Best Auto Loading Shotgun Loadout, Blueprint & Attachments for Call of Duty Vanguard

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For those that regularly find themselves in amongst the action where close-range engagements take place around every single corner, using a shotgun in Call of Duty: Vanguard is a sure-fire way of emerging victorious from these often hectic battles. With a limited range to choose from, many have resorted to using the Auto-Loading Shotgun in an attempt to counter the incredible versatility of submachine guns in close-quarters action. With Season 1 right around the corner, this shotgun could continue to dominate in close-quarters combat even though it's been nerfed!

Armed with a semi-automatic firing mechanism, players can fire the shotgun as fast as their trigger finger allows, meaning that it can be used to deal a devastating amount of damage. In this guide, find the best Auto-Loading Shotgun attachments to equip and the best Auto-Loading Shotgun loadout to use in Vanguard multiplayer.

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How To Unlock The Auto-Loading Shotgun

Like the majority of weapons in the Vanguard arsenal, the Auto-Loading Shotgun can be unlocked by levelling up. During the beta, it was available at Level 20 and if nothing has changed since then, players will have to reach that level in order to get their hands on this powerful shotgun.

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The Best Auto-Loading Shotgun Attachments in Vanguard

After using the base version of the Auto-Loading Shotgun, it's surprisingly weak in the majority of situations, making attachment selection even more important to avoid scoring hitmarkers on a regular basis. Having experimented with numerous attachment combinations, we settled on this set of eight in order to dominate close-range gunfights.

  • Muzzle: M97 Full Choke
  • Stock: Ragdoll P-Wire
  • Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
  • Magazine: 12 Gauge 7 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Incendiary
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip Tape
  • Proficiency: Discard
  • Kit: Quick

This particular combination improves mobility levels alongside accuracy which is essential in order to score more kills rather than just dealing damage. The Stippled Grip, Ragdoll P-Wire, and Quick Kit do wonders to increase movement speed which comes in handy when doing battle with submachine gunners that often have the advantage thanks to a superior rate of fire.

Considering the number of hitmarkers, the standard magazine isn't effective whatsoever so we've opted for the 7-Round Mags to minimise the need to reload and to give you more of a chance to score a kill.

Auto-Loading Shotgun Call of Duty Vanguard Best Attachments
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The Best Auto-Loading Shotgun Loadout in Vanguard

Once the strongest set of attachments have been equipped, it's worth taking a look at the set of Perks, Equipment and Field Upgrade that could provide even more advantages during a match.


  • Perk 1: Survival Training
  • Perk 2: Tracker
  • Perk 3: Double Time

To evade the stun effects many players heavily rely on in order to secure a simple elimination Survival Training is an essential choice when using the Auto-Loading Shotgun. Tracker is just as useful, highlighting the foosteps of nearby opposition making them very easy to track down. Last and by no means least is Double Time, which doubles the length of Tactical Sprint.


  • Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stim

This trusty combination of equipment is one of the most versatile to use in the entire game. Throw a well-cooked grenade to weaken an opponent before finishing them off with the shotgun but if they still have some fight left in them and deal some damage of their own, quickly pop the Stim to instantly regenerate health.

Field Upgrade

  • Armor Plates

Armor Plates in Vanguard are immensely useful, particularly when the Auto-Loading Shotgun is prone to plenty of hitmarkers. Having an extra layer of protection comes in handy if the initial shot doesn't kill an opponent, giving you enough time to follow up with another to secure the elimination.

The Best Auto-Loading Shotgun Blueprint in Vanguard


Sledgehammer Games hasn't unveiled the range of weapon blueprints for the Auto-Loading Shotgun but as soon as we manage to find one with a deadly combination of attachments and unique design, we will update the guide with everything you need to know.

There you have it, that's how to build the Auto-Loading Shotgun for Vanguard multiplayer. For more guides, check out the best Combat Shield loadout and how to complete Elite Operator challenges.

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