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Fortnite: Battle Royale - Best Assault Rifle guide

Our Fortnite: Battle Royale guide to the best Assault Rifles in the game covers the Burst, M16, SCAR and Scoped.

Among all the weapons in Fornite: Battle Royale, the trusty Assault Rifle rises above all of the rest when it comes to reliability. Submachine Guns, Shotguns and Rocket Launchers all serve a distinct purpose, from shredding enemies at close range, to blasting forts from afar. Assault Rifles are capable of dominating in both departments though, making them an essential element of anyone&#x;s inventory.

If you&#x;re ever looting and stumble across an Assault Rifle, no matter what variant it may be, make sure you stash it in your inventory. You&#x;ll have an all-rounder that&#x;ll give you the ability to dispatch enemies in pretty much any given situation.

When it comes to the many different types of Assault Rifles, there are some that you should keep a particular eye out for. It can be difficult to work out which weapon would best suit your needs at a glance, especially as you&#x;re given no real indication as to how powerful each one might be without trying them out.

Below we&#x;ve put together a helpful guide that&#x;ll break down the strengths and weaknesses of each Assault Rifle and we've ranked them based on our personal experience of wielding each one in combat.

Keep in mind that all of the guns in this article have situational benefits. By no means is this a definitive list, and we&#x;ve ranked them according to how well they perform in a number of scenarios, or just how easy they are to handle overall. They&#x;re all strong in the right hands!

The Best Assault Rifles: Scoped #4

With this semi-automatic Assault Rifle you&#x;re able to zoom in and fire off hyper-accurate shots at enemies in the distance. There&#x;s no bullet travel time either, which means it&#x;s capable of chunking health bars down hard with some highly effective point-and-clicks.

While it&#x;s pretty powerful and certainly able to deal some real damage to targets at range, it&#x;s also the least versatile of the lot. Hip-firing is horribly inaccurate though, so at medium to close range you&#x;ll be forced to zoom in and limit your movement in the process - not ideal.

For long range engagement the Scoped Assault Rifle is worth trying out, but other weapons on this list are on a par with - or outright eclipse it - in every regard.

The Best Assault Rifles: Burst #3

Pulling the trigger with the Burst Assault Rifle fires off three accurate rounds, which makes it a brilliant tool for dropping enemies at medium to long range. It&#x;s perfect for those who struggle to control recoil as it forces you to be patient and steady your aim between bursts of fire.

We&#x;re huge fans of this weapon as it&#x;s very effective in most scenarios and easier to handle than the fully automatic Assault Rifles higher up this list. Ironically, it&#x;s also let down by the one factor that gives it an edge - the inability to spray enemies down at close range.

The Best Assault Rifles: M16 #2

One of the most common Assault Rifles in the game, the M16 is a solid all-rounder that&#x;s better in close to medium range engagements than just about all of the others in this list.

Learn to control its high spread and recoil, and you&#x;ll be able to eliminate enemies in an instant.

The Best Assault Rifles: SCAR #1

Much harder to find than the M16, the SCAR is that weapon's bigger, badder brother, and a gun that&#x;ll handle anything you throw at it.

Outstanding accuracy, big damage and effective at pretty much any distance. You simply can&#x;t go wrong when you pick up this gun. There&#x;s no unique characteristic or single, overpowered element to its design, it&#x;s just brilliant in every regard.

Lucky enough to find one? Add it to your arsenal immediately.

Check out our weapons tier list with stats page for even more info on the best guns in the game!


Fortnite best weapons: Our tier list for the best Fortnite loot, plus Rift-to-Go stats

Getting to grips with Fortnite weapons is a must if you want to excel in Epic's battle royale shooter.

Though given the situation most weapons will be useful, some are undoubtedly better than others, whether it's for close-up play or at a distance.

After you've worked out the many Fortnite loot sources available, it's a case of choosing the best weapons - with our page helping you decide which to pick up, which to leave behind, and which to practice with to eventually win that well-earned Victory Royale.

Latest update (August 15th): One week after the Heavy Sniper Rifle, we have a non-weapon added to the game - the Rift-to-Go. Stats and more are below.

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Fortnite Rift-to-Go stats

The latest item to be added to Fortnite is the Rift-to-Go. The weapon is described by developer Epic Games as follows:

"Escape danger or dive into it! The Rift-To-Go is any player's ace in the hole, creating a Rift for themselves and allies. Be careful that no enemies follow you through."

The Rift-to-Go has the following characteristics, according to Epic Games:

  • Rift-To-Go is a portable Rift that can be carried in inventory and deployed immediately.
  • When activated, you are teleported into the sky and placed in skydiving mode.
  • The Rift will remain at the location it was deployed for 10 seconds, allowing other players to use it.
  • Epic rarity. Drops in stacks of 1 with a max stack size of 2.
  • Can be found in chests, Vending Machines, Supply Drops and Loot Llamas.

The introduction of the Rift-to-Go suggests that Rifts on the map - which were added with the arrival of Season 5 - could be a thing of the past in Season 6 onwards.

What's particularly interesting it is adds a rift at that location for a short period - allowing squad members to use it, or even rival players, if they want to give chase.

