Best Combat Shotgun loadout for CoD: Vanguard

Luca Di Marzo
Vanguard combat shotgun

The Combat Shotgun is one of Vanguard’s most broken weapons, here’s how to make the best Combat Shotgun loadout complete with Perks and attachments to devastate the competition. 

Shotguns have always been a polarizing topic within the Call of Duty community. Players either love them or hate them. Regardless of which side of the fence you’re on, Vanguard’s Combat Shotgun is an extremely powerful weapon that you should test in some capacity. 

With frequent Double XP events, players are leveling up their Shotguns with ease. What with 10 attachment slots to occupy, deciding on a Combat Shotgun loadout isn’t that simple. Here’s the most destructive Combat Shotgun loadout in Vanguard. 

Best Combat Shotgun loadout

Combat Shotgun side profile

Vanguard Combat Shotgun Gunsmith loadout attachments

  • Muzzle: M97 Full Choke
  • Barrel: Sawed-off
  • Optic: None
  • Stock: CGC 3M Wire
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: 16 Gauge 10 Round Drum Magazine
  • Ammo Type: Buck and Slug
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Vital
  • Kit: Quick

For the best Vanguard Combat Shotgun loadout, the goal is to maximize speed and firepower at the cost of accuracy. With a weapon that excels in tight spaces, accuracy is far from a deal-breaker. In fact, you’ll be using hip fire to get the majority of your kills. 

For starters, the Sawed-off barrel is going to reduce some range. On the flip side, you’ll gain a wider pellet spread, allowing you to hit more victims with one shot. The M97 Full Choke muzzle compensates for the Sawed-off barrel by balancing the weapon with a tighter pellet spread.

The CGC 3M Wire stock aids in making the shotgun incredibly mobile. It also increases hip-fire accuracy which is vital for this weapon. The Fabric Grip and the SMLE Pistol Grip also contribute to movement speed by increasing sprint to fire time and hip fire recovery. 

You’re definitely going to want to use slug rounds. The Buck and Slug ammo type certainly pack a punch. In terms of Proficiency and Kit attachments, you have some freedom to experiment. Frenzy and Vital are the top two choices for Proficiency attachment while the Quick Kit will further increase your speed.  

Best Perks to run with Combat Shotgun in Vanguard 

Ghost Perk in Vanguard
  • Perk 1: Ninja
  • Perk 2: High Alert
  • Perk 3: Lightweight

Perk 1 is a tricky slot to decipher. Ninja is incredibly useful for this Combat Shotgun class because it’ll allow you to get as close to enemies as possible. You should constantly be moving with the Combat Shotgun. For the same reason, Ghost can also be useful. 

High Alert is the choice for Perk 2 seeing as the one pump kill nature of the Combat Shotgun has incredible “turn on” potential. If an enemy is at your back, High Alert will enable a quick flick and shoot response. 

In the Perk 3 slot, Lightweight makes the most sense. Double Time could also do the trick however Lightweight increases overall movement speed. This class relies on speed to outmaneuver enemies. 

How to unlock the Combat Shotgun in Vanguard

Combat Shotgun in game

Luckily for players, one of the most broken weapons in the game is made available early at Level 14. The Combat Shotgun is the second of four Shotguns in Vanguard. Considering you can get your hands on it at level 14, it shouldn’t take you too long to unlock. 

Once you do unlock it, you might want to check if any small map playlists are live. Sledgehammer will be offering Das Haus 24/7 from time to time. 

Best alternatives to Combat Shotgun 

Shotgun enthusiasts will be pleased to hear that the Combat Shotgun is not the only dominant member of its weapon class. The Gracey Auto is yet another Shotgun that is attracting interest. This weapon can be unlocked at Level 31.

If Shotguns don’t suit your play style, you may want to check out Vanguard’s most prominent Assault Rifle. The STG 44 is an immensely powerful weapon liked by many. 

Image Credits: Activision / Sledgehammer Games

About The Author

Luca is an Associate Editor at CharlieIntel. An accomplished, writer with interests in sports and gaming alike, Luca is focused on Call of Duty and FIFA as a content creator. After earning his BA in English Literature at Concordia University, he began writing for Gamelevate, OddsShark, and H4X. Luca joined CharlieIntel in 2021. You can reach Luca at [email protected], or via X @TheLucaDiMarzo.