Want to know the best AS44 loadout in Vanguard? The base AS44 is rather weak, with high recoil and low damage making it rank lowest in our list of the best Assault Rifles in Vanguard. However, we've got an AS44 class setup that is extremely powerful and much more viable in the Vanguard Season 1 meta. Our setup aims to improve the damage and fire rate so you can melt enemies at lightning speed, while also maintaining fast handling speeds that make the AS44 strong in close-quarters encounters.
As always, we expect frequent changes to the meta throughout Call Of Duty: Vanguard Season 1. If the AS44 is impacted by any fixes or patches, we'll update this guide to let you know. Make sure to check back when Season 2 launches to see if our best AS44 loadout has changed in the new meta.
Best AS44 loadout in Vanguard Season 1
The AS44 has the highest fire rate of all the Assault Rifles, but that also means it has harsh recoil, making it most effective when running-and-gunning around corners. With this loadout, we aim to lean into that high fire rate, making it even faster while increasing damage so that the AS44 can tear through nearby enemies at incredible speed. This loadout has a lot of recoil, so you need to get comfortable fighting up close if you want to dominate with the AS44 in Vanguard Season 1.
- Optic: Slate Reflector
- Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
- Barrel: Empress Falchion A
- Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
- Magazine:7.62x54mmr 30 Round Mags
- Rear Grip: Grooved Grip
- Stock: Zac 12A
- Ammo Type: Hollow Point
- Proficiency: Sleight Of Hand
- Kit: Fully Loaded
The Empress Falchion A barrel and 7.62x54mmr 30 Round Mags are the most important attachments for this AS44 loadout. They increase the fire rate and damage respectively, making it rip through enemies much faster. However, they both decrease accuracy and control, making it harder to hit enemies from a distance. To make the AS44 a little easier to control, we suggest equipping the F8 Stabilizer, M1930 Strife Angled, Grooved Grip and Zac 12A stock. These attachments won't improve your accuracy enough to hit opponents in the distance, but you'll find it much easier to take down nearby enemies. To get the optimal close-quarters setup, use the Slate Reflector sight to snap to your targets.
Since the AS44 isn't very accurate, you can't guarantee that you'll land headshots. With this in mind, use the Hollow Point ammo type. This increases your limb damage, helping you kill enemies quickly without needing to worry about headshots. If you're trying to kill an enemy and suddenly need to reload, Sleight Of Hand increases your reload speed so that you can jump back into the fight. You won't need to panic about running out of ammo completely, as the Fully Loaded kit gives you max ammo for your AS44 when you spawn.
This AS44 loadout excels at short-range, so your secondary should focus on picking off targets in the distance. If you're on a large map with open sections or long corridors, we recommend taking a Sniper Rifle. The Kar98k and 3-Line Rifle are both extremely powerful and will crack skulls with ease. If you're on a smaller map that doesn't suit a sniper, try an Assault Rifle that's best-suited to medium-long range combat. The STG44 is an absolute laser that will melt enemies across the map, while the BAR has incredibly high damage at any range.
Best AS44 Perks and Equipment
Here are the perks and equipment to use with your AS44 class setup:
- Perk 1: Ghost
- Perk 2: Radar
- Perk 3: Overkill
- Lethal: Thermite
- Tactical: Stim
For this loadout, we’ve selected some of the best perks in Call Of Duty: Vanguard. Ghost is the perfect perk for surviving whilst on a high killstreak, as it lets you remain hidden from enemy spy planes and intel. In your second slot, use Radar to pick out easy targets. Radar highlights enemies that fire unsilenced weapons on your minimap, so you can flank them to get an easy kill, or avoid them altogether. Finally, use Overkill so that you can use one of the weapons mentioned above in your secondary slot.
There are lots of equipment options in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, but we’ve found a powerful combo that you can use to wreak havoc on your enemies. When you’re approaching an objective or find a group of opponents, throw in a Thermite grenade to damage them all and gain an advantage. If you take some hits, pop a Stim to heal and run to cover with your refreshed tactical sprint.
That’s everything you need to know to make the best AS44 loadout in Call Of Duty: Vanguard. If you want to try some different setups, check out our list of the best loadouts in Call Of Duty: Vanguard. You can also take a look at our weapon stats breakdown to see how the AS44 compares to other guns. Check out our guide on how to level up fast in Call Of Duty: Vanguard so that you can unlock these attachments for the AS44 as soon as possible.