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Fortnite Best & Most Popular Loadouts (Season 7 Update) – Which Guns Should You Be Running With?

Which set of guns is best for you to take out your enemies in Fortnite: Battle Royale? Well this guide to the best and most popular loadouts seeks to answer that question!

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.

Loadout Explanations

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.

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.

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  1. I have two different loadouts.
    This is the chill one
    Heavy AR
    Hand Cannon
    Healing (Prefer shields over meds)

    This is for games such as pop-up cups and such
    Medkit or Bandages

    I think these really work.

  2. I figured out a great Loadout to use in a Ice Storm Solo game:

    Blue/Purple/Gold Pump
    Dual pistols
    Heavy AR

  3. My loadout
    Pump shotgun
    Healing (prefer minis)

    Pump shotgun
    Healing (prefer minis)

  4. My Loadout:
    Gold Pump
    Surpressed Pistol/ Hand Cannon/ AR
    AR(Blue AR or Surpressed Scar)
    Hand Cannon / FLEX

    I’m a bit different from others as I have my Shotgun as my first slot but that’s just how I do it. Usually my first shot is a pump and I hit a shot around 100 then I finish the person off with my second slot. Most people underrate the Surpressed pistol though it’s actually really good. I also usually use a plane to finish get part of their health or shield wiped off before I come in with my actual guns. Thanks for reading

  5. My loadout;
    Heavy AR / SCAR
    Heavy Shotgun / Legendary Pump
    Compact SMG / Hand Cannon
    Hunting Rifle / Thermal Scoped AR
    Slurp Juice / Minis

    My AR depends on if I’m playing offense or defense, the AK-47 is better when you attack first, and the SCAR is better when you’re defending yourself from enemy fire. My shotgun depends on what AR I’m using, Cause the Pump does higher damage but the Heavy has longer range and faster reload speed. The Compact and Hand Cannon are usually used to destroy builds, but can also be used to damage opponents after a shotgun fire. The Compact is more effective at short range and the Hand Cannon is more effective at long range and can one shot any wood builds. Alternative weapons for this slot are the RPG, Minigun and the Blue SMG. My long ranged weapon isn’t the Heavy Sniper. It’s a good weapon but I’m not that good at sniping than most players. That’s why I prefer using the Hunting Rifle and the Thermal Scoped AR. The Hunting Rifle has faster bullet speed than the Heavy. And has a crosshair when you’re not trying to snipe. The Thermal Scope is a weapon that most people don’t use, but is great when you’re someone that’s horrible at sniping. It uses heat signatures so you can always tell when there is a player nearby. It also is an AR, which means it can’t one shot someone with full HP, but it has faster bullet speed than any sniper. The scoped AR is also good but it’s basically the worst sniper ever.The reason I prefer the Slurp Juice over the Chug Jug is because it only takes about 1.5 seconds to drink, and it can be stacked up to three. While the Chug Jug may give you full HP and Shields, it takes a long time to drink and you can only hold around 1 per game. The minis are also useful because they can be stacked way more than the Slurp and are more common, but only gives you 25 shields and the max amount it can give you is 50 shields. Big Shields are a good alternative.

  6. I’m yet still to get in a game but I can tell the gun load out will help my game play but now that it’s season 7 of fortnite I’m gonna change the scar for a AK-47 the smg for the P-90 and the bolt for a heavy sniper

  7. 10 shields+ 3 meds and 15 bandages is your healing
    Grappler is 10 do taking high ground plungers
    And Evident why is there just legends for weapons what if u can’t get your hands on them. What do I do?

    1. It’s mentioned in the second paragraph:

      “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 or burst rifle then that would fit in that spot.”

    Scar Or Burst Assualt Rifle {Both Legendary} Legendary Heavy then A P90{Legendary} Or a Heavy Sniper Rifle and Then Big Pots!

  9. SMG-SHOTGUN-AR-FLEX-MINI. aggressive loadout

  10. Can somebody help me, how do you survive a PC player when you are using a heavy shotgun without any support. For example, you have a loadout of Assault Rifle – Shotgun – Flex Spot (Sniper Rifle/Explodes) – Healing – Shields, when you go near somebody that has an SMG, don’t you think they will just spray you and you will die since you will take a shot form your heavy, then it has to cool off, and in that cool off time you would die. Sure, I have seen players like Tfue that does Shotgun then assault rifle, but I’m not as good as him.

    1. You have to build, if you are fast enough they can’t spray down your structure and you can take a shotgun shot. You hide/build after every shot.

  11. My favourite would definitely be:
    SCAR – Heavy Shotgun – Heavy Sniper – Chug Jug – RPG/Guided Missile

    In STW:
    130 Modded Max Godroll Gravedigger w/ Full Durability & All Elements – 130 Modded Max Godroll Thunderbolt w/ Full Durability & All Elements

  12. Mine is AR-Shotgun-LMG/SMG-Sniper-Meds. I don’t usually like to run explosives besides C4 and you can replace the LMG/SMG for explosives if you’d feel more comfortable. I prefer LMG or SMG because it can destroy walls quickly and efficiently after you shotgun someone and they try to build to block you.

    1. I agree with the idea of making an LM/SM centered loadout and I like to sit in the middle of the action and lay down suppression with my lmg and destroy stuff with explosives

  13. What do you recommend for the flex spot when running the aggressive lodout? Also double heavy or heavy and tactical shotgun? Thanks!

    1. I really like a sniper for the flex spot, it’s a guaranteed instant kill on people who aren’t moving (which happens often) if you can hit the headshot. I will also take the Grenade Launcher in this spot as well, it’s really hard to counter if you know how to use it. I think double heavy is just flat out the best, but heavy/tactical is fine too.

  14. My loadout is AR, Flex (sniper, explody or if i cant find them an smg), Pump, Pump/heavy, (now that double pump is sorta back) and meds

  15. can you switch the green pumps with blue and take out shroud’s loadout because smgs don’t exist anymore

  16. I have good loud out. Ledgendary scar, ledgendary heavy shotgun, ledgendary rpg, ledgendary bolt action sniper rifle and chug jug. Please put this on site

    1. I have this loadout, it’s the “best overall loadout” that is listed. I explained in the post that the rarity and the specific guns I show aren’t exactly what you will want there. They just represent the best type of weapon to have in that slot. This goes for healing as well, I have a mini shield in the slot but a big shield or chug jug would also be fine.