Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 6 tier list: The best weapons and how to craft them

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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. At the end of Season 4, we all witnessed the epic battle between the Marvel characters and the devourer of worlds, Galactus, but this season is taking things back to basics.

Now, a brand new season of Fortnite has been released all over the world. Chapter 2 Season 6 is looking to change things drastically, completely shaking up the meta and the dynamics of the game. As per tradition, Fortnite’s arsenal of weapons has been seriously 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.

Before we get into our Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 6 weapon tier list you’ll need to get the hang of crafting.

The Fortnite crafting system

Crafting in Fortnite

Yes, you read that right, Fortnite is getting crafting this season, which you can use to upgrade your weapons in a new tab in your inventory. While you’ll still be able to find most weapons as ground loot, crafting is the most consistent way of getting your hands on the best weapons.

To craft, you’ll first need a Makeshift weapon. You’ll find these literally everywhere, but try to make sure they’re as high level as possible, because when you craft with them, they’ll increase by one rarity.

You’ll also need to grab either four Mechanical Parts or four Animal Bones. These are new items that you can find by destroying vehicles or killing animals respectively. Yes, the likes of chickens and boars now roam the battlefield, so keep your eyes peeled. Animal Bones can also be mined from any skeletons or skulls you see lying around.

Then, head into your inventory and select the weapon you want to craft. You’ll have the option to go for a Primal weapon or its regular counterpart – the Shotguns and SMGs that you know and love. Primal weapons require Animal Bones and regular weapons require Mechanical Parts. As a rule, Primal weapons do more damage and Mechanical weapons are more accurate, but which should you go for? Our tier list explains all.

As of Fortnite update v16.10, the cost of crafting materials scales with the rarity of the Makeshift weapon you’re upgrading – the rarer the weapon, the more bones and parts you’ll need to craft it. However to offset this, all crafting materials can now be found as floor loot.

Fortnite Weapons Tier list

Tier 1

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.

Fortnite's Pump Shotgun against an orange background

Epic and Legendary Mechanical (Pump) Shotgun

The Pump Shotgun has been unvaulted and while it may have a relatively low rate of fire, it can deal a brutal 100 damage per shot if you’re accurate enough.

Rare variants of the Pump Shotgun are also easier to find than ever before thanks to crafting. All you need is to find a Rare Makeshift Shotgun, and you can craft it into an Epic Pump. At lower rarities the Pump Shotgun just doesn’t deal enough damage for our liking, so make sure to craft an Epic or Legendary variant or upgrade with an NPC.

The Pump Shotgun has also had a damage boost this season, from 100/110 for Epic and Legendary variants to 108/116. Less rare versions have a bigger damage boost, but all have had the headshot multiplier reduced from 2x to 1.75x.

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.

Fortnite's Primal Shotgun against an orange background

Primal (Drum) Shotgun

The Drum Shotgun is back, kinda, and it seems pretty powerful. By upgrading your Makeshift Shotgun using Animal Bones, you can get your hands on this short-ranged  monster. The Primal Shotgun is not quite the same as the Drum Shotgun, instead firing shells in two-round bursts, but it is still a deadly addition to your arsenal.

We like pairing it up with the Pump Shotgun – which does more damage – as you’re more likely to score consistent hits with a two-round burst after your initial damage. From our early experiences, both shotguns are well worth a spot in your inventory, and keeping hold of both can be useful if you have the space.

Tier 2

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.

Fortnite's Shockwave Bow against an orange background

Mechanical Shockwave Bow

The Mechanical Shockwave Bow is a brand new weapon for Chapter 2 Season 6, and can be crafted by combining a Mechanical Bow with a Shockwave Grenade.

Bows have replaced Sniper Rifles in Fortnite, but are nowhere near as broken. However, the best use for the Shockwave Bow is to aid your movement. Firing at your feet can boost you up into the air, perfect for launching an aerial assault or just escaping the zone.

Rocket Launcher

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.

Tier 3

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.

Makeshift Shotgun

The Makeshift Shotgun is the best Makeshift weapon in the game, but that’s not saying a lot. Available in Common, Uncommon, or Rare variants, it has a reasonable rate of fire and tight spread, but only has a two-round magazine.

It can fare you well in the early stages of a game, but we’d suggest upgrading it to a Mechanical Shotgun or Primal Shotgun at your first opportunity. The biggest complaints are the inconsistent damage rate and the fact you can’t deal 200 damage with one shot, upgrading or crafting are the only reasonable options.

Fortnite's SMG against a blue background

Submachine gun

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.

Makeshift (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.

Mechanical Explosive Bow

It takes a some crafting to get there, but once you’ve found (or crafted) a Mechanical Bow, you can combine it with six Grenades to make the Mechanical Explosive Bow which inevitably explodes on impact.

As with all bows added this season, you have to draw back the bowstring to ‘charge’ the shot and hit targets further away. And, while you can shoot further than you can throw a grenade, the explosion is a little lacklustre. Use this for flushing enemies out of cover, btu don’t expect to do massive damage unless you hit a headshot for that 2x multiplier.

Primal Flame Bow

The ability to shoot flaming arrows is cool, but that’s about it. The best thing about the Primal Flame Bow is that it grants you the ability to set bushes, trees, and wooden buildings on fire. This could prove useful for flushing opponents out of cover, but is too situational to place any higher than Tier 4.

Tier 4

This tier is reserved for weapons that are average at best, so use these at your own risk.


Primal Rifle

No first shot accuracy really kills the Primal Rifle, so we don’t know why you would craft this rather than its Mechanical counterpart, which acts like a regular Assault Rifle.

Yes, it does slightly more damage, but it’s not worth the trade – especially when you’re trying to hit targets further away.

Primal Stink Bow

Another upgraded Primal Bow, the smelly variant unleashes a cloud of poisonous gas that engulfs your enemies. You’ll need to get your hands on a Stink Fish or a StinkSac dropped by frogs and combine it with a Primal Bow in the crafting tab.

It’s good, immature fun, but hardly the deadliest weapon in the Fortnite arsenal.

Primal Pistol

The Primal Pistol is the third burst-fire pistol to be added to Fortnite, and it seems alright from our early use. It’s not something that we would pick up voluntarily, but if you’re dropping hot into The Spire and it’s all you can find, then you may have some luck.

Mechanical Bow

The Mechanical Bow is Fortnite’s Sniper Rifle replacement in Chapter 2 Season 6, but it doesn’t really do the same job. While it is accurate as fairly long ranges, its damage output isn’t anything to shout about, so we don’t see it getting much use unless it receives a serious buff.

Tier 5

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.

Makeshift weapons in Fortnite against an orange background

All other Makeshift Weapons

Makeshift weapons are all pretty useless. While the SMG and Shotgun have their uses (but are outclassed by their craftable cousins), the Makeshift Bow, Makeshift Revolver, and Makeshift Rifle are seriously bad.

However, they sit at the top of Tier 5 because you can use them to craft better variants. However, if you’re forced to use them as they are, we wish you all the best.

Primal Bow

Primal Bows are a new addition to Fortnite, but aren’t really worth the upgrade to be honest. The single-shot, long-ranged weapons need all the accuracy you can get, so we think you’d be better off crafting a Primal Flame Bow or Primal Stink Bow instead. Why you wouldn’t go down the Mechanical route is beyond us, though.


The Revolver makes an unwelcome return to Fortnite in Chapter 2 Season 6. 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 it does a fair amount of damage if you can score a headshot.

Every other weapon has been vaulted this season, including all Sniper Rifles and last season’s Mythic weapons.

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.

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