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Best RA 225 loadout for Vanguard Season 5

The RA 225 is Vanguard’s latest and final SMG to be added to the game with the Season 5 update, so here’s the best loadout for the weapon.

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Vanguard Season 5 has brought yet another SMG to the game and here’s everything you need to create the best loadout for the RA 225 including attachments and Perks.

The RA 225 is certainly not the first post-launch SMG to make its way to Vanguard, but it will have the distinction of being the last as Season 5 will act as a finale for the game. With Vanguard’s fast TTK across the board, weapons with blazing fire rates like SMGs are some of the most devastating in the game.

Players who have been enjoying fighting up close and personal with Vanguard’s stellar list of SMGs will want to give the RA 225 a try following the Season 5 update.

To get you up to speed, check out the best RA 225 loadout including our recommended attachments and Perks.

Best Vanguard RA 225 loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Moravec 18″ Needle
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Valenta Padded
  • Underbarrel: M1941 Hand Stop
  • Magazine: .45 ACP 32 Round Mags
  • Ammunition: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Tight Grip
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

The RA 225 can be a touch unwieldy at times, therefore we’ve gone with attachments that look to increase recoil control, without cutting into the weapon’s ADS and movement speed too much.

The M1941 Hand Stop, Tight Grip, and Valenta Padded will add a much-needed boost to the weapon’s accuracy and recoil control. However, we still want Vanguard’s RA 225 to function as a fast SMG, so the Fabric Grip will come in to increase the weapon’s ADS and movement speed.

The Recoil Booster will increase the weapon’s fire rate, while Lengthened and the Moravec 18″ Needle will boost the bullet velocity, making the RA 225 a force to be reckoned with at medium distances as well. Meanwhile, the Slate Reflector is the cleanest optic available.

Given the size of the powerful .45 ACP 32 Round Mags, you may run out of ammunition if you play your life for extended periods of time. Therefore, we recommend Fully Loaded to maximize your ammo.

Vanguard RA 225 best Perks & Equipment

  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel
  • Perk 3: Ninja
  • Lethal Equipment: Mk2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical Equipment: No 69 Stun Grenade

The Ghost and Ninja combination are ideal for most multiplayer modes as they’ll give players who love to remain on the move a huge advantage by being silent and staying off of enemy mini-maps.

Much like Ninja and Ghost, Forward Intel suits the aggressive play you’ll seek out with the RA 225. With the Perk providing hints at where your enemies are going to spawn, you can easily set up a spawn trap that will put your foes in a blender.

Meanwhile, the Mk2 Frag Grenade is devastatingly powerful, just make sure you cook it a little. The No 69 Stun Grenade will disorient your opponents while you close the distance with SMG in hand.

How to unlock the RA 225 in Vanguard

Luckily for players, the RA 225 is a free weapon accessible to all Vanguard players who reach tier 31 of the Season 5 Battle Pass.

There’s no need to purchase the Battle Pass to access the weapon but the Battle Pass Bundle with 25 tier skips will allow you to unlock the RA 225 as fast as possible.

Best Vanguard RA 225 alternatives

If you’re looking for an SMG that’s somewhat easier to handle than the RA 225, you can check out the Armaguerra 43 as it offers a bit more stability. Otherwise, the MP40 has been one of the game’s best SMGs since launch and it offers excellent medium-range performance.


For more Vanguard, check out the best loadout for Season 5’s EX1 Energy Rifle as well as how to unlock the new Valois Revolver.

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