How to reduce bloom in CoD: Vanguard

Liam Mackay
Player shooting in Call of Duty Vanguard

Call of Duty: Vanguard content creators have discovered that weapons have a bloom mechanic, where your shots don’t go exactly where you aim. However, there are ways to minimize your bloom and fire as accurately as possible.

Call of Duty: Vanguard has finally arrived and players are busy leveling up their weapons on the whopping 16 multiplayer maps on offer. However, thanks to CoD YouTuber TrueGameData, we now know that Vanguard features a bloom mechanic which makes your weapons less accurate.

Here’s everything you need to know about bloom in Vanguard, including how to reduce it.

What is bloom in CoD: Vanguard?

Shipment in Call of Duty: Vanguard

Bloom is a mechanic in some shooters where bullets don’t go exactly where you aim, often getting more random as you keep on shooting, blooming like a flower.

It’s always been in Fortnite, but thanks to studies from CoD YouTuber TrueGameData, we know that some of Vanguard’s weapons include a bloom mechanic.

TrueGameData explained that SMGs are affected by bloom the most, with ARs and SMGs being less affected. Snipers don’t seem to have any bloom mechanic at all, though.

Through Vanguard’s extensive Gunsmith system, there are certain attachments that will reduce bloom and make your guns more accurate.

How to minimize bloom in CoD: Vanguard

To minimize your bloom and make your weapons more accurate in Vanguard, you need to focus on attachments that affect the Accuracy stat.

Vanguard’s attachments offer both Accuracy and Recoil Control stats. These sound extremely similar, but they’re not. Recoil Control does what it says on the tin, changing how much your weapon climbs when firing. But Accuracy is specifically for the bloom mechanic, either raising or lowering bullet spread.

So, when building your loadout, you want to make sure that the Accuracy stat is positive. If it shifts into the negative, you might find bullets going in random directions, causing you to miss a ton of shots that you have no right to.

This is especially useful when going for the Longshot challenges when grinding for the Atomic mastery camo. SMGs struggle at range as it is, so you want to make sure you’re landing every bullet.

Best Accuracy attachments to use in Vanguard

f8 stabilizer accuracy attachment in cod vanguard

Using the STG44 as an example, here are some of the attachments you should equip:

  • MX Silencer (+1 Accuracy)
  • Chord Muzzle Break (+1 Accuracy)
  • F8 Stabilizer (+2 Accuracy)
  • M1941 Handstop (+1 Accuracy)
  • Hatched Grip (+1 Accuracy)
  • Anastasia Sniper Barrel

As long as your Accuracy stat is in the positive, you shouldn’t have too much trouble nailing long-range targets.

Worst Accuracy attachments to use in Vanguard

fabric grip attachment in cod vanguard

Again, using the STG44 as an example, here are some of the Accuracy attachments you should avoid:

  • Recoil Booster (-1 Accuracy)
  • Fabric Grip (-1 Accuracy)
  • ZAC FA Short

Feel free to use these attachments if you’re running a close-medium range build, but be aware that they’ll significantly reduce your long-range effectiveness.


And that’s everything we know about reducing bloom in Call of Duty: Vanguard!

You can also check out the powerful Perk that YouTuber JGOD has branded “completely broken.”

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Liam is CharlieIntel's Editor. After graduating in Journalism from Edinburgh Napier University, Liam made use of his passion for FPS games, including Call of Duty, by writing for sites such as The Nerd Stash, Red Bull Gaming, and GAMINGbible before joining CharlieIntel in November 2020. You can contact Liam at [email protected].

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