Fortnite Assault Rifle Tips Guide (Season 8) – Stats, DPS, PNGs

Assault rifles are one of the most commonly used weapons in Fortnite Battle Royale. The problem is that they can be a bit hard to get used to when you are first starting out. This guide should help you get a handle on these important parts of your arsenal!

Our Fortnite Assault Rifle Tips & Stats Guide will walk you through everything you need to know about this midrange weapon! We go over the full list of Assault Rifles with all of their stats and damage. We also hit topics that should help you learn how to use these better, with sections on accuracy, bloom, and general tips and tricks!

The Assault Rifle is a standard part of just about every player's loadout. It is the best and most consistent midrange option available, and knowing how to use one is important if you want to get some easy kills or lay some damage down on an opponent before you finish them off with a shotgun. Fortnite's use of the bloom mechanic might make some players hesitant to use these, but learning how-to mitigate this issue is relatively simple and can be easily learned!

Fortnite Assault Rifle Stats & Damage

There are quite a few options in the Assault Rifle category. I'm breaking them down in a way that makes the most sense to me.

Standard Rifle

  • Assault Rifle (Common): 30 damage to the body, 60 damage to the head, 165 dps.
  • Assault Rifle (Uncommon): 31 damage to the body, 62 damage to the head, 170 dps.
  • Assault Rifle (Rare): 33 damage to the body, 66 damage to the head, 181.5 dps.


  • Suppressed Assault Rifle (Epic): 32 damage to the body, 64 damage to the head, 176 dps.
  • Suppressed Assault Rifle (Legendary): 33 damage to the body, 66 damage to the head, 181.5 dps.
  • SCAR (Epic): 35 damage to the body, 70 damage to the head, 192.5 dps.
  • SCAR (Legendary): 36 damage to the body, 72 damage to the head, 198 dps.

Heavy Assault Rifle

The Heavy Assault Rifle had its rarity and damage reduced in the 8.10 Patch.

  • Heavy Assault Rifle (Common): 36 damage to the body, 88 damage to the head, 135 dps.
  • Heavy Assault Rifle (Uncommon): 38 damage to the body, 92 damage to the head, 142.5 dps.
  • Heavy Assault Rifle (Rare): 40 damage to the body, 96 damage to the head, 150 dps.

Long Range Rifles

  • Infantry Rifle (Uncommon): 41 damage to the body, 82 damage to the head, 172 dps.
  • Infantry Rifle (Rare): 45 damage to the body, 90 damage to the head, 180 dps.
  • Scoped Assault Rifle (Uncommon): 26 damage to the body, 52 damage to the head.
  • Scoped Assault Rifle (Rare): 27 damage to the body, 54 damage to the head.
  • Thermal Scoped Assault Rife (Epic): 36 damage to the body, 72 damage to the head, 64.8 dps.
  • Thermal Scoped Assault Rife (Legendary): 37 damage to the body, 74 damage to the head, 66.6 dps.

Burst Rifles (Vaulted)

These were added to the vault in the 7.10 Content Update #3.

  • Burst Rifle (Common): 27 damage to the body, 54 damage to the head.
  • Burst Rifle (Uncommon): 29 damage to the body, 58 damage to the head.
  • Burst Rifle (Rare): 30 damage to the body, 60 damage to the head.

Assault Rifle (Burst) Famas (Vaulted)

  • Burst Rifle - Famas (Epic): 32 damage to the body, 64 damage to the head.
  • Burst Rifle - Famas (Legendary): 33 damage to the body, 66 damage to the head.

Fortnite Assault Rifle FAQ

What is First Shot Accuracy?

A patch enabled what is known as, first shot accuracy. If you stand/crouch in one place and ads (aim down sights) your crosshair will eventually come together and make your next shot completely accurate. If you move, however, it will need to be reset. It used to be that you could crouch and quickly stand up to keep the 100% accuracy, but now if you do that it will reset the crosshair.

What is Damage Fall Off?

If you are further away from your target you will hit for less damage. Assault rifles damage fall off starts at 50 meters (no specific percentage was given). They do 80% of their damage at 75 meters and 65% of their damage at 100 meters.

What is Bloom?

Games assign different ways for how bullets travel. One method is to have a set recoil pattern a gun will follow like in Counter-Strike: GO. Fortnite uses Bloom, which means the bullets have a random chance to veer off in slightly different directions than you might expect. The bullets will generally stay in the range of your crosshairs, but this can obviously be sometimes difficult to manage at times. Fortnite also does have slight recoil, your gun will travel upwards while you hold down the fire button.

Epic eventually added first-shot accuracy to help decrease randomness with guns with bloom. This is great if you have the time to focus in on a shot, but the randomness is still there if you can't afford to stay still for too long.

What's the Best Assault Rifle in Season 8?

Here's a general look at how the guns stack up against each other based on the rarity (some of this can be personal preference):

  1. SCAR
  2. Suppressed SCAR
  3. Heavy Assault Rifle (Nerfed)
  4. Assault Rifle

It's hard to deny the power of the SCAR, and to me it's the best assault rifle by far at the moment. The Suppressed SCAR is solid and some people might like it more than the normal version, but personally I'm not as much of a fan of it. The Heavy Assault Rifle had its damage nerfed, so while it's still good, it's just not as good as either SCAR option. The normal Assault Rifle is serviceable, but can be inaccurate - especially in the lower rarities

Where does the Scoped Assault Rifle or the Thermal Rifle Fit into my Loadout?

