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Fortnite weapons (V7.20) – Weapon stats, Fortnite guns guide, complete gun list, best weapon in Fortnite

Fortnite’s massive collection of guns would be tricky to get to grips with even without Epic Games updating it all every week or so. Each weapon in this colossal Battle Royale sports not only various stats, quirks and behaviours which set them aside from the rest, but also numerous variants based on rarity, with stat adjustments to match. It can all get pretty confusing, and we’ve also realised it’s pretty hard to find the most up-to-date information together anywhere online.

So we decided to put together the below Fortnite weapons guide, packed with tonnes of up-to-date weapon stats regarding damage, range, bloom, and much more. We’ve also got tips and opinions on every single weapon in Fortnite and how they all rank in competitive play. Whether you want to view the stats of the recently released Scoped Revolver, are still catching up on the Suppressed Sniper Rifle, or you want to know which shotgun or SMG is the most powerful in the current meta, we’ve got you covered.

Our Fortnite guide hub is fully up to date for Seasons 7 and v7.20, so head there if you want to see all the guides we have on offer for this beast of a Battle Royale. Examples include our page on the Fortnite weekly challenges, our advanced Fortnite building and editing guide, our full list of all Fortnite locations, our overview of the most powerful Fortnite loadouts, and much more.

Fortnite weapons guide

Below you’ll see we’ve categorised all the guns in Fortnite into their respective classes, which you can peruse using the links below. The stats below are taken from a combination of patch notes, the Fortnite wiki, and our own tests. So let’s get to it!

SMGs & LMGs

Snipers

Shotguns

Assault Rifles

Pistols

Explosives (including Throwables)

Pickaxe

Note: I’ve decided to place the Scoped AR and Thermal Scoped AR into the Snipers category, even though they’re technically assault rifles – because they’re snipers, dagnabbit. They’re semi-auto snipers. If you’re using them like an AR, you deserve to be shot.


Pistols

Scoped Revolver

Rarities: Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Medium Bullets
Magazine Size: 6
Damage: 42/44
Fire Rate: 1.6 (0.63s)
Reload Time: 2.1s/2s

The Scoped Revolver is the most recent addition to the Fortnite weapons roster, added in the V7.20 Patch Notes shortly after the vaulting of the Six Shooter. It’s hitscan, so there’s no bullet drop to contend with, which, combined with its low-40s damage, makes it comparable to the Thermal Scoped AR in some ways. But I certainly wouldn’t take it over a proper sniper rifle, or a Hand Cannon, simply because the ability to one-shot structures or players is just too useful. But it’s a strong early-game weapon that can be used to great effect at mid- to long-range. Think of it as a variant of the Dual Pistols with a much lower clip size and rate of fire, but a scope to make up for it.

For focused tips and tricks on how to use the Scoped Revolver effectively, check out our Fortnite Scoped Revolver page.

Pistol

Rarities: Common, Uncommon
Ammo Type: Light Bullets
Magazine Size: 16
Damage: 23/24
Fire Rate: 6.75 (0.15s)
Reload Time: 1.5s

Widely considered just about the most useless weapon in Fortnite, the standard pistol still packs a punch in the early-game, but only if you land your shots. For this reason, it is the cause of many rage-quits, because how could you have died to that pistol when you had a Pump?! This goddamn game, right? But seriously, while it can win fights in skilled hands early on, there’s no way you shouldn’t drop the pistol the moment pretty much any other weapon crosses your path.

Suppressed Pistol

Rarities: Rare, Epic
Ammo Type: Light Bullets
Magazine Size: 16
Damage: 26/28
Fire Rate: 6.75 (0.15s)
Reload Time: 1.3s

More than just a pistol with a silencer attached, the Suppressed Pistol actually deals more damage and reloads quicker than the standard pistol. Again, this is not a gun that you should feel comfortable taking into the final circles, but as an early- to mid-game backup and utility weapon, the Suppressed Pistol can actually fare pretty well. Just make sure you have the element of surprise when you initiate.

Dual Pistols

Rarities: Rare, Epic
Ammo Type: Medium Bullets
Magazine Size: 18
Damage: 41/43
Structure Damage: 42/44
Fire Rate: 3.96 (0.25s)
Reload Time: 2.8s/2.7s

Vaulted until January 2019’s V7.10 Patch Notes, the Dual Pistols leave the standard Pistol in the dust, with a far greater damage able to eviscerate the health and shields of an opponent with only 2-3 landed shots. You should treat the Dual Pistols in much the same way as the Burst AR, because for all intents and purposes they are a two-shot burst weapon. So take a little extra time to aim, and you’ll be well-rewarded, particularly if you land headshots with both shots. Obviously they won’t outperform a good shotgun or SMG at close range, but they’re a punchy utility weapon and a surprisingly powerful killer in the early game.

