Best weapons in Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3: Ultimate gun tier list

Daniel Megarry
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With a reworked loot pool and a new set of guns, Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 has shaken up the ‘best weapons’ in the game. Now that the dust has settled on the seasonal update, a Fortnite guns tier list has formed.

Chapter 3 Season 3 of Epic Games’ hit battle royale Fortnite introduced loads of changes to the Island, not least the map itself, but the biggest update is the loot pool, with lots of new and unvaulted weapons available to add to your loadout.

The powerful DMR, with its long-distance sight and fast-firing abilities, has already risen to the top of the rankings, while shotgun fans will be pleased to know that the Two-Shot Shotgun is a brilliant addition to the meta.

It’s safe to say that Chapter 3 Season 3 has switched things up. It’s left many players scrambling to figure out which weapons are the best – and which ones are worst. We’re here to help with our Fortnite guns tier list.

Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 best weapons ranked

A picture of some of the best weapons in Fortnite

These are the best weapons currently available to use in Fortnite Chapter 3:

  • DMR
  • Stinger SMG
  • Combat SMG
  • E-11 Blaster Rifle
  • Heavy Sniper Rifle
  • Two-Shot Shotgun
  • Sidearm Pistol

Our ranking has been formed by taking into account stats, community feedback, and our own in-game experiences with these Fortnite guns since Chapter 3 Season 3 launched in June 2022.

Below, you’ll find each weapon separated into tiers, as well as stats and a description of how well they all perform. The S Tier represents the best in class, while the D Tier should probably be avoided.

All of the stats included are based on the highest-rarity versions available right now.

Fortnite S Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
DMR 145 2.12 seconds 10 DMR in Fortnite
Stinger SMG 252 2.12 seconds 30 Stinger SMG in Fortnite
Prime Shotgun 101 4.5 seconds 4 Prime Shotgun in Fortnite
E-11 Blaster Rifle 142.5 2 second cooldown The E-11 Blaster Rifle

The DMR is a brilliant addition to any loadout, giving you zoomed-in accuracy that helps target opponents from a medium-to-long distance. Unlike sniper rifles, it can fire multiple shots without having to reload, which makes it one of the best Fortnite guns this season.

When it comes to SMGs, your best option this season is the Stinger which we’d argue is an essential weapon if you’re looking to claim a Victory Crown. We previously featured the Combat SMG alongside the Stinger, but that’s sadly now been vaulted.

A new addition to this list is the Prime Shotgun, which is a brilliant addition to any loadout. It does have a slow reload speed and fire rate, but it’s also capable of one-shotting opponents who don’t have max shield, especially as it deals extra damage when fully loaded.

Rounding out the S Tier is the E-11 Blaster Rifle. With unlimited ammo and huge damage potential, it’s an excellent choice to have in your loadout – and the ‘pew pew’ sound effects are an added bonus. It’s a limited-time weapon, so make the most of it while you can.

Fortnite A Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Heavy Sniper Rifle 45.5 3.4 seconds 1 Heavy Sniper Rifle in Fortnite
Striker Burst Rifle 135 2.21 seconds 20 Striker Burst Rifle
Two-Shot Shotgun 102 7.14 seconds 8 Two-Shot Shotgun in Fortnite

The Heavy Sniper Rifle is one of the strongest weapons in Fortnite, dealing massive damage to opponents, structures, and vehicles. But if you don’t have good enough aim to land headshots on the first attempt, the slow reload and one-bullet clip could be an issue.

Now that the MK-Seven has been vaulted, the Striker Burst Rifle has taken its place. It’s not quite as good, with tricky recoil to master, but it still packs a punch and has the red-dot sight that players have enjoyed since Chapter 3 began.

Another new weapon this season is the powerful Two-Shot Shotgun. A painfully slow reload time can leave you exposed to almost-certain elimination when facing off against a skilled opponent, but it’s still the best shotgun you can use this season. Just make sure you land those two shots.

Fortnite B Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Sidearm Pistol 209.25 1.26 seconds 15 Sidearm Pistol in Fortnite
Ranger Assault Rifle 139.1 2.4 seconds 25 Ranger Assault Rifle in Fortnite
Hammer Assault Rifle 203 1.87 seconds 20 Hammer Assault Rifle in Fortnite
Charge SMG 336.4 1.36 seconds 30 Charge SMG in Fortnite

We never thought we’d be putting a pistol in the B Tier of Fortnite guns (previously, they’ve been C Tier at best), but the Sidearm Pistol has actually proven its worth on quite a few occasions, dealing an impressive amount of damage at close range – particularly headshots – with a very fast reload time.

As for the Ranger Assault Rifle, it’s pretty average as far as ARs go, but it’s not awful. The new Hammer Assault Rifle, meanwhile, has the potential to deal more damage but a difficult recoil and spread bring it down a few notches. Both are good but remain inferior to the Striker Burst Rifle.

The latest addition to our B Tier is the Charge SMG. Although it’s capable of dealing an insane amount of damage, the fact that you need to charge it up before shooting leaves you incredibly vulnerable to enemy attacks – and if you miss your shot, you’ll be even more exposed.

Fortnite C Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Auto Shotgun 147.6 5.4 seconds 8 Auto Shotgun
Revolver 99 1.8 seconds 6 Revolver

On paper, the Auto Shotgun sounds like a great upgrade from the regular shotguns of previous seasons, and it does have a solid damage-per-second capability. But in reality, it’s just not worth using, mostly due to a very slow reload time. Miss your shots, and you’ll probably be eliminated.

It’s a similar situation with the Revolver. It can be useful in close-range situations and does pack quite a punch, but its slow rate of fire means that if you miss, you’re leaving yourself wide open to damage. There are much better Fortnite guns this season.

Fortnite D Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Striker Pump Shotgun 81.9 4.5 seconds 5 Striker Pump Shotgun in Fortnite

There’s just one weapon in our D Tier this season, and that’s the Striker Pump Shotgun. This might come as a surprise, seeing as shotguns have been overpowered in the past, but it seems Epic went the other way with this one as it’s far too slow at firing for close-range gunfights.

As always, this ranking could end up shifting around as Epic Games rolls out Fortnite patch updates with new weapons and old classics throughout the season. But for now, this is how the state of play looks.

We’ll be sure to update this ranking when more weapons get vaulted or unvaulted as Fortnite Chapter 3 Season 3 progresses, so check back soon to make sure you’re using the very best weapons on offer.

That’s it for our Chapter 3 weapons tier list. The addition of new Fortnite guns has left things looking quite different from previous seasons, and there are more to come as the season progresses.

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