Based on hard stats and our own rankings, we’ve listed the best weapons and their damage in PUBG.
PUBG weapon damage stats become increasingly important as you begin to think about taking the game a bit more seriously and wanting to improve your gameplay preparedness. Different weapon statistics are important at different times, too; DPS isn’t very important for sniper rifles, for example, but it’s one of the most important attributes for SMGs.
On this page, we will thoroughly investigate the key stats and numbers for all of PUBG’s weapons, including the new Bizon, plus we will pick the best weapons from our own opinion with reasoning for that choice further down the page.
Latest Weapon Damage Stats for PUBG, Including the New MP5K
Before diving into the tables, there are a few things to bear in mind:
- We will be talking about the all weapons in ‘battle royale mode, so if you’re interested in learning more about hard data and stats, please see this spreadsheet from PUBG Redditor dak4ttack or a tidier version in Google Sheets here.
- The tables shown here are ordered by shots to kill. This is a very vital consideration for a sniper rifle, and far less so for an AR or SMG. Sniper rifles need to focus on accomplishing one thing with their attacks: landing as few shots as possible while still successfully killing a player. On the other hand, ARs and SMGs prioritize time to kill over everything else. These guns are meant to do more damage in less time, allowing you to work toward your goals of eliminating enemy targets faster than they can attack you back.
- Time to Kill means how much time it takes for a weapon to kill an opponent of average health points. It’s applicable to the headshot, chest, and limb shots. Ideally, Time to Kill is something that should be considered in each case when deciding which weapon does more damage. Additionally, Shots to Kill or STK are used for evaluating how many shots will it take a certain weapon to kill somebody of average health points wearing either any combination of body, arm or helmet armor all at once or only one at a time.
- Times are in seconds.
- Weapons marked with an asterisk * are only available as airdrops in crates, so don’t plan to play around with these being available in every game.
Sniper Rifle Damage Stats[table id=24 /]
DMR Damage Stats[table id=19 /]
Assault Rifles and LMG Damage Stats[table id=18 /]
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Pistols and Sidearm Damage Stats[table id=21 /]
Melee and Other Weapon Damage Stats
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The Best PUBG Weapons | And Why?
Now that you know all the essential info, it’s time to do a little planning about how these things might play out in-game so that you’re able to select the best weapons for your team. Here are some details on why we feel this is a good item for you:
[su_icon_text icon=”icon: thumbs-o-up” icon_color=”#1fd235″]Sniper Rifles – The air drop-exclusive AWM is the only rifle in the game powerful enough to kill an unarmoured player with a single shot to the chest, but it’s taken a hefty nerf in recent times. The Kar98k is the next best thing that you can get from regular play. It’s the only non-crate rifle that can one-hit-kill a player in a Level 2 Helmet, and it requires minimal attachments and will take .3 seconds longer than the AWM to kill them. Our next favorite is the SLR, which now trumps the SKS, thanks to its rapid-fire rate when both are maxed out with attachments. Another good option for those who want a sniper rifle for self-defense purposes comes by way of bolt action rifles. They are not as accurate or deal as much damage as their semi-automatic counterparts, but they’re equipped with twice as much ammo and can still pack quite a punch if used correctly by someone with some skill behind their trigger finger.[/su_icon_text]You’ve probably seen highlights where the Groza was used to wipe out entire squads – but both of these instances are crate-exclusive. In our opinion, the best regular gun is still the M416 because of its high rate of fire, the flexibility of attachments, and ability to attach an 8x scope. However, early impressions of the Beryl M762 suggest that if you can control its hefty kickback, it can be an excellent weapon thanks to its high damage and rate of fire. Additionally, the QBZ is shockingly steady when fired in automatic mode, making it a great option as well. If you master the speed of rapid-tapping for burst fire, the M16A4 is also viable, and can actually kill faster than any weapon bar the M249. As the quietest and with the same time-to-kill as the SCAR, the SCAR-L works well with a silencer at close ranges.[/su_icon_text] [su_icon_text icon=”icon: thumbs-o-up” icon_color=”#1fd235″]We prefer the UZI over all other SMGs, contrary to some opinions. As a result, it has by far the smallest bullet spread (roughly half the size of its nearest rival), which is crucial for SMGs since they rely on full-auto use, unlike ARs and Snipers. The weapon is common, requires little attachment to be effective, and the sheer panic it causes can deter inexperienced opponents. Next up is the Vector, but this is only useful if you have an Extended Mag, given its capacity of 13 rounds is just too small. However, it became significantly more useful with Update #12 on PC, which reduced the time- and shots-to-kill noticeably.[/su_icon_text] [su_icon_text icon=”icon: thumbs-o-up” icon_color=”#1fd235″]The S12k comes out on top thanks to its automatic shotgun fire capability. There is actually a slightly higher rate of fire on the ‘farmer’ shotgun S686 – but you’re only able to fire two rounds at once. The pump-action S1897 should only be used in the last resort.[/su_icon_text]
[su_icon_text icon=”icon: thumbs-o-up” icon_color=”#1fd235″]Pistols and Sidearms – The only sidearms worth carrying, outside of emergencies where you can’t find anything else, are the P18C, Skorpion, or P1911. The Skorpion is a beast when it comes to taking down enemies quickly. You never know when you will need one of these weapons and they, sure enough, deliver in those situations. The pistol category has been overhauled with update #12 making them easy to use even for players that don’t have a lot of experience with video games but if you want to take cover and spray like a pro then grab the P18C from your favorite black market dealer.[/su_icon_text][su_icon_text icon=”icon: thumbs-o-up” icon_color=”#1fd235″]Melee and Other – The Crossbow is a lot of fun if you learn how to use it and can find a Quiver. During the period of fog maps, it could also deliver completely silent kills from nowhere. The only thing you should be using here, except in emergency situations, is the Pan. This should always be picked up at once and acts as some nice “level 4” protection for your buttocks. It has saved us more than a few times and surprisingly works well against damage as a last resort.[/su_icon_text] [su_icon_text icon=”icon: thumbs-o-up” icon_color=”#1fd235″]Also, it’s important to note that any weapon is viable if you can use it well, and personal preferences always factor in. Our preference is for the UZI due to its condensed spread, for instance, and we often use it – but for close-range work, you might prefer shotguns, or perhaps the M416 or AKM since they are easier to control. The situation in PUBG changes quite frequently, too, so keep checking back after major patches and we will update the page. Who knows, the VSS might come back?[/su_icon_text]