Fortnite Weapon Tier List: The Best Guns in Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2

What are the best guns in Fortnite right now?

by Thomas Cunliffe
Renegade Unner using a Lock On Pistol in Fortnite
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Fortnite Chapter Four Season Two brought a range of interesting new weapons to the game, each with distinctive abilities and stats. With so many options to choose from, it can be overwhelming when deciding what loot to pick up in the heat of battle.

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We’ve compiled this comprehensive tier list of Fortnite weapons based on their utility, damage, and usefulness during gameplay. Whether you’ve been playing since Renegade Raider was available to purchase or dropping onto the Island for the first time, this guide will help you choose the best weapons for you.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 Weapons – S+ Tier

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  • Heisted Run N’ Gun SMG
  • Heisted Blink Mag SMG
  • Heisted Accelerant Shotgun
  • Heisted Explosive Assault Rifle

Thanks to the combination of their Exotic-level stats and the added bonuses they provide, Heisted SMGs are the best Fortnite Chapter Four Season Two has to offer.

The Heisted Blink SMG allows you to use a Zero Point Dash after reloading, which can get you out of sticky situations in a (literal) flash or in the perfect flanking position to mow the enemy down quickly.

The Heisted Run N’ Gun SMG not only reloads itself when you sprint but also provides you with the Slap Effect for unlimited stamina. That’s right; this gun provides unlimited sprint while holding a weapon that can send a player back to the Lobby in just over a second and reload while you jolt to the next victim.

The Heisted Accelerant Shotgun performs well at both close and medium range and can fire incredibly fast thanks to its Heisted functionality. When dealing damage, the player gets the Pepper Effect, and the gun’s fire rate increases when dealing damage up to a maximum of 50%.

Finally, the Heisted Explosive Assault Rifle brings the heat with slow-firing explosive rounds and a first-person laser sight. This weapon especially excels in Duos, Trios, and Squads due to its splash damage and bonus damage to vehicles.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 Weapons – S Tier

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  • (Enhanced) Havoc Pump Shotgun
  • Highcard’s Havoc Suppressed Assault Rifle

The Havoc Pump Shotgun packs a serious punch at close range. So much so that the Enhanced Havoc Pump can eliminate an opponent with full health and shield in Battle Royale with a single shot. Even at common rarity, a well-placed headshot can destroy an enemy running low on Shield Potions.

Highcard’s Havoc Suppressed Assault Rifle is a perfect jack-of-all-trades weapon. It performs well from close to far range, has a high rate of fire, and incredibly good accuracy.

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Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 Weapons – A Tier

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  • Havoc Suppressed Assault Rifle
  • Heisted Breacher Shotgun
  • Red-Eye Assault Rifle
  • Twin Mag SMG
  • Tactical Pistol
  • Kinetic Blade
  • ODM Gear
  • Dragon’s Breath Sniper Rifle
  • Heavy Sniper Rifle

With Highcard’s Havoc Supressed Assault Rifle being a higher-quality version of the weapon, the Havoc Supressed Assault Rifle is in A Tier for the same reason detailed above.

The Heisted Breacher Shotgun may not be as potent as its Heist siblings, but it’s still a fantastic weapon. Rather than firing a spread of pellets, this weapon fires a single 106-damage bullet, allowing it to be used at a long range. Its unique attribute is its massive 700+ bonus damage to structures, obliterating any (inanimate) thing in its path.

The Twin Mag SMG is the only non-Exotic SMG in Season Two. If you can’t get your hands on a Heisted SMG, the Twin Mag is practically mandatory for your loadout. Its incredible rate of fire can snappily take down an opponent at close range, and its dual mags allow for a brisk reload.

While classed as pistols, Tactical Pistols are essentially SMGs due to their high rate of fire. Their synergy with Light Fingers and Pistol Amp Augments, which drastically improves their magazine since and reload speed, places them in A Tier.

If you’re a veteran of FPS games, you’ll feel right at home with the Red-Eye Assault Rifle. Its first-person view and laser sight allow for accurate shots at a fast rate of fire. While this may be trickier to use than other ARs, the Red-Eye Assault Rifle can be one of the best non-exotic guns in the game with some practice.

