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Best NZ-41 loadout and class setup in Call Of Duty: Vanguard

Discover the best NZ-41 loadout and class setup in Call Of Duty: Vanguard

Want to know the best NZ-41 loadout in Vanguard? The NZ-41 is a slow-firing Assault Rifle that packs a heavy punch, like the BAR. While your first instinct might be to raise the fire rate and improve the TTK, that doesn't seem possible here. You can increase the fire rate, but it drastically lowers the damage in return, making the NZ-41 a mediocre AR. Fortunately, we've spent some time tinkering and found the best NZ-41 loadout in Vanguard Season 1 that unlocks its full potential.

With Call Of Duty: Vanguard Season 2 set to launch at the start of February, we expect frequent fixes and patches to set up the new meta. If any of these changes impact the NZ-41 and this loadout, we'll update this guide to let you know. Check back when Season 2 launches to see if we've altered our NZ-41 loadout to fit the new meta.

Best NZ-41 loadout in Call Of Duty: Vanguard

The NZ-41 is very efficient when used in short bursts. If you fire consistently for more than a few rounds, you’ll notice the recoil becomes much worse. This loadout uses attachments that boost the NZ-41's accuracy and control, making it much easier to take down groups of enemies without the need to stop shooting.

  • Optic: G16 2.5x
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Orbweaver 360MM BC
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: .303 British 20 Round Fast Mags
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Stock: Orbweaver E Pack
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Proficiency: Pinned
  • Kit: Fully Loaded
Render of an NZ-41 in the Call Of Duty: Vanguard gunsmith preview screen.

The attachments listed above make the NZ-41 viable at medium-range. The F8 Stabilizer, Orbweaver 360mm BC, Carver Foregrip, Pine Tar Grip, and Orbweaver E Pack all increase recoil control and accuracy. The recoil will still come, making long-range encounters a challenge with the NZ-41, but it is much more manageable. Fortunately, the Lengthened ammo type increases bullet velocity, meaning your shots should whip through the air when you fire. The Pinned proficiency also adds extra flinch when an enemy gets hit by one of your bullets, which will make it harder for them to focus and fight back.

Since the NZ-41 performs best in medium-range firefights, the G16 2.5x is the perfect optic. It also increases control and accuracy, making it one of the best scopes in Call Of Duty: Vanguard.

Since you’ll be firing in short bursts, we recommend using the .303 British 20 Round Fast Mags. These do have a lower ammo capacity than the standard magazines, but they also make reloading much quicker, so you can jump straight back into the action. You also won’t need to worry about running out of ammo thanks to the Fully Loaded kit.

Secondary Weapon

Since the NZ-41 is best at medium-range engagements, we recommend taking something that will help at longer distances. Sniper Rifles, like the Kar98k and 3-Line Rifle, can score one-shot kills across the map, but Marksman Rifles are a bit snappier and faster to use. Of course, if you prefer a run-and-gun approach, take an SMG or Shotgun that you can switch to for close-range combat. The MP40 is one of the best guns in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, whilst the PPSH-41 and Type 100 are also formidable up close.

Best NZ-41 Perks and Equipment

These are the perks and equipment that you should use with the NZ-41:

  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Overkill
  • Lethal: Thermite
  • Tactical: Stim

Ghost, Radar, and Overkill are some of the best perks in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, and we see no reason to mix things up in this loadout. Ghost helps you hide from enemy spy planes and intel, so that you don’t get spotted whilst rotating around the map to flank enemies or attack an objective. Radar helps with your surveillance, as you can spot enemies firing unsilenced weapons on your minimap. Overkill lets you use primary weapons in your secondary slot, which makes your loadout much more competitive and versatile.

As you approach groups of enemies, throw a Thermite grenade into the crowd to spread damage to multiple enemies. If they turn around and shoot at you, pop a Stim quickly to boost your health regen and run into cover with your refreshed tactical sprint.

That covers everything you need to create the best NZ-41 loadout in Call Of Duty: Vanguard. If you want to build your loadout around a different weapon, take a look at our list of the best loadouts in Vanguard. If you like weighty guns that pack a punch, take a look at our list of the best LMGs in Vanguard to find more of what you love. If you're approaching max level, take a look at our Vanguard prestige guide to see how to progress further.

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