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Check out the best weapons to use in Fallout 76! Learn about why the weapons listed here are handy tools to have in the wasteland. Weapon traits, stats, & tips included.

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Weapon Evaluation Criteria


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The best weapons must also be able to let the player adapt to different situations, whether it be in long-range, or close combat situations. These weapons must allow players to be a threat at any given circumstance.

High Damage Or Fire Rate Stats

The best weapons in the game must also be able to dish out major damage, either by being able to deal tons of damage, or by unloading bullets at a fast rate.

High Accuracy Or Low Recoil

A great weapon must not only be able to deal high damage, but also hit its target consistently. Guns with a high accuracy stat, or low recoil are selected because of this.

Best Weapons - Stats and Tips

Weapons listed in this section are ordered by how early you will be able to acquire them within the game. These weapons will be listed from earliest at the top.

Short Hunting Rifle

Fallout 76, Best Weapon - Gun Tier Ranking, Short Hunting Rifle

Short Hunting Rifle - Overview

Due to the abundance of it and its ammunition, the Short Hunting Rifle is a great go-to weapon. Getting sneak attacks lets you 1-shot low level enemies, and breaking is not a problem since you can loot it from killing enemies!

Short Hunting Rifle - Stats

Weapon TypeRifle
Fire Rate3
Mag. Size5

Weapon Tips

Due to its low fire rate, engage further away enemies immediately so that you have enough time and breathing space to take them down before they get to deal any damage to you!

Short Double Barrel Shotgun

Fallout 76, Best Weapons - Gun Tier Ranking, Short Double Barrel Shotgun

The Short Double Barrel Shotgun can only fire two shots before needing to reload, however, those two shots can really pack a punch! Fighting enemies in close combat will be a breeze when using this weapon!

Short Double Barrel Shotgun - Stats

Weapon TypeShotgun
Fire Rate36
Mag. Size2

Weapon Tips

It is best to use this weapon in close quarter situations. This will let you get up close and personal with enemies, allowing you to shoot them down with the Shotgun!

Perfect Storm

Fallout 76, Best Weapons - Weapon Tier Ranking, Perfect Storm

The Perfect Storm is a great weapon to have because of its fast fire rate, damage over time, and abundant ammunition when out in the wastelands! Get your hands on this weapon as soon as possible!

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Perfect Storm - Stats

Weapon TypeSMG
Fire Rate91
Mag. SizeTBC

Weapon Tips

Leading enemies with this weapon is a good strategy. Drawing aggression from enemies will give you a clear shot of them as they run towards you. Walk backwards while shooting at them to efficiently kill enemies!

Plasma Grenade

Fallout 76, Best Weapons - Gun Tier Ranking, Plasma Grenade

The Plasma Grenade is a devastating throwable to have in your arsenal when fighting enemies. Not only does it do 200 damage, but also does 200 energy damage as well!

Plasma Grenade - Stats

Weapon TypeShotgun
Damage200 (DAM), 200 (ENG)
Fire Rate0

Weapon Tips

Use the Plasma Grenade to deal damage over an area of effect. This will help you deal with large groups of enemies coming at you!

Suppressor's Sickle

Fallout 76, Best Weapons - Gun Tier Ranking, Suppressor

When attacking, this sickle has unique effects that take effect when it hits an enemy. Not only does it do 41 damage, but it also adds +50% limb damage, and reduces the target's damage output by 20% for 3 seconds!

Suppressor's Sickle - Stats

Weapon TypeMelee
Swing SpeedMedium

Weapon Tips

Use this weapon to cripple enemies faster, and at the same time gain damage resistance while fighting. It puts you at a very big advantage when fighting other enemies wielding melee weapons!

Laser Rifle

Fallout 76, Best Weapons - Gun Tier Ranking, Laser Rifle

The Laser Rifle possesses a good rate of fire and damage. It can also damage enemies from far away. The ammunition for the weapon is pretty common, found in robot enemies such as Protectrons, and Liberators.

Laser Rifle - Stats

Weapon TypeLaser
Damage21 ENG
Fire Rate40

Weapon Tips

This weapon is very effective against robotic enemies such as Assaultrons and Protectors. Consider using this weapon to get sneak kills from far away at robots!

Any Legendary Regenerating Melee Weapon

Fallout 76, Best Weapons - Tips & Stats, Vampire

Weapons that let you regenerate health lessen the need for health items such as Stimpaks and Healing Salves, but also do not run out of ammo! Some weapons like the above one, only require a few materials to repair as well!

Example: Vampire's Baton - Stats

Weapon TypeMelee
Swing SpeedMedium

Weapon Tips

Don't be afraid to go toe-to-toe with the enemy! The amount of regeneration these weapons give you will almost always ensure your survival when going against tough mobs, and even a high level enemy!

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Recommended Mods

Here are some of the mods recommended to add to your best weapons to further improve their performance while out exploring the wastes!

Scopes & Long Barrels

Scopes and Long Barrels are mods that will increase the range of a certain weapon. This will help you deal more damage as attacks while you are hidden deal twice as much damage!

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