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Top 5 Best Guns in Fortnite: Battle Royale

Struggling with your weapon loadout? If you’re lucky enough to find one of these top 5 best guns the next time you’re playing Fortnite: Battle Royale then be sure to pick them up. Having the best long-range, mid-range, and close-range weapons is sometimes key to getting the Victory Royale.


Fortnite: Battle Royale from Epic Games is the game that the whole world is playing. It has been a long time since a game has taken over the gaming scene with such force and dominance. While the game is competitive for adults it is also fun and enjoyable for children. Minus the gore and blood that must shooting games are prevalent with, Fortnite: Battle Royale is a shooting game that is appropriate for most if not all ages. Like most online multiplayer shooting games, Fortnite is filled with various weapons for close, mid, and long-range combat. This article will list the best weapon from the following categories: pistols, shotguns, rifles, sniper rifles, and explosives. So if your in-game and see one of these firearms lying about be quick to scoop it up before someone else does.

Pistols: Hand Cannon (Deagle)

Top 5 Best Guns in Fortnite: Battle Royale
Pistols in Fortnite: Battle Royale are generally underpowered and almost no one uses them in end-game. If players are unlucky and land where there isn't much loot, sometimes, pistols are the only option, but when SMGs and shotguns are on the floor, pistols are pretty much obsolete. Perhaps the only exception to that is hand cannons also known as Deagles. Hand cannons have a slower fire-rate, but they have just as much distance as a sniper rifle and pack a strong punch.

Top 5 Best Guns in Fortnite: Battle Royale

When you're in close range combat, pistols will always lose against SMGs or shotguns. However, in mid-range to long range fights, sometimes hand cannons can come in handy. The hand cannon's accuracy and firepower make it our number one pistol in the game. 

Shotguns: Pump Shotgun

Top 5 Best Guns in Fortnite: Battle Royale
For skilled players or even novice players, the pump shotgun is by far the best close-range weapon currently available in the game. Regardless of the rarity, the lowest rarity pump shotgun will defeat the highest rarity tactical shotgun nine times out of ten. Why? Simply, the pump shotgun has the highest accuracy and strongest damage out of all the shotguns in the game. While preference may vary, if you watch Fortnite: Battle Royale streamers, you’ll notice that the vast majority of them will be hunting for a pump shotgun as their close-range weapon of choice.

Top 5 Best Guns in Fortnite: Battle Royale

In earlier versions of Fortnite: Battle Royale, the pump shotgun was vastly overpowered due to the ability to double-pump which is when players would carry two pump shotguns in order to fire 2 rounds instantly by simply switching weapons instead of waiting for the pump to reload. Epic Games did update the weapon to lessen the speed of the double-pump, yet it still remains the most powerful close-range weapon in the game.

UPDATE(6/19/2018): Since the V4.3 update by Epic Games, the pump shotgun has been significantly nerfed. The headshot multiplier has dropped from 2.5 to 2.0 as well as the overall damage was reduced by 10 points. Therefore, now the Heavy Shotgun is the most powerful shotgun in the game. 

Rifles: SCAR

Top 5 Best Guns in Fortnite: Battle Royale
This one should come as no surprise; the SCAR is the go-to and most sought after assault rifle in the game. Again preference may vary, but in terms of accuracy and power, the SCAR trumps all other assault rifles and burst rifles in the game. Essentially an upgraded version of the assault rifle, the SCAR has the ability to hit targets at long-range as well as mid-range.

Top 5 Best Guns in Fortnite: Battle Royale

Furthermore, due to its high damage rate and ability to spray, it can also be used in close-range when players are in a pinch or run out of shotgun ammo. All in all, the SCAR is the most versatile, powerful and accurate mid-range weapon in the game.

Sniper rifles: Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle

Top 5 Best Guns in Fortnite: Battle Royale
Now when it comes to sniper rifles, the online general gaming community seems split. Many people prefer the bolt-action sniper rifle, while many others swear by the semi-auto sniper rifle. While the accuracy may be the same, the bolt-action sniper is exponentially more powerful than the semi-auto.

It then becomes the question of what advantage you prefer: 1-hit headshot knockdowns or rapid fire-rate. Therefore, if you aren’t confident with your aim, you might want the semi-auto, but for most advanced players and almost every Fortnite streamer, the bolt-action is the sniper rifle of choice.

Explosives: Grenade Launcher

Top 5 Best Guns in Fortnite: Battle Royale
The grenade launcher vs. rocket launcher debate also has the Fortnite community split. However, the grenade launcher takes our top pick for explosive weapons in the game. The rocket launcher's weakness is its slow fire-rate(one rocket at a time) and ability to be defended against. All the player has to do when going up against a rocket launcher is build a wall. One click of the button and the rocket which took 3-5 seconds to fire and reload is blocked by a single wall.

Top 5 Best Guns in Fortnite: Battle Royale

Grenade launchers, on the other hand, can fire six grenades before having to reload. If timed correctly, the first three grenades can take down an opponents walls and the following three grenades can get in behind the damaged walls before the opponent can rebuild. When looked at side-by-side the stats in terms of damage are virtually identical, but the grenade launchers fire-rate and ability to bounce grenades off structures and landscapes make it better than the rocket launcher.

That's all for our top 5 weapons in Fortnite: Battle Royale. Disagree with our choices? Let us know in the comments below! As always, keep it with KeenGamer for everything Fortnite.

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