The Assault Rifle is a medium to long-range weapon with moderate damage and recoil. The magazine holds 30 shots in most variants. There are multiple variations: Standard, Burst, Scoped, Thermal, Heavy, Infantry, and Tactical, though all are referred to simply as "Assault Rifles" or "ARs". The scoped rifle has a 15-20 round magazine instead of 30, while the Burst fires in 2-round bursts, and only has a magazine of 20. The Heavy AR has a 25-round magazine and has increased damage, but comes with the consequence of having to deal with its massive recoil, therefore making it less accurate if fired from long ranges.

Weapon Tips

The Assault Rifle type of weapons are usually an all-rounder, doing good damage from close, medium, and long ranges.

Assault Rifle

Ranges across all 5 rarities plus Mythic in the form of Skye's Assault Rifle. It is a go-to weapon that gives a constant rate of fire and offers a powerful advantage against players building cover. Good for taking down other structures as well.

Burst Assault Rifle

Ranges across all 5 rarities plus Mythic in the form of Ocean's Burst Assault Rifle. The burst of 2 rounds can be useful, especially in combat situations. This gun can deal efficient damage when shots are landed, and the burst offers a high ammo conservancy rate. This gun also zooms in when aiming in, causing it to be very useful long-range, to hit shots on opponents at a distance.

The Epic, Legendary and Mythic rarities are some of the best weapons in the game, as named by many for its extreme accuracy after each burst.

Heavy Assault Rifle (Vaulted)

Ranges across all 5 rarities plus Mythic in the form of Meowscles' Peow Peow Rifle. This gun packs a slow rate of fire but a serious punch. Dealing significant damage, the Heavy is the most superior assault rifle in the game in terms of damage. This gun is not very good at taking down structures.

Scoped Assault Rifle

There are 2 types of Scoped Assault Rifles in the game, the normal and the thermal. These guns can pack a serious punch.

Scoped Assault Rifle

Available in Uncommon and Rare. The normal Scoped AR has a faster fire rate than the thermal, no damage falloff, 100% accuracy, and lower damage. It was also available in Epic and Legendary in Spy Games, although the Epic version was available in Creative via a glitch.

Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle (Vaulted)

Available in Epic and Legendary rarities. The Thermal Scoped AR has a slightly slower fire rate than the normal, more damage, no damage falloff, 100% accuracy and its scope has a thermal feature making it easier to spot enemies and anything else that emits heat (lights, lava, etc).

Infantry Rifle (Vaulted)

Ranges from Common to Legendary, the Infantry is a fast firing, high damage gun with near perfect accuracy and barely any damage falloff, This, however, comes at a cost of a very limited magazine size of 8, or 10 for Epic and Legendary).

Tactical Assault Rifle (vaulted)

Ranges from Rare to Legendary. Best for close-range combat. A really accurate AR that can do some serious damage when close to an opponent. It behaves more like a slow-paced SMG.

Stark Industries Energy Rifle

Ranges from Rare to Legendary, this was added in update 14.0 as the new assault rifle for the season.

Name Image Rarity Damage Fire Rate Magazine Size Ammo Type Type
Assault Rifle
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Common 30 5.5 30 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
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Uncommon 31 5.5 30 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
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Rare 33 5.5 30 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Assault Rifle
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Epic 35 5.5 30 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Assault Rifle
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Legendary 36 5.5 30 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Skye's Assault Rifle
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Mythic 37 6.0 30 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Burst Assault Rifle
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Common 31 3.96 20 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Burst Assault Rifle
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Uncommon 32 3.96 20 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Burst Assault Rifle
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Rare 34 3.96 20 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Burst Assault Rifle
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Epic 36 3.96 20 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Burst Assault Rifle
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Legendary 37 3.96 20 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Ocean's Burst Assault Rifle
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Mythic 39 3.96 30 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Tactical Assault Rifle
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Rare 22 7.0 30 Light

Bullets

Assault Rifle
Tactical Assault Rifle
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Epic 23 7.0 30 Light

Bullets

Assault Rifle
Tactical Assault Rifle
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Legendary 24 7.0 30 Light

