Our Fortnite Best Weapons list features the best guns for you to use on your way to victory! These weapons are the top choice for when you have multiple options at your disposal. This list has been updated for Season 9 of the battle pass!
I'm taking multiple things into account when I consider the best guns in Fortnite. Damage is a big factor, but not the only one. You also need to consider firing rate, which is particularly important for spray heavy weapons like SMGs. Accuracy is also very important because the damage won't matter if you can't hit anything!
Season 9 Update
The Drum Gun makes a triumphant return to the list now that it was voted back into the game by the players. The Pump has been removed from the list because it was sent to the vault. The Combat Shotgun has been added in its place, and appears to be the favorite among the Shotgun options currently.
The Best Weapons in Fortnite
This list isn't ranked in any particular way, each of these guns is really good at what it does. No gun is great in every situation, explosive weapons are better in fort battles, sniper rifles are better in a long distance fight, assault rifles are better in mid-range fights and in general situations, and shotguns are the best for close range battles.
SCAR (Assault Rifle)
An accurate, mid-range, fast-firing assault rifle that does a good amount of damage. The only real negative about the SCAR is that it can be difficult to get your hands on if you aren't opening supply drops or getting lucky with chests or floor loot.
The SCAR and Suppressed version come in Epic (purple) and Legendary (gold) versions.
Love it or hate it, the Drum Gun is one of the more dominant weapons to have ever been into Fortnite. The community voted it back into the game, and now it's back to spamming down walls and decreasing health totals. The ease of use with this weapon is what probably explains its popularity, you can pretty much replace your assault rifle with it because it's reasonable at mid-range and can deal a lot of damage quickly in close. With the Pump Shotgun being thrown into the vault, it is actually possible to now run a loadout that doesn't have a Shotgun.
The Drum Gun did get hit by a nerf, so it has definitely been taken down a peg or two. Some players prefer the Suppressed SMG over this due to its accuracy.
Epic & Legendary Infantry Rifle
The Infantry Rifle took some changes to get right, but now it's a very solid weapon to use in the game. In particular, the Epic & Legendary versions are very strong and can be used at a high level. They are now hitscan, and are very accurate and quick to give you first shot accuracy. I would still take a SCAR over them, but they are more than worth adding to your loadout.
The Combat Shotgun is pretty far and away the better of the Shotgun choices. It fires quickly, has good range, and can deal some pretty good damage. While it's probably not as good as the Pump, players have come around to this weapon and it has found a permanent spot in many loadouts.
A bit of a surprise to me, but this pistol actually ended up being very good. The key is using it for movement, they operate kind of like the Grappler that would allow you to get back high ground if you got out built. Shoot the structure you are on and it will launch you straight up into the air giving you a chance to build up over your enemy. These also can do a ton of damage if you've got the accuracy to hit headshots. Keep in mind, that they do have a pretty big weakness in that they take forever to reload.
Heavy Sniper Rifle
The Heavy Sniper is just a super powerful weapon that does enough damage to finish someone in one shot to the body the majority of the time. If you think about it, most players are at around 150 hp (small shields or they might be at 75 shield and 75 hp). This gun does 150 to the body for an Epic and 157 with the Legendary. This means in most cases, you don't even have to aim for the head. This gun also one shots any structural wall, ramp, floor, or roof. Even if it's a fully constructed metal piece, you can still blow it away in one shot. If you are in duos or squads, you can easily time a shot with your friend to knock out a wall and then they can hit the kill shot. You can also surprise people with this in solos, and follow it up with another sniper or any weapon to deal damage or finish them off.
The Heavy Sniper Rifle comes in Epic (purple) and Legendary (gold) versions.
The Rocket Launcher is one of your best options if you can get close to an opponent for a quick kill without too much struggle.
As a bit of a tip, try to shoot INTO a base rather than just shooting at the base. If you can land the rocket over the top of a wall you can destroy more of the fort and potentially kill your opponent. If you just shoot into a wall it can quickly be replaced and it doesn't do any damage. Another thing you can do is shoot a rocket towards a wall and then immediately shoot it out with another gun so the rocket has a chance to land on the interior of the base.
Another thing you can do with the Rocket Launcher is not show that you have it until you think you can get a clean shot with it. The rockets are pretty easy to block, but if they don't expect that you have it then you can get away a sneaky shot with it that they won't be able to block. Just make sure you don't accidentally blow yourself up!
The Rocket Launcher comes in Rare (blue), Epic (purple), and Legendary (gold) versions.