Dropping into Fortnite can be daunting, especially if you don’t know which weapons are the best. This guide will teach you which weapons you should look for and which ones you should leave behind.
The start of every season of Fortnite brings a ton of new changes to the loot pool. That’s even more true for the start of a new Chapter.
In Fortnite Chapter 3, all of the familiar weapons from Chapters 1 and 2 have been replaced. No more pump shotguns or normal assault rifles. Instead, players are given an entire batch of new weapons.
This is exciting but also very confusing. Which weapons do you choose? If you’ve never used these weapons before, it’s impossible to know which ones you prefer. This tier list will help you decide which weapons you should take into battle.
All Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1 weapons ranked
Below is a list of all the available weapons in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 1. We’ve gone ahead and listed them from best to worst, but will go into greater detail about why these weapons are placed the way they are in their respective sections.
- MK-Seven Assault Rifle
- Stinger SMG
- Spider-Man Web-Shooters
- Hunter Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle
- Grenade Launcher
- Sidearm Pistol
- Harpoon Gun
- Auto Shotgun
- Ranger Assault Rifle
- Striker Pump Shotgun
Fortnite S-Tier Weapons
MK-Seven Assault Rifle – First off, we have one of the most ridiculously overpowered weapons in Fortnite history. This is the first weapon outside of snipers that puts players in first person when aiming down sights. It has no bloom and fires at an incredibly high rate. Players prefer the grey version of this weapon over a gold Ranger.
Stinger SMG – The SMG secondary meta is strong in Chapter 3, and it’s not just because shotguns are useless. The Stinger SMG rips through health bars, builds, and anything else standing in a player’s way. You may not even realize you’re being attacked by the time the Stinger is finished with you.
Spider-Man’s Web-Shooters – This isn’t necessarily a weapon, but it is one of the most sought-after items in the game. The Web-Shooters make for easy rotations, quick escapes, and unpredictable ambushes. You might as well be a sitting duck without the Web-Shooters.
Fortnite A-Tier Weapons
Hunter Bolt-Action Sniper – Snipers are officially back, and they are as useful as they’ve ever been. However, the lower rarity snipers are a bit disappointing. Even headshots from green snipers won’t kill a fully healed player.
Sidearm Pistol – What? A pistol in A-Tier? Yeah, it’s shocking, but a pistol is still a better close-range weapon than a shotgun. If you can’t find a Stinger, a Pistol and a quick trigger finger are the equivalents of a dollar store SMG.
Grenade Launcher – A late addition to Chapter 3, but the Grenade launcher is still as useful as it’s always been. Don’t want to engage in a build battle or see people fighting in skyscrapers? Knock ’em down, or blow away their health and builds with a few well-placed grenades.
Fortnite B-Tier Weapons
Harpoon Gun – The harpoon gun is in a weird spot. It’s not nearly as good as the Stinger or even the Pistol. But it’s far better than the Auto or Pump shotguns. With a consistently high damage output, this weapon/utility is a reliable way to take out opponents.
Fortnite C-Tier Weapons
Auto Shotgun – The Auto Shotgun is the only weapon in C-tier not because it’s good or bad, but because the rest of the weapons on this list are terrible. If you happen to be super close to an enemy and have an Auto Shotgun on hand, you might come out on top. But even with the fast fire rate, the lack of damage output may be what sends you back to the lobby.
Fortnite D-Tier Weapons
D-tier might as well be F-tier for the remaining weapons. The Striker Pump Shotgun and Ranger Assault Rifle are bottom-of-the-barrel weapons you will want to avoid.
The Striker Pump has a slow fire rate and a fraction of the damage output of the previous Pump Shotguns. If you can get three decent shots off with the Auto before you can fire your second with the Pump, there’s no sense in picking up a weapon like this.
The Ranger Assault rifle is also a lackluster weapon. It has the dreaded bloom that the MK-Seven gets rid of. And even though it has a higher damage output, the rate of fire is so poor it’s nearly impossible to get a second shot off before your opponent builds to protect themselves.