All New Season 5: Reloaded Vanguard Operators

Call of Duty: Vanguard gets at least three new Operators every season. And these aren't just skins. Each of the Operators give an XP buff to their “favored weapon”. Here are the latest Operators, and the next one's planned for release.

Mercenaries of fortune oeprators
These are the Mercenaries of Fortune. | © Activision

New Operator bundles are always the most popular items in the shop. Even in a first-person game, this makes sense, because in Vanguard, we have to watch four victory displays at the end of every single game thanks to the new “play of the game” and “MVP” animations. It's not popular, but those animations are here to stay, so understandably, you're all looking for the coolest Operators and skins. In this article, we're going to give you an overview of the newest Operators, what their favored weapons are, and then we're going to take a look at which Operators will appear next in Vanguard.


Who Are The New Vanguard Operators?

New Season 5: Reloaded Operator: Gabriel T. Rorke

Favorite WeaponWe don't know yet
ReleaseIn-Season
First Appearance
Call of Duty: Ghosts
BackstoryGabriel Rorke graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and became a captain in the Marines. During an assassination mission in Caracas, Venezuela, Rorke braved the flooding city to locate and kill General Diego Almagro, leader of the Federation. During the chaos of his squad’s extraction, Rorke was left behind. He was found by the Federation, who brainwashed away his loyalties, turning him into a man with an undying vendetta against his own.
Gabriel T Rorke
Gabriel T. Rorke | © Activision

New Season 5: Reloaded Operator: He “Seraph” Zhen-Zhen

Favorite WeaponWe don't know yet
ReleaseIn-Season
First AppearanceBlack Ops 3
BackstorySeraph grew up in the Singapore Quarantine Zone as the daughter of a high-ranking officer in the 54 Immortals. She honored her lineage and excelled within the syndicate, becoming its youngest-ever enforcer. She is a living embodiment of the 54I’s will, strictly quelling dissent within its ranks while projecting the syndicate’s force and ambition wherever it’s needed. Her dedication and skills are unmatched, as she proved when she willingly offered her own arm in return for the honor of receiving a cybernetic limb from the 54I.
He Seraph Zhen Zhen
He “Seraph” Zhen-Zhen | © Activision

Who Are The Vanguard Operators Based On?

The first Vanguard Operators were based on real WWII heroes, but since launch, most new Operators have been original creations from Sledgehammer. Here are the famous war heroes that have appeared as Call of Duty: Vanguard Operators:

  • Polina Petrova is based on Lyudmila Pavlichenko, nicknamed “Lady Death”, who had 309 confirmed kills as a sniper for the Red Army.
  • Arthur Kingsley is based on Sergeant Sidney Cornell, an American soldier who parachuted behind enemy lines on D-Day, and fought tooth and nail from there until the end of the war.
  • Lucas Riggs is based on Charles Upham, New Zealand's greatest war hero. He was awarded the Victoria Cross twice during his service, and has become a legend for numerous heroic acts.
  • Wade Jackson is based on Captain Vernon L. Michael, the hero of the Midway, who defended American servicemen from the air against the Japanese fleet.

We have a complete overview of these characters, and the veterans who inspired them, here.


Will New Vanguard Operators Carry Over To Warzone?

Yes, all Vanguard Operators also appear in Warzone Pacific. However, you will not get the XP buff for using their favored weapons in Warzone, but Warzone isn't the best way to grind weapon XP anyway, this is.

Well, there you have it, folks, everything you need to know about Operators in CoD: Vanguard. It'll be interesting to see whether this Operator-orientated design makes its way into Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 later this year, it certainly made for a good campaign.