Best Vanguard Kar98k Loadout: Attachments, Perks, Class Setup

One shot is all you need with this build.

by Elliott Gatica

In Call of Duty: Vanguard, the Kar98K is a bolt-action sniper rifle that has massive damage potential. Of course, there are some drawbacks that people may not want to deal with in this twitch shooter. The gun excels in range, precision, and one-shot potential to the head, but has a significantly high reload time thanks to its per-bullet reload speed and animation as well as not being ideal to use at close range. Here is a strong Kar 98K loadout.

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The best Kar98K loadout in Call of Duty: Vanguard

If one shot is all you need to clear the competition, the Kar98K is for you. You’ll want to capitalize on mitigating weapon sway as much as possible while maintaining good ADS speed. Here are the recommended attachments for the weapon:

  • Optic – Player preference
  • Muzzle – G28 Compensator
  • Barrel – Krausnick 560MM LWS03K
  • Underbarrel – Heavy Foregrip
  • Magazine – 8MM Klauser 3 Round Mag
  • Rear Grip – Leather Grip
  • Stock – Short Stock
  • Ammo Type – FMJ
  • Proficiency – Quickscope
  • Kit – Deep Breath


Using this loadout will increase your gun’s handling and will prove to be lethal no matter where you land the shot on your enemy. You won’t even need to aim for the head as this can reliably one-shot players in the upper torso. Using the magazine mod will drastically lower the weapon’s reload speed at the cost of magazine size.

This Kar98K loadout is basically the montage gun for Call of Duty: Vanguard. It won’t be a surprise if this gun gets a damage reduction or some kind of balancing nerf, because right now it’s wreaking havoc (once you hit level 43, that is).

Since this is a sniper weapon and you would ideally want to be perched up in hard-to-reach areas, you should use the following perks:

  • Cold Blooded
  • High Alert
  • Tactician

These perks will promote a more campy playstyle, but for the Kar98K loadout, you want to spot your opponents before they see you. If they get too close in proximity or see you first, you can adjust accordingly.

As for your lethal slot, equip a demolition charge to stop people from getting to your area. To complement that, use an S-Mine 44 for even more defense. It’ll take some time to get the perks and equipment to really get your weapon in tip-top shape, but it’s still lethal from the get go.

If you are more of a close or mid-range kind of player, check out our best MP-40 loadout in Vanguard. You can also check out our build for the STG44.

Call of Duty: Vanguard is out now for PlayStation 4 and 5, Xbox One and Series S/X, and PC via To check out additional content for the game, click here.

About The Author

Elliott is a passionate gamer who has dipped his feet into basically every genre there is. He has a soft spot for fighters, shooters, and action RPGs though. Catch him throwing hands once the new iterations of Tekken, Street Fighter, and Mortal Kombat come out.