The assault rifle is another essential gun to learn in Fortnite Battle Royale and getting better with it will improve your kill rates and ability to win games!
Fortnite Assault Rifle Stats & Damage
- Assault Rifle (Gray): 30 damage to the body, 60 damage to the head.
- Assault Rifle (Green): 31 damage to the body, 62 damage to the head.
- Assault Rifle (Blue): 33 damage to the body, 66 damage to the head.
- Scoped Assault Rifle (Blue): 23 damage to the body, 46 damage to the head.
- Scoped Assault Rifle (Purple): 24 damage to the body, 48 damage to the head.
- Thermal Scoped Assault Rife (Purple): 36 damage to the body, 72 damage to the head.
- Thermal Scoped Assault Rife (Gold): 37 damage to the body, 74 damage to the head.
- SCAR (Purple): 35 damage to the body, 70 damage to the head.
- SCAR (Gold): 36 damage to the body, 72 damage to the head.
- Burst Rifle (Gray): 27 damage to the body, 54 damage to the head.
- Burst Rifle (Green,): 29 damage to the body, 58 damage to the head.
- Burst Rifle (Blue): 30 damage to the body, 60 damage to the head.
- Burst Rifle – Famas (Purple): 32 damage to the body, 64 damage to the head.
- Burst Rifle – Famas (Gold): 33 damage to the body, 66 damage to the head.
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Fortnite Assault Rifle FAQ
What is First Shot Accuracy?
A new 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. There’s one way around this, you can crouch down, ads, and then stand up quickly and your shot will still be 100% accurate. People have started to do this behind cover allowing them to quickly sneak a shot out that is completely accurate.
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.
Assault Rifle vs. Burst Rifle vs. SCAR?
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):
Gray Burst Rifle > Gray Assault Rifle > Green Assault Rifle > Green Burst Rifle > Blue Assault Rifle > Blue Burst Rifle > Purple Burst Rifle > Purple SCAR > Gold Burst Rifle > Gold SCAR
This is kind of a weird list, so let me break it down for you a bit. The gray burst is pretty inaccurate, so I prefer the assault rifle over it. However, the green burst is where the gun starts to get better and more worth taking the risk on it. The blue burst is where things get really interesting, you can 1-shot a person if you land the triple headshot and it’s much more accurate which makes this more of a possibility. Even hitting the double headshot takes down a person with 150 hp which is common because of the mini-shields.
The burst’s strength also lies in its ability to allow you to quickly peak out behind cover and throw three shots at the enemy as opposed to the single shot of the assault rifle. It’s also better in cqc (close quarter combat) situations, you are firing 3-shots that can quickly down someone where your opponent with the assault rifle is firing one at a time.
Where does the Scoped Assault 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!
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.
Learn to love the burst
A lot of people don’t like the burst rifle, but the higher rarity bursts are some of the better guns in the game. Be a bit more deliberate with your shots when using the burst and try to land those headshots because you can 1-shot a lot of people with a well placed hit. Don’t always pass it up in favor of the assault rifle, try it out when you get a chance and learn to slay with it!
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.