The Automaton is an assault rifle that debuted in Call of Duty: Vanguard's release lineup, and it's quite the option if you're looking for a reliable AR.
Assault rifles are as popular as ever, positioning themselves amongst Vanguard best weapons from the get-go. This option has a daunting fire rate even without attachments, and it only gets better with the right loadout.
This page will cover how to unlock the Automaton in the quickest way possible, and the best Automaton loadout and Automaton class recommendations to enhance its capabilities even further.
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How to unlock the Automaton in Call of Duty: Vanguard
The task to get your hands on the Automaton is super easy as it doesn't involve any challenges nor a long time of gaining levels.
In order to unlock the Automaton, you have to reach Player Level 8, which can be done almost without effort.
For this, we recommend any multiplayer mode, really - from Team Deathmatch playlists to Zombies, it's up to you. It will likely take you less than two hours to get to Player Level 8, so you will breeze through it.
Best Vanguard Automaton loadout and attachments
Below are our recommendations for an optimal Automaton loadout, as well as the corresponding levels for each:
- Muzzle: MX Silencer (Unlocks at level 6)
- Barrel: Anastasia Sniper (Unlocks at level 50)
- Optic: Slate Reflector (Unlocks at level 8)
- Stock: Empress Broadsword (Unlocks at level 4)
- Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip (Unlocks at level 21)
- Magazine: 6.5mm Sakura 45 Round Mags (Unlocks at level 13)
- Ammo Type: Lengthened (Unlocks at level 62)
- Rear Grip: Fabric Grip (Unlocks at level 27)
- Proficiency: Sleight of Hand (Unlocks at level 32)
- Kit: Fully Loaded (Unlocks at level 42)
Let's begin with the muzzle. You'll want to equip the MX Silencer, which adds +1 accuracy as well as sound suppression. It will grant -1 to ADS speed, but we'll balance this out in the overall build.
As for the barrel, we opted for the Anastasia Sniper, which increases bullet velocity and range as well as accuracy. Hip fire accuracy is hit as a result, but just slightly.
The optic is up for preference - we've found the Slate Reflector to be a well rounded option for this assault rifle, but again, up to you!
In the stock slot, we went for Empress Broadsword. This adds +2 to initial accuracy and recoil, and +1 to both ADS speed and recoil recovery. Hip fire accuracy is hit by -1, alongside a -1 decrease for accuracy and recoil during sustained fire, but it's worth the inclusion.
The Carver Foregrip attachment makes for a great choice in terms of the underbarrel. It adds +2 to recoil control and +1 hip fire accuracy, while only decreasing -1 of ADS speed.
For the magazine, we recommend equipping the6.5mm Sakura 45 Round Mags. This will grant you 45 rounds with -1 penalties to ADS speed, reload quickness and movement speed. It sounds bad, but don't worry, this is all balanced out.
Then, Lengthened makes for a great ammo type as it adds +3 to bullet velocity, complimenting the muzzle.
As for the rear grip, we'll be gaining +1 to ADS speed, sprint to fire speed and hip fire recoil recovery thanks to the Fabric Grip. It comes with the cost of -1 to accuracy, but considering how much focus we've put into said stat in the build, it's balanced out.
When it comes down to proficiency, Sleight of Hand will help you with +1 to reload quickness.
Lastly, we opted for Fully Loaded in the kit category, making you start with maximum reserve ammo.
If you're interested in multiplayer, we have lists of Operators and multiplayer maps, as well as the best Vanguard weapons, including the STG44 loadout, MP40 loadout and Automaton loadout. In other modes, we can explain the best zombies builds, best covenants, and the campaign locked issue.
Best Vanguard Automaton class setup, perks and equipment
Here's our choices for the best items - such as equipment and Perks - to make the best Automaton class setup in Vanguard:
- Perk 1: Ghost (Unlocks at level 36)
- Perk 2: Forward Intel (Unlocks at level 40)
- Perk 3: Lightweight (Unlocks at level 21)
- Secondary: 1911 (Unlocks at level 23)
- Tactical: No 69 Stun Grenade (Unlocks early)
- Lethal: Thermite (Unlocks at level 30)
A classic choice if there has ever been one - Ghost will make you undetectable while moving by Spy Planes, enemy intel and Field Mics. It also reduces effectiveness of Local Informants.
We recommend opting for Forward Intel as the second perk. This will allow you to see indicators for enemy reinforcements on your map - yes, that means spawn points. The minimap also shows a larger area.
For the third perk, we went for Lightweight to increase the overall movement speed, which is a nice to have. However, the option is there to opt for Overkill instead and have a second primary weapon. For us, the 1911 was good enough.
Lastly, we went for the MK2 Frag Grenade and No 69 Stun Grenade options for the lethal and tactical categories, respectively. The stun grenade is a rather rudimentary choice, but the Thermite has quickly become a personal favourite, and one you'll (annoyingly!) see pretty often in matches. As always, up to you if you want to experiment with other equipment!