Shotguns in Call of Duty Vanguard are often overlooked despite their incredible damage output and ability to have a devastating impact in close-quarters engagements. With a total of four to choose from, many of them possess a range of characteristics that set them apart from other weapons in the arsenal. As Season 1 gets underway, the popularity of shotguns doesn't appear to be slowing anytime soon, with several players using them despite a widespread nerf.
Armed with an incredibly small magazine, the Double Barrel Shotgun is more than capable of contending with some of the strongest weapons in the game despite its break-action reloading mechanic. Find the best Double Barrel Shotgun loadout and the best Double Barrel Shotgun attachments to equip in this guide!
How To Unlock
You can get your hands on the Double Barrel Shotgun once you reach Level 49. As it's one of the final weapons to unlock, we recommend using a Double XP Token to reach the level as quickly as possible.
The Best Double Barrel Shotgun Attachments in Vanguard
After experimenting with numerous attachment combinations for the Double Barrel Shotgun, we stumbled across this build which manages to address the flaws that come with the base weapon, transforming it into a versatile close-quarters menace.
- Muzzle: Suhl 16 Brake
- Barrel: LK-18 Defender
- Stock: Skeletal Chopped
- Underbarrel: Carver Foregrip
- Magazine: 16 Gauge
- Ammo Type: Slug
- Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
- Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
- Kit: Quick
This combination of attachments immediately removes the two-shot capabilities of the Double Barrel Shotgun and adds 14 more shots to the magazine, enabling you to deal a wealth of damage before having to reload. The combination of Suhl 16 Brake and Carver Foregrip significantly improve overall accuracy levels, especially when firing from the hip.
The rest of the attachments boost levels of mobility and sprint speed, allowing you to navigate your way around the map as quickly as possible as well as giving you the best chance of escaping any long-range gunfire that you're unable to counter.
The Best Double Barrel Shotgun Loadout in Vanguard
Once the best Double Barrel Shotgun attachments have been equipped, don't forget to fine-tune the rest of the loadout to improve your versatility during a match. Thanks to the wide variety of Perks, Equipment, and Field Upgrades, there are many ways to dominate in every single situation even when the shotgun is equipped.
- Perk 1: Fortified
- Perk 2: Overkill
- Perk 3: Double Time
Fortified provides a 15% reduction in damage received from explosives which can often be the difference between scoring another kill or being sent to the killcam screen once again. For more versatility, Overkill is the second Perk we chose thanks to its ability to provide a second primary weapon into the loadout. We recommend using the STG 44 as the perfect weapon to fall back on when the Double Barrel Shotgun can't deal enough damage.
Last but not least is Double Time. The increase in Tactical Sprint allows you to navigate the map quickly and avoid any gunfire that is likely to head your way as you position yourself in amongst the opposition.
- Lethal: Thermite
- Tactical: Smoke Grenade
Thermite is becoming an increasingly popular piece of equipment to use in Vanguard thanks to the blazing inferno it produces when thrown. The extra damage is a great way to weaken an opponent before finishing them off with the Double Barrel Shotgun.
A Smoke Grenade can be used in a multitude of ways. Whether it's to block a line of sight or to set up a potential ambush, it's an excellent piece of equipment to bamboozle the opposition.
- Tactical Insertion
The Tactical Insertion allows you to manually select where your next spawn point will be. Place it deep behind enemy lines to get back into the action as fast as possible or inside a building for maximum cover.
The Best Double Barrel Shotgun Blueprint in Vanguard
Like many weapons in the Vanguard arsenal, the Double Barrel Shotgun hasn't got a blueprint just yet but as soon as it does, we will update this guide with how to unlock it and what attachments it possesses.
Is The Double Barrel Shotgun Good in Vanguard?
The short answer is yes, the Double Barrel Shotgun definitely has its place amongst the best weapons in the game thanks to its incredible damage output and deadly accuracy even when firing from the hip. If you are looking for a weapon to outgun the fast-moving submachine gunners, I highly recommend using the Double Barrel Shotgun and this loadout.
There you have it! That's how to prepare the Double Barrel Shotgun for multiplayer action. For more Vanguard guides, check out the best Combat Shield loadout and how to complete Elite Operator challenges.