Best AA-12 class build in XDefiant

Lucas Simons
XDefiant AA-12 Automatic Shotgun

The AA-12 automatic Shotgun is one of the deadliest close-range weapons in XDefiant, and here are the best attachments, Factions, and loadout that combine perfectly with it.

XDefiant has a full arsenal of weapons to be unlocked and modified up to the players’ tastes, and though every Faction in the game has its playstyle, the AA-12 is one of the most versatile short-range weapons in the game.

If you want to draw the AA-12’s maximum potential in XDefiant, you should know what attachments to use. So, here’s the best loadout for this automatic Shotgun, including how to unlock it, and more.

Best XDefiant AA-12 build attachments

  • Muzzle: Barrel Extender
  • Barrel: Choke
  • Front Rail: Pistol Grip
  • Rear Grip: Quick Draw Grip
  • Stock: Lightweight Stock

The AA-12 is a short-ranged weapon in XDefiant, and by adding a Barrel Extender, you can increase up to 5m its effective range, which is great.

The Choke increases short and medium-range effectiveness by 15% while augmenting max/min projectile spread by 5%.

The Pistol Grip and Lightweight Stock balance out stability, recoil, and agility, providing movement speed and increased aiming speed after sprinting.

Finally, the Quick Draw Grip provides celerity when switching out guns, which is great if you also have a long-range pistol like the D50 or the 686 Magnum equipped, allowing you to adapt to any situation.

The AA-12 stock attachment in XDefiant
The AA-12 Lightweight Stock greatly increases its mobility stats.

Best secondary & equipment for AA-12 class

Because the AA-12 is only useful in close-range combat, the best secondary weapon for it is the 686 Magnum. The sidearm offers a ton of damage which doesn’t drop a lot even at long ranges.

As for equipment, you can use all Grenades, ranging from the Flash and EMP to Frag and Sticky. Before getting into a sweaty close-range encounter with an opponent, this equipment can help you deal some initial damage or affect their vision or mobility.

Best Faction for AA-12 class

The best XDefiant Faction to play with an AA-12 equipped is the Cleaners. With their access to area damage abilities like the Incinerator Drone and Firebomb, the Cleaners benefit greatly from having a powerful automatic Shotgun like the AA-12. This weapon’s destructiveness is greatly enhanced by the Cleaners’ passive ability, which adds fire damage to projectiles.

Another good Faction for this loadout is Libertad, which has access to powerful area healing and can use a good automatic Shotgun like the AA-12 to defend areas. Echelon can use their stealth and recon kit, to ambush enemies with ease, forcing them into short-range fights they cannot win against the power of this automatic shotgun.

How to unlock AA-12 in XDefiant

To unlock the AA-12 in XDefiant, you need to get 15 point-blank takedowns with Shotguns. Kills from 5 meters away or less count for this challenge.

Keep in mind that the hard part comes after unlocking the AA-12, which is leveling it up. So, make use of the Double Weapon XP events every time they pop up, so you can unlock all its attachments with ease.

Best alternatives to AA-12 build

Some good XDefiant alternatives for the AA-12 Shotgun are the Double Barrel and the M870, though neither of those is automatic, they really pack a punch.

The M870 has average fire rate and damage and can load up to 7 cartridges. Meanwhile, the Double Barrel can only load 2 shots and has a slow fire rate, though it has enhanced spread and damage.

At the end of the day, every kind of Shotgun in the game has its optimal range and uses, and the AA-12 is definitely a versatile option for every situation.

If you’re looking into other kinds of weapons, the ACR 6.8 is a semi-automatic rifle with great damage and range. Meanwhile, the SVD and the MK20 SSR are your scout rifle options if you’re looking to build for other game modes that require less close-quarters combat.