Hand Cannon

Rarities: Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Heavy Bullets
Magazine Size: 7
Damage: 75/78
Structure Damage: 150/157
Fire Rate: 0.8 (1.25s)
Reload Time: 2.1s/2s

This gun is the king of the pistols. The Hand Cannon is a miniature Heavy Sniper, and can absolutely be considered one of the strongest weapons currently in Fortnite. Accurate, packs a punch, fairly fast-firing for what is essentially a sniper weapon… This already powerful gun was further buffed in the V6.20 Patch Notes to deal increased damage to structures, meaning the Hand Cannon can now one-shot wood structures. This gun is a beautiful mix of power and utility, and should be treated with caution. The best thing to do against a Hand Cannoneer is to switch to metal structures immediately, and try to close the gap between you quickly.

If you’re struggling to make good use of the pistols you find in a Fortnite match, take a look at our Fortnite Pistol tips page for a multitude of practical tips and tricks.


Sniper Rifles

Suppressed Sniper Rifle

Rarities: Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Heavy Bullets
Magazine Size: 1
Damage: 100/105
Fire Rate: 0.33 (3.03s)
Reload Time: 2.8s/2.7s

The newest addition to the Sniper Rifle roster, this deadly beast sacrifices damage for a silencer, in much the same way as the Suppressed Assault Rifle does. But seriously. It’s only a 5 point damage reduction from the Bolt-Action. And it reloads quicker. And it has a fricking silencer. A silencer, by the way, that’s just as good as the silencer on the suppressed AR and pistol – that is, you have to be within 45 metres of the shot to hear it at all. Now that’s pretty damn scary on a one-shot weapon. I think I may have found my new favourite sniper rifle.

Hunting Rifle

Rarities: Uncommon, Rare
Ammo Type: Heavy Bullets
Magazine Size: 1
Damage: 86/90
Fire Rate: 0.8 (1.25s)
Reload Time: 1.9s/1.8s

The Hunting Rifle is a humble but solid sniper rifle that you should feel no shame taking into the end-game. It lacks a proper scope, and its damage cannot compete with that of the Bolt-Action (let alone the Heavy Sniper) – but its relatively quick rate of fire gives you an advantage during long-range duels, and can often result in a successful “pre-fire” kill (when you shoot where you’re expecting the enemy’s head to appear, before it actually does). Many pro players prefer the Hunting Rifle over the Bolt-Action for its utility-over-damage approach, especially since the V7.20 update, which set the bullet drop of the Hunting Rifle (and Bolt-Action and Suppressed Sniper) in line with the Heavy Sniper.

Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle

Rarities: Rare, Epic
Ammo Type: Heavy Bullets
Magazine Size: 1
Damage: 105/110
Fire Rate: 0.33 (3.03s)
Reload Time: 3s/2.8s

The Bolt-Action is inferior to the Hunting Rifle in every regard except two: first, it has an actual scope; and second, it deals enough damage to one-shot-kill an enemy if you headshot them. I’d argue it’s not as dangerous as either the Hunting Rifle or the Heavy Sniper – or perhaps even the Thermal Scoped AR – but still, any weapon capable of one-shotting a player should be treated with caution. Be sure to wall up and time your shots carefully when you’re up against a Bolt-Action.

Heavy Sniper Rifle

Rarities: Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Heavy Bullets
Magazine Size: 1
Damage: 150/157
Structure Damage: 1050/1100
Fire Rate: 0.33 (3.03s)
Reload Time: 4.3s/4.1s

The Bolt-Action’s big hairy brother. The Heavy Sniper Rifle deals a whopping 150 body-shot damage, which immediately makes it the most valuable sniper rifle in Fortnite. What’s more, it can one-shot any structure, even fully-built metal. For this reason, an excellent strategy is to shoot out the wall of an enemy, then immediately switch to your AR (or perhaps even another sniper rifle) and get some hits in before the enemy has recovered from their surprise.

Scoped Assault Rifle

Rarities: Rare, Epic
Ammo Type: Medium Bullets
Magazine Size: 20
Damage: 23/24
Structure Damage: 25/26
Fire Rate: 3.5 (0.29s)
Reload Time: 2.3s/2.2s

This gun is a great deal of meh. I used to be fond of the Scoped AR when I first started playing, but as time has passed its competition has grown more fierce. The Scoped AR boasts an impressive rate of fire for a scoped weapon, and is situationally useful for harassing an enemy at range – but it deals such little damage as to be inconsequential, particularly when the damage you deal can quickly be repaid twofold with an enemy Hunting Rifle, Hand Cannon, or even a good assault rifle.

Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle

Rarities: Rare, Epic
Ammo Type: Medium Bullets
Magazine Size: 15
Damage: 36/37
Fire Rate: 1.8 (0.56s)
Reload Time: 2.2s/2.1s

Ahh, now this is a scoped assault rifle I can get behind. A sizable damage buff compared to the standard Scoped AR is weighed against a lower rate of fire and smaller clip size. But forget that: the true power of the Thermal is – you guessed it – its thermal view, which allows you to catch glimpses of enemies behind cover. For this reason, there’s no better weapon for tapping enemies the moment the appear from behind cover. It may not be able to one-shot, but Thermals can really ruin your day unless you wall up and time your shots very carefully.

For everything you need to know on how to improve your sharpshooting and sniping skills, head over to our Fortnite Sniper tips page.


Shotguns

Heavy Shotgun

Rarities: Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Shells ‘n’ Slugs
Magazine Size: 7
Damage: 74/77
Structure Damage: 79/83
Fire Rate: 1.0 (1s)
Reload Time: 5.9s/5.6s

Until recently, the Heavy Shotgun was the most sought-after shotgun in Fortnite, thanks mainly to its tight spread and impressive range for a shotgun. Everything else about the Heavy Shotgun – damage, fire rate, and reload time – sits between the Pump and the Tactical, which results in a reliable and powerful weapon that can land a crippling shot outside the range of a standard shotgun. If you’re up against this shotty, be sure to build first, and force them into close quarters to mitigate your opponent’s advantage.

Pump Shotgun

Rarities: Uncommon, Rare, Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Shells ‘n’ Slugs
Magazine Size: 5
Damage: 95/100/105/110
Structure Damage: 45/48/50/54
Fire Rate: 0.7 (1.43s)
Reload Time: 4.8s/4.6s/4.4s/4.2s

The Pump Shotgun is by far the most popular shotgun on the market right now, thanks to a buff in the V6.31 Patch Notes which brought along Epic and Legendary variants of the Pump, and increased the base damage of all the rest so that even a standard Blue Pump can now one-shot-kill a player from full health. This powerhouse is slow to fire and only holds five shells, but it packs a goddamn colossal punch. And in the current meta of “build-shoot-build-shoot”, flat damage reigns supreme over any other statistic for shotguns.

Tactical Shotgun

Rarities: Common, Uncommon, Rare
Ammo Type: Shells ‘n’ Slugs
Magazine Size: 8
Damage: 67/70/74
Structure Damage: 50/53/55
Fire Rate: 1.5 (0.67s)
Reload Time: 6.3s/6.0s/5.7s

The Tactical Shotgun is a more forgiving shotty that deals less damage per shot but vastly outmatches its rivals in its rate of fire, and also holds the highest number of shells of any shotgun. Alas, though the Tactical is still very powerful in capable hands, it’s so far behind the curve in terms of damage that the Pump is often a better way to go. That said, if you’re having trouble landing your shots in close-quarters combat, the Tactical may be just what you need.

For in-depth tips and tactics on how to win shotgun fights, take a look at our Fortnite Shotgun tips page.


Assault Rifles

Assault Rifle

Rarities: Common, Uncommon, Rare, Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Medium Bullets
Magazine Size: 30
Damage: 30/31/33/35/36
Fire Rate: 5.5 (0.18s)
Reload Time: 2.3s/2.2s/2.2s/2.1s/2.1s

The standard assault rifle spans the entire height of the rarity ladder, which means it’s difficult to talk about the weapon as a whole. While little separates them in terms of damage and reload time, the true modifier is accuracy. You’ll find the Grey and Green variants will have very large bloom after a few shots, and it’s difficult to hit enemies at long or even mid-range. But at the other end of the spectrum, the Epic and Legendary SCARs are much more reliable (though still not as much as some other weapons on this list).

Burst Assault Rifle

Rarities: Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Medium Bullets
Magazine Size: 30
Damage: 32/33
Fire Rate: 4.06 (0.25s)
Reload Time: 2.5s/2.3s

Burst ARs sacrifice a little bit of damage and a lot of sustain, and in return gives you a more accurate weapon that can deal a stunning amount of damage in the blink of an eye. The V7.10 Patch Notes vaulted all Burst ARs below Epic rarity, so the only ones you’ll find now are the powerful FAMAS variants. The accuracy of this gun’s three-shot burst allows you to end a lot of fights before they begin. Just breathe, aim for the head, and make sure you keep an SMG with your Burst to give you some more sustain ability.

