Best Weapons Fortnite

We’ve got you covered with a comprehensive list of the best weapons items in Fortnite Battle Royale!

Updated on Aug 24, 2023
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Best Weapons Fortnite

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Pump Shotgun

Ole faithful the Pump Shotgun. The Pump Shotgun has been the Fortnite community's fan favorite Fortnite weapon since the dawn of Fortnite Battle Royale in Fortnite Chapter 1. For good reason too! The Pump Shotgun is insanely deadly at close range, and is one of the few shotguns in Fortnite capable of eliminating an opponent in one well placed shot.


If you just hopped into the game during Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 you may not be familiar with the Pump Shotgun’s insane stats!

With insane stats like that, it’s impossible to not have the Pump Shotgun at the top of our best weapons items in Fortnite. To check out more of the best shotguns check out the Best Shotguns in Fortnite.

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Heavy Assault Rifle

The Heavy Assault Rifle, often referred to as the AK is a slow firing high damage assault rifle weapon in Fortnite Battle Royale. The Heavy Assault Rifle is fantastic at mid to long range, with the ability to deal over 65 damage with a single headshot!


Even body shots with the Legendary Heavy Assault Rifle deal insane damage at 44! 44 damage means it will take 5 body shots to eliminate an opponent.

However, the Heavy Assault Rifle falls flat in close range. If you’re running the Heavy Assault Rifle you’ll need a swap weapon in your inventory, because the Heavy Assault Rifle doesn’t cut it.

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Bolt Action Sniper Rifle

The Bolt Action Sniper Rifle is another fantastic sniper rifle for nailing those cross map sniper headshots. Some sniper rifles like the new weapon Hunters Bolt Action Sniper Rifle do not guarantee a one hit kill to the head. This is not the case here with the Bolt Action Sniper Rifle.


You’ll see in the stats what we mean.

The Bolt Action Sniper will always deal 200+ damage with a headshot, guaranteeing a one shot elimination. When it comes to sniper rifles all Fortnite players want those satisfying cross map one hit elims, and the Bolt Action Sniper Rifle delivers those eliminations.

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P90 Submachine Gun

The Submachine Gun, often called the P90 at higher rarities is the best SMG in Fortnite Battle Royale. The P90 Submachine Gun brings everything you want in a Submachine Gun. A high fire rate, insane damage per second, and a decent sized clip.


The P90 Submachine Gun is a great swap weapon with a Pump Shotgun, or the new weapon Striker Pump Shotgun. The P90 is even versatile enough to replace an assault rifle in your inventory.

Learn more about the submachine guns of Fortnite in the Best SMG in Fortnite.

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Tactical Shotgun

The Tactical Shotgun is the most reliable among the shotguns in Fortnite Battle Royale. A decent close range damage output, plus a large clip makes the Tactical Shotgun a solid choice for any player's inventory.


The worst feeling is being eliminated because you forgot to reload your Rocket Launcher or Heavy Assault Rifle, and you can't survive long enough for another Pump Shotgun shot.

Avoid dying from lack of ammo with the Tactical Shotgun!

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Shadow Tracker Pistol

The Shadow Tracker Pistol is like the Suppressed Pistol but an exotic weapon. On top of a larger clip and higher damage of the Shadow Tracker Pistol has another distinct advantage. When you hit an opposing Fortnite player with the Shadow Tracker Pistol their position will be marked by a small red diamond for you and your team.


The marking attribute is not the best part of this exotic weapon. The strongest part of the Shadow Tracker Pistol is the stats.

Stats like that are why the Shadow Tracker was one of the best Fortnite Chapter 2 weapons, and great for leveling up your Fortnite Battle Pass because of challenges surrounding spending gold and exotic weapons. Check out the parent weapon of the Shadow Tracker, the Suppressed Pistol, and all kinds of other pistols in Fortnite Battle Royale in the Best Pistols in Fortnite.

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Rocket Launcher

The Rocket Launcher is not a new weapon in Fortnite Battle Royale. However, Fortnite Players still love the Rocket Launcher like it is a new weapon! You can see why once you’ve got your hands on one!


The stats on the Fortnite Rocket Launcher are also pretty unbelievable, making it the best explosive weapon in Fortnite Battle Royale.

An important note on the damage output of the Rocket Launcher is the splash damage. Since the Rocket Launcher is an explosive, you just need to hit close to an opponent to deal 130 damage! This is why the Rocket Launches is so powerful, especially at mid to close range fights.

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Hand Cannon

The Hand Cannon is a ball of a time in Fortnite Battle Royale, and while it’s probably not the best weapon, it’s too fun to leave off this list. Plus, the Hand Cannon is still a powerful weapon in Fortnite Battle Royale, being able to deal over 150 damage with a critical hit.


At mid-range to long-range fighting the Hand Cannon is amazing! However, this beast of a weapon can be tough to hit with in close range.

Hopefully the Hand Cannon comes back in this upcoming Fortnite Season, because every Fortnite fan enjoys trying to pop some heads with the Hand Cannon!

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Heavy Sniper Rifle

The Heavy Sniper Rifle was among the first snipers added to Fortnite Battle Royale. Epic Games added the Heavy Sniper to Battle Royale in Fortnite Season 5 during Fortnite Chapter 1. With a base damage of 132 for the Legendary Heavy Sniper Rifle the Heavy Sniper takes the cake for highest damage in the Sniper Rifle Class of weapons.


Check out how Epic Games balanced this sniper rifle's high damage stats with a long reload, and low damage per second.

The Heavy Sniper Rifles high reload time makes missed shots with the Heavy Sniper punishing. However, the high damage balances out the punishing misses. For more info on sniper rifles in Fortnite check out the Best Sniper Rifles in Fortnite.

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Suppressed Sniper Rifle

The Suppressed Sniper Rifle may not seem like the best sniper rifle in Fortnite Battle Royale. However, when we dig into the stats you’ll see the reasoning behind hte Suppressed Sniper Rifles position on this best weapons list.


The Suppressed Sniper Rifle is the fastest firing sniper rifle in Fortnite that can deliver a one hit elimination consistently with a headshot.

Having only a 1.8 seconds reload time places the Suppressed Sniper Rifle well above the Heavy Sniper Rifle, and any other competing sniper rifles in Fortnite Battle Royale!

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Scar Assault Rifle

The Assault Rifle, commonly referred to as the Scar at upper rarities is the second best weapons item in Fortnite. The Assault Rifle becomes even more deadly when combined with the Pump Shotgun. The Assault Rifle and Pump Shotgun can be utilized together to output insane damage at any range!


The Scar Assault Rifle is absolutely the best of the Fortnite assault rifles, and you could even argue it’s the best weapons item in Fortnite! Check out the stats for yourself if you don’t believe us.

Pretty compelling stats huh? You can see how the Scar may be the best weapon in Fortnite! For more info on assault rifles check out the Best Assault Rifles in Fortnite.

And this is the end of this listing. Too bad we don't have a single bow in it – it's all rifles! Well, maybe one day.

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