Fornite Chapter 2 Season 8 is here, and with it came numerous adjustments to the available weapons in the game. There are some new mythic weapons at the top of the meta, and the return of some familiar favorites in the standard weapon category. Here is our complete weapon tier list for Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 8!
Note, this only includes weapons that have been usable in this season. The new stuff that is coming down the pipeline will be added to this list as we get it in-game!
You can only get this exotic weapon from a loot lama, and it is very powerful. This thing takes up two inventory slots and can hold up to five charges of slurp. Each charge can be fired at yourself or your teammates and will heal targets hit in its splash radius for both shields and health. The Chug Cannon is an amazing thing to have in a fight when you need instant heals, and it only gets more valuable the bigger your squad is.
The Sideways Rifle is the newest mythic weapon in Fortnite Season 8. This gun can only be acquired by entering the sideways, or by taking it off a player who did. This has a high base damage model, dealing 34 per hit base, and can hit for even more based on how long you fire the gun. Its stupid good, and definitely top tier.
Miniguns have always been a powerful tool in Fortnite, but this new sideways minigun hits different. This gun gets a bonus fire rate when the gun gets hotter, so the longer you shoot the scarier it gets. It's definitely one of the most powerful weapons in Fortnite Season 8 and is unquestionably Tier S.
Suppressed Assault rifle
The Suppressed Assault rifle is back in Fortnite Season 8, and it is as useful as ever. This gun keeps you difficult to detect and offers one of the most controllable recoil patterns in the game. This one is Tier S, tottering on the edge of Tier A, but in my book I would rather have this than most other weapons in the game.
What can I say, I am old school? The pump shot gun, even after the tragic removal of double pump tech from the early seasons, is still pretty solid for upclose. In build fights, there are few guns that can outperform this weapon and it is a go-to in most any close range duel.
It may be standard, but it still packs a punch. The standard rifles, especially at high rarities like the Scar, remain deadly as ever in Fortnite. Their perfect balance of long and middle range potential, which can also work in close quarters in a pinch, keep this gun near the very top of the rankings in Fortnite Season 8.
The Charge Shotgun is an upgrade option for the lever-action shotgun. This gun has always polarized the player base, with some people loving it and others hating it. I tend to think it has a lot of potential for those who have mastered it, and It is definitely one of the better close quarter options in Fortnite Season 8.
Rockets can kill people and kill builds, what more do you want? Oh, you wanted a usable amount of ammo? The game says no, so rockets are Tier A.
Automatic Sniper Rifle
There aren't too many options for long-range rifles this season, so the Automatic Sniper Rifle's stock is up in comparison to the capabilities of most other guns. This odd sniper rifle requires a few hits to kill, but it also has a pretty fast fire rate for a sniper. Once you get used to it, this gun can definitely get some work done at range.
Burst Assault rifles
Bursts aren't bad, but I generally would take an equivalent automatic assault rifle over the burst rifle. The space between firing make bursts difficult to use reliably in closer ranges, and generally a burst demands you require your target more often. Is it usable? Yes. Can it win games? Absolutely. It's just not the best in the game this season. That said, this is one of those things that probably comes down to personal preference.
Standard submachine guns
As always, submachine guns remain perfectly reliable. But they are outperformed by many shotguns in close range, and their mid-range potential is very low. A purple submachine gun is still going to shred enemies and builds at close range, but I think generally the submachine gun class is overshadowed by the shotgun class this season.
Lever Action Shotgun
I think the Lever Action Shotgun is serviceable, but in comparison to Pumps or SMGs I have found it wanting. It has a slow fire rate, which forces me to slow my playstyle down more than I would like to. I think the gold variant of this gun is still worth having, but in the lower levels of it I would drop it for most anything else.
Its bad, okay? The standard pistol may be slightly better than it was in the very first season of Fortnite, nigh on a century ago (it feels like), but they remain at the very bottom of the Fortnite meta food chain.
It's good for fishing, just maybe not killing people?
Note: I have heard reports that the lever-action rifle is back in the game, but I haven't run into one yet. If I do I will update my list.
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Aaron is an esports reporter with a background in media, technology, and communication education.