The 3 Best Weapons in Fortnite

The 3 Best Weapons in Fortnite
Alex LaFreniere

Alex LaFreniere

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If you ever hope to achieve that elusive Victory Royale in Fortnite, simply running and hiding isn’t going to cut it. Sooner or later, when that storm wall closes in, you’re going to end up fighting someone. When that happens, you want to make sure you have the right tools for the job, and that means grabbing some guns. However, inventory space is limited, and the arsenal of weapons in Fortnite can make choosing what weapons to keep and what to leave behind seem daunting. Fret not; we’ve put together a list of the top three best weapons to have on hand so you can be confident when the bullets start flying.

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1. Assault Rifle

Yes, that’s right. Not the SCAR, the normal, average Assault Rifle. So, why the humble assault rifle and not the venerable SCAR? The SCAR is good, yes, but also hard to find. Unless you’re doing some serious chest hunting or happen to stumble upon one on the body of a dead enemy, you’re far more likely to come across the Assault Rifle. Mastering this classic will put you at a clear advantage over those who bank on the SCAR’s superior stats to win. The Assault Rifle combines fully automatic fire with solid damage and accuracy. In a tight spot, you can hold down the trigger and loose a spray of bullets at your enemies, or take advantage of the gun’s accuracy to pick off enemies at range. The Assault Rifle is a solid all-around choice to keep on hand for a variety of combat scenarios, and should be a cornerstone of every player’s arsenal.

2. Tactical Shotgun

When things get up close and personal, nothing beats a shotgun, and when it comes to shotguns, the Tactical Shotgun reigns supreme. The debate surrounding Fortnite’s shotguns is contentious. The Pump Shotgun certainly has its own strengths, such as high damage and a longer range. However, when you have a split second to react after you turn the corner and run smack into an enemy, the Tactical Shotgun has a clear advantage. Range may be a good thing in some situations, but most scenarios which call for breaking out a shotgun will be in close quarters. The Tactical Shotgun’s high rate of fire allows for quick follow-up shots that will give you an edge in cramped spaces. A rapid fire barrage from the Tactical Shotgun at close range will cut through shields and drop an opponent in seconds.

3. Grenade Launcher

Though it does come with something of a learning curve, the Grenade Launcher offers clear advantages for those who can master this explosive addition to their arsenal. Rather than detonating on contact, grenades fired from this weapon will bounce off surfaces before detonating. Though this may seem like a drawback, a skilled player can use this feature to their advantage. Bouncing a grenade into an opponent’s fort can be the perfect way to deal with those pesky, dug-in players. Unlike its rival, the Rocket Launcher, the Grenade Launcher also offers a six-round magazine. Rather than having to worry about one carefully placed shot, you can inundate your enemy with grenades and watch the fireworks. Players that take the time to master this weapon’s quirks will find themselves with an indispensable addition to their arsenal.

Between gathering supplies, keeping an eye out for enemies, and staying ahead of the storm, the battlefield of Fortnite can be a chaotic place. Mastering the weapons on this list means you’ll have one less thing to worry about, and will make achieving your next Victory Royale that much easier.

Alex LaFreniere

Alex LaFreniere

Alex's first experience with video games came at the tender young age of 12, when his parents gave him and his brothers a PlayStation 2 for Christmas. They’ve probably been regretting that mistake ever since, because as soon he finished his first lap in Gran Turismo 3, Alex was hooked for life. In addition to writing for Softonic, Alex has turned that love of games into a voice acting career, and has voiced everything from grizzled old soldiers to vampire lords. When he's not gaming or getting behind the microphone, Alex can probably be found wandering the woods around Boston or putting together some new culinary delight in his kitchen.

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