Our picks for the best weapons in Fortnite

You could argue about the ins and outs of weapon stats all day and which is the best based on hard, cold numbers but what's really important is how they perform in combat. For example, just because the M4 Assault Rifle has the highest DPS in the game, it doesn't mean it's going to outshine a Rocket Launcher in the final circle.

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Weapon ranking changes based on strategy and the current situation, therefore your play style often determines what guns work best for you. We've rounded up our favourite guns from each category based on how they perform when playing a match.

Assault Rifles

The AR is every player's essential weapon for scoring fast kills during medium-range skirmishes due to its spacious round magazine. They can be used during close-range combat, but they don't pack as much of a punch as other gun types. The SCAR - the Legendary variant of the AR - is our favourite of the bunch as it packs a massive damage-per-second output, although it has a slightly slower reload speed compared to its Common, Uncommon and Rare brothers. If you're unable to find the elusive Legendary beast then the Burst Assault Rifle almost as good.


If you've just dropped and the Common or Uncommon M4 Assault Rifle is the only gun you can grab, you'll be at an advantage during medium to long range combat but maybe consider running away if your opponent has a shotgun because your chances of prevailing during an ambush is slim.

The Thermal Scoped AR is also a fantastic contender, although it unfortunately has a heavy recoil so make sure you tap-fire instead of holding down when shooting it. It comes in Epic and Legendary variants and gives you a gigantic advantage over other players even if you don't use it to shoot as its thermal scope shows unopened chests, Supply Drops and enemy heat signatures.

Lastly, the Scoped AR is our favourite weapon in the mobile version of Fortnite specifically since it works wonderfully with the game's aim assist. It also packs % accuracy so it's a great gun for those who struggle with staying accurate consistently. Just make sure you use it at medium to long range as it sadly has a slow fire rate.



The Tactical Submachine Gun is the best gun for early circles because it has a huge fire rate compared to others, meaning it can deal almost as much harm as more powerful, slower weapons despite having a low damage output. It comes in Uncommon, Rare and Epic versions and all three pack a punch - the latter is the one you want though as it deals a whopping damage-per-second as opposed to the base variant's

Update: As of the week of July 23rd, the Compact SMG and Submachine Gun have replaced the Tactical Submachine Gun, which has been added to the Fortnite vault. We'll have our impressions of where it sits alongside other weapons after some playtime soon.

Packing a gigantic round magazine, our favourite is the recently added Rifle-SMG hybrid, the Drum Gun. With its Rare variant firing at a rate of 27, it's fantastic for tearing down structures quickly - perfect for the final handful of circles.


Machine Guns

Whilst the Minigun isn't the best gun to use during combat due to its delayed firing, it is perfect for ripping opponents' forts to shreds, even if they're reinforced due to its unlimited magazine and absolutely no reload time. Our favourite machine gun is the Light Machine Gun though as it is incredible in close-range combat due to its bullet magazine.

It doesn't work too well when in long-range combat though so you're better off switching to a different gun type entirely if you want a chance at winning a brawl against a foe with a more suitable weapon.


Sniper Rifles

If long-range distance combat is your thing, then the Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle is your best friend. It's the best sniper rifle in the game in our opinion as it can obliterate opponents with a single headshot, even if they have maximum health and shields.

It does have a really slow reload time, however, so make sure you're either high above your opponent (such as on a mountain) or that they're unaware of your location before you take a shot at them to avoid being taken out whilst you reload your single bullet.


The Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle is the better option of the two if you prefer a gun with a faster reload time, although it's the hardest weapon to find in the game and isn't as strong. It has a bigger bullet capacity than the Bolt-Action too, with a magazine of 10 instead of one.



The Suppressed Pistol is one of the best guns for the very early circles as it allows you to get the drop on opponents from medium-range and eliminate them silently without alerting others to your location, working in your favor if you're in a crowded area. It's especially effective when trying to be sneaky as firing it from a hidden spot such as a bush or behind a car will confuse your foe when it comes to figuring out where the shots are coming from.


If you're after a weapon that packs a punch at close-range then the Dual Pistol is a great choice as it takes only two headshots to kill off a fully healed and shielded enemy, with a shot to the chest taking a third of their health. The more common Pistol is also a fair contender if it's all you can find as it has a heavy DPS at through to depending on rarity.



It's difficult to say what shotgun is the best overall, since they're very similar in how they perform. The Tactical Shotgun is semi-automatic and has a fast fire rate, whilst the Pump Shotgun has a more powerful shot but a slower fire rate. Both have the capability to finish off a non-shielded foe with a single shot regardless of weapon rarity.

We've found that if you have both in your inventory, taking an initial shot with the Pump and then switching to the Tactical works incredibly well compared to just using one or the other.


If you don't have both, then make sure you're always equipped with a backup assault rifle or other fast-spraying weapon, in case you miss your shot and need something with a higher fire rate to stand a chance at winning the fight. As for the Heavy Shotgun, it has a higher range than the other two, making it more suitable for the mid to late game when you'll be moving away from close-quarter combat. It also has fires more rounds.



Our favourite, the Rocket Launcher, is absolutely fantastic for the final few circles, as not only does it have an incredible range, it completely rips opponents' bases to shreds.

It's common knowledge that if you see a rocket flying towards you and you don't have time or the space to run away, you're pretty much guaranteed to be wiped out instantly. You can also ride on rockets too, which is always a blast when playing in with teammates in a Duo or Squads.


