Best Kar98k Loadout, Blueprint & Attachments for Call of Duty Vanguard

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There are very few weapons that regularly appear in Call of Duty titles thanks to the changes of setting that take place every single year but there is one sniper rifle that regularly stands the test of time, appearing in the arsenal frequently. The Kar98k is already a staple of the Call of Duty: Vanguard arsenal after featuring in 2019's Modern Warfare set several years after the events of Task Force One. As Season 1 gets underway, the sniper is still proving popular for those wanting to deal with any opponents with a single bullet.

The bolt-action rifle is incredibly strong even without any attachments equipped but once most of the ten available slots have been filled, its movement speed and damage output increase significantly. In this guide, find the best Kar98k attachments to equip and the best Kar98k loadout to use in Vanguard multiplayer!


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How To Unlock The Kar98k

The process of unlocking this deadly sniper rifle is very straightforward. Like all of the weapons appearing when Vanguard launches on November 5th, the Kar98k can be unlocked by working your way through the levels. It can be a rather repetitive task, so check out our tips for ranking up as quickly as possible.

Call of Duty Vanguard Kar98k Sniper Rifle

The Best Kar98k Attachments in Vanguard

Having tested a range of different attachments in a bid to improve mobility and to further increase levels of damage, we came across this combination that's arguably the very best to equip onto the Kar98k.

  • Muzzle: MK. 2 Stabilizer
  • Barrel: Krausnick Scout
  • Stock: Short Stock
  • Underbarrel: M1930 Madson
  • Ammo Type: FMJ Rounds
  • Rear Grip: Leather Grip
  • Proficiency: Icy Veins
  • Kit: On-Hand

The stars of this build are the FMJ Rounds and the Icy Veins Proficiency. While the other attachments do provide improvements to the sluggish movement speeds and some additional control to the recoil, this choice of Ammo Type is perfect to eliminate opposition even if they're hidden behind a small piece of cover obstructing your view.

Icy Veins enables you to hold your breath for a longer period of time, meaning you can maintain focus when scoped in without the crosshairs from spiraling out of control when your Operator's lungs give out.

Kar98k Call of Duty Vanguard Best Attachments

The Best Kar98k Loadout in Vanguard

After selecting the attachments, the rest of the loadout is also key when it comes to succeeding with this sniper rifle in hand. Depending on your style of play, there are a number of Perks, Equipment, and Field Upgrades that can be used to your advantage.



  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Overkill

This combination of Perks differs slightly from a set of three that features regularly in many loadouts. Ghost keeps your location hidden from any enemy Spy Planes when moving while Radar reveals any unsuppressed gunfire on the minimap. On this occasion, we went with Overkill as the third Perk, enabling you to carry two primary weapons in the same loadout.

Secondary Weapon

  • MP40

For our secondary weapon, we've gone with this fully-equipped MP40 build which is perfect for those close-range gunfights where the Kar98k struggles due to its mobility. For the best attachments to equip, check out our full MP40 guide.


  • Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: No. 69 Stun Grenade

This trusty combination of Frag Grenade and Stun Grenade is the perfect complement to the Kar98k. Throwing a frag at a faraway target to deal a small amount of damage increases the chance to score a simple one-shot kill while the Stun slows the movement of any opposition, making it very easy to eliminate them before the effects wear off.

Field Upgrade

  • Armor Plates

When using the Kar98k, peeking into areas of the map occupied by the enemy is a common occurrence but with the Armor Plates equipped, it's easy to withstand some damage in a bid to score a couple of kills.

The Best Kar98k Blueprint in Vanguard

It's likely that the Kar98k will be one of the most popular snipers to use in multiplayer, meaning there's a possibility of a range of blueprints being released for the sniper. Once Sledgehammer Games unveils more information, we will showcase the best weapon blueprint here.

There you have it! That's the best way to prepare the Kar98k for battle in Call of Duty Vanguard. For more loadout guides, find the best 3-Line Rifle loadout and the ultimate light machine gun tier list.