Fortnite Sniper Tips Guide (Season 9 Update) – Damage, Stats, Aiming, Bullet Drop

If you are struggling with snipers in Fortnite our guide will get you up to speed with these important weapons!

Snipers in Fortnite are likely the most difficult class of weapons to get good with. They have a high learning curve, but once you get it down you will start seeing your winrate increase big time! Our sniper tips guide goes through the basics of the gun with the damage and stats, how-to aim the sniper rifle, discussing bullet drop, and then finally go through tips and tricks which should help you increase your skill!

Sniper Damage Stats

Most people probably know this, but the hunting rifle and crossbow are classified as snipers. Snipers have a 2.5x multiplier for headshots, so a bolt-action, heavy, & hunting rifle will finish off a target at any hp if you dome someone!

Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle

  • Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle (Rare) - 105 to the body, 262.5 head shot damage.
  • Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle (Epic) - 110 to the body, 275 head shot damage.
  • Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle (Legendary) - 116 to the body, 290 head shot damage.

Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle

  • Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle (Uncommon) - 75 to the body, 187.5 head shot damage.
  • Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle (Rare) - 78 to the body, 195 head shot damage.

Storm Scout Sniper Rifle

  • Storm Scout Sniper Rifle (Epic) - 81 to the body, 202 head shot damage.
  • Storm Scout Sniper Rifle (Legendary) - 85 to the body, 212 head shot damage.

Heavy Sniper Rifle

  • Heavy Sniper Rifle (Epic) - 150 to the body, 375 head shot damage.
  • Heavy Sniper Rifle (Legendary) - 157 to the body, 392 head shot damage.


These Sniper classed weapons have been added to the Vault and are not currently in the standard Battle Royale mode (they can show up in LTMs, Creative, and Playground). Weapons are rotated in and out of the Vault to keep the game fresh.


  • Crossbow (Rare) - 75 to the body, 187.5 head shot damage.
  • Crossbow (Epic) - 79 to the body, 197.5 head shot damage.

Hunting Rifle

  • Hunting Rifle (Uncommon) - 86 to the body, 215 head shot damage.
  • Hunting Rifle (Rare) - 90 to the body, 225 head shot damage.

Suppressed Sniper Rifle

  • Suppressed Sniper Rifle (Epic) - 100 to the body, 250 head shot damage.
  • Suppressed Sniper Rifle (Legendary) - 105 to the body, 262.5 head shot damage.

Sniper Aiming and Bullet Drop

The hardest part about getting good with snipers in Fortnite is learning how to manage bullet drop. What is bullet drop? When you fire just about every other gun in the game, the bullet instantly arrives at the target, this is called hit scan. With bullet drop, the bullet takes time to travel to the target, but also DROPS towards the ground as it travels. This means not only will you have to time your shot based on your enemies movement, you will have to aim higher depending on how far your target is.

Snipers got a change to their bullet drop distance in the 7.20 Patch:

The following projectile-based weapons now have the same projectile trajectory as the Heavy Sniper Rifle:

  • Bolt Action Sniper Rifle
  • Suppressed Sniper Rifle
  • Semi-Auto Sniper Rifle
  • Hunting Rifle

You'll have to adjust a bit now because basically all snipers act the same as the heavy. This has less drop than the other weapons had for the most part, so you won't need to aim as high to hit your shots anymore.

Fortnite Sniper Tips & Tricks

Sniper Rifle Tips

  • Those notches below the middle of your crosshair aren't there just for show. You can use these to line up longer distance shots. If your enemy is mid-range (125m) you'll want to use the notch directly below the middle crosshair. If they are long distance (125m to 250m), you will want to use either the middle between the first and second notch of directly at the second notch. Targets that are further than this are generally too far to even be seen, so you shouldn't need to use the rest of the marks.
  • Avoid using the semi-auto sniper rifle. While it's nice to be able to fire a bunch of shots, it leads to bad habits and can do more harm than good. It's only really decent if you are hitting a headshot, and even then it isn't always going to be a finish. Stick with the bolt-action or hunting rifle when you have the option.
  • If you are quick scoping (scoping then immediately firing), visualize the center of your screen so you have an idea of where the shot is going to go. Shooting without at least scoping quickly is very unpredictable. It's generally always better to scope first and then fire.

Hunting Rifle Tips

  • The hunting rifle is much faster to fire and can switch quickly to your next gun. If you land a shot, you can quickly switch to your assault rifle to attempt a finish.
  • This Hunting Rifle has bloom if you are moving, which means it's MUCH better when you are standing still. If you stand still long enough it actually has first shot accuracy, but if you shoot before that happens and aren't moving it is still nearly 100% accurate.

