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Call of Duty: Vanguard operators list, how to unlock operators and favourite weapons list

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Call of Duty: Vanguard operators give you a variety of characters to play in multiplayer.

Each of these characters is unique and part of the Vanguard storyline. You will stumble upon their origin stories as you plunge through the campaign, but if you're interested in taking one or more of them on multiplayer sessions, these are a couple steps to consider beforehand.

There are 12 operators at launch, and not all are unlocked from the get-go. This page will cover the Call of Duty: Vanguard operators list, as well as how to unlock operators and how operator favourite weapons impact in multiplayer matches.

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If you're interested in more from multiplayer, we have a complete list of Call of Duty: Vanguard maps.

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How do operators work in Call of Duty: Vanguard?

There is a total of 12 operators in Call of Duty: Vanguard. Though they all look distinct and carry over their own backstories, there isn't much of an impact in terms of gameplay.

Essentially, in multiplayer, operators are pretty much skins. Their sole particularity comes down to operator XP: as you're playing as an specific operator, you'll gain XP to progress through a total of 20 rewards.

Some of them are general XP boosts, but there are also cosmetics such as skins, finishing moves, play of the game intros, and so on. Each also has a favourite weapon, giving them an XP boost during use - so if you have a weapon you want to power up quicker, then unlocking and using that Operator is a good plan.

How to unlock all operators in Call of Duty: Vanguard

To unlock operators in Call of Duty: Vanguard, you must perform kills in a specific way.

Here's a closer look at the Operator list in Call of Duty: Vanguard, and how to unlock each one:

OperatorHow to unlock Operator
Get 200 Marksman Rifle kills
Get 100 headshots (any weapon)
Get 50 Prone kills (any weapon)
Get 200 Sniper skills
Get 10 Double kills (any weapon)
Perform 25 Finishing Moves
Get 300 AR (assault rifle) kills
Get 100 Hipfire kills (any weapon)
Get 5 kills without dying a total of 10 times (any weapon)
Get 10 kills with Killstreaks
Get 300 LMG (light machine gun) kills (any weapon)
Get 200 shotgun kills

If you're interested in knowing what favourite weapons are and how they work, make sure to jump to the next section for an explainer.

If you're interested in multiplayer, we have lists of the Operators and multiplayer maps, as well as the best Vanguard weapons, including the best STG44 loadout, best MP40 loadout and best Automaton loadout, best BAR loadout, best Combat Shotgun loadout, best Type 100 loadout, and best Kar98k loadouts. In other modes, we can explain the best zombies builds and best covenants.

Call of Duty: Vanguard operator favourite weapons list

While operator XP is the main standout, there is an interesting incentive to use certain weapons for each operator. Fittingly called favourite weapons, each of the 12 operators has a preferable choice.

If you're using the operator's favourite weapon, you'll gain Double XP and a boost to Weapon XP as well. It's a small touch, but can be rather useful, specially during the first few days when the meta hasn't set in yet and you might find yourself looking for your own preferred loadouts.

You can find a list of all Call of Duty: Vanguard operator favourite weapons below:

OperatorFavourite weapon
DanielM1 Garand
WadeType 100
Polina3-Line rifle
ShigenoriType 11
LucasOwen Gun
PadmavatiCombat Shotgun

That's all you need to know about operators in Call of Duty: Vanguard! Have fun unlocking them all.

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