Call of Duty: Vanguard Operators Guide

The Operator system returns in Call of Duty: Vanguard, but it is an improvement upon the existing Operator system that we saw in Modern Warfare (2019) and Black Ops Cold War. These Operator skins in Vanguard are there only for the cosmetic looks and do not provide any added gameplay advantage.

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There is a range of different Operators at launch, including those seen in the Call of Duty: Vanguard campaign. We expect more to be added as we progress through the new seasons, and we will be sure to add new Operators.

These Operators can be used in Warzone as well. Feel free to check out our complete Warzone Operators guide here.

New Operator System

The new Operator system offers Operator XP. As you level up your Operator, you unlock new rewards for the Operator, including different variants of the base Operator skin, play of the game intro, quips, and finishing moves. You can check the unlocks by hovering over your Operator in the Operators menu and pressing '2' on your keyboard, 'R2' on the PlayStation controller, or 'RT' on an Xbox controller.

Each Operator has four variants of their base skin, starting with two common skins, one rare, and finally an epic skin. The rare and epic skin visuals look similar for all the Operators. Here's a look at the four different skins for Arthur. These unlock by simply playing the game as the Operator and leveling them up.

As mentioned before, the Operators do not provide any added gameplay advantage over other players. However, these Operators now give XP. Each Operator has a favorite weapon, and if you play the game with the selected Operator's favorite weapon, you will get more XP for that weapon. You will also get double XP in general. This is particularly helpful if you're looking to level up a specific weapon.

If you're looking to level up your 3-Line Rifle, using Polina as your Operator is your best bet as that is her favorite weapon.

Operator List

The Operators are distributed in four different categories: Hellhounds, Shadow, Barbarian, and Sentinel. Here is a list of all the available Operators in Call of Duty: Vanguard, their favorite weapon, and how you can unlock them.

Note that you can use any weapon for the challenges unless it is stated any differently.



Unlock Requirement: Get 200 Marksman Rifle Kills
Favorite Weapon: M1 Garand


Unlock Requirement: Get 100 Headshots
Favorite Weapon: Type 100


Unlock Requirement: Get 50 Prone Kills
Favorite Weapon: MP-40



Unlock Requirement: Get 200 Sniper Kills
Favorite Weapon: 3-Line Rifle


Unlock Requirement: Get 10 Double Kills
Favorite Weapon: NZ-41


Unlock Requirement: Perform 25 Finishing Moves
Favorite Weapon: Type 11



Unlock Requirement: Get 300 Assault Rifle Kills
Favorite Weapon: STG44


Unlock Requirement: Get 100 Hipfire Kills
Favorite Weapon: Owen Gun


Unlock Requirement: Get 5 Kills WIthout Dying 10 Times
Favorite Weapon: AS44



Unlock Requirement: Get 10 Kills with Killstreaks
Favorite Weapon: STEN


Unlock Requirement: Get 300 LMG Kills
Favorite Weapon: MG42


Unlock Requirement: Get 200 Shotgun Kills
Favorite Weapon: Combat Shotgun



Unlock Requirement: Unlocked as an instant reward upon purchasing Season 1 Battle Pass.
Favorite Weapon: Cooper Carbine


Unlock Requirement: Unlocked by purchasing a bundle featuring Lewis.
Favourite Weapon: Gorenko Anti-Tank Rifle


Unlock Requirement: Unlocked by purchasing a bundle featuring Isabella.
Favourite Weapon: Welgun



Unlock Requirement: Unlocked as an instant reward upon purchasing Season 2 Battle Pass.
Favourite Weapon: KG M40


Unlock Requirement: Unlocked by purchasing a bundle featuring Thomas.
Favorite Weapon: Whitley



Unlock Requirement: Unlocked as an instant reward upon purchasing Season 3 Battle Pass.
Favorite Weapon: M1916


Unlock Requirement: Unlocked by purchasing a bundle featuring Florence.
Favorite Weapon: Nikita AVT



Unlock Requirement: Unlocked by purchasing a bundle featuring Snoop.
Favorite Weapon: PPSH-41

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