When it comes to selecting the best assault rifles (AR) to use in Call of Duty: Vanguard, there are a number of viable options in order to get the upper hand in those hotly contested mid-range engagements that can often turn the tide of a match. One particular AR that is regularly overlooked is the NZ-41 and despite its C-Tier listing, it can still be adapted to be an effective weapon of choice as part of a loadout despite its lack of stability.
With Season 1 right around the corner, the NZ-41 could be a weapon that increases in popularity depending on whether Sledgehammer Games decide to nerf some of the more popular ARs in the game.
Armed with a high output of damage and a fast rate of fire, the NZ-41 may not be the most stable of weapons in those cross-map gunfights but for those that prefer to play with some additional aggression, the rifle comes into its own. In this guide, find the best NZ-41 attachments to equip and the best NZ-41 loadout to use in Vanguard's multiplayer.
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How To Unlock The NZ-41
As the NZ-41 is one of the many weapons that will be arriving when Vanguard launches on November 5th, the process of unlocking the rifle is likely to be extremely straightforward. Like most weapons, the NZ-41 will be available to use once a certain level has been reached. During the beta, players had to reach Level 24 to get their hands on and there's every chance that this is the case in the full version of the game. Once the game is released, we will update the guide with any new intel we discover.
The Best NZ-41 Attachments in COD Vanguard
After spending plenty of time attempting to tame the recoil of the NZ-41, we eventually settled on this combination of attachments in a bid to capitalise on the rifle's incredible power.
- Muzzle: Compensator G28
- Optic: Slate Reflector
- Ammo Type: Subsonic
- Rear Grip: Leather Grip
- Proficiency: Steady
- Kit: Fast Melee
Even though each weapon in Vanguard has a total of ten attachment slots that can be used, the vast majority of attachments for the NZ-41 contained adverse effects to the levels of recoil, which is why we decided on using six. Kicking things off is the Compensator G28, providing much-needed recoil control and sound suppression. The Subsonic Ammo Type conceals your location from any opponents using the Radar Perk which makes it much easier to navigate around the map.
The combination of Leather Grip and Steady Proficiency enables you to aim-down sights at a faster speed alongside some additional improvements to aiming stability, allowing you to gain control over the fast-firing NZ-41.
The Best NZ-41 Loadout To Use In Vanguard
Once you've equipped the very best set of attachments to use on the NZ-41, it's essential to choose the best Perk combination in order to earn even more advantages in a multiplayer match. Here are the best Perks, Equipment, and Field Upgrades to use alongside the NZ-41.
- Perk 1: Ghost
- Perk 2: Radar
- Perk 3: Double Time
This set of Perks is likely to be a very popular choice in the opening weeks of Vanguard's cycle. Ghost conceals your location from any enemy Spy Planes when moving while Radar enables you to see any opposition that fires an unsilenced weapon on the minimap, just like in older COD titles. Last but not least is Double Time. With an increased Tactical Sprint length, you can traverse the map quickly and outrun any opponent that may have spotted you from afar.
- Supply Box
To compensate for the fast rate of fire causing you to burn through ammo like it's going out of fashion, selecting the Supply Box as the Field Upgrade means the likelihood of completely depleting your ammo supply is greatly reduced. We recommend placing it in a quiet area of the map so a wayward grenade doesn't cause it to explode.
- Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
- Tactical: No. 69 Stun Grenade
The combination of frag and stun grenade has very few drawbacks. Cook the frag to perfection to make it impossible for an enemy to avoid. If the frag doesn't secure the kill, quickly follow up with the stun to slow the target's movement for an easy kill with the NZ-41.
The Best NZ-41 Blueprint in Vanguard
As of writing (October 22nd), details on Vanguard's weapon blueprints have yet to be revealed but as soon as we find one for the NZ-41 with a unique design and deadly attachment combination, we will update this guide with the latest information.