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Best Double Barrel Shotgun loadout for CoD: Vanguard

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



Double Barrel Shotgun Vanguard

The Double Barrel Shotgun is one of Vanguard’s most powerful weapons, here’s how to make the best Double Barrel loadout complete with Perks and attachments to destroy your enemies. 

Shotguns dominated Vanguard’s early cycle and after disappearing following a massive nerf it now seems like they are back. Thanks to small map playlists, Shotguns have been running rampant. Admittedly, Shotguns produce a lot of fun, while also being quite overpowered.

Whether you love shotguns or hate them, the Double Barrel is one of the best of its kind. You shouldn’t feel overwhelmed by the possibilities of ten attachment slots.

Ready to wreak havoc? Here is our best Vanguard Double Barrel Shotgun loadout.

Best Double Barrel Gunsmith loadout attachments

Double barrel shotgun in cod vanguard
  • Muzzle: M97 Full Choke
  • Barrel: LJ-18 Defender
  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Underbarrel: N/A *Blocked by Akimbo*
  • Magazine: None
  • Ammo Type: Incendiary
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Proficiency: Akimbo
  • Kit: Quick

The M97 Full Choke muzzle and LJ-18 Defender barrel work in tandem to maximize range and power. You’ll be able to target faraway enemies with a longer barrel. Meanwhile, the G16 2.5x optic will increase accuracy and recoil control.

The Removed Stock will enhance your sprint to fire speed and movement speed. This will allow you to play at a rapid pace with the Double Barrel. The Pine Tar Grip is preferred over the Fabric Grip due to the added recoil control and hip fire accuracy.

For this loadout to perform well at a distance you’re going to want to leave the magazine attachment slot empty seeing as both options have weapon-ruining cons. Incendiary ammo is the way to go to maximize damage.

Lastly, this loadout revolves around the dual-wield attribute that comes with the Akimbo Proficiency. While the Quick kit will add to your sprint speed. 

Best Perks to use with Vanguard Double Barrel

Vanguard Ghost Perk
  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel
  • Perk 3: Lightweight

Players have the option to choose between Ghost and Ninja in the first perk slot. Ninja will let you get nice and close to your opponents which is always great when running a shotgun. Although, with the Double Barrel’s added range, players can comfortably opt for Ghost.  

In the second slot, Forward Intel will give you the information you need to stay one step ahead of the opponent. This loadout maximizes speed and Forward Intel also contributes to this by allowing you to reach your enemy’s spawn destination as quickly as possible. 

Finally, in the third slot, Lightweight is the way to go. This will ensure incredibly quick movement speed. If you’re not looking to run a Shotgun as your lone Primary Weapon, Overkill can also work.

How to unlock Double Barrel in Vanguard

Vanguard Double Barrel Shotgun

Unfortunately for Vanguard players, the Double Barrel Shotgun is the least accessible Shotgun. As the fourth Shotgun of four, players get their hands on the Double Barrel at Level 49. 

Hoping into small map playlists is a great way to level up your Shotgun. Shotguns are utterly dominant on small maps like Dome, Das Haus, and Shipment.

Best alternatives to the Double Barrel in Vanguard

If the two bullet limit of the Double Barrel is something you cannot accept, perhaps the Combat Shotgun will better suit your play style. It is the clear-cut top Shotgun at the moment. 

The Combat Shotgun is available at Level 14, which gives you a ton of time to level up the weapon before unlocking the Double Barrel. 

Of course, if Shotguns aren’t your thing and you’re worried about Sledgehammer’s upcoming Shotgun nerf, you may want to check out the Type 100.

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games / Activision

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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.

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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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