The Best Warzone STG44 Loadout | The Best AR in Warzone?

The STG is the XM4 of Vanguard – it's a fantastic weapon, with no real weaknesses. Here's the complete attachment setup, along with the best perks, grenades, and secondary for an STG44 loadout.
STG Warzone Loadout
This is the Debt Collector Blueprint. Looks very nice. | © Activision Blizzard

The STG44 is maybe the best weapon that we've seen come out of Vanguard so far. It's the level-1, great at everything, hugely customizable AR. Much like the XM4 and the M4 from years previous. In Warzone, especially on the new Caldera map, it's particularly strong because you're so often fighting at an ideal range for the STG (50/60 m). So what's the meta attachment setup, and what should your loadout look like for an STG44?

Note: This is a setup designed for Warzone, if you're looking for an STG build for standard multiplayer, then you're looking for this build.


What Happened To The STG44 In The Season 3 Balance Patch?

You can see all the buffs and nerfs that affected the meta STG build beneath (Attention! Shortly after the Season 3 Patch the STG44 was improved even more, you can find all buffs below the picture):

STG Buffs Nerfs Post Season 3 Balance Patch
This weapon has moved up considerably, and will now be a contender for the absolute meta weapon of Caldera. | © Activision Blizzard

Positive effects on the Season 2 meta build:

  • Bullet Velocity significantly increased.
  • Damage Range significantly increased.
  • Headshot Damage Multiplier increased to 1.58, up from 1.5.
  • Maximum Damage increased to 33, up from 30.
  • Minimum Damage increased to 30, up from 26.

Summary

The same build that worked so well in Season 2 has only been buffed, so keep all the same attachments on. This should see the STG become competitive with the top-tier weapons in the game.

What's The Best STG44 Setup Now?

STG Attachments
The 3-6x is fantastic, right up there with your VLKs and Axial Arms. | © Activision Blizzard
ComponentAttachment
MuzzleMX Silencer
BarrelVDD 760MM 05B
OpticSVT-40 PU 3-6x
StockVDD 27 Precision
UnderbarrelM1941 Handstop
Magazine7.62 Gorenko 50 Round Drums
Ammo TypeLengthened
Rear GripPolymer Grip
Perk 1Focus
Perk 2

Fully Loaded

In this build, we're looking to maximize the bullet velocity, range, and recoil control of the STG. The lengthened ammo does a fantastic job, giving us extra velocity with no tradeoff. The M1941 Handstop is also worth mentioning as a really nice bit of kit. This gives you accuracy and recoil control, which are both great for long-range builds. And we've opted for the Gorenko mags because these make the weapon far easier to control than any of the alternatives.


The Best Secondary, Grenades & Perks for an STG44 Loadout

The Best Secondary Weapon for the STG44

Vanguard Secondary Machine Pistol
The Machine Pistol is great for a sidearm, and with 40-round mags it's got surprising firepower. | © Activision

You won't be relying on your secondary for long in Warzone, but it's good to have a pistol levelled. Let's cut to the chase, none of the pistols are fun to level, so save yourself some time and just get the Machine Pistol done; it's easily the best of its class. The 40 round mags make this a pocket SMG, and that's as good as it gets with pistols.

The Best Equipment for the STG44

LethalThrowing Knife
TacticalStun

With the current lack of Lethals and Tacticals allowed in Vanguard specific playlists, we didn't want to take anything that you'll need to remove from the loadout every other game. Stuns are a natural choice because they've always been clutch for an aggressive push, and the Throwing Knife is perfect for getting the elimination quickly on people you've downed before they can self-revive. And trust us, self-revive's seem far more abundant in the new map, so expect every player you fight to have one in the pocket.

The Best Perks for the STG44

Perk 1Cold-Blooded
Perk 2

Tempered

Perk 3

Combat Scout

Cold-Blooded is the hard counter to the hugely popular Combat Scout, which we've taken because it allows you to co-ordinate seamlessly with your team. And we've taken tempered because since the Ghost nerf, this is now one of the best options, alongside High Alert and Restock.

And there you have it, folks, the current meta for the STG44. Enjoy!