Fortnite Best & Most Popular Loadouts (Season 8 Update)

Which set of guns is best for you to take out your enemies in Fortnite? Well this guide to the best and most popular loadouts seeks to answer that question!

Our Fortnite Best Loadouts 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: We're all the way up to Season 8 now in Fortnite! The loadouts haven't changed up too much, but the Redeploy Glider has started to see a lot of play for many players.

Loadout Explanations

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 8

Assault Rifle - Shotgun - SMG - Redeploy Glider - 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 a lot of people like the Heavy Assault that packs a punch and is good for tap shooting. The Suppressed SCAR is still good, but is less popular than those other two options.

Now that the Heavy Shotgun has been added to the vault, you really only have one option here. You go for either a lower rarity pump (green or blue) or you look for the higher grade version of the pump (purple or gold). The Tactical Shotgun should never be taken over a pump, and the only time you use the tactical is if there's no other shotgun option available to you.

We used to feature the Hand Cannon in the third slot, but it was removed due to the nerf to its environmental damage. It was mainly used for taking down structures, and now that it has been compromised by the nerf it's not worth prioritizing it. I would currently take either the Suppressed SMG or the Compact Gun in this spot. They are good for finishing up kills or spraying down new construction.

The fourth spot is a bit flexible, but if you are a heavy builder then you are going to want the redeploy glider. It is really good for saving you in situations where you might get third-partied and knocked down when in a build battle. It's also good if you want to drop down from a build quickly and then pop the glider right before you land. You can run a sniper in this spot if you aren't doing as much building, and any explode option is fine if you find one.

Now shields are always important, but now that you get 50 health/shield per elimination they are a bit less important. You can run whatever healing you want in this spot, but small shields are usually going to be the best. If you are a fragger though, you might actually want to run the full shields over the smalls. You'll likely be floating around 150 if you are getting a lot of eliminations, so the small shields are weaker if that's the case.

Best Defensive Loadout for Season 8

Assault Rifle - Shotgun - SMG - 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.

The third spot is your most flexible, but you will mostly want an SMG for here. You can run a sniper or explodes but you'll have to fully rely on your shotgun in close ranged battles. The SMG is really nice for spraying down walls or finishing off an enemy that took a big shotgun hit.

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.

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  1. The deagle is still pretty good. It deals good player damage if you can hit your shots and can destroy builds when they are just being built but not when they are fully built. This is good in a situation where you need to shoot out builds straight away and when you are a fast reacting player. Also I would recommend the top load out overall because the glider redeploy can be helpful for rotating into the ring and from place to place. If you want to win a game the best way is to generally rotate to ring early and get the high ground so that you know where everyone is. Glider redeploy is perfect in this type of situation and if you get stuck in a tight situation with a really good player you can escape easily. Sorry that this is so long but just wanted to help anyone who feels like reading the comments with a few tips. What do you think Evident?

    1. I agree that the deagle is still good, but I think the compact gun is better still at the moment. Thanks for the comment, lots of good content in it!

    1. That’s what I like as well it’s just that sometimes I prefer to drop the smg and do pump ar so I can hold re-deploy

  2. My load out.

    Heavy AR. I use for mid range because of the bloom and recoil. I deal heavy damage with consistent aim.

    Pump shotgun. I use for short range battles. I use pumps over tacs since pumps deal way more damage and can one shot someone

    Deagle. Since you can use it at long range it deals quite a lot of structure damage and high player damage and works well with aim assist.

    RPG. Good for destroying structures and killing people from kind of close to mid range.

    Meds. When I take damage I can med up with minis, bandages. Med kits, slurps etc. Or I can carry gliders if I have no meds. Because there are apples and mushrooms

  3. I have two different loadouts.
    This is the chill one
    Heavy AR
    Hand Cannon
    Healing (Prefer shields over meds)

    This is for games such as pop-up cups and such
    Medkit or Bandages

    I think these really work.

  4. I figured out a great Loadout to use in a Ice Storm Solo game:

    Blue/Purple/Gold Pump
    Dual pistols
    Heavy AR

  5. My loadout
    Pump shotgun
    Healing (prefer minis)

    Pump shotgun
    Healing (prefer minis)

  6. My Loadout:
    Gold Pump
    Surpressed Pistol/ Hand Cannon/ AR
    AR(Blue AR or Surpressed Scar)
    Hand Cannon / FLEX

    I’m a bit different from others as I have my Shotgun as my first slot but that’s just how I do it. Usually my first shot is a pump and I hit a shot around 100 then I finish the person off with my second slot. Most people underrate the Surpressed pistol though it’s actually really good. I also usually use a plane to finish get part of their health or shield wiped off before I come in with my actual guns. Thanks for reading

  7. My loadout;
    Heavy AR / SCAR
    Heavy Shotgun / Legendary Pump
    Compact SMG / Hand Cannon
    Hunting Rifle / Thermal Scoped AR
    Slurp Juice / Minis

