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Best weapons in Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7: Ultimate gun tier list

Published: 4/Aug/2021 10:40

by Daniel Megarry

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With a reworked loot pool and a new set of IO Tech weapons, Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 7 has completely shaken up the game. Now that the Grab-Itron and Plasma Cannon have been released, an updated weapons tier list has formed.

Season 7 of Epic Games’ hit battle royale Fortnite introduced loads of changes to The Island, but the biggest update to the weapon pool is the addition of IO Tech weapons, four powerful and futuristic guns that can be found in high-tier chests.

The versatile Pulse Rifle is fully automatic by the hip but slower when ADS, the Recon Scanner reveals nearby enemies, the Rail Gun requires precision with a deadly payoff, and the Kymera Ray Gun fires a continuous beam of energy.

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With the vaulting of Makeshift and Primal weapons, as well as plenty of 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 7 best weapons ranked

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IO Tech weapons have really shaken things up.

Our ranking has been formed by taking into account stats, community feedback, and our own in-game experiences since Season 7 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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S Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Rail Gun 94 2.7 seconds 1 Rail Gun Fortnite
Burst Assault Rifle 146 2.3 seconds 20 Burst Assault Rifle
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 Rail Gun. Some believe it’s OP, but we honestly don’t think it is. The long charge time is a decent pay-off for a devastating single blast, and they’re the perfect counter for UFOs. We’ve also added the Grab-Itron, as it can be deadly in the right situation.

Longtime Fortnite players will know the SCAR more than deserves its place in the S Tier, and the Rocket Launcher packs a powerful punch in the right situation. The Burst Assault Rifle makes a triumphant return, too. Stick with these, and you’re onto a winner.

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A Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Grab-Itron N/A 0.9 seconds 1 Fortnite Grab-Itron
Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle 38.28 2.5 seconds 1 Bolt Action Sniper Rifle
Tactical Shotgun 132 5.1 seconds 8 Tactical Shotgun Fortnite
Pump Shotgun 81.2 3.7 seconds 5 pump shotgun
Rapid Fire SMG 255 1.3 seconds 26 Rapid Fire SMG
Assault Rifle 181.5 2.3 seconds 30 fortnite assault rifle
Heavy Assault Rifle 174.25 2.5 seconds 25 heavy assault rifle fortnite

With the Primal season’s Bows vaulted, players will be glad to see the Bolt-Action Sniper Rifle is back – an excellent choice if you’re skilled enough to use it. Both the Tactical Shotgun and Pump Shotgun are brilliant, although we do lean slightly towards Tactical.

The Rapid Fire SMG has an incredible 255 DPS in its most rare variety, so grab it if you see it. As always, both the Assault Rifle and Heavy Assault Rifle are very reliable options, and which one you choose will mostly come down to personal preference.

We’ve also added the new Grab-Itron weapon to the A Tier. It can be absolutely deadly in the right situation (launching cars at opponents and builds is particularly satisfying), but at the same time, it can also be useless if there are no objects around, which is why it doesn’t quite make S Tier.

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B Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Kymera Ray Gun 165 2 seconds ∞ Cooldown Kymera Ray Gun
Pulse Rifle 151.2 2.85 seconds 16 Pulse Rifle
Lever Action Shotgun 108.5 5.4 seconds 6 lever action shotgun
Submachine Gun 220 1.9 seconds 35 fortnite smg

Two of the new Fortnite Season 7 weapons end up in the B Tier. The Kymera Ray Gun shows promise, and having unlimited ammo is a great feature, but that continuous laser beam is a complete giveaway for your location.

The Pulse Rifle, meanwhile, is a perfectly fine option but struggles because it’s just a little bit average. As always, the Submachine Gun is a great mid-tier option that packs a punch but shouldn’t be relied upon to get you that Victory Royale.

Finally, the Lever Action Shotgun is a tricky one – there’s certainly nothing wrong with it, but most players used it as a replacement for the Pump. Now that’s back in the loot pool, there’s not really that much use for it.

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C Tier Weapons

Weapon DPS Reload Time Mag Size Image
Plasma Cannon 33 1 1 plasma cannon
Recon Scanner 15 15 seconds 2 Recon Scanner
Hand Cannon 62.4 2.1 seconds 7 Fortnite Hand Cannon

The new IO Tech Recon Scanner is 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.

Next in the C Tier is the Hand Cannon. It’s a surprisingly powerful weapon, and if you manage to land a headshot you might even get a one-shot elimination. But a slow fire rate holds it back from becoming essential in your Fortnite loadout.

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Finally, we’ve added the Plasma Cannon to the C Tier. While it can rip through buildings and enemy structures with ease, it only really works as a support to a primary weapon like an Assault Rifle or Shotgun. It’s also rendered useless after five shots as you can’t get ammo for it.

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 7 progresses, so check back soon to make sure you’re using the very best weapons on offer.


That’s it for our Fortnite Season 7 weapons tier list. The addition of IO Tech weapons has left things looking very different from previous seasons, and it’s probably the biggest change we’ve seen so far in Chapter 2.

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.