The scoped assault rifle is only a replacement for an assault rifle if you don't have one. This gun belongs more in your sniper slot rather than your rifle slot. It is actually quite good if you don't have a sniper or you don't like to use a sniper. When you are not moving and looking down the scope the shots are all 100% accurate. If you can find a safe spot and rattle off a bunch of headshots you can get quick knocks from a long distance. I find this to be a great beginner gun, but as you progress in your game you are better off learning how to snipe!

What's up with the Infantry Rifle?

It's a weird gun... It's a semi-automatic assault rifle, but it has bullet drop on it like a sniper rifle. It was largely complained about for a while because the spawn rate was ridiculously high on it. They've removed the common version of it, and reduce the spawn rate. It's not a very good weapon, and is okay as kind of a sniper replacement if you really value that as an option.

Fortnite Assault Rifle Tips

Mitigate the Bloom

I explained Bloom above, but there are ways to lessen the effect it has on your shots. If you stay still, aim down the sights, and crouch your shots are much more accurate. Obviously this isn't always a good idea and is a good way to get sniped in the face. You'll want to do this very briefly and move back behind cover or only do it when you have time to take the shot.

You can also control your fire, don't hold down the fire button and just do single shots relatively quickly. Try to time this with small stops in movements which will increase your accuracy a bit.

Another thing you might want to try is aiming more towards the body rather than at the head. This makes sure you are more likely to hit the person because the bloom has more margin for error. I would generally always aim at the head for your first shot, but after that you might want to try to lower your aim down to make sure you are connecting.

Lower your sensitivity

Most really good players have pretty low sensitivity. This makes it easier for precise movement of your crosshair and allowing you to better aim at your target.

If you're up close don't ADS (Aim Down Sights)

It seems like a good idea to always be aiming down the sights because it helps you aim better, but if you're in a close fight and your only option is the assault rifle then it's usually best not to bother. It just slows down your movement making you more susceptible to getting shot and is a minor increase in accuracy at close range.

Assault Rifle PNGs

Here's some of the Assault Rifles in PNG form so you can use them for your projects. Credit to Epic Games, click to enlarge!

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Shaun aka Evident is a lifelong gamer and creator of websites. He mostly focuses on shooters, but has been known to dabble in the occasional card game as well. You can find him binge watching TV shows in his downtime.

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  1. You forgot to add a png for the Scoped AR (personally my favorite gun). Keep up the great work evident!

    1. There’s not a high quality PNG of it that I found, if one comes out I will add it!

  2. Thanks for teaching me about bloom dawg and also blue heavy ar actually does more damage than scar but has so much bloom

  3. So uh i really don’t understand what ADS are. Please help Evident

    1. Well, this is a good time to recommend this page:

      ADS means Aim Down Sights, it’s when you zoom your aim in or look down the scope of your sniper rifle.

  4. The Common, Uncommon, and Rare Burst ARs were vaulted. You could remove them to avoid confusion if you want to, but they might get unvaulted one day.

  5. Which is more accurate, a heavy ar or the suppressed assault?

    1. Suppresed because the heavy has alot of bloom.

  6. add the heavy ar

    1. It already was added in the stats section.

  7. Can you add the grappler and do some tips and tricks with it and how to use it in cqc (close quarter combat).

  8. You should update with new burst, plus what about the Scoped AR, good for people too know if its good and what the stats are.

    1. Thanks! I’ve added the new burst and scoped AR.

  9. It could of been a bug or lag. I have been a victim of this. Perfect example I have was in a match where I landed at tilted towers and picked up a rare pump and went inside a building to find a guy looking out a window with a bolt sniper and I got up close enough to him that there was no way my headshot did not one shot him but he was able to turn after I hit him and one shot me. After I died he had 25 shield and full health. I’m blaming bugs or lag on this.

    1. Probably lag, but I’d have to watch the actual situation to know what might have happened.

  10. Im done playin this game. This game is fun but half made in my opinion. I have full shield and health and go down in one shot?… im hittin dudes with pumps and tacks 3 to 4 times but im goin down in one shot??? There is so much in this game that needs to be fixed. I can understand a headshot but… either people are hacking or the game is just frustrating all the way around

    1. There are only a few guns in the game that can one shot you… Hunting Rifle, Bolt Sniper, and the bursts. If you are getting one shot with a full field then you are probably camping or not moving. The reason why it’s taking you 3 to 4 times with a pump or tac can be that you are making a few crucial errors. 1. You are using your shotgun from to far away. 2. You are only hitting your opponent with part of the buckshot on the body. If you want to get better I suggest that you aim for the head with pumps. Pumps are always 1 shot to the head while tacs are 2 shot to the head (both when opponent has 100 hp 100 shield). Nobody is hacking in fortnite I can assure you that but you must be doing something wrong. Just try moving all the time which makes it harder for you to get sniped

      1. Pumps are not always one shot to the head, you can hit partial headshots just like the body. Same goes for the tactical shotgun.

    2. The game is half finished, its early access. It just takes time to get used to the RNG but its an amazing game in my opinion.

      1. True. Once you master it, it is one hell of a good experience. Just don’t rely on your shield to often, mastery allows low health individuals to defeat those with large extents of health and shield.