Call of Duty Vanguard has its fair share of shotguns. With four to choose from at launch, players have already taken to figuring out which is the one shotty to rule them all – and right now it looks like the Combat Shotgun may be one of the best Vanguard guns out there.
Although it’s not as prolific in point-blank fights as some of its fellow classmates, the Combat Shotgun boasts the best performance at range out of any of them. The most disgusting thing about the best Vanguard Combat Shotgun class is that you won’t even need to aim down sights to obliterate targets on small and medium-sized maps.
Right now, this Vanguard Combat Shotgun class is the terror of maps like Das Haus because of how mobile you can be with it, getting the jump on your opponents and winning those close range duels. As you can imagine, this build focuses on optimising sprint-to-fire and hip fire stats, turning you into a marauding monster.
Without further ado, here is the best Vanguard Combat Shotgun class, courtesy of ‘WhosImmortal’.
Vanguard Combat Shotgun class
- Muzzle: M97 Full Choke
- Barrel: Sawed-Off
- Optic: None
- Stock: CGC 3M Adjustable
- Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
- Magazine: 16 Gauge 10 Round Drum
- Ammo Type: Packed Powder
- Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
- Proficiency: Vital
- Kit: Quick
This Vanguard Combat Shotgun class that WhoIsImmortal has created is extremely overpowered. Completely disregarding accuracy, this build is all about hip fire. With the combination of the Sawed-Off barrel and the M97 Full Choke muzzle, this build has just the right pellet spread to ensure you don’t have to be completely accurate, while still maximising damage.
The CGC 3M Adjustable stock provides a solid +2 bonus to hip fire accuracy, while also bumping up sprint to fire speed and the SMLE Pistol Grip provides bonuses to both of these stats as well. The final attachment you want to slap on the Combat Shotgun to up that sprint to fire speed is the Fabric Rear Grip, which also helps reduce some of the recoil when hip firing.
The go-to magazine for the best Vanguard Combat Shotgun class is the 16 Gauge 10 Round Drum, which ensures you have plenty of shells in your magazine. As for what you want to be loading into that drum mag, Packed Powder is the best ammo type as it pumps up the Combat Shotgun’s effective damage range.
Vital is the best proficiency option to take to increase the chance that your broad-sweeping pellets will critically strike your target, while the Quick kit option is pretty self-explanatory – gotta go fast.
This Vanguard Combat Shotgun class is an absolute beast, and will certainly serve you well on those hectic maps where there’s an enemy around every corner. However, if you don’t find it to your liking, and fancy something that goes brrrr at close-to-mid range, then you should definitely check out our Vanguard MP40 loadout instead.