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Best STG44 loadout and class setup in Call Of Duty Vanguard

Discover the best STG44 loadout and class setup in Call Of Duty Vanguard

Looking for the best STG44 loadout in Call Of Duty Vanguard? Assault Rifles have always been the de-facto choice for most FPS loadouts and Vanguard is no different. If you're looking for an Assault Rifle, the STG44 is an incredibly strong pick that is sure to get you plenty of easy kills. Whether you're looking for speed, damage, or accuracy, these STG44 loadouts have it all.

Below, we'll provide the best STG44 loadout in Vanguard Season 1, covering both a short and long-range setup. As we move towards the launch of Season 2, we'll update this guide regularly to let you know whether the STG44 has received any tweaks or changes that affect these loadouts.

Best STG44 class in Call Of Duty Vanguard

The STG44 is one of the best guns in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, thanks to its versatility. If you want to run around and spray bullets into your foes, the STG44 is a solid weapon to have in your arsenal. With this loadout, we've focused on improving the speed and accuracy of the STG44 so that you can sprint around and pop off in multiplayer, making it easier than ever to get a V2 Rocket.

  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Muzzle: Mercury Silencer
  • Barrel: Krausnick 220MM Rapid
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorenko 30 Round Mags
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Stock: Removed Stock
  • Ammo Type: Hollow Point
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Fully Loaded
A render of the STG44 in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, as seen from the Gunsmith preview animation screen.

This STG44 setup is ideal for short-range encounters, so the Slate Reflector is the best optic to use when snapping between targets. Of course, this sight can't make the STG44 a killing machine all by itself. If you really want to rinse the enemy team and rack up plenty of kills, you'll need to increase the fire-rate. The Krausnick 220mm Rapid and 7.62 Gorenko 30 Round Mags both increase rate of fire, so that your bullets rip through opponents before they can react. The Recoil Booster would push your fire-rate a little higher, but we would actually recommend opting for the Mercury Silencer muzzle instead so that you don't pop up on the minimap when firing.

Of course, firing at such high speed does give the STG44 a major recoil kick that you'll struggle to control. The 7.62 Gorenko 30 Round Mags do help with the recoil massively, but we'd also recommend using the Carver Foregrip and Pine Tar Grip to balance things out and make the STG44 much easier to control.

So far we've spoken a lot about your fire speed, but we haven't mentioned movement speed. Since you'll want to move around at breakneck pace with this STG44 loadout, we suggest using the Removed Stock. This slightly boosts all of the movement stats and helps you get around the map much faster.

With the above attachments, you should be able to pop off at incredible speed, but you might find that your damage is a bit low. To solve this issue and restore the STG44 to the powerful Assault Rifle we all know and love, equip the Vital proficiency and Hollow Point ammo type. Vital extends the vital damage area, making shots to the upper chest equal to headshots. If you still don't manage to hit this vital damage area, Hollow Point ammo makes shots to the limbs deal more damage too. With the Fully Loaded kit, you won't need to worry about running out of bullets as it gives you max ammo when you equip your loadout.

Secondary Weapon

This STG44 loadout provides an excellent short-range weapon, but you might struggle on some of the bigger multiplayer maps in Vanguard. For your secondary weapon, we recommend taking a long-range gun that can pick off enemies in the distance. Sniper Rifles, such as the 3-Line Rifle or Kar98k, should make it easier than ever to crack skulls, but you could also try the BAR if you want something automatic.

Vanguard STG44 in the loadout menu on a crate, surrounded by Christmas decorations and festive lights

Best long-range STG44 class in Call Of Duty Vanguard

If you aren't great at the whole run-and-gun thing, we also have this long-range STG44 build that is much better at picking off targets in the distance. With this setup, we focused on improving the accuracy and damage so that you can get quick, easy headshots without worrying about recoil patterns. Simply aim at the head and let loose a torrent of bullets. Your enemies won't know what hit them.

  • Optic: G16 2.5X
  • Muzzle: F8 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Strife Angled
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Stock: VDD 34s Weighted
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Proficiency: Sleight Of Hand
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

Since this STG44 class aims to make it excel at medium-range, the G16 2.5X scope is perfect for picking out your target. Of course, you won’t hit anything if your STG44 is drastically kicking back when you shoot, so you’ll need attachments that improve recoil control and accuracy. The F8 Stabilizer and VDD 760mm 05B barrel increase your accuracy and control, while also slightly raising the damage range of the STG44.

The VDD34s Weighted stock and M1930 Strife Angled underbarrel also improve the accuracy and control of your STG44, but your speed will suffer when using these attachments. As mentioned above, this loadout focuses on medium-long range encounters, so the drastic reduction to movement and sprint to fire speed shouldn’t matter.

The Stippled Grip should deal with any remaining recoil by increasing your recoil recovery, meaning that it will take less time to center your aim again after firing. This is important if you want to deal with multiple enemies at once.

With your recoil and accuracy so high, we can actually afford to suffer a loss in that area to increase your damage and bullet velocity, making the STG44 more efficient for long-range encounters. The Russian Short 30 Round Mags drastically decrease recoil control and accuracy, but these stats will still be above the default for the STG44. However, to make up for that loss, this magazine increases bullet velocity, damage range, and bullet penetration. When paired with the Lengthened ammo type, which also increases bullet velocity, your STG will be able to quickly pick off targets at any range.

Quick reloads are always important, so take Sleight Of Hand as your proficiency. Use Fully Loaded as your kit so that you start with max ammo, meaning you won’t need to panic and switch to your secondary in the middle of a firefight.

Secondary Weapon

This STG44 class is ideal when sitting back and picking off targets from a distance. However, enemies are sneaky, and you won’t always have the luxury of sitting in a vantage point alone. Whether an enemy has got closer to flank you, or you need to move to focus on the objective, you’ll want a faster weapon that can help you in short-range battles. For this, take a powerful close-range weapon like the MP40 or M1928. These are some of the best SMGs in Vanguard. If you'd prefer a weapon that packs more of a punch, try out the Combat Shotgun, which is by far the best Shotgun in Vanguard Season 1.

Best STG44 Perks and Equipment

Here are the best perks and equipment to use with your STG44 class:

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

After testing them all out, we quickly settled on the best perks in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, and we see no reason to change that up for this STG44 class. Ghost should help you remain hidden from enemy intel and spy planes, making it more difficult for enemies to find you. Radar makes it easier for you to spot enemies, as they’ll appear on your minimap when they fire an unsilenced weapon. Finally, you’ll need Overkill to equip one of the weapons mentioned above as your secondary weapon in these loadouts.

The Thermite and Stim are important for these loadouts, as they’ll help you escape dangerous situations if an enemy gets close. When you see an enemy approaching, throw the Thermite and then run to find another vantage point. If you get shot, use the Stim to refresh your tactical sprint and quickly heal, giving you a chance to get into cover and kill your enemy. The Stim is also an essential part of the slide-cancel tactic, which lets you hop between tactical sprinting and sliding at blistering speed to tear around the map with ease.

With that, you should now be prepped and ready to create the best STG44 class in Call Of Duty: Vanguard. If you want to try out more setups, check out our list of the best loadouts in Vanguard. If you want to learn more about the STG44 and other guns, take a look at our list of Call Of Duty: Vanguard weapon stats. You should also check out our guide on how to level up fast in Call Of Duty: Vanguard, so that you can unlock these attachments and build the best STG44 class setup quickly.

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