Gunsmith Blueprint of the Week
As the Warzone meta continues to evolve, we turn our attention back to Outbreak and look at an often overlooked starting weapon category: the SMG.
Outbreak features an expansive space to explore and hunt the undead, but when it comes to main objectives, CQB weapons really shine, especially within confined spaces. From escorting rovers to holding out in the Dark Aether, an SMG can be a quick and powerful tool for fending off hordes of zombies, and what better Blueprint to highlight in this category than the “Z-74u,” the Ultra-rarity Reactive Blueprint found alongside Maxis in her debut bundle?
We already featured another Blueprint within this weapon family in a previous Prestige Primer (11), but only detailed its effectiveness in Multiplayer. As is, the “Z-74u” is a phenomenal starting Blueprint to build upon, and can be made into a sinister slayer of the soulless within Outbreak with the help of these three attachment types:
· Tiger Team Spotlight / Ember Sighting Point – Body attachments can boost two things in Zombies: Hip Fire Accuracy and Salvage Drop Rate. The latter is crucial for upgrading weapons and armor quickly, as well as building Equipment and Support Items, and no other Body attachments grant more Salvage on average than these two. Take the Tiger Team Spotlight for raw boosts, or the Ember Sighting Point for a fantastic mix of Salvage Drop Rate and Hip Fire benefits, which will work well on SMGs like the “Z-74u.”
· Muzzle Flash Hiding or Silencer Attachments – In Zombies, attachments that normally hide muzzle flash or silence a weapon provide increased Equipment drops. Fortunately, the “Z-74u” comes standard with a Flashguard 5.56, which provides a good increase in drops for grenades, Stimshots, and other useful items without the downsides.
· Cavalry Lancer 8.4" – Dealing with Heavy Zombies? Then you’ll want a heavy barrel from the Cavalry Lancer line. Good for situational combat against tougher enemies, this Barrel deals increased armor damage with no other downsides. Like the Flashguard 5.56, this attachment also comes standard on the “Z-74u,” so focus your efforts elsewhere on building this weapon out on the Gunsmith screen.
We’ll leave the final five attachment build (or eight, if you’re Tier III on your SMG Weapon Skill) up to you. Play around with the 50+ attachments that can be put onto this heavy-hitting CQB weapon, and you’re sure to find one that suits your personal skillset.
Execute the mission.