The difference between common, rare and epic weapons in Battlefield V Firestorm

Published: 25/Mar/2019 13:53 Updated: 26/Mar/2019 23:07

by Paul Cot


Battlefield V Firestorm is available to play right now. Players are still figuring out Criterion’s take on battle royale and the changes they have brought to the genre. One of them is the varying levels of weapons.

Common, rare and epic weapons

Primary weapons in Battlefield 5 Firestorm will come in three varieties: common, rare and epic. As the names suggest they are increasingly powerful.

Common weapons will come with a green army rank image, rare with blue and epic with pink.

Common weapons are the most basic versions of a particular gun. They will come without sights, smaller magazines and be harder to control. Rare weapons will add another level of functionality to the gun. These include close range sights, improved recoil, and quicker ADS.

Finally, epic weapons are the best version of that gun available. These reduce recoil further, add longer-range sights, extended mags and even faster bullets.

Battlefield V Firestorm is available to play now for Battlefield 5 owners…

Firestorm weapons

This begs the question, however, what are the specific differences between the guns? They are listed below.


The most effective weapons at very close range are shotguns. As long as you don’t miss your shot, in a close-range encounter you’re likely to win against someone with a rifle, or even SMG.

  • 12g Automatic – A frequently used shotgun
    • Rare provides an extended magazine and quick reload
    • Epic grants improved bullet penetration and also a heavy load.
  • M97 – A high damage shotgun that works at a slightly longer range
    • Rare M97 comes with improved ADS speed and slug rounds
    • Epic provides increased headshot damage and the Lattey close-range sight

Sub-machine guns

SMGs are best used close range due to their rapid fire rate. Using them anywhere longer than mid-range, will put you at a disadvantage, however.

  • MP40 – Your standard SMG and easy to control
    • Rare provides quicker ADS, reduced recoil and a reflex sight
    • Epic has improved ADS while stationary and moving on top of a close-range lens sight
  • Suomi KP/-31 – High recoil and fast firing
    • Rare has improved hipfire, quick deploy and a reflex sight
    • Epic has a higher rate of fire, reduced recoil and a reflex sight
  • STEN – An easier to use version of the MP40
    • Rare has improved hipfire, faster reload speed, and a reflex sight
    • Epic also has improved hipfire, minimizes recoil and is found with a reflex sight
  • Tommy Gun – Commonly known as the M1928A1
    • Rare reduces recoil, quick ADS and a reflex sight
    • Epic comes with an extended mag, reduced recoil, and a lens sight

Epic weapons along with powerful vehicles can be found in vehicle locks ups…


Rifles tend to be the go weapon category for most players. They are capable of killing over long-distances while still maintaining effectiveness at short-range.

  • Gewehr 43 – Your basic run and gun assault rifle
    • Rare provides quicker and improved ADS, along with an aperture sight
    • Epic gives you “faster” bullets, improved recoil and a ZF4 mid-range scope
  • M1A1 Carbine – High fire rate but low damage
    • Rare variant has quicker ADS and deploy speed, on top of a reflex sight
    • Epic comes with a useful extended mag, improved hipfire and a reflex sight
  • StG 44 – Accurate and high power
    • Rare reduces recoil, faster ADS, and has a reflex sight
    • Epic has further improved ADS speed, reduced recoil and a ZF4 mid-range scope
  • Gustloff Prototype – Close range assault rifle
    • Rare comes with reduced recoil, faster reload and a reflex sight
    • Epic has improved ADS, reduced recoil and reflex sight

Sniper Rifles

The higher skill but higher reward category of weapons. Snipers, and the long-range kills they can provide, will prove very effective as long as you can master them.

  • ZH-29 – Semi-automatic and high accuracy sniper
    • Rare comes with a bipod, quicker ADS, and a close-range sight
    • Epic provides “faster” bullets, improved ADS, and a mid-range scope
  • Kar98k – Bolt-action, powerful sniper
    • Rare provides a quicker deploy speed, improved ADS, and a close-range sight.
    • Epic rewards with a bipod, quick cycling of bullets, and a mid-range scope.
  • Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk l – Higher fire rate which results in effectiveness mid-range
    • Rare adds quick reload and quick deploy
    • Epic adds quick cycle and a bayonet

Machine guns

Effective at taking out multiple enemies, shooting down vehicles and holding objectives. Their high fire rate, high damage, and bigger clips are counteracted by their lack of mobility and recoil.

  • Bren Gun – Provides a top-loaded mag
    • Rare offers reduced recoil, quick reload, and an AA close-range sight
    • Epic Bren Gun utilizes “faster” bullets, an improved bipod, and the M84 mid-range scope
  • FG-42 – Smaller magazine but a fast fire rate
    • Rare provides quick and improved ADS, on top of the AA close-range sight
    • Epic grants reduced recoil, faster ADS while moving, and the ZFG42 mid-range scope
  • MG 42 – Very high rate of fire and relatively easy to use
    • Rare offers an improved flash hider, “faster” bullets, and the AA close-range sight
    • Epic has better cooling, a rate-of-fire boost, and the AA close-range sight.

Invariably picking up any epic gun will likely serve you better than sticking with a common variant of gun.

It will be interesting to see whether, and if, one of these guns, or type of guns, become the meta in Battlefield V Firestorm.


