With this guide, I will share with you my best tips for how to improve your aim and accuracy in CoD, as I’m sure you all know, it is a vital aspect of the game and often makes the difference between life and death.
Being accurate will make you win so many more gun fights and will make a massive change to your game, so if you think this is an area of which you need to improve upon, I would definitely recommend following and practicing these tips! They really helped me out, so hopefully they’ll hep you too.
Controller Vibration – A Friend or Foe?
By default on CoD, your controller will vibrate when you shoot, get shot, and even sometimes when you move. This allows you to feel virtually everything your character does and I’m sure most of you will agree with me that it feels cool. However, because it feels so nice and as you continue to play more and more with it, you end up not being able to play without it.
If you are someone that uses vibration, yes, it feels cool and the feedback from your controller when you’re shooting and getting hit markers can be handy, but in all honesty, you DON’T actually need it!
Personally, I have also gone through the stage of controller vibration addiction and it was only recently when I decided that I was going to try my best to play without it. After getting used to it, I noticed that I was doing much better every game and those gun fights that I wouldn’t normally stand a chance in were becoming much easier.
So if you are yet to stop playing with vibration, I would highly recommend doing so, because although it is only such a minor change, it makes a big difference to your game. Of course it’s not the end of the world if you just can’t play without it, but it’s something worth giving a go.
KontrolFreeks are Brilliant For Improving Your Aim and Accuracy
If you haven’t heard of them already, KontrolFreeks are extension thumbsticks that sit on top of your analog sticks. Why would you want this? Well since they are taller than the regular thumbsticks, it means that you don’t have to move your thumbs as much while aiming.
This allows you to make much more precise movements, thus making it easier to play at higher sensitivities which we’ll come onto next. They are used by pretty much every single pro player and that’s for a reason.
They are one of the most well known companies in the gaming accessory industry and have a great reputation – not only is it because the quality of the products are great, but also because they’re really cheap. A pair of KontrolFreeks will only cost you somewhere from $10-20, so they’re definitely worth trying out.
In the very rare case that you don’t like them, they do offer a 30-day money back guarantee, so there’s really no risk at all.
Sensitivity Levels – A Very Controversial Topic
There is no such thing as ‘the best sensitivity level’ at all. Some players play on 3 sensitivity, others on 20, but as long as you feel comfortable playing on these levels and you are being the most accurate you can be at the quickest pace possible, then it honestly doesn’t matter.
On the other hand, I cannot express enough how important it is to find the best sensitivity level for you. If you’re playing on a level which is way to fast or slow for you, regardless of the other tips, you’re not going to be accurate. This is probably the most important factor of being accurate, (except from your personal input) and therefore is very important to get right.
How Can I Find the Best Sensitivity Level for Me?
In all honesty, there is no easier way to do it than just start at a low level and keep on working your way up until you feel comfortable enough.
I wouldn’t recommend going any lower than the medium default sensitivity level, as this gets to the point where you just become sluggish. These levels are there for players that are very new to CoD and are struggling a lot to be accurate, but even so, playing on medium sensitivity would be better.
Depending on which CoD you play, there are different ways to find the best sensitivity for you, so I’ll list a few. Take Advanced Warfare for example – there is a firing range which is essentially target practice and this is a great way to test your aim. You’re going to want to play on the quickest sensitivity that you can be very accurate on, as this will allow you to play at the quickest pace and be as accurate as you can.
There are also bots that you can play against, which are also on other Call of Duty’s, such as Ghosts, Black Ops and so on. Definitely use these to your advantage and practice on them until you find your preferred sensitivity, as this won’t ruin your online stats!
On Modern Warfare 3, I used to play on a 2 sensitivity, which most of you will think is extremely slow. It was the first CoD I bought, so it worked for me until I started to get better, and then I pressed up to a 3, but I will never play on a higher level than that, because then I can’t be accurate. On games that have 20 sensitivity levels, I like to play around 5.
Where Should I Aim When Shooting?
At the enemies, duh… That’s the answer most of us would give, however, it really does matter where about at the enemy you shoot, because it often makes the difference in gun fights against players of a similar skill to yourself.
Some of you may say that aiming for the head is the best, and if you’re the most accurate player on CoD, it is, but for most of us this is a target we are going to struggle to hit, particularly at longer ranges with SMG’s and Shotguns, but it’s hard with all weapons really!
If you aim at the head each time you fire at an enemy, it is likely that you will miss your first shots, and if they are shooting at you too, it is likely that you will be dead already. Also, if they hit you when you are firing at their head, it will cause you to flinch and your aim will be shifted upwards. What will you be aiming at then? The sky most likely!
Therefore I would highly recommend always aiming for the torso if possible, as it is a much easier target, kills enemies faster than if you were shooting at their legs, and if you flinch, it is likely that your bullets will hit there head as a result of that. I would recommend aiming in this area for ALL weapons.
