If you're wondering what the best gun composition or loadout is in Fortnite: Battle Royale than our guide will walk you through some of the most popular options. This can be largely subjective however, and not all loadouts will work for you. Try to mix and match styles and see which is best suited for your playstyle!
We've updated this guide for Battle Pass Season 7! The biggest surprise to the update is the versatile Hand Cannon that is being run now quite often by high skill players.
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 then that would fit in that spot. For Shotguns, this is largely up to your personal preference and what's available to you. 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.
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Best Overall Loadout
Assault Rifle - Shotgun - Hand Cannon - FLEX - 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 hand cannon. The flex spot here is very much a flex spot. You can run anything here, but some popular options are a second healing or shield option, grappler, sniper rifle, smgs, or explodes.
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 was added not too long ago. The Suppressed SCAR is still good, but is less popular than those other two options.
Your shotgun can be heavy or pump which is up to your personal preference. The Epic and Legendary Pump seem to be the best in slot option, but some people still like the Heavy Shotgun instead. I would largely avoid using the Tactical as much as possible due to its really low damage output. I personally would run the Pump against just about every Tactical option.
The big surprise of the Season 7 weapon meta is the Hand Cannon. It had always been a fringe option in the past, but got nerfed eventually and didn't do much damage at midrange. It looks like Epic reconsidered that and upped the range on the weapon so it's now pretty good for popping off midrange headshots. The other important piece of this puzzle is the buff to its structural damage. You can now one shot a wood structure piece in one shot, which allows you to quickly switch over to your shotgun or other weapon to deal damage to someone behind that area. This can also lead to quick knockdowns of structures if they are hanging by a single structure. If your enemy puts down a brick or metal structure, you can shoot it with the hand cannon early on and break it before it gains too much durability. It is a very useful weapon now, and has largely replaced the SMG in that spot.
As I mentioned the flex spot now is extremely flexible. You can run any Sniper Rifle or SMG, but you can also run Dynamite, Grenades, Grenade Launcher, Quad Launcher, Grappler, or the Rocket Launcher. Having an explosive is extremely powerful due to how much damage they do to structures. You can immediately recover high ground or from just about any other type of build battle with explosives. The Quad Launcher is a good option for knocking down structures and just getting in quick damage due to the amount of shots you can pop off with it.
The Grappler is extremely good at closing distance quickly and taking high ground. You can recover from bad builds very easily if you just suction cup your way above your opponent and build on top of them. This is a more aggressive style of play, so only run it if you feel comfortable with it.
Your healing slot can be whatever you have available. Generally a small shield potion is best due to how fast you can drink it in the midst of a fight, but a big shield or a chug jug are also preferable. Slurp Juice is also very good after the buff, it can be worth taking if you've got a couple of them, but they aren't as good in the midst of a fight.
Defensive Rounded Loadout
Assault Rifle - Shotgun - Flex Spot - 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 enemies in large structures. You can survive the storm or any type of damage trade due to the amount of healing and shields you have.
The flex spot again is very flexible and is determined by how you want to play it. Hand Cannon, SMG, and Sniper are going to be the most common options for this spot. You can, however, run explodes of any type or throw in a Grappler here if you just want to go in on people with shotgun only.
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.