Best Vanguard Sten Loadouts: The Best Sten Attachments

Best Vanguard Sten Loadouts: The Best Sten Attachments
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Written by 

Coleman Hamstead


8th Nov 2021 14:52

The best Vanguard Sten loadouts are all about speed and mobility. This classic WW2 submachine gun makes its return in Vanguard, and it is a match made in heaven for aggressive players as well as one of the snappiest weapons in the game. However, the Sten still needs some tweaking before getting to that ultimate level, so we've worked out the best Vanguard Sten loadouts that you should be using. 

Prefer a different submachine gun? Check out the guides below for our other SMG loadout guides:

The Sten is a British SMG famous for the unique position of its magazine. The Sten reloads from the left of the gun as opposed to the bottom. As for how the Sten performs, the Sten deals weak damage but has a high rate of fire and decent accuracy for an SMG. Most notably though, the Sten is extremely lightweight, so much so that it has the highest Speed rating in Vanguard.

With Call of Duty Vanguard’s illustrious Gunsmith, Vanguard players have access to more customisation options than ever before. Players can equip their Vanguard Sten loadouts with endless combinations of attachments from all sorts of different categories.

Designing the best Vanguard Sten loadout requires players to carefully choose attachments that synergize with and enhance the Sten’s natural strengths. However, Vanguard’s Gunsmith can be overwhelming, so it's expected that players may need some help building the perfect Sten class setup. That’s why we created this guide to help you get the most out of your best Vanguard Sten loadouts.

Vanguard Best Sten Loadouts: Run 'N' Gun

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This best Vanguard Sten loadout prioritizes movement speed, fire rate, and hip-fire accuracy. The Sten’s base speed rating is the highest of all the primary weapons in the game, but with the right attachments, players equipped with the Sten can move at an unprecedented pace. The drawback of the Sten is its weak damage and sub-par accuracy, but neither of those will matter if you can close the distance and surprise your enemies up close. With added attention to the rate of fire and hip-fire accuracy, the Sten is an ideal weapon for the run ‘n’ gun playstyle.

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Hockenson 174MM B11S
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: SA 41S Wire
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: 7.62 Gorekno 32 Round Mags
  • Ammo Type: Lengthened
  • Rear Grip: Pine Tar Grip
  • Proficiency: Momentum
  • Kit: Quick

Vanguard Best Sten Loadouts: Sneaky Flanker

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This best Vanguard Sten loadout sacrifices some raw power to ensure covertness and stealth. With a silencer and Subsonic rounds equipped, opponents will be unable to see your gunfire on the minimap or hear you slaying their teammates behind enemy lines. Additionally, this Sten class setup is a bit more accurate and controllable than the all-out run ‘n’ gun loadout posted above.

  • Muzzle: M1929 Silencer
  • Barrel: Hockenson 348MM B13S
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Gawain Para
  • Underbarrel: SMLE Pistol Grip
  • Magazine: None
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Stippled Grip
  • Proficiency: Momentum
  • Kit: Quick

Vanguard Best Sten Loadouts: Perks And Equipment 

Whether you are running ‘n’ gunning or attempting sneaky flanks, you don’t want your opponents to be aware of your location. For that reason, the best Vanguard Sten loadouts will include Call of Duty Vanguard perks and equipment that keep your movements hidden. Ghost will make you immune to enemy Spy Planes and similar forms of radar, while Dead Silence will allow you to silence your footsteps when it's time to execute the flank.

As for the rest of the perks and equipment on this list, we believe that Forward Intel is the best option for Perk 2 due to the amazing information it provides. Forward Intel will indicate on your minimap which direction enemies are spawning. This will give you a general idea of where to look and where you need to go to pursue more kills.

Finally, Lightweight and Stim will provide a further boost to the absurd movement speed these Vanguard Sten loadouts are capable of.

  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel
  • Perk 3: Lightweight
  • Secondary: Machine Pistol
  • Lethal: Gammon Bomb
  • Tactical: Stim
  • Field Upgrade: Dead Silence

You now have everything you need to create the best Vanguard Sten loadouts. Equipped with the right attachments and perks, the Sten is one of the best Call of Duty Vanguard weapons.

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Coleman is a freelance journalist at GGRecon. While gaming has always been his passion, it wasn’t until he worked as a Sports Journalist at the Community College of Baltimore County that he found his enthusiasm for writing. In the time since Coleman has had his work featured in publications such as The Washington Post/Launcher and ESTNN. Coleman is a graduate of Towson University with a degree in Sport Management and Business Administration.

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