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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds hasn't even left early access and it's already a cult hit, despite the somewhat unwieldy name. This king of the hill multiplayer shooter combines the brutality of Battle Royale with a touch of like S.T.A.L.K.E.R., pitting you in brutal last-man-standing combat against an island full of other players, using whatever weapons you can scavenge on the island of the battleground.

'PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds': A Guide To Weapons

When you arrive on the island arena of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, you'll need to get a hold of a weapon, and quickly. There's plenty of guns to find, and the sheer variety of weapons can be overwhelming. You're going to need a on the guns of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds to sort things out.

Assault Rifles

Assault rifles are a great choice for players who want a long-range weapon without the fuss and slow speed of a Sniper rifle. While the AKM is the most powerful of the assault rifles in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, it's got a lot of kick. Players who want to do a bit of long-range combat might want to consider the M16A4 instead.

AKM

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 7.62 x 30
  • Damage: Mid-High
  • Range: Mid
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: Mid
  • Attachment points: 3

M16A4

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 5.62 x 30
  • Damage: Mid
  • Range: Mid-High
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: High
  • Attachment points: 3

M416

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 5.62 x 30
  • Damage: Mid
  • Range: Mid
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: High
  • Attachment points: 5

SCAR-L

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 5.52 x 30
  • Damage: Mid
  • Range: Mid
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: High
  • Attachment points: 4

Bows

The crossbow is a difficult weapon to use in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, but it packs a punch on par with the best sniper rifles. It's also totally silent, which is great if you're trying to take out a few players without being noticed.

Crossbow

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: Bolt x 1
  • Damage: High
  • Range: Extremely Low
  • Stability: N/A
  • Firing speed: Low
  • Attachment points: 3

DMRs

The DMR, or Designated Marksman Rifle, is a middle ground between assault rifles and sniper rifles in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. It fires semi-automatic rounds, so it's a bit faster than a sniper rifle, but also more accurate than an assault rifle at range.

SKS

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 7.62 x 10
  • Damage: Mid
  • Range: Mid
  • Stability: Mid
  • Firing speed: Low
  • Attachment points: 3

Submachine Guns

If you can't get your hands on an assault rifle, the submachine gun class is a good second choice in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Try to avoid being caught out in the open when wielding one of these, as they're not very effective at long range. The submachine gun class also make for excellent secondary weapons for indoor fighting, to supplement a sniper rifle or assault rifle.

Micro Uzi

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 9mm x 25
  • Damage: Low
  • Range: Low
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: High
  • Attachment points: 3

Tommy Gun

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: .45 x 100
  • Damage: Low
  • Range: Mid
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: Very High
  • Attachment points: 1

UMP 9

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 9mm x 30
  • Damage: Low
  • Range: Low
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: High
  • Attachment points: 4

Shotguns

If you plan to do a lot of house to house fighting and close-range work, the shotgun is ideal—they have poor accuracy at range however, so you might want to ditch it once you're forced into the open lands of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. Like the submachine guns, shotguns make great secondary weapons for close-range fighting if you've got an assault rifle or sniper rifle.

S12K

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 12 Gauge x 5
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: Very Low
  • Stability: Very High
  • Firing speed: Very Low
  • Attachment points: 3

S1897

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 12 Gauge x 5
  • Damage: Extremely High
  • Range: Very Low
  • Stability: High
  • Firing speed: Very Low
  • Attachment points: 2

S686

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 12 Gauge x 2
  • Damage: Extremely High
  • Range: Very Low
  • Stability: High
  • Firing speed: Very Low
  • Attachment points: 2

Sniper Rifles

The sniper rifle class is probably the best class of weapon for patient PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds players with good aim. A single shot from one of these weapons is often enough to take out an opponent, especially with a headshot. They're slow though, so make sure you hit the first time, or you might not get a second chance.

AWM

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: .300 x 5
  • Damage: Very High
  • Range: Very High
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: Very Low
  • Attachment points: 4

Kar98k

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 7.62 x 5
  • Damage: Mid
  • Range: High
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: Very Low
  • Attachment points: 3

M24

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 7.62 x 5
  • Damage: High
  • Range: Very High
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: Very Low
  • Attachment points: 4

Light Machine Guns

Sometimes you just want to lay down some covering fire or absolutely demolish everything in an area in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. When that happens, the M249 Light Machine Gun is your best bet. It can also be surprisingly accurate at range if fired in short bursts.

M249

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 5.56 x 100
  • Damage: Mid
  • Range: High
  • Stability: Mid
  • Firing speed: High
  • Attachment points: 1

Pistols

Pistols are generally best kept as a backup weapon, there's nothing they really excel at, but they'll do in a pinch.

P1911

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: .45 ACP x 7
  • Damage: Low
  • Range: Very Low
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: Low
  • Attachment points: 2

P92

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 9mm x 15
  • Damage: Low
  • Range: Low
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: Mid
  • Attachment points: 2

R1895

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
  • Ammo: 7.62 x 7
  • Damage: Mid
  • Range: Low
  • Stability: Low
  • Firing speed: Very Low
  • Attachment points: 1

Melee

Melee weapons are absolute last resort weapons. They do high damage, but you have to get so close to an enemy to use them that you're unlikely to get a chance to hit before you get blown away. They all do around the same damage, so it's mostly a matter of preference or whether you think it's funny to kill someone with a frying pan.

Grenades And Projectiles

Grenades are great for flushing out enemies in cover and setting up traps. You can also use them to cover your approach or deny areas to enemy players.

Frag Grenade

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]

If you've ever played any other shooter ever, you'll have a decent idea of what the frag grenade does in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds. It's a great weapon to flush out or kill an enemy hiding in a building or cover, and can be used to distract opponents as you sneak up on them.

Molotov Cocktail

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]

The molotov cocktail is fairly similar to the frag grenade, trading the ability to bounce off surfaces for a fire effect that lasts longer. It's useful in similar ways to the frag grenade, though slightly harder to aim.

Stun Grenade

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[Credit: Bluehole Studio]

The stun grenade isn't really useful for killing enemies directly in PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, but it's great for flushing an enemy out or blinding them just long enough for you to rush in and finish them off. It's an excellent weapon when working with other players.

Smoke Grenade

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]

The main use of smoke grenades is to cover your approach or escape. It's a great tool for hiding from snipers until you can get close enough to take them out with your shorter-ranged weaponry.

Apples

[Credit: Bluehole Studio]
[Credit: Bluehole Studio]

Apples only appear in the staging area at the moment. They do no damage, but should they ever show up in the main world they'd have one hilarious use, which is to fool enemies into thinking you've just thrown a grenade.

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