Vanguard Weapon Setup Guides - The Automaton

The Automaton is a solid and reliable assault rifle in Call of Duty: Vanguard. With our setup guide, we'll show you how to get the most out of this sexy beast!
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The Automation might not be the optimal AR in Vanguard, but it does pack a punch. | © Activision

Call of Duty: Vanguard has launched with a ton of classic WWII guns, but for every gun, we have an astonishing amount of attachments to choose from. Seriously, Vanguard offers ten attachments slots per weapon! Where do you even begin? Don't worry, we've got all the answers in our Vanguard weapon setup guides. And today: the Automaton.

The Automaton is a pretty solid Assault Rifle in Vanguard. It's immediately easy to use, and relatively versatile. Whilst we wouldn't call it Vanguard's strongest AR, and not in the running for meta just-yet, the Automaton is certainly not one of the game's weakest. Check out our tier ranking of every weapon in Vanguard for an idea of how well the Automaton places. In the meantime, let's talk setup...


The Automaton Attachment Setup

  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: ZAC 600MM BFA
  • Optic: Slate Reflector
  • Stock: Empress Broadsword
  • Underbarrel: M3 Ready Grip
  • Magazine: 8mm Klauser Rifle
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Sleight of Hand
  • Kit: Fully Loaded
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This is the optimal setup for the Automaton in Call of Duty: Vanguard. | © Activision

With ten attachments, we can do almost anything we want. With the Automaton, we need to compensate for that firepower and low ammo count. Thus, we have made a setup that increases firepower via a little, and greatly compensations for that low ammo-count with three additional mags and 25 additional rounds per mag. We're also giving ourselves a combination of speed, bullet velocity, and recoil control with these attachments. The Slate Reflector optic is optimal, as we're not going for range in this setup.


The Equipment & Perks On An Automaton Loadout

From what we've played so far, the meta loadout will look something like this:

  • Secondary Weapon: Machine Pistol
  • Lethal: Thermite
  • Tactical: Stuns
  • Perk 1: Ghost
  • Perk 2: Radar
  • Perk 3: Demolition
  • Field Upgrade: Armor Plates

The above will almost certainly be the multiplayer meta for an Automaton loadout unless they make serious balance changes. The Armor Plates in particular are in need of a nerf, but whether one comes... we'll have to wait and see.