The 9 best Fortnite STW items and weapons

Sticking to your guns may not always be the best long-term strategy.

When gamers think of Fortnite, almost all refer to the Battle Royale version of the game. However, while the game’s entrance to the battle royale (BR) genre was the main reason behind its impressive success, it existed long before it became a BR title as Fortnite: Save the World.

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In Fortnite, Save the World (STW) is a PvE tower defense game with similar characteristics to its younger BR brother. STW isn’t free, however, which creates a barrier to entry for newer players. Though the game looks simple enough as a viewer, it gets more challenging if you don’t know your way around the meta.

Like the BR version, Epic Games continuously tinkers with the guns and adds new ones to spice up the gameplay. Keeping up with the best weapons will allow you to stay on top of your game and help you decide which guns you should aim for in the in-game shop.

STW‘s community may look tiny compared to Fortnite: Battle Royale, but it still has excellent content creators who strive to guide the players toward the best. Beast’s quarterly rankings and Diezen’s tier list were vitally helpful while conducting the following list, and each weapon will let you take that one extra step to achieve greatness in STW.

Here are the best weapons in Fortnite: STW.

List of the best Fortnite STW items and weapons

Neon Sniper Rifle

Neon sniper rifle in Fortnite is one of the best STW Fortnite weapons
Neon Sniper Rifle. Image via Epic Games

Snipers are essential for almost all missions, even if it’s only for collecting information. Neon Sniper Rifle’s thermal scope makes it one of the most impactful rifles in Fortnite STW, and it can shoot through walls as well.

It can also break down walls in a couple of hits, which lets players demolish obstacles. This is mostly useful for allowing your teammates to help you and increasing your vision around the map.

Siegebreaker

Siegebreaker best Fortnite STW weapon
Siegebreaker. Image via Epic Games

Siegebreaker is a reliable weapon. It doesn’t shine in any particular aspect, but it does what it does best and dishes reliable damage. It’s relatively easy to use with nice recoil control.

It relies less on perks compared to guns like Typewriter, making it a safe choice for anyone who’s just starting to play STW.

Spectral Blade

Spectral blade is one of the best Fortnite STW weaopons
Spectral Blade. Image via Epic Games

Unlike the BR version, melee weapons can be quite useful in STW. While mythical ones will just run away with the competition when comparing base stats, they’re difficult to obtain, turning them into unicorns you should chase throughout your STW career.

Spectral Blade relies heavily on perks to reach its full potential, but it can still shred through the early game, even in its base form. While you can experiment with how you like to find the perfect balance, using the damage-stacking perk is almost a must to take it to the next level.

This stacking damage buff that goes up to five times will let you demolish multiple monsters in close-quarter-combat situations.

Vacuum Tube Bow

Vacuum Tube Bow in Fortnite is one of the best STW Fortnite weapons
Vacuum Tube Bow. Image via Epic Games

Single-firing all of your enemies will get harder and harder as you progress through STW. A time will come when you’ll need to bust out your trusty bow and start dealing area of effect (AoE) damage.

Vacuum Tube Bow comes with the necessary stats and perks to take it to the next level, but what makes it unique is its passive. Hitting a monster with this bow causes chain lightning to strike up to six monsters, meaning it even has a wider AoE. 

If you don’t have any mobility problems, this bow will be perfect to become your main DPS source. In any case, if your setup is lacking ways to slow down foes, The Powder Keg also turns into an excellent alternative due to its snaring ability.

Ground Pounder

Ground Pounder shotgun in Fortnite is one of the best STW Fortnite weapons
Ground Pounder. Image via Epic Games

The shotguns are in a crazy place as of now. Almost all of them are incredibly powerful and viable and can shred through nearly anything you throw at them. Ground Pounder shines a little bit more compared to the rest due to raw damage output and flexibility.

Tip: Shotguns pair very well with traps!

While you’ll want strong weapons in Save the World, laying down plenty of traps will help you out as well. Traps that slow or otherwise hinder the movement of enemies combine especially well with shotguns.

With the correct perks, the gun gets incredibly fast. If you lack AoE damage, you can even make up for it with Ground Pounder. As powerful as Ground Pounder may be, you should still watch your movements since you’ll fight in a close-range scenario against all the monsters. Try not to corner yourself and plan your routes while one-shotting everyone that crosses your path.

Thrasher

Thrasher SMG in Fortnite is one of the best STW Fortnite weapons
Thrasher. Image via Epic Games

Most SMGs feel almost identical. Since they dish out their damage in the shortest time possible, it’s quite hard to notice the difference between each of them. Based on stats, Thrasher simply takes the crown as one of the best SMGs in STW Fortnite due to its sheer damage output.

It’s almost a better spinoff of Founder’s Quickshot just because it’s still obtainable inside the game. With a critical damage-focused perk set, Thrasher takes off and turns into a laser beam.

Ratatat

Ratatat SMG in Fortnite is one of the best STW Fortnite weapons
Ratatat. Image via Epic Games

Statistically, Thrasher is, hands down, the best SMG in the game. If you were to compare Ratatat’s base stats to Thrasher’s, it wouldn’t even be a close competition.

Ratatat excels differently, though, as its perk options transform it into an absolute powerhouse. Like the Spectral Blade, it’s yet another damage-stacking perk that allows Ratatat to stand aside from the rest.

Each fired shot grants 1.8 percent extra damage for a second, and this buff stacks up to 15 times. Considering this is a rapid-firing SMG, getting those shots in will only take seconds, and as long as you have monsters in your line of sight, the rest will be smooth sailing.

De-Atomizer

De-Atomizer in Fortnite is one of the best STW Fortnite weapons
De-Atomizer. Image via Epic Games

Though everyone has that one friend who runs around with a launcher, no matter the mission, they don’t get to see the light of day as often. They’re highly situational, and when you need to use them, you must make sure you use the best one to clear all the monsters as soon as possible.

Not only is the De-Atomizer one of the most solid launchers in Fortnite STW, but its perk potential allows it to turn into a demolition machine. Using the expanding ring of damage perk can fasten up clearing crowds immensely, and it’s just an overall critical hit machine.

Huskcleaver

The long sword called the Husk Cleaver from Fortnite is one of the best STW Fortnite weapons
Image via u/phroztbyt3 on Reddit

The Huskcleaver is one of the best melee weapons in the games, offering an incredible critical chance, even at lower levels. At higher levels, the Crit Chance reaches nearly 30 percent and offers 45 percent extra critical damage. This buff makes it perfect for the Ninja class, which focuses on close-range combat.

While the weapon is a little slower, it has a heavy attack that spins the player forward, causing three hits in succession. With the damage this weapon does, it will be easy to destroy Husks in just a couple of strikes, making it one of our favorite STW weapons in Fortnite.


You’ll notice that all the weapons listed do have close competitors that feature similar stats. If you have an alternative with almost the same stat line, using that won’t give you any disadvantage. These weapons rose above the rest because their perk options allowed them to be more flexible.

We refrained from naming any mystic, founder, or event weapons just because it’s almost impossible to get your hands on them, and they’re clearly the best weapons in the game no questions asked.

Always keep your eyes on the patch notes, since the best weapon of today can suddenly fall out of the meta with a simple patch. You can follow this spreadsheet to see how your arsenal stacks up against the rest and to monitor any changes to the power rankings in the future.


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