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Best Marco 5 loadout for CoD: Vanguard Season 4

Create the best Vanguard Marco 5 loadout with our ultimate guide to the best attachments, perks, equipment, and more.

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Vanguard player using the Marco 5

The Marco 5 SMG is one of two new weapons included in Vanguard’s Season 4, and with its high mobility and accurate hip fire, it is sure to be a powerful option. If you want to try out this gun, we’ve got the best attachments, perks, and equipment to make the perfect Marco 5 Vanguard loadout.

Vanguard Season 4 is one of the biggest updates the game has received yet. Not only is WWII’s USS Texas map arriving in multiplayer, but Zombies is finally getting a round-based map, with the iconic Shi No Numa making its triumphant return.

Of course, a new season means new weapons. Despite complaints that Sledgehammer adds too many of the same type of guns, the Marco 5 SMG is the latest addition to your armory. There’s one major difference with the Marco 5 though, as it’s the first SMG in Vanguard that you can dual wield.

If you’re keen to have an SMG in each hand and run head first at enemies, check out our guide to the best Marco 5 loadout, complete with attachments, perks, equipment, and more.

Vanguard Season 4 weapons

Best Vanguard Marco 5 loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Botti 240mm VL
  • Stock: Botti HF Folding
  • Magazine: M Nambu 60 Round Drum
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Akimbo
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

Even though you can use the Marco 5 as a singular gun, it’s hard to turn down the opportunity to dual wield these SMGs and run riot across the map. With that in mind, this loadout is geared towards getting you up close and personal with enemies, while making hip fire as efficient as possible.

The Recoil Booster, Fabric Grip, Botti 240mm VL barrel, and Botti HF Folding stock are all geared to keeping the recoil on this thing down, as you’ll not be able to aim down sights while dual-wielding the Marco 5.

The 60 Round Drum will make sure you don’t burn through your ammo too quickly, while Fully Loaded will ensure you’re stocked up with ammo at the start of the match. Subsonic will stop you appearing on the minimap, a useful tool if you want to sneak up on opponents.

Vanguard Marco 5 best perks & equipment

  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Lightweight
  • Lethal: Mk2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Drop

If you’re dual-wielding the Marco 5, you’re going to be moving around a lot. Ghost will help keep you off enemy minimaps as you sprint around, while Radar will help you locate your next victim. Finally, Lightweight will boost your movement speed to make you a truly rapid death machine.

You can never go wrong with Vanguard‘s Mk2 Frag Grenade as a Lethal, while the Stim will give you a quick health boost between gunfights. Finally, Dead Drop may prove useful to keep your killstreaks running, especially if you’re charging headfirst into enemy positions.

Lightweight perk in Vanguard

How to unlock the Marco 5 in Vanguard

Unlocking Vanguard’s Marco 5 is fairly straightforward, as all it requires is XP.

Simply reach Tier 15 of the Vanguard Season 4 Battle Pass, and the Marco 5 SMG will instantly be added to your inventory.

Best Vanguard Marco 5 alternatives

If you like SMGs but the Marco 5 isn’t working for you, we suggest the Welgun or Type 100 as alternatives, as they are powerful close-range options.

If you want to add some distance between you and your enemies, it’s tough to go wrong with the STG-44, which is an incredible all-rounder.


Make sure you’re getting the most of your Vanguard experience with our guide to the best guns in the game, along with the best controller settings and PC settings.

Image Credits: Sledgehammer Games