If you are looking for Fortnite's Best Weapons then our list features the best guns for you to run on your way to victory! These weapons are the best choice for when you have multiple options at your disposal. This list has been updated for Season 8 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 8 Update
The Hand Cannon has been removed due to the nerf to its environmental damage. There hasn't been a whole lot of change otherwise, we'll see if some new weapons get added in the future that might make the list!
The Best Weapons for Fortnite Battle Royale
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)/Suppressed SCAR
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 newer Suppressed SCAR falls pretty much right along the lines of the original. It is more accurate when you are tapping, but the spray is a bit wider and more random. It largely depends on which style you prefer, are you a slow firer or are you prone to spraying?
The SCAR and Suppressed version come in Epic (purple) and Legendary (gold) versions.
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.
Good for putting in your sniper slot, these can pack a wallop if you are hitting headshots with them. These are also extremely fun to use, and them using Shotgun ammo is a nice bonus which makes it pretty easy for you to spam them away. Even if you aren't laser accurate with this weapon, you still have a chance to deal some damage with the explosion it creates!
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.
Fortnite Bests Coverage
- Fortnite Best Skins – The Top Rated Outfits!
- Fortnite Best & Most Popular Loadouts (Season 8 Update)
- Fortnite Rarest Skins List – Images of the Rarest & Hard to Find Skins of Fortnite!
- Fortnite Best Dances & Emotes – Top Rated Emotes in the Game!
- Fortnite Best Pickaxes – Top Rated Harvesting Tools in the Game!
- Fortnite Best Gliders – Top Rated Umbrellas & Gliders!
- Fortnite Best Landing Spots and Locations (Season 7 Update)
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.
Epic & Legendary Pump Shotgun
I normally don't call out rarities, but the Epic and Legendary Pump Shotguns are basically a different weapon from the Uncommon or Rare version of the gun. There's not a ton of difference between the versions, but this thing does a ton of damage and has a relatively tight spread. If the stars align and you hit every pellet on your opponent's face with it at really close range, you can indeed 1-pump someone again! While this is pretty difficult to do, these new versions of the Pump are the best Shotgun options in the game currently.
While the Epic and Legendary versions are the best, you'll still want to only run the Uncommon and Rare versions over any type of Tactical Shotgun. The pump is just far and away better than that tactical, so get better with the pump if you have been favoring the tactical.
Compact SMG (P90)
The Compact SMG took a bit of a nerf, but it's still a strong secondary option to your Shotgun. It can tear up walls and as an extremely fast fire-rate that will overwhelm anyone standing in front of you. This is one of the best third spot weapons in the game due to the Hand Cannon having its environmental damage nerfed.
The Compact SMG comes in Epic (Purple) and Legendary (Gold) versions.