21 Oct 2021 12:45 PM +00:00

The Best Weapons To Use In Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8

Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8 is here, and with it come new Sideways Weapons. Other weapons have been unvalued, while others, like the Tactical Shotgun and Heavy Assault Rifle, have been vaulted once again. Season 8 also changes up which weapons can be found on the ground and in chests, mixing up what weapons can be sidegraded.

While some of the guns are too new to tell where they fall on the list, here is a general guide.

Expect this list to change over the next few weeks as players put the Sideways Weapons through their paces, and more weapons are released.

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Latest News

October 21, 2021 -

The Sideways Scythe, a A-Tier weapon for sure, may be a bit broken, with players taking fall damage if using the Smash Attack off high elevations. Interestingly enough, this does not occur in The Sideways, making it seem like this was an intentional move on Epic's part.

October 19, 2021 -

The Sideways Scythe is currently in the game and can be found in Sideways Chests!

October 18, 2021 -

With a much lower funding goal than the first round, the second round of War Effort funding has ending with the Combat AR winning and already appearing on the island over the past weekend. Initially hard to find, Epic increased the spawn rate of the weapon and there seem to be plenty to go around!


October 13, 2021 -

Round 2 of the War Effort voting has begun, this time allowing players to vote for the Combat AR or Combat SMG as the next weapon to be added to the game. Players can vote at machines in many major POIs using Gold Bars.

On another note, the Carnage and Venom Mythic Symbiotes have been disabled earlier than their October 18, 2021 end date due to an issue found with them.

October 5, 2021 -

The Dual Fiend Hunters are now in the game. After some play, they are on the tier list!

October 4, 2021 -

Round 1 of the War Effort goes to the Shockwave Launcher! This Tier 1 weapon looks similar to a Recon Scanner and only comes in Legendary Rarity. Using Rocket Ammo, players can fire a projectile that releases a shockwave, pushing things away from it. This can also be used to send a player hurtling safely through the air to escape sticky situations!

Two different types of Symbiote canisters can now be found on Apollo Island giving players the powers of either Venom or Carnage.


Upcoming Weapons

Ember will be arriving on the island soon, bringing with her a chance to purchase The Dub Exotic Shotgun.

Other weapons planned for Fortnite this Season include:

  • Combat AR
  • Combat SMG
  • Sideways Shotgun
  • Sideways Scythe

Fortnite Season 8 Weapons Tier List

Tier 1


The weapons in this list are the ones you can trust blindly.

However, if you manage to use them correctly, you'll end up bagging a kill in every gunfight.

Although the chances of getting a victory royale depend highly upon how you use these weapons in a gunfight, you will stand a chance of winning if you use them properly.

  • Rail Gun
  • Epic or Legendary Assault Rifle (Scar)
  • Sideways Rifle
  • Burst Assault Rifle (AUG)
  • Automatic Sniper Rifle
  • Epic or Legendary SMG (P90)
  • Shockwave Launcher
  • Sideways Scythe

Exotics and Mythics

Dragon's Breath Sniper

The Dragon's Breath Sniper is a Bolt Action Sniper on steroids, firing a flaming shot that will ignite any wooden object on fire.

It is the only true Sniper in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8 at the moment, and an insanely good one at that.

The Dragon’s Breath Sniper can be purchased from Pitstop in Boney Burbs for 500 Gold Bars.


Chug Cannon (Exotic)

The Chug Cannon is dropped by Loot Llamas on the island and heal whoever is shot with them.

What's great about the Chug Cannon is that even though it only has 5 rounds, these rounds recharge.

While the weapon takes two inventory slots, the ability to repeatedly self-heal/shield or to do the same for teammates makes it a fantastic addition to any loadout.

The Chug Cannon in Fortnite Chapter 2, Season 8 is sold by The Brat at the food truck north of Lazy Lake for 600 Gold Bars.

Shadow Tracker (Exotic)

The Shadow Tracker is a silenced pistol with the added benefit of tagging any opponent it hits.


Its precision excels a normal pistol, even at long range, making it great at taking out targets at long range in the hands of a skilled player.

With a magazine size of 16 and the ability to fire pretty much as fast as a player can click, the Shadow Tracker is one of the most deadly pistols in the game.

Dusk sells the Shadow Tracker for 400 Gold Bars and can be found in the mountains to the west of Lazy Lake.

Slone's Burst Assault Rife (Mythic)

Doctor Slone is still on Apollo Island, roaming the streets with the IO Convoy surrounded by a group of IO Guards.

Players who manage to take her out can snag her Burst Assault Rifle, which is currently one of the best weapons to be had in the game.

Tier 2

The weapons in this tier are reliable as well, but there's a slight learning curve.

Although these weapons are good, not everyone will run for these weapons in the first instance.

  • Assault Rifle
  • Suppressed Assault Rifle
  • Lever Action Shotgun
  • Rapid SMG
  • Sideways Mini Gun
  • Dual Fiend Hunters
  • Combat AR

Exotics and Mythics

Marksman Six Shooter

Sold by Wrath in Stealthy Stronghold, the Marksman Six Shooter is a pistol that can hip fire rapidly and does 4x headshot damage when ADS.

Unfortunately, it only holds six rounds a time, making it a weapon players have to be good with or be forced to reload often.

Tier 3

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These weapons are the ones that most loopers stay away from.

Loopers go for these weapons when there are not many alternatives left.

Some of these weapons do pack a punch, but then again, they're either difficult to use, or their accuracy is all over the place.

  • Rocket Launcher
  • Pump Shotgun
  • Pistol
  • Harpoon
  • Charged Shotgun

The Best Weapon for the Job

And that is our weapons tier list for Fortnite Season 8.

However, do not let this list influence your own opinions about the guns in Fortnite.

Every Fortnite player has their own style and may prefer different weapons for different reasons.

Make sure to play the game and try these weapons out.


Players should see what works best for them.

It is always possible to snag a Victory Royale with Tier 3 weapons.

Fortnite is a game about luck and skill.

May the RNG gods be in your favor, and let us hope for some awesome new weapons in Season 8!

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