No ammo? No problem. The Kinetic Blade is an excellent alternative to the shotgun with high-impact close-range damage. The main draw of the Kinetic Blade, however, is its mobility. Using its dash attack, you can quickly evade enemies, get to high ground, or hone in on opponents with low health.

ODM Gear serves a similar purpose to the Kinetic Blade but provides much more utility as the fastest way to get around the Island. While you’re slightly exposed midair when aiming an attack, most of the time, opponents won’t be able to react fast enough before you’ve slashed them back to the Lobby.

The Heavy Sniper Rifle and Dragon Breath Sniper are currently the only sniper rifles in Fortnite, and both reign supreme at long distances. Your sniper choice should depend on your favored playstyle, but you should always pair them with the Sniper Surplus augment for an extra shot before reloading.

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Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 Weapons – B Tier

  • Cobra DMR
  • Overclocked Pulse Rifle
  • Thunder Spear
  • Maven Auto Shotgun

The Cobra DMR might not have the highest overall damage potential when it comes to medium ammo weapons. Still, it’s incredibly accurate and, with high ground, can give you an advantage over players with less accurate or shorter-range weapons.

The Overclocked Pulse Rifle can be very deadly, especially at medium-long range, but it is harder to use than other rifles. It’s hard to recommend going out of your way to obtain this when Highcard’s Havoc Suppressed Assault Rifle is easy to get, but it’s still a solid weapon in the right hands.

With no Titans roaming around the Island, Thunder Spears can be used to easily destroy structures or catch opponents unaware. The only disadvantage is that the projectiles can be dodged relatively easily.

While you’ll likely want to pick up a Havoc Pump over a Maven Auto Shotgun, its automatic fire makes it forgiving for newer players and can deal decent damage at medium range.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 Weapons – C Tier

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  • Shadow Tracker
  • Combat Shotgun
  • Firefly Jar
  • The Dub
  • Lock On Pistol

The Shadow Tracker is useful for tracking opponents outside of Solos, but it still lives in Tactical Pistol’s shadow due to the latter’s rate of fire.

Combat Shotguns are good medium-range shotguns, but players with SMGs and other shotguns will decimate you at close range. While not an insufficient weapon, there are just better options.

Firefly Jars are fantastic for denying opponents space, forcing them out of buildings, and melting structures. Their only issue is taking up an inventory slot when, realistically, there are more suitable options useful for the entire match.

The Dub is fun to use, launching the player and target back after firing a 10-pellet spread, but don’t expect to get any actual dubs with it most of the time. All (almost) other shotguns beat this weapon at close and medium range.

Lock On Pistols can be excellent for vehicle pursuits and aiming in tricky situations, but their niche usefulness can only go so far when taking up a slot in your loadout.

Fortnite Chapter 4 Season 2 Weapons – D Tier

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  • Flint-Knock Pistol
  • Grenade
  • Charge Shotgun

The Flint-Knock Pistol can knock opponents into unfavorable places, like the storm or off the roof of structures, but as a weapon, this thing is killing nobody outside of the 1700s. Especially when they’re only available in Common and Uncommon.

Outside of damaging structures, the Grenade isn’t particularly worth taking up an entire inventory slot. —especially in Zero Build. It’s effortless to avoid and pales in comparison to the Firefly Jar.

Taking an entire second to charge up, the Charge Shotgun just isn’t worth taking. Not only because other shotguns excel in close and medium-range combat but because activating a specific Reality Augment is the only way to obtain one.

- This article was updated on April 20th, 2023

About The Author

Thomas has been a freelance writer since 2021 and considers himself a connoisseur of all things Nintendo, Blizzard, and Marvel. Since amassing 145,000+ followers on a Facebook page about Diddy Kong with a backward hat in 2015, Thomas has become a trusted voice in the gaming community across publications such as AOTF, PC Invasion, and Gfinity. His greatest achievements include catching every Pokémon, completing every quest in World of Warcraft (yes, all of them), and naming his dog 'Mass Effect 3.' Thomas is extraordinarily passionate about the video game industry and its community. He enjoys writing about various topics, including popular games like Destiny 2, Fortnite, and WoW, and exploring the latest AAA and indie titles.