    My AR depends on if I’m playing offense or defense, the AK-47 is better when you attack first, and the SCAR is better when you’re defending yourself from enemy fire. My shotgun depends on what AR I’m using, Cause the Pump does higher damage but the Heavy has longer range and faster reload speed. The Compact and Hand Cannon are usually used to destroy builds, but can also be used to damage opponents after a shotgun fire. The Compact is more effective at short range and the Hand Cannon is more effective at long range and can one shot any wood builds. Alternative weapons for this slot are the RPG, Minigun and the Blue SMG. My long ranged weapon isn’t the Heavy Sniper. It’s a good weapon but I’m not that good at sniping than most players. That’s why I prefer using the Hunting Rifle and the Thermal Scoped AR. The Hunting Rifle has faster bullet speed than the Heavy. And has a crosshair when you’re not trying to snipe. The Thermal Scope is a weapon that most people don’t use, but is great when you’re someone that’s horrible at sniping. It uses heat signatures so you can always tell when there is a player nearby. It also is an AR, which means it can’t one shot someone with full HP, but it has faster bullet speed than any sniper. The scoped AR is also good but it’s basically the worst sniper ever.The reason I prefer the Slurp Juice over the Chug Jug is because it only takes about 1.5 seconds to drink, and it can be stacked up to three. While the Chug Jug may give you full HP and Shields, it takes a long time to drink and you can only hold around 1 per game. The minis are also useful because they can be stacked way more than the Slurp and are more common, but only gives you 25 shields and the max amount it can give you is 50 shields. Big Shields are a good alternative.

  8. I’m yet still to get in a game but I can tell the gun load out will help my game play but now that it’s season 7 of fortnite I’m gonna change the scar for a AK-47 the smg for the P-90 and the bolt for a heavy sniper

  9. 10 shields+ 3 meds and 15 bandages is your healing
    Grappler is 10 do taking high ground plungers
    And Evident why is there just legends for weapons what if u can’t get your hands on them. What do I do?

    1. It’s mentioned in the second paragraph:

      “I’m adding a graphic to each one of these as a way to visually explain each loadout. Now, just because there’s an orange 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 or burst rifle then that would fit in that spot.”

    Scar Or Burst Assualt Rifle {Both Legendary} Legendary Heavy then A P90{Legendary} Or a Heavy Sniper Rifle and Then Big Pots!

  11. SMG-SHOTGUN-AR-FLEX-MINI. aggressive loadout

  12. Can somebody help me, how do you survive a PC player when you are using a heavy shotgun without any support. For example, you have a loadout of Assault Rifle – Shotgun – Flex Spot (Sniper Rifle/Explodes) – Healing – Shields, when you go near somebody that has an SMG, don’t you think they will just spray you and you will die since you will take a shot form your heavy, then it has to cool off, and in that cool off time you would die. Sure, I have seen players like Tfue that does Shotgun then assault rifle, but I’m not as good as him.

    1. You have to build, if you are fast enough they can’t spray down your structure and you can take a shotgun shot. You hide/build after every shot.

  13. My favourite would definitely be:
    SCAR – Heavy Shotgun – Heavy Sniper – Chug Jug – RPG/Guided Missile

    In STW:
    130 Modded Max Godroll Gravedigger w/ Full Durability & All Elements – 130 Modded Max Godroll Thunderbolt w/ Full Durability & All Elements

  14. Mine is AR-Shotgun-LMG/SMG-Sniper-Meds. I don’t usually like to run explosives besides C4 and you can replace the LMG/SMG for explosives if you’d feel more comfortable. I prefer LMG or SMG because it can destroy walls quickly and efficiently after you shotgun someone and they try to build to block you.

    1. I agree with the idea of making an LM/SM centered loadout and I like to sit in the middle of the action and lay down suppression with my lmg and destroy stuff with explosives

  15. What do you recommend for the flex spot when running the aggressive lodout? Also double heavy or heavy and tactical shotgun? Thanks!

    1. I really like a sniper for the flex spot, it’s a guaranteed instant kill on people who aren’t moving (which happens often) if you can hit the headshot. I will also take the Grenade Launcher in this spot as well, it’s really hard to counter if you know how to use it. I think double heavy is just flat out the best, but heavy/tactical is fine too.

  16. My loadout is AR, Flex (sniper, explody or if i cant find them an smg), Pump, Pump/heavy, (now that double pump is sorta back) and meds

  17. can you switch the green pumps with blue and take out shroud’s loadout because smgs don’t exist anymore

  18. I have good loud out. Ledgendary scar, ledgendary heavy shotgun, ledgendary rpg, ledgendary bolt action sniper rifle and chug jug. Please put this on site

    1. I have this loadout, it’s the “best overall loadout” that is listed. I explained in the post that the rarity and the specific guns I show aren’t exactly what you will want there. They just represent the best type of weapon to have in that slot. This goes for healing as well, I have a mini shield in the slot but a big shield or chug jug would also be fine.