For the Save The World SMGs, See Submachine Guns (Save The World).

Submachine Guns, abbreviated as SMGs, are class of weapons available to players in Fortnite: Battle Royale. They tend to have the largest magazine capacity, the fastest rate of fire and the highest damage per second among all weapon types, but at the severe cost of slower reload,high ammunition consumption and lower damage output per round.

Weapons Tips

Submachine Guns are usually good in close-range combat.

Submachine Gun(Vaulted)

Ranges across rarities Common to Rare. It’s a good idea to bring this with you if you have a spare spot in your inventory, and/or your using a Pump Shotgun.

P90 Submachine Gun(Vaulted)

Available in Epic and Legendary, this gun looks like a Compact SMG but it is slightly different, dealing 19 and 20 damage respectively (Compact SMG did 20 and 21) and having 35 bullets instead of 40.

Compact SMG (Vaulted)

Available in Epic and Legendary rarities. With a magazine size of 40, it can deal quite a bit of damage. It was unvaulted in Chapter 2 Season 3, though it was later revaulted in 13.20 in favor of the slightly different Epic and Legendary SMG (see above).

Tactical SMG

Ranges from Uncommon to Epic (includes Legendary in Starry Suburbs and Creative). It can do a good amount of damage, especially when headshotting the opponent.

Rapid Fire SMG(Vaulted)

The Uncommon variant can be dropped from SHADOW Henchmen while Rare can be found in Henchmen Chests at the SHADOW locations, or from upgrading the Uncommon variant at an Upgrade Bench. Epic and Legendary Rapid Fire SMGs are one of the best weapons in the game.

Drum Gun(Vaulted)

Though technically classified as an Assault Rifle, it behaves as an AR-SMG hybrid. It was available in Uncommon and Rare, though the MythicMidas' Drum Gun’ was added as a reward for killing Midas at The Agency in Chapter 2 : Season 2 and the MythicJules’ Drum Gun’ is available as a reward for killing Jules at The Authority in recent Chapter 2 : Season 3.

Burst SMG (Vaulted)

Ranged from Common to Rare this SMG fired in 4-round bursts. It is not a very good weapon, dealing somewhat low damage and having mediocre accuracy because of the burst, so it’s best to drop it for something else. The Burst SMG is an ideal weapon to carry if you want to quickly destroy a few builds, because the structure damage on this SMG is high.

Suppressed Submachine Gun

Ranges from Common to Legendary, this SMG is effective at short-medium range. It does medium damage and is slightly silenced. GHOST Henchmen use it.

Minigun (Vaulted)

Available in Epic and Legendary, plus Mythic in the form of Brutus' Minigun. This is very much a spray-and-pray weapon, its low accuracy and fast fire rate (720 rpm) make it effective in breaking builds and killing opponents in close quarters. However, due to its need to rev up before and after firing, it can easily be outgunned with an Assault Rifle.

All Submachine Guns

Name Image Rarity Damage Fire Rate Magazine Size Ammo Type Type
Submachine Gun
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Common 16 10 30 Light Bullets SMG
Submachine Gun
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Uncommon 17 10 30 Light Bullets SMG
Submachine Gun
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Rare 18 10 30 Light Bullets SMG
Submachine Gun
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Epic 19 10 35 Light Bullets SMG
Submachine Gun
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Legendary 20 10 35 Light Bullets SMG
Suppressed Submachine Gun
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Common 20 7.8 30 Light Bullets SMG
Suppressed Submachine Gun
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Uncommon 21 7.8 30 Light Bullets SMG
Suppressed Submachine Gun
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Rare 22 7.8 30 Light Bullets SMG
Suppressed Submachine Gun
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Epic 23 7.8 30 Light Bullets SMG
Suppressed Submachine Gun
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Legendary 24 7.8 30 Light Bullets SMG
Tactical Submachine Gun
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Uncommon 18 9.0 25 Light Bullets SMG
Tactical Submachine Gun
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Rare 19 9.0 25 Light Bullets SMG
Tactical Submachine Gun
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Epic 20 9.0 25 Light Bullets SMG
Tactical Submachine Gun
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Legendary 21 9.0 25 Light Bullets SMG
Burst SMG
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Common 24 7.5 24 Light Bullets SMG
Burst SMG
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Uncommon 25 7.5 24 Light Bullets SMG
Burst SMG
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Rare 26 7.5 24 Light Bullets SMG
Rapid Fire SMG
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Common 13 15 20 Light Bullets SMG
Rapid Fire SMG
Rapid Fire SMG - Weapon - Fortnite.png
Uncommon 14 15 20 Light Bullets SMG
Rapid Fire SMG
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Rare 15 15 20 Light Bullets SMG
Rapid Fire SMG
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Epic 16 15 26 Light Bullets SMG
Rapid Fire SMG
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Legendary 17 15 26 Light Bullets SMG
Compact SMG
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Epic 20 10 40 Light Bullets SMG
Compact SMG
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Legendary 21 10 40 Light Bullets SMG


Notes

  • These are meant more for close to mid-range; their damage drops off very quickly at higher ranges.
  • A high rate of fire makes SMGs great for countering structures, especially when an opponent is attempting to build at the same time.
  • It is very easy to run out of ammo due to its high rate of fire, so keep an eye on ammo while using one.
  • The common, uncommon and rare submachine gun is modeled on the MP5, the suppressed submachine gun is modeled from the MP5SD, the epic and legendary SMG and Compact SMG is modeled off the FN P90, the rapid fire/burst fire appears to be a Kriss Vector, and the Drum Gun is a Thompson M1921.
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