The Grenade Launcher requires more precision when firing its grenades due to the need to get the aim and trajectory just right to get them to land at the desired point. Be careful not to wipe yourself out too, since one wrong move and the grenade will show no mercy in bouncing back into your face and end your game there and then.

It is a mighty little thing when used in the right situation though, such as firing into a camper's spot or into the bottom of enemy structures.


Fortnite weapon tier list

Is it possible to rank the various weapons in the game into a single list? We've given it a go with our Fortnite weapon tier list, giving you an idea of which weapons to definitely keep, and which to consider dropping as you approach the end game.

Note: The removal of the Tactical Submachine Gun, Impulse Grenade, Suppressed Submachine Gun, Light Machine Gun, Bouncer and Remote Explosives - as well as Season 5 additions (Port-A-Fortress, Suppressed Assault Rifle, Grappler, Shockwave Grenade, Rift-to-Go, Heavy Sniper Rifle, Double Barrel Shotgun, Compact SMG, Submachine Gun, Remote Missile) as well as Season 6's Quad Rocket Launcher and Chiller trap - have yet to be factored into the below tier list.


  • Legendary Assault Rifle (SCAR)
  • Epic Assault Rifle (SCAR)
  • Legendary Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
  • Epic Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
  • Rare Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
  • Legendary Rocket Launcher
  • Epic Rocket Launcher
  • Rare Rocket Launcher
  • Rare Pump Shotgun
  • Uncommon Pump Shotgun


  • Legendary Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle
  • Epic Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle
  • Legendary Grenade Launcher
  • Epic Grenade Launcher
  • Legendary Dual Pistols
  • Rare Burst Assault Rifle
  • Epic Scoped Assault Rifle
  • Rare Tactical Shotgun
  • Epic Dual Pistols
  • Legendary Heavy Shotgun
  • Epic Tactical Submachine Gun
  • Legendary Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle
  • Epic Light Machine Gun
  • Rare Drum Gun


  • Uncommon Drum Gun
  • Legendary Hand Cannon
  • Rare Assault Rifle (M4)
  • Rare Scoped Assault Rifle
  • Rare Hunting Rifle
  • Uncommon Tactical Shotgun
  • Epic Heavy Shotgun
  • Rare Tactical Submachine Gun
  • Epic Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle
  • Uncommon Hunting Rifle
  • Epic Hand Cannon
  • Legendary Suppressed Pistol
  • Rare Light Machine Gun


  • Uncommon Assault Rifle (M4)
  • Common Assault Rifle (M4)
  • Common Tactical Shotgun
  • Uncommon Burst Assault Rifle
  • Common Burst Assault Rifle
  • Uncommon Tactical Submachine Gun
  • Epic Suppressed Pistol
  • Rare Pistol
  • Uncommon Pistol
  • Rare Revolver
  • Legendary Minigun
  • Epic Minigun


  • Uncommon Revolver
  • Common Revolver
  • Common Pistol
  • Rare Suppressed Submachine Gun
  • Uncommon Submachine Gun
  • Common Submachine Gun

Topping our list is the SCAR Assault Rifle which is, in our opinion, the best all-round weapon in the game. It deals more damage than other assault rifles, but more importantly has faster reload times and very little recoil. While a Pump Shotgun would beat a SCAR in most close-quarter battles, the majority of the mid / late game is spent traversing the land as the circle shrinks and pushes you towards the centre.


Above any other weapon, the SCAR is the most versatile and will perform the best in most situations. In the late game, particularly the final circle, the Bolt Action Rifle is a great counter to the SCAR or Rocket Launcher. In a long-range fight where you have cover, the Bolt Action Sniper Rifle can easily overpower the SCAR, especially if you get the drop on an opponent who is popping their head up to return fire on another player.

The Rocket Launcher is the best of both worlds, as it's the perfect tool to destroy forts, and a weapon that can deal immense damage when it directly hits an opponent.


Rounding out our Best list is the Rare Pump Shotgun, which dominates in the early phase of matches, particularly the looting phase where a lot of players will be in closed quarter battles. Quickly switching to the Pump Shotgun can secure you a Victory Royale, as the benefits of other weapons will be diminished as the distance closes.

In the Strong category, we have the Thermal Scoped AR at the top. It's great for all phases in the game as it can be used as a scouting tool. The Legendary Grenade Launcher is great for fishing enemies out if they are hunkered down in a closed quarter section or in their fort in the late game. Unlike the Rocket Launcher, it has a delayed explosion, and that can make it somewhat unpredictable.


Other honorary mentions include the Legendary Hand Cannon. It's heavy damage output of 78 body and head damage puts it up there with the Shotgun class. Another is the Rare Assault Rifle, while not the strongest assaults rifle in the game, is commonly found in the early game, has all-round solid stats and has the potential to take you far into the mid game.

Lastly, Hunting Rifle is the middle ground between the Bolt Action's high damage output and the Semi-Automatic's higher fire rate. While it's still a single shot, it's quick reload time of seconds, makes it more forgiving for less skilled players, but just as deadly.

Best loot in Fortnite explained

Whilst our best weapons list is chock-a-block full of different stats, gun types and tiers, the loot system is a lot less complicated to choose the best items from. Combat and building skills aren't enough to nab you a win on their own - you'll also need to collect some loot.