General Tips

  • Don't overthink your shots. You don't want to take forever to fire and question your ranges. Lineup the shot and take it, sometimes you'll miss, but you will slowly hone your skill and start making shots more often.
  • If you've got a sniper then make sure you are leading into the battle with it. Don't alert your enemy that you are there by firing another gun or knocking down a tree. Try to be stealthy when you are sniping, it's much easier to hit a shot if your opponent is unaware of your presence.
  • Shoot the easier target! This might seem obvious, but if you are aiming and see multiple people, shoot the person that isn't moving (if there is one). A moving target is more attractive to your eye, but just take the easier target and get a quick knock that will help lead your team to victory.
  • If someone is running and jumping, try to watch them for a bit and get a sense of their rhythm. Most people don't vary up their movement, so if they jump they will generally land the same distance every time. Try to take this into account and lead your shot accordingly.
  • Try to just hit your targets and not always aim for the head when you are just starting to dial in your shots. It's better to hit the shot than miss over the head, and with the bolt action you can still get a finish to the body. Once you've started to land shots consistently, then you will really want to start hitting the head for those easy finishes.
  • If you are missing your shots, try to figure out if you are going too high or low. If your opponent is behind a wall, look to see if you did damage to the structure and if you have that means your shot is too low. You can also stay scoped briefly to watch the shot, but this obviously leaves you open to return sniper fire. Only do this if they haven't seen you or don't have a sniper.
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  1. Can i have some more tips like building and aiming if possible. If you could do that i would appreciate it. If you can send me an email or just send me an email anyways for sniping tips!

  2. How to win in Fortnite Sniper shootout battle:
    Building – Note that building defenses in SS is not necessarily a winning strategy – For one, you have limited movement and can be picked off by another player – particularly while you engage someone else. Secondly, since you have to expose your head to shoot, somebody staying in low ground, can move, with their scope aimed over the top of your wall, while you have to find your target. A moving player will almost always have first shot in SS mode, and a good chance of headshots. Moving in close to an elevated defensive position, will actually be a good approach, as your opponent can be sniped from the ground, while he have difficulties locating you without exposing himself.
    Armament – Hunting rifle is a must, for shot range engagement. Some cycle two guns, but it may be a luxury in terms of the limited supply one can carry. I use a hunting rifle as the go—to gun, a silenced sniper rifle, in part to make it difficult for opponents to find the direction where I am shooting from, and because it limits the attention of other players, and finally I carry a Heavy, that can knock down wooden walls in one shot. One strategy is to shoot the heavy, and immediately follow up with the hunting rifle to break a barrier and hit an opponent.
    – Other equipment: There is a limited number of vehicles in SS mode – no planes – equipment that can help you move across the map is valuable – Gliders, Ballons, Rifts. Medikits are also important. If you have sustained damage, you will often be able to disengage an enemy, allowing you to use medkits and Energy. Collect big medkits, as small bandages will only reinstate health up to 75% and in most cases a single hit will cost you at least 80 health points. Disco grenades can be used to disengage, or to allow you to bludgeon an opponent, but it is still very difficult to shoot an enemy with a sniper, while dancing. Having gliders can get you out of trouble. Ballons are effective at moving across the map and sneaking up on opponents – And you are not as exposed as you would be considering there are no AR’s to pick you out of the sky. You can never be certain that you wont get sniped, but hoovering players are very hard to hit in SS mode. In one-on-one battles ballooning clearly gives an upper hand, as you have overview, can shoot over obstacles and can disengage if in trouble. But don’t use two ballons, since you will be moving slow through the air, and can be picked off by good players.
    Landing – Depending on your personal preference, you might consider landing in less lootable areas, as weapon loadout is not very important – since you basically only have four options – any place with crates will provide you with competitive weapons. Consider that you (but also your opponents) are very easy to spot in open areas like around the Palm and Polar peak. Wooded areas are better for concealment.

  3. I am really good with the snipers, no matter which one it is

  4. Thank you i really needed this

    1. I did to because none of my friends believed me

  5. Great helpful info thanks

  6. Ya know crossbow got deleted from fortnite

    1. It says right where it’s listed that it was vaulted. There’s a possibility that they bring it back to the game, they’ve done this with the Guided Missiles.

  7. Very good guide, if you Guys add reloading times it would even better

  8. I last hit a 400 meter headshot with the hunting rifle on My friend.
    Sniping is My thing

  9. so if you wait with a hunting rifle it will be first shot accuarcy with no bullet drop?

    1. It will have bullet drop still, but not bloom.

  10. love this yeahhhh

  11. Really helpful 😀😀😀😀

  12. I am getting better with the sniper.I am really good with a Hunting rifle not so much Bolt Action.

  13. Thanks you for adding its very hard to make a sniper guide because it takes getting used to and practice. But for other people “people in my squads :/ ” still need to check this out.

    1. No problem, I agree it’s a lot of just practice with the sniper. Hopefully some of the tips will help!