Are There any Perks or Attachments that will Help with my Accuracy?
Hell yes there are. Depending on which CoD you play, there are different names for these perks and attachments, so I’ll briefly go through their known names, but I really think you’ll get what I’m talking about anyway.
The ‘Grip’ Attachment
Firstly there is the ‘grip’ attachment, a.k.a. fore-grip, kick proficiency and so on. I’m you’ll know that the effect of this attachment is that it reduces the recoil of the weapon that it is used on, and I’m not gonna lie, I use it A LOT.
They are particularly useful with SMG’s, LMG’s and Assault Rifles, as all of these types of weapons tend to have a fair amount of recoil, and being able to leverage this, makes it so much easier to aim more accurately.
Especially on games such as Advanced Warfare where you can use 3 attachments on a weapon without much cost, it is very rare that I don’t use a ‘grip’ when I can. If a weapon doesn’t have much recoil, you don’t have to use it as there will probably be other attachments that will be more useful, but you could still use one and essentially you’d have a laser beam, as the gun would be so accurate.
The ‘Toughness’ Perk
Also known as the ‘focus’ perk or proficiency, toughness reduces flinch when you are shot. This is one of my favorite perks of all time and I honestly cannot use an SMG or Assault Rifle without it, as it makes that much of a difference! It allows me to win twice as many as the gun fights I would win without it, as it allows me to keep on accurately shooting at the enemy, even whilst being shot myself.
**NOT APPLICABLE ON BLACK OPS 3**
Certainly at least on Black Ops 2 and Ghosts, this perk became so overpowered that you were instantly at a disadvantage if you weren’t using it, unless you were using a shotgun. It isn’t as essential on Advanced Warfare, but I still love it and highly recommend that you use it!
Make sure to ‘Burst Fire’ at Longer Distances!
Due to the recoil of fully automatic guns, even with attachments like the grip and perks like toughness, spraying and praying at long distances simply won’t work.
You will need to fire short bursts of 3-4 bullets as accurately as you can and you should be just fine. However, if engaging in a long range firefight against a sniper or someone with a longer ranged weapon than you, I would advise to take cover and try and take a sneaky route to get closer to them where you will have the advantage.
Is it Worth Getting an Upgraded Controller?
If you are going to take CoD more seriously, then you’re going to be left behind if you’re still playing with the standard controller for your console. All of the best players have some slick additions to their controllers, which enhance your standard of play amazingly. They help your accuracy A LOT and can have all sorts of other attachments.
Now you may be wondering if these modded controllers are actually legal. Not all of them are. However, my personal favourites are Evil Controllers which are 100% legal and approved by all consoles!
The usual downside with modded controllers is that you don’t get to completely make them your own by choosing every feature about them, which would really be awesome, as then it can match your play style perfectly!
Another reason why I think Evil Controllers are awesome is because you CAN actually customise EVERY feature about them! Evil Controllers actually have a page where you can add any attachments to it you want! You can check that out here if you’re interested.
Sure, they’re not cheap, but they are great fun to play with and really do up your game incredibly in terms of accuracy and many other fields! If this seems like something you may be interested in getting, then trust me and go with Evil Controllers, as they are a trusted company that produce great products.
My Final Tip – A Technique to Make YOU a Harder Target for Your Opponent
Once you apply all of these tips that I have talked about today, by all means your accuracy will have improved incredibly. However, something that you need to bear in mind is that when you’re concentrating on being accurate, you’ll often find that you’re being rather static and that you’re not moving much when engaged in a firefight.
Who are the easiest opponents to take out? Those that are stood still. That also applies to you. In order to make yourself a tougher target for your opponent you’ll need to do something called ‘strafing’ which is the process of moving side to side when shooting. This will force the enemy to follow you with their weapon instead of having the concentrate their fire in a single line.
This increases the chances that they will miss and is very helpful. An attachment called ‘stock’ or otherwise known as a perk called ‘stalker’ allows you to move faster whilst aiming, which is probably my favourite attachment. Although I only use it on Assault Rifles and LMG’s, as you can strafe fast enough with SMG’s anyway, it really helps you to win many more gun fights.
You may argue that this will make you less accurate, which it will in fact, but it is a worthy sacrifice and it shouldn’t affect your aim much!
A Quick Recap
To conclude my ‘how to improve your aim and accuracy on CoD’ guide, I will quickly mention the main points that I have covered in this guide:
- Turn controller vibration off
- How to find the right sensitivity level for you!
- Where to aim when shooting
- Attachments and perks to help with accuracy
- Burst Firing at long distances
- Upgrading your controller
Thanks a lot for reading my guide and as always please feel free to leave a comment down below and I will get back to you as soon as I can!