Fortnite weapons guide - the best guns and strategies for victory

The best gun in Fortnite is a question that's both easy and tricky to answer. There is clear winner - which we'll get to - but you never know what weapons you'll find  first, meaning you have to make called based on what you can get and go from there. 

Plus, the best Fortnite gun can change depending on context. You might like the look of the new SMGs the game loves so much right now, but they're less useful at longer ranges, where something like a hunting rifle might suddenly be your new best friend. 

Then there are things like DPS - damage per second - to consider. Short version: if you're aim's a little... loose, a high DPS weapons might for you as you'll hurt more over time as you're hitting something. While crack shots might be better of with a low DPS weapons that actually does more damage per individual shot. 

We're going to breakdown the all the weapons in the game, what the best Fortnite gun is overall and for various situations. You can also check out our more general Fortnite tips, for a wider look at tips and strategies.

What is the best gun in Fortnight?

Fornite best gun

As far as the most useful all round weapon, the gold legendary SCAR is the best gun in Fortnite. It's accuracy, damage and fire rate mean that one-on-one you'll have a massive advantage in almost any situation. Which is great if you can get one. It's legendary status however means they're rare, so basing a winning strategy on getting one of these isn't always an option. 

That's why answering the question of what the best gun in Fortnite is, is both easy and not much help at the same time - to get the best gun in Fortnite you either have to be incredibly lucky, or survive long enough to pick it up. A good understanding of Fortnite weapons is the only way to do that, using the best of what you can get in any given situation to stay alive. 

An assault rifle is always the best Fortnite gun to start with, but your back up depends on style and preference

Fortnite assault rifle

An assault rifle is always an essential grab when you first land. The mix of damage, range, fire rate and accuracy will nearly always work in most situations. However, what you pick as a secondary is up for debate currently. The original dominance of shotguns has seem them nerfed to be far less effective and as a rule they're much more of a 'if you have the skill with them' kind of pick as opposed to the insta-kill one shot cannon they used to be. 

If you have a choice, pick a secondary according to how you usually play. SMGs are a much better option at close range now, so replacing shotguns as the logical choice for clearing buildings and fighting over short distances. A basic common grey SMG has a DPS of 247, over double that of the highest shotgun. A single shotgun blast might hurt more, but you have to land that hit. 

Dual handguns are also a powerful option if you have a good aim. A gold set will kick out 170 DPS, more than common or uncommon assault rifles. The slower firing rate however means a miss can cost you dearly. 

What the difference between a Fortnite assault rifle and burst assault rifle? 

As the name suggests burst assault rifles fire in three round bursts, while a basic assault rifle is full auto. The burst has some accuracy pros as a result over distance but the class does have a lower damage and firing rate overall. Seeing as you can recreate the effects of a burst rifle with an assault just by tapping the trigger it's worth swapping out one for the other if you get a chance. 

Rarer Fortnite guns are always best but DPS beats damage if you’re a poor shot

Fornite’s weapons have a rarity value, with the less common ones having better stats. The order goes like this: 

  • Grey - common
  • Green - uncommon
  • Blue - rare
  • Purple - epic
  • Gold - legendary
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You won't find all the colours for every gun but as a rule the damage will always increase as you go up the scale, and the reload time will usually decrease. So a blue assault rifle will generally beat a grey one in a fight between two players of equal skill, or give a weaker opponent an advantage. This is why the gold legendary SCAR is the best Fortnite gun as a rule - it's biggest difference is that it does 36 damage compared to a grey common version's 30, giving it a DPS 198 over a grey's 165. 

However, if you're more of a rush style player, or generally one that avoids fighting at a anything greater than medium distance maybe consider a submachine gun. Even a grey one kicks out 247 DPS meaning it'll give even a SCAR a run for it's money at close range. A blue SMG kicks out 273 DPS, the highest of any gun in the game. 

Fortnite minigun - the best Fortnite gun against buildings

If you're more of a builder-fighter then consider a minigun, LMG or rocket launcher. The minigun is still the best Fortnite gun for absolutely destroying opposition towers thank's to its high fire rate. The same goes for the LMG, although that trades a slight decrease in fire rate for an improvement in accuracy meaning it's a viable weapon in a gun fight. The RPG is still the best for wrecking a tower with a single shot, and has good splash damage potential. A gold grenade launcher technically beats a gold RPG in terms of damage to structures, but it's very prone to just bouncing off the side of things. 

Whatever you pick, always consider DPS, or damage per second, and damage per shot. If you're going to hold down the trigger and hope for the best then high DPS is your friend as the damage over time will be higher (assuming you hit anything). If you're more the 'make every shot count' type of person then high overall damage might work more in your favour.

The best Fortnite gun changes depending on range, where you are, and what you're doing 

While a good assault rifle will get you out of most situations it's not always the best Fortnite gun for every situation. In a house, or a more restricted area, a shotgun or SMG might be better. Especially if you're fighting at extremely close quarters against a faster moving target. If you're going up against a tower then miniguns, LMGs, Drum Guns, and even SMGs, will shred structures better. 

Basically, don't expect one gun to magically do everything. 

Reorder guns in your inventory

This is a simple one: if you get a spare moment, hit up on the D-pad to open your pack and move your guns around by pressing X. Ideally you want your assault rifle/secondary combo next to each other at the front, so you only have to press a shoulder button once to switch. A quick swap between the two could make all the difference if the combat situation changes.

As a rule: guns up front, healing at the back. 

The minigun is the best Fortnite gun for destroying towers

If you have the ammo then then minigun is the best Fortnire gun all around for absolutely shredding enemy towers. It's wild accuracy and slow wind up make it next to useless against an actual person, but turned on a building and it can bring the walls crashing down in seconds. Especially if it's a large, spread out construction. 

The RPG and grenade launcher will more damage per shot, and can take down a 1x1 tower instantly if you hit the base right. However the first one needs a good aim to avoid bounding off the sides and the RPG is slow enough that people can clear out, or build something else before it even gets near. 

As with all the advice so it's all down to what works for your playstyle and the situation you're facing. 

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