Looking for the best Sniper Rifle in Vanguard Season 1? With a trusty Sniper Rifle to hand, you can sit back and crack skulls effortlessly across the map. To kill your enemy, it only takes one shot. Of course, all of the Snipers in Vanguard feel very different to use, so we've ranked them all from best to worst. If you want to know the best Sniper in Vanguard, you're in the right place.
Call Of Duty: Vanguard Season 1 introduced the Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle, which is a new Sniper that you unlock at tier 31 in the current battle pass. We've updated this list to include the Gorenko and will continue to add any future Sniper Rifles that come in future seasons. Make sure to check back regularly to see how balance patches and meta shifts affect our list of the best Vanguard Snipers.
Best Sniper Rifle in Call Of Duty: Vanguard
Right now the best Sniper Rifle in Call Of Duty: Vanguard is the Kar98k. While its close competitor the 3-Line Rifle is the king of one-shot-kills, the Kar98k is faster and better for quick-scoping and quick-sniping, which is a more useful trait in Vanguard's chaotic fast-paced multiplayer modes. Below we'll go into detail about the Kar98k and the other three Sniper Rifles in the game, but first let's take a look at how we rank each of the guns in this category against each other.
Here is our list of Call Of Duty: Vanguard Sniper Rifles, ranging from best to worst:
- 3-Line Rifle
- Type 99
- Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle
Kar98k - best Sniper Rifle for quick-scoping
All four of the Sniper Rifles in Call Of Duty: Vanguard have the capacity to kill with a single shot. What puts the Kar98k on top of the others is the balance it strikes between handling speed and the consistency with which you can land those one-shot-kills. Capable of killing with a shot to the torso or head, the Kar98k can easily be kitted out for a fairly close-range marksman class where you can quickly scope in on an enemy and down them before they have time to react. For instructions on how to do this, check out our Call Of Duty: Vanguard best Kar98k loadout guide.
3-Line Rifle - best Sniper Rifle for one-shot-kills
The only reason the 3-Line Rifle is second on this tier list behind the Kar98k is because the current state of Vanguard's multiplayer is so fast-paced that a faster-ADS Sniper Rifle is probably better overall. But if what you want to do is set up a sniper nest and punish enemies that peek their heads into your sightline, then the 3-Line Rifle is definitely the best Sniper Rifle you can use. By default it can one-shot-kill anywhere except the limbs, but with our best 3-Line Rifle loadout and class setup you can improve its damage so that even a shot to the hand or foot over any distance will kill instantly. This alone makes it easily one of the best guns in Call Of Duty: Vanguard.
You might expect that the Type 99, with its focus on mobility, would be the ideal Sniper Rifle to use for quick-scoping and quick-sniping in Vanguard, even over the Kar98k. And it's true that the Type 99 can perform this job admirably if you can hit your headshots and upper chest shots with impressive consistency. But as things stand it's easier to land one-shots with the other two guns. The only way you can increase the damage of the Type 99 is with the 8mm Klauser Rounds, and even then the effective range, bullet velocity, idle sway, and recoil all combine to make it a more challenging task to perform well with the Type 99 than with the more well-rounded Kar98k.
Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle
The latest addition to Vanguard's Sniper arsenal is also the worst. While it packs a heavy punch, the Gorenko is far too clunky to be viable in the current meta. The fire-rate is incredibly slow compared to the other Sniper Rifles listed above, and the reload speed is also rather slow. The Gorenko also has extremely high horizontal recoil, which you might find disorientating when trying to quickscope enemies. The Gorenko isn't suited to Vanguard's frenetic multiplayer, so we recommend sticking with the other Sniper Rifles for now.
That covers everything you need to know about the best Sniper Rifles in Vanguard Season 1. If you prefer short-medium range encounters, check out our lists of the best Assault Rifles, best SMGs and best Shotguns in Vanguard. Make sure to also check out our Vanguard weapon stats guide to see how these Sniper Rifles compare with other weapons in all the key areas. If you want to understand the current meta better, take a look at our list of the best loadouts in Vanguard.