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Best Marco 5 Vanguard loadout: Attachments, Perks, Setup

Published: 22/Jun/2022 12:00

by Nathan Warby


The Marco 5 is a highly mobile close-range SMG new to Vanguard Season 4, which lets players dual-wield weapons for the first time. Here’s our best Marco 5 Vanguard loadout to help you unlock its potential.

Vanguard Season 4 is here, and it’s brought plenty of exciting new content to the game. The new Battle Pass is stuffed full of unlockables for players to grind for and the return of the Shi No Numa Zombies map has long-time CoD fans eager to jump in.

New weapons are the most intriguing part of any new update and Season 4 has delivered by adding two on day one. Arguably the most interesting new weapon is the Marco 5, Vanguard’s first dual-wield weapon that revolves mainly around hipfire.


Before you head out to try this new in Season 4, you’ll need to know the ideal setup. Here’s our best Marco 5 loadout in Vanguard, including the best attachments and Perks.


Best Marco 5 Vanguard loadout

Vanguard Operator with Marco 5 SMG
The Marco 5 is a unique weapon in Vanguard, but which attachments should you use?
  • Muzzle: Recoil Booster
  • Barrel: Botti 240MM VL
  • Stock: Botti HF Folding
  • Magazine: 8mm Nambu 60 Round Drum
  • Ammo Type: Subsonic
  • Rear Grip: Fabric Grip
  • Proficiency: Akimbo
  • Kit: Fully Loaded

The Marco 5 boasts very good mobility and a blistering fire rate, so our setup focuses on those features, as well as hipfire accuracy to make it deadly when Akimbo is equipped. We kicked things off with a Recoil Booster and the Botti 240MM VL to drastically increase the rate of fire and lower the overall TTK.

Next, the Botti HF Folding Stock is crucial as it boosts both hipfire accuracy and sprint-to-fire speed, along with the Fabric Grip for even more mobility and better hipfire recoil recovery. We’ve also picked the 8mm Nambu 60 Round Drum for a massive increase in recoil control and accuracy.


Finally, we chose Subsonic rounds to keep you off the minimap when firing, and Fully Loaded to ensure you have more than enough ammo to burn through. With this setup, the Marco 5 becomes perfect for rushing around the map and mowing down enemies at close-range.

Best Marco 5 Perks & equipment

Warzone Operator with new guns in Vanguard
The Marco 5 is one of two launch weapons in Vanguard Season 4.
  • Perk 1: Fortified
  • Perk 2: Forward Intel
  • Perk 3: Lightweight
  • Secondary: Machine Pistol
  • Lethal: MK2 Frag Grenade
  • Tactical: Stun Grenade
  • Field Upgrade: Armor

Perks are an essential part of CoD Vanguard, and paring the right ones with the Marco 5 is vital to success. We recommend starting with Fortified, to help you soak up explosive and fire damage when tearing around the map.

Forward Intel highlights where enemies are spawning, allowing you to quickly move into position and secure easy kills. Finally, Lightweight is a must since it boosts mobility even further, letting you get the jump on the opposing team with rapid movement.


When it comes to equipment, it’s largely down to personal preference. We think the simple Frag Grenade and Stun Grenade combination is the most effective, while the Armor Field Upgrade gives you an extra layer of protection in sticky situations.

How to unlock the Marco 5 in Vanguard

To unlock the Marco 5 in CoD Vanguard, all you have to do is reach Tier 15 of the Season 4 Battle Pass by earning XP.

Don’t worry, this is one of the many free tiers in Season 4, so players can earn the Marco 5 without having to buy the Battle Pass.

Alternative to the Marco 5 in Vanguard

MP40 Vanguard
The MP40 is one of the most popular guns in all of Vanguard.

The Akimbo option makes the Marco 5 SMG pretty unique in Vanguard, but if you’re not enjoying it you can always go for a different meta SMG. The MP40 has dominated the game ever since it launched, so we think this would be your best bet.


It has virtually no recoil and isn’t limited to poor range in the same way as other SMGs. Not to mention it also kills incredibly fast, meaning it’s ideal for almost any situation a multiplayer match can throw at you.

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