Fortnite Weapons Tier List – Best New Chapter 5 Weapons

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Fortnite Weapons Tier List – Best New Chapter 5 Weapons

Until a major nerf comes in Fortnite news and patches, the game is going to remain dominated by just a handful of weapons. This is our tier list of the best Fortnite weapons.

Best Fortnite Weapons – Fortnite Chapter 5 Weapons Tier list

Battle Pass Fortnite Chapter 5 Season 2

S Tier – Fortnite Weapons Tier List Highlights

Reaper Sniper

Best Fortnite Chapter 5 Weapons

The Reaper Sniper Rifle is still crazy powerful this season. After it completely dominated Chapter 5 Season 1, it’s stuck around. The sniper has been nerfed a little over time. But not enough to really dent it.

During the Midas we got a bigger nerf to the Sniper. Only, it hasn't changed the gun. Just the spawn rate. You can still find them, it just takes a chest or two longer now.

The Reaper Sniper can one-shot, even in Zero Builds. Factor in mods and you have the most unstoppable gun in the Fortnite weapons tier list. This can annihilate enemies and you get more than one shot without reloading. Even with its changes this season, it’s still one of the best Fortnite weapons.

At the moment, the Reaper Sniper is far and away the best thing in the game. With the right Fortnite weapon mods it can be a shotgun, an AR, and a sniper. With one-shot kills, it’s basically the main weapon you need.

The Reaper Sniper can do it all. Provided you can find one that is, since Epic's nerfed its spawn rate heavily.

Gatekeeper Shotgun

Gatekeeper Shotgun - Best Fortnite Weapons

The brand-new shotgun at first glance feels like Epic’s typical “third shotgun”, but it’s one of the best additions.

The gun offers the fantastic fire rate you’ll find with the auto. Plus, the more powerful shots you get with the pump. It can one shot players and moves pretty fast. It’s kind of the best of both worlds.

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Once you add in the Fortnite mods still here this season, it gets really special. With five shots this is the best shotgun in the game. It’s as useful for box fights as Zero Builds. One of the best Fortnite Chapter 5 weapons in all seasons so far.

The Gatekeeper Shotgun is well named too, allowing you to gatekeep your lobbies! It’s worth picking up the modded one from the Fortnite character location to get those extra shots too.

Drum Gun

Fortnite Drum Gun

The Drum Gun has had mixed fortunes in the various Chapters its appeared in. The Chapter 5 variant seems to be one of the best so far though.

The gun on the base level isn’t fantastic. Not really one of the best Fortnite weapons, but still quite a lot of fun to spray down builds.

This is a weapon where mods really bring it alive though, especially in higher rarities. You can do so much more once you’ve got these attached. Plus, it’s received a damage boost in the patch after it was added.

Not everyone will have room for one in their loadout. Just because there are so many great weapons for ranged right now. It’s definitely worth carrying if you pick one up with decent mods though.


A Tier – Fortnite Chapter 5 Weapons Tier List

Harbringer SMG

The Harbringer is the new SMG that massively surpasses its previous competition. It’s the most useful SMG in the game right now, especially in the mythic version.

Harbinger SMG - Best Fortnite Weapons

Frenzy Auto Shotgun

The Frenzy is still pretty powerful this season. It fires way too fast and has a crazy headshot multiplier. It won’t be for everyone, but it shreds especially in ZB. It’s gone down in the Fortnite weapons tier list but is still useful.

Warforged Assault Rifle

The new addition fixes most of last season’s AR problems. We’re getting a weapon that can actually fire fast enough to compete. It’s outplayed by the Sniper, but it's still one of the best Fortnite weapons this season.

Huntress DMR

The new DMR has been buffed to a pretty good gun. It might be our best DMR yet. Although, it doesn't compare with the sniper. Since that's rarer this is more of a “if you can't find what you want” pick.

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Huntress DMR- Fortnite Weapons tier list

Hammer Pump Shotgun

The Pump has stuck around and still has its great one-shot kills. It’s not great if your aim isn’t great, but for build fights, it might still be the go-to. It’s got increased competition from the Gatekeeper now though so is a bit lower compared to the Best Fortnite weapons.

Hand Cannon

The Hand Cannon is a fantastic gun, a crazy powerful pistol. It’s a bit fiddly, but getting good with it pays off. Especially. Now there are mods in the game to really hype it up.

Chewbacca’s Bowcaster

Fortnite Star Wars Chapter 5 Items

The Bowcaster is a surprisingly fun addition. A charged-up shot can take out multiple opponents. It’s a bit circumstantial but can get it done.


B Tier – Not Quite the Best Fortnite Chapter 5 Weapons

Zeus Thungerbolt - Fortnite Weapons tier list

  • Ranger Pistol – The new Pistol for Chapter 5 has been a consistently strong performer. Just can't compete with better categories though.
  • Striker AR – The Striker was the better pick last season, it’s been supplanted by the Warforged. It’s not terrible, there are just better options.
  • Firebending – A little pointless compared to the others. Doesn’t deal much damage and doesn’t even actually start fires like the old fireflies. A strange addition that shouldn’t be relied on.
  • Lightsaber – The Lightsaber is back, kind of. It’s only available in a mythic form. Decent, especially at blocking. Not the best Fortnite weapon this time though.
  • Blaster – The last of the new Star Wars weapons. Infinite ammo has its perks, but it’s not good enough distinct features to put it ahead of most of the loot pool.

C Tier Fortnite Chapter 5 Weapons

Fortnite Weapons tier list

  • Thunder Burst SMG – The Thunderbusrst SMG just can’t compete with the Harbringer. Useful with some mods but just not right.
  • Nemesis AR – The old Nemesis AR is too slow to compete with other ARs.

Those are the best Fortnite Chapter 5 weapons. There are some clear standouts this season like the Sniper (if you can find one) and one of the new shotguns. However, there’s still potential if you get creative enough with even lower-ranked items.

Fortnite Weapons Tier List – Best New Chapter 5 Weapons
Jordan Ashley
Ashley is a dedicated Fortnite player, in hour 3,000 of trying to finish above 90th.