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The ultimate Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 weapon tier list

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Fortnite Season 5 weapon tier list

It’s time to look at how the Fortnite Season 5 weapon meta is shaping-up with an ultimate tier list.

Fortnite Season 5 introduced some unique weapons to the game through the new Exotic variant. Unlike Mythics, you may not see these in every game, making them rarer and – most of the time – more valuable.

Ahead, we’re going to rank all of the Chapter 2 Season 5 weapons into a tier list so you know what to pick up and what to leave on the ground where you found it. Here’s a sneak peek of the list before we get into our explanations.

S Tier

In the S Tier, we’re including most of the Exotic/Mythic weapons along with three classics: the Scar, RPG, and P90.

  • The Dub: The most powerful shotgun in the game due to its ability to “double pump.” You can shoot it once and move to another shotgun, immediately.
  • Boom Sniper Rifle: Gives you the ability to pepper opponents with Clingers from long-range
  • Dragon’s Breath Sniper: A normal sniper with the ability to light structures on fire from max-distance. Easy S tier.
  • Amban Sniper: The best sniper outside of Dragon’s Breath, but also includes a mobility/melee option.
  • Shadow Tracker: Does as much damage as an AR, is arguably more accurate, and marks opponents.
  • Scar: Do we really need to explain this one? It’s been the best AR in the game since launch.
  • P90: A deadly weapon that can eliminate even the most skilled player with a well-timed spray.
  • RPG: There’s only a couple of ways to get an RPG in Fortnite Season 5, making it one of the rarest items in the game. The rarity of this weapon pushes it from A to S, in our opinion.

A Tier

The A tier is comprised of the best shotguns, the SMG, and one of the only Exotics that didn’t make S.

  • Storm Scout Sniper: It’s the same exact weapon as it was in Season X – a decent utility item but not amazing in the damage department. For us, it’s not good enough to buy but we’ll pick it up if someone else grabbed it.
  • Epic/Legendary Shotguns: This one comes down to personal preference, but there’s a case to be made for carrying either the Tac or the Charge in their Epic/Legendary variants. Whichever you choose, they fall into A Tier.
  • SMG: The standard SMG is just a step below the P90. As a controller player, we always carry one of these.

B Tier

The B Tier is probably going to get a bit controversial for fans of the Night Hawk and Heavy AR.

  • Night Hawk: This is just a thermal Scoped Revolver. For us, it’s in the same category as the Storm Scout without the utility – a decent weapon but not worth the Gold Bars.
  • Other Shotgun Variants: We’re taking a Green Charge over a Blue Tac every time, but plenty of other players would disagree. These are relatively balanced and based on your playstyle. In our opinion, they belong in the same tier.
  • Normal AR: The classic. It’s not too flashy, but no one is too disappointed with an Uncommon or Rare AR.
  • Epic/Legendary Heavy AR: Heavy AR fans might not like the B tier placement, but the Heavy AR’s bloom is too unreliable to place it any higher. Sure, it deals more damage than the normal AR, but most players will choose a Scar 10 times out of 10.
  • Bolt-Action Sniper: The classic sniper – a good weapon that some people use in every match. It might not always be the best-in-slot and isn’t always necessary, but it’s good to have.

C Tier

The C tier is the smallest on this list, with only the Heavy AR and Epic/Legendary Pistol calling it home.

  • Heavy AR: Again, the spread of the Heavy AR is too large. Like the Burst before it, we’re always picking a normal AR over the Heavy.
  • Epic/Legendary Pistol: The Epic/Legendary Pistol is criminally underrated, but we can’t seem to find a home for it above C. At the end of the day, it’s not an AR. We just don’t feel comfortable without an AR and therefore can’t justify carrying a Pistol.

D Tier

The D tier is particularly stinky in Season 5, with the likes of the Dragon’s Breath Shotgun and Lever-Action Rifle rounding-out our tier list.

  • Lever-Action Rifle: The worst Sniper in the game. It would be a great hit-scan weapon but as a projectile weapon, it doesn’t cut it.
  • Tactical AR: The worst AR in the game dropped by the worst NPC enemies in Fortnite history
  • Pistol: The perennial D-tier weapon. Need we say more?
  • Dragon’s Breath Shotgun: The worst Shotgun in the game. Sure, you can set things on fire with it, but that doesn’t make up for the long reload time and one-shot clip.
  • The Big Chill: Does 0 damage and puts ice on enemies’ feet. It’s a meme weapon and nothing more.