Battlefield 6 leaks: Release date, game modes, setting, rumors

Published: 19/Jan/2021 14:20 Updated: 19/Jan/2021 14:21

by Alex Garton


There’s a lot of speculation and rumors circulating about Battlefield 6 and where the title is going to be set. This is everything we know so far about the next installment in EA and DICE’s FPS franchise.

Alongside Call of Duty, Battlefield remains one of the most popular and long-standing FPS franchises on the market. The series has garnered a dedicated fanbase that enjoys large-scale battles fought across huge and expansive maps. They didn’t release a new game in 2020, so news that DICE was working on another game in the series for 2021 has fans very excited.

As with any upcoming release, leaks and rumors have begun to circulate about the next Battlefield game. These range from the game’s setting, the different modes, and even the release date of the upcoming title. Without further ado, here’s everything you need to know about EA’s Battlefield 6.

Battlefield 6 release date

Battlefield 5 promo
Battlefield 5 released all the way back in November of 2018.

At the time of writing, we don’t have an official release date for Battlefield 6. However, in a statement made to IGN, EA confirmed DICE “is focused on the future of Battlefield that we’ll be bringing to players in 2021.” In terms of when it will arrive this year, in the 2020 Q4 EA earnings call the publisher confirmed that Battlefield 6 will arrive in holiday 2021.

Although it’s no revelation hearing that the new Battlefield title will arrive this year, it at least confirms we shouldn’t have to wait too long before more details are revealed.

Since Battlefield 3, all mainline entries in the series have launched in either October or November. Of course, all of this information regarding a release date should be taken with a pinch of salt, as it is possible the game may be pushed back.

Where will Battlefield 6 be set?

Battlefield Desert
The last two Battlefield titles have been set in the first and second World Wars.

As of yet, EA has not confirmed where the events of Battlefield 6 will take place or the game’s overall setting. This means currently the whole theme of the title is a complete mystery and has left players scratching their heads.

There is speculation that Battlefield 6 will take place in a modern setting as the previous two installments have been based in the past. This was backed by a leak posted to Reddit revealing that Battlefield 6 will be based in a World War 3 setting. However, as with any leak posted by an unknown source, there’s a very high chance the information is incorrect.

Another leak courtesy of industry insider Tom Henderson suggests the game may be a soft reboot of Battlefield 3. Again, this aligns with the idea that DICE is looking to go back to a modern setting and leave the World War one and two themes behind.

Either way, you can guarantee that DICE is closely guarding details of the game’s setting and we’re unlikely to find out more until a teaser or announcement is made.

 Battlefield 6 maps and modes

Battlefield 5 reveal
Rumors are circulating that Battlefield 6’s maps will be huge and host more players than ever before.

Although we’re still unclear of Battlefield 6’s exact setting, there have been some leaks on what we can expect to see from the game’s maps and modes.

Back in August of 2020, leaker Tom Henderson revealed that fans can expect to see maps designed to fit more than 128 players per match and that 32 versus 32 will be part of the game’s standard playlist.

It’s safe to say we can expect huge and expansive maps in Battlefield 6 that can hold more players than ever before. This is great news for any Battlefield fans that love the large-scale and war-like game modes the series has become associated with.

We’ll have to keep our eyes peeled for any more credible leaks that reveal new information on Battlefield 6’s gameplay and modes.

Battlefield 6 platforms

Battlefield 1 teaser
Battlefield 6 will be released on both next-gen consoles.

In a statement to GameSpot, EA confirmed Battlefield 6 will making the most of the new hardware and “targeting new innovation that will be enabled by next-gen platforms.”

Therefore, we can safely assume that Battlefield 6 will be releasing on the PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, and PC. In terms of the previous generation of consoles, rumors are circulating that a PS4 and Xbox One version of the game is being made by a separate studio. However, EA has not confirmed that this information is true.

Interestingly, EA also revealed why Battlefield 6 was not scheduled to release in 2020. According to the statement, “bringing out Battlefield [in 2020], where the new console base is fairly small, doesn’t really give justice to the potential of the title.”

This seems like a smart decision from EA and DICE as a lot of people are still struggling to buy next-gen consoles in early 2021. Waiting for the units to become more readily available will ensure they maximize sales at the game’s release.

Battlefield 6 battle royale

Battlefield 5 firestorm
DICE attempted to create a battle royale-style mode in Battlefield 5 called Firestorm.

It wouldn’t be a surprise to hear that DICE is planning on releasing a F2P battle royale alongside Battlefield 6. The overwhelming success of Call of Duty: Warzone is unmatched by any FPS in the genre, and the game has remained popular since its release back in March of 2020.

Industry insider Tom Henderson revealed that DICE was at one point considering making a battle royale title. It’s unclear whether the studio committed to the idea or scrapped it to focus on Battlefield 6.

There’s always a chance Battlefield 6 will simply contain a Battle Royale mode, similar to Battlefield V’s Firestorm. However, it’s more likely they’ll mirror the F2P model of Warzone and develop an entirely separate title to draw players in.

So far, that’s everything we know about DICE’s upcoming FPS title. Hopefully, as the year goes on, more details will emerge from various sources and EA themselves.

We’ll make sure to keep this article updated with all the latest leaks, rumors, and news on Battlefield 6.