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Best Combat Shotgun loadout for CoD: Vanguard

Here are the best attachments and Perks you should equip to make the best Combat Shotgun loadout in Call of Duty: Vanguard. 



Vanguard combat shotgun

The Combat Shotgun is one of Vanguard’s most broken weapons, here’s how to make the best Combat Shotgun loadout complete with Perks and attachments to devastate the competition. 

Shotguns have always been a polarizing topic within the Call of Duty community. Players either love them or hate them. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, Vanguard’s Combat Shotgun is an extremely powerful weapon that you should test in some capacity. 

With frequent Double XP events, players are leveling up their Shotguns with ease. What with 10 attachment slots to occupy, deciding on a Combat Shotgun loadout isn’t that simple. Here’s the most destructive Combat Shotgun loadout in Vanguard. 

Best Combat Shotgun loadout

Combat Shotgun side profile

Vanguard Combat Shotgun Gunsmith loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: M97 Full Choke
  • Barrel: Sawed-off
  • Optic: None
  • Stock: CGC 3M Wire
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: 16 Gauge 10 Round Drum Magazine
  • Ammo Type: Buck and Slug
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Quick

For the best Vanguard Combat Shotgun loadout, the goal is to maximize speed and firepower at the cost of accuracy. With a weapon that excels in tight spaces, accuracy is far from a deal-breaker. In fact, you’ll be using hip fire to get the majority of your kills. 

For starters, the Sawed-off barrel is going to reduce some range. On the flip side, you’ll gain a wider pellet spread, allowing you to hit more victims with one shot. The M97 Full Choke muzzle compensates for the Sawed-off barrel by balancing the weapon with a tighter pellet spread.

The CGC 3M Wire stock aids in making the shotgun incredibly mobile. It also increases hip-fire accuracy which is vital for this weapon. The Fabric Grip and the SMLE Pistol Grip also contribute to movement speed by increasing sprint to fire time and hip fire recovery. 

You’re definitely going to want to use slug rounds. The Buck and Slug ammo type certainly pack a punch. In terms of Proficiency and Kit attachments, you have some freedom to experiment. Frenzy and Vital are the top two choices for Proficiency attachment while the Quick Kit will further increase your speed.  

Best Perks to run with Combat Shotgun in Vanguard 

Ghost Perk in Vanguard
  • Perk 1: Ninja
  • Perk 2: High Alert
  • Perk 3: Lightweight

Perk 1 is a tricky slot to decipher. Ninja is incredibly useful for this Combat Shotgun class because it’ll allow you to get as close to enemies as possible. You should constantly be moving with the Combat Shotgun. For the same reason, Ghost can also be useful. 

High Alert is the choice for Perk 2 seeing as the one pump kill nature of the Combat Shotgun has incredible “turn on” potential. If an enemy is at your back, High Alert will enable a quick flick and shoot response. 

In the Perk 3 slot, Lightweight makes the most sense. Double Time could also do the trick however Lightweight increases overall movement speed. This class relies on speed to outmaneuver enemies. 

How to unlock the Combat Shotgun in Vanguard

Combat Shotgun in game

Luckily for players, one of the most broken weapons in the game is made available early at Level 14. The Combat Shotgun is the second of four Shotguns in Vanguard. Considering you can get your hands on it at level 14, it shouldn’t take you too long to unlock. 

Once you do unlock it, you might want to check if any small map playlists are live. Sledgehammer will be offering Das Haus 24/7 from time to time. 

Best alternatives to Combat Shotgun 

Shotgun enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the Combat Shotgun is not the only dominant member of its weapon class. The Gracey Auto is yet another Shotgun that is attracting interest. This weapon can be unlocked at Level 31.

If Shotguns don’t suit your play style, you may want to check out Vanguard’s most prominent Assault Rifle. The STG 44 is an immensely powerful weapon liked by many. 

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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CoD: Vanguard players are fuming over “frustrating” Atomic camo grind

CoD: Vanguard players are expressing their frustration with the game’s notoriously difficult unlock challenge for the Atomic camo.



Vanguard mastery camo and operator

CoD: Vanguard’s Atomic mastery camo is notoriously difficult to acquire, and players are expressing their frustration with the camo’s controversial unlock challenge.

Unlocking new weapon skins in multiplayer is one of the most fun aspects of playing a Call of Duty title, and mastery camo skins require you to grind for several games before you can acquire them.

Vanguard’s incredible Atomic mastery camo is locked behind a notoriously difficult challenge, and players are fuming over how long it takes for them to get their hands on this valuable weapon skin.

Atomic camo in Vanguard

Reddit user ‘sofasonics’ posted a rant about weapon camos in the CoD: Vanguard subreddit, stating that a Level 60 challenge requires them to use an attachment that becomes unlocked at Level 68.