So, there you have it, out Fortnite Chapter 2 Season 5 weapon tier list. We may see some new weapons, buffs, and nerfs by the end of Season 5, but this is where things stand as of the holiday season.

We’re sure you disagree with a few placements on this list. Make your voice heard on Twitter @FortniteINTEL. Who knows, you may even change our minds.

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Fortnite Season 6 wishlist: 5 things we want to see

Fortnite Season 6 is almost here. Take a look at our Season 6 wishlist of changes that we want to see in the next Fortnite season.

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Fortnite Season 6 is just around the corner. Here are five things we want to see when the new Fortnite season lands.

Fortnite Season 5 is nearly over, with the next season set to release on March 16. We already know a few things that the new season will bring, such as the rumored weapon and vehicle mods.

Now, it’s time to speculate. Ahead, we’ll give you the five things that we want to see most in Fortnite Season 6. We know Epic will surprise us with some new content, but can only hope that some of these items make the cut.

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Launch Pads

Launch Pads are a staple of Fortnite. They were one of the first-ever additions to the game, and have been an integral part of movement ever since.

Epic have removed the Launch Pad from Fortnite twice in Chapter 2, with the most recent vaulting coming in Season 4. Other mobility items have taken their place, but nothing will fully replace the Launch Pad in Fortnite.

The Launch Pad will almost certainly return to the game at some point, and we hope to see it in Season 6.

The return of Upgrade Benches

NPCs were an interesting addition to Fortnite Season 5, and Season 6 rumors suggest that they’ll be sticking around. Exotic weapons, quests, etc. are great, but the weapon upgrade system is worse than it was in Season 4.

Now, you can only upgrade your weapons in certain locations. In competitive matches, most players won’t even earn enough Gold to afford an upgrade – making RNG play a bigger role in the game.

The Upgrade Benches were a far superior way to upgrade your weapons. They had set spawn locations all across the map and a consistent price requirement that Fortnite players could learn and use to their advantage. NPCs can stick around, but we hope that Epic take them out of the upgrade economy.

Weapon loadout presets

Every Fortnite player has a preferred weapon loadout, whether you keep your shotgun in your first slot or your third. We all know the frustration of landing, grabbing a couple of guns, and fighting with them in uncomfortable slots. A weapon loadout preset would fix this problem.

Imagine if your Shotgun, AR, SMG, and healing items all landed exactly where you want them as soon as you pick them up off the ground. We don’t know how much work would be involved with developing something like this, but the community would love the small, quality-of-life change.

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More players per match

This might be a controversial topic, but a lot of players think it’s time that Epic add more players to public Fortnite matches. Public matches routinely drop down to 20 survivors before some players have even seen combat.

Warzone changed the landscape for Battle Royales. Before Warzone, the 100-player format dominated the space. Now, players have seen what it’s like to have more than 100 players in a match, and we like what we see.

We don’t think this suggestion should apply to competitive Fortnite. If anything, you could make the argument that official Fortnite tournaments would benefit from a player reduction rather than an increase. Public matches are a different story.

A better competitive system

We’ve been asking for this one for a while and will continue to put it on our seasonal wishlist until Epic change the Arena system.

Right now, there’s no reason to grind to Champion’s League if you don’t intend on playing in tournaments. What’s more, it’s far too easy to make it to Champion’s League for above-average players.

In other competitive games, there’s a massive difference between the mid and top-level ranks. In Fortnite, any decent player who plays enough Arena will make it to Champ’s. Once you get there, you’ll be in the same bracket as pro players with tens of thousands of Arena points. In our opinion, this shouldn’t be how things are.

We’d love to see a rewarding competitive system with more skill brackets, a leaderboard, and cosmetic rewards for making it to the top level. Competitive Fortnite serves the purpose of a sweatier, more serious Fortnite experience, but doesn’t give players a reason to choose it over public matches.

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Of course, we don’t think that Epic will add all of these changes to Season 6, but we can only hope. In typical Fortnite fashion, we expect to see some changes that we never considered – whether we love them or hate them.

We’ll be covering everything Fortnite Season 6 when the patch goes live on March 16, so make sure to follow us on Twitter, @FortniteINTEL, so you don’t miss anything.

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The top 10 sweatiest cosmetics in Fortnite (2021)

Fortnite sweats love to use a particular set of cosmetics. Here are the 10 sweatiest cosmetic items in the game.

