Fortnite currently has two shotguns fighting over the meta spot – so which is better, the Ranger or the Drum?
When you’re dropping into Chapter 3 Season 2, you’ve got more than a few shotgun choices ahead of you. When picking from the close-range options, there’s an Auto, Pump, Ranger, and Drum Shotgun available and ready to help you clear those buildings.
But which shotgun is the best of the bunch? It certainly comes down to just two options.
While all shotguns are strong enough in a fight, few have compared to the Drum Shotgun in the season so far. Thanks to its fast fire rate and the ability to avoid reloading until the drum is empty, it’s quickly become a notoriously powerful weapon.
But now that the Ranger is here to stay, does the Drum have some real competition?
Best Shotgun in Fortnite – Ranger vs Drum Comparison
Is the Ranger better than the Drum Shotgun in Fortnite Season 2? Here’s a full comparison to help you decide:
Drum Shotgun Stats
- Common – 57.6 Damage, 3.85s Reload
- Uncommon – 60 Damage, 3.68s Reload
- Rare – 63.6 Damage, 3.5s Reload
- Epic – 67.2 Damage, 3.33s Reload
- Legendary – 69.6, 3.15s Reload
- Fire Rate: 3
- Mag Size: 12
- Fires 10 Pellets
- Headshot Multiplier: 1.25x
- Damage Falloff begins at 20 meters
Ranger Shotgun Stats
- Common – 117 Damage, 1.65s Reload
- Uncommon – 123 Damage, 1.58s Reload
- Rare – 129 Damage, 1.5s Reload
- Epic – 135 Damage, 1.43s Reload
- Legendary – 142 Damage, 1.35s Reload
- Fire Rate: 3 (Although technically the weapon cannot surpass 0.73 FR due to reload time)
- Mag Size: 1
- Fires 1 Shot
- Headshot Multiplier: 1.25x
- Damage Falloff begins at 11 meters
Lately, people have been throwing around the statistic that the Legendary Ranger has 400 DPS – a fact that is both technically true and completely incorrect. Going by its stat page, the Ranger could only hit that figure if it was able to maintain its Fire Rate without reloading.
However, since the Ranger needs to reload between every shot, it’s not at all able to compete with the Drum in a straight 1v1 situation. In many ways, even a Common Drum Shotgun could output the same level of damage as a Legendary Ranger, but that’s not to say that the weapon is necessarily better in all situations.
After all, a Ranger, when paired with an SMG, can result in an incredibly-effective 1-2 combo for a quick kill on any enemy. But even by itself, the Drum can blast through an enemy team in seconds, provided that most of its pellets hit.
Ultimately, the competition for Fortnite’s best shotgun comes down to preference. However, there’s no denying that the Drum Shotgun reigns supreme in the hearts of many fans right now.
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