphabet. Just use the guns name? I’m almost 100% certain they did this to confuse or trick people into spending money somehow.”


Hopefully, the devs can come to realize how many players wish for this small QoL change and bring it to the game. For now, check out the dev’s response to player frustrations.

Image Credits: Activision / Raven Software

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CoD Points price: How to buy, spend & do they carry over

CoD Points are the official currency of Call of Duty. Check out CoD Point prices, where to buy them, and whether they transfer between games.

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Activision’s in-game currency lets players purchase cosmetics for their characters, and we’ve got everything you need to know about CoD Points prices, how to buy them, and all the items you can spend them on.

Call of Duty offers a huge palette of extra goodies you can add to your game, requiring players to spend their own currency named CoD Points to acquire them.

CoD Points can be purchased in-game using the menu systems in games like Vanguard or Warzone or through console marketplaces like the PS Store or Xbox Marketplace.

The gaming landscape has changed over the years with the incorporation of microtransactions and live-gaming services. Many games offer extra content – with cosmetics being a big proponent of this. With Vanguard and Warzone offering special Attack on Titan and Christmas skins as well as unique weapon Blueprints for popular weapons, it becomes easy to see why players would want to spend CoD Points.

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CoD Points prices

There are different amounts and bundles you can opt for when buying CoD Points that are tailored to different needs.

Some players just need to top up their account with a few hundred points to get the latest bundle. Whereas others need a big restock with the intention of spending many points. The more points you want, the bigger the discounts grow.

Here are the different prices for the various CoD Points bundles:

  • 200 CoD Points: $1.99 / £1.79
  • 500 CoD Points: $4.99 / £4.31
  • 1,000 (+100 Bonus) CoD Points: $9.99 / £8.49
  • 2,000 (+400 Bonus) CoD Points: $19.99 / £16.79
  • 4,000 (+1,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $39.99 / £34.99
  • 7,000 (+2,500 Bonus) CoD Points: $74.99 / £69.99
  • 10,000 (+3,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $99.99 / £84.99
  • 15,000 (+6,000 Bonus) CoD Points: $149.99 / £123.99
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How to buy COD Points

You can be very flexible with how you buy COD Points as there are a few different ways to do so. To make sure you’re buying them for the right platform, just double-check with our guide on transferring COD Points across platforms.

There are four ways you can buy COD Points:

  • PC players can purchase CoD Points on the Battle.net website
  • PS4 & PS5 players can purchase CoD Points in the PS Store on their console, or on the PlayStation website
  • Xbox Series X, Series S, or One players can buy CoD Points on the Xbox Marketplace on their console, or the official Microsoft Store website
  • Select physical retailers stock vouchers and gift cards with a code that players can redeem for CoD Points.

Where to spend CoD Points

Spending your CoD Points is incredibly easy, with players able to purchase cosmetic bundles and Blueprints in the in-game store.

The stores are available in Vanguard, Warzone, Black Ops Cold War, and Modern Warfare, so you can kit out your character regardless of your preferred title.

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Do CoD Points carry over across games?

The good news is that your CoD Points will transfer across your Call of Duty games, as they are linked to your Activision account.

Players who still have CoD Points in their account from Black Ops Cold War don’t need to worry, as they will automatically be in your account when turning to Vanguard.

What can I buy with COD Points?

Call of Duty’s currency is used to primarily buy two things: the Battle Pass for the current season and Bundles containing a variety of items.

Battle Pass

Vanguard Season 1 Battle Pass

A Battle Pass is a paid Tier system that allows regular players to earn dozens of extra rewards and cosmetics for essentially playing the game.

Vanguard and Warzone Pacific are currently in Season 1 at the moment. Both titles are currently running in tandem with each other and share the same Battle Pass.

It features 100 Tiers for players to smash their way through the course of Season 1, and if players are committed enough, they can actually earn enough CoD Points, through leveling up the pass, to get the next one for free.

You can buy the Vanguard & Warzone Season 1 Battle Pass via a couple of different methods:

Bundles

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The other main content you can buy is a wide range of Bundles and Operator Bundles. These special bundles vary in price, and each comes with its own unique items.

The collectibles you can expect to find are Calling Cards, Emblems, Operator Skins, Weapon Blueprints, Weapon Charms, and more.

Also, check out when Vanguard Season 2 and Warzone Pacific Season 2 are set to begin.

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“Scam” Vanguard MP40 Blueprint gives players a completely different gun

Players are calling the new Rune MP40 Blueprint a “scam” after the weapon fails to load into Vanguard Multiplayer matches.

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For the second time in Vanguard, an MP40 weapon Blueprint is failing to appear in-game as advertised, leading to outrage for anyone who purchased the Graveyard Shift bundle.

Thanks to an incredibly unique design, Vanguard players were eager to get their hands on the Rune MP40 blueprint that is a part of the Graveyard Shift bundle. The Call of Duty developers deserve credit for such a detailed and eyecatching design.

Unfortunately, the Rune MP40 blueprint is completely broken and does not spawn in as the correct weapon in Vanguard leaving players who purchased the bundle for 2400 CoD points furious with the outcome.

MP40 Rune Blueprint

Players who equip the Rune MP40 Blueprint to one of their classes will not be able to use the weapon in Multiplayer. Instead, the weapon will spawn in as the STG44.

Players can’t help but feel “scammed” after the blueprint doesn’t even render in Vanguard Multiplayer matches. The clip below showcases the strange shapeshifting weapon blueprint as it continuously turns into the STG44.

As you can see in the video, no matter the amount of times the player selects the Rune Blueprint, it reverts to the STG44 in Vanguard.

The fact that the weapon changes into an entirely different one is baffling but players have found a quick fix to temporarily alleviate the issue.

How to fix broken MP40 Rune Blueprint

Vanguard Rune Blueprint MP40

There’s no doubt that Sledgehammer will work on alleviating this issue but in the meantime, players can fix the Blueprint by removing certain attachments. ElvisCOD took to Twitter to detail the required steps.

Removing the Removed Stock attachment will stop the MP40 Blueprint from turning into the STG44. Furthermore for the dismemberment animations to work players will have to equip the Lengthened ammo type and remove the magazine.

Of course, forcing players to make these attachment changes is frustrating for those who paid for the bundle and a permanent fix should be a top priority for Sledgehammer Games.

Warzone players will be pleased to hear that this issue has not made its way to the battle royale as the Blueprint works perfectly in Warzone and Zombies.


For more Vanguard check out this insane Vanguard glitch that makes High Alert even stronger despite a recent nerf.

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