The main goal in Fortnite Battle Royale is to survive by killing all the enemies and be the last man standing. Well, this victory cannot be achieved by simply hiding under the bushes or setting some tricky traps somewhere. Weapons are your main keys to win the match and it is very important to pick the right gun for the right moment to maximize your chances of winning. It is very important to classify the best Fortnite weapons and where exactly you should use them. The weapons in Fortnite will vary in terms of many factors such as their rarity, range, DPS (damage per second), fire rate, ammo capacity, and more. Today, we are listing down some of the most effective and best weapons in Fortnite.
For this list, we are including both vaulted and unvaulted items for the current season but we are excluding all the Mythical weapons because we already placed them on a separate entry. Check Best and Strangest Fortnite Weapons You Must Have This Season.
Assault Rifle – Versatility
The best thing about Assault Rifles is its versatility. They are considered to be one of the best Fortnite weapons ever since they are launched. Most Fortnite gamers will agree that Assault Rifles are more like go-to weapons in every battle as they often provide good damage from close, medium, and long-range firefight. Assault Rifle is available in all rarities and there is always a great chance to obtain a Legendary Assault Rifle even from Standard or Rare chests without going through heavily-guarded vaults. Skye’s Mythic weapon is also an Assault Rifle which can inflict slightly higher damage than the Legendary Assault Rifle. The weapon’s constant fire rate also offers a powerful advantage against the player’s building cover. An ideal weapon to carry to take down fortification built by your enemies.
Killing henchmen allows you to obtain Rare Suppressed Assault Rifle that comes with a decent damage rate. Shot accuracy can be increased by standing or crouching in place and aiming down the sights until the cross-hairs come together. Since Assault Rifle is also known for its great accuracy, it is always ideal to aim for the head for the first shot (to deal greater damage). Of all the available Assault Rifle, SCAR and burst Assault Rifles are excellent all-around choices in either their Epic or Legendary variants, with more damage per second than anything else in Fortnite.
Heavy Sniper Rifle – One-Shot Gem
Some might consider Heavy Sniper Rifle a little overpowered but it’s hard to deny that Heavy Sniper Rifle is one of the best Fortnite Weapons to ever exist in the game. The weapon is available in both Epic and Legendary rarities and has a headshot multiplier of 2.5x. It delivers devastating damage at the cost of having a long reload time and being very loud. It deals massive damage to buildings, able to destroy anything except metal containers in one hit.
Interestingly, the Heavy Sniper Rifle is not easily obtainable. You can only find them by knocking down henchmen, unlocking a henchman’s chest, or through vaults. All of which requires you to go on one on one battle with henchmen or with a boss. Heavy Sniper Rifle has a damage rate ranging from 126 to 132 so if the enemy is not on its full health, you can kill them in one hit. The Heavy Sniper Rifle is one of the only weapons in Fortnite that has a built-in muzzle brake. The only tricky part here is that you have to aim perfectly. The slow reload will give enemies a chance to attack you so make sure you execute the attack perfectly.
Rocket Launchers – Powerful Explosives
Rocket Launcher is definitely one of the best Fortnite weapons to ever exist but it comes with a trick. Similar to Heavy Sniper Rifle, the Rocket Launcher fires a single slow rocket that inflicts extremely high damage across a wide area, but it takes a long while to reload. The weapon is available in both Epic and Legendary variant and can be obtained even from a standard loot chest. This weapon is very ideal to be included on your loadout especially when the Storm circle or the battlezone is getting smaller. It is indeed one of the best weapons in Fortnite for its capabilities to destroy buildings in one blow.
Obviously, Rocket Launchers are effective in long-range combat. Aside from its powerful explosives that can destroy buildings in one shot, you can also use this weapon to attack nearby opponents. This will greatly damage their health but make sure that you keep enough distance as the explosion can also inflict damage to your health. On top of that, another downside of this weapon is that it is too loud which allows enemies to run away before it hits the structure.
Shotguns – Best for Short Range Combat
There are two types of shotguns available in the current season and they are both impressive in their own rights. You can easily obtain shotguns through standard chests or supply drops and despite the fact that they are one of the most common items in the game, they are still considered to be one of the best Fortnite weapons. Simply because there are no other weapons in Fortnite that works well in short-range firefight other than a shotgun. There are two types of Shotguns in the game, Tactical and Pump Shotguns and both of them are available in all the 5 rarities.
Pump Shotgun relatively has a higher damage rate compared to Tactical. You can even knock down an enemy in one shot if you aimed for the head even if you are just using the Common variant. Tactical Shotgun, on the other hand, has a lower damage rate but it fires quicker and has a bigger ammo size. Regardless of which, it is always ideal to include a shotgun on your inventory because you can never tell when and where you are about to engage in very close combat especially when the battlezone is already tight.
Miniguns – No Reload Time
If you hate weapons with very slow reload time, you might consider getting a minigun for your loadout. The minigun is indeed one of the best Fortnite weapons for one reason, it has no reload time! The notable downside of Minigun is the delayed firing which makes it not really ideal in close or even in long-range combat. However, you can effectively use this weapon to tear down your enemy’s fortification. Minigun also has a Mythic variant which you can obtain by knocking down Brutus in The Grotto. Carrying a minigun also slows you down for some reason. Other than that, it is still a great weapon that you can confidently include on your loadout.
Decoy Grenade – Summon Your Clones
Decoy Grenade is one of the newest weapons that are introduced in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season2. As what the title of the item suggests, it allows you to create decoys or clones of your character. It is not just used to distract enemies because your decoys can run, use a pickaxe, and even shoot which makes it one of the best Fortnite weapons out there especially when properly executed. It is more ideal to use when the Storm Circle is already small and the battleground is already limited. This will give you a greater chance of eliminating enemies by simply distracting them with your decoys.