GTA Online features dozens of weapons to choose from, adding more all the time. With this in mind, it can be difficult to know which to pick when you're out heisting - but we're here to help you find out the best weapons in GTA Online, and how you can get them.
- What are the Best Weapons in GTA Online?
- Where to Get the Best Weapons
- Best Handgun: AP Pistol
- Best Melee Weapon: Stone Hatchet
- Best SMG: Assault SMG
- Best Assault Rifle: Advanced Rifle
- Best Shotgun: Assault Shotgun
- Best Sniper Rifle: Heavy Sniper
- Best Heavy Weapon/Launcher: Homing Rocket
- Best Thrown Weapon/Explosive: Sticky Bomb
What are the Best Weapons in GTA Online?
Let's be clear first that the best weapon won't always be the best weapon, if you see what we're saying. Aside from Rockstar adding new guns all the time, different weapons have different strengths and sometimes you'll need to vary what you've got equipped to deal with different threats. However, we've listed all the best weapons of their types for general play, the guns you'll want equipped normally as you explore the world and encounter threats.
Where to Get the Best Weapons
All the weapons below and pretty much any others you need are available to buy at any Ammu-Nation store in the open world, though they may require you to be of a certain rank before you can buy them, meaning you'll have to complete heists and missions to raise your standing.
Best Handgun: AP Pistol
Requirements: Rank 33, $5,000
If you're going for a sidearm, we'd choose this trusty weapon over any other. It's accurate, powerful, has a fast rate of fire and a large clip to minimize the need to reload. Let's be honest, the key value of a handgun is how well it works in drive-by shootings - and there's no equal to this deadly little pistol.
Best Melee Weapon: Stone Hatchet
Requirements: See here for details
We did a full guide on how to get the Stone Hatchet already, but it's hard to say that there's a better melee weapon than one that can grant temporary damage invulnerability on the user, allowing them to cut through gunmen without going down. If you have to get into a brawl, this is what you'll want.
Best SMG: Assault SMG
Requirements: Sign-Up for Rockstar Social Club, $12,550
We'll be honest, this one's kind of on here for completionist's sake. There's no reason to use a kind of gun that exists in a nebulous space between pistol and rifle, without the ease of the former or the firepower of the latter. Still, if you find yourself low on ammo or you just want to make a name for yourself as the OG with the SMG, the Assault Submachine Gun is the best of the bunch, coming with a suppressor and more damage than its counterparts. It also doesn't lose damage with distance, meaning that there's genuine potential to be had in spraying at distant targets.
Best Assault Rifle: Advanced Rifle
Requirements: Rank 70, $14,250
It was a very close call between this and the Special Carbine, but the only real place the Advanced Rifle fell short was range - and a simple scope changed all that. More powerful than any other assault rifle and with a very rapid fire rate, this is perhaps the default weapon to grab for whenever things get dangerous.
Best Shotgun: Assault Shotgun
Requirements: Rank 37, $10,000
Look, sometimes a guy gets in your face and you just want to spread him like peanut butter over the nearest wall. That's when you get the Assault Shotgun, a full-auto weapon that can kill nearly any enemy on the first shot, and follows it up with seven other shots, just to make sure.
Best Sniper Rifle: Heavy Sniper
Requirements: Rank 90, $38,150
"One-shot, one-kill" is the mantra of snipers the world over, and the Heavy Sniper is here to enforce that mantra. Able to kill almost any player with a single bullet, the Heavy Sniper can even be used as an anti-vehicle weapon, bringing down helicopters and blowing up cars. It has downsides - there's no available silencer, for instance - but it does huge damage and even fires more quickly than the standard sniper rifle.
Best Heavy Weapon/Launcher: Homing Rocket
Requirements: Rank 1, $75,000
What else could it be? When you're being swarmed by police choppers or tormented by some high-level player in fighter jet, the Homing Rocket launcher is how you retaliate with efficiency. You don't need to waste time aiming or judging trajectories, just point it in the general direction of the enemy, wait for the target to lock on, and let the missile do the rest.
Best Thrown Weapon/Explosive: Sticky Bomb
Requirements: Rank 19, $600 (each)
High explosive power, stick to targets, and can be detonated at the thrower's request. Sure, they make noise and flash slightly, potentially giving them away, but all this does is risk losing an advantage that the other explosives don't even have to begin with.
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