Sledgehammer Games has stacked Call of Duty: Vanguard with a ton of amazing weapons for players to use, and we’ve gone through and ranked every Season 4 Reloaded weapon, as well as the top 10 weapons in the game.
Ultimately, all guns in CoD: Vanguard have one job, to take out opposing players as efficiently as possible. Sledgehammer Games has done its best to make this possible by giving players a wealth of options to choose from.
From devastating assault rifles to fast-paced SMGs, there’s pretty much something for everyone in Call of Duty: Vanguard, and we’ve taken it upon ourselves to review the weapons in the game and rank every weapon in the game. .
Best guns in Call of Duty: Vanguard ranked list
Before giving an in-depth look at our list of the top 10 ranked Vanguard weapons, we’ll first quickly assign a position to all current weapons in the game. As always, some weapons are going to be meta monsters used by everyone, and some will be left to gather piles of dust.
Here are all of Vanguard’s primary weapons ranked:
- M1 Bazooka
- upper break
- MK 11 Launcher
- submachine gun
- FS Combat Knife (Katana, Sawtooth, Hammer, Ice Axe, Skal Crusher, Pusher Dagger)
- M1 Garand
- Type 99
- Gracey Auto
- Type 11
- Einhorn bend
- Double barrel
- Itra Burst
- battle rifle
- KG M40
- battle shield
- 3 line rifle
- Gorenko anti-tank rifle
- Owen Pistol
- Mark 5
- Nikita AVT
- Armaguerra 43
- H4 Blixen
- Type 100
- Cooper rifle
CoD: Vanguard Best Ranked Weapons
The BAR is extremely similar to the Whitley as it is an absolute laser beam from a weapon. However, due to its association with the Assault Rifle, the BAR is lighter and therefore easier to move. The only downside to this weapon is the slow rate of fire which may bother some players. It certainly fires slowly, but if you hit, there are few ARs that kill faster.
9. Type 100
The Type 100 is great fun to use as it is a very solid weapon and also has the potential to become even better than it already is.
The Type 100 kills incredibly fast, and some players think it’s Vanguard’s best SMG. Unless you’re using the best attachments in the game, we don’t think it has quite the firepower of our best SMG, we’ll get to that shortly, but if you use it enough, it just might be the best for you.
The Volk rose to prominence in Vanguard Season 2 thanks to its viability in competitive Call of Duty. The Assault Rifle excels at mid-range firefights, and as an all-around weapon, it’s taken the CDL by storm.
The nerfs in the Vanguard Season 3 update didn’t hold back the Volk as they were quite minor. This weapon is perfect for the aggressive assault rifle player.
7. Kar98k – Best Sniper Rifle in CoD Vanguard
A weapon that will be familiar to longtime Call of Duty players, as the Kar98k has been a solid option in many games, and the same goes for Vanguard.
Key to the Kar98k’s incredible success is its speed, as its ADS time is terrific for such a long-range weapon, thanks to a major buff to sniper rifles. As long as you have an ammo box or extra ammo with you, Vanguard has plenty more sniper-friendly maps to keep you going crazy.
6. Whitley – Best CoD Vanguard LMG
The Whitley LMG was a new addition to Vanguard as part of the Season 2 update. With the right attachments, this LMG is one of the most formidable weapons in the game. Its minimal recoil and massive magazine capacity can plague multiplayer lobbies. The Whitley has a legit two-hit kill potential, making it the best Vanguard LMG around.
The STG44 only comes in at number five on our ranking list, and it’s very worthy of its spot, as most Call of Duty: Vanguard players will attest.
Most lobbies will usually have multiple players using some form of STG44 loadout as this is an amazing Assault Rifle. It has everything you need from an AR – superb damage range, impressive recoil control, and enough stopping power to bring the enemy team to tears. It’s a pretty much flawless weapon. But why isn’t it first on our list?
Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded’s new Vargo-S pushes the popular STG44 to fifth place on this list. The Vargo-S immediately deserves a top-five spot because it has legitimate two-hit kill potential thanks to the overpowered .30-06 20 Round Mags.
Unfortunately, this attachment makes the weapon so powerful that it may soon be nerfed. If the prop is nerfed, the Vargo-S should still be strong enough to crack the top ten, but it will definitely come out of the top five.
3. Cooper Carbine
Much like the Welgun, the Cooper Carbine is a post-launch weapon that completely dominated the meta after its arrival during Vanguard Season 1. There’s not much this gun can’t do thanks to its excellent fire rate and damage output.
Some players prefer using it as a close-range assault rifle while others appreciate its long-range aiming stability. Whatever your preference, the Cooper Carbine will kill enemies incredibly quickly.
2. MP-40 – Best SMG in CoD Vanguard
No, you read that right, the MP-40 isn’t our best weapon, and we’ll get to that shortly. But the MP-40 deserves its second place because it has all the necessary characteristics to make it the best SMG in the game.
He has a reputation for being unstoppable in previous Call of Duty games – looking at you World at War – and he easily maintains that identity in Vanguard. Very accurate even at long ranges and if you manage to equip the optimal attachments it will shred your enemies.
1. Automaton – Best Assault Rifle in CoD Vanguard
Because the Automaton AR has all the qualities of the STG with the bonus of being a little bit faster. The Automaton has gone from underrated to one of Vanguard’s most used weapons and it’s currently Vanguard Season 4 Reloaded’s best for good reason.
One of its most attractive features is its easy-to-learn recoil pattern, as even without props it only moves vertically. It’s very easy to use, very easy to score a ton of kills, and for our money it’s the best weapon to use in Call of Duty: Vanguard.
This covers our in-depth review of every weapon in Vanguard with a full ranking of them all. Even though there are already over 50 weapons in the game, we expect Sledgehammer Games to continue adding more with the Season 5 update.
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