Call of Duty Vanguard best STG44 loadout: STG44 class setup and how to unlock the STG44 in Vanguard


The STG44 is an assault rifle that debuted in Call of Duty: Vanguard's release lineup, and it's already a daunting option to take to the battlefield with you.

It wouldn't be a Call of Duty game without a prominence of powerful assault rifles, quickly positioning themselves amongst Vanguard best weapons, and this option certainly fits the bill as an all-rounded rifle that is great at all distances, especially with the right attachments.

This page will cover how to unlock the STG44 in the quickest way possible, and the best STG44 loadout and STG44 class recommendations to enhance its capabilities even further.

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How to unlock the STG44 in Call of Duty: Vanguard

The task to get your hands on the STG44 is, surprisingly, incredibly easy without any challenges involved.

In order to unlock the STG44, you simply need to boot up the game - it's unlock at Player Level 1, which means you don't have to do any extra steps.


This is a rare occurrence for weapons that are on the spotlight, but do consider that Vanguard's life cycle has just begun. There will be a time when unlocking the newest, meta assault rifle will take ages or doing an unnecessarily long challenge. Until then, let's enjoy this breezy requirement.

Best Vanguard STG44 loadout and attachments

Below are our recommendations for an optimal STG44 loadout, as well as the corresponding levels for each:

  • Muzzle: Scythe Compensator (Unlocks at level 3)
  • Barrel: VDD 760MM 05B (Unlocks at level 38)
  • Optic: Slate Reflector (Unlocks at level 17)
  • Stock: Konstanz Tactical (Unlocks at level 9)
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop (Unlocks at level 23)
  • Magazine: .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mag (Unlocks at level 69)
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened (Unlocks at level 62)
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip (Unlocks at level 67)
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand (Unlocks at level 32)
  • Kit: Fully Loaded (Unlocks at level 42)

Let's start with the muzzle. You'll want to equip the Scythe Compensator for this one, which adds +1 accuracy. No cons on this one!

Onto the barrel. We opted for the VDD 760MM 05B, which is highly accurate and controllable while reducing scope sway and gun bob and increasing damage range. Both sprint to fire speed and hip fire accuracy are hit as a result, as well as aim walking movement speed, but not by much.


The optic is up for preference - we've found the Slate Reflector to be a well rounded option for this assault rifle, but again, your choice!

In the stock slot, we went for the Konstanz Tactical, as it adds +4 to aim walking movement speed, +4 aim walking steadiness and +1 initial accuracy and recoil. Hip fire accuracy is hit by -1, alongside a -3 decrease for sprint to fire speed, but it's worth the inclusion.

The M1941 Hand Stop attachment makes for an optimal choice in terms of the underbarrel. It adds +1 to recoil control and +1 accuracy, while only decreasing -1 of hip fire accuracy.

For the magazine, we recommend the .30 Russian Short 30 Round Mags attachment. Aside from maintaining 30 rounds, it adds +2 to bullet velocity and range, +1 to bullet penetration and +1 damage. It comes with a cost of -5 recoil control and accuracy, -2 fire rate, and -1 to both movement and ADS speeds. But it's worth having it as the rest of the build compensates most of this.


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 +2 recoil recovery and +1 initial accuracy and recoil thanks to the Stippled Grip.

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 STG44 class setup, perks and equipment

Here's our choices for the best items - such as equipment and Perks - to make the best STG44 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: MK2 Frag Grenade (Unlocks early)

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. These are rather rudimentary choices, but they work. Of course, up to you if you want to experiment with other equipment!

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Diego is a freelance writer from Argentina who has learned English thanks to video games. He missed most of the classics, but can gush about Doom, Persona, The Darkness and pinballs for hours. Probably on Twitter right now.


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