Best Combat Shield Loadout & Blueprint for Call of Duty Vanguard

Melee weapons regularly feature in Call of Duty titles as the more unorthodox options when it comes to building the best loadouts for multiplayer action. In Call of Duty Vanguard, there's just one choice for those that want to use a melee weapon as a primary weapon. As Season 1 gets underway, many players can be spotted with a Combat Shield on their back for some increased protection against incoming gunfire, making it a useful part of a loadout.

The Combat Shield is Vanguard's equivalent to the Riot Shield that has appeared in numerous titles. The shield is great at deflecting any incoming gunfire but it's only effective as a weapon if you're within a few inches of an opponent. Nonetheless, players are often seen running around with a shield, and scoring plenty of kills. With that said, find the best Combat Shield loadout in this guide!

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How to Unlock

Players can get their hands on the Combat Shield at Level 42. If you want to use it as fast as possible, we recommend using a Double XP Token to work your way through the 55 levels.

The Best Combat Shield Loadout in Vanguard

As there are no attachments to equip onto the Combat Shield, building the best loadout around the weapon is the only way to achieve some kind of success on the battlefield. By selecting the best Perks, Equipment, and Field Upgrade along with a powerful secondary weapon, you may get the opportunity to make an impact.

Secondary Weapon

As you'll be wanting to get close to the enemy to make the most of the Combat Shield, the MP40 makes for the perfect weapon to fall back on if there are too many opponents to deal with.


  • Perk 1: Ninja
  • Perk 2: Tracker
  • Perk 3: Double Time

This Perk combination is perfect to make the most of the Combat Shield. Ninja silences footstep audio while Tracker highlights the footsteps of opponents, making it very easy to find them and beat them down. The third and final perk is Double Time. With an increase in Tactical Sprint length, it's very easy to navigate around the map quickly.


  • Lethal: Gammon Bomb
  • Tactical: No 69 Stun Grenade

The Gammon Bomb is hugely effective when it comes to dealing some extra damage while the Stun Grenade makes it very easy to slow the movement of an opponent, allowing you to get close to them with the Combat Shield.

Field Upgrade

  • Armor Plates

With the element of surprise often proving successful with the Combat Shield, it can be easy for multiple targets to switch their focus onto the shield in a bid to score a kill. To stop them, Armor Plates absorbs most of the damage, allowing you to keep moving towards the target to land the fatal strike.

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The Best Combat Shield Blueprint in Vanguard

There are no blueprints available for the Combat Shield just yet but as soon as we find the most unique design, we will update the guide with how to get your hands on it.

There you have it! That's how to build the best Combat Shield loadout for Vanguard multiplayer. For more guides, check out the best MK11 launcher loadout and how to complete Elite Operator challenges.

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