Our PUBG best weapons guide details the best pistols, best SMGs, best shotguns, best assault rifles, best sniper rifles and best melee weapons in the game.
PUBG is home to a wealth of weaponry that you’ll find strewn all over the ground in all sorts of unlikely places. If you’re lucky, a care package might even grant you a rare death-dealing device that's capable of dropping targets in next to no time.
The problem is, there are so many different weapons in PUBG that it’s quite difficult to get properly accustomed to each one. You’re only able to practice with a limited number of weapons per match, after all, and they’ve each got their own strengths, weaknesses, recoil patterns and more besides.
If you want to cut through all the complexity and find out which weapons are the cream of the crop from each category, the good news is we’ve done the hard work for you. In our guide to the best weapons in PUBG you’ll find a list of the strongest weapons, along with explanations as to why they’re a cut above the rest.
To avoid any confusion, we’ve split this article into different categories so you know exactly what type of weapon we’re highlighting in each one. Without further ado, here’s a list of all the best guns and melee weapons you can chuck in your backpack.
It’s worth noting that this is just the first iteration of our PUBG best weapons guide and we’ll continue updating it as more weapons are introduced to the game in the future. Keep this page bookmarked for all the latest developments!
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1. PUBG: Best Pistols - Your best choice for obliterating someone at immediately close range.
2. PUBG: Best Submachine Guns - For when you need to rattle off a message to the enemy rather urgently...
3. PUBG: Best Shotguns - Up-close weaponry to deliver something with a little more oomph.
4. PUBG: Best Assault Rifles - Our pick of the strongest close to medium range firepower in the game.
5. PUBG: Best Sniper Rifles - For when you need to take care of business from a position of relative safety.
6. PUBG: Best DMRs - Fast, furious and genuinely devastating. What's not to like?
7. PUBG: Light Machine Gun - Our pick of the top rapid-fire weaponry in this category.
8. PUBG - Best Melee Weapons - When you're all out of ammo, there's always the old frying pan to the face.
PUBG: Best Pistols
The P18C is currently the only pistol in the game which can spew bullets in full auto mode. This makes it absolutely incredible at shredding targets at close range, especially in the early-game when players are less likely to be wearing body armour or helmets - and players are all heading to the same popular spots.
As with any pistol you can wield in the game, the P18C isn’t great at long range, but if you can control the recoil when spraying then this sidearm will prove to be the perfect companion on the battlefield.
The P1911 takes .45 ACP rounds. This gives it fantastic stopping-power at close range when compared with many other pistols that use less potent 9mm rounds. It’ll struggle against enemies at a distance (as you'd expect), but it more than makes up for its range limitations when you’re downing nearby opponents in just a few well-placed shots.
PUBG: Best Submachine Guns (SMG)
We can’t sing the praises of the Vector enough. This thing has an absolutely insane fire-rate that’s capable of tearing through an enemy in seconds. It’s pretty easy to control the recoil when holding down the trigger as well. Even the iron sights are forgiving!
It's not all roses, however, and the only downside to the Vector is its rather puny 13 shot magazine that runs dry a little too quickly. It also doesn’t leave any leeway for missed shots if you stumble into an enemy all of a sudden.
Thankfully it’s a submachine gun you can kit out generously with all sorts of attachments, so slap an extended mag on this baby as a priority to morph it into a truly terrifying weapon. It's so good that we'll happily use it over an Assault Rifle at close range.
The tried and tested stalwart of the submachine gun category, the UMP9 is a common drop which dishes out decent damage at close to mid-range, and has both a lovely iron sight and forgiving recoil pattern.
You can apply all manner of attachments on the UMP9 as well, including foregrips, suppressors and magazines which'll make it even easier to use. Just because you’ll see this weapon all the time, that doesn’t mean it’s bad. It's simply reliable enough to remain in your inventory right up until the chicken dinner.
PUBG: Best Shotguns
OK, you’ll have to reload after every couple of shots, but the S686 is the most devastating of all the shotguns. Pressing the trigger twice in quick succession will unleash both pellets almost instantaneously, and will often make for an insta-kill at close range.
Don’t be fooled into thinking that because it's a shotgun it's only effect at close range either. In our experience it's also surprising powerful at long range, especially when fitted with a Shotgun choke that reduces pellet spread.
If you land your shots, the S686 will absolutely obliterate your opponents.
PUBG: Best Assault Rifles
The M416 trumps almost all Assault Rifles as it’s by far the easiest to use, has decent damage and accepts any attachment you care to throw at it.
In an unmodded state, the SCAR-L is pretty much on par with the M416, but fully modded it comes out on top in terms of damage per second (DPS), stability and rate of fire.
All in all it’s a brilliant performer that doesn’t do anything fancy and simply gets the job done no matter what situation you happen to find yourself in.
A rare drop found only in Crates, think of the Groza as an AKM Assault Rifle paired with a submachine gun's insane rate of fire. This makes it by far the most powerful Assault Rifle in the game by quite some margin, assuming you’re within range of your target. Start firing at someone way off in the distance though and it really starts to struggle.
The Groza’s got some other obvious flaws you should be aware of, the biggest being its lengthy reload time of 3 seconds (without a Quickdraw magazine) and its distinct lack of attachment slots. Treat it like a pseudo Assault Rifle though, and you’ll be far too enamoured to even notice its drawbacks.
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PUBG: Best Sniper Rifles
The beefiest bolt-action sniper in PUBG is the AWM. Capable of obliterating enemies before they can blink, it's a rare treasure that's only found in Crates - put simply, this weapon is an absolute monster. Hit anyone in the head, no matter if they’re sporting a level 3 helmet or not, and they’ll drop dead. Land two shots to the body - again, dead.
You’ll usually get an 8x Scope in the Crate with the AWM, meaning it’s a free pass for long range domination. It’s also flexible enough to support other short range scopes and has a rocket-like bullet velocity that means almost no bullet drop. It even sounds incredible too, with a meaty boom that resonates with each bullet fired.
The AWM’s main weakness is its bolt-action, meaning it takes time to reload a round in-between shots. Additionally, it only takes unique .300 ammunition that can’t be found anywhere but Crates. Miss too many shots and that’s your lot.
A budget version of the AWM, but still packing more than enough punch, the KAR98K is an excellent Sniper Rifle. It’s bolt-action too, meaning it’s got a terribly slow fire rate but it compensates for this with brilliant accuracy at long range.
PUBG: Best DMRs
Despite its damage output not being particularly high, this is one of the most well-rounded guns in the game. It’s got the highest bullet velocity too, which makes long range fights a breeze. It also takes a variety of attachments so you can tailor it nicely to your individual needs.
Best Light Machine Gun
The M249’s a behemoth that’s capable of firing 100 bullets in less than ten seconds. You’ll only find it in Crates, and for good reason too - this thing devastates enemies.
Perfect for clearing rooms or spraying down teams at a distance, the M249 is like an Assault Rifle on steroids, but it does take some time getting used to. It’s got some pretty mean recoil and you can only attach scopes to it as well, which makes taming the beast a tricky affair.
PUBG: Best Melee Weapons
PUBG’s iconic weapon is also the best choice when it comes to taking a big fat melee swing at enemies. It’s an insta-kill if you clang it off someone’s body, and most importantly of all it’s bulletproof to boot.
Having it equipped is akin to wearing an additional piece of armour as it’s able to deflect bullets off your posterior with ease. Happy days.
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