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Call of Duty: Vanguard - All ammo types, unlock level, what they do, more

One of the newest mechanics in Call of Duty: Vanguard is the ability to use different ammo types all with different features and attributes, here is how it works.
Call of Duty: Vanguard - All ammo types, unlock level, what they do, more

One of the most enjoyable aspects of any Call of Duty game is the ability to highly customize your weaponry.

And it is not just the weapon itself but across the board -- whether that be what perks you run or equipment you carry -- you can tailor our custom loadout to complement your playstyle exactly.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is set to take that even further with its weapon customization system, The Gunsmith, promising to give players over 100,000 different possible custom loadout combinations -- and that isn't counting any post-launch content.

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Call of Duty: Vanguard will allow players to customize weapons to an even greater extent than before. (Picture: Activision Blizzard)

And for the first time, players will be able to equip a range of ammo types to their weapons adding yet another layer of tactical flexibility. Some will offer higher armour penetration, others will keep you off the mini-map, all will need to be known and understood to get the upper hand on the battlefield. 

And that is what this guide will help you do, breaking down each known ammo type in Vanguard and what effect they will have on your chosen gun.

Let's get into it.

Call of Duty: Vanguard - All ammo types and what they do

With PlayStation players getting some time with the Vanguard beta already we do know some of the new ammo types that will be available in the game at launch.

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First there were different magazines, now there are different ammo types. (Picture: Activision Blizzard)

Currently, there are seven known ammo types, you will need to unlock them by levelling up each gun you would like to use them with. Each ammo type offers up a pro (or several) and sometimes a con in an effort to keep the game balanced.

Subsonic

These rounds are quieter and allow for greater stealth.

Pros:

  • No minimap ping
  • No enemy skulls
  • Firing visibility to enemies

Cons:

  • N/A

FMJ Rounds

A full metal jacket allows these rounds greatly increased penetration through surfaces.

Pros:

  • +1 Bullet penetration

Cons:

  • N/A

Frangible (Unlocked at level 17)

These bullets fragment on impact to inflict more severe wounds and will cripple the target's movement when fired into their legs.

Pros:

  • +2 Increased flinch dealt
  • Delays enemy healing
  • Hitting enemy legs slows movement

Cons:

  • N/A

Armor Piercing (unlocked at level 33)

These heavy rounds pack very high-level power and can take out armoured targets more easily.

Pros:

  • +2 Damage to vehicles & killstreaks

Cons:

  • N/A

Incendiary (unlocked at level 44)

Incendiary rounds burn as they travel and upon impact.

Pros:

  • +1 Incendiary damage

Cons:

  • -1 Bullet velocity
  • -1 Damage range

Lengthened (unlocked at level 56)

These bullets pack additional powder for increased muzzle velocity.

Pros:

  • +3 Bullet velocity

Cons:

  • N/A

Hollow Point (unlocked at level 62)

These rounds have specially shaped tips which increase their stopping power to extremities.

Pros:

  • Removes damage penalty when hitting limbs

Cons:

  • N/A

That is all the known ammo types in Vanguard as of the beta, we will continue to update this page with more as, and when, they get added to the game.

 

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Feature image courtesy of Activision Blizzard.


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