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Fortnite Best & Most Popular Loadouts – 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!

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 or burst rifle 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.

Check out our Best Fortnite Guns List to figure out what's best for each slot!

Best Overall Loadout

Assault Rifle - Shotgun - SMG - 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 smg. The flex spot here is very much a flex spot. You can run sniper or explosives, and this includes Remote Explosives, which are one of the more powerful weapons in the game.

Your shotgun can be heavy, pump, or tactical which is up to your personal preference. The Heavy Shotgun is better in all situations, but I would only take the pump over a gray tactical. I will usually take a green tactical over a blue pump. However, if I have a good SMG then the pump isn't as bad, because I will be immediately switching to it anyway.

The SMG is now one of the most powerful weapons in the game. It can shred building and has a super concentrated bloom radius, making it very accurate. You can also run the Drum Gun in this spot, it's a strong weapon and has a 50 round clip for shredding structures. However, it is not nearly as accurate and can lead to some bad bloom when fighting people at midrange. The Suppressed SMG is MUCH weaker than those two options, but can be used in this spot. Now that double shotguns is dead, you are always looking for a secondary option to your shotgun.

As I mentioned the flex spot now is extremely flexible. You can run any Sniper Rifle here, but you can also run Grenades, Clingers, Remote Explosives, Grenade Launcher, or the Rocket Launcher. Having an explosive is extremely powerful right now 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. Remote Explosives might be your best option in terms of explosives, but both the Grenade and Rocket Launcher are quality in the slot. A lot of people are opting for the Hunting Rifle, because of the speed in which it can fire shots and be reloaded.

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.

Defensive Rounded Loadout

Assault Rifle - Shotgun - Flex Spot (Sniper Rifle/Explodes) - Healing - 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.

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.

I don't really recommend this build these days, an SMG or Drum Gun is hard not to want to have in your kit.

No Assault Rifle Loadout

SMG - Shotgun - Sniper Rifle - FLEX - Shields

This is the loadout I commonly see Tfue running around with. Due to the power of the SMG, you can run a build that doesn't have an Assault Rifle. Instead of the Assault for long/midrange, you run a Hunting Rifle or Sniper.

The SMG is just one of the most powerful weapons in the game right now. It shoots extremely fast, and is super accurate. It also shreds through structures, making it hard to build spam yourself through it. It's so accurate that it can be used at close to midrange distances where you'd consider using an Assault Rifles in most cases.

While Shotguns were nerfed, they are still the best option for close quarters combat. Hit a shot with one, and then immediately switch to your SMG to finish off enemies. Heavy is always the preferred option in this spot, but if you can't find one you can run a pump or tactical depending on your preference.

Your Sniper Rifle option is what gives you the full option of not running the Assault Rifle. Use this for your long and midrange fights. The Hunting Rifle is generally preferred, because of its one-shot to the head capabilities. It also can be reloaded very fast and shot quickly.

This is a flex spot, but you will usually want some kind of an explosive. Remote Explosives are really strong in this build, because most fights you want to take are going to be close range. This allows you to knock down your opponents and get them into range for a shotgun/smg play. This can also be a secondary healing spot, you can hold first aid kits or additional shields.

Standard shield spot is your last slot. Usually you will want mini shields, but 2 full shields over a small amount of minis is a good replacement.


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. 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

  2. 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

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

  6. 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.