Ranging from health and shield restoratives to grenades, there are plenty of items available throughout the game, all of which will assist you in securing a Victory Royale. There's also traps, which we've detailed in our dedicated Fortnite building and traps guide.

Remote Explosives

Remote Explosives are a great way to kill off opponents from afar, especially if you're being tailed or your health is low. There's no distance limit on detonation either, meaning you could be over the other side of the map before you set them off.

A favourite way to use them and secure yourself some loot without fear of being executed by another player is to stick them on unopened chests and freshly-landed Supply Drops and then lay in wait from a distance for an unsuspecting foe to come along. Be sneaky with your placement though as they're destroyed when shot. They can be found in Loot Chests, Supply Drops, Supply Llamas and on the floor.



If you're less-skilled at building, then the Port-a-Fort is your saving grace - simply throw it down and it'll construct a full-blown three-story metal fort right in front of your eyes. Equipped with bouncy tires at the bottom that send you straight to the top and an eagle's nest so you can pop your head in and out to snipe or send rocket projectiles, it is an item that's fantastic for the last few circles.

If it didn't sound amazing already, you can also stack forts into each other if you throw down more than one Port-a-Fort, giving you a ton of extra protection. You can find them in Vending Machines, Supply Drops, Supply Llamas and Loot Chests.


Chug Jug

If you find yourself heavily wounded coming out of the loot phase or mid-game, a Chug Jug will give you a second chance by filling your health and shield completely. You can hold this item strategically as well to completely recover in a botched fight in the final few circles. Since the item refills both bars, it takes longer to use than other medical items with a second cast time, so it's best used while behind cover or in a healing room. They spawn in Loot Chests, Supply Drops, Supply Llamas and Vending Machines.


Med Kit

It's an obvious one, but the Med Kit is by far one of the most useful items in the game as it restores all your health in one go. It does come with a ten second cast time, though, so make sure you either hide in a secure building before drinking it or build yourself a healing room if you're out in the open.

If you're only able to find one Kit, it's a better idea to save it until the endgame and to keep your health topped up with Bandages in the meantime (though note the 75% cap), so you've got the guarantee of going into the final battle with a full bar. They're found in all loot types.


Shield Potion

Having a shield in the loot phase is key as it can mean the difference between life and death during close-combat encounters. Whilst everyone is scrambling to get their loot (especially in more populated areas), quickly drinking a Shield Potion can you give you the edge as it fills your shield bar halfway, and since most fights are a numbers game, having it can lead you to victory over a more skilled player.

You can find them on the floor, in Loot Chests, Supply Llamas, Supply Drops and in Vending Machines.



While not the most glamorous strategy, hiding in different bushes around the map is one way to earn yourself a place in the endgame if you're not the most skilled in combat. The Bush is essentially portable cover, meaning you can cover yourself even in areas where bushes and trees don't grow as much. Walking with the Bush around you allows you to crouch and blend in with the environment which is great for sniping and sneaking up on enemies.


Some opponents might even be tricked by this and try and use your Bush as their own cover without seeing you first, walking straight into a trap. When the final circle gets too hectic, using a Bush can give you the chance to quickly manoeuvre around the map to find a place to build your fort or to get the jump on other players by circling around them. You can find them in Supply Drops, Loot Crates, Supply Llamas and in Vending Machines.

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Fortnite weapon rarity and loot sources explained

Weapons and loot come in five different tiers: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic and Legendary, and the rarer the item, the better it is. For example, a regular Common Assault Rifle does damage-per-second - which doesn't sound so bad until you compare it to its Legendary brother, which inflicts damage-per-second.

Consumables also come in rarity tiers, with items such as the full health, full shield-granting Chug Jug ranking in at Legendary tier over the Rare Shield Potion, which only gives you 50 shield points.

There are seven ways to find weapons, loot and ammo in Fortnite: in Loot Chests, Ammo Boxes, Supply Drops, Supply Llamas, in Vending Machines, on the floor and by looting eliminated opponents.

1) Loot Chests

Chests are scattered all over the world in the backs of trucks, stashed away in attics and hidden in secret underground bunkers. Though their locations are fixed, only a certain number will appear at any one time.

They're one of the most common ways to obtain items and weapons, with opponents often getting into skirmishes over them for the chance to obtain coveted Epic and Legendary loot.

You'll know you're near one when you hear a sparkling sound but before you tear your surroundings apart, stay vigilant and scout the surrounding area for anyone else who could also be on the hunt for it to avoid being slaughtered. Also be careful when hacking away at ceilings because if you demolish the floor that the chest is sat on, you'll accidentally destroy it too.


Whilst most Common, Uncommon and Rare weapons and items can be found in loot chests, there is also a chance for Epic and Legendary ones to spawn which is what most players will be on the lookout for. All ammunition has a % drop rate from loot chests and there's a % chance that no weapons will drop at all.

2) Ammo Chests

Ammo chests are self-explanatory - they contain gun ammunition. They are either small or large, with small boxes containing two types of ammo and large containing only one and they can be found almost anywhere. There are five different types of bullets in the game: Light Bullets (used in Pistols, Handguns, SMGs and Miniguns), Medium Bullets (used in Assault Rifles), Heavy Bullets (used in Sniper Rifles), Shells (used in Shotguns) and Rockets (used in Grenade and Rocket Launchers).


