Advanced Warfare Attachments: What Each One Does

Having a hard time figuring out what attachments to use on your weapons to create the perfect loadout? There are many different types of weapon attachments available for players to use in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Picking the right ones that will help you get more kills and master your gun can be tricky. Below we’ve provided information about every attachment in the game to help you narrow down your selection.

Advanced Warfare Attachments


Sights are one of the most commonly used and effective pieces of equipment that you can use on a weapon. They help you to see your enemies better which, for some, makes it easier to pick up kills. In Advanced Warfare there are about 7 different types of optic-based weapon attachments.

Here are the available sights:

  • ACOG Scope
  • Auto Focus Sight
  • Hybrid Sight
  • Ironsights
  • Target Enhancer
  • Thermal
  • Variable Zoom

ACOG Scope

The ACOG Scope provides a slightly zoomed in viewfinder with a red dot and circle in the middle as the reticle. The outer part of the scope (the black frame) is a little bit obstructive to peripheral vision, but not too terribly. This style of sight has been available in previous Call of Duty games.

Available For: Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns, Heavy Weapons, Pistols

Auto Focus Sight

When standing still the auto focus sight will automatically zoom in while ADS (aiming down the sights) giving an enhanced view of targets. The frame of the scope is thin and allows for great sight directly in front of the player as well as decent peripheral views.

Available For: Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns, Heavy Weapons, Pistols

Hybrid Sight

The hybrid sight offers a dual optic for weapons. The first is a traditional red dot sight. The second, which can be switched on or off at the touch of a button, brings up a 4x zoom scope for enhanced views.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Heavy Weapons


Ironsights are an extremely basic optic available to replace the standard scopes of sniper rifles. These sights significantly decrease long-distance vision and give the sniper a marksman-rifle look (similar to an MK14).

Available For: Sniper Rifles

Target Enhancer

The Target Enhancer is brand new to Advanced Warfare and provides a whole new level of optics. It works somewhat similarly to the Tracker Sights seen in CoD: Ghosts. When ADS (aiming down sights) it paints targets a bright red color (known as threat detection), making them stand out big time. There is, however, a perk that counters it.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons, Pistols


Thermal scopes provide a slightly magnified view and display targets on-screen using heat signatures. Whenever a source of heat pops into view (a live enemy) it is easily noticed as a red/yellow blotch. The only time this doesn’t work is if a player is using the Cold Blooded perk that blocks thermal vision.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Sniper Rifles

Variable Zoom

Variable Zoom is a scope that provides multiple magnification levels. With this attachment equipped the player can flip between 3 levels of zoom to better see targets at varying distances.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Heavy Weapons

Performance Enhancers

Looking to speed up your ADS time, have better control of your weapon, or improve the performance of your gun in some way? That’s exactly what the following Advanced Warfare attachments do:

  • Advanced Rifling
  • Ballistic CPU
  • Foregrip
  • Heat Sink
  • Laser Sight
  • Parabolic Microphone
  • Quickdraw Grip
  • Rapid Fire
  • Stock

Advanced Rifling

Advanced Rifling is a brand new attachment in AW. When equipped it slightly increases the overall effective range of the weapon. This makes getting kills at longer distances a little bit easier.

Available For: SMGs, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons

Ballistic CPU

The Ballistic CPU is a sniper-exclusive attachment. With it equipped the sway of the sniper when firing is reduced slightly, making it easier to aim and hit targets while ADS (aiming down sights).

Available For: Sniper Rifles


Foregrip is a classic weapon attachment seen in many CoD games. Equipping it to a weapon greatly reduces the amount of recoil it has when firing the gun, making it easier to land more bullets on your target.

Available For: Assault Rifles, Submachine Guns, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons

Heat Sink

The heat sink is a brand-new attachment specifically designed for directed-energy weapons like the EM1 and EPM3. It allows energy based weapons to fire for longer periods of time without overheating.

Available For: Heavy Weapons, Assault Rifles

Laser Sight

The laser sight is another returning, fan-favorite attachment. With this equipped on a gun your hip fire will be significantly more accurate. This means you can get more kills without having to ADS.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons, Pistols

Parabolic Microphone

The parabolic microphone is an incredibly useful attachment. If you find yourself getting picked off by enemies using silenced weapons often you’ll want to give it a go. With it equipped you’ll be able to see players using suppressors on your mini-map when they fire their weapons.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Sniper Rifles, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons, Pistols

Quickdraw Grip

The Quickdraw grip is another popular attachment choice seen in previous Call of Duty titles. With it equipped you’ll be able to ADS (aim down sights) with your weapon slightly faster than normal. In other words, you’ll be able to pick up and scope in with your gun quicker.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons

Rapid Fire

Feel like your gun isn’t pumping out bullets fast enough to take down enemies? Throw Rapid Fire on to send out a flurry of lead. This attachment increases your weapon’s rate of fire by quite a bit.

Available For: SMGs, Heavy Weapons


Find yourself aiming down sights for long periods of time but can’t quite catch everyone that comes in view? Stock might be an attachment to give a shot. With it equipped you can move your scope around faster while ADS.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Sniper Rifles, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons

Ammo Related

Finding yourself a bit low on bullets more often than you’d like? Well, Advanced Warfare has a few attachments that can help solve that problem and more. These include:

  • Dual Magazines
  • Extended Mags

Dual Magazines

Is your favorite gun’s reload time causing more deaths than necessary? With Dual mags equipped you can speed up your reload and get back to blasting your foes full of lead quicker.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs

Extended Mags

If you want something that will allow you to keep shooting for a longer duration without having to stop and find cover to reload your clip, you may want to try out the Extended Mags attachment. For most guns this attachment increases the size of the magazine by about 1.5x.

Available For: Assault Rifles, SMGs, Sniper Rifles, Shotguns, Heavy Weapons, Pistols

Special Attachments

What are special attachments? They’re pieces of equipment that can only be equipped to certain weapons. There are just a few found in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. These are:

  • Crossbow Scope
  • RW1 Scope

Crossbow Scope

As the name implies, this is a special optical sight made exclusively for the Crossbow. It gives the bow better range and a great long-distance sight for popping enemies across the map. It’s actually one of our favorite scopes for all purposes for this weapon.

RW1 Scope

Pretty obvious, right? This is a special scope that can only be fitted to the RW1 pistol. It’s a long range scope that somewhat resembles an ACOG sight but is a bit different in looks.


This category is for everything else that just didn’t fit into the categories listed above. The attachments in this category are:

  • Akimbo
  • Grenade Launcher
  • Tactical Knife
  • Tracker


Akimbo is just fancy speak for dual-wielding. This attachment is only available on pistols and allows the player to wield, you guessed it, two of the same pistol. It significantly decreases accuracy because it’s hip-fire only, but gives you a lot more bullets to spray all over the place.

Grenade Launcher

Also commonly referred to as the noob tube, a grenade launcher is an underbarrel attachment for some Assault Rifles (although a couple SMG variants come with it equipped, too). It fires off frag grenades that explode just a couple of seconds after being launched.

Tactical Knife

Feel like your melee attack is a little too slow? Well, there’s a fix for that. The Tactical Knife attachment is only available on pistols but allows you to do a faster, deadly knife stab and still hold onto your sidearm at the same time.


This is a nifty new attachment that gives your ammo a special tracker property. Anytime you hit an enemy with bullets they’ll instantly appear on your mini-map. This makes it so you can figure out where they dart off to if they decide to run from your lead fury. Available for assault rifles, SMGs, snipers, and heavy weapons.

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