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Sweaty Fortnite skins 2021

Last year, we completed a list of the top-ten sweatiest skins in the game. Many of those skins have retained their “sweaty” status, but we’ve seen a lot of Item Shop updates since then.

As most players know, a Fortnite sweat isn’t only distinguishable by their skin. Their pickaxe and back bling also tell a story, which is why we’re opening this list to include additional sweaty Fortnite cosmetics.

As we said, a lot of the skins from last year are still drenched in sweat, so we’re not including them here. If we missed an obvious sweat skin like Crystal, Sparkplug, and Aura, you can find them on our old list. This one is designed to be an addition to that list rather than a replacement.

OG Cosmetics

We listed the “OG” Season 1 and 2 skins in our last article, but didn’t mention the back bling, emotes, glider, and even banner icon that go along with them.

OG sweats will almost always wear a Season 2 skin, a Black Knight back bling, or a Banner Back Bling displaying the OG Battle Bus icon – something that only Season 1 players have.

Banner Shield/Cape Back Bling

Speaking of the banner shield and cape, this is another favorite of the sweaty Fortnite community.

We aren’t seeing as many Banner Bregade skins as we were last year, but the two back bling options are still very common.

It’s easy to understand why. These are the only cosmetics that make your Banner mean something, and the customization options make them a good value.

Siren skin

Thanks to Benjyfishy, the Siren skin has become one of the sweatiest skins in the game. The EU pro began to main the skin as soon as it came out, and his legions of fans followed.

Epic Games even offered the Siren skin and Star Wand pickaxe (discussed below) as a Benjyfishy bundle. It’s safe to say that Siren has become one of the sweatiest skins in Fortnite over the past year.

Driver Pickaxe

The Driver Pickaxe is one sweaty cosmetic that we fully understand. The swing animation and harvesting sound it makes might be our favorite out of any pickaxe in the game.

Sweaty Fortnite players love the pickaxe because it’s slender and relatively quiet.

Rideable Gliders

Sweaty Fortnite players love the rideable gliders. These include gliders like the Dragacorn Glider, Astroworld Glider, Silver Surfer Glider, and a few others.

Players who use rideable gliders are a bit tougher to hit while they’re in the air. This isn’t as much of a benefit in the current Fortnite season, but it’s always something that you would want to have on your side if you’re taking Fortnite seriously.

Chaos Agent skin

The Chaos Agent is one of the only male skins that try-hard players regularly wear. It’s easy to see why, as it shares the same benefit as most of the female skins – a smaller character model.

Tfue used this skin as his main when it first released – while he was still playing. Partially for this reason, a lot of other competitive Fortnite players began to pick it up and use it in tournaments.

Sun Sprout Back Bling

The Sun Sprout back bling might be the sweatiest back bling in the game. We don’t understand why this is the case – outside of pros wearing it – but here we are.

Anyone who buys the Sun Sprout, at least, thinks they’re good at the game. They’ve likely logged hundreds of hours in Creative Mode and scream, “Boxed like a fish” in a squeaky, pre-pubescent voice every time they outplay an opponent.

Fortnite Sun Sprout

Dynamo Skin

We almost didn’t include the Dynamo on this list because we were sure that we covered it last year.

Dynamo has been one of the sweatiest skins in Fortnite since its release, largely because Mitr0 and other pro players have used it as their main skin.

We included Dynamo in our most-hated Fortnite skins article, and it remains that way today – partially because of how sweaty players perceive it to be.

Star Wand Pickaxe

Why is this pickaxe so sweaty? Your guess is as good as ours. A ton of pros use it which undoubtedly adds to sales, but we don’t really know why it became so popular in the first place.

The noise is minimal, which is a plus, but so is the noise of many other Fortnite pickaxes. There was a short time when this pickaxe was bugged and dealt 75 damage, but we doubt that’s why so many high-skilled players still use the Star Wand.

Either way, the Star Wand is the sweatiest pickaxe in the entire game, right now.

Superhero Skins

Against all odds, the superhero skins have become the sweatiest skins in the game. Even the male variants are usually worn by skilled players, which is rare.

Part of the reason that the superhero skins are so sweaty, right now, is the all-black variant. We’ve written several articles covering how difficult these skins are to see, and Epic are working on a fix.

Even if this style of the skin gets disabled, the superhero skins will remain one of the sweatiest skins in Fortnite. At the time of writing, they may have even surpassed Aura as the number-one sweat skin in the game.