3) Supply Drops


Supply Drops are boxes dropped into safe zones by airplanes, at a rate of two per circle. The loot found in these crates is significantly better than from regular chests and will always reward the player with at least one Legendary weapon with ammo and 20 random materials, a consumable item such as a Potion or Med Kit and a Trap.

You'll know one is about to drop somewhere within the circle when you hear a beeping sound - this is your cue to scour the skies for a falling crate with a hot air balloon attached.

Failing that, a blue flair will appear in the spot where the Drop will land but the chances are that surrounding players will also be skulking around the flair like a swarm of piranhas, so brace yourself for a mass brawl if you decide to go for the loot.

A good tactic is to quickly run and throw some Remote Explosives onto the crate, detonating it when an unsuspecting opponent goes to pilfer the cache. It is possible to shoot down a Drop by popping the balloon, but with 1, health, it'll take a lot of firepower to burst it which could give away your position.


4) Llamas

Hoping to find a Supply Llama should be your main focus if you plan on building (during the endgame especially) since it rewards you with random materials, as well as a number of bullets and consumable items. Spawning only three times per match in random locations, they're a rare find so like Supply Drops, you'll probably find yourself battling amongst others for the precious cache. All ammo types except Rockets have a % drop rate, along with the Wood, Stone and Brick materials. Our Llama locations page can help you narrow down finding one if you need advice.


5) Vending Machines

Vending Machines allow the player to exchange either Wood, Stone or Metal materials for up to three random items with random rarity - the higher the rarity, the more it costs.


They're especially useful for players who don't like to build much since you can offload a ton of materials at once, getting a more useful item in return.


The machines spawn in 30 possible places (this map on reddit has specific locations) so unless you happen to stumble across one by accident, you'll probably be searching for a while if you decide to try and hunt one down. They do have a higher chance of appearing in more populated areas though, so be prepared to be met with a rain of bullets if you venture into a busy town or settlement.

Item rarity costs are as follows:

  • Common: 75 materials
  • Uncommon: materials
  • Rare: materials
  • Epic: materials
  • Legendary: materials

6) Floor loot

Finding loot on the floor is probably the easiest way to collect a bunch of items and weapons as you will no doubt come across multiple stashes per match. Not all weapons and items can be found on the ground, but it's still worth looking around since you never know when you'll find something of value. Conveniently, guns you pick up will usually have the corresponding ammo lying next to it which saves you having to raid loot chests and ammo boxes in search of the correct bullets.

Some opponents may try and lure others into a deadly trap by deliberately dropping a plethora of desirable weapons and items in a room or at the bottom of a tower to make it appear like a floor loot stash - or leave loot dropped from a body after a recent kill - so make sure to always check out the items from a distance before you make a run to collect them.

Most weapons and consumables you encounter in the wild will be Common, Uncommon or Rare rarity, but there's still a chance to stumble across something more valuable.


7) Body looting

Body looting is by far the easiest way to gain loot as it's literally just taking dropped items, weapons and materials from an enemy you've killed. There's no better feeling than being rewarded with a cache of rare loot and guns after you've reigned victorious in a tense combat brawl, although there's obviously always a chance they won't drop anything worth it after all.

Players who are skilled in battle often prefer this way of looting since it requires minimal effort - why spend ages looting when you can just pick off less experienced players for their inventory instead? Easy peasy.


If you're playing in a Duo or Squad, you can help improve your teammates' chances of survival by always consuming health/shield potions when you find them so that if you die, opponents can't pick them up from your corpse and use them for themselves.

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The best weapons in Fortnite

Surviving in Fortniteand securing a Victory Royale takes skill. Getting better at Fortnite takes a knowledge of the playing field and a drive to outlast your opponents. But none of that matters if you aren&#;t picking up the right weapons. Building a loadout that suits your playstyle and managing your inventory as the match progresses is key to snagging a win. You don&#;t want to be caught in a long-range battle with someone on a mountaintop without a solid sniper rifle on hand, and you don&#;t want to find the storm closing in on a part of the map filled with smaller buildings without a shotgun.

Our guide to the best weapons in Fortnite breaks down rarity types and what they mean, the most effective arms in each weapon category, and tips on how to use them. Season 8 brought big changes to the Fortnite arsenal &#; including four new weapons and the vaulting of some timeless favorites. If you&#;re looking for the best Fortnite weapons in season 8, here&#;s what you need to know.

Weapon colors and what they mean

Fortnite weapons scattered on the ground.

Fortnite Battle Royale&#;s selection of weapons varies between categories, with plenty of different arms to choose from. From the deadly pulse rifle to the explosive rocket launcher, there&#;s something to fit every playstyle. Each weapon is assigned a tier on a rarity scale, too. Whether you&#;re selecting an SMG or an assault rifle, all weapons will be color-coded as such.

  • Gray: Common
  • Green: Uncommon
  • Blue: Rare
  • Purple: Epic
  • Orange: Legendary
  • Gold: Mythic

The rarer the gun, the higher the damage it will do. In a firefight, the better class of gun has the higher potential for damage, so if you take a gray assault rifle into battle against a blue one, and so on, the person with the blue gun will have an edge.

