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The Weapons and Gadgets of Firestorm

A good soldier is the steak; the right weapons are the sizzle.

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?

Inventory Basics
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.

Submachine Guns
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.

  • MP40 – General purpose and easy to control, the Rare comes with quick ADS and reduced recoil upgrades, as well as a reflex sight. On the Epic, you’ll find improved ADS while stationary and moving, along with a close-range lens sight.
  • Suomi KP/-31 – Very hard to control and fast firing, finding a Rare means improved hipfire, quick deploy, and a reflex sight. An Epic Suomi gets a rate of fire boost, reduced recoil, and a reflex sight.
  • STEN – A user-friendly cousin of the MP40, nab a Rare for improved hipfire, quicker reload speed, and a reflex sight. The Epic also improves hipfire, reduces recoil and is equipped with a reflex sight.
  • M1928A1 – Commonly known as the "Tommy Gun," a Rare packs reduced recoil, quick ADS, and a reflex sight. The Epic gets an extended mag, reduced recoil, and a lens sight.

This is the go-to weapon for the infantry. Rifles are accurate, can cover long distances, and look dramatic in photos.

  • Gewehr 43 – A run-and-gun favorite, pick up a Rare for quick and improved ADS, along with an aperture sight. Finding an Epic nets you “faster” bullets, reduced recoil, and a ZF4 mid-range scope.
  • M1A1 Carbine – Low damage but can fire quickly, the Rare version has quick ADS and deploy speed, along with a reflex sight. An Epic comes with an extended mag, improved hipfire, and a reflex sight.
  • StG 44 – An accuracy and stopping power combo, a Rare reduces recoil, quickens ADS, and brings a reflex sight. The Epic has improved ADS speed, reduced recoil, and the ZF4 mid-range scope.
  • Sturmgewehr 1-5 – An assault rifle with close range, the Rare grants reduced recoil, quick reload, and a reflex sight. Nab the Epic for improved ADS, reduced recoil, and reflex sight.

Sniper Rifles
Tough but rewarding to master. Cover the long distances of the Firestorm map, hone in on headshots, and scare approaching foes with sniper rifles.

  • ZH-29 – A highly-precise semi-automatic sniper, the Rare comes with a bipod, quick ADS, and a close-range sight. Find an Epic, and you get “faster” bullets, improved ADS, and a midrange scope.
  • Kar98k – The familiar but trusty bolt-action rifle, a Rare gets a quicker deploy speed, improved ADS, and a close-range sight. An Epic rewards with a bipod, quick cycle, and a mid-range scope.
  • Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk l – Fast to fire and good for mid-range, a Rare adds the quick reload and quick deploy upgrades. Collect an Epic to add a bayonet and quick cycle.

Machine Guns
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.

  • Bren Gun – Hard to miss because of its top-loaded mag, find a Rare to get reduced recoil, quick reload, and the AA close-range sight. An Epic Bren Gun gets “faster” bullets, improved bipod, and the M84 mid-range scope.
  • FG-42 – Fast-firing automatic rifle with a small magazine, a Rare grants quick and improved ADS, along with the AA close-range sight. Find an Epic for reduced recoil, faster ADS when moving, and the ZFG42 mid-range scope.
  • MG 42 – Reliable, easy to use, and boasting an extreme rate of fire, stumble upon a Rare for improved flash hider, “faster” bullets, and the AA close-range sight. Secure an Epic and get improved cooling, a rate-of-fire boost, and the AA close-range sight.

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.

  • 12g Automatic – A veteran of more world wars than you, a Rare 12g Automatic has an extended magazine and quick reload. Pick up an Epic for improved bullet penetration and heavy load.
  • M1897 – A pump-action favorite that features high damage and decent range. A Rare M1897 comes with quick ADS and a bayonet with a buckhorn sight. Collect an Epic for improved penetration and heavy load with Buckhorn sight.

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.

  • P38 Pistol
  • P08 Pistol
  • M1911
  • FP-45 Liberator
  • Mk Vl Revolver

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:

  • British Army Jack Knife
  • Club
  • Cricket Bat
  • Hatchet
  • Kukri
  • Machete
  • Pickaxe
  • Scout Knife
  • Shovel
  • Solveig Knife

Firestorm-only Gadgets
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.

  • Backpack – Equip a small, medium, or large backpack to increase your stored inventory slots by two, four, and six, respectively.
  • Healing syrettes – These gadgets let you replenish the health of your squad mates or yourself. They cannot be self-applied when in the downed state.
  • Armor vests – Every soldier starts with an empty armor vest that, when loaded with Armor Plates, protects from gunfire or explosive damage. There are three levels of armor vests based on the amount of plates that can be loaded: Common fits one plate, Rare fits two, and Epic fits three.
  • Ammo – You’ll need to find the correct ammo type to match the primary and secondary weapon you are hoping to fire: rifle, sniper, shotgun, machine gun, submachine gun, and pistol (sidearm).
  • Light and heavy vehicle ammo – This ammo type is used to resupply the weapons on vehicles and towables.

Firestorm Gadgets
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

  • Stielhandgranate Frag Grenade
  • M18 Smoke Grenade
  • Incendiary Grenade
  • Sticky Grenade
  • Geballte Ladung
  • No. 69 Impact Grenade


  • Panzerfaust 
  • Frag Grenade Rifle
  • Sturmpistole


  • Sticky Dynamite
  • AT Mine
  • S 35 Bouncing Betty

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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