So, there you have it: the ten sweatiest Fortnite cosmetics for 2021. It will be interesting to see which skins, pickaxes, back bling, and even gliders take over the throne over the course of the next year.

We’re sure that we missed a few cosmetics, as we only limited our list to ten. Let us know what we skipped on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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Our Top 5 wishes for Fortnite Season 5

Fortnite Season 5 is right around the corner. Here’s what we want to see in the next Fortnite Season.

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Galactus is coming in hot to close Season 4. Here are our top 5 wishes for the new Season of Fortnite.

Fortnite Season 5 is only days away, and fans of the game are eagerly anticipating what the new season will bring. We can expect some map changes, returning items, new weapons, and a developing season – just like we got in Season 4.

Of course, we have a few things we’d like to see in Season 5. Here’s our wish list for the next season, including some fan-requested changes and some personal points of interest.

Revamped Arena

Long-time readers will recognize this point from previous seasons, and we’re going to continue to put this on our wish list until we get it. We want to see Epic Games revamp the Arena system in Season 5. Consequently, this was one of the main changes that streamer SypherPK mentioned during our interview last month.

The Arena system is inherently flawed. You can’t de-rank, which means players who make it to Champion League have no reason to take competitive Fortnite seriously – at least, outside of tournaments.

Anyone who has made it to Champ’s knows that the matches before entering the top division are always harder than they are in Champion League. This is backward and isn’t the same in any other competitive game.

It’s high time that Epic changed this system, added a leaderboard, and made other changes to encourage people to care about ranked Fortnite. We hope that this finally happens in Chapter 2 Season 5.

‘Disable Pre-Edits’ Setting

This seems to be a small change to the game, but it would be a massive update for long-time Fortnite players. Pre-editing is one of the most annoying parts of playing Fortnite at a high level, and changing this mechanic into a setting seems to be a simple fix.

We’re not game developers, but it’s hard to imagine that changing pre-edits into a setting that you could toggle on and off is more difficult than some of the other things Epic have done.

Finally, after years of requests, we may have some good news on this issue. A Fortnite developer commented on a Reddit thread, suggesting that a “Disable Pre-Edit” setting is still in the works. Again, we can only hope that it’s ready for Season 5 – even if it doesn’t come on the first day of the new season.

A Fortnite-Themed Battle Pass

The Fortnite promotions are awesome for players who like Marvel, Star Wars, Stranger Things, etc. Most of these have been one-off collaborations that included a couple of skins.

In Season 4, as most of you know, Epic went all-in and brought a Marvel-themed Battle Pass with no original Fortnite characters. We hope that the Season 4 Battle Pass will be significantly different from all others around it and that Epic go back to the Fortnite-based Battle Pass from all previous seasons.

We have reason to believe that this will be the case. There was a leaked Mandalorian skin and Baby Yoda back bling, but early indications are that this will be the “Secret” skin like Deadpool and Aquaman.

All-New Locations

If Season 4’s event is set to be the biggest in Fortnite history, then we should be able to expect the map to change more than ever before (outside of the shift from Chapter 1 to Chapter 2).

We don’t expect Epic to bring us to an all-new map, nor do we expect to return to the old one. However, what does seem likely is a fusion between the old and new maps with some new locations sprinkled on top.

It would be disappointing to come back to Fortnite on Wednesday morning and see a largely unchanged map. Galactus is poised to make his mark on the game, and we expect it to be significant.

A New Shotgun Meta

The Pump will always have a place in Fortnite, and we aren’t calling for Epic to remove it, once again. However, the shotgun meta has been relatively stale this season, with the Pump as the only viable option.

The Combat is OK at best, and most players only carry it until they find a Pump. Epic has already introduced several viable shotguns into the game, and we’d like to see them return in Chapter 2 Season 5.

For all of the hate the Charge Shotgun gets, we liked the Pump/Charge meta of early Season 5. It would be even better if Epic added the Heavy Shotgun to the game, along with the return of the pre-nerf Tac.

There are a lot of combinations, here; along with the always-possible addition of a new weapon. We only hope that the Season 5 Shotgun meta is fresh and balanced, with more than one viable option.

Fortnite is in a great spot right now. The wish list for Season 5 was a lot more difficult to make than it was for previous seasons. In essence, our wish list boils down to longtime quality-of-life requests and more of the same content Epic have been giving us.

What do you want to see in the new Fortnite season? Let us know on Twitter @FortniteINTEL.

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