Suppressed Assault Rifle

Rarities: Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Medium Bullets
Magazine Size: 30
Damage: 32/33
Fire Rate: 5.5 (0.18s)
Reload Time: 2.2s/2.1s

My personal favourite assault rifle, the Suppressed AR deals around the same damage as a Blue AR, with the substantial and underrated advantage of having a built-in silencer which makes it so much more difficult for your enemies to pinpoint you as you gun them down from afar. The SupAR is more accurate than a standard AR with its first 2-3 shots, but then bloom quickly overwhelms the gun, so be sure to fire in a semi-auto burst style for maximum effectiveness.

Heavy Assault Rifle

Rarities: Rare, Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Medium Bullets
Magazine Size: 25
Damage: 44/46/48
Fire Rate: 3.75 (0.27s)
Reload Time: 2.8s/2.7s/2.5s

The Heavy AR is a real monster in terms of damage. This relative newcomer has the ability to shred an enemy at close, medium and even long range, but its accuracy means that, as with all assault rifles, you shouldn’t just hold down the fire button until you run out of bullets. A slower rate of fire, slower reload time, and reduced magazine size all attempt to mitigate the sheer power of this gun, but the truth is even a Blue Heavy AR is arguably worth taking over a Gold SCAR as things currently stand. Remember, flat damage is king in Fortnite, as long as you know how to use it.

Our Fortnite Assault Rifle tips page is worth a look if you’re wondering how best to use all the different kinds of ARs at your disposal in real match situations.


SMGs & LMGs

Submachine Gun

Rarities: Common, Uncommon, Rare
Ammo Type: Light Bullets
Magazine Size: 30
Damage: 17/18/19
Fire Rate: 12 (0.08s)
Reload Time: 2.4s/2.3s/2.2s

The Submachine gun is rather lonelier than it used to be, with just the Compact SMG for company. We used to have Tactical SMGs and Suppressed SMGs to choose from, but now we’re left with the bogstandard – which is, admittedly, still very useful. Not as powerful as a Compact, but the magnificent rate of fire of a SMG makes even a paltry 17 damage hurt like hell at close range. Even a Grey SMG is effective at bursting down structures or breaking into opponents’ 1x1s and delivering quick damage before they have time to react.

Compact SMG

Rarities: Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Light Bullets
Magazine Size: 40
Damage: 20/21
Fire Rate: 10 (0.1s)
Reload Time: 3.1s/3s

Technically, a Gold Compact SMG doesn’t deal as much DPS as a Blue SMG, but in reality, Fortnite close-quarters combat involves a lot of jumping and ducking and dancing around each other, and not all of those shots are going to hit. This is why the Compact SMG is so powerful. A higher clip size and greater damage per shot means you are more likely to win these frantic close-range encounters than not. Its weakness is its reload time, which puts you out of action for a good three seconds, so don’t reload until you know you’re safe for the next few moments.

Minigun

Rarities: Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Light Bullets
Magazine Size: N/A
Damage: 18/19
Structure Damage: 32/33
Fire Rate: 12 (0.08s)
Reload Time: N/A

With the Light Machine Gun vaulted back in September 2018, the Minigun is the only LMG in the game… and it’s not great. Sure, it has its uses, particuarly in Duos or Squads, because one of you can put the pressure on with the Minigun while the other can, y’know, play the game properly. But in reality all you need to do against a Minigun-spammer is relax, aim for the head, and kill them before they kill you. Using a Minigun nearly holds you still as you shoot, and its DPS is just not high enough to contend with a shotgun, SMG, Heavy AR, or basically any other weapon your opponent happens to have. Good for a laugh, but undeserving of its Epic/Legendary rarities, and generally not worth sacrificing a slot on your hotbar.

If you can’t quite get the hand of SMGs and LMGs, our Fortnite SMG tips page is here to answer all your questions and see you through to SMG-spam greatness.


Explosives (including Throwables)

Rocket Launcher

Rarities: Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Rockets
Magazine Size: 1
Damage: 116/121
Structure Damage: 394/413
Fire Rate: 0.75 (1.33s)
Reload Time: 2.7s/2.5s

The sound of a Rocket Launcher firing strikes fear into the hearts of the unprepared. This slow-firing explosive weapon is best used in tandem with other weapons; if you’re trying to break down an opponent’s walls at a longer range, your aim should be to fire your rocket, then switch to an AR or sniper (or hand cannon!) and break down the wall where the rocket will hit just before it collides. If you can time this correctly, the enemy is toast – or at least, really badly wounded bread. As with the minigun, your strategy against this weapon should be to remain calm, wall up properly, and stay on the move to prevent the above combo from landing on you.