Bullets

Assault Rifle
Suppressed Assault Rifle
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Rare 30 5.5 30 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Suppressed Assault Rifle
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Epic 32 5.5 30 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Suppressed Assault Rifle
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Legendary 33 5.5 30 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Heavy Assault Rifle
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Common 33 4.25 25 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Heavy Assault Rifle
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Uncommon 35 4.25 25 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Heavy Assault Rifle
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Rare 37 4.25 25 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Heavy Assault Rifle
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Epic 39 4.25 25 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Heavy Assault Rifle
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Legendary 41 4.25 25 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Meowscles' Peow Peow Rifle
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Mythic 44 4.25 25 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Scoped Assault Rifle
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Uncommon 32 2.0 15 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Scoped Assault Rifle
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Rare 34 2.0 15 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Scoped Assault Rifle
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Epic 36 2.0 20 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Scoped Assault Rifle
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Legendary 37 2.0 20 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle
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Epic 36 1.8 15 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Thermal Scoped Assault Rifle
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Legendary 37 1.8 15 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Drum Gun
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Uncommon 21 8.0 40 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Drum Gun
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Rare 22 8.0 40 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Midas' Drum Gun
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Mythic 25 10.0 40 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Jules' Drum Gun
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Mythic 24 8.5 40 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Minigun
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Rare 19 12 4 Seconds Light Bullets Assault Rifle
Minigun
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Epic 20 12 4.5 Seconds Light Bullets Assault Rifle
Minigun
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Legendary 21 12 4.5 Seconds Light Bullets Assault Rifle
Brutus' Minigun
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Mythic 21 12 6 Seconds Light Bullets Assault Rifle
Light Machine Gun
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Rare 25 8.0 100 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Light Machine Gun
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Epic 26 8.0 100 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Infantry Rifle
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Common 36 4.0 8 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Infantry Rifle
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Uncommon 38 4.0 8 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Infantry Rifle
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Rare 40 4.0 8 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Infantry Rifle
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Epic 42 4.0 10 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Infantry Rifle
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Legendary 44 4.0 10 Medium Bullets Assault Rifle
Chitauri Laser Rifle
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Mythic 75 N/A Assault Rifle
Stark Industries Energy Rifle
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Rare 37/48 4.4/2.0 15 Medium

Bullets

Assault Rifle
Stark Industries Energy Rifle
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Epic 39/51 4.4/2.0 15 Medium

Bullets

Assault Rifle
Stark Industries Energy Rifle
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Legendary 41/53 4.4/2.0 15 Medium

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Notes

  • Shot accuracy can be increased by standing or crouching in place and aiming down the sights until the cross-hairs come together.
  • At less than 50 meters, assault rifles deliver maximum damage; however, as shot range increases, damage output decreases. At the maximum range of 100 meters, the assault rifle will only deliver 65% of its typical damage.
  • Players might consider aiming for the head with the first shot, as its accuracy is the best. Subsequent shots tend to be less accurate, so aiming for the body thereafter is suggested.

Trivia

  • The Magazine Size for the Minigun is represented by how long it can continuously fire
  • The Epic and Legendary variations of the Assault Rifle and Burst Assault Rifle are frequently referred to by the community as "SCARs" and "AUGs" while the common to rare variations of Burst Assault Rifle and the Heavy Assault Rifle, "FAMAS" and “AKs”, stemming from their real-life counterparts of the same name. They are the only Assault Rifles to receive this "special treatment", despite that many of the other AR's real-life counterparts are much more well known and frequently used than these weapons.
    • The following is a list of all the weapons Fortnite's AR's are based on, with links to their respective Wikipedia articles:
      • Assault Rifle (Common through Rare) - M16A4 rifle
      • Assault Rifle (Epic and Legendary) - SCAR-L
      • (OG) Burst Assault Rifle (Common through Rare) - IMI Galil
      • Burst Assault Rifle (Common through Rare) - FAMAS
      • Burst Assault Rifle (Epic and Legendary) - Steyr AUG
      • The Scoped Assault Rifle seems to be loosely based off of the H&K G36, H&K 416, and the AK-12, with modifications that make the weapon act more like a DMR (designated marksman rifle), which combines certain elements of both assault rifles and sniper rifles.
      • Thermal Scoped AR - M4 Carbine with a thermal scope, front grip, and laser sight and flashlight attachments (unusable in-game). All the fitted accessories mentioned come standard issue in US military SOPMOD kits intended for Special Forces units.
      • Suppressed AR - SCAR-L with an attached suppressor
      • Heavy AR - AK-74 and Chukalvin
      • Tactical AR - Sig Sauer MPX
      • Infantry Rifle - M1 Garand (Common to Rare), SKS (Epic and Legendary)
  • Despite having a grip to lower vertical recoil, the Thermal Scoped AR still has a relatively high amount of vertical recoil.
  • The Epic and Legendary models for the fully automatic Assault Rifle have several gashes and scars cut into them, a reference to the gun which the model is based on.
  • The Tactical AR is based on the gun John Wick uses in the movies.
  • In Chapter 2: Season 2, the Mythic rarity of the Assault Rifle and Heavy Assault Rifle is added to the game. You can get them by killing Skye in The Shark for the Assault Rifle, and by killing Meowscles in The Box Factory for the Heavy Assault Rifle.
  • The Burst Assault Rifle always shoots multiple shots even if there is not enough ammo, though the extra shots do not register.
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