Call of Duty: Vanguard: How to level your Operators quickly

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Call of Duty: Vanguard has a variety of different Operators to choose from in multiplayer, just like the previous few titles. This year, however, the Operator system is a lot more complicated and I think that’s a good thing. Let’s take a look.

Call of Duty: Vanguard: Who are the Operators?

As of now, there are four Operator “Units” with three operators in each: Hellhounds, Shadow, Barbarian, and Sentinel. Each Operator has a favorite weapon, which, when used together, grants you bonus Operator and Weapon XP. Here are the Operators and their favorite weapons:


  • Daniel; M1 Garand
  • Wade; Type 100
  • Halima; MP-40


  • Polina; 3-Line Rifle
  • Solange; NZ-41
  • Shigenori; Type 11


  • Roland; STG44
  • Lucas; Owen Gun
  • Beatrice; AS44


  • Arthur; Sten
  • Constanze; MG42
  • Padmavati; Combat Shotgun

All of these Operators are unlocked with a unique challenge. For example, Padmavati is unlocked after getting 200 shotgun kills. Also, Shigenori is unlocked after performing 25 Finishing Moves. In all reality, by just playing the game, you should be able to naturally unlock the Operators. If one of the Operators shares your favorite weapon, however, it might be worth it to go out of your way to unlock them.

Operator progression

As mentioned earlier, using the Operator’s favorite weapon grants you bonus Weapon and Operator XP, which helps you level them up faster.

There are a total of 20 Operator levels to progress through, which each new level offering a different reward. Each level-specific reward will be of the same category between all the Operators, but each Operator will have their own unique variant of it. For example, you will unlock an “Operator Quip” at level two for every Operator, but Roland’s quip will be different from Arthur’s and so forth. Here are the more notable unlocks:

  • Level 2: Operator Quip
  • Level 4: Player Card
  • Level 5: Operator MVP Highlight
  • Level 7: Sticker
  • Level 9: Emblem
  • Level 10: Operator Skin
  • Level 11: Charm
  • Level 14: Operator Quip
  • Level 15: Operator Intro
  • Level 17: Finishing Move
  • Level 19: Spray
  • Level 20: Operator Skin

All of the other levels are filled with either “favorite weapon” XP or just regular XP. Thus, there is even more of a reason to grind multiplayer with all of these rewards for leveling up your Operators.

There are also a lot of challenges to do for each operator. For example, for the Operator Beatrice, two of my challenges are to get a certain amount of melee kills and wins using Beatrice. Completing these challenges awards Operator XP, making the leveling process go even faster.