Our Fortnite Best Loadouts for Season 9 Guide features the most popular loadouts for you to bring to battle. A loadout is the specific type of weaponry you are attempting to obtain when playing the game. This is the ideal set of items you are looking for when it comes to weaponry and items. You will want to have a good idea of which specific items you want to have in your kit so you aren't fumbling around while picking up loot.
Update: It's now Season 9 and with the vaulting of the Pump Shotgun the best loadouts have been changed up a bit. We're taking an early look at what options you can run with, but it's possible these change quite a bit as the season moves on.
I'm adding a graphic to each one of these as a way to visually explain each loadout. Now, just because there's a gold SCAR in a spot doesn't mean you actually need one. Most guns are just representing the type of gun you want in the spot. So if you have a blue assault then that would fit in that spot. Long range guns are represented by the sniper rifle, but you can run a hunting rifle or a scoped assault rifle if you are more comfortable with them.
Best Overall Loadout for Season 9
Assault Rifle - Shotgun - Drum Gun (SMG) - Heavy Sniper (Flexible) - Healing/Shields
This is likely the best overall loadout in the game. It doesn't mean it's the best for each situation, but in general this works for every scenario you are going to find yourself in. You've got all your ranges covered with the assault, shotgun, and SMG.
There's a lot of good options for the assault rifle slot. The SCAR is obviously still great, but you also have the option of running the Epic or Legendary Infantry Rifle in this spot if you prefer it. Pretty much all of the other Assault Rifles are decent options in this spot, but if you really want you can just run a Drum Gun here instead. Having a longer distance weapon isn't always necessary, when most of your battles are close and midrange.
With the Pump Shotgun added to the vault, there's a bit of a hole in the shotgun position. The Combat Shotgun is the superior class weapon currently. It does solid damage, fires quickly, and has solid range for a shotgun.
The Drum Gun is probably the most consistent and best weapon you'll find in the game right now. It shreds walls and if you are lucky and have good aim you can rip people apart with this thing extremely fast. It can function as a midrange weapon, and is great close up when you can just spam people with it. It is particularly strong in duos and squads because you basically can't out-build a couple of these spamming in your direction. If you can't find a Drum Gun, you can run the Suppressed SMG, which is actually quite good and accurate.
The fourth spot is pretty flexible, and largely just functions as whatever you can find that you don't want to drop. Heavy Sniper is really strong, because it can instantly knock down a wall or 1-shot an enemy at distance. Redeploy Gliders are good as well, great for if you are building a lot and don't want to plummet to your doom. Flint-Knock Pistol is also good here, it's great for taking high ground back or just landing a big load of damage. Shadow Bombs, Rift-to-Go, and running more healing are also fine options.
Good Fourth Options
- Any Sniper
- Boom Bow
- Suppressed SMG
- Redeploy Gliders
- Flint-Knock Pistol
- Shadow Bombs
Unless you are playing Arena, the 50/50 health or shield you got for getting an elimination is gone. So, now you will for sure need to be holding onto Small Shields, Slurp Juices, or full Shield Potions. The smalls are usually the best option because of how quickly you can drink them to restore your shields, but whatever you can find that will give you health or shields is good in this spot.
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Best Defensive Loadout for Season 9
Assault Rifle - Shotgun - Drum Gun - Healing/Shields - Shields
If you want to play it a bit on the safe side then this is one of the best loadouts for that. You have the weaponry you need to engage in any range of battles, but are going to be weaker to build battles and susceptible to having your builds broken. You can survive the storm or any type of damage trade due to the amount of healing and shields you have.
For this build you can decide whether or not you want to run an assault rifle or not. Having the Drum Gun option now makes it so you can just run that, and have a completely flexible slot as your third option. You could run a sniper, Boom Bow, Flint-Knock Pistol, or whatever you wanted. You can also make this decision on your shotgun as well! You can just flat out run an assault rifle and a Drum Gun, or just run double Drum Guns and leave the shotgun behind. A Suppressed SMG would also be a worth option if you just want to go full on spam loadout.
I like this build particularly in squad games because you or your teammates will often take damage in encounters and being able to get yourself back to a reasonable health total is all the difference.
That's it for some of the most popular loadouts in Fortnite! Let me know in the comments what you really like to bring to battle and maybe we'll include it in this post.