Fortnite Battle Royale
Fortnite Battle Royale Description
The single-player or co-operative mode (played with friends) involves fighting off zombie-like creatures. Fortnite’s most popular mode is its standalone free-to-play multiplayer platform, Fortnite Battle Royale. This sees up to 100 players enter an online game, competing individually or as part of squads of up to four, to be the last player standing within a constantly decreasing battle arena.
Fortnite requires players to create an account in order to play. Children will be required to give an email address, which they will subsequently have to verify, and a username.
Fortnite weapons come in a variety of shapes and sizes, from the trusty pistol to the barnstorming rocket launcher. But, unlike PUBG, Fortnite Battle Royale weapons have a rarity scale, as detailed below:
- Grey – common
- Green – uncommon
- Blue – rare
- Purple – epic
- Gold – legendary
Best weapons in Fortnite
The AR is every player’s essential weapon for scoring fast kills during medium-range skirmishes due to its spacious 30-round magazine. They can be used during close-range combat, but they don’t pack as much of a punch as other gun types. The SCAR – the Legendary variant of the AR – is our favourite of the bunch as it packs a massive 198 damage-per-second output, although it has a slightly slower reload speed compared to its Common, Uncommon and Rare brothers. If you’re unable to find the elusive Legendary beast then the Burst Assault Rifle almost as good.
If you’ve just dropped and the Common or Uncommon M4 Assault Rifle is the only gun you can grab, you’ll be at an advantage during medium to long range combat but maybe consider running away if your opponent has a shotgun because your chances of prevailing during an ambush are slim.
The Thermal Scoped AR is also a fantastic contender, although it, unfortunately, has a heavy recoil so make sure you tap-fire instead of holding down when shooting it. It comes in Epic and Legendary variants and gives you a gigantic advantage over other players even if you don’t use it to shoot as its thermal scope shows unopened chests, Supply Drops and enemy heat signatures.
Lastly, the Scoped AR is our favorite weapon in the mobile version of Fortnite specifically since it works wonderfully with the game’s aim assist. It also packs 100% accuracy so it’s a great gun for those who struggle with staying accurate consistently. Just make sure you use it at medium to long range as it sadly has a slow fire rate.
The Tactical Submachine Gun is the best gun for early circles because it has a huge fire rate compared to others, meaning it can deal almost as much harm as more powerful, slower weapons despite having a low damage output. It comes in Uncommon, Rare and Epic versions and all three pack a punch – the latter is the one you want though as it deals a whopping 260 damage-per-second as opposed to the base variant’s 234.
Update: As of the week of July 23rd, the Compact SMG and Submachine Gun have replaced the Tactical Submachine Gun, which has been added to the Fortnite vault. We’ll have our impressions of where it sits alongside other weapons after some playtime soon.
Packing a gigantic 50-round magazine, our favorite is the recently added Rifle-SMG hybrid, the Drum Gun. With its Rare variant firing at a rate of 27, it’s fantastic for tearing down structures quickly – perfect for the final handful of circles.
Whilst the Minigun isn’t the best gun to use during combat due to its delayed firing, it is perfect for ripping opponents’ forts to shreds, even if they’re reinforced due to its unlimited magazine and absolutely no reload time. Our favorite machine gun is the Light Machine Gun though as it is incredible in close-range combat due to its 100-bullet magazine.
It doesn’t work too well when in long-range combat though so you’re better off switching to a different gun type entirely if you want a chance at winning a brawl against a foe with a more suitable weapon.
If long-range distance combat is your thing, then the Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle is your best friend. It’s the best sniper rifle in the game in our opinion as it can obliterate opponents with a single headshot, even if they have maximum health and shields.
It does have a really slow reload time, however, so make sure you’re either high above your opponent (such as on a mountain) or that they’re unaware of your location before you take a shot at them to avoid being taken out whilst you reload your single bullet.
The Semi-Automatic Sniper Rifle is the better option of the two if you prefer a gun with a faster reload time, although it’s the hardest weapon to find in the game and isn’t as strong. It has a bigger bullet capacity than the Bolt-Action too, with a magazine of 10 instead of one.
The Suppressed Pistol is one of the best guns for the very early circles as it allows you to get the drop on opponents from medium-range and eliminate them silently without alerting others to your location, working in your favor if you’re in a crowded area. It’s especially effective when trying to be sneaky as firing it from a hidden spot such as a bush or behind a car will confuse your foe when it comes to figuring out where the shots are coming from.
If you’re after a weapon that packs a punch at close-range then the Dual Pistol is a great choice as it takes only two headshots to kill off a fully healed and shielded enemy, with a shot to the chest taking a third of their health. The more common Pistol is also a fair contender if it’s all you can find as it has a heavy DPS at 155 through to 169 depending on rarity.
Rarer Fortnite guns are always best but DPS beats damage if you’re a poor shot.
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 the 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 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 its money at close range. A blue SMG kicks out 273 DPS, the highest of any gun in the game.
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 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 gunfight. 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 favor.