If at any time during the game you find a higher rarity tier of the weapon you&#;re currently using, make sure you swap out your current weapon and pick up the new color. This allows you to make sure you are maximizing your damage. Gray and green weapons are fine at the start of the match, but you should have at least blue ones by the time half of the players are dead.

Choosing between different weapons of different tiers is more difficult. It might not be a good idea to trade a common assault rifle for an epic pistol if you know you&#;re about to cover some open terrain. If you have to make such a choice, think about where you plan to head next and what weapon is best suited to the terrain. If you find yourself not very skilled with sniper rifles, don&#;t waste the inventory space by picking it up, even if it&#;s legendary.

Best guns in Fortnite Battle Royale

Fortnite big battle with main character firing an explosive weapon.

While simply stumbling upon any weapon is preferable to running around the Fortnite map wildly swinging your pickax and hoping to avoid the first 90 players before you&#;re shot out, there are some that are preferable to others. For instance, you should really hope you happen upon a shotgun over a pistol because it&#;s going to keep you a whole lot safer.

Here&#;s a reliable hierarchy of the weapons you should strive to aim for, ranked in order of desirability. Some of the following weapons have been Vaulted &#; meaning they&#;ve been removed from Fortnite &#; but they will periodically make an appearance during special events. When available, they&#;re some of the best weapons in the game, so keep your eyes peeled!

Assault rifles

While assault rifles aren&#;t the most powerful set of guns in the game, they&#;re the most versatile. You&#;ve got several different variants with different kinds of stopping power. They won&#;t take out enemies from across the map, but you&#;re easily covered whether you need to make a quick getaway to safety or you&#;re going on a run for your Victory Royale with five people left standing in your way. Just make sure to fire in short bursts, and you&#;ll be golden.

These are the different types of assault rifles that you can currently pick up in Fortnite:

  • Slone&#;s burst assault rifle (new for season 8)
  • Sideways rifle (new for season 8)
  • Boss minigun (new for season 8)
  • Sideways minigun (new for season 8)
  • Pulse rifle
  • Assault rifle
  • Burst assault rifle
  • Lever action assault rifle
  • Suppressed assault rifle

Powerful Vaulted assault rifles include:

  • Midas drum gun: This weapon only drops when Midas is defeated at the Agency.
  • Skye&#;s assault rifle: This weapon only drops when Skye is defeated in the Shark.
  • Meowscles Peow Peow rifle: This weapon only drops when Meowscles is defeated on his Yacht.


Shotguns aren&#;t great at range, of course, but if someone is nearby, you can rock their world with a devastating shotgun blast. They are the perfect complement to your assault rifle. Some are notably better than others, so play around to find the one that suits you best. You can find the different types below:

  • Charge shotgun
  • Pump shotgun
  • Lever action shotgun


While not as powerful or as direct as assault rifles or shotguns, SMGs are still preferable in battle when you need something quick and light to eliminate the competition. They&#;re automatic, so you can hold the trigger down in a panic, and they&#;ll hold plenty of ammo.

They won&#;t do as much damage as assault rifles or shotguns, but they&#;re like little firecrackers that can still make for quite the party when people come to try and mess with you. Many players underrate the SMG, but it can entirely wreck a shotgun player in close range, especially if you take advantage of that weapon&#;s delay in shots and frequent reload time. Here are all currently available SMGs:

  • Rapid-fire SMG
  • Submachine gun
  • Kymera ray gun

Sniper rifles

Let&#;s face it: Not everyone can excel as a sniper. But if a sniper rifle is all you can find, use it wisely. It will require you to constantly remain on the move and on the lookout for areas in-game where you can sit and wait for passersby to pick off, but you&#;ll be a force to be reckoned with while hidden, and you can one-shot kill anyone who gets in your way with a well-placed headshot. Though not necessarily a rifle, we&#;ve also included the crossbow in this category because of its functionality.

  • Storm Scout
  • Rail gun
  • Bolt-action sniper rifle
  • Suppressed sniper rifle
  • Plunger bow
  • Automatic sniper rifle

Here are a few Vaulted snipers to look out for during special events:

  • Boom Bow (this weapon will drop when TNTina is defeated in the Rig)
  • Hunting rifle

Explosives and heavy weapons

Explosives and heavy weapons can be hit or miss. If you find a grenade launcher or RPG, you&#;ll be good for a short while but can quickly run out of ammo. They&#;re not ideal in most situations, but they can still get you out of a jam if you need a quick fix. Because of this, these are best saved for those final assaults when there are only a handful of players left.

Explosives and heavy weapons are extremely powerful but are just as extremely hard to find outside of supply drops. That&#;s why it&#;s best that you don&#;t rely on these weapons and simply use them as a strong asset.

  • Rocket launcher
  • Orange paint launcher
  • Purple paint launcher
  • Recon scanner

Here are a few Vaulted heavy weapons to keep your eyes out for:


Most pistols do meager damage, though they can be deadly when you find the right ones. They&#;re just a lot slower, rarely automatic, and do less damage per shot than most other weapons. Still, a pistol is better than nothing. Thankfully, Epic Games has added some pretty impressive pistols in the last couple of months that can surprise enemies.

  • Night Hawk
  • Marksman Six Shooter
  • Pistol
  • Shadow Tracker

Best guns in each class


Close-up of standard Fortnite pistol.

