Fortnite Best Weapons and Guns List – Chapter 2: Season 5 – Top Weapons in the Game!

Our Fortnite best guns guide lists the top guns in the game for taking on your opponent and securing victory!

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!

Chapter 2 Season 5 - Update

In the latest update, some truly amazing guns have appeared, and have easily sailed their way to be the best weapons currently in the game. This ranges from Shotguns to Snipers, to AR and even the RPG!

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 combat.

In Chapter 2 Season 5 comes an array of different weaponry, so here are the best!

The Dub (Shotgun)

This beauty is an exotic weapon called The Dub. It's a Double Barrel Shotgun, without the switching cooldown, so you can Double Pump, making it easily the best Shotgun in the game! This beast of a weapon can be acquired from an NPC called Dummy at Compact Cars or North of Pleasant Park for 1225 Gold Bars.

Dragon's Breath Sniper

This weapon may look like an ordinary sniper rifle; however, it's much, much more than that. The exotic Dragon's Breath Sniper has the ability to set structure on fire the long-distance. Just imagine two players having a fort battle, and some bystander whips out this sniper and sets fire to both structures. Sit back and watch the mayhem ensue!

This sniper can be purchased from the Blaze NPC.

The drawback is that its bolt-action, so it has a very slow firing rate and can only fire one round before reloading. Though, this weapon is for setting fire to things!

Shadow Tracker

Though this exotic weapon may only be a pistol, it can deal as much damage as an Assault Rifle! We might say due to the overall better accuracy and the ability to mark your opponents. This weapon trumps most ARs in the game!

The Shadow Tracker can be obtained from Reese at Dirty Docks for 1225 Gold Bars.


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.

Rocket Launcher

The Epic Rocket Launcher was unvaulted in the update 15.00. However, it can only be obtained from defeating Ruckus at Hydro 16 or for 1225 Gold Bars with NPCs to obtain either the Epic or Legendary variants of the Rocket Launcher.

One of the best things to do with the Rocket Launcher is not to 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, you can get away a sneaky shot with it that they won't avoid. Just make sure you don't accidentally blow yourself up!

For those who want to know what the 15.10 update was about, we've got you covered. Our Leaked Skins page has all of the latest leaks from the update!

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  1. Where’s the p90 smg? On controller that thing seriously melts

  2. you should change the intro to say updated for season 5 but otherwise thanks for updating this!

  3. gold storm scout sniper,gold deagle,gold heavy ar,gold bolt,gold semi bolt,gold guided missle,gold hunting rifle,gold tac smg,gold combat shotttttttay

  4. Hey Evident, I think the new Storm Scout Sniper Rifle should be added to the list. For one, it does decent body and headshot damage, and it has a magazine size of 6, so no need for constant reloading. It’s almost 100% No-scope accurate, and tells you where the next two storm circles will be, making it extremely useful in arena.

    1. I’ll consider it, you make a compelling argument.

  5. Since the pump is back I will use an smg but with the combat I’d think you wouldn’t need a smg over 2 healing spots

  6. R.I.P the Boom Bow. Yeah, it was kinda too overpowered, especially in large team LTMs. But it was really fun to use.

  7. Hey Evident, what’s your opinion on the Tactical AR?

    1. I’ve only played with it a bit in Wick’s Bounty so far, I think it’s pretty good. I don’t think I’d choose it over a normal Assault Rifle or the Drum Gun though.

  8. R.I.P pump shotgun 🙁

  9. wheres the suppressed smg ?

    1. I don’t think it’s one of the best, it’s not as good as the P90.

  10. Drum Gun is back….

    1. This will be updated once Season 9 hits, but the Drum Gun will very likely be on the list.

  11. My optimal loadout: Gold compact; gold pump; deagle (its still an absolute monster) 6 mini shields/3 big pots, depending on what I find; gliders.

    1. Note: I will take a heavy AR over any ar in the game, but I’m good with a deagle, so I use that instead.

  12. Hello!!!
    My favorite guns are the silenced smg, the hunting rifle, and the boom bow!!! Doesn’t mean they are the best guns though. Just fun to use.

