The release of any Fortnite season is always a special one, as it seems Epic has a way of captivating gaming fans worldwide with its dramatic season-ending events. This was once again the case, as we all witnessed the epic battle between the Marvel characters and the devourer of worlds, Galactus.
Now, a brand new season of Fortnite has been released all over the world. Chapter 2 Season 5 is looking to be one of the best in quite some time, with much needed changes being brought in to shake up the meta and the dynamics of the game. As per tradition, Fortnite’s arsenal of weapons have been chopped and changed this season, so you’ll need to be on guard if you’re looking to snatch a few victory royales.
So if you’re looking to get the upper hand on your opponents, read on, because we’re about to break down the best weapons for the job right here, right now.
Without further ado, here are is our Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 weapon tier list.
This tier is reserved for the top picks for your Fortnite arsenal – the best weapons that will be your go-to in most scenarios. These are the weapons most professional players will be carrying most of the time too. If you come across one of these in your games, make sure you pick it up or upgrade it to one of the higher rarities.
Epic and Legendary assault rifle (scar)
The SCAR has always been regarded as one of the best weapons in the game, topping the tier lists season after season. Offering 35 damage to the body, finding these rifles for the middle to late game is an absolute game changer.
Heavy Assault Rifle
This may seem like a controversial choice, but hear us out. The Heavy Assault Rifle makes a return to the Fortnite loot pool after a few seasons, and it’s one of the most formidable in the game. If you plan on using it, make sure you take your time when aiming and learn its recoil pattern.
Although this is one of the worst weapons to get straight after dropping, the Sniper Rifles in Fortnite are among the deadliest weapons in the game. The ability to one-shot headshot a player across the map is incredible.
A little step down from Tier 1, these Tier 2 weapons are probably the ones you’ll feel most comfortable with, but don’t pack as much of a punch as the above.
The highest iteration of the submachine gun has returned this season and it is still one of the best guns the game has to offer. Quickly switching to a P90 during a fight will be one of the go-to plays this season, mark our words.
One of the most popular weapons in the game and it’s returned for Chapter 2 Season 5. Tactical Shotguns will be another viable option for players looking to get up close and personal, so keep your eyes peeled when looting.
This weapon can be pretty hard to find, but it is a must-have if you find one. Offering great damage with an incredible splash radius, the Rocket Launcher is, and always will be, one of the best weapons in Fortnite. The reload time is a little lengthy, but if you hit your shots it can one-shot opponents.
Tactical Submachine gun
This weapon is nowhere near as powerful as it once was, but it still gets the job done. An insanely high fire rate separates this weapon from the other SMGs. It’s also the perfect weapon to use after a particularly spicy drop.
Double Barrel Shotgun
Two shots are all this weapon needs to eliminate players and it returns in Season 5. Expect it to be one of the most popular weapons this time around for its deadly damage – but make sure you don’t miss if you’re using it.
Tactical Assault rifle
Once called the John Wick weapon, this powerful rifle makes a comeback in Season 5. The only way to obtain this weapon is through eliminating henchmen at specific locations, but it is well worth the hassle. Severe damage and high-fire rate are the most significant factors for using this weapon.
Moving another tier down now and this one is reserved for weapons that might not be your first choice. Some of these might be controversial depending on your playstyle, so take some of these with a pinch of salt.
A new weapon introduced for this season, the Dragon Shotgun has left a pretty good impression so far. However, it is far too early for us to make a solid prediction on where this’ll sit in the tiers, so we’ll update this guide with a better placement once the season progresses.
The submachine gun isn’t always the best option, especially since its fire rate has been nerfed. It falls well below the stats of the Tactical Submachine Gun, but it still does a relatively decent amount of damage.
Common, Uncommon, and Rare pump shotguns
The other three variants of the Pump Shotgun find their way down here in Tier 3 for various reasons. One of the biggest complaints of players using these guns is that their damage rate isn’t very consistent. Combine this with the fact it cannot deal 200 damage with one shot, there’s really no reason why you shouldn’t be upgrading this to the Epic version.
This tier is reserved for weapons that are average at best, so use these at your own risk.
The shotgun that was originally added to replace the Pump Shotgun during Chapter 2 Season 3 has returned again. But not a lot has changed since its last appearance, so it’ll take a while to get accustomed to it.
Storm Scout Sniper
One of the most interesting weapons to be added to Fortnite, the Storm Scout Sniper Rifle allows you to get a sneak peek of the next storm circle. While it’ll allow you to rotate earlier than most, the gun doesn’t deal much damage and can often leave you struggling in big fights.
Common, Uncommon, and Rare Burst Assault Rifles
The non-AUG variants of the Burst Assault Rifle come in at Tier 4 simply because it deals average damage and has a slow fire rate. It might be handy to have in the early stages of a game, but you’ll need to ditch it quickly to stay in the ring.
There’s a lot of debate surrounding the use of the pistol in Fortnite. While it’s a good weapon to have shortly after dropping, the gun does have a slow fire rate, making it impossible to pressure your enemy at a distance. There might be some positives with the pistol, but there aren’t enough to place it higher in our tier list.
We’re scraping the barrel with Tier 5, but what did you expect? These weapons should only be used if there’s nothing else around.
Once upon a time, the Combat Shotgun was one of the deadliest weapons ever made in Fortnite. It’s been nerfed so much though that it’s now considered a liability to carry it. With inconsistent damage and reduced range, this shotgun is terrible.
The Scoped Revolver makes an unwelcome return to Fortnite in Chapter 2 Season 5. There’s not really much to say about this gun other than avoid it. Its slow rate of fire makes it hard to defend, although its scoped capabilities can be useful to spy on your enemies.
So that’s it for our Fortnite weapons tier list. Make sure to check back after each update to see where you’re favourite guns land.