You’ll want to switch to another weapon from a pistol as soon as possible most of the time. However, there are some noteworthy pistols you might want to keep in your inventory. The first is the Marksman Six Shooter. One of the more recent additions, this powerful pistol packs a nice punch.

There&#;s also Night Hawk, which was un-Vaulted for season 7 and can be purchased from Guggimon or picked up from a malfunctioning vending machine. It works much like the normal scoped revolver but boasts a thermal scope for easy enemy identification. As great as it is for a pistol, you&#;ll still want to be on the lookout for a weapon with a bit more punch.

Assault Rifles

Close-up of Fortnite standard assault rifle.

Assault rifles come in several different flavors, including the burst-fire and M4 variations. The M4 is the middling, simplest choice that players tend to gravitate toward.

However, arguably the best assault rifle in all of Fortnite is Slone&#;s burst assault rifle. This item deals 38 damage and fires at a rate of &#; making it a deadly weapon in the right hands. In order to add it to your arsenal, you&#;ll need to take down Dr. Slone. That can be done just at a roadside camp just northwest of Dirty Docks, but you&#;ll need to bring some heavy firepower for the job.

Do so successfully, and you&#;ll be rewarded with one of the best weapons in Fortnite.

Or, you can jump into the Sideways realm &#; look for the massive portals scattered randomly across the island &#; and look for the deadly Sideways rifle that deals more damage as it warms up. You can also find a Sideways minigun, although you&#;ll need to make sure it doesn&#;t overheat while in use.

Sniper rifles

Fortnite sniper rifle.

With the Storm Scout un-Vaulted for season 7, it&#;s quickly become one of the most popular snipers in the game. The Storm Scout is sticking around for season 8, and you&#;ll want to add it to your arsenal whenever possible, as it tells you where the storm is moving next. This makes it easy to plan ahead and get into a good sniping position before all other players start scrambling towards you. It can be purchased just east of Retail Row on the nearby yellow bridge.

The Bolt-action sniper is a solid replacement for the Storm Scout, which is once again among the most powerful long-range weapons in Fortnite.

However, if you&#;re looking for something a bit more powerful &#; but still effective at a distance &#; look no further than the Rail gun. While you can&#;t zoom in as much as you can on a typical sniper, the Rail gun outputs incredible damage after charging for a few seconds. It can also shoot through player structures, making it a must-have weapon towards the end of a match.


Close-up of Fortnite SMG.

When it comes to SMG’s, you’re probably good no matter which one you pick up. As such, your best bet is to focus on making sure it’s the highest quality you can find. When you come across another SMG, don’t allow yourself to automatically ignore it, but make sure it’s not better than the one you already have.

Most of the best SMG&#;s have been Vaulted for season 8, so we&#;d recommend using a shotgun for most close-range encounters instead. Still, if you happen across a high-level SMG, feel free to keep it in your inventory.


Close-up of Fortnite shotgun.

You’ll find different categories of shotguns to choose from in the form of pump shotguns, tactical shotguns, and lever-action shotguns. The tactical shotgun is currently the best choice for players looking for a high rate of fire.

While the pump shotgun is a much more powerful option, it sacrifices the fire rate for its 95 damage points. It’s a devastating pick for close-range combat, especially with the potential for one-hit kills, but you’ll need to land every shot, every time.

The tactical shotgun is the better all-around choice for that reason, as it’s a more versatile weapon that allows you to pull off various defensive and offensive maneuvers, firing off shots one after another and landing what you can without having to worry yourself with pinpoint accuracy. However, it&#;s been Vaulted for season 8 &#; so you&#;re stuck with using more traditional shotguns for close encounters. You might consider checking out the charge shotgun in its place, which can be crafted by upgrading a pump shotgun or lever-action shotgun with Nuts and Bolts.


Close-up of Fortnite grenade launcher.

When it comes to grenades, you can select a few different types outside of the typical grenade. These include the vaulted Boogie Bomb, Stink Bomb, and Impulse Grenade. Most of these grenades are less than impressive, but we can’t help but love the Boogie Bomb. It’s a meme for a reason: It opens up your enemies to a heartbreaking loss.

As far as available explosives go, it&#;s hard to beat the standard rocket launcher. Capable of taking down huge sections of buildings in a single shot, it&#;s a great way to expose hidden enemies or disrupt someone&#;s building pattern.

The recon scanner is another useful heavy weapon, which will scan your surrounding for gear, enemies, and vehicles. Attacking foes with the recon scanner is futile &#; its DPS output of 15 is pretty terrible &#; but it’s a perfect way to get a grip of your surroundings and locate nearby points of interest.

Fortnite Victory Royale screen shown for winning a match.

While there are plenty of shortcuts and ploys you can learn to master Fortnite, it is equally important to know what kinds of weapons you&#;re dealing with and how to utilize them at each stage of your journey. There is a color-coding system that categorizes each weapon, which acts as a useful guide to form the most well-rounded and successful armory.

After you’ve mastered how and when to use every weapon in your arsenal, you’ll be prepared for a victorious experience in Victory Royale. You’re sure to make it to the top if you have purple or orange weapons known to represent the epic and legendary categories, respectively.

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Fortnite: Best Weapons In Chapter 2 - Season 8

Find out which weapons rank as the best in Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 8.

