Fortnite Battle Royale is now free-to-play on the PC, Xbox One and PS4, allowing those who don’t own the full Fortnite game to experience its new survival mode for the low price of absolutely nothing.
Those who are just hopping into the game will immediately notice that it’s very similar to PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, another Battle Royale game that developers Epic Games drew plenty of inspiration from (even if PUBG developer Bluehole weren’t very happy about them using their ideas). However, one key difference between PUBG and Fortnite Battle Royale is how the latter approaches its weaponry, with its guns not strewn across the floor of empty buildings, but instead represented by floating, colored orbs that indicate their respective power levels.
Fortnite Battle Royale’s weapons tiers are clearly divided using five colors, starting from gray (the weakest) and ending in orange (the strongest). Here’s how they rank:
- Gray – Common
- Green – Uncommon
- Blue – Rare
- Purple – Epic
- Orange – Legendary
Unlike PUBG, which requires an ample amount of inventory fiddling in order to cycle through your weaponry, fit your attachments and drop the guns you don’t want, much of Fortnite Battle Royale‘s inventory management can be done using the scroll wheel. With players immediately having access to five inventory slots (excluding the one reserved for your pick axe), and there only being a handful of medical supplies you need as opposed to PUBG‘s slew of pain killers, energy drinks and health packs, you can stack up on a weapon for every occasion without necessarily having to drop any of your best guns. But which guns should you prioritize?
Fortnite Battle Royale‘s Best Guns
The best weapons in the game by far are the sniper rifles. If you get your hands on a Legendary sniper, you’ve got the upper-hand on all of your rivals, with most encounters in the game taking place mid- to long-range and it therefore allowing you to pick off enemies from a distance without a bullet so much as grazing your leg. Legendary snipers can knock off other players in one hit, so managing to bag yourself one of them gives you a huge tactical advantage.
Fortnite Battle Royale doesn’t feature any weapon attachments, so fitting a scope onto your auto-rifle isn’t a possibility, making them less valuable than they are in PUBG. If you want to be ready for the majority of combat scenarios, you instead want to try to arm yourself with a high-end sniper rifle and shotgun, on top of hunting out meds and shield potions that can be the difference maker between you making it to the end of the round, and unceremoniously being ousted at the start of the game.