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Warzone Vanguard weapons: How to unlock Vanguard guns STG 44 and M1 Garand in Warzone

How to play with WWII weapons before Vanguard arrives.

Vanguard guns in Warzone are available early ahead of Call of Duty Vanguard's full release in November.

Appearing in the game on October 12th, these are additional free tiers in Warzone and Black Ops: Cold War's Season 6 Battle Pass.

Specifically, you'll be unlocking two weapons - the STG 44 and M1 Garand. However, these are not explicitly named as such, since you are only getting Blueprints for the time being.

That said, using them can give you a head start on their unlocks when Vanguard arrives - so if you're planning on picking up the WW2 shooter, then it's a good way to hit the ground running.


Currently, as of Warzone Season 4, you can no longer complete this activity. If you're looking for more help, check out our on-going best Warzone weapons page and the Vanguard Royale meta.


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How to unlock Vanguard weapons in Warzone and how Vanguard guns work

Vanguard weapons are playable early in Warzone by completing tiers of the Season 6 Battle Pass.

When you load up the game for the first time from October 12th, additional free tiers throughout the Battle Pass will appear.

As you would with the usual Black Ops: Cold War and Warzone rewards - which are layered underneath these additional rewards, and visible by pressing Up on the controller's D-pad - you simply have to progress through the Battle Pass to unlock the respective weapons.

Once you have unlocked the weapons, note that they won't work like traditional weapon unlocks. For now, you can only play the STG 44 and M1 Garand with fixed Blueprints. This means you cannot change attachments or camos.

However, using these weapons now will earn you Weapon XP, which can be used to upgrade those weapons when Vanguard arrives.

You can use both the M1 Garand and STG 44 early in Warzone.

Additionally, though the weapons are fixed Blueprints, these Blueprints have a higher-than-average number of attachments - seven to 10 each - to match the new limit you'll see when Vanguard arrives.

"Think of these Weapon Blueprints as the blueprint for the foundational changes that Vanguard's integration will provide to Warzone," Activision explains.

"Through these Weapon Blueprints, you will see what's possible with the additional attachment slots, and you'll be able to decide if these Weapon Blueprints fit within your personal meta right now in Season Six."

How to unlock the M1 Garand in Warzone

To unlock the M1 Garand, you must unlock the following Blueprints as part of the Season 6 Battle Pass:

  • Tier 24 - Bonerattler
  • Tier 64 - Warning Track

Note you cannot customise these weapons in the Gunsmith - instead, you must play with these fixed Blueprints until Vanguard arrives in full.

Each Blueprint features the following attachments:

How to unlock the STG 44 in Warzone

To unlock the STG 44, you must unlock the following Blueprints as part of the Season 6 Battle Pass:

  • Tier 34 - White Obsidian
  • Tier 72 - Heirloom

Note you cannot customise these weapons in the Gunsmith - instead, you must play with these fixed Blueprints until Vanguard arrives in full.

Each Blueprint features the following attachments:


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All other Vanguard unlocks in Warzone explained

As well as the above weapon blueprints, there are also a number of other unlocks which will carry over into Warzone.

All of these can be used in Call of Duty: Black Ops and Warzone right away, of course - but if you want to save the XP Tokens for the new Call of Duty release, then the option is there.

  • Tier 1 - Double Weapon XP Token
  • Tier 6 - The Forefront Calling Card
  • Tier 11 - Double XP Token
  • Tier 15 - Winged Glory Spray
  • Tier 21 - Double Operator XP Token
  • Tier 24 - Bonerattler Blueprint (M1 Garand)
  • Tier 28 - Unified Force Sticker
  • Tier 31 - War Ready Emblem
  • Tier 34 - White Obsidian Blueprint (STG 44)
  • Tier 37 - Plague Doc Weapon Charm
  • Tier 39 - Double XP Token
  • Tier 44 - Double Weapon XP Token
  • Tier 48 - Sunsetter Sticker
  • Tier 55 - Behind the Scene Calling Card
  • Tier 61 - Royal Flush Emblem
  • Tier 64 - Warning Track Blueprint (M1 Garand)
  • Tier 67 - Gashed Grunt Spray
  • Tier 72 - Heirloom Blueprint (STG 44)
  • Tier 77 - Ratted Out Charm
  • Tier 81 - Rolling In Spray
  • Tier 84 - The Collective Calling Card
  • Tier 88 - Peacekeeper Charm
  • Tier 94 - Double XP Token
  • Tier 98 - Clocked In Watch

Remember, these are free tiers in the Battle Pass - no purchase needed - and the free existing tiers which debuted with the Battle Pass are still there - you just have to press Up on the controller's D-pad to view them.

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