The latest season of Fortnite Battle Royale has been a blast to experience thus far. A Cube takeover led to what some are calling the best update in quite some time. You might be wondering what makes Chapter 2 - Season 8 so good. Well, Epic Games re-introduced the fan-favorite Slip Streams back into the game, added the unique Sideways areas and there's a ton of loot available on the map.

Those points are merely scratching the surface. It’s always important to consider the selection of weapons when assessing each season, considering their importance to the overall experience. Over the years, Epic has conjured up some unique ideas in this regard, and each seasonal loot pool tends to offer a different range of options.

Today, ESTNN looks at how the weapons stack up as we select the best ones you'll want to use when you're on the battlefield. Join us for a helpful guide to the best enemy eliminators in Fortnite Chapter 2 - Season 8.

Honorable Mention - Charge Shotgun

A Charge Shotgun from Fortnite on a blue background.

The Charge Shotgun first appeared in Chapter 2 - Season 3, and most players did not enjoy the change of pace and its charging mechanic. However, it's proved to be a weapon that — if used correctly — can be more valuable than any other shotgun in Fortnite. It packs a massive punch even in its Uncommon rarity, and the higher versions can send opponents to the lobby in the blink of an eye.

It may not receive the attention it deserves, but don't sleep on this weapon. There's nothing more satisfying than delivering a fully charged shotgun blast to an adversary. For those reasons, the Charge Shotgun belongs on this list in some capacity.

#5 - Burst Assault Rifle (Epic & Legendary Rarities)

A Burst Assault Rifle from Fortnite appears on a purple background.

Like the Charge Shotgun, Fortnite's Burst Assault Rifle has come a long way since the early Chapter 1 days. Back then, it was a weapon that players only carried if there were no other options. Epic Games has since added the Epic and Legendary versions — commonly referred to as the Aug — which hits like a mack truck in the right hands.

Although the number of bullets it shoots per burst lowered a few seasons ago, it's still a weapon that deals a lot of damage in a short amount of time. The Burst Assault Rifle also contrasts the much more popular and effective regular Assault Rifle. If you eliminate the Slone NPC, a Mythic version is available, but we strictly rate the non-Mythic rarities in this list. The Epic and Legendary versions are undoubtedly worth adding to your arsenal.

#4 - Assault Rifle (Epic & Legendary Rarities)

The Assault Rifle available in Fortnite, a pale tan automatic rifle with a grey clip sits against an orange background

The Assault Rifle is one weapon that Epic Games likely won't ever remove from Fortnite's loot pool. It's reliable in a pinch, and the Epic and Legendary rarities are perhaps the most impactful weapons to carry. Both variants deal heavy damage from afar and up close.

There's not much more to say since anyone who has played Fortnite knows that an Assault Rifle is perhaps the most integral part of your inventory. Don't think twice about carrying an Assault Rifle — especially if it's Epic or Legendary.

#3 - Sideways Minigun

A Sideways Rifle and Sideways Minigun from Fortnite appear on a red to yellow gradient background.

Found only in the Sideways, this otherworldly Minigun is an updated take on the classic Fortnite weapon. Its fire rate and damage are intimidating; you'd be wise to carefully approach a fight with an opponent using the Sideways Minigun. It comes in five rarities; Uncommon, Rare, Epic, Legendary and Mythic.

Even the lightest version shreds through structures quickly with DPS. The Mythic version bolsters a whopping DPS and its overheating mechanic does not last as long. It can be challenging to find, primarily because you can only obtain the Sideways Minigun from the location it represents. Regardless, it's rewarding to use and annoying to counter. You can also upgrade the rarity of your Sideways Minigun by using Cube Monster Parts from the Sideways.

#2 - Rail Gun

A Rail Gun from Fortnite appears in front of an alien ship interior background.

Perhaps the most polarizing weapon in recent Fortnite history returned for a second straight season. The Rail Gun — introduced in Chapter 2 - Season 7 — is a genuinely sinister beam rifle that carries bad intentions. Developed by the Imagined Order, the Rail Gun deals significant damage directly to an opponent, including through at least one fully built wall. The weapon became a subject of controversy last season, particularly in the competitive scene.

Epic ultimately removed the Rail Gun from competitive modes in the interest of fairness. However, the public match warriors can still get their hands on this dominant piece of hardware. The reload time can certainly pose an issue, but the Rail Gun covers its minor shortcomings with between 85 and 94 DPS, depending on the rarity. Hold onto this weapon for dear life if you manage to grab one from the various IO Chests around the map.

#1 - Pump Shotgun

A pump shotgun from Fortnite appears on an orange background.


Not many weapons in each season can usurp the classic Pump Shotgun. It's a go-to for players of all skill levels and rewards accuracy, unlike almost any other weapon. While the lower rarity versions leave a lot to be desired, an Epic or Legendary Pump Shotgun is the bee's knees. Epic Games resurrected the Charge Shotgun and brought back the Lever Action variant, but the two pale in comparison.

Shotguns are the driving force in Fortnite; it's not easy to find success and eliminations without one. For those reasons, the Pump Shotgun reclaims its place atop the throne despite the Common, Uncommon and Rare versions lacking in the damage department. That just shows you how good the Epic and Legendary Pumps are in Fortnite Battle Royale.


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