Many of the commenters criticized the Atomic camo challenge, with one player calling it “beyond frustrating” as it requires you to unlock Diamond camos in every weapon class, from Assault Rifles all the way to Melee weapons.

One user left this challenge because it was taking a long time to complete: “I gave up on grinding Atomic after they fixed Panzerfaust 3 killstreak challenge and I had just started grinding Marksman and Sniper Rifles.”

The Vanguard Atomic camo challenge has come under fire from players before, and the developers made changes to the unlock requirements in response. However, that hasn’t made players less upset with the difficulty.

Some players were demotivated from playing because of this challenge, with one user commenting: “I just wanna say I finished Atomic and don’t feel like playing the [multiplayer] ever again.”

You can try speeding up this process by trying out this useful trick involving DLC weapons which makes it much easier to acquire Diamond camo on melee weapons, but you’ll still need to do some serious grinding.

For more Vanguard news check out everything you need to know about Vanguard Season 2 as well as why 75% of Vanguard players want MVP screen removed in Season 2.

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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75% of Vanguard players want MVP screen removed in Season 2

The majority of Vanguard players have had enough of the MVP screen as 75% would like to see the feature removed from the game.



Vanguard MVP screen

A recent poll on the Vanguard subreddit with over 6000 submitted votes has revealed that 75% of players want to see the MVP screen removed with the arrival of Vanguard Season 2.

When Vanguard launched back in November 2021 it brought several new features to the franchise including Combat Pacing, reactive environments, and the MVP voting screen.

It’s safe to say that most new inclusions have been welcomed by fans except for the notorious MVP screen. Players voiced their frustrations relating to the MVP screen in the past and a recent poll indicates that their opinions have not wavered.

MVP screen Operators Vanguard

The MVP screen pops up after every match without fail. It is an inescapable aspect of the Vanguard Multiplayer experience as it highlights three players on your team who achieved notable accomplishments.

Each player in the lobby can cast a vote for one of the three nominees on their team. It’s a painstaking process that takes up a considerable amount of time after matches. A recent poll posted to the Vanguard subreddit proves that most players want to see it gone.

The poll is presented as a petition to remove the unwanted feature from the game. Whether or not the devs will ever see the post remains to be seen but the original goal of getting 5,000 votes was comfortably surpassed.

At the time of writing, the poll has over 6,200 total votes. Players can select three answers to the question “Do you want the MVP screen removed?” : Yes, No, or I don’t care. The Yes option received a resounding 75% of votes, which indicates the majority of players want to see the MVP screen disappear.

The consensus from players seems to be that the MVP screen simply wastes too much of their game time after matches which slows down the Multiplayer experience, “I don’t like the dead time it adds to the game. Matchmaking already is long enough. 2XP tokens count down real time. Estimate at least 25% is wasted in nongameplay cinematics.”

Many gamers have a limited amount of game time per day and the MVP screen detracts from gameplay by eating into their precious time.

For more Vanguard news check out everything you need to know about Vanguard Season 2 including release date, Zombies updates, and Ranked Play.

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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Bizarre Vanguard Optic glitch is making it impossible to aim

Vanguard players are unable to shoot straight due to an Optic glitch that is messing up the alignment of reticles.



Vanguard optic glitch

A new Vanguard glitch is prohibiting players from aiming straight due to off-centered sights on weapon Optics.

Of all the bugs and glitches running rampant in Vanguard Multiplayer at the moment, this new Optic glitch may be one of the most limiting as it prohibits players from accurately taking down enemies.

Due to a strange issue with the centering of reticles on Optics, players are finding it difficult to hit accurate shots.

Vanguard glitched optic sight

A post shared to the Vanguard subreddit showcases a player testing out different Optics on an MP40. At first, the player displays the weapon’s iron sights and we can see that the iron sights are slightly not centered.

Although, it is difficult to notice a difference without an Optic the staggering change is brought to our attention with images of the player aiming down sight with the Slate Reflector and Nydar Model 47.

Vanguard mp40 gliched optic sight

It’s clear to see in the photo above that the reticle is way off center which would make it incredibly difficult to accurately hit targets. You can check out the original post to see more images of the broken reticles.

One comment perfectly captures the reaction of seeing the Nydar Model 47 reticle in the image above “First pic: i dont see an issue? Second pic: how the f***”

Although some settings such as motion blur can cause a momentary distortion of your weapon Optics when firing, it’s clear in the image that the player is not firing bullets and simply aiming down sight.

The title of the post also speculates that this issue is impacting Warzone players, which should place it high on the priority list for the devs to fix.

For more Vanguard news check out CoD: Vanguard Season 2: Release date, Zombies updates, Ranked Play, more.

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

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