Grenade Launcher

Rarities: Rare, Epic, Legendary
Ammo Type: Rockets
Magazine Size: 6
Damage: 100/105/110
Structure Damage: 375/394/413
Fire Rate: 0.75 (1.33s)
Reload Time: 3s/2.8s/2.7s

The Grenade Launcher, while dealing less damage per rocket than the Rocket Launcher, should be treated with even greater caution. The arc and the time delay of the grenades make them more difficult to predict and fight against, so the best option against Grenade-spam is to just get out of there. As for using the Grenade Launcher, there’s little in the way of finesse with this weapon. Its main benefit is to sow confusion and fear, and against an unprepared player – and sometimes even top-tier players – a Grenade Launcher is the source of a quick and easy kill.

Grenade

Rarity: Common
Drop Stack Size: 3
Max Stack Size: 10
Damage: 100
Structure Damage: 375

In some ways, a full stack of grenades can be even more potent than a Grenade Launcher, thanks to the ability to aim more accurately with a handheld grenade than a launcher, and the fact that the standard grenade has less of an audio cue than the Grenade Launcher. Add to this the fact that the Grenades are infuriatingly common and easy to use, and you’ve got some serious firepower at hand.

Dynamite

Rarity: Uncommon
Drop Stack Size: 3
Max Stack Size: 10
Damage: 70
Structure Damage: 800

Dynamite sacrifices a little bit of damage and a little bit of spawn probability compared to the Grenade, but makes up for it with a colossal blast radius that deals a whopping 800 damage to structures – enough to destroy even fully-built metal. The blast area is actually a short, fat cylinder rather than a sphere, so the vertical axis is the best method of avoiding these explosions. Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on your role in this scenario – Dynamite cannot be thrown very far at all, so you have to get up close and personal in order to use them, by which time the enemy may already be upon you. So you’ll need to choose your moment to use this item carefully.

Stink Bomb

Rarity: Epic
Drop Stack Size: 3
Max Stack Size: 6
Damage: 10 damage per second for 9 seconds
Structure Damage: 0

The most obnoxious item in the game by a country mile, Stink Bombs are just useless enough to replace with most other items, but just powerful enough to kill you when other players decide to keep them. These vials explode on impact, dealing no damage to structures but creating a cloud of gas which quickly eats away at the health of those caught within. Very useful for harassing players holed up in 1x1s.

Boom Box

Rarity: Epic
Drop Stack Size: 2
Max Stack Size: 6
Damage: 0
Structure Damage: 200 damage per “beat” for 18 seconds

It’s a stretch classing the Boom Box as an “Explosive throwable”, but I guess it is a throwable, and I guess it has a “blast radius”, so what the hey. This newcomer can’t be thrown so much as dropped at your feet, but after a moment of warming up the Boom Box begins to blare out music, creating a shockwave with every beat that wrecks all structures in its blast radius, effectively creating a “no-build” zone for the next 18 seconds, or until the Boom Box is destroyed. Useful for quickly destroying a build, and therefore very popular with third parties looking to cash in on a nearby 1v1, but most players would abandon the Boom Box for more useful items such as Explosives or Shields later on.

We’ve put together a focused, advanced guide on making use of all these Explosive weapons to earn more kills, so if you’re interested take a look at our Fortnite Explosives tips page.


Pickaxe

And finally, some brief words on the humblest but in many ways most powerful of all weapons available to you in Fortnite. The pickaxe is actually used very often in the first few seconds of each match, because after a buff in the 6.30 Patch Notes, each swing of the Pickaxe deals a weighty 20 damage to your assailant. If two of you land on the same roof, the one who starts pickaxing immediately will nearly always prevail over the one who tries to break open the roof and find a weapon.

Sometimes a pickaxer can even beat someone who has found a weapon early on – particularly if all they found was a hunting rifle or something else not suited for close quarters combat. The point is, don’t underestimate the danger of a wild pickaxe-swinger in the first moments after you land.

 

Well, that more or less wraps everything up. Hopefully you’ve learned a thing or two from this guide, and you can now take to the rooftops of Tilted Towers with a spring in your step and the right gun in your hands. We’ll be updating this page as new adjustments and updates arrive, so do yourself a favour and bookmark this page, so you can always be in the know.

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