Note: this article has been updated to reflect weapon specializations as of April 10, 2019.
The path to victory in Firestorm is paved with looting the large Halvøy map for the best Battlefield™ V weapons to dispatch enemies, gadgets to assist in battle, and gear to protect you from those looking to stop you*.
Loot is your lifeline in Firestorm’s battle royale, so, to help out, we are detailing each weapon and gadget for players to review before they engage the ring of fire.
Remember, some loot is scattered and easy to collect, but you’ll have to work together as a squad or strategize solo to nab the best stuff. Finding high tier (Common, Rare and Epic) weapons, gadgets, and armor means capturing Firestorm’s dynamic, high-risk Objectives, which you can read about in our breakdown. Oh, and did we mention tanks?
Every soldier drops into Battlefield V’s Firestorm empty-handed, with tons of loot to scavenge once they land, from the environment or fallen foes. But you won’t be able to carry it all at once. Learn to manage your inventory to equip the best loadout and share with buddies when playing in a squad.
Players get two primary weapon slots as well as one sidearm slot and can hold up to four different ammo types at once.
Players also start with four gadgets slots: one dedicated to healing items, one for grenades, and the last two for whatever they can find. The inventory is expandable by picking up a backpack, which can add up to six extra slots (more on backpacks in our gadgets breakdown below).
Firestorm Primary Weapons
There are 16 primary weapons in Firestorm at launch, imported from Battlefield V’s World War 2 arsenal, and are divided into three tiers — Common, Rare, and Epic.
The tiers are based on the number of attachments and upgrades (specializations) the weapons are found with. Look at the Kar98k sniper rifle, for example: The Common is the base version with no specialization upgrades or attachments, while the Rare version is found with two specializations and a close-range sight, and the Epic counterpart comes with two specializations and a mid-range scope.
Let’s cover all the Firestorm primary weapons, organized by their matching ammunition type: rifle, sniper, shotgun, machine gun, and submachine gun.
Flexible and clutch for any soldier in a pinch, the four Firestorm submachine guns combine enough close range accuracy and rapid fire to keep multiple enemies at bay.
This is the go-to weapon for the infantry. Rifles are accurate, can cover long distances, and look dramatic in photos.
Tough but rewarding to master. Cover the long distances of the Firestorm map, hone in on headshots, and scare approaching foes with sniper rifles.
These are the ideal weapons to hold down and capture Objectives with, or to take out a whole squad at once. Heavy damage and rapid, sustained fire are the hallmarks of machine guns.
Sometimes you have to handle your business up close and personal. Shotguns pack a wallop at close range and the two below are no exception.
Stay in the Fight with Five Sidearms
You can’t always get the primary weapon you want, but sometimes you’ll get the sidearm you need. The sidearm is also useful for soldiers to fight back when knocked into the downed state. These require matching pistol ammo to operate.
10 Firestorm Melee Weapons
Stick it to your enemies by putting it bluntly, “This is the largest Battlefield map ever and you let me get this close?” Find these 10 melee weapons in the wild:
The destructive ring of fire is an unconventional emergency to say the least, and soldiers need unconventional ways to help them survive in the 64-player fight. These are the gadgets specific to Firestorm.
There’s a gadget for every purpose. Scoop up one of these familiar Battlefield V gadgets in Firestorm and use them for nearly any battle royale scenario.
Grenades and Throwables
Launch is Just the Spark
Firestorm will expand after launch, with new features and improvements coming to all Battlefield V players as part of Tides of War, including an initial introduction of a Duos mode in April as part of Chapter 3: Trial by Fire.
– Jeff Landa (Follow Jeff on Twitter @JeffLanda)
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