Despite being overlooked for more popular assault rifles and submachine guns, light machine guns (LMG) certainly have their place in Call of Duty: Vanguard's multiplayer. If players do take a chance on using an LMG in a game, they often gravitate towards the MG42, a fully automatic powerhouse capable of unleashing a relentless wave of fire onto an opponent. With Season 1 on the way, some may consider using this LMG as an alternative to their favourite assault rifle if it receives a nerf from Sledgehammer Games.
Although the MG 42 has no problems in the damage and firepower departments, its poor levels of mobility often leave its user a sitting duck when attempting to negotiate an assault rifle player or fast-moving submachine gunner. To make the most of this particular LMG, utilising an alternative style of play can still lead to success. Find the best MG42 attachments to equip and the best MG42 loadout to use in this guide.
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How To Unlock The MG42 in Vanguard
As with all of the weapons appearing when Vanguard launches on November 5th, the MG 42 can be unlocked by working your way through the levels. Details on which level the LMG will be available has yet to be revealed but as soon as we find out, we will update the guide with the latest intel. In the meantime, these are the best attachments to equip.
The Best MG42 Attachments in COD Vanguard
Having tested various attachments in order to improve the versatility and mobility of the MG 42, we settled on this combination of ten to create the ultimate mid-range menace that's ideal to use in matches using Blitz Combat Pacing.
- Muzzle: Scythe Compensator
- Barrel: Krausnick 450MM B42MG
- Optic: Zeiss G16 2.5x
- Stock: Krausnick S91MG
- Underbarrel: MK6 Para
- Magazine: 8MM Jaeger 50 Round Fast Mags
- Ammo Type: Subsonic
- Rear Grip: Leather Grip
- Proficiency: Tight Grip
- Kit: Defender
Kicking off this deadly MG 42 build is the Scythe Compensator, essential in order to reduce the amount of vertical recoil and to improve accuracy. To bolster the damage range, the Krausnick Barrel is the perfect choice in order to excel in mid-range engagements. Aim-down sight is incredibly slow, so we went with the combination of the Krausnick S91MG Stock and the Leather Grip to slightly increase ADS speed.
The fire rate combined with the unusually small magazine size does mean you will find yourself going through the painfully slow process of reloading the MG 42. To reduce the need for regular reloads, we selected the 50-Round magazine to make it possible to slay multiple opponents in the blink of an eye.
The Best MG42 Loadout To Use in Vanguard
With the best combination of attachments equipped onto the MG 42, it's time to switch focus to the rest of the loadout. Find the best Perks, Field Upgrades, and Equipment to use alongside this hugely underrated LMG.
- Perk 1: Survival Training
- Perk 2: High Alert
- Perk 3: Overkill
It's likely that you will spend the majority of the game overlooking the action rather than getting stuck into the middle of it, meaning there's a high chance of being picked off by other passive players that might be armed with a sniper rifle. Survival Training maximises resistance to enemy stuns, enabling you to maintain focus onto an intended target while High Alert causes your vision to pulse when an opponent outside of your view has managed to spot you.
Due to a lack of close-quarters performance, we selected Overkill as the third and final Perk, allowing you to equip a mobile submachine gun to counter anyone that may attempt to sneak behind and set up an ambush.
- Field Mic
When mounted on a piece of cover, it can be very easy to lose track of the action taking place around the rest of the map. Place a Field Mic close to your chosen spot to keep track of any sneaky opponents attempting to score some easy kills.
- Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
- Tactical: S-Mine 44
This highly unusual combination of attachments is hugely effective when using the MG 42. Throw a grenade into a crowded objective to deal a wealth of damage and to prevent any flanks from halting your Killstreak, place the S-Mine 44 just around a corner to give an enemy an explosive surprise.
The Best MG42 Blueprint in Vanguard
Sledgehammer Games has yet to reveal any intel on the available blueprints for the MG 42 but as soon as it does, check back soon to find everything you need to know about the best blueprint for the LMG.
That's all there is to it! This is the ultimate MG 42 loadout to use in Vanguard multiplayer. For more loadouts, check out the best Combat Shield loadout and how to complete Elite Operator challenges.