In Fortnite Battle Royale, there are different classes of weapons such as SMG, AR, Shotguns, Sniper rifles, etc. I understand the difference between these classes of weapons, but I don't understand the differences of weapons within each class. For example there are normal SMG's and Tactical SMG's. What are the differences between these guns regarding strength, range and other statistics?

Other examples would be, SCAR vs Assault Rifle (AR), Tactical Shotgun vs Pump shotgun vs Heavy Shotgun.


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Generally, Advanced versions of weapons (SCAR, suppressed Pistol, Tactical SMG, and Heavy Shotgun) are better stats wise, but its totally personal preference as to which one you use


Tactical shotguns shoot faster and do less damage than pump shotguns, and hold 8 shells as opposed to 5.

The Pump also takes a full second to pull out, while the tactical takes the standard half second.

The Heavy shotgun does damage comparable to the tactical, but allows for more range, which is both an advantage and a disadvantage, depending on the situation.


Tactical smgs hold 5 more shots than suppressed SMGs, and do more damage, but are louder, making it easier to be found while shooting.


The only difference between suppressed and normal pistols is damage and rarity.

Assault Rifles

The same as Pistols - damage and rarity are the only differences between SCAR and AR.

  • A little bit hard to read, but it will do
    – GamerM
    May 10, 2018 at 0:44
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    This answer is very incomplete: it doesn't mention Revolvers or Hand Cannons, Scoped Assault Rifles or Burst Assault Rifles, or Sniper Rifles at all which at least have the Hunting Rifle, Bolt-Action Rifle, and Semi-Automatic Rifle variants. May 10, 2018 at 19:02
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    Suppressed pistols make much less sound too May 10, 2018 at 21:51
  • Nice, now the question is clear
    – GamerM
    May 10, 2018 at 22:49
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    Don't forget about recoil. Suppressed weapons don't recoil as much, so they're easier to stay on target while firing. This is why I tend to avoid anything too heavy, like the gattling gun.
    – flu
    May 11, 2018 at 14:32

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