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Best weapons in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8: Ultimate gun tier list

Published: 16/Sep/2021 11:45 Updated: 19/Sep/2021 0:41

by Daniel Megarry

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With a reworked loot pool and a new set of Sideways weapons, Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 has shaken up the ‘best weapons’ in the game. Now that the dust has settled on the seasonal update, a tier list has formed.

Season 8 of Epic Games’ hit battle royale Fortnite introduced loads of changes to The Island, but the biggest update to the loot pool is the addition of Sideways weapons, which are powerful guns that can be found in the new Sideways zones.

The Sideways Rifle is incredibly powerful in one-on-one shootouts, while the Sideways Minigun is great for ripping through teams of enemies. Both weapons deal bonus damage the closer they get to overheating, putting them into a superpowered state.

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With the vaulting of most IO Tech and alien weapons, as well as some returning favorites, this season has really switched things up. It’s left many players scrambling to figure out which weapons are the best – and which ones are worst.

Fortnite Season 8 best weapons ranked

Fortnite Season 8 weapons
Epic Games
Sideways weapons have really shaken things up in this season of Fortnite.

Our ranking has been formed by taking into account stats, community feedback, and our own in-game experiences since Season 8 launched. Naturally, the S Tier represents the best in class, while the D Tier should probably be avoided.

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.

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Fortnite S Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Sideways Rifle 133 2.1 seconds Sideways Rifle
Rail Gun 94 2.7 seconds 1 Rail Gun Fortnite
Rocket Launcher 97.5 2.5 seconds 1 fortnite rocket launcher
SCAR (Legendary Assault Rifle) 198 2.1 seconds 30 Fortnite SCAR

Kicking off our S Tier (or God Tier, if you prefer) is the new Sideways Rifle. It deals incredible damage, feels great to use, and has a superpowered state, making it the best weapon in Season 8. It’s closely followed by the powerful Rail Gun, which remains from the previous season.

Longtime Fortnite players will know that the SCAR – the Legendary version of the Assault Rifle – more than deserves its place in the S Tier, and the Rocket Launcher packs a powerful punch from a distance. Stick with these four weapons, and you’re onto a winner.

Fortnite A Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Sideways Minigun 168 4 seconds Sideways Minigun
Automatic Sniper Rifle 164 3.4 seconds 16 Automatic Sniper Rifle
Pump Shotgun 81.2 3.7 seconds 5 pump shotgun
Rapid Fire SMG 255 1.3 seconds 26 Rapid Fire SMG
Burst Assault Rifle 146 2.3 seconds 20 Burst Assault Rifle
Assault Rifle 181.5 2.3 seconds 30 fortnite assault rifle

The new Sideways Minigun just about misses the S Tier. It’s perfect for ripping through multiple enemies and will deal extra damage when it’s close to overheating. We do prefer the Sideways Rifle, but both are brilliant for different situations.

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With the Bolt-Action vaulted, the Automatic Sniper Rifle takes its place in the loot pool, and while it’s not quite as useful, it’s still a necessity as the only easily-accessible sniper in this season of Fortnite. Similarly, with the Tactical Shotgun vaulted, the Pump reigns as the go-to shotgun.

Elsewhere, the Rapid Fire SMG has an incredible 255 DPS in its most rare variety, so grab it if you see it. The Heavy Assault Rifle has unfortunately been vaulted, leaving the good ol’ Assault Rifle as your next best option. It’s always a reliable choice.

Fortnite B Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Submachine Gun 220 1.9 seconds 35 fortnite smg
Lever Action Shotgun 108.5 5.4 seconds 6 lever action shotgun

There’s not much happening in the B Tier this season. The Submachine Gun remains a great mid-tier option that packs a punch but shouldn’t be relied upon to get you that Victory Royale. Replace it with the Rapid Fire SMG if you get the chance.

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Next, we have the Lever Action Shotgun, which is a tricky one; there’s certainly nothing wrong with it, but most Fortnite players use it as a replacement for the Pump Shotgun. Ever since the Pump returned to the loot pool, there’s not really much need for the Lever Action here.

Fortnite C Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Charge Shotgun 130 3.9 seconds 5 Fortnite Charge Shotgun
Recon Scanner 15 15 seconds 2 Recon Scanner

While it’s considered by Epic to be an upgrade for the Pump Shotgun, the Charge Shotgun is incredibly polarizing among Fortnite fans, and we fall towards the ‘dislike’ end of the spectrum. It can deal great damage, but the charging mechanism is both risky and frustrating.

Elsewhere in C Tier, the Recon Scanner is still an incredibly useful item if you can get your hands on it. It not only reveals nearby chests, but also enemies – perfect for close combat. It’s no good for actually dealing damage, though, which is why it ranks so low.

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Fortnite D Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Pistol 195.7 1.3 seconds 16 Fortnite Pistol

There’s just one weapon in our D Tier this season, and it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. Yes, it’s the humble Pistol. Even at its highest rarity, it’s no one’s first choice, and there’s a reason: It’s just not that great. Save your space.

We’ll be sure to update this ranking when more weapons get vaulted or unvaulted as Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8 progresses, so check back soon to make sure you’re using the very best weapons on offer.


That’s it for our Fortnite Season 8 weapons tier list. The addition of Sideways weapons has left things looking quite different from previous seasons, and there are more to come as the season progresses.

We’ll update this list when any new weapons get added in future updates. In the meantime, check out our dedicated Fortnite page for the latest news, guides, and leaks.