Call of Duty: Vanguard is jam-packed with a huge variety of weaponry to suit any style of play. Alongside the popular assault rifles and submachine guns, Light Machine Guns (LMGs) continue to be a category that's often overlooked despite featuring several weapons that are extremely strong in mid-range and long-distance duels. With Season 1 in its early stages, many may look towards the Bren for the ultimate mid-range menace to make an impact in a multiplayer match, especially on some of the larger maps.
With a return to a World War 2 setting, the Bren has made a return to the franchise along with an overwhelming number of attachments that provide a range of benefits to improve its poor mobility and high recoil when firing for a prolonged period of time. In this guide, find the best Bren attachments and the best Bren loadout to instantly make an impact in multiplayer.
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How To Unlock The Bren in Vanguard
If the Bren's unlock level hasn't changed from the beta weekends, the LMG is available to use from Level 28, meaning it may take some time and Double XP in order to get your hands on it quickly. Once unlocked, the base version will feel extremely heavy and very difficult to use without numerous attachments equipped.
The Best Bren Attachments in COD Vanguard
With such a variety of attachments available to select, it can be tricky to determine which are going to offer the biggest improvements on the battlefield. After spending time testing them out. we've found a combination that gets the job done.
- Muzzle: Recoil Booster
- Barrel: Queen's 705MM Royal
- Optic: Nydar Model 47
- Stock: Oak & Shield 12B
- Underbarrel: Heavy Foregrip
- Magazine: .303 British 100 Round Drums
- Ammo Type: Subsonic
- Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
- Proficiency: Brace
- Kit: Fully Loaded
This combination offers numerous improvements to the overall performance of the Bren, including much-needed recoil control and some boosts to accuracy levels. The combination of Recoil Booster and Heavy Foregrip will be familiar to some, making the Bren much easier to control when engaging with opponents from a distance. While the likes of the Fabric Grip and Oak & Shield Stock improve sprint to fire and aim-down sight times, the highlight of the loadout is the Brace Proficiency.
Brace offers an initial accuracy boost when you begin to open fire with the Bren, making the first few shots land on their target with deadly precision. If you can land those initial bullets, the likelihood of securing the kill is very high.
The Best Bren Loadout To Use in Vanguard
Once the attachments are ready to go, it's time to take a look at the rest of the loadout which is just as important as attachment selection. These are the best Perks and Equipment to use alongside this lethal LMG.
- Perk 1: Fortified
- Perk 2: Radar
- Perk 3: Double Time
Fortified is an interesting choice, especially when Ghost is in the same category. The Perk reduces damage and health regeneration delay from any nearby explosives which can come in handy if opposition attempt to usurp you from a particular position. Radar enables you to spot any unsuppressed gunfire on the minimap while Double Time compensates for a lack of mobility by doubling the length of Tactical Sprint.
- Lethal: Thermite
- Tactical: No. 69 Stun Grenade
Thermite is a viable alternative to a frag grenade in Vanguard thanks to its ability to stick to surfaces and deal lasting damage to any enemy that gets too close to the fire. It's very hard to go wrong with a trusty Stun Grenade. Use it to slow the movement of an opponent before aiming down the sights of the Bren to pick up a straightforward kill.
This remote-controlled bomb can often lead to multiple kills being scored with some patient driving skills. Navigate the Goliath towards a busy objective or towards an enemy spawn and detonate it for a few extra eliminations to the tally.
The Best Bren Blueprint in Vanguard
Every single weapon in the Vanguard arsenal will recieve a range of blueprints throughout the cycle of the game and as soon as we manage to spot a standout performer for the Bren, we will update this guide with all the latest intel, including how to get your hands on it.