  13. Hey Evident, please update this page. There have been major changes to some of these weapons that made them weaker, and the newer weapons so far have been powerful (Epic & Legendary Infantry Rifle, Boom Bow, Flint-knock Pistol, etc.)

    1. Thanks, I added those weapons you mentioned. I generally am slow to update stuff like this because it doesn’t get all that many views.

  14. Nope heavy sniper is the best gun according meh

    1. Agreed I use it as a shotgun

  15. my favorite weapons are pump, scar, sniper, and rocket launcher

  16. Minigun is under rated I think liek to be fair it like melts ppl ouve it Nd d heavy snipernis gud but takes to long to reload Nd scar are deadly Nd new pumps r deadly Nd deagles are gon pure shiteeeee

  17. The best guns to me are scar, pump, mini gun, and rocket launcher. They all are good and if you use them wise you can complete demolish your enemy’s. 10/10 best guns to use.

  18. The best gun is a shotgun to me and than a scar

  19. they are all good but my favorite one is heavy sniper.

  20. P90 is trash and Heavy Ar is best gun. How about Heavy Shotgun. Farther-range shotgun. Heavy Shotgun and Heavy Ar (Best Combo ever).

    1. The P90 is not trash

      1. Heavy Shotguns got vaulted.

  21. Why has the hunting rifle been removed? It’s still a good weapon.

    1. It is still good, it’s just not as good as it was due to the power of the Hand Cannon and the more frequency of finding other snipers.

  22. Balloons are op when mixing with rocket launcher. You can get easy kills. Easily jump over some one and while in air shoot a rocket at them then they’re dead, if not, they had shield so just shoot another one!

  23. Gold scar. Gold pump. Purple suppressed pistol. Slurp juice. Gold heavy sniper.
    Hands down is the best setup for three reasons. The pistol you can fire very fast and does fine damage. The slurp helps for surviving the storm, getting shield, and does 75 health/shield. The heavy sniper is at the end so you can get from your ar to your sniper (console). AR, Shotgun, Fast firing weapon, Healable, Sniper

  24. Scar hunting P90 For life brothers

  25. I think they should add a limited time game mode where you can use all the removed weapons & items from Fortnite (excluding reskins of weapons), such as the LMG, Dual Pistols, Guided Missile, Crossbow (Field Hunter version), C4, Drum Gun, Jetpacks, Zapotron and more! Though this would be very buggy so maybe nerf some of the weapons. They should also add the bouncer in this mode as well.

    1. Nice idea bro you should suggest it

      1. Some of those vaulted weapons are already in playground

  26. Should the Heavy AR (AK-47) be added? People are saying its a pretty good weapon so I think it should be added.

    1. We try to wait a bit and see how it goes before adding anything to the list usually.

  27. Also u should add the double barrel shotgun gun instead of heavy shotty and it sucks blue rpgs aren’t in the game or drum gun hit someone in face wit shot gun then spray wit the drum gun

    1. Double Barrel isn’t nearly as good as it was prior to the nerfs. It’s still good, but it’s more for competitive play these days.

  28. The new crossbow is good! Tons of damage to the cube monsters!

    1. It’s a temporary weapon though, not sure it should be on the list.

  29. i think the brust ar is best followed by heavy shoutgun next heavy sniper

  30. The best gun is the Supressed AR. It’s not the SCAR.

    1. I like the scar and supressed scar, but here’s the thing: A normal scar can kill a person in 3 hits, a suppressed scar cannot. I simply favour the AK because I’m really skilled with potshots, which makes the AK supreme. Also, at more than 50 meters, an AK will kill someone in 3 hits, but a scar will not, due to enormous range dropoff.
      Also, suppressed sniper is the best suppresed weapon, and the best sniper (except for the hunting rifle, but apparently, it has been vaulted).

    2. The suppressed scar does as much as the blue ar 33 damage the scar does 36 damage